3.20.2006

Good News and Bad News...

MUSIC UPDATE

GOOD NEWS

ITEM #1
Radiohead's blog, Dead Air Space, has seen a lot of activity over the past few weeks. The brit boys have kicked off into an intense recording session, which will likely last a while. Anyone who knows anything about Radiohead knows that their creative process is never easy for them. Thom Yorke has been known to head into the studio many hours before recording starts to practice and generally "warm up" on the piano. He's also been known to play and record drunk sometimes when pressure gets high. I really hope that the guys have worked out their method this time. Everyone is coming in from totally different directions in life. Johnny's been composing for the BBC. Thom's been dealing with The Big Ask. Everyone is raising their families. It will be very interesting to see how their sound has matured (as it certainly has over the years). Also, Warner Bros. announced recently that Radiohead's music will provide the score for the upcoming Richard Linklater film, A Scanner Darkly, based on the novel by Phillip K Dick (author of the Blade Runner book and many others). Warner hasn't announced whether it will be all new music or a mixture of old and new, but they did say it will feature tracks from Thom's upcoming solo album. Basically, this brings the impending Radiohead album count to 3 albums coming soon. How exciting! You can check out the full story here.

EXPIRED!!!>> Radiohead - Meeting in the Aisle.mp3 from "How's My Driving?"

ITEM #2
Kate Rusby, the UK folk-songstress, has been asked to join up with The Big Ask. She will be performing for benefits and such with Members of Radiohead and The Super Furry Animals. If you don't know who Kate Rusby is, you're seriously missing out. Her voice is absolutely perfect. If you look her up on iTunes you will only find one of her albums, though. She's put out six albums, but the AMG Review listed on iTunes seems to think she's only put one album out. Somebody needs to do some research! Anyway, you can download all her albums from her official website for about the same as they would cost on iTunes anyway. "Little Lights" is my favorite album, but they're all good. Go check it out by clicking here.

EXPIRED!!!>> Kate Rusby - I Courted a Sailor.mp3 from "Little Lights"

EXPIRED!!!>> Kate Rusby - Playing of Ball.mp3 from "Little Lights"


BAD NEWS

ITEM #1
I was just checking the ESL (Eighteenth Street Lounge Music) website and apparently singer Pam Bricker died about a month ago. Pam Bricker was a pillar of Thievery Corporation, providing vocals on tracks like "Lebanese Blonde". You can check out her memorial site by clicking here.

EXPIRED!!!>>Thievery Corporation ft. Pam Bricker - Lebanese Blonde.mp3 from "The Mirror Conspiracy"


ITEM #2
Perhaps I am far too greedy for good music. Perhaps all Americans are. But I just figured something out that drives me absolutely crazy. People in the US cannot pre-order the new Stereophonics album off iTunes. Now, we've all known for a long time that the different "stores" on iTunes (Australia, UK, USA, etc.) sell different music. The principle reason for this is that record companies often share or split distribution rights based on location. Sometimes, though, they are unwilling to share distribution rights. Well, I checked the iTunes "stores" for every country, and ever last country gets to pre-order the upcoming Stereophonics live album, "Live From Dakota"...every country except the USA! What's the deal with that? I'm definitely going to do something about it. I'm not sure just what, but something.

EXPIRED!!!>>Stereophonics - Nothing Compares to You (Live).mp3 from "Live Lounge"

+joe

3.17.2006

Heaps of Good Music

MUSIC UPDATE

Hey there. Today is my 20th birthday! As a gift I was given an iTunes card and got to work using it. I went straight to get IMOGEN HEAP's "Speak For Yourself", but when I got to her iTunes page I discovered that they had recently put up her first album, "I Megaphone" which was originally released in 1998. It's not on the RCA Victor label, though. It's on Almo Sound Ltd, which means she doesn't get sales from it on iTunes, but she would if you bought the physical album itself. I guess they just decided to put it up about a month ago. Anyway, just wanted to make sure nobody missed it. I got "Candlelight" off of it, and it's beautiful. I'm afraid I don't have any MP3s for this update, but hopefully you'll head over and get some for yourself.

DESIGN UPDATE

Also, make sure you check out the April Issue of Dwell Magazine. Note that you can try a free issue. This is a very cool magazine that does a good job of bringing in various different types of design. It's amazing how a graphic designer could be inspired by a chair or a wallpaper pattern.


+joe

3.16.2006

Yes Yes Yes! (Yeah Yeah Yeahs!)


MUSIC UPDATE

Today I pre-ordered my copy of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Show Your Bones", which is their highly anticipated sophmore album. In celebration of this merriment, I'm posting a number of non-album tracks by the YYYs. I'm not sure if these are rare or easy to come by, but I've never seen them anywhere but on one of those nasty p2p download programs. I got my friend to download them for me, though. Kazaa is probably the easiest way to crap up your PC. Anyway, I've got over 11,000 songs and almost entirely without the use of any such program.

Man I wish I was at SXSW. I would be hitting up the My Brightest Diamond show, personally.

So, anyway, I thought I would go ahead and be joyful with you all about today! Take note that the song "Miles Away" is not from the John Peel session as featured on the Maps EP. It's just a totally different recording.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Machine.mp3
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Bang.mp3
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Art Star.mp3
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Miles Away (non-EP version).mp3

+joe



3.05.2006

a change of pace


Must See Art News

Alright, folks. It's time for a competition. Design is Kinky has teamed up with Adobe to host a multi-discipline competition in conjucntion with the Semi-Permanent conference. There are over $25,000 in prizes to be won. If you have any inclination toward Graphic, Motion, or Fashion design I reccommend entering. What could it hurt?

I will personally be entering the Graphic competition, and maybe the fashion competition. In the graphic competition you must create 3 posters. In fashion, you must creat a t-shirt design. Check it out over at the
Semi-Competitive website.

Also, Adbusters have put up a new book that you can preview by clicking
here. I haven't had time to go through it yet, but it seems that Adbusters hope it will be significant. If it's worth digging into I'll post a review later.

Also, I've just stumbled across a great artist named Mike Orduña who goes by the name Fatoe. He makes some pretty cool stuff, even though it's very trendy looking. Decide for youself by heading over to
Fatoe.com.

+joe

Boy are you in for a treat!

Well, folks, today we've got one of the best things ever...a good cover song. It's a great band to cover, and a great performer covering them. Are you ready?

Tori Amos - Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana cover).mp3

Tori Amos - This is such a beautiful interpretation of the song. It really holds just as much pain, but none of the chaos. If Kurt Cobain's oblivion was in a mosh-pit, Tori Amos' oblivion is in sinking to the bottom of the ocean, looking upward as the sun's rays break through the blue surface. Perhaps that was a bit too detailed of a comparison, but give the song a listen and you'll probably get your own equally detailed mental image. Maybe that's just the way I see oblivion.

Raised By Swans - Okay, I've also got something I heard on the indie6 podcast I listen to religiously. If you like slow and beautiful, well, you may have found the most beautiful of all. This song shot to the top of my "most played" list in 3 days (108 listens). It's from an amazing band named "Raised By Swans". Don't bother looking these guys up on iTunes, cause you wont find anything yet. Try looking over at
http://www.raisedbyswans.com/. You will not be disappointed.

Raised By Swans - Violet Light.mp3

Gorgeous, isn't it? Their music hypnotizes me.

The Banjo Consorium - Alright, then. Every heard of Electro-folk? How about Folktronic? This next band is a French (?) folktronic band named "The Banjo Consorium" (I think). Anyway, it's just what it sounds like. They use banjo, and dang well. Cryptic in that I find it hard to pin a personality on their music. Honestly I don't remember where I found there CD, but I've got it. So if anyone reading this hears it and likes it enough, let me know and I'll post the rest of the album. Also, if anyone knows of any other folktronic bands of note, shoot me a line. I'd love to really get into this genre.

The Banjo Consorium - Tuesday Craker.mp3

Mice Parade - Next is a mid-fi treat by Mice Parade. I'm really not sure of how well this group is known, but you can go check him/them out at
iTunes. There's a sad Latin feel to the music, but the singer's voice is about as Anglo as it gets. Still, great listen with this one, folks. It's a very chill track that most will probably be able to find some merit in. It may take some repeated listening for you to get used to this guy's voice, though.

Mice Parade - And Still It Sits In Front Of You.mp3

Sun Kil Moon - Now comes the last song for this post. If you like Red House Painters (like so many do) you're bound to dig this. Mark Kozelek, from RHP, fronts this newer project known as Sun Kil Moon. I think of Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Nick Drake on some songs. On other songs I think of Wilco or Uncle Tupelo. They've got two great CDs out. Honestly, not every song is decent, but the ones that are decent rank more in the range of stupendous! I recommend checking them out on iTunes and using the previews. However, I recommend "Glenn Tipton", "Salvador Sanchez", and "Lilly and Parrots" from the first album, "Ghosts of the Great Highway". I can't vouch for much on their second CD, but one of my music friends loves it.

Sun Kil Moon - Glenn Tipton.mp3

+joe

3.04.2006

A second post...

Well, even though I've posted once today, now that I've got this ezarchive account I feel the need to use it. So here is another great song you may not have heard of:

Sanso-Xtro - A really great one-woman electronic project on UK-based Type Records. Her sound has so much texture that it's almost like an auditory and physical experience. Generally hypnotic, Melissa Agate flows through a range of emotions in waves. Each song reaches the full boundaries of the emotions it expresses. Check out her website over at sanso-xtro.com, and me know what you think.

Sample Song: The Last Leaf.mp3

So, what's in the "n3wz" here on the "inter-web"?

Shills - Blecch. Yucky subject, It's too hard to care about these guys.

MP3 blog ethics - Well, I'm still trying to figure this one out myself. The way I see it, if you present songs that are available free from the artist's own webpages it's totally legit. If you supply uber-rare b-sides and non-album tracks or live recordings, that's pretty dang kosher, too. If it's something that's not supposed to be free at all, I really don't know. I'm the type of person who buys music they like to support the artist. So if I download an album track and I like it a lot, I'll go buy the album. If I don't like it, I wont listen to it, so I'll just delete it. It's pretty simple. I guess I don't see the harm if that's the type of audience your blog gets. Such a grey area, though.

+joe

Matty Jay Rhoades

What an incredible discovery...!

If you like contemporary folk music you're going to love this guy. People who like Iron & Wine, Damien Rice, Jeff London, or Blanket Music will love this guy!

Apparently he's just some guy who makes music as a hobby, and not professionally at all. There's nothing really available on him when I googled him. Hopefully he'll put out an album sometime, but even if he doesn't you can snag his one great song below.
His name is Matty Jay Rhoades, and he is awesome!

Email me at jszczepaniak@gmail.com with your feedback. If you really like this guy, I'll figure out a way to get in contact with him, and maybe we can all beg him to record a CD. How's that sound?

Matty Jay Rhoades - Song to My Love.mp3 (expired)

I've also stumbled across some great trip-hop/downtempo/chill, recently. If you're into that genre as I am, you'll probably find some of thsi really good:

Eltro - Motorboat.mp3 (expired)
Endless Blue - Down.mp3
(expired)
Mus - Duerme Nenu Duermete.mp3 (expired)


Eltro is on Absolutely Kosher Records. They're a Philadelphia band from the nineties, and their genre is considered shoegazer rock. They sound like early Kfraftwerk and Stereolab. Check out their 3 albums on iTunes.

Endless Blue is a Minneapolis group with a sound I would compare to an amalgum of Massive Attack, Portishead, Supreme Beings of Leisure and the old Sneaker Pimps. They're on Future Cabaret Records. Check out their 2 albums on iTunes.

Mus is the Spanish duo Fran Gayo and Monica Vacas. Vacas sings in Asturian, a language spoken in northwest Spain. A melancholy ambience carries throughout their body of work. It's very beautiful and sad, indeed. Very sweet mood music. I think fans of Mogwai, Cocteau Twins, and The Mortal Coil would probably appreciate this band. Actually, Massive attack loved their first album, Fai. Check out their work on iTunes.