Goddamn, there’s some talented kids out there. Love everything about this - dirty, grungy psych tunes that sound like Kim Gordon Sonic Youth demotapes. And that name! Priceless. Just got this email from band member Annie Eodice:
hi. I’m annie a 19 chick living in Asheville NC. I study philosophy but I create things because I need to leave a trace. so, I started a band with some friends. we’re only broke college kids.. but our music has passion behind it and mostly we have fun making it. We have been trying to promote ourselves on the interwebz (we have no money to do anything else) we dig psychedelia, surf and sex. I will admit, sin kitty formed deep within the recesses of a very promiscuous girl’s mind.
This song is from a record my father purchased as a child. The record is titled Indian Songs of Today and the songs were recorded by Willard Rhodes. There is absolutely no information given about the songs save their titles. This song is called Modern Love Song and it is the only unaccompanied vocal track on the album. I have always loved this song, it’s incredibly haunting. I’ve tried to find out more information about it through countless Internet searches but I have had no luck. I believe the record was released in the early to mid 50’s.
Sabú is right up there with Sandro when I rank my favorite Argentine baladists. His real name is Héctor Jorge Ruiz López. He is a relatively obscure singer who was born in Buenos Aires in 1953 and enjoyed a few hits in the 70’s. This song particularly captures his expressive lyricism and emotionally driven singing.
“Love Songs on the Radio” by Mojave 3 // from the 1995 album, Ask Me Tomorrow
I have been toying with the idea of doing a whole stripped back, dreamy acoustic kind of mixtape for a while but I know that I would pick nothing but old songs and then I doubt anyone would give a damn, but if I were to make that hypothetical mixtape, this track would be guaranteed a place. I first bought this album in 2000, while on a road trip. I picked it up in Madison, Wisconsin and listened to it over and over until I got to Denver. I was hooked on it. Granted, I was five years late to the party, but that’s no matter. It’s hard to find music that sounds better while driving down a quiet highway under blue stars.
“Wasted Summer” by Stumbleine // from the album, All For Your Smile
Presently on repeat. Not nearly enough gorgeous, melancholic, near-instrumental, post-rock/ dream pop (got that?) in my ears tonight. This band is really doing it for me as of late. Back to work. Gonna just leave this on repeat for a while.
“Mr. November” by Deadwood Floats // Originally by the National
Another night, another cover based on the brilliance of The National. Deadwood Floats does a pretty solid stripped back cover of “Mr. November”. Cutting away the intensity of the original and leaving just the sad, lonely words and pretty melody. It’s a good version. You can get it for free on their Bandcamp page alongside covers of Radiohead, Neutral Milk Hotel and more.
“The Last Line” by Tammar // from the forthcoming album, Visits
There’s been a rash of great tracks lately that sound like some great bands of the early 120 Minutes days. That era of “modern rock”, or the birth of alternative. Tammar just kills it here with a psych pop lean into that direction of early alternative throwbacks. This song is absolutely killer and you can grab it for free at Pitchfork. I am currently on a mission to find more from Tammar, immediately - because this is that good.
Keith Kenniff is a Portland-based Ambient indie electronic artist who works under the monikers Helios and Goldmund. He is also half of the shoegaze band Mint Julep, and children’s band Meadows along with his wife Hollie Kenniff. In 2010 he began the record label Unseen.
Keith started playing drums, guitar and bass at a very young age. His musical journey took him to the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with honors in 2006 with a B.A. in percussion and composition.
Keith records and performs music for solo piano under the name Goldmund for which he has six releases, including the most recent album ‘Famous Places’.
Here’s a tiny sparkling collection of tracks from some of his releases under he recorded his moniker of Goldmund.
Boston’s resident dream folkster Marissa Nadler has had quite the full schedule this past year or so. Along with recording and releasing her very good self-titled album, she also collaborated with guitarist Kevin Serra on his Cloud Seeding singles project. According to a release, the Brooklyn resident came up with the idea as a way to showcase his favorite vocalists, with Nadler being the first.
This has been on repeat forever these days. Master Musicians of Bukkake are a mysterious sect of musicians involving Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls and members of Secret Chiefs 3 among other prominent figures. Next post a live video! Or a live session indeed!
“The repetition of the mantra, almost ritualisitic in effect, drives the track forever further into the heart of the Saharan desert, as the throbbing sun leaves you in a dazed reverie, and the colours begin to swirl endlessly around you. Get on that white camel and ride.” Altered Zones
I took an amazing visual trip with Cemeteries back in March. It will be memorable forever. Since then I’ve been extremely eager for new material to arrive. Kyle Reigle contacted me a few days ago and was nice enough to share this wondrous track from his soon to be released album, The Wilderness.
This is six and a half minutes of pure bliss and love, from a musician who is completely conscious of the blogosphere and it’s ‘one hit wonder trap’. He truly values patience and strives to makes sure that each recording has the appropriate amount of thought and detail. The result is an ultra relaxing, somewhat meditative sound that seems to carry deep influence from early Beach House albums, such as Devotion.
Born in Sweden in 1979,Marcus Fjellström is a composer and multimedia artist. His work ranges from the purely orchestral through electronic music and audiovisual work. He has worked with the Swedish Royal Ballet and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as well as numerous ensembles and soloists, independent record labels, artists and filmmakers including ‘Salad Fingers’ creator David Firth.
‘Schattenspieler’ (MIACD13/MIALP13), Marcus’ third full length album, was released by Miasmah Recordings in 2010. A meditation on themes such as noir / expressionist cinema, vintage experimental music and the deterioration of old recordings, the album proves to fit the sensibilities of Erik Skodvin’s label like hand in glove.
Just a small sample of the ever so grand 1969-70 sessions recorded for the so-called Stills’ Basement bootleg tapes by Jimi Hendrix and Stephen Stills. Can’t count the times I’ve mellowed out to this bad boy—going way back and listening to it on a shitty cassette tape handed down from big brothers to little brothers in our hood.
It’s a groove you just can’t shake and I’ll try to put out some of the rest over the next few for those of you that have never had the chance to feed and nurture your ears with it.
Pascal Comelade is a French Catalan musician whose work has explored a variegated yet highly distinctive constellation of sounds and styles. His first album, released under the title Fluence(1975), was heavily influenced by the Euro-prog work of such pioneers as Richard Pinhas (of Heldon), who made a cameo appearance playing guitar on the record’s opening track. (The collaboration between the two musicians would be revisited in the 2000 album Oblique Sessions, Vol. 2.)
Beginning in the early 1980s, with albums such as Logique du sens(1983), Comelade’s music went in a more tuneful direction, developing a style that mixed the repetitive tonal patterns of American minimalism, a mood of wistful nostalgia, and distinctive orchestrations that make heavy use of toy instruments. The extended jams of his early records gives way to quirky, laconic character pieces.
Throughout the 80s and 90s, Comelade released a prolific set of recordings as the bandleader of the Bel Canto Orquestra, a seven-piece group that juxtaposes the sound of cheap, plastic instruments with the more conventional piano, violin and guitar. With time, the sound of his music diverged from the gritty, one-take aesthetic of the earlier work into more polished compositions that occasionally skirt the border between new-age and film music—for instance, the lovely piano piece “Nocturn, à Joan Salvat-Papasseit” on Topographie anecdotique (1992).
Comelade’s diverse output is unified by an inventive melodic spark and the consistent pursuit of clear, simple arrangements and colorful orchestrations. Both of these qualities are on display in this buoyant overture to his 2006 album Espontex Sinfonia.
d_rradio (pronounced D. R. Radio) stands for deathrowradio — the perfect moniker for a music whose intention is to bring comfort and light to the most dark and difficult hours. Thriving on beautiful organic melodies and digital soundscapes, d_rradio sound like an absurd mix of the most joyous moments in your favourite late-night records and yet sound simultaneously like nothing else.
Forecast, d_rradio’s latest album of majestic Ambient is available from Bandcamp, while you have to wait for a limited vinyl edition to be out on heath death records until September.