Thursday, December 9, 2010
grab it here or here
Friday, November 26, 2010
Just found this amazing vinyl of ry cooder (guy that brought together the BVSC) cooperating with a hawaiian band on an Amsterdam flea-market.
The album has such a laid-back 'hawaiian meets country' feel to it. Lots of excellent slide-guitar by ry cooder, hawaiian 'slack key' guitar playing, and general good vibes. The whole album was recorded in gabby's house in hawaii, powered by generators especially bought for the occasion.
awesome quote for you guys:
"Gabby Pahinui helped to lay the foundation for Hawaiian slack key guitar playing. Although he recorded only one internationally released album, Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band, Vol. 1, his influence continues to be reflected in the playing of Hawaiian slack key players and American guitarists including John Fahey, Leo Kottke, and Ry Cooder."
The album's somewhere on mediafire, but can't find the link anymore so here are the tracks (streamed, thanks to 30daysout.wordpress.com):
Aloha Ka Manini
Blue Hawaiian Moonlight
Moani Ke_Ala (def check this one, so chill)
“Oli Komo (Chant)”
“Ipo Le Manu”
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
‘For all the headlines’ and ‘Shallow Brown’ are good intros to his music, but some of the longer more complex tracks are worth repeat listens to really get a feel for him. I love this album it’s fucking incredible – the guitar-work and his voice are both phenomenal, and the extra instrumentation from A Hawk and A Hacksaw (and others) really compliments it. I also believe it was recorded in an abandoned church in Bulgaria (although I may be wrong) which adds to the flavour ;)
There are youtube clips but I didn’t really want to put one up as they’re generally not good enough quality to really convey the power of his music.
Friday, November 12, 2010
I've seen these guys develop their sound since I was playing in Green as a Primary a couple of years ago and it's been a pleasure to see them hone it like this and get some deserved recognition. Ayu's wonderfully ethereal voice and haunting melodies are an amazing addition to the well-crafted soundscapes of bass, beats and synths layered with intricate guitar work, and sometimes, just sometimes, it gets a little dirty - which is always nice. They're currently touring Europe with 65Days of Static.
Here's a big tune off their album Condors:
Here's their myspace - some awesome songs on there: http://www.myspace.com/nedrymakesmusic - check out Clouded
I don't really want to link to a mediafire DL of their album because I know them and it makes stealing music feel a bit more real... that's my hypocrit's mea culpa. But check em out and BUY their album! lol.
Also they're heading your way a week today Phil (19th Nov) - so def go see them if you can. Check the listings on their myspace.
Actually fuck that - first here's Martyn with a classic remix of Flying Lotus (love this tune): listen to it LOUD. (he's dutch, so very cool, as I'm sure you're aware - Rik, not Phil... ha)
Skream's well 'festival dubstep' and got pretty massive a while back along with Benga, but here's a classic for you (I can't say I listen to him much now, but I think this is what you're looking for!):
And here's an ace Digital Mystikz tune - they're the guys behind DMZ (you work it out yet?) - which is still banging about every couple of months and you should def come to next time you're in Londontown.
Here's a link to the mix album Watch the Ride - some classic tunes on there - check Flith.
And here's Skream's first album Skream! (2006):
So yeh - Dubstep's officially dead; I maintain it was never alive given that it wasn't 'one thing' but just a whole burgeoning direction in music encompassing loads of new AND existing genres; but anyway it's spawned some amazing new directions in music and a friend's band (Nedry) are now being touted as 'post-dubstep' which is hilarious but you should check them out though as they're ace: http://www.myspace.com/nedrymakesmusic
Saw them at Corsica Studios recently (just awesome venue at Elephant & Castle) and they were really good - supported 65Days on tour in Europe a while ago and they're doing it again NOW- so catch them NEXT FRIDAY (19th Nov) in Amsterdam.
p.s. you should def check out the track 'Clouded' on their myspace it's really ace and I reckon it's right up both of your respective streets (it's got some post-rock vibe in there Rik! and bass for Phil!).
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
"Produced by Brian Eno, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! was a seminal touchstone in the development of American new wave. It was one of the first pop albums to use synthesizers as an important textural element, and although they mostly play a supporting role in this guitar-driven set, the innovation began to lay the groundwork for the synth-pop explosion that would follow very shortly. [..]There was an almost unbearable tension in the speed of their jerky, jumpy rhythms, outstripping Talking Heads, XTC, and other similarly nervy new wavers. And thanks to all the dissonant, angular melodies, odd-numbered time signatures, and yelping, sing-song vocals, the tension never finds release, which is key to the album's impact. It also doesn't hurt that this is arguably Devo's strongest set of material, though several brilliant peaks can overshadow the remainder."
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
But this track, Shumba, is sick - as is Ndave Kuenda (which I wanted to put on here but there's no youtube vid for it).
Also def check out his most recent album 'Rise Up' (2006) - especially the first track 'Kuvarira Mukati/Suffer in Silence' which I have been LOVING. The album has a bit of a different feel to some of his older stuff and was produced in the US collaborating with US musicians, because he's now living in exile from the country that he was fundamental in the liberation of - Zimbabwe.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
02. In Illusions of Order
03. A Hail of Bombs
04. Giving Birth to Imagined Saviors
05. A Swarm
06. In Every Mind
07. A Mutiny
08. As Each End Looms and Subsides
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
fucking amazing album. props to rik for recommending it to me a while back.
3."Open Up the Gate"
5."La La Bam-Bam"
1."Can't Come In"
2."Sodom and Gomorrow"
3."Ark of the Covenant"
4."The Wrong Thing"
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
And here's the phenomenal album it's taken from:
Propagandhi - Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes
Friday, October 1, 2010
love the 1:30 - 2:00 bit.
the blue peter set makes it all a bit surreal. what the hell are these guys doing on a kids show?
Sunday, September 19, 2010
This is the track 'We Flood Empty Lakes' from the 'Enjoy Eternal Bliss' EP (mediafire link above):
Seeing as you guys are on a big post-rock tip - epic crescendo.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
"Other Animals, who hail from Crystal Lake IL take from the loud-soft dynamics and melodic instrumentation of post-rockers like Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The result is instrumental rock music that will invade your ears and have you setting fire to your speakers. Well, maybe you won’t get that dramatic about it, but it’s hard to deny the intensity and momentum behind these songs.
The band was formerly a duo called Somme which I which I wrote about two years ago here for their awesome Weight EP. Since that time, the band has become tighter and stronger, and added two more members. Other Animal’s self-titled album, which the band are graciously offering up for download, is packed with expertly-crafted and passionately performed songs like opener “Odin”. Extreme tempo changes; raw, layered guitar; and in-your-face drumming are the common threads throughout the album, but the band also have a sharp melodic touch as seen on tracks like the triumphant “Boxcar Blue”."
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
"I Am Come is the second album from the UK's Part Chimp, and their second for the label formed by Mogwai, Rock Action. The band are certainly prone to slow, "Part Chimp Fear Satan" guitar squalls, but where those are emotional crescendos for some bands, they're just interludes between the highlights of I Am Come. "Bakahatsu" is the prototypical grinding opener. Standing squarely under Mogwai's shadow for 90 seconds, it's just buildup for the sludgy sweet tooth of album peak "War Machine". Ringing guitars march forward despite being interrupted by a distorted gallop every four bars, with a melody and rhythm no less effective for their simplicity.
Volume is Part Chimp's primary instrument, and while brief respites like "Bubbles" are welcome and needed, quiet moments are the enemy. Clean guitar chords creep quietly past, waiting for the next bomb to fall."
Couldn't find it on youtube, so uploaded one of the best songs:
Dr. Horse Part II
and here's the whole album, tons of great tracks:
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
01. Are We Getting Any Closer
02. Nobody Tries That Hard Anymore
04. Being In Love
05. Constant Change
06. It Won’t Be Easy
07. She Came To Me As A Ghost
08. Vanquisher (cabwaylingo)