You may recall an incredible dream pop single called “Color Theory” created in collaboration with Tea Leigh. Luke just emailed me to tell me he’s jumped out of a tough ‘dry spell’ creatively, and despite this tracks name, it is anything but pathetic.
Central California’s Stephanie Croff thought she had everything in order, that her life was in perfect alignment. And then it wasn’t. Her relationship broke apart suddenly and left her thinking about where she landed, or if she had landed at all. Healing came slowly, but when sharp shattering pieces found their way back together it’s not surprising to learn that power came from crafting the music she loved.
…So I did the work. I dug into myself and read books and cried on the floor and picked myself up and went to meetings and cried in my car and then created work and delivered it and shook business-owners hands and signed contracts and did more work and earned as much money as I could to fund a project like I had never funded before…
One of my favorite songs of all time. Strangely, it didn’t occur to me to see if there was a music video made for it, and boy did they! Stunner, crafted in all parts. I’m so happy that they’ve got a new album, Depression Cherry LP, coming out this August! And check the short film it accompanies.
Randomly connected to my last post, Claire Boucher wrote during the winter “since this is no longer gonna be on the album, I’m releasing it as a special thank you to everyone in Singapore, KL, Manila, Jakarta, HK, Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul, Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo who came out to the shows! It was an honor to play with a bunch of amazing bands and travel to places I would never otherwise be able to go.”
Hope she shares some of the rad local artists she met in her travels!
This song undoubtably holds one of the heaviest growl you ever heard. Get to the 2:40 mark. Olivia Rose is an absolute lioness. Wow. I’ve listened to this track 5 times already and I get goosebumps each and every time.
Kyle Reigle tells me that this new work is “sort of a love-letter to slowburn 80s horror films especially ones set in small lakeside towns like The Fog. I recently moved to Portland, Oregon from Western New York and the change of scenery has been really inspirational and has changed my songwriting/recording approach.” I think he’s on to something here, if these images don’t already do it justice:
My friend Jess used to work with me. During our long work breaks, we used to rap about tunes, but since we left that job we haven’t been in touch as much as we’d like so she sent me a nice letter with this:
A few weeks ago Bill and I went to this random little show in Wilmington. Mostly local bands who were so-so, but the headliner really blew us away. I went digging afterward and found out their single was actually mixed by the guy who did Frank Ocean’s album, though I have no idea how these dudes from Delaware swung that! Turns out a guy in the band is also a bartender at a bar we love, which is so perfectly Delaware; I swear I see someone I know everywhere I go. Anyway, they have this incredible set up with tons of vocal and audio effects and it made for a great show. Honestly, I just loved it because it felt like a tribal New Order dance party. Haha. Such an easy way to my heart. Anyway, thought I’d share because it rules and it seems like no one has written about it because barely anyone has heard it. I think a quarter of its plays are Bill and I. :x
Do you know awesome bands in your neighborhood? Feel free to send them along! You guys know that I love hearing wild and weird new shit off the radar. I guess you do, too, and hence you read my ongoing foray into the woods. Onward!
Mac DeMarco will follow up his 2014 album Salad Days with the release of a new “mini-album” titled Another One on August 7 via Captured Tracks. Having already previewed the mini-album’s breezy lead single The Way You’d Love Her, DeMarco has turned in another preview with the video for the effortless title track. It’s classic Mac DeMarco.
Stream Another One above, and head to iTunes to pre-order the album.
I’ve been a big fan of the heady work Giovanni Saldarriaga creates. I posted an incredible song a few months ago - “Voice Over of a Generation” - and he’s eager for you to hear some new pieces which he’s shared with me recently:
“The last few months have been a whirlwind and our recordings got moved to the back burner of our lives. Then the back burner got moved to the back seat. And the back seat got moved backstage which all just wound up as some convoluted background for the email that I’m writing you now.
“Anyway the truth is – work did that bitch-ass thing it always does and got in the way. I like to think of work as a run-down and demented gangster drunk on the mexican beer of its own ego – always lurking in the background, demonically conniving to jump on the mike and disrupt my love affair with music.
“So for that reason – I consider any recordings we get out into the universe to be a sort minor triumph. A light-hearted rebuke. A sort of Ralph Macchio style crane kick. Or at the very least a well-timed middle finger.”
If you’re in NYC, check them out in Greenpoint on Wednesday night at Troost.
Feel like getting your heart broken this afternoon? Give Rey Villalobos‘s new material a few moments of your attention, and you’ll see how. I’ve posted about his songs severaltimes before and they just keep getting better and better. This one’s a crusher.
It is hard to detect this video’s age and origins. Its direction and design is outstanding (full credits), and as always, the song from one of my favorite dark-siders from LA Jennifer Pearl continues to break my heart. She just let this video fly in celebration of her new album, Cryptocrystalline LP.
The rain started here in the East Coast and cooled off a warming trend of the late spring. Luckily, I was introduced to this astounding new single from Australia. “Maybe it’s okay to hesitate. Maybe something good will come alone…”
Always move forward, never stand still. The group has continued the progression of a sound all their own. They make the freak elements they pull into their increasingly tribal chants make smashing metal and deep base work like a morning rain.
digital display clock was created for a fiction, commissioned by
Stanley Kubrick from the Hamilton Watch Company as a prop for his 1968
movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Hamilton’s designers came up with a
desktop version - featuring a count up and count down, as if all future
time would be keyed to rocket launches - and a slick looking wristwatch
for the space pilots.
by their own fantasies, the Hamilton Company went on to develop and
market the first functional digital display watch, the Pulsar, in 1972.
New York City private schools being what they were (and still are, even
more so I hear), my friend Steve had one by 1974, when we were in the
Everyone was amazed by it. (Steve also had a steady girlfriend before anyone else.)
a librarian pointed out to me years later, when her institution trashed
their card catalogue and she was reaching for a metaphor to explain
what the new electronic listings were like: A digital clock might tell
you the precise time it is, but an analog clock face shows you all the
times it is not.
Digital audio software makes use of
the same kind of time displays dreamed up for Kubrick in 1968. Here is a
sample window from the workstation I use, Digital Performer, taken from
a review of the software in a magazine:
the top is the clock, displayed in “real time” (minutes and seconds),
and as a count of bars or frames. Any sound in the recording -
represented by the blocks of wave forms in the window immediately below
that display - is locked to a reading of this clock. Slide the cursor
across the recording and its sounds and time move together.
no sound in a digital recording is fixed to any particular place on the
clock, or to the location of any other sound - each of those blocks can
be individually dragged, nudged, stretched, cut-and-pasted or otherwise
moved at will. Only the cursor remains locked to the clock, as it moves
through time left to right across the screen.
digital time in the audio workstation is absolute - where you are at any
moment in the recording is precisely determined - but when any given
sound occurs is not. All precise times are equally available to it.
this to an analog recording on audio tape: the tape itself has no
absolute time value. However, any moment on that length of tape is fixed
in relation to all moments it is not. The sounds at the beginning are
necessarily before the middle which precede the end.
relative location is the only way to accurately locate a particular
moment on a reel of tape - “punches” for overdubs in the analog studio
are timed by listening to a section of tape until the sequence of sounds
can be anticipated well enough to hit record at the precise moment
needed - a moment distinguished solely by not being the moment before,
and not being the moment after.
Analog tape, in this regard, is
much like an analog clock. Each moment on it is defined in relation to
all the moments it is not.
A digital recording uses time more
in the manner dreamed up for Kubrick. Each moment on a digital
recording has a unique place on an absolute time scale (12:06, not five
past twelve), but it might just as well be any other moment on that
scale (12:07). Sounds in digital audio are located precisely where they
occur, which might be anywhere.
“Time” in the musical sense -
a feeling for time in sequence, for where a sound is placed in relation
to others - is the same “time” employed by analog audio tape.
on a Pulsar watch - or on a digital audio workstation clock - is
absolute. And if you’ve ever played with a musician whose sense of time was
driven not by the sounds around them but by a sense of the absolute,
you know how “unmusical” that time can be…
Can’t help but share emails like this one I just got from Alex von Lehmden:
Our band was formed after an accidental meeting in a friend’s apartment. I walked in the door and found a long-haired kid, wearing the same clothes as me, hanging with my friend, listening to my favorite music… and then found out that on top of these similarities, we also share a name. Alex Harris and I decided that day to write music together, and along with Miguel Acero and my 16 year-old brother Cody, formed The Candescents. We quit our jobs to spend the summer writing and preparing for shows, and have since gained an enthusiastic following here in Columbus, Ohio.
Now, a year after that surprise meeting with Alex Harris (and only a few days ago), we released our first single “Back of Your Hand.” We plan on dropping our full debut EP “Bedheads” on July 10th. Due to our tiny budget, the entire EP was recorded and engineered by ourselves, and I emptied my bank account to have the tracks mixed and mastered by Johnny Burke and Chris Graham. This band is our real passion- we’ve dedicated many late nights, most of our money… and Cody will even be skipping a year of high school, graduating early to expedite his music career. You taking the time to listen to our music would mean the world to us, and we hope you consider featuring us as well.
Take this through to your weekend mellow zone. I am. Letting the springtime sunshine wash upon my bright light dancing in my open windows.
Songwriter Jesse Miller tells me: “This past winter I was in a lot of weird places. I moved out of Texas six months beforehand and had been on the move ever since, trying to keep my feet on the ground. I was living at a friend’s parents house in the suburbs of Seattle, in his childhood bedroom. I got into a bad car crash on I-5 and totaled my car.
“I found myself in a difficult and confusing relationship that seemed to be cycling through emotional extremes. Then I kept seeing this bright flash at night. It had the rhythm and the power of a camera flash coming through the window, but it was totally unexplained. Meanwhile I was holed up in my friend’s tiny bedroom, recording some songs on a 4-track cassette recorder. A Weird Flash is an impression of that time. It’s a about that flash, about that relationship, and about the paranoia that can result from mental exhaustion and instability.”
Time tangles some mighty webs, don’t it? You blink yr eye and all of a sudden you’re in a completely new world, new skin, new haircut, new seersucker suit. This weird journey we’re on, the surrealism of it all keeps yr mouth agape and full of wonder. And this, friends, is just a small soundtrack.
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Don't give in to the A/C - roll those windows down! Crank up that stereo. Embrace it. Maybe these are a set of summer tunes for yr vacation roadtrips, or perhaps just yr backyard BBQs. Slow down and feel 'em.
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