Saturday 20 December 2008
Friday 19 December 2008
A Faulty Chromosome have created such a likable lofi pop noise record that they ask for "donations" to get their cd from their myspace. Sincerity is lost with most bands with "pay what you want" gimmicks, but you know that they post all albums themselves and in the package I got at the start of the summer including free badges and a one of a kind photocopied poster with hand scibbled crayon all over them, smell memory kicks in when I open the package and the waxy smell fills the room. They have a pretty acurate discribtion for themself, " a faulty chromosome is a fuzzy mess of tremolo, hand-claps, 8-bit blips, water-damaged Mister Rogers records, mashed Casio chords and drum machine’d beats."
Jackie O from mike ambs on Vimeo.
Download "As an Ex-Anorexic's Six Sicks Exit" Lp from their Last FM.
Once you fall in love with the best pop noise album of the year and indeed one of my favourite album of this year, you can buy it from them for a suggected donations of $6.66 including postage here, but deffo give them as much as you can expecally if your living outside of America just to cover postage costs. Indeed a wonderful album from start to finish that has been ignored by alot of people not doubt since its a self release and not because of its quality.
Tuesday 16 December 2008
A mixtape for those cold nights and long long journeys
01. Come Wander With Me - Jeff Alexander
"Come Wander with Me" was written for an episode of
the American television anthology series The Twilight
Zone. Sung by by the actress Bonnie Beecher herself.
The whole "Come Wander with Me" episode is available
02. Strange Form Of Life - Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
Another gem from the man who does very little wrong.
Go HERE for a live version on Conan O Brien.
03. Milk and Honey - Jackson C. Frank
This and the first song I first heard from Vincent Gallo's
"Brown Bunny" film. It doesn't get must better than this.
04. Black Flowers - Yo La Tengo
I orginally had "Feel Like Going Home" but it slowed/
depressed precendings down too much. This also capture
the mood i was going for. both songs for their last and ill
say it, their best album to date "I Am Not Afraid Of You
And I Will Beat Your Ass"
05. C4 - Si Schroeder
Seen him at electric picnic 07, he blow the house
down, Great stuff.
06. Back In Time - Au Revoir Simone
You should know the story about these ladies by know. I
think it's safe to say, Classic song from a classic album.
07. The Ice Storm - The Go! Team
A great intrumental from their Austrailan tour Ep.
08. Snowball - Devo
Love this so much, it could even my favourite Devo song.
09. Warm Night - The Concretes
More Swedish greatness.
10. I'm into Something Good - Langley Schools Music Project
Sweet sweet cover of Herman's Hermits classic song by school
chorus. The recordings were made from 1976-77 by Canadian
music teacher Hans Fenger in a school gymnasium in Langley,
11. The Ballad Of Helenkeller & Rip Van Winkle - The Moldy
An other Classic song from a classic album.
12. By Your Side - Coco Rosie
The video says everything.
13. Starbust - Frank Sinatra
"The melody haunts my reverie..."
14. Christmas Time Is Here - Vince Guaraldi Trio
From "A Charlie Brown Christmas".
15. Im On Nights - Richard Hawley
The first song I ever heard of Mr. Hawley and still probably my
favourite song of his. Oh hear that moterbike engine furrrr.
16. (Looking For) The Heart Of Saturday Night - Tom Waits
I have more Tom Waits records than i really should have, but
when he gets it right, boy can he really gets it right.
17. 90-Mile Water Wall - The National
The only song they didn't play at their recent gig that I hoped they
18. The Fox In The Snow - Belle & Sebastian
Yet again an other classic song from a classic album.
19. Rich Wife Full Of Happiness - Bonnie "Prince" Billy
"I woke up fat and almost unhappy
but the bigger the laugh the bigger the belly
and I bellow out and the whole bed it shakes
and you smile at my laugh as it rocks you awake."
20. Long Long Long - The Beatles
One of the best George songs on the White Album.
21. Point Of Disgust - Low
Don't know if this is an official video or not, but it's really
22. The Other Side Of Mt. Heart Attack - Liars
Total Time: 1:18:30
Its abit early for for Merry Christmas, but Merry Christmas
to you, consider it a gift from me to you. Applause and good
fortune to you and yours.
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Posted by Gerard at 04:21
Sunday 14 December 2008
Saturday 13 December 2008
As the first part of this series of posts suggests, I'm not to bothered about "albums of 2008" but more of albums and indeed bands that I have discovered in the last 12 months. Like Iron Curtain in the first post, they were releasing their super sounds from 82' till 88' and they only got the re-release treatment last year, but I only got my mits on them in september or so. Well in the same vien, here is another oldie but a newie fo me. I snatched Chrisma's "Japanese Restaurant LP" early this year, January or Feburary and is probably my favourite album I hear in 2008. The Italian duo where produced by no other than Vangelis (Blade Runner OST) and he as made Chrisma sound super fresh with famous folk like LCD Soundsystem and Eagles of Death Metal definitely "borrowing" grooves and ideas from different tracks from their 1977' opus " ("Thank You" and "Wonderlust" respectively).
Here is a couple of tracks from their wonderful record, the whole album is so good, from sleazey rock n rock to sinister love affair laments with equal parts spanish guitar and analogue oscilations that 'Berlin' Bowie would be proud of. Also a meddle of tv clips of chrisma singles spanning from 76' to 80' too for your viewing pleasure.
Chrisma -Black Silk Stocking.mp3
Chrisma - Lola.mp3
Chrisma - Wanderlust.mp3
Chrisma - Lycee.mp3
Oh I just learnt if you Right click and click "Open Link In New Tab" so you dont have to go back and reopen this page every time you want to download an other song from my here, rightous.
Friday 12 December 2008
Wonderful U.S. minimal electro from 82 till 88'. For all those how didnt take notes, I put the stalking soundtrack masterpiece "Terror Story" on the "Hollowing Mixtape", which is only a taster from their dark cannon. The band only release a couple of super sweet eps which now have been collected together in one tastey collection by Pylon Records. Here is a couple of tracks that are still more cutting than any pop tracks of the nowaday.
Iron Curtain - Tarantula Scream.mp3
Iron Curtain - Love Can Never Die.mp3
Iron Curtain - Like a Family.mp3
Get it before it gets you.
Tuesday 9 December 2008
A live sound track piece by two of my favourite hynotic kings ARP and White Rainbow, not sure who Lichens is, but he is in good company anyways. Here's the story behind the piece.
On October 2, 2008 at 303 Gallery in Chelsea, Doug Aitken invited Arp, Lichens, and White Rainbow to perform live musical improvisations to his film installation "MIGRATION", replacing the film’s original soundtrack. The 24-minute film was played successively three times. Here, Lichens is highlighted from 0:00 to 4:22, ARP from 4:23 to 7:00, White Rainbow from there to the end.
Thursday 4 December 2008
Fuzzing up my pop timbers, here is some wonderful tunes for uk pop noise band/one dude, A Grave With No Name.
"And We Parted Ways At Mt Jade" is beautiful hazy Galaxie 500-eque groove that makes me feel the same way when I listen to Liars - Pure Unevil. Like a kid just getting out of school for summer holidays, freewheelin' all the way to beach. While "Open Water" sounds like running/ falling down sand dunes in slow motion.
And We Parted Ways At Mt Jade.mp3
Also go here for a Virtual 7" of theirs, and in case you missed the series of Virtual 7" I put together with so far all Irish artists go here.