Wednesday, July 02, 2014

New Emperor X: The Orlando Sentinel

Emperor X has a new EP/album coming out on June 27th called The Orlando Sentinel.  You can listen to the first track "Fierce Resource Allocation" above. Not too many details have come out about the album yet, except that it will be awesome. Emperor X is touring around the US in June and Europe in July.
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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Spanish bands to watch from Primavera Sound 2014

Every year Primavera Sound in Barcelona hosts some of the best indie bands out there, but did you also know that Spanish bands play the festival? And no, not just John Talabot. Spanish groups usually play during the 5PM time slot when everyone is either just waking up from their 7AM bedtime or going back to sleep for that sweet, sweet siesta so you’re sure to see Arcade Fire or Kendrick Lamar. So, it’s easy to miss them. Here’s a list of some of the Spanish acts that played the festival that are worth keeping an eye on.

Univers, from Barcelona univvers.bandcamp.com

The epitome of Spanish shoegaze, Univers have been our friends since we interviewed Mujeres a while back, as both groups share a member. We also wrote about their last EP La Pedregada, and this year they came out with their first full length L’Estat Natural. It’s lovely dimension bending guitar riffs and voices drenched in reverb.

Pional, from Madrid soundcloud.com/pional

A good buddy of John Talabot and featured on 2012's Fin, Pional makes house and electro music. Constantly releasing remixes on his soundcloud page, his DJ set is one of the best at Primavera Sound. And his original electronic compositions aren't too shabby either.

Oso Leone, from Mallorca
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Oso Leone make some minimalist electronic music that is as entrancing as it is poppy at times. With reverb drenched vocals as the songs wind deep into their meditations, you might not even realize what language the band is singing in, but it doesn’t even matter.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Angel Olsen :: Burn Your Fire for No Witness



"I started dancing just to be around you..."

There's something about Angel Olsen's voice and recording style that are nostalgic for a lost era without sounding like a rip off. There's also something about that moment in the first track, "Unfucktheworld" when the hi-fi vocals kick in that you realize you were taken away somewhere where hi-fi didn't exist and now she's not just singing to you from a broken radio, but also right beside you and whispering into your ear. There are a few good upbeat, fuzzy guitar, kick drum songs, but what was really snagging were the haunting intimate melodies where it's just her and a guitar and me. She's mostly just singing about her lonely broken heart, but she's made it really damn charming. It's the perfect thing to listen to while walking around the little cobblestone backstreets of French city.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sun Kil Moon :: Benji


An incredibly verbose album full of stories from deep backwoods Ohio. Mark Kozelek reaches deeper into it's folk roots than other albums, with less obvious hooks and melodies and somehow manages to make rednecks and frying up frog legs charming. The songs don't dance around anything, "Dogs" details all of Kozelek's early sexual encounters, but most of the tunes are stories about death and loss and family. And he loves his Mom and Dad.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra :: Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything



Folksy yet long and experimental. A good balance of male and female vocals. Great entrancing moments with lines repeated over and over again. If Godspeed had singing.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Radar 2013


2013

01-07
Death Cab for Cutie: The Barsuk Years [limited edition deluxe vinyl box set] [Artist in Residence]

01-08
Broadcast: Berberian Sound Studio OST [Warp]

01-15
Christopher Owens: Lysandre [Fat Possum]
Yo La Tengo: Fade [Matador]
Villagers: {Awayland} [Domino]

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

THE MUSIC TAPES’ TRAVELING IMAGINARY IN REAL LIFE


Music Tapes Traveling Imaginary


Published on thebomberjacket.com

The Traveling Imaginary came to New York City for a few nights in September and for a few hours the third story of a chapel became a gateway to another world. A place somewhere in the imagination of Julian Koster and The Music Tapes crew, outside of space and reality, where time stood still. A carnival full of games and cookies and music and recordings and fantastical characters and magic tricks and stories and dreams.
Since its beginnings, the band has consistently re-imagined the concert experience, and whatever form they take, they are definitely not to be missed. And, the performances are usually free of cost. For several years they’ve been doing caroling tours at Christmas time after being invited to people’s homes for a holiday gathering. They also did a tour performing their unreleased album that was a children’s story and symphony in five movements called, “2nd Imaginary Symphony for Cloudmaking.”

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