Saturday, November 14, 2015

Temps de l'Amour à Paris, C'est-à-Dire----------------- It's Love Time Paris, aka World

I'm in Paris right now and if this war is a lifestyle fight, the French are winning. (If it's about imperialism, that's another story...) But, as mademoiselle Hardy sings, it´s time for love, time for friends and adventure. When the time comes and goes, we won't think anything of these wounds...Because the time of love is long and short, it lasts forever. We remember.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Nirvana :: I Hate Myself and I Want to Die

Nirvana :: I Hate Myself and I Want to Die

You can stream the album after the jump. I decided to bring this post back to life in honor of the new Montage of Heck collection that just came out. It's hard not to see these releases (see also With the Lights Out) as blatant attempts to capitalize on Nirvana's 'legacy,' which Kurt probably wouldn't be too happy with.

It's a bad joke to see Nirvana shirts in stores being sold alongside Guns N Roses shirts and chains and leather wristbands. To underline this very clear point, Axel Rose is a person who penned the lyrics "immigrants and faggots, they make no sense to me. They come to our country and think they'll do as they please" in the racist, homophobic song "One in a Million." I don't even want to mention whatever this is. Kurt stood for a lot of things that are forgotten. His music was more punk rock and folk than metal. Most glaringly, he was an anti-consumer and anti-authoritarian in a commercial machine. Most under-appreciated, he was incredibly outspoken about LGBT rights and he was a feminist in an industry of misogyny and overblown masculinity.

Kurt Cobain is remembered in a really weird way. Imagine what we would think of him if he had actually recorded the acoustic album he was talking about doing with R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe and went on to make more albums long after people stopped caring. His life was too short for him to have had a lot of b-roll lying around, which is why these posthumous releases are just putting out whatever half-stoned demo Kurt committed to tape. But there are a lot of decent songs lying around, which is why I initially made this mix.

à la 2011:
The reissue of the 20 year old Nevermind inspired me to post a collection of Nirvana b-sides and unreleased songs. So, if the With the Lights Out collection was too dense and at times impossible to listen to, try this on. The title of the mix comes from the joke name that Kurt Cobain wanted to give In Utero.


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Monday, February 02, 2015

Radar 2k14 Reflectozoid


Andrew Bird: I Want To See Pulaski At Night [Grimsey] 
Bill Callahan: Have Fun With God [Drag City]
Nick Drake: Tuck Box [Island]
Olivia Tremor Control: John Peel Sessions [Chunklet]
The Velvet Underground: Foggy Nation [Sundazed]
The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground [Sundazed]
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra: Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything [Constellation]

Lambchop: Nixon [Merge] [reissue]
Quilt: Held in Splendor [Mexican Summer]

Breton: War Room Stories [Cut Tooth]

Broken Bells: After the Disco [Columbia]

Sun Kil Moon: Benji [Caldo Verde]


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Elliott Smith Unreleased Songs and Rarities Compilations:: A Shot of White Noise & Violent Girl

I recently re-curated my Elliott Smith rarities into two collections. The idea behind these two compilations was to try to create two albums that could feasibly be like actual Elliott Smith releases. The first record, A Shot of White Noise, is more acoustic and the second, Violent Girl, features compositions with more instruments and usually electric guitar.

Stream the mixes after the jump.


Friday, October 03, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

Navigate Paris with Balades Sonores

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Paris can be an intimidating city when it comes to navigating independent music, especially since there’s really no other city like it in France and “electro” tends to drown everything out. Wandering into the small boutique called Balades Sonores can be like opening the door into another hidden Paris. For one of the biggest cities in the world, it offers an unmatched intimacy and not just because the place is really tiny (in the typical Parisian style of ultra-small shops and elevators). Located in the area called Pigalle in the 9th district of Paris, it’s crammed full of music and oddities like crocheted pillows that look like vinyl records and T-shirts custom made by the shop’s house designer and artist, Chicamancha.


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.


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sleep-Hiking Bastard Mountain

Farewell, Bastard Mountain cover
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Traveling to Edinburgh for just a few days, it was hard to imagine that the namesake for the group Bastard Mountain wasn’t in fact Arthur’s Seat, the city’s highest crag with a patchwork of yellow wild flowers and spotted with bunnies darting from stone staircases, behind broken fences and into the bushes. Or to imagine that the grassy field of spirits from “Meadow Ghosts” wasn’t actually hidden around the overgrown river walkway along the banks of the Water of Leith. The music’s lingering, winding guitar parts, the rumbling, hum of the accordion and the subdued voices and harmonies are a perfect companion to the moist green city with black-stained castles and cathedrals.


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

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

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

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.


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.


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.