Friday, November 28, 2014
As Tenacious D was once introduced...""Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Molly Hatchet could not be here tonight but they all had sex and are proud to pronounce the birth of their two headed baby Tenacious D" so it goes for Scary People.
This is some serious ROCK!!
I just found a great beat "tape" compilation from Cultiz that showcases many up and coming French producers.
Check out a few of the tracks below and the entire thing HERE!!
Download the album HERE! (name your price)
Paul original contacted me to showcase his remix work...but as I dug around his soundcloud page I found his originals. This guy has some serious skill.
Check it out for yourself.
Here are a couple of his remixes as well.
Find loads more of his originals and remixes HERE!!!
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
The Throwing Muses - Purgatory/Paradise (book/cd) OUT NOW! ***Exclusive Interview with Kristin Hersh***
Boston based Throwing Muses were the first American group to sign to cult independent record label 4AD, who was churning out 'alternative rock' well before the term existed. The band was formed in 1983 by step-sisters Kristin Hersh and Tanya Donelly.
The band drew influences from punk, folk and rockabilly without ever actually falling into any of those genres themselves.
Throwing Muses won over fans in the UK with their eponymous debut album, followed by two EPs, Chains Changed and The Fat Skier, in 1987. The following March saw the release of second album House Tornado. When they toured for that record they were supported by another Boston favorite, the Pixies.
Through the years they created five full-length albums, two collections of their work and had numerous solo outings for each of the members..
Purgatory/Paradise will be the band’s first collection of brand new music in over ten years. The album/book is an interesting project and treat for the fans.
In their own words....“After the success of Kristin Hersh’s solo album, Crooked, as a book I was hoping that one day we might be able to do the same with a new Throwing Muses album, and for it to be their first new release in a decade really is a coup. I am particularly pleased that the band have agreed to make extra material available making this physical edition the must-have version of the album.” The book that accompanies the album is "a deluxe 64-page book which also contains more than two dozen photographs and artwork by Kristin Hersh and band member Dave Narcizo; lyrics for each song; stories and essays that accompany each track written by Hersh; and instructions for downloads of exclusive content, including demos and outtakes".
Fans of classic Muses albums will not be disappointed with this release. It checks all the boxes and fits in perfectly with their other amazing albums. This is definitely a band that is NOT past their prime.
I was lucky enough to get a small interview with Kristen, who took the time to talk to me between touring and writing books.
Kristin, Thank you for taking the time to speak with me.
I've been a fan of your for years. Regardless of it being your time in Throwing Muses or your solo work. I always love to see artists that change with the times and continue making the music they love. So many fade away into obscurity, I am glad you are not one of them!
Pretty sure I've always been obscure, so I didn't have to fade anywhere, just hung out for a couple decades.
With bands like Lush, The Cure, The Pixies, REM, Jane's Addiction, Catherine Wheel, The Breeders and the Violent Femmes becoming hugely popular.....the late 80's and early 90's were a pivotal time for "alternative" music.
Many (including myself) consider Throwing Muses as one of the leads in that movement. I mean come one...you were on the 4AD label before it was cool. :)
What was it like putting the band together during that time?
We were always on our own planet. We come from an island where you either surf or you're in a band and we couldn't surf, so we started a band. When people paid attention, it confused us.
I know you were all pretty inexperienced at the beginning, your drummer didn't even know how to play when you started....did that play into the shifting tempos and unique song structures you guy became known for?
Dave was actually a "snare prodigy" - he'd just never played a full kit before - and Leslie was classically trained. I studied classical guitar for 5 years, but the songs I wrote had very little to do with following rules. The shifting tempos, unusual chord progressions and structures were the result of us trying to let songs, rather than rules, tell us what to do.
Was it hard to get signed early on?
We were courted by almost every major label for some reason. Good reviews and a buzz, I guess, which won't get you anywhere today. We actually only chose 4AD because they offered us a one album deal. Seemed safe. Plus, I loved Ivo Watts Russell, the man who started and ran the label. He didn't seem like an adult...more like a bright 6 year old.
How was it recording with the Muses last year after a 10 year break?
We didn't take a break really, we just didn't want to participate in an industry whose values were so different from ours. We played live, released an anthology and did a world tour, we wrote and recorded songs, but becoming fan-supported is what convinced us we could release Purgatory/Paradise. The idea of publishing it as a book, like my last solo record, Crooked, suited us and the material; that really sealed the deal. We could then participate without playing the game.
In your opinion was it easier/better experience recording/releasing albums in the 90's or now?
It was *easier* in the 90's because there was a lot of money around and other people got you radio play and press, etc...you didn't have to sell yourself or your work, that was someone else's job. But it's *better* now because there's no middleman between us and the listeners. We are obsessed with what we do, so if we talk out loud about it, we're just telling the truth.
That sounds so lame ;)
Do you think that Record labels are still the way to go or will the new DIY culture (Bandcamp, Soundcloud and self publishing) finally making it easier for you to connect directly with the fans?
How does CASH Music fit into all that?
CASH was developed by our manager, Billy O'Connell, to help us circumvent the traditional recording industry before all those alternatives existed. It suits us because we sell an organic product - bumpy, real, not cool or stylized - and it isn't for everyone. Listeners want their soundtrack and we want to play it, period.
Where do you see the music industry going in the next 10 years?
I hope that free music, while difficult for musicians and others in the business to stomach sometimes, will educate listeners to the point where they no longer demand style, only substance, in any genre, from any era. Then passing the hat to keep working musicians working will make sense.
Having been in Throwing Muses, doing your solo work and fronting 50 Foot Wave...How did you find time to write a memoir and a children's book?
I'm an insomniac. Also, I don't have a real job.
What are your musical plans for the future? Any chance we will see another new album from Throwing Muses, a new solo album from you, a new 50 Foot Wave album or something new?
Our producer, Mudrock, is currently mixing the new 50FootWave record in LA (we're putting a song a month up at kristinhersh.com, with lyrics and essays) and we'll start basics for the new one early next year.
I'm finishing up my new solo record which has WAY too many songs on it (42)...sounds like 2 or 3 solo records, if you ask me. So I'm hoping a lot of those tracks suck enough to be thrown away. Because I play all the instruments on solo stuff, I can be pretty brutal with the work, having no one but myself to blame when it blows. I kick songs around the room and then out the door.
And I started another trio with Rob Ahlers, 50FootWave's drummer, and Chris Brady (the bass player from Portland's Pond back in Subpop's heyday), called Outros. We start recording in San Francisco this January.
The Muses just finished a year of working Purgatory/Paradise. If I told them we were gonna make another record NOW, they'd kick ME around the room and out the door.
Who are you listening to now and who do you think we should be on the lookout for?
I sold/gave away my record collection this year, so I'm listening to the Nick Drake cd's a friend gave me, but only in my car. Music is too big a deal for me to just let it play in the background - I have to be paying attention - so I tend to avoid the emotional interaction altogether. I'm a dummy.
But you could look out for The Moore Brothers out of San Francisco. They play their own sound, of all things, speak their own language. Very rare.
Keep up the great work. Thanks again for taking time to speak with me.
Here are several tracks off the new album.
This album is a worthy addition to a great bands already impressive catalog of music.
BUY THE BOOK/CD HERE!!!
Here is the video to the classic 'Counting Backwards'.
Also check out their outstanding in studio performance on KEXP from February of this year.
I'm a huge fan of Lady Citizen.
I love his deep house sensibilities and here is his latest mix!
1. Ahull / Loscil
2. Targa / Untold
3. Vermillion / bvdub
4. Floating / Martin Schulte
5. Girls Night / Makam
6. Paskho Version 1 / Luke Hess
7. The Odd Lobster / Roman Fluegel
8. Silhouette Of A Ghost / Ida Engberg
9. Moment (George FitzGerald Remix) / Lee Jones
10. Don’t You - SCB Edit / George Fitzgerald
11. Flux / Auden
12. Floating funk / Lady Citizen
13. 5AM (Mathew Jonson Remix) / Quenum
14. Twins / And Vice Versa
15. Kenton / Mikkel Metal
16. Perpetual Goes / Eadonmm
17. Gniddt / Arovane
18. Tell Me, Why You / Sun Glitters
19. It Was For You, It Was For Us / bvdub
DOWNLOAD IT HERE!!
Check out some of his tracks as well!
Mixing several different genres together Madi Diaz has crafted a very catchy and addictive album of energetic and moving pop songs.
The girl's got some serious talent.
Here is the video for 'Stay Together'.
BUY IT HERE!!
Nineteen year old Cara Mitchell has released her latest EP, 'Afraid of The Dark'.
The EP is a wonderful collection of folk-pop tunes that are sure to work their way into your heart as surely as this cute and sweet young fledgling artist has into mine.
Fantasma, the latest project of South African producer Spoek Mathambo, is a five-man collective which weaves together electronica, hip-hop, traditional Zulu maskandi music to form a unique, original sound.
Check out this incredible melange for yourself.
Fantasma’s debut album will be available early next year.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Stuart Cullen is a composer,producer and multi instrumentalist who has been working in the field of electronic music and,more recently,folk and country music,since 1998. His Pilote persona has been going strong for over 12 years.
In his own words 'The EP is a psychedelic-electro-bluegrass-pop explosion with electronic remixes."
I like the sound of that.
I think you will too.
Buy the EP HERE!!!
Here is the video for their track 'Foggy Paddock Backstep'.
Mix Justin Timberlake and SBTRKT together and you get Jack Garratt.
Serious amounts of WIN here.
Check it out and see for yourself.
Here is a live performace of 'Remnants', the title track on his new EP.
BUY THE EP HERE!!
RnB (rhythm and bass) sure is taking the lead as the style of the year. There have been several artist that have been doing it very well this year. J Tropic is one of them.
In these coming cold winter months tracks like 'Who U Are' and 'Love Up' from producer J Tropic will surely warm you up as they give you that late night summer vibe.
BUY IT HERE!!
If Ellie Goulding and Linkin Park has a weekend tryst....Greywind would be the the resulting lovechild.
The Irish brother-sister duo have release a very strong first single. I hope their full release will capitalize on the promising start they've shown with 'Afterthought'.
Here's the video for the same track.
When the mothership landed it dropped off George Clinton, Prince and Harriet Brown.
Harriet Brown, real name Aaron Valenzuela, is an LA-via-Oakland singer/songwriter/producer/performer.
His 'New Era' EP is a little bit RnB, a little bit Funk and a whole lot of wicked cool.
Here is the video for Paradisiac.
Buy the EP HERE!!!
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Murlo just jumped onto my musical radar in a big way. Boom.
Check out this wild and crazy video for 'Into Mist'.
Here is another sweet tune off the 'Into Mist" EP entitled 'Vertigo'.
Buy the EP HERE!!
I found this nice deep house groover in my inbox the other day.
"I Cant Wait" is a spoken word number sung by Freya from Montreal, Canada.
Here is the original.
As much as I dig the original...the Tom Ferry mix is where it's at.
Here is the remix from Lou Van as well.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Here's 'Droplet' from Tessera Skies.
Rich layered melodies and vocals that craft a "more than your average" pop song.
There is more going on in this one song than in some pop stars whole musical catalog.
I can't wait for more.
The London based 5 piece are quickly making a name for themselves with their brand of melodic electro-rock.
Check out their newest singles.
If these don't get your head bobbing then you're dead inside.
Here is a lovely bit of folk-pop from Miss Kenichi....'Who are you', off her new album' The Trail'. It'll be out at the end of November.
Saturday, November 08, 2014
Here's a bit of sweetness from my own backyard.
LA, by way of DC, band Misun will be revealing their debut album 'Superstitions' later in November. The band effortlessly blend 60's rock & roll nostalgia with hip-hop and dance.
Here's a taste of what to expect.
BUY IT HERE!!
This is checking all the boxes for me. Trip hop. Slick production. Moody vocals.
French artists Jade Analogic have released their new EP 'Thanks for clearing after use'.
If you dig Tricky or trip hop in general, you'll dig this.
Check it out for yourself.
Here's the video for 'Creatures'.
I just discovered London based electronica-blues-rock artist Greighwolfe. Dude. Whoa.
This has a serious groove and will rock your socks off.
Turn this one up!
BUY IT HERE!
If you're in NY on Monday November 10th, check him out LIVE!!
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
Up and coming EDM artist Kaige has released a pretty cool track called 'Mohawk'.
Mohawk is a soundtrack specially designed for the mobile game Mohawk created by Alterego Games.
I'm getting hints of early Paul Van Dyk...I like it.
Check it out below.
Buy it HERE!!