Yellow Ostrich came to my attention while scouring the interwebz for material for the Brain Salad compilations. I first came across “WHALE” which is a track that starts simply with just some looped vocals and percussion. Lead singer and project mastermind Alex Schaff chimes in with his juvenile and playful voice that he decorates really really well with some light distortion. This adds a really nice grainy, yellowish touch to the music. For the most part, Schaff writes songs that form around looped vocals of some sort, typically densely harmonized as well. His latest release, Mistress, comes after two EP’s – The Morgan Freeman EP, and Fade Cave EP. All of these releases are good, and if you’re into movies and pop culture as much as you are into good music, I highly suggest checking out The Morgan Freeman EP. It is exactly what you might assume it not to be: a collection of songs about or directly relating to Morgan Freeman. Its incredibly entertaining and it really gives you a good idea about what Yellow Ostrich is all about. Other highlights include “Hahahaohhoho” off The Mistress and “Getting Lost/Staying Lost” from the Fade Cave EP. I really really like what Yellow Ostrich has going on, and they’ll be doing a string of dates with Ra Ra Riot, so that would just be an excellent show. So try and catch them if they’re around. They’re playing an excellent ACL Fest this weekend. And I don’t want to talk about how I’m not there. xx
“Get Lost/Staying Lost”
“Morgan Freeman’s Selected Filmography”
He also has a couple of wonderful covers that you will probably (hopefully) enjoy.
“King of Spain” – Tallest Man on Earth cover
“Don’t Haunt this Place” – The Rural Alberta Advantage cover
Thanks and enjoy and thanks.
It’s been said that salad is the only thing that beavers are afraid of. While that is undoubtedly fact, this salad is nothing to be afraid of unless you’re a beaver that also hates nice sounding things. In that case, I’m amazed at your ability to use the internet seeing as you’re a beaver, and less concerned about whether you enjoyed the mix. Anyways, this mix was kind of thrown together from the songs I’ve been listening to all month, and a couple late additions to make up for the plethora of new albums that are coming out or have leaked. The first song, “Bubble” come from Mercury Prize 2011 nominee King Creosote and Jon Hopkins. This is a soft interesting number that has sparse percussion that keeps the songs rolling along at a comfortable pace. Next is “WHALE” from brooklyn indie-folkers Yellow Ostrich. I’ve just discovered these guys and found them to have a number of well done covers (including a Tallest Man “King of Spain” cover that really made me smile). Check it out if you enjoy that sort of thing. The song “Pineapple Girl” from Mister Heavenly, is a fun track that reminds me of Dale Earnhardt jr. jr. with a little less manners. “Suffragette Suffragette” from Everything Everything is a electric guitar led number that has very Two Door Cinema Club esque breaks and rhythm. Also they pose the age old question of “Who’s going to sit on your face when I’m gone?” (jksc) Yacht brings us an very nice synth pop anthem with “Dystopia”. ”Serve the People” from The Handsome Furs (Sub Pop) is such a great song that I really am at a loss of words about it. I saw the duo perform this live and i think the emotion associated with my memory of that show are clouding me from making objective statements about it. so yeah. listen. Next is the fully electronic slash EDM section of the mix, with new songs from CSS and M83. Finally some nice crunchy filth to end out the mix with “All Nite” and “Happy Violence”. Pleeze pleeze enjoy this music and spread it amongst the masses that deserve to hear it. and continue to have fun/be safe.
Thanks and enjoy and thanks.
Shabazz Palaces is a hip-hop group on Sub Pop Records (swag) and one of the most on point artists out there right now. Their lyricists articulate delivery and hard-hitting instrumentals have had me vibin’ hard since I first gave him a listen. His song’s typically deal with subject matter far removed from that of most rap and hip-hop acts of today, which is refreshing and extremely appealing. The raw attitude of the lyrics is what hooked me initially, and as I kept listening, it was the songs as a whole that kept me coming back. It’s hard to categorize Shabazz Palaces, and I think that that attests to their straightforward mentality. They seem to do exactly what they want, and thats what keeps the music honest and pure. Songs like “Chuch” and “Blastit” having driving rhythms that instantly create the urge to bob your head, these are the songs you want to blast with the windows down while passing a group of punk middle school hood rats. If you catch my drift. Their use of interesting electronic sounds on their instrumentals really defines their sound. Their extremely creative with their rhythms and I can’t wait to see what these guys throw at us in the future.
An echo from the hosts that profess infinitum
Blastit (live from Daytrotter)
Swerve… The reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding)
LIVE AT KEXP Seattle.
Thanks and Enjoy. and thanks.
Thao and Mirah first came to my attention through the multiple live video sessions I had seen them in. Mainly, their videos on Yours Truly, had caught my attention. They are both intriguing characters and I enjoyed watched them harmonize on their creative indie-folk-pop orchestrations. However, when they enlisted Merril Garbus, the mastermind behind the amazing musical experience that is the Tune-yards, to help them record their album, they introduced a whole new sonic atmosphere to their music. Garbus brought out elements in the music that could not be experienced through their live sessions. This is what caught me so off guard. I was prepared for a very spacey folk album with dense harmonies and fluttery guitar. Something along the lines of Mountain Man, or Low. What I found was an extremely entertaining album full of creative percussion, driving rhythms, and really just enjoyable sounds on nearly every song. Its always a good sing when I can’t decide which song from an album to post, and such is the case with this album. Their are so many good tracks on this 12-song album, so I strongly urge you to procure this album in any way you see fit. You will not regret it. Its just an extremely interesting album and I have been thoroughly entertained by it since I first listened.
How Dare You
Sugar and Plastic (alternate)
Thanks and enjoy and thanks.
This month’s Brain Salad is full of wonderfully fun songs that have guided me through the summer days with relative ease. Lookin forward to getting back to the brick streets of the university and enjoy the company of my friends. There was a large quantity of good music released this months, and some wonderful new albums have made their way through my ears (Fruit Bats, Beirut, Portugal the Man) I’m seeing the Head and the Heart(!!!!) w/the Decemberists this week so alot of my listening has been occupied with that. First is a song that I’ve been sitting on for a while, “Wedding Song”, is a song by Anais Mitchell from her Folk album Hadestown featuring Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). Its a sweet sweet song with nice harmonies that have been stickin to the inside of my head for quite some time. Next is my favorite song of the new Vetiver album The Errant Charm. “Can’t You Tell” is a chill song perfect for strolling around in the sun on any given summer day. ”Dolly” by the Fruit Bats is a playful number from one of my new favorite bands. Their new album has been on repeat. The new stuff from The Kooks, Portugal. The Man, and Beirut is all just as quality as one would expect from these wonderful bands. The new song “Go Outside” from the Cults is just too summer (cool) to leave off this playlist, I’m really liking it. ”Somebody That I Used To Know” found its way onto the playlist because it enlisted the magic of a wonderful dual male/female lead vocal part. Just can’t get enough of this track. The next is the electronic section of the salad, is really quite groovin if I do say so myself. The new track from Bjork, “Crystalline”, pleased me to hear because of its similarity in percussion to Sufjan Stevens on the Age of Adz. Tycho’s new song goes in the category of “Superchill” and fit right in. ”Gucci Gucci” by Kreayshawn has been remixed and thrown into mashups and mixes so much since we first heard it, and I put my favorite of those on here. The final track is remix to “Somebody that I Used To Know” that I really enjoyed when I came upon it. Hope you do as well. In addition I hope the entirety of this mix improves your mood and has you better than you were previously.
thanks and enjoy and thanks.
Head and the Heart came to my attention after I bought a ticket for Iron & Wine on their summer tour as soon as they came on sale. I usually like to at least be familiar with the openers I see when I go to a show. I was glad to find that they were label mates on very possibly the best record label in existence right now, Sub Pop Records, so I was pretty optimistic about it. Additionally, the album cover, a portrait of an adorable lady and a man in a sheep mask with a cigarette, pleasantly intrigued me. The opening track, Cats and Dogs, is a playful ballad that really had me feeling good about the album. It was like trying a new food and immediately thinking that you had been a fool for not claiming that you didn’t like it for years. except this is music, not food. Right?
Lost in My Mind starts with solo guitar and vocals and evolves into a wonderful foot-stompin’ and hand clapping folk song. One of my favorite elements of this song is the vocal harmonies that they lay down on it, and the “ooooh ooooooooohs” that serve as a bridge. The compositions of these songs, with their harmonic back up vocals, convinces me that they had played live or practiced a great deal before recording this album. That or they had a wonderful producer. Either way, its apparent that they’re skilled at their craft.
This album is such a wonderful collection of great indie folk songs, covering a broad range of emotions while staying true to their distinctive sound and vocal harmonies. I saw it written somewhere that they were being called “America’s answer to Mumford” which is a bold statement, and a large shoe to fill, but I’m confident that they’re up for the challenge. Similarly, I’m not too quick to group them into the anti-folk movement, simply because its almost a genre of their own. Soon, I will be saying of other bands, “They sound very “The Head and the Heart-ish”. Hopefully.
For fans of: Mumford and Sons, Fleet Foxes, Noah and the Whale, The Low Anthem
Lost in My Mind
Cats and Dogs
Honey Come Home
Sounds Like Hallelujah
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Hey Ya’ll, nothing warms me up more than new material from one of my favorite bands. We’ve recently been graced with new content from Mumford (Sister and “Home”). Well, here’s a new track from our dearly beloved Seth and Scott (and Joe and Bob), titled “The Once and Future Carpenter” premiered on CMT’s Unplugged.
The Avett Brothers have spent the year recording their follow-up to 2009 major label debut I and Love and You with producer Rick Rubin. And while no release date has been announced for the disc, the boys are jonesing to debut their new material. On an episode of CMT’s Unplugged, the North Carolina trio unveiled the strummy new track “The Once and Future Carpenter,” which you can watch here.
As disappointed as I am that I am missing/missed the Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. concert in Cincinnati, I can’t complain about camping with the fam and relaxin’ after a taxin’ finals week. Also, it doesn’t kill my excitement about the new album. I gave them a chance after hearing their cover of a Beach boys song “God Only Knows“. That had me hooked, I’m totally a sucka for some solid vocal harmonies. This was no exception. The tracks on this album all have a certain amount of intimacy to them that makes you want to get closer to your speakers (or just turn it up). It’s really quite warm. The electronic instrumentation on tracks like “An Ugly Person on a Movie Screen” got me smirkin from the start. The slightly distorted vocals color the tracks really nicely, along with some other subtle effects that let me know that these guys know what they’re doing and not just up to some cheap gimmicks. Give these guys a solid watch or listen. Preeze.
For fans of The Drums, Surf Rock(kinda), quirky people, vintage instruments, NASCAR (jksc)
The final sale on this album/band was this ridiculous KCRW session.
watch the full session at the link below.
Or check out “Simple Girl” from that Session
Stream (listen to) the album here.
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July’s Salad of the brain variety is actually June’s. To explain, my inner genius has noticed that people don’t want to listen to last months music, so I have cleverly skipped ahead and named this salad July, for the simple reason of attractiveness to Brain Salad virgins. So yeah, theres that.
Now, this salad has a bit of a different taste. There’s still the classic sweet start, with your (my) favorite folk tunes that have been brooding in the inner region of the brain. The first song “Flee or Fight” comes from a wonderfully talented band, Matrimony, who construct delicious folk rock songs with both male and female lead vocals (see album: The Sea & the Eye). Next, another good track from Stornoway, who continue to satisfy me with their creative folk pop, lead by a wonderful voiced lead singer. The Vampire Weekend song “Cousins” covered by Mumford and Sons, is the next track on the mix, and is just a prime example of good musicians paying homage to each other. Love that shit. Man In Space makes another appearance in the salad bowl, with a wonderful sing-out-load anthem march thing song track hit. Get it? Every once in a while I will become interested in a band or album simply because of a creative or intriguing name (Hoodie Allen, Trampled By Turtles, etc.) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is one of those bands. Their elegant harmonies and creative indie rock songs have had me humming and smiling like a nutcase. No Diggity, do I really have to explain that one? If you got a problem, take it up with Steve Wilkos. In the hip-hop section, I’ve decided to share with you, Shabazz Palaces. Which is yet another Sub Pop records outlet that I promote. Its straight forward hip hop with a darker feel and just hard banging beats, nothing overdone, just done. GHOST TOWN BY THE SPECIALS IS POSSIBLY THE BEST SONG EVER AND I INCLUDED IT JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ALL HAD IT IN YOUR LIBRARY. Next is the electronic portion of the dish, and features some very dreamy and washed out electro jams. Mansions on the Moon’s single is out, promoting their new album which is being released soon. For fans of Passion Pit. Hot Chip got thrown in just to give you something to dance to in the dark. The new release from Junior Boys is phenomenal, completely changing my mind about them (also for fans of Passion Pit and the likes). Lastly, comes the original version of a Jamie xx song that was featured on the last Brain Salad in its remix form.
Anyways, this has been a fun one to compile, and make sure to check out the album art and stare at it for while, because that was fun too.
Tracklist after the jump.
The tune-yards are a musical anomaly masterminded by one woman who is titled, Merrill Garbus. The music she makes is one that creates its own space in the world, and reinvents itself with every new note. There are certain bands that come along and make their own sound, completely unlike anything else (see Dirty Projectors), and it ends up defining a genre. Tune-yards is such a band (artist?). Merrill’s vocals range from a primal wail at times, to a soft falsetto whisper. Her talents are present in the intricate songs she composes that keep you guessing when the next awesome moment is gonna be. And trust me, its always soon. The music is a mix of what I would describe as Lo-fi R&B garage dance experimental jungle music (its okay, that shouldn’t make sense until you’ve heard it). Highlight from the new album, WHO KILL, include Gangsta, which I’ve played for sooooo many people since first hearing it, Powa, which get the Best build-up-and-drop award for the album, and Bizness, which starts with Merrill looping vocal syllable over one another to create some wonderful noise. This whole album, and its predecessor, Bird-Brains, both deserve a thorough listen. Basically this band is one of my favorites of 2011 so far and will most definitely stay that way.
For Fans Of: Good, interesting music. Dancing. Being happy/smiling. and fun (the activity, not the band).
Gangsta (waiting for this song to be used for a hip-hop instrumental, already suggested it to Hoodie Allen Via FB)