Tis such a silly world we exist in where we complain about the changing of the seasons. What a glorious anomaly of existence that we get to experience such varying degrees of climate all within a period of time that, in comparison to life, is quite short.
Thanks everybody. Tell your friends.
New Mix – Our Love
So Sharon Van Etten has been kicking my ass lately. I simply cannot shake the emotion conveyed on her new record Are We There. She leads off this mix with the brooding “Our Love”, which opens with a smooth drum-machine beat that carries the song. Also in this mix is Frankie Cosmos, whose song “School” makes me feel funny. It’s such a simple song that carries a decent amount of weight. Dan Croll’s “Wanna Know” lodged itself in my head for a good long while and “Warranted Queen” was a song that I caught on a mix and I was delighted to rehear a week later, this time with the artist info(Arum Rae). “Why” from Mas Ysa is a bit of a frantic dance hit, with a fantastic hook. Dana Buoy fell on my radar because they’re opening for Sylvan Esso on their current headlining tour. The mix finishes with hands down my favorite producer, Jamie XX with a track he wrote on the road because he missed the UK. While I’ve never been to the UK, I sure do miss a whole lot of places.
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“If I were more nocturnal, I would surely miss seeing my shadow. This peculiar dark spot that diligently follows my earthly shell, reminds me of the momentary changes I can make to this physical world. Similarly, it is a constant reminder of the great ball of fire that we rely on to survive on this planet. Lying on my back towards the sun, I am often stricken with guilt that people of the current era do not pay respect to the sun as much as the people of old. With spring fully upon us, the days are getting longer, and our mid-day shadows are becoming much shorter. This provides an excellent opportunity to explore the wonders of your individual world. So the next time you’re feeling the urge to re-watch old episodes of your program of choice, drop your headphones onto that powerful cranium, and romp around for an hour or so. If you truly regret it, then you may be having an uncommon case of springtime seasonal depression, and just might be beyond help.”
– Robert “Bobby” Frost
This month’s Brain Salad comes with its fair share of sunny and bright tunes, most notably, two tracks off the debut release from Vacationer with “No Rules” and “Good as New”. Both tracks are extremely catchy and have everything that I look for in a good synth pop song. Make sure to check out their album,Gone, on their Bandcamp, it’s too legit to be illegitimate. Topping of the mix, is two folky songs, one from an artists I’ve been following for a while, Of Monsters and Men, and a brand new discovery to me, an excellent folk group out of Houston that goes by the name of Buxton. Next, the fun, bounding track from Imperial Teen, has been my international walking anthem for the past few weeks. Delicate Steve teases us with a track his latest album, Positive Force, coming on May 15. I brought in another track off Conner Youngblood‘s free EP Sketches Pt. 1, simply because he’s making some extremely creative music and I firmly believe that more people should be aware of it. Nite Jewel‘s album One Second of Love, caught me completely off guard and I’m simply infatuated with the track “She’s always Watching you”off that one. The mix ends with some peppy, and almost-annoying tunes, from Tanlines and the always reliable Remix Artist Collective. The last track on this is a unique banger from french hip-hop/edm producers Chill Bump. Watch out for them if you dig this track because they’re quite on point.
As always, take care, please share, and Thank you x2. xx
Tracklist and link After the Jumpoff
Brain Salad – March 2012
Despite being relatively absent from the blogosphere for the past few months, I have been listening to a fair bit of music. So here I am picking it back up with a brand new Brain Salad release. March’s mix continues the trend of eclectic compilations with everything from Shigeto’s exciting glitchy remix of Sufjan Steven’s “Futile Devices”, to the light folky soul tune in Michael Kiwanuka’s “I’m Getting Ready”. Highlights from this month’s include a quality track titled “Lonesome” from another quality release from Dr. Dog off Be the Void. The new track from one of my personal favorites Yellow Ostrich, “Shakedown” is a driving rock tune that starts off strong and ends with a crescendo that is as fulfilling as it is hectic. Blood Orange has been ringing its smooth R&B Rock through my head for the past few months, so I figured I’d share “Forget it” with all y’all. By the way, Blood Orange is the project of one Lightspeed Champion, who I found out about through Emmy The Great, won me over with his excellent name and even better music, so check him out, please. Pepper Rabbit comes through with a nice catchy tune that is just plain nice. Michael Kiwanuka and Ben Howard wins the best folk tunes so far this year. Polica and Rhye and Grimes all came out of nowhere this year with some awesome female dance/electronic tunes. Conner Youngblood continues to crank out tunes that I can’t help but love, and even better, “Will You Be There”, came on a free EP called Sketches Pt.1. Last of all comes A$AP Rocky’s “Peso” which if you aren’t already aware of, fix it, because A$AP Rocky is doin his own thang like none other, and gettin paid for it. As always, thanks and enjoy and thanks.
Tracklist after the Jump.
“Whenever the first leaves would fall, back when I was a child, I would began to count down the moments until there were enough to gather. The amount wasn’t anything specific, more like an estimation of how big the pile would have to be to break my fall. Just beyond the worn away patch of dirt in the lawn, I would corral the leaves. Always careful to try and filter out any twigs or other debris that could later become dangerous. The old rope swing stayed up year round, but some seasons were favorable. You never knew for sure if it was a good cushion until you tried it. So once I felt I had an adequate collection I would back up as far as I could go. Running and leaping with a mighty push, I would launch into the brisk air.”
Sometimes music comes along that just has too much flavor for me to share it with anyone right away. I get nervous that I’m enjoying these sounds just because of how unique it is, instead of it simply just being good music. Its almost that I feel like I might be getting tricked by a facade of production tricks or gypsy magic that makes me THINK that the music is good, as opposed to knowing for sure. Upon first listen of Diamond Mine from King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, I was enamored by the richness of the backing tracks (Jon Hopkins) and the vocals (King Creosote). First off, I’m a sucka for vocalists with blatant accents, and King Creosotes Scottish* drawl plays right into that weakness. The first track that caught my attention was “John Taylor’s Month Away” which is a slowly building track that swells up to large wide sounds and eventually fades into a soundscape beautifully orchestrated by Jon Hopkins. This album was reported as a project that was “a culmination of about seven weeks of work spread over seven years of recording and collaboration” which really shows in the final project. I feel like this started as a dream between the two of them to work with a musician that they respected and because they both had a unique vision for the project, it ended up being such a masterpiece. The standout track on Diamond Mine for me would definitely be “Bubble”, which features Hopkins knack for minimalist percussion and other droning chords that create such a lovely backdrop for the harmonizations of the the vocals. The final product is quite the enchanting adventure, and they managed to capture that with an AMAZING music video. Check out the video and other quality tracks below.
“John Taylor’s Month Away”[audio http://www.archive.org/download/KingCreosoteJonHopkins_690/02-JohnTaylorsMonthAway.mp3]
“Bats in the Attic (unravelled)”[audio http://www.archive.org/download/KingCreosoteJonHopkins_690/03-BatsInTheAtticunravelled.mp3]
Check out their concert from the Tiny Desk Series from NPR to see how it all happens.
Thanks and enjoy and thanks. xx
Last night I had a dream that my friends and I were being pulled around a lake (in which one end was a shallow indoor pool) by a rope that had some sort of strange throttle mechanism on it. Hanging on to this rope, my friends and I zipped around the lake just enjoying the ride. All of this was fine and grand until we were pulled back into the pool area and we discovered something written on the floor of the pool. I remember getting just close enough to read it, feeling scared because of the way that my friend had shouted about it, and then I woke up.
Enjoy this months Brain Salad.
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”[audio http://www.archive.org/download/YellowOstrich/05GettingLost-stayingLost.mp3]
“Morgan Freeman’s Selected Filmography”[audio http://www.archive.org/download/YellowOstrich/05MorganFreemansSelectedFilmography.mp3]
He also has a couple of wonderful covers that you will probably (hopefully) enjoy.
“King of Spain” – Tallest Man on Earth cover[audio http://www.archive.org/download/YellowOstrich/King-of-Spain-The-Tallest-Man-on-Earth-cover.mp3]
“Don’t Haunt this Place” – The Rural Alberta Advantage cover[audio http://www.archive.org/download/YellowOstrich/Dont-Haunt-This-Place-The-Rural-Alberta-Advantage-cover.mp3]
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.
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[audio http://www.archive.org/download/ThaoAndMirah/07-HowDareYou.mp3]
Sugar and Plastic (alternate)[audio http://www.archive.org/download/ThaoAndMirah/12-SugarAndPlasticalternate.mp3]
Thanks and enjoy and thanks.