Clear feat. Mothica by Pusher is true bang banger like a Val Kilmer x Robert Downer Jr. reunion. Electric Mantis somehow captured the rhythms from inside a space insects spinal column. Les Gordon reminds me once again that I have a hard spot for vibraphone, steel drums, toy piano, thumb piano, any sort of fun/dreamy tuned percussion.[spotify https://open.spotify.com/user/brainforestblog/playlist/36ol6HT6DJqHOeDZ9EgyMb ]
ICHI steals the show on this whole playlist for me. Runner-ups include M&O for an absolute incredible anthem and Lanks for a real clapper.
Its an interesting concept. Dirty. A sliding scale. All relative to the opposite. We have many different descriptors for this state of being. Words that have a physical representation, ones that described something intangible, and ones that combine descriptions of this material world with that of the imagined one. There are remedies for it. Age old ones. Fresh and cutting edge ones. Throughout time its brought death, due to lack of knowledge of its strength. In our day its primarily used as a negative. Often derogatory. Its superlative is frequently assumed. When absence of it was realized, it because obsessive. We have places that claim to be completely free of it, and places that make no attempt to avoid it. The beauty of it lies within its ability to make itself present with little to no intervention. It will reside until action has been taken to be rid of it. Only then will it start over. Again congregating. Negating what precautions have been taken to avoid it. Trying to be all but one thing. Clean.
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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At the top of this list is Hozier, an Irish singer-songwriter I can’t seem to stop listening to. He writes powerful songs that have a blues root to them that really extracts the emotion from his lyrics and lets them shine on top of wonderful arrangement he and his band have composed. Next is Chad VanGaaelen who released an album, Shrink Dust, earlier this year that was quite different from his previously more avant garde electronic releases. This one strips away the busy fuzzes and beeps and lets his songwriting ability stand up front alone. Lana Del Rey speaks for herself. Rubblebucket hit my radar because of their booking at Midpoint Music Festival in Cincinnati, one of my favorite independent music festivals. They have a great energetic sound led by a femal vocalist that has a bouncing voice that really carries a good melody. Towards the end of the list is Wet, one of my favorite new bands out of Brooklyn. Their music is a expression of melancholia with harmonized vocal effects and lyrics like “All I know is/When you hold me/I feel lonely”.
Hope you guys enjoy this one, its been a fun one to put together.
Lately I’ve been in contemplation of the intent of the songwriter. As I absorb the songs, I often wonder what the message attempting to be conveyed is. Sometimes song are intentionally ambiguous about their theme. This leaves much of the message open to the interpretation of the listener. This can be a gift, because one will often find more parallels within the music and their own life when left with more space to fill in. These songs can be great for both the active and passive listener. Easily ignoring the content, admiring the feel, or digging in and really inserting your own meaning into the vague lyrics. On the flip side, there are those songs that just come out and spell it out for you. The lead track from this mix is such a song. “Divisionary (Do the Right Thing)” is easily one of my top tracks from 2014 so far and its been a great companion to the spring>>summer transition. The lyrics are a commandment that is as earnest as any.
Do the right thing. Do it all the time.
If my life were a music video it would probably be dimly lit and boring, but with a bunch of cameos. Who doesn’t like a good cameo? One time my brother and I were at a crowded bar and we thought we saw Bruce Willis. The excitement was enough. We didn’t even check if it was him. It was HIM. So here I am back with a cameo in my own life. Showing up to surprise everyone, even though they already knew I was here. Leaving you with a “I don’t know what I was expecting…” kinda vibe.
Lately, I’ve really been enthralled by older sounds. Revisiting albums I used to spin in my Blue Walkman with behind the ear headphones and dream about how great life will be once I get my braces off.
Let’s start on the schoolbus. I think this may have been the first track I ever downloaded of Kazaa. And subsequently the first track that I burned onto a blank cd, probably with the only three other songs that I had downloaded on dial-up that week.
Next was a song that I thought I understood so well when I heard it as a new song. However years down the road I would read the lyrics and find out that I had no idea what heck it meant.
Things were different then. And, this song was just way to groovy for a kid to comprehend. I still lurk around with the chime from this song in my head. Coming from a artist that I’m not sure I’ll ever really understand, but still inspires.
Now let’s slap it back to the new school with a new song from Athens, GA hailing songsmith Kishi Bashi. I had the chance to see him in Asheville last week and boy-o-boy was it a good show. Truly a gifted artist. Pay him your respect.
Wise men share what they’ve found. Others don’t.
“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
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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.
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