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The King Switches To Decaf

Posted in Mixtapes, New Music, Old Music by Brian Park on December 2, 2009

GJ Pearson is an artist who does a lot of whimsical, playful, and downright strange pieces. His taste in music is really really good, so I asked him to help curate a mixtape. Put this on and don’t let winter bum you out.

GJ Pearson – The King Switches To Decaf Mixtape
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Tracklist after the jump. (more…)

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Video: Charlotte Gainsbourg – Heaven Can Wait

Posted in New Music, Video by Brian Park on November 21, 2009

I was really psyched on this video, as well as the song. A bit of controversy is happening though; I loved that the director, Keith Schofield, used William Hundley imagery, but it turns out he didn’t ask to use it. There’s a big e-fight going on about it, with lots of people calling Hundley a priss for being pissed off about the appropriation. I for one think its a somewhat shitty thing for Schofield to do, but I can understand making a video around random found imagery from the internets and not searching endlessly for attribution credits. I’m paraphrasing someone from that discussion, but the video is ffffound, the movie. Anyway, I wouldn’t have posted it if I didn’t think it was a great tune and a fun video.

(Via Booooooom)

Links

Posted in New Music, Random Things by Brian Park on November 18, 2009

{Photo is a beginning of the roll accident from Montreal last year}

The guy who runs Moonscape is a friend of a friend. He has great taste in music and apparently he’s “really into pirating,” so the site is a really good resource for full albums.

If you live in Victoria and are into drum and bass, my friends Greenlaw are having a CD release party on December 4th at Lucky Bar and you should go. Vid of their latest single/mix here. Tickets are $8 I think.

Just in case you haven’t heard about the new Yeasayer album, Odd Blood, its coming out February 2010. They’ve done some really cool 360° interactive videos and their new single is available for free HERE. Oh yeah there are boobs and peens in those videos, so don’t watch them with your grandmum. I’ve always thought Yeasayer might be a band that will survive the exploitation and subsequent abandonment of its genre; they write really good shit.

Defgrip‘s Harrison Boyce put up some great photos of Dave Emmens and David Lang on his blog a while back. Random.

Guilty Pleasures 2

Posted in New Music by Brian Park on November 18, 2009

More electro-ish shite that I’m loving right now.

 

Darkstar – Aidy’s Girl’s A Computer

I’m pretty sure every Guilty Pleasures post I make will have a Hyperdub track. This one is somehow both totally unremarkable and fucking beautiful.

 

Memory Tapes – Plain Material

Dayve Hawk, the guy behind Memory Tapes (and tons of other projects), really loves that “in the back of your garage” vocal sound, and though I usually don’t, it’s great here. Catchy and fun.

 

Swede:art – Wonkycarz

From the excellent ABC Alphabeat beat tape, this song is definitely ploddingly enjoyable in an electronic teddybear’s picnic way. They downplay the whole thing as just a beat tape, but this free online release is solid quality.

 

Hudson Mohawke – FUSE

Hud Mo’s new album Butter is out, and has lots of fucking strange sounds on it. This track is downright pretty.

 

{Some RSS feeds still not picking this shit up, see post to listen}

Autumn Mixtape

Posted in Mixtapes, New Music, Old Music by Brian Park on November 4, 2009

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Here is a nice, self-indulgently moody mixtape for the fall weather. I’m not one to give you background music, so there are a few strange tracks in there, but I hope you enjoy it anyway.

The Greatest Conversation – Autumn Mixtape

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Tracklisting:

1. Portishead – Deep Water

2. Marianne Faithful – Witches’ Song

3. DeVotchKa – This Place Is Haunted

4. Röyksopp – Silver Cruiser

5. Clark – Frau Wav

6. Elbow – Weather To Fly

7. Ralph Towner – Élan Vital

8. Kyle Eastwood – September Nights

9. The Swell Season – The Rain

10. Keith Caputo – The Girl I Love (Unfinished)

11. Strength in Numbers – No Apologies

12. Ólöf Arnalds – Englar Og Dárar

Sausage Links 2

Posted in New Music, Random Things by Brian Park on November 1, 2009

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Again, fun things from the internets:

I’m glad I’m not the only person who was bummed about Little Boots’ new sound. Maybe this signals the end of the honeymoon for me and synths.

Dutty Arts posted a great song by Washington Phillips, a 1920s gospel singer. I love the sound of whatever the instrumentation is, very cool. There is a great looking release called Take Me to the Water: Immersion Baptism in Vintage Music (1924 – 1940) and Photography (1890 – 1950) that features some of Phillips’ music. I want. Also, I tried my hand at cleaning up that Phillips track; download here if you like. Sorry about some of the artifacts, but I like it better than the original anyway.

The BBC has this annoying habit of taking down their content, but they’ve had two great programs on recently. The radio show The Great Bleep Forward, and the TV documentary Synth Britannia are both interesting looks at electronic music and very worth trying to find through legally ambiguous means on the internet. (via Wire to the Ear)

When Flying Lotus has a birthday jam, you know it’s going to be good; or, as he described it, “surrealism, structured to bug-out and back.” The jam is a really fucking cool mix of electronic and traditional instruments, and thank god they recorded it: listen here. This is what I want my jams to be like. (via David Lang)

Original Work: Sebastien Tellier – Look (Brian Park’s Ishmael Mix)

Posted in New Music, Original Work by Brian Park on October 28, 2009

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Sebastien Tellier – Look (Brian Park’s Ishmael Mix)

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I wont be making a habit of it, but here is an original remix. It’s a Sebastien Tellier track, with bits of Abdullah Ibrahim, Tangerine Dream, and Ralph Towner in there. This is my second crack at mixing this, hope you enjoy it.

Volume From the Brits

Posted in New Music, Random Things by Brian Park on October 21, 2009

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First off, the picture has nothing to do with anything; I couldn’t find a Brian Eno or Guy Harvey shot I liked. It is by Vitas Luckus, one of my favourite photographers. His book is out of print I think but goes for dirt cheap used these days. Highly recommended. But, I digress; listen to some music.

Brian Eno – Passing Over

Brian Eno’s music is often pretentious. Still, I love his work when he writes pop. This song is pretty cheesy when it’s quiet, but really fucking good when you have headphones on late at night and it’s loud. The production on it is amazing, which isn’t surprising; what is surprising is what he’s chosen to do with that production. The whole album, Another Day On Earth, sounds like arse on my computer/iPod/car stereo, but through proper speakers, when everything is coming through, it’s amazing. The heartbeat sub bass with that amazing piano line over it (2:02-2:25) is perfect.

Elbow – Grounds For Divorce

Changing gears, this is what rock and roll should be. I’ve rediscovered this album a few times this year, and I never get tired of the guitar sound on this song. Great lyrics too. Their liner notes say that there is little to no compression on this album. That means that the album—called The Seldom Seen Kid— is going to suffer if you’re playing it through your shitty iPod speakers too. Still, the production on this is a little more accessible than Eno.

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Anouar Brahem, or How I Love ECM

Posted in New Music by Brian Park on October 18, 2009

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Walking into the “World Music” section of any record store is terrifying. There are awful clichés everywhere–so much of the music is handcrafted to appeal to “spiritual” assholes, or housewives that want to appear culturally diverse at their next book club meeting. The last thing I want to hear is sitar over some shitty house beat. On the other hand, sometimes braving the world music section is worth it. I find non-western music fascinating because I know nothing about it; it lets me approach it as a pure consumer, rather than with my own preconceptions of how a guitar should sound, how a pop album should be recorded, how the head should come around in a funk song, or whatever. It is like reading a book without recognizing any of the allusions: only the immediate melodies and sounds matter.

Anouar Brahem is worth braving the World Music section for. He is a Tunisian oud (fretless lute) player that is a master of both traditional Arab music and post-jazz stylings.  I’ve only been exposed to the recordings he has done with ECM Records, but they are amazing. I know that the ECM Records approach has become somewhat of a cliché in itself; sparse, compressionless recordings, art photography covers, simple typography, “aesthetic” jazz albums, etc… populate their catalogue. That being said, the attention to detail that the label brings to world music non-western albums is refreshing.

Anouar Brahem – Seule

This song comes from Khomsa, an album of Brahem’s compositions played by an eclectic mix of jazz musicians. Apparently most of the album’s songs were originally for film scores, though I don’t know which film this song is for [Does anyone? I’d love to know. -BP]. This song features my favourite drummer, Jon Christensen, as well as amazingly busy yet unobtrusive bass playing by Palle Danielsson. Richard Galliano has the surprisingly gentle solo on accordion, while François Couturier’s piano holds everything together. This has an amazing melody; if Amélie had been set in Tunis, this could have been one of the sad themes.

Anouar Brahem – Stopover at Djibouti

From his new album, The Astounding Eyes of Rita, this is a more traditional (not that I’d know), gently swung song. It is plodding, but hopeful, and definitely catchy. The playing isn’t as good as on previous albums. The drumming especially is weak, but the electric bass falls somewhat flat here as well. This isn’t just coming from my love of Jon Christensen, the drums too often sounds like a college drum circle. Despite that, this is a beautiful song: the melody floats, and the the bass clarinet compliments Brahem’s playing well. My favourite part of this song is the major/minor toying around with the lead riff.

Hope you all enjoy it. Buy the albums and put them on while you’re trying to seduce that white chick with dreadlocks and the Arabic script tattoos. No seriously I’m kidding, please don’t do that, they’re amazing songs.

PS. I’m still working on a new site, I just don’t want to move things over until I switch hosts.

Sausage Lynx

Posted in New Music, Old Music, Random Things by Brian Park on October 15, 2009

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Take that title how you will. Here’s some cool shit from the interwebs.

1. Waxy has an amazing analysis of a few Beatles multitracks. Via the Listenerd.

2. The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra is a local gypsy/folk band that just sent over a link to a video of them recording. Also I think the bass player is naked.

3. To promote their Chipsounds softsynth (which sounds fucking awesome), Plogue put together an EP of chipsounds music. Some of the tunes are great, some of them not so much, but it is all fun, and they released the album for free so I’m all for it. Get it here.

4. On a totally non-music note, Riley McMaster has largely taken over Gnarwhale.com, and since he has it has gotten so much better than when Andy and I ran it. There are a ton of new edits and other content; go see!