Black Gum & Vertical Winds

Posted by admin on Sep 1st, 2012

Milk, Brooklyn, 2012.

We are now transmitting as well as getting sweaty in all of the wrong places in Brooklyn, or what I like to think of as the San Francisco of the east coast. It seems that the packaging and the story have all been repackaged nicely in terms of location and food.  Here’s the new of our old.


Animal Collective – Applesauce – I found out that a bunch of these guys went to a high school near my high school in Baltimore. It was known as a progressive school, and maybe it did it’s job because these guys are making some of the most forward pop music today, and it’s not just for the retro 90’s set.

Fiona Apple – Valentine – The Nina Simone of our time ? Each of her last two albums work greatly as an album, and not just singles. It seems that she takes the less expected route musically which makes the music more interesting as well as more enjoyable especially after repeated visits.

Four Tet – Pyramid – This is probably the most straight forward track from Kieran Hebden. A four four techno hit that has a robotic voice intro that sounds like a New Order sample from either Blue Monday or one of their other tracks.

Micachu & The Shapes – Slick – More disjointed, bizarrely awkward pop music that somehow works in the same way that family members don’t always makes sense from a genetic, or environmental standpoint.

The xx – Unfold – Taking over the mantle for The Cure, in terms of moody, lighter driven music. It seems like this track and another one on their new album has a bit of what I call the “switch-blade” sound that Burial is known for.

Diplo – Butters Theme feat. Billy The Gent & Long Jawns – If I was somehow transported to a preposterously high DJ booth, and given instructions that my life would be permanently relocated to the suburbs where my only choices of dining had taglines that included, multiple locations to serve you and unlimited refills with purchase of, unless I was able to make a group of disinterested teenagers dance, I would play this song, maybe.

Comfortably Hungry

Posted by admin on Sep 1st, 2009

Radio Flyer, Alameda Flea Market

I’ve been a bit lax on the posts lately. Since the start of my new business, Red Choo Choo, things have been a hectic around these parts. Also, I haven’t heard too much music that has caught my ear. I don’t think that’s supposed to makes sense. Anyhow, we have a great interview with Tune-Yards that we will be posting shortly. Enjoy the new and the old.

Anti-Pop Consortium – Volcano (Four Tet Remix) – They’re back together, so they can be further ignored by the public, most likely. Their new album, Fluorescent Black is a nice return. It would be great to have them make an entire album with Four Tet.

Flying Lotus – Infinitum (Dimlite’s Re-finitum) – Ahead of his time. From the LA EP, having bloodlines to Coltrane, this is the new Jazz that will be played for apple products in 2023.

The Smiths – Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (Live) – Growing up, I never was a fan of The Smiths. I thought Morrisey’s moaning vocal delivery with his Elvis aesthetic killed whatever great music Marr was trying to play. I’ve softened my view over the years, being like sugar, I can still only take it in small doses, and this slowed down live version is a nicely aged whine.

The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored – This is the 20th Anniversary remaster, and a perfect way to start an album. Eerie noises, the bass rolling in, the guitar slicing in through tiny spaces, and then the kick driving you towards a proclamation of greatness. A perfect album from a once, perfect band.

Horizontally Contructed Shadows

Posted by admin on Jun 5th, 2008

Mark Farrow Artwork for Spiritualized’s A+E

Do you believe in magic ?

Animal Collective – Street Flash : From the Water Curses EP, another freaked out pop gem by the bastard children of Brian Wilson. Soothing melodies over ear-bending screams and throw in all of the noises associated with your gold pinky ring falling down the sink. OhKnow!!!

Borko – Spoonstabber : Another great release off of the Morr Music label from Bjorn Kristiansson. Who doesn’t like the sound of birds chirping unless you’re lost, and then it can get a bit eery?

Four Tet – Wing Body Wing : The warm sounds of Kieren Hebden are presented in a more traditional fourfour format (say that 3x) on this track from the Ringer EP. His 2nd full length player, Rounds is still one of my favorites and helped me to open my ears to world of melody and abstract beats.

Spiritualized – Soul On Fire : I didn’t believe in the effectiveness of the new A+E prescription which stands for Accident + Emergency a few months back, as with the new Portishead concoction as well, but both have grown on me. Jason Pierce returns back to melodic form on this release and makes you want to shun that third stint in rehab, church, or both.

To All The BabyMama’s Out There

Posted by admin on May 13th, 2007

clarion alley series 2007

remember to thank your mom, your babymama and all of the mother’s out there for giving us life.

go warriors!

Jef Gilson – Fable Of Gutemberg (Four Tet Remix)
(Abstract Jazz) – this track is from a vinyl only release in 2004 and i finally got around to recording it onto my computer. kieran hebden (four tet) is a jazz master of the electronic variety especially with his recent works with steve reid.

Farmacia – Doctor Krupa (Abstract Beats) – another great find from aquarius records . a menacing track from this argentinian outfit.
Konono Nº1 – Kule Kule Reprise
(World) – featured on the new bjork album. beautiful rhythms throughout.
Gonzalez – Gentle Threat (Classical) – as part of the feist, jamie lidell crew. this master of the piano displays a moody piece here. his reworking of ‘multiply’ from jamie lidell is still a favorite.

Feist – The Park (Singer Songwriter) – apart from her work with broken social scene and her previous solo effort, i never payed too much attention to feist. this album is powerful. this track which sounds as if it was recorded in the outdoors shows a vulnerability and the same time showing a resolve which is reminiscent of ani difranco.

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