Take the Give

Posted by admin on Apr 3rd, 2013

L Bedford Station, Brooklyn 2013

There are times when moments of the present variety will be analyzed at a later time for it’s unique place in history. It can be good, bad, and at times both, considering the perspective of the particular person. I’ve been in the middle of the 1st, some say, failed modern gold rush of the late 90’s with the dot com tech boom/bust in San Francisco. And after that period, falling back on the world I tried to escape from, I was back in the mortgage world for that inevitable horrific destruction. I am now back on the colder coast, and in what I believe to be a wholly positive historical period which will be looked upon in the future as a moment where people will wish that they were here to experience it. An influential time that will have a ripple effect upon the people it will effect. What is it ? It has nothing to do with music, so I’ll share it at another time, and another place. Sorry. Here’s some music that will help you into Spring.

DOOM – Retarded Fren (Feat. Thom Yorke & Jonny Greenwood) – Until we get another Madvillian album, and with the spotty track record of Doom in recording, or in a live format, for sure, we get this gem from the two creative geniuses from Radiohead with the lazy slurry delivery of the masked man.

Atoms for Peace – Ingenue – Off of the second release from Thom Yorke’s solo venture, and this time with a band in tow, you get this moog-y water droplets in space tune. It’s probably one of the better songs from Thom in terms of melody in years.

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – Every Body – I used to volunteer at the after school tutoring program at 826 Valencia, and one of my friends pointed out Thao who was also volunteering there, which introduced first me to this special artist. Once she organized this incredible version of Jingle Bells with all of the kids providing percussion by banging on something. This track is off of her latest, and what I think to her greatest album, We The Common.

Bibio – À tout à l’heure – If the Instagram app could be turned into music, or if there was an artist that synced perfectly with the filters, it would be Stephen Wilkinson otherwise known as Bibio. It’s modern with that 70’s retro mustache feel. I guess some might say hipster with slurred speech and four clicks to the left of perfect vision.

Jamie Lidell – Blaming Something – Once again blending soul with credible beats. The entire album sounds like something I would have heard on pop radio in the 80’s, and I don’t know if that’s a good thing, but who else has these chops and the credibility with beats (see Warp Records). The Prince of electronic music……possibly.

Origamibiro – Sedimental Value (Aus Remix) – I need to do a post on some more abstract stuff like this track. It’s been awhile.  Aus is Yasuhiko Fukuzono, and this track is from ReCollected which is a collection of his remixes. Music for your pillows to lay on tonight.


Fortune Rookies Invade Colonial Hipsterburg

Posted by admin on Apr 19th, 2012

Idioteque – Radiohead @ HP Pavilion, San Jose, 2012-April-11.

The incredible lighting as seen in the picture above is by Andi Watson (interview) who has been doing Radiohead’s lighting/stage design since almost the beginning of when the band first started touring nationally. Thank you W.A.S.T.E. for the incredible seats. One of the best Radiohead shows I have ever seen, and that’s mainly because of the lighting. ( More pictures: Flickr )

If you could travel back in time which at the rate of technological advancement (see: Technological Singualrity), we will probably see in the next 20 years, what one item would you take back in time. I immediately thought a cell phone/iPhone, but the infrastructure would not be in place for that to even work, as well as for most computer based devices. Depending on which era, I might take a compilation of Chris Cunningham videos especially the Windowlicker video. Rubber Johnny might be too disturbing as my wife still mentions that when we were dating, and I showed her this short clip, she was truly disturbed and knew that the peels of my onion were a bit dark and tattered around the edges.

Here are some tracks to help you to decide if a move from San Francisco to Brooklyn ( “Not just Brooklyn. A-list Brooklyn. Park Slope, Division II Manhattan.” -Noah Baumbach’s  Kicking & Screaming) is a lateral cultural move ? Well, not Park Slope, but the much hated, according to the interlaced-web Williamsburg, thankfully not the colonial variety.


Fink – If Only (Live @ The Red Roaster) – recorded at the UK version of Red Lobster (an all-you-can-stuff faux seafood establishment). Apparently they gave away free Fink bibs as well as Fink embossed leg crackers that doubled as a music box playing this song. Wow.

Soul Coughing – The Brooklynites – Taken from the soundtrack for Spike Lee’s Blue In The Face. Again, one of the greatest/tightest bands ever. Just listen to the drumming. Chance of a reunion – Nil ?

Battles – Toddler (Kangding Ray Remix) – If you read this site, or like the blip, crackel and pop, then you too love Kangding Ray. Battles, eh.

Squarepusher – Cryptic Motion (Mr. Oizo Remix) – He really does “Slappin’ da bass” on stage, and his soon to be released album brings back some melody and fright induced charm of his previous work.  He does look all Daft Punked out now. This is a fairly recent straightforward track with the signature bass work.

Jamie Lidell – I Wanna Be Your Telephone (Tiga Party Like it’s 19909 remix) – Since the Multiply album, Lidell has been sporadically good at best. Everything came together on that album, and even though he has the funk, the voice, and the beats, the songs haven’t been as strong. Here’s a remix from Mr. Hot in Herrrre which makes things interesting while you wait at the water fountain.

Sigur Ros – Gobbledigook (Gluteus Maximus Mix) – A one-off remix from the Kompakt people. They are playing this year’s Outside Lands Festival, and I hope they either get to jam with Metallica, or play a cover by them (joke). The Another Planet people put together the worst line-up each and every year except for the first year when Radiohead headlined.

Squeeze – Goodbye Girl – From the Spot The Difference release where they recreated all of their hits. My wife just discovered Squeeze and I still think they are one of the greatest Pop acts ever. It was one of the first concerts I saw in 1987 and still probably one of the best shows. Driving to high school everyday, I wore out the Replacements Pleased To Meet Me and Squeeze’s Argy Bargy tapes.

Just Listen, etcetera, etcetera

Posted by admin on Oct 11th, 2007

Thom Yorke, Binaural Recording ?

if you’re a music fan, by now, you probably have a feeling that you can’t get away from all of the radiohead news and up to the minute, literally in some cases, feelings and conjecture on ‘in rainbows’. i don’t know how people are anointing it the greatest album ever, or even the greatest radiohead album only after a few listens. i find that my favorite, or my greatest albums of all time come about after time. 6 months to a year, at least. also, after all of these reviews from every type of source, i’ve come to realize even more that record reviews are entirely subjective. there is no way to be objective. yes, you can say about an album that it is an original piece of music going beyond convention and all of the critics can agree and fawn over the originality and purpose, but music is so personal and for true music enthusiasts, who is it to say that their favorite album or piece of music is not a greatest album of all time ?

what do i think about ‘in rainbows’ ? i don’t know yet. it’s engaged me enough to want to experience it in different environments and on different systems. only time will tell if it is one of my favorites. i saw this documentary on the pixies and frank black was talking about how he once had this car with a tape deck that had the ‘they might be giants ‘flood’ tape stuck in the deck and how he initially hated the album, but after awhile he realized how good it was and how much he loved it.

listen to ‘in rainbows’. give it a chance and you make the call. that’s part of the reason the release was done simultaneously to everyone. although it is a radiohead album, it is still a unique offering especially in the recording technique.

from the picture above, and from a listen through flat monitor headphones, some of the recordings are binaural which is a recording technique used to basically create a three dimensional sound as if you were experiencing the music in a live environment. when i first started listening to the album, i kept thinking that everything sounded so loud and chaotic. this was on my home stereo which is mainly configured for movies. i then listened on a normal pair of earphones which didn’t sound that much better. there’s definitely a full sound in my car, but still somewhat displaced. yesterday, i used my sennheiser hd-25 headphones which are basically flat monitor phones and i could hear such depth and nuances in the music and a spacial clarity. i don’t know for sure which songs were recorded using this technique, but i suspect at least ‘nude’, ‘house of cards’ and ‘videotape’. and i suspect that any good pair of headphones will bring out the sound even more than on a conventional stereo setup, but does this make the actual recording great. no it doesn’t, but at least it makes it interesting for your ears, and for your mind.

say what you will about radiohead, but they continue to challenge the listener’s imagination of what popular music should sound like today. they make timeless music by taking tools of the past and creating sounds of the future.

Here are some more artists that continue to push music in new directions:

Akufen – Severed Finger Samba (Techno) – a good workout for you car stereo. the king of the slice and dice. stop playing with the radio and pick a station.

Snax featuring Jamie Lidell – Honeymoon’s Overdose – i think i got this on from modifyer. sounds like old school lidell beats with the his voice over it.

Aphex Twin – Avril 14th – a nice piano piece that was featured (stolen) for a snl digital short. richard d james, a genius. the original rick james, …………………

FuncTion Compilation . October 2006

Posted by admin on Oct 13th, 2006

note: this was written and done 10.2, but due to file upload limitations at the time, it is now being posted.

as i lie hear dying. well, i caught some cold bug and with this free time that i have been granted, a compilation is born. i apologize for the consolidated tracks, but it’s to fend away the poachers. 180 degrees from the mix, but still good music.

a great slowed down version of ‘staring at the sun’ from TVOTR. a fake live band version of ‘multiply’ from jamie lidell. enjoy, and remember to always wash your hands before picking your nose. i had to learn the hard way.

01 Jamie Lidell – Multiply (Live @ The World Cafe’ WXPN)
02 Spank Rock – Bump
03 Lee Moses – Time And Place
04 Mouse On Mars – Wipe That Sound
05 Doves – Snowden
06 TV On The Radio – Staring At The Sun (Live, XFM)
07 DeVotchKa – How It Ends (Original)
08 Junior Boys – Count Souvenirs
09 Adem – Something’s Going to Come
10 Modest Mouse – The World At Large (Live, XFM)
11 The Fire Theft – Summertime
12 The Twilight Singers – Candy Cane Crawl (Live, KEXP)
13 The Black Keys – Meet Me In The City
14 Grant-Lee Phillips – Like A Lover

FoeWeel – FuncTion comp (R&B, Alternative Rock, Hip Hop, Electro, Blues)

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