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.

Reflective Candidates: 2009 Best Albums

Posted by admin on Dec 23rd, 2009

As another year approaches it’s finale, I find it harder to reflect on such a length of time, or actually remember the time during the year that an event actually took place.  A week, or two may work for me, but months are getting tougher to remember without some type of visual aid.  Every year, even though I do enjoy lists, I tell myself that I will not do a year end list, especially this year when I barely could find 10 albums worth listing, but in the last few weeks I’ve found a few more candidates that have found itself burned onto CD’s and in my car.  This list is what I discovered in 2009, so the bulk of it was released this year, but some were released in 2008, or even earlier.

The shows that I attended this year, according to my computer’s calendar: Lykke Li, Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine, Doves, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Wighonomy Bros, Micachu, Tune-Yards (4times), Bon Iver, Flight of the Conchords, The Jesus Lizard, McCoy Tyner.

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2009 Best Albums (in no particular order)

Bibio-Ambivalence Avenue (Warp) Lover’s Carving

Fever Ray – Fever Ray (Mute)
If I Had A Heart

The XX – XX (Young Turks)
Basic Space

Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Glassnote/Loyaute) Girlfriend

Matias Aguayo - Ay Ay Ay (Kompakt)

St. Vincent – Actor (4AD)
Save Me From What I Want

Beach House – Devotion (Carpark)
Heart Of Chambers

Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca (Domino)
No Intention

Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino)

Summertime Clothes

Micahu & The Shapes – Jewellery (Rough Trade)

Tune-Yards – Bird Brains (4AD/Marriage)

Mix of the Year:
Richie Hawtin – Tsugi 100th Podcast (Big Outside Festival 2009 Live Mix)

Reissue of the Year:
Spiritualized - Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space (Sony)
Cop Shoot Cop (Demo)

Compilation of the Year:
5: 5 Years of Hyperdub (Hyperdub)
Burial – Fostercare

Live Recording of the Year:
Jeff Buckley – Live @ King Theater, Seattle May 7th 1995 (Sony)
What Will You Say

Box Set, Old but New Release of the Year:
Ella Fitzgerald – Twelve Nights in Hollywood (Hip-O Select)
Angel Eyes

Micachu & tUnE-YaRdS LIVE !!!

Posted by admin on Aug 13th, 2009

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Micachu, Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, July 22, 2009

Here’s the video of the last song, Hardcore from that evening.

Micachu & The Shapes – Hardcore (Live @ Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco 07.22.09).


tUnE-YaRdS, The Palace, Berkeley, August 11, 2009

This past Tuesday, we had the pleasure of going to Berkeley to some random house where Tune-Yards, along with some other talented musicians played in essentially what is normally used as a living room. We could only stay for 2 songs by Tune-Yards, and James Miska and friends were also a talented group. I have video of tune-Yards playing ‘News’, but due to low-lighting, the picture was less than ideal, so I ripped the audio from it. She started out by sampling 2 beats from the floor and then towards the end of the song, she samples her voice twice which created this nice harmony for her to sing over. An incredible experience which basically took place in someone’s living room with about 20 people huddled about on the floor. Enjoy.

tUnE-YaRdS – News (Live @ The Palace, Berkeley, August 11, 2009)

Face Paint Can Hide Shoelaces

Posted by admin on Jul 28th, 2009

Green Glen, San Francisco

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The Dirty Projectors show from a few weeks back was inspirational. Great harmonies and songs to compliment an incredible album, Bitte Orca. The only thing that annoyed me aside from the drunk girl behind us slurring to everyone to dance their way out of a narrow thru-way to the bathroom, was the one singer of the group who’s vocal gymnastics was better left at home in front of a mirror.

The Micachu & The Shapes show was great as well, but not for the headliner, who was good and spirited, but for the opening act of Tune-Yards. Similar to when Wildbirds & Peacedrums opened up for Lykke Li, you could tell with each song, more and more of the audience became caught in the grasp of her musical sermon. With face paint on, a mini drum kit, a ukulele all being sampled, looped and her powerful multi-octave voice, this performer from Montreal made people move to her beat. Amazing.

Tune-Yards – Fiya - From her Bird-Brains album which will be re-released by 4AD, all recorded on a voice recorder, a great album to match a performer who has the talents to exceed any expectation.

Audion – I Am The Car - aka Matthew Dear, False….a subtle approach and a direction which makes your mind move.

The Mighty Lemon Drops – At Midnight – 1989, the year that I graduated high school, and the year that this song was released. Wow. Off of Laughter, a favorite of mine around that time, and I think it still stands up pretty well now. I remember going to see them in Washington DC at the 9:30 club with House of Love.

Rain Machine – Give Blood - This one is from Kyp Malone (TV on the Radio). It has the slippery off the edge vocal takes from Malone and the off kilter songs that made his songs from TVOTR’s last release, some of the best on the album.

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