29.10.09

Bot'Ox 'Blue Steel EP'




It was a Parisian encounter in a dark recording studio near République, under the mark of Saint Ambroise and in the middle of machines, synthesizers, effects emulators, where a pioneer bond was born. Hours of rush, borrowing here and there the roughest sounds for a tangible and sensorial experience, starting with abstract to cut, prune, saw, cut and cut, again and always, to find lucid melodies and blistering rhythms…or otherwise known…Bot’Ox

Bot’Ox is Julien Biffaz and Benjamin Boguet (AKA Cosmo Vitelli and one half of Tekel). In just five releases, Bot’Ox have cemented their place on the international scene with productions on prestigious labels such as DFA, DC recordings, Grand Central and I’m a cliché.

Following up the hugely successful single “Crashed Cadillac” comes the newest musical twist in the form of “Blue Steel.” Yeah, you can dance to it, but this is not merely a dance track. This is pure French pop with the misty voice of Anna Jean flowing over top of lofi melodies and blistering rhythms. In contrast, “Bearded Lady Motorcycle Show” is an electro dance rock stormer, perfect for crashing cars.

Out Nov. 9th on I'm A Cliché

railcars




railcars 'Cathedral With No Eyes' (Download via Terror Bird)
railcars 'Passion of St. Edmund [Rebirth]' (Download via Terror Bird)

I have been on an unplanned kick with indie music lately that revolves around one man bands. Atlas Sound and Ducktails come to mind immediately.

Here's a relatively new noisegazer for you; railcars aka Aria Jalali. His first 7" was produced by Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu and he has a 12" EP out this week for the single 'Cathedral With No Eyes' on vinyl via Stumparumper. You can grab the EP digitally via Gold Robot.

The EP apparently recounts the life of Edmund the Martyr, a 9th century king of East Anglia with songs about his life and succession to the throne as a young boy, his conquests, his suffering at the hands of vikings and death by their arrows.

This record is pressed on 140 gram black vinyl and features full color pro-printed jackets and full color labels with artwork by Claudia O'Steen. Also included is an MP3 download card of the album.

The first 100 pre-orders will also receive an exclusive, hand-numbered, pre-order-only 8.5"x11" Railcars poster and a 1" pin featuring the album art. Also, ALL pre-order customers will be entered into a drawing to win a TEST PRESSING OF THE ALBUM!!! There are only 5 of these in existence, so this is quite an opportunity. Second prize will be a copy of Aria's almost-out-of-print first release, the Cities vs. Submarines 7" ep.

You can also catch railcars live in a city near you:
FALL 2009 TOUR
10/29 YMCA theater - cambridge, ma
11/1 monkeytown - brooklyn, ny
11/2 now that's class - cleveland, ohio
11/6 the empty bottle - chicago
11/7 pangea house - minot, north dakota
11/8 the laboratory - missoula, mt
11/10 the shed - vancouver, bc
11/11 logan's - victoria, bc
11/12 dreamstation64 - seattle, wa w/ Universal Studios Florida
11/13 le voyeur - olympia, wa
11/14 the artistry - portland, or
11/17 north bay art/film collective - santa rosa, ca
11/18 fungarden - sacramento, ca
11/19 thee parkside - san francisco, ca
11/20 flux 53 gallery - oakland, ca
11/23 synchronicity space - los angeles, ca
11/24 acrobatics everyday - irvine, ca

railcars My Space
Stumparumper Records
Gold Robot

Dam-Funk: Toeachizown Vol. 5 Out Now



This Dam-Funk album, which has been released as MP3s in five separate installments is now available on CD-although I am holding out for the 5 LP box set that should be out before the end of the year.

The fifth installment features a track the Stones Throw collective has passed over for your sampling pleasure. The return of funk is upon us. Spread the Gospel!

Download Dam-Funk 'The Sky Is Ours' Here.

NEW CLP EP on SUGARCANE REC. RELEASE DATE: NOV 16th 2009



Listen to the entire EP here.

This EP features some heavy hitting artists out on the scene including Spoek from the Boys Noize crew, Lando Kal from Lazersword, Nic Sarno and Top Billin.

A floor filling EP to say the least.

1.CLP Designer feat. Rqm (Lazersword Mix)
2.Lando Kal feat Spoek Kites (Dub Mix)
3.CLP I'm So Trill feat. Spoek (Sweat X Vs Fs Green Mix)
4.CLP Superconfidential f. Tunde Olaniran (Nic Sarno Mix)
5.CLP Superconfidential f. Tunde Olaniran(Top Billin Mix)
6.CLP Putcha Handz Up f. Rayzaflo (CLP Street Version)
7.CLP Designer feat. Rqm (Lazersword Mix Instrumental)
8.CLP Superconfidential f. Tunde Olaniran (Top Billin Mix)

Download CLP - Insatiable feat WhiteGoldPrincess (DataMC GoodOldDays Rmx) (Via SoundCloud)

Find out more about CLP here.

27.10.09

EVIL BLOG 2: OUT TODAY!



Today marks the release of my third A&R project for Buzzard Gulch. This time around we've gone real dark!

Evil Blog 2 picks up where the mind-melting invasion of Attack of the Blog left off. This time around Buzzard Gulch & Low Life Inc. has gone to the darkest spaces to discover the most tortured sounds available. Evil Blog 2 is filled with tracks that are sure to rattle the very center of your soul.

Frederick Olufsen returns with his ‘Step One (Lacrimosa)’- a classical experiment pondering how ‘doom’ is truly the first step. Disco of Doom have crept from the trenches with a ‘Warpig’ on their stake. LaTourette mangle your ears with a double dose of debilitating madness. And The Bass Knights create an Infernal Carnival where Polymorphic and the rest of the lot may evoke your deepest nightmares.

This is not a collection for the weary heart. Your nerves will be placed at the edge, taunted by the shadows, as the haunting sounds of Evil Blog 2 engulf you from within.



Purchase Link @ Beatport.

1. Frederik Olufsen - Step One (Lacrimosa)

2. Polymorphic - Technomusic

3. Nujax - Super Duper Fly

4. Miike - Love Get Out of My Way (Designer Drugs Remix)

5. Azzido Da Bass - I Want U (Disco Trash Music's Rave Mix)

6. LaTourette - Vert Sachet

7. Disco of Doom - Warpig

8. The Bass Knights - Infernal Carnival

9. Fukkk Offf - Love Me Hate Me Kiss Me Kill Me (Disco of Doom Remix)

10. Joe And Will Ask - Mongozo

11. LaTourette - Dirty Cunt

12. Meat Children - Pop Song Of My Dreams

24.10.09

Sugar & Gold



San Francisco's Sugar & Gold hit some seriously funky smooth early 80's Italo vibes. This new EP from the band, 'AYA' makes me want to pull out all my Moroder, Cowley, Klein & M.B.O. AND Cerrone records, cover myself in glitter and dance like a fool around my apartment. Justin Van Der Volgen from !!! lends a remix and dub of the title track. There's a link below for a sample quality version of the remix that's only good for 100 downloads or 7 days. Pick it up the DJ ready version from Antenna Farm now. Direct link to purchase 1 of the 500 copies pressed on vinyl.

Sugar & Gold 'AYA (Justin Van Der Volgen remix)' (YSI)

Trus'me



I've been on a massive kick for all things soulful for months now. Trus'me is definite new addition to my heavy rotation. Much like the Mark Ronson album 'Version,' Mancunian Trus'me is readying for the release of his upcoming full-length 'In The Red' to be released on Fat City Recordings December 7th; where the producer collaborated with various producers and vocalists. I just got the album sampler promo from my friends over at Giant Step!

The sampler features an appearance by my new favorite space funk master Dam Funk from Stones Throw, the smooth vocal styling of Amp Fiddler and an absolutely classic cover of 'Sucker For A Pretty Face' (which I so am!) with vocals by Paul Randolph.
Trus'me is about to embark on a tour of Japan. I'm looking forward to his next trip to NYC.

"One of the most interesting and promising young producers in the country right now." -- Gilles Peterson

Fat City Recordings

20.10.09

John Morales 'The M&M Mixes'




John Morales was responsible for the club versions of some of the biggest records of the 80’s – From “Axel F”, “Rhythm of the Night” to “Dr Beat.” In addition he lent his talents to acts such as The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, The Commodores and Rose Royce and 80’s sensations like Debbie Gibson and Billy Ocean.

Universal Robot Band’s “Barely Breaking Even (Club Version)” (via Rephlektor)

The M&M Mixes is a history lesson in dance music. John formed with the late Sergio Munzibai M+M productions whose output of over 650 mixes will be unmatched by many celebrity big name remixers of today. From the Rolling Stones to Gloria Estefan, The Temptations to Hall and Oates, Aretha Franklin to BBE – we have all been moulded by John’s everlasting influence. This superb double CD presents some of John's finest works. CD 1 of classic boogie, cult favorites and unreleased demo mixes while CD 2 showcases - for the first time - previously unreleased mixes of gems from the legendary Salsoul catalogue from anthems like Ain't Mountain High Enough to underground faves Funk Deluxe. All the remixes featured on this compilation are never before released versions of some of his most influential works with the most credible dance artists of the 80’s. The whole compilation will also be available on all digital platforms and there will be a limited triple vinyl version of this release. 1000 copies only. Bottom line - this is the first ever compilation of his works.

The M&M stamp became synonymous with almost every major dance release of the era. In fact it wasn’t uncommon for the duo to remix upwards of 10 records in any given month. Alongside cult and groundbreaking records for the Fantastic Aleems (‘Get Down Friday Night’), Class Action (‘Weekend’), and of course Jocelyn Brown (‘Somebody Else’s Guy’) they refashioned certified pop smashes for DeBarge (‘Rhythm Of The Night’), Harold Faltermeyer (‘Alex F’), Shakatak (‘Down On The Street’), Miami Sound Machine (‘Dr Beat’), the Temptations (‘Treat Her Like A Lady’) and hundreds more in an eight year period that saw them almost an ever present on the Billboard Dance, R&B or Hot 100 pop charts. Tina Turner, the Rolling Stones, Spandau Ballet, Aretha Franklin, Shalamar, Hall & Oates, Dan Hartman, Candi Staton, Melba Moore, Rose Royce, Billy Ocean, Debbie Gibson, Odyssey, the Commodores and even Peter Schilling and Rod Stewart, in fact just about every major artist of the day was in someway retouched by the hands of Morales & Munzibai. M&M worked together till around 1989 (Sergio passed away in 1991) and John’s solo production projects in the ‘90s included such acts as Debbie Gibson, Brenda K Starr, Denise Lopez, The Thompson Twins, Blow Monkeys, Five Star and Art Of Noise. In 2009 John mixed several releases including the expanded version of Jackson 5 and Marvin Gaye albums.

So there you have it – a true legend. John Morales mixes are highly revered by classic DJs such as Dimitri from Paris, Louie Vega and Danny Krivit and the CD liner notes include interviews with Jocelyn Brown (Inner Life/Nuyorican Soul) and Legendary producer Patrick Adams (Salsoul – R Kelly, Sister Sledge and many more). Hell, John’s remix of Universal Robot Band’s “Barely Breaking Even” Is where BBE Records took its name from! John Morales will be DJing worldwide to promote this release with a UK launch Party in December at Cargo featuring DJ support from the legendary mixer Tom Moulton as well as a live pa from the one and only Jocelyn Brown.

BBE releases John Morales The M&M Mixes on January 19, 2010

CD 1 - PREVIOUSLY UN-RELEASED NYC UNDERGROUND DISCO ANTHEMS



01 Class Action feat. Chris Wiltshire - “Weekend [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”

02 Tony Adderly – “I Ain’t Mad At You [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”

03 Ronnie Dyson – “All Over Your Face [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”

04 Curtis Hairston – “I Want You (All Tonight) [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”

05 Julia & Company – “Breakin’ Down (Sugar Samba) [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”

06 Cubie Burke – “Down For Double [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”

07 Universal Robot Band – “Wanna Be Your Lover [Demo Version]”

08 La-Rita Gaskin – “Never Can Say Goodbye [Demo Version]”

09 Bumblebee Unlimited – “Lady Bug (I Just Wanna Be Your Lady Bug) [12” Version]”

10 Universal Robot Band – “Barely Breaking Even [Club Version]”



CD2 - PREVIOUSLY UN-RELEASED EXCLUSIVE SALSOUL MIXES



01 Inner Life – “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough [JM 4AM Mix]”

02 First Choice – “Happy Love Affair [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”

03 Logg – “Lay It On The Line [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”

04 Logg – “(You’ve Got) That Something [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”

05 Skyy – “Because Of You [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”

06 Inner Life – “(Knock Out) Let’s Go Another Round [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”

07 Logg – “I Know You Will [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”

08 Funk Deluxe – “This Time [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”

09 Instant Funk – “No Stoppin’ That Rockin’ [JM After-Session M&M Mix]”

Freedom, Rhythm And Sound out now from Soul Jazz Records



Soul Jazz Records are publishing a new 200-page deluxe hardback book, Freedom, Rhythm and Sound, compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker out today! Buy the book here at a limited discounted price.

There is also a double CD and 2 x LP album released to coincide with this book released on Nov 2, 2009. You can pre-order this or get more info HERE now.

This is a unique collection of cover artwork of revolutionary jazz music between 1965-83. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and the civil rights movement of the 1960s loom large as self-determination, economic power and musical freedom led to jazz artists finding new paths – both musical and economic.

Years before the D-I-Y cultural revolution of punk, Sun Ra, John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and others ‘took control’ of their own work by recording, releasing and distributing their own music themselves.

The record sleeves of this era are as iconic and historically unique as the music itself and a striking reflection of the time; pre-desktop publishing, pre-internet these small-run (sometimes as low as 500 copies), self-made sleeves are graphically bold and radical.

‘Freedom, Rhythm and Sound’ is the first ever collection of this fascinating goldmine of album art, which represents the first wave of inspired independent production within popular music.

‘Freedom, Rhythm and Sound’ includes a large introduction contextualising the music and artwork as well as features on many of the people involved. Alongside the musicians mentioned above these include Rashied Ali, Steve Reid, Mary Lou Williams, Horace Tapscott, Lloyd McNeil, Tribe, The Last Poets, The Pharoahs, Philip Cohran, Black Artists Group and many others.

The CD released to coincide with the book features many of the artists – Sun Ra, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Archie Shepp and more.

Gilles Peterson puts the music to the sleeves on a recent podcast that you can download here.

VOICEsVOICEs




Jenean Farris and Nico Turner are VOICEsVOICEs from L.A. Their debut EP 'Origins' was produced by Prefuse 73/Savath & Savalas main man Guillermo Scott Herren. The track below actually sounds like one that may have been plucked from the Savath & Savalas sessions. Rumbling and spacious with harmonized female vocals. Perfect for a chilly Fall day.

You can check out VOICEsVOICEs in NYC this week for the CMJ festivities and alongside another favorite of mine, Bright Black Morning Light.

'Origins' will be released 23 Jan. 2010 on Manimal Vinyl.

CMJ in NYC
10.22 Europa - Brooklyn @ Culture of Me party (8:00PM)
10.22 Cameo Gallery - Brooklyn @ Manimal/Tightrope party(11:00PM)
10.25 Bruar Falls (Time TBA)

EUROPE w/ Brightblack Morning Light & Hope Sandoval
11.24 Musikcaféen Arrhaus, Denmark
11.25 Mejeriet Lund, Sweden
11.26 Pusterviksbaren Gothenburg, Sweden
11.27 Revolver Oslo, Norway
11.28 Fritz's Corner Stockholm, Sweden
11.29 Laedes Kalder Copenhagen, Denmark
12.1 K4 Neurnburg,Germany
12.2 Botanique Brussels, Belgium
12.8 Vooruit (Theatre) Gent, Belgium
12.9 Rotown Rotterdam, NL
12.10 Effenaar Eindhovern, NL
12.11 Paradiso Amsterdam, NL
12.13: El Lokal / Zurich, Switzerland
12.14 Officina 49 / Cesena, ES
12.15 LA CASA 139 Milan, ES
12.17 LUZERN @ SÜDPOL
12.17 Point Ephémère Paris, FR

VOICEsVOICEs 'Flulyk Visions' (via PitchFork)

13.10.09

Damn Gat: Vinyl Purists Mix #2



Another mix from the Damn Gat collective. This time focused on dubbed out productions and atmospherics.

Featuring Zomby, Hudson Mohawk, Disrupt, DJ Mujava, dBridge, Leo, Dr. Doom, Osborne, Flying Lotus, Hunee, (White Label), Sideshow, Wayne Wonder, McNeal & Niles.

Doo-Wop Pepperoni

And to make this Tuesday even more eclectic at Filthy Beats & Treats. Here's a recent commercial from Tabasco Hot Sauce that I simply love. Eat your heart out Mayer Hawthorne! Ha!

Fela 'The Best of the Black President'



The Best Of The Black President signifies the rebirth of Knitting Factory Records. Over the next 18 months, all 45 Fela Kuti titles will be remastered and re-released in unique digi-packs with the original artwork. The reissue series will also mark the first time all of Fela's titles will be released on vinyl in North America, along with the first official release of the entire catalog of Fela's 1960s highlife band Koola Lobitos.

'The Best of the Black President' will be released Oct. 27th via Knitting Factory Records.

Can You Dig It?-Out Now on Soul Jazz



I need this one fo sho!

‘Can You Dig It?’ charts the rise of ‘Black Action Films’ from 1970-75. As well as featuring a double-CD collection of the stunning music from these films, ‘Can You Dig It?’ comes with a 100-page booklet, limited-edition mini-film poster cards and stickers. The vinyl is on two monster loud separate double albums.

The Black Action Films of the early 1970s gave the Hollywood industry its first African-American cinema – actors, directors, cameramen, editors and writers. These films discussed aspects of the African-American experience in the form of entertainment. Storylines interwove post-civil rights revolution with action stories, many involving pimps, prostitutes, drug dealers or private detectives.

The films also featured the finest funk and soul black music of the time as stars such as James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Willie Hutch and Roy Ayers produced some of their finest work, with film budgets allowing for the addition of huge orchestral arrangements by jazz legends such as Quincy Jones, Johnny Pate and JJ Johnson.

In the early 1970s, Black Action Films exploded into the cinema with three extremely successful films – ‘Shaft’, ‘Super Fly’ and ‘Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song’. The most profound statement of these films was their actual existence – black actors and black directors entering the previously closed Hollywood film industry.

Black Action Films were a representation of politically everything that had gone before and stylistically of everything that was current. Civil rights, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Black Power, Black Panthers, Vietnam sit alongside the criminal worlds of policemen, private investigators, bail bondsmen and the criminals, drug dealers, pimps and hustlers that they parole.

‘Can U Dig It?’ brings you everything you always wanted to know about black action films. Aside from the amazing music (brought together for the first time ever), it also comes with a 100-page (yes, 100-page!) book featuring scores of original photographs, film posters, text and descriptions of all the films.

This is an essential Soul Jazz Records release!

TRACKLISTING:
CD1/LPVol.1
1. Roy Ayers – Coffy (Coffy)
2. Gene Page – Blacula (Blacula)
3. Johnny Pate - Shaft in Africa (Addis) (Shaft in Africa)
4. Willie Hutch - Brothers Gonna Work It Out (The Mack)
5. Don Costa - Soul of Nigger Charley (Soul of Nigger Charley)
6. Marvin Gaye - T Plays it Cool (Troubleman)
7. Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street (Across 110th Street)
8. J.J. Johnson – Willie’s Chase (Willie Dynamite)
9. James Brown - Down and Out In New York City (Black Caeser)
10. Quincy Jones – They Call Me Mister Tibbs (They Call Me Mister Tibbs)
11. JJ Johnson - Keep on Movin On (Willie Dynamite)
12. Dennis Coffy - Black Belt Jones (Black belt Jones)
13. Curtis Mayfield - Freddie's Dead (Super Fly)
14. Blackbyrd's - Wilford's Gone (Cornbread, Earl and Me)
15. Willie Hutch - Foxy Brown (Foxy Brown)
16. Isaac Hayes - Run Fay Run (Three Tough Guys)

CD2/LPVol.2
1. Isaac Hayes – Shaft (Shaft)
2. Joe Simon - Theme from Cleopatra Jones (Cleopatra Jones)
3. Roy Ayers – Aragon (Coffy)
4. Gordon Staples - All Strung Out (Mean Johnny Burrows)
5. Brer Soul & Earth, Wind and Fire - Sweetback's Theme (Sweet Sweetback)
6. Johnny Pate - Truck Stop (Shaft In Africa)
7. James Brown - Make It Good to Yourself (Black Caeser)
8. Isaac Hayes - Pursuit of the Pimpmobile (Shaft in Africa)
9. Edwin Starr – Easin’ In (Hell Up In Harlem)
10. Don Julian - Lay it On Your Head (Savage)
11. Gene Page - The Bus (Cool Breeze)
12. Grant Green - Travelling to get Doc (The Final Comedown)
13. Impressions - Make A Resolution (Three The Hard Way)
14. Nat Dove and the Devils - Zombie March (Petey Wheatstraw)
15. Booker T and MG's - Time Is Tight (Uptight!)


Buy 'Can You Dig It?' Here.

Tom Waits 'Glitter And Doom Live'



Tom Waits is one of my top 5. He always will be. He was from the first moment I was inspired to purchase 'Big Time' at the age of 16. 'Big Time' is his first legitimate live album, although fans have been bootlegging his shows since his first performances. I still have yet to see him live-however the two-faced boys and diamond eyed girls of the world give me faith I will someday.

November 24th will mark the release of Tom's newest live album 'Glitter And Doom Live' which will feature 16 tracks varying in location throughout the tour-from Edinburgh to Atlanta. The second disc of the album will be called 'Tom Tales,' a full disc of Tom's signature stage patter!

Right now, Tom and Anti records are offering the first 8 tracks from the album for free download. Just subscribe to his list on the widget below:










In other Tom Waits related news. Tom is one of many genius actors cast in the newest Terry Gilliam film “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”. I saw the preview for this for the first time yesterday. Prepare for a mind melting experience...




Tom Waits
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Anti Records

9.10.09

Claude VonStroke 'Bird Brain' Out Oct. 20th



On October 20th Claude VonStroke will release his highly anticipated full length 'Bird Brain' on his very own Dirty Bird Records.

You can bet I'll be downloading this one.

Be sure to check out the second single 'Vocal Chords' now.

Dirty Bird

Birds & Batteries




Some music is simply hard to place words or comparisons to. San Francisco's Birds & Batteries is just one of those bands.

Birds & Batteries 'The Villain' (YSI)

Their EP 'Up To No Good' is out on Eightmaps 11.17.2009.

Birds & Batteries Website

Pizza!




Pizza is like a lot of really precious things in life-even when it's bad it's good.

Sometimes it's better to let the artist do the talking when it comes to their music. Especially when the music is as unique as Pizza! Personally I hear They Might Be Giants, Animal Collective and The Beach Boys more psychedelic work as influences.

Pizza! 'Bird Dreams' (192 kbps) (YSI)
Pizza! 'The Future' (192 kbps) (YSI)

In the words of Pizza!::

Some of our primary and more enduring influences are Sparks, Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen, Queen, the Homosexuals, Talking Heads, Devo, the Staples Singers, Ol' Dirty Bastard, classical music, video game music, girl groups, post-punk music, musical theater, country music, J-pop, tropicalia, and jazz.

For a while, reviewers would say things like "pizza! is looking for their sound," and I think that that's how they explained why we were so "hard to pin down." That's not true, though. We're not looking for a sound - diversity IS our sound. We are contemptuous of genre, and I don't think that any of us is interested in locking into anything for very long. We'd like to be considered "pop" musicians. no prefixes - not "indie pop," not "punk pop," not "oddball pop." just pop. I think that's apt.

No one is the "songwriter" of the group - with a few exceptions, most of the time our songs come together from fragments that are brought in by different members, and each song tends to take on a life of its own as a result. The most common unifying factors are these: with each song we attempt to challenge ourselves and broaden our palette, and within each song we do our best not to repeat ourselves more than necessary (which keeps the songs generally short). While we have often been branded as being "quirky" and "fun," I tend to think of our music as fairly "intellectual" in the way be construct both our music and our lyrical content. Most of our lyrics are light social commentary and feature imagery and characters from history, religious mythology, and the contemporary political situation in America. Despite being "intellectual," however, in our approach to lyric-writing, we attempt to avoid being heavy-handed and to stay away from "message songs" - in short, we are not a political or a religious band, and we have no agenda other than to create interesting music and inspire our audiences to think.

This compilation record reflects a variety of different processes and provides a partial portrait of where we've been over the past four years since our inception in 2005 - some of the songs were recorded meticulously in the studio by the full band in its normal live configuration, whereas others are semi-improvisational home recordings that were created by portions of the group and sometimes feature contributions from friends. The compilation culls material from our four previous releases: "The New Motherfuckers Promotional EP, "Pizza!," our debut studio album from 2008, "Bound by a Love," an EP of home recordings from 2008, and "What is Love? ...I Just Drifted Away," another EP of home recordings from 2008. "Rims Patrone" (from 2009) and "Christmas is Air"(from 2006) have heretofore not been released on any collections. We are currently working on our second studio release, due out on Manimal Vinyl in 2010, and a cover of "Modern Love" for Manimal's David Bowie tribute.

Pizza!'s members are all restlessly creative and involved in a variety of outside musical projects. Geoff and Duncan both create and perform solo work. Geoff and Rand are members of Big Whup. Alex is a member of Fol Chen. Tyler is an independent hip-hop producer.

Pizza is...
Geoff Geis, Alex Myrvold, Tyler Sabbag, Duncan Thum, Randolph
Voorhies.

Rob Chandler - group vocals on "bloo moob" and "iron fart."
Chloe Thum - backing vocals on "rims patrone" and "be a man." lead vocal on "Christmas is Air."
Tim Jones + Adam Keller - backing vocals on "summer spot."

'Bogus Rimshots From The Fourth' can be purchased digitally now from Manimal Vinyl.

8.10.09

Larytta & Bauchamp 'Friends of Friends Vol. 2'





The Friends of Friends label is one of the more curious ventures I've come into contact with for quite sometime now. FoF Music based the label on the concept that friends are the best way to get turned on to new music. The second EP in this series features Larytta and Bauchamp. One artist is brought in to create one half of an EP, then as the curator they invite another musician to complete the B-side of the EP as well as find an artist to provide artwork.

The first volume was curated by Daedelus who invited Jogger to cover the B-side. Instead of album artwork he asked his artist to create a t-shirt that the label added a download card to. An interesting approach to a label model indeed.

The second volume has been curated by Swiss duo Larytta who create music that sits well next to Paul Simon, Kompkat 12"s and Hot Chip all at the same time. They invited fellow Swiss producer Bauchamp to handle the B-side. Bauchamp creates a very Playhouse meets Spectral style tech-house. I particularly love 'Calypso' which features tons of steal drums-one of my absolute favorite instruments out there.

FoF Volume 2 will be on released once again on a 100% organic cotton tee(Alternative Apparel), designed by Tatiana Rihs and including the incredible seed-paper(you can plant them!) download card with a code to retrieve the album and exclusive remixes from Lazer Sword, The Chap, Hecuba, Round Table Knights, Otic Angst and more......

Larytta 'Play Me Loud (Futuro)' (YSI)

FoF Music

7.10.09

Relation 'Here Comes Your Man (Pixies Cover)'



The Pixes are one of my all time favorite bands. If you read this blog then you also know I love cover songs. Relation from the Urban Torque label give the classic 'Here Comes Your Man' a dream-lectro twist that is both a nice version of the original and nearly a new song altogether in the context of its style.

Relation 'Here Comes Your Man (Pixies Cover)' (SoundCloud Link Listen//Donwload)

Their debut album 'Fear of Night' is out now on Urban Torque. You can stream the entire album via the label site here.

Tracklist:
1. Optimistic
2. Fear Of Night
3. Lowest Common Denominator
4. Your Tiny Mind
5. Way Outside
6. Superenlightened
7. Lefty
8. Broken
9. Moscow Olympic
10. Easy Target
11. Hypersenstive
12. In Minuscule
13. Here Comes Your Man

3.10.09

Awesome New Republic Reveal Album Details



Awesome New Republic have announced their new album 'Hearts' will be released on October 27th.

Here's the group performing the lead single 'Alley Cat' in the studio::





Tracklisting:

01. Whatever
02. Dances When
03. Alleycat
04. Birthday
05. Digital World
06. Footstomping Decay
07. Dark Water
08. Deep Love
09. Last Drop
10. Wheels, No Engines
11. Hearts

"HEARTS was recorded during a difficult year in our each of our lives. Amidst the emotional ups and downs, we managed to pull together an album's worth of songs that reflect not only the darker side of human relationships, but how we can take all the negative energy around us and use it to create something beautiful. There is a heads to every tails. And if you take a fall, you can either lie on the floor in agony, or dust off your bruises and move on."

-Brian Robertson of Awesome New Republic

"Dude, Dirty Projectors, a lot of people like them, but F%CK. Did you see them on Fallon? As a musician it gave me a little case of the 'Jimi Hendrixes'. Even that band Girls, can't say I like them very much, but they can REALLY play their instruments. Also, super excited for the Julian Casablancas solo album. It's an exciting time for modern music and musicianship. It's just nice if people want HEARTS to be a part of that."
-MJ Hancock of Awesome New Republic

US Tour Dates

October 15 – Rokbar – Miami, FL (w/ Neon Indian)

October 16 – Club Down Under @ FSU – Tallahassee, FL (w/ Neon Indian)

October 17 – Club TSI – Jacksonville, FL (w/ Neon Indian)

October 19 – The Bridge PAI - Charlottesville, VA

October 20 – Bowery Electric – New York, NY (CMJ)

October 22 – The Space on North 8th – Brooklyn, NY (CMJ)

October 24 – BLVD – New York, NY (CMJ)

October 26 – Velvet Lounge – Toronto, ONT

October 27 – Crofoot Ballroom – Detroit, MI

October 29 – Iowa State University – Ames, IA

October 30 – Grinnell College – Grinnell, IA

October 31 – Bourbon Theatre – Lincoln, NE

November 02 – Hi Dive – Denver, CO

November 08 – The Viper Room – Los Angeles, CA

November 10 – Dim Mak Party @ Cinespace – Los Angeles, CA

November 11 – The Ruby Room – San Diego, CA

November 14 – The Door – Dallas, TX

November 15 – Mohawk – Austin, TX

November 16 – Alabama Music Box – Mobile, AL

November 17 – Crowbar – Tampa, FL

November 18 – Cock N Bull – Sarasota, FL

ANR WEBSITE

2.10.09

Matias Aguayo: "Rollerskate (Radio Edit)"



One of my top singles from last year came from Matias Aguayo with 'Walter Neff.' Ever since I heard that track the first time I was hooked on his unique take on Nu Disco and Tech. On October 27th his debut full length 'AY AY AY' will be released on Kompakt and I can hardly wait.

Check out the first single via PitchFork below.

Matias Aquayo 'Rollerskate (Radio Edit) (Direct Link via PitchFork)

Mayer Hawthorne & Classixx



'It Came From The Blog' featured a monster track from Classixx. Since then the boys have taken to space disco and shuffle ambient funk when remixing. Their work on Mayer Hawthorne's 'Green Eyed Love' is sheer perfection.

Late nights will never be the same with this in rotation. The 12" will be released on green vinyl on Stones Throw. Get some, son.

Mayer Hawthorne 'Green Eyed Love (Classixx Remix) (Direct Link, 160 kbps)

Stones Throw