Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Thoughts on the new Boards of Canada record- The Campfire Headphase:
Astute readers will recognize the name of this blog as being a track from Geogaddi...needless to say BOC are quite important to me.
I think the new record is much more Twoism than Geogaddi, and I'm really enjoying it. Its considerably less dark than their previous effort, but all the typical Boards characteristics -- melody, texture, and painstakingly detailed beats that still sound jiggy -- remain. My initial favorites are Dayvan Cowboy (shoegazey!) and Peacock Tail. More thoughts to come as I take more of it in.
In the meantime- I think this is one of the finest tracks they've ever done. Enjoy...
Boards of Canada- Everything you Do is a Balloon
Its like some asshole sitting on the curb, eating an apple, and watching you take a serious spill on your skateboard. When you get up and dust yourself off, the first comment is "You shouldn't have tried that, man."
I'd like to think we're better than this.
Even Ol' Rush's naming the hurricane after Editor-In-Chief of the Nation, Katrina Vanden Heuvel, seems childish by comparison.
01. big joe 'in the ghetto'
02. scientific dub scientist 'just say dub'
03. the seducer dub wise 'bedtime rock channel one'
04. dual tone 'dub radiation'
05. header #2 'music a fe rule pt 2'
06. mango 'da=rive'
08. dr suess 'green egg and smack'
09. big youth 'screaming target version 2'
10. burning spear 'mister garvey'
11. dr alimentado 'gimmie mi gun'
12. hopetown lewis 'sounds + pressure'
13. jackie mitoo 'disco jack'
14. booker t 'down pressure'
15. augustos 'east of the river nile'
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Monday, August 22, 2005
Sunday, August 21, 2005
A Matthew Jonson mix on this week's Breezeblock.
Also, it looks like my boy Will Saul is blowing up, as there's a very prominent review of his new record, Space Between, all over the BBC websites. Top DJ, top producer, and a really nice guy.
- Kompakt's excellent Total 6 on vinyl available at Neptune records.
KOMPAKT vs. AREAL RECORDS FALL TOUR
Thurs-Oct 13 - Chicago, IL
Fri-Oct 14 - San Francisco, CA
Sat-Oct 15 - Portland, OR
Mon-Oct 17 - Seattle, WA
Wed-Oct 19 - New York, NY
Thurs-Oct 20 - Detroit, MI
Fri-Oct 21 - Montreal, QC
Sat-Oct 22 - Quebec City, QC (w/Akufen)
-A really good, new electronic music blog featuring some music journo heavyweights over at House Is A Feeling.
A reminder! This amazing, innovative music needs to be heard by as large an audience as possible. Lets fight the good fight to help this along, and not keep it an elitist, esoteric circlejerking nerdfest a la "Triple R gave me this one-off CDR bootleg remix of Ada at an underground club in Cologne and I was chatting to Richie at this after and he tipped me off on this new dubby Sleeparchive remix of this one Norwegian laptopper." Things like Philip Sherburne's recent piece in Slate accomplish the right objective, I think. Tipping off a wider, more general audience on this year's must-hear electronic albums and mixes.
Saturday, August 20, 2005
Friday, August 19, 2005
A quick one before I head off to el aeropuerto to my undisclosed location...Tons of buzz around this one (and for the release of Total 6 in general). Buy it when it comes out.
Baxendale- I Built This City / Michael Mayer Mix
5:11 in...*$%(*&(%&*(%P) WTF! Also, its funny to imagine Tony Blair performing the vocals for this track live, Karl Hyde of Underworld stylee. Esp. the falsetto part at the end.
The MFA- The Difference it Makes
Most people know this for the unbelievably good Superpitcher mix, but the original is damn fine, as well.
Such a lovely track that was largely overlooked on Kid A.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
The Slits- In the Beginning There was Rhythm
The Monkees- Porpoise Song
Beckett and Taylor- Lies
The Electric Prunes- Antique Doll
Kaos- Boogie Boy (feat. Captain Comatose)
Bizzy Bone- When Thugz Cry
I'm going to lose my thoughts (and two hundred bucks).
Sell it short!
Monday, August 15, 2005
Been in quite a mood lately, but I'm starting to snap out of it. Very very excited to hear good initial reviews coming from the new Sigur Ros album. If I had to list my favorite bands, they are certainly up there with the likes of BOC, Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, so on and so forth. More news on that over here.
Off to check out the Degeneration night over at scenic, Tommie Sunshines semi-newish weekly. Expect a full report upon my return.
Also, I know I don't give a tremendous amount of background (a la Fluxblog and other mp3 sites) to some of the tracks I post on this blog. Just trust me. They're worth your time. Can't stop listening to that Red Astaire rub of Marvin Gaye. So unbelievably melancholic in some of the new, perfectly sparse, instrumentals, yet uplifting at the same time. Wow. Put this on a mixtape for your ladyfriend.
Also, read the Clinton piece in NY Magazine this week. Also v. worth your time.
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Last night, I attended the listening party for the new Boards of Canada record, The Campfire Headphase.It was kinda hard to actually hear anything over the din of conversation, but I can confirm that one of the tracks absolutely, positively blew my mind. The other tracks were trademark early Boards from what I could tell, but I couldn't really dig too deeply into the layers of melody. More on this when I can score an advance copy and have a listen on good headphones.
Some information from Pitchfork here.
01 Into the Rainbow Vein
02 Chromakey Dreamcoat
03 Satellite Anthem Icarus
04 Peacock Tail
05 Dayvan Cowboy
06 A Moment of Clarity
07 '84 Pontiac Dream
08 Sherbert Head
09 Oscar See Through Red Eye
11 Hey Saturday Sun
12 Constants Are Changing
13 Slow This Bird Down
14 Tears From the Compound Eye
15 Farewell Fire
Saturday, August 06, 2005
I managed to slip this one in as a lil late night curveball at Misshapes few months ago. Yes, its a vampy cover of Kylies' Slow, complete with grumbling synthesizer basslines, and nuggets of latin percussion that sounds like someone made the sangria with robutussin. mmmm.
M.Mayer/ M.Aguayo- Slow
Also, Matthew @ Fluxblog has a new Robyn track up, following the beauty and introspection of "Konichiwa Bitches." Check it out here.
Circle Square (not to be confused with Circle and Square) are one of my favorite bands periodo. Their Distance After Ep on Output is a work of shoegazed-out bliss, and I can't stop listening to their Pre-Earthquake Anthems LP. Check out Fight Sounds, which is supposed to be coming out as an EP in the not-too-distant future. Not sure what label au moment.
Circle Square- Fight Sounds
Also, for some reason unbeknownst to me, I overlooked this Rex the Dog track. Wow. RAVE anthem if I've ever heard one. Listen to that drop at 4:10. Gentle Jesus!
Rex the Dog- I look into mid air
Friday, August 05, 2005
The Beatles- Tomorrow Never Knows
I do know that I'm going to be a wreck tomorrow at work. Yikes. Why do you lead me to a path of delinquency, dear techno? Why must you keep me out until all hours of the night. I love you, still, but my brain will feel like a glass bowl of sand dollars tomorrow. must sleep now
Ada-Cool My Fire (erlend oye and band remix)