Since the release of their debut album Idol Omen in 2009, Brooklyn based Glass Ghost’s founding members Eliot Krimsky and Michael Johnson have been keeping busy and also apparently have had quite a few odd gigs over the years since.
Krimsky recalls “The first gig we played together was at a strange wedding in a hotel. I remember playing the first dance as the couple stiffly moved across the shiny hotel floor. That was one of the many absurd moments that Mike and I have shared.” Krimsky’s keen observations of the absurd often inform his lyrics.
On their new album LYFE, Krimsky (who’s currently working on his M.A. in Media Studies at The New School, where he’s exploring the convergence of technological mediation, identity and music) turns his observations of the absurd and mundane into metaphors about living in a world where every detail about your life is harvested, quantified, and used by marketing companies to manipulate your behavior.
The new album LYFE officially releases today on Western Vinyl.Download Hearing the Sound HypeMachine
“crashfaster is a 4-headed electronic-rock outfit from San Francsico that combines the bleeps of NES, Gameboy and C64 with electronic beats, live drums and rock guitar.” [fb]
The band has just released their new EP superchroma.
Idiosyncratic Transmissions is a member of the Association of Music Podcasting.
Lanks is the electronic solo project of Melbourne’s, Will Cuming who outside of this personal project, continues to front the seven-piece group Farrow. The new side project has allowed him to play around with traditional folk storytelling with modern electronic music, conjoining the best of both worlds.
His debut EP, Thousand Piece Puzzle, arrived earlier this year, having taken about three intensive months of performing and recording using synthesizers, guitars, samples and flutes. Live sets will apparently expand outward a bit to include three more band members.
Be sure to check out the Soundcloud link below, as there is lots more excellent music to check out from the aforementioned EP including of course the excellent new single ‘Brave Man’ featured here today.Download Brave Man HypeMachine
Episode number 113 of Insomnia Radio: UK
Stuart back at the controls. Seven tracks from UK Artists.
Recording Date: Sunday 14 September 2014
Rating: Work Safe
- Fire at Night – Bellyfeel
Farnborough | Web Site | Facebook | Twitter
- Tiny Rockets – Skream V1
Birmingham | Web Site | Facebook | Twitter
- The Boy From The Crowd – Revelator
East London | Web Site | Facebook | Twitter
- The Last September – This Train Remains
Edinburgh | Web Site | Facebook | Twitter
- Pilots of Japan – Tomorrow, Mobile!
UK, USA, China | Web Site | Facebook | MySpace
- Vector Vendetta – Undercoat
London | Facebook | SoundCloud
- The Exits – Let the Damage Begin
Portsmouth | Web Site | Facebook | BandCamp
Liverpool Acoustic is proud to present The Mono LPs in concert on Wednesday 17th September performing a rare full acoustic band set at LEAF on Bold St. The night features support from special guests award-winning American singer-songwriter Jesse Terry, and multi-instrumentalist musician and illustrator Paul Straws.
- Event: Liverpool Acoustic Presents
- Artists: THE MONO LPS
Jesse Terry (USA)
- Date: Wednesday 17th September 2014
- Times: 7.30pm doors, 8.00pm start
- Venue: LEAF on Bold Stt
- Tickets: £4 in advance, £6 on the door
- The facebook event can be found at facebook.com/liverpoolacoustic/events
- Details of all Liverpool Acoustic music events can be found at liverpoolacoustic.co.uk/live
- Press enquiries & guestlist email firstname.lastname@example.org
Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight 119
To play click the player above or right click Spotlight 119 to download for free.
THE MONO LPS
The Mono LPs create Indie rock with an alternative feel. With Ste Reid on lead vocal and guitar, Vicky Mutch on cello and backing vocals, Chris Barlow on bass, and Daniel Beech on drums, this Liverpool four-piece produce an energetic and exciting sound that’s more than just the sum of its parts. So far this year the band has been busy in the recording studio but have still found time to play at Threshold Festival in Liverpool and Fosnavåg Rock in Norway.
VIDEO PREVIEW – Watch the official video for The Mono LPs’ recent single The Flame.
Jesse Terry is an internationally award-winning singer-songwriter from Wilton, Connecticut, USA, whose transcendent life and music make him one of the most prolific indie artists today; his intimacy with audiences, sincerity, and approachability solidifying him as a favourite at US live venues. With three albums to his name, this salt of the earth musician’s lyrical mastery, emotional depth, and soothing voice have often been compared to the likes of Ryan Adams, Jackson Browne, Ray LaMontagne, and James Taylor, reaching deep into listeners’ hearts to envelope them in shared joy, sadness, love, and unrelenting hope. Jesse has garnered worldwide acclaim by winning The John Lennon Songwriting Contest, The NSAI/CMT Song Contest, and The We Are Listening Singer/Songwriter Awards.
VIDEO PREVIEW – Here’s Jesse Terry performing Stay Here With Me, the title track from his current album, live at Rockwood Music Hall last year.
Paul Straws is a guitar, piano, ukulele and mandolin playing singer/songwriter. Though he doesn’t play them all at the same time. Paul presents his new recordings, awash with mandolins, ukulele, glorious harmonies and gorgeous cello, and tells tales of love, loss and betrayal. Once lauded for his ‘great songwriting’ by Tom Robinson, Paul has set out on his new project to much acclaim from early reviews and fantastic radio play from Dave Monks at BBC Introducing, in addition to appearing on Qatar and Canadian radio stations! Currently embarking on his first raft of gigs with his band of wonderful misfits, he is also building a web presence with several low fi videos which can be found at paulstraws.com
VIDEO PREVIEW – Here’s the video animation created by Paul Straws for his single You Wouldn’t See It That Way, launched earlier this year at Leaf.
If you get the chance, please support your local artists by joining their mailing lists, liking their facebook pages, following them on twitter, leaving them comments, going to their gigs, and buying their music direct from them where possible. The Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight is produced and presented by Graham Holland on behalf of the Liverpool Acoustic website, and is a proud member of the Association of Music Podcasting. The theme music is King of the Faeries by Andrew Ellis from his CD Midnight On The Water.
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I recently had the pleasure of listening to a few new songs from the London based band, The Healing. The third track off their brand new EP especially caught my attention as it progressed, describing the passionate young teenage memories of passing through a very small dusty town about midway between Las Vegas and Reno in the Nevada desert, namely Tonopah. When personally traveling to these two cities (Vegas/Reno), I’m usually taking indirect routes, rather than the highway directly between the two, but perhaps one of these days I’ll make sure to take a wrong, or perhaps a needed right turn at Bishop, CA. I love the visuals evoked with the lyrics as they tell a story but don’t get too overly specific, letting the listener get a bit more personally involved in imagining the romanticism and mystery behind this loosely described locale.
The Healing are a multinational group with members from all across the board, from England, to the USA and France, so they’ve likely played everywhere except maybe the town behind the song, or have they?
The Healing’s full line-up was completed in the autumn of 2013, and this past 22nd of August they released their debut EP ‘Childhood Home’. It was recorded at 123 Studios London with acclaimed engineer/producer Brett Shaw, and is available for download at the Bandcamp link below.Download Tonopah HypeMachine
In this weeks cornucopia of pleasure bringing sounds I play
Oh hello. It’s another slightly randomly scheduled podcast. I write this sitting in the garden as Edinburgh Man Junior runs around the vegetable beds. Don’t worry though, he’s not in this indie-pop biased edition of the show – I recorded it over lunchtime this afternoon as I was working from home. Well I was supposed to be working from home, but after finishing it I decided I needed some caffeine and spent the rest of the day in Artisan Roast.
Anyway, I said I wouldn’t talk politics this week and I just went and did just that. Many apologies. Don’t worry, it will all be over by this time next week.
1. Stanley Odd – “Son I Voted Yes” (Played courtesy of Stanley Odd)
2. Mark Wynn – “The Girl Who Looked Like Bobby Gillespie” (Played courtesy of Mark Wynn)
3. Earthy Babes – “Windspeak” (Played courtesy of Earthy Babes, Released under a Creative Commons licence)
4. Night Dew Call – “Emily” (Played courtesy of Night Dew Call, Released under a Creative Commons licence)
5. The Debutantes – “Gentleman’s Wash” (Played courtesy of Soft Power Records)
6. David Thomas Broughton & Juice – “In Service” (Played courtesy of Song by Toad Records)
7. Left Behind (Tiny Fireflies + Boyish) – “Heart Noir” (Played courtesy of EardrumsPop, Released under a Creative Commons licence)
8. Randolph’s Leap – “Isle Of Love” (Played courtesy of Randolph’s Leap)
Direct Download: Edinburgh Man #177
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A single from the cross-continental band’s forthcoming album Revolving Maze (19th Sept 2014).
Involved is an international (Tennessee; Belgium; Western Australia) electronic music project formed in September of 2012 by Joe Dorsey and Reivilo Enoignor.
Last week brought me a much needed vacation, with a trip to Charleston, SC, and my annual post-Labor Day excursion to Virginia Beach for the Blues on the Beach festival. It’s good to get away and get yourself among different scenery for a little while. Getting a different view can give you a different perspective on the world, and it’s good to have as wide a perspective as possible. I’m still working on that.
Thanks to lack of sleep, the Virginia Beach trip occasionally took on a certain dream-like quality. As a result, this week’s mix takes on a dream-like quality of its own. You’ll find a few familiar tracks scattered in with some new ones, including something brand new from one of trip hop’s legendary figures…
Playlist for Dave’s Lounge #293:
- Tricky, "Something In The Way" Buy from: iTunes
- Boot Cut Rockers, "When Comes The Rain" Buy from: iTunes
- Kwzé, "Dollar" Buy from: Bandcamp
- Evil Needle, "Antidote" Buy from: Bandcamp
- Data Romance, "Others" Buy from: iTunes
- Buried Boy, "After All Mistakes" Buy from: iTunes
- Ghosts Of Paraguay (feat. CoMa), "Beyond Reason" Buy from: iTunes
- Submotion Orchestra, "Sleepwalker" Buy from: iTunes
- Yellowjacket, "The Track of Dawn" Buy from: Bandcamp
- Poldoore, "Industry of Love" Buy from: Bandcamp
- Atu, "Can Do It" Buy from: iTunes
- Marsbeing, "Don’t Stop Dreaming" Buy from: iTunes
- Dive Index (feat. Natalie Walker), "The World Is Kind (Five Insects Remix)" Buy from: iTunes
Don’t forget to tell me your favorite song from this week’s show in the comments below!
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Xerath: I hold Dominion (from “III” out 15th September 2014, London, UK, Candlelight)
For Giants: Lucidity (from “Depths”, California, USA)
Yeti Love: Switchblade Angel (From Yeti Love”, London, UK, Airballon Records)
Third Ion: Capitol Spill (From 13/8bit, USA, Clawhammer)
Fornicus: We Are Sin (From “Storming Heaven”, Kentucky, USA, Clawhammer)
Digitalife: Nemisis (from “Nemesis”, Ciudad de Córdoba, Argentina, Imminence Records)
Pist: Dispose (From Riffology, UK) Playing Hammerfest
The Erkonauts: All The Girls Should Die (from “I Did Something Bad”, Geneva, Switzerland, Music Submit)
Provoke, Destroy: Cutthroat (From “Vulture”, Virginia, USA, Persistent Heart Media)
Krieg: Order of The Solitary Road (From “Transient”, New Jersey, USA, Candlelight)
Joffel Project: Rosalie (from “Shaken’ Not Stirred”, Helsinki, Finland)
Black Trip: Radar (from “Goin’ Under”, Sweden, Prosthetic Records)
Cloudkicker: The Focus (from “Fade”, Ohio, USA)
IKILLYA: Razorblades (from “Recon”, New York, USA)
Monsterworks: Educate The Masses (from “Overhaul”, UK)
Gurt: Horrenosaurus (UK}
Invius: United Voices (from “United Voices”, Brighton UK)
The Hell: Old Jacks, New Jacks (from “Groovehammer”, UK, Prosthetic Records)
My Collapse: Fateweaver (from EP 2014″, Sweden)
My Own Ghost: Crimson Ground (from “Love Kills”, Luxembourg, Inverse Records) Pictured (Tania Bettega)
The Van Desh: It Reminds Me (from “It Reminds Me”, Sweden, Barry International)
Mindset Evolution: Burn it Down (Ilinois, USA)
Sanctorum: Before We Let Go (from “Old Ghosts, New Wars”, UK)
Superfix: Never Change (from “Superfix”, LA, USA Music Submit)
The group is made up of brothers Logan and Alex Thierjung on vocals and bass respectively, lead guitarist Mark Menkevich, and drummer Brandon Bradley.
The EP, releasing independently, officially drops October 14th although you can currently hear the entirety of this excellent new release streaming over at the Soundcloud link below.
[via Team Clermont]Download Lighthouse HypeMachine
We’ve got a live recording from the high desert of New Mexico, Ghostly sounds from Seattle, Afrobeat from Brooklyn and to start, songs collected by a biologist in the Carpathian mountains of Central and Eastern Europe over a hundred years ago.
Ej, Lasko, lasko – Aram Bajakian & Julia Ulehla (Dálava) (New York City, USA) Rock Paper
A biologist was so enchanted by the music of a small Moravian village at the western hem of the Carpathians over a hundred years ago that he meticulously transcribed them into a tome of a book.
The songs had been carefully preserved. But how could they come alive over a hundred years later?
The NYC based band Dálava gives a beautifully idiosyncratic answer with their eponymous debut album (release: October 14, 2014). Based on the Moravian folk songs transcribed by biologist and ethnomusicologist Dr. Vladimir Úlehla, and led by vocalist Julia Ulehla (Vladimír’s American great granddaughter) and guitarist Aram Bajakian, the album vibrates with intensity, even when whispering and sparse. Prepared and distorted guitar alternates with eerie soundscapes. Ulehla’s voice teases and caresses (“Milá má”), then leaps and bounds (“Mamičky”).
“The song texts feel like fairy tales, like compact parables,” muses Ulehla. “They are so evocative of a whole miniature universe. We tried to give each song its own sound world. We knew nothing about the traditional way it was done at the time. It was simply a work of creativity and imagination. We were totally free.”
Bajakian has toured extensively with Lou Reed, who he played alongside during the rock legend’s final two tours. Bajakian then went on to perform over 100 shows alongside multiple Grammy winner Diana Krall during her much lauded Glad Rag Doll Tour. He learned from friend and guitar mentor Marc Ribot, and has worked with John Zorn and his circle to compose and perform challenging contemporary music (though often with a strong rock kick). He has also experimented with tender, more acoustically leaning treatments of Armenian folk tunes with his project Kef.
Ulehla, classically trained at the Eastman School of Music, left the opera world for the uncharted, exploratory territory of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, drawing on the experience of the theater icon and his collaborators to dig deep into the physical experience and ritual mindset of songs in performance.
The two childhood friends crossed paths again as adults, meeting up in Italy where Ulehla was an actress at the Workcenter. Eventually, they found themselves back in New York together as young parents and curious musicians. They decided to tackle the love songs and philosophical ballads, the recruiting chants and cryptic fragments transcribed by Ulehla’s great-grandfather Vladimír.
A ty moja najmilejsi – Aram Bajakian & Julia Ulehla (New York City, USA)
The Trilogy – We Are The West (LA, CA, USA)
We heard from We Are The West a while ago and now they have a new work out in the wild called We Are The West III. This is a single track offering somewhat confusingly called Trilogy.
Brett Hool together with his musical soul-mate, John Kibler, are interested in exploring the convergence of sound and space. For this recording they leave the storm drains and underground garage spaces of LA and head out for a live recording in the high desert of New Mexico. Yes, WATW really are interested in exploring the convergence of sound and space.
Their skilfully crafted music is layered into the context of very live performing and recoding spaces, resulting in songs of a haunting beauty and intimacy.
Their WATW III recording brings us close to performance poetry in places but always underpinned by fabulous playing and voices that reveal real passion. It repays focussed listening.
Ann De Witt has an insightful written interview with Brett and John in The Believer magazine
You can get the EP (if that’s what it is) at http://wearethewest.com/WATW/EPIII.html where there is a link to their Bandcamp page. It is offered on a pay what you like basis (min $3) have a listen and discover how much you like it, then let that tell you want it is worth – I’d say the benefit to my soul is worth way more than $3.
The bands previous episodes in the four recording suite are available from Bandcamp too.
Arterial – Lusine (Seattle, WA, USA)
Lusine is Texan Jeff McIlwain, an ambient/IDM musician. Originally a Texas native, McIlwain now resides in Seattle. After his diverse yet cohesive 2013 album The Waiting Room, Lusine, is back with a more tightly focused EP.
The release of Arterial, his fourth EP for Ghostly International, marks another successful foray into a niche that most artists would spend their careers immersed in. A calmly effortless work, Arterial is economical in everything it does, creating its own tiny universe to house expertly crafted productions. On the title track, crackling samples simmer like heated atoms narrowly missing each other, suspending us as we wait for release.
“Eyes Give In” encapsulates the EP’s feel, taut, with no sound out of place, and yet over the course of its five minutes warming into something undeniably human, even comforting. “Quiet Day,” the most accessible track here, demonstrates McIlwain’s gift for merging heady electronic music with the visceral appeal of pop, as his gorgeous synth melodies compliment submerged vocals.
Eyes Give In – Lusine
At 20 minutes, the EP is exactly as long as it needs to be, showcasing yet again the multiplicity that exists within Lusine’s work through songs that form a compact whole. As McIlwain told Giant Step in a recent interview, his goal is to find “beauty in strange places” and “warmth under the surface” through all his music, and on Arterial he fulfills this wonderfully.
You can buy it direct from Ghostly International at: http://www.theghostlystore.com/collections/music/products/lusine-arterial
Bella Ciao – Underground System (Brooklyn, NY, USA)
Underground System’s music finds its roots in Fela Kuti’s West African pioneered Afrobeat aesthetic that is chopped and screwed with the disparate influences from dance halls around the world. The band’s female frontline pushes them ahead with a unifying socially conscious voice, Underground System is a force: a freaky, dancey, multicultural party.
From the two track Bella Ciao EP a five track remix album has emerged, that truly displays the diversity of Underground System’s music. To create this album Underground System has called upon their extensive network of beat makers, electronic musicians, rappers and DJs to create five incredibly different remixes of the tracks D.O.N. and Bella Ciao. Underground System Remixed features reworked tracks from the Brooklyn-based trio Archie Pelago brings their electronics, trumpet, cello, sax in for a spaced-out disco remix of Bella Ciao. Globe-hopping DJ and educator Chief Boima twisted that same track into a dark percussive track ready for the international dancefloor. The Bella Ciao remixes are rounded out by none other than Peter Matson, Underground System’s own bandleader and accomplished DJ and producer in his own right. The track D.O.N. was put into the hands of Das Racist alums Kool A.D. and Kassa Overall aka Kool and Kass, the result is an epic extended verse track that only these two hip hop magicians would produce. The final remix of D.O.N. is the premier of the newest Underground System offshoot project Big Everything (Elenna Canlas and Peter Matson) dance floors beware!
The video for the original mix.
Brooklyn, New York artist HANNAH released her debut EP, BRYM in June. Today’s Dose is the second single from it. [via EIPR]
Check out the video of another track from the album Brym Al Mar below too.
In honor of the Sea of Bees musical appearance in the film “The 78 Project” making its way around the US this month and across the Pond to the UK in October, we’ve decided to feature their 2011 7″, The Woods, to get everyone psyched for the film’s release.
The new recording, “In My Time of Dying” was filmed for the movie at her home in Sacramento, which you can check out at the website below, or by checking in at one of the screening dates provided further below past the links.
[via Heavenly Recordings]Download The Woods HypeMachine
As mentioned, the film will be a part of the lineup for the BFI London Film Festival on 16th and Oct 19th, basically the International Premiere of The 78 Project Movie. Here are the quickly approaching dates in the States:
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Sept. 10
Roxy Stadium 11
Thursday, Sept. 11
San Francisco, CA
The Historic Balboa Theatre
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
Tuesday, Sept. 16
Northwest Film Forum
Sunday, Sept. 14
Monday, Sept. 15
San Francisco, CA
The Historic Balboa Theatre
Tuesday, Sept. 16
Friday, Sept. 19
Wednesday, Sept. 24
New Orleans, LA
Friday, Sept. 26
Acadiana Center for the Arts
Saturday, Sept. 27
Baton Rouge, LA
Sunday, Sept. 28
The Texas Theatre
Monday, Sept. 29
Little Rock, AR
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
Presented by The Oxford American
Tuesday, Sept. 30
Southern Illinois University
Wednesday, Oct. 1
Well, lack of time, holidays and major computer issues have kept me away again for quite some time, but here I am resurfacing as summer ends with another wee selection of great independent tuneage to satisfying your cravings. Enjoy until the next time
Sparrow Falls – Thus Perishes The World’s Glory / Spewing Bile
Perma F – Burning Angel
The Y-Axes – Dotted Lines / Sunglasses
Thank you for continuing to support the independent artists in 2014 by listening, feeding back and buying their music.
Brother Earth brings together the formidable talents of multi-instrumentalist Todd Tobias (Circus Devils) and vocalist Steve Five (The Library is on Fire). Their shadowy, kaleidoscopic music vacillates between brooding textural pieces and exuberant rock-and-roll at the drop of a hat, chasing the ghosts of pop music past into a hall of cracked mirrors. Their debut for Hidden Shoal, Positive Haywires, lands on 16th Sept 2014.