Monday, January 30, 2006

New Wooden Wand Project


If you don't know the extremely prolific Wooden Wand and His Various Members yet, well, you should. With over 30 related releases since 2003 on a variety of labels, they're becoming hard to ignore. Many of these older releases are getting reissues on Troubleman Unlimited or 5RC, and are worth finding along with their newer releases.

The newest Wooden Wand project is Wooden Wand and The Sky High Band. The Sky High Band features Clay Ruby, leader of the up and coming psych-folk group Davenport, and Jewelled Antler associates Glenn Donaldson and Shayde Sartin. If you're into psych-folk these names should already have you on the edge of your seat, and rightfully so. Although very little information has been released about this new project, it seems to promise greatness already. The release date is May 2006 on Kill Rock Stars, with no title or other information available yet. Wooden Wand will also have a new 2xLP/CD called Gypsy Sessions in February on 5RC.

Check out more info on Wooden Wand at their official site, and their myspace, where you can stream a few tracks as well.

related mp3s: Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice - I Am the One I Am & He is the Caretaker of my Heart

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

New Animal Collective single hello!

Oh boy re-release of Grass with a new song(Lake Damage) and video footage, and the video on Lake Damage is by Brian DeGraw of Gang Gang Dance! Speaking of Gang Gang Dance they have a show with Black Dice at the syrup room this friday, for those New Yorkers who don't know.

Read about the new single: http://pitchforkmedia.com/news/06-01/25.shtml

Show info:

Saturday January 28th @ SYRUP ROOM, Brooklyn, NY
BLACK DICE
Gang Gang Dance
Bill Cosby and His White Pudding Pops

[ SYRUP ROOM ]
100 Ingraham St @ Knickerbocker | EastWilliamsburgIndustrialPark
L to Morgan | 8pm | $10 | all ages

advance tickets @ EAT RECORDS starting Wed 1/18

[ EAT RECORDS ]
124 Meserole Ave @ Leonard St | Greenpoint, Brooklyn
G train to Nassau or B61 to Meserole | 1pm-8pm | 718.389.8083

Enjoy.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Invisible Pyramid: Elegy Box


There are a few great compilations of music nowadays. Digitalis Gold Leaf Branches. Time Lag/Eclipse's By The Fruits You Shall Know The Roots. And Last Visible Dog's Invisible Pyramid: Elegy Box. Invisible Pyramid overshadows all other compilations, a staggering 6 discs at a monumental 7 and a half hours, 31 of the best psych-folk, drone and experimental artists. A few of the artists off the playlist just to give you a taste of how incredible it is: Birchville Cat Motel, Avarus, Fursaxa, My Cat is an Alien, Black Forest/Black Sea, Steven R. Smith, Keijo, Uton and Es. That's only 9 of the total of 31 artists who contribute to this compilation. Like I said, monumental. My copy arrived on Sunday in the mail and I knew that I was not going to be outside for the rest of the day.

After I had listened to all 7 and a half hours, disc by disc, drone by drone, it was difficult to reflect on such a truly great and important compilation of music and artists. Invisible Pyramid represents to me one of the greatest musical achievements of the era, the equivalent of No Fun Fest or Terrastock. If you're interested in the experimental or the psychedelic, or simply want to get a healthy dose of something new, I highly recommend this. It's only 40 dollars on Last Visible Dog's site(although they're sold out as of two days ago, they say more in early Feb.), and considering the price of music these days that is more than a steal.

I haven't ripped it to my computer because I don't have the HD space, but if I do I will get around to putting up a track. As for now, here are a few mp3s from artists on the comp to peak your interest.

related mp3s: Uton - Untitled 2(off Psuedohumanoid)
Avarus - Eno Muista Mua(off Horuksen keskimmäisen silmän mysteerikoulu)
Ben Reynolds - A Pit Meditation(off Earth and Space Magics)

Sunday, January 22, 2006

So this has nothing to do with music

But uh whatever!

All I have been doing the past two days is reading through the archives of Achewood, because it is funny as hell. Honestly who does not love alcoholic cats and drug addled squirrels having hilarious misadventures in California? I sure do. Chris Onstad is a great writer and the entire 5 years is worth reading. Also necessary because there is a ton of character development throughout the strip. So yeah. Read it!

www.achewood.com


Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Ben Chasny is the bestest.

Pitchfork did a great interview(a rarity!) with Ben Chasny(Badgerlore, Six Organs of Admittance, Comets on Fire), and sometimes these things are kind of hard to spot/most don't read Pitchfork. Good read, and from what he says in here the next Comets on Fire/Six Organs projects should be great. February and late Spring release dates, respectively. Interview here.

related mp3s: Six Organs of Admittance - All You've Left(from School of the Flower)

classic rock lives.




i haven't been here for awhile, but if my data is correct, none of you rapscallions have shown any interest in classic rock. i am here to rectify that, or at least to pay tribute to the music from the decades that shaped how music is played and performed today.

i would like to start with The Grateful Dead.

for those of you who have never listened to American Beauty, the album the Dead released as their first in 1970, you are at a huge loss, musically and emotionally.


perhaps some of the best music i have ever heard, GD covers it all on this beauty, pun intended. they rock out, they jam out, and then they throw in some country. the more well-known songs, like, sugar magnolia, and truckin', are complemented by the lesser knowns, such as 'ripple' and 'attics of my life.' one of my absolute, hands-down favorite songs of all time kicks off the album, a beautiful ballad titled "box of rain." listen to this song as quickly as you can. listen to every word, every chord, every beat. let it take you over and if it doesn't affect you, you are doomed. i'm serious.

if you don't believe me, watch the very last episode of freaks & geeks, which you can pick up in the library. though initally opposed to traditional hippie music, the main character, lindsay weir, gives in after being recommended the record and is completely taken over as soon as she turns it on. it will be one of the best albums you will ever listen to in your life.

unlike most music of today, the combination of incredible sound and phenomenal lyrics will take you to another universe entirely.

the ultimate site to look up or peruse through grateful dead lyrics can be found here. even if the music is too groovy for you, read up on some of the songs and just reflect on the poetry. it's worth it. (upon first discovering the site as a freshman, i used to spend hours of my immense free time just reading lyrics and being completely awe-stricken.)

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Badgerlore


You know how classical music fans gush over pieces where their favorite artists are all playing in one symphony? Or how, if any of you have heard me talk about avant-jazz, I will sometimes mention my favorite collaborations between artists that I've seen? Badgerlore is the psych-folk equivalent of all of that. Consiting of Ben Chasny(Six Organs of Admittance), Rob Fisk(7 Year Rabbit Cycle) and the recently added Tom Carter(Charalambides) and Pete Swanson(Yellow Swans), this supergroup creates a sound which encompasses all of their relative projects, from Swanson's grating noise processing to Chasny's and Carter's incredible guitar playing. Their most November '05 release, Stories for Owls, is available through Free Porcupine Society and very much worth picking up.

mp3: Badgerlore - String Wrist

Enjoi.

Friday, January 13, 2006

and yet again!

so yea, i want to talk about this band called Lemon Demon, but i don't really want to talk about the band, because overall i don't think they're that pwntacular or anything, i just want to say something about their song "The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny"


It's a funny-esque song that all might enjoy if they get the references...


Since i don't feel like getting ready for class, i think i'll just put the lyrics on here...



The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny
Old Godzilla was hopping around
Tokyo City like a big playground
when suddenly Batman burst from the shade
and hit Godzilla with a Batgrenade
Godzilla got pissed and began to attack
but didn't expect to be blocked by Shaq
who proceeded to open up a can of Shaq Fu
when Aaron Carter came out of the blue

and he started beating up Shaquille O'Neal
then they both got flattened by the Batmobile
but before it could make it back to the Batcave
Abraham Lincoln popped out of his grave
and took an AK47 out from under his hat
and blew Batman away with a rat-a-tat-tat
but he ran out of bullets and he ran away
because Optimus Prime came to save the day

this is the Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny
good guys, bad guys, and explosions as far as the eye can see
and only one will survive, I wonder who it will be
this is the Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny

Godzilla took a bite out of Optimus Prime
like Scruff McGruff took a bite out of crime
and then Shaq came back covered in a tire track
but Jackie Chan jumped out and landed on his back
and Batman was injured, and trying to get steady
when Abraham Lincoln came back with a machete
but suddenly something caught his leg and he tripped
Indiana Jones took him out with his whip

then he saw Godzilla sneaking up from behind
and he reached for his gun which he just couldn't find
'cause Batman stole it and he shot and he missed
and Jackie Chan deflected it with his fist
then he jumped in the air and did a summersault
while Abraham Lincoln tried to pole vault
onto Optimus Prime, but they collided in the air
then they both got hit by a Care Bear Stare, oooh

this is the Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny
good guys, bad guys, and explosions as far as the eye can see
and only one will survive, I wonder who it will be
this is the Ultimate Showdown...

angels sang out in immaculate chorus
down from the heavens descended Chuck Norris
who deliver a kick which could shatter bones
into the crotch of Indiana Jones
who fell over on the ground, writhing in pain
as Batman changed back into Bruce Wayne
but Chuck saw through his clever disguise
and he crushed Batman's head in between his thighs

then Gandalf the Grey and Gandalf the White and
"Monty Python and the Holy Grail"'s Black Knight and
Benito Mussolini and The Blue Meanie and
Cowboy Curtis and Jambi the Genie
Robocop, the Terminator, Captain Kirk, and Darth Vader
Lo Pan, Superman, every single Power Ranger
Bill S. Preston and Theodore Logan,
Spock, The Rock, Doc Ock, and Hulk Hogan
all came out of no where lightning fast
and they kicked Chuck Norris in his cowboy ass
it was the bloodiest battle the world ever saw
with civilians looking on total awe

and the fight raged on for a century
many lives were claimed, but eventually
the champion stood, the rest saw their better:
Mr. Rogers in a bloodstained sweater

this is the Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny
good guys, bad guys, and explosions as far as the eye can see
and only one will survive, I wonder who it will be
this is the Ultimate Showdown...
this is the Ultimate Showdown...
this is the Ultimate Showdown...
of Ultimate Destiny



ah, enjoy


ps: myspace


Thursday, January 12, 2006

7 Year Rabbit Cycle


7 Year Rabbit Cycle is the brainchild or Rob Fisk and Kelly Goode, both ex-deerhoof. They're an angry, noisy punk/hardcore band, and personally I liked their 2005 release Wind Machine(which featured appearances by Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu and was mixed by John Dieterich of Deerhoof) a whole lot more than I did Runners Four. If you miss the sound of old, spastastic, crazy deerhoof, then checking these guys out is a must. If you just want someone who can really rock, checking these guys out are a must. Their new album Acorns comes out in february, and all signs point to that it will rock. Check out their myspace, and their label, Free Porcupine Society.

mp3s: 7 Year Rabbit Cycle - Cariboo(off Animal People)
7 Year Rabbit Cycle - Yep(off Animal People)

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

hey, look, it's me, posting

There are two bands i think you guys should listen to, and i have no clue whether or not someone's talked about them already, but truth be told, no big to me

The first is these kats called The Blow...

They've got smooth grooves and pwnin lyrics. I can't choose a favorite from their songs simply because they're all ubertasty...buuut, here's a cool lyric from a cool song:

"

Hey boy, why you didn't call me? I waited for days, I can't believe you didn't call.

A, you're gay. B, you've got a girl friend, C, you kind of thought I came on too strong, or D, I just wasn't your thing, no ring.

When we sat, uh-uhunh, outside for an hour at the party and talked I thought something good could be starting. It's not a lot that I want, just some talking, and really, you just made me feel kind of uncool.

Susan Ploetz says that maybe you are scared. Shelley, Jim Brown's brother's girlfriend, said there always is a reason, which was somehow strangely comforting. And Chris Browning says you're probably surrounded by girls, and I'm just not one of them that you're needing."

--Hey Boy

yea, the lyrics make me laugh usually too..they're indie...mmm...original...they've got a myspace


here

annnnd the second band thingie is Venetian Snares...

they're IDM...which is an awesome genre (aphex twin anyone?)

my favorite song is Szerencsetlen...because of the completely offbeat intro going into the hiphopishness....goode stuff

myspace

website



aight, i'm peacing, enjoy le music

p&l

ps: if you can't find Szerencsetlen, hit me up on AIM for it, because it's such a freakin awesome song...

Monday, January 09, 2006

Lullatone - Little Songs about Raindrops


Normally "cute" music is not something I'm partial too, but this album is just too amazing to pass up. What can only be described as incredibly pretty and melodic ambience(or 'pajama pop' by the group themselves, but I'm not really a fan of that term), 'Little Songs about Raindrops' will make you feel like a child playing in the grass all over again. Made by Shawn James Seymour(and now his wife!), it employs simple toy instruments, using them all with a combination of electronic effects to create a beautiful album with an incredibly unique sound. Use this album for napping, or when you feel like being happy and content.

They have a website at www.lullatone.com and if you look around there you can find pictures, videos, and songs. They also have a myspace here.

mp3s: Lullatone - Wake Up Wake Up

Hope you enjoy this as much as I do :)

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Two great Akron/Family interviews...

Two really great interviews of a really great band have been floating around, one on Brainwashed, and the other on Miporadio. Not only is Akron/Family making great music, but they're funny and have a great attitude as well.

And their tour starts in only 4 days! The dates are in this post.

Enjoy.

72 tracks of experimental ambient goodness...for free!

I'm not completely sure who this is by or where it came from, but a friend pointed it out and I'm very much enjoying. It seems to be some sort of test album, but it's about 5 hours of really great experimental and ambient by The Caretaker(though what that is I have no idea). Worth taking a listen to if, even if it's not the whole thing.

Get it here.

Best of '05(finally)...

So Indeed I am finally getting around to doing this whole best of '05 thing, no matter how much of a hassle it may be. Now I never think these lists mean much, as there are a ton of 2005 releases I meant to to listen to but haven't, and I'm sure there a ton which I haven't even heard of and are fantastic, so if something you like is left out, don't be offended, just recommend it. Anyway, the top 25 albums of 2005, as done by me, Linden from Peddie Sounds.

25. Deerhoof - The Runners Four

This album was a mixed bag for me. On one hand, it was a really great album with a ton of incredible jazz hooks and riffs. On the other, it was a departure from the spastic noise-jam fest which I hold on to so dearly. So although this is nowhere near my favorite Deerhoof release, I am still adamant in saying this album deserves almost all the praise it gets, and a spot on every best of list.

24. The Books - Lost and Safe

Incredible experimental pop from two guys who I feel are having some of the most fun making music today. Filled with tons of great samples from whatever these guys have laying around, listening to a Books album can sometimes feel like listening to a lecture, reading a novel and talking to a friend all at once. A great and interesting listen on all levels, musically and intellectually.

23. Brendon Anderegg - Falling Air

Many know Anderegg from his highly acclaimed label apestaartje, but before now he has not put out a release on any other label than his own. On his Psych-O-Path debut, Anderegg slightly departs from his experimental past and shows us that he as well can be a soothing, melodic, and drifting folk singer, while also incorporating elements of glitch, drone, and his usual repertoire. An incredible experimental folk album not to be missed.

22. Raccoo-oo-oon - Cave of Spirits Forever

Incredible album from an incredible band, it was very difficult to pick this over their other 2005 release Is Night People. A sound that cannot be put into words. Find this album and listen to it if you haven't already.

21. John Zorn - Mysterium

John Zorn is a master of his craft. And if I said this album was anything but incredible I'd be lying. Collaborating with 15 artists for 3 seperate pieces, Zorn's composition on this album is some of his best, and this is saying a lot. This album is worth listening for the second track(Frammenti del Sappho) alone, an astoundingly beautiful arrangement for 5 female vocalists that blew me away the first time I heard it. Beautiful stuff.

20. Carlos Giffoni - Welcome Home

Another veteran who finally decided to release an actual album on an actual record label. After seeing Giffoni play with O'Rourke over the summer, I knew that he was serious business. A true electronic noise artist, this album blows you away on one track and then comes right back and does it again. Over and over. And over. And over. and over. and over. You get the point. Giffoni is a treat both live and on record, and this is not to be missed.

19. Boris - Feedbacker

Yes, this is technically a 2003 reissue. But, it's also good enough to be on a best of 2005 list. Parts of this album scream noise, others scream metal. But them together and you have a real masterpiece. One of the most impressive build-ups on any album this year, and fun to listen to.

18. Jackie-O-Motherfucker - Flags of the Sacred Harp

This is a great album because JOM does it all. Traditional folk, brain busting psych folk, and beautiful pieces of drone and stoner rock. A really fantastic album and open to anyone. A great relaxation album, and great for..other activities.

17. Sunn0))) - Black 1

At first I thought this might not be on here simply because of the incredible number of great releases this year. Then I happened to see them live, and all that changed. This album blasts through your ears and puts your brain on hold. Sunn0))) is one of those constants where you can appreciate them staying primarily the same. Some of the most accessible doom metal out there, great album.

16. Diane Cluck - Countless Times

Originally this album dissapointed me. However that's only because I was looking for something a little more along the lines of Oh Vannile! However once I got over my frustration that this was a more traditional album, I actually listened to it and discovered it for what it truly is: beautiful. Diane Cluck is an incredible talent, and what she puts out should not be missed by anyone.

15. Terrestrial Tones - Blasted

Eric Copeland and Dave Portner. Do I need to say much more?

14. Sunset Rubdown - Snake's Got a Leg

Better than Apologies to the Queen Mary, and that's all you really need to know now, isn't it? Wolf Parade/Frog Eyes head dude Spencer Krug takes it to a new level on this part rock, part experimental, part who knows what album. A good thing to be listening to.

13. Jana Hunter - Blank Unstaring Heirs of Doom

Thank god Devendra found this girl am I right? More great experimental-folk coming out of the Texas prodigy. One of my favorite debuts of the year, keep an eye on this girl because she is undoubtedly going places.

12. Domotic - Ask for Tiger

I'm not too hip to the pop scene, but this frenchman really does it for me. An experimental pop album that goes beyond just pop, utilizing found sounds, drone, scratchy noise and much more, if this is what pop music of the future sounds like, sign me up. An album anyone can enjoy, and very fun to listen to.

11. Mount Eerie - No Flashlight

Phil Elverum blah blah blah genius blah blah blah I don't think I can say anything that hasn't been said already.

10. Six Organs of Admittance - School of the Flower

Ben Chasney is one of the most talented artists in the experimental folk scene today. Most of what he does is nothing short of brilliant, and School of the Flower definitely qualifies. His first "formal" release, Chasney combines his classic psych-folk style with a bit of traditionalism thrown in to create something unrivaled in beauty. This album gets all my praise and more.

9. Lightning Bolt - Hypermagic Mountain

Fuck Bush! Fuck everything! Fuck the war in Iraq! Fuck all that shit! All Lightning Bolt wants to do is break out the fucking jams and rock your face inside out, and that's exactly what they do. As it always say on Lightning Bolt albums, play this LOUD and your senses will be mutilated, in the best sense of the word.

8. Kallikak Family - May 23rd, 2007

I discovered this album very late in the year, and it still nabbed an easy spot in the top 10. Nothing is quite like this. Nothing will ever be quite like this. This album is incredibly enjoyable, while at the same time an incredibly unique outlook on music, and life, and living, and art, and anything else you can think of. If I had been listening to this for longer there's a good chance it would've ended up in the top spot. Can't really say enough about it.

7. Thanksgiving(Parts 1-3)

Adrian Orange is a funny guy. Not only that, but he makes fantastic music which can keep you entertained and entranced. This 3 lp collection has everything from Adrian shredding away on his guitar to make an ear-blasting wall of noise, to him soothing you to sleep. Although it's a very simplistic and accesible listen, I suggest you go in with an open mind, because you'll hear all types of sounds. His live show was also one of my favorites this year, and Adrian is a great artist all around, and this is a great album.

6. Lau Nau - Kuutarha

Finland! Yes! Although I'm only truly getting into the Finnish folk scene recently, this album has been with me for a while, and it can't be described any other way except for beautiful. This album is so diverse, so incredible, and so stunningly simplistic that you may enter a slight state of bliss after listening to it. Even though I couldn't put them all on this list, other artists on the Fonal label should all have some sort of honorable mention.

5. Akron/Family - Akron/Family

These bearded wildmen certainly are making some great music. For 4, sometimes 5, guys who look like they belong more in a bar finishing off a pint than making a psych-folk album, they sure do an incredible job of it. I listened to this album almost everyday over the summer without fail, and it's haunting melodies and beautiful vocals encaptured me everyday without fail. Their live show is also one not to be missed, and as they are touring right now, get yourself to wherever the nearest show they're playing is, it's worth it more than you could ever think.

4. Thuja - Pine Cone Temples

This Jewelled Antler ambient-psych-improv-folk quartet has put out yet another masterpiece. A two disc, almost two hour epic that encaptures everything which is great about Jewelled Antler, this is an album which entrances and forces you to listen, to every subtle change in tone, rhythm, every sound which is manipulated and put into your ears. One of those album which makes you go "Wow..." after giving it a full listen, this is a keystone of the Jewelled Antler discography. Beautiful, haunting, soft, loud, no-wave, all-waves, and sometimes psychadelic, this is an incredible album to listen to.

3. Animal Collective - Feels

What I really, really love about Animal Collective is that they are the one band that can get incredibly popular, but will never lose fans, even those ones that "were listening since Spirit," simply because they are so good, and that's why they get popular. They're not getting popular by selling out or drastically changing the type of music they're making. They're getting popular because if anyone deserves it, they do. A band which deserves every single piece of praise they get, this album only needs one listen to be understood why it's clearly one of the best of the year.

2. Rusty Santos - The Heavens

The first time I heard this album I had no idea who I was listening to, and absolutely no clue that he would quickly become one of my favorite artists of the year. The Heavens is an indescribably good experimental pop album, and you really have to HEAR it before you hear it, if you know what I mean. Check it out before you do anything else, even breath.

1. Gang Gang Dance - God's Money

Beautiful meldoy, tribal rhythms, stunning vocals. Although God's Money is a drastic shift from most stuff GGD had done before, it's really one of the best changes to a more "accessible" form that I've ever seen a band pull off. This album is perfect for every occassion, and no track dissapoints. It moves and swings with every sound, and it's all done seamlessly. Coming from a true experimental/noise band, this album is nothing short of astounding. Everyone should be listening to this, no matter what your musical affiliation is. It's an incredible album, and a great musical achievement on the part of GGD. An album of the year if I have ever seen one.



Anyway that is my take on music in the year 2005. Steven R. Smith - Crown of Marches really should be on there somewhere, but at the sametime nothing on the list deserves to be taken off, so I'm not quite sure what to do. Hope you enjoyed all that.

!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

New Joanna Newsom material...


So Joanna Newsom has been stirring up ideas for her new album on her UK/AU tour, and some of that material is now available. All the songs are live, and in this collection there's actually a few Hendrix covers, as well as some other great Newsom related songs/video/pictures. The new album is being recorded now, with no release date yet.

Article on Joanna in The Age

Collection of new material on Fromamouth.com

Enjoi.