April 14, 2008

The New Face Of...

I'm back, and I've re-vamped the site for summer. I hope to be much more regular in my updating habits, but life is an overbearing boss sometimes - I've had my work cut out for me, what with getting the house ready to sell, studying for certs, work, family, and the new album soon-to-be-released. We've abandoned the Side A/Side B EP album ideas, and what you now have is a full-length, 8 track album due for mastering this friday. It's a nice little mixture of light, more dark, electronic samples, found sounds, minimalist guitars and keyboard and piano melodies. I believe only three contain vocals. Look for it on iTunes soon, as there will most definitely be a very limited number of hard copies released on CD, and more than definitely they will be sold only at shows. Probably.

In other news, I've reinstated the flash player, and I've started hosting my own audio files on the company server (shh), so I plan on rotating the playlist weekly, at least, and maybe even putting up the occasional rare track or deleted single, or whatnot. This week, I've started with a blend of compilation tracks, one rarity, and some nostalgic tunes I usually try to avoid. Here's a run-down:

1. Stereolab's "Lo Boob Oscillator" - Track two off of Refried Ectoplasm (Switched On Volume 2), an early Stereolab compilation of unreleased material, I believe released in '95. The vinyl sounds as good as it looks (Although I don't own a copy of the amber-colored first pressing).
2. Jim O'Rourke's "Get a Room" - This song is wonderful because it moves me to some emotion comprised of equal parts "near-tears" melancholy and "smile in the dark" pensiveness. The idea behind the song is what moves me nearly to tears, yet the overall air of the music, the carefree and playful overtones, carries me up to cloud nine and back, in a fairly nonchalant manner. You might understand if you take a listen in the car on a drive around 9:30 one evening.
3. The Sea and Cake's "The Fontana" - Bonus track eleven off of the Japanese import of my favorite album of all time, The Biz. One groovy tune, full of lovely marimba and jazz-drugged guitarage.
4. Grizzly Bear's "Merge" - Great song off a surprisingly unpretentious indie folk release from a few youngsters from "Motherless" Brooklyn.
5. Mice Parade's "Into the Freedom World (Part 1)" - Listen to Mokoondi. It's imperative that you do.
6. Helios' "Paper Tiger" - Off of Eingya. There has got to be someone out there who shares an emotional attachment to this song...sometimes sadness and longing does not make sense. I cherish the gift and the curse of memory. If fate steps in for a crossing of existence, this song may make sense again. Until then, it's shrouded in layer upon layer of obscurity through the interwoven needlework of the human psyche (and its mechanism against painful and otherwise undiscovered memory).
7. Sufjan Stevens' "The Predatory Wasp of the Palisides Is Out to Get Us!" - One more for the path not taken; it is forever immortalized in my mind through this song.
8. Talk Talk's "New Grass" - What more can be said about such a legendary group? Hats off. Immediately acquire Laughing Stock and Spirit of Eden. Don't tell anyone you didn't have them.
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