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October 2012 Oregon concert recap

12th Nov 12 (Mon) 1 comment

I feel so bad for not blogging as much this past month or so… busy at work and in real life.  I have still gone to quite a bit of shows, especially in October – Aimee Mann, Nellie McKay twice, Peter Mulvey & Kris Delmhorst three times, and Dan Deacon, I snapped a few iPhone shots (sorry for lower quality).  I tracked most of the setlists, too.  So, here’s a quick run-down.

Aimee Mann @ the Aladdin Theater, Portland, Oregon (Tu 10/2)

Aimee Mann put on a great show, a good mix of old tunes and ones from her brand new album, Charmer.  Here’s what she played – 10/2 setlist. This was my second time seeing her, and I was not disappointed.  She’s charming, smiles much more than her songs lead on, and is quite the jokester.

Nellie McKay @ the Shedd, Eugene, Oregon (Wed 10/10)
Nellie McKay @ the Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland, Oregon (Th 10/11)

Two shows, back-to-back seems to be a habit for me when Nellie McKay swings through Oregon. The shows were fairly similar (Eugene setlist / Portland setlist) save for a few changes in songs.  Both shows were great.  She seemed for relaxed and vocally on-point in Eugene. In Portland, she had a few lyrical miss-steps, but she was as charming as ever. Any time she comes through, I’m excited to see her.  No news on another album, yet (her last was 2010’s Home Sweet Mobile Home).

Peter Mulvey & Kris Delmhorst @ the Majestic Theatre, Corvallis, Oregon (Wed 10/17)
Peter Mulvey & Kris Delmhorst @ the Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland, Oregon (Th 10/18)
Peter Mulvey & Kris Delmhorst @ Tsunami Books, Eugene, Oregon (Fri 10/19)

Three shows, not one the same. Another artist I see every time he comes through, Peter Mulvey, brought his long-time musical friend Kris Delmhorst (wife of another singer-songwriter Jeffrey Foucault).  The three of them are in a band Redbird with guitarist David Goodrich.  Well, this Fall 2012 west coast jaunt was just Peter & Kris, doing a switch-off storyteller-type show.  All of the shows were two sets, split with a short intermission.  Peter changed up his set fairly well, and Kris mixed hers up some as well (Corvallis setlist / Portland setlist / Eugene setlist).  I only had a few of her albums before this tour, but at the final show, I had to rectify that and pick up the rest of the catalog.  It seemed based on their new material and various discussions that they were both working on new albums… for 2013?

Dan Deacon @ Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, Oregon (Th 10/25)

The openers were also odd (TEDtalk-styled humor from Alan Resnick), bombastic (two-piece rock powerhouse Chester Endersby), and truly enlightening (rock/rap from Height with Friends).  For Dan Deacon‘s set, he played a lot from his latest album, America.  This show was intense and amazing.  He has an amazing way of getting people to step out of their shells.  At one point, Dan was going to have us do a arm tunnel outside the venue (something he does at most of his shows).  The bouncer and club management wouldn’t let him… so he complied and said,” we’ll just do something far more dangerous.”  With a wide circle, he started with one guy running around, and with every revolution, he would bring one more person in to run around… 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, … after a very short time the entire audience was running in a circle… I had to pull myself out of it and grab some water… It was a very sweaty, dancey, fun-as-hell show. Truly inspiring how the seeming group of outcasts becomes a group of like-minded lovers of life.

I’ll try to do a better job of consistent concert reviews going forward, time permitting.  A couple shows for me this week: The Dead Kenny G’s (Skerik, Matt Dillon etc) on 11/15 @ Sam Bond’s Garage (Eugene) and Over the Rhine on 11/17 @ the Triple Door (Seattle).

~Dan – np: Sufjan StevensSilver & Gold (Songs For Christmas) Vol. VI: Gloria!

Derek Webb ‘Ctrl’

11th Jul 12 (Wed) Leave a comment

8/13/12 update… nah, it’s not really an electronic album.  Singer-songwriter fare… good stuff, though, as usual from Derek.

So, perhaps Derek Webb is turning into an electronic artist?  OK.  Fine with me, I loved that progression from acoustic singer-songwriter on Stockholm Syndrome.

He’s putting out his newest album, Ctrl, on August 21, 2012 (online) / September 4, 2012 (physical).  Here’s all the relevant press for the album and Square Tour

Ctrl will be available for early/direct sale at 12:01AM on August 21, 2012 exclusively at derekwebb.com for two weeks before it goes on sale everywhere on September 4, 2012.

On August 23, Derek will also be launching THE SQUARE TOUR in support of Ctrl. Backed by a full band (including Ctrl co-producer Josh Moore), THE SQUARE TOUR promises to be the most musically and technologically ambitious live production of Derek Webb’s career. Every show on THE SQUARE TOUR will take place in a surprising, unconventional venue specifically selected to accommodate a unique four-sided stage and lighting/production rig designed and built exclusively for THE SQUARE TOUR.

Opening for Derek Webb on THE SQUARE TOUR is the band Page CXVI (which features SOLA-MI vocalist Latifah Phillips). All shows on THE SQUARE TOUR will also include a very special performance by SOLA-MI.  All tickets will be sold directly from derekwebb.com, and are AVAILABLE NOW. Follow @derekwebb on Twitter for additional cities as they’re added.

~Dan – np: Sigur RósValtari

Digital Noise Academy’s kickstarter reboot

26th Jun 12 (Tue) Leave a comment

Yikes! I haven’t blogged all month!  Keeping busy at work, not as many shows this month for me, and I suppose not much “new music” breaking in June.  Fiona Apple’s new album The Idler Wheel coming out today; so grab that!

Also, I posted a couple months ago about Digital Noise Academy’s Kickstarter.  The collaborative group is:

  • Ken Andrews (Failure, On, Year of the Rabbit, worked with Tool, A Perfect Circle, NIN, Tenacious D, Copeland, etc)
  • Sharky Laguana (Creeper Lagoon)
  • Charlotte Martin
  • Justin Meldal-Johnsen (NIN, Beck, Air, M83)
  • Fernando Sanchez (Lenka, Ben Jelen, Racheal Yamagata, Chris Cornell)
  • Jordon Zadorozny (Blinker the Star, Sam Roberts).

The original Kickstarter had lofty goals, but didn’t meet them (too much, too short of a window)… well, they rebooted it and are almost there – needing only another $4k with 45 days to spare.  I think it’s going to be a rad album!

Check it out and help them out!

~Dan – np: CelldwellerWish Upon A Blackstar

FINALLY… Digital Noise Academy – debut album {kickstarter}

2nd May 12 (Wed) 1 comment

So, Digital Noise Academy/DNA (formerly Los Angeles Digital Noise Academy/LADNA) has been teasing us with new album promises way back since the MySpace days.  The collaborative led by one of my favorite musicians Ken Andrews (Failure, On, Year of the Rabbit, worked with Tool, A Perfect Circle, NIN, Tenacious D, Copeland, etc) is what brings me to the table, but the other members are tops, too… Sharky Laguana (Creeper Lagoon), Charlotte Martin (Herself), Justin Meldal-Johnsen (NIN, Beck, Air, M83), Fernando Sanchez (Lenka, Ben Jelen, Racheal Yamagata, Chris Cornell), and Jordon Zadorozny (Blinker the Star, Sam Roberts).

Well, now they officially have a kickstarter.  I think it’s a great project, and I sincerely hope it gets made.  Check out the first single they released two years ago (which will be on the album), then check out the Kickstarter pagerebooted link

KICKSTARTER PAGE rebooted link

They have already completed two songs “Melting Inside” and “Thursday Night Party.”  Both these songs are currently available for free download on their website www.digitalnoiseacademy.com.

~Dan – np: DNA – “Melting Inside”

Celldweller – Wish Upon A Blackstar #4

25th May 11 (Wed) Leave a comment

Celldweller’s 4th installment of Wish Upon A Blackstar comes out June 28th.  The artwork was just released yesterday… dark and fiery like the last three issues (123), and the first to show Klayton/Celldweller on the cover.  More details about its release when pre-ordering goes live.

The 5th installment should hit in late 2011.  Two years in the making.  Slow and steady must be Klayton’s motto.

~Dan – np: RadioheadIn Rainbows

Digital Noise Academy (update)

24th May 11 (Tue) Leave a comment

Ken Andrews posted a new blog with an update about Digital Noise Academy, his online collaboration with Charlotte Martin, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Sharky Laguana, Tommy Walter, Fernando Sanchez, and Jordon Zadorozny.  His blog is annoyingly white text in a jpeg format… so, head on over to his blog site to read it (I ain’t about to type it up).

Digital Noise Academy (May 11, 2011)

There’s a new streaming song (“Thursday Night Party“) – the second and last free tune from the project.  Join the discussion about how to monetize the project; so it sees the light of day without being thieved.  The songs “Thursday Night Party” and “Melting Inside” can also be downloaded for free via links at http://www.digitalnoiseacademy.com/.

~Dan – np: Precious DeathSouthpaw

Groupees teaming up with Celldweller (72 hour sale for Alabama Tornado Relief)

4th May 11 (Wed) 1 comment

Groupees, an “innovative new flash sale platform featuring digital media content from exciting independent artists,” announced yesterday that it will be launching its next promotion featuring Detroit’s electronic rock mastermind Celldweller

Known worldwide for pioneering new sounds and methods for creating his tracks, Klayton (Celldweller) continues to generate music that resonates and relates to both fans and the entertainment industry worldwide.

The Celldweller 4-EP Bundle Groupee is slated to start Wednesday, May 4th at 9:00 am PST at http://bit.ly/celldwellr.

20% of all proceeds from the sale go directly to Red Cross to support US/Alabama Tornado Relief.

The campaign will run for 72 hours and is priced using Pay What You Want which allows fans to name their price with a minimum of $3 (products retail five times that). The Bundle packages together 4 EP’s, one of which has 4 never before released tracks:

  • Wish Upon A Blackstar Chapter 03 of 05 is the latest installment of the Celldweller sophomore album, featuring the tracks “The Lucky One” & “Tainted”
  • Cellout EP 01 featuring re-imagined versions of Celldweller songs as heard in the Celldweller live show. This EP debuted in iTunes as the #1 Electronic Album in 5 Countries, including the US as well as top #10 Electronic album in 12 countries.
  • Soundtrack For The Voices In My Head Vol. 02 (Chapter 01) featuring instrumental tracks used in Film/Tv/Video Games
  • Exclusive EP will feature a brand new, unreleased track from Soundtrack For The Voices In My Head Vol. 02 (Chapter 02)3 unreleased Remixes as well as a rare/limited release of Klayton’s remix of the track “Shapeshifter.”

The Celldweller 4-EP Bundle also includes a special bonus collection if the promotion’s goal of $10,000 raised is met:

All participants will receive an unreleased ‘Beta Cessions’ B-Side Demo along with the unreleased Remix of the track “The Lucky One”.  At the close of the campaign, the #1 top donor will receive an additional bonus Unreleased Demo that will be exclusively theirs until we officially release the track at a later date.

Who is Groupees?  Groupees, from Portland, Oregon, is a social media technology company. Their parent company, YAWMA, also operates a digital store and app for discovery and sharing of indie music and games through Facebook.

From Wednesday, May 4th, through Saturday, May 7th (9am PST/noon EST), dig in at:

http://bit.ly/celldwellr

~Dan – np: Steven WilsonInsurgentes

HF’s Cats Watching Cats (*VOTE*)

15th Nov 10 (Mon) Leave a comment

Canadian live electronic gurus Holy Fuck had a contest… photograph your cat watching their wicked-good video for “Red Lights.”  Well, the semi-finalists are in and it’s up to YOU to vote on your favorite (HF’s Facebook photo album link).  There are some cute ones over there.  Deadline for votes is Friday, November 19th.

My favorite photo didn’t make the cut… mainly due to the breedist folks over at “HFHQ”. ;)

OK, Turtle (my 5-year old pekinese poodle) didn’t technically fit the bill for “cats watching cats.”  Maybe next time…

~Dan np: Over the Rhine – The Long Surrender

REVIEW: Sufjan Stevens @ Schnitzer (Portland, OR – 10/29/10)

30th Oct 10 (Sat) 12 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

So, the last few months has been a flurry of unexpected, yet superbly exciting information coming from Sufjan Stevens and Asthmatic Kitty.  First was the tour announcement (on Aug 9th), then a week and a half later came the immediate release of the All Delighted People EP, and less than a week later came the news of the new full length album The Age of Adz (pronounced ‘odds’).  Outside of the orchestral The BQE piece, Sufjan had been silent for a couple years (which we recently found out was due to nervous system health issues).  Within the past two months, he came roaring back in 2010 with a North American-spanning tour and two new adventurous albums (the “EP” is 58+ minutes).

The new music from Delighted and Adz is a little less accessible compared to Seven Swans or his “State” albums, but a little more poppy/accessible compared to BQE or Rabbit.  I think the new music strikes a nice balance between the adventurousness and electronic-ness in his past music… possibly “A Sun Came! updated for the Sufjan listener in 2010.”  While I don’t think it’s a repeat of A Sun Came! (at all) – that’s the best Sufjan repertoire comparison I can muster.  It’s sweeping and glitchy, quiet and loud.  But how would it translate into a live show?

Before we could find out, labelmate DM Stith hit the stage.  He only played 20 minutes, but was a good warm-up.  Nice singer-songwriter fare, with Sufjans’ horn section on “Thanksgiving Moon.” I’d heard DM’s music via AK samplers and free downloads.  It never struck me as solidly as Sufjan has, but in the live setting, he seemed to carry himself well.  After he did his tunes, he left to go put on shiny pants for Sufjan’s band.  I was slightly disappointed that he left after only 20 minutes, but that disappointment soon went away as the anticipation for Sufjan mounted.

Sufjan and his 10 piece band hit the stage around 10 ’til 9pm in shiny outfits.  His band was comprised of DM Stith on keyboards, two drummers, a 3-member torn section, a guitarist, bassist, and two backup singers/dancers.  After a short hello, they went immediate into “All Delighted People” and didn’t stop with the new material until 10:30.  I’d been listening to the new material for the past week, and glad they played some personal favorites: Heirloom, Futile Devices, The Owl and the Tanager, and the 20+ minute Impossible Soul.

Sufjan’s “slow jam” dancing to “I Walked” was charming.  The projected graphics and dark, hallowed lighting during “Vesuvius” made my friend mention that it seemed like a weird, ancient worship service.  The auto tune hip-hop near the end of “Impossible Soul” is one of my favorite parts, and it really worked in the live setting. I wish cameras had been allowed near the end, as a large luminescent diamond descended*, and Sufjan busted out the jams in front of the back-lit, strobe-diamond facade.  While that was his most “rockstar moment,” most of the show, he was talkative, yet unassuming and grateful to the audience.

* Amanda McAuley got some photos of it (some shown below), plus I found an “Impossible Soul” part 2 video snippetsee alphaleonis’ youtube for more from the show.

Setlist: about 2 1/4 hours

  • All Delighted People
  • Too Much
  • Age of Adz
  • Heirloom
  • I Walked
  • Futile Devices
  • Vesuvius
  • The Owl and the Tanager [Sufjan solo with backing vocals]
  • Get Real Get Right [with story about Royal Robertson]
  • Enchanting Ghost
  • Impossible Soul
  • Chicago
  • Encore: Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois [Sufjan solo piano]
  • Casimir Pulaski Day

It was a brilliant show.  He was quirky and subdued, gentle and cacophonous, amusing and bewildering, and all around charming.  He saved the old tunes for last, and only three Illinois tracks made the cut.  I got goosebumps as he hit the intro for “Concerning the UFO Sighting.”  While the older tunes were nice (and I wish there had been more sprinkled in), I can honestly say that the new tunes hold their own.  There’s a reason Sufjan has a piece of our hearts.  Seeing the new songs live definitely elevated those albums to being amongst my favoritesfor 2010.  After seeing them performed live, I think they fit better within his catalogue, too.  I hope it’s not another 3+ years until I get to see Sufjan and his band of musicians again.

Sidenote: Sufjan’s one of the only artists who could have pulled me away from a reported, equally awesome Nellie McKay show in Eugene (check back tomorrow for Nellie McKay photos from Margaret O’Brien – who went in my place).

many more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

Check out more tour dates below.

~Dan –Dave Douglas & KeystoneSpark of Being: Expand

SUFJAN STEVENS PHOTOS
all pictures (cc) 2010 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

(click for larger)

Sufjan’s 2010 Tour Dates

  • Tuesday, 12 October – Metropolis Theater, Montreal QC
  • Wednesday, 13 October – Massey Hall, Toronto ON
  • Thursday, 14 October – Royal Oak Music Theater, Royal Oak MI
  • Friday, 15 October – Chicago Theater, Chicago IL
  • Saturday, 16 October – Orpheum Theater, Minneapolis MN
  • Sunday, 17 October – Uptown Theater, Kansas City MO
  • Tuesday, 19 October – The Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin TX
  • Wednesday, 20 October – McFarlin Memorial Auditorium, Dallas TX
  • Friday, 22 October – Mesa Arts Center – Ikeda Theater, Mesa AZ
  • Saturday, 23 October – The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA
  • Tuesday, 26 October – The Paramount Theater, Oakland CA
  • Thursday, 28 October – Orpheum Theater, Vancouver BC
  • Friday, 29 October – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland OR
  • Saturday, 30 October – The Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA
  • Monday, 1 November – Kingsbury Hall, Salt Lake City UT
  • Tuesday, 2 November – Paramount Theatre, Denver CO
  • Thursday, 4 November – Hilbert Circle Theatre, Indianapolis IN
  • Friday, 5 November – Bijou Theater, Knoxville TN
  • Saturday, 6 November – The Tabernacle, Atlanta GA
  • Sunday, 7 November – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Asheville NC
  • Wednesday, 10 November – Kimmel Center, Philadelphia PA
  • Thursday, 11 November – Orpheum Theatre, Boston MA
  • Sunday, 14 November – Beacon Theatre, New York NY
  • Monday, 15 November – Beacon Theatre, New York NY

 

REVIEW: Holy F*ck & Indian Jewelry @ Holocene (Portland, OR – 10/14/10)

15th Oct 10 (Fri) 4 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

First off… if you haven’t seen the adorable and infectious new music video for Holy Fuck‘s “Red Lights,” you need to go check it out now.  OK, now that you’re back, on to the review…

This was the first time to the Holocene for me.  It’s a nice venue, trendy looking bar, good beer on tap (Double Mountain IRA for me).  They had a few side rooms with colorful lights, practically unusable mirrors in the bathroom, and odd fabric or paper christmas tree looking things in the performance area.  In other words, everything that makes Portland its quirky, trendy self.

I got there near the middle of the first opener’s set.  Clipd Beaks, from Oakland, were good from what I heard.  Fuzzy rock with somewhat melodic vocals, use of trumpet, but primarily traditional rock sounds coming forth.  I didn’t get any usable photos from their set as the lights were in force, yet.

Next up was Indian Jewelry, a four-piece from Houston, put out a 40 minute blast of tom percussion, dirty guitars and keyboards.  They were a little warbly, drone-y in spots, and switched off between male and female vocalists.  I enjoyed them, but I couldn’t really “re-sing” any of their songs… nice and percussive, genre-less but not aimless.  I can see them working way better live than on record, but then again, I’ve been wrong about that before.  Anyway, I’d recommend checking them out if they swing by your neck of the woods… cracked cymbals and all.

Holy Fuck started setting up immediately after Indian Jewelry’s set ended.  They went on right around 11:30 and played a full hour, with encore.  Not dissimilar from their Mississippi Studios show from earlier in the year… lots of tunes from Latin – which I am legally required to state in every mention of its name… it’s the best album of 2010 so far.  Great groove-based live/organic electronic.

There were a few absent fab live tunes (Royal Gregory, Super Inuit, Milkshake), and I think I’m going crazy, as now I’m doubting my own note-taking… did they end with Lovely Allen?  Or was it Safari?  Or am I going crazy?  Anyway… they played Red Lights, which smoked!  I love Punchy’s bass on that track…

Setlist: about an hour

  • 1MD
  • Super Inuit
  • Foxy
  • Jungles
  • Red Lights
  • Lucky
  • Stay Lit
  • Silva & Grimes
  • Stilettos
  • Encore: The Pulse
  • Lovely Allen (I should know this with confidence, but my brain fell apart)
    italics – unsure of in the setlist, any help is appreciated

Great show as usual from Holy Fuck.  But… severe lack of dancing again… or at least in comparison to the grooves.  This seems to happen (i.e.- not happen) in Portland; so I don’t blame the band at all.  They should swing down to Eugene next time… we’ll show ’em how to party!  Pretty please!

many more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

Check out more tour dates below.

~Dan – np: Metallica – S&M

HOLY FUCK & INDIAN JEWELRY PHOTOS
all pictures (cc) 2010 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

(click for larger)

Holy Fuck Fall 2010 Tour:

08-28 Leeds, England – Leeds Festival
08-29 Reading, England – Reading Festival
09-08 Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
09-09 Birmingham, AL- Bottletree
09-10 New Orleans, LA – Howlin’ Wolf
09-11 Austin, TX – The Mohawk
09-12 Houston, TX – Walter’s on Washington
09-13 Mobile, AL – Alabama Music Box
09-14 Athens, GA – New Earth Music Hall
09-15 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
09-17 Washington, DC – Black Cat
09-18 New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
09-19 Boston, MA – Paradise
09-20 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
09-21 Buffalo, NY – Soundlab
09-22 Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox
09-23 Cincinnati, OH – Midpoint Music Festival
09-24 Urbana, IL – Pygmalion Music Festival
09-25 Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop
09-26 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick (Fucking Awesome Fest)
09-27 London, Ontario – London Music Hall
09-28 Hamilton, Ontario – Studio Theatre
09-29 Toronto, Ontario – Phoenix Theatre
09-30 Montreal, Quebec – Espace Dell’Arte
10-02 Ottawa, Ontario – Capital Music Hall
10-03 Guelph, Ontario – Vinyl
10-05 Winnipeg, Manitoba – Pyramid Cabaret
10-06 Saskatoon, Saskatchewa – Louis Pub
10-07 Toronto, Ontario – Republik
10-08-09 Edmonton, Alberta – Pawn Shop
10-11 Victoria, British Columbia – Element Nightclub
10-12 Vancouver, British Columbia – The Rickshaw Theatre
10-13 Seattle, WA – Neumos
10-14 Portland, OR – Holocene
10-16 San Francisco, CA – Treasure Island Music Festival
10-17 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
10-18 Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room
10-20 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
10-21 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
10-22 St. Louis, MO – Firebird
10-23 Indianapolis, IN – Radio Radio

Boy Eats Drum Machine’s 20 Beats

31st Aug 10 (Tue) Leave a comment

As reported in the Portland Mercury

On September 20, Boy Eats Drum Machine is releasing 20 Beats, an all instrumental recording with 20 songs and 20 different album covers (similar to NIИ’s Ghosts). The digital release will be available through iTunes and other digital outlets. You can listen to a sample of what’s to come right here…

Boy Eats Drum Machine – Silverskate Gateway

BEDM just came off of a great weekend show at Eugene Celebration (review & photos here).  Stay tuned to http://boyeatsdrummachine.com/ for more info about the upcoming release and shows.

~Dan – np: Beats AntiqueContraption Vol 1

nine inch nails nin

1-Bit Symphony

24th Aug 10 (Tue) Leave a comment

Tristan Perich‘s 1-Bit Symphony is brilliant.  Perfect for the experimental fans, perfect for electrical engineers who also dig music, and perfect for fans of post-modern minimalism.  It is an electronic composition in five movements on a single microchip. Though housed in a CD jewel case like his first circuit album (1-Bit Music 2004-05), 1-Bit Symphony is not a recording in the traditional sense; it literally “performs” its music live when turned on. A complete electronic circuit—programmed by the artist and assembled by hand—plays the music through a headphone jack mounted into the case itself.

It comes out today (Aug 24, 2010) and is limited edition… http://bangonacan.org/store/product/181

http://1bitsymphony.com/

~Dan – np: John Zorn / Masada String TrioFilm Works XI: Under the Wing

Goddamn Electric Bill – Jazz (vinyl)

22nd Aug 10 (Sun) Leave a comment

Jason Torbert, aka Goddamn Electric Bill, is putting out his fourth album soon… this time on vinyl, and this time with our help.  He’s started a campaign via Kickstarter to gain enough pre-order support to make the vinyl happen.

There are several different packages including vinyl only, vinyl + bsides, vinyl+ bsides + CD, et cetera.  He needs to raise $1,500 by Sept 17th.  He’s about half way there as of now, but the project won’t happen if he doesn’t raise enough.  For those not in the know about GdEB, it’s a fantastic melodic, organic electronic soundscape.  Check out some tunes on MySpace or his video for “Ten Thousand Years” here:

I pitched in… I hope you dig the music and do the same.  Let’s make GdEB’s Jazz album on vinyl a reality!

To find out more about JAZZ, click a photo above. You can also ask a question in the comments, email contact@goddamnelectricbill.com, or follow any one of these links:
www.goddamnelectricbill.com
www.myspace.com/goddamnelectricbill
www.facebook.com/goddamnelectricbill
www.vimeo.com/gdeb
www.youtube.com/anthropologymajor
www.twitter.com/goddamnelectric

~Dan – np: John Zorn / Masada String TrioFilm Works XI: Under the Wing

Beats Antique – Blind Threshold

17th Aug 10 (Tue) 1 comment

This just in from Beats Antique… 

(click for uber-hi-res cover art)

We are very proud to announce the release of our 3rd full length album called “BLIND THRESHOLD“. With 14 tracks the new self-release includes vaporous violins and Danny Elfman-esque dementia; glitchy, laser-guided harmonica provided by Blues Traveler frontman John Popper; and two very different vocal tracks that range between restless pop hooks provided by singer songwriter LYNX to the vibrant Eastern European folk melodies of New York vocalist Eva Salina. All wrapped up into an intricate collection of orchestral textures, heavy beats and sub bass. The new album was mastered by the great producer TIPPER with art and design by Andrew Jones and photography by Sequoia Emmanuelle.

I know we were talking about calling the next album Contraption Vol 2, but we decided to give this one its own name. Contraption Vol 2 will come when its time is ready. We have been waiting to share the art and release date until we had all our ducks in a row We have finally gotten word on the official release date. Blind Threshold will be available online in all major download stores and in physical form from CD baby on Tuesday September 14th !!!

They’re also going out on tour this summer/fall… I’ll be catching them at Eugene Celebration!

  • 8/18 – Las Vegas, NV – Wasted Space
  • 8/20 – Sheldon, VT – Liberate Music And Arts Festival
  • 8/21 – Stephentown, NY – Bella Terra Music Festival
  • 8/28 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theatre – Eugene Celebration
  • 9/10 – Clarks Grove, MN – Harvestfest – Harmony Park
  • 9/11 – Minot, ME – 1st Annual Dankfest
  • 9/17 – Laytonville, CA – Earthdance
  • 9/18 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
  • 9/24 – Seattle, WA – Decibel Festival @ Motor
  • 9/25 – Arcata, CA – Aracata Theatre
  • 9/28 – Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
  • 9/30 – Madison, WI – Majestic Live
  • 10/1 – Milwaukee, WI – Miramar Theatre
  • 10/2 – Chicago, IL – Abbey Pub
  • 10/3 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
  • 10/6 – New Orleans, LA – Republic
  • 10/9 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
  • 10/11 – Mobile, AL – Alabama Music Box
  • 10/12 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
  • 10/13 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
  • 10/14 – Asheville, NC – TBD
  • 10/15 – Charleston, SC – The Pour House
  • 10/16 – Athens, GA – New Earth Music Hall
  • 10/17 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade – Hell Room
  • 10/22 – Allston, MA – Harpers Ferry
  • 11/11 – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret
  • 11/12 – Edmonton, AB – The Pawn Shop
  • 11/13 – Calgary, AB – Royal Canadian Legion
  • 11/14 – Winnipeg, MB – Crescent Wood United Church

For more info, check out http://beatsantique.com/

~Dan – np: Electric MasadaAt the Mountain of Madness 

there is no free mp3 download or flac torrent here.  if you like music, support the arts by buying it!

Celldweller *Wish Upon a Blackstar* Chapter 3

15th Jul 10 (Thu) 3 comments

The pre-order for Celldweller‘s Wish Upon a Blackstar: Chapter 3 went live yesterday. The third chapter (of five total) will feature the songs “The Lucky One” and “Tainted.”

Chapter 3 will be available for download in several bundles (including a deluxe edition for $4.99) on July 27th from Celldweller’s FiXT store. The deluxe edition features instrumentals, demos, and commentaries.

After all five chapters are released, I expect there will be a full-length album (and hopefully CD) issue.

~Dan – np: Chali 2NaFish Market Part 2

Celldweller *Soundtrack to the Voice in My Head Vol 2* Chapter 1

11th Jun 10 (Fri) Leave a comment

Celldweller‘s Soundtrack to the Voice in My Head – Volume 2: Chapter 1 went live yesterday.  The first chapter (of an undisclosed total) features the songs “The Wings of Icarus,” “Pulsar,” “The Sentinel,” and the 20-minute “Adrift on Celestial Seas.”

Soundtracks Vol 2, Chapter 1 is available for download in several bundles (including a deluxe edition for $5.99) from Celldweller’s FiXT store.  The deluxe edition features skads of Beta Cession snippets… After all chapters are released, I expect there will be a full-length album (and hopefully CD) issue.

~Dan – np: IsisPantopticon

Holy Fuck – LATIN (due May 11, 2010)

15th Mar 10 (Mon) Leave a comment

As posted on Pitchfork

Mostly-instrumental dance-rockers and festival mainstays Holy Fuck have a new album all loaded up and ready to go. On May 11, Young Turks/XL will release Latin, the band’s follow-up to 2007’s LP.  The band announced the album’s imminent release yesterday via the deeply sketchy internet chat service Chatroulette. Supposedly first single “Latin America” is streaming on Chatroulette today, if you can find it.  (It will be released as an mp3 next week.)

~Dan – np: Charlotte Gainsbourg with BeckIRM

Jónsi Tour Announcement

1st Feb 10 (Mon) 2 comments

Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi Birgisson‘s debut solo album GO got pushed back a couple weeks to the week of April 5th (no worries).  Here’s the delicious-looking album cover…

Today he announced tour dates to coincide the release of the album…

  • april 6 vancouver, canada vogue theatre
  • april 7 vancouver, canada vogue theatre
  • april 9 seattle, wa the showbox sodo
  • april 10 seattle, wa the showbox sodo
  • april 13 portland, or roseland theatre
  • april 15 berkeley, ca zellerbach auditorium
  • april 16 san francisco, ca palace of fine arts
  • april 18 indio, ca coachella
  • april 21 denver, co paramount theatre
  • april 22 lawrence, ks liberty hall
  • april 24 minneapolis, mn pantages theatre
  • april 25 minneapolis, mn pantages theatre
  • april 26 milwaukee, wi the pabst theatre
  • april 27 chicago, il vic theatre
  • april 28 chicago, il vic theatre
  • april 30 toronto, canada sound academy
  • may 1 toronto, canada sound academy
  • may 2 montreal, canada metropolis
  • may 3 philadelphia, pa electric factory
  • may 5 boston, ma house of blues
  • may 6 boston, ma house of blues
  • may 8 new york, ny terminal 5
  • may 9 new york, ny terminal 5

from Jonsi’s website:
The shows which start in North America in April, will feature a brand new band and a stage set designed by 59 Productions. Both these things promise to be drop-dead amazing. The idea of the stage collaboration with 59 Productions is to bring together the worlds of theatre and music in a new and hopefully unique way, in order to create something other than the hoary old cliches that pass for innovation in rock’n’roll. The ideas remain very much “in development”, but there will be some surprises, for sure. Here’s a maquette of how things might appear. Cute, huh?

Jónsi tour design moquette

So… excited…

~Dan – np: That1GuyPacks a Wallop!

 

The Album Leaf – A Chorus of Storytellers

28th Jan 10 (Thu) 1 comment

Per a recent email update, The Album Leaf‘s new album, A Chorus of Storytellers [Sub Pop],  is now officially out on iTunes.  You can also pre-order it from the Amazons


Tour Dates (of which I am happy about double duty)…

  • Feb 3: Sacramento, CA @ Harlows
  • Feb 5: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge (w/Anomie Belle String Quartet)
  • Feb 6: Seattle, WA @ Neumos (w/Anomie Belle String Quartet)
  • Feb 7: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater(w/Anomie Belle String Quartet)
  • Feb 8: Bellingham, WA @ Nightlight Lounge
  • Feb 9: Eugene , OR @ WOW Hall
  • Feb 11: Santa Cruz @ The Crepe Place
  • Feb 12: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall (w/Magik*Magik String Quartet)
  • Feb 13: Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater (w/Magik*Magik String Quartet)

http://thealbumleaf.com/

~Dan – Yuka HondaHeart Chamber Phantoms

I {lessthanthree} Jónsi

19th Dec 09 (Sat) Leave a comment

SO, Jónsi of Sigur Rós is a rare bird…

No, he’s not a stuffed penguin.  But his glimpse into the studio for the upcoming album, Go, is fun and just what I’d expect from him.  All I know is that if his promised tour hits anywhere close to me, I’m sooooo fucking going.  Pardon my French, but… Je baise ainsi aller à ce concert.

He’s a rare bird, in that I think musically he hits me in a way that others don’t and/or can’t.  The little snippets of sound coming from Jonsi.com are spot on what I want to hear.  Plus he’s got the aesthetic approach that can do no wrong in my book.  Check out his recent PR shots (shot by Lilja & Inga Birgisdóttir and posted on his Facebook page):

Proof for aliens.  Icelandic people can’t possibly be human.  They make things that are too beautiful.

~Dan – np: Derek WebbStockholm Syndrome

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