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Chali 2Na – “Against the Current” & future PledgeMusic (12/12/12)

5th Dec 12 (Wed) Leave a comment

Chali 2Na - Against the Current

Jurassic 5 baritone Chali 2Na has a few solo albums to his name, but this next project, as hinted back last winter, is about to see the light of day.  We finally have a video for “Against the Current“…

And a week from now (on 12/12/12), his PledgeMusic drive will go into effect.

As excited as I am to tell you about it, I admit humbly that it’s going to take me some time (and some help) to get this thing assembled the way I intend it for you. So as a snack before the meal, I came up with a way to reward y’all for getting involved and being a part of it from the jump. Starting 12.12.12 (next Wednesday to be exact) I’m going to begin releasing a series of EPs along the way until the book is ready to ship. The first installment of the series, from this project I labeled, “Against The Current” will be a sample of the four that will follow. The most enjoyable thing about my music career for me personally, has been collaborating with Artists from many different walks of life, and even places of the World. And I’ve been influenced by so many different types of music, that with this project I’m actually going in on a couple of them. The 2nd EP will be heavily influenced by Electronic and Dub-Step music. I’m also finishing up one that’s Caribbean influenced and another one I’m going to record exclusively with my live band. And the last one will be a true vintage Hip Hop record, even-though I know that’s not exactly what Hip Hop sounds like in current day. Hence the name of the Project.

Keep in the loop on his PledgeMusic page:
http://www.pledgemusic.com/artists/chali2na

~Dan – np: Sufjan StevensSilver & Gold (Songs For Christmas) Vol. IX: Let It Snow!

Puscifer “Donkey Punch The Night” EP in Feb 2013

19th Nov 12 (Mon) Leave a comment

Just posted on Puscifer’s facebook page

Puscifer’s Donkey Punch The Night coming Feb 19, 2013. The 8-song release track listing:

1. Bohemian Rhapsody “O.G. Mix”
2. Breathe
3. Dear Brother
4. Balls To The Wall “Pillow Fight Mix”
5. Breathe “Drumcell rework”
6. Dear Brother “Denton rework” (Big Black Delta)
7. Balls To The Wall “Silent Servant El Guapo Mix”
8. Bohemian Rhapsody “Sonoio rework”

Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle) about the collection:
While continuing our tradition of releasing a few new songs at a time. I also had an itch that needed scratching, and that itch was ‘Balls To The Wall.’ Which was followed by an even harder to reach itch known as ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ And scratch them we did.

~Dan – np: Paul Motian Trio + TwoLive at the Village Vanguard

Glen Phillips – Coyote Sessions

19th Sep 12 (Wed) Leave a comment

Just uploaded to bandcamp by Glen Phillips (the voice of Toad the Wet Sprocket) is Coyote Sessions.

Go here to buy it (only $7 for the full album):

http://glenphillips.bandcamp.com/releases

Here’s the 411…

This album is a collection of beloved orphans – songs I’ve played live but never put on a record, or co-writes that other artists have cut but I hadn’t gotten around to recording.

Coyote Sessions is also an experiment in recording. My friend Sean McCue lost his previous studio in the Tea Fire a couple years ago, and recently finished building a new workspace, Coyote Road Studio. It’s a big open room, with a distinctive sound. We wanted to see how truly we could capture a real performance – no electronic mixing, no overdubs, just a single microphone a couple feet away from me and players moved around the room to balance the sound. We hope you like the results.

**** Full album includes a video for Greer Zoller ****

Musicians:
Glen Phillips – Vocal, Acoustic Guitar
Sean McCue – Electric and High Strung Guitars, Percussion
Jim Connolly – Acoustic Bass, Piano
Alastair Greene – Electric and Steel Guitars
Tariqh Akoni – Electric Guitar
Bill Flores – Pedal Steel, Weissenborn, Mandolin
Anna Abbey – Piano
Tom Lackner – Drums

~Dan – np: Derek WebbStockholm Syndrome

Guano Padano’s 2 featuring Mike Patton

13th Mar 12 (Tue) Leave a comment

No word on when this will hit the US market, but Italian band Guano Padano is releasing their 2nd album, 2, on March 13, 2012 (today!).  It doesn’t show up in the US Amazon store (yet), but the whole album is streaming on Rolling Stone Italy.  The track “Prairie Fire” features Mike Patton on vocals…

~Dan – np: John Zorn & Bobby PreviteEuclid’s Nightmare

Sufjan Stevens to Collaborate with Son Lux, Serengeti EP

27th Feb 12 (Mon) 1 comment

Sufjan Stevens is set to release his first set of new music since 2010’s The Age of Adz with a new project titled s/s/s. The project also includes Son Lux and the rapper Serengeti. The group’s four-track EP, which is titled Beak & Claw, is set for a March 20 release through Anticon.  (It’s available for pre-order on vinyl now.)

The six-minute track “Museum Day” features Sufjan singing Auto-Tuned lines alongside rap verses from Serengeti.

The EP features vocal contributions from Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond on “If This Is Real“, while Doseone from Subtle & Themselves appears on the closer, “Octomom.”  Stevens and Serengeti collaborated in 2009 on a track for the Dark Was the Night compilation.

Beak & Claw Tracklist
1. Museum Day
2. Beyond Any Doubt
3. If This Is Real
4. Octomom

~Dan – np: John ZornFrom Silence to Sorcery

Chali 2Na’s new project “Against the Current”

10th Feb 12 (Fri) 1 comment

Chali 2Na, the quick-witted baritone from on-hiatus rap group Jurassic 5, has five “genre-bending” EPs in the hopper to release throughout 2012 as part of his new project called Against the Current.  Check the trailer and press release below:

With his distinctive and widely beloved baritone voice, Chali 2na has established himself not only as one of hip-hop’s preeminent and charismatic personalities, but has also garnered renowned praise as a highly respected artist across a myriad of mediums. Today, he has announced his latest project, Against The Current, a 5 EP installment that will be released throughout 2012. Breathing new life into his musical history, the project’s sound is heavily influenced by his history; from the blues music he was raised on and the hip-hop he produced as a member of Jurassic 5, to the urban-Latin music he created with Ozomatli and his love for performing live. Each EP will be a fusion of these experiences, and also include Chali’s trademark spitfire rhymes. A trailer for Against The Current, featuring snippets from the project’s first single and title-track, has been released today, and can be viewed here.

Fans can catch a preview of Against The Current this winter as Chali will be hitting the road for a nationwide tour (full routing below). Kicking off February 9th in Oakland, CA, the tour will encompass nearly 30 dates before wrapping in Austin, TX for a series of showcases at this years’ SXSW Music and Film Conference.

More details on Against The Current will be revealed in the coming weeks!

Chali 2Na 2012 Winter Tour

  • February 9, 2012 Oakland, CA The New Parish
  • February 10, 2012 Santa Cruz, CA Moe’s Alley
  • February 11, 2012 Reno, NV Cargo
  • February 12, 2012 Boise, ID The Reef
  • February 14, 2012 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom – Lola’s Room
  • February 15, 2012 Victoria, BC Club 9one9
  • February 16, 2012 Tofino, BC Tofino Legion
  • February 17, 2012 Cumberland, BC Waverly Hotel – The Bridge
  • February 18, 2012 Vancouver, BC The Rio Theatre
  • February 20, 2012 Whistler, BC Garibaldi Lift Co.
  • February 22, 2012 Nelson, BC Hume Hotel – Spirit Bar
  • February 23, 2012 Fernie, BC The Northern
  • February 24, 2012 Golden, BC Rockwater Bar & Grill
  • February 25, 2012 Calgary, AB Hifi Club
  • February 27, 2012 Ketchum, ID Whiskey Jacques
  • February 28, 2012 Victor, ID Knotty Pine
  • March 1, 2012 Bozeman, MT Zebra Cocktail Lounge
  • March 2, 2012 Missoula, MT Top Hat
  • March 4, 2012 Avon, CO The Snowball Festival
  • March 6, 2012 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
  • March 7, 2012 St. Louis, MO 2720
  • March 8, 2012 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue
  • March 9, 2012 Kallamazoo, MI Bell’s Brewery
  • March 10, 2012 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
  • March 12, 2012 Asheville, NC Asheville Music Hall
  • March 13, 2012 Nashville, TN Exit In
  • March 14, 2012 Knoxville, TN Cider House
  • March 16 & 17, 2012 Austin, TX SXSW *Shows to be announced soon!
    Be sure to visit www.Chali2na.com/shows for the latest additions!

New music from a rap master.  Sign me up.  I won’t be hitting his tour this time, but I caught him at WOW Hall in Eugene last fall (where the photo at the top of this post was from)… knock out great show!

~Dan – np: John ZornFilm Works XVIII: The Treatment

Radiohead to release “The Daily Mail” & “Staircase” next week

12th Dec 11 (Mon) Leave a comment
Radiohead will be releasing the tracks “The Daily Mail” and “Staircase” next week. They were recorded during The King Of Limbs sessions, but did not end up on Radiohead’s latest album. Both tracks were included in this year’s live performances, as well as their upcoming DVD/Blu-ray – The King Of Limbs: From The Basement.

New French based music service Deezer.com (comparable to Spotify) are rolling out their services in 200 countries in the coming months and a new Radiohead single surfaced, entitled, ‘The Daily Mail & Staircase’. Cover art is included, expect the tracks don’t stream till the release date: December 19th.

Amazon.com has the mp3/digital download single online as well now, listed for $1.98 with the same release date.  Here are “The Daily Mail” and “Staircase” from Radiohead’s From The Basement session:

~Dan – np: The Beastie BoysHot Sauce Committee Part 2

Opeth “The Devil’s Orchard”

26th Jul 11 (Tue) 3 comments

From Sufjan to Opeth… yeah, that’s how I roll.  Here’s “The Devil’s Orchard” (opens in new window):

It’s from Opeth’s upcoming album, Heritage, out in Sept 20th on Roadrunner.

~Dan – np: OpethHeritage

Coldplay – Every Tearderp Is A Waterderp

23rd Jun 11 (Thu) Leave a comment

British knockoff rock act Coldplay have announced an Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall digital EP, featuring two more brand new tracks “Major Minus” and “Moving To Mars.”

The digital EP comes out Sunday (6/26).  It also comes out on CD and 7″ vinyl on Monday (UK) and Tuesday (US).  The title track is already available (see Amazon for sound sample).

If Chris Martin releases a video of him dancing by himself in an alley, well… you know where he got the idea.

Sorry, I hate to be negative (or do I?).  I just have very little patience for Coldplay.

~Dan – np: Basya SchechterQueen’s Dominion

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

Sufjan Stevens & Gaspar Claus collaborations

17th Feb 11 (Thu) Leave a comment

Some new collaborative pieces from Sufjan Stevens and cellist/experimental music Gaspar Claus have shown up on an official.fm artist site.

Sufjan meets Gaspar

Click the song names for streaming mp3s of the electronic meets cello of “Romance Cave,” the noisy experimentation of “Invalid Skin,” and the rain & electronic monstrosity that is “Alien Vs Predator.”

~Dan – np: MogwaiHardcore Will Never Die,  But You Will

Celldweller – Cellout EP 01

25th Jan 11 (Tue) Leave a comment

New music from Celldweller hits iTunes exclusively today…

Cellout EP 01 features 3 studio versions of songs taken from the Celldweller live show.

  1. Own Little World (Klayton’s We Will Never Die Remix)
  2. Frozen (Celldweller vs. Blue Stahli)
  3. The Best It’s Gonna Get vs. Tainted

Go here for Celldweller on iTunes!

~Dan – np: Mourning WidowsMourning Widows

My Brightest Diamond – 2011 news

19th Jan 11 (Wed) 1 comment

My Brightest Diamond / Shara Worden has some new collaborations in the hopper…

  • “I’m On Fire” is a duet that Shara recorded with Chris James of the band Stateless for their new album, Matilda, due out on February 21, 2011 in Europe on Ninja Tune.
  • Colin Stetson’s forthcoming album, New History Warfare Vol.2: Judges, will be released February 22, 2011 on Constellation Records.  Shara is featured on 2 tracks: “Lord I Just Can’t Keep From Crying Sometimes” and “Fear of the Unknown and the Blazing Sun” (which also features Laurie Anderson)
  • Murat Eyuboglu has produced a multimedia release entitled Letters to Distant Cities, which features poetry recitation and a song by Shara. New Amsterdam Records will be releasing it March 29, 2011.

She’s also has a few dates coming up, too…

My Brightest Diamond 2011 TOUR

  • 01/27/11 New York City The Allen Room *
  • 01/28/11 Milford, CT Daniel Street ~
  • 01/30/11 Ithaca, NY Castaway’s %
  • 01/31/11 Rochester, NY Bug Jar %
  • 02/01/11 Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern %
  • 02/03/11 Holland, MI Knickerbocker ~
  • 02/04/11 Chicago Lincoln Hall ~
  • 02/05/11 Madison, WI Der Rathskeller ~
  • 05/04/11 – 05/05/11 Minneapolis, MN Southern Theater +

* Shara, Drums, bass & yMusic
~ Rock Trio formation
% Shara performing solo
+ Shara & yMusic (co-bill with Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Penelope)

I’m soooo tempted to hit the Minneapolis dates… closest they’re getting to me.  I guess I’ll wait / hope they fill in a PacNW date or two in between February & May…

~Dan – np: No-ManHousewives Hooked on Heroin EP

‘Speak With Ghosts’ by Anakronic Electro Orkestra

27th Dec 10 (Mon) 3 comments

One of my favorite EPs of 2009 was Anakronic Electro Orkestra‘s The Yiddish Part.  My only complaint with the EP?  It was too short.  Well, in mid-November 2010, unbeknown to me at the time, they came out with their debut full-length Speak With Ghosts.  It’s digital only at this stage, with Amazon’s mp3 Download department being the best choice (which I found out after I bought it on iTunes).  Anyway, well worth the coin spent!

AEO hail from Toulouse, France, and crank out a mighty fine mixture of drum & bass mixed with Eastern European-fused klezmer.  Their new album is a 40+ minute shuffle through a modern klezmer forest – including one song featuring David Krakaeur (another favorite musician of mine).  I think AEO is also great for fans of Beats Antique and Balkan Beat Box.

I just downloaded Speak With Ghosts, and it’s definitely vying for a favorite in 2010.  See, this is why it’s so hard to put these lists out.  December 26th, and I have a new one pop on to the list. :)

For more info… http://www.anakronic.com/

~Dan – np: Anakronic Electro OrkestraSpeak With Ghosts

Eisley – The Valley (due 3/1/11)

10th Dec 10 (Fri) Leave a comment

Texas rock family The DuPrees (aka Eisley) are finally free from the grasp of Warner… and their long-awaited third studio album finally has a name, cover art and release date.  Behold, The Valley

(out March 1, 2011)

Free download of “Ambulance” over at http://www.eisley.com/

~Dan – np: Dave Holland OctetPathways 

Fiona Apple – new album in Spring 2011?

18th Sep 10 (Sat) Leave a comment

As reported on Antiquiet

Last Sunday, singer/songwriter Michelle Branch gushed on Twitter that she had heard a couple of new Fiona Apple songs. Verdict? “Amazing.”

This Modern Drummer article on Charley Drayton mentions that his current projects include “playing, co-producing, and mixing Fiona Apple’s upcoming record, scheduled to be released in the spring of 2011.”

The last new music we’ve heard from Apple was this cover of Cy Coleman’s Why Try To Change Me Now released last year.  She released two songs on that soundtrack.

~Dan – np: PusciferSounds Into Blood Into Wine

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

Sufjan Stevens – All Delighted People

20th Aug 10 (Fri) 2 comments

So, announced and released today, August 20th… Sufjan StevensAll Delighted People EP…

http://sufjanstevens.bandcamp.com/

1. All Delighted People (Original Version) 11:38
2. Enchanting Ghost 03:39
3. Heirloom 02:55
4. From The Mouth Of Gabriel 04:03
5. The Owl And The Tanager 06:38
6. All Delighted People (Classic Rock Version) 08:07
7. Arnika 05:13
8. Djohariah 17:02

A near hour-long “EP”… yippie… also from Asthmatic Kitty:

The EP, All Delighted People, is built around two different versions of Sufjan’s long-form epic ballad “All Delighted People,” a dramatic homage to the Apocalypse, existential ennui, and Paul Simon’s “Sounds of Silence.” Sounds delightful, yes! The song was originally workshopped (oh we hate making workshop a verb, but time is money!) on Sufjan’s previous tour in the fall of 2009. Other songs on the EP include the 17-minute guitar jam-for-single-mothers “Djohariah,” and the gothic piano ballad “The Owl and the Tanager,” a live-show mainstay (and Debbie Downer if you ask us; what’s it doing on a “Delighted” EP?). If you don’t have five dollars, you can stream the EP for free right on Bandcamp. Or if you’re into tactile sensations, we are making All Delighted People available on single-CD and double-LP formats later in 2010 (we’re aiming for December, fingers crossed). 180-gram vinyl.

~Dan – np: MasadaLive at Tonic 2001

no free mp3 download or flac torrent here ever.  if you like music, support it.  buy it.

Puscifer covers “Rocket Man” (plus A Perfect Circle news)

7th Jul 10 (Wed) 2 comments

Reblogged from Antiquiet

It’s always a good day when a new song from Maynard James Keenan arrives, whether through Tool, A Perfect Circle or his most shits-and-giggles collaborative project, Puscifer.

This time around it’s the latter headlining a song that should be familiar to us all – Elton John’s ode to orbital loneliness, “Rocket Man”…

Officially credited to Puscifer & Steven Drozd (Flaming Lips’ lead guitarist) and dubbed Rocket Mantastic, the cover is a beautiful rendition of the 1972 classic. While the song appeared on Puscifer setlists last year – including the Los Angeles Nokia show we attended – the recording is attached to Christopher Pomerenke’s cheap music documentary The Heart Is A Drum Machine, in which Keenan appears for roughly 15 seconds – staring at the camera and not saying a word. You’re certainly not missing out if you haven’t seen the film; it’s poorly made and difficult to sit through. What’s more – the song’s not even in the damn thing.  But now you have it, here and autoplaying on Puscifer.com.

In more Maynard news, not only is Tool working on a new album, but [Antiquiet] recently got the scoop on new activity with A Perfect Circle as well. Songwriter Billy Howerdel and vocalist Maynard James Keenan are once again working together as A Perfect Circle, and new music from the beloved group is on the way.

The possibilities of a full album and tour are both still very much in the air. However, Howerdel told [Antiquiet] on the record that [A Perfect Circle are] working on “something” that should be out this year.

~Dan – np: George HrabTrebuchet

Ty Tabor’s Trip Magnet & Wally Farkas solo

28th Jun 10 (Mon) Leave a comment

Two new digital releases showed up yesterday (thanks to Facebook status updates from both gents), both related and both excellent…

Wally Farkas, guitarist of the late great Galactic Cowboys, is putting the final touches on his debut solo album.  He’s released the single “Better Than Before” from his forthcoming debut, Past Due (due later this year).  This self-penned track shows just one side of what will be a diverse debut album. Also included is the song “Loving Kind,” which was originally recorded by the Peter Green-era of the original Fleetwood Mac and written by one of their brilliant and extremely overlooked guitarists, Danny Kirwan.  On these tracks… Wally Farkas – Vocals/Guitar, Ty Tabor (King’s X) – Guitar, Alan Doss (Galactic Cowboys) – Bass, and Darwin Keys (Pushmonkey) – Drums. It’s available on 320 kbps mp3 at Molken Music for only $2.50.

And while you’re there at Molken… Ty Tabor, of King’s X and many side projects, just put out a five-song EP from the upcoming Trip Magnet release.  This is a different side of Ty Tabor…somewhere between Xenuphobe (his ambient project with Wally Farkas) and his regular rockin’ studio/solo albums. For a melancholy trip into freakatude, check out Ty’s seventh solo release. An unusual outing for Ty Tabor, this release contains over fourteen minutes of instrumental music, as well as some Ty’s rock vocal numbers.  Ty Tabor – Vocals, Guitars, Bass and Randy St. John – Drums.  It’s available on 320 kbps mp3 at Molken Music for $7.99.

For just slightly over $10… some great new music!

~Dan – np: Ty TaborTrip Magnet EP

Holy Fuck – Live @ SXSW with Baeble Music

12th May 10 (Wed) Leave a comment

Excellent SXSW 2010 coverage of Holy Fuck from the Baeble Music stage (one of their many showcases)…

performance / interview

Get their latest record, Latin… out yesterday (May 11th, 2010) on Young Turks / XL…

~Dan – np: Holy FuckLatin

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