Sep 15, 2010
Despite an interruption from the Apache helicopters of the Army Air Corps, we have a fine selection of music this week from the super-melodic to the downright raunchy.
Autumn is here in Suffolk with showers and sunshine - but, hang on, that's what we were supposed to get in spring!
Dansi dans - For A Minor Reflection (Reykjavík, Iceland)
Hailing from Iceland FaMR comprises of four 20-year-olds from Reykjavík, Iceland. Their music is best described as energetic, melodious post-rock, though being the natural creative visionaries they are, the band expand and even subvert their style with almost every song.
Starting life as a hard rock duo in a tiny garage in Reykjavík, Iceland, For a Minor Reflection (FaMR) morphed into an indie rock trio (for a week or so) and a blues quartet (for a little longer) before finally arriving at their current incarnation: instrumental post-rockers du jour.
Following a scintillating live performance at 2007’s Iceland Airwaves, FaMR were invited to undertake a two-week 2008 tour in the USA and Canada. Later in the same year the band were invited to do 15 dates with Sigur Rós on a European tour and used the opportunity to release their album on iTunes, as well as selling it on the tour. The band sold out on the 2000 albums they manufactured bringing the total sales figures of this modest demo recorded in a home studio to 5000 copies.
Needless to say the tour with Sigur Rós attracted the attention of a lot of promoters which landed them a showcase slot at Eurosonic at the start of 2009 and a months headline tour in Europe early summer last year Spending the rest of the summer writing a new album FaMR chose the Sigur Ros studio in Iceland to record 10 new songs with LA producer Scott Hackwith. The album is is called ‘Höldum í átt að óreiðu’ (Heading towards chaos).
Dansi Dans is on their new album Höldum í átt að óreiðu which was released in Europe last week. You can get it and other mercy from their on-line store at their website along with dates they are playing this month in Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Dresden and Köln. In October they are playing eight straight nights in Maastricht, Utrecht, Tilburg, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, London and Cambridge then a couple of days to travel before Aberdeen, Glasgow, Newcastle and finishing in Manchester on October 14th.
Heaven (Live Orchestral version) - UNKLE (London, UK)
Founded in 1994 by school friends James Lavelle and Tim Goldsworthy, UNKLE were originally categorized as trip-hop, the group once included producer DJ Shadow and has employed a variety of guest artists and producers.
Loads of music used in films, TV shows and games. The Answer EP is NOW available - although this track is prom an earlier release.
The iTunes Exclusive version features the six The Answer EP songs plus five previously unreleased remixes by Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio, Holy Fuck vs Ki:Theory, Team Ghost and Warm Digits.
Also available today exclusively through Beatport is The Answer Remix EP featuring remixes by Tim Goldsworthy, Future Beat Alliance, Psycatron, Mr. Lager, Mitja Prinz, and Fergie.
A very limited quantity remains of the limited edition CD and 12″ vinyl.
Sep 18 Warsaw Music Week @ Palladium - UNKLE Live Warsaw, POLAND
Sep 25 515 @ The Clarence - J. LAVELLE DJ SET SLIGO, IRELAND
Oct 23 Webster Hall - UNKLE Live New York, NY
Oct 25 El Rey Theatre - UNKLE Live Los Angeles, CA
Oct 28 The Grand Ballroom @ Regency Center - UNKLE Live San Francisco, California
Oct 30 Rock Por La Vida - UNKLE Live Guadalajara, MEXICO
Oct 31 Circo Volador - UNKLE Live Mexico City, MEXICO
Nov 19 Brixton Academy - UNKLE Live London, UNITED KINGDOM
Morning Sun - Shayna Zaid and The Catch (New York, NY)
Well, look what just popped up on the radar. Ford have a newish TV ad out in the US for the 2011 Edge.
The sound of music may be slightly familiar?
Blending elements of folk, jazz, indie pop and cabaret, Shayna Zaid's melodically inclined lyrical work leaves traces of solace, reflection and affection. The combination of Zaid's dynamic stage presence, her powerful smoky voice and her playful jazzy swagger lends an enchanting display.
Delighted to say that I'll be seeing them in New York next month.
There is another Shayna Zaid track on Insomnia Radio New York with Sarah Morrison at http://insomniaradio.net/category/ir-regional/ir-new-york/
Fans wanting greater involvement with artists
A story on the BBC entertainment and Arts pages this week points out that some artists are now selling unprecedented access - from dinner dates to five-a-side football matches oh and a few activities that are rather closer related to their music.
Hell No - PC Munoz (San Francisco, CA, USA)
PC Muñoz is a San Francisco-based recording artist, percussionist, and producer known for genre-defying projects which stretch the boundaries of funk, hip-hop, and the avant-garde.
Over the past few months he has been releasing tracks as part of a project called "Micro Jams"; short tracks that say what needs to be said and no more. I've played a few on the show and now the whole Micro Jams album is available for free download from his Bandcamp page at:
You can grab them in a range of formats but even the mp3 sounds simply gorgeous.
PC also performs as leader of the all-star funk ensemble, PC Muñoz's Left Hook, which features Kevin Carnes on drumkit, Danny Zingarelli on laptop electronics and vocals, Vicky Grossi, on electric bass, and Dave Worm on vocals and percussion. Click here for a mini-documentary on the group.
I hope to have some really interesting new material from PC soon which has come out of a collaboration with Joan Jeanrenaud.
Smoke - Home Video (Brooklyn, NYC, USA) - info updated 06 Oct 10
Amidst the perfected melodic waves and sampled beats rises a haunting and unforgettable voice that will reside somewhere in your consciousness for days, and after sifting through the minimal yet multiple layers, you’ll arrive at their deeper lyrical sentimentality. Originating from New Orleans, HOME VIDEO is comprised of Collin Ruffino and David Gross, high-school compatriots who have been creating projects together since their first short video in 1997.
The Automatic Process will be released in North America on November 16, 2010. Building on the band’s 2009 EP, It Will Be OK EP, expect more of their best, with key songs “The Smoke”, “An Accident”, “Every Love That Ever Was”, and the title track, “The Automatic Process”. Stay tuned for updates on upcoming shows, videos, and remixes.
Gig coming up at Glassland on Kent Avenue in Brooklyn on 30 Sept. with The Depression Guild and Film School.
Playing for Change
A new episode is up featuring some remarkable playing by Raghuvamsa Sudha. He plays a veena, a large member of the sitar family. watch and listen at: http://tinyurl.com/29w7n7u
Why do I love that man - Angie Foster (Portland, Oregon, USA)
Her new album Hurry Up and Wait was just released.
Since age seven Angie has penned tunes, but her artistry is a more recent occurrence with an equally circuitous history. As a girl, she lived in Tokyo; and by the time she returned to Portland as a young the city was quickly becoming known for its thriving music scene. She honed her performance skills through a series of low-key shows (largely for her own personal growth and desire) and served as a music critic for a leading English language newspaper.
It took the cataclysmic events of September 11, 2001 to truly shape her music and bring it to the forefront of her career goals. Angie’s song, Never Forget, in response to the 9/11 tragedy, was shared with friends and family; it was their overwhelming emotional response that inspired her to embark on a serious musical journey.
Hurry up and Wait is available via www.amazon.com, www.itunes.com and most internet retailers. A free download is available by joining Angie’s official mailing list at www.angiefoster.com. Also, check Angie’s site for tour dates through 2011.
Adnams podcast (Southwold, Suffolk)
Our sponsors have now started their own talk-based podcast and edition 1 discussing a couple wines is out now on the Adnams site at http://adnams.co.uk
Don't forget, we can have a morning on the beach together (well, cleaning it up actually) on Saturday - contact Emma through the Adnams site to book your place.
Rage against death - Stouffi the stoves (Lille, France)
I had a message from the band to say that Stouffi le Stouves / Eclectek have a proper website now. This seems the perfect excuse to play one of their s lightly darker tracks although, I would suggest, not as dark as the titmle implies.
It is from their Jamendo album Madness which you'll find at www.jamendo.com/en/album/37759
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Pre Historiker Dub - Ras Amerlock (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA)
From the album 2010: A Bass Oddity.
Whether performing with The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as a classical solo violinist in his youth, or a Roots Reggae Dub Entertainer, opening for acts such as Burning Spear; Ras lives to perform and give JAH the glory for all that is, in this life.
Ras Amerlock's Music is a reflection in sound of the Rastafarian way of life he as a Rasta in USA embraces. His current releases are heavy "old school" style dubs aiming to reflect a variety of techniques within the realm of Dubstyle sound.
Ras has performed throughout the United states, North America, Russia and Europe by the grace of JAH...