Hot Chip’s new LP, One Life Stand, will be out February 9th on Astralwerks. It combines indie pop with a fulsome layer of motoric electronica.
Serengeti and Polyphonic
Both from Chicago, rapper Serengeti and DJ Polyphonic invest their second full length recorded collaboration with a plethora of stylistic approaches. Hip hop, electronica, and elements of world music create a hybridized music, melding in varied, often stirring ways.
For example, on “Bon Voyage” there is a triangulated give and take between synthetic elements, a beat template imbued with pitched percussion and interlocking rhythmic figures, and Serengeti’s urban poetics. “My Negativity” matches downtempo electronica with echoing repetitions of the title lyric. “Cleveland” allows Polyphonic to take the lead, creating an evocative synth suite on which Seregeti’s vocals take on a more ornamental role.
The duo doesn’t eschew accessibility – “La Lala” features winsome keyboard riffs and an appealing mixture of sung vocals and clipped rapping. But often, the choices of instrumentation underscore the lyrics’ visceral worldview. For instance, reptilian squawks and an ominous backbeat give “My Patriotism” an appropriately confrontational ambience. Meanwhile, “Playing in Subway Stations” uses a swath of layered rhythms to create an apt sonic approximation of commuters’ hurly burly. Far from prehistoric, Terradactyl is positively cutting edge music-making.
Sporting a severe-looking Mohawk, Ryan Breen’s pliant dance music with a twang belies its creator’s gruff exterior.
an LP is slated to drop this summer.
Paper Bag Records’s artists will be performing across Toronto at local record shops including Criminal Records, Sunrise, and Sonic Boom this coming Saturday, April 18th, 2009.
Giveaways at each show.
JOSH REICHMANN / ORACLE BAND
336 Yonge Street,
512 Bloor Street West,
ROCK PLAZA CENTRAL
*stripped down performance
493 Queen Street West,
512 Bloor Street West,
Record Store Day Treasures Two: A couple more 7″s
7″ single with “Everyone is Guilty b/w Total Destruction”
Limited to 1000 copies
Everyone is Guilty”” is from Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free and “Total
Destruction” is only available here.
Black Moth Super Rainbow:
7″ orange vinyl with “Born on a Day” b/w “Born on a Day (demo)” Limited to 500 copies.
Dark Was the Night
Various artists – 2xCD
It’s hard to believe that this is the twentieth installment in Red Hot’s benefit compilation series to raise funds for and awareness of people with HIV/AIDS; how time flies and, regrettably, illnesses stubbornly persist. While the Red Hot series has often mustered star-power, it has never been this consistent in its musical inspiration. This is certainly in part due to excellent curating by the National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner. Dark was the Night features two discs of recordings by indie’s finest, including imaginative covers and special collaborations.
David Byrne and the Dirty Projectors, are lovably quirky and rhythmically buoyant on “Knotty Pine.” Kronos Quartet provides an instrumental rendering of the Blind Willie Johnson song that is the collection’s namesake; the unusual juxtaposition of blues and string quartet indicative of the imaginative pairings found throughout. Books and José Gonzalez deliver a multilayered rendition of Nick Drake’s “The Cello Song.” Antony Hegarty and Bryce Dessner supply a touching, homespun version of Bob Dylan’s “I was Young When I left Home.”
There are very few people I’d prefer to hear singing Vashti Bunyan than Vashti herself, but Feist and Ben Gibbard create a cozily atmospheric version of “Train Song.” Beirut continues its lustrously sung love-letter to France with “Mimizan.” Stuart Murdoch sans Belle and Sebastian is still endearing – lopsided, lyrical, and sweet-voiced – on “Another Saturday.
And this is hardly the half of it. Dark was the Night is mandatory listening – how often do you hear that about a benefit CD?
MYSPACE MUSIC EXCLUSIVELY PREMIERES U2′S NEW ALBUM NO LINE ON THE HORIZON
Entire Album Available for Free Streaming on February 20, Over a Week Before Hitting Stores
MySpace Music (http://www.myspace.com/music), the world’s premier online music portal, announces the exclusive world premiere of No Line On The Horizon, the new studio album from U2. Beginning on February Feb. 20, MySpace U.S. users will be able to stream the album in its entirety from U2′s official MySpace Music profile at www.myspace.com/u2, giving fans a chance to preview it before the U.S. release on March 3. No Line On The Horizon will be available for purchase on MySpace Music starting on March 3.
U2 recently premiered their latest video for the hit single Get On Your Boots on MySpace Music to fans around the world. No Line On The Horizon is the group’s highly anticipated 12th studio album and their first release since How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb came out in late 2004. Recording sessions for No Line On The Horizon were held in various locations around the world, including Fez, Morocco, the band’s own studio in Dublin, New York’s Platinum Sound Recording Studios, and Olympic Studios in London. Long-time U2 collaborators Brian Eno and Danny Lanois produced the album, with additional production by Steve Lillywhite.
For more information about U2 and to stream No Line On The Horizon, visit their MySpace Music official profile at: http://www.myspace.com/u2.
Fire in July is playing Wed. night in Park Slope at the Brooklyn Lyceum. We’re heading into the recording studio this weekend, and are going to perform all the tunes live tomorrow night! We really hope you can come and check out what we’ve been up to!
All the best,
Jody Redhage & FiJ
FIRE IN JULY
Jody Redhage, cello/voice/compositions
Ken Thomson, clarinet/bass clarinet
Alan Ferber, trombones
Tim Collins, vibraphone
Fred Kennedy, drums & percussion
WED. FEB. 4, 2009
8:00 and 9:30 pm sets
The Brooklyn Lyceum
227 4th Ave. at Union St.
Park Slope, Brooklyn
R train to Union
Featuring the original art songs of “adventurous cello songstress Jody
Redhage” (Time Out NY) and some of the most versatile and talented
improvisers and chamber musicians in NY, FIRE IN JULY melds the
sensitivity and detail of art song with the energy and drive of pop,
rock, and jazz improvisation
The weather outside is still frightful, but sometimes that suits composers. It’s easier to stay indoors to compose, or catch up on the myriad odds and ends, when one isn’t enticed to abandon the desk by sunny weather. Of course, as Galen points out on the S21 Homepage, there’s always the danger of cabin fever. But there’s music to write, theory to ponder, reviews to pen, and packages still to wrap; I think I’m sufficiently occupied to ignore ‘the stir-crazies’ for the moment.
With final papers graded and several last-minute projects completed, I decided to work on getting my tunes up on the web, at long last creating a Myspace Site. I’ve included two pieces premiered this year: “Otherwise,” a piece for singing cellist Jody Redhage, and Butterfly Flourish, a solo flute piece that was programmed by Locrian Chamber Players. Also up is an older piece that’s recently been revived: a trio for flute, vibraphone, and cello. My keen-eared compadre Ken Ueno was quick to point out how closely related the pitch materials are for the latter two pieces. Sometimes, when you like a sound palette, it’s nice to return to it from a different vantage point.
Someday, I’ll get to creating one of those fancy “dot-com” sites like my pals above; but I’m glad to be making inroads into getting the music out onto cyberspace. As I’m new to the MySpace world, suggestions for refinements and enhancements are always welcome.