Monday, November 30, 2009
from upcoming brutalist bricks.
highly recommend getting yourself one. those who know me have seen the red version i carry around with me at all times. buy online or find a retailer here.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
listening to a live recording of these guys is always a little disappointing, especially in the vocal department. a little too wafery (sound awesome when you're actually there, though). the energy level can't be beat, though.
Friday, November 27, 2009
been a long-time fan of laura veirs. something about the untrained nature of her vocals feels really honest. authentic. something we can always use more of in our musicians.
she has a new album out in january, july flame, from which the gorgeous song below comes.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
the further one gets into the world of music blogs and using the internet as a tool to discover new music, the less fulfilling each issue of traditional music rags seems to be. now i mostly just like em for the pictures. but one recurring column in spin magazine that i continue to enjoy is their "in my room" feature, where they take you around a room in a band/band member's abode as the band member describes the significance of certain furniture, art, equipment, etc.
check out this month's feature on vampire weekend's ezra koenig.
p.s. his recommendation for yogurt is spot on! i've been eating it for the past month or so and thought i was the only one. seriously the best out there.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
just finished the movie synecdoche, new york, written, produced and directed by charlie kaufman (who also lent a hand to being john malkovich, eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, and adaptation). i enjoyed the movie, although i'm not sure how much, as it was terribly depressing. might have to sit with it for a bit. but the final scene was beautiful and sad and moving, no doubt due in large part to jon brion the song backing it.
Friday, November 20, 2009
emi music is now the first major label group to pact with hulu. emi will offer concerts/videos from artists on its labels (virgin, capitol, blue note, etc.). could end up being really cool.
right now, norah jones has her own page up on hulu. i bring up jones because i just checked out her latest album, the fall, which is actually quite enjoyable. downtempo and dusky, a little darker than usual. below, norah performs "i wouldn't need you" from said album, live at le poisson rouge.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
according to interpol drummer sam fogarino...
the new record falls back towards the first. in trying to move forward ,there was an unspoken realization that you can't let go of your sonic-defining tag. there was an effort in daniel [kessler]'s guitar tone; he rediscovered it playing in his loft space for a year without anybody. the quality of that tone, played in a big room, is just beautiful. it creates an atmosphere...that big wash of reverb? it's back.
inspires a revisit to turn on the bright lights.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
zildjian is the oldest family owned business in the united states (est. in american in 1929 [originating in turkey in 1623]) and are largely responsible for many of the staples of the modern drum kit (e.g. hi-hat, crash and splash cymbals). thanks for nearly a century of rhythm, beats, and noise.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
a cheeky song from a uk band that made a good impression over at cmj the other month. i don't know why, but it gives me sort of a men at work vibe.