Alex on October 31 2014
Karlsson and Markstedt of Air France come out of retirement for one last track - which is oddly enough a tribute track to Air France.. I feel like there's an Xzibit meme somewhere in here.
I remember when I first discovered Air France as a young lad in Brooklyn (picture a late 19th century paper boy), I was still getting my feet wet in the big city. I thought I was really cool asking people if they've heard of Air France already knowing they hadn't. "Dude you should totally check out Air France on my music blog I just started." Fast forward enough years to make me feel old and I'm posting this so that my listeners can ask their friends if they've heard of Yumi Zouma.
left as rain - breeding music snobbery and listening supremacy since 2007.
chris on October 30 2014
Clueless for halloween once again. Not Alicia Silverstone in a schoolgirl outfit, but rather I have no idea and taking it down to the wire. This track is pre-shins. The drummer of Flake Music actually started The Shins as a side project. Imagine that.
chris on October 28 2014
I think this album is Primus meets Pavement meets Vampire Weekend. Quite a combo. I do really enjoy the heavy tracks quite a bit, hints this selection from their upcoming album Two. There is an overwhelming surplus of whispery pansy and noise music at the moment. Hey man, how would you classify your music?... I'd say, synth surf with a touch of whispery pansy. I just threw up a little bit. Owls on the other hand, has balls. The name is actually kinda counter intuitive because it sounds like a free spirited crafting duo that has knitting circles on tuesday nights. HEY! today is tuesday, who wants to go? I could use a new doily.
chris on October 27 2014
I'm coming correct today with real music lover's music. Starting it off with a track from Midlake's 2013 reincarnation album, Antiphon. Even though their sound slightly changed, they continue to deliver that Middle English slash Middle Earth vibe. Take the title Antiphon, which is a short verse sung after a prayer, usually in the form of Gregorian chant. Whenever I listen to Midlake, I picture people riding horseback through dark forests in hooded cloaks. It's a good look I must say.
Alex on October 24 2014
Stumbled across this track while watching jiu jitsu highlight of all things. It would seem this style of electronic influenced poppy folk is really taking off, another solid example of this sound would be Vance Joy and his popular single - Riptide. Needless to say stumbling upon this song was a pleasant surprise and a nice change of pace from the constant drone of "Let The Bodies Hit The Floor."
chris on October 21 2014
So, Just a heads up, there will be slightly infrequent posting for a bit because Left As Rain 6.0 is in the works. A whole new platform. Get excited... Get scared... Well all react differently to change. I personally love change, unless it's change to Oreo cookies, and in that case you can fuck the fuck off! Also I hate when they change the cable channel numbers on you. WHERE IS ANIMAL PLANET!!!!
Alex on October 21 2014
Such an odd feeling, discovering an artist only to find out he died a year ago. Listening to Songs: Ohia's Journey On album one can definitely deduce Jason Molina was not a happy camper. The album courses through the same veins as artists such as Elliot Smith and Modest Mouse front man Isaac Brock touch on - a drunken slur with moments of clarity, peace, and finally anger. According to band members Jason struggled with alcohol and depression for over 10 years.
Molina posted this note in May 2012 to his fans after spending most of 2012 in and out of a hospital - "Treatment is good, getting to deal with a lot of things that even the music didn't want to. I have not given up because you, my friends have not given up on me." A year later Jason died at the age of 39 from alcohol abuse-related organ failure.
The last thing I was expecting when this track popped up on my Soundcloud was discovering such a complicated story. I'm looking forward to browsing Jason's extensive library of music he left behind. Now if you'll excuse I'm going to go hug my dogs for the next twenty minutes.
If you'd like to read more about Jason Molinacheck out Henry Owing's article on Chunklet