Hey hey it’s Monday and I’ve got a pretty rad Mixcast to share with you today. It’s filled with a ton of new music so hopefully there’s a lot of new and exciting stuff. It’s kind of amazing how many bands are releasing new albums in the next month or so, and I think you’ll get a sense if it once you take a listen.
I hope you dig the Mixcast and if you have any suggestions for a theme next week let me know in the comments.
Here’s this week’s tracklist: Truth Sets In by Avi Buffalo Way Back Home by Band of Horses Golden Age by Beach Fossils Up in the Dark by The New Pornographers Sinister Kid by The Black Keys Afraid of Everyone by The National Tomorrow Tomorrow by Joel P West and the Tree Ring Unbearable Why by Dr. Dog Maps Not Accurate by Uninhabitable Mansions Pistols by Throw Me The Statue The Tree (feat. Alela Diane) by Blitzen Trapper Winter ‘05 by Ra Ra Riot Beautiful Morning Light by Fruit Bats
Based in Montreal, Miju is the result of the combined design skills of Furni creator Mike Giles and his lady, Judy Lawrence. For their spring collection “Plonge”, Miju have created necklaces and rings that are a beautiful hybrid of metal and rubber. Maintaining the delicate and fine look of their metalwork, the incorporation of rubber in tones of lilac and seafoam is an innovative approach to altering the aesthetic look of their pieces. The title “Plonge”, which I assume is a reference to the French word for plunge, is echoed in this method of production, whereby the metal component of their jewellery is literally dipped and coated in rubber.
Last week I was sent a copy of Berry Weight’s new album Music For Imaginary Movies, and when I listened through to it I have to say I was the best surprise of my week. The music reminds me a bit of old RJD2, a very sample heavy album that makes you want to bob your head to the beats.
Berry Weight funny enough is actually two guys, Apewok from Montreal and Stab from Neuchatel, Switzerland. I love when people are able to collaborate remotely like this with the end product still sounding so crisp and amazing. The video above is a little animted album preview which should give you a good sense of what the record sounds like. If any of these songs grabs your attention then I highly suggest you snag this album.
Popshot Magazine is a Britain-based poetry and illustration publication which aims to reinvigorate poetry by freeing it from “the clammy hands of school anthologies and funeral readings.” The freshly-printed third issue features content from over 50 contributors, pretty evenly divided between poets and illustrators, and is called “The Liberate Issue.” If you’re like me, the land of poetry has always seemed a little forbidden; it’s ok to walk through all the obscure references you’ll never understand… but try to glean anything from them. But this compact collection was a much more engaging read than I expected.
The photo above is a spread from the poem Icarus which is the first featured in this issue. To me, this is a really clever way to open this because there’s a pretty well-known poem about Icarus called Musee de Beaux Arts in which the author, Auden, explicates a painting by Bruegel. You might remember this from your 12th-grade literature class, I know I do. But, at the opening of the issue, this pairing is a familiar departure point into a land less forbidding. Some of the poems: Don’t Buy it by Benjamin Heathcote, F-Word by Daniel Kramb and LBR8 by Kelcey Wells. As the titles would indicate, the work featured is relevant, witty and often instructive.
In closing, I’d like to submit a poem from my own 2nd grade poetry book that I think Bruegel, Auden and yourself might enjoy:
Paint is RED
Paint is BLUE
Paint is RUNNING AFTER YOU.
The crazy kids over at Le Blogothèque are at it again, this time travelling to different countries along with Black XS cologne to record amazing musicians, this time calling it the Black XS Live Sound Take Away Shows. For their first installment they’ve headed to Japan to record the awesome Shugo Tokumaru perform his song Linne. It’s a beautiful little song and it’s always so enjoyable to watch these artists wander the streets performing their music.
After this they plan on heading to Turkey, Spain, Canada, England, Argentina, Mexico, Chile and end up back in France. I love that they’ve gotten a sponsor to take their idea to the next level, it’s such a great idea and so well executed.