One of my all time favorite bands Yo La Tengo recently did a Take Away Show for La Blogotheque, one of the best projects on the web. Walking around in Montmarte one afternoon they performed four songs, With A Girl Like You, which is a Troggs cover, Our Way To Fall, Sugarcube and Periodically Double or Triple, a song off of their new album Popular Songs. It really shows how little YLT needs to make these songs so beautiful. My favorite song of the bunch is Sugarcube, which is probably by far the best song they’ve ever written. I also love hearing Georgia go nuts with her drumsticks on a rug and a metal cart… lady drummers are the best.
For a recent class project Alejandra Román created posters and a booklet for a fictional music festival called Böreal. The posters feature some amazing colors and type that’s been laid out extremely well. I’m also in love with the ethereal, hand-drawn treatment she did for the Böreal logo, it’s wonderful to look at. If I passed by one of these posters I would stop to check it out or if I saw the booklet sitting at a record store I’d definitely pick it up.
I posted about the band AsDSSka several months back and randomly I ran back into them last week, you could say. I was wandering around Vacation, my local vinyl store, when I came across a copy of their 7″ that had the most amazing cover! It looks to me like a bunch of bubble wrap and wrapping paper on a black background that’s been turned into a repeating pattern. The effect is rather cool, it almost looks like flower petals scattered about when you look at it from a distance.
The other day Questlove tweeted about this guy named Kutiman, an Israeli artist who splices together pieces of YouTube videos and makes really great music out of them. His style is similar to that of old DJ Shadow or J Dilla, making entire songs and beats of pieces of random stuff. He has a site called Thru You where you can watch all of his videos in succesion, which I definitely did, I couldn’t turn away.
The video above is called The Mother of All Funk Chords, which should give you a good idea of what this guy is capable of. I love that he also edits the videos together, so you get a sense of where all of the sounds came from. How cool is this?
I’ve been meaning to try out Ghostly Record’s new iPhone/iPod Touch app Discovery and I finally got around to it yesterday. The apps purpose it to let you sample all kinds of music from Ghostly records. They way this is by allowing you to choose your mood, based on color, and then narrowing it down by style, like organic or digital and faster or slower. From there they take care of the rest, picking songs that fit your mood and probably introducing you to some artists you may not have heard.
The design of the app beautiful and easy to ease, and best of all it’s totally free. Plus It’s great that they aren’t trying to cram their music down your throat, you’re free to skip ahead on songs and sample to your hearts delight. This is exactly how a good record label should market their music to people.