After almost four years Joanna Newsome is finally releasing a new album called Have One On Me which is coming out on February 23rd. Supposedly the record is going to be three discs long, which is kind of insane, but I’m all for it. It also may be part of the reason it took her 4 years to release something new. As far as I know the album hasn’t leaked yet, which is kind of unbelievable, but there’s a new song you can listen to called Good Intentions Paving Company.
The song reminds of somewhere between Joni Mitchell circa Blue and Regina Spektor. It seems like she’s shed her weirdo folk sound for something a little more in tune with Vetiver. It’s definitely still her traditional style of making songs epic-ly long, but it’s really a gem of a song. Put this on the list of albums to possibly freak out about.
Also, the tiny strip is by Geoff McFetridge and was posted on the Drag City site as a teaser. It would be sweet if he illustrated the album like he did for Whitest Boy Alive and Zwan.
One album that I’m super stoked about this year is Jónsi’s new album Go, which should be released on April 6 here in the States. I know a lot of you really loved the first sample we heard, the song Boy Lilikoi, but now there are a few more tracks to check out.
A couple weeks back Jónsi visited WNYC and had a little interview and played a few songs off of Go. It’s amazing to hear him perform because even though it’s just him and a ukelele (with three strings) his songs sound epic. He plays three songs live, one called Go Do and another called Around Us and Boy Lilikoi, and then we get to hear an album version of a song called Animal Arithmetic. I hope this brightens up your Monday some.
My friends over at Ghostly sent me this video for their artist Syntaks, which is made up of Danish duo Jakob Skott and Anna Cecilia. The video was directed by Mr. Skott and features an elaborate mixture of old and new footage all merging together, kind of like a dream. It reminds me a lot of when I work, how I like to mix together images to create something new and original.
Ghostly’s hooked me up with the MP3 of Blue Sunshine as a free download, which you can download here. You can also download their Mistral Moon EP (as you can see to the left) for free as well by clicking here. I love what Ghostly records does, and there really isn’t any label like them, so if you’re not familiar with them you should definitely pay them a visit. Maybe I can start giving away some from MP3s to sample on Fridays along with the Mixcasts?
Could be fun.
Creating interesting and exciting artwork is always a challenge for any creative person, but what if you stood back and let nature take it’s course? That’s what Hubero Kororo has done for the packaging of Uceroz’s newest CD Pappeltalks. The cover at first appears to be a minimal, white cover, with nothing but simple text. But you tear off a strip on the side of the CD which releases an ink packet that begins to dye the front of the packaging a deep purple, the same color as the inside of the CD.
This is such a great idea because no matter what the pattern it creates will always be original and random. This to me falls into the same realm as the cover to Beck’s album The Information, which was had a ruled grid for a cover but came with a set of stickers so you could create your own custom cover. The idea of having a random, original cover is an interesting one that I’d love to see implemented in different ways, even for different projects.
It’s kind of hard to believe, but I’ve found a worthy counterpart to Joey Roth’s beautiful ceramic speakers. This Case-Real Elekit tube amplifier was designed by Koichi Futatsumata and features a metal body (aluminum?) with two beautiful tubes sticking out of the top. This is definitely the grandchild of Dieter Rams. The simple design is perfect, there aren’t a ton of buttons and doodads to screw around with, exactly what this world filled with remotes with thousands of buttons needs. Keep it simple, stupid.