Earlier today I came across Beat Connection, a Seattle duo comprised of Jordan Koplowitz and Reed Juenger who make some pretty rad music. They have a new EP out called Surf Noir which is a nice little electronic album that’s been helping me out while I design today. It’s shaping up to be an amazing summer album, lots of laid back sounding sounds, some even have pan flutes. I dunno, I’m shit at trying to describe what it sounds like so listen to the entire album above. Or better yet, download the whole thing cuz it’s totally free from their BandCamp. Awesome, right?
Felix Thorn is a British tinkerer who makes electronic music out of found objects with incredible results. Made from bits and pieces of old instruments, randomly found stuff and a mountain of LEDs these are less instruments and more sculptures, pieces of art that play music. Watching this video and seeing all the random things he creates I was totally baffled how you’d even begin to think of creations like this. I love that he leaves all of the sculptures in their somewhat natural state, so you can see bit of a piano, a clock, a metal cone or what have you. But the real excitement comes when he plays them all together, creating actual songs and melodies. As someone in the comments of the video wrote, in 20 years his home is going to look like something out of Wallace & Gromit.
I have to thank the kind folks at Urban Outfitters for transforming the monotony of what is a reasonably dull and grey winter’s day into a sun-drenched, raspberry popsicle-flavoured musical interlude. Although the first LP for Los Angeles-based band Best Coast will not be released until July 27 2010, Urban Outfitters are currently streaming the entire album for your listening pleasure and it is a cracker.
They also have a great feature interview with lead singer and songwriter Bethany Cosentino in which she divulges the details of her high school years, reveals her first crush and discusses mid-20s breakdowns. Coincidentally, these are some of the themes that subtly run through the lyrics of Crazy for You. It is definitely worth having a listen to their nostalgia-tinged, slightly melancholic pop whether you’re sitting on a beach or in front of a heater. Feel the warmth here.
Like any decent Australian I have an INXS CD in my collection. I don’t really listen to it anymore, but it possesses a certain inelegant nostalgia for my youth and dancing around my room to “New Sensation.” Lately I have been keeping up with the INXS covers performed by Beck’s Record Club, whereby Beck and his co-conspirators have taken INXS’ rock songs and given them a pared back and dreamy interpretation. The collaboration features a diverse mix of Beck’s musician friends and observes the following concept:
Record Club is an informal meeting of various musicians to record an album in a day. The album chosen to be reinterpreted is used as a framework. Nothing is rehearsed or arranged ahead of time. A track is put up here once a week. The songs are rough renditions, often first takes that document what happened over the course of a day as opposed to a polished rendering. There is no intention to ‘add to’ the original work or attempt to recreate the power of the original recording. Only to play music and document what happens.
Given my childhood love for “New Sensation”, I thought it highly appropriate that I share the Record Club’s version. With its substitution of acoustic guitars, violin and backing vocals by St. Vincent for INXS’ original hard rocking sound, I think it is pretty lovely. Plus, I am also quite smitten with Beck’s cardigan/scarf combination.
This song came on while I was on my way to work this morning so I thought I’d post it. It’s a bit old, from back in the Guero days, but it’s one of my favorites. Plus Boards of Canada did such a great job remixing it, it’s just a beautifully laid back song. Then there’s also the excuse to use some Marcel Dzama artwork as the photo for the post, so all around this can’t be beat.