Joanna Newsom | The Sprout & The Bean | The Book Of Right On | Peach, Plum, Pear

Sometimes a harp can be a percussion instrument. Sometimes that instrument is played by an Angel. When that angel opens her mouth, equal parts Bjork, Dolly Parton, Fingernails on a chalkboard and honey-coated barbed wired fall out. She hurts us at first, her every awkward utterance raking over our ear-drums like mosquitoes carefully sculpted from the bones of bonsai dragons. Then, quite unexpectedly, we find ourselves utterly besotted, completely in love. How do you do that, Joanna Newsom?

More Lovely after the fold …
The Book of Right On with harp as percussion:

Straylight Run make her emopuff mcangsty-pants “Peach, Plum, Pear” a beautiful slice of their own here:


Made it this far? You little trooper you! I’m sure the rest of her debut full-length album The Milk-Eyed Mender, will be something you will come to treasure too.

2 Many DJs | As Heard On Radio Soulwax Part II

In you were wondering just how pretty tasty, fun and just plain funky all this Dj-culture nonsense can be, this is pretty damn close – we apologize in advance for some of the choice vocabulary present in this mix, but really this is all for the greater good:



Ingredients listed after the fold – Happy dancing 😀 Continue reading

The Bangles | Green Day | Dean Gray | Whatsername [Susanna Hoffs]

Good morning, everyone. What you’re about to witness is a complete disrespect for the law, according to the greedy attorneys in the employ of the world’s major record labels. Personally, I think mash-ups (where some clever human takes two or more songs and combines them to make a third) are wonderful. Let’s look at some of the ingredients to one of my favourites.


The Bangles‘ Manic Monday (written by Prince) was a smash hit for them in 1989. Check the video below:

Green Day’s song Whatshername appeared on their highly acclaimed American Idiot album, and you can check out the video here too:

Some clever young men calling themselves Dean Gray, released an album called American Edit, which combined the two into this beautiful bit of audible candy here:

You can find all about American Edit here. If you have the time, I also recommend watching this: Everything Is A Remix.

 

 

The Avalanches | Frontier Psychiatrist

What happens when you and your friends buy 60-odd secondhand 7″ singles one morning and spend the next few weeks mucking about with them? Apparently, this:



The Avalanches are a really interesting bunch of folk – find out more about them here. They’re rumoured to be working on a second album, since 2000’s Since I Left You and you can visit their official site for some of their choicest mixes (requires registration)

Here’s the video of “Since I Left You” – also cobbled together from lots and lots of secondhand sounds – plunderphonics for the win!


Caravan Palace | Clash!

What a lovely surprise this was – what I thought to be two rather two clever chaps with a bank of synths and samplers turned out to be a whole band! Marrying 40’s gangster grooves, old-time spiritual music and super-compressed techno beats, their electrifying live performance of “Clash!” at le Trianon in Paris is an absolute cracker, and definitely worth sharing.



Find out more about them at their official site. They’re forever in my virtual record box for a reason, you know 🙂

Oh, and here’s the studio version of the track, which is way different.


Bright Eyes | At The Bottom Of Everything

Conor Oberst, a rather odd young man from Omaha used to head up Bright Eyes. The core of the band consisted of himself, pianist Nate Walcott and multi-instrumentalist Mike Mogis. Conor often sounded like he was on the verge of a nervous breakdown while singing, Nearly everyone in the Omaha indie music scene played with them at some point. With videos and compositions like the one below, it’s not hard to see why they wouldn’t.

Even though the video is very much a tragedy, the people in it try to turn it into the best times of their lives. We might not always like the music that life plays us, but it is such an awful waste not to dance at least some of the time. Have a lovely day, and enjoy the video.

You can find out more about the band and their music on their erstwhile official site here.

The Pixies | Here Comes Your Man

The iconic 80’s and 90’s indie rock band The Pixies, like just about every other band who were a little bit smarter than those in the charts, absolutely despised making music videos, and were brave enough to show it in the oddest of ways.

The song being shown off here is taken from their second studio LP, Doolittle, which was released in 1989, and is certainly one of the catchier offerings on the album. The rest of the songs were wonderful too, but tended to frighten or disturb some of the more ‘normal’ members of society – a true mark of genius if ever there was one.

Take a look at the video and notice that Black Francis and Kim Deal, who provide the majority of the vocals for the tune, are content to merely open their mouths when they’re meant to be miming along to the recorded version of the song, and closing them when their parts are over.

David Lovering, the drummer, and Joey Santiago, the lead guitarist, really try to make a brave effort at pretending to play, but they are easily overshadowed by their fellow bandmates’ clowning.

Enough chatter, here’s the video:

The next video, for Velouria from their third studio album, Bossanova, shows them running down one bank of a river and up the other. By this point, they no longer cared about subtlety anymore. As far as they were concerned, music videos were certainly secondary to the actual music.

They’re wildly popular now, a lot more so than they were in their early days – not a whole lot of people bought Pixies albums, but many of those who did went on to to play in and/or form bands of their own, myself included 🙂

Dntel | This Is The Dream Of Evan and Chan

This song laid the foundation for a wonderful collaboration called The Postal Service. Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie performs the vocal duties while James Scott “Jimmy” Tamborello injects all the electronic pixie-dust. I do apologise for the quality of the video.

The Superpitcher Kompakt remix is also quite lovely, and garnered Dntel some well-earned attention in the dance community. You can listen to that here: