Releases of November, 2010:
as heard on radiospin on November 10th, 2010
under best of, electronic, experimental, preview, trip hop
Dynamic DJ duo Thievery Corporation release their first best of album, It Takes A Thief. The album is a collection of tracks specially selected by Rob Garza and Eric Hilton for longtime fans and for music lovers who have heard of Thievery Corporation but may have never listened to the band.
ARTIST: Thievery Corporation
TITLE: It Takes A Thief (the very best of thievery corporation)
RELEASE DATE: September 21, 2010
TIME: 69:09 min.
01. Amerimacka [05:42]
02. Lebanese Blonde [04:50]
03. Facing East [03:44]
04. Holographic Universe [03:42]
05. Shadows of Ourselves [03:40]
06. Sound the Alarm [03:41]
07. Until the Morning [03:57]
08. Sweet Tides [04:49]
09. Satyam Shivam Sundaram [03:59]
10. All That We Perceive [03:46]
11. Air Batucada [06:13]
12. Exilo (rewound) [05:44]
13. Vampires [04:57]
14. Warning Shots [05:06]
15. The Richest Man in Babylon [03:50]
16. The Passing Stars [02:55]
“It has its own voice, which comes from some place between the two of us”, says author, Oscar-nominated screenwriter and now lyricist Nick Hornby of Lonely Avenue, his unique, words-and-music collaboration with Ben Folds. Singer-songwriter-pianist Folds puts it more bluntly: “I felt like I’d found something rare on eBay or something. Nick should have done it before but it’s his first big effort and I feel like I really scored here”. Hornby first attracted the attention of music fans (and artists like Folds) with his brilliant, bittersweet 1995 novel High Fidelity, about an obsessive record collector’s crumbling personal life that was translated into a cult classic film starring John Cusack and even a stage musical. Hornby has been an admirer since attending Folds’ first U.K. shows. In fact, Hornby devoted an entire essay in his 2002 collection of music-themed short pieces, Songbook, to Folds, praising the “sophisticated simplicity” of Folds’ writing. The London-based Hornby supplied the words for Lonely Avenue, a project sparked by the long-distance friendship that developed after Hornby published Songbook. Nashville resident Folds then set Hornby’s lyrics to music in the vintage, orchestra-sized studio he’d rescued from oblivion and has been working in for the last ten years: the hero of High Fidelity would have approved. The result is an 11-song set that’s as playful as it is soul-stirring, and more than a little magical.
ARTIST: Ben Folds & Nick Hornby
TITLE: Lonely Avenue
RELEASE DATE: September 28, 2010
TIME: 48:56 min.
01. A Working Day [01:51]
02. Picture Window [03:42]
03. Levi Johnston’s Blues [05:16]
04. Doc Pomus [04:14]
05. Your Dogs [03:24]
06. Practical Amanda [03:52]
07. Claire’s Ninth [03:50]
08. Password [05:21]
09. From Above [04:04]
10. Saskia Hamilton [03:09]
11. Balinda [06:13]
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as heard on radiospin on November 8th, 2010
under album, electronic, indie, preview, recommended, rock
Leicestershire 4-piece known as Kyte release the first new material since the ridiculously good Two Stars, Two Sparks EP. Dead Waves sees Kyte taking a more electronic-centred way even if the bands delicate, atmospheric approach is still in tact. Kyte manage to create the type of music that takes you somewhere else and leaves you in awe. Their sweet and soft vocal delivery is charming and appreciative, although the band’s tempo at times slows to a near-standstill.
TITLE: Dead Waves
RELEASE DATE: April 19, 2010
TIME: 59:06 min.
01. The Smoke Saves Lives [04:05]
02. Ihnfsa [03:44]
03. You’re Alone Tonight [03:45]
04. Designed for Damage [04:16]
05. Like She Said [04:31]
06. Fear From Death [04:35]
07. Each Life Critical [07:41]
08. No-One Is Angry, Just Afraid [04:42]
09. Guns and Knives [03:38]
10. Fake Handshakes, Earnest Smiles [05:50]
11. Dead Waves [03:38]
12. Strangest Words and Pictures [04:42]
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as heard on radiospin on November 7th, 2010
under electronic, EP, experimental, indie, pop, preview, recommended, rock, submitted
Big Charlie are Matteo De Ruggieri & Stefano Milella. The Italian duo get together all their sounds in an irreverent electro project that winks to Phoenix and Beck, not disdaining the electro sounds dictated by influences like Daft Punk and Justice. All is deftly mixed together with recalls of the out-of-hand and crazy bebop rhythm. In the new millennium music scene is almost impossible creating something new, so the only way out is to take as many ingredients as you can and make them a single, perfect thing. It’s not so simple as we can say it: it can be confused and confusing, as every form of art. Big Charlie prove that they can do it: that means being talented. That Really Hurts is something strange, and we like it strange.
ARTIST: Big Charlie
TITLE: That Really Hurts
LABEL: Snowy Peach
RELEASE DATE: September 24, 2010
TIME: 10:06 min.
01. Jitterbug [00:38]
02. Backseat [02:28]
03. Roses [03:55]
04. Ants [03:05]
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as heard on radiospin on November 5th, 2010
under album, electronic, instrumental, live, post-rock, preview, recommended, rock
Hail to the ones who still have the will to experiment new musical paths. Marlene Kuntz are one of these: the Italian band, with the producer Gianni Maroccolo, releases a new fantastic jam-opera born from the collaboration with english electronic composer and DJ Howie B. Sessions have been recorded inside the wonderful location known as Teatro Petrella in Longiano, and they have been planned to improve creativity and improvisation: instrument and amplifiers always connected, recorders ready to catch every moment.
And the moment was simply Beautiful.
ARTIST: Marlene Kuntz & Howie B
RELEASE DATE: September 21, 2010
TIME: 75:53 min.
01. Pow Pow Pow [04:14]
02. Tarantino [02:09]
03. In Your Eyes [04:59]
04. Single Tool [04:28]
05. Fatiche [06:26]
06. White Rabbit (live) [06:27]
07. Suzuki [06:43]
08. What’s My Name? [04:02]
09. Giorgis [08:28]
10. Gorilla [04:32]
11. Flowers [14:19]
12. I Can Play and I Don’t Want Too [09:06]
as heard on radiospin on November 4th, 2010
under album, electronic, preview, recommended, remix
Without spending too much time throwing superlatives the way of Dan Snaith, aka Caribou, and his dance-laden renaissance Swim, what makes this new remix CD intriguing is the essentially modern calibre of those taking a look at, arguably, his finest work. The commercial logic for almost every remixes collection being only available lumped in with an (albeit worthy) repackaging of the album is somewhat tedious, but the names on board make for a mouth-watering supplement.
TITLE: Swim Remixes
LABEL: City Slang
RELEASE DATE: November 09, 2010
TIME: 70:34 min.
01. Odessa (junior boys remix) [06:05]
02. Leave House (motor city drum ensamble remix) [08:37]
03. Sun (altrice’s “only what you gave me” remix) [03:26]
04. Jamelia (gold panda remix) [04:12]
05. Bowls (james holden remix) [11:22]
06. Kaili (fuck buttons remix) [06:39]
07. Leave House (ikonika remix) [05:10]
08. Jamelia (dj koze’s alarmclock remix) [04:01]
09. Bowls (gavin russom’s rework) [10:35]
10. Odessa (nite jewel remix) [05:18]
10. Kaili (walls remix) [05:09]
as heard on radiospin on November 3rd, 2010
under album, electronic, indie, preview, recommended
Belgium-based indie-electro pop artist Styrofoam (aka Arne Van Petegem) release his new full-length album Disco Synthesizers & Daily Tranquilizers. Still from the naif title (named after a line in Elvis Costello’s classic This Year’s Girl), the album introduces a different Styrofoam, one with a harder edge and darker sound. Co-produced and mixed by Wally Gagel (Eels, Folk Implosion, Muse) of WAX Ltd., he and Arne set out to produce a timeless electronic album inspired by classics like New Order, Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode, and their shared love for early electro hiphop and postpunk. The album’s beats and keys were recorded directly to analogue tape, shunning the usual ProTools trickery of all previous Styrofoam releases. In addition to the Sex Pistol’s Paul Cook on drums for Kids On Acid, the album also features guest drums from Devo’s Alan Myers on Believe Everything and Jimmy Eat World vocalist Jim Adkins on Extra Careful.
TITLE: Disco Synthetizers & Daily Tranquilizers
RELEASE DATE: October 18, 2010
TIME: 43:13 min.
01. Carolyn [04:29]
02. Get Smarter [04:28]
03. Extra-Careful [04:50]
04. Kids On Acid [04:21]
05. The Only One to Curse [02:53]
06. Looking Glass to Zero [04:12]
07. Mile After Mile [04:35]
08. Am I the Ghost [03:35]
09. What’s Hot (and what’s not) [04:31]
10. Believe Everything [05:19]
Strange collection of unreleased Weezer songs that, for one reason or another, didn’t make the final cut on any of their albums. Death To False Metal is not a traditional collection of studio leftovers or songs from the vault, but a wholly original follow-up to Weezer‘s just-released Hurley. The album was created using the basic tracks of 10 previously unreleased recordings (nine never-before-heard songs plus one cover) to assemble a brand new and truly modern-sounding record. The result is an evolution for the band, a giant step forward with a nod to the past.
TITLE: Death to False Metal
RELEASE DATE: November 02, 2010
TIME: 32:48 min.
01. Tuning Up the Radio [03:37]
02. I Don’t Want Your Loving [03:03]
03. Blowin’ My Stack [03:44]
04. Losing My Mind [04:02]
05. Everyone [02:49]
06. I’m A Robot [02:31]
07. Trampoline [02:45]
08. Odd Couple [03:08]
09. Autopilot [02:57]
10. Unbreak My Heart [04:12]