Archive for November, 2009

Untz Untz Records 12″ sampler out

Monday, November 30th, 2009

The good fellows at Untz Untz Bergen who put on the Bergen show I played have their first vinyl sampler out!  It features tracks by: Telephones, Velfred, Touchable Terrence, and Solli Diskoklubb.  Apparently the Norwegian culture minister Anniken Huitfeldt had to say about Velferd’s – ‘Driveby’ track:
“Man tenker seg noe veldig traust sosialdemokratisk(om artistnavnet Velferd), men dette er jo veldig kult.” “Dette er ny Velferd, en veldig god velferd, som vi trenger nå.”
In English: “This is very cool. We need Velferd NOW.”

Can’t front on that! Read more and mail order a copy here. BTW say Untz Untz a couple of times and you’ll get the onomatopoeic nature of their name and something about their tunes.

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New I and I store

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

I’ve got a new I and I store front opened up. Visit the link here or above to check it out.  The aforementioned new EP “Weird Animals” will be up there on Dec. 8th.  It will be available in a numbered limited edition hand crafted sleeve.  Perfect for a holiday gift!

Matryomin

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

This site will henceforth be dedicated to nothing but Matryomin videos. Especially if we can get them to cover “Weird Animal”!

Sculpture

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

These guys are making some really interesting and challenging work.  It’s unlike anything I’ve seen or heard before.  Sculpture.

Death Ray from Sculpture on Vimeo.

Lille Lundgegårdsvann Pond, Bergen panorama

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

bergen panorama copy

see the full size here

Synth Pioneers

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of early post punk, synth pop or whatever you want to call the late 70’s early 80’s synth based music. I also generally like a lot of BBC productions so, when I came across this little documentary series I had to post it up here for your enjoyment. As Will Rogers said “Things ain’t what they used to be and probably never was.”

Audion is on with Hecatomb

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

I have been into Matthew Dear’s work for a while now and amongst his different aliases I tend to like the more song oriented solo stuff for Ghostly International but his Audion stuff is really enjoyable too.  His latest tour “Hecatomb” looks and sounds really innovative.  It’s work like this that keeps me interested in Techno and Electronic music.  I am always inspired by things that push the envelope forward and challenge our conceptions of what music should be.  It looks like I won’t be able to catch this show live but the videos and stills alone are incredible!

Audion: Hecatomb / Fabric, London from Audion on Vimeo.

New Eric Sarmiento digital single

Monday, November 16th, 2009

My brother Eric has two new amazing songs available as a digital single.  I love both!  They are the kind of songs that are both catchy and likable on first listen but they are also growers that yield deep enjoyment over time.  I wrote a piece on the Alchemist Records blog about the tunes a little while back.  Listen to both and follow the links to download them from your retailer of choice. Here’s a link to a free ebooklet that accompanies the single.

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Free Sounds

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

It’s nice that some things in this capitalistic world are still free.

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Vintage Saabs and high speed rail

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

I’ve always had an appreciation for automobile design even though I think cars are the source of a lot of what makes modern life isolating and disconnected. Every time I’m in Europe (or even on the East coast) I feel more free and open to move around and enjoy walking and taking public transit.  Walking to the bus or train station and then walking to wherever you’re going is an inherently community enhancing activity.   I also think it’s an important part of why Europeans are healthier than Americans.  Even cross country car trips, which I used to enjoy,  are a real drag compared to a train ride and I long for the day when we might be able to take a high speed train from coast to coast.  It’s a complicated issue but I can’t help feeling that the lack of a functional national rail system is an embarrassing and frustrating reality.  With that in mind here is a link to the proposal for rail changes that could be coming down the pike:  National rail plan.  We can always hope.

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Of course if you must drive, as many of us Yanks do, the automobile can be a beautiful thing.  Why can’t we design them like this anymore?

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Collecting – Stalking Saabs That Soared – NYTimes.com