Archive for March, 2010

Mellodrama

Friday, March 26th, 2010

There’s something about the Mellotron.  It’s haunting and creates a distinct mood that I love.  I can remember really loving my Mom’s old tattered copy of Magical Mystery Tour but at the time I had no idea what a Mellotron was and how it gave so many of those songs such an interesting quality. Subsequent albums like “Odyssey and Oracle”, “Pipers at the Gates of Dawn” and even “Its a Wonderful Life” (RIP Mark Linkous) have all deepened my appreciation for this weird and innovative instrument. Now we have a documentary coming out that will explore the roots, history, implications and sounds of this beast. Hopefully the movie lives up to the instrument.

Illus Ocean

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

We’ve got a new artist in the Alchemist collective: Illus Ocean. His debut “Meskin in the Attic” truly stand outs amongst all the crap that we are bombarded with daily. He’s refreshingly unfamiliar with current music trends and his production is lo-fi in a unique way and for unique reasons. See for yourself. Here’s 2 tracks from the disc. It’ll be out next Tues. the 13th. Do not miss it.

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Daffodils

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Umm Kulthum

Monday, March 15th, 2010

The lodestar. The “Lady” of Cairo. One of the 50 great voices of world.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124612595

White Noise/Black Music remixes EP out 4/13

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be releasing an EP of remixes from “White Noise/Black Music”. It will be appropriately called “Black Noise/White Music” and four artists have contributed remixes. Czech native Dikolson (formerly of Khoiba) produced a hard driving version of “Venus” that ascends like a spiral staircase to the sky. LA producer Questions has turned out a really thumpin version of “The Top” that’s somewhere in between House and Hip Hop. My bro. Eric deconstructed “The Bottom” and reassembled it into something new and Chase Spivey (of Psychedelic band Ghost of Monkshood) has turned “The Futurist” into a laid back minimal chill groove. I really like them all. Look for some samples soon and here’s the cover:

Hardest Part/Billie Jean video

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Here’s a short video clip with excerpts from upcoming single “The Hardest Part” and my version of “Billie Jean” at Legal in Bergen courtesy of Untz Untz Records.

vague memories

Friday, March 5th, 2010

“Do you remember what Darwin says about music? He claims that the power of producing and appreciating it existed among the human race long before the power of speech was arrived at. Perhaps that is why we are so subtly influenced by it. There are vague memories in our souls of those misty centuries when the world was in its childhood.”
– Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet