Archive for July, 2010

Black City

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

As a fan of Matthew Dear‘s music I’m eager to see and hear his upcoming record “Black City”.  I say see because Ghostly International will be releasing an interesting concept version of the album that they’re calling a totem.  As someone involved in running a record label this  idea really intrigues me.  What are the artifacts that we will associate with music that will have the most enduring impact and connection in an era when song files float around so freely?  To  me an LP is still the ultimate musical artifact but I give props. to Ghostly for throwing down something new and innovative.

Matthew Dear – MDBC Totem from Ghostly International on Vimeo.

Children of Dune

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

“Humans can endure only in a fraternity of social justice”
– Frank Herbert, Children of Dune

Free Alchemist Records Covers EP

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Here is a little free 3 song EP of covers by myself, Eric Sarmiento and Kalpana and Illus Ocean.  I did an interpretation of Swedish troubadour The Tallest Man On Earth’s excellent song “I Won’t Be Found”.  Eric and Kalpana’s version of Radiohead’s “House of Cards” is a cool summertime jam to soothe the sun baked soul and Illus Ocean does a 10cc inspired take on Alchemists’ own The Pistol Arrows “Tangled and Strangled”.

1. I Won’t Be Found (I and I version)

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2. House of Cards (Eric and Kalpana version)

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3. Tangled and Strangled (Illus Ocean version)

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Teenage Engineering OP-1

Monday, July 12th, 2010

I’m a bit behind the curve in finding out about this upcoming synth/senquencer/sampler thing but I find it impressive and intriguing enough to share it with you. It’s called the OP-1 from a Swedish firm Teenage Engineering and it promises do almost everything but write songs for you!  The combination of things that it does, the “tape” feature, the design and the synthesis all make this idea stand out. Here’s some photos and a video.