Archive for September, 2010

Cloud Atlas

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

“…the artist lives in two worlds”
– David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

The Hardest Part maxi single

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Well I’ve been promising some new music for a while and now I’ve finally got something concrete to offer! It’s a maxi single of a new tune called “The Hardest Part”. If you saw any of my shows last year then you will have heard a version of it. It is one of those rare songs for me that seemed to write itself and strike like a flash. It’s loosely about the spaces in between our visions/dreams and reality and those who have moved on from this life (or our memories of them).
A “single edit” of the tune will be followed by a remix from the chilled out wizard known as Atlantic At Pacific and an Italo Disco cat who goes by Nassau. Both remixes are an interesting take on the original. A@P’s is suitably spacey, lo-fi and full of great breaks. Nassau’s mix is a beat heavy Italo Disco meditation complete with thunderstorm field recordings. There will also be a tune called “Pocahontas” that was originally written for a compilation project called Color School that is still unreleased at the moment. The objective of the project was to write songs about famous or historically significant children. With that in mind my song about Pocahontas is pretty self explanatory.
The release will be out November 16th on limited edition mini CD and digitally worldwide via Alchemist Records.

Here’s the artwork and tracklisting:

1. The Hardest Part (single edit)
2. The Hardest Part (Atlantic At Pacific remix)
3. The Hardest Part (Nassau Caledonian remix)
4. Pocahontas

Bombay/España/El Guincho

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

I must admit, I didn’t really “get” El Guincho’s album “Alegranza” until listening to it on a train ride from Barcelona to Zaragoza.  Looking out over ancient buildings covered in graffiti, blue mountains rising up from rainbow showered plains full of small farm plots surrounded by archaic looking weeds, the music suddenly made sense and provided the perfect soundtrack to the passing countryside.  The mix of history, cultura, scenery, architecture and innovative creativity make Spain one of the most incredible places I’ve visited and El Guincho seems to be good at encapsulating that into sound.  This mind blowing video takes that to a whole new place!  The Sagan-esque intro is pretty awesome too. (NSFW or kids/parents?)

An Oral Future/History of Alchemist Records Vol. 1

Monday, September 20th, 2010

I put together this Alchemist Records related mix for JJ of the nice blog Cool Deal/Cool Tapes.  His previous mixes have included one from Lefse Records so I think we’re in good company.  My mix is a fairly lengthy journey through both Alchemist Records music (past, present and future) and some tracks from my records and collection that highlight a variety of things that influence the aesthetic of our label.  There’s a few unreleased Alchemist tracks including one from Atlantic at Pacific, One In A Googolplex, yours truly (I and I), and new artists Lazr Hipoh.  Some of these will be on upcoming releases and some we are still not sure about so this may be your only chance to hear them.  There is also a slightly alternate mix of my brother Eric’s awesome track “So She Says” that will  get you pumped for his forthcoming (still untitled and somewhat mysterious) new record that will be out on the soon side.  The new track of mine that’s on the mix is called “Go” and will most likely be on the next album.  You can download/listen to the whole mix here or visit the Cool Tapes site and pick it up there along with JJ’s comments:

An Oral Future/History of Alchemist Records Vol.1

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Here’s the track listing and artwork:

intro How To Foretell Your Future (excerpt)
1. Giant – The Pistol Arrows
2. Tonite – I and I
3. The Perfect Kiss (12″ version) – New Order
interlude Woody Allen (excerpt)
4. I Feel Free (excerpt) – Cream
5. Weather Report – The Tennors
6. So She Says (alternate mix) – Eric Sarmiento
7. Jesus Children Of America- Stevie Wonder
8. Miracles (at 45rpm) – Gershon Kingsley’s First Moog Quartet
9. Ballet – YMO (Yellow Magic Orchestra)
10. Gangster Of Love – Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
11. Heaven Is In Your Mind – Traffic
12. Akasha – Paul Horn
interlude Nat’l Geographic Sounds of the Space Age (excerpt)
13. My Dreams Become More Clear (excerpt)(unreleased) – Atlantic At Pacific
14. Moon Over Marin – The Dead Kennedys
interlude Burial (excerpt) – Peter Tosh
15. Two Lips, Two Longues and One Tungue – No Means No
16. Sounds of the Sounds of Science (excerpt) – Yo La Tengo
17. Unreleased Backgrounds – The Beach Boys
18. Enquanto Seu Lobo Nao Vem – Caetano Veloso
19. Two part Invention in F Major – Switched On Bach
20. Small Town Beauty – Minilogue
21. Go (from forthcoming “The Alpha Future”) – I and I
interlude Disco Sucks – Disco Demolition Night
22. Monolith (from forthcoming “The Dropout Cats”) – One In A Googolplex
23. Dining At The Sacrifice (excerpt) (from forthcoming tba) – Lazr Hipoh
24. Woody Allen (excerpt)
25. Eternal – Illus Ocean
interlude How To Foretell Your Future (excerpt)
26. Nieblaenlaruta – Ralf

Vintage Future #1

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

The future, in the form of a new I and I full length, is still coming but now it seems like a Maxi Single will come first.  Details soon.  Until then here’s a vintage view of the future:

“Space Workers” by Gennady Golobokov, 1973

Thorncrown Chapel

Monday, September 6th, 2010

More architectural tourism for you. This time from the Thorncrown Chapel near Eureka Springs, AR.