Archive for June, 2011

Vangelis

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

It all started when I ran across a cool blog called egg city radio with lot’s of weird, interesting and downright great albums for download. Amongst the gems there is 4 different versions of the Blade Runner soundtrack which can be found here. I downloaded the “Esper Edition” and jammed to it as I drove to and fro making gardens in the surreal heat of summer. Having never really listened to the soundtrack separated from the film I was struck by what an awesome piece of work It is. From the expansive and ominous yet hopeful (prologue and main titles) to the sweet and mellow (with awesome 80’s sax) (love theme and I dreamt music) and the beautiful (memories of green) this is a great collection of songs! There are elements and tracks on here that I don’t particularly love, mainly the more beat oriented tracks (End Titles and Blush Response) and some of the cheesier sounds but the high points definitely make up for the not so high. The Esper edition also contains lot’s of weird sound effects, dialogue and some of the other non Vangelis tracks from the movie that help set the mood. The heart of what I love about the sound of this is the Yamaha CS 80. Apparently weighing in at over 200 lbs. this beast has a really unique and enthralling sound. For the total BR nerd there’s a nice little article on the recording of the soundtrack at the awesomely title Blade Zone site. Here’s a few relevant videos for your viewing pleasure.

Arrange ‘Plantation’ on Alchemist cassette

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Awesome debut from damaged ambient R&B artist Arrange will be out on c30 cassette for 7$ from Alchemist July 12th. Pitchfork gave the album a really good reviewcalling it “patient and quietly stunning”. Check it out and pick up a copy here. The artist himself is putting it out on vinyl as well. Snag that from his bandcamp. The cover art was done by the collage maestro Jesse Treece and I did the tape layout.

Drive

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Pops

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

‘Should Have Been A Beekeeper’ vid

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Here it is, the promised ‘Should Have Been A Beekeeper’ music video. Edited and directed by myself from found footage from future civilization on another oceanic planet plagued by hurricanes and ruled by primitive satellite technology controlled by the all powerful Beekeeper ruling class.