Archive for the ‘the web’ Category

R.I.P. Altered Zones

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Sad to see the top notch underground blog collective Altered Zones is closing it’s digital doors. From the outset I found the site to be a good idea with a really cool aesthetic and a very nicely executed site design. It was an interesting move for the increasingly corporate feeling (yet I would argue still quite important) Pitchfork behemoth to take and there were plenty of haters when the site first appeared. Most basically thought it was Pitchfork trying to cash in on the kids in underground scenes but if so, that was never really apparent as a visitor to the site, mostly by virtue of the lack of advertising. Others said it was just Pitchfork trying to gain a little street cred but would it be too naive to propose that someone just thought it might be a cool and timely idea and had time and money to blow? Probably naive but still I say screw the haters and cynics. For the most part I found it to be a valuable addition to the creative music community. I didn’t love all of the music I found there but it was always something interesting and often from unknown diy’ers and much of it I did really like. Some have accused the site of being too elitist and too hip for it’s own good but as someone who runs a micro label I found many of the bloggers and the editors there to be pretty open and accessible and that they tended to cover a lot of different types of stuff while still maintaining somewhat of a cohesive feel. All in all I think they genuinely gave voice to segments of the current deluge of music being made that don’t have a good central meeting place on the web.
One of my favorite things about the site was the really great backgrounds, logo, typography and the general design of the project. It nicely captured a sort of retro future or future primitive that I liked. Reminded me of the awesome art from my dad’s old Omni Mags from the 80’s. In honor of said backgrounds and the site in general I’m posting a couple here to check out though the site will apparently be kept up as a sort of time capsule for future explorers. BTW another good site that covers much of the same kinds of sounds and scenes (and seems to be totally independent) is the Digitalis offshoot Foxy Digitalis, long may it live.

SF79

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011


via synthpunk.org/units

Robot Saves City

Monday, October 25th, 2010

My friend James Nghiem is a talented and funny guy who has recently started a comedy based imprint called Robot Saves City. He’s gathered together some talented people and his label is something to really get behind! In a way it seems to be somewhat of a comedy based cousin of our Alchemist Records collective in that it’s an artist (in this case comedian) based affair and it’s looking to do things in new ways. Visit their site, buy their stuff and spread the word. The world situation seems to be getting ever more serious and dire couldn’t we all use a laugh?
Their next release is from Leah Kayajanian who has been called “OKC’s Funniest Comedian” and also happens to be my neighbor. James has put together a promo video for the release that just so happens to sample some I and I jam’s. Check it here:

Let’s Play

Friday, October 22nd, 2010


via Neo-Noir

Delorean

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

With a name that to me evokes memories of seeing Back to the Future in the theater and  a modern Balearic sound that some how reminds me of  Technique (which I’ve been really into lately), Delorean are one band that I’m liking of late.  I’m eager to check out their new record Subiza on the True Panther Sounds label (which seems to be having a string of  great releases).  Here is a pretty awesome video of the band playing a tune from the new record.  It takes me back to a wonderful trip to my Spanish homeland that I had a few years back.  Can’t wait to return.

Yours Truly Presents: Delorean “Grow” from Yours Truly on Vimeo.

Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo

Monday, April 19th, 2010

This looks really interesting and I love the song in the trailer. Don’t know who it’s by. YMO maybe? Send me a comment if u know.

Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo Trailer from Myriapod Productions on Vimeo.

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.

Gang of Four – great men

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

I think this speaks for itself.

This is House Music

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Here’s another good documentary from the Beeb. This one is a pretty in depth look at the history of dance music. There’s a lot of great music, footage and stories. As a bonus you can practice your Portuguese with the subtitles.

San Sebastiàn and Zumi camera

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Something new that produces images that look old, in an amazing place.

Paseo por San Sebastián (Harinezumi) from Dani LC on Vimeo.