Thursday, 30 September 2010

M*ASHtape #17

live in dreams_wild nothing | heard her play_cat cat | beach bummed_weed hounds | undertow_warpaint | school night_coma foxes | nothing and nowhere to go_his clancyness | tip of your tongue_porcelain raft | i apologize_cloud nothings | when you feel like...._rraaiillss | funeral song_minks | knight conversation_cale parks

Fresh Blood > The Peep Tempel

Name: The Peep Tempel
Origin: Victoria, Australia
Genre: Garage-Rock

A-Side of the Fatboy 7" (Arbitrage Records, 2010)
"Boots On The Bed"
B-Side of the Fatboy 7" (Arbitrage Records, 2010)
[Buy the 7" vinyl here]

Interview with Blake (singer/guitarist) of the Australian duo after the break.

Fresh Blood > Minneapolis 1989

Name: Minneapolis 1989
Origin: Saint Paul, Minnesota, US
Genre: Indie-Rock

from On Being Rooted EP (self-released, 2010)
from On Being Rooted EP (self-released, 2010)
[purchase the Minneapolis 1989's EP here]

Read our Q&A with Minneapolis 1989 after the jump.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Live Recording > Kevin Greenspon at KXLU, Los Angeles

We used to post live recordings of concerts very often around here. Actually that was one of the main reasons why we started this blog. Unfortunately, I haven't had the chance to attend any gigs lately, but I hope I'll get back to that as soon as possible. In the meantime, there's something really special we want to share with you today, though it wasn't recorded by ourselves.

The amazing Kevin Greenspon has just sent us this top-notch live recording called Push You Away Forever that we are delighted to share for the first time online. "Basically I was on the KXLU 88.9 FM radio station in Los Angeles on September 5, and recorded this set live. These songs are the same ones that I was performing on tour with Vehicle Blues, so it is a very accurate document of the shows on tour!", Kevin told us.

In case you haven't heard of him yet, Kevin Greenspon is a prolific young artist from La Puente, California and the man behind the awesome Bridgetown Records. His numerous recordings are uncommonly eclectic, shifting from lo-fi garage songs with happy-go-lucky melodies and screwed-up lyrics to more experimental, drone-y stuff that flows between placid guitarwork and destructive noise convulsions. Push You Away Forever is an extraordinary example of these latter sonic explorations.

Kevin was so happy with the quality of this live recording "that I decided to make a limited edition CDr (50 copies) to give to my friends, take on tour, and send to people who order from my label". However, "I am sold out already, which is why I put it on Mediafire and shared it with you". Follow the link at the end of the post to download this short yet rewarding live set.

1. Unwelcoming / Threshold | 2. Ache | 3. Push You Away Forever

Here's some video footage from this live performance:

Interview > Hear Hums

Hear Hums is a psychedelic multimedia project, started by former West Palm Beach resident Mitchell Myers, who was soon joined by Kenzie Cooke and Marcos Gasc. Regularly playing around Florida, their live shows feature propulsive drumming and hypnotic electronics that shift seamlessly between frightening noise and lilting melodies.

Interview conducted by Ameen Mettawa.

Monday, 27 September 2010

Fresh Blood > Guilty Ghosts

Name: Guilty Ghosts
Origin: Brooklyn, New York, US
Genre: Ambient, Drone

from the digital single The Everlasting Evening (self-released, 2010)
from the cassette Enigma Variations (Words+Dreams, 2010)
[Get the whole 5-tracks cassette and more Guilty Ghosts' releases here]

Interview with Tristan O'Donnell - Guilty Ghosts below.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Fresh Blood > Sleep Good

Name: Sleep Good
Origin: Austin, Texas, US
Genre: Acoustic, Lo-Fi Pop

from Skyclimber LP (Autobus, 2010)
from Skyclimber LP (Autobus, 2010)
[Get Skyclimber here]

Read below our Q&A with Will Patterson (guitar/piano/vocals) of Sleep Good.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Fresh Blood > Universe

Name: Universe
Origin: Los Angeles, California, US
Genre: Chillwave, Ambient

from Gazing Gazing (out October 10th, self-released)
"Nova Albion"
from Gazing Gazing (out October 10th, self-released)
[Get the whole album here]

Interview with Hunter John aka Universe after the jump.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

VideoTape #30

Wonder Wheel, "Purple (Pradada Remix)"
Director: Francesco De Gallo
original song on Wonder Wheel's (aka Paul A. Rosales) debut album via Care in the Coummunity
download this remix here

VideoTape #29

Kites Sail High, "Action Figure"
Director: Rachel Levy
from the Alone/Secrets 12", out on Life's Blood
director Rachel Levy is also part of Kiss Kiss Fantastic and Persona La Ave

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

New Tapes > Telephone Callers: Volumes I & II

Telephone Callers
Volumes I & II (Fixture Records, 2010)

In case you're a little tired of chillwave candies, here's some bloody uncooked meat for you. Telephone Callers are a garage punk combo from Michigan and they just put out a compilation of recordings on Fixture Records that is one of the most schizophrenic, chaotic and cool things I've heard recently. Volumes I & II is a double-cassette, 36-song freak out where burning guitars jostle and collide with eerie keyboards and possessed drums while someone is babbling something that only vaguely resembles english. It's like everyone is too drunk to play and just about to collapse on the floor. And yet, somehow it works -- or maybe it doesn't work and that's the charm of it. Get this handmade, hardcover book, jacket-style box with the mp3s included here.

Monday, 20 September 2010

New Tapes > Campfire: Camphires

Camphires (Ace Of Tapes, 2010)

One year after their debut cassette, Beach at the Top of the Mountain, Campfire are back for some more weird and improvised music that appeals to the most inner parts of your brain. Recorded both live and home, Camphires is a C32 available for purchase on Ace Of Tapes. I like the hypnotic description provided by the label: "This is a fade town. The sun is always going over the mountain and coming back around the other side. It's slow-going and short and yet a lot of ground is covered. Zones come in and out. You get lost and find yourself miles from where you were just laying... light just broke into the cave you were cautiously exploring... and now you're floating... above the ocean. Where is the ground? I don't know." Pssst, wake up!

Friday, 17 September 2010

New Tapes > Ghost Animal: Summer Time in Heaven

Ghost Animal
Summer Time in Heaven (Summer Time in Hell, 2010)

MP3: Ghost Animal - Vanity Affair

Here it is, at last, Ghost Animal's debut cassette, Summer Time in Heaven, which is also the first physical release of Summer Time in Hell (i remotely suspect there is a connection here), the micro-label run by Mat Cothran from Coma Cinema, in collaboration with Orchid Tapes. We recently sat down (well, not literally) with Michael Avishay from the californian duo for a very nice Q&A and besides describing their sound as "dark, gloomy, ginsoaked bedroom pop dying to get out of the summer" and citing influences such as Jesus & The Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine, he also gave us a very interesting and personal insight about the making of this album. You can first download the record for free here and then buy it over there.

VideoTape #28

Os Ovni, "The Water"
Director: Seth Nemec
from the upcoming 7" (soon on Answering Machine Recording)

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Fresh Blood > The Delfields

Name: The Delfields
Origin: New Brunswick, New Jersey, US
Genre: Indie Pop

from Bedroom Girls LP (due out on September 30th, self-released)
from Bedroom Girls LP (due out on September 30th, self-released) 
[Download the full length LP here

[Read below the interview with the band]

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Fresh Blood > Nihiti

Name: Nihiti
Origin: New York, New York, US
Genre: Psychedelic

from the album Other People's Memories (out on October 10th, Lo Bit Landscapes)
from the album Other People's Memories (out on October 10th, Lo Bit Landscapes)
[More info about the upcoming release here]

[Our Q&A with Nihiti after the break]

New Tapes > Cough Cool: Epic Dreams

Cough Cool
Epic Dreams (Mirror Universe, 2010)

Some people like to wear Misfits t-shirts. Some people like to do Misfits covers. Some people like to name their musical projects after Misfits songs. Dan Svizeny, who is also a member of Nude Beach, is at least part of this last category of people. Cough Cool is his solo moniker and it's all about fuzzed out, post-depressive bedroom-pop intimacy with a shoegaze touch. Epic Dreams compiles some old unreleased stuff and follows the much buzzed-about Slow Fuck digital EP. Get it here.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Fresh Blood > Asian Women On The Telephone

Name: Asian Women On The Telephone
Origin: Moscow, Russian Federation
Genre: Art Punk, Noise

by AWOTT (exclusive track, unreleased, 2010)
by AWOTT (exclusive track, unreleased, 2010)
by AWOTT (exclusive track, unreleased, 2010)
[More AWOTT downloads here]

[Exclusive interview with the band below]

VideoTape #27

Low Sea, "Berlin"
The Light (Lefse, 2010)
Note: you can now order the amazing The Light LP, out today on Lefse Records.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Fresh Blood > Pregnant

Name: Pregnant
Origin: Placerville, California, US
Genre: Indie Pop, Chillwave

third album released on vinyl (Life's Blood, 2010)
[Download more Pregnant's releases here]

[Our Q&A with Daniel Trudeau after the jump]

New Tapes > Wealth Plant: Friends

Wealth Plant
Friends (Yew Nork, 2010)

MP3: Wealth Plant - Bart Oates
MP3: Wealth Plant - Police Wives

Jean Sebastian Audet from Calgary, Canada is one busy young guy. He is part of the lo-fi rock duo Faux Fur (they have a nice split with Ghost Animal on Scoth Tapes), instrumental hip-hop project Zouk Fuck and the man behind the micro-label Yew Nork and this very cool blog. Friends is his debut solo effort under the nickname Wealth Plant. It's 16 minutes of simple guitar riffs haunted by a lot of noisy reverberation, almost imperceptible echoing vocals and some other low-end samples. Ah, the beautiful weirdness of youth.

Tracklist after the jump.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

New Tapes > Outer Spacist: Tape

Outer Spacist
Tape (Dub Ditch Picnic, 2010)

MP3: Sample from Outer Spacist's Tape

If you've ever wondered how outer space sounds like, your curiosity ends here. It seems that some dudes in Ohio, US discovered that the void that exists between stars and planets is a place full of low density particles of garage rock and psychedelic radiation. Luckily they were able to record these sonic waves and put it on a 30-minute tape under the name Outer Spacist that you can now buy on Dub Ditch Picnic.

Check the tracklist after the break.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

New Tapes > Blackbird Blackbird: Summer Heart

Blackbird Blackbird
Summer Heart (Wonder Beard Tapes, 2010)

It's not all about Teen Daze today on Wonder Beard Tapes. You can finally start pre-ordering Mikey Sander's (also known as Blackbird Blackbird and formerly known as Bye Bye Blackbird) debut LP Summer Heart on cassette edition. His two previous free EPs (Rarities and Modern Desbelief), videos, covers and remixes are literally in every single blog out there, so I guess you've probably heard this glowing dreamwave somewhere, somehow before. If you're interested order it as soon as possible as edition is limited to 100 copies and tapes will probably fly like two tiny little black birds.

Check the tracklist below.

Friday, 10 September 2010

New Tapes > Teen Daze: Four More Years

Teen Daze

Four More Years (Wonder Beard Tapes, 2010)

MP3: Teen Daze - Shine On, You Crazy White Cap

"It’s a chillwave, glo-fi, dance, electronic, soul, sample-heavy, reverb-drenched record. This record was meant to be something that brought positivity to the listener. This is a record that is meant to encourage love, relationship, and at the same time, it’s just a dance record. Either way, it’s meant to put a smile on your face, and is to be enjoyed with summer vibes in mind", says Vancouver's Teen Daze about his debut EP 'Four More Years', released some time ago via Arcade Sound on traditional formats and now available for pre-order through Wonder Beard Tapes on cassette edition. Summer is not over yet.

Check the tracklist below.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Fresh Blood > SUNBEAM RD.

Origin: SanFrancisco, California, US
Genre: Space Rock

from Turtles, Magnets, Animals EP (self-released, 2010)
from Turtles, Magnets, Animals EP (self-released, 2010)
[more free downloads from the bands' bandcamp]

[Our interview with the band after the break]

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Fresh Blood > Town With Station

Name: Town With Station
Origin: Ukraine
Genre: Experimental, Ambient

from Sand-Waters-Trees album (self-released, 2010)
from Sand-Waters-Trees album (self-released, 2010)
from Sand-Waters-Trees album (self-released, 2010)
from Sand-Waters-Trees album (self-released, 2010)
[Download the whole 6 track release from the artist's page]

[Our Q&A with the mysterious Town With Station after the jump]

Fresh Blood > Ghost Animal

Name: Ghost Animal
Origin: Los Angeles, California, US
Genre: Shoegaze, Surf Pop

from Summertime In Heaven LP (out next week on Summer Time In Hell and Orchid Tapes) and In Your Room EP (Amdiscs, 2010)
from Summertime In Heaven LP (out next week on Summer Time In Hell and Orchid Tapes)
from Summertime In Heaven LP (out next week on Summer Time In Hell and Orchid Tapes)
[More downloads from the artist's bandcamp]

[Don't miss our interview with Michael - half of Ghost Animal below]

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Fresh Blood > Cinéma Vérité

Name: Cinéma Vérité
Origin: Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Genre: Indie Pop

ϒ"Tired Hands"
from the forthcoming Sunrise, Sunset LP (out October 20th, Le Grand Magistery)
ϒ"Icelandic Summer"
debut single from A Very Magistery Summer digital comp (Le Grand Magistery, 2010)

[Read below our interview with Zachary Gray - half of Cinéma Vérité]

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Fresh Blood > Phantom Power

Name: Phantom Power
Origin: New York, New York, US
Genre: Downtempo, Lo-Fi

Chic In Egypt EP
by Phantom Power (self-released, 2010)
[free download from the artist's bandcamp]
Spacetime EP
by Phantom Power (self-released, 2010)
[Download more Phantom Power releases here]

[Our short interview with Eric Littman aka Phantom Power after the break]