Tuesday, 14 December 2010

VideoTape #33

Soars, "Throw Yourself Apart"
Director: Jamie Harley
from the ST LP, out now on La Société Expéditionnaire

Monday, 13 December 2010

Live Recording > Owen Pallett at Hard Club, Porto

Owen Pallett Live at Hard Club
Porto, Portugal 11.12.2010
Recording Equipment: CA-14 > STC 9100 > Tascam DR-07

First of all, we would like to apologize for our lack of updates over the last month. We’ve just been busy with some personal issues (Ashtapes is soon moving to London) and haven’t found the time to update the blog at all. But I can’t think of a better way to return than a full live recording of the immensely talented Owen Pallett, who played in Porto’s Hard Club last Saturday.

Alone on stage, using solely his voice, a violin, a synthesizer and looping pedals, Pallett, who looks like a young nordic prince, dazzled the audience with his looping technique (which is similar to the one used by Andrew Bird), overlapping live crafted layers of his own arrangements, sometimes sounding like a whole orchestra, and giving a new insight into his beautiful chamber-pop tunes. Heartland, one of this year's best long-lengths, was obviously under the spotlight, but Pallett did not forget about the time when he shared a name with a video game, playing several Final Fantasy beloved oldies such as set openers “The CN Tower Belongs to the Death” and “He Poos Clouds”. Unlike some past shows, multi-instrumentist Thomas Guill, who is a central piece on the sound of Pallet’s new EP A Swedish Love Story, did not join him on stage, which resulted in a slightly different approach to the songs of this release.

The set closed with the usual cover of Caribou’s “Odessa” ("I don't make dance songs", he said), but, as this was the last show of his european tour (meaning, in his own words, that “we’ll play a long time and get kind of wasted”), Pallett played two encores from which I would definitely highlight a glorious interpretation of a Bach’s arrangement seamlessly mashed up with the wonderful “Many Lives -> 49 MP” that you can stream below.

1. The CN Tower Belongs To The Death | 2. He Poos Clouds | 3. Don't Stop | 4. Scandal at the Parkade | 5. This is the Dream of Win & Regine | 6. Midnight Directives | 7. E is for Estranged | 8. A Man With No Ankles | 9. Keep the Dog Quiet | 10. The Great Elsewhere | 11. Lewis Takes Action | 12. Odessa (Caribou Cover) | 13. Lewis Takes Off His Shirt | Encore I: 14. The Lamb Sells Condos | 15. Bach vs. Many Lives -> 49 MP | Encore II: 16. Oh Heartland, Up Yours!

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Fresh Blood > Dandy Little Lions

Dandy Little Lions
> Brooklyn, New York, US
> Indie-Pop

MP3: "Wintersong"
from American Kids EP (Daisy Nites, 2010)
[Download the whole split - with Tropical Punk and The Liberty Belles EP here]

> Dandy Little Lions:
«Pop is not a bad word. It was this realization that led to the first bedroom-recorded tracks of Dandy Little Lions. Ever since Jake Forney’s original one-man inception with nothing but two (spray-painted) gold Casio keyboards, the number one priority has always been the production of tracks that satisfy the electro-pop pleasure center of the brain. Employing undeniable synth hooks and Depeche Mode-influenced verses woven between shout-a-long choruses, Dandy Little Lions' music works as well sweating at a packed party as it does cross-legged on the living room floor.»

Fresh Blood > Calm Palm Vapor

Calm Palm Vapor
> Chicago, Illinois, US
> Post-Shoegaze, Space Motown

MP3: "Run The Tables"
from the album Morning Pacific (self-released, 2010)
MP3: "Everyday We Grow"
from the album Morning Pacific (self-released, 2010)
[Get the debut album here]

> Pierogi of Calm Palm Vapor:
«Calm Palm Vapor, pioneers of 'Space Motown', honed their craft in the barrio, but now are winning over audiences wherever they play. Comparisons are difficult as Space Motown is a new genre and it's boundaries are set by each Calm Palm Vapor release/performance. However, if you're looking for something new, music with blissed out guitars and triumphant melodies contrasted with Motown bass and beats, Calm Palm Vapor should be your next exploration. These tracks will not be found on the radio, lucky you, you found them here.»

Fresh Blood > Mariage Blanc

Mariage Blanc
> Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US
> Indie-Pop

MP3: "Whatever You Say I Am"
from the ST album (self-released, 2010)
[Purchase the second Marige Blanc's release here]

> Josh Kretzmer of Mariage Blanc:
«Mariage Blanc is a five piece indie-pop band from Pittsburgh, PA. Later this fall we'll be releasing our first LP. Last January we started recording in an unheated warehouse / studio space that we had built ourselves the previous spring. At first, it was extremely cold, then our master tapes fell apart, then some equipment died. Not fun. As the weather got warmer, things got easier and we finally finished recording in July.
Put simply, we play pop music with a big emphasis on melody and arrangement. If you like The Zombies, Ambulance LTD, Elliott Smith, etc... then you might enjoy our music as well.»

Saturday, 11 December 2010

VideoTape #32

Galleries & Foxes In Fiction, "Borders"
Director: The Tearist