It goes without saying that the music of Leslie Feist is undeniably great. Mixing unbelievably catchy melodies and phenomenal playing and singing skills, Feist has that perfect mixture of lilting and bittersweet moods. Her latest record “The Reminder” is certainly near the top of my list this year, especially the song ‘1 [...]
These are the posts from August 2007
I recently acquired a copy of Reason, a highly powerful music interface program that among many other things has amazing samples and patches for MIDI-based music.Â I have barely scratched the surface of the program but it cleanly syncs with Ableton Live the other highly powerful music creation program I use (via ReWire). After many [...]
Yet another Song of the Day essay on NPR. Check out the song here.
Remaking a Punk Classic from Memory by Michael Katzif
‘Rise Above’ by The Dirty Projectors (from Rise Above)
NPR.org, August 27, 2007 Â· Few would think to rework â€” or, in some sense, remake â€” a work as lauded and lambasted as [...]
As the anticipation builds to the season two finale of the amazing Big Love viewers are wondering what is left to fill the void. Lately there has been much talk and speculation about an assumed demise of HBO, the pay television channel that all but revitalized the art form. With such excellent and [...]
What’s wrong with this song? Well for starters, the title is stupid. Also its a bit too New Agey for its own good. After many days spent tracking long takes of various parts of A & B sections, I finally cobbled together a makeshift structure for this John Hughes-soundtrack inspired 80s new [...]
While doing some research today on the new Bill Frisell\Matt Chamberlain project Floratone (more on that in a few days perhaps), I came across this video on Chamberlain’s MySpace page under his ‘influences.’ At first I thought it was a straight forward old Western film, until the gunman turn out to be none other [...]
One of the greatest jazz drummers ever, a pioneer and founder of modern jazz, Max Roach, passed away today at age 83. Roach was a master percussionist whose rhythmic innovations and improvisations provided the “dislocated beats” that helped to define the bebop and cool jazz movements.
A self-taught musical prodigy, Roach played with nearly everyone [...]
If it weren’t for a concert review today in the New York Times, I probably never would have known of the tour collaboration of the sultry and oft-tortured singer-songwriter Fiona Apple and the neo-bluegrass outfit Nickel Creek. As the article says, match ups such as this one do not initially seem to be a [...]
Hello Everyone.. In my attempt to get off my arse and stay on top of songs for the month of August (looking for that actual Aug 31/Sept 1st Launch this time) I decided to sit down and hammer out this little sketch I dreamt up. Standard Crowley fair, with single recorded acoustic guitar chords [...]
July has come and gone, so it’s about time we pop out another one of these mini EPs. We’ve decided to call this first-of-the-second-half EP The Rundown.
It’s a typical month for us, no special rules or stipulations like the past couple EPs. We think the tunes turned out great, but judge for yourself the lonesome [...]