Archive for October, 2009

Sightings: The Washington Post on Underwaterpeoples

Friday, October 30th, 2009

underwaterpeoplesThis week, The Washington Post‘s Chris Richards published a fabulous in-depth feature article on D. C. Label Underwaterpeoples. In addition to discussing its roster of musicians, Richards hones in on the label’s unprecedented success in using the internet to build a devoted following from the bottom up. Rather than shoot straight for the media outlets that garner the most hits, UPs has always been adamant about fostering a mutually supportive dialogue with smaller grassroots blogs like Chocolate Bobka, Rose Quartz, Friendship Bracelet, and even Visitation Rites–publications that represent a local and admittedly personalized take on independent music, much like UP’s dedication to promoting a pocket of upstart bands from suburban New Jersey.
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Portraits: Interview with Julian Lynch on Tiny Mix Tapes, plus one question that was never published

Friday, October 30th, 2009

-5Describing Julian Lynch’s music is difficult, period. But it is even harder to describe his music without falling back on certain buzzwords, terms that have been so overused by music journalists over the past year that they seem to designate everything and nothing at all. We might say, for example, that Julian makes blissed-out 21st-century psychedelia, waltzing lackadaisically through the bottomless archive of musical references (Western and non-) that the internet puts at our fingertips.
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Sightings: Rangers, “Deerfield Village” Video

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

RANGERS – “DEERFIELD VILLAGE” from OESB // FUTURE SOUND on Vimeo.

If The Skaters could do it with terrestrial surfing, and Ducktails could do it with a Disney cartoon, then somebody was bound to do it with a baseball team. From Texas. I do not know if San Francisco sound collagist Joe Knight actually took cues from the Dallas-Ft. Worth home team for the title of his solo project (“Rangers“), but I do know that he hails from Texas–and that his music reflects a parallel fixation with the tape reel as a cutting board for the psychic trappings of middle class American youth. Depending on how we listen through the fuzz, the chorus of “Deerfield Village,” a pop song off his forthcoming Suburban Tours l.p. on Olde English Spelling Bee / Future Sound, is either “I don’t want to go out” or “I don’t want to grow up.”
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Sightings: Cosmic Yoga at the Market Hotel, Some Photos by Annie Escobar

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

IMG_5489When you go to Body Actualized Control, the new weekly Cosmic Yoga party at Market Hotel, you start by finding the secret side entrance in an odd, triangular building on the corner Broadway and Myrtle Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn, right above Mr. Kiwi…
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Sightings: Jonathan Kane’s February releases “Gripped” Video

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009


We introduced Jonathan Kane to you over here, and interviewed him more recently over there to mark the release of his new album, Jet Ear Party. Yesterday, director Tyler Hubby’s new video for “Gripped,” one the opus’ punchiest (and dare I say, most gripping) numbers, made its debut on YouTube.
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Horizons: Living Out Here on the Beach, Excepter-Style

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

110668Excepter‘s music has always kind of reminded me of New Weird America’s evil twin, absconding from the wilderness to turn tricks in broad daylight on some street corner near 34th street-Penn Station, clad in a leather jacket and fingerless gloves. Like Sunburned’s, their sound comes across as the diegetic byproduct of some Manson Family-style ritual, frightening for the very reason that we really have no idea where that ritual comes from, or what the band’s members are trying to achieve. Even in the pit of industrial North Brooklyn, surrounded by concrete on all sides, they take rocks and sticks and animal-shaped talismans and try to hack their way slowly back to the earth.
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Sightings: Steve Gunn, “Mr. Franklin”

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

l_8a8674ea205a48db81d4a111ffeb8f22A dude picking on an acoustic guitar can be a truly terrifying thing. If you’ve even been to a college, you probably already know why. A strolling hippie with a six-string hanging off his or her patchouli and entitlement-scented backside can send whole innocent families into paroxysms of terror without even playing a note. Such is the fear of the threat. With his second solo long player, Boerum Palace, GHQ’s Steve Gunn calmly and discreetly joins the class of modern day John “Not Lawnmower Man” Fahey acolytes who say “No” to the hippie who just wants to get laid and “Yes” to the hippie who wants to backpack across Eurasfrica.
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Call for Track Submissions

Friday, October 16th, 2009

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Visitation Rites, in partnership with resident video artist Samantha Cornwell, is proud to announce an ongoing series of original music videos that will make their debut on this site. The project kicked off earlier this week with a video Cornwell directed for the Lame Drivers’ song “Demonzblood.” We are hoping to make this project a regular part of the site, and are looking for bands and musicians to participate.
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Introducing “Demonzblood” (The Lame Drivers), by Video-Artist-in-Residence Samantha Cornwell

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

An Introduction by the Artist:

“The song “Demondzblood” falls in line with a long history of infectuous guitar-based music by Brooklyn-based three-piece, The Lame Drivers. To give you the full disclosure, I have had the pleasure of knowing these guys for 5+ years, since their original incarnation in Providence, RI. They have always had an ability to evoke their influences, while maintaining an organic energy in their songs that makes them a pleasure to listen to.
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Sightings: Julian Lynch, “Seed” Video

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

JULIAN LYNCH “SEED” VIDEO from OESB // FUTURE SOUND on Vimeo.

Some food for thought to accompany this gorgeous–and I find, very autumnal–new music video by Amy Ruhl, straight from an interview I conducted with songwriter, ethnomusicology grad student, and all-around good-natured fellow Julian Lynch this month on Orange You Glad, his debut lp:
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