Here's our 54th Episode! We love independent music!
Sorry about the 'quickness' of this episode :) Is quickness a word?
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Thanks so much to the track selectors Kpax313, SJE-Music, lucky-one, kelvynt and a huge thank you to tourmaline-hum for his awesome A&E oddcasts. If you haven't heard them go to our profile and listen to them for a healthy dose of alternative and experimental tunes.
This collaboration between Brighton based vocalist Ivar Lira (a.k.a. ProtoPlanet Disko) and London based producer Mikkelsen takes you on a short journey to the land of catchy melodic electronica. Combining the uniquely excellent melodic talent of Ivar Lira and the crisp production of Mikkelsen, the track gives the listener a short burst of atmospheric electronic bliss, allowing for a brief break from the recession-hit Britain of 2013. More material is in the 2014 pipeline, but have a look at the respective soundcloud pages (see below) for individual pieces of work from the two protagonists.
shambolic formed in 1995 and we are very proud of the fact that the line up has not changed in the last 18 years.
In 1998, we were successful in securing a £5000 lottery grant to produce our first release Wondering Why?, which gained significant interest from various indie labels.
Wondering Why?-era shambolic is a very different beast to us nowadays. As bands progress, you tend to see them developing their sensitive sides. Not so with shambolic. If anything, we've become more cynical and world weary.
2009 saw us settle into new rehearsal and recording facilities. We also put out our second release Dancing Out Of Step and tied this in with a short tour (quickly christened the "tourette") with our friends Jok from London.
This was quickly followed by the "Burning" ep in 2010, with the lead track "Sleeping Gas" receiving air play from Steve Lamacq on his 6 Music show.
In and amongst that a lot of gigs and giggles, and there you have it.
You can take a listen to No More Talking on SoundCloud. It's also available as a free download on BandCamp.
Limbs and we hail from international hip-hop hotbed, Iowa City, IA. Like so many slightly deluded and totally inspired folks our age, we have been pouring our collective angst, bravado and longing into our music and just last night released our new EP on soundcloud: Mansuit Blues.
The EP was born of our love for the new electronic sounds we were hearing from acts like Flume, Schlohmo and Flying Lotus and the hip-hop that we were hearing from folks like Chance the Rapper and Mac Miller. We were after ambient and moody textures and grooves, anchored by a human voice (That of the incessantly verbose MC Lurch).
The songs that emerged are mostly down-tempo, progressive and psychedelic hip-hop dirges with swimming vocal cadences and lyrics that deal with psychological and spiritual divisions: longings to both leave the world and drown in its abundance, to leave and live in the hills and to find something “single, sweet, intuitive with apple-shaped behind.” At their best, the tracks manage a provocative strangeness and an eerie groove that can make the head nod and skin stand.
The track we are linking to here is "Sum Kinda Life." The voice of the song takes on the thrillingly absurd project of doing just that: summing up the polarities of life, or at least dying to express how it registers on the nerve-ends, rhythmic.
After bumping his head whilst trying out his new telescope (allegedly spying on Mrs Jones from No 34), Randolph discovers a 'New Planet'. Sometime later the Earth becomes intolerable and quite unstable and Randolph and the rest of the Malcontents and Refuseniks decide to leave their home (The Little House) and head for Eris.
Randolph and his friends 'The Red lights' write songs about their journey in space . These and other random 'transmissions' can be heard and read about on their website.
Randolph will be performing live in Manchester(UK) at the Roadhouse on the 20th dec 2013 and at the Lomax in Liverpool(UK) on the 11th Dec 2013 , albeit by virtue of a special holographic type thingy.
The world officially registered as Tockari 27 is better known to it's many visitors as "New California" due to being totally made of nothing else but Sand and Sea (and endless Sunshine). It has a strange and unique 'tidal flow', in which rather than the sea moving in or out the land rises and falls in a very gradual manner. Although the feeling seems very natural and reminiscent of Earth's beaches, a few visitors have been caught out and been washed out to land.
Mutado Pintado (Craig Louis Higgins Jr) is back after his critically acclaimed single 'Blue' (May '13) and first physical release 'EP 1' (ltd edition 7" vinyl - Sept '13) that also featured a collaboration with Jonathan Dryden. This time he teams up with old New York City fam Dragon Wing, who once literally saved his life in a home invasion and also taught him how play Kashmir on the accordion. A mutual disdain for the whimpering Indie and synth' babies plaguing the world of music brought them together to deliver this sweaty love song 'The Tick', no smoke and mirrors, just a song for the boys and girls of the night. Sex faces, smoke machines, and the smell of cigarettes on your collar, that’s all, believe it.
Remixes courteously of Save and Medicine 8.
Save, is Mutado Pintado and former Output recording artist Colder and is a glimpse into the world they have created as they are set to release their debut album early next year.
Medicine 8 do not need much of an introduction, but lets just say that Lou Reed credited their remix of 'Mystery Murder' as the best of any Velvet Underground remix! The former Regal recording artists have remixed everyone from I Monster and Death In Vegas, to Phenomenal Hand Clap Band.
This will be the last single release before Mutado Pintado’s debut album
'336 West 17th St' out on Peasant Vitality, April 2014.
When this story first came to me I didn't realise just how close to reality it actually was. Now it has come to light in certain areas of the media is actually doing at least some of what I wrote about. If you like the track or at least the message please download/share/spread the word. I have made it a free download, but of course you can purchase the track from the SJE Records link I have included and you'll be supporting me in doing more of this and SJE Records in promoting the message. But obviously no pressure to do that just get the word out. Heres the story I wrote. I don't know if the second part of the story is/will be coming true but it is my wish. That the people bottling the water remember their humanity and act accordingly. Blessed Be.
The Debt is Paid
In a distant future(or is it?) which may or may not be actually occurring a multinational company which may or may not exist is syphoning off the water supply from many villages in a third world country which could be real or could be fictitious. They then bottle this water and sell it in the developed nations of this possible world at a great profit. Of course the villagers in the third world who already suffer from drought suffer still further as their water supply has been cut off. Any attempt on their part to intervene and stop this possibly real multinational company from its venture are met with the most brutal and violent retaliation by the mercenary army under its control. The workers of the company seeing the effects of their company's actions and wracked by guilt and pain set about to expose the company back home for what it truly is and refuse to do the work any longer even though the system set up by this alleged multinational company has ensured that all its workers are in financial debt to the company and they could lose their homes because of this action they never the less break down the damns and the water of life flows freely again. Back home the company is exposed and its wicked plan stopped.
From the album "The Untitled One" available at SJE Records
Hula Hooping! Hoops! Sensual, sexy, video - and Barry's not even in it - demo for '(It's a) Worldwide Web'. (Check the review of World Wide Web here)
Listen, watch, exercise, dance, groove, read, sing - the choice is yours. The whole wide world is a web and you're caught like a fly - you're trapped in the wire.
Hula-hooping and vocals by Brittany Toennies.
Music, lyrics and production by Barry Snaith.
Here we have a really talented and creative University student from Chelmsford, Essex, who is making beautiful independent music in a number of different genres. He is a pianist and a guitarist, creating music that combines classical and electronic genres. As Andy Wilkinson says, he has been playing music for quite a while, but only recently did he decide to start producing it too. All those ideas he had stored in his mind had to be materialized, and I must say that the result is fantastic. He already released an EP titled Discord and a five-track album, Signals (both in August 2013) that show his main fields of interest, and different ways in which they can be combined. The EP is dominated by the electronic sounds, and is strongly influenced by the popular electronic music. On the other hand, Signals is a collection of fantastic tracks composed for the piano, and it has a stronger connection to the world of classical music. Of course, this distinction is not complete, since both collections present a unique combination of electronic and piano music.
Nova is a track from Signals, composed for piano and strings. It is lovely, inspiring and emotional, possessing a classical beauty that will leave you amazed. As the artist says, he always felt the need to create a simple track for piano and strings, feeling that there is so much you can say with these instruments working together. This is also his first full length piano tune, and it is excellent. The song begins with the piano playing and uplifting melody, after which the strings join in. Might be because of the name that reminds me of a Super Nova, of because of the sound of the piano playing in the high register, but the first image that comes to my mind when listening to the track is that of a starry night, or better yet, of space. The movement that the tune brings resembles the movements of stars, planets and lights traveling through eternal darkness. The whole track will make you think of how vast the universe is, and of how beautiful and wonderful it is.
Nova is a track to be listened to when you want to relax, and allow your mind to wonder. It will take you away from the strains of the everyday life, and into a peaceful and amazing realm of shooting stars and shining galaxies.
MP3 and digital formats are ubiquitous. Image via archie4oz
I’m old enough to remember when you bought everything on vinyl, or if you were unlucky, tried to find what you wanted on an 8-track. I saw cassettes come and go, CDs become the big thing, and now we’re into the era of the MP3.
The problem is, I often go to shows, both big and small, and find that if I want to buy your music at the show, I have to get a compact disc. This presents two immediate problems for me. The first is that I no longer listen to CDs themselves. I have everything burned to an MP3 at this point. So if I buy a CD from you, I’m buying something that’s going to sit, unused, in my apartment. The second problem is that I live in an apartment, so space is an issue.
By not having a digital download option at the gig, you've now put up a barrier that I may not feel like crossing in order to buy your album. Sure, if I love your sound, I’ll get the CD. But bands that don’t offer the digital option right then and there are losing out on potential impulse purchases. Let’s face it-you know you've gone to a show, thought the band was amazing, and grabbed a CD before your doubts set in. With so many listeners doing digital only, all those impulse purchases are lost.
By not having a digital download option at the gig, you've now put up a barrier that I may not feel like crossing in order to buy your album.
I understand the appeal of having a physical item for sale. There are many who want the CD (or even the vinyl) and will pay accordingly. I also know that some bands allow you to download online once you get home. But let’s face it, once you’re home, that new sound you liked is competing against the music you already own and the funny cat gifs your friend just shared on Tumblr. The show is where the iron is hot, and the best conversion will be at the merch table, not the audience’s computer.
Offering a way for a new fan to buy in to your music via a digital download code makes sense in so many ways. For just a little coding work, you can make more than you’d get from your iTunes or Amazon cut because the fan is buying straight from you. Even if you just offer a discount code to an existing music store online, you’re still increasing your potential sales exponentially.
No matter how retro you are, it’s a digital world. People are coming to this site because they want to listen to your work digitally. Give them a way to buy it digitally at your shows, too, when the riffs are still fresh in their ears and the lyrics are echoing in their mind. It can’t hurt, but I’m sure it will help.