Saturday, October 31, 2009
Magnet says of the video, "A bouncy, lighthearted take on everyone’s least favorite superhero, 'Aquaman’s Lament' is just the kind of quirky observation you’d expect from the Motion Sick: “Superman can fly and can stop a speeding bullet/I can talk to some fish.” Well, you don’t become a superhero just to get the glory. Featuring video clips from classic cartoons such as Super Friends, 'Aquaman’s Lament' is bound to make you nostalgic for the days before Christian Bale." Check out the video at http://ping.fm/qgW8T Click Here to Read More..
Friday, October 30, 2009
Hyperstory’s self-titled debut album, featuring musicians who have played with the likes of Miles Davis, Beck and Jane’s Addiction, will be released November 10 on the Pureland label. The album is a mixture of live instrumentation and programming, and it seamlessly blends genres as diverse as funk, post-rock and jazz. Blevins made MAGNET a mix tape, and you can definitely hear the influence these artists have had on Hyperstory’s music.
Check out his personal mixtape here.Check out his personal mixtape at http://ping.fm/tWEPI Click Here to Read More..
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
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Thursday, August 20, 2009
West Coast Tour Dates
08-26 High Dive, Seattle, WA
08-31 Hemlock Tavern - San Francisco, CA
09-03 Silverlake Lounge - Los Angeles, CA
09-06 Trunk Space - Phoenix, AR
09-10 Meadowlark - Denver, CO
09-12 Neurolux - Boise, ID Click Here to Read More..
Monday, July 27, 2009
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Friday, July 24, 2009
Ryan’s Smashing Life says of the new record, “We are already convinced that this album will prove to be one of the year's best new releases. (It's late July and I saw this with confidence.) Yes, Fan the Flames is that good.”
During the interview Fogel touches on the recording process and how certain instruments and even an accident played a key role in the overall sound of the album. Fogel recalls, “I fell in love with the glockenspiel while making this record, and you can hear it on more than half of the songs. "More glock in the rock!" became my mantra in the studio.”
He then touches on the exclusive track "Dead Petals" and admits, "If you listen carefully you can hear Roger's cat Chatterbox walking across the piano at the very end of the second verse. You'd think that when a cat mashes some dissident notes while you're rolling tape you'd scratch the track and go for another take, but Roger and I looked at each other and said 'that's a keeper'."
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Monday, July 13, 2009
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Wednesday, July 08, 2009
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Monday, July 06, 2009
8/21/2009-Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco
8/22/2009-Cellar Door, Visalia, CA
8/23/2009-Viper Room, Los Angeles
8/24/2009-Soda Bar, San Diego, CA
8/28/2009-Vinos, Little Rock
8/31/2009-Caledonia Lounge, Athens, GA
9/2/2009-Alley Katz , Richmond, VA
9/3/2009-Outback Lodge, Charlottesville, VA
9/4/2009-The Red and the Black, Washington DC
9/6/2009-Cedar's Lounge, Youngstown, OH
9/9/2009-The Robin Hood, Kent, OH
9/11/2009-The Dark Room, Chicago
9/12/2009-Cactus Club, Milwaukee
9/17/2009-Zebra Lounge, Bozeman, MT Click Here to Read More..
Friday, July 03, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
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Monday, June 22, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
"MAGNET is proud to kick off the Summer of Golden Bloom, mainly because this album is redolent of mid-period Wilco; lead track "E.H.M." sounds like an imaginary b-side to "Outtasite (Outta Mind)" featuring Scott McCaughey and appearing circa Summerteeth instead of Being There." Click Here to Read More..
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Golden Bloom Album Promotion - ‘Fan The Flames’ Song By Song
19th June "E.H.M" @ magnetmagazine.com
26th June "Doomsday Devices (Ruby Isle Remix)" @ undertheradarmag.com
3rd July "Fan the Flames" @ tuneraker.com
10th July "She Leaves Me Poetry" @ bagofsongs.com
17th July "The Fight at the End of the Tunnel" @ consequenceofsound.com
24th July "Dead Petals" @ ryanssmashinglife.blogspot.com
31st July "If You Believe" @ spin.com
7th August "The Mountainside Says" @ popwreckoning.com
14th August "Theme For an Adventure at Sea" @ fensepost.com Click Here to Read More..
Friday, May 29, 2009
Who would you rather work with than someone you love?" asks Rennie Sparks, plainly. When she puts it like that, placing all your eggs - creative, professional and personal - in one basket sounds like a no-brainer. "Maybe," adds her husband Brett, smirking, "before everyone gets married, they should be forced to write a song together, to make a record and go on tour together." If you can do all that without falling out, you can safely assume that you are a highly compatible couple.
To read more about The Handsome Family and their life together as a couple and as bandmates, go to http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/may/23/handsome-family-interivew-folk-music Click Here to Read More..
If, as some reckon, a full-blown shoegazing revival is imminent, Speck Mountain have plenty going for them. In fact, Marie-Claire Balabanian's lonesome vocals, the languid pacing and fuzzy, opiated atmosphere their songs generate make them the closest thing there’s been to Mazzy Star for a long time. Though Balabanian and partner Karl Briedrick prefer to call what they do "ambient soul", what really matters is that they do it beautifully. Curtain-raiser "Shame On The Soul's" lightly-fingered tambourine, churchy organ swells and shards of acid-etched guitar instantly set the dreamy mood. Never straying far thereafter, it all makes for a heavily addictive, comfortably numbing kind of experience.—Peter Kane Click Here to Read More..
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Speck Mountain-Wherein alt.country square dances with psychedelic gospel
Musical collision could just be the last refuge of the indolent scoundrel, yet occasionally something genuinely thrilling can squeeze out between the cracks of genre paving stones so willfully tossed around. Speck Mountain’s Karl Briedrick and Marie-Claire Balabanian achieve an absorbing alchemy on their second album, compiling country, gospel, shoegazing, ambient and psychedelic sounds into what we could foolishly call a sonic Battenberg. In spirit and mood, these nine careful, sighing, unfolding tracks may on the surface call to mind Cat Power (Backsliding), Throwing Muses (the title track), Dusty In Memphis (I Feel Eternal) or mid-period Lambchop (Twinlines); but it’s the repetition of lethargic chords, beaten out over sleepy and minimal percussion, that delivers the music into a more spectral plane. Balabanian’s tired and pained voice is their trump card and sparse, whispered musical arrangement allows her the space to glide, a torch singer in an emotional power cut. —Eamonn Forde Click Here to Read More..
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
7/15 Vancouver at the Biltmore
7/16-7/19 Dawson City Music Festival
7/21 Portland at Doug Fir
7/23 San Francisco at Bottom of the Hill
7/24 Santa Cruz at the Crepe Place
7/25 Los Angeles at Spaceland
7/26 Los Angeles at McCabe's
7/27 San Diego at Casbah
7/29 Tucson at the Congress Click Here to Read More..
Friday, May 01, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
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Rather than dwell on country gothic doom and despair, they've recorded all manner of love songs-- odes to sex, devotion, redemption, sacrifice, New Mexico, and more sex-- that are only slightly sunnier than their usual fare. But don't expect corny sentiments even from a song called "Love Is Like".
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Since the release of their debut record in 1995 (Odessa) the Handsome Family (married couple Brett and Rennie Sparks) have explored the depths of the human soul with songs about drifters, murderers, and even Aunt Barbara "who went crazy in the 70's, wrote poems to Jimmy Carter but forgot to feed her kids" (from "Lake Geneva on 1996's Milk and Scissors) and on this, record #8, they do not disappoint. This record was written to celebrate their 20 years of marriage and as someone who has been married for not even half that long I toast them for their longevity - and the music, too. The band's music has been called Gothic Americana and that seems as good a place to start as any, Brett writes the music and sings most of the sings while Rennie writes the lyrics (she doesn't forget the dark humor) and they have rounded up a batch of terrific musicians in their adopted hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico (where they moved to several years ago after many years in Chicago).
The songs on Honey Moon are just a gorgeously haunting as anything they have done previously. The opener "Linger, Let Me Linger" adds some lovely cello to the proceedings (which already include Brett's rich baritone) while "Little Sparrows' adds some zippy pedal steel which gives it a completely different feel. "When You Whispered" is pure Carter Family country and the nearly perfect, "A Thousand Diamond Rings" is the record's best song (that has a murky, Calexico-ish feel to it but these guys were doing this stuff long before Calexico). Yet another terrific chapter in a book that I hope these guys never finish.Click Here to Read More..
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I know, it's ludicrous. For a start, Rennie writes the words and plays no instruments, but that's the sort of dramatic power that they bring to their songs. Lots of people swear that they live inside their material, but The Handsome Family can feel like they've actually been cast in the movie of their songs and have been method acting like their lives depended on it ever since... Click Here to Read More..