"Multitrack recording (also known as multitracking or just tracking for short) is a method of sound recording that allows for the separate recording of multiple sound sources to create a cohesive whole."
Friday, February 25, 2011
I can't explain it as well as the music can, so... here goes Sweden.
1. Logh - Yellow Lights Mean Slow Down, Not Speed Up
Logh have been one of my top 5 favorite bands for years. They have a way of painting the bitterest of gray landscapes and then surprising you with these subtle flashes of technicolor. This is a band that can not only surprise you with changes of rhythm, melody, and tempo, but with temperature and brightness. I could go on and on about how great and overlooked this band is, but instead I'll just strongly, strongly encourage you to check out all of their albums. Starting with the one this song comes from, Every Time A Bell Rings...
2. David & the Citizens
This is an upbeat, indie pop band that writes the majority of their songs about death, mourning and loss. These songs will get stuck in your head for days, and it's really strange to think about the subject matter when your body wants to dance and sing along. Also check out "Something, Not Sunlight" and "I've Been Floating Upstream Since We Parted" if you ever REALLY want to get your sad on.
3. Shout Out Louds - Very Loud
Had to throw in some fun after all of that death and sadness.
4. Tallest Man On Earth - Love Is All
This song has been haunting me for months. Everything about it is so intimate and personal. As the listener you can just sit and watch this guy go from quiet and reflective into a gravel-throated rage. No matter how many times I hear this I can still be caught off guard by it.
5. International Noise Conspiracy - Capitalism Stole My Virginity
Punk. Rock. If you ever get a chance to see these guys perform, do yourself a big favor. These guys have some crazy-foreign opinions about politics that don't always translate to our home of the brave and free, but no one can say they don't have passion, incredible energy, and a damned quirky sense of humor.
6. The Knife - Got 2 Let U
Love them or hate them, there's no denying a good hook, something the Knife have no shortage of. Behind all of the antics and performance art stuff is an unbelievable pop band. And even further respect - everything this pair puts out is self-produced.
7. Junip - Without You
This is another group that I haven't been able to get enough of lately. If you haven't heard of Junip, this is Jose Gonzalez's (see track 11) band, which put out last fall a record they had been working on for something like seven years. And it's exactly that what you might hope for... everything that is great about Jose's voice and guitar playing, but taken a step further with more rhythm, energy, and layer-y goodness.
8. The Radio Dept. - Pulling Our Weight
Um, this band is really good.
9. Jens Lekman - Black Cab
Jens Lekman is like Sweden's attempt at a Morrissey-David Byrne hybrid.
10. Lykke Li - Tonight (Live)
I'll admit I haven't really heard much Lykke Li. I came across this version of this song when I was digging through other videos and really, really dug it. I'm also on a pretty big Adele/Nicole Atkins kick right now. I'm basically a walking Lilith Fair. What a great voice, though..
11. Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats (Knife cover)
I know this is a double dose of my homeboy Jose, but I had to jump at an excuse to put this video in. If you haven't seen this.. well... it's a Sony commercial - but give it a fair watch before you start taking points from Gryffindor.
12. Last Days of April - The Days I Recall Being Wonderful
Another one of the great, hopelessly overlooked indie pop bands of the last ten years. This has got to be near the top of the list of the most epically emo songs ever recorded. The loop draws you in, the sadness washes over you, and when you come up for air at the end you can't help but feel the weight of fond memories.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
I didn't spray it with perfume for my fateful multitracking recipient. Sorry if I got your hopes up.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
I imagine most of you know what the acronym SXSW means, but just in case… SXSW stands for ‘South By Southwest,’ which is an annual music conference held in mid March in Austin, TX. It is THE music conference to be at, as thousands of artists, label folks, managers, agents and fans gather to see tons of bands in a few days’ time. There are panel discussions and keynote discussions, but let’s be honest, you care about the music. There are unofficial day parties with bands and official showcases that run seemingly all night. The lineup runs the gamut from basement bands in Austin to the biggest bands on the planet (Radiohead is rumored to be performing at this year’s edition!).
This year’s SXSW will be my first ever time at the festival (as well as Texas, but I digress). The lineups are still being finalized but I’m already quite pumped by the artists that will be there. I wanted to share some of the acts that I will see at the festival. Note I tried to focus mostly on unknown/up-and-coming artists.
“Glorify” - Ivan & Aloysha
Don’t worry, they’re not a Christian band! I&A are comprised of several guys who specialize in gorgeous folk-rock. They just put out a stellar EP and have been featured on NPR Music. Expect big things from the group as they work on a full-length.
“Kathleen” – Josh Ritter
Easily one of my all-time favorite singer/songwriters, Josh Ritter is someone special. It’s been fascinating to watch him grow from making simple folk music to grandiose compositions, all while keeping a sense of childlike innocence and a perennial smile. “Kathleen” is from his magnificent album Hello Starling, which I can’t recommend enough. Funnily enough, the first time I saw Josh was at a music conference (CMJ 2003).
“Oh Canada” – Nicole Atkins
Nope, this isn’t the Canadian national anthem. This was an iTunes exclusive track for her recent album Mondo Amore, but in my opinion, this should’ve been on the record as it’s very strong (full disclosure I helped market this album a bit). Long after listening to the song and album, "Oh Canada" will remain with you. Strikingly, its poppiness contrasts with the rest of the bluesy, psychedelic sound on the album.
“Wild One” – Those Darlins’
A cute country song that Nashville could use more of! Like the Ramones, the three gals that make up Those Darlins’ use the band name as each of their last name. Super catchy, particularly with the vocal harmonies.
“Seven-Mile Island” – Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
You may know Jason from his days in the Drive-By Truckers. After splitting from the group (as well as wife at the time, the DBT’s Shonna Tucker), Isbell struck out on his own. Not straying too far from the DBT’s sound, Isbell’s outfit blends folk, country, bluegrass and folk together. While he’ll likely never escape his history with the Truckers, Isbell deserves more merit than just being known for that.
“Monte Carlo” – U.S. Royalty
What if Fleetwood Mac was an indie rock band? Close your eyes when you listen or see U.S. Royalty and you’ll see what I mean (minus the copious drug use and inter-band sex, of course). Currently unsigned, its baffling to me after listening to “Monte Carlo” or the rest of their debut album Mirrors that this DC-based group hasn’t been picked up by anyone yet (although I suspect that may change soon). Very engaging live show to boot.
“Unless It Kicks” – Okkervil River
I’ve been a fan of Okkervil River for awhile, so I’m elated that I finally get to see them live in their hometown of Austin. Very literate and well-thought out lyrics that make them stand out from many of their indie rock peers. Cool name to boot!
“Mister Heavenly” – Mister Heavenly
Chances are, you know this band because Michael Cera has played bass for them live. Don’t write them off because of this, though, or think of them as Cera’s band. Mister Heavenly is made up of players from Man Man, Islands and Modest Mouse. Judging from the clips on YouTube and the two songs they’ve released online, Mister Heavenly will live up to their pedigree. Look for a full-length from Sub Pop sometime this year.
“KMAG YOYO” – Hayes Carll
WTF is that acronym, you ask? Kiss My Ass, Guys, You’re On Your Own. It’s the title track from country rocker Hayes Carll’s new album. The jaunty tune details a military guy’s plight about being sent in spaceships and put on drugs for testing purposes, courtesy of the government. Pretty amusing lyrically but Carll does have a valid point about what the military and government will expose its people to for the sake of ‘safety.’ Can’t wait to hear this new album as Carll’s last album was pretty stellar. He also gets points in my book for naming his backing band the Poor Decisions.
“Pumped Up Kicks” – Foster The People
Just try, TRY getting this supremely catchy ear worm out of your head! Having first heard this song last summer, that beat hasn’t left my noggin since.
“Chase Scene” – Zechs Marquise
I’ve been a fan of Sargent House for awhile. The company created a new paradigm to remain relevant and profitable in the music business, being a label and management company under the same roof. It wouldn’t mean much if they didn’t have a kick ass roster, boasting acts like Good Old War, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (from At The Drive In/Mars Volta), Russian Circles, RX Bandits and other acts. Also on the label is Zechs Marquise, who operate in the same realm of trippy instrumental freak-outs ala Mars Volta. It shouldn’t come as a great surprise that a few of Omar’s brothers make up Zechs Marquise. Thankfully, this group isn’t nearly as obtuse and jarring as Mars Volta.
“Work On You” – Mstrkrft
Sure, Mstrkrft can be accused of aping Daft Punk, but why argue? Shut up and dance! Kudos to one of the guys from DFA 1979 for finding success with another group.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Below are a few excerpts from the master song list, which I put on my other blog for the sake of space (and since no one actually reads it.) Hopefully a lot of the songs I picked are actually love songs and don't have other meanings (I'm looking at you, Jimmy Eat World's "Hear You Me") but most I made sure I was confident in. I'm also not as up to speed on what is played at other weddings (since my friends are also perpetually single), so let me know if I need to throw in a Macarena or two.
This song sort of spirals off to some "heartbreak" tones (although not overtly, or at least not enough to take them off the list) but you can't denymetaphors like "And it whispered, 'Oh adhere to me! For we are bound by symmetry. Whatever differences our lives have been, we together make a limb."
This song was in my head the entire time I was thinking about this mix. And obviously, I have to use the uber-precious Dad and daughter viral sensation.
Jenni and I met as Sony Music College Reps (Dallas and Phoenix markets, respectively) so it was mandatory that this be thrown in for good measure. :)
This is where the title of this mix comes from, and appropriate for two music people.
Remember the one boy I ever loved? This was our song. Whatever, emo kid.
I'm not sure what I love more - the song or the video. Appropriately, the video HAS a wedding in it! Synergy, people . . .
One of the more under appreciated tracks on the "Once" soundtrack, but one filled with so much joy.
Another amazing song and video combo. Try and watch it without smiling.
11) Ryan Adams - "Gonna Make You Love Me"
This song will simultaneously make you want to fall in love and subscribe to AT&T service.
I don't know if it's the fact that these two actually dated, but there are some amazingly sincere moments in this song.
"Your love will be safe with me. "
Monday, February 14, 2011
1.) She'll Come Back to Me by Cake
John McCrea FLIPPED out on the audience when I saw him in Columbus back in 2004. It was kind of amusing, kind of douchey, but it's indisputable that they're excellent live.
2.) Slight Figure of Speech by the Avett Brothers
omg. I don't think their spirit was captured on the Grammys, but I don't think there's any party like an Avett Brothers show.
3.) Leather Jacket by Ben Folds Five
I've seen Ben Folds nine times, but I've sadly never seen BF5 live. Aside from DVD. Anyways, I can't help it that I was born too late, so I'm including this anyways... they're amazing.
4.) You're So Damn Hot by OK Go
I love these guys ever so much. Randomly busting out into songs from Les Mis onstage is fine with me!
5.) The Sound of Settling by Death Cab for Cutie
I never expected Ben Gibbard to be a good front-man live, but holy crap... I was wrong.
6.) First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes
Refer back to 5 - I thought Conor would be an awful front-man, but I left the show wildly impressed.
7.) Japanese Girlfriend by Earwig
I want Earwig to collectively be my Valentine. Love, love, love.
8.) I Wanna be the One by Fun.
Okay, so confession time... I didn't really listen to the Format before they broke up. I mean, sure, I knew "She Doesn't Get It," but I was really exposed to the Format as a result of seeing Fun. live. Nate Ruess owns. Le sigh.
I saw Fun. for the first time at a sold-out show at Skully's. It was hot, it stunk, but none of it mattered :) I saw them again with my friend Chissy (CMR love!) and I can't wait to see them again...
9.) The Girls Don't Care by Eef Barzelay (live from Daytrotter)
I saw Eef years ago when he opened up for Ben Folds, and I'm still blown away!
10.) History Sticks to Your Feet by Modest Mouse
Modest Mouse/Band of Horses/Love as Laughter was my first show I covered as a college rep for Sony, and I legit couldn't have asked for a better experience. The EP (No One's First and You're Last) was one of the best projects that I worked as a CMR, too, so I have nothing but love :)
Side note: "Optimism doesn't change the facts, just what you're gonna see," <-- what a great line!
11.) Lazy Eye by Silversun Pickups
I still remember the first time I heard this song. I've been in love with SP since that moment. One of my coolest, most unforgettable life experiences was a few years back when I got to watch SP from sidestage at the LC. I died. Am possibly still dying. I'll get back to you on that.
12.) An Atlas to Follow by Wild Sweet Orange
Words can't express my love for WSO! I also remember the first time I ever heard them - during a CMJ presentation during my CMR days. From that moment, I was hooked. I think I've seen them four or five times, and sadly, that'll be it because they disbanded. I think that my ultimate concert moment happened at a WSO show in Columbus; I was a CMR at the time, covering the WSO show in Columbus. Despite doing probably the best coverage I'd ever done, NO ONE showed up. Seriously - no one. It was the night of the Mirror Lake jump which certainly didn't help.
So, I talked to lead singer Preston feeling bad that my promotional efforts had failed, but he was so gracious, kind, and definitely the world's best hugger. They got onstage and killed it for me, my (then) fiance, and two people who were guest-listed. Preston dedicated "Aretha's Gold" to Josh, advising that he listen to the lyrics of the song and treat me like a baby doll. Best night ever :)