If hypnagogic’s tape culture has a vinyl-only house-oriented equivalent, it’s Brooklyn-based Future Times Records. Their latest psychedelic pacakage by Protect-U is no exception. It’s one part Stan Brahkage and one part Light Brite. And the music’s pretty great too.
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“We expect that Spotify will launch in the United States in the next few months.” Sound familiar? How about, “We are confident that Spotify will launch by the end of the year”? Whether it’s a Daniel Ek keynote speech at South by Southwest or some other Spotify spokesperson speaking to the press, the promise of certain arrival of Spotify in the U.S. has been regurgitated again and again, with few results, much to the chagrin of techies and music lovers in the United States.
For over three years now, U.S. music consumers and fans have been left to salivate while over 16 million European users have been freely enjoying one of the greatest music apps on the planet. As each year passes, devotees in the U.S. silently wonder, “will this be the year that Spotify finally comes to America?” Well, as it is shaping up, 2011 might finally be that year.
For the next six weeks, My Morning Jacket will be counting down to their sixth studio album entitled Circuital by releasing six free downloads on their website. The first five will be live songs from the band’s October 2010 residency at New York’s Terminal 5. On April 12th, the sixth and final offering will be a studio track from Circuital.
You can download the first song, which is a live performance of “Butch Cassidy” from the MMJ’s 1999 album The Tennessee Fire, via the widget below or through the band’s website. Also below is the band’s confirmed tour dates and a YouTube clip of a live performance of the song entitled “Circuital”.
To celebrate the release of their latest LP, Little Me Will Start a Storm, Portland’s acclaimed chamber-pop sextet Loch Lomond have delivered a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s classic Rumours album cut, “The Chain”. It’s more or less a straight cover, arrangement and all, but a welcome one. The band has a few remaining dates on their Northwest US tour, but plans are currently in the works for a more extensive tour this May.
Trumpeter Dave Douglas has been taking his progressive jazz combo Keystone all around the country lately, putting on the multi-media program Spark of Being which combines some forceful Douglas originals with Bill Morriso’s film of the same title.
Douglas took time out of his touring schedule one afternoon to address students of the Columbus Jazz Academy, just a few floors above where the performance would take place later that evening. “Compositional Concepts” was the name of the workshop, though nothing actually got “work shopped” in the technical sense. Douglas instead discussed the myriad of variables that go into pulling a new piece of music from thin air. My notes from the session only half make sense to me now: