It was a month of reality-show winners. After months of auditions and performances, viewers elected Lee DeWyze as their ninth American Idol.
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Last Wednesday night, Steven Ellison (aka Flying Lotus) and his Brain Feeder label mates took over DJ Benji B’s BBC Radio 1 show. During the two hour program, which was recorded at Flying Lotus’s home in Los Angeles, the experimental beat maker performed a DJ mix and a live set, and he was joined by Gaslamp Killer, Matthew David, Tokimonsta, Teebs and Samiyam. Here’s a SoundCloud stream of the show (via the music blog Some of Awesome), or you can check it out over at Radio 1’s website.
In other Flying Lotus news, this past Sunday he won album of the year for his Cosmogramma LP at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards 2011. Thom Yorke presented the award to Ellison, and after the show the artist talked with Yorke and Peterson. You can watch the tongue-in-cheek interview in the clip below.
And speaking of Thom York, the Radiohead fan site At Ease says Peterson was discussing the ceremony on his radio show the other day and he stated this wonderful nugget: “there’s a new Radiohead album if you’re wondering. Just done I believe.”
Aiming to create a monster every day, artist David Irvine’s fascinating process emphasizes “experimentation with styles and medium and mood”.
“I have a passion for monsters and art, so I merged the two and started a Facebook group called ‘Monster-A-Day’,” he writes. “Everyday I try to post a monster that I drew, painted, sketched, etc., with one rule that it takes 15 minutes or less to complete.”
Mike Skinner, a.k.a. the Streets, has dropped a brand-new mixtape on the Internet. Given Soundcloud’s ever-growing trendy hipness, he has chosen that platform to showcase his latest sounds. The new “record” offers up 14 tracks, including one with Kano. The release is significant because it contains what he claims will be his last recorded “rap” vocal. We shall see on that, young fella.
On Lohio’s new five-song EP Family Tree, the Pittsburg-based band blend indie-folk and chamber pop, topped with male/female vocal dynamics, creating a sound packed with wholehearted rhythmic nuances and lush arrangements. Lohio—which consists of singer/songwriter Greg Dutton, bassist/vocalist Liz Adams, guitarist Erik Cirelli and drummer Dave Bubbenheim—says one of their goals on the EP was to paint a “portrait of the way a band can become your family”, and the end result is their most captivating work yet. On Lohio’s debut video for “Adelai”, which is the lead single for Family Tree, the group aims for an Arcade Fire-like grand statement—complete with a visual meditation on adolescent wistfulness and anxiety—and the effort pays off brilliantly. The band, which has shared the stage with the likes of Ra Ra Riot, the Avett Brothers and Tokyo Police Club, are set to hit the road next month (the dates are listed below). You can stream or download Family Tree over at Lohio’s Bandcamp website.