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Friday, Apr 30, 2010
Six 60-minute shows available for your listening pleasure on DJ Shadow Radio.

Just recently DJ Shadow launched a web radio. Shadow himself contributed the first, posted March 31st. The sixth, a contribution by OPM Records John Haput entitled “The Audio Arms Race”, was posted on Apr 26th. Shadow’s (and site staff’s) mission? “To expand the palates of music lovers everywhere.”


Welcome to My World (Part 1): Show contributed by DJ Shadow on Mar 31, 2010
The title says it all. These are the sounds that inform, comfort, inspire, and challenge me. By no means an “all-time faves” compilation, these are songs that have resonated with me strongly over the recent Winter months. Heartfelt, honest music of all genres, by artists including Image, Moreno Productions, Upheaval, and more.


The Audio Arms Race: Show contributed by John Haupt on Apr 26, 2010
Continuing on our mission to expand the palates of music lovers everywhere, we present selections from the refined mind of OPM Records’ John Haupt. This is the sound of the NWOAHM (New Wave of American Heavy Metal), including the likes of Dead Silence, Euphoria, Minotaur, and many others.


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Wednesday, Apr 28, 2010

The recent collaboration between ARP (Alexis Georgeopolis—a musician, sound based artist and founding member of Tussle) and Anthony Moore ( a composer, media artists and professor of sound theory) is latest release in the Rvng Prsnts Frkwys series that brings artists together with their predecessors “by way of remix, reinterpretation, and collaboration” as stated in their press release. Given the intellectual nature of both artists and this approach the reworking and pairing of Moore’s original work with that ARP yields a deceptively organic recording. Employing strings, drones, loops, references to Arthur Russel and Robert Wyatt, even a vocal track that evokes ‘60s gauzy, romantic crooning, these gentle pieces alternate between contented nostalgia, melancholy, and a subtly hymn like spirit. The strongest tracks blend a pastoral and mathematical minimalism that has the stark, but wholesome, sunlit feel of Shaker design and artwork. This is the kind of open musical creation that attaches itself a quiet, cinematic ease to the environments in which it is played. In fact, ARP and Moore recently performed their work as a soundtrack for David Larcher’s film “MARE’S TAIL” at the Wordless Music Series in Brooklyn. The finest quality Vol. 3 may be that through conceptual basis and contemporary technique, the result is the simple warm pleasure of having tracks like “Wild Grass (for Arthur Russel” or “Today’s Psalter” filling up a bright room on sunny afternoon.


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Wednesday, Apr 28, 2010

Flying Lotus
Cosmogramma
(Warp)
Releasing: 4 May


Classifying Flying Lotus into any particular genre or sound is almost impossible. Hailing from Winnetka, California the DJ/producer has made a name on, what can be best described as “experimental hip-hop beats”. However, elements of funk, rock, R&B and soul also creep into these sonic landscapes where he mixes thick synthesizers with sound effects best suited for the farthest reaches of outer space. His new album, Cosmogramma, features guest appearances from Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and jazz great Ravi Coltrane. It’s currently streaming over on Flying Lotus’ MySpace.


01 Clock Catcher
02 Pickled!
03 Nose Art
04 Intro/A Cosmic Drama
05 Zodiac Shit
06 Computer Face/Pure Being
07 …And the World Laughs With You [ft. Thom Yorke]
08 Arkestry
09 Mmmhmm [ft.Thundercat]
10 Do the Astral Plane
11 Satelllliiiiiteee
12 German Haircut
13 Recoiled
14 Dance of the Pseudo Nymph
15 Drips/Auntie’s Harp
16 Table Tennis [ft. Laura Darlington]
17 Galaxy in Janaki


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Monday, Apr 26, 2010
by PopMatters Staff

Junior Boys lend their remixing talents to “Odessa” off Caribou’s recent release Swim. Timothy Gabriele said this about the tune in his recent review: “Swim seems mostly to focus on wronged females who must either ‘swim’ or drown. Foremost is ‘Odessa’, the lead single and definitely one of the most defiantly eccentric of the bunch. The song is about a woman who is ‘tired of crying and she’s sick of these lies / She’s suffered him for far too many years of her life’ and is now ‘Taking the kids / Driving away’. The main hook is a processed vocal sample somewhere halfway between a dolorous weep and a ghostly moan. Its pairing with persistent bass, colorful keyboard rolls, cowbell tings, and microfunk accents seems mismatched at first, but the song grows on the listener after repeated spins. It has the tendency to recall the first time one hears the off-putting tenacity of Japan’s ‘Still Life in Mobile Homes’ opening up Tin Drum. Its conjunctions sound too aberrant to be pop proper until one adjusts him or herself outside of the conservatism of a 50-year radio model.”


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Friday, Apr 23, 2010

The National
High Violet
(4AD)
Releasing: 11 May


If you’ve been counting the days since 2007’s Boxer and can’t stand the suspense over its follow-up any longer, the National is streaming its latest long-player High Violet in its entirety at the New York Times. Upping the smoldering intensity of Boxer, if that’s possible, leaked tracks like the imposing “Bloodbuzz Ohio” and the haunting “Afraid of Everyone” won’t disappoint anyone who has been eagerly awaiting new material from the band. And while the new songs sound impressive in their own right, you’ll now be able to hear them in the context of the album, which is the best way to listen to a band that’s devoted to big picture storytelling like the National. For those who are a little more patient, you can wait a couple of weeks until the proper release of High Violet on May 11.


SONG LIST
01 Terrible Love
02 Sorrow
03 Anyone’s Ghost
04 Little Faith
05 Afraid of Everyone
06 Bloodbuzz Ohio
07 Lemonworld
08 Runaway
09 Conversation 16
10 England
11 Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks


“Bloodbuzz Ohio” [MP3]
     



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