Behold the power of an overly active imagination! Comic Wow are the new sonic purveyors of sheik, far out, and brilliantly engineered music.
Comic Wow left nothing untouched, from the grand piano to the electric harpsichord and everything in between. The result is a musical trip worthy of ones search for inner tranquility. This vastly and beautifully crafted music clears your head, fills your soul and brings an endless smile to your face!
Welcome to the scintillating and hypnotic world of Bearcraft. It is a place for escapism, easing you into a sonic back splash where synth's, electronic and folk are woven together for a wild ride. Bearcraft is the incredible creation of Dicky Moore, where computer sounds and folk themes bask sweetly together for a wonderful album that is surely to take you to a far far away place!
This is a smokin' remix of Spank Rock's "What it Look Like" by Todd Edwards. This is the type of infectious, beautifully crafted dub-electro, tightly produced gem that is surely blazing up late nights and dance floors, from the UK to the US and beyond. Enjoy the download, then catch it live as part of Ninja Tunes 20 anniversary that kicks off with a NYC performance at Santos Party House on October 28!
Liz Janes has a new album called 'Say Goodbye' that comes out on December 7(Asthmatickitty)! After a five year wait, it is really exciting news since Liz's style of writing wonderful, deeply personal folk music paints a minimalist, simple and vibrant experience for the listener. Liz Janesmakes music that nurtures the soul. It is great to have her back making music for all of us to bask in.
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Brooklyn's Crystal Stilts have recently put up some new stuff which will surely build even more of a frenzy ahead of their highly anticipated new release(via Slumberland) in early 2011 and it is really dynamite! The five piece punk band is JB Townsend, Brad Hargett, Andy Adler, Keegan Cooke, Kyle Forester. They have an upcoming show at Rock Shop in Brooklyn on October 29th!
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This is the first in our "insider" blog series. Our aim is to help bands by connecting them with music peeps that can help them get things done. Knowledge is power so keep reading back as we have a great line up of guest music insiders that will be contributing to the Loudvine.com blog. The first one is brought to us by our friends at Burger Records!
When we first started releasing cassettes it was because we wanted to cover all the formats (CD/LP/CS) and when we heard a tape by our friends, AM, it exceeded our expectations as far as sound and packaging and gave us the idea to start doing it for ourselves, our friends and our idols, present and future! So we worked and hustled and thought positively. Now, here we are, three years and 18,000 cassettes later, owning our own record shop and generally trying to run shit. We spread the rock n roll gospel from our neighborhood to the world and onto the rest of the universe.
It’s difficult to depend on other people to keep up with your ambitions; therefore you have to take matters into your own hands and HANDLE IT.
There are many reasons why cassettes are a viable format in today’s modern world. They’re affordable, both to make and to sell. People are willing to take more chances on music they’ve never heard and they’re just as likely to purchase it on another format. They’re handy too. You can toss ‘em around, put ‘em in your pocket and they don’t get scratched. Unless you dunk it in water or leave it in the sun, they’re generally going to be around for a while! We’re still listening to 40-year-old SPARKS tapes in our van! Cassettes still rule, ok? For bands, it’s a good way to get their music out and about for not a lot of money. The turnaround time for making cassettes is pretty fast so when bands want to go on tour we/they/YOU can make them quickly and have some merch on the table.
We want all of our cassettes to sound louder than normal, so when you put in one of our tapes you know it’s Burger! We do this through our sound engineering friend, Pat Haight, who masters all of our releases and has the same attention to detail that we have, often creating the master from vinyl to keep the analog sound! We then send the masters to a cassette duplication company in Pasadena, CA called M2COM. They are a small family-run business that’s fine with doing small pressings and catering to our sometimes-particular tastes. The artwork varies from release to release, as we haven’t pledged our allegiance to any particular company (although M2COM made the j-cards from our last cassette and we were quite pleased!). From there we usually number or color the covers and try to make each one special. By doing that there’s a connection between us and the tape and the person who buys it. That goes a long way toward making people feel included in this crazy little thing that we call LOVE!
I first became privy to the Hugh Cornwell's (The Stranglers), upcoming showcase at Carina Round's knockout performance at Bardot while chit chatting with Steve Fishman the bassman of Cornwell's new ensemble. Of course I couldn't wait to jump on this horse and ride it. So as the day approached I removed all obstacles to what I considered a near once in a life time experience for their kick off party to their East Coast tour featuring a complete performance of Rattus Norvegicus. My friend Jonas and I both headed out early to El Cid, the now historic restaurant built by D.W. Griffin, where the party was to begin. When we arrived there was already a good size crowd in attendance. We launched into the patio area and met up with Tammi Sutton, Director of the horror Sutures, to hang out and suck in the scene. On the patio there was a veritable who's who of Punk and Rock glitterati insiders that included such notables as Ronnie Barnett of the Muffs, Frank Infante of Blondie, Tom Livemore of Carina Round and Tim Worman of the Polcats. While eavesdropping, positioned close to the bar and Tammi and Jonas I heard a guys mention he'd just finished a tour with Jerry Lee Lewis. This all indicating that Hugh is a musician's musician, which was upping the ante for this night's performance. It was announced that the band was about to hit the stage, thus filling a floor usually reserved for Flamenco performances was littered with haircuts, fancy alty dressers, Rock Stars and die hard were fans ready to take a licking from the men in black.
I can say without hesitation that The Stranglers had a definitive and seminal sound within the Punk Rock/Rock?Indy Rock music scene that is still felt in contemporary music today. So this was a performance of a historic nature and you could feel the riveting anticipation under the theatrical lights of El Cid intimate stage. The guys enter determined and focused hitting with us the throbbing Nice N' Sleazy as Steve's searing bass lines penetrated through the walls of the ancient establishment, Clem drove the rhythm perfect timing and Hugh delivering the vocals in seamlessly perfect manner as if I was hearing for the first time on a record. They picked up the tempo with Going To The City and kept hitting all the high notes throughout the first part of the set that included an extra long version of Golden Brown, soon to be used on Dancing With The Stars. They reved up the crowd with No More Hero's that closed the first part of the set wetting the appetite for the coming set performance of Rattus Norvegicus.
I had enough time to grab a cocktail before the second part of tonight's epic experience. The flawless performance continued as they re-entered the El Cid stage knocking out every songs with precise ease befitting the legendary pros that they are launching into Hanging Around and banging a a tasty version of Peaches. Peaches brought the freak out in the crowd as couples started getting down and dirty to this iconic deep bassy tune. So the crowd really let go with (Get A) Grip (On Yourself) as everybody started jumping, dancing and cheering. Down In The Sewers close out the set with lots of cheers and fanfare. Then no one left. They were waiting, waiting for the encore. No one was disappointed as the guys hit the stage once more with Frank Infante, former guitarist for Blondie and the guy that cut a new album with the New York Dolls, blazing on his guitar for a pumped up crowd the guys delivered. They knocked out a couple Blondie songs that included Rip Her To Shreds as a homage to Frank and Clem. Eventually the band exited the stage but the party continued till the wee hours as everyone gathered out at the patio for photos and shinanigans. Hugh and company have set a high and exciting standard for their upcoming tour for the first ever US performance of Rattus Norvegicus!
Warpaint have a new album that drops on Rough Trade on October 25th. The girls are following up the buzz surrounding their 2008 EP with an album that casts a spacey, hypnotic psych rock experience woven around a personal, lyrical story that seems to keep it all connected, but most importantly you to their music! Grab the download.
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Absolutely fell in love with Peter Harvey, Neil Pennycook, Kenny Anderson, Frances Donnelly, the fearsome quartet known as Cold Seeds. Cold Seeds is a collaboration between King Creosote (The Burns Unit), Animal Magic Tricks and Neil Pennycook and Pete Harvey from Meursault. Its dark, beautiful, folk music will grab a hold of you. Recorded over a few weekends in a living room, the folk super group masters the art of a lo-fi recording, making it truly personal and simply perfect experience. Enjoy the download.
Somewhere in Virginia, Wild Nothing happens. Wild Nothing is the solo-project of Jack Tatum. The music is rich, dreamy, syntho-pop sound gems and has an easyness to it. With every play, his reflections become a bit more personal.