Archive for June, 2010

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Punch Brothers – Antifogmatic [2010]

June 23, 2010

Post #42, written by SPK.  Punch BrothersAntifogmatic.  If you like pure bluegrass, rock, or classical music, you probably won’t like this.  But if you can imagine them all rolled up into a ball, pressed flat, and cut into four-minute eclectic cookies, this is your band.  His third album since departing from grammy-winning Nickel Creek, mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile’s newest, Antifogmatic, with the band Punch Brothers and produced by renowned Jon Brion, conjures musically the restlessness of ambitious young urban spirits eager to be recognized for creativity by day, lyrically distracted by the call of collective loneliness-avoidance at night (supplemented with Rye Whiskey, of course).  A personal favorite is the out-of-body violin “float[ing] out the window and down the street” in contemplative Me and Us.  See the WSJ review, their entire Bonnaroo set, and don’t miss the homage to Radiohead below.  Enjoy!

Link to This is the Song video

source: ncreek

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Delorean – Subiza (2010)

June 11, 2010

Post #41.  Subiza by Delorean.  I don’t feel the need to make much of a case here – you’re going to like this instantly.  Delorean is the kind of music that can get old, but only because you won’t be able to stop yourself from putting it on repeat.  They have an Animal Collective Brothersporty jungle dance sound that is perfect for summer cookouts and parties.

Enjoy all but the last track on this youtube playlist.  Here’s a free download of the single Stay Close, and here’s one of their remix of Cold Cave‘s Life Magazine.

source: pfork

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Clubroot – II: MMX [2010]

June 4, 2010

Post #40. Clubroot‘s second LP, II: MMX. Clubroot makes deep end dubstep with ambient elements similar to Burial, though a bit more true to the dubstep and grime genre.  This type of dubstep has been called “post rave,” as it is feels very contemplative and inward focused.  The heavy beats from last night bounce through your mind and the voices of past lovers echo and fade as you try to forget and remember at the same time.

I must have played the first two tracks of this album over 50 times in the last two weeks (see first 2 videos below).  Both tracks are woven together by a gorgeous flute line which is mostly unedited besides a trailing reverb.  The unprocessed sound of the flute distinguishes it from the rest of the music and every time it reenters the song it washes over the other sounds and pulls at my emotions.  The rest of the album is more typical low end ambient dubstep, with Clubroot‘s signature stuttering skitterng synths and chopped up vocals (see physicality video below).  The whole thing is tied together very well and I highly encourage a full and thoughtful listen with good headphones or nice speakers.

Listen to the whole album on this youtube playlist.

source: dataless