Au Revoir Simone – ‘Somebody Who’

Au Revoir Simone’s recently released “Somebody Who” suggests an ever so slightly more up tempo direction for the band’s new album. Nothing dramatic, but there’s a touch more energy to the new track that pierces through the dream haze of their older work. I’m genuinely glad this trio is coming back after a lengthy absence, punctuated only by last summer’s solo EP by lead singer Erika Spring. Below are 2 fantastic remixes from their 2009 album Still Night, Still Light by Jens Lekman and Neon Indian:

Move In Spectrums will be available 9/23 (EU) on Moshi Moshi and 9/24 (US) on Instant Records.

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The Knife – Shaking The Habitual Live

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Check out the snippet of The Knife’s new live show with their upcoming single ‘Raging Lung’.

Shot during the band’s May show at Hangaren Subtopia in Stockholm and directed by Sorklubben, the short sample gives a peek into the dynamic and sometimes excessive live show. You can catch them touring behind their dense and not always accessable opus Shaking The Habitual at a variety of European festivals this summer. There they will share the bill with such like minded performers as Snoop Dogg, Fun. and Eminem:

Colours Of Ostrava – THURSDAY 18 JULY – SUNDAY 21 JULY 2013
Melt! Festival – FRIDAY 19 JULY – SUNDAY 21 JULY 2013
Øya Festival – TUESDAY 06 AUGUST – SATURDAY 10 AUGUST 2013
Flow Festival – WEDNESDAY 07 AUGUST – SUNDAY 11 AUGUST 2013
Way Out West Festival – THURSDAY 08 AUGUST – SATURDAY 10 AUGUST 2013
Pukkelpop – THURSDAY 15 AUGUST – SATURDAY 17 AUGUST 2013
Lowlands Festival – FRIDAY 16 AUGUST – SUNDAY 18 AUGUST 2013
Zürich Openair – THURSDAY 29 AUGUST – SUNDAY 01 SEPTEMBER 2013
Electric Picnic – FRIDAY 30 AUGUST – SUNDAY 01 SEPTEMBER 2013
Bestival – THURSDAY 05 SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY 08 SEPTEMBER 2013

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Dan Deacon/Off The Air USA Video

Last week saw the release of something I’ve been involved with for the better part of 2013: Dan Deacon’s new Off The Air helmed video for the America suite. I’m exceptionally proud to have had any hand in this…Dan is an awesome guy who I’ve been a fan of for a while now, so getting to work on one of his videos was very exciting for me. Dave Hughes, brain mother of Off The Air did an amazing job as usual, crafting something unique and much needed on today’s web & airwaves.

I helped out on the producing side and handled some of the After Effects work on a few later shots. As well, you can find me in a ghillie suit portraying one of the forest creatures at the end. I’m traditionally typecast in such roles.

Here you can read a moderately crumudgeonly review of Dan’s live show I got assigned to back on 2008. I’m still a tough sell to get fully into the chaos and dance…as much as I love his shows. Most times, you can find me on the sidelines happily singing along.

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Ed Schrader’s Music Beat

Balitmore’s setup minimal, noise maximalist Ed Schrader’s Music Beat have put together this great video for their contribution to Sub Pop’s 2013 Record Store Day release Sub Pop 1000. ‘Radio Eyes’ features an oddly populated table, stop motion animation and rather top notch lighting. The clip was directed by another duo, this one from Brooklyn: A Mean Gloam. Grab an mp3 of ‘Radio Eyes’ from Stereogum.

Ed Schrader is a man of many talents, hosting a live comedy talk show (which you can see on youtube) and cooking for his semi-regular, pop-up Italian feast called Pasta The Gathering. Trailer below:

Check out Ed Schrader’s Music Beat’s debut full length Jazz Mind on their bandcamp.

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A Belated Happy Birthday to Brian Eno

With his recent 65th birthday, father of ambient/generative generative music has made the ascension into pension. In honor of all he’s created, here’s a sampling of long form interviews and documentaries about the man.

First, here’s an hour long lecture from Moscow in 2011:

Next, his lecture from this year as a part of the Red Bull Music Academy:

Here’s the 1994 German documentary Eno Fur Solo:

I had the pleasure of seeing him speak at Moogfest a few years ago and it was probably one of the highlights of my recent existence…definitely something you should experience if possible.

Without him, this blog would most certainly be called something else. Here’s the proto-MTV video for 1974’s ‘China My China’ off the obviously magnificent Taking Tiger Mountain:

As part of the previously mentioned Red Bull Music Academy, Eno’s audio/visual installation “77 Million Paintings” is on display at 145 W. 32nd St. in NYC through June 2nd.

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