Röyksopp – Senior

Röyksopp - SeniorRöyksopp has a new album due out on September 13th, 2010. You can listen to it via stream right now over at Hype Machine or also at the bottom of this post.

Here’s how they describe the new album, which is a follow up to Junior, in their newsletter:

Senior is the introverted, dwelling and sometimes graceful counterpart to last year’s Junior: brim-full with dark secrets and distorted memories, insisting “I’m old, I’ve got experience…” Senior is furthermore an album about age, horses and being subdued, with devils breathing down your neck.

Each track is equally as important as its predecessor and successor. We feel that none of the tracks should be regarded outside of this context. Quite a “brave”/stupid thing to do in this day & age of iPods and cherrypicking, one might suggest. We couldn’t agree more – hell that’s even probably why we did it.

I dig it!

Senior by Röyksopp

The Anderson Gang

The Anderson GangHere’s a bit of local flavor for ya! This is the latest single released by The Anderson Gang. I learned of these guys from a friend of a friend of mine, Daniel Anderson Berry, who is in the band, and I believe is the band’s namesake. We met when we were each enjoying some redneck scrap metal going around a race track at the annual Crash-A-Rama. I believe all the band members are from Florida, which is where I’m now located. This song has a nice mellow country type of feel to it.

This is the first music I’ve promoted on here made by people I actually know, and I’m happy to say I honestly do like the song! The single, called Ashes can be heard below, click on that little player there. It can also be downloaded for free at this link:

http://theandersongang.bandcamp.com/

Check them out on Myspace. And become a fan on Facebook.

<a href="http://theandersongang.bandcamp.com/album/ashes-single">Ashes by The Anderson Gang</a>

That 1 Guy

That 1 GuyI thought I had posted about this dude before, but alas, I have not. This here fellow goes by the moniker “That 1 Guy.” He plays his homemade instrument that he dubbed The Magic Pipe. It’s this crazy contraption with metal piping and heavy duty joints with strings and amps and all kinds of doodads.

He is a solo act and performs incredible music with his magic pipe. Over the past decade or so, he had released a couple of albums, and they both had some cool songs on them like Butt Machine and Weasel Pot Pie, but neither compared to seeing him live. He just released a new album called Packs a Wallop that, I think, does a great job of bringing some of the feel of his live performances to a studio album. You can hear the whole album streaming right here!

<a href="http://music.that1guy.com/album/packs-a-wallop">Modern Man by That1Guy</a>

I saw him in concert last year and my mind was blown. He is an all around performer. He is one of those people who just seems to be oozing with rhythm. He tours all over all the time, and is playing near me soon again. He puts on one of the most interesting and entertaining shows that you can see.

Here is a really cool video clip about him. It’s the highest quality video I’ve seen on him, and after it’s over, there will be some links to live performances if YouTube’s related videos thing works right. So enjoy, check out his album, and go see him in a show!

Pet Shop Boys Visit Montgomery Flea Market

That’s right, it’s a super Terrific Tuesday! I thought I had posted this before, but I guess not. Many people are already aware of the Montgomery Flea Market dude with his smooth raps and dances to promote his living rooms, bedrooms, and dinettes. He’s got a flea market that is apparently just like a mini mall, hey hey!

Here is his wonderful video, and keep reading below, for a remix video that is possibly the greatest mash-up combination I have ever seen!

Brilliant huh? Well slow down, now is where it gets real good. This fellow over on Vimeo, PimpDaddySupreme, saw the above video and also came across a mix of a Pet Shop Boys song, Minimal. His genius went to work, and below are the glorious results. It really is like this was meant to be.

And finally, if you need some background music right now as you get on with your daily tasks, here is a remix of the Flea Market song with added Christopher Walken and cowbell. That’s right, possibly the Terrificest Tuesday ever!

The Knife – Tomorrow, In a Year

The Knife released a new album online today! I haven’t even listened to it yet! I’ve been spending too much time getting caught up on the Australian Open.

So here is the link to the new album, available to listen free streaming online and you can purchase the album there as well. Sorry for the horrible grammar today, I’m in a bit of a tight spot, gotta hurry!

The Knife – Tomorrow, In a Year

And here is a video of a great rhythmic song off of their previous album, Silent Shout. The song is We Share Our Mother’s Health:

Poe

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Poe is one of my favorite female artists. She has only released two albums, the first coming out in 1995 and the second in 2000. She has a very unique voice that can easily send chills down my spine. You may recognize her most radio played song, Angry Johnny.

She got into a bad situation with her record label, halting the production of a third studio album, which is a real shame. Now that she’s out of the contract, she’s getting her presence back out there via website with a blog and Myspace posts and emails. I hope this is all going to build up to a lot more music from her.

Some more of her vocals can be heard in some songs by a band called Conjure One. I think she has a total of five songs with them. Those songs are incredible. Conjure one also did work with Sinead O’Connor.

The link to her website is right here! Check her out, I think you’ll dig her.

The Whitest Boy Alive

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Erlend Øye is a unique looking guy from Norway with bouncy, red, curly hair and usually prominent glasses. He actually looks like he could be a twin brother of a friend of mine, which I find pretty strange, since he’s such a peculiar looking fellow. But that’s neither here nor there.

Erlend is the talent behind the band known as The Whitest Boy Alive. He also has put out solo work and has another band called Kings of Convenience. More on those at a later date. His style of music is generally similar throughout – good mellow beats with kind of a light-hearted groove.

I’ve recently put these albums on for background music during games of Rummikub and some other group card/board games. It seems to ease the tension of games that are otherwise likely to start a feud or two. As you are hopefully hearing right now, Dreams, the 2006 release of theirs, has some great toe-tapping beats in it. Burning is the song that, I believe, has received the most exposure on the album. The songs have a great flow to them and I’d bet it would be hard to find somebody who can be in a sour mood while listening to this music.

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The 2009 release of The Whitest Boy Alive is entitled Rules, sticking with the simple one-word album title. It’s more of the same type of sound. Intentions is probably my top track at the moment from this one. It’s got that synthesized vibraphone sound to it that just makes you want to do some tiny dance moves while sitting in a chair.

High On the Heels has an almost disco like feel to it. I guess you could say that about quite a few of the songs. The staccato keyboard style provides great melody and percussion. It’s simple, but just great to listen to I think.

Hopefully you’ll find his music as soothing and mood-lifting as I do. As usual, those links under the players there will take you to Amazon and iTunes to check it out. Thanks again Sweden!

Lala’s Music Mover

Music MoverAnd now for something completely awesome. This little thing called the Music Mover can be found on Lala.com. I’m using it right now. Here’s what it does.

It will scan the music on your computer (it defaults to the My Music folder in your My Documents folder, but you can tell it to look elsewhere) for songs. For each song that you have on your computer and Lala.com has in their collection, you will have access to listen to that song on the website, from any computer. Of course, you need to have an account on the site, which is free, so that’s no problem.

Now, supposedly for the songs that aren’t available on Lala, the Music Mover will upload them from your computer. That means your entire music library will be available to you, and pretty quickly because it won’t have to upload most of the songs. Although if your music collection is primarily polka and irish drinking songs, you may have to wait a while for those to upload.

Another cool feature about it is that it will sync up with your playlists in iTunes, so you’ll have access to those too. Then, if you purchase songs on Lala, the mover will also download those songs to your computer. Pretty slick.

I’ve got over 12,000 songs for the mover to check out, so this is going to take some time to do all that. I’m already using it right now on Lala.com and I like it lots.

Get the Music Mover here.

Ghosts of the Past by Starflyer 59

Just a quick little post here about the album I’m currently listening to on lala.com. Ghosts of the Past is the name of the album. Starflyer 59 is the name of the band. I’ve got plenty of their albums, and for some reason they fall into the group of bands I forget about until I happen to see their name somewhere. When that happens, I’ll listen to them for a while, then let them fade away again.

So they just released this new album last month, and if you’re clicked play on that little embedded player there, you are hearing the same good sounds that I am as I write this! The album starts out just awesomely and keeps going strong for a good while. I just heard the Bread cover of Guitar Man, which has also been covered by Cake. They did it well I thought.

Ghosts of the PastI’m now on track 16, and it seems to be losing momentum. There are 31 tracks on this 2-disc album, so I suppose that’s bound to happen. I’m going to keep listening to it and see how it plays out.

As for the genre of Starflyer 59, they’re kind of an in between type of sound. The two groups would be shoegaze and post-rock. They’ve got a somewhat distant sound, but it’s a bit more up front than most shoegaze stuff, and I’m still not sure how to describe post-rock, but I think it fits them pretty well. Pretty strong point there huh?

So anyway, check out the music, it struck me as something worthy of letting the world know about via this here site. If nothing else, it may provide some nice background music to get you through your workday Monday…day.

Ulrich Schnauss – Goodbye

Hey! Click that little gray play button on top of that player to the right there to enjoy some soothing sounds while reading this post.

I am a big fan of taking naps. Long ago, in fact, I think when I was in junior high school, I would listen to music as I went to sleep. Back then I remember the main albums being Metallica’s Black Album and Coolio’s It Takes a Thief. I also had a pretty sweet mix tape I recorded off of the radio. I still remember it having Anyone Can Play Guitar by Radiohead. Who knew they’d go on to make so much good stuff.

These days I tend to listen to more sleep-promoting music when trying to pass out. I’ve got plenty, and if you check out my Last.fm profile you will notice that my top artists all time are about half populated by artists like Carbon Based Lifeforms and Ulrich Schnauss. That’s mostly because I play them when going to sleep, and if it works, the album plays through, bumping up the play count of that artist while I’m passed out.

Ulrich Schnauss - GoodbyeSo, Goodbye by Ulrich Schnauss. It’s not quite an album that will make you pass out even if you’ve just chugged some Red Bull, but it’s quite relaxing. I don’t know much about the fellow except that he’s from the UK and makes good music.

This album is my favorite work of his. The opening track gives you a pretty good idea of what the album’s all about. Soothing sounds with a nice mellow beat. It’s like being wrapped up in a soft blanket, but with sounds, it’s wild stuff. Shine, the second track, is a bit off the path for this album. It’s a good song, but the vocals are a bit out of place with the rest of the songs.

Tiger Woods on FalcorBy the time you get to the fifth track, if you aren’t asleep, it will likely put you under. It’s incredibly soothing and often sends some chills down my neck. Other notable tracks on here are Medusa and the title track, Goodbye. Medusa is kind of the power track on here. It’s got some slightly industrial sounding stuff. It almost a post-rock/shoegaze kind of sound to it, all while being very melodic and still relaxing. Goodbye is the song I’d want to listen to if I was riding on the back of Falcor through Fantasia. It’s quite magical really.

Alrighty, I think I’ll go have a nap!