• Katie Paterson’s Super-Limited Release

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    Limited releases can be novel, artistic and fun to collect. But this ultra-limited release only lasted for 6 hours!
    Artist Katie Paterson collected glacial ice while traveling. She also recorded to sound of the ice and the water flow. Once home, she pressed the recording she collected onto records made out of the ice itself.

    It then took 2 hours of continuous play for the records to completely melt.
 This is a super interesting way to combine music, art and awareness of the environment together into one project.

  • Little Dragon Rocks The Casbah

    Little Dragon is a killer electronic band from Sweden who are starting to create quite a buzz with their live shows. They recently played the small venue The Casbah in San Diego on Thursday, December 3rd, 2009.   (more…)

  • I Speak Fula Reviewed

    333We just got the advance of the new album by Mali’s Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba titled “I Speak Fula” which was released on iTunes this week and comes out on those round plastic discs on February 2nd, 2010.

    This is the first release on Sub Pop’s new African music imprint called Next Ambiance, run by Jon Kertzer who has an amazing African music radio show here in Seattle every Monday night called Best Ambiance. Sub Pop records continues to experiment and evolve and I wouldn’t be surprised if other indie labels launched similar side labels based on the success of other world-flavored indie bands like Vampire Weekend, Extra Golden, The Very Best etc.

    “I Speak Fula” incorporates elements of blues, rock and upbeat Afro pop that’s such a signature sound of Mali right now. I’m totally knocked out by the album and love the fact that they’re playing 2 performances at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver BC next year.  My personal favorite tracks are “Jamana be diya” (classic Mali Afro pop) “Torin Torin” (same pop appeal as Amadou & Mariam) and “Bambuga Blues”  (genre-busting song with some beautiful raw guitar work).  Highly recommended.

    According to their website:
    “Beginning in early February 2010, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba will share the bill with Bela Fleck for their inaugural tour through the United States.”

    2010 Tour Dates:

    2/2   Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO

    2/3   Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe, NM

    2/4   Aggie Theater, Fort Collins, CO

    2/5   Wheeler Opera House, Aspen, CO

    2/6   Avalon Theater, Grand Junction, CO

    2/8   Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO

    2/10 Granada Theater, Dallas, TX

    2/11 Lyric Theater, Oxford, MS

    2/12 Murray State University, Murray, KY

    2/13 Liberty Hall, Lawrence, KS

    2/14 (T) Urbana, IL

    2/16 House of Blues, Cleveland, OH

    2/17 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

    2/18 Ohio University, Athens, OH

    2/19 Butler University, Indianapolis, IN

    2/20 Holland Performing Arts Center, Omaha, NE

    2/21 Old Town School, Chicago, IL

    2/22 Miami University, Hamilton, OH

    2/24 Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE

    2/25 University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

    2/26 Opera House, Waterville, ME

    2/27 Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

    3/1   Ottawa Jazz Festival. Ottawa, CAN

    3/2   Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME

    3/3   Penn State University, State College, PA

    3/4   Jefferson Center, Roanoke, VA

    3/5   Weinberg Center, Frederick, MD

    3/6   Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, GA

    3/8   Plaza Theater, Orlando, FL

    3/9   Sunrise Theater, Fort Pierce, FL

    3/10 Florida Theater, Jacksonville, FL

    3/11 BAMA Theater, Tuscaloosa, AL

    3/12 Orange Peel, Asheville, NC

    3/14  Vancouver Olympics

    3/15  Vancouver Olympics

    3/16  Triple Door, Seattle, WA

    3/20  Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA

    3/21  Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA

    3/25  Philidelphia

    3/26 Zankel Hall New York, NY

    3/27  Somerville Theater Somerville, MA

    3/28 The Strand, rockland, ME

    3/30  Sanctuary for Independant Media VS Iheg, Troy, NY

    3/31  Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, VT

    4/2   Savannah Music Festival with Bill Frisell Trio, Savannah, GA

    4/3   Savannah Music Festival with Bill Frisell Trio, Savannah, GA

    4/7   Outreach-Lee Theatre, Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, St. Louis, MO

    4/7   Lee Theatre, Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center St. Louis, MO

    4/8   Legion Arts Cedar Rapids, IA

    4/9   Legion Arts VS Madison

    4/10 The Cedar   Minneapolis, MN

    4/15  NMSU Music Recital Hall,Las Cruces, NM

    4/16  Outpost Albuquerque, NM

    4/17  Austin Reggae Festival vs Bulder H1, AUSTIN, TX

    4/18  International Festival, Houston, TX

    4/23 Festival International,  Lafayette, LA

    4/24  Festival International,  Lafayette, LA

    4/25  New Orleans Jazz Festival, New Orleans, LA

    Contributed by Dean Carlson

  • NIN Gear on Ebay?

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    Nine Inch Nails is auctioning off a ton of great synths on ebay right now. The first Nord Modular was a sick synth that you could program complex patches on a computer and then transfer  to the synth for stage play. The Novation BassStation was an awesome all analog, midi controlled synth patterned after the structure of the legendary Roland TB-303, with lower cost and added features.

    It looks like they also have a bunch of timecode boxes, samplers, guitars, mics, mic pre’s, delays, and more. It looks like the celebrity status of the gear is inflating prices, but there are probably going to be some deals in the end.

  • Beck’s Record Club

    psych-record-large-1If you haven’t checked this out already, please do so.  Beck is leading an awesome creative project called “Record Club” involving various artists for the last few months.

    Their goal is to record an informal album in just one day, just to play together and document what happens.  I’m pretty fond of several of the covers I’ve heard so far (especially the Velvet Underground covers) and look forward to checking for more.

    Collaborators include Wilco, Jamie Lidell, Feist, Devendra Banhar and Giovanni Ribisi to name a handful.

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