Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Piping Hot {November '12} Mix

Back in August, I started up a new series called the "Piping Hot" series where, at the end of each month I collect (from that particular month) all of the hot, fresh, brand new songs that I can find from not only bands and musicians I already know and love, but also bands and musicians I've just discovered. 

November 2012 offered a total treasure trove of wondrously and amazingly beautiful piping hot soundz! Soooo much good new music these days! Exciting times for the ears! Here here!!! Hear hear!!!  haha!

as always,

You can download the mix RIGHT HERE.


>>>>more mixes!<<<<

Below are 2 more mixtapes for your hungry head ...

1. Wow! Check out this joyous Autumn 2012 Mix by Belbury Poly's Christopher Budd

2. A mixtape called "Sounds Within My Soul" by Brian Ratigan, chock-full of vintage goodness


 >>>>>>>VIDEOS ARE NOW<<<<<<<

1st up, Deerhoof present a pretty bizarre carnival in this new one

What do ya know?!
This Moon Wiring Club song appears on the Piping Hot Mix!
Here's the nutty video:

Some excellent electronic minimalism by Diamond Version

Art collides with music in this 'un by Ian Drennan (also on the Piping Hot mix!)

Speaking of art, check out this "twisted" one from The Sea and Cake

And speaking of The Sea and Cake, here's the excellent title track from their latest album "Harps"

>>>Dessert is served!!!<<<

Buahahaha!!! My brother Peter introduced me to these 1st 2 videos ... Thanks, brother!

A. "Looking For A City (Lord help me!)

B. "Markets Of Britain" (I wanna see more of these shows!)

And finally, may I present ... Piff, The Magic Dragon!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Focal Point : Micachu & The Shapes

This month Psychic Tuesday focuses on one of my personal favorite newer bands, the truly uniquely playful sounds of the British band Micachu & The Shapes. 

 Mica Levi (aka Micachu) describes the music she performs (with Raisa Khan on keyboards and Marc Pell on drums) as "pop", without many of pop's defining characteristics (obvious choruses and accessible lyrics). She often uses unorthodox instruments, many of which are homemade. These include a modified guitar played with a hammer action, called a 'chu', and a bowed instrument fashioned from a CD rack. This multitude of objects, varying from broken bottles to a vacuum cleaner, help Mica achieve her distinctive and unique sound.

I remember the first time I experienced Micachu (back in 2009) ... I watched the video for "Lips" (included below) from her fantastic debut album, "Jewellery" and didn't know WHAT to think of it at the time ... except that I wanted to hear MORE MORE MORE!!! She has an excellent new album out now called "Never" ... go and get yourself a copy!

As always, ENJOY!

You can download the Micachu mix RIGHT HERE.

Check it out!
There is a video for EVERY SINGLE SONG on Micachu's new album! Wow! You can view all of them RIGHT HERE.

Here are some other choice videos by Micachu & the Shapes


>>>>some random news<<<<

1st up, I directed a video for my band Nowhere Squares and you can view it below!
It's from our forthcoming album called "Lets Not" and the digital release is Tuesday Dec. 4th!!!
It'll also be physically released (on cassette!) on Happenin Records in early January 2013!

In other news, Roy Burns posted this incredible collection of storm battered photos-turned-art (due to Hurricane Sandy) ... View them HERE. Thanks, Roy!

Also, take in this excellent sound collage (commemorating BBC's 90th anniversary) from musician Damon Albarn HERE... Wowzers!

And (as previously reported) my friend Colin, also known as Ant'lrd just released his 1st amazing full-length album. You can check it out HERE and watch the 1st video from it below!


 >>>>>>>VIDEOS ARE NOW<<<<<<<

Hey look! Below we have an all female singer fest!!!

1stly,  check out Bj√∂rk's totally surreal new video

2ndly, it's Purity Ring being  all creepy and dreamlike!

3rdly, an intense  micromovie of a video from Beach House

4thly, some darkly beautiful stuff from Nite Jewel

And 5thly, a full performance on KEXP (from earlier in the year) by Grimes!

>>>Time for some Laugh Out Loud Desserts!<<<

Haha! It's the very gay 1st episode of Hunx's TV show "Hollywood Nailz"!

Seth Persons posted this total gem of a video about a possessed TOASTER!
Cheers, Seth!

Scott & Charlene's Wedding have created a truly ridiculous video ...
I dare you to sit through the whole thing!

And finally, Elise sent me this wonderful collage nugget ...
Danke, E!!!