2010-12-31

2010 MUSIC SELECTION

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Ok. 2010 finally ends! Hooray, i didn't like it from the very beginning. With music i was heading back to more electronic and synth roots and thanks to Ariel Pink i even felt sympathy for reverb and lo-fi sounds for a moment. But together with all that witch house shit and unpronouncable names of bands with almost no melody and stupid echo's without anything you could catch in it, i started to hate it and i can't understand why so many "musicians" do that if they like some other band they come with almost the same name of their band! how come they don't feel stupid about copying others so obviously? bands with crystal, gold, beach, broken, magic, white, black, cold, wild, bear, wolf, ghost, glass, teenage..when i see such a word in a band, i can't give a shit about them anymore..
So 2010 was about experimenting and pumping from synthetic roots.

So there are my 12 favorite albums of this year:

1. ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI - Before Today



2. TWIN SHADOW - Forget



3. ARCADE FIRE - The Suburbs



4. TORO Y MOI - Causers Of This



5. GIRLS - Broken Dreams Club



6. WILD NOTHING - Gemini



7. LOCAL NATIVES - Gorilla Manor



8. DEERHUNTER - Halcyon Digest



9. GENEVA JACUZZI - Lamaze



10. jj - nº 3



11. SUFJAN STEVENS - The Age Of Adz



12. CFCF - Panesian Nights

2010-12-30

APPARAT ORGAN QUINTET - Polyfonia [2010]

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The Apparat Organ Quartet is an Icelandic band founded in 1999 by Jóhann Jóhannsson, Hörður Bragason, Músikvatur and Úlfur Eldjárn. Here is their Myspace

. They have passion for out-moded musical machines and ancient communication technologies. You could definitely get that from the songs.. The album recording took very long to make, because they had to discover by themselves how to record an organ quartet: "We couldn't just go to the record-store and ask for an organ quartet album. We had to invent the genre." Polyfonia is their second one and it's quite danceable..

Apparat Organ Quartet - Cargo Frakt




2010-10-09

SUBSURFER Mixes

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the monthly mix series
each one an 80 minutes continuous set
lofi / chillwave / surf



d o w n l o a d

i'm back

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hi five ~ i'm back from my summer redneck offline life in the UK, and stronger than ever!

2010-06-20

PRIZES - It's a Treasure(s) [2010]

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Do you know Prizes? It's a guy from the UK (Liverpool or London?) who used to call himself Treasure and before that Treasures. His real name is Hari Ashurst (maybe). He started just last summer when he was waiting for the summer that didn't come. I'm glad that music scene in the UK is getting up again (from my point of view of course) and with so many names for just one artist my UK music folder seems even bigger :) I am kinda fed up with American monopoly cos its too far from me and i'm going to England for summer, so ...:)

Check his :::Prizeless Blog:::.

I was just talking to my friend recently about a possibility of going to Canada and that's when i've discovered this video too..

Prizes - Canada


He did a mix for my previous employer too - you can get it here :::: Prizes - Vice Mix :::

And he appears @ the Social EP with my favorite Memoryhouse, Vision of Trees and How To Dress Well that you could download here ::: The Line Of The Best Bit - Social EP :::

2010-06-18

WITCH▲HAUS

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††††††††††►►►►►►►►►►►††††† WITCH▲HAUS †††††◄◄◄◄◄◄◄◄◄◄◄◄†††††††††

I've been following this "new" music for some time and WITCH▲HAUS is blog dedicated purely to it. Witch house..I don't mean the house in the city of Salem in the USA, i mean those weirdos playing electronic music, giving themselves unreadable names and pretending beiing mysterious and hip. I like some of it..not everything. It's the natural process for me of beiing bored of classic indie and electronic music, but i don't think this would be a long music period for me..I still appreciate "quality" too, fresh idea itself doesn't last long. But whatever, i like it now, and people always say that present is what counts!



So let's try that blog, it gives you everything for free, it only wants to be appreciated ;)


Artists:
oOoOO
White Ring
Modern Witch
White Ring
Young Cream
SALEM
†‡†
Dir†ypride
etc.





Marlo Pascual



A N D

If you plan to create your own witchhaus band, this will help to you decide about your name

c h i l l w i t c h n a m e m a g i c

2010-06-15

ARIEL PINK Live & Interview on The Drone [2010-02-04]

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Because it is not cheap.



V I A

Have fun and make mistakes!



For those who love Ariel Pink as much as i do - grab their whole discography here
(before today only "before today", it's not included):


:::A R I E L P I N K - D I S C O G R A P H Y:::
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2010-05-27

HARMONIQUE

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Amazing photos I've found today from Harmonique (freelance photographer,Moscow)

There are some of his websites:
Behance.net


Flickr












2010-05-19

HANK SCHMIDT IN DER BEEK

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VIA


Hank Schmidt in der Beek stands in the manner of a plein air painter surrounded by mountain scenery and paints the pattern of his shirt on canvas. (Photos: Fabian Schubert)







More about Szpilman Award :::here:::

FMA - Free Music Archive

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http://freemusicarchive.org/




I came across to FMA today and i think it's a great project so I've decided to keep it in my memory and post it here cos it's something I'd love to have in the Czech republic and what I'd personally love to do. As far as I know my aim is to live with, around and from M U S I C and my only experience so far was in global media company Vice (which was close enough to my dream), but unfortunately in the Czech Republic it's run by two guys who ignore to pay money they owe so don't ever start anything with them unless you want to do it for free..I'll have to do something about that later too! But now about Free Musis Archive.

The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads. It is directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America. Radio has always offered the public free access to new music. So this is a continuation of that purpose, designed for the age of the internet.

The music there varies from what i call "mature alternative" to psychedelic and lo-fi. I've tried to search for Tanlines - nothing, Washed Out - nothing, but Ariel Pink and Deerhunter or Atlas Sound - lot of free tracks. No matter what, even if it's not the best source of free music, it's a quality website and cool idea!

As an example of their taste I've chosen a compilation made for Blackburn Recordings (http://blackburnrecs.blogspot.com/

)

BLACKBURN RECORDINGS - Various Deficiencies Vol. 1



Tracklist:
City Center - Grow Up Again
Big Troubles - Chalk Circles
Cloud Nothings - Leave You Forever
Campfires - Oh Golden Dawn
Sore Eros - Melting
Brett Marren - Love Is A Jawbreaker
Possum - Red Hot
Coasting - Snow Song (Live on WNYU)
Lame Drivers - Working Song
Metal Rouge - Fast Flora Lights
Cursillistas - Trail of Tears
Sleep In Sundays - Flour
Falsetto Boy - Hey Sue
Mountainhood - Coney Island
Sleep Over - The Key
Island's Eyelids - Western Cameo
Sultan - There Goes My Girl
:::download:::

2010-05-08

ARCADE SOUND Ltd

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I was searching for Bye Bye Blackbird and after that I've noticed that it belongs to Arcade Sound label, which is pretty cool and i've been listening lately to lot of (and promoting to my friends and here) Arcade sounds..

You could download much more music straight from their website so it's ridiculous to copy it here.. :)

http://arcadesoundltd.com.html/

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Artists (giving their album for free):
Bye Bye Blackbird
Coolrunnings
Magic Man
Memoryhouse
MillionYoung




Other artists (not free download):
Teen Daze
Kiss Kiss Fantastic
Coma Cinema
etc.


MAGIC MAN - Real Life Color [2010]

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Myspace


Magic Man is exactly the style of music i always like...Magic Man are Sam and Alex from Boston. They posted their debut record on bandcamp as a free download (i think i'll have more and more stuff from there).
:::download:::

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I really like that album. You will too!

2010-05-04

MEMORYHOUSE - The Years EP [2010]

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I'm not a fan of bands with girls in it, especially when they are singing..but this is an exception :) Memoryhouse on Myspace

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Memoryhouse - To The Lighthouse


They are giving their album for free to download :::here:::

or at their label website Arcade Sound Ltd

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