New track from the favored Northwestern, harmony-driven folk band, Fleet Foxes. Due out On May 3 in the U.S., Sub Pop will release Helplessness Blues, the band’s new 12-song LP. (Bella Union will release it May 2 in the UK.) Phil Ek, who produced the first album, co-produced and mixed this one.
if you’ve liked their previous material, you’ll dig this for sure. if you haven’t heard their songs before, even though they’re a northwestern band, this sounds like the enthusiastic appalachian multi-harmonic folk music that some consider to be one of the only pure forms of american music. really looking forward to their second release, especially after giving this promising track several listens.
“Canadian-Albanian Saimir Lojlia has produced what might be the most comprehensive list of Jews saved in Albania – according to his count: 3,160. An engineer by trade, Mr. Lojlia has spent years digging through archived documents, photographs, and objects, and has edited several books on the rescue of Jews in Albania. He says there is no evidence of a single Jew being killed or handed over to the Nazis there.
“It is the greatest untold story,” he says, getting slightly emotional. “This is the only country in Europe [where] all Jews were saved…. The only country.”
What is fundamentally different about the Albanian story, says Randi Winter, a Jewish writer who has helped document these stories of rescue, is that Jews weren’t rescued in secret by the exceptional good person. Entire villages knew about Jews in their midst, and no one turned them in.”—
this forty-minute podcast was made in october by anti-pop consortium member high priest, and my title pretty much sums it up…apc have been making technologically-advanced psychedelic beats and raps for over a decade, and this is an eclectic mix that roams pretty freely, with sonically deranged hip-hop as its foundation and forms of dubstep and house as extremities. i want to go to bars or clubs where compilations like this are the norm.
also, the two versions of ‘volcano,’ theirs and four tet’s…..unbelievable and not to be missed. not just saying that.
the sea wrinkled slowly against the ship’s sides. the sky filled with stars. and mersault, in silence, felt in himself extreme and violent powers to love, to marvel at this life with its countenance of sunlight and tears, this life in its salt and hot stone — it seemed that by caressing this life, all his powers of love and despair would unite. that was his poverty, that was his sole wealth. as if by writing zero, he was starting over but with a consciousness of his powers and a lucid intoxication which urged him on in the face of his fate.
- albert camus, a happy death
i just finished this book yesterday….really enjoyed it, so i think i’ll pick up the stranger next, which apparently is a sort of expansion on similar ideas. a happy death was full of beautiful passages like this quote. also, i realized when reading the afterwords of the story, written by some other guy….the protagonist’s name, “mersault,” is essentially a french portmanteau of the words “mer” and “soleil,” which mean “sea” and “sun”….essentially the fucking moral/resolution of the story, in an abstract sort of way. camus, you crafty bastard.
waking up a little after 3 am (i set my alarm for 3:11 because i’m funny like that) to head down to miami beach because my brother is here from tallahassee to run a marathon. ive been sick the last few days, which is sort of rare for me, but i figure ill still make an effort to go. so i’m going to sleep now. 3 am is really fucking early……..i think?? i’m usually not even asleep by 3 am. good thing i slept till noon today, and then from like 3 to 7…..i do have a four loco in my fridge, leftover from aura 2 weekends ago, but i feel like i’d be pretty much dead within a few hours if i used that shit as a coffee/medicine/entertainment substitute. i basically don’t know what’s going on right now.
thanks to tumblr for leading me to this guy’s music….this is off his album SO2, which also includes the superb track + video combo ‘love will guide you.’ just noticed now that i have my friends @ audio collective, cory in particular, to acknowledge for introducing me to shinichi’s superbouncy beats. i’ve also featured his track ‘sylkill' on here, which is another quirkily hyperactive head-nodder off the same 2010 album. 'paris' is a little more low-key, reminding me somewhat of hot chip at the moment, but it's hard to place shinichi osawa's music because it he's found a characteristic sound within full, excessively colorful synths atop minimal boom-bip drums. the subtle incorporation of strings adds an element of lightness to the second half, and occasional glitching and mangled vocals further the sonic intrigue associated with the repossessed analog tones. it's sort of like listening to modern house music from the inside of an '80's arcade machine.
yeah man, fsu radio station is almost flawless, you can stream it through itunes or winamp, I always do when away from tallahassee, but sometimes its just not the same as driving around and listening to the random goodness
on a side note, saw bonobo (dj set) at the engine room last weekend, I think I may have stole them/him from your site, it was pretty good, I think the crowd was pretty decent too compared to past tallahassee concerts i've been too, washed out was playing tomorrow but it was apparently just canceled, real bummer, i'm kind of a huge dork of a washed out fan
i remember trying to stream it through itunes once before, but it didnt work….its probably worth giving another shot. especially on thursday nights, or whenever that ambient dubstep show is, and also saturday afternoon, for the dankadelic reggae, and for underground railroad (hip-hop) on saturday evenings, or the blues on sunday (monday??) mornings. i knew that v89 would be one of the things i missed most about tallahassee before i left, and i was right.
hey……that’s fucking awesome to see, and a major aspect of my reasoning of why i started this blog/aspire to pursue a career in music journalism. very cool that you found him through here. the engine room has absolutely stepped their game up since the days of it being the beta bar, and i’d say that the crowds are better than they ever used to be too. my old roommate didn’t get to make it over to the bonobo show, and was pretty upset about it. i missed washed out in miami last weekend too….they played on friday, and i wound up staying in town to see aquaphonics for the second time, but i’d really like to see washed out/ernest green someday. he’s basically my favorite artist in that whole ‘chillwave’ movement, and puts out the best beats out of all of them, as far as i’m concerned.