Montag, 3. August 2015

Sister Of Pearl

Generally Chris Baio plays bass by Vampire Weekend. If not playing with the band he's working as a DJ and making his own thing playing some Neo-Disco. This is his first release from his upcoming album and it is a wonderful pop song with references to the early Roxy Music (which made a song called Mother of Pearl) and also his voice is close to Brian Ferry.

Sonntag, 2. August 2015

From The In-Box

During the last weeks a lot of new stuff arrived to review and to listen to. Most of them are either terrible or heard the same way other bands played. Technically correct but without any inspiration or soul. A few of them I would like to listen a second time but only these two band grabbed my attention and are worth to be featured here.

the British IBM is a band from Cambridge, UK, and they will release their second album 'Psychopaths Dream In  Black and White' in early September. As far as I know it is a project by singer/songwriter Adrian Killens who was supported live with percussion and bass. They offer a few downtempo and melancholic songs in the tradition of Lambchop added with the sound of Scottish bands like Belle and Sebastian and sometimes they remind me to Matthew Sweet . The songs are well arranged and Adrian's voice fits to them very well. But what makes these songs different to many others is the appearance of Anna Scott. She plays a wonderful cello on these songs and I can't get them out of my mind. Well done.

The other band calls oneself The Graceland Conspiracy. The two members, Crooksy and Wilki, formed the band back in 2012 in Belfast, NI. Their philosophy is simple - using old tunes found lying around their heads, they have forged together a handful of musical pieces, guitar riffs, piano fragments, bass lines, fx pedals , old microphones, gaffer tape and trumpet stabs. A mixture of gothic tones and sparkling pop, sun drenched despair to joyous thunderstorms. Influenced by different artists like Sparklehorse, Mark Lanegan, Sigur Ros and The Doors they the result is worth to listen. It is a little psychedelic, fuzzy song. 

More music and a free download on their homepage.

Samstag, 1. August 2015

Fill My Gums With Blood

During the last two days I was off to a further training. The education was called 'Improved Reading' and I expected nothing special than another tool for my daily work in the office. But I was surprised about the result. Not only that they showed us some techniques about better reading, our reading rate was more than double after these two days. The main propositions were: reading in a steady flow and no regressions while you are reading. I will check out next week if it works in the daily business as well.

Here are some songs for the weekend by a four piece band from Northern London. Genghar has very own sound with picking the guitar and a remarkable voice. Sometimes I think the took the best of the late 90s funk, soul and independent singer/songwriter/bands to create a very own sound.

Have a good weekend.

This is an older one

Donnerstag, 30. Juli 2015

What Ever We Do

For a long time I didn't post some reggae and dub. One of my favorites in this genre are Ruts DC, especially their collaboration with Mad Professor. This record was released in a tinny case and it is a record that accompanied me during the last decades. It might be music for the end of the day but I still love this relaxed and ambitious sound. It's the sound for the last drink before you finish the day - for sure!

Mittwoch, 29. Juli 2015


A few days ago I posted some German songs. One of them I knew for a lot of years. The track I posted was found on you-tube. I didn't made many minds on it until The Swede asked me for more details on it. So I tried to get more information by the Internet for this artist. After all I've to say that my investigation was fruitless. I really don't know where this version is from, neither when it was released. The only thing I found about this beauties were uploaded by 'Von Nord nach Südwest' - if it is a record label or not; I don't know. Anyway, these are some great tracks with a deep psychedelic touch and Spartan instrumentation. Most of the songs have a slow steady flow with some superb and minimal played guitars.

So if anybody out there knows more about these records - please let me know.

Flowerpornoes - Eins, zwo, drei, vier
Flowerpornoes - Nine Miles High
Modustrio - Schlafende Steine
Modustrio - Syd Barret Blues

And this is for The Swede: This a song by Flowerpornoes that I used to listen decades ago and that is typical for their sound in this time. An of course I got this record by the cover.

Dienstag, 28. Juli 2015

Twanging Tuesday # 73

Seems like the twangy sound doesn't lose it's attraction to young musicians. La Luz is a Seattle based band that will release their new record Weirdo Shrines these days. Deeply based in surf-rock, The Ventures and Link Wray these four ladies takes us back to the urban sound of the early 1960s. Their songs could be classics if they were released decades ago. Produced by Ty Segall who put fuzz in almost every song. The record includes a few weird love songs and songs about being a creep. Most of the songs have a fiery setting combined with those guitar and echoed vocals. It's new, it's old, it's great.

La Luz - You Dissapear
La Luz - Don't Wanna Be Anywhere
La Luz - I Wanna Be Alone (With You)
La Luz - Black Hole, Weirdo Shrine

Montag, 27. Juli 2015

Mountain At My Gates

Foals will release their new record these days called What Went Down. I like their releases because it is a mixture of several styles, interpreted in a very own style. I hear a lot of prog-rock, guitar-based rhythms and Krautrock in their music. After all they are doing well arranged songs with complex rhythms, various breaks and melodies as well. It is always fun listening to their output and I hope the record will be as good as the now released single cut.