Special Monday Morning Tape – #113

(taken from their 2011 release Phantoms)
Richard Bucknerescape
(taken from his 2011 release Our Blood)
Tin Armori am resolved
(taken from their 2011 release Life Of Abundance)
Dum Dum Girlscoming down
(taken from their 2011 release Only In Dreams)
(taken from the 2011 Chicago Compilation)
KIDShidden hills
(taken from their 2011 Summer Frights EP)
Tim Cohen’s Magic Trickdaylight moon
(taken from his 2011 release The Glad Birth of Love)
Divathe glitter end
(taken from her 2011 release The Glitter End)
Boston Spaceshipschristmas girl
(taken from their 2011 release Let It Beard)
Gabriel Miller Phillipsstar crossed
(taken from his 2011 release One For The Crow)
Ghost Robot Ninja Bearthe curtain call
(taken from their 2011 release Ghost Robot Ninja Bear)
Bobb Trimblelive wire
(taken from his 2011 re-issue The Crippled Dog Band)

Coma CinemaBlue Suicide

Lykke LiSadness Is A Blessing

Toro y MoiHow I Know

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FreeMP3 Update – August 2011

A couple times Once a month I intend to post a list of notable artists who have kindly offered their music to us for the low, low price of free (or willing donation). Although I don’t have nearly the amount of time to listen to everything given away here, I can assure you that I have at least sampled a few tracks from each to insure the integrity of the list. All artists links will be added to the mpFree list over in the sidebar for future reference with no guarantee that the music will still be available. Additionally, if you’re reading this and creating music that you’d like to pass along free to anyone willing to hear it please contact me and I’ll add you to the list. It’s very likely I won’t have the time to review your music but I can certainly point others towards it.

*highly recommended

The Atolls
Trust Fund
Life Size Maps
Special Passenger Records (several compilations)
The Mural and The Mint
Doleful Lions*
VA – Few Quite People Sampler
When I Was 12
Quiet Americans, The
Nick Diamonds
Birkwin Jersey
Body Parts
Milk Carton Kids, The
I Come To Shanghai
The Capstan Shafts*
Frederik Teige*
Bug Incision
Ghost Robot Ninja Bear*
VA – Elm City PopFest 2011 sampler*
Dream Jefferson
Bill Ryder Jones – A Leave Taking OST
VA – OndaDrops Vol. 4 – Outlaw Country Covers*
Wishes and Thieves
Ghost Box Orchestra
Chrome Sparks
VA – Stroked – A Tribute To Is This It
F.S. Blumm
Waylon Thornton
Cosmo V
Light Leak
Banned Books
City Music Project, The
Futerman, Jesse
Dirty Nil, The*
Tin Armor*
Keenan, Brian
Stagnant Pools*
Rifle Recoil
Cliff Dweller
Isle Of Pine
Featureless Ghost
VA – Arch Hill – 10th Anniversary Sampler*
Psychic Babble
Wowser Bowser
The Gooningtons

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Mini-Beats – July 2011 – Edition 47

Gray YoungStaysail (2011, 307 Knox) ♥♥♥½
:very melodic, atmospheric post-rock that relies heavily on sounds pioneered by The Appleseed Cast; while not the most unique showing, Staysail still struck me as solid songwriting, especially in a genre that rarely moves me anymore: (buy vinyl)
Trouble Books & Mark McGuireTrouble Books & Mark McGuire (2011, Bark and Hiss) ♥♥♥
:combine TB’s warm folktronica and McGuire’s ambient guitar drones and this will be exactly what you think that marriage would sound like: (buy vinyl)
O’DeathOutside (2011, Ernest Jenning Recording Co.) ♥♥½
:I just can’t seem to latch onto what these guys have been doing; there’s even less of that darkside, Gothic Americana/folk than previous records and the production is sleek and flawless; I think at this point the band seems like an Okkervil River knockoff moreso than the potential pioneers of their own sub-genre: (buy vinyl)
By SurpriseMountain Smashers (2011, Topshelf) ♥♥♥½
:these bespectacled Jersey boys have put together an unorthodox, but welcoming combination of 90’s slacker indie-rock, youthful Promise Ring energy and every English professor’s dusty bookshelves; come for the hyper numbers, stay for the variety: (buy vinyl)
My Morning JacketCircuital (2011, ATO) ♥♥½
:I can’t really say why this band has never done anything for me other than ‘they’re boring’; nothing really sticks in your head or forces your eyebrows north: (buy vinyl)
Hospital ShipsLonely Twin (2011, Graveface) ♥♥♥
:Jordan Geiger has built up quite a resume with a few excellent Minus Story records, part-time gigs with Appleseed Cast and Shearwater and this, his ‘solo’ venture that exhibits many of the same as all of the above; wasn’t as keen on this as I was the debut but there’s enough quality to give it few spins: (buy vinyl)
KindercastleNumber B (2011, Yewknee) ♥♥♥½
:this baby is all over the pop rainbow with samples and nods to free-form Parisian pop or the (dare I say) chillwavin’ Pale Noon; these 2 lads are heavily influenced by ELO and it shows; you might know one half of the duo as Uncle Skeleton; an entertaining listen with endless twists and turns: (buy vinyl)
Alexa WoodwardIt’s A Good Life Honey If You Don’t Grow Weary (2011, self-released) ♥♥♥♥
:I’ve been a fan of Alexa’s for a few years now, slowly catching up on her previous releases and I’m always smitten by her affecting, world-weary vocals and minimal, folk accompaniment (most notably the banjo); It’s A Good Life is unquestionably a charmer from start to finish and it’s available as a name-your-price download (free if you pass it along to friends!); RIYL Sharon van Etten, Joanna Newsom:
The KillsBlood Pressures (2011, Domino) ♥♥♥½
:it had just been brought to my attention that Alison Mosshart was the former lead singer for Discount which explains why I unashamedly like this; this is a very minimal, bare-bones variety of garage-pop that bands like Yeah Yeah Yeah’s and The Raveonettes have been making a living off of; it seems a lot of critics disagree but I prefer this to their semi-heralded Midnight Boom LP a few years back: (buy vinyl)
TanlinesVolume On (2010, self-released) ♥♥♥
:hard to believe a former member of Don Caballero comprises 1/2 of this duo as this is ready-made tropical beats that ride a not-quite-chill wave (too much open space and minimalism) but close enough to get the hipsteros sweatin’ up a storm at the Barbary; really dig Real Life and the Glasser-assisted Z but this sound is best left to short singles and EP’s:
The Capstan ShaftsKind Empires (2011, self-released) ♥♥♥½
:it would appear that Dean felt it was time for a return to form after a virtually ignored release on venerable Rainbow Quartz; this is classic Shafts – snappy lo-fi bursts of pop noise with Dean’s signature voice jockeying for attention:
DaybreakerThe Northbound Trains EP (2011, Pure Noise) ♥♥½
:this is a case of maturing punks branching out to melodic punk rock ‘n roll with slightly dramatic vocals and ooh-ooh’s; s’ok but there’s not much that’ll make me come back to this in the future; features former(?) members of Ambitions and With Honor: (buy vinyl)
DolfishYour Love Is Bumming Me Out EP (2011, Indiecater) ♥♥♥½
:a handful of heartbreak songs (released on Valentines Day, actually) but coated in humor rather than whining and mulling about; I’d be curious to hear more from Max Sollisch (sole member) as his voice and approach are rather unique:
Kids On A Crime SpreeWe Love You So Bad (2011, Slumberland) ♥♥♥½
:above-average Jesus & Mary Chain worship featuring the dude behind twee folks’ faves Ciao Bella & From Bubblegum To Sky (Mario Hernandez) and Becky from #poundsign# & Scrabbel note…certainly not unique in any way but it’s on Slumberland so you know it’s worth your time and I dare you to pry some of these tracks from out of your head; RIYL The Raveonettes, The Big Pink: (buy vinyl)
The SwordWarp Riders (2010, Kemado) ♥♥
:a few decent metal virtuoso instrumentals but when the vocals kick in it’s waaaayyy too much 70’s ‘hard rock’ influence for me to get into this: (buy vinyl)
Panda BearTomboy (2011, Paw Tracks) ♥♥½
:remember that Justin Bieber song slowed down like 10,000x that went viral about 6 months ago? this is about 50 minutes of that – hollowed out shells of Animal Collective songs that might serve you well as mood music (ya know, what record shop owners play to prove to you how above you they are) but I can’t see myself reaching for this much in the future; I did, however, enjoy the slight dub influences on a few songs and Sonic Boom’s (obvious) contributions: (buy vinyl)
SerynThis Is Where We Are (2011, Velvet Blue) ♥♥♥½
:fans of fragile/delicate melodies, multi-part harmonies, clean/crisp production and folk instrumentation (banjo, uke, ‘mouth sounds’, etc.) will be pleased with this Denton collective’s debut; the rather articulate mix of uplifting and melancholic moments help this to stand out from all the one-dimensional artists in this category: (buy vinyl)
Lil DaggersKing Corpse EP (2011, Song, By Toad) ♥♥♥
:melodic garage in the Dirtnap vein from the swamps of Florida; this serves as a prelude to their upcoming debut full-length on Limited I Fanfare; RIYL Marked Men, Cloud Nothings: (buy vinyl)

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Special Monday Morning Tape – #112


Nerves Junioras bright as your night light
(taken from their 2011 release As Bright As Your Night Light)
The Horrorsmoving further away
(taken from their 2011 release Skying)
The Featurescontent
(taken from their 2011 release Wilderness)
(taken from her 2011 release Biophilia)
Turf Warscheers to the years
(taken from their 2011 release Years Of Living Dangerously)
(taken from their 2011 release Father, Son, Holy Ghost)
Astronautalisdimitri mendeleev
(taken from his 2011 release This Is Our Science)
Her Space Holidayghost in the garden
(taken from his 2011 release Her Space Holiday)
Teen Dazesurface
(taken from their 2011 release A Silent Planet)
Paul Brillsunny guy
(taken from an upcoming 2011 release)
Loney, Dearmy heart
(taken from his 2011 release Music Hall)
Tiny Firefliesso sad to say goodbye
(taken from their 2011 release Change EP)
Chrome Sparks (ft. Steffaloo)all there is
(taken from his 2011 release My <3 EP)

The DrumsMoney

FishboyAutumn the Owl (Mistakes the Feelings of Being In Love with the Feelings of Being an Owl)

Tied To The BranchesWalls

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Special Monday Morning Tape – #111


(taken from their 2011 release Feeling Today EP)
Stephen Malkmus & The Jickstigers
(taken from their 2011 release Mirror Traffic)
Release The Sunbirdalways like the sun
(taken from his 2011 release Come Back To Us)
P.G. Sixjanuary
(taken from his 2011 release Starry Mind)
Ladytronwhite elephant
(taken from their 2011 release Gravity The Seducer)
St. Vincentsurgeon
(taken from her 2011 release Strange Mercy)
The Piney Gir Country Roadshowthe sheriff of san miguel
(taken from their 2011 release Jesus Wept)
Roadside Gravesdouble feature
(taken from their 2011 release We Can Take Care Of Ourselves)
(taken from their 2011 release Youth)
Gardens & Villastar fire power
(taken from their 2011 release Gardens & Villa)
Veronica Fallscome on over
(taken from their 2011 release Veronica Falls)
Cut Off Your Handshollowed out
(taken from their 2011 release Hollow)
The Rapturehow deep is your love?
(taken from their 2011 release In The Grace Of Your Love)

Manchester OrchestraSimple Math

The AntlersEvery Night My Teeth Are Falling Out

Young BuffaloCatapilah

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PREMIERE: Chef Menteur


The lads of Chef Menteur are asking for your help in funding their latest album, East Of The Sun & West Of The Moon, on vinyl via Kickstarter. I’ve written about CM before and featured their songs on monthly mixtapes. I first stumbled across their music when I bought a giant lot of ‘indie’ cd’s on eBay years back and this stuck out of the pile so I decided to tackle a review of it and I never looked back. In my opinion CM are one of the most unheralded pioneers of ambience in the past 10 years. Bandmember/multi-instrumentalist, Alec Vance, is also the curator of Backporch Revolution, a label and collective of musicians in the NOLA area specializing in the occult of experimental/psychedelic/unexplainable sounds . I’ve had first glimpse of the new album and it’s a massive, genre-busting supernova of sound. Taken from their Kickstarter page:

:::We wanted to make sure that when trying to release a classic double album, in all its monstrous glory, there were still no excess or throwaway tracks: Just as much time was spent whittling songs down as it was building them up. At least as many songs didn’t make it on the record as those that did in the interest of providing the most conceptually pure experience. This is an epic aural journey, containing songs for lovers of classic psychedelia, space-odyssey synth drones, Warp-records style electronica, krautrock and kosmische, doom drone, hints of early metal, folk-, math-rock and prog-rock sneaking in from time to time as well. “A symphony of space rock” one might even call it..:::

Their funding drive ends in 3 days so please help out with whatever you can – you shan’t be disappointed. If ever there were music meant to be immortalized on wax, this is it. I chipped in a cool 50, which earns you the double LP plus a test pressing, compliments of the sick United Pressing promo. Check out a track and video from East below as well as a few bonus songs from their 2 (outstanding) previous LP’s.

I Belong To This Plateau (from 2011’s East Of The Sun & West of The Moon)


I.E.D. (from 2008’s The Answer’s In Forgetting)

W.A.S.T.E. (from 2005’s We Await Silently Tristero’s Empire)

Chef MenteurIIl obstrue ma vue de Vénus


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