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jason on 02/21/2013 at 01:15AM

Snowboarding Like the Beach Boys Surf

Cover Illustraion by Carlos Etcheverry

"I've snowboarded once," Michael Stasis admitted when I asked him about Snowboarder, his new collaboration with Jason Kick and David Nichols. "It's like the Beach Boys didn't surf." The trio's got harmonized pop songcraft to back up that reference, but instead they list "devils" as their primary influence and "hell" as their general manager.

Snowboarder's self-titled debut offers seven tracks of warped, hook-laden jams for your real or imagined snowboarding trips. The opening track "Sled Dogs" takes off on a bent guitar wail over jangle pop powder, then flips a 180 into a cinematic bridge. The next verse describes some kind of coke iditarod, landing unexpectedly in a torrent of radical metal riffs. Elsewhere, Snowboarder rides everything from 80's dance pop ("Poppers") to industrial nursery rhymes on Sulfur Hexafluoride ("Going Up The Mountain").

Jason Kick is best known for his work in San Francisco synth-pop favorites Maus Haus whose motorik, hypnotic rhythms earned them "Band of the Year" in SF Deli Mag. They also seem to have influenced some of the recent work of Snowboarder collaborator Michael Stasis. A talented solo artist, Stasis first caught our ear via Phoning It In's tip on his Natural Resources cassette: "a perfect lo-fi pop-psych-folk concoction in the lineage of Ariel Pink or Guided By Voices."

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ange on 02/15/2013 at 09:30AM

Machines in Heaven: Glasgow Jihad EP

This debut EP by the Glasgow four-piece Machines In Heaven declares war in its title, begins with a national athem, and goes on to invade borders between Pop, Post-Rock, Electronic and Hip-Hop. This is a new collaboration between Graham Crossan (previously The Great I Am) and producer Magic Daddy (Optimo, Stuff, Oscarr), who took Crossen's lo-fi aestetic and transformed it into a multilatered production. While all three tracks are well worth a download, the Glasgow reviewer RaveChild describes the closing track as "the band at their most ambitious, encompassing everything from skittering RnB rhythms to a widescreen Killers-esque guitar line." Watch out for their debut album in March out on Black Lantern Music.

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jason on 02/13/2013 at 12:30PM

Dr. Wylie's Dam Funky Favrit Flayvah's

If you dug the soulful hip-hop of Toussaint Morrison's recent mixtapes, then you'll definitely want to check out Wiggle, the debut by his producer Dr. Wylie.

The opening track "GFGDGT" stands for Good Food, Good Drinks, Good Times. It conveys all that and more with its grinding anchor of a beat and a cosmic synth lead that toes the line between Dam Funk and Dabke (that spirited solo about 2 minutes in particularly recalls this vibe). More highlights include the talkbox-infused spacious groove of "Favrit Flayvah" and the hop-along organ beat of "Happy Money."

Wiggle was released by Urban Home Companion. The Twin City activist/art collective is a home for music by Dr. Wylie, Toussaint Morrison, and their talented collaborators. It's also a platform for forays into film and theater. We're looking forward to new releases by both Dr. Wylie and Toussaint Morrison this April!

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ange on 02/08/2013 at 09:30AM

Jenifer Àvila: Demo #1

Forget what's outside your window. It's laid back Spring afternoon with flowers on the trees and sunshine in your face when you listen to the warm sounds of the Spanish indie pop duo Jenifer Ávila. According to their MySpace page, the band started one day when they found a guitar just sitting inside a garbage bin with a name written on it: Jenifer Ávila. A couple days later, the duo started writing songs.

This release comes to us from Enough Records, a netlabel run as a hobby by a couple of wonderful Portuguese folks to distribute and promote free music.

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ange on 02/04/2013 at 11:00AM

Dreaming Up Songs: 52 Weeks of Sick to the Back Teeth

For every week of 2012, Sick to the Back Teeth wrote a new song. The phrase "sick to the back teeth" literally means to be fed up with something, but that never happened to the solo-artist behind the project.

This might have to do with SBT's flexibly in sound and style. After 10 years performing, he still makes "just whatever music I feel like" including rock, metal, noise, folk, electronic music, sometimes all of these things combined. As a result, listening to the lengthy 52-track album Counterpoint is kind of like visiting a soda fountain. Sometimes you get distinct flavors like a Cherry Coke, Dr. Pepper, or Sprite, and sometimes you get a shot of all of them in the same cup. You'd think combining sodas would get gross, but it usually tastes pretty good.

A couple of the songs on the album, including "Dream Song" and "A Hole in the Ocean," came straight from dreams, where SBT imagined himself recording before frantically waking up and transcribing the sounds. Many of the songs are mellow transportive instrumentals, like the week 33 song "Venerate" (video).

When listening to this project, you have to wonder if a weekly songwriting campaign can really sharpen your teeth, so to speak, as a musician. SBT says, "Nah." When asked what's next, he says, "Martini?"

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ange on 01/31/2013 at 07:45AM

Toussaint Morrison Is Not My Boyfriend

Minneapolis slam poet Toussaint Morrison is a hopeless romantic and a super-villain. Abandoning a decade of front man’ing for live bands The Blend and Lazlo Supreme, Morrison joined forces with the evil Dr. Wylie, producer and confidant to produce this album in a series of three highly literary kickstarter funded projects.

In addition to his album Toussaint Morrison Is Not My Boyfriend, check out his video Christler 300, and his album Toussaint Morrison Is Not My Homeboy.

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bseretan on 01/24/2013 at 07:04AM

Digi G'Alessio: Cirque de Poche

Don't let the album art fool you - this collection of stank nasty beats is not family friendly. And it has barely anything at all to do with the circus.

Snaps and cowbells, pitched-down vocal samples, swampy bass, even Hot97 style air horns - yup, this sounds like some nice, nice trap. But with Cirque's twists and turns, it's kind of hard to imagine anyone actually dropping rhymes over these snare cracks. Plus there are those sections that sound more like 90s techno. And those moments of totally dry silence interspersed. Oh well, might as well just let your head nod. Let's hope Drake and Digi never meet up.

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bseretan on 01/17/2013 at 08:15AM

A Magnificent Band of Men Without Fear - A Band Magnifique dos Homes sen Medo

The Magnificent Men in question

Courtesy of Italian blogger and FMA contributer NetMusicLife, a fun band of 9 dudes wearing matching plaid jackets who speak Portugese. A Band Magnifique dos Homes sen Medo lands somewhere between a Buddy Rich style big band, the Skatelites, and a New Orleans wake with their brazzy, jazzy melodies and occasional shout choruses. While saxophones blare, a tuba holds down the basslines and two drummers carry around their own halves of the drumset. Surely Galicia's finest.

Plus, here's a great video of them marching through a mall/fish market - watch how the guitarist drags his amp around!

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jason on 01/16/2013 at 08:00AM

Modern Classical and Generative Art Shape Lauki's Antartica Dreamscape

Lauki is a Barcelona-based sound designer with a penchant for modern classical music and generative multimedia art.

The coordinates of 69º54´S-135º12´E point somewhere along the coast of Wilkes Land, Antarctica. Lauki describes  "the polar desert, another frontier of our planetary existence, a territory where only fools and heroes dare to go." On this recording, Lauki's digital processing manipulates classical instruments—including Heike Grafe's guest violin part on "Deconstrucción"—to shape the ambient dreamscape of a frozen world.

Despite the record's sensation of a glacial stillness, it is a quick 15-minute listen. Such is the nature of every release on Audio Gourmet, a UK-based netlabel cooking up releases "that can be listened to in full during a standard working tea-break."

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives
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Thanks to Recent Music Heroes for the tip on this release!

Lauki - "domo" (03:46)
Lauki - "domo" (03:46)
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jason on 01/14/2013 at 03:30AM

Dalibor Picks The Best Creative Commons Metal

We invited Dalibor from Free Metal Albums to present his favorite Creative Commons metal releases. Free Metal Albums shares our initials, and spreads the word about amazing, often annonymous, metal bands from French power metal band Holy Pain to the symphonic female-fronted Hungarian group Obsidian Shell. Nuno Anes founded Free Metal Albums from Portugal in May 2007, and Dalibor took over in August of 2012. Dalibor runs Free Metal Albums in parallel to his original free music site, W H I T E  R A V E N.

Holy Pain - Last Sigh

Aching Beauty - L'Ultima Ora

Molecul - Где нет места цифрам…осталась ЛЮБОВЬ?
download from the FMA

Obsidian Shell - Elysia

ID:VISION - Plaszmadkaos

Check out Free Metal Albums and White Raven for more of Dalibor's selections.

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