segunda-feira, 30 de julho de 2012

The Sight of You with Presents For Sally

O que dizer do novissimo 7" do delicioso Presents for Sally? Eu poderia logicamente, escrever que é daqueles compactos que se tornarão prediletos, dreampop dos anjos, cantarolante, assoviante, delirante, emocionante, e mais uma cacetada de adjetivos que enalteceriam Anything Anymore e A Thousand Ways to Say Goodbye, o peso das guitarras chega a ser tão leve e pungente que qualquer maior comentário seria desnecessário, daí pensei, já que meu amigo Matt Etherton me enviou o material, pedi a ele que fizesse exclusivamente ao TBTCI um track by track para ai sim, as explicações sobre estas duas perolas do dreampop sejam melhor explicadas. Amigos Anything Anymore por Presents for Sally.

Track by Track
Anything Anymore 7" by Matt Etherton

Anything Anymore: An instrumental version of this was first demoed quite a while ago, it was mainly just improvised over a loop of the delayed guitar you hear at the very beginning which plays behind the whole track until the end.

After the rest of the instruments were added it was a few months again until we went back to it. I think it always felt like it had a lot of potential but was nearly scrapped as we were working on new things but once Anna put her vocals on it automatically seemed like it should be the first single to proceed all the new stuff.

People often ask what the lyrics are about of songs but I don’t tend to write about just one subject per song. Usually there’s a few lines here and there which mean something and the next few will be about something completely different, I don’t think I have ever written lyrics and then wrote the music for them, it’s always the other way round, music first and then words.

A Thousand Ways To Say Goodbye: We had messed around with the opening chords on this for a while just playing them over and over and when recording it struggled to get it to sound as noisy and raw as it was sounding live. In the end we ended up recording 3 or 4 guitars all playing the same thing but made sure all the levels were turned up so they were kind of competing against each other which created the sound that some were cutting out and clipping but it worked and was the closest it got to the sound I had in my head. We also shortened the breakdown in the middle which at times went on for about 10 minutes just building up with noises and sounds but I think we got it right in terms of shortening it for the single.

Once all the music was recorded I literally sung a vocal over the top live so I had it recorded and wouldn’t forget how I wanted it to go but it sounded ok so it was double tracked again in one take and that was literally what you hear on the record. It’s definitely a harder and rawer song that anything we have recorded before I think but as we have been told, it still sounds like Presents for sally which is the most important thing. It’s hard to have a sound all of your own these days so it means a lot that so many people say we have found one.

quinta-feira, 26 de julho de 2012

The Perfect Kiss with ShiShi - An Interview

Tom Lugo é simplesmente uma daquelas pessoas dignas de todo tipo de admiração, e serve de inspiração para qualquer pessoa que acredita em seus sonhos e em si mesmo, é fato que o TBTCI é fã declarado deste  cara fenomenal, não somente pelo trabalho a frente do patrimônio chamada Stellarscope bem como seu alter ego o Panophonic, e não contente com tudo isso, Tom resolveu se juntar musicalmente ao lado de sua esposa Jamie e nos brindaram com o ShiShi, um mix de dubstep, new wave, dreampop, darkwave e shoegazer, jogo ganho, a começar por Tom, mas o que impressiona no debut Nick of Time é Jamie, ela literalmente rouba a cena numa interpretação tensa e caótica, desde já uma das músicas do ano.

Logicamente o TBTCI em conjunto com Tom e Jamie armamos uma entrevista para melhor sabermos as intenções do casal, e que casal!!!!

***** Interview with ShiShi *****

How did shishi come to be? Quando surgiu a ideia de montar o shishi?
Tom- My goal was to create music with a different approach than what I had done before. The concept was to blend elements of dance music (dubstep, hip hop, etc), indiepop, and shoegaze sounds. Once I had all the compositions written and recorded, I approached my wife, Jamie Lugo, to see if she would be interested in singing on them. I had discussed doing a project together for some time but never came around to it until now.

I chose the name ShiShi because it symbolizes the duality of yin and yan, male and female, heaven and earth. Guardians and protectors of what is housed inside.
Jamie- what tom said

How was the process of recording the first single? Como foi o processo de gravação do primeiro single?
Tom- We had fun recording together, it was Jamie’s first time recording and she did awesome. I let her tell you more about it…

Jamie- I listened to the music and wrote about what it made me feel. Tom re-wrote the lyrics to go with the melody and taught me how to sing it in time. It took a few takes but was pretty easy actually.

What is the inspiration behind the lyrics? Qual a inspiração das letras?
Tom- Jamie wrote the lyrics;)

Quais as influências do Shishi?
Tom- MGMT, Matt and Kim, Screen Vinyl Image, The TingTings, New Order

Jamie- Jem, Dido, life experiences

What are your upcoming plans? Quais os próximos passos ?
Tom- We are working on completing our EP with hopes of releasing it in early fall. We would like to release the EP on vinyl so we’ll need the help of the fans to facilitate the process. If all goes well, we should have a full length release in early winter. Just in time for the holidays… it’ll make a great stocking stuffer…lol

Any additional information… Alguma informação adicional...
Tom- We appreciate the support we are getting, please continue to check out our facebook page. Contact us with comments, inquiries, etc. at Renato, I would like to thank you again for being a friend and supporting me throughout the years! Many blessings to you all!

Jamie- Tom is in charge. I am just the talent. :-P

quarta-feira, 25 de julho de 2012

Things Never Be The Same with The Modulated Tones

Spacemen 3 é um patrimônio das druggys sounds, nada até hoje chegou próximo da sonoridade criada por Peter "Sonic Boom" Kember e Jason "Spaceman" Pierce, mesmo em seus trabalhos após o rompimento do Spacemen 3 seja no Spectrum ou no Spiritualized, tato Kember como Pierce não atingiram a perfeição de um Perfect Prescription ou um Playing with Fire.

O Spacemen 3 tem uma legião de fervorosos fanáticos, o próprio TBTCI é um desses maniacos pela obra encharcado de blues psicótico misturado com drone, psicodelia da pesada e stone rock drogado.

Toda a introdução serve de pano de fundo para a mais nova adoração do TBTCI, o The Modulated Tones, fanáticos pela obra em vida de Kember e Pierce, Gina e Kevin ou The Modulated Tones abordaram este que vos escreve via e-mail dizendo que eram assíduos frequentadores do TBTCI e no contexto mencionaram que certamente eu iria me interessar pela banda sendo que suas influências são Spacemen 3, Spectrum, Suicide, Silver Apples, J&MC, etc, etc, etc....

Para quem me conhece e óbvio que fui ouvir na hora e chapei, chapei sem medo do The Modulated Tones, drones arrastados, barulhentos, dissonantes, druggys freaks, como reza o bom seguidor de Spacemen 3, obvio que o album de estréia Turning On, virou disco de cabeceira do TBTCI, e uma entrevista tinha que ser feita imediatamente para gritar ao mundo que o The Modulated Tones pode e deve ser sua mais nova banda favorita, não há outra saida, se é que você me entende....

                                       ***** Interview with The Modulated Tones *****


Q. When did Modulated Tones starts, tell us about the history..
Gina. The Modulated Tones came together in 2010. Kevin & I had already known each other for a very long time and had already established a band together previously. We wanted to start over, so we did and here we are. It's a simple project; we're best friends that live to stone-trip and make psychedelic music.

Kevin. We started playing around the beginning of 09. Gina started on the drums with me on guitar and vocals. We had no experience making music or any equipment so it took us a few years to get things rolling. We played over 120 shows before our first EP was written and recorded, in the shadiest corners of western Pennsylvania and Ohio. We had no way of recording any of it so a few albums worth of material will never be available. The goal is to create the ultimate psychedelic band. We want to cover all of the different styles of music that we love: psychedelia, krautrock, garage rock, dub, gospel, soul, shoegaze.

Q: Who are your influences?
Gina. Spacemen 3, The Warlocks, The Velvet Underground, Sonic Boom & Spectrum, Spiritualized, Harmonia, Jesus & Mary Chain, Singapore Sling, Suicide... I'm influenced by all the music I love.

Kevin. Anyone who interests us. Spacemen 3, The Velvet Underground, Suicide, The 13th Floor Elevators, Phil Spector, Brian Wilson, Syd Barrett, Cluster, The Jesus and Mary Chain, tremolo, repetition, lots of grass

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
1. Spacemen 3- Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To
2. Spectrum- Soul Kiss (Glide Divine)
3. The Velvet Underground- Peel Slowly & See
4. Spiritualized Electric Mainline- Pure Phase
5. Harmonia- Live 1974

Spacemen 3 – Playing With Fire
The Velvet Underground –White Light/White Heat
Spacemen 3 –Taking Drugs to Make Music to Take Drugs To
Suicide – Suicide
Silver Apples – Contact

Q. How do you fell playing alive?
Gina. It's usually a good feeling, because I'm happy to share my vision with other people.
Kevin. Like I’m winning
Q. How do you describe Modulated Tones sounds?
Gina. Devoutly psychedelic.

Kevin. Like a tremolo, what isn’t there is just as important as what is. Music to empower. Repetitious spiritual vibrations; mixed with feedback and tremolo for this EP, but our sound is always changing

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the abum ?
Gina. We recorded over a period of two months. We had just begun using our studio and were both new to the process, so it was a trial and error process, and it worked out incredibly well. We both recorded our songs separately, with the exception of one. I really enjoyed playing all the different parts myself, that way I could make the song what it needed to be. It was a good time.

Kevin. We both worked pretty much by ourselves. We bought our own home studio in April and took two months to write and record about sixty songs. I picked four of mine, Gina picked two of hers, and we picked one song we worked on equally. For my portion of the record, I just laid down some drum beats and looped them, then layered two guitars, drones, feedback and whatever else I needed. I tried to get a song a day done as much as I could. We were working with a horribly small room and very limited equipment, but made it work.

Q. What´s represents the shoegazer classic era to the band?
Gina. I like to listen to some shoegaze music, but I don’t hear much of that element in our music

Kevin. The experimentation and vision.

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
Gina. To be honest, I don't keep up with new music as much as I could. I’m always looking for good records though.

Kevin. Follakzoid, The Psychocandies, Secret Colours

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
Gina. There's no way I'd start up a covers band. Covering songs I dig is another story of course.

Kevin. Songs I plan on covering; Cluster – Hollywood, The Jesus and Mary Chain – Never Understand, Spacemen 3, That’s Just Fine – Spacemen 3 - Ecstasy Symphony, The Velvet Underground – I heard her call my name.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
Gina. We are going to start playing live shows very soon. Then we will put out another EP. Right now, I'm starting to work on new songs and I have such a positive feeling about them. Kevin and I are going for it, no questions. This is what we love to do and we’re pretty relentless in our pursuit.

Kevin. I want to record as much music as possible. I think we’re going to put out two more EP’s by this year’s end, then work on an album and heavy touring next year. I want to start a couple of other bands too, maybe start a psych label. Big things for The Modulated Tones!

Q: Any parting words?
Kevin. Thanks so much for interviewing us!
Thanks Gina & Kevin

segunda-feira, 23 de julho de 2012

Under an Impressive Sky by Echodrone - An Interview


Para iniciados, o Echodrone não é nenhuma novidade, muito pelo contrário, são cultuados e tem no curriculo uma discografia irretocável, mas o novíssimo Bon Voyage alça voos até então somente ensaiados pela banda.

Bon Voyage é daquelas obras cristalinas e etéreas que vislumbram o paraíso por completo, uma verdadeira ode com a benção de Robin Guthrie, Neil Hastead e Rachel Gosswell, o Echodrone, presta uma homenagem aos icones máximos das canções ofertadas aos deuses e ao anjos, mas não confundam com uma mera cópia, Bon Voyage é mais alias muito mais do que isso, se o APTBS atualiza J&MC e MBV, o Echodrone atualiza Cocteau e Slowdive sublimemente, engrandece a cada cristalino acorde de suas guitarras, a paz, o isolamento, a candura, todos os sentimentos fundem-se e geram uma leveza, que satisfará aos anjos mais sedentos de delays.

O TBTCI recebeu o album em vibrações de euforia, e propos a banda uma entrevista o que gerou em contrapartida uma nova euforia, condensando ambas gerou-se uma extensa e maravilhosa história de como se faz música para a alma credenciando-se para a trilha sonora do paraiso.

                                                    ***** Interview with Echodrone *****

1. When did Echodrone starts, tell us about the history...
Eugene - Echodrone started in 2005 when I put an ad up on craigslist to start a shoegaze/ambient band with like-minded folk. I had never really played in a band before, except for a brief stint with some of my high school buddies back in the 90s. Anyways, I think Brandon saw All Natural Lemon and Lime Flavors as one of my influences in the craigslist post. He was looking for a shoegaze band after playing in indie bands for a few years. He immediately e-mailed me and we hit it off from the start! We spent the next several months practicing throughout the Oakland/San Francisco area at various rehearsal rooms. Craigslist also brought us the original 2nd guitarist and drummer, who were replaced by Mark in 2007 and Meredith in 2008.

Meredith - I was in another project at the time when I fell in love with Echodrone. I invited them to play a show which ended up being practically empty, but I was so happy to see them nonetheless. I joined up after my last project fell apart when they asked me. I had to drive an hour from SF to the Oakland ghetto to practice with them once a week, but it was worth it.

Mark - I remember looking through a ton of Craigslist ads hoping to find something that would appeal to me and stumbled across a post that made me want to investigate further. I then checked out some music and instantly knew I’d found something special so I jumped on board the summer of 07 and we started writing a bunch of new material and redefining the sound. The main difference to me is the production side of it... especially the vocals! I love engineering when it’s time to do the vocals for Echodrone!

2: Who are your influences?
Eugene - I think everyone in the band comes from slightly different musical backgrounds. It might be best for all of us to go into our individual influences. I guess some of the biggest influences on my songwriting and guitar playing are Sooyoung Park (Seam/Bitch Magnet), Glenn Branca, Jim O’Rourke, Stars of the Lid, Swirlies, Steve Reich, Stockhausen Talk Talk, Arvo Part, Briano Eno, This Heat, American Analog Set, Godspeed You Black Emperor...there are a lot of other ones that I can’t think of right now :)

Mark - I pretty much listen to everything. I enjoy a good song that affects me emotionally or gets me to feel happy, sad, or in the mood to have fun. I'm always searching for new music and enjoy the classics as well! As far as influences growing up I was way into The Cars, Led Zepplin, Prince, Pink Floyd, The Police, Tortoise, Stereolab, Jesus and the Mary Chain, Echo and the Bunnymen and many others I can't think of right now. Lately I've been digging Hooray for Earth, Beach House, and Ulrich Schnauss. There are endless influences for me and I try and borrow bits and pieces from everything I feel is good listening.

Meredith - I listen to a ton of genres, but most often get inspired by stuff that sounds raw. I like my distortion dirty and I like hearing people play loose and singing without autotune.

Brandon - I’m influenced by a ton of shoegaze and post-punk bands. Some notables are The Smiths, Talking Heads, Gang of Four, Slowdive and Medicine.

3. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
My Bloody Valentine / Loveless
Ride / Nowhere
Soul Coughing / El Oso
Ulrich Schnauss / Far Away Trains...
Engineers / Three Fact Fader
(also the records on Brandon’s top 5...this was a hard one!)

Can / Tago Mago
Stars of the Lid / The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid
eam / The Problem With Me
Glenn Branca / The Ascension
Steve Reich / Different Trains, Electric Counterpoint

Low / Things We Lost in the Fire
Wilco / A Ghost is Born
Beck / Sea Change
Radiohead / Amnesiac
Elliott Smith / Figure 8

Slowdive – Souvlaki
Gang of Four - Entertainment
The Chameleons - Script of the Bridge
Talking Heads - Fear of Music
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless

4. How do you feel about playing live ?
Brandon - I am always too nervous to enjoy playing live as much as I’d like to. But, you get immediate feedback from the audience afterwards which i always appreciated. It would be nice to be able to play some of our newer material in a live context - it would be interesting to see how the stuff would change and how we’d be able to translate the music to a live audience and see the impact.

Meredith - It’s sort of frustrating because it never sounds as good as in the practice space to me. Nerves are higher and the sound is all weird because you are playing forward instead of in a circle. There tends to be less risk-taking and less magic. At the same time, it’s the only time I ever get to really share music with non-band members, since nothing is more awkward than sitting next to someone while you both listen to your recording. Where are you supposed to look? And then I feel sorry for the person who has to comment and say the perfect thing.

Eugene - Live shows are strange experiences for me. As a whole, Echodrone has always aimed to get huge, intricate sounds where everything integrates smoothly. It’s easy to hear this integration in a practice setting because we could completely engulf smaller rooms with our sound. Essentially, you could hear every aspect of our compositions regardless of where you were standing in our practice space.

But we lost this perspective a lot of times when we played on stage. Part of it was the separation of our instruments (I was on one side of the stage while Meredith, Brandon, and/or Mark was on the other side). And, as Meredith said, the other part of it was due to the directionality of our sound in a live setting. All of our sound was directed out toward the audience and away from us. This meant we had to trust each other completely. It also meant that we had to trust the songs themselves, since we couldn’t actually hear each other or perceive the details on stage. In essence, we had to believe that, as long as we played our own parts, the song and the integration of details were actually coming together and existing as we intended out in the audience. It was a leap of faith, for sure, and one that we took with every show.

Mark -I am the black sheep on this one... I totally love playing live and feel having an audience makes me play better and makes me strive for my best. The studio is fun too but doesn’t allow for instant gratification, I always enjoy the moments after the gig is done and the dust settles hopefully leaving our family and friends in a good state of mind. Right now Echodrone isn’t able to play live since we all live in different parts of the country, but once everyone graduates from school I bet there will be a resurgence and the gigs will be flowing again! I love playing for new audiences and experiencing new things so a tour of the world would be a dream come true.

5. How do you describe Echodrone sounds?
Mark - echo-y, reverb drenched and layered in a swirling, drug-induced dream
Meredith - epic but pretty
Brandon - a bed of delays and reverbs, with ethereal vocals laying on top...
Eugene - All the above :)


6: Tell us about the process of recording the new album ?
Brandon - We spent several months passing musical ideas back and forth online, becoming familiar with the verses and choruses if not the structures themselves. When we were able to set up enough time together, Mark Eugene and I spent a week together recording basic tracks and finalizing song structures. It was amazing how quickly the album came together, honestly. Eugene and Mark spent another week or so with overdubs and then Meredith came and recorded her vocals over 3-4 days.

Mark - We recorded it at my work/live loft in Emeryville CA where I had a lot of gear set up to track us live with us all in the same room while using headphones. The rhythm guitars and bass were recorded direct so there wouldn’t be any bleed from the amps going into the drum mics and vocals were done later. We used a click track and essentially learned how to play the songs while we were in the process of recording and like Brandon mentioned it went very quickly considering the only pre production rehearsals we had were in the form of listening to rough demos we passed back and forth via emails. We were all very surprised how well it came out considering the variables and limitations! The first five or six days were spent tracking the instruments while the last five days were primarily vocals and a few instrumental overdubs. I ended up moving out of the work/live studio so I had to mix the record in various locations, mainly Starbucks because I needed to have an internet connection to be able to use Reason 6 since the software makes you either have a dongle or sign on to their public server for access to use it. I went into a more proper studio at the end to reference everything and make sure the mixes were able to stand up on their own, and of course the rest of the band would give me feedback so it was very much a democratic process like everything we. Oh yeah...Skype was a very important tool for us!

7. What represents the shoegazer classic era to the band?
Meredith - My Bloody Valentine / Loveless to me is the perfect representation of that big, dirty, lovely mess that I have come to know and love as shoegaze. The shoegaze band I probably have the most personal connection with though is Cocteau Twins.

Eugene - I think Slowdive / Souvlaki really encompassed the classic shoegaze sound. It was such an amazing album - experimental sounds mixed with melodic sensibilities. Other bands seemed to emphasize either the experimental side or the melodic side, but Slowdive / Souvlaki was really the only classic shoegaze album that joined these two aspects together into a cohesive unit. But the coolest album, by far, was Lilys / In the Presence of Nothing. I used to play that every morning on my drive to school and I always associate it now with morning dew and the sunrise.

Brandon - 1991-1992 cover the era for me. Lush, Curve, Chapterhouse, Slowdive, MBV were all being played on my local radio station and there was so much good music that it took me 5-6 years to find out about bands like Lilys who were fantastic but not receiving quite as much notice at the time.

Mark - Definitely the early 90’s! It was a great time for music, and like Brandon I enjoyed a lot of the same bands. Swervedriver and MBV were always being played as well as a ton of other good stuff.

8. Which new bands do you recommended?
Meredith - I always jump onto trends late, but some newish bands I like -- Lower Dens, Bowerbirds, Engineers. If you haven’t heard these bands yet do yourself a favor.

Eugene - I really enjoy Solar Powered People...umm, that new Snoskred song is pretty awesome! I’m listening to a lot more ambient and experimental music lately, so if you’re interested in that, check out A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Kyle Bobby Dunn (Runge’s Last Stand is an INCREDIBLE song), Tim Hecker, and William Basinski.

Brandon - I love Drowner, Dead Leaf Echo, 99millionmilesfromthesun, Charmparticles, Daysleepers, Highspire, Resplandor, Engineers...

Mark - Engineers, Solar Powered People, Silversun Pickups, Simon Scott (love the Bunny record!), Ulrich Schnauss.


9: Which bands would you love to make a cover version of?
Meredith - I don’t know. Suggestions?

Brandon - Three songs I’ve always wanted to do shogazey covers of: “Live To Tell” by Madonna, “Sailing” by Christopher Cross, “Time” by The Alan Parsons Project

Mark - “Praying for Time” by George Michael, “No Quarter” by Led Zeppelin, “Echoes” by Pink Floyd

Eugene - “Are Friends Electric” by Gary Numan, “Hot Fun in the Summertime” by Sly and the Family Stone, “We Are What We Are” by The Other Ones, “Love System” by The .

10. What´s the plans for future....
Meredith - Evolve as a band together. That would be awesome, considering the journey so far.

Brandon - Mere stole my answer!

Mark - Continue to make great music and have a fun time doing it!

Eugene - Mark stole my answer.

11. Any parting words?
Meredith - Thanks for listening to our music!

Brandon - We appreciate the opportunity to speak with you and your readers!

Eugene - Thanks to everyone who has supported us throughout the years! We’ve hit some rough spots in the past, but our love and appreciation for you all has kept us going!

Mark - If you read this much you rock and deserve a HUGE THANKS for taking the time to learn a little about Echodrone. The band is excited to keep growing. We look at our fanbase as our good friends so those of you who have been following since the start, you know it’s been a fun ride and we look forward to the future and what it’ll bring. If you aren’t following us on Facebook it would be great to see y’all there...stop by and say hi.
Thanks Echodrone

quarta-feira, 18 de julho de 2012

Cracked Actor & Jean Genie At Dopamine

Dopamine é Dopamine é ponto final!!!!
Quando - 21/07
Onde - Dopamine Rock City
Dimitry Uziel - The Boss
Rob Son - The Other Boss
Ka - The Beautiful One
E a xiitagem de praxe,,,,o flyer fala só por mesmo.....

terça-feira, 17 de julho de 2012

Sueisfine with Is It Is - An Interview


Wall of Sound continua e continuará sendo a diretriz para quem tem como icones J&MC e MBV, este é o caso dos americanos do Is It Is, ruido branco do inicio ao fim de seu debut Hollyhocks, uma ode as guitarras altas e dissonantes, vocais soterrados e aquela receita que eu e você tanto gostamos.

Para o Is It Is ela é a base de sustentação para mesclar glam clássico e jogar purpurinas em meio ao feedback das guitarras, o tom blasé cai com uma luva para as canções e as torna mais sexys e estridentes, aqui a devoção ao MBV não é o Loveless mas sim o Ins´t Anything, o que os diferencia de maciça maioria dos seguidores de Mr. Shields, logicamente que o TBTCI enaltece essa postura e não a toa o Is It Is tem tido alta rodagem na vitrola vermelha.

E o contato entre Is It Is e TBTCI era inevitável, mas dia menos dia iria acontecer, e já que aconteceu, vamos pegar a história através de James Capps o dono da barulheira sexy e estridente, e tirem as crianças da sala, a festa apenas esta começando.

***** Interview with Is It Is *****

1. When did Is It Is start, tell us about the history...
The drummer (Justin Brooks) and I (James Capps) began playing together several years ago in a band. I had just moved back from Europe and they needed an extra guitarist. We liked playing together and decided to work on some of my material. I had known our bass player (Jack Hammack) for over 10 years. Us three got together over a period of a few months and worked out the record. We decided that we wanted to have an album ready to go before we played our first show. We released the album March 1 and played our first show March 2 in St. Louis, MO. I have done original music in various bands for the past 10 years. This is my first attempt as the principal songwriter.

2. Who are your influences?
I think the biggest one would be My Bloody Valentine. The idea of loud guitars with quieter vocals. We get compared to a lot of 90's bands which I think is pretty accurate. The Beatles are an influence for everything.

3. Make a list of 5 albums of all time....
As of right now in no particular order:
David Bowie- Ziggy Stardust
My Bloody Valentine- Isn't Anything
Fleetwood Mac- Rumours
The Cure- Seventeen Seconds
T-Rex- The Slider

4. How do you feel playing live?
I love everything about playing live. The anticipation and then the act and then the release and come down afterwards. It's almost like a drug. Especially when the sound is right and you are in the middle of it. Time sort of stands still. It is one of those pure moments of existence where you think of nothing. One of the only times my brain shuts off and I just do.

5. How do you describe your sound?

6. Tell us about the process of recording.
For Hollyhocks we rehearsed the album as a single piece over and over and over again. We started recording by doing the drums. I played along with Justin on a scratch track. After all the drums were done we added the bass. I remember we did the bass really late at night. I think we got done at like 5 am. Next were the guitars. We layered many different tracks of guitar together. Different guitars and different amps. For the most part all the parts were all accounted for before recording, but there are a few moments of improvisation. After that were the vocals. I took the mixes home and did all the vocals alone on my computer. This helped a lot because singing really makes you feel self-concsious. So to be comfortable and able to do it when the moment strikes I think made for a better end result. Next was mixing which took a few weeks of listening to the songs over and over again. Luckily the guy who recorded us (Josh Thomas) knows what he is doing and knew what we were going for. We couldn't have done it without him.


7. What represents the shoegazer classic era to the band?
I'm not really sure. The big thing for me is the volume of the vocals. I cannot stand to hear music where the vocals stand above everything else. From what I understand vocals are the first thing people listen to. But for me it is the last.

8. Which new bands do you recommend?
There's a really cool band out of Chicago called Panda Riot that I like a lot. We played with this band called Captions in Santa Barbara that blew me away. It's really amazing how much great music there is out there.

9. Which bands do you love to cover?
We played a few Dinosaur Jr. songs at practice but we have yet to cover anything at an actual show. I thought it would be cool to do a cover of Prince's "Little Red Corvette". We try to keep our sets pretty short so we tend to just do our songs.

10. What's the plans for the future?
We have another album written but not recorded. I assume we will do that fairly soon. Mostly try to tour and expose as many people as we can to our music. Hopefully find a label that can help do that.

11. Any parting words?
Sue is not fine. She is damaged and insane.
Thanks James

segunda-feira, 16 de julho de 2012

Take It From The Man with Black Market Karma

Rapididamente, sem maiores delongas, Cocoon do Black Market Karma e obrigatório, siga as instruções do Cicerto e não perca tempo.

Black Market Karma - Cocoon
por - Cicero J.

Costumo dizer e certas vezes até soa repetitivo e irrelevante que os grandes acontecimentos da minha, da sua e de nossas vidas acontecem de forma natural e simples,compartilhar fatos, ocasiões e momentos com pessoas que realmente amamos não tem preço, comigo acontece sempre e nessa semana foi incontestavelmente histórica.

Amo futebol e vi meu time levantando a tão sonhada taça junto com amigos, isso é um fato casual, natural e simples da mesma forma desse  álbum que vem para acrescentar mais conteúdo no cenário musical de 2012.

Sim meus caros,um álbum com temperos devidamente ministrados pelo freak e super boa praça Supersonic-Mark Belton  temos um retrocesso sonoro altamente positivo e recomendável lá nos idos do anos 60,ok ok,vc é mais jovem? Então vocês certamente  devem ter  escutado algo do The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Também não? E, Dead Rabbits?

Certo,então faça um favor a si mesmo,caso vcs realmente se interessam por musicas verdadeiras...ouça Cocoon  novíssimo trabalho do Black Market Karma

Stan, Mike, Sam, Mat, Tom e a fofa Louisa são os freaks responsáveis por esse estupor sonoro, nos brindando com 11 faixas altamente fodásticas,destaque para a hipnótica ‘’Hold Me Down’’e a barulhenta ‘’Violet’’e a faixa que dá nome ao álbum.

Coccon do The Black Market Karma foi um grande presente para mim e fãs dos bons sons numa semana onde os pequenos gestos e acontecimentos irão ficar em nossas lembranças por vários anos...

Agora é só tirar suas próprias conclusões ouvindo,tenho certeza que os amantes dos bons sons ao final da audição estarão com um sorriso estampado no rosto.

sexta-feira, 6 de julho de 2012

Afterhours at Blue Room #6

O que as pessoas falam sobre a Blue Room??

"Cansou de balada com o povinho moderninho com o drink caro na mão a noite toda fazendo pose, e musiquinhas hits de 3 anos atrás que o DJzinho toca achando que a melhor coisa do mundo, de falta de musica realmente underground como nos bons e velhos anos 90? Sente falta de novidades musicais realmente de qualidade e bom gosto, então aparece hoje no Walden e deixe de ser coxinha e pare de ir em pico poser."
Marcos Rocker Mattos

"Hoje o Espaco Cultural Walden abre somente apos as 23h59 (ou depois do show do Radio Dept)!A Blue Room Afterhours vai ser muito da hora, com surpresas e a boa musica de sempre!"
Cesar Zanin & Mariana Cetra

"Blue Room é Fodástica."
Cicero J. Silva

"Aonde mais eu posso ouvir Wedding Present 2 vezes na mesma noite?!?!"
Paulo Seminara

"Caralho nunca ouvi sister ray em nenhuma dance floor."
Cesar Zanin

"Tragam suas mascaras e sejam vilões azuis.!!!"
Vagner Sousa

"que show fantástico Rê, eles (Inverness) são espetaculares, me lembrou muito Moose."
Mariana Cetra

"The Concept fez um estrago hoje aqui hein.!!!"
André Cordeiro

Hoje tem mais, Afterhours após o Radio Dept.

Andre Medeiros do Top Surprise fazendo um pocket que nem eu mesmo sei como vai ser;
Alessandra Lehmen do grande Lautmusik como convidada especial
Henrique Almeida do The Concept e Elevadores comemorando seu aniversario e se arriscando nas pick ups...

A Blue Room no Esp. Walden é assim, músicos, fãns de música, amigos, projetos, conversas, entretenimento, muito mais do que uma baladinha, Blue Room é conceito.

Taking Drugs To Make Music to Take Drugs To at Dopamine

48# Dopamine vem em charmoso e perigoso frasco de 80mg homenageando Jason Pierce e a obra prima do ano Sweet Heart, Sweet Light!!!!!

Onde - Dopamine Rock
Quando - 07/07/2012
Dimitry - The Boss
Rob son - The Other Boss
KA - The Beautiful One

PS: Presenças garantida de eu, Michele, Cicero, Marcos, Andre, Vagner, Roxy.....só aí já tem anos e anos de histó não perderia se fosse você.

segunda-feira, 2 de julho de 2012

Dreamlanding by Füxa - An Interview with Randall Nieman


Algumas bandas permanecerão eternamente com a integridade jamais abalada, bandas que sobrevivem simplesmente pelo amor a música, obras inteiras que permanecem intocadas pela grande maioria incluindo grandes conhecedores, uma destas grandiosidades atende pelo nome de Füxa, Randall Nieman é a mente por detrás dessa perola que mescla dreaming music, space waves, drones e lirismo etereo acima do bem e do mal, o Füxa jamais atingira o mainstream simplesmente pelo fato de não ceder a nada.

Formado por Randall após sua saida de outra banda altamente recomendada chamada Windy & Carl, Randall desde 1995 vem criando obras que podem e devem ser denominadas de pérolas, verdadeiras trilhas para sonhos trazendo anjos, nuvens, a galaxia, estrelas e sensações que talvez apenas o Cocteau Twins fez de forma tão sublime.

Ouvir qualquer canção de Randall é como embarcar acordado para passeios por lugares jamais pensados, e acredite esses lugares estão mais proximos do que imaginamos.

E como parte da admiração do TBTCI pela obra em vida de Randall, nada mais justo do que elevar o Füxa a vocês que merecem e precisam experimentar estas sensações conjuntamente com este que vos escreve logicamente sendo guiados por Randall e o majestoso Füxa.

Veja toda a história deste ilustre desconhecido dos bons sons de hoje e sempre.

                                                         ***** Interview with Füxa *****



Q: Who are your influences?

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
2. NEU! 86

Q. How do you fell playing live?

Q. How do you describe fuxa´s sounds?


Q: Tell us about the process of recording the albuns?

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?

Q: What´s the plans for future....

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks Randall