Tuesday, 28 September 2010

FAMILY PORTRAIT















Family Portrait capture a soulful, vintage, eclectic sound that I can’t get enough of right now. Extremely intricately and well crafted songs; their pacey, high tempo tracks have an underlying sense of slow burning warmth, with a blend of varying styles and sounds entwined throughout. They are seriously good, another Underwater Peoples gem, one of my fave labels and one of my favourite bands I've heard this year, thumbs up.


Q: Where are you located in this big wide world right now and what're you working on?

A: Currently I am living in Ridgewood N.J. which is a suburb of New York City. Im working on a new project, which is still nameless at the moment.

Q: Who did you grow up listening to?

A: Well the first CD I ever bought was Michael Jackson’s, Black or White and he still is to this day, one of my favorite artists. But I also grew up listening to a lot of Buster Poindexter, The Beatles, Notorious BIG, and Elvis.

Q: What's the weirdest thing you've ever written a song about?

A: Well normally I write songs about inner turmoil present within people’s subconscious lives; which I think is pretty weird to begin with. But I would have to say the weirdest thing I have ever written about was saving pregnant women from sacrifice

Q: Did you initially, when starting out as a band, find it difficult to get your music out there and heard and secure shows or has it been relatively straight forward?

A: Initially Family Portrait song writing started out as just me. However, it wasn’t long until we found a reason to start a full band. In this case it was our friend and band mate Ari Stern’s 21st birthday party.This was the first Family Portrait performance along with one of the first Real Estate performances. It was a magical time.

Q: What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?

A: Either at a party with tons of people having a great time, or by yourself in your most vulnerable of moments.

Q: What's been your favourite show you've played so far?

A: Wow ever? Most likely our Halloween show of late 08’. We were still only playing house shows, which were more or less filled with our friends from college in DC. Due to the level of familiarity we were able to let loose a little more than normal. Watching our bass player, Sawyer Carter Jacobs, do extremely high kicks in his skin tight gold spandex was a moment I hope to never forget.

Q: Apart from make music, what else do you like to get up to?

A: I like to enjoy the finer things of life when i initially wake up. Make myself some coffee, drink it outside and have a nice smoke. Breathe the fresh Jersey air, and plan my day which mostly revolves around music oriented things.

Q: What's the best thing about being in a band and the worst thing?

A: The best thing about being in a band is the bond you make with your bandmates. Being on the road for a month in the same car for hours a day with the same people can really bring you close. It is almost funny how cars have a way helping people relate to one another. As if due to the smaller space, we are forced to get closer with one another, not just physically.

Q: What're Family Portrait's near future plans, what's next for you guys?

A: Future plans include not playing any live shows until CMJ in New York City. Once CMJ rolls along we will be going on a short tour with some bands, which will be announced soon. Afterwards we are hoping to go to the UK in the winter, which will also hopefully be announced relatively soon. We are almost finished with our first full length record as well as an EP called Dark Roast. The Dark Roast EP will help to showcase the future of Family Portrait.



Family Portrait - Mega-Secrets by marinak


On The Floor - Family Portrait by kohar


Such an awesome band, keep a look out and have a peek at their myspace

Monday, 27 September 2010

BOTANY






















Absolutely gorgeous bit of music passed my way. Botany is 22 year old Spencer Stephenson, who's forthcoming e.p 'Feeling Today' is set to be released in just over a month, and it's such a treat. So fresh, so good. Click below to listen.

FEELING TODAY

For some more background and links to download, have a look at the WESTERN VINYL site.

Monday, 20 September 2010

PORCELAIN RAFT

















It's not difficult to harbour an instant affection towards Porcelain Raft's music, immediately evoking a striking sense of atmospheric bliss. The man behind it all is Italian fellow, Mauro Remmidi, who is currently based in London. I can only fathom how awesome it would've been seeing him perform in a church in Manchester back in May, seems like the perfect backdrop for his gorgeous tracks. Not only are the songs superb, but the videos to go with them provide an apt, extremely aesthetically pleasing accompaniment. Really special.

First off, could you introduce yourself and give a bit of background to Porcelain raft.
I started making music when I was 10, with a tape recorder and a piano, making funny interludes and talking a lot...
Now I do the same just with more instruments.

From some myspace stalking, I see you're currently over shores, how's the tour going?
Every day I take a train, I don't get to see the cities but I meet lots of incredible people, even for a quick chat. I see the landscape changing...I never done that before, things change within 24h. I'm learning so much and Blonde Redhead are amazing people.

What's the weirdest thing you've ever written a song about?
Life

Are there certain themes or sources of inspiration you seem to naturally revisit when writing music?
I guess memories, I often switch between reality and memories or dreams.
I don't see the song or a live set as a straight story line. Music, words and the performance are together in a maze where you may meet emotions from the past but at the same time talking about something that just happened.

What do you reckon would be the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?
Anytime you find yourself somewhere half done, a building site for example.

What's been your favourite show you've played so far?
Paris.

And finally, what's next for Porcelain raft, projects in the pipeline and near future plans and such?
There's a single coming out at the beginning of Oct. than a gig in Manchester supporting my beloved Yuck, than NY for CMJ...than will see.
You can sample more of Porcelain Raft's delicious tracks on his bandcamp and find out more info and read up on how his shows go and general musings on his myspace.


BREAKAGE

















Following on from Memory Tape's remix of Clare Maguire's 'Ain't Nobody', just copped the Breakage effort that's now dropped, heavy stuff.

L.P / SIGMA


Massive! Comes to an abrupt end unfortunately, but cannae find an mp3 anywhere.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

DEAD GAZE















Turn up your speakers, it’s essential you listen to DEAD GAZE LOUD, totally nuts stuff, providing a perfect aural representation of the term outttt of this world. Distorted, trippy and hypnotic, it’s all sickeningly good. R.Cole Furlow is the mastermind behind such beasty sounds, over to him..

First off, where are you right now and what're you working on?

I'm in Jackson, the capital city of Mississippi. I was planning on moving this summer but some things changed and looks like I'm staying here for a while. I'm working on a couple releases at the moment.

What's the music scene like in Mississippi, is it easy to find like-minded musicians?

I wouldn't say there is a scene so much where I am. Jackson has some good songwriters but not enough to make it a scene. The good bands are from the Northern part of the state in Oxford. Dent May, Bass Drum of Death, Flight, Black and Whites, Gray Things, Young Buffalo, all those dudes are making legit stuff and we are all friends. I like to think we are all like minded or at least digging each other's vibes. Lately we've been booking some great bands through Mississippi. Generally speaking, we try and make Mississippi a fun place for touring bands even if the crowds don't really understand. Check out http://catspurringms.blogspot.com/ and you'll get a pretty good idea of what we've been up to.

What's the weirdest thing you've ever written a song about?

I wrote a song about this smile my girlfriend makes called "Your Ozzie Face". It was on my first tape. She has this really nice smile that only happens sometimes and it reminds me of the way the great St. Louis Cardinal Ozzie Smith would smile after he did something wicked on the baseball field. She smiles all the time, but there was something about the way this smile hit me. It was such a rare idea I thought it would make a beautiful song. I guess that's pretty weird.

Are there certain themes or sources of inspiration you seem to naturally revisit when writing music?

I don't know if there is anything in particular that I consistently go back to. I really just want to write psychedelic pop music, so whatever I listen to I try and find some pop sensibility somewhere around it. I tend to write about friendships/relationships and the small moments that need to be remembered. I record a lot at my father's house. It's in the sticks right outside of this small town Wesson. The isolation seems to give off good vibes. I try and record all of my jams out there, so maybe that seeps in somehow.

What do you reckon would be the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?

Probably in a car, sneaking out going somewhere. Anywhere you can be loud. Maybe after a bad day at work and it's the first thing you put on when you get out.

What's been your favourite show you've played so far?

We played this showcase at SXSW this past year called the "Don't Tell Mom Fest" at a co-op called The House of Commons. For some reason it just felt great. It was a day show and everyone was in such a good mood. The weather was close to perfect and the general vibe was overwhelmingly chill. I think we played well and the room sounded great, but the bands we played with really made the day. We met these nice Californians Shannon and the Clams, and this rad songwriter from Oakland Colleen Green. They kinda blew us away. Ever since then I really haven't stopped listening to either of them.

And finally, what's next for DEAD GAZE, near future plans and such?

I've got some really nice releases about to drop. My friend Trevor's label Fire Talk is going to release a 7" as well as La Station Radar out of France. I also have an EP 10" being released on Group Tightener which will be out sometime in the fall. Once all that is done who knows. I really want to quit my job and do something. I'll probably try and book as many shows as possible and travel if everything's right. I have another project I've been working on this past year called EASY TRAVELS. It's a bit more spaced out. Not so much song oriented but more texture focused. Hopefully I can start doing some releases with that project. I really just want to find something to celebrate about. I don't celebrate enough.


Such sick music, check out the DEAD GAZE myspace for info on shows and new releases!!!!! My favourite stuff is down below.

Dead Gaze - Remember What Brought Us Here by Magicrpm

Dead Gaze - Stay, Don't Say by Magicrpm

Thursday, 16 September 2010

JAILL

Awesome band I’ve started to hear surfing the radio waves of Britain. They've been around since 2002 and consist of Vinnie Kircher, Ryan Adams, Andrew Harris and Austin Dutmer. Their power pop packs a punch and if you don’t wanna dance when you hear them then you’re stupid. Great vocals, catchy hooks with a sweet laid back vibe, a must listen!! We were well aware it wasn't working but we have the same take charge of your shit attitude as pooh bear.’ This line alone reaffirms why they’re rad! :D

Firstly, where are you and what're you working on?

We are in the van headed to Cleveland Ohio to open for Jenny lewis' new band Jenny and Johnny. We are working on coming down from this mornings' smoke and not being late for soundcheck cause we forgot we lose an hour crossing into eastern timezone

Who did you all grow up listening to, anyone super embarrassing ha?

We were into normal shit like the kinks and the beach boys. I really loved that werewolf meatloaf video with the Victoria's secret model. I'm not sure if that is embarrassing or not. It's not like we were jamming out to the proclaimers or anything.

Take us back to your first gig as Jaill, where was it and what was the reception like?

First time we played as jail was in 2002 and Austin and I had a piano player who'd never played before so we told him to play the white keys and a guitar player. No bass player. The reception was a mix of baffled and annoyed. We were going for more of an art thing. We were well aware it wasn't working but we have the same take charge of your shit attitude as pooh bear.

What's been your favourite show you've played so far?

Last night is the one I remember best and it was great so probably that show. We opened for Jenny and Johnny in Chicago. It was sold out which is really different from shows we are used to being apart of.

Any themes or sources of inspiration you seem to naturally revisit a lot?

Beaches, weed, dogs, band life, girl tendencies, and not that we've talked about him yet, but we are gonna start interpreting the complicated life of snarf.

Where would you love to tour?

Love to add a steel drum and do an island tour opening for Jimmy buffet playing to tons of land sharks. Drinking piƱa coladas from hollowed out coconuts and asking people if they wanna get their hair braided all while applying Hawaiian tropic zero SPF tanning oil. The other guys would probably like to kick it in Australia.

Tell us a bit about your debut LP 'There's no sky (my oh my)'

We recorded that ourselves in a basement and an attic. We took our time to try to make sure it didn't scream demo. We were pretty stoked on it from the get go so it was fun to make. Sent it off to get reviewed and went on some tours. Pretty standard course of events for a pipe-dreaming unknown band.

And finally, what's next for Jaill, future plans and the like?

In October we are doing a short trip out to new York to play something cmj and then in November we are going to Europe for 3 weeks to end up at primavera fest in Spain. Really excited for that!

Jaill - "There's No Sky (Oh My My)" from High Frequency Media on Vimeo.

Jaill - That's How We Burn by subpop

Check out more from the band and buy both 'There's no sky (my oh my)' and 'That's how we burn' on their myspace and site.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

YYYS









I was listening to some older stuff earlier and appreciated all over again some pretty tasty Yeah Yeah Yeahs remixes and tracks, these were my favourites.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps [TGIK Remix] by thisguyiknow

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Dull Life (The Dirty Tees Remix) by underhisempire

" Yeah Yeah Yeahs & A-Trak ": Heads Will Roll (Electric Soulside ft Odissi Mix) - Free Track by electric soulside

The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s – Soft Shock (Them Jeans Acoustic Remix) by jackstin

15TH YO

Today is a very important day, all hail 15th September. Here's a musical accompaniment!

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

CLARE MAGUIRE + MEMORY TAPES













Birmingham born Clare Maguire really does belt them out and her massive talent hasn't gone unnoticed. She started out writing her early songs whilst she worked in Topshop and musical juggernauts such as Jay Z, Jarvis Cocker and Mike Skinner have all got hot and bothered about the 22 year old since then. The future's bright, as Maguire embarks on tours with Hurts and Plan B this year. Her new video dropped a few days ago and 'Ain't nobody' is out October 11th.


Which brings me to JUSTBEAPERSON pal Memory Tapes, who has cast his magical remixing spell on Clare Maguire's track and typically produced something special that was approved this morning.


SEA OLEENA



















Stumbling in at 4 in the morning, tired from dancing badly to shit drum and bass at your local club and dizzy from drinking shit alcopops at your local club, you sometimes need a bit of clarity and redefinition. WHO AM I? DO I ACTUALLY LIKE DRUM & BASS? No, no you don’t, you like music like Sea Oleena. Popped this on and was blown away and soon the past few hours were just a mere, distant memory (aided by the fact I was also drunk) . Such beautiful music from Canadian, Charlotte Oline, with an innocent, romantic and enchanting sound that is both subtle and soothing. Full of atmosphere and an ability to make you forget where you are and what you’re supposed to be doing, i.e going to bed; I think in every review Sea Oleena’s music will be described as dreamy and I’m not gonna buck the trend, it is gorgeously dreamy.

So first off, where are you right now and what're you working on?

I'm living in Montreal right now, working on working and writing and making music.

Who did you grow up listening to?

The music that really stands out in my memory is an old cassette tape full of the Beatles from my father's collection, Eric Clapton's 'Unplugged', Mark Heard's 'Satellite Sky', 'The Number 1 Jazz Album', and Joe Scruggs.

What would you say would be the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?

Probably either deep-sea diving or flying an airplane. Driving on a highway would be a fine substitute though.

Are there any specific themes or sources of inspiration that you seem to naturally revisit a lot when writing songs?

I write a lot about ghosts and the ocean, although I'm not entirely sure why. I'm very attracted to pretty words though, and I'm even more attracted to combinations of pretty words. Lately I've been really inspired by the poetry of Gwendolyn MacEwen.

Take us through your song writing process?

I'm just constantly writing. Hardly ever full songs/poems at a time, but I have full notebooks and scraps of paper with a couple lines on each page. I put them away, forget about them for a while, and then read everything over and piece together what I like.

Who would be your dream collaboration?

I have so many, but Karin Dreijer, CocoRosie, and Joanna Newsom are at the top.

What would you find more nerve-racking, playing to hundreds of strangers or an intimate show with friends and family?

So far I've only played intimate shows, and even then it has never been any of the music from my album, but I feel like playing for a large audience would have an incredible energy. Either way I probably wouldn't be able to speak though. And it would have to be dark. Everywhere.

You released another album in July, can you tell us a bit about it?

The Self-Titled album released in July is my brother Luke (Felix Green)'s production of 'Smudges'. While I was putting 'Smudges' together, he would listen to the tracks and my ideas etc, and he showed an immediate interest in what I was doing. He asked me if he could produce the songs as a separate album. That was the biggest compliment for me since I'm very inspired by the innovation in his production of music. For the S/T album, Sea Oleena really is the two of us.

And what're your near future plans as an artist?

I'm not planning too much right now, but I have been working on small collaborations with a few different artists, and (hopefully) I'll be playing Sea Oleena shows soon. As for new music, all I can say at this point is that one of the collaborations I've been working on is with my brother, and it isn't a small one.

You can grab the lovely album from Sea Oleena’s bandcamp and get more info from her myspace in the meantime sample this here delight.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

WOODSMAN
















Hailing from Colorado, Denver, Woodsman are Trevor, Eston, Mark & Dylan, who produce consistently awesome psychedelic offerings that float and flit, with loads of depth, layers and texture to their sound, taking you on an obscure and interesting musical journey. Their e.p 'Mystery Tape' was released in June and was hyped and applauded; a really strong record from the quartet, highly recommended!

First off, where are you right now and what're you working on?

Eston, Dylan and I are in Denver, Mark recently moved to Brooklyn. We just finished recording our next full length record, spent the last month in our home studio as well as a friends studio here in Denver collecting songs and working on ideas. We ended up with 11 solid jams that sort of go beyond what people have probably come to expect from Woodsman. I think it's going to surprise people but hopefully in a good way. It feels like we're finally entering a zone we've always knew was there individually, it just took a couple years to realize it together. Other than the Woodsman record all of us are kind of doing our own things. Eston is working on this epic Sci-Fi audio book, Dylan has been jamming with the Tjutjuna bros a bit, Mark's been making videos for other bands and in transition to New York, and I'm adjusting to a new living situation as well, my friends Andy and Craig who play in this rad band called Gauntlet Hair just moved in and we're sort of revamping our studio and throwing house shows.

How do you find the music scene in Denver, is it easy to find like-minded musicians?

The music scene in Denver is sort of hard to figure out. There's a ton of bands here and a "scene" for every sort of genre it seems. There's some really good things happening here but I think the real shit exists on sort of a DIY level. There's a space here called Rhinoceropolis that has sort of helped a lot of us develop in a completely natural way. We also used to run a space called Imperial Shit Hole with our visual artist friend Greg Tait that added to this idea. And lately it's been house shows propelling things further keeping that sense of community going amongst our friends bands that might get alot of attention outside of this city but don't really here in Denver. The nice thing about Denver is there are tons of like minded musicians its just the musical institution in this town that leaves something to be desired.

You recently released 'Mystery Tape', can you tell us a bit about the e.p?

Mystery Tape sort of came about in a weird way. We had released a couple EP's on our own in 2009 and then Mexican Summer put out our first LP "Collages" in December. We all lived together and had a studio in our house so we were just constantly recording music. We booked a west coast tour to support "Collages" and figured we needed some more shit to sell on the road. We finished up the songs that would later become "Mystery Tape" and dubbed a bunch of cassettes and went out on tour. In San Francisco we met up with the Lefse dudes and showed them the new songs on the cassette, they dug em and offered a one off deal to put em out on their label. When we got back to Denver we felt like we needed one more jam and were kind of sitting on "When the Morning Comes." We gave it to our friend Brian Marcus and he helped produce and shape it into something a little more dense. We decided to call it Mystery Tape in the spirit of how it came about and a few months later it was pressed.

What's the weirdest thing you've ever written a song about?

Man, we do have a song called "I Understand Philip K Dick" but I'm not sure if that's a weird thing to right a song about. Although I recently found out that he's burried in this shitty little Colorado town called Fort Morgan. Been thinking about going on a vision quest. The title was inspired by this article written by Terence McKenna with the same title... http://www.sirbacon.org/dick.htm

Are there certain themes or sources of inspiration you seem to naturally revisit when writing music?

I think we're all inspired by different things. The nice thing about this band is everyone brings their own ideas into the writing process. Someone can have an idea but it usually doesn't become a song until all of us have contributed something. That said, collectively I think we're all intrigued by similar things. The natural world in competition with technology, daily routines, drugs.

What do you reckon would be the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?

I think eyes closed laying on the floor with headphones on.

What's been your favourite show you've played so far?

We've had a bunch of good ones and I think everyone has a different Idea of what show is their favourite. The shows we play at our house seem to be the most comfortable. I can tell you that collectively we all agree that our worst show was on our first ever tour back in the day before anyone knew who we were we played this shitty space called The Cesspool Castle in Joplin Missouri. It was basically this dudes run down basement covered in stinky carpet. We were thinking about bailing when we first walked in but decided to buy a bunch of whiskey and proceeded to get far too drunk to drive. So after the show we had no choice but to stay at this dudes house. It was so fucking grotesque that instead of staying inside we all huddled together on a little screened in porch, slept it off and split as soon as the sun came up.

And finally, what's next for woodsman, near future plans and such?

We're going to finish mixing and mastering this record and get it out there... Sounds like there's a 7inch in the works on our own Fire Talk label. Mark and I are playing some shows in New York in October, as well as Pop Montreal. Then in November we're doing a couple week west coast tour with Gauntlet Hair... All six of us crammed in the woodsvan, should be killer!




You should really grab their e.p you know and find out more stuff about them on their myspace and tumblr

Friday, 10 September 2010

READING RAINBOW



Reading Rainbow have got a unique contagious enthusiasm and energy that means you can’t help, even if in the shittest of all shit moods, listening to and liking them, tapping into your happy place(not a sexual reference) and engaging the fuck out of you. I found the experience a real blast. Sort’ve like No Age and Tilly and the Wall having a really loud, fast fight with No Age winning. One of my favourite bands I’ve heard this year, Sarah Everton and Rob Garcia, I salute you!

Where are you located in this big wide world right now and what're you working on?

We live in Philadelphia, which is actually a really great place to be right now. Its really easy to find great/cheap places to live, tons of art and music stuff always happening, there's a genuine audience for these types of things, its small enough to bike everywhere, and when we do want to get out of the city, we are only a little over an hour away from NY and Baltimore. We actually live on the same block as 2 art galleries, a coffee shop, and an antique store. Walk another block and there is an amazing recording studio and also a thrift store. We love philly!

What's the weirdest thing you've ever written a song about?

We have a song called "Where My Body's Found" on our first full length album "Mystical Participation". When you break it down, the song is actually about going into the forest and dying and then all of the animals eating your body. It's totally black metal psychedelic punk rock!

What would you say is the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?

It might sound cliche, but really REALLY high. I always love listening to music with headphones right before I go to bed. When everything is calm and you can focus. In a car driving long distances is good too.

What's been your favorite show you've played so far?

Oh man, thats really hard to answer. We probably have like a top 5, but nothing has ever completely aligned for the ultimate favorite show. We played a couple of shows at SXSW this year that were really amazing and were able to see a lot of good bands, but we got really sick and Sarah even coughed up blood at one point.

Apart from make music, what else do you like to get up to?

Sarah just finished her MFA. She has been doing freelance illustration and she is about to do an installation in an art gallery. Sarah painted the "Yeah Right" tigers at Death By Audio!!

Rob unfortunately has a full time job right now. So all of his free time is spent frantically trying to be as creative as possible and write as many songs as he can!!

We also both like to watch a lot of movies, ride bikes, collect old broken shit, and hang out with our two cats.

Have you acquired any strange fans yet?

We've definitely had a few super fans, but they are totally awesome.

What's the best thing about being in a band and the worst thing?

The best thing is being able to fully participate in a creative expression that affects people and communicates ideas/feeling better than most other art forms. It doesn't have to be dumbed down for people to respond to it.

The worst thing is the all night drives across multiple states just so that you can get home early enough the morning to get to work by 9 am!! Hopefully that will change.

What're Reading Rainbow's near future plans, what's next for you guys?

We have been super busy recently. We just finished everything for our next full length album "Prism Eyes", which will be released through HoZac records (hopefully by mid November). HoZac is also releasing a 7" sometime this Fall, which is part of their limited pressing Hookup Club. We also have a split 7" with Coasting to be released this October through the French label, Atelier Ciseaux Records. We are also beginning to write new songs for an EP that should be coming out early next year on a different label.

In addition to all this, we are playing a shit ton of shows!! We really need to plan a tour for the release of our album.




Thankyou Reading Rainbows! You can find out everything you need to know and order and pre-order their records from their myspace what a great url!

Gotta include some of the artwork cos it's so good.