Thursday, 23 December 2010

BRAIDS















A Christmas treat in the form of BRAIDS! Ho ho ho

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

Half of us are in Calgary visiting our families and the other half are in Montreal working. The working half will soon be joining the visiting half. We are working on and out new sounds that our instruments and bodies can make.

Could you give a brief BRAIDS history?

BRAIDS is a band that lost to a Red Hot Chili's cover band in high school. They lost because they did not have costumes. This is how they met. Raphie knew Austin since Junior High. Austin used to sleep beside his Dad's bass drum. Austin and Taylor were in a Jazz combo in High School. Raphie met Katie in Theatre class. Katie dropped out of certain classes so she could stay in Theatre and play Piano. Katie met Taylor through a trip to Greece. They stole music from volunteering at their favorite local radio station. Raphie broke her leg and took up Guitar. They all decided to start a band.

We still don't have costumes.

Who did you grow up listening to?

I was fortunate enough to have grown up listening to a lot of Korean rock n' roll (mainly Shin Jung-Hyun who is amazing). Over the years, that type of music has been somewhat lost in mainstream Korean culture and has become a novelty. My father also forced me to listen to the Beegees' and Simon & Garfunkel's greatest hits. Though what jump started me into writing my own versions of famous pop tunes came from my discovery of early James Brown and The Temptations. There was also a lot of bad music along the way but I choose not to believe that they've somehow worked themselves into the songs I've written up to now.

Tell us a bit about 'Native Speaker'.

Native Speaker took 3 years to write, 2 years to record, and 1 year to release. We learned how to record which resulted in a lot of tears, caffeine, and blood*. We waited on the album for a very long time, learned a lot about the state of the music industry, and fought like a married family of 4. Native Speaker has taught us how to love, what it means to be loved, and the meaning of being earnest.

*nose bleeds.

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

Fat cats.

But I guess that isn't so weird.

Are there any specific themes or sources of inspiration you find yourself revisiting often when making music?

Friends.

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

Underwater. But if you can't, I recommend lying in a bathtub full of water.

Where would you love to tour?

Our friends GOBBLE GOBBLE once told us they would love to do a tour of secret house shows across Canada. This has sparked my avid interest in abandoned churches. Which all seem to either conglomerate around small towns USA or Western Europe.

Finally, what's next for BRAIDS, future plans and such?

You can purchase our album officially on January 18th, we will be touring North America after wards till April, we will be touring Europe shortly after, and Australia will follow. We are currently writing new songs and will continue to in Montreal, QC, Canada.

BRAIDS 'Lemonade' by kaninerecords

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Thursday, 16 December 2010

CATFISH














I'm a sucker for a fly on the wall and Catfish ticks all the boxes; jerky camera, self reflection..A CRAZY INTERNET FAMILY. Sort've like a tame blair witch project at times, without the witch..and the blair, but almost scarier regardless. It would be impossible for there to be no speculation with this kind of 'documentary' as to it's truthfulness; part of the film's appeal is that premise and I'm sure the directors aimed for the ambiguity. I'm 99% sure it's real, but if you just take Catfish for what it is, it's a great film and a deeply sad film.


Tuesday, 14 December 2010

MESITA

















Introducing James Cooley, writing under the alias, Mesita. He popped up on my radar and his tracks instantly drew me in with their deep, layered arrangements and bags of potential. I physically cannot stop listening to recent effort 'Somewhere else', a gorgeously smooth song that cements Mesita's impressive talent. Bravo!

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

I'm not really sure haha...I'm just sort of in a holding pattern at the moment in Colorado, taking a rest, drinking peppermint mochas & making trips to the post office to send out CDs. I've been working hard on a new album. I guess that has been the main focus the past month or so after I got the EP all finished up.

Could you give a brief Mesita history?

Mesita has just been me alone playing and recording music in basements and bedrooms. I had been messing around with recording for a long time now under different names and I guess Mesita was my attempt to tighten it up a bit. I just like to experiment with different mic setups and weird instruments and have as much fun making music as I can.

Who did you grow up listening to?

Mostly what my parents listened to. Lots of Springsteen. My parents took me to see R.E.M at Red Rocks for my first concert which was way cool of them. Also listened to video game music! The music in the video games I played growing up had a huge impact on me for sure. In high school, I developed an unhealthy obsession with Radiohead. I also got way into The Black Keys after seeing them play on Conan. I went out and bought Thickfreakness and The Big Come Up the day after and have been trying to play guitar as cool as Dan Auerbach ever since.

Tell us a bit about your most recent release 'Living/Breathing'.

It's pretty much a failed album put into an EP. I recorded the title track at home in January and made tons of other tracks in a Seattle apartment over the summer but nothing was working. I ended up getting so frustrated with it all that I snapped and abandoned most of the stuff I had been working on. Ended up coming back to my senses, started cleaning up the better songs I had, and put together an EP of songs I wanted to release but didn't fit with the album I'm trying to put together.

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

Either finding a box of hot tamales in a field or having stuffed animals for friends. I'm pretty bad at lyrics. and the trumpet.

Are there any specific themes or sources of inspiration you find yourself revisiting often when making music?

I guess whatever's happening and what I'm going through at the time. Mostly being unhappy with a current situation and fleeing to another situation but ending up feeling the same way. I've been learning more and more how to shut up and enjoy the ride.

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

Hmm... on top of a mountain or something... I make music for mountain tops. Hikers with a good view and that. Music to listen to while eating trail mix? Something like that.

Where would you love to tour?

Touring is something I need to do but have no idea how to... Playing live also scares the hell out of me. I have an obligation to hit Austin and go up to New Jersey when I finally make it out. Also would love to make it down to Australia, go around Europe, see Japan... go visit places I normally wouldn't get the chance to go see and meet cool people.

Finally, what's next for Mesita, future plans and such?

I'm just going to keep it moving for now! I'm already knee deep in recording a new album and it is going very well at the moment. Sounds a lot different than the old stuff! I want to finish it up and have it out by early next year, too. My situation seems to be changing every three months or so, though. I have no idea where I'll be come next month. Who knows!

Somewhere Else by Mesita

Find out more and grab the recent ep 'Living/Breathing', go on, go on...go on

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Monday, 13 December 2010

WORK DRUGS


















Oh jah, have HAPPILY broken up from my first term at youkneeversity and have awarded myself a first in eating noodles and craftily avoiding work/being healthy. So expect lots more stuff(ing). Spot the bad christmas joke.
Let's kick off with this gem!