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Album Review: Pepe Deluxe Spare Time Machine!

Posted in Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on Thursday, June 25, 2009 by Nicholas Blexrud

Pepe Deluxe“Talk about a Jumble” are the opening lyrics of Pepe Deluxe’s 2007 release of Spare Time Machine. Pepe Deluxe hails from the capital of Finland, and consists of two main members; Vellu Maurola aka DJ Slow and Torni Paajanen aka JA-Jazz. Enough with the background, Spare Time Machine consists of many layers; vintage synths, rockin’ beachy guitar, funky horns, and hippy-bongo drums, possibly something out of a classic surf flick. But the most memorizing flavor of Deluxe’s ice cream sundae is definitely their understanding of space and vocals. The way these two intertwine, almost genetically, XY chromosomes or the meeting of sperm and egg, is beautiful. I am one who likes tripped-out, psychedelic phrases with lavish lyrics (The Mars Volta, Super Furry Animals, Animal Collective) that Pepe Deluxe is simply  an emotion to put memories to, and I thank them for that.

You can check out a couple of there sick ass  vintage 60’s sound, with clashes of psychedelic-funk with epic builds and robust, tripped out lyrics on MYSPACE.

Would love to see em live, but they haven’t updated their website for a year…

Cheers Anyway to Pepe Deluxe!

Super Furry Animals soon to drop new album Dark Days/Light Years

Posted in Audio with tags , , on Thursday, March 19, 2009 by Nicholas Blexrud

The FurriesTwo long years have passed since the Furries released Hey Venus in 2007. The Welsh band kicked off their release of Dark Days/Light Years with a full-length web-cast performance on their website this past Monday. This will be their ninth album of electric, rock-out, psychedelic experiences, uncanny lyrics ,and mezmerizing transcendental beats. On April 13th, it will be available for all to hear.

Check out Inaugural Tramsoff Dark Days/Light Years:

MP3: Super Furry Animals, “Inaugural Trams”

Mind Inversion’s Sound Immersion 03/09 (Vol. 2)

Posted in Mind Inversion Exclusive, Sound Immersion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Thursday, March 12, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Mind Inversion, Sound Immersion 03/09 (Vol. 2)

Ah yes, my friends, the day is here where we officially christen our Sound Immersion various artists compilation as a monthly feature here on the site. My fellow posters and myself are starting to anticipate these releases greatly, mainly because it’s an easy way to talk about the music we’re listening to without necessarily shoving it down each others throats. We hope you all enjoy the songs that we’re bringing straight to your computer, iPod and stereo speakers each month, as well. From our point of view, these comps are likely to be the most diverse and reliable mixes your bound to get your hands around; music to focus your mind and let the muscles groove loose to the flow.

Last month, our posters introduced themselves with a debut compilation of the most recent modern sounds they’ve been loving; this month we’re continuing our a journey through our collective pasts. On Sound Immersion 03/09 (Vol 2.), we’ve decided to cop the popular Facebook meme and assemble a biographical mix of the two songs that we each consider to be the most influential or important in our life. Some of the contributors looked to the music that defines their modern taste while others selected the songs that signaled a clear turning point in their music listening life when we first heard them. Either way you consider the question, this wound up as a collection of some of the most important songs in our lives. A few of us have chosen to comment on why we decided to include these songs for our “most influential” mix, and others chose to let their song selection speak for itself. Here’s our playlist:

01. Mogwai – “Summer” (contributed by Eddie)
02. Bassnectar – “Zealots Slow Down (Remix)”
(contributed by Nick B.)
03. Black Star – “Hater Players”
(contributed by Tim)
04. Burning Spear – “Resistance”
(contributed by Nick H.)
05. Jens Lekman – “Maple Leaves (7” version)” (contributed by Erik)
06. Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Things Goin’ On (original version)”
(contributed by Ryan)
07. Super Furry Animals – “Juxtaposed With A U” (contributed by Dan).
08. Black Moth Super Rainbow – “Rollerdisco” (contributed by Eddie)
09. Varano– “Universal Rhythm” (contributed by Nick B.)

10. Jedi Mind Tricks – “I Against I” (contributed by Tim)
11. Soulfly – “The Song Remains Insane” (contributed by Ryan)
12. Ruby Suns – “Palmitos Park” (contributed by Erik)
13. Gravediggaz – “Zig Zag Chamber” (contributed by Nick H.)
14. The Mars Volta – “Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of)” (contributed by Dan)

The ZIP download of this amazing mix and our thoughts about our choices are waiting for you behind this next link. All that you have to do is click “read more”… Continue reading

Super Furry Animals plot new album release

Posted in Music News with tags , on Thursday, January 29, 2009 by Ryan Buege

According to SFA‘s site, the band is presently working on finishing tying all the strings together for their ninth LP which is currently untitled, and they have announced release dates: March 16th digitally at superfurry.com, April 13th in the UK, and April 21st in the US. I know it won’t take much to excite most of our readers over the prospect of having their hands around a new Super Furry disc, so we’ll just leave you with the band’s opinion of the sessions in their own words:

“Musically it’s based around riffs and grooves we’ve been playing around with over the last few years. We have enough now for a whole album so even though it’s still very melodic we thought we could leave off the acoustic ballads for the time being.

“It’s recognisable as a melodic SFA record, but is very focused musically as a cohesive album. And no country rock as Daf has developed a pedal steel phobia. Which has confined the great Nashvillian instrument along with the Saxophone to the banned instrument directive of the SFA board. there’s only one slow number which isn’t slow at all.”

Keep reading for a full tracklist… Continue reading

Foundations of Music

Posted in Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on Monday, October 27, 2008 by raeflect

I am, (as are all the contributors to this site of literary exchange) a music lover.  From when I was a small child, to as I am today, music in all it’s various forms has helped shape who I am and how I live my life.  Thinking about ‘Violent by Design,’ spurred on by alteezimo’s article, I began to think of all the albums that have in the last five or six years affected this evolution.  Many of these albums were either given or suggested by friends, who have assuredly also placed most if not all in the ‘never discard’ section of the individual’s music memory.

Personally, had these albums been physical records, I would have over time carved the grooves into canyons.  These eight albums make up a core of my music listening history, and will forever be a part of my music library.

Air – Talkie Walkie


This album introduced me to the genius of Air, and helped forge my love of electronic music.

Boards of Canada – The Campfire Headphase


Being a drummer, I absolutely love stylish, inventive beats, and simple though many of their loops may be,  their creativity in frequency and static distortion definitely makes them stand out from the very large crowd of electronic artists.  It’s a shame they have not released any official material since 2006.

Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It in People

First introduced to me by my friend Shannon, this album absolutely captivated me, being of a sort of rock music that I had never known existed.  My favorite track on this album is ‘Looks just like the Sun’ which sounds like two people sitting with their feet up on a porch railing: the sun setting over a gently flowing lake glittered with sparkling reflections while their docile music tones float around.

Isis – Panopticon

I bought this album only weeks after it’s release, on the recommendation of my friend Ryan, and I’ve never looked back.  Just as ‘Violent by Design’ gave me an introduction to hip-hop, ‘Panopticon’ showed me the way to a now great appreciation of metal.  Hearing many of the songs off this album played live proved to me that we can expect much more great music from this band.

M83 – Before the Dawn Heals Us

In it’s own way, ‘Before the Dawn Heals Us’ is one of the heaviest albums I own.  Although I would associate it more with electronic music than rock, tracks such as ‘Don’t Save Us From the Flames,’ ‘Fields Shorelines and Hunters,’ ‘Asterick,’ and ‘Teen Angst’ are definite head bangers, and from firsthand knowledge: Loud and very intense live.

Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

Convinced of their worth by my brother, but lacking knowledge of their catalog, I picked up this album maybe in seventh or eight grade, and since that first listen of ‘Shine on You Crazy Diamond (part I-V)’ my respect for Pink Floyd has never lapsed.

Sigur Ros- Takk

I saw Sigur Ros live in Madison just weeks after buying this album, and I can say that to this day, dozens of great shows later, that was one of my all time favorites.  Their obvious skill for music composition reveals itself in the subtlety and direction of the string quartet section, everpresent on this album.

Super Furry Animals – Phantom Power

I love all of Super Furry’s catalog, but the playful and carefree nature of this album, backed up by it’s strong yet never over-reaching electronics, beautiful harmonies, and wonderfully crafted drum beats marks it as entirely unique in my mind.  The slight background vocal samples, often voiced by Gruff Rhys, add a clever and often humorous touch.  I absolutely love the psych-rock jam that breaks down the end of ‘The Piccolo Snare,’ and ‘Slow Life’ remains one of my favorite electronic tracks.

I mostly wrote this so others would share some of their lasting, if not all-time favorite, albums that will always have a place in the ideal music collection.  Frankly, I’m just curious.