So I’ve been listening to a lot of new music lately. My job gives me the chance to discover lots of new bands and albums. While the future of the music industry is up in the air, there is no shortage of new, inspiring and innovative music.
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Things I have been listening to as of late:
Pre Language by Disappears
Better Luck Next Life by Royal Baths
Reign Of Terror by Sleigh Bells
The Great Escape Of Leslie Magnafuzz by Radio Moscow
GB City by Bass Drum Of Death
Suol Mates : Fritz Kalkbrenner
Room EP by Radioactive Man
About this time last year I was out in the wilderness making music. While I was there, I recorded some of the natural sounds in that environment. It was always noisiest around dawn and dusk. At first it was a bit unnerving because it was so loud, eerie and yet ubiquitous. You couldn’t pinpoint the source. It just seemed to come from everywhere. After a few days I hardly noticed anymore. Check it out. Try it with headphones.
The self-titled debut album from Anna Calvi rules. The musicianship and production are top-notch.
She’s got a Chrissie Hynde, Patti Smith, Ennio Morricone kind of thing going on. And she is a very good guitar player.
You should buy it.
US and Canada readers can buy it here.
EU readers can buy it here.
Last night my special lady friend and I went to Gasthausbrauerei Nolte to see the Rob Ryan Roadshow. I’m not sure if I have written about Nolte here before. It is, hands down, the best microbrewery in Lüneburg, maybe northern Germany. It is over 100 years old and it is a third generation family run place. It has a very down home traditional German flair to it. They offer great food and beer. One thing that a lot of people don’t know about it, is that it is a very popular stopping place on the country/rockabilly circuit in Germany.
The show was great. He played a lot of well known covers as well as some of his own music. The crowd was not as rowdy as I would have expected. When I walked in the door and saw a tableful of guys each looking like Charlie Daniels, I was a bit taken aback and had to make sure I was still in Germany. Then I walked into the hall and saw a bunch of other Germans dressed up like they just got off the set of Gunsmoke. For a brief second I thought I was at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth.
Anyway, here are a couple of low-res pics as proof.
Last summer I went away to the small village of Räbel for 2 weeks to record music. I was all by myself in a 200 year old farmhouse. Here are 2 songs that I recorded that are almost finished.
This one is called Trampoline.
This one is called Big Idea