Inspector Owl Returns

New IO in its nitie

I was delighted to see Corey Wills’ Facebook photo of this vinyl test pressing for his new Inspector Owl album. Not only does it cheer me up to see a former student doing what they love to do, but knowing he did it on wax is a special joy. And when you add a Lefsetz Letter post referencing Corey’s comments reacting to the Time article about a band that spent $100K on their new “indie” release, I found myself positively elated. So as I drove through the thawing McHenry County cornfields listening to the disc I burned from the digital advance I had just received, I realized IO’s latest was a perfect fit for this activity.

To give you a taste, here’s IO’s 2011 holiday advance to their fans from their Soundcloud called, We Are An Ocean

http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F31023259&show_artwork=true

Inspector Owl performs February 10th at The Burlington Bar in Chicago. Details can be found here.

The Cork City Gamelan Project

Cork City Gamelan Project: Using the whole City of Cork, Ireland as a musical instrument.

CCG writes:

“This is a souvenir package of the first eight original pieces of music to emerge from the Cork City Gamelan Project: Using the whole City of Cork, Ireland as a musical instrument. I have a fascination with the musical quality of all sounds. Any object that can make a sound can be used as a musical instrument. For the Cork City Gamelan Project, I beat and tap objects and structures around the City, record the sounds, process them using a Computer and audio editing software, often extracting and enlarging barely audible details to create new original timbres. I then use these sounds as “virtual instruments” to compose music – on their own, as well as in combination with other instruments… or in combination with other sounds which were not made by musical instruments.”

Sacred Music – The Songs Of Trembling Blue Stars

Dufflecoat Records has released a double record of TBS covers recorded by a fresh crop of twee-popsters. You can buy these reinterpretations for £10.

Here’s a taste from Brilliant At Breakfast with Sacred Music ~

Mothership

Texas upstarts Sayonara continue mixing work on "Mothership" (photo: Mike Hanna)

Mothership, a progressive pop song by Texas duo, Sayonara, orbits near completion in my studio. With too many mixes and nixes to digest, I fired up my iTunes visualizer and began sorting things out. Until I couldn’t help laughing when these cheesy little planets dancing in front of me began to align with Debbie Pucek’s vocals and lyrical message.

So in the meantime, here’s a silly little placeholder to bide the time while progress on mixing continues. Jamison Acker, on hiatus from Chicago rockers Hollus, directed a real video while shooting in the rolling hills of Texas back in early November and is in the editing stage. This song needs some balancing and should lock soon. Look for the final results when Sayonara’s video premiers in early 2012 to help promote their début EP, It’s Nothing Personal (Lilypad).

There is something in the way you hold me inside
And the oceans in your eyes are the only real kind
If you like I could say I’m from another time
Sent to find you by my own design
We both look back and see the earth revive

Where’d you come from?
Nobody knows or remembers
Speak in circles
Caught you off guard spinning around our hope
Third dimension goes away
And we become what we want to create

There is something in the way you hold me inside
Any chance to run off and hide means there’s something missing inside

If you like I could say I’m from another time
Sent to find you by my own design
We all look back and see the earth revive

Where’d you come from?
Nobody knows or remembers
Speak in circles
Caught you off guard spinning around our hope
Third dimension goes away
And we become what we want to create

Words by Debbie Pucek

Debbie Pucek: vocals, guitar & synth
Sean Blythe: bass, loops, programming & synth
Josh McCarthy: drums
Bryan David: additional guitar

Recorded by Bryan David in Dallas, Texas
Mixed/mastered by Kerry Kelekovich in Chicago, Illinois at CMG.
Cheeziod visualizer planets courtesy of Apple Computers.
Photos by Mike Hanna Photography.

No planets were harmed during the editing of this video.

Mothership © 2011 Pucek & Blythe / Lilypad Records All Rights Reserved

My Soundcloud Randomizer Part Three

My soundcloud followers at Lilypad are an eclectic bunch. Here’s another four-pack sampler from the Short Ears randomizer…

Antis & Jonas

This is a little taste of soundcloud’s tag, French touch and this song is called, “Destination” and comes from Paris, France.

 

The Morning Pilgrims

Phil Knox is a Chicago transplant from Manchester, England. Lately, he has worked with my friend Jamison Acker, whose voice fronts the Chicago rock outfit, Hollus. This song is called, “The Hands (That Never Get Enough)”.

 

NovaRobotics

The band says, “We make noise and we can’t stop now we’ve started.”

From Bristol, England.

65daysofstatic meets Daft Punk” – TimeOut London

 

dark_manatees

Singer-songwriter Bertrand Burgalat leaves us a first take of Roman Holidays. He also delivers pop analysis at his blog.

I thank you for your interest and hope you’ll support artists you discover here by sending them a ham sandwich.

Home-brewed Halloween

Marching towards Halloween, I thought it might be time for a four-pack of a little home-brewed madness from my audio bunker by my friends and more…
I recorded this song by Texas duo, Sayonara, on February 26, 2011 at Couderay Music. It will appear on their It’s Nothing Personal EP. (Lilypad 2012)

Hollus

Hollus’ still unreleased EP, “Part Two” includes this little gem, mixed by Michael Lux, and included on the RSD’11, Ode To A Mixtape padcast from this year.
Ambient, acoustic, experimental-improvisation from my YJ collaboration which I recorded live at Couderay Music June 2011.

C54

I wrote this when I was still living in Chicago and recorded at my old studio in 2003.
Thanks for listening!

Soundclouders Part Two

Follow Short Ears if you are looking for something NOT mainstream

Another four-pack of artists who follow my Lilypad label on Soundcloud that I thought you might like to know…

Mount Analogue

Here’s an outfit from Glasgow, which is the city I married Catherine, aka-Cath Carroll, in back in 1996. I’ve always had a fondness for Scotland and it’s people. Apparently, that’s true because here’s proof. This random selection #1 happens to come from this great city.

 

justakidinhiding

Matthew Hendry hails from Sittingbourne, Britain and is part of my UK contingent of followers. Cor, blimey!

 

Deepfieldview

If you are a fan of shoegaze, then DFV might just be for you. They share their work-in-progress on soundcloud. Danny “Shoegeezer” Lackey works with his wife and lives in Gadsden, Alabama making them one of my rare southern USA followers. I follow their excellent music blog, When The Sun Hits. You should, too.

 

DangerSounds

Sam & Dave are purveyors of electronic rock out of Boston, Mass. Think a little Depeche Mode or at least I do…

 

As always, I thank you for your interest.