Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Cableline's Attic EP, Vol. 2

May 2009
"...we rope 'em and sing..."

01. Jason & The Scorchers - Broken Whiskey Glass
02. The Beat Farmers - There She Goes Again
03. Rank And File - Rank And File
04. The Meat Puppets - Lake Of Fire
05. Dash Rip Rock - Locked Inside A Liquor Store


...a short but invaluable primer if you are not already aquainted with Cowpunk...that early 80's to late 80's scene melding punk aesthetics with country attitudes...and as a side note, with Rank And File, Alejandro Esocvdeo's start in music...

Cableline's Attic, Vol. 5

May 2009
"...we been getting along fine 'til now..."

01. Blackalicious - Chemical Calisthenics
02. The Roots - Criminal
03. The Pharcyde - Passing Me By
04. Buck 65 - Wicked And Wierd
05. Pharoahe Monch - Simon Says
06. Cannibal Ox - Iron Galaxy
07. Clouddead - Rifle Eyes
08. Company Flow - Deep Space 9mm
09. Deltron 3030 - Positive Contact
10. Dr. Octagon - Earth People
11. Subtle - Middleclass Stomp
12. Black Milk - Losing Out


...a fairly expansive collection...underground rap or alternative rap...according to Allmusic: "Underground Rap falls into two categories. It is either hardcore hip-hop that pushes musical boundaries and has lyrics that are more inventive than gangsta clichés, or it is hardcore gangsta rap that wallows in all of the musical and lyrical cliches of the genre. What the two styles have in common is that they have little regard for mainstream conventions, and they celebrate their independent status"...also these songs are far and away more creative than mainstream hip-hop...

Monday, 27 April 2009

Cableline's Attic EP, Vol. 1

...on my website i have began to do weekly ep's as well as the monthly full length mixtapes...i have just posted the first weekly ep there...just click on is the information...

Cableline's Attic EP, Vol. 1
April 2009
"it's a sound, not a rug"
01. The Three O'Clock: Stupid Einstein
02. Green On Red: Gravity Talks
03. Dream Syndicate: Let It Rain
04. The Long Ryders: I Had A Dream
05. Rainy Day: I'll Be Your Mirror

...a paisley underground mix...according to the paisley sound is defined as "the most distinctive subgenre of jangle pop in the mid-'80s. Like jangle pop, the bands in the paisley underground revived the clean, chiming textures of folk rock, but they had a more psychedelic bent to their sound. Jangle-pop bands weren't necessarily revivalists — they updated the ringing guitars and melodies of '60s guitar pop for the '80s — but the paisley underground was determined to keep the sound of the '60s alive, through their music and their appearance. The paisley underground gained a dedicated following in the American underground during the mid-'80s."..who am i to argue...enjoy...


...and the May 2009 full length mix should be out in about a week...going to be a good one...

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Cableline's Attic, Vol. 4

April 2009's quiet in the house on the hill...

01. Galaxie 500: Fourth Of July
02. The Blue Nile: The Downtown Lights
03. Chapterhouse: Breather
04. Opal: Happy Nightmare Baby
05. The House Of Love: Christine
06. The Swirlies: Upstairs
07. Kitchens of Distinction: Railwayed
08. Cocteau Twins: For Phoebe Still A Baby
09. Pale Saints: A Thousand Stars Burst Open
10. Slowdive: Machine Gun
11. Lilys: Feb 14
12. Moose: This River Will Never Run Dry


...a shoegaze/dream pop mix...i know some may argue with my inclusions but i feel it represents a comprehensive view of these particular genres...and for more details listen to my podcast for more details and history about the songs included...enjoy...

Sunday, 22 March 2009

København Store - Action, Please!

There is a thread running through the continent, from the north of
Europe to the north of Italy.
A long, long thread, made of chilly melodies, bedroom post-rock
and lo-fi electronica. A thread spun by København Store, one of
Italian indie’s best-kept secrets.
Born as a duo at the beginning of 2003, after a journey in
Scandinavian territory (which explains the bizarre moniker), in time
the band evolved to a fuller line-up.
After the first two electronica-tinged demos, København Store
re-discovered guitar sound and moved towards a mutated,
subtly nuanced form of post rock. Like Mùm in a lockdown with
cLOUDDEAD and Godspeed You!Black Emperor.
“Action, Please!”, their first full-length album, was released in
February 2008 by Italian label 42 Records. It was produced by
Giacomo Fiorenza (who also worked with Yuppie Flu, Giardini di
Mirò, Austin Lace and Fuck, among others), and features vocals
by Jonathan Clancy (of Settlefish, A Classic Education and His
Clancyness), Alessandro Raina (of Giardini di Mirò and Casador),
Fabio Campetti (of Ed Wood) and Simone Magnaschi, formerly the
singer in Italian punk legends Stinking Polecats, and now a fulltime
member of København Store.
Its peculiar genesis makes “Action, Please!” come across as the
“You Forgot it in People” of the Italian Broken Indie Social Scene.
The album immediately became a hot item on the national music
press, obtaining enthusiastic reviews on the most widely-read
magazines and webzines. Some of the songs included in the album
also gained airplay on major radio networks.
The live experience, however, is where København Store actually
made the grade. Their shows (over 60 dates in the main live venues
all over Italy, in little over a year) are the stuff rock’n’roll is made
of: the often ethereal, jingling melodies of the album come alive in
a barrage of sound that never fails to amaze the audience. They
have shared the stage with bands such as Mono, Giardini di Mirò,
Apse, Solvent, Populus, Disco Drive and Envelopes. It is perhaps no
coincidence that the band managed to sell over 1,000 copies of
the album, without distribution, entirely at concerts and by wordof.
The video for their first single (shot and directed by Stefano Poletti,
who also worked with several bands on the Italian mainstream
circuit) was picked up for airplay by several music channels,
among which MTV and MTV Brand:New.
March 2009 saw the Italian release of a new version of “Action,
Please!”, finally distributed in record stores by Halidon. The album
was previously available on iTunes and other digital stores, or
through mail order. In the wake of the record’s re-release, the
band is about to go back on tour. In the meantime, they are already
working on their second album, set to be released at the beginning
of 2010.
They are expected to spend the rest of 2009 touring Europe.

Faggot Rock - Collective Grizzly Bears in Rainbows


Faggot Rock is an avantgarde sleaze metal jazz fusion indie rock band hailing from all over the world. The brainchild of a mysterious European with a passionate hatred for the Swedish, Faggot Rock’s band name is at once a political statement and a call to end bigotry. Hateful words aren’t as hateful when they just become words again. Plus, Sean Penn won an Oscar for playing a gay dude.

Eureka Brown - ¡Digitalia!


eureka brown is a file sharing enthusiast from urbana illinois who makes sunny, lo-fi, psychedelic dream-pop. he began to make ripples in late 07 after releasing the first 5 songs from his debut album future vision of the digital universe on myspace. after recieving praise via a myspace comment from one of his favorite bands and influences the bees he sent them a hand made promo copy of the record along with a letter thanking them for listening and professing his passion for all of their records. a few weeks later, just as he was wrapping up a series of shows with his new drummer to promote the album, the very same day the first track (i told you so) from the new album went up, he discovered that he had become one of their top friends! over the summer of 08 he steadily released tracks from the new record immediately upon their completion until one day in august of 08 when he recieved a message from the bbc requesting permission to include his newest song, full speed ahead (only a day or two old at the time), on their 6 music radio show fresh on the net with tom robbinson. furthermore only a small percentage of the artists, about 25%, of those who were included on the live stream made it to the podcast which is now in the bbc's permanent archives, and full speed ahead was the 2nd track on the playlist! it has since been played also on daniel peñacoba's ibiza radio show la captura del sonido/the capture of sound.

this is just very exciting because it shows how in this day and age you can bypass the usual trenches of the musica industry and have something come straight from your basement to the rest of the world without waiting a second. the very moment something is completed it can become available directly from the artist and it's free to evolve into whatever it sees fit. and indeed it has. if you watched them closely along the way you know that their songs were released in a series of versions building up to the ones that we see now, and in fact the final version of full speed ahead that you see here is a slight refinement from the 2nd or 3rd version that was included on the bbc podcast. but it doesn't stop there. these guys will do anything they can think of to destroy the boundries of a conventional record release. and so with this one there is not just one album cover but two variations, each of which are an animated sequence which plays out in the item artwork viewer on the bottom left corner of your itunes library as you click through the ten tracks of the album. also included in the zip folder download is a video only .mov bonus track.

the mp3's were released live at the mike n' molly's show in champaign with coltrane motion late last night. here's what the virtual liner notes have to say about the record:

¡digitalia! is a musical style and a miniature art movement that supports it's belief in file sharing by giving away it's musical content freely. the animation and visual art are inspired by the music, which is a highly computerized form of digital recording that's made with all real instruments. the sound is characterized by it's heavy use of percussion, analog synthesizers, dub effects, vocal harmonies, acoustic guitar, surf guitar & funk bass.

this album was also given this name because it's songs exemplify the culmination of the style. ¡digitalia! is the 2nd installment in a planned trilogy of mini-albums that imagine a future where man is faced with the possibility to embrace technologies that completely integrate man and machine.

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Chris Clark - Growl's Garden [2009]

Chris Clark returns with six brand new tracks of powerful, atmospheric electronic music. This maritime themed album with its Nordic seatown titles conjures up images of crashing waves and men battling against the elements. Tracks that reflect the steely silver of Berlin, where Chris wrote the material, sample the sounds of boots treading on snow and rocks roughly thrown together to form the urgent basslines that run throughout. The lead track ‘Growls Garden’ features haunting vocals from Chris himself.

01. Growls Garden
02. The Magnet Mine
03. Seaweed
04. Gonk Roughage
05. Distant Father Torch
06. Farewell Mining Town

- Download

ISIS - Wavering Radiant

Like it needs an introduction, picture, blocks of text, etc.

go for it!

Future Of The Left - Last Night I Saved Her From Vampires [2009]

Future of the Left's first release for 4AD has just been announced by the band and it's going to be a live album but with a slight twist. Entitled Last Night I Saved Her From Vampires, it was recorded at two live shows - Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach on 13th August and London Water Rats on 20th August. It not only features tracks from feted debut album Curses but also four new ones - 'Drink Nike', 'Distant Jabs At A Soul', 'V.D.F.A' and 'Cloak The Dagger' (the latter two having been a regular fixture of the band's live set throughout this summer).