July 2012

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NY Guitar Fest : The Apollo Project, 2012-01-06
“In honor of the 30th anniversary of Brian Eno’s tribute to the NASA moon landings, Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks, the New York Guitar Festival presented a live re-imagining of this sonic masterpiece featuring the ambient ensemble itsnotyouitsme, guitar master Larry Campbell, and special guests including David Torn, Noveller, Phish’s Mike Gordon, and Tortoise’s Jeff Parker. The performance also features scenes from Craig Teper’s documentary, Man In The Right Seat, about Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell.”

New York Guitar Festival “The Apollo Project” (Part 1) 
Part 2, HERE.

Stream the collaborative album “Apollo,” Icebreaker with BJ Cole perform music by Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, Roger Eno. Available via Cantaloupe.

“With support from Brian Eno, the recording of Apollo by Icebreaker with BJ Cole was completed following a series of sold out and highly acclaimed live performances of the piece, including the IMAX cinema at the Science Museum on July 20th and 21st 2009. Each performance is accompanied by NASA footage of the landing.” 

Release date: Jun 26, 2012

Here’s a new video (via Nowness.com) for the latest single “Bubbles in Space” by Michael Andrews (aka Elgin Park of The Greyboy Allstars), L.A.-based multi-faceted musician/producer/film composer. The song ‘Bubbles in Space’ is taken from his second solo effort “Spilling A Rainbow,” recorded at his home studio outside of Los Angeles with his fellow engineers Dan Long and Steve Kaye, due out on August 14th via Everloving. The album includes a cover of Roy Harper’s “Forever.”

The video was directed by Josh Hassin and coordinated by artist and teacher, Jeremy Farson, drawings created entirely by hundreds of students from San Diego’s High Tech High International’s class of 2013.

Michael Andrews – Bubbles in Space

Celebrating the release of “Spilling A Rainbow,” he will be performing a weekly Wednesday night residency at the Bootleg Bar in Los Angeles throughout the month of August, titled “Open Mike Andrews” with different collaborators including Nik Freitas, Daedelus, Lavender Diamond, Snowblink, Alam Khan and Salar Nadir, and his backing band comprises of Joe Kennedy (Ariel Pink,) Amir Yaghmai (Feist, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Daedelus,) Mike Green (Belle Brigade,) and Keith Karman (Belle Brigade.)

Beachwood Sparks – Forget The Song [OFFICIAL VIDEO] 
filmed at Huichica Music Festival 2012
‘Forget The Song’ from the 6/26/12 album “The Tarnished Gold” via Sub Pop.

by Yours Truly

Yours Truly:
Sub Pop Beachwood Sparks – The Tarnished Gold EPK

Huichica Poster 
by Nathaniel Russell a.k.a. Birds of America

“What Was Birds: 2000-2011″ is available on Japanese imprint Grand Gallery/Monaco

(Out Of Town Films
Quilt “Gome Home” - Philadelphia, PA – 07/01/2012 
‘Gome Home’ originally appeared on Quilt‘s 2011 debut full-length on Mexican Summer.

Sonny & The Sunsets – Pretend You Love Me
From the album “Longtime Companion,”
available now on Polyvinyl Records, HERE.

Edited by Ryan Browne (of the Sonny and the Sunsets, Tortured Genies)

The Music Tapes – The Dark Is Singing Songs (Sleepy Time Down South)

Listen to the first track “The Dark Is Singing Songs (Sleepy Time Down South)” from the forthcoming third full-length “Mary’s Voice” by The Music Tapes, due out on September 4th via Merge Records. The Music Tapes is an experimental pop music project of Elephant 6 member Julian Koster also known as a key member of Neutral Milk Hotel, a contributor to The Olivia Tremor Control, and the earlier Chocolate U.S.A.. Pre-order, HERE

“Mary’s Voice,” the follow up to 2008′s acclaimed “Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes,” is part one of a planned two-part album and inaugurates a newly active phase in The Music Tapes’ evolution-with plans to tour the world in a circus tent later this year and an NPR radio serial in the works. It was recorded with The Music Tapes’ signature method of using recording machines of both past (early 1900s, ’30s, ’40s, ’60s) and present to achieve a timeless sound. In Koster’s own words: “I love sentimental melodies that you can hum with feeling. People warn against sentimentalizing or mythologizing the past. It’s any failure to mythologize the present that I think we have to be afraid of. This is a miracle. You are a miracle. Our lives are magic, and our times all the more so. Music proves it.” –Merge Records

Daniel Padden – Adinatisa O Kaymenos (originally by A. Kostis)

Amen Dunes – Sousta Politiki (originally by Antonis Dalgas)

Rebetika, a truly underground music created at the beginning of the 20th century, was, in its preamble form, the music vehicle to express a culture bumbling under a constantly changing society – a culture based on drugs, haunted by poverty. Unfortunately, in its birth land Greece, Rebetika was transformed through the decades, became soft and gradually deteriorated to a stupid folklore music consumed by the neogreek unmusical masses and tourists alike. For us, early 20s – late 30s Rebetika represents the rawest, purest and yet finest form of Greek folk music ever recorded. We regard this music as lyrically powerful, sentimentally resourceful and musically chaste as the blues.”SOUNDEYET, Greece

Stream the album in its entirety on the Soundeyet bandcamp.

via Ad Hoc…, Damon McMahon a.k.a. Amen Dunes‘ latest (self-released) 7″ single “Ethio Covers” featuring three Ethiopiques tracks culled from unnamed tapes, available, HERE.

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