Posted tagged ‘lo-fi’

Grass Stains: Squanto

27 September 2009

Who? Squanto

What? Lo-fi folk with samples et al.

Sounds Like? Mount Eerie, Tunng

I’m not gonna use a lot of a words on this nice after summer day. Just head over here and download the album.

That’s it.

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With a squeaky voice: The Love Of Everything

6 June 2009

loveofWho? The Love Of Everything

What? Melodic indie pop sung by a 10-year old (well, sounds like)

Sounds like? Joan Of Arc, Daniel Johnston, etc.

To do: Listen to these songs by a band member of Joan of Arc, go and buy the album ‘Handjob Community’ on Redder REcords.

Thank me later

The Love of Everything – Proud Brave Nothing

The Love Of Everything – Beginning With Answers

The Maypole Dance: Stuart & Caan

21 March 2009

scWho? Stuart And Caan

What? Lo-fi weirdo folk

Sounds like? Devendra Banhart’s album with the long title ‘Oh Me Oh My’, Daniel Johnston, Woods

I discovered Stuart And Caan when i read about them touring with Devendra Banhart. I’m not sure whether this information is correct and franktly don’t really care. Their lo-fi campfire songs are just too good not to listen to. I’ve got a thing for this kind of lo-fi stuff, I must admit. The first album of Devendra Banhart is one of my all-time favourites, and two years ago Woods released my favourite album of 2007 with ‘At Rear House’ (can’t wait for the new one)

Stuart and Caan is a bit mellower at times, but still…it’s got the edge that i always tend to look for. Their album got released on Knw Yr Own records. Great stuff, get over there. This is gonna end up really high on my end of year list for 2009, that’s for sure!

Stuart And Caan – Rosemary

Stuart And Caan – Holy Moment

The Monotonous Singer: Adam Lipman

16 February 2009

adam-lipmanWho? Adam Lipman

What? Monotonous songs that are haunting

Sounds like? Mt. Eerie, Adrian Orange, Thanksgiving, The Microphones, and other lo-fi stuff

So i’m a bit slacking with my blog, mostly because i’m sometimes occupied with this other blog i’m doing (in Dutch, so not for everyone reading here). That’s why i think this kind of good dull sounding guy should be on my blog waking me up.

Adam Lipman sounds like the brother of Thanksgiving (aka Adrian Orange). He has released a wonderful album a few years ago called Feathered Palm Trees, and then seemed to be dead for a while. But now he’s back with two EP’s on Dustwind Tales, which i haven’t heard yet, but they must be great. Cause it’ s Adam Lipman! And There should also be a full album release this month on the legendary lo-fi label Shrimper Records (once home to The Mountain Goats and Daniel Johnston), but there isn’t much information about that. The legendary label seems to have no legendary site.

Anyway. Listen to this. And then order the limited EP’s on Dustwind Tales.

His other album is not available anymore i think. Both Songs here are from that album.

Adam Lipman – Feathered Palm Trees

Adam Lipman – Down In Yon Forest

The Wondering warm Wonders: The Sarcastic Dharma Society

18 January 2009

sarcasticWho? The Sarcastic Dharma Society

What? Soothing bedroom pop

Sounds like? Mt. Eerie and the lo-fi pop family, Jacob Borshard, etc.

Don’t we all like covers? I do at least, and i’m always on the lookout for covers of songs I like. I’m not gonna write an essay about covers, but if you look for some very nice interpretations of indie songs by Bright Eyes and Clem Snide, you have to listen to the covers album by The Sarcastic Dharma Society called ‘Other’s People Songs’.

The Sarcastic Dharma Society is a member of the Collective Family,  a sort of netlabel which brings together great – mostly lo-fi – artists like Grampall Jookabox, Lonesome Architects, Secret Owl Society, Super Famicom and Tinyfolk. You can read it: the artists taht will be big in 5 years from now (so get to know them before the hype). It’s at least a site where you can wander around for at least 3 days in a row and discovering 20 bands you like (that’s more than you will do by listening 3 straight days to your national radio channel).

The Sarcastic Dharma Society is at least a really really nice sounding lo-fi pop thing. Gems they are called i think

The Sarcastic Dharma Society – Our House (Crossby, Stills, Nash & Young Cover)

The Sarcastic Dharma Society – Bad Bad Things (Andrew Jackson Jihad Cover)

You can listen and download the complete album here. Don’t forget to check out his other release!

2008 Galore!, pt. 6: 40-31

1 December 2008

So, we are getting tired of all this new music, and starting to listen to some old stuff again. But that doesn’t stop me from guiding you through my 50 best records of this year. The sequel, starting with number 40

40. Turner Cody – First Light (B.Y Records)

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Sounds Like: Born too late, but okay, we can still sing along with your (anti)folk songs; Benji Cossa

Turner Cody brings really quirky folkpop songs, which sound as if they could be on a 60’s British sunday afternoon radio show. I see those British school children eat a red apple, dad tunes in the radio, a radio voice says: “and now the delicately charming Turner Cody”, and then he starts singing.

Turner Cody – My Baby’s Been Away

39. O’death – Broken Hymns, Limbs And Skin ( City Slang)

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Sounds Like: Absolutely Wrecked Bluegrass Appalachian Folk, Tom Waits, Captain Beefheart, 16 Horsepower

O’death is the first band in this list that also was in my list of last year. For I am a hobo in heart and soul, I thoroughly enjoy this hilbilly music, which includes fiddles, banjo’s and probably even blow bottles! now all get up and do the devil’s honky Tonky!

O’Death – Low Tide

38.  Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson (Say Hey Records)

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Sounds Like: Well, mr. Micah P. Hinson, it seems you’ve got some competition there.

Micah P. Hinson was a young guy, who used to be in jail, was addicted to some pills. Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson is 24 and has been homeless. They should start a band together, or keep on releasing amazing indie-singersongwriter albums like the one by MBAR. This is a genuine amazing album, that you’ll like if you like Hinson’s work. Lots of layers, with a lot of voices, and stuff like that going on. Ah man, forget it. Listen instead of reading this. I’m not here to fool you!

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – Buriedfed

37. Castanets – City of Refuge (Asthmatic Kitty)

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Sounds Like: There is a town where all people died, and then they ressurected.

If some Kazakh freedom fighters would have kidnapped me, and made me listen to some albums without me telling who i was listening to, iI would have said that no one else but Castanets could have made this record. It’s desolate big city folk, apocalyptic in every way. Tech-folk, Country Noir… all these genre descriptions have been used to describe Castanets, but it’s just truly unique. All his albums would be in the lists of their release year.

Castanets – Glory B

36. Grampall Jookabox – Ropechain/ Rill Bruh EP (Asthmatic Kitty)

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Sounds Like: too much acid, an acoustic guitar, a fourtrack, and a lot of samples. The Muppet Show of the 21st Century, Man Man

Grampall Jookabox is genuinely weird. It’s deconstructed acid-tripping.. folk? Can you call this folk? or hilbilly Hiphop? Or something else? You take some people in a madhouse, musical ones, give them some instruments and leave them there for 3 weeks without food or water. This is what you’ll get. I like the EP a bit more than the full album, also because i’m all funked up by Bad Wis My Sploder. Best song is for later on though. You can download the entire EP for free.

Grampall Jookabox – Bad Wis My Sploder

35. Human Highway – Moody Motorcycle (Suicide Squeeze)

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Sounds like: Sixties summer pop, Neil Young’s bastard Kids

If there is one guy that let me down a bit this year, it’s Nick Thornburn from Islands. The New Islands records sucks and lacked some cool songs. Luckily he made this album, so I’m not entirely mad at him. This is a Collaboration with Jim Guthrie (From Royal City-fame). The result are some nice harmonic songs, which you can sing along during summer camp. (Thornburn also recorded a hiphop-esque album with the alias Reefer, and quite enjoyable too)

Human Highway – The Sound

34. Dr. Dog – Fate (Park The Van)

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Sounds Like: 60’s lo-fi, though less lo-fi than they used to be

Dr. Dog have always been like the cool Beatles to me. The Beatles that stayed in their garage and just made noisy 60’s songs. On their new album they’ve become a bit cleaner, but that doesn’t mean they’re less good. They also released a compilation of old stuff this year, which is great. I’ll add a song of that too. While listening, i think they could be higher on the list. great Band that hasn’t let me down up until now!

Dr. Dog – The Rabbit, The Bat & The Reindeer

Dr. Dog –  Me & My Girl

33. The Whiskers – The Distorted Historian (Self-released)

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Sounds Like: The Cheap version of Wolf Parade (and i mean that literally)

Free albums that are great! hooray! the Whiskers’ lead singer sounds like a moderate version of the voice at Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown, Handsome Furs or Frog Eyes. A sound which i can’t seem not to enjoy. So, why do I call them cheap? Because they offer their album completely for free on their website, which we greatly appreciate. Fans of everything Canadian and weird voices, try this.

The Whiskers – U-92

32. James Yorkston – When The Haar Rolls In (Domino Records)

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Sounds like: your late-night soothing troubadour

James Yorkston comforts.  he’s your big musical teddybear, with warm well orchestrated folk songs, and his calm voice singing over it. It’s not weird, it’s not creepy, it’s not lo-fi, but god, i like this. Findlay brown or Bowerbirds-fans, come and see this.

James Yorkston – Queen of Spain

31. No Age – Nouns (Sub Pop)

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Sounds like: Mom, can you please turn of that vacuum cleaner, we’re trying to make some popsongs here!

Lo-fi is back! I already talked about Wavves, but there is also Times new viking and eh…other dudes. We’re back to four tracks, noise, a lot of feedback, combined with funky funny sing along teenage sjillamee sjellikers! I missed their free show last year, because i didn’t know them (and didn’t ahve a driver’s license), but if i would have a time machine, i’d so be there! lo-fi pop, for all the happy kids. Buy the cd by the way, cause the booklet looks great

No Age – Eraser

Wooden Cabin Blues: Timber Timbre

2 November 2008

Who? Timber Timbre

What? Lo-fi soulful Blues/folk

Sounds like? Sometimes it reminds me of Misophone.  Bon iver without all the layers and without the howling, and Devendra Banhart like he sounded on Oh Me Oh My. oh, and Woods.

Timber timbre is a band that i had on my computer for quite a while now, and just today i rediscovered it. While browsing through my media library I thought “well, look at this…no idea what that is”. I put new music on my pc all the time, and because of that, i’m able to find new music just by going through my own music.

Anyway, Timber Timbre brings lo-fi blues which sounds as if it’s been recorded in the wooden cabin of Bon Iver. They weren’t heartbroken while recording but the songs do sound as if they were made in isolation.

enough of the talking. Both songs are frmo the 2007 album “Medicinals”, which i can’t find anywhere to buy, but maybe you can ask them on their MySpace (but i’m afraid the albums are sold out)

Timber Timbre – Beat The HOrse

Timber Timbre – It comes back to haunt us