Free Music Collection: November 2011

One of the most versatile of gemstones, tourmaline, exists in nearly every color, from colorless to black. Some spend lifetimes collecting, searching for a cesation to their appetite. For the happiest no such end is in sight. We revel in the hunt. Music is our gemstone, off-the-beaten-path, our tourmaline.

Free Music Collection: November 2011

Think or Smile

Stadiums & Shrines

  • Max Alper – American History Sex [via FMLY Group Hug]: Stunning work. “Split into three chapters, the album provides three radical perspectives on the theme of inherent progress in maturation and becoming a part of the natural order among the self. Each chapter serves as coinciding explorations into time, and the methods in which varying applications of sounds can invalidate temporality altogether.” – Noah Klein
  • Heathered Pearls – Occupied Sleep: “a meditation on hypnosis, through a highly textural experience of beat and capsule periods of shifting ambiance.” – Dwight of GOTC
  • Each Other – Taking Trips: Underrated Nova Scotian factory-pop act Long Long Long has ended, but luckily now we have Each Other. **Let’s Get, High** $
  • Chocolate Girl: A two-page-deep soundcloud of retro-rhythm and blues lounge-outs, via our beloved beat-finder Flashlight Tag.
  • Hartzine on Beko DSL Compilation: “Challenger, go with throttle-up”—those tragic last instructions from 1986 now introduce one well-curated present time compilation by French website Hartzine, which includes an Ela Orleans’-ed “Beat Goes On” and a ‘Live at Shea’ capture of Philip Seymour Hoffman (which sends me back to a special place).

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Friends With Both Arms

Support music you love. See shows, buy physical releases, show love.

Note: Due to bandcamp’s terms of service artists are required to charge a minimal price after a certain number of free downloads. If  that’s the case after our posting you can always stream it and if it moves you, support them with a purchase.

 

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Free Music Collection: October 2011

With narrow gaps in the cloud cover leading the way, we set off on our monthly mission of sound collection. Our eyes become ensnared in the magnetic reds, weird-soul oranges and obscure yellows in a seemingly endless canopy of greens. On the road back we share tales of glo-fi funk, birthday mixes and thought escalators.

Join us, for journeys are better spent with friends.

Free Music Collection: October 2011

Think or Smile

Stadiums & Shrines

  • KYNAN – Garbage Beach: Rusted underwater space station polluting shoreline with shrapnel secrets of the weird-soul ooze, everyone wide-eyed and high, tie-dye sunbathing, smiling green.
  • Sad Souls – Apeiron: Apeiron (ἄπειρον) is a Greek word meaning unlimited, infinite or indefinite. Apeiron is also a light LP of thought escalators and spiraling guitar drone.
  • Sugarglider – Nobody: A rare strain of odd pop found in Edmonton water; they traced it back to the Wilson residence, where a guy named René recorded demos in his bedroom under a small, spinning disco ball.
  • Swim Ignorant Fire - Last Days: Take your first turn at damaged ambient, bare left up the sonic expressway, take a hard right over the guardrail, then go directly into the fire.
  • Gathered Ghosts – Gathered Ghosts: Guitar, autoharp…ocarina based potion from the basement of Craft Spells man Javier Suarez. Oddly enough the sweetest flavor is called “Gasoline”.

Smoke Don’t Smoke

Friends With Both Arms

  • Joe Doddard DFA Mix: Hot Chip’s Joe Doddard made an hour-long mix for DFA’s Radio Mix Series. I appreciate the Brandy-love.
  • Speaker Snacks Turns 2!: One of my favorite Colorado-based music blogs turned two, then made a mix for it.
  • Stereogum’s Sept Mixtape: Caveman, Family Band and Blouse- some new artists I’ve been into this season. There’s a few more goodies in there too.
  • Low Daytrotter Session: One of my favorite bands, Low, recorded a Daytrotter Session and it is beautiful. Moeller describes the band as, “pieces of a night, the remnants of a day that keep you up until all hours.”
  • Feist – Metals (stream): I know, I had to. I mean- I’ve gotta keep up the more mainstream position that I hold in this collection of obscure musical finds, right? Plus, I do love Feist shamelessly, and will take every opportunity to spread the love. Enjoy!
  • FWBA – 25th Birthday Mix: To celebrate my 25th birthday, I put together a little mix of some new artists I’ve been into this season.
  • Restless Soul Mixtape Series Vol. 6: My friend Billy plays in a hardcore band from Toronto but has an impeccable taste in music. He puts together mixes on his tumblr that feature some of my favorite artists.

Support music you love. See shows, buy physical releases, show love.

Note: Due to bandcamp’s terms of service artists are required to charge a minimal price after a certain number of free downloads. If  that’s the case after our posting you can always stream it and if it moves you, support them with a purchase.

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Think or Smile Mixtape: (End of) Summer 2011 – created by PEPEPIANO

For lovers of the annual turning of the leaves, for those who revel in the crisp evening air, this time of year is welcomed with open sweater-clad arms. Heat seekers may not share our sentiment. But with any inevitable change it’s good to look back and pay homage to our warmer memories. PEPEPIANO, one of my favorite sonic space explorers, has been gracious enough to create this (end of) summer mixtape, and with it we bid a fond farewell to the heated sounds of 2011.

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Think or Smile Mixtape: (End of) Summer 2011 – created by PEPEPIANO - Tracklist:

  1. Isao Tomita – Electromagnetic Waves Descend
  2. ViSIONAiR – TROLLS HAT
  3. Chrome Sparks – All There Is (Feat. Steffaloo)
  4. SLEEP ∞ OVER – Romantic Streams (BALAM ACAB)
  5. Subvader – Make Love on the Moon
  6. Nicolas Jaar – What My Last Girl Put Me Through
  7. Salem – Tair
  8. Purity Ring – Lofticries
  9. D/R/U/G/S – Love/Lust (Keep Shelly in Athens Remix)
  10. Ra Cailum – I Know That You’ve Known
  11. Candyspilling – Epiclesis
  12. PEPEPIANO – Graphic Adventure
  13. Terry Riley – In The Summer

If aren’t already familiar with PEPEPIANO’s work, I highly recommend you do some exploring on his bandcamp and tumblr. Or take a look into some of the visual influences behind his sound.

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Free Music Collection: September 2011

As the sun sets yet again this time taking with it summer’s warmth, we survey our surroundings, soaking up all we can in the fading light. We instinctively set our compass to the land rich with sounds, free for the taking, and meet at our monthly point of intersection to share our findings. Slow disco, wandering psychpop, space jazz, post-elevator music, all gold in our eyes.

We hope you enjoy the bounties.

Free Music Collection: September 2011

Think or Smile

 

Stadiums & Shrines

  • Korallreven – A Dream Within A Dream: Swedes take on some of their favorite songs with their own inception logic in “a wistful glance over the shoulder as summer fades into our dreams.”
  • Lasership Stereo – Soft Season / Meet Local Singles: 2 EPs (one free, one streaming) of steamy, down-pitch jams, to set the *late night* mood.
  • It is rain in my face – Wishbone: Matt Jones—introspective melody weaver, strum-beat soundscaper—on everyone’s favorite digital label, Absent Fever.
  • Música Pop Desempregada – MPD027: vários – 21 anos de MPD: A 21 song salute to the “unemployed pop music movement” in Portugal assembled by Música Pop Desempregada (who sport an eleven-point, blood-signed manifesto). Grainy, odd, light dreams, heavy dreams, lone desert space cowboys, Enya covers…
  • The-Drum: The scattering on this soundcloud is rich with bent ‘n’ broke R&B vocals and that sort of dub-infused trickery that pairs well with headphones.
  • Jjango Cleefworth Morriconez – The Poquito Pioneer: A bootgazing concept album (which arrived by mail, wrapped in a map) about a man driving through the desert, finding refuge “among the roadside vendors and immigrant folktales on his way to the home of his youth in the Salton Sea.”
  • The Bell Peppers – Cooking With Bell Peppers: 50s era swing from Manchester, delightfully misremembered with more distortion and drugs.
  • S&S Guest Mix – Kumon Plaza: Dylan Khotin-Foote’s assignment was simple: pull together anything under the sun. And like the shining student of orbital electronic that he is, he turned in a report entitled Tears of the World At Large Bottled and Sold at Super Markets, documenting 8 choice items (including Balam Acab, Azeda Booth, Kuhrye-oo, and more) on a trip through atmospheric manufacturing.

 

Smoke Don’t Smoke

 

Friends With Both Arms

Support music you love. See shows, buy physical releases, show love.

Note: Due to bandcamp’s terms of service artists are required to charge a minimal price after a certain number of free downloads. If  that’s the case after our posting you can always stream it and if it moves you, support them with a purchase.

 

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Musical Eyes: Sound on Vision

It’s no secret that music is a common well of inspiration from which artists drink, taking in audio, exporting image. But I’ve often wondered if the source is flowing in both directions. Do musicians use the visual arts in a similar fashion as artists use sound?

Musical Eyes is the beginning of a new feature exploring just that, the relationship musicians have with visual art. I’ll be asking them to share with us art that they find intriguing enough to be influenced by or surround themselves with or simply love. Are there direct correlations between paintings and albums? Are they making art of their own simultaneously? Do visions of their own sound ever become fully realized?

Musical Eyes. I think sometimes that my lack of Musical ear, is made good to me through my eyes. That which others hear, I see. All the soothing plaintive brisk or romantic moods which corresponding melodies waken in them, I find in the carpet of the wood, in the margin of the pond, in the shade of the hemlock grove, or in the infinite variety & rapid dance of the treeptops as I hurry along.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson (Journal entry, 1838)

Imagine, if you will, what Emerson might have talked about with Chopin on an afternoon walk. Or asked Schumann in a hand-crafted letter? I can only hope the two would be better for having talked and walk away from the experience with more to think about than they arrived with. Let’s see where this thought leads us, let’s explore sound on vision.

Look for the first edition next week, when Pandit discusses landscape photography.

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Think or Smile | Nathaniel Whitcomb © 2011