Published 7 May 2010 by TM
Been a little while since we've had time to put one of these together. This is what we've been listening to in the last month or so. Find some of it on Spotify here: Leaf Office Playlist April 2010
LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
Caribou - Swim
The Fall - Your Future, Our Clutter
The Crystals - (Let's Dance) The Screw - Part 1
Dirty Sound System - I Remember The First Time I Heard Your Voice
Miles Davis Quintet - Live in Montreux 1969
Bear In Heaven - Lovesick Teenagers (Oh No Ono mix)
The Tiny - Gravity & Grace
David Byrne - Big Business
Family Fodder - Film Music
various - Nigeria Afrobeat Special: The New Explosive Sound In 1970's Nigeria
Actress - Splazsh
various - Deutsche Elektronische Musik: Experimental German Rock And Electronic Musik 1972-83
Elephant9 - Walk The Nile
Clipse - Til The Casket Drops
MGMT - Congratulations
DJ Morpheus - Weird But Beautiful mix
Pavement - Crooked Rain Crooked Rain
Four Tet - Plastic People
Little Richard - Here's Little Richard
Dr John - Dr John's Gumbo
Stereolab - Oscillations From The Anti-Sun
Gene Vincent - Be-Bop-A-Lula
Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly - On The Town OST
Spacek - Vintage Hi Tech
Kris Kristofferson - Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends
Domotic & O.lamm - Egyptology
The Upsetters - Blackboard Jungle Dub
Linda Ronstadt - Different Drum
Ivor Cutler & Linda Hirst - Women Of The World
Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part Two (Return Of The Ankh)
Mariah Carey feat. ODB - Fantasy
Polar Bear in Creative Review
Published 9 May 2010 by TM
Just spotted the Polar Bear album artwork on the Creative Review website, in their quaintly titled 'record sleeves of the month' feature.
Congratulations to Johanna Reubel who designed the artwork (and no, it wasn't my handwriting!)
Download Wildbirds & Peacedrums Podcast
Published 13 May 2010 by BWL
Andreas Werliin of Wildbirds & Peacedrums has recorded a podcast ahead of Saturday's headline show at Bishopsgate Institute. Hear or download it here:
Wildbirds & Peacedrums with Voices, Bishopsgate Institute 15/05/2010
Published 17 May 2010 by Ben Winbolt-Lewis
Wildbirds & Peacedrums played their first two shows with a handpicked Swedish choir (billed as 'Voices') last weekend and I was lucky enough to be at both. The first was at the Pavement-curated ATP in Minehead on Friday which was great, but their headline show at London's Bishopsgate Institute was something else...
Having seen Wildbirds & Peacedrums about 20 times since they first appeared on our shores at the intimate Betsey Trotwood in April 2008, you would have thought that I would have had enough of seeing them, especially given my personal tendency to get bored very easily(!). However, considering the band usually just operates as a two piece rhythm machine, with virtually all melody provided solely by Mariam Wallentin's remarkable voice, every show has been very special in its own way. Saturday's was by no means an exception, in fact, it was probably the best show I have seen them play.
Gone, or tempered, was the visceral element I love so much about the band. The duo had a choir to work with, not compete with. However, a new side to the band was starting to shine through.
This was helped by the excellent acoustics in the Bishopsgate Institute,which I had not been to before; the natural reverb in the hall really brought out the best in the music. This helped the melody, which the band are not always credited for, shine through.
I should mention the crowd too. It's not often that a standing audience is so respectful and passionate. This was highlighted when a spontaneous burst of singing from the crowd arose when 'My Heart' (from The Snake) was played in the encore, a fantastic event to witness. There seemed to be a real connection between band and audience, the latter were not merely spectators.
After the epic finale, the crowd wouldn't let an emotional Mariam and Andreas Werliin go without a second encore, so, with the ecstatic crowd pleading and whooping, the duo played 'The Way Things Go' from the band's debut Heartcore and I, like a lot of the other people in the venue I'm sure, was left enraptured and hand the feeling that I was just part of something very special.
To think that the the band and choir had not had as much time to prepare as they hoped for, and that the arrangements will inevitably evolve over time, this leaves the prospect of future performances with Voices as mouth-watering.
Anyway, don't just take my word on Saturday's performance, here's another account:
NTWICQG - Janelle Monáe
Published 24 May 2010 by Tony Morley
I haven't heard the new album yet, but when are people going to start noticing Janelle Monáe over here? It's out this week in the States, but no-one seems to be paying any attention in Europe. I saw her at SXSW last year and she's a brilliant performer - now she seems to have the material to back it up.
Watch the wonderful (and decidedly un-R&B) video for the current single 'Tightrope' here.
Leaf Office Playlist May 2010
Published 29 May 2010 by TM
What's been soundtracking May in the office. Now in glorious Spotify! (Well, some of it... Mostly not the new stuff)
Janelle Monae featuring Big Boi - Tight Rope
Julian Cope - Floored Genius 2: Best Of The Peel Sessions
Erykah Badu featuring Lil Wayne - Jump In The Air And Stay There
Gil Scott Heron featuring Nas - New York Is Killing Me
Parliament - Chocolate City
Afghan Whigs - Conjure Me
Dirty Sound System - Dirty Edits Vol 1 & 2
Reflection Eternal (Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek) featuring Estelle - Midnight Hour
Clara Rockmore - The Art Of The Theremin
Icarus - All Is For The Best In The Best Of All Possible Worlds
Theophilus London - I Want You (mixtape)
Nas - NY State Of Mind
Ivor Cutler - Ludo
Talking Heads - Making Flippy Floppy
Blurt - My Mother Was a Friend of an Enemy of the People
AC/DC - Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution
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