Posts Tagged ‘pitchfork’

July 21, 2016

Earlier this year, Kristin Kontrol, who some may know as Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls, released a terrific debut solo album named X-Communicate. She performed album song Smoke Rings for Pitchfork.tv, and the video of this performance at The 1896 took my breath away. The orchestral rendition of the album closer is indescribably ravishing. Head over to Sub Pop to purchase X-Communicate. 

Chvrches in a roller rink

April 1, 2013

This is gorgeous and mesmerizing. Hot and buzzing Scottish synthpop band Chvrches performed some tunes off their brand new Recovery EP in a makeshift roller rink in Queens. Pitchfork TV filmed it. Here’s the clip they made for Now Is Not The Time. Lauren Mayberry is hypnotizing and exquisite as always. The colors pop like mad. The song is beautiful. I’m looking forward to seeing Chvrches live again in May in an even more intimate venue than the first time I saw them. Gonna be sweet.

Beach House’s Forever Still

February 4, 2013

Would you like 26 minutes of jaw dropping bliss? Beach House released the short film they’ve been teasing us with the past week or two. And it’s AMAZING. Courtesy of Pitchfork.tv, here’s Forever Still! 

Beach House said:

Before releasing Bloom, we decided that we would only participate in “promotional” activities that we could control artistically and give substantial energy. We had previously been involved in too many live sessions, radio tapings, photo shoots, etc., where the outcome was far below our personal artistic standards. We also felt a need to distance ourselves from the “content” culture of the internet that rewards quantity over quality and shock over nuance.

The concept for Forever Still was about a year old when Pitchfork came to us about supporting and collaborating with us on a project that we really cared about

Forever Still is directly inspired by Pink Floyd’s Live at Pompeii. We wanted to perform in a non-typical setting without losing the spirit of our music. We felt the songs would resonate in a more majestic and spiritual landscape. The experience was an intense three nights of filming. Everyone involved in production and crew was benevolent in their time and talented in their efforts. We were very lucky to have the help and hard work of many people who aided and lent their abilities to our vision.

The basic concept is four songs performed from sunset to sunrise. We tried to keep the edits minimal with long takes in order to focus on the energy of the songs, the landscape, and the physicality of live performance. The entire film was shot in or around Tornillo, Texas, where we recorded Bloom. Like Bloom, we hope that Forever Still is experienced as a whole, long form.

Mmmm we are lucky. This is so atmospheric and dreamy. It transports me somewhere far, far away from my desk at the office. I’ll never tire of Victoria Legrand’s vocals and Beach House’s soundscapes. NEVAR! Bloom was definitely one of the best albums of 2012. 

Beach House’s Forever Still

February 4, 2013

Would you like 26 minutes of jaw dropping bliss? Beach House released the short film they’ve been teasing us with the past week or two. And it’s AMAZING. Courtesy of Pitchfork.tv, here’s Forever Still! 

Beach House said:

Before releasing Bloom, we decided that we would only participate in “promotional” activities that we could control artistically and give substantial energy. We had previously been involved in too many live sessions, radio tapings, photo shoots, etc., where the outcome was far below our personal artistic standards. We also felt a need to distance ourselves from the “content” culture of the internet that rewards quantity over quality and shock over nuance.

The concept for Forever Still was about a year old when Pitchfork came to us about supporting and collaborating with us on a project that we really cared about

Forever Still is directly inspired by Pink Floyd’s Live at Pompeii. We wanted to perform in a non-typical setting without losing the spirit of our music. We felt the songs would resonate in a more majestic and spiritual landscape. The experience was an intense three nights of filming. Everyone involved in production and crew was benevolent in their time and talented in their efforts. We were very lucky to have the help and hard work of many people who aided and lent their abilities to our vision.

The basic concept is four songs performed from sunset to sunrise. We tried to keep the edits minimal with long takes in order to focus on the energy of the songs, the landscape, and the physicality of live performance. The entire film was shot in or around Tornillo, Texas, where we recorded Bloom. Like Bloom, we hope that Forever Still is experienced as a whole, long form.

Mmmm we are lucky. This is so atmospheric and dreamy. It transports me somewhere far, far away from my desk at the office. I’ll never tire of Victoria Legrand’s vocals and Beach House’s soundscapes. NEVAR! Bloom was definitely one of the best albums of 2012. 

ALBUM STREAMS: Toro Y Moi, Foxygen, Widowspeak, Gliss

January 15, 2013

Running low on time, but there are a ton of awesome album streams available today, so I’ll quickly throw a few of these up here for you to enjoy. Most of them you’ll need to click through to another site, but these are good albums so, take some time and treat your earholes!

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Toro Y Moi’s third studio album Anything In Return, streaming in all its funky disco groove and electronic glory at Pitchfork, out on 1/22 off Carpark: http://pitchfork.com/advance/6-anything-in-return/

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Foxygen’s psychy, unique indie pop debut (and long album name) We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic, also at Pitchfork and out on 1/22 off JagJaguwar: http://pitchfork.com/advance/8-we-are-the-21st-century-ambassadors-of-peace-and-m/

Widowspeak’s shoegazey, indie rock sophomore album Almanac at NPR, out on 1/22 off Captured Tracks: http://www.npr.org/2013/01/13/169049970/first-listen-widowspeak-almanac

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And here’s one that’s extra dear to me that I’ve been waiting for with a lot of excitement: Los Angeles indie band Gliss’ third album Langsom Dans, a shoegaze-y, blissful, textured, synthy work of art. I’ve yet to find time to listen to all of these start to finish, but this record will be the very first listen on my list. Atmospheric fourth track Weight Of Love is a personal favorite of 2012. From what I’ve heard so far, I’m already loving this release. I caught the band live in a small venue not long ago, and were wonderful live. The album is also out on 1/22 off Modern Outsider. Go listen to it here: http://kdhx.org/music/news/hear-and-now-stream-the-new-album-langsom-dans-by-gliss

ALBUM STREAMS: Toro Y Moi, Foxygen, Widowspeak, Gliss

January 15, 2013

Running low on time, but there are a ton of awesome album streams available today, so I’ll quickly throw a few of these up here for you to enjoy. Most of them you’ll need to click through to another site, but these are good albums so, take some time and treat your earholes!

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Toro Y Moi’s third studio album Anything In Return, streaming in all its funky disco groove and electronic glory at Pitchfork, out on 1/22 off Carpark: http://pitchfork.com/advance/6-anything-in-return/

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Foxygen’s psychy, unique indie pop debut (and long album name) We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic, also at Pitchfork and out on 1/22 off JagJaguwar: http://pitchfork.com/advance/8-we-are-the-21st-century-ambassadors-of-peace-and-m/

Widowspeak’s shoegazey, indie rock sophomore album Almanac at NPR, out on 1/22 off Captured Tracks: http://www.npr.org/2013/01/13/169049970/first-listen-widowspeak-almanac

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And here’s one that’s extra dear to me that I’ve been waiting for with a lot of excitement: Los Angeles indie band Gliss’ third album Langsom Dans, a shoegaze-y, blissful, textured, synthy work of art. I’ve yet to find time to listen to all of these start to finish, but this record will be the very first listen on my list. Atmospheric fourth track Weight Of Love is a personal favorite of 2012. From what I’ve heard so far, I’m already loving this release. I caught the band live in a small venue not long ago, and were wonderful live. The album is also out on 1/22 off Modern Outsider. Go listen to it here: http://kdhx.org/music/news/hear-and-now-stream-the-new-album-langsom-dans-by-gliss

The xx documentary

December 18, 2012

You can never get too much of The xx in one day. Pitchfork presented a 3 part documentary well worth checking out if you’re a fan. All 3 parts below. Enjoy. By the way, I’m playing catchup again since I had connectivity issues, so I might have to keep some things short and to the point. May have to share at odd hours or play catchup tomorrow too. Please bear with me. 

Jessie Ware on A Take Away Show

November 20, 2012

Converse, La Blogotheque, Pitchfork TV, and Jessie Ware all came together to record this gorgeous, acoustic rendition of Running in Paris. It’s an epic A Take Away Show. I can’t wait to see the UK star live early next year. The small show sold out already, but I have my tickets. 😉

Jessie Ware on A Take Away Show

November 20, 2012

Converse, La Blogotheque, Pitchfork TV, and Jessie Ware all came together to record this gorgeous, acoustic rendition of Running in Paris. It’s an epic A Take Away Show. I can’t wait to see the UK star live early next year. The small show sold out already, but I have my tickets. 😉

October 25, 2012
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/64468627/stream?client_id=3cQaPshpEeLqMsNFAUw1Q?plead=please-dont-download-this-or-our-lawyers-wont-let-us-host-audio

Oh my, this is lovely. Christopher Owens quit his band Girls not too long ago to pursue a solo career. The fruits of the new labor, his debut solo LP, Lysandre, will release on January 15 in the US on Fat Possum. Today, the man previewed two acoustic cuts off that debut and they’re gorgeous, introspective tracks. Stream Lysandre’s Theme (the intro) and Here We Go (38 secs in) above. The album is somewhat a concept album as it supposedly follows Owens on a road trip across the world from San Francisco to France with stops along the way. At his destination, he falls in love with a girl by the name of Lysandre. I wonder how much of this is romanticized and how much of it is truth not fiction. Also, check out this great pitchfork.tv video where Chris performs tracks in a bathtub in Vegas and get ready to feel real sappy…