Posts Tagged ‘Studio’

April 28, 2017

Rumors of a new HAIM album have been floating around forever, but the Haim sisters have taken their time to deliver any details or present any new material. That all changes this week as the pop rock four piece from LA drop new song Right Now via a video directed by esteemed Hollywood director Paul Thomas Anderson. The understated fashion in which Right Now begins, and the austere studio setting of its video, makes it feel like we’re in that room with HAIM, experiencing Right Now live and in the flesh. It’s as if HAIM has shaken off some of the glamorous pop frills of yore on this version of the song to fully focus on stark instrumentals and powerful vocals. In fact, Right Now reminds me of Lorde’s Liability and how that felt more like a stripped down performance, too. Right Now’s spartan guitar strums, soft high hats, and slow building chords even evoke Jack Antonoff, who worked with Lorde on Liability. HAIM has always reminded me of Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac, and the comparison is immensely applicable here. I can’t help but wonder what the album version of Right Now sounds like, even though I find myself much enthralled by the one we’ve been shown in the interim. HAIM’s sophomore album Something To Tell You will be released on July 7th. 

August 7, 2014
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Toronto producer Grandtheft is having a helluva summer so far, having teamed up with Diplo on that killer remix of Calvin Harris’ Summer, and we can’t forget the sick bootleg of Drake’s 0 to 100, either. Adding fuel to fire, Grandtheft dropped a remix of Schoolboy Q’s Studio today, giving it his signature heavy hitting bass. It’s another massively epic take from the red hot producer. Grandtheft has played the tune during his live club sets, as well as on his Triple J radio mix.

August 7, 2014
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/161972881/stream?client_id=3cQaPshpEeLqMsNFAUw1Q?plead=please-dont-download-this-or-our-lawyers-wont-let-us-host-audio

Toronto producer Grandtheft is having a helluva summer so far, having teamed up with Diplo on that killer remix of Calvin Harris’ Summer, and we can’t forget the sick bootleg of Drake’s 0 to 100, either. Adding fuel to fire, Grandtheft dropped a remix of Schoolboy Q’s Studio today, giving it his signature heavy hitting bass. It’s another massively epic take from the red hot producer. Grandtheft has played the tune during his live club sets, as well as on his Triple J radio mix.

Synths galore!

October 25, 2012

Whoa, have you ever seen that many synths at one time? Apparat Organ Quartet is an Iceland band that’s been around since 1999. Don’t get mislead by their name. First of all, they have nothing to do with the musician Apparat. Second of all, they consist of five guys. Third of all, four of them play keyboards while one drums. So, I really have no idea what the story behind their name is. This is some pretty cool stuff though. Check out these videos from when they visited the KEXP studio on October 12. Hint: they’re super synthy. 😉

Synths galore!

October 25, 2012

Whoa, have you ever seen that many synths at one time? Apparat Organ Quartet is an Iceland band that’s been around since 1999. Don’t get mislead by their name. First of all, they have nothing to do with the musician Apparat. Second of all, they consist of five guys. Third of all, four of them play keyboards while one drums. So, I really have no idea what the story behind their name is. This is some pretty cool stuff though. Check out these videos from when they visited the KEXP studio on October 12. Hint: they’re super synthy. 😉

Geographer on Noise Coalition Live Sessions

August 31, 2012

Here’s a great live recording of San Francisco indie band Geographer performing Lover’s Game in a studio for Noise Coalition Live Sessions. The song is undeniably the most dance-y and catchy tune off of recent album Myth, though I personally like other tracks on the album more. As great of a tune as this is, it’s not as groundbreaking as some of their other songs where the electric cello takes a stronger role and Michael Deni’s voice soars over a greater range. I still like it, but it sounds like many other synthpop bands’ tunes. Still, I really enjoyed watching them perform it live in this video, and it’s great to see Michael Deni’s eyes. I feel like I’ve only seen him in sunglasses for months, since I keep catching them at daytime music fests! 

DJ, Ease My Mind live in studio

August 31, 2012

Wow. I was sharing a few videos of Niki & The Dove performing live in a studio on the Facebook page. But the moment I started listening to this version of DJ, Ease My Mind, I was blown away. It starts out incredibly haunting. It’s beautiful. It’s amazing. Then it bounces right into the album cut’s high energy tribal Swedish pop sound. Love it. They’re one of the bands I’ve been a huge supporter of for close to a couple years now, and just a few weeks ago, they finally dropped their debut album Instinct. It was not disappointing and well worth the wait. I’m waiting for October when I get to see them live in San Francisco. Oh, how I love good Swedish electropop. 

Live/studio clips aggregate

June 7, 2012

Below is an aggregate of some great new live or studio video recordings I found during my requisite youtube trolling. Strap yourselves in and let’s go on a musical ride… 😉

First, a lovely unplugged Metric performance of their new song Breathing Under Water for the Mahogany Session… we rarely see this gentle acoustic side of Emily Haines.

Ellie Goulding performing her gorgeous song The Writer for Last.fm… Whoa what’s up with the new hairdo? Wild stuff! I love how you can truly appreciate her voice on her stripped down performances, though I’ve watched even better performances by her than the below.

And yes, this is Kelly Clarkson covering Princess of China. It’s quite decent. Personally, I like her voice more than I like Rihanna’s. Sue me. But the cover is sorely missing Chris Martin’s voice, and Rihanna’s voice does fit a duet with Martin more so than Clarkson’s. 

Mystery Jets performed Flakes for Bands in Transit while in Brighton (UK), another one of my favorite sessions/channels on youtube. And it’s INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL. So much so that I was confused if I needed to separate this out as its own solo blog entry… Check it out! They also performed Hale Bop and Greatest Hits during that same session. Click here to watch those too.

Last, we have Niki & The Dove, also on Bands In Transit while in Brighton. Their performance here of The Drummer is crazy intense and extra future pop-ish compared to the usual arrangement. I can’t wait to see them live in the fall! I’ve been waiting so long. They also performed Last Night in this session. Check it out here.

For those that have never heard of Ravenna Woods

September 2, 2011

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Here ya go… Folky good stuff. As for Champagne Champagne, I posted about them a bit back, and believe they are most definitely on the up and up. Put them together and dannng the jam I posted previously is epic.