Archive for January, 2012

Eiyn Sof

January 31st, 2012 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

In Kaballa, the idea of G-d is referred to as the “Eiyn Sof” – literally “without end” in Hebrew. It all goes a lot deeper than bearded dude in the sky stuff, which is one of the reasons I was took the opportunity to go study it a bit in Jerusalem last summer.

The main mind behind the Toronto-based music project Eiyn SofMelissa Boraski, doesn’t make as ‘out there’ music as one might expect from someone who takes what is probably the fundamental concept in Kaballa as their pseudonym – but the music is quite good. It’s folk-y stuff with interested touches like synth, theramin, and some other stuff. Her latest EP – the SSSOO1 tape – is a split with far weirder psychedelic pilgrims Plant Magic and out now on Spring Skull.

Eiyn Sof – One By One

Eiyn Sof – Free Of Me

Have You Heard The New…Jack White?

January 30th, 2012 | Features | 0 Comments

I idolize Jack White more than any other living celebrity or whatever on Earth. Dude makes kick-ass music, has solid business sense, keeps his operations under control, and has been doing all of those things for over a decade now. I don’t think you could honestly call a single album he’s ever had his paws on a dud. That’s impressive. So now he’s announced that he’s got some songs he’d like to release as a solo album called Blunderbuss. The thing drops April 24th on Third Man/Columbia Records. Be ready. We got the first taster today with the song “Love Interruption”.

As a first single, this is hardly another “Seven Nation Army” or “Blue Orchid” or “Ichy Thump”. If anything, it’s more reminiscent of the kind of solid folky/bluesy ditties that served as place holders on White Blood Cells. It’s solid though, and has a cool organ thing going on that kind of reminds me of the clarinet parts on “Love Is The Truth”, the song Jack wrote for a great Coke commercial. Co-vocals on the song provided by Ruby Amanfu are ok – can’t say they really add or detract from the song much.

In terms of what this leads us to expect from the album, I’d say that the song – along with the little information we have – suggests this is simply going to be an unambitious collection of cool little songs Jack has on his hard drive (or box full of tapes, considering the luddite that he is) that he wants to share with the world now that the White Stripes aren’t putting stuff out. The guy’s never made a dud, so I don’t expect one now.

What did you think of the song? What do you think the next album will be like? Let us know in the comments section or over Facebook or Twitter.

EKRA

January 30th, 2012 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

Queens husband/wife experimental duo EKRA make weird psychedelic musics, but it’s got the right kind of chutzpa. I approve.

Mirror Lady

January 28th, 2012 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

Mirror Lady are some lo-fi indie chillaxers from Silverlake, California. That’s where my cousin lives, and it’s a cool place. Shit’s too far apart there though. I can’t stand it, uch! Anyways – the band. They make pretty sounds.

Mirror Lady – Roman Candles

Have You Heard The New…Wild Nothing?

January 27th, 2012 | Features | 0 Comments

Wild Nothing – Nowhere

The latest from Virginia-based bedroom moody maestro Wild Nothing is a 7″ called “Nowhere” that drops on Feb 21st. Apparently this marks the first proper studio work by the band, though I thought the quality of what came before was pretty solid, so I didn’t notice any great different in sound quality or production, except maybe a bit more clarity in the sounds or something.

In terms of writing and whatever, “Nowhere” is a great follow-up to what’s come before. Perhaps a little more jangly/poppy than moody/shoegazey, and a bit less intimate, but the melodies, hooks, instrumentation, etc. all sound phenomenal. The guest vocal by Twin Sister‘s Andrea Estella is another nice touch, especially since Jack Tatum‘s vox maybe aren’t the greatest (but hey, he makes up for it and they work for the music anyways).

What did you think of the song? What do you think the next album will be like? Let me know in the comments section or over Facebook or Twitter.