Austin Wood/Atlantic At Pacific,
Santa Cruz, CA USA
Archive for December, 2010
Seems like everybody has a holiday song this year but leave it to some of this year’s most chill and talented dudes to come up with a nice little jam like this. Blackbird Blackbird has made some of this year’s best tunes and he happens to be pals with our own Atlantic At Pacific. Their Beatles sampling collaboration is like a Marvel Team Up of beatsmiths!
Not only do we have some Alchemist artist photos from around the world this week we also have a surprise new free winter track from One In A Googolplex! It’s called Snow and Lights and it evokes that feeling of stillness that comes from the quiet of a snow covered world. It’s a nice bookend to One In A Googolplex’s stellar recent album The Dropout Cats. As with HOlidaze we’re giving to you as a free holiday gift.
My photo shows a scenery not quite as peaceful as Adam’s:
People looking for Christmas gifts at Cologne’s Hohe Straße, one of the highest attended shopping miles of Germany.
The Saturday before Christmas Eve (12/18/10) is the day with the highest sales in the year.
Looking forward to the next photo.
– Sebastian, One in a Googolplex
One definite boon of the internet age is the ability to reach out and connect with people all over the world. As the Alchemist Collective has developed we’ve placed an emphasis on creating a global community of artists and making the most of this ever more connected world. We’ve been searching for ways to highlight the diversity of places and perspectives that all of our artists inhabit and share them with you. So in the spirit of much of how we roll (improvisation), we’re going to be conducting some collective experiments and posting the results for you here. This week we’ll be debuting the first of these features. The idea was for everyone to take a photo on Saturday December 18th and throughout the following week to post the results.
I’m kicking off the proceedings with a photo I took yesterday. The winter time here in the central U.S. often creates some amazing sunsets. Yesterday I had a feeling it would be a good one and I planned on spending some time finding a great spot to photograph it. Unfortunately I got wrapped up in other things and it was only just as the sun was already going down that I got to go ahead and start shooting. Fortunately I still got some interesting shots and the one I’ve chosen to post was actually taken right outside my home and was the second shot I took. It was hard to choose just one so I’ll be putting up some of the other photos on my I and I site here.
I’m looking forward to what the other Alchemists come up with throughout the week!
– Adam Sarmiento/I and I
Norman, OK USA
ps. click on the photo to see it larger.
There is no shortage of cheesy renditions of holiday classics or even worse, horrible holiday originals (ie this, this or this) but there have also been a lot of pretty awesome holiday songs (like this, this or even this (screw the haters!). The latest addition to our family BAnanas Symphony offers up a new holiday gift called HOlidaze that clearly falls in the latter category. It captures the mood of the season and references holiday classics yet it’s fresh and new and brings a vibe that could take your holiday party playlist to the next dimension. Listen/Download the whole thing below gratis.
The nice little french blog What Lovely Tea has recently conducted an interview with BAnanas Symphony man Yohuske Araki. Though the interview is in French it’s just as interesting and definitely more comedic to read a bad google translation. Here’s an excerpt:
“Araki Yohsuke whose real name hates bananas, making music alone or with his buddy and idolatrous Françoise Hardy. Following in the vein post-Animal Collective with talent, he accompanied me and was inaugurated by the end of autumn with its great new song “Held Up.” A guy you are told to follow.”
read and translate the rest here.
To help indulge your holiday consumerist tendencies whilst investing in alternative collective economies we are having a holiday sale! From now until Christmas buy any one cd or tape and get any other free (just like at the fireworks stand)! Just go through the normal checkout process and then send us an email to info (at) alchemistrecords (dot) com and let us know what other selection you’d like and we’ll include it for free. Give the gift of artist collective music that you can’t find in a big box store!