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If you can’t beat ’em join ’em right? Whatever the case we have opened up an Alchemist outpost in the world of Facebook. Please like us, add us to your favorites or whatever, if you’d like to receive Alchemist related news and such via Facebook. We’ll put some exclusive stuff over there and Alchemist artists will be popping in for tea ocassionally to make it worth your while. Find and friend us here.
Our latest tape GDC’s ‘Jours Avec Jennie’ has been featured on the avant blog collective and Pitchfork sibling Altered Zones not once but twice! The latest post came yesterday and reviewed the standout track ‘Leur Heure’ calling it “Formidable!”. In case you missed it listen and download the track below.
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.
Our friend JJ over at The Cool Deal blog has a new mix out called The Weather is Skitzophrenic. I and I’s ‘The Hardest Part’ is featured as well as a bunch of other good tracks from Teams, Keep Shelley in Athens, Tennis, Teen Daze and many more. It’s got a nice Mr. Stormy looking cover too.
Download and check it out here.
My friend James Nghiem is a talented and funny guy who has recently started a comedy based imprint called Robot Saves City. He’s gathered together some talented people and his label is something to really get behind! In a way it seems to be somewhat of a comedy based cousin of our Alchemist Records collective in that it’s an artist (in this case comedian) based affair and it’s looking to do things in new ways. Visit their site, buy their stuff and spread the word. The world situation seems to be getting ever more serious and dire couldn’t we all use a laugh?
Their next release is from Leah Kayajanian who has been called “OKC’s Funniest Comedian” and also happens to be my neighbor. James has put together a promo video for the release that just so happens to sample some I and I jam’s. Check it here:
Tomorrow One In A Googolplex’s ‘The Dropout Cats‘ will be officially out on numbered ltd. cd, cassette and digitally. To celebrate we’re giving away one of the album’s stand out tracks ‘Monolith’ for free (see link at the bottom of this post). For any one left wondering who is One In A Googolplex and why should I care, here is an updated biography of the man and music behind the name:
One In A Googolplex, the music project of German artist Sebastian Zimmer, is named after a line from “Back to the Future III.” His music transgresses boundaries between genres with gleeful abandon, calling on bleeps, whirs, and Contra laser blasts to adorn furiously strummed acoustic guitars, or tribal drums to drive along Latin-tinged organs and bubbly synths.
“The Dropout Cats” is the new record from OIAG, released in October 2010 on CD, cassette, and MP3. This latest batch of sonic treasures from OIAG finds Sebastian reaching deeper into affective space, capturing and intertwining complex emotional textures in ways that come out as forward-looking pop music, in the best sense of the term. Sebastian’s voice, and the songs themselves are weightier here, more urgent and maybe darker at times than some of OIAG’s previous work, but this deepening ends up adding force to the perennial life-affirming heart of Sebastian’s music. Best to let some beautiful lines from stand-out track ‘Monolith’ illustrate the point:
“your head is low, although you starve you still say no
you’re stuck inside this feeling, try to let it go
your bones ached for all those years
mine too, that is why i know this overwhelming force
that you cannot let go”
Still, Sebastian asks, “Why are we so sure that this is what it seems to be, with all these ‘I’ve told you so’s’ and all these ‘I’ve got to go’s,’ when chemicals connect with all their great symmetry?” It’s his commitment to exploring the resonance of this great symmetry that makes listening to OIAG such a bracing experience, helping us lucky listeners to vibrate higher.
After a short intermezzo as a singer in a teenage band, and after extrapolating the properties of good audio from old Beach Boys cassettes, Coldplay records, and Nick Drake’s singing, OIAG started writing on a ukulele and a very cheap guitar. Two years of recording, experimenting, looking into space with a telescope, singing and mixing later, “The Proclaimer” was born. This splendid debut includes the opener “Every Star Is A Thought,” a sublime, modern hymn about the influence of our beautiful celestial sphere on us.
Driven by an altruistic motive to bring joy into peoples’ lives, OIAG went quickly back to work on another record, 2009’s “Hands,” a release that is nothing less than an ode to life itself. With all its ups and downs, “Hands” invokes with every track the miracle of life, reminding you to celebrate your existence. Thus it tells us in a sophisticated way that optimism is cool again.
OIAG is constantly trying to compose his songs as universally as possible in order to be able to enjoy the music even some thousand years from now or on a different planet, where there is no money, no television and no heartache anymore. That is why the lyrics are mostly cosmic and timeless and often of a philosophical nature. The sounds of OIAG records suggests that the first music ever played was the attempt to echo the sonic patters of nature, piercing holes in bones to make a flute. It is cool but lovely at the same time. It is forward-looking but warm.
OIAG’s songs are aurorae for your ears.
Listen to ‘Monolith’ here with download link below:
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It’s growing increasingly hard to sort out all the new stuff coming out but Australian blog Neo-Noir does a good job of making it easier with it’s well curated and designed Hype series. The latest installment includes two tracks from The Dropout Cats and it’s nice looking too!