Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Ambient Signal - 7/7/09 - pre 20,000 hits!

WRPI 91.5fm!
http://www.wrpi.org/ for webcast
Tuesdays 6-8pm

Another rainy/stormy day..59 degrees

Another extended show too.. 6-9pm..playing tons of new music again...this blog almost has 20,000 hits! Should be there by sometime next week I think..yeaaah

Azeda Booth - In Red
Explosions in the sky - So long lonesome
Beniot Pioulard - Triggering back
Japancakes - When you sleep
Faunts - Place i've found
Radical face - Sleepwalking
God is an astronaut - Fragile
Battles - SZ2
Grizzly Bear - Southern point
Sunset Rubdown - Paper lace
Dirty projectors - Useful chamber

7pm or so
Bibio - Lover's carvings
Phantogram - Bloody palms
Phenomenal handclap band - I been born again
The Mars Volta - Teflon
Starlight mints - Zoomba
Most serene republic - Catharsis boo
Gregory pepper - drop the plot

Falcao and monashee - Teleportation
Ohbijou - Wildfires
Bowerbirds - Beneath your tree
Deertick - easy
Rock plaza central - oh i can
Dirty mittens - the dock

Moby - mistake
Bjork - Wanderlust
God help the girl - Act of the apostle
Ceu - Monadi
St. Vincent - Actor out of work
Magic wands - black magic
Summer cats - lets go
Rubies - Too bright
Jon Brion - Little person
Clare and the reasons - Alphabet City
Land of talk - Some are lakes
Falcon - The Sandfighter
Margot and the nuclear so and so's - Skeleton key (I didn't actually play this last week)
The Velvet teen - Prize fighter
Department of eagles - No one does it like you

Monday, July 06, 2009

New music review: Discovery - LP

LP, the first album from Discovery, may initially seem like experimental electronica from members of Ra Ra Riot and Vampire Weekend, but it soon becomes obvious that the songs on LP share an odd similarity to songs on your local hip-hop and top 40 radio stations. Seems weird at first, but it sort of makes sense; both bands are known for their poppy, melodic tendencies, and with Discovery these tendencies are fully embraced. Songs like "Orange Shirt" and "Osaka Loop Line" would not seem out of place at a club, with huge synth lines, exaggerated beats on each quarter note, and lyrics like "And me, I got a crush," which ranks up there with "Shawty, you a ten" and "Kiss me through the phone" on the cheese scale.

There are, of course, some great, stranger moments that keep the listener on their toes, notably the tempo changes of "So Insane," the fuzzed out cover of "I Want You Back", and various mentions of going to the disco and/or discotheque as opposed the club. However, there are some problems with the album as well. The front half is much stronger than the back, and guests Angel Deradoorian of Dirty Projectors and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend are, for the most part, wasted (the former sings the line "I Want to Be Your Boyfriend," chopped up in various ways, over and over, and the latter's voice is so obscured it's nearly undifferentiable from main Discovery singer Wes Miles). Despite these shortcomings, the album is certainly interesting and, at times, ridiculously fun. Use it to jump start your next party or shock anti-top 40 radio proponents.

The album comes out July 7th courtesy of XL Recordings. You can currently stream it all on Discovery's website.

Why not come in an hour early


Iron and Wine - Communion Cups & Someone's Coat
Iron and Wine - Belated Promise Ring
Iron and Wine - God Made the Automobile
Portland Cello Project - The Lamb
Portland Cello Project (feat. Thao) - Beat (Health, Life and Fire)
Portland Cello Project (feat. Justin Power) - Cut the Rope
Iron and Wine - Homeward, These Shoes

Iron and Wine - Love Vigilantes
Iron and Wine - Sinning Hands
Mike Doughty - The Only Answer
Mike Doughty - The Pink Life
Mike Doughty - Real Love/It's Only Life
Andy Narell & Relator - Gavaskar
Andy Narell & Relator - Love in the Cemetary
Andy Narell & Relator - Food Prices

Andy Narell & Relator - Pan in Harmony
Nicole Atkins - Brooklyn's on Fire

Bob Marley & the Wailers - Talkin' Blues
the Avett Brothers - November Blue
the Black Keys - Same Old thing
the Avett Brothers - Jenny and the Summer Day


Portland Cello Project (Featuring Thao) - Violet
the Avett Brothers - Pretty Girl From Matthews
Amon Tobin - at the end of the day
Animal Collective - Summertime Clothes

Phantogram - Mouthful of Diamonds
She and Him - Black Hole
Sly & the Family Stone - Everyday People
M. Ward - Big Boat


Sly & the Family Stone - Hot Fun in the Summertime
Andy Narell & Relator - Bottle and Spoon
Animal Collective - Bluish
Sly & the Family Stone - Sing a Simple song

Menahan Street Band - Montego Sunset
Sergio Mendes - Fanfarra (Despidida)
Stevie Wonder - Another Star
David E Sugar - Radioactivity

Sly & the Family Stone - Dance to the Music
M. Ward - Here Comes the Sun Again
M. Ward - Radio Campaign
Sergio Mendes - Magano
the Decemberists - July, July!

the Temptations - think for yourself