Another album in the bag. Feeling that heady rush of satisfaction and depression that comes with finishing a big project. Also I think I have a cold or the flu or something, which isn’t helping.
I uploaded it to Bandcamp two nights ago, right as the world was learning that Osama Bin Laden was dead. So that was a pretty big day for the internet.
EP’s called “February” because I started working on these songs in February 2010 and (basically) finished in February of 2011, with a LOT of time off in the middle. The first three songs are new. The last three songs are old. I was gonna include three covers, but you can’t upload covers to Bandcamp without officially licensing them, and fuck that noise, so I’ll just upload em to Soundcloud or something at some point.
The songs are all based around loops of Sam Moss playing violin and banjo. He improvised parts for one or two songs and then I just cut them up and reused them for every song on the album. It was a really fun way to work that I doubt I’ll ever do again. There’s also some guitar that doesn’t sound like guitar and some drum samples I found on the internet and even a recycled drum track from the Green Grocer EP on one song.
Go download it now. It will make me happy.
On the topic of “podcasts where my songs were featured in the past few months”: BIRP!
I’d never heard of ’em until a few weeks ago, when I noticed there was a massive spike in people from around the world listening to “Twilight” on Last.fm, and after a little digging I found out that they had featured me on their February playlist.
And since February’s my birthday month, the image is particularly appropriate.
Check out their site. They (obviously) have good taste in music, and seem like solid dudes.
Wow, has it really been that long? I’ve kinda been working on other stuff for a while, but seriously…
Anyway, kinda fitting that this post is to say I’ve once again been featured on CMG’s Fantasy Covers Podcast, which once again rules. This time I’ve got two (2!) songs on the podcast: a cover of Dolly Mixture’s “Angel Treads” (with Michael Hurder on synths) and a cover of Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” (featuring Sam Moss on fiddle and banjo).
There’s a lot of other great stuff on there too. I’m particularly fond of Decomposure’s Beach Boys-y cover of “California Gurls,” which is both a clever joke well executed and a great song.
More updates coming soon. For real.
Okay I know I’m late on this AGAIN but I really need to blog about this shit. Better late than never, etc.
Cokemachineglow, who are, like, totally my favorite music review site ever, recently picked one of my songs for their end-of-the-decade Fantasy Covers Podcast. It’s my rousing rendition of Joanna Newsom’s jam “Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie,” featuring Sam Moss on violin and banjo, and Rod O’Connor on drum production and just generally making things sound good. It’s been up for a while, but if you haven’t listened to it yet, you should go do that.
The good folks at Glasgow Podcart picked up one of my songs – “Bare Bones” – for their Podcast a few weeks ago (Episode 48 – ‘Don’t Give Me Maw Stick’). It was really cool. They’ve all got awesome Scottish accents and it made me feel good to hear them say my name.
I would have posted this sooner, but I’m bad at the internet. I’m trying, I swear.
Oh man, what do I even say about 60 Hz? Well, for starters, his friends call him Rod O’Connor. I’ve known him for almost six years and in that time I’ve seen/heard him produce an insane amount consistently top-notch computer-based music of every imaginable genre, from electro-acoustic ambient music to drum and bass. He did a whole album of granular synthesis remixes based on Sundays a few years ago. He’s recently remixed a couple tracks from Bodies of Water that sound pretty freakin’ awesome, if I do say so myself. Czech ’em out.