Royksopp’s album “Senior” leaked

Alright. Norwegian electric band Royksopp has been posting juicy little blurbs about their new album, Senior, for months now. They’ve pushed back the release date once or twice, and have finally announced that the album, originally due for earlier this summer, would be released September 13th. The album is meant to accompany their prior album, Junior; while Junior contained lighter and more energetic tracks, Senior is said to contain some of the slower, darker, more lethargic tracks.

But the album has been leaked.

That’s right. The whole album has been floating around almost every major torrent site and on a few filehosting sites. And, may I say, it’s fantastic. It’s really, really good.

You can download Senior from ThePirateBay.org here. But please, buy the vinyl or something. The album is totally worth it.

Download Senior now.

#MusicMonday – Days Go On

Ever have one of those times when you put your iPod on shuffle and stumble upon a song that you’ve never heard before? Well, yesterday was one of those days. I was in the car, feeling rather bored, and was in need of entertainment. I put my iPod on shuffle and came across the song “Days Go On,” by Greg Laswell. I honestly couldn’t tell you how the song ended up on my iPod. I had never heard of it before. Regardless, there I was, sitting in my card, bored out of my mind, with my iPod on shuffle. And then this song came on.

The sound.

The vocals sound a lot like Coldplay’s, or like Doves’s. I probably did a horrible job with those apostrophes. At any rate, can you hear it? I kinda like it. It’s impressive how high the guy can sing without tensing up. It’s very smooth, and easy on the ears.

As for the beat… Hmm. I feel like I should be able to place it, but I can’t right now. It’s very┬árhythmical, although a lot of that comes from the guitar and the piano, more so from the drum. The piano part is fairly straight forward, almost like this one Ingrid Michaelson song my friend introduced me to earlier this week. The drum is rather catchy. It’s the same as the drum from a whole slew of pieces (the first that comes to mind is Gnarls Barkley’s “Going On”).

There’s a bit of processed-ness to it. If you listen closely, you can hear guitars in reverse in some places, and the drum is sequenced in a few places. It gives it a bit of an edge, despite the fact that most of the actual instruments are very much acoustic.

The song flows really nicely. It starts at a brisk pace and keeps it up throughout the piece, making it really good for… well, things that need a pace, like walking, or thinking, or something like that. I wouldn’t really want to listen to this sitting in bed trying to sleep unless I really liked caffeine and had RLS or something.

Still, the song is, as a whole, awesome, and you should really give it a listen. How might you do that, you ask? Well, here’s a convenient set of links and embedded flash videos to help you meet that end.

Listen to it.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkS2b-yRwUo

Download the song (along with the rest of his album) from iTunes here.
Stream the song in higher quality from GrooveShark here.
Visit his website.

Larkin Grimm, live and in color.

There’s nothing quite like seeing an opening band, not knowing what to expect, and being absolutely blown away. The band in question, or rather, the musician, was “Larkin Grimm,” an incredibly interesting woman who plays both harp and guitar (among other things, I’m sure).

She and her two band members were opening for Rasputina last night. The band was fascinating in appearance, to say the least. Larkin and her bass player were dressed in these slightly retro skirts, while their drummer looked like an H&M model, complete with fedora and vest.I loved it. I care about stage appearance. I’m a dork like that.

Screw that, how did they sound?

Right, their music. I almost forgot. Imagine, if you will, taking the mood and lyrics of the Dresden Dolls, and forcing it upon a band like Doves. It was a sad, slightly eclectic kind of music, with a bit of a dusty, almost southwestern twist in one or two of their songs. It was very passionate, too. Some of the music they made was just an intense buildup of “acoustic noise,” as Grimm calls it in her bio.

The drummer was, in my opinion, the most interesting to watch. Rather than using drum sticks, he had what looked like thick, frayed rope, which he whipped around his drum set, creating a sort of muted, hushed sound.

The bass player has to be given credit, too. Her playing was absolutely smooth and streamline, without the slightest hint of tension. I wish I could do that. Regardless, she was also a fantastic backup singer, staying in tune with the other two members, which is something I really find fantastic in a live performance. I hate hearing a band that’s fantastic in recordings, but utterly dismal in live shows (like The Mars Volta, although I think that’s more because they’re absolutely smashed every time they do live shows).

That’s another thing; the whole group sang, which I thought was kind of neat. It’s always a bit foreign-looking to see a band in which the drum player, for example, sits there with his (or her) mouth sealed the whole time. It almost looks out of place.

Afterwards

After the show, they sold CD’s for “whatever you can give us.” People gave jewelry , bread, and “sometimes even money” for their CD’s. I’m sure they have quite a collection of interesting and semi-valuable trinkets by now. I got a live CD, which I’ve yet to listen to (mainly because most of the time between the concert and this post was spent sleeping).

At any rate, Larkin Grimm. Listen to her, because she loves you. Her albums are cheap, and her music is good. You don’t have very much to lose. Well, ok. Maybe you stand to lose $10, but it’s worth it.

Visit her site

Download a few free tracks from her site

Buy her albums on iTunes

Outer Spaces: DopplerPad in action

A while back, I did a review of some iPhone software called DopplerPad. The app allowed for some really interesting and manipulative 2-channel sound creation. It was essentially two synthesizers and a mixer, which was fairly interesting.

Now, a small mini-album has been released, entitled “Outer Spaces,” containing four songs made either entirely with DopplerPad, or at least in part with the software. And they aren’t bad. I was impressed that such simple software could create such interesting music.

Here, take a listen:
Outer Spaces by retronyms

The album is totally free, so you can download it here if you’d like. Hell, I even put it on my iPod. It’s worth listening to if you have a spare 20 minutes or so.

Visit the “Outer Spaces” homepage

Download the album for free

Charlie Slum’s Mixtape, “Headband” out soon!

Coming out May 15thThe anticipation is killing me.

Charlie Slum – Outro
Charlie Slum – So Easily Forgotten

Yeah, yeah. I’ve been doing a lot of music promotion recently. You’ll live, I’m sure. That being said, I’ve been getting interested in a few young, local artists as of late, and wanted to help them get word of their music out. The latest and greatest is Cameron Bell, also known as “Charlie Slum.” He’s really a brilliant self-produced rapper from Pittsburgh. His mixtape, “The Headband” is coming out in 2 days (the 15th), so I’m really excited for that. He mixes mainstream beats with some truly unique lyrics to create some fantastic music. Plus, he’s passionate about what he does. His music is personal, which really adds to the whole experience. Seriously, give his stuff a listen.

Check out his Facebook Page

Listen to him on MySpace

GET THE MIXTAPE! [OUT 5/27]

I get by with a little help from my friends…

So I thought I’ll give a quick shout-out to one of them. My friend, Jon, has started putting recordings of himself playing piano, guitar and singing up on YouTube and, I have to say, they’re pretty good. He taught himself everything, and he plays by ear, which is harder and harder to find these days. Everyone, check him out, give him a quick “Like” on his YouTube videos, or subscribe to his channel.

Here’s his cover of Coldplay’s “Yellow.”

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciF-YyAVk70

Check his youtube page out.