Saturday, June 10, 2006

Some MP3s

The first is the title track from Thom Yorke's forthcoming solo album, The Eraser. I've listened to the whole thing a few times, and I've got a message for all the people that have been waiting for this guy to fuck up: You'll have to keep waiting, because the album is really good. Sure, a lot of it does sound like Radiohead (duh), but the album also finds Yorke heading off in some different directions, taking a great deal of inspiration from German microhouse on many of the tracks, and stripping down some the Radiohead signature sounds to give us more space and a somewhat cleaner experience. The beats are fantastic, and the album as a whole is slighter happier and more dance oriented than any of Radiohead's stuff (but still has nothing to do with the kind of music that you would dance to at a club). He really sounds like a more somber Arthur Russell having a panic attack on a lot of these tracks, and appears to be getting a little more adventurous with his vocals too. Listen:

"The Eraser" MP3

And second, by request, we have a new track from Vetiver's latest, To Find Me Gone. There are some very hypnotic, sleepy and kinda dark folkish tracks on this one, and the opener would be a pretty great example of the general themes and sounds you would hear on the rest of the record. However, we've decided to post our favorite song, which is probably the least like any of the other tracks, being more blues influenced than the rest. Its very good stuff, and slowly becoming one of our favorites this year:

"You May be Blue" MP3

If artists, management or labels would like these tracks removed, please email and we will take them down immediately. Thanks.


Anonymous Bub said...

Every time I look at that photo, this phrase runs through my head...

Sloth love Chunk! Sloth and Chunk frieeeends!

3:29 PM  
Anonymous anonymous with an "anon" said...

i've listened to all of the eraser as well. hmmmmm...

you actually thought it was that good?

i admit, the first time thru, i had a little wine and thought it was amazing. then i really started listening to it. now, it feels more like good background music. didnt feel like it was focused and there are just so many weird little sounds and bleeps and chirps and crap I can deal with. the beats seem boring to me, (i am an electronic musician as well) and there are only a few places that really stand out to me as beautiful and captivating.

on the other hand, the new midlake (listening to it now) sounds gorgeous and well thought out and focused. but then again, have a nice, full, glass of merlot next to me as well. we'll see tomorrow i guess.

6:47 PM  
Anonymous delmore said...

the eraser : im not saying i didnt like it -- but by some strange sonic alchemy when the shattered piano part met with the drum beat -- i got a steady sharp pain in the left side of my head

7:15 PM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

yeah, I listen to a lot of music under various levels of intoxication. Sometimes its affects my judgment, sure. But then again, I don't really care.

I'm pretty sure I've been under the influence two or three of the times that I've listened to the album, and I've been under the influence a couple of others times. I'm not sure if it made a difference in this case.

7:15 PM  
Anonymous Your Lapdog said...

I know that the new thom yorke album is great because I have all the symptoms consistent with hearing a great new radiohead album:

*Twice-daily listens
*Stubbornness/Anxiety when discussing "weak points" with anyone
*Daily trips to

I didn't even know about the album until a few weeks ago and almost immediately downloaded it. It's great when you don't have time to create expectations about something and just hear it at face value.

And to anonymous with an 'anon' -
* the sound of 'the eraser' is not 'background" music but rather its more subconscious, internal music. It massages the brain.

7:28 PM  
Anonymous anonymous with an "anon" said...

to lapdog

yeah, i agree with your comment about it being subconscious. in that light, i guess you could put it under that same category with classical as well, which most people use as background music. I did have to listen to it a few times. but it never really got around to "moving" me. in other words i felt no emotion towards it. in a similar genre, aphex twin usally moves me, whether it is beautiful, or aggressive and sharp, i will almost always have a emotional response to richards (aphex twin) music.

from your comments it seems that you are a radiohead fan, and thus listened to it as such. i have heard the new radiohead stuff, and it sounds MUCH better than this.

Just OPINIONS mind you.

8:03 AM  
Blogger stonedranger said...

you've heard the new Radiohead stuff? Where?

1:36 PM  
Anonymous anonomous with an "anon" said...

sorry to mislead. just the recent live stuff i have like 7 or 8 new songs live. they actually sound pretty great. i'll hopefully have it pretty soon.

van Occupanther is pretty good under intoxication though. :)

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Burleson MegaLick said...

"German Microhouse"

Okay. That's it.
Indie rock is cancelled.
Even Germans that play the music didn't know that they were
German Microhousers.

Sounds like a beer.

1:27 PM  

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