Dec 29, 2011
Pollyn is Genevieve Artadi, Anthony Cava, and Adam Jay Weissman, three L.A. natives who create moody electronic pop music.
Their first full-length album, This Little Night, was released Feb 10, 2009 on itunes, Amazon, and emusic.
Pulling influences from soul, prog-rock, jazz, and electronic music, Pollyn’s sound is hard to categorize, yet familiar.
Pollyn has done official remixes for:
Gorillaz (DARE Pollyn remix)
Buffalo Daughter (Socks, Drugs & Rock n’ Roll sample208 remix)
Liquid Liquid (Optimo sample208 remix)
Featured on Urb’s Next 100 list for 2007
Band member Adam Jay Weissman also goes by the name Sample208.
Pollyn’s music has been featured in ABC’s Life As You Know It, the indie film This Girl’s Life, and in designer Jeremy Scott’s web series.
Dec 24, 2011
Michael Trent Reznor (born May 17, 1965) is an American musician. Reznor is the founder and main creative force behind the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails. He is also the only official member of the band, as he composes and plays all the instruments himself; however, different producers, engineers and musicians are assembled to assist him in writing and performing new material, and a backing band accompanies him on live shows. Reznor writes all of the lyrics himself and is in sole control of the group. Michael Trent Reznor was born in Mercer, Pennsylvania halfway between Pittsburgh and Cleveland to Michael J. Reznor and Nancy Clark. Reznor was called by his middle name to avoid confusion with his father. After his parents divorced, Trent lived with his grandparents and his sister Tera lived with their mother.
Reznor began playing the piano at the age of five and showed an early aptitude for music. In a 1995 interview, his grandfather Bill Clark remarked, “Music was his life, from the time he was a wee boy. He was so gifted.” His former piano teacher Rita Beglin said Reznor “always reminded me of Harry Connick, Jr.” when he played.
Reznor has repeatedly acknowledged that his sheltered life in Pennsylvania left him feeling somewhat isolated from the outside world. In a 1994 interview with Rolling Stone, he makes reference to his choices in the music industry, “I don’t know why I want to do these things,” Reznor says, “other than my desire to escape from Small Town, U.S.A., to dismiss the boundaries, to explore. It isn’t a bad place where I grew up, but there was nothing going on but the cornfields. My life experience came from watching movies, watching TV and reading books and looking at magazines. And when your fucking culture comes from watching TV every day, you’re bombarded with images of things that seem cool, places that seem interesting, people who have jobs and careers and opportunities. None of that happened where I was. You’re almost taught to realize it’s not for you.” However, Reznor later confesses, “I don’t want to give the impression it was a miserable childhood.”
At the Mercer Area Junior and Senior High Schools, Reznor learned to play the saxophone and tuba. He was a member of both the jazz and marching bands. Former Mercer High School band director Dr. Hendley Hoge remembered Reznor as “very upbeat and friendly.” Reznor also became involved in theatre while in high school. He was voted Best in Drama by classmates for his roles as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar and Professor Harold Hill in the Music Man.
Reznor graduated from high school in 1983 and enrolled at Allegheny College, where he studied computer engineering, joined a local band named Option 30 and played three shows per week with them. After a year in college, Reznor decided to drop out to pursue a full-time career in music.
Reznor moved to Cleveland, Ohio. In 1985, he joined a band named The Innocent as a keyboardist. They released one album, Livin’ in the Street, but Reznor quit after just three months. In 1986, Reznor appeared as a member of the fictional band The Problems in the film Light of Day. He also joined a local Cleveland band called The Exotic Birds.
He got a job at Right Track Studio (now known as Midtown Recording) as a handyman. Studio owner Bart Koster commented how Reznor “is so focused in everything he does. When that guy waxed the floor, it looked great.” Koster allowed Reznor to use the studio during off hours, which he used to record demos for songs that ended up on Nine Inch Nails’ first album, Pretty Hate Machine. These demos were later released as a bootleg under the name Purest Feeling.
Reznor was the credited producer for Marilyn Manson’s albums Portrait Of An American Family, Smells Like Children, and Antichrist Superstar, as well as the soundtrack for the films Natural Born Killers and Lost Highway. Reznor is credited for “Driver Down” and “Videodrones; Questions” on the soundtrack for Lost Highway. One other track, “The Perfect Drug” is credited to Nine Inch Nails instead.
Reznor likes video games, most notably Doom by id Software, which he has said he played on the Nine Inch Nails tour bus after doing shows. He also created the soundtrack for ID Software’s hit Quake. The NIN logo also appears on the nail gun ammo boxes in Quake and prior to this, embedded in both the floor and ceiling of a secret room in Ultimate Doom.
Trent returned to work with id Software in 2003 as the sound engineer for video game Doom 3. However, due to “time, money and bad management”, he had to abandon this project, and his audio work did not make it into the game’s release. The original audio files can be found on the Internet, although they are not officially endorsed by Reznor nor id Software. Chris Vrenna, former drummer for Nine Inch Nails, produced the music for Doom 3 with his partner Clint Walsh.
During the five years between his albums The Downward Spiral and The Fragile, Trent Reznor struggled with depression, social anxiety disorder, writer’s block, and the death of his grandmother. It has also been revealed by Reznor that he had been suffering from alcohol and drug addiction during the Fragile era. In a 2005 interview with Kerrang!, Reznor makes a note of his self-destructive past, “There was a persona that had run its course. I needed to get my priorities straight, my head screwed on. Instead of always working, I took a couple of years off, just to figure out who I was and working out if I wanted to keep doing this or not. I had become a terrible addict; I needed to get my shit together, figure out what had happened.” In contrast with his former suicidal tendencies, the song artist admitted in a 2005 interview with Revolver that, “I’m pretty happy right now.” But added, “Wait! Don’t print that! You’ll ruin my reputation. At least lie and say that I’ve got a dead body in my closet or something.”
Reznor was involved in a feud with the band Limp Bizkit (specifically their frontman Fred Durst) in the late 1990s, around the height of their popularity, calling Durst a “moron” and saying in a 1999 interview in Rolling Stone magazine, “Let Fred Durst surf a piece of plywood up my ass.” It is noted, however, that Reznor is credited as a writer of the song “Hot Dog” on Bizkit’s album, Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water. This is due to this song’s use of lyrics from the NIN song “Closer,” in particular the phrase “I want to fuck you like an animal.” Reznor was put in the difficult position of having to give permission for his own lyrics to be used in a song mocking him but interviews at the time suggested that he thought it was best to allow permission rather than drag the issue out.”
Tapeworm, a collaboration with Danny Lohner, Maynard James Keenan of Tool, and Atticus Ross of 12 Rounds, was in production for almost ten years, but an update on the official Nine Inch Nails website declared that the project had been terminated. The only known performance of any Tapeworm material was when Keenan’s other band A Perfect Circle performed the song “Vacant” on tour in 2001. “Vacant” appears on A Perfect Circle’s third album eMOTIVe, reworked and retitled “Passive”.
Reznor made a guest appearance on rapper El-P’s album, I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead, on the track “Flyentology”. El-P remixed the NIN track “Only”, released with the single Every Day Is Exactly The Same. Reznor has also worked as co-producer of the album The Inevitable Rise and Liberation Of Niggy Tardust by Saul Williams, who toured with NIN in 2005 and 2006.
Reznor finished work on a new Nine Inch Nails album, entitled Year Zero, released in 2007. A DVD taken from two “Live: With Teeth” tour dates on March 28 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and March 30 in El Paso, Texas entitled Beside You In Time was also released in 2007.
In 2006, Trent played his first “solo” show(s) at Neil Young’s annual Bridge School Concerts. Backed by a four-piece string section, Trent performed stripped-down versions of many Nine Inch Nails classics.
Reznor has made many remixes for other artists, including:
- 12 rounds: Pleasant smell (2 remixes)
- Butthole surfers: Who was in my room last night?
- Curve: Missing link
- David Bowie: I’m afraid of Americans (5 mixes !!)
- Killing joke: Democracy
- KMFDM: Light
- Marilyn Manson: Mother inferior got her gunn (remix of the track ‘Get your gunn’)
- Megadeth: Symphony of destruction
- N.E.R.D.: Lapdance
- Peter Gabriël: Growing up
- Puff Daddy & family: Victory (2 remixes)
- Queen: Stone cold crazy
- U2: Vertigo
- Machines of loving grace: Burnt like brilliant trash
- Machines of loving grace: Burnt offering
Trent also did (backing) vocals for:
- Josh Wink: Black bomb (jerry in the bag) *lead
- 1000 homo DJ’s: Supernaut (cover of Black sabbath) *lead vocals
- Tori amos: Past the mission *backing in the chorus
- Queens of the stone age: You know what you did *backing vocals at the end, not officially released!
- El-P: Flyentology *backing
- Peter Murphy: Warm leatherette *distorted backing vocals
- Saul Williams: Break + WTF *both backing vocals
- Prick: No fair fights + Animal *distorted backing vocals, although it’s not clear if Trent did backing vocals on these two tracks!
Dec 22, 2011
Photos of the launch party of the YEAR ZERO, best surf movie of 2011, according to Surfer magazine: http://bit.ly/rHJNYf
Photos of Pablo Vaz.
Dj : D.A.V.I - Factory.
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Belleruche is a band consisting of Kathrin DeBoer, Ricky Fabulous, and DJ Modest. Formed in the lesser bars and pubs of North London in 2005, the band now record for the Brighton based Tru Thoughts label. Influenced by vintage blues records, punk girl drummers, obscure 60’s cover bands and experimental west coast turntablists, they describe their sound as ‘Turntable Soul Music’.
Belleruche released a series of three extremely limited 7” records on their own Hippoflex Recording Industries label before signing with Tru Thoughts. These individually numbered 45’s (with hand screen-printed sleeves) quickly sold out in the UK’s independent record stores and attracted a cult following in the UK and Europe, having been hand-distributed by the band at gigs.
In 2007 Belleruche signed to Tru Thoughts and their debut album Turntable Soul Music was released in July of the same year, gaining admiring reviews both at home and abroad and becoming the fastest-selling debut album in the label’s history.
The songs on ‘Turntable Soul Music’ were written in train carriages, dubious minicabs and pub backrooms around the UK whilst the trio gigged everywhere they could. The songs were then forged and reworked in the band’s electrifying live shows. From their initial sunday residency in the Salmon and Compass in Angel, London to gigs all over Europe, Australia and Asia. ‘Turntable Soul Music’ is like a weird trawl through a dusty basement full of the best records you’ve never heard of, whilst a voice you can’t quite pin down sings hooks you can’t forget.
Their live show marks them apart, using only a turntable, sampler, guitar and microphone, they combine to produce something markedly different. Sounding at once both weird and distinctive, but at the same time musical and compelling, they have played at venues as diverse as Montreux Jazz Festival, The Dance arena at Glastonbury, and many underground nightclubs.
In October 2008 Tru Thoughts released The Express, the bands second album. Following on from the live songwriting and broken leads ethic of Belleruche’s debut, ‘The Express’ has maybe a tougher sound.
Their latest album 270 Stories - including the singles Clockwatching, Fuzz Face and 3 Amp Fuse - was released in October 2010. The band will be playing festival dates this summer and touring the new album in autumn.
Raised on a pirate boat sailing the South Pacific Ocean, with only Billie Holiday and Spanky Wilson records for company, Kathrins voice carries the soul of the wind off the cape mixed with the grit of illegal Polynesian rum bars. Lyrics written in bottles cast into the sea found their way into three continents; Kathrin jumped ship and found London.
Leo. Baby. Following an adolescence chasing girls and heavy rock bands, Fabulous found himself trapped working for a Maltese gangster in a frozen northern town. Whilst keeping warm locked in a damp basement, he found a stack of quarter inch tapes and discovered the work of Grant Green and Django Reinhardt, which gave him the energy to slip out of town, heading south on a freight car clutching a false identity and a forty-year-old guitar.
Growing up in the deep south, in engine oil and mud, Modest discovered hiphop on a stolen radio, sneaking into clubs through broken windows to hear more. Building turntables and mixers from scavenged electronic gear and two stroke engines, he created a soundsystem and played unlawful hiphop parties in strange woodlands to farmers. He coaxes twisted Bluenote solos and broken drums from Shure m44-7s whilst drunk on moonshine.
Dec 9, 2011
The Slightly Stoopid story can be traced to Ocean Beach, California, when childhood chums Miles and Kyle formed the group in 1995, mixing reggae and punk sounds into one smooth stylistic cocktail. Soon after, Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell discovered the duo and asked them to perform a set at the Foot Hill Tavern in Long Beach, California. It was afterwards that Nowell immediately signed them to his label, Skunk Records, while the band was still in high school.. A pair of releases soon followed—1996’s punk-tinged Slightly $toopid (featuring a guest appearance by Nowell on the song “Prophet” – later covered by Sublime and released on their box set, Everything Under the Sun) and 1998’s surf-inspired cult classic The Longest Barrel Ride.
The group self-released 2001’s Acoustic Roots: Live and Direct (a 40-minute acoustic set, captured live at San Diego ‘s Rock 105.3 radio station) – the first for their own label, Stoopid Records, before issuing 2003’s Everything You Need on Surfdog (a musical departure for the band, that sold more than 130,000 copies). After solidifying a new line-up with the additions of Ryan ‘RyMo’ Moran (drums), Oguer ‘OG’ Ocon (congas, percussion, harp, vocals) from the B Side Players, and C-Money (trumpet, keyboard) and Dela (saxophone) from John Brown’s Body, the band’s talent for mixing styles was never more apparent on 2005’s Closer to the Sun. The album featured collaborations with such renowned reggae names as Barrington Levy and Scientist. A year later, Slightly Stoopid issued their first-ever electric live album, Winter Tour ‘05-‘06 Live CD/DVD, as well as their first-ever DVD, ‘Live in San Diego,’ while 2007 saw the release of the group’s fifth studio effort, Chronchitis, which debuted at #55 on the Billboard 200, and #2 on the indie charts.
And through it all, Slightly Stoopid has logged some serious road miles – in addition to their incessant criss-crossing of the U.S., which includes appearances at prestigious festivals such as Coachella, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and New Orleans Jazz Fest, among others, the group has played sold-out shows in Australia, Japan, Guam, Amsterdam, Portugal and Denmark, the U.K., Germany, Holland, and the Dominican Republic. “Without [the fans], we’d just be playing at the bar,” admits Kyle. “They make it worth our while – when we go out and people are having that good of a time, the energy goes back and forth. Just a good time – we rely on each other’s energy.” And all you have to do is look at the list of artists that Slightly Stoopid has played with, to get a feel for how much of a large and diverse audience they appeal to - the Dave Matthews Band, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and the Marley Brothers, Sublime, the Roots, G. Love & Special Sauce, Ozomatli, Toots and the Maytals, and Pennywise, among others, as well as their first-ever sole headlining tour of amphitheatres in 2008, joined by their friends Pepper and Sly & Robbie featuring Cherine Anderson.
“I think consistently touring is important,” explains Miles. “Most people take the route of trying to be successful without even getting out there for people to hear what your band is about. The most important thing is you can be playing in front of zero people or 20,000 people, and you’ve still got to rock the show. When we were first starting out, literally, we played in front of nobody. We’d show up at the club, and it would be bartenders and security guards, and ‘Yo, play your hour set – here you go!’ But after you play that show, they tell some of their friends and their friends tell some friends. I think the Internet has helped us a lot too, because people were able to spread the word about the music easier. The most important part is being out there 200 days a year. You’re going back to towns twice a year, so people get to come out, and that gave us a real loyal following. Wherever we go, you have these Stoopidheads going crazy. For us, it’s pretty much the greatest job in the world.”
2008 saw the band issuing their first-ever ‘odds and ends’ collection, SLIGHTLY NOT STONED ENOUGH TO EAT BREAKFAST YET STOOPID – the group’s newest release for their growing label, Stoopid Records (which will also feature releases by other groups, including the label’s first signees, The Expendables from Santa Cruz, California). Included on SLIGHTLY NOT STONED ENOUGH are outtakes from both the CLOSER TO THE SUN (including tracks that were previously issued as a limited edition bonus CD) and CHRONCHITIS sessions, as well as a bevy of new material recorded at the famed Circle House Studios in Miami, Florida, and such cover tunes as UB40’s “I Would Do For You” and the traditional “I Know You Rider” (most notably covered by The Grateful Dead). Also making their first appearance on a Slightly Stoopid studio album are newly recorded renditions of the long-time live standards “False Rhythms” and “Sensimilla.”
Seemingly always on the move, there appears to be no slowing down in sight for Slightly Stoopid, and according to Miles, that’s precisely what fuels the group’s creativity. “For us, the most important thing in the future, we just want to stay busy and always playing music – whether creating, touring, or just sitting on your couch and jamming. I think we’ll always be recording. And just have fun – without the fun part, it ain’t worth it.”
Dec 5, 2011
How to Dress Well is the alias of Tom Krell, creator of narcotized, lo-fi R&B. In October 2009, Krell started posting batches of his clouded tunes to his blog.
They’re marked by his high voice; piercing and fragile like the rest of his music. Late 2010, his debut album Love Remains was released via Lefse/Tri Angle Records. On July 12, he released an EP titled Just Once via Love Letters Ink comprised of 4 orchestral versions of
One Thirty BPM just got back from a remarkable set from soulful R&B sensation How To Dress Well, aka Tom Krell, and got an interesting bit of information dropped at the show. Krell announced to the adoring Echo Park audience that the follow-up to last year’s Love Remains will be arriving sooner rather than later, with the album already underway and a release planned for the fall.
Krell noted that he has about “twenty songs already recorded” and plans on recording a number more. This was the first time he had been to L.A. since he was ten years old, and if things pan-out like we think they will, it won’t be his last. Look for a full review with photos next week, and get excited for yet another album to anticipate in 2011.HTDW tracks - a one-time-only approach to HTDW’s sound.
Dec 1, 2011
Yelle (a feminised acronym of YEL, “You enjoy life”) is Julie Budet, a French singer from the town of Saint-Brieuc, France, who started performing in 2005. She rose to fame on MySpace when she posted a song titled “Short Dick Cuizi”, dissing Cuizinier, a member of the Parisian hip-hop group TTC.
With producer and close friend GrandMarnier, Yelle has recorded a debut album Pop-Up, after her hit single “Je Veux Te Voir” (a finalised version of “Short Dick Cuizi”). The song, which samples the bassline from 20 Fingers’ 1994 club hit Short Dick Man, received heavy airplay on MTV. She was also featured on Fatal Bazooka’s song “Parle à ma main” in 2007. In February 2008 she performed the track “À cause des Garçons” on the BBC Three series “Lily Allen and Friends”. The series claimed that this was her first appearance on UK television. She was MTV’s ‘Artist of the Week’ for the week of 24th March-30th March 2008, appearing during adverts.
Yelle’s second single “A Cause Des Garçons/ACDG” is a cover song from an homonym 80’s french band. A remixed version of the track by Riot in Belgium was featured on the soundtrack of Electronic Arts’ computer game; Need for Speed: ProStreet. The song was also used as the opening song for the Moschino Spring Summer 2008 runway show
As of 2008, it is also featured in an advert being broadcast in Quebec for Telus, a Canadian telecommucations company and the 24th March episode of ‘The Hills’. Her single “Je veux te voir” was featured on the series 4 final episode of Entourage, in the opening scene when the gang arrives in Cannes, and her single “Ce jeu” was played on Gap’s and H & M’s shop soundtrack in summer 2008.
The DJ Tepr has been touring with her and already remixed three Yelle’s songs “A cause des garçons/ACDG” , “Je veux te Voir/Short dick Cuiz” and “Ce Jeu”.
Official site : www.yelle.fr