Sunday, April 13, 2008

Orange Alert's Music Minute

Soltero (a.k.a. Tim Howard) plays gentle folk music that jingles and rambles through the streets of Philadelphia. Soltero will release their four album, You're No Dream on May 20th. Not only did Tim move 5 times while recording this album, he devote the album to creating a smaller sound then the previous bigger, full band sounds. According to Tim, "some bands i got into or listened to around the time of this record were bo diddley, dylan's blood on the tracks/new morning, ethiopiques, stevie wonder, and lots of romantic late 50s/early 60s doo wop singers."

Listen to: Out at the Wall (mp3)

Newly signed to Exponential Records, Rae Davis, plays a unique form of down tempo hip-hop. Combining jazz, soul and r&b Rae takes you on a journey and always keeps you guessing. At just 24 years old, this Texas native has a long career in music before him. He grew up on the streets of San Antonio, found much refuge in basketball, movies and music. Growing up to the sound of oldies, soul, tejano, and lots, and lots, and lots of Rap. Rae started his career as a musician in high school, learning piano and guitar, and soon after started dabbling in music production. His musical resume is vast, citing everything from indie rock bands to film scores to jazz bands to, of course, hip hop projects. Positive Thinking! will be released on May 27th (EXP-11).

Listen to: This I Dig of You (mp3)

Rest is the third album from this band that spans the country. On this album Gregor Samsa takes a new approach to composition, both in process and instrumentation. The result is Rest ; nine pieces composed over e-mail during the course of nine months by key members in New York, Chicago, Boston, DC and Richmond, VA. This is a beautiful journey in sound that can be previewed here. This album this perfect soundtrack for lush spring morning or quite summer stroll. It will be released four different ways in the next month, and if the name sounds familiar then you have been reading your Kafka again.

The Limited Edition of 500 takes a copy of the unlimited edition and encloses it within a folio with a rivet and string closure and also adds an 8 page rivet bound book of extra artwork and lyrics. All binding and riveting is done by hand at the TKR office and all pieces are hand numbered. Available for Pre Order starting right now and ships aprox. the week of the 24th.

The Collector's Edition of 30 is a special project undertaken by Gregor Samsa and The Kora Records to commemorate the release of Rest and our love for the album. The Collectors Edition arrive in an vintage metal Super 8 film can as Gregor Samsa has made several films which will surface as the album is released. This can will be stamped by hand with the album title and the number of the edition. This can will contain the extra print from the Limited Edition that has been die cut for this edition as well as a custom made and finished walnut disc with a steel and rubber hub on which the cd will rest . The walnut disc will also serve as film reel. One of the films Gregor Samsa has produced for this album will be printed to Super 8 film and each copy of the Collector's Edition will come with its own section of that film. Available for Pre Order first week in May.

The Unlimited Edition is a custom die cut gate fold CD sleeve of heavy black stock with print by our friends at Stumptown Press. Release date May 13th.

The digital format is now available via all standard digital outlets.

Starting April 11th, The Forms will be out on the road in support of The Forms LP, which released in October 2007 on Threespheres Records.

April 11 – High Noon – Madison, WI
April 12 – Radio Radio – Indianapolis, IN
April 13 – Blind Pig – Ann Arbor, MI
April 16 – The Middle East – Boston, MA
April 17 – Union Hall – Brooklyn, NY
April 18 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
April 19 – Rock And Roll Hotel – Washington DC
April 21 – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
April 22 – Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta, GA
April 24 – The Basement – Columbus, OH
April 25 – Schuba’s – Chicago, IL
April 26 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN

Listen to: The Forms "Red Gun" (mp3)

Well it's that time of year again, the tulips are sprouting, the trees are blossoming, and the summer festivals are starting shoot-up like weeds. The biggest festival here in Chicago just happens to be called Lollapalooza! This past week they announced their line-up and it included one or two bands that may have heard of before. So if you have been dying to see Hannah Montana... sorry she won't be there, but just about everyone else will!

Orange Alert favorites include Cadence Weapon, Foals, The Octopus Project, The Cool Kids, The Ting Tings, Office, Dr. Dog, Santogold, Black Kids, Grizzly Bear, Yeasayer, The Kills, The Go! Team, Girl Talk, CSS (maybe they'll show up this year!), Battles, and a little band known as Radiohead. It is by far their best line-up ever, seriously!

The Peel Back: Certain Distant Suns Happy on The Inside (Giant Records, 1994)

"So hopeless... and sad, but you're my friend" from "Whatever"
In the mid-90's Chicago's "alternative" radio station Q101 would run a program called Local 101, and it would feature the best in indie Chicago sounds. It was one of the few things they ever did right. Anyway, the would have local acts come in and play live. Bands like The Smoking Popes, Triple Fast Action, Buzz Orchard, Nicholas Tremulis, and many more. One of those bands was Certain Distant Suns.

I fell in love with the Certain Distant Suns acoustic versions of Bitter, Whatever, and Round, but when I finally bought the tape I was very surprised. Their was dancy poppy electronic rock, and nothing like the stripped down acoustic tones I had come to love. It took me a while to like this album, but as I think back to my high school years they wouldn't have been the same if I wasn't "Happy on the Inside".

Bitter (mp3)/Snowfalls at the Most Curious Times/Talk/Whatever (mp3) (video)/Round/All Green To Me/Mine All Mine/From Here Now After/Snowfall (Larry Love Mix)/Crustacean

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