Sunday, January 18, 2009

Orange Alert's Music Minute

Created for the Element Skateboards film, This Is My Element, the T.I.M.E. Soundtrack is the first of its kind: an original, artist-composed score crafted to the beat of polyurethane pounding pavement. Here, Anticon's veteran producer and beatsmith Odd Nosdam conceives an album where each song is tailored to fit the style and cadence of the Element rider it accompanies. And on its own, quite simply, this album is a banger.

02) T.I.M.E. IN
07) FLY MODE (mp3)
13) T.I.M.E. OUT

Born in South Korea but raised in Minnesota, Mayda may only be 4'11" but she can pack a punch. I had no expectations as played her debut ep Stereotype, but my gut reaction was to make a connection to Cibo Matto. Not for the obvious reason, but for her creative use of beats. However, as you listen closely you hear and edge and anger that wasn't always present in Cibo Matto. Already featured nationally on The Rachel Ray Show and Good Morning America. 2009 is bound to be a big year with the release of her Stereotype EP and a follow-up full-length on the way. Leaving her excited to bring her fresh, unapologetic voice onto the scene.

Listen t0: Stereotype (mp3)

It's been a little while since I mentioned the work of Evan Voytas. He is the 25 year-old guitar player from LA who has a ghostly way of spinning a melody. You can check out my interview with him here. This week he released two new songs through RCRD LBL, "What Would I Do For That" and "I Live This Live Here For You".

It has been six years since The Bran Flakes released their last full-length album. Now with the resurgence of sample-based music they are returning next month with the release of I Have Hands on Illegal Art (Girl Talk, Steinski). Otis Fodder and Mildred Pittare came together in 1992 amidst tape and zine trading scenes, The Bran Flakes already have seven releases of zany mashups and poppy audio collages that are more likely to cop a riff from Evel Knievel than anything on the current radio dial. Their combinations are fun, light-hearted and always original.

Listen to: Stumble Out Of Bed (mp3) and What It’s All About (mp3)

Ben Kweller is gearing up for the release of his remarkable new album, "Changing Horses," on ATO Records on Feb. 3, 2009. The album is now available for pre-order and Ben is hosting a really cool contest via his official Web site for his fans. Check out the video Ben personally made for the contest and the album where he shows off the record's gorgeous physical qualities (as well as snippets of his spacious backyard)! Ben also appeared on Daytrotter this week.

Dark Was The Night will be released on February 17th, 2009 on 4ad. It's comprised of 31 exclusive tracks and it will be available as a double cd/triple vinyl/download and will benefit the Red Hot Organization - an international charity dedicated to raising money and awareness for HIV and AIDS through popular culture. They are the people responsible for albums including No Alternative, Red Hot and Blue and many more, and this is their 20th year, and this is the 20th release! The album also features tracks from Arcade Fire, Spoon, The National, Sufjan Stevens, Feist, Grizzly Bear, Bon Iver, The Decemberists, The Books & Hose Gonzalez, Iron and Wine, My Morning Jacket, Beirut, Cat Power, The New Pornographers, Yo La Tengo and more!

Listen to: Dirty Projectors & David Byrne - Knotty Pine (mp3)


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