Archive for November, 2008

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Seledyn- Zimy

November 27, 2008

Sometimes friend requests pay off for bands- Seledyn sent me one and I have to say that when I first saw that they are from Poland and with the tag of soul I didn’t quite know what to expect. I always give a band a listen though and what I heard was quite unexpected…soul doesn’t quiet cover it since there is such a great post rock instrumental ambient vibe to add to it!

It appears to be either a brother/sister or husband/wife duo of Monika Chroscielewska and Michal Chroscielewski along with guest musicians – Krzysztof Czara, Krzysztof Malinowski, Leszek Kozlowski.  Monika does the main vocals but there are quite a few tunes that are purely instrumental- and damn good they are.   The Mind Is Playing Tricks is probably the standout for me with the rhythm changes but Szron and Piano Girl show off Monika’s voice while Astrodroid, Soaked and Marzec are good on the instrumental side.

Best of all you can download their album Zimy for free! There is a link on their MySpace page or you can head here for it.  Hope to hear more from these guys soon.

Szron- rather plain visually but good voice and damn cute to boot!

Details from one of their bulletins about the Lp:

Album cover and tracklisting
Category: Music

Cover photo was taken by Wim van Egmond who gave us permission to use it. Thank You very much Wim !

Wim is an amazing artist, please check out his beautiful works here: http://www.micropolitan.org

Complete tracklisting of ZIMY:

01. Into the light
02. Szron
03. Sopel
04. Damageproof
05. The mind is playing tricks
06. For you
07. Astrodroid
08. Take it all
09. Zimno
10. Catch the melody
11. Salek
12. Salt
13. Soaked
14. Marzec
15. Pianogirl
16. Bonus track

ALL SONGS by MICHAL CHROSCIELEWSKI except for “FOR YOU”, “SALT” (SONGS BY MONIKA CHROSCIELEWSKA)
“THE MIND IS PLAYING TRICKS” (written by KRZYSZTOF CZARA and MICHAL)
VOCALS and LYRICS WRITTEN by MONIKA CHROSCIELEWSKA

KRZYSZTOF CZARA – BASS in “CATCH THE MELODY” and “THE MIND IS PLAYING TRICKS”
KRZYSZTOF MALINOWSKI – BASS in “ASTRODROID”
“SOPEL” ending BY DAKIM
BONUS TRACK by HOLDCUT

You can listen to these songs in our other mp3 player on the profile 🙂

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Daytrotter Poll

November 27, 2008

Nice to see a different approach by Daytrotter- a poll with four questions:

Question 1– What are the five best records of the year?

Question 2 — What are the three best records that you don’t think anyone else will write about?

Question 3 — What three bands do you foresee good things from in 2009?

Question 4 — Which three bands need to stop by Daytrotter in the coming year?


More forward thinking than the lists of best of’s that are starting to come out so have a think and head over there to do it!

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Ahoy Mate

November 27, 2008

Just like being surrounded by wolves….this time it’s captains!  Not the salty type thankfully and some sublime tunes from each!

Dark Captain, Light Captain

Jealous Enemies


Right Away, Great Captain

Devil Dressed In Blue


Oh Captain, My Captain

No YouTubes but head over to Rcrd Lbl and check out their tunes!

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Skew

November 25, 2008

Some people already think my musical tastes are skewed and Skew is not going to change those views. Electro-bliss goodness with distorted synths and driving drums and beats! Rcrd Lbl have a whole slew of Skew at the moment with four of his tracks along with two remixes available to download- so head over to his page for a listen!

Stadiums Are Ok Too is probably the catchiest for me for me…

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Lykke Li- Button Factory Nov 08

November 25, 2008

Only arrived a little bit late for the gig and One Day International were already on- most venues actually seem to be sticking to some sort of time schedule these days.  So only really caught their last tune in full and it was pretty damn good- the cello was especially sweet albeit the player was hidden in the darkness behind the guitarist.  Kudos to the Button Factory for having The Postal Service on between acts- great way to build a vibe for me at least!

I had previously mentioned my reservations about Lykke Li and I have to say that they turned out to be unfounded.  A flurry of black dress, blonde hair and medallions and pure sassiness without the touch of brassiness I feared.  There was a good vibe and the crowd really seemed to be with her while being respectable at the same time.  For the size of the crowd it was great not to have the extreme amount of chatter that has been about these days- even if Lykke Li said that the audience were too quiet!

After the short non vocal intro she came out on stage with Dance Dance Dance and she definitely knows how to do that even if it seemed too rehearsed and not spontaneous.  It did help though when she had a go at the drums during the tune and the fact that the drummer was energetic since he was still standing (which he did for a fair few tunes).  She followed it up with Let It Fall and I’m Good, I’m Gone before hitting the quiet Hanging High which is still one of my favourites. There was one then that I don’t exactly remember but Little Bit and Complaint Department were then up and the crowd were certainly into those.

While she didn’t engage with the crowd too much- in fact her first interaction was with the line ‘I don’t talk much but I can dance dance dance’ she did have a little chat a bit later saying how she had been off for a week and since this was the first gig since then she felt like a baby again.

She also rather truthfully said that since she only has 5 songs that she was going to have to cover now which she did quite well with After Laughter- she does have a great voice and really can do a few different styles so its good to hear her expand beyond the way she sings on the album.  Another quiet one before Break It Up got the crowd going again and she ran off (yes actually ran!)  She returned with the quieter Time Flies and the hip-hop number Can I Kick It which was a decent way to end.

Overall I thought it was a great show and she really does have an excellent voice.  Beyond her voice though , one of the lasting memories is going to be a glimpse of Lykke Li when she sitting down on the stage for a bit during one of her numbers.  I’m not sure what somebody said in the crowd but there was such a beaming smile of pure happiness that I hope some photogropher snapped it!


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I Met The Walrus

November 22, 2008

Spotted on Eardrums

What an excellent short film- a teenager interviewing John Lennon combined with some great animation make some compelling viewing.

The blurb…

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview about peace. 38 years later, Jerry has produced a film about it. Using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative which tenderly romances Lennon’s every word in a cascading flood of multipronged animation. Raskin marries the terrifyingly genius pen work of James Braithwaite with masterful digital illustration by Alex Kurina, resulting in a spell-binding vessel for Lennon’s boundless wit, and timeless message.

I Met The Walrus

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Lazy Post On Films I Have Seen In The Past Few Months

November 20, 2008

The title says it- just putting this up for memory sake since I didn’t think there was much to put on a full post. In alphabetical order and am sure I have forgotten some!

City of Ember– another kids one and good story- Irish actress Saoirse Ronan quite good and didn’t realise it was her until the end. She is damn good with accents!

The Dark Knight– story was ok but a bit all over the place, some surprises and good acting but visually a bit too dark to see all of the fast paced action.

Female Agents– good story and some good acting. A bit rosy in places and similar to Black Book for history but at least the story was told.

The Forbidden Kingdom– Good premise for the pre-teens age group and some good acting. Nothing stupendous but keeps your attention and reminds me of the Goonies for some reason.

Gomorra– grrr lost the draft of this and it should be a full post! Excellent film with multiple story lines- can be brutal but very well done and some good black humour. Strong performances by all the actors and the grittiness of the cinematography gives the film some realism.

Gone Baby Gone– great story and acting. Some good twists as the story unfolds but loses momentum halfway through when it appears story is resolved. Definitely the best choice for where the Afflecks were- Casey in front of the camera and Ben behind. Will be interesting to see what each does next.

Hancock– story was good but the carry through could have been better. Good cast but just felt that something was missing and it didn’t particularly gel.

How To Lose Friends And Alienate People– ok film with a few funny moments. Simon Pegg definitely the only real good thing about it- like Kirsten Dunst but not in this one.

Son of Rambow– enjoyable and some decent acting by the kids.

Wall-E – first 15 mins probably the best with excellent animation and only the occasional bleep and blip of sound…along with the musical number of course.

Wanted– one of my favs James McEvoy but not a particularly memorable film. Some good scenes but a bit heavy on the cgi so you feel like you have been here before.

The Warlords– Chinese epic film that probably did very well in China but I think misses some of the artistry that makes these films popular outside of China. Good acting and story but film drags and its not really that long.