Bon Iver has today dropped a digital re-release of their outstanding, self-titled, sophomore record. Instead of throwing in a bunch of bonus tracks, outtakes and remixes, the band have decided to add a visual component to the Bon Iver experience.
Below we have a music video for each of the album’s 10 tracks in play-order. So, sit back, relax and get lost in the album all over again in a completely new way:
Melbourne based producer Ren Riz has been busily working away on a new side project dubbed It’s Fun. His 6-track EP Don’t Techno For An Answer has been released via his SoundCloud page, along with a FREE download link.
Fully equipped with tech-house and disco beats along with warm synth-bass vibes and playful melodic percussion. It’s music to groove to:
Architecture in Helsinki‘s latest LP, Moment Bends, has been copping a stack of remix attention from all around the globe since its release – some good, some not so good. What we have for you here is something that’s different but very good.
Below is a rework of new single ‘W.O.W’ featuring long time friend and fellow singer/songwriter, Sally Seltmann. Modular reports that this version came about one afternoon when Kellie (from AIH) visited Sally and her husband Darren Seltmann (of The Avalanches):
1. Quakers & Mormons – New York Town [Xinobi Remix] 2. D Pulse – Velocity of Love [Mario Basanov Remix] 3. The Players Union – Stiff Richard 4. Behling Simpson – Left Behind 5. Diatrix – Simple Man [MANIK Retro Remix] 6. Nale Garcia – Detroit Love 7. Niki & The Dove – Mother Protect [Goldroom Remix] 8. Startraxx – Step into my life [Nu Disco Club Mix] 9. Metronomy – Everything goes my way [Ewan Pearson Dub Mix] 10. The Glass – Washed Up [Black Russian Remix] 11. L’equipe du Son – Lesson 1 [Yasumo Remix] 12. Mellophonia – Lunar Landscapes
Melbourne based indie-pop crew Alpine have been mega busy this year. They dropped a 5-track debut EP and hit the road for a massive headline tour while also squeezing in a few support slots along the way. Additionally, they’ve released a new single, been added to the Falls Festival line-up and have also been readying the release of a full-length record for early 2012. We sat down for a chat with vocalist Lou James about all this and more.
How did the band’s name Alpine come about? In the earlier days we were actually called Swiss but there was another band from Adelaide also called the Swiss. So, you can imagine there was a lot of confusion when we started playing shows. By that stage the other three guys had officially joined the band and we came up with the new name collectively, trying to keep with the same kind of vibe. Alpine was just something we all agreed on – it had a sense of freshness to it.
Moving on to your debut EP, Zurich – were you surprised with its success? This is my first actual band so everything that is happening is really surreal and amazing. I mean, just having a song played on the radio blows my mind. Our track ‘Villages’ was added to Triple J’s playlist and was getting played heaps – it’s all pretty awesome. When you write a song, you put so much love and emotion into it and then to have it played and appreciated is just an amazing thing to experience.
How does the songwriting process take place within a six-piece band? Do you all have input into each track? It’s definitely changed since releasing the EP as we’re now all contributing to the writing. Before it was just the three original members – one of us would come up with the melody and the other two would take that away and flesh it out from there. Now, it’s more of a collective effort as we’re still trying to figure out what the ‘Alpine sound’ is.
The music vid for ‘Villages’ is a tad trippy. Where did the video’s concept originate? [Laughs] At first, people were either interpreting it as a positive song or a sad song. It’s kind of both I guess as it’s about the realisaton of when you fall in love and the fact that it’s so surreal. It’s a really beautiful thing – even though it hurts, you are so glad you got to experience it. So even though the video is quite trippy and ethereal, it does sum up the song really well. There was a really creepy vibe when filming because the house was supposed to be haunted – it made the making of the clip extra fun!
You’ve been hitting the road quite a bit this year.Do you all travel well together or are there punch-ups going on between gigs? No, not at all. It’s really good. It’s almost sibling relationship as we can fight or pay each other out but in the end we all get along really well and have a very professional approach to music. As soon as we start sound checking on stage, I feel like we’re all in our element. We have a really good balance of ‘work hard/play hard’. When you’re doing five or six shows in a row, you need to have a fun and comfortable dynamic happening.
How was your Splendour In The Grass experience? Incredible. However, it was so intimidating because it was the first time we had played outside during the daytime. It was a very different environment to what we were used to at that point. I couldn’t really relax because we were opening on the last day and as much as I wanted to get loose and get into the festival vibe I was just a bit too stressed out – I think all of us were [laughs]. Once we got on that stage, it was awesome. Afterwards, we were able to relax and enjoy the rest of the day!
Which artists are you excited about getting to see play or possibly even meet at this year’s Falls festival? There are heaps! I really enjoy Crystal Castles because they are so intense and fun. Aloe Blac, The Jezabels because we just toured with them, CSS are always heaps of fun and Beirut are going to be awesome. Look, I think pretty much everyone – it’s such an amazing line-up. Oh wait, Fleet Foxes! I really want to see Fleet Foxes – yeah, I want to see EVERYONE [laughs].
What can you tell us about the awesome new music video for ‘Hands’? This one’s a little risque. It taps into a sense of innocence. That age of exploring your sexuality and the awkwardness of it. It’s a different interpretation to what the actual song means but it’s going to be really effective [laughs].
There’s also talk of a debut LP on the way in early 2012. Can you reveal anything about it? Yeah. We’re working with Dann Hume, he did some work on Lisa Mitchell’s Wonder album. We’re still writing it. There’s definitely enough material to go on the album but there’s more that we want to try to uncover. We find that we’re taking elements from different genres and creating something we all love. It’s still an Alpine sound of course but there is definitely going to be a more mature vibe about it. It’s hard to actually sum up at this point.
Where do you see Alpine 12 months from now? I’m not sure. Something new and exciting is happening almost every month so I really dont know what to expect. Here’s hoping we release the album next year, a few more singles and maybe travel the world. We have people from Chile and Mexico hitting us up on Facebook to come and play, so I say, lets go! I’d be so happy to be able to share our music with everyone like that. I guess that’s just what all artists want to do, right? You just want people to hear your music and hopefully enjoy it. Who knows? Music is the most unpredictable profession, you just have to go with it and hope that it is well received. Stay positive and stay in the moment.
Here’s the above mentioned, ‘risque’ music vid for ‘Hands’:
Be sure to check these guys out if you’re heading to Falls Festival. If you weren’t lucky enough to snag a ticket, keep an eye out for them in early January as they kick off another tour to promote ‘Hands’.
1.New Navy – Zimbabwe (Flume Remix) 2.Alpine – Hands (Toni Toni Lee Remix) 3.Francis Harris – lostfound (Matthew Herbert’s Let Yourself Go Remix) 4. The Knocks – Magic (ft. Gary Go) 5.DJ Shadow – Scale It Back (ft. Little Dragon) (Robotaki Remix) 6. Beni – Sway 7. Friendly Fires – Hurting (Tensnake Remix) 8.Citizens! – True Romance (Gigamesh Remix) 9. Cinnamon Chasers – Cuts Like Fire (Vasili Gavre Remix) 10. Digitalism – Circles (Dillon Francis Remix) 11.Death Cab for Cutie – Unobstructed Views (Unicorn Kid Remix) 12.Christa Vi – Your Heart (Show Your Shoe Remix) 13. Radiohead – Everything (Tensnake Remix) 14.Housse De Racket – Roman (Alvin Risk Remix) 15. Lana Del Rey – Video Games (Hannes Fischer Video Remix) 16. The Two Bears – Work 17. Everything Everything – MyKzUrBf (Clock Opera Remix) 18. Junior Boys – You’ll Improve Me (Caribou Remix)
It’s almost that time of the month again where Gigpiglet Recordings will host the very special, very intimate, industry-only event, Live! @ GPHQ. Last month they kicked off the series with a performance from Sydney singer/songwriterAndy Bull. The entire event was filmed and turned into a 10 minute webisode via Pedestrian.tv.
The second installment of the Live! @ GPHQ series will take place on December 9 and will feature UK singer/songwriter Passenger.
Keen to get amongst it? Well, we have TWO double passes to giveaway. To be in the running, comment below and tell us what you would be willing to do to score these delicious tickets.
The winners will be contacted on Tuesday December 6 via email.
We leave you with the first webisode featuring Andy Bull:
Shook returns this week with his latest release, The Rise & Fall EP. The Dutchman created a storm in the blogosphere with 2010’s debut EP, The Glow. His blend of 80’s funk and contemporary French house carved out a niche of his very own.
We are pleased to say that he hasn’t diverged too far away from his original sound. The new record’s five key-driven, disco tunes serve up beats you can get down and groove to:
The EP is available for download via the link above.
We also have Shook’s above mentioned 2010 debut EP for streaming:
Sigur Rós front-man Jónsi has contributed to the soundtrack of the latest Cameron Crowe directed film, We Bought A Zoo. The soundtrack will feature reworks of a few tunes from Jónsi’s recent solo LP, Go as well as two brand-spanking new ones: ‘Ævin Endar’ and ‘Gathering Stories’. Below we have the latter for you to wrap your ears around which was also co-written by Cameron Crowe himself:
What is the film about you ask? Well, We Bought a Zoo tells the story of a family who buys and rehabilitates a zoo. It stars Matt Damon and will screen at all good cinemas from December 23. Here’s the official movie trailer:
The Rapture are set to release second single ‘Sail Away’ this week from their critically acclaimed record, In The Grace Of Your Love. It will be accompanied by its own music video – their first official music video produced since 2006.
The single has also received the remix treatment from Australia’s own Cut Copy, Belgium producer Aeroplane and Californian production duo Cosmic Kids. The Sail Away Remix EP will be out in December.
In more Rapture news, they’re hosting a remix comp for epic dance track ‘How Deep Is Your Love?’. The boys themselves will be choosing the winner around mid-December. A lucky individual will receive a one year Soundcloud Pro account, while other prizes include signed copies of In The Grace Of Your Love and air time on a very special DFA White Out Sessions broadcast. Get your entries in before Monday, December 5. You can grab all the comp deets as well as the downloadable track stems right HERE.
Lastly, and as previously mentioned, the boys will be in Australia during March 2012 for the Future Music Festival. Tickets are on sale now.
1.Newtimers – Falling 2.Little Dragon – Thunder Love [Mario & Vidis Remix] 3.Tom Vek – Someone Loves You [Teen Dream Remix] 4. Body Language – You Can [Star Slinger Remix] 5.Feist – How Come You Never Go There? [Clock Opera Remix] 6. Toto – Toto Georgy Porgy [Jerry Bouthier Remix/Satin Jackets & Chris Jylkke Remix] 7. Body Language – Holiday [RAC Remix] 8.Blackbird Blackbird – Hawaii [Niva Remix] 9. Ting Tings – Silence [Bag Raiders Remix] 10. The Whip – Movement 11.The Knocks – Brightside [Lenno Remix] 12.Mirror People – Feel the Need [Moullinex Remix] 13. Yelle – Comme un enfant [Dactylo [emix] 14.John Gold – Mighty Love [Funkhameleon Funkadelic Remix] 15. Willy Moon – I Wanna Be Your Man [Drop The Lime Remix] 16. Niki & The Dove – Mother Protect [Goldroom Remix] 17. Yuksek – Always On The Run [Acid Washed Remix]
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