Friday, 28 September 2012
One of my favourite string ensembles is The Kronos Quartet. I discovered them via Steve Reich. Here some wiki info about them. The Kronos Quartet is a string quartet founded by violinist David Harrington in 1973 in Seattle, Washington. Since 1978, the quartet has been based in San Francisco, California. The longest-running combination of performers (from 1978 to 1999) had Harrington and John Sherba on violin, Hank Dutt on viola, and Joan Jeanrenaud on cello. In 1999, Joan Jeanrenaud left Kronos because she was "eager for something new"; she was replaced by Jennifer Culp who, in turn, left in 2005 and was replaced by Jeffrey Zeigler. With almost forty studio albums to their credit and having performed worldwide, they were called "probably the most famous 'new music' group in the world" and were praised in philosophical studies of music for the inclusiveness of their repertoire. By the time the quartet celebrated their twenty-fifth anniversary, in 1999, they had a repertoire of over 600 works, which included 400 string quartets written for them, more than 3,000 performances, seven first-prize ASCAP awards, Edison Awards in classical and popular music, and had sold more than 1.5 million records. Kronos specializes in new music/contemporary classical music and has a long history of commissioning new works. Over 750 works have been created for the Kronos Quartet. They have worked with many minimalist composers including John Adams, Arvo Pärt, George Crumb, Henryk Górecki, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Terry Riley, and Kevin Volans; collaborators hail from a diversity of countries--Kaija Saariaho from Finland, Pēteris Vasks from Latvia, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh from Azerbaijan, and Osvaldo Golijov from Argentina. Some of Kronos' string-quartet arrangements were published in 2007
Thursday, 27 September 2012
Todays thunder on thursday is for the American alternative rock trio the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Toon Aerts Horribly funny! And here you can listen to 5 tracks of Meat and Bone
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
Todays warm wednesday is for the Danish trio My Bubba & Mi
Tuesday, 25 September 2012
Todays tuesdays got talent is for King Krule aka Zoo Kid. Okay confession time, he's not the unknown DIY musician anymore. With gigs from London to Poland to Paris, a million plays on youtube, reviews on Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and a released EP under the True Panther label. But the fact that I didn't know him until a week ago and also my musical friends had never heard of him was for me an indication lots of people left to discover King Krule.
Monday, 24 September 2012
Today we're going North with scandinavian singer/songwriter Moddi
Friday, 21 September 2012
The second Fiddles on Friday is for the Irish band The Divine Comedy. I followed them over the years (since the mid-nineties)and i'm often surprised by the diversity of this group songs. Having said that I realise that the voice of Neil Hannon is one of the characteristics of their music. His warm voice makes the sound this band produces. By the way,I often like to compare voices with materials and Neil Hannon is in my opinion in the same category as Jonathan Jeremiah he's got an oak voice... hope you can follow me :). Neil Hannon is the only constant member of the group and thats a long while because they were formed back in 1989!
Thursday, 20 September 2012
Okay we've been warmed up now, lets crank it up a little more and put some thunder back in Thursday , okay we could start with AC/DC but we all know that song so next candidate> Wallace Vanborn
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
In the area where I live the temperatures are falling due to the autumn and upcoming winter so it would be nice to hear some heartwarming sounds. Here's the Dutch artist Bart Constant, he made a beautiful album called "Tell Yourself Whatever You Have To". Bart Constant's (Rutger Hoedemaekers) songs, sorry I must say compositions are a little like Jonsi meets Al Stewart meets Sufjan Stevens mixed in a Philip Glass. Nice patterns repeating, overlayed with poppy vocals / strings / brass, and the building up is done superb. He made this album in Berlin and with some help from musicians like Colin Benders (Kyteman) for the trumpetsessions and baseplayer Volker Zander (Calexico). Here you see the video "Do Better" it is in my opinion heartwarming not only because of the music but also due to the video read short film. It Won the prize for Best Music Video at the Dutch Film Festival 2011. Here's a link to the complete album on soundcloud. Please do check the song "No North so South" And here's some live footage of No North so South
Tuesday, 18 September 2012
Tuesdays got talent is for the less known musicians, for bands / artists, still unsigned, still rehearsing, still working on their image or style. Bands, dropped a song on the internet to see if it will reach anyone, making their first DIY video without any budget. So contact me if you got any tips, names or interesting developments. I like to discover new music so let me know when you got something to share. The first Tuesdays got talent is for MEK with the song Utoreen. I discovered MEK a while ago when I wandered around the Belgium musicsite...VI.BE I was caught by the dreamy soundscapes and also by the cheap, but smart and intriguing videoclip. Someone with a handycam on a bike, smoothly cycling through nighttime Ghent.. thats it. But it fits perfectly with the music. It made me think of Sigur Ros - Jonsi / Yann Tiersen / MONO / Mogwai / Zoo Kid - King Krule (b.t.w. more of this kid later this week)/ Pink Floyd / Radiohead. Now who is MEK? I did some research and I found very little. Okay we got a name: Koen Meirlaen guitarist of the Ghent Band "Nova Zembla" (they have a myspace account and a dead link so if they still exist ... I don't know) but that's all the information I could find. No facebook, no bandpage no I-tunes just a clip on youtube and some talentsite-accounts. Well I love some mysterie in life so it's okay by me. MEK is still productive, he dropped a new song called "Lullaby"on his VIBE account last week.
Monday, 17 September 2012
Almost every monday I have difficulties with starting the week up again. The first hours on work I have to slap myself now and then in the face to keep up my concentration levels. Not that I'm a heavy drinker or drug abuser but the fact that I have slept some more in the weekend and often make music untill the early hours is a change of rhythm that my body can't handle that easy any more. So for this day I want some mellow, dreamy, spheric, soundscapyish, ambient you know what I mean music. So here's the first candidate for misty monday TOE with the song GOODBYE. Enjoy the beautiful stop-motion video>> It's a perfect monday song, building up slow with some nice guitarpicking, after a while it gets more and more complicated and uptempo with beautiful drums. here's some info about the band TOE that I found on the internet. Toe is a Japanese music group. While mentioned in many post-rock circles, their song structure and dynamics are similar to many popular math rock artists. Toe is composed of Kashikura Takashi on drums, Mino Takaaki on guitar, Yamane Satoshi on bass guitar, and Yamazaki Hirokazu on guitar. Toe has formally played with this line-up since the band’s inception in 2000. They are currently one of four bands on the indie label Machu Picchu, along with the bands mouse on the keys, Enemies and Tangled Hair. This is a label formed by the members of Toe.
Friday, 14 September 2012
Welcome, this is my first post on this blog, congrats if you read this, you've made it. In this virtual world stacked with classy or useless blogs about music you ended up on this one...if you like it or not. I'm honoured. My aim is to post a daily song (weekdays) on this blog. Every weekday has a theme and I start with FIDDLES ON FRIDAY. Songs with nice violin or string parts. And when I think about violins I think ANDREW BIRD, one of my favourite musicians, He comes from Chicago and he's a phenomenon on the violin. He often uses a loopstation to place layer upon layer, sometimes pizzicato like a banjo sometimes different long strikes so it seems like a whole string orchestra is playing. Oh yeah did I mention he's a fantastic whistler too?