Currently streaming on NPR is a stunning live recording from the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. of French producer Anthony Gonzalez, aka M83. The band is currently on tour throughout the US (see below for dates).Their show is edgy and well crafted. The production is first rate and the musicianship displayed by the band is nothing short of phenomenal.
Last year we published an article that listed the UK’s Richest Rock Stars. With recent IPO events unfolding, we thought it might be a good idea to take another look at that list. At the time of our original publishing, Sir Paul McCartney was at the top with approximately $750 million in personal wealth. With a quarter of a billion dollar lead over his closest rival Sir Elton John, it seemed like it was going to be quite some time before anyone unseated the great Macca. Indeed, even Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (#3 & #4 consecutively) didn’t stand much of a chance since there was a half billion dollar gap between the Beatle and the Stones.
Tis the season for new albums fa la la la la la la la la. Yes folks, they’re coming at us rapid fire at the moment. Everyone and their mother (that’s a good band name) are releasing this year’s new musical offerings, while we in the press weed through the lot looking for some nugget or shiny new ditty that we can cling to. As usual most of it doesn’t hold up and ultimately offers very little in the way of in-depth listening and enjoyment. Not to say that I expected anything like this from Miike Snow, but you never know what that second album will hold. It’s been a career killer for many an artist and band, especially following up an effort as well done as Miike Snow’s self titled debut.
Last week we caught up with Los Angeles based band Milo Greene as they were kicking off their new tour at The Roost in Bellingham, Washington. The band had just finished recording their debut album, for Chop Shop/Atlantic, at Bear Creek Studios in Woodinville. So a quick trip up to Bellingham (which is just shy of the border with Canada) seemed like the perfect starting place for a tour that was going to, as Robbie Arnett states in the video, “caterpillar down the west coast.”
I don’t know. Art is art. I’m cool with that. And I’m a firm believer in stretching the limits. Give me something that will make me think a little, or force me to get out of the box and look at it from another angle. Not all art is for everybody. I can dig that. It’s a subjective thing, and sometimes very personal for the believer.
Hi everyone and welcome to Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. Today we have two new tracks from two of our favorite artists. The first is from Living Things called “Fake It Baby, Fake It (La Dame Nature)”. Project Rhythm Seed’s, Myles Crawley, interviewed Lillian Berlin, the lead singer of Living Things, earlier this year when they met up for coffee in Los Angeles. You can view that interview here. We also gave away their Malocchio mix tape to all of you. Check that out here.
On Monday, November 1st, 2011, Project Rhythm Seed’s Myles Crawley met up with Danish Producer/DJ/Songwriter Anders Trentemøller to discuss growing up in Denmark, his early successes, his current tour and what’s coming up next. Following are excerpts from that conversation, along with a review of Trentemøller’s live show the same night.
Today marks the release of the Brooklyn, New York band Lightyear’s first EP, All Of The Miles. As a freshman release, this album clearly stands head and shoulders above the field. It’s a beautiful work, starting out with a heartfelt track called “Home” that makes even the most jaded heart long for the warm embrace of a familiar place. The synth pads and textures running through the five tracks are melodic layers that add a magnetic quality that immediately holds the interest of the listener and doesn’t let go.
There are very few musicians out there today who can claim to have had the same level of musical impact on the world that Sting has. Over the past quarter century he has written and recorded some of the most melodic, intelligent and rhythmically infectious music available. His discography and body of work is staggering and his approach to the creation of music is energetic and downright prolific. He has been able to jump musical genres like they were mole hills rather than mountains, and he’s done it with style and grace.
As I’m sure most of you are now aware, Steve Jobs, visionary genius and CEO of Apple Corporation, died yesterday after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. Although news of this sad event is spread across the internet today, some of you might wonder why we have decided to write about it on Project Rhythm Seed. After all, we are a music site. We don’t really write about the tech world, or about general news stories.
By Myles Crawley
Photos by Alana Crawley
We have just recently returned from three days of non-stop music at Bumbershoot in Seattle. Bumbershoot is a slang term for umbrella. Being the upper Northwest, we’re quite sure that this festival is aptly named. But this year it was not applicable. We had beautiful 80 degree weather all three days. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and we were reduced to seeking out shade a few times.
Hello and welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. This week came out of the gate and flew right by. It seemed like it was over in the blink of an eye. On Monday we brought you Tyler, The Creator. Then we brought you Laura Marling a day later. On Wednesday it was a video from Flaming Lips again. And Thursday we introduced you to Cameron McLain. And here we are at Friday, where all the songs are free. Today we have CasioKids and Stizreth on MP3. So enjoy yourself this weekend, and for everything you need. We’ll be back next week with Project Rhythm Seed.
Deep in the heart of Hollywood, sandwiched in between Santa Monica Boulevard and the back lot of Paramount Studios, is a plot of land, known as Hollywood Forever Cemetery, that has become the final resting place for many in film, television and music. Hollywood’s royalty are buried here. Iconic figures like Tyrone Power, Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Sr., Fay Wray and Rudolph Valentino share this space with Get Smart’s Don Adams, The Golden Girls’ Estelle Getty, gangster Bugsy Siegal and Johnny and Dee Dee Ramone. When you enter the grounds, there is an immediate feeling of restfulness and belonging. It’s weird because cemeteries usually give me the creeps. They are not spaces where I generally want to hang out. But this place does something completely different.
Written, Compiled and Edited by Myles Crawley
The concept of Sankofa is derived from King Adinkera of the Akan people of West Africa. “Sankofa” teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward. Whatever we have lost, forgotten, forgone or been stripped of, can be reclaimed, revived, preserved and perpetuated. Thus, Sankofa Music Series will examine our modern roots and the early influences of rock music, in the hope that we can carry it forward in the creation of something new.. Today’s subject is T. Rex.
By Myles Crawley
On the wave of the release of Coldplay’s new EP, Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall, comes the release of a new video for the title track. Produced as an adventure in primary colors and positive reinforcing images that dance cross the backgrounds of each frame, “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” is a musical affirmation of the importance in maintaining an open mind and a heightened sense of optimism. Its stop motion elements and black light paint murals add a wonderful artistic visual flow to the photoplay and the colorful graphics reinforce the upbeat, anthemic qualities of the track. You can purchase Coldplay’s new EP Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall here.
Prologue by Myles Crawley
Last Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 marked the release of episode #43 of “Live From Daryl’s House”. This particular episode featured Project Rhythm Seed favorite, Mayer Hawthorne, as the special musical guest. I’ve been a fan of Daryl Hall’s ever since I saw him and John Oates live at The Roxy Theater many years ago. He never ceases to amaze me in his effortless approach and his incredible vocal prowess and musicianship. But Daryl Hall paired up with Mayer Hawthorne is nothing short of spectacular. You can see it in the faces of the band members, who include Booker T. Jones on organ. Here is Mayer and Daryl singing Mayer’s song “Strange Arrangement”.
By Myles Crawley
Photos by Danica Waters
If someone were to say to you that they were going to see Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., would you think they were speaking of one of the brightest, most innovative musical acts out there? No? Didn’t think so. But in fact it is indeed the case. It happens to be the brainchild of two guys from Detroit named Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott. Just recently we sat down with both of them before their performance at The Echo in Los Angeles. It was just days before the release of their first full length album on Warner Brothers, titled A Corporate World. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. does seem an unlikely choice for a band name. I told them so myself. I also told them that I thought it was a brilliant way to get people to look passed a name, and instead focus in on the music.
She Wants Revenge is a great four piece, rock ‘n’ roll band from the San Fernando Valley in Southern California. On May 23th we met up with them before their sold-out show at the Roxy in Hollywood. A couple of hours before the show, we took a walk up Sunset Boulevard with the two main members of the band, Justin Warfield and Adam Bravin. Every interview is different, and this one was no exception. As we walked out of the Roxy and hit the street, a huge line of fans stretched down Sunset to our left. To our right was the Rainbow Bar and Grill where the boys from Blink 182 were doing some kind of media/press conference. Let’s just say the street was real busy for a Monday night, even in Tinseltown.
The Wombats were first highlighted here under our Rhythm Seed Artist Spotlight series on March 1st of this year. We caught up with them again exactly three months later. Their new album, This Modern Glitch, was released on April 25th. The band is from Liverpool, England. They are a talented powerhouse trio with songs that are so infectious, it’s scary. Actually I watched an audience just the other night at the Troubadour who were eager for, and thoroughly enjoyed every infectious song that this band could fire at them. And fire they did.