James Blake is pleased to release the video that accompanies his beautiful rendition of Joni Mitchell‘s ‘A Case of You’. Shot in London last week, it was directed by film-maker Seb Edwards and features his first choice actress for the role, Rebecca Hall (The Prestige / Vicky, Cristina Barcelona / Frost/Nixon). It turns out she’s both a fan of Joni Mitchell and particularly James’s version, so she jumped at the chance to be involved.
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.
Strip it down. Strip it all down to a basic function, something mathematical and quantifiable. Are there certain sights or sounds that stimulate the brain more than others? Maybe there are beats and rhythms that particularly excite the cranial muscle? How about specific note clusters and melodies that soothe it? What is the effect on forward melody when a counter melody played backwards is introduced? How wide a range of time signatures can the human brain follow and comprehend? And what happens when you introduce light and color to this mix? One can only reason that the overall effect might be of enormous proportion.
By Myles Crawley
The Troubadour has been an icon in the Los Angeles music scene for many years now. Its location on Santa Monica Boulevard remains largely unchanged over the years, at least from the outside. From the inside, many upgrades have taken place. The front bar is still there, which was great to see. I have many good memories from there. The chairs and tables are all gone; at least they were for the show I attended. Like every other club in LA, it is now standing room only. On Thursday night, May 19th, 2011, the place was packed – not a teaspoon of room anywhere. The occasion was opening night of a three night, sold out stand, starring a guy named Clarence Greenwood, better known as Citizen Cope.
By J. Brown
As a masterful storyteller, it’s no surprise that singer/songwriter Joe Purdy is as prolific as he is talented. In July of 2010, Purdy released 4th of July, which I reviewed at the time for Project Rhythm Seed (read that article here), and a couple of months after his summer release Purdy released another album entitled This American that was available for free during December. By the sounds of it, Purdy shows no signs of stopping with 12 albums under his belt, which is bound to be welcome news for his devoted fans, many of which were at the Troubadour recently to take in his Los Angeles show for the first leg of the This American tour.