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August 30, 2006

The Year Of

On the 2006 release Slow Days, B. Fleischmann's band The Year Of offers up some delightful experimental pop. The strategic arrangement of the live instrumentation - piano, saxophone, clarinet, drums, guitars, vibraphone, bass - coupled with the very subtle electronics somehow manages to create a vaguely improvised feel, but the song-writing quietly builds to some surprising peaks. Very tasty - as you'd expect from the cats at Morr Music.

The Year Of - Alone
The Year Of - Stephen Hawking

Recently on Comfort Radio:
13 & God - Perfect Speed
London Funk Allstars - Love Is What We Need
Salt Tank - Angels Landing (Jose Padilla & Sunchild Remix)

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August 28, 2006

Gel-Sol

I've written about Gel-Sol before, and am happy to be doing so again. Apparently the new album by this former em:t artist, Unifactor, isn't going to see a proper release any time soon, so he's graciously made the whole thing available for free on the intarweb. It's lush, atmospheric ambient/IDM, definitely a nice addition in the category of good ear candy.

Gel-Sol - Brontosaur Yu
Gel-Sol - On A Clear Night You Can See the Answer
Gel-Sol - Mother Never Known

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Seksu Roba - Bossa Blanco
Muggs - Fat City
David Holmes - Compared To What

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August 25, 2006

Kashmere Stage Band

On the Texas Thunder Soul: 1968-1974 2-CD set, the Kashmere Stage Band unleashes some powerfully good funk jams. Who, you ask, were the Kashmere Stage Band? They were high school kids at Houston's Kashmere High School, of course. Read all about it, then check these tracks out and weep at how crappy your own high school band was by comparison.

Kashmere Stage Band - Boss City
Kashmere Stage Band - All Praises / Zero Point (reprise)
Kashmere Stage Band - Do You Dig It, Man?

These and other fine, fine tracks can be heard on Comfort Radio. See you next week.

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August 23, 2006

James Figurine

While we patiently await the inevitably disappointing sophomore Postal Service album, James Figurine delivered a new album to help tide us over. Entitled Mistake Mistake Mistake Mistake, it's electropop on the very quirky and robotic side of things. It's best when he lets someone else sing, mind you, but it's a nice little confection nonetheless.

James Figurine - Apologies
James Figurine - Pretend It's A Race And I'm On Your Side
James Figurine - You Again

Recently on Comfort Radio:
DJ Riko - Breaks All Night
The Dandy Warhols - Godless
Kmotiv - Five After One (binaerpilot mix)

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August 22, 2006

Bel Auburn

Every now and then, I inexplicably just like indie rock. Here's some unsigned stuff from Bel Auburn, which band member Jared describes as: "Brit rock run through a Midwestern filter. With some clicks and beeps. And a very acute pop sensibility. And a love of Sigur Rós sound-layers and off-kilter Wilco solos. We're pretty much what Ohio sounds like in late April." (Ah, so that's what that sounds like.) They're making their whole album, Lullabies In A & C, available on the intar-web, so go get some!

Bel Auburn - Metropolitan (Watercolor)
Bel Auburn - Good Night
Bel Auburn - Burn Unit

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Hexstatic - Ninja Tune (The Process mix)
Pukka - The Marvelous Mixie
Pilote - Turtle [Bonobo Mix]

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August 18, 2006

Tarwater

Crunchy and melancholy electropop today from Tarwater, on the 2005 release, The Needle Was Traveling. The vocals are a little on the grim side, but I hear some people dig that, so. Another fine Morr Music release.

Tarwater - Across The Dial
Tarwater - Stone
Tarwater - Unseen In The Disco

These and other fine, fine tracks can be heard on Comfort Radio. See you next week.

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August 16, 2006

Magnétophone

Moody, ethereal ambient/IDM from Magnétophone, on the 2005 album The Man Who Ate the Man. Occasionally sounds like what Tortoise might be if they became an ambient group, occasionally just sounds like they left the synthesizer on "bleepy bloopy". Good stuff if that's your thing.

Magnétophone - Kel's Vintage Thought
Magnétophone - And May Your Last Words Be a Chance to Make Things Better
Magnétophone - In the Hours After 10

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Yuka Honda - Seed Of Seed Of Peach
Raymond Scott - At an Arabian House Party
Songs To Drink And Drive By - Walk On By

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August 14, 2006

Skeletons & The Girl-Faced Boys

I initially checked out Skeletons & The Girl-Faced Boys because I loved the band name; after grabbing their 2005 full-length, "Git", I'm pleased to report that they continue to sound great as well. It's yummy, experimental electropop, all over the map rhythmically, lush with great vocal flourishes, and incorporating all kinds of noisy mayhem, kind of like Max Tundra sitting in with Figurine. (Which reminds me, memo to Max Tundra and Figurine...)

Skeletons & The Girl-Faced Boys - We Won't Be Proud, No No No
Skeletons & The Girl-Faced Boys - You'da Been Better Off If

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Karminsky Experience Inc. - Behind the Bamboo Curtain
Dosh - Building A Strange Child
PJ Harvey - The Dancer

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August 11, 2006

Faultline

Another recent Pandora discovery (delivered via Lala, which so far gets reasonable marks from me) is Faultline, a 2002 technopop release that was apparently the great hotness in the UK at the time. I must have been watching TV that day 'cuz I hadn't heard about it, but it's definitely pleasing, all moody and dark and driving. From the album Your Love Means Everything.

Faultline - Where Is My Boy? (feat. Chris Martin)
Faultline - Waiting For The Green Light (feat. Cannibal Ox)
Faultline - Clocks

These and other fine, fine tracks can be heard on Comfort Radio. See you next week.

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August 09, 2006

Ralph Myerz and The Jack Herren Band

Swank and funky downtempo today from Ralph Myerz and The Jack Herren Band. Heard a track from this album on KEXP the other day and made an impulse buy of 2003's A Special Album, which turns out to be consistently... uh... well, I guess I meantioned "swank and funky", so.

Ralph Myerz and The Jack Herren Band - Here Is Love
Ralph Myerz and The Jack Herren Band - Nikita
Ralph Myerz and The Jack Herren Band - Casino

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Gabor Csupo - The Wet Dream of Princess Moreau
Burnt Friedmann - Octrahedral Spherical Caffufle (45 to 33 RPM Slow Motion Version)
Smith & Mighty - Vibrations (Gang Related)

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August 07, 2006

Black Cab

Everyone knows that the MP3 revolution killed the album, which makes the whole idea of a "concept album" seem like a thing of the past. This in turn makes the idea of a concept album about a thing of the past, in this case Altamount, even more retro than it might have been. As it turns out, this 2004 release by Australian band Black Cab is a great listen top to bottom and certainly follows the loose narrative of events at Altamount for its inspiration, but it's going to sound just fine on shuffle I'm sure. From the album Altamount Diary.

Black Cab - Summer Of Love
Black Cab - Good Drugs
Black Cab - 1970

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Pigeonhed - Marry Me (Fisk-Goodmanson Prenuptial Trash Heap Remix)
DJ Food - Freedom (Fila Brazillia Mix)
Andrea Parker - In Two Minds (Da Bottomed Out Mix By DJ Magic Mike)

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August 04, 2006

"Reuge Remixed: The Art of Mechanical Music"

Reuge Remixed: The Art of Mechanical Music provides some slinky downtempo that managed to catch my attention, which as you know is pretty difficult for downtempo to do these days. Sadly, I was unable to determine much about the record except that the label that released it is Musikvertrieb AG, and their site is unfortunately in German. Curse you, global village!

Fenomenon - The B-Minor Suite
Pit Baumgartner - Messa De Requiem
KALM - Libiamo Dai Lieti Calici

These and other fine, fine tracks can be found on Comfort Radio. See you next week.

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August 02, 2006

Mint Royale

New episodes of CHERUB, the vampire with bunny slippers: "Wallow" and "Undead Man's Chest". Check 'em out!

It took me forever to get around to checking out the 2005 release from Mint Royale, entitled See You In The Morning. I think I encountered some "it's not as good as On The Ropes" blogness and that just put me off. Truth is, "not as good as On The Ropes" still turns out to be pretty tasty. It's kind of a blend of Lemon Jelly and Jazzupstarts, if that helps, and the whole second half of the album is tantalizingly close to former heights.

Mint Royale - Little Words
Mint Royale - Harpy
Mint Royale - My Heart Is Beating Fast

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Lori Carson - Train
Massive Attack - Protection (The Eno Mix)
Skynet - Punch Drunk

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