Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Download: Leland -- "And Why"

Singer songwriter Leland's sophomore effore, "The Golden West", released on Rubia Records, is an expansion of the sound she created for her 2004 debut release "Forever." This time around the lush instrumentation and haunting infectious melodies have been rendered in a much more robust rock production. The basic tracks for this entire album were recorded live with a full band over the course of a few days lending an intense, rhythmic, and energized quality to these well crafter avant pop songs. Each song is an epic experience with a build up, crescendo, and magnificent outro section infused with layered vocal instrumental harmonies. Like the songs on her debut "Forever", they are songs with a familiar romantic nostalgic tone steeped in the late 1960s and early 1970s and year are unmistakably now. They are songs describing romantic disappointment, lonlieness, spiritual awakening, the rejuvenating power of nature, and the redemption of love. "The Golden West" is a music odyssey that begins with the solitary acoustic guitar of the title track taking the on a desolate journey of lost love in the Old West. The next ten successive tracks bathe the listener in lush orchestration, musical movements, crescendos and vocal harmonies until finally we arrive at the final pristine vocal and acoustic guitar track of The Sound of Music which bookends The Golden West listening journey carefully constructed by Leland and her producer/collaborator Marc Doten.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Bear in Heaven

Download: Bear in Heaven -- "Bag of Bags"

Download: Bear in Heaven--"Werewolf" (single edit)

The songs above are from Bear in Heaven's soon to be released LP, Red Bloom of the Boom. The members of the band have cut their teeth with an impressive array of musicians including, but not limited to: Rhys Chatham, Jonathan Kane, Savath and Savalas, Panthers and Paul Duncan. Red Bloom of the Boom makes a compelling case for the band's compositional talents as well as their technical proficiency. Long, spacious, and dark, the seven songs of the LP work best when listened to in one sitting. Though the tracks offered above are a testament to the quality of individual songs on the album, Bear in Heaven succeeds in creating a cohesive work that is somehow more than the sum of its parts. We hope that you enjoy the songs here, and if you do, be sure to pick up the whole record from your local record store or the fine people at Hometapes.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Andy Ditzler

Download: Andy Ditzler – “Another Customer”

Download: Andy Ditzler – “Economics”

Andy Ditzler is wild artist: this former theatrical production is part TMBG intelligent whimsy, part Ken Nordine spoken word, part Laurie Anderson, part...well, who knows? It's all over the map, and that's why we decided to work with Andy. He's so wonderfully different than all of the other stuff out there. As much as we love the indie rock, it's nice to encounter an artist who is striving for something larger than band with four members that rocks out. With a healthy sense of humor, the song lyrics range among technology, the metaphysics of TV news, a Buddhist samba, economics for beginners, politics, and love in 21st-century America. Songs From Yes and No is a witty, poignant, and illuminating view of current events, and a provocative musical vision. He's got samba, jazz, rock, and electronic influences scattered about, sometimes in the same song! He even has Outkast's sax player!