With his surreal looking desert portraits, Guido Baselgia is really pushing the boundaries. What looks like landscapes and images taken from a Mars Rover are really salt lakes and black and white horizons set somewhere between Bolivia and Chile.
So here are my picks of acts to watch in 2008 from this year’s SXSW — Jeremy Jay: New K records signing. Sounds like The Microphones meets Buddy Holly; David Banner: political effusive Hip Hop from the heart; Iglu & Hartley: the next buzz band. Epic new wave pop from Hollywood; The Dodos [above]: the most talked about band at SXSW. Everyone wants a piece of this ethnocentric psych band.
So I just got back from SXSW, and what a blast! SXSW is one of the most hectic, insane three day parties your kidneys could ever endure. It’s so messed up that even the most messed people up think it’s messed up!
It goes without saying that Hip Hop has taken a few very low hits in the past decade. Thanks to the likes of 50 Cent and company, it accounts for around 40% of all music sold in America. It’s a huge industry. So where does that leave Hip Hop artists doing something a bit different? [...]
His name echoes those of colonels and soldiers who fought in the American civil war. But far from that, William Fitzsimmons is actually an obscure songwriter from Jackson, Illinois.
No need for time machines anymore. Just head over to the MySpace page of the hottest band in London right now, Kitty Daisy and Lewis. Like flippin’ burgers or waiting tables at any Southern diner, you’ll find yourself instantly transported across several time zones. This band are rockabilly to the hip and uber cool from [...]
I checked out the prestigious Berlinale the other day, which is the moniker for the Berlin Film Festival. Besides being an awesome festival, filled with A-listers — Madonna and Scarlett Johanson, amongst others — I had the chance to see P.T. Anderson’s new film, There Will Be Blood, starring the genius actor, Daniel Day Lewis. [...]
The coolest band in Indonesia? I think so. White Shoes & The Couples Company describe themselves as a small band that is ‘influenced by Indonesian movie soundtracks from the 70s and inspired by the acoustic spirit of 1930′s classic jazz musicians’. But I like to think of them as carrying the torch for artists like [...]
I’ve been lucky enough to get hold of a copy of the new Black Keys album — Attack & Release — produced by Dangermouse. It’s not a huge step up from their previous work, but it’s certainly got buckets of soulful integrity that you just don’t hear on many records these days. After reading the [...]
We featured singer-songwriter Susanne Sundfør on Lost At E Minor last week. We followed up with her to get the secret on her wonderful singing voice: ‘Thank you! I’ve always loved to sing. When I was a little girl I would imitate big divas such as Mariah Carey and Celine Dion. At some point in [...]