Don’t be fooled: The Middle East actually hail from Queensland, Australia, where their mini-album, The Recordings Of The Middle East, was originally self released 2008 before the always hip record label Spunk re-issued it with new packaging and a new tracklisting in 2009. Next up for the band are their first shows ever on American [...]
Ourself Beside Me is the band formed by Yang Fan, formerly of all-girl garage punk band Hang On the Box. Beginning as a minimalist, jangly, indie-punk outfit several years ago, the Beijing-based trio has evolved into a more psychedelic, expansive, and experimental project. Its self-titled debut album (produced by P.K.14′s Yang Haisong) shows influences as [...]
Rewild is the new album from Amazing Baby, as apt a mission statement as the Brooklyn collective could get. Says lead singer, Will Roan, of the recording: ‘We are fascinated with escapism and creating small worlds that can stand alone or be connected as stories within the context of our album. We write the songs [...]
Pocahaunted are the pinnacle of the whole tribal, Native American-inspired, abstract, psychedelic thing that’s going on right now. The prolific duo once referred to themselves as “the Olsen twins of blissed-out drone” and have released tape after tape of ambient, hallucinatory weirdness that seems aimed at hastening the return of Quetzaquatl. Despite their tongue-in-cheek band [...]
Although Baltimore shoe-gaze crooner Jana Hunter appears on a split with perennial freak-folker Devendra Banhart, her music has none of the juvenile hippieisms on which Natalie Portman’s one-time beau has built his career. Hunter’s sound is more contemplative and at times remote, even her major-key pop-folk tracks dripping with melancholy. This is not to say [...]
Talk Normal, who are one of my favorite live bands right now, played the H&H Building in Baltimore last weekend, capping off their recent tour. Also on the bill was one-woman act U.S Girls. Armed with a few pedals and a tape deck, Megan Remy made desperate-sounding, louder-than-hell noise spiked with some pop elements and [...]
Amidst the frenzy drummed up from their on-stage performance with Wu Tang’s GZA at SXSW earlier this month, The Black Lips are back with a cracking new tune, I’ll Be With You, off their recent Vice Records offering, 200 Million Thousand. [audio:http://www.viceland.com/vicerecords/black_lips-ill_be-with-you.mp3]
Earlier this month, a screening of Garbage Dreams (the directorial debut of Egyptian American documentary filmmaker Mai Iskander) made its way into the SXSW film festival. The documentary, filmed over three years, follows the lives of three young men who live in a suburb of Cairo called Mokattam, which is known for its residents living among tall piles of garbage. Mokattam is home of the Zabballeen, a Christian minority group of around 60,000 who have served the city of Cairo as garbage collectors for 150 years. And although Cairo’s government has finally begun paying these collectors a nominal fee for their service, it has not always been this way. Mokattam’s young garbage collectors are known for being the most efficient in the world, reusing and recycling between 80 and 90 percent of what they collect, but their way of life is rapidly diminishing — the government has been trying since the late 1980s to replace them with modern European waste collection.
Yo! Majesty frontwoman Shunda K’s collaboration with Brooklyn-based producer Kotchy is called Le Passion, Yo!, and it’s available as a free digital-only EP that recently came in as the number three most added hip-hop record at CMJ college radio. [audio:http://www.fanaticpromotion.com/projects/shunda-k/mp3/shundakandkotchy-firstencounter.mp3]
We love Australian band The Grates. So much so that we asked their frontwoman Patience to write an exclusive diary for Lost At E Minor over the next week, giving us the inside word on what the band are up to. We’ll run a new posting from it each day. This is her entry from [...]
Welcome to the first issue of Lost At E Minor’s new email publication — My Secret Playlist — a weekly peak inside the MP3 collections of some of our favourite musicians, bands, and producers, giving us a rundown on their eight favourite songs or albums right now. For the first issue, we have a wickedly talented and creative producer and DJ. It’s, wait for it, just a little longer, nearly there. Ok, it’s Moby, from some otherworldly universe
The Midi Music Festival is sorta like the SXSW of Beijing, where bands from all over the country gather each year to rock out. Beijing-based photojournalist Doug Kanter did a series of portraits of concert-goers at Midi last year that is pretty fun.
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!