Friday, November 30, 2007

Today's Brew | Jonny Greenwood

Entertainment Weekly ran an article early November on the new flick coming out from PT Anderson, "There Will Be Blood". The article featured an interview between PT Anderson and Jonny Greenwood.
If you missed this article, check out the full article ovah here.

PT Anderson's comment:
To make a film, the final big collaborator that you have is the composer. Jonny was really one of the first people to see the film. And when he came back with a bunch of music, it actually helped show me what his impression of the film was. Which was terrific, because I had no impression. I had no idea what we were doing. And really, you have so many people that you collaborate with along this whole road of making a film, and you get to the end, and you're kind of face to face with two people really at the end: the editor and the composer. It's like the bottom of the Christmas tree. There's just the three of you standing, holding all of these people's work together, trying to make sense out of it. It was funny, because some of the stuff that Jonny came back with initially didn't make any sense to me at all. And he was smart enough to avoid me for a few days, so that I could let it all settle.

From Jonny Greenwood's earlier work in composing music for a film- in the 2003 documentary "Bodysong":

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Today's Brew | Snoop Dogg

Been a busy couple of days, so not much time to write, but check this out.

From Ego Trippin'(out in March 2008):

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Today's Brew | Todd Haynes

I have yet to check out the movie, but I hope to catch it sometime this weekend.

LA WEEKLY asks Todd Haynes (director of I Am Not Here):
"In watching the movie, there’s a kind of generalized logic to why we’re moving from one story to another and one style to another. But there are many people who will have never seen anything like this before. I think there are going to be a lot of people very angry with you over this for reasons that they can’t quite explain. There’s a kind of sneaky audacity to doing a movie like this — an “art movie” for a general public. You’re prepared for a backlash, I trust?"

Todd Haynes responds,
"I am, but I was prepared for a lot more of it than I’ve been receiving. You may have encountered resistance in conversations with some people you know, but the general reaction to the film has been good. I’ve been stunned at how positive people have been and that they’ve just let it all flow. But believe me, I was prepared for the contrary in today’s market. I was resolved to not care, to just let it be in the world and take the time it takes to be appreciated..."

For the full interview and the article by David Ehrenstein, check it out ovah here.

And stream some tracks off the soundtrack ovah here.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Today's Brew | Chris Schlarb

5 years in the making with over 40 musicians collaborating on this project...quite an ambitious effort.
A work of personal identity and deep catharsis, Twilight & Ghost Stories is a dense 40-minute modern composition featuring a disparate cross-section of musicians from the avant-garde, independent folk, jazz and electronic communities. (Asthmatic Kitty describes it in a nutshell)

mp3: Chris Schlarb- "Section I"
mp3: Chris Schlarb- "Section IV"

official site: Chris Schlarb

Monday, November 26, 2007

Today's Brew | Johan Hedberg

Not to be confused by the NHL hockey player from Sweden who shares the same name.
But this is the solo effort by one of the members of the Swedish duo Suburban Kids with Biblical Names.
A mix of electronica, Tropicalia and a bit of Swedish pop.

From the 5-spårs EP:
mp3: Johan Hedberg- "Grammisgalan"

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Today's Brew | Blitzen Trapper

We'll be back on Nov. 26th in observance of the upcoming thanksgiving day holiday weekend. Don't miss us too much now.

YouTube: Blitzen Trapper: "Wild Mountain Nation"

From the album Wild Mountain Nation:
mp3: Blitzen Trapper: "Wild Mountain Nation"

official site: Blitzen Trapper
my space: Blitzen Trapper

Monday, November 19, 2007

Today's Brew | A Hawk and a Hacksaw

For this week, not exactly a turkey, but a hawk.

For more video performances, check it out ovah here.

My previous entries about them ovah here.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Today's Brew | MBV Tours Reunited

Well its a little ways away, but its official.

Be sure to visit the interview with Kevin Shields at Soft Focus ovah here.

YouTube: My Bloody Valentine- "Knows When"

And also, my "plug-in"(okay, you were supposed to laugh here):
Be sure to vote for this year's Plug Awards ovah here

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Today's Brew | NPR Concert Series: BSS & THS

As part of their concert series, NPR will present on Nov. 18: Broken Social Scene, Live in Concert

Group to Perform Work by Band Member Kevin Drew
The performance from Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club will begin at approximately 8 p.m. ET.
Check it out ovah here.

And on Nov. 20th: The Hold Steady

Check it out ovah here.
Hear The Hold Steady, webcast live in concert on Nov. 20. The show begins with an opening performance by the English group Art Brut at approximately 8:30 p.m. ET from Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club.

YouTube: Broken Social Scene- "Fire Eyed Boy"

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Today's Brew | Burial

The critics loved the debut album...seems like its getting the same love from some.
Even P'folk like em.

"I like underground tunes that are true and mongrel and you see people trying to break that down, alter its nature. Underground music should have its back turned, it needs to be gone, untrackable, unreadable, just a distant light." (Burial in Hyperdub interview)

From the album Untrue:
mp3: Burial- "Archangel"
(YouSend: for a limited time only)

my space: Burial

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Today's Brew | Richard Swift

Richard Swift with the Cold War Kids come to town on Thanksgiving Day for a show at the Wiltern.

His next project will be more of an experimentation with sound, to be released in January.
And the album opens with a narration.
"The best way to relax," the narrator informs, "is to lie down upon your bed and stretch out."

From Instruments of Science & Technology- Music From the Films of Richard Swift-
mp3: Richard Swift- "Shooting a Rhino Between the Shoulders"

My previous entries about Swift ovah here.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Today's Brew | Okkervil River Daytrottin'

Stop by Daytrotter to grab a few session songs from Okkervil River.

Check it out ovah here.

mp3: Okkervil River- " You Can't Hold THe Hand Of A Rock And Roll Man" (Daytrotter Session)
(YouSend: for a limited time only)
mp3: Okkervil River- " Our Life is Not a Movie or Maybe"

official site: Okkervil River
myspace site: Okkervil River

Friday, November 09, 2007

Today's Brew | Radiohead Covers Bjork

All I can say is that I'm really glad its Friday...

YouTube: Radiohead- "Unravel" (Bjork Cover)

Pitchfork media has the mp3 for download ovah here.
mp3: Bjork- "Unravel"
(YouSend: for a limited time only)

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Today's Brew | My Bloody Valentine

The big buzz seems to be pointing to a new album to be released from the seminal band, My Bloody Valentine.

Soft Focus will air the interview with Kevin Shields this Monday on Here's a little excerpt from the interview below.

I pretty much know what the one that’s going to come out this year is going to sound like because its already pretty much 3/4’s done already…it sounds like what we sounded like – different but not radically different. People will go, “Yeah, it sounds like My Bloody Valentine.” (Kevin Shields interview on Soft Focus)

Daily Swarm has reported that "The band recently activated and Shields’ manager confirmed the the site is being built by Debbie Goodge, the band’s bass player. It is possible that the album will see an independent, Internet-only, Radiohead style release, and a release date could be announced at any time."

Video: My Bloody Valentine- "Only Shallow"

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Second Cup | Cat Power

Matador Records announced the final sequence for Cat Power’s upcoming ‘Jukebox’ album, to be released on January 22...yup, Chan is back with a fresh new track til it comes out.

mp3:Cat Power- "Song to Bobby"

my space: Cat Power

Today's Brew | Madlib interview on BET

Coming to town at the El Rey on Thursday- Nov 8th- Stone Throw's very own Madlib with Peanut Butter Wolf.

BET Rap City- Talib Kweli interviews Madlib

From the BEAT KONDUCTA IN INDIA (Vol. 3-4):
produced by Madlib
mp3: Beat Konducta- "Masala"

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Today's Brew | Richard Hawley

From his latest album Lady's Bridge:
Be sure to check out his performance on Later...with Jools Holland, the previous entry.

YouTube: Richard Hawley-'Tonight The Streets Are Ours'
Directed by Tom Geens.

official site: Richard Hawley
my space: Richard Hawley

Monday, November 05, 2007

Today's Brew | Later...with Jools Holland

Last Friday marked the return of the one of my fave shows...
With a revamped up new site...
Check out the production on this monster, as they have all the guests share on one stage--- visit their homepage to stream the whole first show.
Appearing on the show: Siouxsie Sioux, Richard Hawley, Hard-fi, Soil and "Pimp" Sessions, Laura Marling and Kaki King. The Decemberists were supposed to show, but cancelled due to illness?

Find out more at

Friday, November 02, 2007

Today's Brew | Joanna Newsom at the LA Phil

Next Friday- not today, but on Nov. 9th- Joanna Newsom hits the Disney Concert Hall- accompanied by a 28-piece orchestra, featuring arrangements by Van Dyke Parks and conducted by Sean O'Loughlin.
And if you haven't ever been inside the Disney Concert Hall, the interior is so much more intriguing than what you see from the outside.

From the album Ys:
mp3: Joanna Newsom- "Monkey and Bear"
(YouSend: for a limited time only)

YouTube: Joanna Newsom- "Monkey and Bear" Live in Philadelphia PA

official site: Joanna Newsom

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Today's Brew | Tuung : Junk Shop Sessions

BBC Collective has the Junk Shop Sessions and interview with Tuung.

Check it out ovah here.

From their mother's daughter and other songs:
mp3: Tuung- "Tale From Black"

official site: Tuung
my space: Tuung