14 July 2009

Wrap Your Ears Around These Artists - 21 July 2009


Okay, that's played out...

Here we go ag...

Yep, used too much.

Let's just get to the goods, shall we?

Here are my Wrap Your Ears Around These Artists!

First up - Saine.

Lauri Saine comes from a land of chilldown... quite literally! Finland is the homebase of this chilled out beat slinger. If you tuned into Episode 5 of The Chilldown Period, I put Saine as the lead off to another near hour of great tunes.

To put his music simply, I would say (and have said) that his music is "Instrumental Nostalgia."

As stated in his bio, he is walking the line between recorded and sampled elements. Through this collage of technical skills he keeps the ears intimated to whatever clever sounds he can meld together.

I call his music "Instrumental Nostalgia" because each of his tunes will bring back some sort of memory. Whether it is a stroll down a beautiful river, listening to basketball players in mid game, sitting at a street side cafe, or relaxing next to a loved one - Saine's tunes will bring those fond memories back.

In another sense, Saine's music can become nostalgic. You have the chance to take the music and create a fond place for it in your life. 

There are plenty of glitches, and subtle blips to accompany the catchy hooks and organic feel to his two full length albums and his free EP 'Clockwork.'

Anyway you choose to use or place nostalgia in your life, allow Saine's music to be a catalyst in doing so!

Up next is City Rain.

City Rain comes from an underground source of trip-hop/chillout/IDM: the city of Philadelphia. The city that has brought us great acts such as Natalie Walker, Daughter Darling, Beauty's Confusion and Echo Slightly has another talented son found on this list. 

As his myspace page says, he throws in dance floor minimalism and guitar licks alongside catchy IDM hooks.

It's this indie feel that has kept my attention ever since I first caught wind of his music.

His latest record, 'This I Will Remember' recounts the three month period waiting for his mate to come back who resides overseas (source here).

Now looking back, and relistening to his music once again, I can sense the feelings of anxiousness, joy and hope (source) mapped out through the measures. High pitched tones, rich guitars and flowing melodies meet the emotion he puts into his craft.

Trying not to sound like I've just completely ripped off his bio, his tunes, at least to me, have soothing qualities and youthful tendencies (that is the only thing I can think of to help explain what is in my mind) which keep the ethereal (try definition 1a,b) melodies reachable and relatable. 

(ADHD moment: Plus he has a song called 'Bon Giornio, Sleepysaur'!)

One of his songs has recently taken on a life of its own. This I Will Remember has been remixed by Outputmessage, with lyrics added, to make one great tune. If you dig the Postal Service - this will be right up your alley. Not wanting to seem sycophantic I will embed the video of the final product, "I Remember" right now.


Third Artist: Dick "Two Ton" Baker

I can see some of you with both eyebrows raised in sudden wonder. I can explain. 

I was listening to the Wild Wilson show on 247polkaheaven.com today, and at the end of his show he played a song called "I Like Stinky Cheese." It is a catchy polka tune which prodded my curiosity to find out more. 

If you have heard of the Dr. Demento radio show - then we have a connection here. His music has been featured on it, and also on his own radio show back in the 1940s.

Yes, we are going way back.

I've listened to a few of his songs and the playful lyrics, the joy in his voice, and the catchy tunes pull you into his style.

Weighing in at 350 lbs/158.76 kg may have led into his nickname, but according to his biography, so did his engaging personality. 

He said in an interview with the Chicago Tribune:

"The only thing I've ever wanted to do in this world is play the piano and sing on the radio. This isn't work, it's play--and I'm getting paid for it! . . . I like to think my radio show helps make people a little more friendly. The world is full of petty stings. I hope my monkeyshines [pranks] and songs make people forget the barbs for a little while."

I hope you find his music as interesting as I have. 


That should do it!

So go on out and Wrap Your Ears Around These Artists!

10 July 2009

The Chilldown Period - Episode Five


I've been negligent of this blog for while. My apologies to all that read/follow! 

First off, I need to give special thanks to the ambienteer for allowing me to use one of his wonderful melodies from his files! Thank you so much.

Second, thanks definitely go out to Thomas Raukamp and his endless search for great Creative Commons/Netlabel music to share. One of his "music for night" picks can be found on this episode of the Chilldown Period.

I would also like to give you guys a heads up about a music project for the people in Iran. Music for Freedom/Artists for Freedom is being put on by Public Spaces Lab (in the podcast I gave their URL wrong, so here I'm correcting that). There are some very touching pieces shared with us by artists who want to help in whatever way they can.

And, if you didn't hear from the podcast, I've got three shout outs to some great DJs spinnin' tunes from both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. I'll give you their Twitter handle so you can follow them as well.

@slacklineradio - Chris always has great tunes streaming from is website www.slacklineradio.com which are perfect for anytime chillin'. You can also catch him every other Thursday on KRUA 88.1 the Edge's Discard Bin at 9:00 pm Alaska Time (That's 11:00 pm for me here in the Mountain). 

@morningsteppa - Making the Auckland morning commute a whole lot smoother is the MorningSteppa. He hosts the Breakfast of Champions show on 106.9 - KFM, which can be heard mornings from 8 - 10 am local time (2:00 pm the previous day here in the MDT). 

@solarosa - Spragga does a great show, also out of Auckland, which is an eclectic mix of smooth music which doesn't follow a strict genre pattern. You could hear some dub one moment, and the next Al Green is melting your ears with his soulful voice! He comes to you every Friday, on BaseFM - 107.3, from 10 am to noon (4:00 pm Thursdays here). 

Finally, here is the tracklisting for Episode Five of the Chilldown Period.

saine - Sleep Mode - Clockwork EP

Jamie MyersonJamie Myerson
"Wouldn't It Be Nice" (mp3)
from "Jamie Myerson"
(42 North Recordings)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
More On This Album

Urban AngelNatalie Walker
"Crush" (mp3)
from "Urban Angel"
(Dorado Records)
More On This Album

Shifting Emotions Vol. 1Monodeluxe
"Passer" (mp3)
from "Shifting Emotions Vol. 1"
(Vibe Boutique Records)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
More On This Album

The Paranormal (Promo Version)Voodeux
"The Paranormal" (mp3)
from "The Paranormal (Promo Version)"
Buy at Stompy.com
More On This Album

Of Latitude And LongitudeAxiotronic
"Robot Placism" (mp3)
from "Of Latitude And Longitude"
(Electronic Eel Records)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
More On This Album

The Shanghai Restoration Project Presents: Di JohnstonDi Johnston
"Trite" (mp3)
from "The Shanghai Restoration Project Presents: Di Johnston"
(Undercover Culture Music)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
More On This Album

The Push EffectKlone
"Bud Pets" (mp3)
from "The Push Effect"
(Muti Music)
Stream from Rhapsody
More On This Album

LowPitch - Eating Fish (Stegna Trip)

Arthur Petersen - Caramel - Big Rig (amazon  rhapsody  iTunes)

HumuhumunukunukuapuaaCotton & Gin
"Humuhumunukunukuapuaa Life" (mp3)
from "Humuhumunukunukuapuaa"
(Ninthwave Media)
More On This Album