Near the start of Summer 2011, I had the great opportunity to sit down with “lo-fi legend” R. Stevie Moore. At the time, Moore was in the midst of his first tour in support of his latest record Advanced(as well as the hundreds of other albums he’s self-released over the years.) Between that time, Moore has toured the country backed by Brooklyn band Tropical Ooze, and had two successful Kickstarter campaigns to help fund is first international tour and complete the new album. Somewhere in the hustle and bustle, he made it to the Daytrotter studio to record this session.
Just about to head out to Halloween festivities and found this delightful news on Facebook. The one and only e.p. hall finally has a tasty new track that everyone needs to download into their Halloween baskets RIGHT NOW!
The track is called “Mechanical Hands” and is beautiful in all ways e.p. hall’s music is. There are mechanical sounds in the low-fi background, almost sounding like crickets and late-afternoon bugs chirping in an echo-y air chamber. And Elise Percy’s lovely voice sings on with a loose and soulful style. Trust me, you’ll spend your whole evening with the haunting refrain in your head: “You can ink what you say, but you want what you take.”
Download the track on the e.p. hall website, and you’ll want to take this demo now, as Elise has promised that a completely different version of the song will appear on her next album.
When I noticed that Cloud Control has a new video out for its next single “Death Cloud“, I felt a little confused. I seem to remember an adorable and fun DIY video they made for the tune back in 2008. However, as the band has been seriously stepping up its game over that past two years, it’s not surprising that they decided to revamp this classic into a whole new phenomenon.
Seriously, someone pinch me. Yesterday came the news of new music from DM Stith‘s musical collaboration The Revival Hour, and today Daytrotterhas posted a new session with DM Stith. Could life get any sweeter?
The four tracks featured are all familiar tunes, Stith has been performing the newer track of the group, “My Impatience” in concerts for about a year now, the soft and short “Abraham’s Song” made its first appearance on the Curtain Speech EP, but is a bit more expanded vocally in this version. “Pigs” has first seen on 2009’s Heavy Ghost album, and then was re-worked to feature live horns and drums from Bloomington’s own Jefferson Street Parade Band for the Heavy Ghost Appendices album, but this version is even more different than both. It’s faster paced than the near-gloomy original, and takes vocal cues from some of the brass arrangement for a chorus style vocal response behind Stith’s verses. I like it, probably my favorite version of this song. The session finishes with the enchanted “Spirit Ditch“, a Sparklehorse cover, which, honestly, upon hearing prompted me to listen to and purchase my first ever Sparklehorse album. I only wish that the late Mark Linkous himself were still with us to hear such a beautiful interpretation of his work.
Listen to it, download it, and support Daytrotter for all the great sessions and music it shares! Link: DM Stith Daytrotter
Also: Check out DM Stith’s FIRST Daytrotter session from 2009 featuring former Bloomington musician Michael Dixon (Memory Map, Homecomings, Prayer Breakfast, Rep Seki, etc.)
A few weeks ago I let you in on the new Laura Stevenson & the Cans video for “Master of Art” off of the then-forthcoming album Sit Resist. The album is finally out now on Don Giovanni Records and the band is so excited for you loyal fans to hear it that it has teamed up with indie fave If You Make It to offer the tracks to you for FREE for one month. Nice, huh?
So jet on over to the IYMI site to read the kind words from the band and check out/download the new album! Of course, if you REALLY want to show them your love and devotion, you will head on over to their label site and PURCHASE the album in all its glory. It’s available on CD, vinyl, and digital download. You can also find the album on iTunes.