When NPR put up the First Listen album stream of Natasha Khan’s new Album, Haunted Man, I had no idea I’d be listening to it 10 times through over the last couple of days. If you haven’t already check it out don’t dilly dally: do it.
Sometimes it’s nice to know what a person’s favorite track on an album is so I’ll share mine with you. I wanna preface with this, in that any track on The Haunted Man could be anyone’s favorite. There is literally no bad song. This morning however I woke up with a song in my head, and it was the wide spaced-epic-emotion-fountain of a tune, Marilyn. Honestly, I couldn’t decide before. But I love it when the subconcious makes such desicions on my behalf.
Bat For Lashes - Marilyn
I just watched this wonderful video made by my friend Toby. It’s a bunch of timelapse film, documenting his rambling around the Danish landscape with his buddy Pelle. They eat, they joke, they play, they toke. Basically it makes you hate your life and makes you want to take the next flight to Denmark and escape for two weeks. But oh wait, the summer’s over. Guess we’ll have to wait till next year.
LISTEN UP. Cuz I’m gonna put you onto something good.
First take note of the following:
1. This post is not about some random waste of time new asshole hipster band.
2. This is music made by a 5 piece electronic band—NOT some bro + computer + female vocalist friend.
3. It is important that you watch any and all live performances of this band on Youtube in order to understand.
4. Hundred Waters is Generation Y’s answer to Stereolab.
5. Because this blog is awesome, you can listen to Hundred Waters’ entire LP here (see bottom of post).
Where does musicianship, performance and collaboration come into the mix in the age of computer music; where arpeggios and poly-rhythmic synchronicity occur at the click of a button? Where it takes one to tango; a full band a redundant feature albeit a worthy prop when playing the Tonight Show? Que Hundred Waters , a band that has as vast a soundscape as you can achieve with 5 electronic artists, and a performance dimension that satiates my need to witness live, raw musical talent and sensitive collaboration, all of which culminates in a brilliant, on-par-with-Sufjan/Fever Ray-level-of-sound, a fantastic live act and an album with sonic longevity—not soon to leave my iPod.
If you haven’t clicked on the live show video yet you may start with their one and only (brilliant) music video so far made by artist bro, Martin Allais, which I was alerted to through Hundred Waters’ facebook post on Wednesday. The song Thistle is also the feature of their new EP which is basically a bunch of pretty cool remixes of the song. I am diggin the Star Slinger and TOKIMONSTA remixes.
Stop Motion videos/films/music videos have have an artsy resurgence in the last 5 years or so according to le hipster-cycles-of-life. I remember there was a time when if you typed stop-motion animation in youtube, a little animated film of a lamp I made for some media production class would appear in the results titled, “my first attempt at stop-motion animation"—like i was a hero. As well as this, 500+ hits on a video in those days was boss. I had said boss status, and that was incredibly short lived. Today that video is lost in the mix of thousands of such videos.
Stop-motion animation is not hard to do, but good stop-motion animation is hard to do. It requires a bum load of patience, but more-so (as you will see in this music video) creativity. And Mr Allais, props to you. This music video is pure art. C’est Brilliant.
There is neither Jew nor Greek , slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in thespirit of good music.
But why Pitchfork and/or Stereogum haven’t written an article on Israeli singer/songwriter Asaf Avidan is not a surprise. If there is one thing common to some of the best art in the world is that it’s born out of tragedy, and what greater tragedy is there than a broken heart, a mess from which bloomed Asaf Avidan’s first EP, Now That You’re Leaving. A six track album about his breakup with then long term girlfriend. Four albums later we have “Different Pulses” an album thats bound to be as good, if not better than his last three (all of which you can listen to on his site) and I’m saying this based on instinct.
Different Pulses is not released yet, but will be this month in Israel, and in the early part of 2013 for the rest of the world according to his website. I could be wrong, but if you pre-order a physical copy of the album you’ll get a signed copy…? In any case, enjoy the music video/single from his upcoming works, and go ahead and check out some of his other stuff. You won’t be disappointed.
So Hiba Ganta, my sister and the other half of this blog has left me for greener pastures. Quite literally. She has moved to Montreal while I am in the plastic city/desert called Dubai and she has left the Raizuli blog for her own blog, Can You See The Mark. Whatevs. Just kidding we all know I’ll miss her. But the good news is she’s just a mouse click away (soon to be catering to a bunch of old French speaking Montrealians).
This is a new era—the blog will be getting a facelift. You will also soon learn what the Raizuli has been up to and where ze business is headed. Some of you already know, but for those that don’t it will all make sense soon. But for now I will leave you with this awesome tune and music video by Mayer Hawthorne & Rizzle Kicks;something that’s definately gonna brighten yer day. Check it!
This is how other planets would look if they were Earth’s moon.
And if the above were true and jupiter was as close as the moon is the following would occur, “Jupiter weighs almost 25,000 times more than the moon. Massive water tides kilometers high would wipe out large numbers of people initially.
Then, tidal flexing of the earth’s crust (100s of meters a day)would cause a massive increase in *volcanism, probably wiping out many of those who are left. The crust will become very hot, exacerbating the next issue.
Those who somehow survived the above would find themselves on a world that was growing increasingly hot. Jupiter actually puts out a large amount of thermal radiation, as it is still slowly contracting from the days of its formation. Right now it puts out twice as much energy as it receives from the sun. Moved to earth’s orbit, there’s still going to be a large new source of heating that will drive earth out of its current equilibrium. **
Finally, earth’s rotation will slow down, the energy having gone into heating the earth’s crust and moving its orbit out. The earth would spiral away from Jupiter for the same reasons that the moon is spiraling away from the earth today, only at a much faster pace. Eventually, the earth will be tidally locked to Jupiter, and the tides and volcanism will subside, perhaps to the level of Io now.”