yesterday, omar rodriguez lopez released a “jam” album with zach hill and juan alderete that was just meh. today, he has released a live album featuring his recent touring troupe highlighted by the standout drum work of deantoni parks.
while still “jammy” in nature, the songs are a bit more composed than that of yesterdays “mantra hiroshima”. the album also contains vocals courtesy of ximena sariana rivera… though riveras vocals quickly grow tiring.
oh yeah… the album is called “どういたしまして”. listen and download below:
public service annoucement: brutal hipster will no longer blog about omar rodriguez lopez and/or bradford cox. maybe.
after being defaced on the interwebs and flamed via emails, sony music threw their hands up claiming the tracks “were mistakenly removed” and apologized for any “inconvenience”.
but is this even acceptable? does sony music think they are the TSA? why isnt there a bigger stink about this “mistake”? are we still too preoccupied by rumors that the iphone is/isnt coming to verizon? or are we too caught up in black friday/cyber monday/taco tuesday/follow friday?
recorded in conjunction with drummer zach hill and bassist juan alderete (the mars volta, vato negro), “mantra hiroshima” is pretty much on schedule for lopez who has been on the one-album-per-month plan. “mantra hiroshima” is very much the proggy, psychedelic, jam session type recording we have come to known from senior lopez.
its hard to say if that “jam session” type recording is worthy of its $6.99 price tag compared to the $0.00 atlas sound “bedroom databank” album-length demos. but let your ears decide for you. roll a fatty and hit the play button below…
this week, cox has been releasing onealbumperday containing bedroom recordings recorded throughout the year, some having been recorded only the night before. as an artist with as much creative muscle as cox, combined with the ease of music distribution via the internet, cox posted the albums on mediafire for the world to enjoy.
sonys intervention sees no direct connection, except the cover of a bob dylan song which ironically is the one album that was NOT removed from mediafire. #headscratcher
in these modern times of girl talk and low-effort cut/paste sampling, its an insult to true artists and music fans everywhere that sony would pull such close-minded, controlling tactics on a genuine musician who did no such direct lifting nor sought profit in his endavours.
the end of the internet and the music industry is near. commence torrenting as much digital media as you possibly can before the internet implodes. i may soon no longer have an internet to blog in/on.
does this spell the death of “bedroom databank”? will we ever see “databank vol. 5”?
well we all thought it was possible but considering the confusion of who actually works on this american holiday, would bradford cox continue this weeks daily trend of free album releases? the answer is… yes.
with no regard to thanksgiving, cox has released vol. 4 of “bedroom databank” for free via the deerhunter website. so while you are busy hanging out with people u dont really want to be hanging out with, u can at least look forward to downloading another atlas sound album when you get behind ur macbook air tonight.
of note, all but one track of vol. 4 were recorded YESTERDAY while you were out leaving work early and getting tanked. the exception being a track from a talent show audition in 1975. cox includes some lengthy text describing talent show (which can be read on the website in the worlds tiniest font).
think hes recording new stuff right now for vol. 5 tomorrow?
free music is great and all but these daily releases are beginning to saturate the atlas sound market. its unlikely diehards have even had the time to listen to volumes one and or two with the holiday season afoot.
furthermore, telling his fans that the songs were recorded “at home” and “on a tascam” only conveys the impression that the works are unfinished and probably throwaway not worthy of graduating to deerhunter status.
would u be thankful for a fourth volume of “bedroom databank” on thanksgiving? are u tired of this shit? do u even care about bradford cox to begin with?
a band that has captured my brutal senses this year by the name of active child has released a music video for the lead track off their curtis lane ep, “im in your church at night”. its a somewhat odd and borderline creepy video because apparently creepy videos are in season (see klaxons, la sera, …).
despite declaring their presence in ur church at night, it seems that church is where active child spend all of their time based on their choir-influenced, electronic-tinged mood music. curtis lane is a pretty outstanding collection of six choir-core pop tunes fit for eclectic cool dads and faithful hipsters.
remember when demos came on cassettes or extras on CD singles? well deerhunter‘s bradford cox has channelled that forgotten relic of releasing “extra stuff lying around that eventually evolves into polished recordings” in the form of a collection of bedroom demos in modern day mp3 format.
but to shake things up, cox adds a spin to it by releasing it almost immediately upon recording, never giving the demos a chance to mature to “chinese democracy” studio craft. recordings took place this august, october, and within the past week. cant more musicians produce and distribute this quickly?
“bedroom databank”, released under the atlas sound moniker, contains 11 tracks recorded on a tascam dp-08 and an unnamed pc computer. one track is a kurt vile cover and another is a bob dylan song. everything else is all cox.
though coyne is generally pushing creative boundaries, particularly at the intersection of sound and visuals, the results of this video are of twitvid caliber. perhaps fully intentional, the zero-effort music video appears to mimic the psychedelics of substance abuse, but ultimately fails to convey anything of substance.
wonder if results would have been better had coyne used a windows phone…