24.4.14

La Masheillaise 2, La Revolu'son Francaise


Band / Artist: Various Artists
Year: 2013
Genre: Bastard Pop, Mashup

My Review:
STRAIGHT OUTTA RIO! FR-wait what? French Mashups? Well okay, lets give it a shot.. and its GOOOD!! I got this through the Bootie Rio collective, which is what left me confused as to why there was a French mashup compilation on there, but who cares if the music is good right?

Okay so I'll admit that I do find a couple tracks to be a little meh, but its a good set of songs that I have admittedly never heard, mashed against songs I've heard for ages, and it comes out as a fresh mashup album, something that can get hard to find every once in awhile.

La Masheillaise 2, La Revolu'son Francaise

10.4.14

Big Spider's Back - Ssoft EP





Band / Artist: Big Spider's Back

Year: 2014
Genre: Indie Electronic, House

My Review:
I have an earlier album of theirs, and I loove it. Great rolling rhythms and melodies layered with some obscure stories in the lyrics. Here is the press release.

 HH019 :: Big Spider's Back - Ssoft EP // name-your-price download here.
Also available on digital stores, ie: iTunes, Amazon, Boomkat, Juno, Bleep, Beatport.

~ "Ssoft" premiere on Pitchfork ~ "Charm School" download via XLR8R ~

Combining classic house and techno rhythms with playful, synth-based melodies and the dense, psychedelic atmospherics reminiscent of previous Big Spider’s Back releases, Ssoft is the Durham, NC-based artist’s strongest statement yet. The EP’s production was initially inspired by Roland’s quintessential line of 707, 808 and 909 drum machines, yielding a classic electronic sound combined with contemporary influences, ranging from Kompakt’s soft-focus ambience, to the skittering electronics of artists such as Luke Abbott and Four Tet.

So go check it out, you won't be disappointed.

Big Spider's Back - Ssoft EP

2.4.14

Bro Safari & UFO! - Animal LP


Band / Artist: Bro Safari & UFO!
Year: 2014
Genre: Trap, Electro, Brostep

My Review:
BRO SAFARIIIIIII! I like this guys stuff. Every time I bump into his weird mix of electro/trap/whatever I end up enjoying myself. This time is no different.

So…
Here it is. The album that we've been talking about for over a year. Scheduling conflicts be damned, we made it happen! Yes, the process was long, and at times it was even a little grueling, but we stuck to our guns and we couldn't be happier with the results.
Originally, we created about 16 tracks for the album, and then we narrowed it down to the songs that you have in front of you today. It was important to us that we create a collection of music that crossed multiple styles and genres, yet told a coherent story. It's not an easy thing to do, but we feel like we pulled it off by using themes, samples, techniques and by consciously assessing what did and did not work together.
We feel like there is something for everyone on this record and we're very pleased with the fact that we can offer this to everyone for free. All we ask is that you listen to it with an open mind, share it with your friends and come say hello whenever we play a show in your city.
So, once again - Thank you to each and every person that showed us support over the last few years. We love working together, and have already discussed plans for a follow up album.
For now, enjoy ANIMAL!
- Bro Safari & UFO!
Social Media:
Bro Safari:
Twitter: @brosafari
Facebook: www.facebook.com/brosafari
Soundcloud: @brosafari
UFO!:
Twitter: twitter.com/itsufo
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ItsUFO
Soundcloud: @itsufo
And there it is. An album of fun, driven dance music. I am all about it. Hopefully you'll keep seeing that weird face that bro safari uses more in the future.

Bro Safari & UFO! - Animal LP
https://soundcloud.com/brosafari/sets/bro-safari-ufo-animal-lp

Cloud Mouth - Songs From the sewer


Band / Artist: Cloud Mouth
Year: 2011
Genre: Experimental, Lo-fi

My Review:
This is his older stuff, but I like it more than any of the other albums I’ve heard. Its best described as an experimental indie rock band. There are drum machines, vocal harmonies between the singers recordings, accordions, clarinets,  saxophones, god I don’t even know. One thing about the music is that he really enjoy disjointed and strange rhythms, as well as some very odd melodies.

Cloud Mouth is the name of 2 bands.. one is Shawn Jackinsky a single guy working on his own with all of these instruments, and the other is a punk band that formed in 2007 and retired 4 years later (I'll give them a little review as well in the next post).

He's got a lot of other music that he made, but a little hunting will bring it to your fingertips if you would like to find it now.

Cloud Mouth - Songs From the sewer

1.4.14

Moshboy - The Pirate Bay Bundle

This post is a little different from the normal, since it isn't music.I heard a story of a man curating a large set of indie vidja games and releasing it via pirate bay. I looked it up, and it was real. They were all gotten freely by their respective creators as I understand, so it fits the Jumbly motto.

Here is an Ars Technica review on it

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/03/pirate-bay-bundle-shares-101-little-known-indie-games-via-bittorrent/

SO here I am,  first day back, giving you video games. Hope you enjoy them.


The Pirate Bay Bundle

31.3.14

BACK!

I am BACK!

Sorry... After some pretty horrendous changes that happened in my life, I was so swamped with a million little things going on, that I just couldn't reach out to finish a post. Then my phone broke, which has kept me from doing a little at a time to make sure that i can write post reviews in spare time. But that time has now passed, and I'm getting back on the horse and riding again (phone is still busted though).

For my friends who supported me through my pain, thank you. For the people who haven't seen much here yet, come on in, and take a look around!

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First thing I'd like to say is that I missed doing this. I pretty much listened to this for at least a month, almost on repeat.



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Now that I have some time, I want to get back to doing some of what I love, so I'm going to  try to pack a few little projects in for the blog as things with life and work seem like they are stepping out of the way a little.

I'll get some posts worked on now.

Thanks for sticking with me!

28.2.14

(The other Yarn) Yarn - Live at The Willow Tree Coffee House and Music Room (February 8, 2014)

Band / Artist: Yarn
Year: 2014
Genre: Indie Folk, Indie Alternative, Live

My Review:
I decided, fuck it. If I'm gonna search through all this music to find info on one Yarn, may as well go ahead with the other as well. And it was very much enjoyable.

here is a writeup in them
Brooklyn-based Americana/Alt-Rock band Yarns sound owes as much to Gram Parsons and Earl Scruggs as to Jerry Garcia and Exile On Main Street-era Rolling Stones. Following in a fine tradition that includes forward thinking roots bands like The Flying Burrito Brothers and New Riders of The Purple Sage, Yarn weaves roots music idioms into a fresh sound that turns on hipsters and fans of country music alike, with technically impressive song-crafting and universal tales from the road of life.
What I'd say, they have a pleasant "Grateful Dead meets Iron & Wine" kind of thing going on that I was really grooving to. I've been hoping to pick up more stuff that would fit within this point of my life. Alright, more music on the way soon.

Yarn - Live at The Willow Tree Coffee House and Music Room (February 8, 2014)

Yarn - Inner Expedition

Band / Artist: Yarn
Year: 2013
Genre: Ambient Psy, Psytrance, Ambient Techno

My Review:
A good little Chillout album that made me think of ambient psytrance. I used this for a relax album for my whole Christmas vacation, and for my plane trip to and from DC recently (great time).

The musicians are a producer duo from Budapest that have been making music since I'm not sure quite when. Apparently there is another band named yarn, so I can't get info from this version without some serious work.

I'm inspired by this album to work on a little project that I believe you might enjoy in the near future. I'll let you know about it when there is time to get it finished, but rest assured that it'll be a good one.


Yarn - Inner Expedition

24.2.14

Old Splendifolia - Utterly Heartbreaking (EP version)

 

Year: 2013
Genre: Acoustic, Indie Folk

My Review:
Despite the name, I can't say anything about this was utterly heartbreaking. It was calm, and maybe a little sad, but I was pleased. This band is a set of musicians under the La bèl netlabel. They are trying to grow and hope for support to build up a larger presence. I figure I'll give a shout out to them, because anything that brings more vibrance to the music scene is good in my book.

Here's the band describing the album.
During live sessions in the summer house, the woods of Brandenburg and the homes of friendly musicians delicate pieces evolved, capturing random environmental noises and exceptional interaction of the artists. 

The chamber music-ish pieces flow moment to moment painting scenes with tones. The Song Poems seek their fortune through poetic views of the world, leap to the Earth's perishable inhabitants' defense, for whom the consistent rational explanations for a world so compelling in its richness, in its confusion, in its complexities impregnable from comprehension give little satisfaction. So, let's cast light on the many small details, sense-nourishing observations, confusion, the fear that tears me, which overwhelmed you as well, and on the comfort that She granted you, so you now could come to my aid. Enter with the ears and not only with the latter, into the micro-extracts from rich litera- and orature, elocuted by the inner desire to keep the amazement and the breath of life, to light the inner warmth, which beards the global one, with filigree vehemence.

Yes.

So, yeah. Enjoy.

Old Splendifolia - Utterly Heartbreaking (EP version)

19.2.14

Busta Rhymes & Q-Tip - The Abstract & The Dragon


Year: 2013
Genre: Hip-Hop, Rap

My Review:
There are a ton of reviewers who already gave this their breakdown, so I'm gonna keep this simple.

Fresh stuff from Busta. He's still out there making work, and now he's working with Q-tip on this new mixtape. Good Shit.

Just like you'd expect, this isn't exactly the same as his old stuff,  but it is a mixtape, so its retro as fuck in some parts, even racing back to the very early style before the end. Busta Rhymes and Q-tip finally got together and made some shit happen. It was really good to hear them back on the scene.



Busta Rhymes & Q-Tip - The Abstract & The Dragon