Yessssss! Finally TEAMS has released his brand new California sun, surf, psych-rock, summer heat inspired Sierra City Center (Diamond Club). The new album, which he recorded in Sierra City and Trinity Center, California “during the insane summer heat,“ is a slightly new direction than his previous work, featuring more singing, “psychedelic” sounding songs, and some rippin’ guitar solos by Snow Wite.
You can definitely hear the influence the California heat had on the creation of this project. On a side note and also in quite juxtaposition (weather-wise at least) TEAMS recently transplanted to Russia and then Germany and has been busy playing shows and [presumably - by me at least] working on his second full length LP, OneWorld開発.
Listen to Sierra City Center (Diamond Club) below and be on the lookout for a physical tape release this Spring/Summer by Gnar Tapes & Shit.
The Berlin-based DJ/Producer is back this time with 4 mind-bending ambient yet beat-laden tracks. The beats range the spectrum, even dark and grimey at times like in track, “Native,” which conjures up images of lowly lit underground subway tunnels or walking in the city after a hard rain fall that has finally let up.
So, we had a GREAT show at Intersoup in Berlin. The place was packed and the crowd seemed to really enjoy the show. We headed back early in the AM to play a small show in Bad Salzuflen for an intimate but loving crowd in a small cafe. Here are a few pics from the last few days.
Mark, Bjoern and I going over some songs at Marks house before the show. Mark has a lovely house in Bad Salzlufen, Germany where he lives with his wife Sabine and son Jonas. They have treated me like a member of their family since the day I met them. Bjoern Paetow doing some work on the Cajon!
The kind folks here at What’s Protocol?have asked me to keep a diary of sorts of my current tour of Germany. I’ll be trying to post every other day when I’m able to get to a wifi set up.
For starters, I just slept for 12 hours after being awake for 30 hours. I think I’m back on track and ready for our first show tonight in Bielefeld. We had rehearsal yesterday and the band sounded pretty good for not having played together in 4 months!
Ok, well that’s all for now. Thanks for reading and I’ll talk to you soon!
Last summer at Lollapalooza, I saw these guys going wild in the tent during our final and muddiest day of the festival. Since I was there for coverage purposes, I left Sunday as my day for play. Modeselektor was an integral part of that day.
I can’t wait for their heavy, heavy sound and I seriously can’t wait to be surrounded by thousands of people dancing along. Watch bass-thumping animation from François Chalet in their latest video for their song “Berlin” featuring Miss Platnum.
King of Diamonds – Motopony I really am enjoying Daniel Blue’s folky voice. The piano, the bells, everything blends wonderfully..take a listen to this Seattle outfit.
That Day – Lali Puna Lo-fi female vocals, I dig..very chilled with a nice bass line. These German musicians are no strangers to the scene, with already 4 studio albums under the belt and countless EP’s and band members in various groups such as The Notwist and The Tied & Tickled Trio. This particular track is off their latest, Our Inventions (2010).
Look Alive – Wait. Think. Fast. I love the guitar in this one and the chorus is nice and airy. The lyrics get you to take a step back and really become aware of your surroundings, “Look alive, look alive…” They’re bilingual as well..ooOOoh.
The month of May has been like a drunk spring awakening (sorry mom and dad) and I desperately need this weekend to rest (coincidentally I work). So, I’m not going to inquire what you kids are doing this weekend because I frankly would not like to know.
I can only see a soft comfortable bed in my foreseeable future..and I suppose work.
But, for those of you who need a nice smooth beat as an undercurrent for your weekend moods…well here ya go then.
I’ve been wanting to blog about this song for a while now, but I had a little problem; I didn’t even have a copy of it, nor did I know its name. For about a month, nearly every time I was in my friend’s car he would bump Booka Shade‘s album Memento. So this track, being the first song on the album, was always played.
I immediately loved this track within seconds of it hearing it. The whole song grooves but has a very minimalistic approach to it. Everything is very crisp, clean, and fairly simple. But once all the instrumentation comes together it creates a really solid, head-nodding groove.
I occasionally like to classify songs by what time of the day they would be most enjoyed at. A lot of the tracks I dig tend to fall around the “night time and/or “nighttime driving” hours of the day. This is most definitely one of those tracks.
Give it a listen, and if you enjoy it, check out the rest of Memento as well as their other albums (Movements, and The Sun & The Neon Light are both very cool).