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Back in Time: Reviving an Analog Classic

My record collection is a rather humble one. Old rock and blues classics of my dad’s sit side by side with newer music darlings I’ve acquired over the years and now seem to win the upper hand against the rarities. How often have I been telling friends, strangers, co-workers, even family that vinyl has made a fearless, yet (to most) unnoticed comeback? ‘It’s probably just another wave of nostalgia that comes with that hipster surge. It’ll be over soon enough, you’ll see’, was a typical, well-meant answer. Funny enough, the numbers soon did prove the opposite. After surpassing CD sales for the first time and vinyl releases by both underground bands and mainstream artists regularly hitting the stores, nobody doubts the format’s stirring return. So who’s next? The tape cassette? I heard rumours a few years back that it’s on an upswing too. Cassette Store Day and all. But a proper return like its resurrected predecessor? Well, if we can believe the National Audio Company, the last cassette factory producing the magic magnetic tapes in the U.S, it’s here to stay once again. Watch the intriguing Great Big …

The Show Must Go On

Like so many, I was extremely moved by the emotional interview with the Eagles of Death Metal that surfaced yesterday. So here’s the short comment I wrote for TMRW over here.   While we’re all still shocked about what happened in Paris two weeks ago and with some emotional wounds only healing slowly, we don’t fail to be amazed by stories of human kindness and positivity in times of pain and tragedy once more. Think of the generous people opening their doors to strangers in need, cities showing solidarity by cladding their famous monuments with the French tricolore or the blindfolded Parisian Muslim man asking for people’s trust with a heartfelt embrace. Yeah, in times like these, it’s no wonder that we’re desperately looking for the good in others and assuring ourselves why it’s worth it to fight for a free society. Another one of these paradigms to not shy away from the terror and stand our ground is the heartbreaking VICE interview with the Eagles of Death Metal, the band that played the Bataclan club until …

Age 33: The End of Music Discovery?

This might sound strange, but are you tired of browsing new music yet? No? Well maybe you’re still young enough to keep the ball rolling. As this new study suggests, people around 33 kinda lose interest and stop listening to new music. And even though the survey’s based on a rather tight framework – only featuring US-Spotify users in 2014 – it’s still interesting to apply that assumption to your own habits. First off: I’m not 33. But I can’t really see why I shouldn’t go on trying to find new music to keep things fresh and interesting. Sometimes I’m so so fed up with my digital playlists and the small but mighty bunch of records, my ears are simply itching for new stuff to float in. And to be honest, with streaming services popping up here and there, it has never been easier to get your hands on yet undiscovered tunes, given the algorithms deliver it straight to the doormats of us lazy people out there. So what’s the reason for people to stop listening …

The Black Ryder: ‘Let Me Be Your Light’

I can’t really say how many times I’ve played this song on repeat already. It’s one of these tracks – and most of the The Black Ryder’s are – that just urges you to drop everything you’re doing, close your eyes and indulge in the drift. And there’s the tricky bit: With a video that works so so so well with a haunting tune like that, it would be an utter waste to miss out on the aesthetics. Comfortably aligning between dream-pop and shoegaze, the uplifting and spheric ‘Let Me Be Your Light’ is taken from the second full-length album ‘The Door Behind the Door’ and the fourth single following ‘Seventh Moon’, ‘Babylon’ and ‘Santaria’. With hushed voice, accentuated by fuzzy bass, ambient guitars and hypnotic cymbals, the L.A.-based Australian expat duo Aimee Nash and Scott von Ryper embarks on a journey to find catharsis, transcendence and ascension – beautifully visualised by filmmaker Juan Azulay.

Road Dawgs: Future Islands Short Documentary

It’s certainly not wide off the mark to claim that there’s no other band quite like Future Islands at present. Besides releasing fabulous records year after year, including probably one of 2014’s foremost albums, the likeable synth-pop three-piece from Baltimore is particularly famed for Samuel T. Herring’s incredible stage presence. Every time I see him perform, I am genuinely wondering if that term has been created just for his own sake. Who’s been to one of their live shows before, probably knows what I’m talking about. If not, you’ll know soon enough. My first Future Islands taster must have been around 2010 in a tiny venue called ‘Sonic Ballroom’ crammed with maybe 149 other people. That place didn’t even have a proper stage. So we’d ended up face to face with an ecstatic frontman about to tick off any second. What is now a kind of known fact about Future Islands shows – at least since this epic performance – was not something I was particularly aware of back then: Screaming, roaring, awkwardly dancing like nobody’s watching, head banging, fists punching …

Alt-J (∆): ‘Left Hand Free’

If you thought sampling Miley Cyrus on their upcoming album’s lead single ‘Hunger of the Pine’ was kinda unexpected, you will be suprised by the sound of Alt-J (∆)’s groovy second track ‘Left Hand Free’. Heavily influenced by early 60’s rock ‘n’ roll tunes –  Jack White or The Black Keys send their regards – the three-piece cements the impression that their follow-up album ‘This is all yours’ seems to shape up really nicely, as experimental, adventurous and diverse as ever.

Death From Above 1979: ‘Trainwreck 1979’

It’s been almost 10 long years since the celebrated classic ‘You’re a woman, I’m a machine’ saw the light of day and eventually the Canadian bass/drum-thunderstorm is back in full swing with new fuzzy, cracking material. A first taste of the duo’s long awaited second LP ‘THE PHYSICAL WORLD‘, which will be released on 8th September 2014, doesn’t sound like a bereft copy of their earlier recordings. And even though ‘Trainwreck 1979’ sounds a bit more polished, refined and thought-out than ever, it still features Jesse F Keeler’s and Sebastien Grainger’s endless raw energy and manic musical ruthlessness that made DFA1979 what it is today. ‘The story never ends as long as we have blood and guts…’