Freerunning video from our friend Clinton featuring "I Can Almost See You".
Marc’s Top 50 of 2011
(sort of: the order is close, but not exact)
1) A Winged Victory for the Sullen-- A Winged Victory for the Sullen
2) Twilight Singers--Dynamite Steps
3) Grouper--A I A : Alien Observer / Dream Loss
4) Peter Broderick--Music for Confluence
5) Dakota Suite & Emanuele Errante--The North Green Down
6) Tim Hecker--Ravedeath, 1972
7) Nils Frahm—Felt
8) Olafur Arnalds--Living Room Songs
9) Bon Iver—Bon Iver
10) (these are my favorite 80’s style throwback bands, I went through a phase…)
John Maus--We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Cold Cave--Cherish the Light Years
Craft Spells--Idle Labor
Melted Toys--Washed and Dried EP
Minks--By the Dedge
11) Johann Johannsson--The Miners Hymns
12) M83--Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
13) Stephen Mathieu--A Static Place
14) Sleepingdog--With Our Heads in the Clouds and Our Hearts in the Fields
15) Exitmusic--From Silence EP
16) Christina Vantzou--No. 1
17) Idaho--You Were a Dick
18) Radiohead--The King of Limbs (live from the basement)
20) Sleep ∞ Over--Forever
21) Ben Frost & Daniel Bjarnason--Solaris
22) Matthew Robert Cooper--Miniatures
23) Juliana Barwick--The Magic Place
24) Simon Scott—Bunny
25) Sigur Ros--Inni
26) Girls--Father, Son and Holy Ghost
27) The Field--Looping State of Mind
28) Tim Hecker--Dropped Pianos
29) Deaf Center--Owl Splinters
30) Fabio Orsi--Stand Up Before Me, Oh My Soul
31) Bvdub & Ian Hawgood--The Truth Hurts
32) Motion Sickness of Time Travel--Luminaries and Synastry
33) Taylor Deupree & Marcus Fischer--In a Place of Such Graceful Shapes
34) The War on Drugs--Slave Ambient
35) Marissa Nadler—Marissa Nadler
36) Mint Julep--Save Your Season
37) Kate Bush--50 Words for Snow
38) Richard Knox & Frédéric D. Oberland—The Rustle of Stars
39) Kurt Vile--Smoke Ring for My Halo
40) Rhian Sheehan--Seven Tales of the North Wind
42) Clams Casino--Rainforest EP
43) Chihei Hatakeyama--Mirror
44) Kyle Bobby Dunn--Ways of Meaning
45) Robert Crouch—An Occupied Space
46) Zola Jesus--Conatus
47) Dustin O'Halloran--Lumiere
48) Fennesz--Seven Stars EP
50) Gotye—Making Mirrors
About New Sounds Podcasts
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An Alternate Score for Friday Night Lights
Friday, May 27, 2011WNYC
To mark the last season of Friday Night Lights, the New Sounds All-Purpose Assistant has wheedled a way to have some of the music that should have scored the TV show- into a podcast! Hear here this New Sounds go at scoring an episode (or three.)
Sure, there is an expected inclusion, with Explosions in the Sky, and Efrim Manuel Menuck (Godspeed!) but get a listen to fellow Texans This Will Destroy You, Leeds, UK-based Vessels and the British post-rock band Codes in the Clouds. The show was meant to be a thank-you note to the music supervisors in the guise of a “Recommended If You Like (RIYL) Explosions in the Sky.” Get a load of that tremolo guitar, the shifting and swelling rockness of the instrumental slow-core.
Special Podcast Edition of New Sounds: An alternate score to the Friday Night Lights TV Series
Explosions in the Sky
The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place
First Breath After Coma [9:33]
Temporary Residence 61
The Shallow End [5:08]
Efrim Manuel Menuck
Plays High Gospel
August Four, Year-Of-Our-Lord Blues [3:01]
Constellation CST 078
Due out May 24, 2011
The Young Scamels
A Solemn Air [5:20]
Chasing After Shadows... Living With The Ghost
Little Fly, Mouchette [5:49]
This Will Destroy You
This Will Destroy You
Leather Wings [3:31]
Magic Bullet 100
Or download from Emusic.com or iTunes.
Whatever You Love, You Are
I Really Should Have Gone Out Last Night [6:55]
Touch & Go Records Touch & Go 223
Codes in the Clouds
As the Spirit Wanes
The Reason in Madness, in Love [3:55]
Erased Tapes Records 15952
Explosions in the Sky
Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Postcard from 1952 [7:07]
Temporary Residence 11206
Hammock has two songs in the upcoming "Stories from the Gulf", a half-hour film produced by NRDC and presented by Robert Redford about Gulf Coast residents living in the aftermath of the oil disaster. Stories from the Gulf is premiering on Discovery Planet Green on April 23rd, 2011.
After learning about the tragic events of the Japanese earthquake on March 11th, 2011 my wife, Hollie, and I were talking about ways to help. We decided to ask a few friends to join a compilation to raise money. A few quickly became many as we were overwhelmed and warmed by the eagerness of these musicians to get involved.
For Nihon features some of the premier names in ambient / experimental music and 100% of the profits from the sale of this album will be donated to the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund set up by New York's Japan Society.
The album is currently being finalized, and will be available digitally from our shop and your favorite retailers (iTunes, emusic etc...) very soon. It will also be pressed as a two-cd set shortly after.
The following is a short sampler featuring some of the songs from contributing artists.
Japan | p*dis / Inpartmaint Inc
US / World | Hollie & Keith Kenniff | email@example.com
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I hang as snow from the branches
in the valley of spring,
as a cold spell I float on the wind,
falling damp upon the blossoms
as a drop
in which they decay
as if sunk in a swamp.
I am the Continual-Thought-Of-Dying
Because I cannot walk firmly, I fly
through every sky above secure buildings
and knock down pillars and undermine walls.
Since I cannot sleep at night, I warn
others with the distant roar of the sea.
I pass through the mouth of waterfalls
and let topple from mountains the rumbling boulders.
I am the child of great fear for the world,
who within peace and joy hangs suspended
like the stroke of a bell in the day’s passing
and like the scythe in the ripe pasture.
I am the Continual-Thought-Of-Dying
The bell-rope that gathers God at dawn
Dispatches me as though I dropped down the knell
Of a spent day - to wander the cathedral lawn
From pit to crucifix, feet chill on steps from hell.
Have you not heard, have you not seen that corps
Of shadows in the tower, whose shoulders sway
Antiphonal carillons launched before
The stars are caught and hived in the sun's ray?
The bells, I say, the bells break down their tower;
And swing I know not where. Their tongues engrave
Membrane through marrow, my long-scattered score
Of broken intervals ... And I, their sexton slave!
And so it was I entered the broken world
To trace the visionary company of love, its voice
An instant in the wind (I know not whither hurled)
But not for long to hold each desperate choice.
My world I poured. But was it cognate, scored
Of that tribunal monarch of the air
Whose thighs embronzes earth, strikes crystal Word
In wounds pledges once to hope - cleft to despair?
Not the one who takes up his bed and walks
But the ones who have known him all along
And carry him in—
Their shoulders numb, the ache and stoop deeplocked
In their backs, the stretcher handles
Slippery with sweat. And no let up
Until he’s strapped on tight, made tiltable
And raised to the tiled roof, then lowered for healing.
Be mindful of them as they stand and wait
For the burn of the paid-out ropes to cool,
Their slight light-headedness and incredulity
To pass, those ones who had known him all along.
...that we are men of sun
And men of day and never of pointed light,
Men that repeat antiquest sounds of air
In an accord of repetitions. Yet,
If we repeat, it is because the wind
Encircling us, speaks always with our speech.
Floating Away In Every Direction
Of course it is strange to inhabit the earth no longer,
To give up customs one barely had time to learn,
Not to see roses and other promising Things
In terms of a human future;no longer to be
What one was in infinitely anxious hands to leave
Even one's own first name behind, forgetting it
As easily as a child abandons a broken toy.
Strange to no longer desire one's desires. Strange to see meanings that clung together once,
FLOATING AWAY IN EVERY DIRECTION. And being dead is hard work
And full of retrieval befitting can gradually feel
A trace of eternity.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Sometimes life seems random; sometimes it seems to have a purpose. We have been long time fans and listeners of the music of the Church. Tim Powles mixed our last full length, Chasing After Shadows, Living With the Ghosts. As a result, we’ve had the opportunity to work with both Steve Kilbey and Tim Powles.
We released outtakes last year, two of which were labeled "instrumental." Now, “No Agenda” will feature a lyric and vocal performance from Steve Kilbey, lead singer of the Church and one of our all time favorite voices in rock n’ roll. “Verse for Forgiveness” will feature a vocal by Tim and a lyric written by both Tim and I.
We will release the two versions on 7” vinyl. One will be Steve Kilbey/Hammock and on the other side an instrumental song by us. The other will be Tim Powles/Hammock and an instrumental track by us.
There are postcards being passed out at the Church shows this winter with a free 4 song download code that allows you to download 4 songs from our album, Chasing After Shadows, Living With the Ghosts. Their show is going to be amazing so go check it out if you can… We are super excited!