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FIM Offers “Love Die” For this weeks free download.

FIMImageBlogSliderThe new EP Alien Beach Party, by LA-based experimental indie-pop quartet FIM, is like a puzzle. Side A is beguiling, noisy and manic, recalling the early freakouts of Butthole Surfers, Ween and Frank Zappa. “Love Die” the last track on Side A, signals a shift to the more chill, indie pop side of FIM. The track has a pulsing Casio beat (think Eddy Grant’s 80s classic “Electric Avenue”) and then enters a lounge vibe, like the calm after the storm, or the party after the apocalypse. This is not Serge Gainsbourg, Stereolab lounge chill. This is more like the downer after the acid shifts gears, and the night takes on a slower vibe. By retaining that Ariel Pink, lo-fi mastery, “Love Die” serves as the perfect transition to the B-Side of the EP.

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Queens of the Stone Age – Canal Plus 2007 {Bootleg Series}

QOTSALIVEThis week we take a look at Queens of the Stone Age as they perform live in Paris, France, luckily for you the ETS Crew we’re there! So enjoy this week’s Bootleg Series!

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Set list:

00:00 Intro
00:46 Sick, Sick, Sick
04:37 3′s & 7′s
08:11 Misfit Love
15:19 Turnin’ on the Screw
21:03 I’m Designer
25:23 Into the Hollow
29:24 Battery Acid
34:12 I Think I Lost My Headache
40:04 Mexicola
45:48 Go With the Flow
49:14 The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret
53:04 A Song for the Dead

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Tortoise & The Hare Experience Interview Ross Wright

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#AOTW: Iska Dhaaf

iska-daafWe have a special feature for this week’s segment. Normally I try and bring you some tunes that you guys have never heard of and then give you all a bit of back story. This time instead of hearing the story from me, you’re going to get it straight from the source. Iska Dhaaf (Somali for “let it go”) is an up and coming Seattle band that began recording in 2011. The duo made up of Nate Quiroga (Mad Rad) and Benjamin Verdoes (Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band) just released their album Even the World Will Burn this past month. It’s some of the more interesting and entertaining indie rock I’ve heard in a long while. Drummer Benjamin Verdoes was kind enough to have a chat with me about the album, working with a duo, and the Seattle music scene. What follows is that interview. ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Iska Dhaaf. Let’s kick it off with their track Everybody Knows.

 

KM: Nate used to be in the hip-hop group Mad Rad and you were in the indie rock band Mt. St. Helens Vietnam band, how did you guys initially cross paths?

BV: We had run into each other at Sasquatch and just around the city. We were both promoting our projects really maxresdefaulthard. (Mad Rad) was another band that was pushing things creatively, playing really intense shows, and we kinda had that in common. I had been listening to Mad Rad’s music and I wanted to learn how to make beats. I had never delved into making electronic music so I actually hit up the producer from Mad Rad and started going over to his studio and shadowing him. Then I ended up playing guitar on a song on their second record and then ended up playing shows with them. That’s when Nate and I kinda of got together. I was really impressed with what he was doing. He was a really impressive songwriter. He played with Mt Saint Helens on a song. Then we started collaborating together and since then we haven’t stopped. We’ve been playing almost every day for three years.

KM: When you guys got together you moved from guitar to drums and Nate took over on guitar despite having never played. Is that correct?

BV: That’s right he only knew how to play a few chords. I had been playing drums off and on, it’s not something I iskadhaafneumos1-580x386was every really proficient at. To be honest when we got together we just started writing. Sometimes I would play bass, we’d loop things, we’d both write vocal melodies, and we’d harmonize on things. It was really an interesting process. At a certain point he would come in with riffs and different parts of songs. I would come in with pieces of songs. We developed these different ways of writing songs and then had to figure out how to preform them. That’s when I started doing the drums and the bass. We felt like we had such chemistry between the two of us that it didn’t really make sense to play with other people.

 

KM: Is that what influenced you guys to stay as a duo rather than form a full band?

BV: Precisely. We’ve had people come by. But as far as the vision of it, and the vibe, it was always a duo. We don’t really have a practice schedule. We just know that we’re going to meet every day. We just know that. It’s part of our daily existence. This band is a continuation of what we’re reading and what we’re discussing. It makes it a lot easier both musically and spiritually to keep it just the two of us.

KM: What are you reading?

BV: We recommend books to each other. My girlfriend who is brilliant will recommend books to me. Nate’s been reading Love In The Time Of Cholera. We’re reading different things right now, but we’ve definitely gone back and forth. I got really in to this guy Phillip Larkin, some really dark stuff. T.S. Elliot is what I always go back to. He’s like a staple. Recently I was reading this book Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead by Strauss.

It’s all interviews with famous people he’s done over the last couple decades. It’s really well written. The way he crafts it together. It’s really fascinating how people deal with celebrity in different ways.

KM: In the process of collaborating, how different is it from Mt St. Helens? How has your process evolved?

 BV: It’s considerably different. Actually it’s a huge relief. You use a different part of your brain when you’re collaborating with someone. You have different sensitivities. With Mt. St. Helens, the concept, the body of the songs, every decision was mine. Now it’s more of a dialogue. So it becomes really interesting to be like, I wrote the riff inside this song, and he wrote the bridge of the song. It’s a totally fluid experience. People tend to be very protective of ideas. With Nate we shared things very early. It’s a really cool process. I actually learn so much from it. The songs when I listen back, it’s not just me. I get to listen to it like I would listen to other people’s music. It’s a different experience.

KM: So there’s no telling where one person’s contributions begin or end?

BV: Exactly. With the exception of a few songs we really couldn’t play them without each other very easily. Especially with the new songs we’ve been working on. They’re a really interesting blend of parts and they need each part to function.

KM: How long does that usually take?

BV: It’s quite different actually. Some songs we’d spend months on and then we’d come back. We’d shift parts around 20 times until we’d finally figure it out. Other songs it would be a couple weeks, some songs a couple days. Sometimes we’ll just go really hard for like ten hours and spend the next coupe weeks editing. This past weekend Nate was playing guitar, I was playing drums, that’s what we did all weekend. Play one song. The song’s pretty much done now so that’s pretty cool.

KM: How does this affect the recording process?

 BV: I feel like the basic structure is pretty set (live), but some of the details aren’t. I generally have to style my drum parts after what’s happening with the bass. But it just depends on the song. Sometimes it will make perfect sense to hammer it out the way we have it at the moment, but sometimes it will be very much an editing process. We’ll go back and snip something or move it around, I’ll play a different instrument over the top of it. With Everybody Knows we’d set up in the same room and we’d do it. We did the drums, guitar, and the vocal live, and then built around it. We’ll usually go back and listen to the mixes. I’ll call Nate or he’ll call me and we usually have the same feeling. We didn’t get it or just didn’t get it right, so we’ll go back and figure out what the song needs.

KM: The first two singles, Happiness and Rumi, were they the first two you ended up recording or were they simply the first you felt were ready to put out?

 

BV: Well we recorded the first group of songs at the same time. I think All the Kids, True Ones, Happiness, Rumi, and Everybody Knows. We did 3 different sessions early and then we went back and finished the record. But we basically we did groups of songs that we thought were done because we wanted to do seven inches (vinyl). We did these by feel and by season. All The Kids was sort of a summer or spring song. We have these intuitions and want to follow what makes sense and what feels good. These songs feel like what we want to say right now. Then in fall it’s like, Happiness and Rumi made a lot of sense. I don’t know how many bands do that but we just try and do what makes sense to us.

 

KM: The opening two tracks have a Mt. St. Helens edge to them. They’re fast and aggressive. How has your past work influenced the new stuff?

BV: It’s a hard to tell. We definitely go in these different phases where I feel like we’re dealing with different subject matter. It’s the mood. We’ll go into these modes where we’re really hung up on certain things. As far as Everybody Knows it’s a very aggressive song. It’s sort of influenced by protest music. There’s a sense of urgency about it. I guess I had a lot to do with some of the arrangement in that song. Our producer Ephriam Nagler had an active hand in the delays and stuff. We kinda lean into those moods really hard until we feel like we’ve hit it.

 

KM: What would you say is the overall theme of your album Even The Sun Will Burn?

 BV: I think that a lot of what we’ve noticed in retrospect, a few songs were a about change of one’s self and growing. Ideas on attachment and detachment run rampant within the record. Songs like Two Ones and Dependency are very in the context of how we attach and detach from people. Then you have these elements of drone warfare and how we’re attached to technology and the way that we’re no longer involved with war. Our phones and how we’re supposed to be attached with people all the time and are some how still left with this feeling like we can’t connect. I think that the record approaches these ideas from a bunch of different perspectives. If I had to pick one thing it would be the exploration of the self and how we are connecting to society.

 

KM: Having this view of detachment in regards to technology, what are you views on social media?

BV: I definitely use stuff. We’ve used Facebook, but for a long time we didn’t use anything mostly because we felt like we didn’t have anything to talk about. But once we started releasing things we used it. There’s not inherent evil or good in social media. It’s just a tool. The real caution with all of these things is how you connect with it. We use it as a tool. I don’t always want to be focusing on our web presence. That’s a sketchy territory I think.

KM: What led you guys to go with the Apocalypse Now vibe with the video for Everybody Knows?

BV: Nate and I were reading a lot of things in the New York Times about what was happening with drones in Yemen and Somalia, all over the place. Even here with the stupid shit you read about Amazon delivering your groceries. It’s just this phenomenon of this thing that’s changing our society. We were reading a lot about that subject and when I was doing research I found this clip from Vietnam. It’s this super 8 clip of these troops dancing on stage with Anne Margaret. It’s really short but it was so beautiful to me. There was this sense of joy. I knew these guys were going to go back out into this terrible circumstance but in that moment there was this feeling of joy and they were so happy. I sent it to the director and he was really into it and he was definitely a fan of Apocalypse Now.

 

KM: How did Macklemore get involved with that?

BV: Nate sang on a song on his album The Heist and they’ve been friends for years. When we were writing the concept for the video. I was looking at these videos with Bob Hope, and we wanted this Bob Hope figure and Ben (Macklemore) was the first person who came to mind. It really kind of fit with some of the meaning behind this figure that people identify with. Ben’s vibe and just knowing him and what he represents to people was really positive.

KM: Do you think with Macklemore’s success that the focus on Seattle music will be shifting from rock to hip-hop?

BV: He’s helped broaden the focus. Nirvana is obviously in the bigger scope. They sold more records and are historically more important at this point as far as what people know. I think it’s really good. To have bands like Modest Mouse and Death Cab and these quintessential indie bands that have sold records. They broaden the template. That gets more exposure for other really talented people. I think it’s a really rich community. It’s really rare that a city can have the infrastructure and diversity to break bands like Fleet Foxes and then Macklemore, Kingdom Crumbs, Raz Simone, or whoever gets that notoriety.

KM: Are you planning any touring for the record?

BV: We have some festivals lined up. Next Wednesday we are playing Portland, then down to San Francisco, LA and Albuquerque, then Denver, Salt Lake, and Spokane on the way back. Then hopefully in June we will be hopping on other tours. Our plan is to be on tour most of the year. Just really get out there and connect with the people and share the music.

The Album is Even The Sun Will Burn is out now.

Big hugs,

Kelly

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 LINKS

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Tortoise & The Hare Experience Ep20 “It’s A Small Fireball After All”

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After 1 year, Mad Temple Return to the experience as we find out what they have been up to! Photo Credit: Denim Dan

It’s time for another Experience! This time we’re bringing back in to our famed Noho2 Studio Mad Temple! It’s been over a year since we last caught up with the band, so it will definitely be interesting to see what they have been up to since entering the Experience.Also we have Brand New Machine joining us! As always its tons of show, so join us in this Tortoise & The Hare Experience!

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Here’s The Music we played:

1. Brand New Machine- “Girls Like You”

2. Brand New Machine- “Blackout Overdose”

Michael Thomas sit in with Turrtle and Max! Photo Credit: Denim Dan

Michael Thomas sit in with Turrtle and Max! Photo Credit: Denim Dan

3. Brand New Machine- “Devil Made Me Do It”

4. Mad Temple- “Animal”

5. Mad Temple- “Changes”

6. Mad Temple- “Christine”

7. Mad Temple- “Black Lullaby”

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Mad Temple, Turrtle, Michael Thomas and Max enter the Experience!

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Wildlife Offers “Born To Ruin” For this weeks free download.

WildLifeBlogSliderConceived in the Gaelic mists of Scotland, Wildlife was born when lead singer/guitarist Dean Povinsky relocated to Glasgow from Kingston, Ontario in 2005 with his Queens University college mate/guitarist Darryl Smith. After spending time in the dark rainy climes of Scotland, writing, recording and playing small venues, homesickness set in and the band members decided to abandon the project and return to Canada.

Upon his return to Canada, Dean moved to Toronto and reconstituted the band with childhood friend and guitarist Graham Plant, they brought in drummer Dwayne Christie, bassist Derek Bosomwith and Tim Daugulis on keyboards. The newly minted version of Wildlife immediately began building their vision for the future, writing, recording and playing gigs throughout Southern Ontario. Word of the band’s music began to spread swiftly, winning over the hearts and minds of indie rock fans everywhere and garnering much early love from music critics on both sides of the border.

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Smith & Weeden Playlist

Photo courtesy of Shawn Schilburg.

Photo courtesy of Shawn Schilburg.

In this episode of The PLaylist, we’re traveling to Rhode Island and speaking with Ollie Williams who does Bass & Vocals for Smith & Weeden! We’re talking bout their 1st full length album and playing some exclusive cuts! Your in for a treat! We Want YOU… To Enter The Shell!

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Here’s The Playlist:

1.  Bubonik Funk – “Ghost Child”
2. LCMDF – “Rationality” feat. Ballet School
3. Smith & Weeden – “Boys in Bands”
4. Smith & Weeden – “Playing a Part”
5. Smith & Weeden– ”Drinking Through Some Issues”
6. Smith & Weeden– “Grace and Glory”

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Tortoise & The Hare Experience Interview Jamie Pellington

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#AOTW- BANKS

Lorde knows I have affinity for highly talented female vocalists (see what I did there? Lorde? Get it?) Go back 15 years you got me freaking out whenever Aaliyah and Timbaland’s Try Again came on The Box. I’d be screaming, “THIS IS THE SONG FROM THAT DMX & JET LI MOVIE!!!”. Did you guys have The Box? If not, it was a short-lived phone-in music video request channel. Cost $2.99 per request. Not shocking it was short lived. Due to the fact that it played actual music videos, MTV saw fit to take them down, replacing The Box with MTV 2 which promptly began airing reruns of Cribs and Pimp My Ride.

imageThere’s a new artist breaking into the big time using sounds harking back to those mid-90’s lady R&B days. With a heavy bass electro backing and a haunting voice, BANKS claims this week’s ARTIST OF THE WEEK spot. Lets start out with a stripped down version of her latest single Change.

 

BANKS (born Jillian Banks) Got her start back when she was a teenager living in the Los Angeles area. In middle school she fell into depression, going through many of the same trials and tribulations as many teens these days, most notably her parent’s divorce. In order to cope, she began messing around with a toy piano. Locking herself in her room for hours on end, she started creating her very own melodies and songs. Like so many tormented teen musicians that came before her, she  used her music as an outlet for any and all feelings._72046703_banks

BANKS had pretty similar outlets. She was a disgruntled teen and created beautiful songs. At the same time, I too was an angry teen, but instead of making music I bounced a tennis ball off a wall in the parking lot behind the movie theater. Alone. Same kinda thing. Her track Waiting Game is the type of song I’d listen on the way home from said parking lot, crying about how no girls liked me. I mean that as a complement. This stuff is way artsier than anything I listened to in high school though. For sure.

10 years later Banks is still pounding away on the piano writing thoughtful, entrancing tracks that swirl inbetween the realms of indie pop and electronica. After garnering attention through her Sound-cloud account she began working with many big name producer’s in London. Most note-ably, Lil Silva, Sohn, and Jamie Woon.

She made big news this past year when she announced that  would no longer “do” social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Instead she decided to maintain fan interaction by posting her cell phone number online and asking them to ring her up and have a chat. You would think that would be the last thing a young, pretty, up banks_brain_video-500x303and coming muscisian would want to do. Why is that the worst thing to do?

Well, as a member of the male gender I can say a majority of us are monsters. That being said, I am also a male who has interacted with some members of the female gender, and they too are monsters. Bottom line, humanity is made up of monsters and you shouldn’t put your phone number on the internet. Yet apparently BANKS hasn’t had any issues, in a recent interview she recanted a story about advising a young fellow on shoes to wear for his upcoming date.

BANKS has released two EPs thus far (London and Fall Over) as well as handful of singles. This summer she will kick off her first European tour and will hopefully then head stateside so she can show the Pop Pricesses around these parts how to do it. She already has the ears of the one and only Katy Perry so I can only hope some of her fans will give BANKS a listen and broaden their musical horizons. I see bright things in this lady’s future. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite tracks a minimalist pop track titled Warm Waters. Check her out. You’ll be glad you did.

 

Big Hugs,

Kelly

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 LINKS

http://www.hernameisbanks.com

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@hernameisbanks

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Wandering Gypsies {live}

Photo Credit: Denim Dan

Photo Credit: Denim Dan

In this all new ETS Show we’re wandering around with Wandering Gypsies. There going around sharing their  music traveling to different hometowns and now they share their music at Noho2 Studio! We’re talking about how to accurately measure a Keg stand, Vincent Price and we do some skateboarding tricks!

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