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[BadPanda009] The Underscore Orkestra – Balancing Act

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“You know a band is good when at the end of their sound check the audience starts clapping” writes an interesting review about one of their recent shows.
Fusing the sounds of gypsy jazz, swing and world music, with the styles of vaudeville cabaret and circus arts, it’s not just a band, it’s an Orkestra, the Underscore Orkestra.

The members are modern day gypsies and their names are Jorge (Violin, Vocals, Harmonica and Piccolo), Willo (Accordion and Vocals), Cody (Guitar and Banjo), Scott (Guitar), Cliff (Bass), Peter (percussion), Susanna (violin) and Andrewski (Clarinet).

Balacing Act comes from their last album “No Money, No Honey, All We Got Is Us” (2009) and you shouldn’t miss it specially if you love bands like Devotchka, Gogol Bordello or Taraf de Haidouks.

The Underscore Orkestra – Balancing Act [mp3] [ogg]

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The Underscore Orkestra is a Portland (Oregon) based band, playing a blend of Balkan, Klezmer, Gypsy Jazz and Swing, with a repertoire consisting of both original and traditional material from fast bulgars and melodious waltzes to odd meters and swinging rhythms. Their instrumentation includes violin, accordion, guitar, banjo, clarinet, horns, flute, harmonica, bass, vocals and percussion. Each of the members comes from various backgrounds and musical disciplines from as far away as Russia and as close as our own North West. The Underscore Orkestra has been performing for the past 3 + years, touring all around the western U.S., Mexico and Guatemala and has been seen from intimate coffee shop setting all the way to huge outdoor festivals.

http://www.theunderscoreorkestra.com/
http://www.myspace.com/underscoreorkestra

Where do you live actually?

In the tour bus.

What is the last thing you ate?

Nachos.

Your addiction?

Hot Chocolate.

One quote?

“Live for today” – Albert Einstein

One movie?

Blue Planet

One song?

Blue Angel by Roy Orbison

Best concert ever?

Tool!

Favourite venue?

Amnesia bar in San Francisco.

Favourite place on earth?

Right here!

Where would you wish to wake up tomorrow?

Southern Italy.

Discography:
The Modicum of Ambiguity (2008, self released) [buy]
No Money No Honey All We Got Is Us (2009, self released) [buy]

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01/02/2010 at 3:03 PM

[BadPanda008] Jon Coyle – Friends in a Circle

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Lucid, flowing songs that take influence from folk and ambient music. Guitar, accordion, laptop, thumb piano, percussion, and various other things blend into a sound that is somewhat highly captivating and original. Influences are Icelandic music, Arve Henriksen, Aphex Twin, Keith Jarrett, Gianluigi Buffon, Sun Ra and lots of others. “Friends in a Circle” comes from his 2009 album, Woods.

Jon Coyle – Friends in a Circle [mp3] [ogg]

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Hailing from Philadelphia, Jon Coyle makes sounds with all sorts of things- piano, percussion, toy instruments, voice, and electronics are just a few.  His music can at times be serene, reflective, earthy, screwy, or anything else, depending on who’s listening.  In 2009, he released Woods, a collection of instrumental songs peppered with sparse improv and ambient textures.  Recently, he has taken to sculpting sounds out of home-recorded improvisations and merging them with vocals.  More music is on the way.

www.myspace.com/joncoylemusic

Where do you live actually?

Philadelphia, USA.

What is the last thing you ate?

Oatmeal with peanut butter and bananas.

Your addiction?

Lately yogurt and Grouper’s Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill.

One quote?

“I am very lucky with the neighboring farms; I can get all sorts of fresh eggs. You won’t believe the pounds of wild mushrooms I pick up every year, and with the herbs from my garden, I’ll get out a pan and cook an omelet.” – Jacques Pepin

One movie?

Abbas Kiarostami’s Ta’m e guilass (Taste of Cherry)

One song?

Indian Love Call” by Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy

Best concert ever?

In the last few years I’ve seen some great shows in Philly.  Seeing accordionist Frode Haltli, Deerhoof, and Animal Collective were all awesome experiences.

Where would you wish to wake up tomorrow?

Iceland.

Discography:
Woods (2009, self-released) [buy]

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25/01/2010 at 4:54 PM

[BadPanda007] Boy Without God – City Kids

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Gabriel Birnbaum is Boy Without God and today is your lucky day because you can download all his brilliant discography for free!

Garnering comparisons to Beirut, Elliott Smith, The Microphones, Leonard Cohen, Akron/Family, Neutral Milk Hotel, Stephin Merritt and Sufjan Stevens, he enthusiastically wrote the cheerful “City Kids” for Bad Panda (and Ty Williams curated the sweet drawings).

Boy Without God – City Kids [mp3] [ogg]

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Boy Without God is the solo project of Boston native and multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Birnbaum, who at his young age has already passed through many musical outlets, from the violent power-electronics of Catholic Skin and the saxophone fronted spazz-rock of The Abraham Lincoln Brigade, to stints with Virgin Records new signing Eli Reed and blog-buzz darlings Drug Rug and a continuing membership in the campfire singalong folk-pop group The Tiny Tornadoes.

Growing up in a musical family (brother Adam is a jazz pianist and sister Sara is a classical cellist) and studying the tenor saxophone through high school, Birnbaum initially pursued a career in avant-garde improvised music, performing in NYC with such luminaries as Andrew D’Angelo and Jim Black, and running the short-lived Boston Jazz Composers Collective.

Eventually feeling frustrated by the lack of a non-musician audience, he decided to try to bring free jazz into the indie rock world.

His next project, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, was a bridging of free jazz and noise rock, equal parts Albert Ayler and Deerhoof, and performed successfully at rock venues for rock audiences, securing a slot opening for Deerhoof. Important learning experience also came through tours in The One AM Radio, Drug Rug, and Eli Paperboy Reed & the True Loves, the last of which Birnbaum had been a member for three years.

Since 2006, Birnbaum has been very gradually shifting his focus to his solo songwriting under the Boy Without God name.

Recording voraciously starting in late 2006, and often utilizing his unique minute-a-day recording method, he had released seven home-recorded EPs and two full-lengths by the start of 2008, all of which are available for free. In summer 2008, after an extensive spring house tour with close friend Alex Morris (The Gilded Moons), he went into the studio with the recording and production guidance of friend Nick Boyajian, and took a more measured approach in the creation of Your Body Is Your Soul, applying his everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to a higher fidelity sound and more carefully considered songs.

http://boywithoutgod.com/
http://www.myspace.com/boywithoutgod
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boy-Without-God/120262905891
http://twitter.com/boywithoutgod
http://boywithoutgod.wordpress.com/

Where do you live actually?

My body lives in Boston.  My heart roams around, and can often be found in Copenhagen and NYC, among other places.

What is the last thing you ate?

just ate some bread with hummus and hot sauce. The bread was the Rustic Italian loaf from an amazing local bakery called Clearflour.  If you’re ever in Boston…

Your addiction?

Good bourbon whiskey, good coffee, good beer, good food.  I think my real addiction is cultivating tastes that I can’t afford.

One quote?

I have to say, I really love quotes.  Picking one is going to be difficult…um okay, here’s two.
One is the lyric Leonard Cohen identified in an interview as closest to summing up his personal philosophy:
“There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

The other is from a Donald Barthelme story, and it’s a good thing for artists to remember when they are failing, which we will all do perpetually until the day when the vultures of success descend and suddenly we are celebrities who will forever harbor secret inner suspicions of failure, or at the very least fraudulence.  This may happen after we’re dead, in which case forget the last part.
“Neglect is useful; consider what La Boheme would be if, in the second act, Rodolfo entered and declared, in a passionate aria, that he had just received a two-year grant from the Ford Foundation.”

One movie?

I think the movie I have most consistently loved and been moved by is Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2.  Aside from being beautiful and stylish, it has the characteristic I find in all my favorite art: an attempt to transcend this world by ultimate, unflinching immersion of oneself in it.

One song?

Bon Iver – Beach Baby.  One of my favorite songs of recent times.  It plucks all the strings in my chest without a single unnecessary note.

Best concert ever?

I think it has to be the show I played at Lades Kælder in Copenhagen in June for the music magazine GAFFA.  I had no idea how to recreate my record, which is all me overdubbing things, in a live situation so I stole an idea from my friend Shira and got all my friends to form a huge chorus.  Then I managed to talk some of the members of an amazing Danish band called Slaraffenland into being a horn section after meeting them at a bar.  We barely had time to practice, and I was so worried, but somehow everything clicked and it was just amazing.  The chorus were hammering on beer bottles and screaming at the tops of their lungs, the horns somehow played perfectly after one rehearsal, the audience was singing along.  People I’d never seen before came up to me and hugged me afterwards; it was that kind of show.

One of the best shows I ever went to was when I was still in high school. I saw Alan Silva & The Celestial Communication Orchestra in an old church in Boston.  It’s a huge band (2 tubas, 2 bassists, 2 drummers…seriously) composed of some of the best musicians left standing from the 60s and 70s free jazz scene, most with some kind of ties to Sun Ra.  William Parker, Roy Campbell, Marshall Allen.  They played for hours without stopping, and the effect was bizarre.  At first it was amazing.  Then you got kind of bored.  Then it was excruciating and you wanted them to stop more than anything.  And then somehow you broke into another layer of listening and it became even more amazing.  By the time the show was over my friends and I all felt like we were hallucinating.  We spent the next hour or so running crazily up and down Newbury St. (the main shopping street in Boston) until we burned off all that weird energy.

Favourite venue?

This a perfect place to make nice with some of the venues I know, but honestly, I don’t really like clubs that much.  I usually feel uncomfortable in them.  I wind up pacing in a huge circle wishing someone would talk to me and then, as soon as someone does, wishing they would go away.

I do really love Zuzu though, which is part of the Middle East in Cambridge, MA.  It’s a really small room, warm and red with huge windows and super high ceilings.  I only seem to meet awesome people there.  I also like Lades, which I mentioned before, because the stage is really low and the musicians are right up next to the audience.  I like venues that don’t feel like venues.

Favourite place on earth?

My favorite places I’ve only been to once.

Like the muddy field in Dragør, Denmark, in June, 2009 where they had the Dragør Market, which was basically like a county fair crossed with a huge outdoor garage sale and had a ride for kids where they got put in huge plastic bubbles and bobbed around on the top of a small pool.

Or the sad karaoke bar in Pensacola, FL where an overweight woman sang Dashboard Confessional songs to a near empty room until my friend Alex belted out Tainted Love, a song he’d never heard, and got a standing ovation.

My favorite place is my memory, basically.

Where would you wish to wake up tomorrow?

In a mountain cabin with lots of food and coffee and wine and books and a machine that lets me stop time because there’s way too much I’m supposed to be doing in Boston this week for me to be reading books in a secluded mountain cabin.

Discography (as Boy Without God):
There Are Bones in the Tres (2006, self-released) [dl]
Autobiography EP (2007, self-released) [dl]
Hangups EP (2007, self-released) [dl]
Songs to Sit in Empty Room To EP (2007, self-released) [dl]
I Am the Place Where All Lies Start EP (2007, self-released) [dl]
The Pity Parade EP (2007, self-released) [dl]
One Day the Distance Between Myself and God Will Disappear EP (2008, self-released) [dl]
Your Body is Your Soul (2009, self-released) [dl] or [buy]
Eight Delicate Olives Slowly Chewed at Midnight EP (2009, self-released) [dl] or [buy]

Thanks, Gabriel!

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18/01/2010 at 4:00 PM

[BadPanda006] Growsound – Wet Highway

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This week Bad Panda is featuring something interesting for Dj Shadow-Unkle-RJD2-Squarepusher lovers. Hip-hop/drum ‘n’ bass influenced beats with acoustic guitars and mellow synths.
This is Growsound and Wet Highway is coming from his 2009 self-titled album, freely downloadable from the Collective Family.

Growsound – Wet Highway [mp3] [ogg]

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Home-made electronic music of 22 yr old John Lubushkin living in Santa Cruz, CA. Heavy on the break beats and acoustic guitars, embellished with synths and samples.

[bandcamp]
[cllct]
[myspace]

 

Where do you live actually?

Santa Cruz, California, but i made most of my music back when i lived in Mission Viejo, in Orange County, California. Only just recently beginning to do new work since the move

What is the last thing you ate?

Kung-Pao chicken from King Chwan!

Your addiction?

Being an addict

One quote?

“If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.” Ludwig Wittgenstein

One movie?

The Dreamers

One song?

The Velvet Underground – Pale Blue Eyes

Favourite club?

Low End Theory (hip-hop, idm, dubstep) in Los Angeles, California

Best concert ever?

Xbxrx with Matt & Kim, plus surprise guests Japanther and This Bike is a Pipe Bomb, at Che Cafe, San Diego, California.

Favourite place on earth?

Favorite place i’ve been to so far is Santa Cruz, California.

Where would you wish to wake up tomorrow?

My bedroom.

Discography:
Growsound (Cllct, 2009) [dl]
Growsound 2 (Cllct, 2010) [dl]

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11/01/2010 at 3:32 PM

[BadPanda005] Barzin – It’s Come To This

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It is with great pleasure that we announce the collaboration with a Canadian songwriter we love.

Barzin has been compared to such artists as Sparklehorse, Low, Red House Painters and Bill Callahan and his last effort, “Notes to an Absent Lover”, out on Monotreme Records, was acclaimed by Mojo, Uncut, and Q and ended up in many lists for the best albums of 2009 (for example, ObscureSound).

“It’s Come To This” is a beautiful previously unreleased song and Barzin kindly decided to make it available to all, via Bad Panda Records.

Barzin – It’s Come To This [mp3] [ogg]

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Slow and melancholic, introspective and confessional: these words in some ways describe the sound of Barzin.

A project that began sometime in 1995, Barzin was a solo endeavor at its inception. Somewhere along the way, however, Barzin shed its solitary skin and introduced a wide array of characters into its sound. From amongst a rotating cast of musicians, who occasionally made appearances on recordings and at performances, three individuals slowly became a fixture of this project. The three characters in question are Mike Findlay, Suzanne Hancock, and Tony Dekker (from Great Lake Swimmers). With the addition of these musicians the sound of the music has continued to remain true to the esthetics of quietness and minimalism. It still concerns itself with exploring the quiet side of pop.

On 2003, Barzin released its self-titled debut album through the Montreal based label, Where Are My Records. The following year an E.P. titled Songs for Hinah, was released through the French based label, Hinah. And in 2006, the second full-length album titled My Life in Rooms was released in Canada through Weewerk Records and in Europe and U.S. through Monotreme Records.

On his new and latest album, “Notes to an Absent Lover” (on Monotreme Records), recorded by Don Kerr (Ron Sexsmith) and Jeremy Darby (Pink Floyd, Lou Reed), and mixed by Chad Irschick and Darryl Neudorf (Neko Case, The New Pornographers), Barzin leaves behind the sonic experimentation that played such a central role in “My life in Rooms.” He brings together a new cast of musicians (Nick Zubeck, Marshal Bureau, Darren Wall, Robbie Grunwald) for this album.

The album balances the introspection of his earlier work with up-tempo orchestral arrangements that provide a richly melodic heartbeat to these glowing confessionals. Personal but never indulgent, the raw honesty of the lyrics details universal themes of sorrow, regret and anger, evoking all the vulnerability and shifting emotions confronted in the wake of a shattered relationship.

http://www.barzinh.com

http://www.myspace.com/barzinh

Where do you live actually?

Toronto

What is the last thing you ate?

Whiskey on rocks

Your addiction?

Wine, poetry and music

One quote?

“We live as we dream–alone.” Joseph Conrad

One movie?

Lawrance of Arabia (1962)

One song?

“Benny and the Jet” by Elton John

Favourite venue?

Massey Hall in Toronto

Best concert ever?

Veda Hille at the Albion Club in Guelph (A tiny city outside of Toronto)

Favourite place on earth?

Paris or Barcelona

Where would you wish to wake up tomorrow?

Palma de Mallorca.

Discography:
Barzin (Where Are My Records, 2003)
Songs For Hinah EP (Hinah, 2004)
Just More Drugs EP (Monotreme, 2006)
My Life In Rooms (Monotreme, 2006)
Notes To An Absent Lover (Monotreme, 2009)

“It’s Come to This” Lyrics:

You slip your hands
beneath her dress
The summer moon is soft
3am in a dark alleyway
This is as close
as you’re gonna get to god
Yeah, it’s come to this
Is this really what you sought?
Yeah, it’s come to this
And all you can do
is go and put it in a song
What a beautiful mess
that you made for yourself
what a beautiful mess
that you made for yourself
Stumble home through
crooked streets
No one around but
your thoughts
The smell of her
still on your fingers
And you wonder
if you should put that in your song.
Yeah, it’s come to this
Is this really what you sought?
Yeah, it’s come to this
Here is your life
in art.
Go and put that
in your songs.
Go and put it
in your songs.

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04/01/2010 at 4:16 PM

[BadPanda004] American Green – She Goes To France…

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Imagine Joe Hisaishi’s piano combined with Sigur Rós’s crescendo and the images by Hayao Miyazaki running in the background. This is “She Goes To France…” by japanese solo project American Green, in exclusive for Bad Panda.

American Green – She Goes to France… [mp3] [ogg]

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American Green is the indietronica/post-rock project of japanese musician Takafumi Shirai. All his music is written and recorded in School Notebook Studio – his own bedroom.

I am Takafumi Shirai at “AMERICAN GREEN”.
I was born in Fukuoka Japan on March 1985.
AMERICAN GREEN is one of my favorite colors.
This is my solo project.
I started composing music with DAW from 2007.
I played as a drummer in a band before that.
I am a bedroom musician.
I don’t smoke and drink.
I love coke, coffee, orange juice, and frisk spearmint.

http://www.myspace.com/americangreenjp
http://schoolnotebookstudio.weebly.com/

 

Where do you live actually?

Fukuoka, Japan.

What is the last thing you ate?

Japanese Food. However, I don’t know the food’s name.

Your addiction?

Coke, Frisk And Coffee.

One quote?

One movie?

Japanese movie Megane (Naoko Ogigami)

One song?

Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) by the The Jealous Sea

Favourite venue?

Kieth Flack (Oyafuko, Fukuoka, Japan)

Best concert ever?

Wood/Water Music 2 with I Am Robot And Proud (and Paraele Stripes, ampfolk, Autumnleaf and DJ BOSS) at Hair Design Gran in Fukuoka

Favourite place on earth?

My bed room. And my car.

Where would you wish to wake up tomorrow?

In my bed. Better if warm.

 

 

Discography:

Beautiful Rain, Beautiful Tears EP (LostChildren/Razor Label, 2008) [dl]
Roof To Roof EP (LostChildren, 2009) [dl]

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28/12/2009 at 2:02 PM

[BadPanda003] Louis Aguilar – Six Feet Under

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Louis Aguilar: 19 years old french guy, playing a calm and relaxing minimalistic folk, already supported artists like Moriarty, Micah P. Hinson and Devendra Banhart. Six Feet Under, from Old Man Poems (Noize Maker Records, 2009) is an almost 8 minute long song that will get stuck in your head for a very long time.

Louis Aguilar – Six Feet Under [mp3] [ogg]


artwork by Agripine

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Louis Aguilar is a young musician from France. Born in 1990, he started playing music when he was just 7 and released his first self produced album at the age of 16.

He already toured all around France, supporting artists as Moriarty, O’Folk Brothers, Micah P Hinson, Devendra Banhart and he’s currently majoring in Art at the Missouri Valley College in order to become a tattoo artist.

Likened to Townes Van Zandt and Bob Dylan by the french music webzine La Blogotheque, Louis Aguilar is really careful about his artistic independence and agreed to work with french labels as Ohayo Records and Noize Maker Records.

His last album “Old Man Poems” was released by Noize Maker Records in august 2009.

http://www.myspace.com/louisaguilar
http://homelessheroes.tumblr.com/
http://twitter.com/louisaguilar

[facebook]

Where do you live actually?
Marshall, Missouri

What is the last thing you ate?
A vegan cookie

Your addiction?
Tattoos

One quote?
“Some people never go crazy, What truly horrible lives they must live” (Charles Bukowski)

One movie?
Down By Law (Jim Jarmush)

One song?

On my Way by Ben kweller

Favourite venue?
Le grand mix in Tourcoing, France

Best concert ever?
Bon Iver @ Le Grand mix , November 08

Favourite place on earth?
I haven’t seen enough of the earth yet

Where would you wish to wake up tomorrow?
In my girlfriend’s bed.

Discography:
Hairy tales (Ohayo, 2007)
Green green is the live (Ohayo, 2008)
Cloud blowin’ child (Ohayo, 2008)
Old man poems (Noize maker records, 2009)

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21/12/2009 at 10:58 AM

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