Barzin – It’s Come To This

Bad Panda Records ha messo a disposizione oggi in download gratuito un brano inedito di Barzin, “It’s Come to This”.
Una canzone meravigliosa per salutare l’inizio del nuovo anno.

MP3 BarzinIt’s Come To This

Cover Art

It’s Come To This

You slip your hands
under her dress
The summer moon is soft
3 am 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.

Label: Bad Panda Records
Catalog: BADPANDA005
Release Date: 4-1-2010
Title Release: It’s Come To This (single)
Creative Commons License: BY-NC-ND 3.0

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My most favourite slowcore albums of all times

# 1 Codeine – Frigid Stars
MP3 CodeinePea

# 2 Red House Painters – S/T
MP3 Red House PaintersDragonflies

# 3 Sophia – Fixed Water

MP3 SophiaSo Slow

# 4 Low – Long Division
MP3 LowShame

# 5 Barzin – Notes To An Absent Lover
MP3 BarzinThe Dream Song

# 6 American Music Club – California
MP3 American Music ClubJenny

# 7 Idaho – Year After Year
MP3 IdahoGone

# 8 Saeta – We Are Waiting All For Hope
MP3 SaetaCan You Forgive

# 9 Bedhead – What Fun Life Was
MP3 BedheadThe Unpredictable Landlord

# 10 Kepler – Missionless Days
MP3 KeplerA Workhorse

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Of Information And Belief (dischi e concerti 2009)

#1 Do Make Say Think– Other Truths (Constellation)
MP3 Do Make Say ThinkMake

#2 Bill Callahan – Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle (Drag City)
MP3 Bill CallahanEid Ma Clack Shaw

#3 Vic Chesnutt– At The Cut (Constellation)
MP3 Vic ChesnuttPhilip Guston

#4 Megafaun– Gather, Form & Fly (Hometapes)
MP3 MegafaunKaufman’s Ballad

#5 Balmorhea– All Is Wild, All Is Silent (Western Vinyl)
MP3 BalmorheaRemembrance

#6 Barzin– Notes To An Absent Lover (Monotreme)
MP3 BarzinThe Dream Song

#7 Mansfield Tya– Seules Au Bout De 23 Secondes (Vicious Circle)
MP3 Mansfield TyaJe Ne Rêve Plus

#8 Rachel Grimes– Book Of Leaves (Ruminance)
MP3 Rachel GrimesMy Dear Companion

#9 Mono– Hymn To The Immortal Wind (Temporary Records)
MP3 MonoAshes In The Snow

#10 Phosphorescent – To Willie (Dead Oceans)
MP3 PhosphorescentReasons To Quit

#11 Dakota Suite– The End Of Trying (Karaoke Kalk)
MP3 Dakota SuiteThings We Lost Along The Way

#12 Sleep Whale– Houseboat (Western Vinyl)
MP3 Sleep WhaleLight Tunnel

#13 Eels– Hombre Lobo (Vagrant)
MP3 EelsThat Look You Give That Guy

#14 Low Anthem– Oh My God, Charlie Darwin (Nonesuch)
MP3 Low AntheCharlie Darwin

#15 Mi And L’Au– Good Morning Jokers (Borne!)
MP3 Mi And L’AuUp In The Building

Concerti (seguendo un fottuto ordine cronologico e, in caso di date contemporanee, alfabetico):

Vic Chesnutt (21-03, Bronson), Yann Tiersen (15-05, ATP Curated by The Breeders), Shellac (16-05, ATP Curated by The Breeders), Dianogah (17-05, ATP Curated by The Breeders), Shellac (17-05, ATP Curated by The Breeders), Mogwai (17-07, Firenze), Gianni Mura (27-08, Hana Bi), Polvo (14-11, Bronson), Alexander Tucker & Decomposed Orchestra (11-12, ATP Ten Years), Bardo Pond (11-12, ATP Ten Years), Tortoise (11-12, ATP Ten Years), For Carnation (12-12, ATP Ten Years), Papa M (12-12, ATP Ten Years), Shellac (12-12, ATP Ten Years), Shellac (13-12, ATP Ten Years), Explosions In The Sky (13-12, ATP Ten Years)

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Top 10 albums of 2009

#1 Barzin – Notes To An Absent Lover (Monotreme) [post]
MP3 BarzinStayed Too Long In This Place

#2 Great Lake Swimmers – Lost Channels (Nettwerk)
MP3 Great Lake SwimmersStill

# 3 JBM – Not Even In July (self-released) [post]
MP3 JBMRed October

#4 Leonard Mynx – Vespers (self-released) [post]
MP3 Leonard MynxMary

#5 Parallel Lions – Holding Patterns (Bird Music) [post]
MP3 Parallel LionsSeparated

#6 The Black Heart Procession – Six (Temporary Residence)
MP3 The Black Heart ProcessionForget My Heart

#7 The Dimes – The King Can Drink The Harbor Dry (Pet Marmoset) [post]
MP3 The DimesAbigail, Don’t Be Long

#8 Polvo – In Prism (Merge) [post]
MP3 PolvoBeggars Bowl

#9 Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More (V2) [post]
MP3 Mumford & SonsI Gave You All

#10 Local Natives – Gorilla Manor (Infectious Music) [post]
MP3 Local NativesAirplanes

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Barzin – An unreleased poem

Barzin was so kind to send me a poem he recently wrote. It is unreleased.

I have sat on leather sofas
waited in waiting rooms
in subways stations.
I have dreamt of limbs
of soft eyes
velvet breasts.

Autumn went by without me
the yellow leaves piling
higher and higher.

I had so much to say then
I had so much to say
yet I saved them for a day like today.
And now
I have forgotten everything

The problem with the heart
is that it wants the world.
It wants everything:
fresh laundry on Sundays
avocados and French baguettes
girls in long leather boots
ruby cunts to kiss
a house to call its own
and Death, yes even Death.
It wants a simple, quiet death.

These days I am distracted
one step behind my deeds
sleeping walking through a fog
thinking too much about loneliness
and as always someone else’s voice has
gotten caught in my thoughts
and I mistake it for my own.

I still fall in love
wherever I go.

Ah, the beauty that is so close to touch
yet always out of reach.

Where is the girl who lay beside me last year?
Whose arms is she in tonight?
Who is picking flowers for her hair?

Maybe I’ll go to Paris.
The city of forgetfulness.
The unreal city.

I am ready for a new kind of death.

© 2009 Barzin

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I have made you (another) mixtape

Haunted By Ghosts is the first mixtape compiled by Ghost PR and featuring some cool Italian and foreign bands they are currently working with.

Click here to download the mixtape (.zip, 112.44 MB)

Some MP3’s you’ll find on the mixtape:

MP3 Hot GossipEverybody Else

MP3 65DaysofstaticRetreat! Retreat!

MP3 DenteVieni A Vivere

MP3 BarzinNobody Told Me

MP3 Black Eyed DogSalinas

MP3 CanadiansA Dive Into Tears

MP3 RoninMeandro

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Featured label #3: Monotreme Records

Monotreme è un’etichetta con sede a Londra e ha nel proprio catalogo, tra gli altri, album di 65daysofstatic (potete scaricare “Retreat! Retreat!”, brano dal vivo tratto dal loro nuovo album “Escape From New York”), Barzin, The Low Lows, Jeniferever, Thee More Shallows, Picastro, Okie Rosette.

Escape from New York65daysofstatic
“Retreat! Retreat!” (MP3)
from “Escape From New York”
(Monotreme Records)

Buy at iTunes Music Store

Spring TidesJeniferever
“Green Meadow Island” (MP3)
from “Spring Tides”
(Monotreme Records)

Buy at iTunes Music Store

Notes to an Absent LoverBarzin
“Stayed Too Long in This Place” (MP3)
from “Notes To An Absent Lover”
(Monotreme Records)

Buy at iTunes Music Store

Metal CaresPicastro
“Sharks” (MP3)
from “Metal Cares”
(Monotreme Records)

Buy at iTunes Music Store

Leap SecondOkie Rosette
“Grand Opening” (MP3)
from “Leap Second”
(Monotreme Records)

Buy at iTunes Music Store

Barzin

Vi aveva già fatto sentire una sua canzone Giuseppe, ma forse è il caso di soffermarci in maniera più approfondita su Notes To An Absent Lover, terzo album per il cantautore Barzin. Barzin Hosseini, questo il suo nome completo, è canadese (ma dalle intuibili origini iraniane), ed è ormai dal 2003, anno del suo esordio, un autore a cui tutti gli amanti del cantautorato più romantico ed introspettivo rivolgono grandi attenzioni. Il generale plauso critico conquistatosi con My Life In Rooms, suo secondo disco, primo per l’inglese Monotreme come quest’ultimo, è parzialmente indicativo di un talento capace di ammaliare l’ascoltatore con le sue storie soffuse e vibranti, col suo misurato ma intenso gusto per il cesello armonico e strumentale, con una scrittura che, pur calandosi all’interno di una tradizione musicale ormai consolidata (la sua canzone d’autore sta tra folk e piccoli dosi di slow-core, e non costringetemi a fare i soliti nomi, ché li sapete), riesce ad avere quel tocco personale e quella dolcezza di carattere che finisce per ammaliare senza esitazioni. In qualche modo, l’ultimo album, non solo conferma, ma dimostra che, a piccoli passi, Barzin sta arrivando ad una perfetta cristallizzazione di un suono che arriva al cuore privo di mediazioni. Le sue rimangono canzoni intime e sofferte, dalle tonalità autunnali e dalla crepuscolare tendenza al tratteggio emotivo e malinconico, dove permane la propensione alla ballata avvolgente e ai toni misurati e quieti. Qui però, il sound è ancora più organico e caldo del passato, con gli strumenti – violoncello, pianoforte, chitarre acustiche, elettriche tremolanti, batteria spazzolata, un’armonica neilyounghiana, una pedal-steel – intrecciati fra di loro nel costruire il giusto scenario alle parole di Barzin e alle sue melodie dalla costante qualità pop. Ed è proprio quest’ultima caratteristica a rendere l’ascolto sempre intenso, magnetico, mai scontato, con canzoni come Nobody Told MeWords Tangled In Blue The Dream Song che, andando ben oltre i semplici ed in fondo rassicuranti sentieri del cantautorato triste e chiuso su se stesso, acquistano concretezza e prendono vita di fronte a noi. Alla fine, in fondo, come spesso accade, solo fino ad un certo punto le parole possono spingersi nello spiegare un’emozione; ci riuscirà molto meglio Barzin stesso, attraverso l’incanto magico di Soft Summer Girls. Ascoltatela e sappiatemi dire.

MP3 Barzin – Soft Summer Girls

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