Milhaven

Persuasi da quasi ogni uscita Valeot Records, non siamo sorpresi dall’arrivo dei Milhaven nel roster della label austriaca. Strumentalità post rock, gusto eccellente, atteggiamenti cinematici e scrittura tanto evocativa quanto concreta. Arrivata ad un terzo album omonimo (i primi due usciti per 12rec.), la band tedesca si mette a metà via fra Explosions In The Sky e Do Make Say Think, trovando un equilibrio raro e convincente.

MP3 Milhaven: Barnabas

MP3 Milhaven: Miami Jesus

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Secondo Ep (il titolo è “Any Day Now“) per la band norvegese originaria di Trondheim. Tanto (forse anche un filino troppo in certe dinamiche) post rock alla Explosions In The Sky, tra maestosità, introspezione elettrica e mascherata improvvisazione compositiva. Il pathos, però, raggiunge picchi destinati a far dimenticare in breve tempo l’eccesso nei riferimenti. Anche qui, la questione è il gusto. Emotivo, si intende.

MP3 1099Beauty Of The Night

MP3 1099 Geigerteller

MySpace: 1099

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Song Of The Day: Youth Pictures Of Florence Henderson – To Sit Down Or To Follow, So I Follow

Forse qualcuno ricorderà l’esordio nel 2005 dei Youth Pictures Of Florence Henderson, “Unnoticeable In A Tiny Town, Invisible In The City”, dove Postal Service ed Explosions In The Sky andavano a braccetto senza troppe controindicazioni. Poi un silenzio di cinque anni, alcuni progetti paralleli e poche notizie concrete. Concreto, invece, è il ritorno della band norvegese che esce in questi giorni con un (doppio) album omonimo. Le caratteristiche non sono cambiate molto, se non per un maggiore utilizzo della voce destinata a portare la band in emisferi (quasi) dream pop. Ma sempre nordici e dilatati.

MP3 Youth Pictures Of Florence HendersonTo Sit Down Or To Follow, So I Follow

MySpace: Youth Pictures Of Florence Henderson

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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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The End Of The Ocean

Columbus Ohio, ma se ascoltando “Setting Sail” penserete al Texas degli Explosions In The Sky non sarete fuori strada. In sintesi The End Of The Ocean: post rock emozional-melodico per cinque ragazzi che esordiscono quest’anno con l’EP “Calm Seas Don’t Make Sailors“. Quattro brani- forse- di genere, ma destinati a colpire gli appassionati (del genere, si intende). In certi casi la sola questione è il gusto. Qui abbonda.

MP3 The End Of The Ocean: Setting Sail

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Website- The End Of The Ocean

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Australian Songs #8: Tarcutta

Sempre Australia, sempre Melbourne. Ma ci allontaniamo dalla consueta scena slow folk. I Tarcutta (Peter Barrett, Justin Buckley e Justin Wheelahan) sciolgono melodie post rock attraverso un approccio strumentale che miscela Chicago (primissimi Tortoise) e Austin (Explosions In The Sky) . Con qualche rimando a gioventù sonica e visioni space. Il debutto, omonimo, è uscito quest’anno per Hidden Shoal Rec.

MP3 TarcuttaYou Gotta Crawl Before You Walk Before You Waltz

MySpace: Tarcutta

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Of information and belief (dischi, concerti e video dell’anno)

#1 Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band – 13 Blues For Thirteen Moons (Constellation)
ascolta: MP3 Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La BandBlindBlindBlind

#2 Vic Chesnutt, Elf Power And The Amorphous Strums – Dark Developments (Orange Twin)
ascolta: MP3 Vic Chesnutt, Elf Power And The Amorphous StrumsAnd How

#3 Micah P. Hinson – And The Red Empire Orchestra (Full Time Hobby)
ascolta: MP3 Micah P. HinsonI Keep Havin’ These Dreams

#4 Matt Elliott – Howling Songs (Ici D’Ailleurs)
ascolta: MP3 Matt ElliottA Broken Flamenco

#5 Gregor Samsa – Rest (Own Records)
ascolta: MP3 Gregor SamsaJeroen Van Aken

#6 Mogwai – The Hawk Is Howling (Matador)
ascolta: MP3 MogwaiScotland’s Shame

#7 Damien Jurado – Caught In The Trees (Secretly Canadian)
ascolta: MP3 Damien JuradoGillian Was A Horse

#8 David Grubbs – An Optimist Notes the Dusk (Drag City)
ascolta: MP3 David GrubbsAn Optimist Declines

#9 Neil Halstead – Oh! Mighty Engine (Bushfire Records)
ascolta: MP3 Neil HalsteadPaint A Face

#10 Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago (Jagjaguwar)
ascolta: MP3 Bon IverSkinny Love

#11 Tindersticks – The Hungry Saw (Constellation)
ascolta: MP3 TindersticksThe Hungry Saw

#12 Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson – S/T (Say Hey Records)
ascolta: MP3 Miles Benjamin Anthony RobinsonBuriedfed

#13 Goldmund – The Malady Of Elegance (Type Records)
ascolta: MP3 GoldmundImage-Autumn-Womb

#14 Alexander Tucker – Portal (Atp)
ascolta:MP3 Alexander TuckerVeins To The Sky

#15 Balmorhea – River Arms (Western Vinyl)
ascolta: MP3 BalmorheaThe Winter

#16 Thank You – Terrible Two (Thrill Jockey)
ascolta: MP3 Thank YouEmpty Legs

#17 Silver Jews – Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea (Drag City)
ascolta: MP3 Silver JewsSuffering Jukebox

#18 Desolation Wilderness – White Light Strobing (K Records)
ascolta: MP3 Desolation WildernessAnd All The Boys Looked

#19 Thalia Zedek Band – Liars And Prayers (Thrill Jockey)
ascolta: MP3 Thalia Zedek BandLower Allston

#20 Bill Dixon With Exploding Star Orchestra – Bill Dixon With Exploding Star Orchestra (Thrill Jockey)
ascolta: MP3 Bill Dixon With Exploding Star OrchestraEntrances-One

Concerti

Polvo@ ATP Curated By Explosions In The Sky-Minehead
Smog@ Bronson-Madonna Dell’Albero
Micah P. Hinson@ Soundlabs-Roseto Degli Abruzzi
Explosions In The Sky @ Atp Curated By Explosions In The Sky-Minehead
Silver Jews-Phosphorescent@ Atp Curated By Explosions In The Sky-Minehead