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Revision Blues Mixtape

The Revision Playlist. from APocketFullOfSeeds on 8tracks.

 

It’s April, and you know what that means: exams are approaching fast. What I present to you here is a mixtape, a sure-fire way to guide you audibly through your day of study and stress; think of it as a musical revision guide. Featuring an eclectic mix of genres and moods, I’m hoping this will provide some sort of fleeting relief.

Enjoy. Blaz x

 

Full tracklisting after the jump.

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Le Blorr

As you may well know we have a healthy lineup of writers who drop in and help us out from time to time. For the first time ever on this blog we present to you Phil. I think it’s safe to say that without Phil this music would never have found it’s way onto the blog. And that is a good thing.

 

 

I am a massive fan of the whole vast expanse of the musical spectrum from Opera to Punk Rock and everything that comes with it but a band this week made me think twice. The band’s name is Le Blorr and they come from Florida, USA. The lead singer, Cookie, has stylised himself as “the bastard son of rock and roll”.  In the past few weeks Le Blorr have been supporting Angels and Airwaves on their European Tour consisting of gigs in Germany, France and the UK and this is how I came across them.

Last night I went to see AVA (Angels and Airwaves) with Le Blorr supporting at the o2 Academy in Leeds. Now before I go to any gig like this I will check out the supporting act and usually I am happy at what I hear and feel that I have discovered a gem but I was simply not sure about Le Blorr. From what I heard on the album, Bim Bom, first time round I found that Le Blorr have a bizarre sound with an ability to mix southern American sounds with more electronic sounds but I was eager to hear more but was also apprehensive. I think it is fair to say that the crowd at the o2 Academy in Leeds didn’t warm to Cookie, his bassist and drummer very much. The enthusiasm of Le Blorr to sell their unique brand of music was admirable though. Even though they were supporting AVA they were very much removed from the kind of sound that AVA produce. This could be a reason to explain the reserved nature of the crowd.

When I got home from the gig I decided to listen to them again and I was glad I did. All the movements that Cookie made on stage and the album that I had listened to before the gig made sense. I was listening to an unpolished gem ready to be cut. Their riffs were seamlessly integrated with unique vocals of Cookie and styles of music only to be found the other side of the Atlantic. I think we will be hearing a lot more from these guys.

 

phil

Team Me

Tom again dropping in

 

Mediocre
As winter draws in and term and deadlines begin to set in everything feels mediocre, and life is a little too much like autopilot. Sometimes it’s good to immerse yourself in some music and just escape.
Team Me’s new track of their forthcoming record ‘To The Treetops’ mixes jubilant vocal lines and syncopated drum rhythms that only Scandinavian bands seem to be able to do. Maybe it’s something in the water up there.
The lyrics are full of the longing for life to not be pointless: “mediocre friend, pretend yr happy for me”, yet the backing music commands you to ignore all those worries, and sit and embrace their choral melodies and piano twinkles.
“I hope I mean something, I hope we mean something, I hope we mean something for you my love.”
Exactly.

 

Tom

Phillipe Nash

Phillipe Nash – Singing Saints Darling


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Being stuck, sat at home for long periods of time makes me very contemplative. What will I make of my life? Where will I be in a year’s time? Will I ever get to make the music I hear in my head? Phillippe Nash seems to be someone who might sympathise. He lets his rhetorical questions bounce around getting lost in the reverb in a manner similar to Bon Iver and Jose Gonzales, and it captures and stirs the inside of your spine. It allows me a break from my obsessive following of online networking and medias to just sit and be – something which I don’t do a lot anymore. I find music like this very important, because reflection is a very important part of moving forward in life. Probably.
Anyhow he’s a friend of a friend at art school in Brighton and he deserves a lot more recognition than the 10 or so followers on his soundcloud. If I tweeted, I’d tweet him.

 

Tom

Dead Red Sun 64/250

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Introducing a guest writer to introduce a band and their EP of which there are 250 limited edition CDs.

Dead Red Sun. Intelligent time sequences, phenomenal percussion and intricate guitar paterns make for one hell of an EP. Dead Red Sun consists of 3 young men – Tom, Ollie & Mike. They’ve been playing together for just over one year now, and have gathered a spectacularly large following around the london area. Their sounds consist of a blend of Math-Rock, and progressive with god knows what else thrown in there. They recently played to a packed out audience at their self titled EP launch ran by Clinic. The audience were hypnotised by the bands ability to create such a deep sound with a meer 3 instruments.

Mexico, March 2011

Need there be more recommendation. This music is alive – please go enquire to purchase.

Dead Red Sun – Facility


 


Minimix #7 Germany Germany previews Adventures LP

Drew Harris aka Germany Germany is an absolute hero and in the run up to the release of his new album Adventures on Sunday 15th May he has agreed to come talk about 5 songs from the record which are all available from here for FREE.

Here is Drew

I’m really honoured to be writing a guest post for my friends here at
A Pocket Full Of Seeds!  Marcus asked me to talk a little about the songs that I’ve already shared from the album I’m releasing on Sunday.

 

Germany Germany – Cold Hands

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Cold Hands has been a work in progress for a long time.  Originally this whole album was just an EP called Cold Hands and it was only five songs.  This track is one of the darker-sounding tracks on the album, I was experimenting with sampling my vocals and running them through bitcrushers and other sound destruction plugins.  Some of the vocal samples near the end are from a song called Home that I made last year (free download at http://distorteddisco.com/releases/germanygermany/electrolove).


Germany Germany – Too Fast

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Too Fast is another one that I’ve been working on a long time.  This whole album is my first without a dedicated female vocalist helping me out and I’ve really tried to increase the amount of vocals in my songs.  You’ll notice that all five of these tracks have vocals in them… that’s a big deal for me.


Germany Germany – Natural feat. Donne of TLGLTP

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This song’s kind of based on a Donny Hathaway sample.  Donne and I had been talking about working together on this for a long time and we finally managed to record together in Vancouver, the morning after Germany Germany’s previous show there.  We were both running on only a couple hours of sleep and recorded this in Bear Mountain’s studio.  Really happy with how it turned out though, definitely going to work with Donne again in the future.  Her main project is called Top Less Gay Love Tekno Party, all good friends of mine.


Germany Germany – Just Go feat. Steffaloo

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The intro samples (which also run through the whole song) are from a Brian Eno song from his ambient album “The Pearl”.  I really dig this album a lot, it’s great for thinking.  Not super relaxing as the songs do sound kind of tense.. really fits a pensive mood.  Steffaloo and I had been talking about working on things for a while and this was our first song together… we’ve got some big ideas coming up soon but I’d rather keep that under wraps for the time being.  Fear of Tigers, who released one of my favorite albums of last year, tweeted me, saying that he dug this track.  I was stoked.

 

Germany Germany – Take Me Home

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Take Me Home, the closing track to Side One of Adventures, is one of the songs that I started and worked on until it was done.  I’d rather not say exactly how long I spent on this song because I don’t think that’s an accurate measure of the effort an artist puts in.  I put together a video (here) for this track out of clips from a full-length film a girl in Germany sent me (she used me music for the film) – she’s actually currently working on a proper video for Natural, which I’m really excited for, she’s very talented.

 

I seriously hope you will go and buy the album after reading this because there’s no way you wont enjoy it.   Get the album here. We will have our full review up on Sunday.

Find more Germany Germany at his Soundcloud or his label

 

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