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Sunday, February 14

Hey Marseilles at The Crocodile

Forgot to mention I saw my brother's band Hey Marseilles last month at the Crocodile in Seattle. It was a sellout and they put on a good show; they seem to be settling together as an ensemble quite well - lot's of good energy and they were called out for an encore. They'll be re-releasing a remastered version of their album To Travels & Trunks this spring for nationwide distribution - exciting! You can also catch them on the Starbucks CD compilation, Sweetheart 2010.

Some photos from the show courtesy of Jason Tang Photography:

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Sunday, January 3

Favorite Music Downloads of '09: Tim Hecker - Haunt Me



Glitchy drones and melodious ambience.

  • Artist: Tim Hecker
  • Album: Haunt Me, Haunt Me Do It Again
  • Year: 2001
  • Genre: Electronic Ambient/Experimental
  • Top tracks: Best when listened to as a whole

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Saturday, January 2

Favorite Music Downloads of '09: NOMO - Invisible Cities



Is it Funk? Afrobeat? Free-Jazz? Fusion? Rock? Who cares - it's infectious, groovy, booty-shakin' music

  • Artist: NOMO
  • Album: Invisible Cities
  • Year: 2009
  • Genre: Electronic/Rock/Afro-Beat/Funk/Fusion
  • Top tracks: Invisible Cities, Patterns, Nocturne

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Favorite Music Downloads of '09: Windy & Carl - Antarctica (The Bliss Out, Vol. 2)



Deliciously warm guitar drones to fall asleep too, relax too, or listen to during a midnight drive to my next climbing destination. Mmmm....

  • Artist: Windy & Carl
  • Album: Antarctica (The Bliss Out, Vol. 2)
  • Year: 1997
  • Genre: Electronic Ambient/Ambient Rock
  • Top tracks: They're all good

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Favorite Music Downloads of '09: The Best Of Kool & The Gang (1969-1976)



This is Kool & The Gang at their freeform funky best, before they became pop superstars.

  • Artist: Kool & The Gang
  • Album: The Best Of Kool & The Gang (1969-1976)
  • Year: 1993
  • Genre: R&B/Funk
  • Top tracks: Who's Gonna Take The Weight, Funky Stuff, Rhyme Tyme People, Summer Madness, Love & Understanding (Come Together)

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Friday, January 1

Favorite Music Downloads of '09: John McLaughlin, Chick Corea - Five Peace Band Live



At the age of 67, fusion icons McLaughlin & Corea continue moving jazz forward. This set smokes!

  • Artist: John McLaughlin, Chick Corea
  • Album: Five Peace Band Live
  • Year: 2009
  • Genre: Jazz/Fusion
  • Top tracks: Raju; New Blues, Old Bruise; In A Silent Way/It's About That Time

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Favorite Music Downloads of '09: Fennesz - Black Sea



A dreamy blend of experimental laptop fx, noise, and acoustic instruments.

  • Artist: Fennesz
  • Album: Black Sea
  • Year: 2008
  • Genre: Electronic Ambient
  • Top tracks: Black Sea, Perfum for Winter, Glide


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Favorite Music Downloads of '09: Andrew Bird - Noble Beast

Happy New Year!

I downloaded a lot of music in 2009: 938 tracks spread over 133 albums according to iTunes. It was a big year for me in the Ambient (41 albums) and Electronic (32) genres, followed by Funk/Soul (23). Here's some of my favorite discoveries from the past year. (Track previews provided by Lala.)



Amazingly talented violinist, whistler and songsmith - superb live act.

  • Artist: Andrew Bird
  • Album: Noble Beast
  • Year: 2009
  • Genre: Alternative/Indie Rock
  • Top tracks: Effigy, Tenuousness, Anonanimal, The Privateers


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Sunday, August 24

Hey Marseilles at Neumos

Hey Marseilles rocked the house Thursday eve! Really, the sound was great and the place was packed with 300+ energetic people for their CD release extravaganza. (CD available here and at local Seattle record stores. Buy it - you won't regret it!) Some of my pic's and a vid below. Another review of the concert with more video over at Where the Silence Is.

HEY MARSEILLES PERFORMING "RIO"

Hey Marseilles @ Neumos 08.21.08

Hey Marseilles @ Neumos 08.21.08

Hey Marseilles @ Neumos 08.21.08

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Monday, August 18

Hey Marseilles CD Release: To Travels And Trunks

My bro's band Hey Marseilles is having their CD release party Thursday 8pm at Neumo's in Seattle. Cool.


Eviction Song from Hey Marseilles on Vimeo.

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