Video: Elf Power – “All Things Combined” From Twitching in Time, out now on Orange Twin Records. This is the third “single” (i.e., video) from the band’s thirteenth album. That’s crazy, right? “All Things Combined” has an insistent sense of melancholy that reminds me a bit of Smashing Pumpkins’ “1979” with its chugging lead bassline. … Continue reading New Elf Power video: All Things Combined
Video: Elf Power – “Halloween Out Walking” From Twitching in Time, out now on Orange Twin Records. Hard to believe these Elephant Sixers have been going at it for over twenty years now. Good for them, though, as long as they keep making good psychedelic folk music like this. The video answers the age-old question: … Continue reading New Elf Power video: Halloween Out Walking
Video: Nana Grizol – “TV Song” The press release calls them “Elephant 6-affiliated folk-punks” which, I’ll admit, is enough to get my attention. I don’t remember ever hearing either of Nana Grizol’s first two records, Love It, Love It (2008) or Ruth (2010), but I like the sound of this song enough that I might … Continue reading Nana Grizol video: TV Song
New side project from Apples in Stereo leader Robert Schneider.
MP3: Laminated Cat – “Aquamarine” from Umbrella Weather, out now on Garden Gate. Robert Schneider has called Laminated Cat “the best young psychedelic band in years.” You can see why he might say that. Dude’s helium vocals probably remind him of his own, ha ha. Still, this is a nice bit of pop psych. Plus, … Continue reading Laminated Cat – Aquamarine
MP3: Circulatory System – “Overjoyed” from Signal Morning, due September 8 on Cloud Recordings. There’s so much going on in this song that it can be initially overwhelming. On first listen you might think it sounds like when you’ve accidentally opened up two YouTube pages at the same time. After your second or third spin, … Continue reading Circulatory System – Overjoyed
Robert Schneider records kids music. It’s loud and goofy and full of drum machines and big synth noises and silly voices.
National Public Radio is streaming the Elephant 6 Orchestra’s Chicago concert (GLONO review) in almost all of its 3-hour glory. A few songs, including Jeff Mangum’s “Engine” have been “omitted at the artist’s request.” There’s also a slideshow and an interview with Music Tapes/Neutral Milk Hotel multi-instrumentalist/tour organizer, Julian Koster: “We’ve been spending some really … Continue reading NPR: Stream Elephant 6 Orchestra Chicago Show
The Elephant 6 collective gets together in Chicago and shows off its unique take on whimsical under-rehearsed amateurism. The 7 Foot Tall Metronome steals the show.
Video: Jeff Mangum/Julian Koster – “Engine” (live in Columbus, October 19, 2008) Neutral Milk Hotel alumni Jeff Mangum and Jullian Koster have performed “Engine” at the most recent dates on the Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour. The first time they pulled out this ten-year-old b-side was in Pittsburgh (video after the jump…), and in some … Continue reading Jeff Mangum and Julian Koster Play Engine