July 10, 2013

Gold Plated Diapers: Swearing At Motorists "This Flag Signals Goodbye" MP3

How often does The National's Matt Berninger get compared to the golden throat of Leonard Cohen? Well, just once is one time too often. I bring this up because Swearing At Motorist's singer, Dave Doughman, sounds like the perfect meshing of Mr Berninger and Cohen and comes out sounding like no one but himself.

this flag signals goodbye from the album  This Flag Signals Goodbye (2002)
(mp3 courtesy of epitonic.com)

The Listening Post No. 13

July 08, 2013

Gold Plated Diapers: Low Skies "Sad Hymn" MP3

There is something odd about Low Skies' Christopher Salvater's voice—there seems to be a sad moan buried just beneath the surface. It claws it way closer to the light when in lower registers and when it climbs up from it's blue-bladed grave into falsetto, the weeping willows sway. Driven by a big and ragged guitar, Low Skies, "Sad Hymn" turns blue in all the right places.

sad hymn from the album The Bed  (2003)
mp3 courtesy of epitonic.com

Interview, Video, Stream: Mark Mulcahy "She Makes The World Turn Backwards"

June 18th marked the release date for Mark Mulachy's first studio album in eight years, Dear Mark J Mulcahy, We Love You. Recorded in Northampton, Massachusetts, with Henning Ohlenbusch at the helm, the album was mixed by Paul Q. Kolderie and mastered by frequent Mulcahy collaborator Myles Mangino.  Long adored by fellow musicians and industry insiders, Mulcahy has tended a feverish core audience since his bow into the musical community in 1983 with Miracle Legion. Now, three decades on, the odds of the fever spreading are still in his favour with the arrival of a healthy new strain of Mulcahy music.

One of several standouts on the latest arrival is "She Makes The World Turn Backwards". A video which makes great use of Mulcahy's abilities as a live performer in that the song is performed live for the cameras.

Mr Mulcahy was more than kind to answer a few questions for Sixeyes. Also, Sixeyes must thank Mark Mulachy's manager, Ross Murray, for his assistance.

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S: How comfortable are you putting your music in the hands of another, so to speak, when making a video? Do you ever feel a loss of control?

MM: It's always  a gamble... good ideas on paper don't always translate to good ideas on film. A song is three to four minutes long, but only has to occupy your ears. A video has to keep you more interested and sometime three minutes is a long time. I've had some good fortune with a lot of directors, but sometimes it just doesn't work. It's no one's fault...  I think a budget helps, but money won't make honey.

S: Did performing the song live put you more at ease? Was this director Kyle Kochan's idea?

MM: I was for lip synching it, but we would've lost to the greatness of the chorus. They hated the idea. I'm also a pretty bad syncher. Live was the best and only way to do it. The band played it so well and the chorus added the unique perspective that singers of their stature bring to a song. It was a great day for me. Kyle thought of all the great ways to illustrate what was  happening in the room. He had it all blocked out, so the  story unfolded. That's the genius of Benton West.

S: Is the premise of a live video meant to address the fact you hadn't performed live in years?

MM: No, I don't think so. I'd like people to come see me live to see me live. Maybe we should make a performance video.

S: What to you feels most different about this album in comparision to those in the past?

MM: Just as a feeling, I'd say I accomplished a goal. I set out to make this record a certain way and thanks to henning and the rest, it we did pretty much what we planned. As for comparison, I don't know how to answer that. Even though I've played the nostalgia game, I'm lousy at looking backwards.

Thanks very much to the busy, Mark Mulcahy.

Below you'll find a streaming mp3 of Mulcahy's "She Makes The World Turn Backwards", along with the aforementioned video of the same song. As a bonus, we've also got a streaming selection of Mr Mulcahy's great past work!

July 12—Spaceland Ballroom—Hamden, Connecticut
July 13—Iron Horse Music Hall—Northampton, Massachusetts
July 25—The Hideout—Chicago, Illinois
July 27—Codfish Hollow Barn—Maquoketa, Iowa
Aug. 28—The Lexington—London, England
Aug. 29—Latest MusicBar—Brighton, England
Aug. 31—End Of The Road Festival—Salisbury, England
Sept. 14—The Barn On Green River—Williamstown, Massachusetts

July 03, 2013

Gold Plated Diapers: Constantines "Young Offenders" MP3

A simmering opening becomes interlaced with lead singer Bry Webb's recitation. And the music simmers, and the band simmers, building... building... building... until the liquid roils.

"Can I get a witness?"

young offenders from the album Constantines (2001 Canada)
(mp3 courtesy of epitonic.com)

The Listening Post No. 11

July 02, 2013

MP3: Jim Guthrie "Never Poor" + Lyric

Jim Guthrie's "Never Poor", off of his 2013 release, Takes Time, opens with a boozy horn and late night nicotine piano that recalls 70's Tom Waits and the dive bar openings found on his early records, but that is blasted against the wall by the rich fat sound of Guthrie and his band all jumping in on the same beat. And surprisingly, and pleasingly, that good feeling lasts just four beats before Guthrie increases the feel-good-vibe by exposing the heart of the song, a multi-tracked vocal which blends the magic of many great harmony bands of yesteryear (Simon and Garfunkel, The Byrds, the Everly Brothers) together through his studio expertise and Andy Magoffin's mastering; add in the strength of the lyric and you've got something to come home to.


"Never Poor"
I am a wealthy man
But I'm in debt
So death to all my idle hands
Not dead yet
So bring the noise and rest assured
Never Poor

Late last night
Now we're on the mend
Lost the plot
You don't get change
From the time you spend
We sure spent a lot
Don't need to chase it anymore
Never poor

So eat drink sing melody
Don't be so angst-y
Know that you'll never have more
Might get what you ask for
Just know that you're never poor

Woke last night from the strangest dream
Heart beating fast
Ran outta time making time machines
Time won't last
It leaves in the night out our back door
But we're never sure

So eat drink sing melody
Don't be so angst-y
Know that you'll never have more
Might get what we ask for
Just know that you're never poor
It's you I adore
I know that I'm never poor

Song Credits
Jim Guthrie - guitars, vocals, synth
Evan Clarke - drums
Simon Osbourne - bass
Shaw-Han Liem - piano
JJ Ipsen - additional piano, bass clarinet
Andy Magoffin - horn on intro

Read the Sixeyes interview with Polaris Prize nominated, Jim Guthrie, here

*Thanks to Scott of Bronx Cheerleader for inspiring this post by forcing me to re-listen.

Gold Plated Diapers: Marmoset "MP3 Mix"

This song... it makes Sixeyes feel like he's got two eyes again. Oh, my god, it brings back all that was so mysterious, intense, moving, and undeniably physical about a piece of music that twists about your core.

This is eleven years old again... and it feels so good. And what is so f**kin' amazing is that Sixeyes gets that happiness from several of Marmoset's songs... here they are, free mp3s, in the order of happy, happy, happy.

Thank you, Marmoset.

torn cup, fly up above from the album The Record In Red (2001)
forever we ignite from the album Today It's You  (1999)
frendamine from the album The Record In Red (2001)
chinese checkers from the album HiddenForbidden  (1997)
peace in the valley from the album  Today It's You (1999)
the tuesday horn from the album  The Record In Red (2001)

(mp3s courtesy of epitonic.com)

July 01, 2013

Andy Shauf: 'The Bearer of Bad News' MP3s

The term Western Canada often brings to mind iconic images such as Lake Louise, the Rockies, or a Mountie on a horse framed by Lake Louise and the Rockies... but shift a tad east to the heart of the west, Saskatchewan, and you'll find flat plains and huge vista skies. This is the Canada of Andy Shauf, a criminally ignored singer/songwriter whose audience deserves to be much, much bigger. Beginning with his debut full length, 2008's Darker Days, and followed by 2012's The Bearer of Bad News, Shauf with his multi-instrumental ability and singular voice (like a young boy with downcast eyes and a big heart) has inched ever closer to perfection in the wide open fields of indie folk pop. Actually, Baroque pop can also describe the songs of Andy Shauf, what with the classy piano figures and creamy blue clarinets found throughout his minor chord gems. After countless demos, bedroom/basement recordings, EPs and full lengths Shauf has worked his songwriting to a fine point which would be hard to ignore. And now after touring and playing the best songs of his careerfrom the four-year-in-the-making The Bearer of Bad NewsShauf is likely once again in a dark corner of Regina, Saskatchewan, surrounded by guitars, mandolins, drums, and clarinet (also banjo, piano, etc.) piecing together the jigsaw of another 'musical' broken heart... all for our benefit.

The Listening Post No. 10

An extra large Listening Post today... thanks to the great free music site, epitonic. And HAPPY CANADA DAY!

bob dylan the times they are a-changin'
patti smith wing
the tallest man on earth 1904
richard swift whitman
el perro del mar glory to the world
divine fits for your heart
the halo benders don't touch my bikini
the xx reconsider
dirty projectors swing lo magellan
kurt vile wakin' on a pretty day
(mp3s courtesy of epitonic.com)