my last upload for July is something like a celebration: a post for my favorite street musicians and brass band ever- there used to be a beautiful post for Hypnotic Brass Ensemble in my mate’s blog once upon a time, but since it doesn’t exist anymore i feel i owe a tribute to this family of musicians, eight brothers, all sons of trumpeter Kelan Phi Cohran.
so, the story goes like this: last year Vassilis told me about Hypnotic, sharing this video below and i was instantly hypnotized. i have a thing with trumpets and brass in general. browsing around, found out that the band from Chicago would perform live in NY, the dates of my trip there. Magic.
booked tickets on line and saw one of the most joyful concerts ever (missed you Cloam, bastard). came back with all their cds. recorded some lousy videos as you’ll see below but you get the spirit. listening to them all day through today, while packing up for vacations.
please, pleaaaase, watch that guy above at 0.16 throwing a chair in the air. HYPE.
the last weeks, when i don’t work like a dog, i’m spending most of my time listening to music- and i’ve listened to lots of new stuff. well, new to my ears is more correct. latest obsession sweet Shuggie Otis. i’d already heard of Strawberry Letter 23 before but not payed the attention needed to this small star that shined brightly in the 70′s (again), a huge talent disoriented by his low-key profile and inner world so much, he couldn’t continue what he created.
Inspiration Information was one of the albums he put out and it makes the ideal August accompaniamento. Special thanks to FH for sharing the love
backstage at Vogue Hellas cover shooting: The girl looks astonishing and the light is gorgeous. however i want to point out the significance of work team: Damien, apart from holding the lights, is also holding me, i’m holding the photographer who holds the camera. it’s a matter of solidarity.
Dolce & Gabbana beaded corset, chiffon silk double Jean-Paul Gaultier skirt and Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci boots. At Vogue Hellas August issue.
heard this song the other day while having a strong conversation about life, maturity and desires- couldn’t be more appropriate i suppose, especially the delirious performance after the first half with Lou singing in his own language
so i found out about Lou Bond from Memphis -i read somewhere that if it’s from Memphis you know it’s good- and the vinyl reissue of his 1974 album Light in the Attic, thanks to Stax subsidiary We Produce. Lou Bond is a soulful eclectic musician that, as so many other artists, was lost in the maelstrom of 60′s and 70′s and now the album receives a second chance to prove its value. something tells me my AmourDoctor friend soul-junkie Spaceagedisco is gonna love it.
After releasing two gigantic records (“Vantage Isle” and “The Coldest Season”) DeepChord presents Echospace have done it again. “Liumin” is out and it’s a record that peers into the city of Tokyo, day and night. One can hear from voices of japanese crowds to deeply buried heart beats, hazy atmospherics and ‘images’ of total ambiance radiated from the grand metropolis. Every track οf the record is a reflection of a specific location or a show the duo made in Tokyo.
Rod Modell (aka DeepChord) and Stephen Hitchell (aka Soultek and Intrusion) brilliantly executed ‘Liumin’, slightly deviating from the concept of their previous releases but yet their inspiration that ‘Liumin’ is based on is so obvious and solid that they managed not to let anyone’s expectations down and we so much thank them for that.
There’s also a bonus disc ‘Liumin Reduced’, which is a collection of field recordings dipped into analogic drones and deep soundscapes; it’s basically the methods that the duo used to create the album but since it was over 80 extra minutes they had to put it out in another package. It’s a highly recommended record and an enormous legacy from those two veterans on the techno/dub techno/ambient scene.