Saturday, October 27, 2007

Chillout in TV...Nip/Tuck premeire this week!

One of my most trusted sources for good music is the show Nip/Tuck on FX. Its pretty much the only show I've ever been borderline obsessed with. The music in the show just takes it up a notch. Ever scene has the most appropriate soundtrack, and often, its a very cool downbeat tune.
There's a great Nip/Tuck discussion board ( that actually has the songs listed from every episode of every season. Its how I first heard Layo & Bushwacka.

Nip/Tuck Season 5 premeire's this week Oct. 30 on FX at 10 PM. They moved the setting to LA, I hope it doesn't affect the music too much. I'm curious to see if they will change the sound of the show to reflect LA's entertainment scene.

Ambient music is a perfect setup man in pop culture b/c it provides that background mood. Movies and TV just wouldn't be the same, and its probably underappreciated by most. But that's cool, as long as I enjoy it!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Wise Jazzanova

Thoughts on Properly Chilled Propercast #6 - interview with Jazzanova:

1) Host: "What is music to you?" Jazzanova: "It's just a feeling, that's it."

The band listens to their tracks and detaches from their instruments- just listening and feeling. This sentiment is echoed by many ambient fans - that's what chillout is, its mood music, something you can immerse yourself in, or background that sets a personal tone.

2) Host: "How has the internet affected your relationship with listeners?" Jazzanova: "Its connected our music to so many people, but disconnected us as artists from our fans."

Never thought of the internet's effect this way. When Jazzanova started in the mid-90's they got faxes, phone calls, authentic personal correspondence. Fans engaged directly with Jazzanova. They got feedback - people that took this time were passionate. Now, people listen on the internet, seek artists on MySpace, and though music is heard through more channels, FANS don't reach out, except to maybe be a Facebook friend.

I see what Jazzanova means - it's easy to have a surface relationship with an artist, and even easier to be satisfied with that end. That said, fans and Jazzanova can take it up a notch. They can use tools of the internet to connect. We can email, post blogs, comment on playlists, send photos, music. Ever think of emailing your favorite artist once in a while? Would they get annoyed? or appreciate your thoughts? You'd have to be genuine and chill, nobody likes a rabid fan...

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Ghostland Observatory - dance tunes for your Halloween Party

Ghostland Observatory has a cult following for their simple, electronic dance tracks. This two man-band (Thomas Turner and Aaron Behrens) is getting well-deserved attention for live sets at Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. I must admit - I'm jumping on the band wagon. I read about them in Esquire and downloaded tracks from Emusic. Maybe its the Austin dance vibe - keep it simple, and make it BIG. They remind me of an Americanized Daft Punk (and as cool).

For your Halloween party, break out Ghostland Observatory. Two tracks I love: start with "Sad Sad City," play whatever you want in between, and end with "Silver City" for after-party groove

Monday, October 22, 2007

EMUSIC - the iTunes for Independent Music

I downloaded sooo much good music over the weekend from Emusic has all the independent stuff you won't find on iTunes, and much of the music that you will. AND its cheaper. I have the basic subscription service - $9.99 per month for 30 downloads, plus you get 25 downloads free for joining. I've racked up downloads, so this weekend was a spectacle - I dowloaded new Bebel Gilberto, Federico Aubele, Welder, Beck, Ghostland Observatory and Gogol Bordello. Eclectic, awesome mix.

If you want to join, email me or post a comment - if I refer you, you get 50 free dowloads, and so do I. Good stuff.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Its 8:16 AM somewhere - shout out to 311

Check out 311's song "8:16 AM" 311 has such a cool funk rock style (and is also one of my favorite bands) but this song really shows their chillout side. I love the high hats of the drums, and I dont know if I"ve ever heard a xylophone used so well (or ever!), the way it intros the song puts this funky vibe on the melodies to come. Grassroots 311 - very chill back in the day.

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