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Thursday, October 25 (the date is wrong on the flyer…)
Rökkurró, Low Roar, Gang Related, Just Another Snake Cult
@ Faktorý, downtown Reykjavík.

1000kr

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/441805055856653

Heavy Experience Slowscope Release Show

It will be our honor to perform this coming Saturday (Oct. 20) at the release show for The Heavy Experience’s 12″ LP, Slowscope.  The album is a delight to listen to.  Here’s the opening track:

Here’s some info on the album:

The Heavy Experience have released their debut LP, a 6 song epic composition  named SLOWSCOPE. It is the successor of their self titled 10 inch vinyl EP. SLOWSCOPE is only released on vinyl and is cut on a 12 inch 180 gr. virgin vinyl with a CD included in the package. It’s released by Kimi Records and Úsland, the bands own label. SLOWSCOPE was recorded, produced and mixed by the band in their own studio. Finnur Hákonarson mastered and prepared for cut.

The Heavy Experience have been operating since 2010 and contains members from respected Icelandic alternative bands such as Swords of Chaos, Ólafur Arnalds, Sóley, Just Another Snake Cult and Me, the Slumbering Napoleon.

Also performing at the release show is Kría Brekkan.  Among the notable things she’s done, she was a member of Múm until 2006 and played piano on Animal Collective’s Feels. Her music is released by the aforementioned’s Paw Tracks record label.

Here’s the facebook event for the show:
https://www.facebook.com/events/288983571217005/

Show on Thursday w/Good Moon Deer, Nolo

Thursday, October 11

at Faktorý (Reykjavík, Iceland).

w/Nolo and Good Moon Deer

Door 9PM / Show at 10PM.

FREE!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/324904280940267

Birds Carried Your Song Through the Night comes to Iceland

Flyer

Thursday at 9PM at Útúrdúr I will be performing the Birds Carried Your Song Through the Night solo EP. I’ll have a handful of cassettes available for purchase.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/242605809195484/

Birds Carried Your Song Through the Night REMIX ALBUM!

I’m excited to present the REMIX album for the Birds Carried Your Song Through The Night EP. I have contributions from a really eclectic mix of musicians — Vice Wolf, Bypass, DJ Flugvel og Geimskip, Goodbye the Band, Tom Grrrl, Thorir Georg, Nolo, and Lovefest — but they have it in common that they’re fellow home-recording musicians. I’ve met most of them through my years of playing music, in the States and in Iceland. And I’m extremely flattered that they’ve all put their stamp on my songs.

Download the whole thing for FREE!

Update / New Material

Some big changes underway…  It’s been such a huge task organizing an 8-person psychedelic pop ensemble.  I wanted to capture the passion of Dexys Midnight Runners and the grandiosity of Phil Spector, but kept getting bogged down in the logistics.  I feel like David Lynch after shooting Dune — I’m ready for my Blue Velvet.  So as fun as it has been to play with such a big group, that chapter is closed (for now at least), and I’m going forward with something quite a bit more agile.

I also wanted to share some new material. I spent July alone up in a cabin and made a bunch of headway on writing and recording.

Here’s another track:

The Line Of Best Fit Session

During a cold and rainy weekend last October we went up onto a roof overlooking the old Reykjavík harbour and performed this song for TheLineOfBestFit.com:

Read more here.

Icelandic Festival Announcements

I’m excited to announce that we’ll be performing at two Icelandic festivals.

In a little over a week we’ll perform at the Innipukinn festival alongside such great Icelandic bands as Tilbury, Ojbarasta, Lay Low, Borko, Gang Related, Sudden Weather Change, Muck, and more, more, more!

Innipukinn 2012

You can purchase tickets here.

At the end of October we’ll be performing at the Iceland Airwaves Festival (along with The Dirty Projectors, Swans, Sigur Ros, Doldrums, Of Monsters and Men, etc.).

For full line-up, tickets, package deals, check out their website.

Cassette Tapes Trades Bounty

So I’m back from tour, and I’m back in Iceland after my extended California vacation. I sold out of my half of tapes, which was a good feeling. Kenneth is going to send me a handful more to have here in Iceland, but other than that if you want one order directly from Off Tempo.

One of the best parts of touring with a new cassette is tape trades! Here are my new tapes.

Sledding With Tigers / KIDS. split I got this when I played a show with Sledding With Tigers a couple months ago. Sledding With Tigers is a folk punk project led by a guy named Dan who is super friendly. The other side of the tape is another band from San Diego, KIDS., that was such a great discovery. Their sound is sort of reminiscent of late-90s/early-00s Moog-y indie bands like the Rentals, with a really healthy dosage of ’60s pop thrown in, lots of harmonies, super cool. I’ve been listening to all their stuff over and over again. They’re definitely one of my favorite bands in San Diego right now, so I was stoked to have them play with us at the tour kick-off show.

Mandarin Dynasty – Perpendicular Crosstalk This one I’ve also had for some months, since a show I played with them at the Park Gallery. I’d heard a CD-R of this last year while on tour and had been dying to get my own copy ever since. I was really impressed. It’s a cool tape of psych-pop singer-songwriter stuff, sort of in the vein of later Elliott Smith stuff, but a bit more upbeat. Really needs to be listened to in its entirety for the full effect.

Mandarin Dynasty – Perpendicular Crosstalk by Mandarin Dynasty

LAKE – Avocado LAKE is such a cool band. They managed to sound totally smooth and groovy despite the difficult P.A. situation where we played with them in Santa Cruz.

Skrill Meadow – April Fools Day Skrill Meadow is Markly Morrison from LAKE’s project of weird country music that feels at home on the cassette tape.

Ethiopicks – Awesome Dance Hits from Ethiopia 1979-1989ish This is another tape I got from Markly Morrison. Sounds as advertised.

Antarctica Takes It! – Contellations I actually play a tiny bit of guitar on this album. It’s in the vein of bands like Camera Obscura and Belle & Sebastian, with a bits of 60s soul influence showing through. Antarctica Takes It isn’t playing any shows right now because Dylan is working on his comic book Burger Dude, but I stayed with him while up in the bay area.

Each Other – Taking Trips I’d planned to visit Big Sur during a day off on tour, but those plans fell through, so I stayed an extra day up in the bay area to catch my friend Erin’s band play a show. They were touring with a Canadian band called Each Other who totally knocked my socks off. This tape almost doesn’t do them justice, but it’s pretty damn cool nonetheless. It’s noisey super angular rock ala Women, with much of it riding on their tight vocal harmonies. It was amazing the sound they accomplished despite being just three people.

Also check out their 7″ single… it’s REALLY good.

Good Amount – Swimmer Christian Filardo is a dude who runs a net label called Holy Page Records that’s put out a couple compilations I’ve contributed to. He also does a band called Good Amount. I randomly met them in Santa Barbara, where they were also touring through. This is a nice ambient electronic music tape.

Stephen Steinbrink – I Drew a Picture I played a show with Stephen last year, and so I was excited to catch him play at the Che Cafe the day after my tour. Stephen is a “singer-songwriter” and home recorder who is a delicate master of his craft. As soon as you pop this one in Steven hits you with his super tight harmony singing, and it’s like bam this is awesome. This one sounds so cool. Some textures are reminiscent of French groovesters, Air. Other moments vaguely recall Satanic Panic-era Of Montreal. The warbly mellotrons and honkytonk pianos, the slap tape echo, punchy drums, and 80s-tinged production of tracks like To Be New Again all translate especially well on cassette tape.

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I think there’s also something to be said for actively engaging the music you’re listening to. With a cassette you pick it up and put it in a machine to listen to it, and half-way through you flip it over to continue. It takes deliberate effort. With a computer on the other hand, the listening process is so passive, especially if you’re using giant playlists or have your whole library on shuffle.

But I think the most interesting thing about cassette tapes is in the strengths and limitations of the medium. Ok, so maybe it’s mostly limitations. But it’s cool to see how people work with the frequency response and saturation characteristics and how the medium can become a part of the sound of the recording in a pleasing way.

All these tapes are super cool. The cassette-sound aesthetic of a few of them — especially I Drew A Picture and April Fools Day — has really inspired me. I’m taking notes! I look forward to doing another one.

Birds Carried Your Song Through the Night EP

I’m excited to announce that there is a new Just Another Snake Cult cassette coming out! out now and selling out quickly! It is titled Birds Carried Your Song Through The Night. It is being released by Off Tempo in a limited edition of 100. It features cover art by my friend Vince Waring. It’ll be released in time for my small California tour (check here for dates). I did a tour of California performing this cassette and it was wonderful.

$6. Preorder it now and I’ll pay the shipping (in the US, or Iceland but you’ll have to wait a month). Just send me an email: thor at bandwidthbeta dot com If you’re in Iceland, I’ll have a few copies here soon. For the US and the rest of the world, order directly from Off Tempo.

This release is not available digitally. But I’ve cut together a preview:

Since January I’ve been hanging out in California, taking care of various things I needed to take care of (and escaping winter). While out here and away from the rest of the band I’ve been doing some solo Just Another Snake Cult performances. I dug my old Ensoniq SQ-80 synthesizer out of my parents’ the garage and arranged a set of songs that I could perform alone. It’s mostly the same songs from previous recordings, but given a stripped down, sparse and atmospheric treatment. I liked the result, and so that’s why I made this EP.