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Of Montreal is a part of the The Elephant 6 Collective including great acts like Neutral Milk Hotel, Olivia Tremor Control and Apples in Stereo. Their sound is 2 parts pop mixed with 1 part psychedelia to create an aural concoction that will be stuck in your head for days. I’ve heard that their live shows involve a lot of visuals including costumes, but I have yet to see them live.
I’d like to dedicate today’s sketch to our troops and their families. This is a beautiful acoustic song by Iron & Wine about a soldier’s journey and discovery when he gets home. The song was originally by New Order, but Iron & Wine bring a whole new level of emotion to it.
Tonight’s post is a special request, and a little out of the ordinary. It’s not so much about the song (it’s a beautiful rendition of the classic “Lean on Me”), musicians (I’m not really a fan of any of the musicians) or my quick sketch. It’s about helping out in a time of need. If you haven’t donated to help Haiti yet you should, but more importantly remember to think of Haiti in-between disasters as well.
Something about this song made the little guy in my head think organ grinder. I don’t know anything about this band aside from the fact that they are 4 DJs from France. The video I linked to is pretty amazing.
I saw these guys many years ago purely by accident. They were opening for Baboon one of my favorite Denton bands at the now defunct Argo. I was so blown away by how great they sounded that Baboon seemed boring to me. The band to me is straight forward rock with a twist. Their song structure is simple and catchy, but they had a percussionist beating various found metal objects in addition to a phenomenal drummer. I remember propane tanks, sheet metal, a metal pail and a few random statues. After the show my wife and I purchased their EP which I think is all that they had for merchandise. They have put out a handful of great albums since on Ipecac records with. I think they are still around, and if so I’d love to see them live again.
It’s time to mark the halfway point of my sketching project with a poll. Pick your favorite from the options below, and I’ll develop the most popular choice into a finished poster. If you don’t see an option that you feel should really be in there feel free to write it in. You can vote until February 8th at midnight.
I’ll be posting an update of the poster art from the Q1 poll, soon.
Tortoise is considered one of the major influences in the post-rock movement. The instrumental band has featured players from Zwan, Slint, The Sea and Cake and The Poster Children. This song comes from my favorite album “Tortoise.” I had a chance to see them live with Mouse on Mars a few years ago, and I was surprised at how tight the band played. Not only did they play everything as it sounded on the album, they even played it in the same order. I was hoping to hear a little more improvisation, but they sounded great none-the-less.
You may recognize frontman Mike Patton from Faith No More or Mr. Bungle. Tomahawk is a supergroup featuring ex-Helmet drummer, John Stanier, ex-Jesus Lizard guitar player, Duane Denison, and Melvins bassist Kevin Rutmanis. The band is still together having released 3 albums though Rutmanis is no longer in the band.
I had the hardest time finding this CD in stores, and happened to get lucky at a used records store in Fort Worth last week. To celebrate, I decided it was finally time to put pencil to paper for one of my favorite songs off the album.