Baths - Stupor
I'm Stray, or Jeff if you want to get familiar. I'm an artist, music maker, aspiring writer, goofball, geek, nerd, and dork. I design graphics for t-shirts for money.This blog is mainly for my own artwork. I also make daily confessions and daily music posts. Art posted in my blog is mine unless otherwise noted.
Other places you can find me on the internet:facebook
Baths - Stupor
Baths - Maxamalist
Lykke Li performing “I’m Good, I’m Gone” in a bathroom.
Lykke Li - I Follow Rivers (The Magician Remix)
I’m seeing Lykke Li at Amoeba FREE this Monday. I’m so excited because if you haven’t noticed I fucking love Lykke Li. If you’re going to be there say hi, I’ll be the black guy with the big hair.
Keaton Henson - Charon
Watch this, so you can say you were into him before it was cool to be into him. This guy is going places. Great video.
If you don’t know. I make some music sometimes under the name “kiss my aesthetic”. Here’s a short piece of instrumental music I made. Sorta inspired by Finn’s hair, haha.
My favorite part about that scene is when Finn takes off his cap he’s like “HA HAAAAA!”
Daily Music Post #1
The Naked & Famous - Birds
I’m one of those weird rare people who really likes music. I like sharing it too. My friends will tell you that most of the music they like they discovered through me, cause I’m cool like that. Thought I’d make a music post a regular daily feature of my blog and share the musical love. I just discovered this band through a fellow tumblr…er? http://incubi.tumblr.com/
Really digging them. Hope ya like. If you don’t, that’s okay, maybe you’ll like the next one.
Daily Music Post #2
Heartsrevolution - C.Y.O.A.
Heartsrevolution is Ben and Lo, their tour bus is not a tour bus, instead it’s an ice cream truck they call The Hearts Challenger, which they sometimes drive around dispensing white heart-shaped vinyl and other knick-knacks and goodies (see? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7LG0Fofkv4). I found out about this band in 07, when they did a split EP with Crystal Castles. I love Crystal Castles, and I think this duo is just as good, who knows, when they release their first full length “Ride or Die” I might like them slightly better, they seem to have that potential.
I chose to post C.Y.O.A. because it’s fun and dancey, and I think people would respond more to that than my favorite tracks by them which are more slow melodic songs:
The Rose and Her Prince http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1w7SWKyPOQ
Digital Suicide http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwInjLLZZJw
You can also check out their site for more videos, news, info and etc: http://heartsrevolution.com/zine/
Hope you enjoyed the music. If you didn’t, that’s okay, maybe you’ll dig the next one.
Daily Music Post #3
Free Blood - The Royal Family
This is one of my favorite play with the volume all the way up dance tracks. Heard it a few years ago and thought for sure this band was about to blow up, at least on that indie level. As far as I could tell that didn’t exactly happen, I have yet to meet anyone who’s also heard of them, they don’t even have a wiki page, haha. That may change soon though because they’ve got a song on the 127 Hours soundtrack, “Never Hear Surf Music Again”. Hopefully this raises their profile and they release a full-length. As of now they have one album, Singles, which is 6 songs, plus some remixes of their songs by other people.
Free Blood is John Pugh, former singer and drummer of !!!, and fashion designer Madeline Davies. I love !!!, but for me their latest album lacked a little bit of what made me dig them so much, it felt a little watered down, and I can’t help but think that it’s John Pugh’s absence that’s responsible. Free Blood has that same infectious funk pop danceyness that I loved in !!!’s earlier stuff. I look forward to more.
If you’re curious and want to read some more about them:
Hope you enjoyed the music, if you didn’t that’s okay, maybe you’ll dig the next one.
Daily Music Post #4
Pepepiano - Los Angeles
I’ve literally only known about Pepepiano for about, I don’t know, 15 minutes or so. I was listening to music on youtube, trying to decide what I was going to post today, and I came across these songs. I can’t stop listening to them, perfect music to relax and get some artwork done to. Also check out this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSXzQX1dLTQ Good stuff. A google search tells me that Pepepiano is the recording alias of David Bird, google also lets me know that he just so happens to have a tumblr page, so instead of me telling you about him you can go to his page which has an interview up http://pepepiano.tumblr.com/ and learn some more and follow him if you’re keen to.
Also, if you like FREE music he has some albums for download on bandcamp, http://pepepiano.bandcamp.com/ you’re welcome.
I’ll leave it at that, so I can get back to listening to it myself.
Hope you enjoyed the music, if you didn’t, that’s okay, maybe you’ll dig the next one.
Daily Music Post #5
Miami Horror - Sometimes
Miami Horror is an Australian band with a elctro-disco-pop-indie sound… I don’t know or care what genre they’d be classified as. Originally Miami Horror was one guy, Benjamin Plant, producing music alone, then it expanded into a band to perform the songs live as I understand it. Discovered them a few days ago. This is perfect summer music to me because you can either dance to it or relax to it. I wonder if they’re a big deal in Australia. I wouldn’t be surprised. You can check out their
You should also check out the following video which is awesome because the dude looks like Zoidberg from Futurama, haha:
and here’s their official site http://www.miamihorror.com/
Hope you enjoyed the music, if not that’s okay, maybe you’ll dig the next one.
Daily Music Post #11
Vitalic - Flashmob
If you like Frenchies who make ass-shaking music (Daft Punk, Justice, Cassius) then Vitalic should be right up your le ruelle. That’s French for alley, or at least that’s what le google says. Le Anyway. Unlike the aforementioned compatriots, Vitalic is solo instead of a duo. Pascal Arbez, as he was born, has been a part of the electronic music scene since the late 90’s, but he didn’t release his first album “OK Cowboy” until 2005, then followed it up with “Flashmob” in 2009. I just heard of him last year, and Flashmob has gone into heavy rotation in my songs to sweat to and practice the robot when I’ve got the house to myself playlist. I don’t keep track of what the appropriate genre labels are for music, to be honest I find that kind of stuff confusing and sort of annoying these days, so I don’t know what people call this kind of music… French electro disco house? Whatever, it’s fun to dance to. Here are some other videos for your enjoyment:
experimenting with dry ice, cool - See the Sea/Red: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56bCjzFMghI
some ladies being bonkerstown smearing their lipstick all over the place - Poison Lips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2dfGC1oziE
Vitalic’s most interesting video, the weird things that go on in bathroom stalls besides pooping and peeing. I can definitely relate to going into the bathroom to eat snacks or take a nap back when I worked a shitty dayjob - Second Lives: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuwRxha8zSU
Hope you enjoyed today’s daily music post, if not, that’s alright, perhaps you’ll dig the next one.
Daily Music Post #15
Ólafur Arnalds - Ljósið
I want to know what it is about Iceland that produces these artist that make this really beautiful evocative sounds. Sigur Ros, Bjork, Amiina, and Olafur Arnalds. I found this video using stumble upon a while ago and I couldn’t stop watching it.
I’m a little busy right now, so I’m going to take the easy way out and just quote another blog. “Born in a suburban Icelandic town, Mosfellsbær, he composes melancholic, emotionally fueled, and undeniably beautiful music. Ólafur studied piano when he was very young. After about a year of lessons, he decided to switch to drums instead. He kept his studies in drums up until two years ago, when he switched over again, this time adding classical theory and composition. Influenced by electronic, post-rock, and modern classical music alike, Arnalds incorporates various stylistic elements into his work. He seamlessly embraces contemporary symphonic composition and instruments but also makes use of electronic instrumentation.”
A song from his latest album: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tvUPFsaj5s
His official site: http://olafurarnalds.com/
Hope you enjoyed today’s daily music post, if not that’s okay, perhaps you’ll dig the next one.
Daily Music Post #16
Cuddle Magic - Baby Girl
Cuddle Magic is a large band of mult-instrumentalists that ranges from 8 members and upwards, based in Brooklyn and Philadelphia, who make pretty pretty soft baroque jazz pop indie music. They’ve got the most adorable band name I’ve heard as well.
They’re single “Expectations”, is one of my favorite songs to sing to myself currently: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQR3dXbEx-s
I often don’t get that into lyrics, I’m more into how things sound then what the singer’s saying, but I actually really enjoy this bands lyrics as much as the music. They’re pretty simple, you don’t have to decipher a bunch of cryptic phrases. “My expectations fuck me over and then my inclination is to do it again”, that’s pretty straight forward, and it’s a sentiment I can certainly relate to.
Here’s another good one, “Disgrace Note”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KaSePMY2kw
I have their album “Pictures” and it’s a good listen, haven’t picked up their previous album yet. “Baby Girl” and “Disgrace Note” are new songs that are as yet unreleased to my knowledge, and if they’re indicative of what the next album will sound like then I’m pretty excited because they sound like some of their best and most interesting tracks.
Hope you enjoyed today’s daily music post, if not that’s okay, maybe you’ll dig the next one.
Daily Music Post #17
Asa-Chang & Junray - Hana
This is one of those groups that when I listen to them around other people they either give me a weird look or ask “What the hell are you listening to?” Not only are the words in Japanese, but it doesn’t stick to normal conventions of melody, harmony and rhythm. So the average person might label this as “weird”, and I wouldn’t blame them or even disagree, it’s very weird, these aren’t songs you can bob your head to or dance to, well maybe you could if you tried but you’d probably look like you were having a seizure.
Sometimes I try to imagine what music will sound like in the future. Decades now what will music sound like? If we heard it now it would sound strange to us, just like if I traveled back and hundred years ago and let people hear the Blood Brothers or Daft Punk they wouldn’t know what to make of it. Asa-Chang & Junray kinda reminds me of music that’s from the future, it uses percussion not to form rhythm but rather to duet with voices, not adhering to a pattern, no groove or beat to be found. It’s an acquired taste I guess. Something about this song draws me in, the first time I heard this song I just sat and listened to it quietly and intently, intrigued. It has an odd beauty to it. I’m kinda glad I don’t understand Japanese, because the drums and the voices together sound like I’m listening to some sort of alien dialog. The only kind of anchor is the strings, they’re beautiful, and melancholy, and add depth to this weird future alien dialog.
I like to listen to this while I draw sometimes. It really stimulates my imagination. I’m guessing that it’s just one of those things where you listen to and love it, or just can’t wrap your head around the appeal at all. I understand that. I find it really interesting to listen, in the same way that I like looking at a nice abstract painting.
Don’t know the name of this one: http://youtu.be/nAFrBhwQkB8
Hope you enjoyed today’s daily music post, if not that’s okay, maybe you’ll dig the next one.