April 24, 2014

Forrest Gump Given Wes Anderson Treatment?

Robert Zemeckis's classic starring Tom Hanks has been, in a tiny way, given a Wes Anderson style make-over. Louis Paquet has wondered what the film's opening credits would look like Anderson-ified. Here they are and I like.


April 23, 2014

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: New Album and Preview featuring Matt Berninger

June 3rd will give us the new Clap Your Hands Say Yeah album titled Only One and with a invigourating taste of what will be offered is this track, "Coming Down", with help from The National's Matt Berninger.

The band has supplied us with tour dates and they also need some assistance with their EU tour. Check it out you might just get Alec Ounsworth to play in your living room.

4/9 : Denver CO - Ogden Theatre
6/2 : Washington DC – U Street Music Hall
6/3 : Carrboro NC – Cat’s Cradle
6/4 : Columbia SC – New Brookland Tavern
6/5 : Ybor City FL – The Orpheum
6/6 : Orlando FL – The Social
6/7 : Atlanta GA – The Masquerade – Hell Stage
6/8 : Louisville KY – Zanzabar
6/10 : Iowa City IA – The Mill
6/11 : Minneapolis MN – Triple Rock Social Club
6/12 : Madison WI – Majestic Theater
6/13 : Chicago IL – Taste of Randolph
6/14 : Cleveland OH – Grog Shop
6/16 : Toronto ON – Horseshoe Tavern
6/17 : Montreal QC – Il Motore
6/18 : Allston MA – Brighton Music Hall
6/27 : Philadelphia PA – Johnny Brenda’s
6/28 : Brooklyn NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg More shows will be announced soon.


Alec spent the last 3 months traveling across America playing sold out solo shows in fan's living rooms. The shows have gone so well, we've decided to do a tour like this in Europe. Each show is limited to 40-60 tickets, totally acoustic, no stage, no sound system... just Alec and a guitar. We’re looking for hosts in the cities below between May 10 – 25.

Birmingham Brighton
Bristol Cardiff

Please read everything at this LINK to get details about how the shows work. Then email the requested into to cyhsy@undertowmusic.com if you can host a show.

April 21, 2014

Todd Terje 'It's Album Time'

If any of you have wondered why this blog has slipped away into one of the millions of dusty corners of the internet, today I came upon a prime example of 'what' caused this... Pitchfork's current golden boy, Todd Terje.

 All electronic, all disconnected... his songs off of  It's Album Time exhibit a lack of nature, a lack of skin and bone, of fingers hitting, plucking, striking an instrument of wood and skin...they are disconnected from nature. The copper wires, circuits and binary codes only strengthen the wall between natural and unreal. Oh, yes, there are rhythms and melodies, but no matter how sharp and clear they still carry a sterility borne of science's clinical heart and the cradle of technology from which they came. There are more than enough robots and computerized circuits in our lives today, just let music breathe on its own.

Will someone just pull the plug on this binary music and see if it can breathe on its own... Please?

Todd Terje's album is the sound of kidnapped acoustic music trapped in an iron lung of motherboards and drivers. Sounds to make the robots dance... I'll sit this one out.

April 14, 2014

Alice Boman: New Song "What" with Video

 It's fantastic to hear new Alice Boman music, fantastic as it hasn't lost it's unique personality while still being a more 'hi-tech record' (she's moved on from intimate home recordings to a cabin in the woods).

 Alice came to us as a soft baby bird you gather in your hands, watching it easily settle into it's new nest of fingers, skin and bone. That soft baby bird is still there, you can almost feel the feathers blossoming from her lips with a voice of quiet aching and wanting. Buttressed by an everpresent piano, her new song,"What", will give you shivers, blue shivers, up and down your willing spine. And feathers to tickle your blues away, or keep it company until the sun comes up.


 Alice's new EP, titled simply EP II, will be available June 3 via The Control Group in North America, Adrian Recordings in Scandinavia and Happy Death throughout the rest of Europe.

July 10, 2013

Gold Plated Diapers: Swearing At Motorists "This Flag Signals Goodbye" MP3

How often does The National's Matt Berninger get compared to the golden throat of Leonard Cohen? Well, just once is one time too often. I bring this up because Swearing At Motorist's singer, Dave Doughman, sounds like the perfect meshing of Mr Berninger and Cohen and comes out sounding like no one but himself.

this flag signals goodbye from the album  This Flag Signals Goodbye (2002)
(mp3 courtesy of epitonic.com)

The Listening Post No. 13

July 08, 2013

Gold Plated Diapers: Low Skies "Sad Hymn" MP3

There is something odd about Low Skies' Christopher Salvater's voice—there seems to be a sad moan buried just beneath the surface. It claws it way closer to the light when in lower registers and when it climbs up from it's blue-bladed grave into falsetto, the weeping willows sway. Driven by a big and ragged guitar, Low Skies, "Sad Hymn" turns blue in all the right places.

sad hymn from the album The Bed  (2003)
mp3 courtesy of epitonic.com

Interview, Video, Stream: Mark Mulcahy "She Makes The World Turn Backwards"

June 18th marked the release date for Mark Mulachy's first studio album in eight years, Dear Mark J Mulcahy, We Love You. Recorded in Northampton, Massachusetts, with Henning Ohlenbusch at the helm, the album was mixed by Paul Q. Kolderie and mastered by frequent Mulcahy collaborator Myles Mangino.  Long adored by fellow musicians and industry insiders, Mulcahy has tended a feverish core audience since his bow into the musical community in 1983 with Miracle Legion. Now, three decades on, the odds of the fever spreading are still in his favour with the arrival of a healthy new strain of Mulcahy music.

One of several standouts on the latest arrival is "She Makes The World Turn Backwards". A video which makes great use of Mulcahy's abilities as a live performer in that the song is performed live for the cameras.

Mr Mulcahy was more than kind to answer a few questions for Sixeyes. Also, Sixeyes must thank Mark Mulachy's manager, Ross Murray, for his assistance.

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S: How comfortable are you putting your music in the hands of another, so to speak, when making a video? Do you ever feel a loss of control?

MM: It's always  a gamble... good ideas on paper don't always translate to good ideas on film. A song is three to four minutes long, but only has to occupy your ears. A video has to keep you more interested and sometime three minutes is a long time. I've had some good fortune with a lot of directors, but sometimes it just doesn't work. It's no one's fault...  I think a budget helps, but money won't make honey.

S: Did performing the song live put you more at ease? Was this director Kyle Kochan's idea?

MM: I was for lip synching it, but we would've lost to the greatness of the chorus. They hated the idea. I'm also a pretty bad syncher. Live was the best and only way to do it. The band played it so well and the chorus added the unique perspective that singers of their stature bring to a song. It was a great day for me. Kyle thought of all the great ways to illustrate what was  happening in the room. He had it all blocked out, so the  story unfolded. That's the genius of Benton West.

S: Is the premise of a live video meant to address the fact you hadn't performed live in years?

MM: No, I don't think so. I'd like people to come see me live to see me live. Maybe we should make a performance video.

S: What to you feels most different about this album in comparision to those in the past?

MM: Just as a feeling, I'd say I accomplished a goal. I set out to make this record a certain way and thanks to henning and the rest, it we did pretty much what we planned. As for comparison, I don't know how to answer that. Even though I've played the nostalgia game, I'm lousy at looking backwards.

Thanks very much to the busy, Mark Mulcahy.

Below you'll find a streaming mp3 of Mulcahy's "She Makes The World Turn Backwards", along with the aforementioned video of the same song. As a bonus, we've also got a streaming selection of Mr Mulcahy's great past work!

July 12—Spaceland Ballroom—Hamden, Connecticut
July 13—Iron Horse Music Hall—Northampton, Massachusetts
July 25—The Hideout—Chicago, Illinois
July 27—Codfish Hollow Barn—Maquoketa, Iowa
Aug. 28—The Lexington—London, England
Aug. 29—Latest MusicBar—Brighton, England
Aug. 31—End Of The Road Festival—Salisbury, England
Sept. 14—The Barn On Green River—Williamstown, Massachusetts