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[on the rise] Trails and Ways

photo magic credits to Alex Khomyakov via facebook

I must admit, this post is long overdue.  Along with the rest of the blogosphere, I’ve been obsessing over Trails and Ways for the last couple of months, so i’m a little confused on why I waited this long to spread the love.  Oh well, better late than never.

Hailing from Oakland, CA, this quartet is producing some of the most infectious dream pop (or in the band’s own words “bossa nova dream pop”) i’ve heard in some time.  They’re premiering a brand new track, “Border Crosser”, tomorrow (Monday, 10/22) over on Indie Shuffle and i’ve heard rumblings of some upcoming shows in SF and LA.  I don’t really know much of anything  in regards to a full-length, but i highly doubt one’s not in the works and i expect news on it’s release sooner than later.  In the meantime, head on over to the band’s SoundCloud page and enjoy the plethora of fantastic tracks, including their take on Miike Snow’s “Animal” and M83’s “Midnight City”.  If you only have time for one track, you must listen to “Mtn Tune”, by far the band’s standout track and easily my favorite.

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[hot off the press] Big Black Delta + M83

Jonathan Bates aka Big Black Delta, former touring guitarist for M83, has been asked to open for the group at Club Nokia next week. Anthony Gonzalez and Bates have collaborated together since Bates began his solo project Big Black Delta in 2010. Bates contributed vocals to M83’s highly praised album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming and produced an official remix of M83’s stellar single “Midnight City.” Together Bates and Gonzalez also produced a remix of Daft Punk’s “Fall” on the TRON: LEGACY R3CONFIGUR3D soundtrack.

Although Big Black Delta’s soundscapes are composed single-handedly in the modest confines of Bate’s home studio on a laptop, the live show is an experience unto itself. Live vocals, dancing, orchestrated light show, and dueling female drummers (Mahsa Zargaran and Amy Wood) make Big Black Delta’s set electrifying.

Big Big Black Delta and M83 will share the stage at Club Nokia on January 12th and 13th for two nights you won’t want to miss! [source: planetary group]

M83 – Midnight City (Big Black Delta remix)

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p.s. Big Black Delta is also playing a show at the Bootleg Bar on Wed, Feb. 22.  Tickets and such here.

[recap] M83 – The Music Box – 11/9/11

I’ve been a big fan of M83 since I first heard “We Own The Sky” in the snowboard flick, That’s It, That’s All.  Since then, Anthony Gonzalez and company have become one of my favorite musical acts and i’ve gobbled up everything they’ve released (at least i think i have).

Last night, the wifey and I were lucky enough to see them play a super sold-out show (tickets were going for $150+ on stubhub) at The Music Box in Hollywood.  This was my first time seeing the group live, and I honestly didn’t know what to expect.  I absolutely LOVE M83, but I’m always a bit nervous that I’ll be let down when I see one of favorites live for the first time.  Needless to say, the show was everything I expected — ambitious, visually stunning, the perfect amount of loud, and quite simply…epic.

If you missed last nights show (or if you’re thirsty for more) M83 will be back in LA for a show at Club Nokia on Jan 13th.  Tickets go on sale Nov 12th here. (complete tour dates here)

Setlist:
Intro (ft. Zola Jesus)
Reunion
Kim & Jessie
One Year, One UFO
My Tears Are Becoming A Sea
Teen Angst
We Own The Sky
Steve McQueen
Wait
This Bright Flash
Claudia Lewis
♪ Midnight City
A Guitar And A Heart

Encore:
Skin Of The Night
Couleurs

A few highlights from the show (in no particular order):
I was pleasantly surprised with the opening act, Active Child.  Take a minute and give them a listen, you won’t be disappointed…unless of course you hate the harp.

Credit: Andrew Youssef http://amateurchemist.blogspot.com/

Zola Jesus joining the band on stage for “Intro” (video below thanks to youtube user suprefan)

White Sea’s powerhouse vocalist/keyboardist Morgan Kibby was a force to be reckoned with (seriously, she was amazing and her stage presence captivated me all night).

Credit: Andrew Youssef http://amateurchemist.blogspot.com/

The perfect transition from “My Tears Becoming a Sea” to “Teen Angst” and the vocals on “Wait” gave me chills.

“Midnight City” is even better live and the saxophone player, who seemingly appeared on stage out of nowhere, tore up his solo.