LMG Exclusive: Dead Leaf Echo MP3 mix


A mix by LG of Dead Leaf Echo

Knife Ves.mp3 Burning Giraffe
Nereus(Spirits Over The Lake).m4a Emeralds
Titanic Sofas.mp3 Sore & Steal
Outshine The Sun.mp3 Belltower
Sweetness and Light (Kevin Shield Remix).mp3 Lush
Stuntman.mp3 The Edsel Auctioneer
Flowers Falling Sideways.mp3 Presents for Sally
Cha Cha Cha RopeBender Remix.m4a Polak
The Morrow.mp3 Michael Nyman
Lets Not Talk It Over.mp3 Outer Limits

Tribes of the City-A Day in the City(video)


Album of the Day...Mark Hollis

from allmusic.com...
Achingly gorgeous and hauntingly stark, Mark Hollis' self-titled debut picks up where he left off with Talk Talk's Laughing Stock seven years earlier, re-emerging at the nexus point where jazz, ambient, and folk music collide. It's quite possibly the most quiet and intimate record ever made, each song cut to the bone for maximum emotional impact and every note carrying enormous meaning. Hollis paints his music in fine, exquisite strokes, with an uncanny mastery of atmosphere that's frequently devastating. And if anything, his singularly resonant voice has grown even more plaintive with the passage of time, which -- combined with the understated artistry and minimalist beauty of tracks like "The Colour of Spring" and "Watershed" -- makes Mark Hollis a truly unique and indelible listening experience. His obvious understanding of the power of silence aside, one prays he doesn't again wait for the seven-year itch to strike before returning.
by Jason Ankeny

buy it

Hidden Shoal Recordings


Hidden Shoal Recordings

The Heart

Perth’s mythic isolation is oft romanticised. The most isolated city in the world according to popular media. Whilst there is a thread in this romanticism that rings true, we think there is a more interesting notion of distance at play with our artists. Over the last 10 years we have witnessed a minor retreat from the stage to the home studio amongst our musical kin. It is this inner space and padding from the outside that has nurtured a purposeful and useful remoteness. A space where unresolved aesthetics gambol with an unrestrained playfulness. We embrace this space, as do our artists; each in their unique voice.

So much aural wonder lay around us and reached no further than one hundred people. “Lets make a device to hurtle our work into the world”, “sure….sure……yeh…..lets do that.” and thus Hidden Shoal Recordings was born early 2006 in Perth, Western Australia.

Just listen from a distance to the distance. Work it out later.

The Body

Hidden Shoal Recordings’ current catalogue includes releases that slip between the edges of experimental ambient work, shoegazing pop, post-rock and indie rock. The label has earned a reputation for releasing exciting and engaging new independent music unbound by genre or style. Hidden Shoal Recordings was recently chosen as one of the top ten favourite labels of 2007 by Textura magazine and has been dubbed “This generations 4AD” by prominent New York radio host DJ Mojo.

The Hidden Shoal Team

Home to NYC's own Monocle and the excellent Ghost In The Water, many, many more...

My Lil Underground @ Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia (DJs from Ports of Call)

Tom and Thomas from Ports of Call are starting a new DJ party (to include bands later down the road) at the oddly named Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia called My Lil Underground. It kicks of January 20th which is also Inauguration Day. Kung Fu Necktie is located on Front and Thompson streets. Starts at 9, goes til 2. free to get yer dance on...

Elika-Let Down(video)

Elika - Let Down

Fantastic 2nd video from the excellent Trying Got Us Nowhere album. directed again by Will Joines.

Elika plays the Club NME showcase which i assume is still at the Annex on January 8th and Monkeytown on February 5th

Autorotation Remix Competition

from their myspace blog...

We are running a remix competition for our next full-length CD.

Have a listen to our two top tracks, Mittelschmertz and Clearscope, and get the files here:


Individual tracks are encoded as 320kbps MP3s (let us know if you need any other format).

Deadline is 15-January-2009.

The best track will be included on the CD. The best of the rest will be featured on our web site.

Many thanks.

i've done one for clearscope and it's killer, at least i think so....
01 Clearscope (Andy Durutti Remix).mp3

Album(s) of the Day...The Durutti Column

Circuses and Bread
My favorite DC album, includes the heart breaking Tomorrow and one of my all time favorites, Royal Infirmary.
buy it
probably on iTunes too

06. Royal Infirmary.mp3

Idiot Savants
great understated album from 2007. favorites include, Gathering Dust, Whisper to the Wind, and That Blows My Name Away.
buy it
also on iTunes and other such sites

06 Gathering Dust.mp3

Album of The Day...Manual-Confluence


Confluence couldn't have arrived at a better time to my geographical location. After an extremely-extended summer that found me running around in shorts and playing tennis into early November, a dramatic weather about-face finally arrived and left no doubt what time of year it really was. It's the sort of weather when a stiff, freezing wind will either leave you feeling wilted and wanting for a pile of warm blankets and bed, or slightly emboldened and ready to put up more of a fight as the daylight hours dwindle away even further.

And so the new album by long-running Danish musician Jonas Munk (aka Manual) feels right at home. The third installment in his series of ambient albums (following up on The North Shore and Bajamar), it's a much darker effort, with huge cloud banks of heavily processed guitar mingling with occasional piano refrains. In fact, one can definitely hear the Eno/Budd influence at work on pieces like the thirteen-minute "Confluence," which puffs out deep breaths of overlapping drones as spare ivory notes linger in the background and finally step out into the daylight as the fog recedes. In other places (like the opener "Blue Stone"), the tone is colder, with nothing but sparse, groaning chord washes that manage to create a nice sense of space.

Overall, it's a much more solid effort from Munk, who has tended to dabble into pretty lightweight territory in the past. It still happens here in places (as with the wavering soft synths in the background of "Sanctuary"), but the release definitely tends to err on the side of deeper and darker, and the result is an eight track, hourlong journey that provides some nice ambient backdrop without getting either too new age or doom-laden. As such, it will make a decent soundtrack whether you decide to go ahead and jump back in bed on a cold day or grit your teeth and continue the walk forward.

from almostcool.org

on myspace

buy it

07 Sanctuary.mp3

Did you know...?


...that Seefeel recently played their first show in a million years on October 24th in the Ukraine of all places?
from their myspace blog...

For the first time in over a decade Seefeel will be reconvening for select live shows in the near future...

However, for various logistical reasons (mostly geographical) Justin and Daren will be unable to join Mark and Sarah for this reunion. Filling in for Justin is Iida Kazuhisa (E-da, former 'Boredoms' drummer) and on bass is Shigeru Ishihara (aka DJ Scotch Egg).

More dates are on the horizon, but in the interim here are some live videos from a recent Seefeel performance at the 'Kvitnu Fest' in Ukraine from October 24, 2008...

who wants them to come the states? we do...

big weekend at Vanishing Point Dec 19 and 20

On friday it's The Soundscapes(last minute addition)28 Degrees Taurus, Dead leaf Echo and Her Vanished Grace.
The Sounscapes kill it, that's all i have to say and that's all you need to know. they rule. i've seen 28 degrees once at pianos back in March. i was quite entertained for the first 20 minutes but they played a bit to long for my taste and i forgot about the tunes i liked. lots of good energy though. DLE are favorites round these parts and never fail to impress. 2009 should be their year. Her Vanished Grace is and old school LMG favorite. we did one of our first shows with them way back when. also a good time and they pump out the albums like no one i know. solid band, totally worth showing up early for.

On Saturday it's Project Skyward, The Invisible Kid, and Screen Vinyl Image and Brian from Elika DJing.
Project Skywards' return to the live scene the last few months has been going quite well. with an entirely new line up; new singer and guitarist, they've been working out some material for a new album. things are looking bright after quite some time away. The Invisible Kid (aka The Danimal to those who know him well) rocks it hard, with his Ride-esqe guitar and his big Madchester beats. always a crowd pleaser. SVI, what can you about them, they're "a little loud" like Jesus got "a little crucified".(brightestyoungthings.com) Jake and Kim are about the raddest people we know. always loud, always good.

SVI also have a record coming out early next year called...

you can preview it here

should be a hell of a weekend...
and of course this all takes place at Vanishing Point

Album of the Day...Playing With Time-Mark Van Hoen

allmusic.com review by james mason

One of the more underappreciated artists in the British electronica scene, Mark Van Hoen states his case for the defense of the genre with Playing With Time. Firmly in the late-'90s lush-ambient sound (that he helped establish through his work with Seefeel, Scala, and Locust), the album is a collection of generally short tracks (all but two under five minutes), each with a distinct mood. Perfectly sequenced, the album begins with "Real Love," featuring the heavily processed vocals of Holli Ashton (who appeared on Locust's Morning Light album) over a sparse dark ambient background, highly reminiscent of early Seefeel. While not continuously mixed, the tracks have distinct ebb and flow between them, carrying one over to another while simultaneously having distinct beginnings and endings. An ambient piece will be followed by a more beat-oriented track, and then something in between. The album closes with a majestic trilogy, "When Tomorrow Comes," "Love Is All" and an unnamed track. "Tomorrow" is a majestic keyboard / faux-orchestral piece, and fades seamlessly into "Love Is All," the other track on the record with vocals, this time from Lisa Millet. Van Hoen treats the vocal with heavy echo, delay, and other DSP effects to weave a tapestry of true subtle, shimmering beauty. The untitled closing track places the listener in ambient territory staked out decades previous by Brian Eno. Composed of several simple piano loops and a simple electronic bassline, the track is set in motion and allows the loops to play off and against each other over the course of its 30 minutes. This is a good album for newcomers to electronic music, as it is melodic, danceable, and chilled out, all in the space of 78 minutes.

on myspace
buy it

01 Real Love.mp3

Winterlight - Suddenly Something Good video


speaking of Winterlight...
check out the beautiful video directed Jack Lane
:::::Winterlight | Sudenly Something Good:::::

from the Winterlight Myspace blog...

suddenly something good release and video

To coincide with its release on the very first compilation from self storage records, Jack Lane has kindly made a beautiful video for 'suddenly something good'. You can look at it at http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=47675980 please leave a nice comment about his wonderful imagery.

Self storage recordings is the label set up by the impossibly cool new york promotion/musician/etc collective loveless music group and features ulrich schnauss, soundpool, auburn lull, elika and a host of other great acts. You were to be able to buy it from me but customs has slapped a huge duty on my copies thinking I love the cd so much i bought 30 copies; so in the meantime you could google northern star records and go and get a copy there. It really is a ghreat album, details can be found at http://www.myspace.com/selfstoragerecordings


cheers to Tim for a beautiful song and video!


seriously awesome new album from the London 3 piece
check out their myspace and then buy the record here
also check out their track on our latest podcast remixed by our good friend Winterlight (who also has a track on the Self Storage Comp)

Supersonic Sound Fest 08 Tour

if you happen to be in or traveling to Indonesia, this looks pretty impressive....

the bands...








Perfect Angel

The Milo

Bleary eyes





Amnesiac Syndrome

Individual life