Friday, December 23, 2005

Lofidelica interview:Sidney Alexis Lindner (Hotel Alexis)

"...I used to sit in the big empty meeting room and play the saddest little symphonies using only the black keys because I knew they would work together. And sometimes a girl would come and sit on one of the many benches and weep. And I was so sad that year and it just felt like this was somehow connecting with that sad part in people..."

The following interview will also be presented on air in Kanal 103 FM, in Macedonian, when doing the countdown of the lofidelica top 10 albums of 2005.

Sidney Lindner is the man behind Hotel Alexis, annoyed that most people find his surname difficult to pronounce, he uses Alexis instead. The "Hotel" comes from "The Golden Hotel" where his brother Cayce Lindner also plays. However, it was the title of this album which I found most intriguing...

What inspired you for the peculiar title of this record "The shining example is lying on the floor"?
I took the title from a biography of Keith Richards. I liked a lot of the images it seemed to convey. I’ve second guessed that title a lot as I’d want to do but I guess I thought it had this sense of wasted potential that I wanted to get across.

What sort of things inspire you the most, in general?
That’s really difficult to answer. I tend to think of inspiration as an unconscious activity or rather the tapping into an existing well-spring of unconscious build-up. There needs to be a “trigger event” that begins this movement upwards of compressed ideas – but the ideas have been formulating all along. And often your conscious mind wants to, and does, reject these ideas. They, like dreams, often seem ridiculous/dangerous to the conscious mind.
...That sounds kind of pretentious, but I think it’s true. Lately, I’m really trying to record even the things which seem really stupid or don’t make any sense.

Beside the fact that Sidney recorded his first albums on a friend's tape recorder, this album has been recorded in a high-priced studio (Zippah), so that he would finish it fast instead of focusing on silly details for days like he usually does, since he's an experienced sound engineer. However the album includes very old recordings, such is "Blue in the Blackout", or a hidden track among the long lasting final silence "Danny's in the rye".
Some of the people who have helped in realisation of this album are Gregg Porter, Kimberlee Torres (who sings in his other band Torrez) and Nate Groth, but also it is interesting to notice how his familly is involved too. Besides, his brother Cayce, their mother Barbara does the cover art...

What did your mother think of the music? How has she encouraged this affinity in both you and your brother towards music?
I think my mother is very proud of me and likes the fact that I’m creating something. She’s a really great visual artist. You know, my brother and I were never encouraged about music in any way. I think we probably came upon it on our own. What my brother and I have always had was a strong feeling of ‘it’s us against them’ and we have shared in the creation of a lot of secret worlds – one of which is musical.

Most people would count The Quiet Life among their favourite songs off this album. There is a part of the lyric which goes "Something so permanent lately, has died in you, and I know you weren't made for this, working the devil's work for free"

What is the devil's work?
The idea that there is good work to be done is something I’ve always given belief to. The idea that, given the right compensation, one might deviate from the righteous path and do the work of evil is a common one. A deal with the devil and all that. I think a lot of us get led off the path without any compensation at all – we just think that’s what we have to do to survive.

Concerning the lyrics, in another interview, Sidney quotes William Burroughs when saying that "Words are a disease", and indeed he uses strong words that create altering mental images, which adds to his powerfull music in general.
There seems to be some symbolic mentioning of a piano in a few songs (most notable is the one in Dapper Dan "Buy a piano, if you get sad, play just the black keys...")

Do you own a piano?
No. But I used to play the piano a lot when I was a kid, long before I played the guitar. When I was attending a Quaker boarding school in upstate New York I used to sit in the big empty meeting room and play the saddest little symphonies using only the black keys because I knew they would work together. And sometimes a girl would come and sit on one of the many benches and weep. And I was so sad that year and it just felt like this was somehow connecting with that sad part in people.

When I'd lent "The shining example is lying on the floor" to a friend, he claimed it put him straight to sleep and couldn't focus on the songs. On the other hand, there are parts in lyrics which go "And die in your sleep" that tend to freak me out, and I don't fall asleep that easily with it...

How do you usually fall asleep?
I usually read just before bed. Then, when I’m actually falling asleep, I generally picture myself in some sort of underground fortress. It’s very well protected and hidden and I can see out but no one can see in. It used be a sort of tank or rolling fortress but now it’s usually just a really secure underground office.

Sidney actually lives in Sadness (Dolores, Colorado)...

What is it like where you live? Would you prefer living somewhere else?
Well, I’ve been living in Colorado since July. Before that I lived on the East Coast in Portsmouth, New Hampshire for seven years. I always feel like I should be moving on. I struggle with that. This part of Colorado, the “four corners region” they call it because nearby you can lie in four states – Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico – all at once, is really cool. Huge sky and mountains and big desert vistas.

I live in Macedonia, miles, miles away...

What is your reaction to the fact that people in Macedonia listen to your music and fall asleep with your words?
I love it. I’m grateful for it and pleasantly surprised by it. I actually consciously made this record to be one that you could listen to while going to sleep. I used to do that all the time, every night, and it bothered me when a record would have some quiet songs and then have a really loud song. I wanted to make a record that you could really drift off too. I didn’t think that people so far away would be listening.

Beside the common comparison between his music, and the quiet moments of Sparklehorse, great musical influences for Sidney are Richard Buckner, Vic Chessnut, Leonard Cohen, Fleetwood Mac, Red House Painters…

What have you been listening to mostly in 2005?
It’s been a weird year for me in a lot of ways and certainly in the way I’ve listened to music. I haven’t had the usual thing I get where I find something and listen to it over and over as much lately. I usually get really into stuff and then I burn myself out on it. I do the same thing with food. And people.

And finally a question that every average Macedonian, sadly, is occupied with since the beginning of December...

How will you spend the New Year's Eve?
I’ll be doing my usual feeble attempt to join in celebration I’m sure.

Thank you for being so kind to do this interview!

If nothing better comes up, and if a friend agrees to make me company, you will be able to hear "The shining example is lying on the floor", on Kanal 103, in the NYE.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Lofidelica Top 10 Albums of 2005

10.Jeffrey&Jack Lewis-City&Eastern songs (Rough Trade)

I just felt I had to put Jeffrey in the list, even if it means to nudge out Sufjan Stevens, or Chad Vangaalen...His wit, charm and everything conquered my heart, unfortunately a bit too late to get any higher...
9.Stephen Malkmus-Face the truth (Matador)

This album was my number one in the very beginning of the summer. It is very playful, but also mature, kind of perfectly fits in the lofidelica Sundays...
8.Pernice Brothers-Discover a lovelier you (Ashmont)

"Snow" is probably a song I always play when Dj-ing. Other than that, the album works as a whole, there is some atmosphere-altering magic about it which I really like.
7.Hood-Outside Closer (Domino)

February/March/April somewhere around that period, I was really into Hood, electro-acoustic, whiny, and cold...The lyrics are brilliant. I was thinking between this, David Pajo's "Pajo" and Castanets' "First Light's Freeze"...
6.The Panics-Sleeps like a curse (LittleBIGman)

Makes me feel really good listening to it. Brilliant altogether.
5.Thanksgiving-The River (Hive Fidelity/Marriage)

Adrian definetly marked my 2005. At least in all of those (unsuccessful) attempts to get him to play here. His music is pure beauty. I quote: "He sounds like The Microphones (minus the drumming) vs. Will Oldham." Very young (19), talented and productive, I think he has released at least 3 albums this year, from which I chose "The river" as the best one.
4.Arizona Amp And Alternator-A.A.A.A (Thrill jockey)

This probably compensates for not being able to place M Ward's "Transistor Radio" in the top 10. Also a very important part of AAAA is Howe Gelb, whose amazing voice totally wooes me. The cowboy charm, different musical styles blend, and generally the whole fooling around among very very cool people, gets AAAA to number 4.

3.Bonnie 'Prince' Billy-Summer in the Southeast (Drag city)

The best Will Oldham songs in one place, and live! It reminds me of seeing him live in Italy, which was one increadible highlight of this year.
2.Smog-A river ain't too much to love (Drag city)

Each song here tells a story, listening to this album is like reading a book, or being alone with Bill Callahan, it's a very intimate experience, which I tend to set "on repeat".

1.Hotel Alexis-The shining example is lying on the floor (Broken sparrow)

Finally, Hotel Alexis. A background for most of the moments which made my year. To convert sounds into feelings is what I consider the biggest power of music. "The shining example is lying on the floor" makes me feel love.

*listen to
the quiet life

dapper dan

it's obvious now

note:this list will influence the final Kanal 103 list, of albums of the year, which I will eventually post.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

18 december 2005

jeffrey&jack lewis::williamsburg will oldham horror::city&eastern songs::rough trade
karl blau::ode to ocean::sea saw::kelp!
brakes::heard about your band::give blood::rough trade
wolf parade::dear sons an daughters of hungry ghosts::apologies to queen mary::sub pop
chad vangaalen::somewhere i know there's nothing::infiniheart::sub pop
two gallants::some slender rest::what the toll tells::saddle creek
the decembrists::sixteen military wives::picaresque::5rc
phosphorescent::not a heel::aw come aw wry::misra
phosphorescent::dead heart::aw come aw wry::misra
bonnie'prince'billy::death to everyone::summer in the southeast::drag city
bonnie'prince'billy::a sucker's evening::summer in the southeast::drag city
beck::together we found misery::banjo story::unreleased
beck::you can be so careless::banjo story::unreleased
jeffrey&jack lewis::posters::city&eastern songs::rough trade
jeffrey&jack lewis::don't be upset::city&eastern songs::rough trade
cat power::hate::the greatest::matador
the panics::crack in the wall::crack in the wall ep::littleBIGman
jeffrey&jack lewis::anxiety attack::city&eastern songs::rough trade
sufjan stevens::chicago::illinois::asthmatic kitty
jeffrey&jack lewis::they always knew::city&eastern songs::rough trade
jeffrey&jack lewis::new old friends::city&eastern songs::rough trade
hood::winter 72::outside closer::domino
david pajo::let me bleed::pajo::drag city
jeffrey&jack lewis::moving::city&eastern songs::rough trade
jeffrey&jack lewis::art land::city&eastern songs::rough trade
jeffrey&jack lewis::williamsburg will oldham horror::city&eastern songs::rough trade

Jeffrey&Jack Lewis-City and Eastern songs (Rough Trade)

The cool lyrics are nothing new to be said about Jeffrey, so I'll just type out the lyrics of a song on this album I've been listening to on repeat..."Williamsburg Will Oldham Horror", you know, I've met WIll Oldham too, at a show in Italy...he asked me "So Sandra, what do you do in life?"...and that is where I went mute...:)...he was quite nice really, unlike with Jeff here...

Today I went to Major Matt's to remaster my old album
And on the L train in the morning, I was pretty sure I saw Will Oldham,
He was wearin' the same sunglasses he had on stage at the Bowery Ballroom
Had he come to walk among the Williamsburgers of his kingdom
And like the burghers of Calais will a sacrifice be demanded?
To offer up our dreams and beg for mercy empty-handed?
And hapless in our hipness crowed 5 to an appartment
Relegate our dreams to hobbies and deny our disappointment
Cause The Stones in '65 want total satisfaction, kid
But The Stones in '69 see grace in just getting what you need
But if that's a victory then I'd hate to see what I'd look like defeated
Cause I know there are those among us who seem to get their dreams unimpeded
Today I went to Major Matt's to remaster my old album
And on the L train in the morning, i was really sure i saw Will Oldham,
He was wearin' the same sunglasses he had on stage at the Bowery Ballroom
Had he come to walk among the Williamsburgers of his kingdom
And you might say now there's a guy who seems to have their world laid out before him
Or you might say, he's just a rich kid or a fascist or a charlatan
But either way you say it if you look at indie-rock culture you really can't ignore him
And even if at first dismissive, after some listens you'll enjoy him
I was thinking this on the L train, intend on buesting my own bubble
How long should an artist struggle before it isn't worth the hassle
And admit we aren't fit to be the one inside the castle
This quest for greatness or, at least hipness, just a scam
And too much trouble but then what makes on human being worthy of an easy ride
Born to be a natural artist you love or hate but can't deny
While us minions in our millions tumble into history's chasm
We might have a couple of laughs but we're still wastes of protoplasm
Today I was gonna waste some time and money to remaster some dumb old album
And on the L train in the morning, i was really sure I saw Will Oldham,
He was wearin' the same big sunglasses he had on stage at the Bowery Ballroom
Had he come to see the strife here in the gutters of his kingdom?
Where us noble starving artists are striving to feed our ego
Our mothers like our music our our friends come to our shows
And if our friends become successful, we'll consider them our foes
Go home to our 4 roomates after payin' big bucks for rockstars shows
What a nightmare! what a horror! i don't want no part of this
Get me off this crazy ride,
I'm gonna puke, I'm gonna piss! I'd rather kill myself,
I'd rather just relax or not exist
But you say you wanna do an e-mail interview? Oh what the heck, I can't resist!
"Hey, 'ma, guess what today, I did another magazine interview!
Honey, that's great, you're really famous!!" Yeah and I'm 27 too!
I kinda thought I was gonna grow up to do stuff that I'd benefit humanity
But it's getting harder to tell if this artist's life is even benefitting me
Cause I was gonna waste some time and money today to remaster some dumb old album
And on the L train in the morning, I was totally sure I saw Will Oldham,
He was wearin' the same big sunglasses he had on stage at the bowery ballroom
And since I was feeling in need of answers I just went right up and asked him, I said,
Will Bonnie Prince, Palace or whatever "What do you think about it?
Is it worth being an artist or an indie-rock star, or are you better off without it?"
Cause I mean maybe the world would be better if we were all just uncreative drones,
No dead child, hood dreams to haunt us, a decent job, a decent home,
And if we have some extra time we could do real things to promote peace,
Become scientists or history teachers or un-corrupt police at least,
"Come on Will, you gotta tell me!!" I grabbed and shook him by the arm,
The L train was leaning Bedford with 10,000 white 20 somethings crowed on
He opened his mouth to speak but it was lost in the rumbling of the weels
We were thrown together in a corner and I yelled "Tell me, man, for real!"
You're living comfortably, I assume, even if you're not quite a household name
You've reached a pretty high level of success & critical acclaim
The L train got to first avenue and a bunch of people piled out
I was starring into his sunglasses and I was really freakin' out i was like,
Steamboat Willie Bonnie Prince of all this shit, you're like the king of a certain genre
But even you must want to quit like if you hear a record by Bob Dylan or Neil Young or whatever
You must start thinkin' "People like me, but i won't be that good ever"
And I'm sure the thing is probably Dylan himself too stayed up some nights
Wishing he was as good as Ginsberg or Camus
And he was like "Dude, I'm such a faker, I'm just a clown who entertains
and these fools who pay for my crap, they just have pathetic punny brains
and Camus probably wished he was Milton too or whatever, you know what i'm sayin'?!"
So Will, will you be straight with me now that it's just us 2 on this train?
Cause I was gonna spend some time and money today to remaster some dumb old album
And I saw you here on the L train
And I was like "Hey, is that Will Oldham?" he must at least , have some perspective
Cause it's like, living in this town I get so confused & wound up & up tight
And I just don't know up from down
And then we'd reached the last stop and the subway was deserted
There was a long moment of silence and I let go of his shirt
I started to think that maybe I'd made some kind of big mistake
I tried to walk out onto the platform but by then it was too late
His sunglasses seemed to grow darker and still he hadn't even spoke
He just came right up behind me and put his hand around my throat
And threw me down onto the concrete and kicked my face in with his boot
And dragged me down onto the train tracks and tied my hands back with his coat
And I was slipping out of conciousness as he was slipping down my jeans
And he was punching me and humping me and I slipped off into a dream
So it might have just been a delusion
But I thought I heard him say something like "Artists are pussies"
Then he climbed back up and ran away
So I lay there in the darkness on the train tracks cold and broken
The hours passed and I thought,
Well... maybe I won't remaster that old album
And then I started thinking maybe it really hadn't been Will Oldham
Even though he did hold my arms and fucked me just like Will sings in "A sucker's evening"
But whether it was him or not I couldn't forget the words he'd spoken
"Artists are pussies", like we're wusses or we end up getting fucked
And other kinds of folks are dicks, tall, smart and strong
And born to fuck us up I know,
It sounds really sexist and stupid,
It's a terrible analogy but at that moment on the train tracks,
It made a lot of sense to me maybe it's just some kind of natural balance,
Like 2 types of mental gender that's gone on in all societies,
In one form or another like some dicks were born to conquer,
I probably would if I could but if i'm jut a pussy, that's okay
Cause in a few months maybe, I'll put out something good.

(thx ema)

this is punk for indie kids, that has some fiddle too, and sometimes even goes folky. Jack Lewis is Jeff's brother...Most of the reviews I try to write about any Jeff Lewis album are crap, since I'm a very passionate fan, so I'd rather not say anything really...Buy it!

Sunday, December 11, 2005

11 December 2005


It's snowing here, beyond the imaginable. I couldn't make it to the station. And yes, too much revision, too little time :)

Friday, December 09, 2005

beat is murder

do you remember no not fun recordings? this is very similar, but possibly more tronic...
the lo-fi spirit is all over their place, so check it out.

04 December 2005

bonnie 'prince' billy::i see a darkness::summer in the southeast::drag city
neko case::favourite::the tigers have spoken::mint
pj harvey::taut::live
uncle tupelo::knocking on heaven's door::live
cat power::love and communication::speaking for trees::matador
iron&wine::lion's mane::live
elliott brood::only at home::live
shins::pressed in a book::live
bonnie 'prince' billy::i gave you::live
howe gelb&pj harvey::plants&rags::live
neko case::wayfaring stranger::the tigers have spoken::mint
uncle tupelo::no depression::no depression::rockville/columbia legacy
ryan adams::if i am a stranger::cold roses::lost highway
sufjan stevens::come on feel the illinoise::illinois::asthmatic kitty
liger::not in my palace::the infra ordinary::*beat is murder*
liger::thanks and no thanks::the infra ordinary::beat is murder
chad vangaalen::i miss you like i miss you::infiniheart::sub pop
my morning jacket::it beats for you::z::ato
arab strap::dream sequence::the last romance::chemikal underground
the new pornographers::the breeding heart show::twin cinema
the new pornographers::three of four::twin cinema
the czars::paint the moon::goodbye::bella union
richard hawley::coles corner::coles corner::mute

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Winter Equinox-Safe and Sound (Crony)

I don't know where you come from, but in Macedonia we have immensly hot summers and freezing winters. In the winters the temperatures may drop down to -20C degrees, and there have been cases when we'd get extra winter holidays, because it is impossible to get to work/school with all the ice, snow, blizzard etc. However, there are also cases when the tempeture is -19C and you still have to leave the house. You can move 2m/min on foot, and cars are out of the question, while it is very very damn cold. Reaching home, in such days, has always been an extatic experience. The contrasting freezing-warm, the feeling of looking at the storm you've just got out of, through your window, wrapped up in some hot scarf, with a hot drink...Safe and sound. Now, that is the feeling that I get from this album. It is absolutely mesmerising. Winter Equinox come from Ontario(Canada), so I suppose it isn't much different there weatherwise. Apart from this ambiental description, Winter Equinox undoubtedly remind of Tortoise, glitching jazzy melodies (percussions, clarinet, bass) and electronica, to create 6 minute instrumental pieces (except on the closing Skies over smokestacks, featuring depressive vocals)...Other associations that come to mind are Hood, Gy!Be, Mogwai, Four Tet, Oliver Petkov (definetly, trust me.), Explosions in the sky, The London Apartments... The band consists of Lauren and Robyn Yakiwchuk (sisters), Dan Roberts, and Brad Weber. In only a week from now they will be playing live with Caribou (ex. Manitoba), and have already played with bands such as The Organ and Matt Pond PA. Highlights of this album include Scenic Caves and Shiny New Penny.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

27 November 2005

mclusky::lightsabre cocksucking blues::do dallas::too pure
circus lupus::pop man::twenty years of dischord::dischord
low::death of a salesman::the great destroyer::sub pop
sun kil moon::carry me ohio::ghosts of the great highway::jetset
my morning jacket::it beats for you::z::ato
wilco::bob dylan's 49th beard::more like the moon ep::nonesuch
south san gabriel::i feel too young to die::the carlton chronicles::misra
south san gabriel::predatory king today::the carlton chronicles::misra
epicure::blow those blues away::main street::independent
damien jurado::a jealous heart is a heavy heart::on my way to absence::secretly canadian
hayden::this summer::elk lake serenade::badman
herman dune::show me the roof::mas cambios::track&field
david pajo::high lonesome moan::pajo::drag city
the national::friend of mine::alligator::beggars banquet
nicolai dunger::ride your smile::a taste of ra::hapna
nicolai dunger::ride your smile::a taste od ra::hapna
nicolai dunger::indian love calls again::a taste of ra::hapna
album>>cat power::the greatest::matador

20 November 2005

mclusky::whodoyouknow::do dallas::too pure
mclusky::to hell with good intentions::do dallas::too pure
the devastations::love doesn't end like that::coal::in fidelity
calexico::what's a little wait::the book and the canal::quarterstick
hungry ghosts::i don't think about you anymore, i don't think about you anyless::alone, alone::smells like
iron&wine/calexico::he lays in the reins::in the reins::overcoat
wilco::far, far away::being there::nonesuch
cat power::hate::the greatest::matador
album>>bonnie"prince"billy::summer in the southeast::drag city

Saturday, November 26, 2005

13 November 2005

winter equinox::seeing stars::safe&sound::crony
house of love::love you too much::days run away::art and industry
house of love::days run away::days run away::art and industry
chad vangaalen::kill me in my sleep::infiniheart::sub pop
norfolk&western::your sunday::winter farewell::film guerrero
norfolk&western::headphone brigade::winter farewell::film guerrero
mew::snow brigade::frengers::epic
mew::her voice is beyond her years::frengers::epic
kilo of black bondage::too broken::fear the window::ronda
spencer kingman::al jazeera::spenking/crosses::marriage
spencer kingman::mortified::spenking/crosses::marriage
spencer kingman::two more miles::spenking/crosses::marriage
stephen malkmus::it kills::face the truth::matador
shins::so says i::chutes too narrow::sub pop
wilco::panthers::a ghost is born bonus::nonesuch
wilco::kicking television::a ghost is born bonus::nonesuch
op8::if I think of love::slush::thirsty ear
arizona amp and alternator::man on a string::arizona amp and alternator::thrill jockey
david pajo::let me bleed::pajo::drag city
calexico::convict pool::convict pool ep::quarterstick/touch & go
drive-by-truckers::carl perkins' cadillac::the dirty south::new west
silver jews::animal shapes::tanglewood numbers::drag city
okkervil river::black::black sheep boy::jagjaguar
teenage fanclub::only with you::man made::pema
jim o'rourke::therefore i am::insignificance::domino
the panics::twin sisters::sleeps like a curse::littleBIGman
smog::i'm new here::a river ain't too much tolove::drag city

Friday, November 11, 2005

06 November 2005

wilco::not for the season::yankee hotel foxtrot demos::nonesuch
mirah::look up!::c'mon miracle::K
grey de lisle::inside texas::iron flowers::sugar hill
richmond fontaine::black road::the fitzgerald::el cortez/union
elliott brood::edge of town::tin type::weewerk
calexico::missing::the black light::quarterstick
lorna::remarkable things::static patterns and souvenirs::pause music
dirty three::great waves::cinder::touch&go
bonnie "prince" billy&matt sweeney::four screams::i gave you ep::drag city
smog::wine stained lips::julius caesar::drag city
the shins::girl on the wing::oh, inverted world::sub pop
pernice brothers::my so called celibate life::discover a lovelier you::ashmont
alfie::crying at teatime::crying at teatime::regal
john vanderslice::peacocks in the video rain::pixel revolt::barsuk
the shins::new slang::oh, inverted world::sub pop
lucinda williams::joy::car wheels on a gravel road
pj harvey::one line::stories from the city, stories from the sea::island
kimya dawson::12-26
laura cantrell::wishfull thinking::humming by the flowered wine::matador
ryan adams&the cardinals::cherry lane::cold roses::lost highway
neko case::if you knew::the tigers have spoken::anti
silver jews::sleeping is the only love::tanglewood numbers::drag city
nada surf::concrete bed::the weight is a gift::barsuk
the house of love::the girl with the loneliest eyes::babe rainbow::fontana
beauty pill::mule on the plane::the unsustainable lifestyle::dischord
dirty three::sad sexy::cinder::touch&go
cat power::the greatest::the greatest::matador

Sunday, October 23, 2005

The Panics - Sleeps like a curse (littleBIGMAN)

Opening with the lullaby-esq One too many itches, The Panics guide us into the plain, yet magical world of Sleeps like a curse. You can hope that I might, But I never feel a thing..The following, likewise titled, Sleeps like a curse builds a subtle pathway to My best mistake, the song that would work wonders in an indie-club. I really like it when i can sing along to songs with lyrics that are moving enough as it is...And I'm not really that sentimental. I hope. Like in every good album, after a powerfull, energy draining song, follows a slight sentimental comedown, in this case, Like an unwelcome guest."I'll keep you in my mind, like an unwelcome guest, I'll take my time with us...I hear dogs bark like distant drums"...Just as you start to fear this might be one of those albums where all the good songs are piled up in the beginning, Someone Somewhere Somehow starts:I echo all the words you leave, I only dress them up in mystery...Did I write these lyrics? Why are they so compatible with my mindset? Who are these people who call themselves "The Panics"? They appear to be a prolific australian band, that look on a photograph as cool, laid back and sweet as they sound. Such are the soothing soft vocals by Jae Laffer, with an additional hint of an australian accent...Apparently he met guitarist Drew Wooton in highschool, a friendship based on a similar haircut as he claims in an interview..Oh well, didn't Albarn meet Coxon thanks to their identical trainers?...To get back to the music, yet again, as nice and unpretentious continues through Twin Sisters and Minor A...I really like Speak it, first and foremost, the melody, the backing vocals (Jules Douglas?), one of those songs that feel like summer and lyrically make you think of winter If holding on to me makes you sad, Loosen any ties you have, Ill be moving on as best as I can ...will I slit my wrists before I finish writing this review? Probably...It's not a thing has a brilliant sing along chorus, "I lose my mind seeking signs." Nevertheless, no matter how nice this song is, I always wait for it to finish fast so I can hear The General Calling which is my personal highlight on this album. Sounds different than the rest, the singing is quite sad, the ambient is really's...I quote: "stuck in motion"...well it's stuck in my winamp all day...all week...all year. And this song is not the last, being my favourite it has the best possible position a favourite song could have on an album, it's second last. The album ends with Keep an eye on me...well technically it ends with an instrumental 1 minute ending untitled piece, but I would rather consider that as an extended part of the last song. With lyrics that symptomatically correspond with the feeling you get when you have to leave a person you love...It starts off describing a room...I love this album to bits. The Panics, my new favourite band

23 October 2005

the devastations::you can't reach me now::coal::in fidelity
aidan smith::rooster::early as the trees::analogue catalogue
bellwether::lately::seven and six::rustbelt
neko case&her boyfriends::porchlight::the slaughter rule OST::bloodshot
magnolia electric co::hard to love a man::ep::secretly canadian
nada surf::comes a time::the weight is a gift::barsuk
the broken family band::a place you deserve::welcome home locer::track&field
smog::palimpsest::a river ain't too much to love::drag city
chad vangaalen::after the afterlife::infiniheart::sub pop
richmond fontaine::the janitor::the fitzgerald::union
album>>the panics::sleeps like a curse::littleBIGman

Monday, October 17, 2005

16 October 2005

broadcast::black cat::tender buttons::warp
broadcast::tender buttons::tender buttons::warp
broadcast::you and me in time::tender buttons::warp
cat power::the greatest::the greatest::matador
julie doiron::i broke his heart::heart&crime::jagjaguar
julie doiron::i love to dance::heart&crime::jagjaguar
shearwater::room for mistakes::everybody makes mistakes::misra
broken family band::yer little bedroom::welcome home loser::track&field
bellwether::miss you twice::seven nd six::rustbelt
bellwether::favourite worry::seven and six::rustbelt
my morning jacket::into the woods::z::ato
happy bullets::the vice and virtue ministry::the vice and virtue m inistry::undeniable
nada surf::comes a time::the weight is a gift::barsuk
nada surf::your legs grow::the weight is a gift::barsuk
olivia tremor control::frosted ambassador::dusk at cubist castle::elephant 6
thanksgiving::holy dawns of spring::cave days&moments::marriage
thanksgiving::the old graveyard::cave days&moments::marriage
album>>neutral milk hotel::in the airplane over the sea::domino

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Dis Patch 2005, Belgrade

I spent this weekend in Belgrade at the annual Dis-Patch festival...Maybe it's me, but this year's festival was tad weak, and could not compare to what it had to offer in 2002, or 2003..
I saw My robot friend and Electronicat, and spent the rest of the Friday evening in the hallway drinking a beer and wondering how sounds resembling a small kid drinking a milkshake loudly can be considered as conceptual art.

Good news is that I met Anna B. there, who could possibly help me arrange a thanksgiving (Adrian Orange) gig in belgrade...oh yes! thanksgiving is willing to come to Macedonia on the 19th of November, hopefully should arrange the performance in a small intimate place called Saloon 19/19.

...While I was away, you were able to hear John Vanderslice-Pixel Revolt (Barsuk) in full length.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

25 September 2005

john parish::boxers::once upon a little time::thrill jockey
john parish::even redder then that::once upon a little time::thrill jockey
aidan smith::alone askew::early as the trees::analogue catalogue
david pajo::let me bleed::pajo::drag city
patti smith::dancing barefoot::wave::arista
chad vangaalen::kill me in my sleep::infiniheart::sub pop
arizona amp and alternator::man on a string::arizona amp and alternator::thrill jockey
smog::the well::a river ain't too much to love::drag city
magnolia electric co::the dark don't hide it::trials&errors::secretly canadian
the ashtray hearts::exits::perfect halves::free election
and you will know us by the trail of dead::it was there that i saw you::source, tags&codes::interscope
trans am::sad and young::future world::thrill jockey
mercury rev::across yer ocean::the secret migration::v2
the shins::new slang::oh,inverted world::sub pop
the mountain goats::this year::the sunset tree::4ad
mobius band::city vs. country::city vs. country::ghostly international
i am kloot::strange without you::gods and monsters::echo
andrew bird::opposite day::the mysterious production of eggs::rightous babe
jonathan richman::not so much to be loved than to love::not so much to be loved than to love::sanctuary
lambchop::nothing but a blur from a bullet train::aw c'mon::drag city
vic chesnutt::to be with you::ghetto bells::new west
dandy warhols::love is the new feel awfull::oddity::capitol
the strokes::juice box::first impressions of earth::rough trade
beck::mtv makes me wanna smoke crack::beck/bean split 7"::gusto/flipside
spinto band::kind of a girl::good answer::bar/none
the panics::in your head::crack the wall::littleBIGMAN

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Arizona Amp And Alternator-Arizona Amp And Alternator(Thrill Jockey)

Arizona Amp and Alternator, or 4 A’s is one of Howe Gelb’s (Giant Sand) side projects which this time feautres M Ward, Scoutt Niblett, Grandaddy, Jeremy Gara (Arcade Fire), Marie Lorette Friis, Herniette Sennenvaldt...A sexy cowboy-esq “Hello darling” opens this record in accordance with the folky “I’ll keep you warm” feeling you get like a fuzzy bluegrass intro to the following surprise, an absolutely alluring jazzy, soothing bossanova tune, “Where the wind turns the skin to leather” in Howe Gelb’s manner and hushed-vocals. What follows is “AAAA”, a song you get in four different versions throughout the album, its lyrics alone could define Arizona Amp and Alternator’s sound much better than my review in fact “White man think you’re black, black one thinks you’re white, country man thinks you’re rock, and rockers say it just ain’t right, do you alternate their between, coming up with the best sound anyone has seen...and that’s my country.Only’s not really country...That’s the whole irony with AAAA appearing in completely different sound arrangements, and those exact lyrics. And that’s why I love Howe Gelb so much. Traffic’s cover Low spark of high heeled boys, is followed by “Man on a string”, a duet with Herniette Sennenvaldt, who’s worked with Gelb on his previous records (“The Listener”’s Torque(Tango de la Tongue)...Another quality duet is that of Matt Ward and Marie Lorette Friis on “Baby it’s cold outside”, additionally M Ward makes another appearance on one of the AAAA’s with Howe Gelb, where the music arrangement is the recognizable M Ward sound. The record finishes with a Recital (I think Scout Niblett’s) followed by intense drumming by Jeremy Gara on “The leaving you”, also somehow relating to Scoutt Niblett’s characteristic solo sound. All in all, AAAA offers a truly amazing, unique sublime of many talented artists, brimming with improvisation and charm. Fantastic for a band with “no members in it”(as stated in the sleeve).

Lofidelica Live

Played at Jukebox last night...Mostly New Pornographers, The Kills, The Shins, PJ Harvey, Fiery Furnaces, Belle&Sebastian, Sufjan Stevens, Clap your hands say yeah, Pavement, Beck....

And I lost my beautiful mobile phone there....oh fuck all y'all.

Monday, September 19, 2005

18 September 2005

cat power::sad sad song::speaking for trees::matador
cat power::evolution::speaking for trees::matador
cat power::knockin' on heaven's door::speaking for trees::matador
cat power::night time, back of your head::speaking for trees::matador

elliott brood::unknown::live in toronto
smog::i'm new here::a river ain't too much to love::drag city
amalgamated sons of rest::maa bonny lad::amalgamated sons of rest::galaxia

magnolia electric co::hard to love a man::hard to love a man ep::secretly canadian
magnolia electric co::bowery::hard to love a man ep::secretly canadian
scout niblett::kidnapped by neptune::kidnapped by neptune::secretly canadian
moldy peaches::anyone else but you::moldy peaches::rough trade

jay farrar::vitamins::stone, steel and bright lights::transmit sound

hotel alexis::superman and vitamins::the shining example is lying on the floor::broken sparrow
m ward::hi-fi::transistor radio::matador

pj harvey&howe gelb::plants and rags::live at tuscon, arizona 29 april 2001

album>>arizona amp and alternator::arizona amp and alternator::thrill jockey

Sunday, September 11, 2005

11 September 2005

silver jews::sleeping is the only love::tanglewood numbers::drag city
chad vangaalen::after the afterlife::infiniheart::sub pop
lambchop::my blue wave::is a woman::drag city
nick drake::magic::made to love magic::island
bjork::gratitude(feat.will oldham)::drawing restraint 9::one little indian
howe gelb::torque(tango de la tongue)::the listener::thrill jockey
richmond fontain::disappeared::the fitzgerald::union
hotel alexis::the quiet life::the shining example is lying on the floor::broken sparrow
bonnie "prince" billy::even if love::master and everyone::drag city
calexico::i send my love to you::i am a cold rock, i am dull grass::tract
sufjan stevens::come on feel the illinoise::illinois::asthmatic kitty
mountain men anonymous::finding your heart through pain::krkonose::my kung fu
hood::the lost you::outside closer::domino
david pajo::let me bleed::pajo::drag city
a silver mt zion::horses in the sky::horses in the sky::southern
mount eerie::waterfalls(by thanksgiving)::no flashlight bonus track::phil elverum&sun
album>>mount eerie::no flashlight::phil elverum&sun

04 September 2005

howe gelb::cowboy boots::the listener::thrill jockey
m ward, vic chestnutt, howe gelb::way it goes::por vida:a tribute to alejandro escovedo::matador
john fahey::poor boy::the transfigurations of blind joe death::takoma
karen dalton::katie cruel::in my own time::just sunshine/paramount
clap your hands say yeah::the skin of my yellow country teeth::clap your hands say yeah::self released
clap your hands say yeah::is this love?::clap your hands say yeah::self released
national::abel::alligator::beggars banquet
silver jews::punks in the beerlight::tanglewood numbers::drag city
silver jews::sleeping is the true love::tanglewood numbers::drag city
jacob smigel::body english::full grown and talking about fountains::not not fun
eddy blau::sunday::jetsam/wthfest sampler 2005::kelp
international falls::clear as a bell::jetsam/wthfest sampler 2005::kelp
weirdo/beweirdo::saint saint marks::so i'm dude in this equation::not not fun
weirdo/beweirdo::is that giovanni ribisi::so i'm dude in this equation::not not fun
weirdo/beweirdo::our west is one::so i'm dude in this equation::not not fun
weirdo/beweirdo::put a hat on your love(hate)::so i'm dude in this equation::not not fun
album>>chad vangaalen::infiniheart::sub pop

Friday, August 26, 2005

The Hotel Alexis::The shining example is lying on the floor::broken sparrow

This Sidney Lindner (Torrez, Golden Hotel, Northern) project could well be my number one for 2005. It was originally released in 2004 as a limited cd-r, but it's official date seems to be march, 2005...Anyway, not to be so pedantic, it is one of the most beautiful records I've been listening to, on repeat, since the beginning of the summer. It is the kind of an album which makes me cry and smile at the same time, creating mental images of an enormous, still, water surface...The slide guitars, combined with the utterly laid back vocals, and the powerfull lyrics will reveal this quiet undiscovered, or lost and forgotten part of you, which is perhaps why it seems all so magical...It is so brilliant that you can play it in the background and ignore it, and at the same time the lyrics are that captivating, that if you pay attention, you won't be able to do anything else really...'Something so permanent lately, has died in you...And I know you, weren't made for this, working the devil's work, for free'-The quiet life, or '..Buy a piano, if you get sad, play just the black keys, and die in your sleep, ain't this life sweet..'-Dapper dan.. Additionally all of the 11 songs seem to complete each other, subtly bridging gaps (exp. with Blue in the blackout), and creating this irresistable sweet shortlasting masterpiece.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

14 August 2005

The Replacements::Sixteen Blue::Let It Be::Sire
Evan Dando::Stop My Head::Baby, I'm Bored::Setanta
Richmond Fontaine::Exit 194b::The Fitzgerald::Décor
The Ashtray Hearts::Rules::Perfect Halves::Free Election Records
M Ward::Sweethearts on Parade::Transistor Radio::Merge
Karl Broadie::Diamond In the Dark::Black Crow Callin'::Universal
Mendoza Line::A Damn Good Disguise::Lost In Revelry::Misra
Devendra Banhart::Long Haired Child::Cripple Crow::XL
Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter::The Dreaming Dead::Oh, My Girl::Barsuk
Laura Veirs::Cannon Fodder::Troubled By Fire::Bella Union
Songdog::My Space-Rock Tape::The Time of Summer Lighting::One Little Indian
Smog::Say Valley Maker::A River Ain't Too Much To Love::Drag City
Wilco::Panthers::A Ghost Is Born Bonus EP::Nonesuch
The National::Fashion Coat::Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers::Brassland/Talitres
REM::All the Way To Reno::Reveal::Warner Bros.
Sufjan Stevens::Chicago::Illinoise::Asthmatic Kitty
Black Mountain::No Satisfaction::Black Mountain::Jagjaguwar
Jim O'Rourke::Therefore I Am::Insignificance::Drag City
Album>>Rock Plaza Central::The World Was Hell To Us::Self Released

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Lofidelica August Promotion

All the promotional material that you have sent in August, will be promoted in September, when I get back in Macedonia. However, I am being regularly informed on what has arrived (Not Not Fun releases, What the Heck Fest compilation 2005\kelp..etc), so in any case, I will surely receive them. I appologize for not being able to promote it sooner.

Superwolf at festival

7th of August, the evening, I had the chance to see Will Oldham and Matt Sweeney perform live in Castelbuono (Sicily) , a place with an architecture of a fairy tale...This concert opened the Ypsigrock festival, meant to last till the 9th of August featuring Ulan Bator and Patrick Wolf in the following nights. The venue was totally magical, a performance of Superwolf within remains of an ancient castle thoroughly captured the essence of the intimacy of this album...What I genuinely liked apart from everything, was above all, the warm welcome I got there, being the unique person from abroad, totally lost and confused.
First of all, I have to say I was also pleasently surprised by the powerfull sounding support band Poppy's Portrait, a band that sounded something like Shellac meets Sonic Youth...
Highlights of the Superwolf performance include: What are you, Rudy Foolish, Blood Embrace, Bed is for sleeping, My home is the sea, Beast for thee,and the wolf-esq howling which ended the performance...Some other things I found exciting were of course:the people asking me how is "Fuori" in English at the end of the concert, the camping located in a national park, me telling Will Oldham he made an amazing cover of Sweeter than anything by PJ Harvey, the beach in Cefalù...

A review I wrote was published today in Utrinski Vesnik

Molto Grazie at Gianfranco Raimondo, Vincenzo Barreca, David...

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

07 August 2005

Cat Power::He War::You Are Free::Matador
Modest Mouse::The World At Large::Good News For People Who Love Bad News ::Epic

Wilco::Kicking Televison::A Ghost Is Born Bonus EP::Nonesuch
Sparklehorse::Someday I Will Treat You Good::Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot::Capitol
Sleater-Kinney::Wilderness::The Woods::Sub Pop
Bright Eyes::From A Balance Beam::Lifted::Saddle Creek
My Morning Jacket::It Beats For You::Z::RCA
The Ashtray Hearts::New York::Perfect Halves::Free Election Records
OP8::If I Think of Love::Slush::Thirsty Ear
The Idaho Falls::California Day::Concrete Prairie::2 Tone
Norfolk & Western::The Tired Words::Dusk in Cold Parlours::Hush
Ray Lamontagne::Trouble::Trouble::RCA
Lambchop::Steve McQueen::Aw C'mon::City Slang
Ryan Adams::Somehow, Someday::Gold::Lost Highway
Micah P Hinson::The Last Charge of Lt. Paul::The Baby and The Satellite::Sketchbook
Papa M::Foreign Hotel Garden::Six EP::Drag City
Pushstart Wagon::Paul::L.A Was Our Alamo::Self Released
Jay Farrar::Vitamins::Stone, Steel and Bright Lights::Transmit Sound
Songs: Ohia::Just Be Simple::Magnolia Electric Co.::Secretly Canadian
Evan Dando::Hard Drive::Baby I'm Bored::Setanta
Neko Case & Her Boyfriends::Porchlight::Slaughter Rule OST::Bloodshot
Bonnie "Prince" Billy::Gulf Shores::Greatest Palace Music::Drag City
Vic Chestnutt::Rank Stranger::Slaughter Rule OST::Bloodshot
Pernice Brothers::Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown::Slaughter Rule OST::Bloodshot
The Jayhawks::The Eyes of Sarah Jane::Rainy Day Music::Lost Highway
You Am I::If We Can't Get It Together::The Cream & The Crock, The Best of You Am I::BMG
Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3::Amphetamine::Static Transmission::Blue Rose
Smog::Held::Knock Knock::Drag City
The Playing Fields::Dark Elephant::Dark Elephant EP::Self Released

Monday, August 01, 2005

31 July 2005

Yo La Tengo::Damage::I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One::Matador
Giant Sand::(Well) Dusted (For The Millenium)::Chore of Enchantment::
Thrill Jockey
Wilco::Misunderstood::Being There::
Tha Handsome Family::The Giant From Illinoise::Through The Trees::Carrot Top5
Calexico::Convict Pool::Convict Pool EP::Quarter Stick
Sleepy Jackson::Good Dancers::Lovers::
Josh Rouse::Middle School Frown::Nashville::
Magnetic Fields::All My Little Words::69 Love Songs::
Herman Dune::Show Me The Roof::Mas Cambios::
Track & Field
Grandaddy::El Caminos In the West::Sumday::
Drive-By Truckers::Carl Perkins' Cadillac::Dirty South::New West Records
Pushstart Wagon::Country Star::L.A Was Our Alamo::
Self Released
Elbow::Station Approach::Leaders of the Free World::
Earlimart::Unintentional Tape Manipulations::Treble and Tremble::
David Pajo::Baby Please Come Home::Pajo::
The New Pornographers::Twin Cinema::Twin Cinema::
Silver Jews::Animal Shapes::Tanglewood Numbers::Drag
Okkervil River::Black::Black Sheep Boy::
Statistics::Final Broadcast::Often Lie::Jade Tree
The National::Abel::Alligator::
Beggars Banquet
Teenage Fanclub::Only With You::Man-Made::
Big Star::Thirteen::#1 Record::
Scud Mountain Boys::Freight of Fire::The Early Year::
Sub Pop
The Czars::Paint The Moon::Goodbye::Bella Union
Pavement::Father To A Sister of Thought::Wowee Zowee::
Rock Plaza Central::Gutterdance::The World Was Hell To Us::Self Released
Belle & Sebastian::Legal Man::Push Barman To Open Old Wounds::Matador
The Shins::Pink Bullets::Chutes Too Narrow::Sub Pop

Monday, July 25, 2005

24 July 2005

Smog::Held::Knock Knock::Drag City
Songdog::The Republic of Howlin Wolf::The Time of Summer Lightning::One Little Indian
Jason Molina::Division St. Girl::Pyramid Electric Co.::Secretly Canadian
Richmond Fontaine::The Janitor::The Fitzgerald::Décor
Sufjan Stevens::Casimir Pulaski Day::Illinoise::Asthmatic Kitty
Iron and Wine::Freedom Hangs Like Heaven::Woman King EP::Sub Pop
BRMC::Devil's Waitin'::Howl::ECHO
M Ward::Wild Minds::Scene from #12::Ow Om
The National::Daughters of the SoHo Riots::Alligator::Beggars Banquet
Lou Barlow::Holding Back The Year::Emoh::Merge
Jason Anderson::When Will You Say::The Wreath::K Records
Micah P Hinson::The Last Charge of Lt. Paul::The Baby and the Satellite::Sketchbook
Andrew Bird::Measuring Cups::The Mysterious Production of Eggs::Righteous Babe
The Skygreen Leopards::Egyptian Rosemarie::Life and Love in Sparrow's Meadow::Jagjaguar
Devendra Banhart::Now That I Know::Cripple Crow::XL
Akron Family::Shoes::Akron Family::Young God
Angels of Light::My Sister Said::Sing-Other People::Young God
Hayden::Home By Saturday::Elk Lake Serenade::Badman
Pavement::Greenlander::Slanted and Enchanted Redux::Domino
dEUS::7 Days, 7 Weeks::Pocket Revolution::V2
Eels::From Which I Came/Magic World::Blinking Lights and Other Revelations::Vagrant Records
Broken Family Band::John Belushi::Welcome Home, Loser::Track and Field
Sun Kil Moon::Glenn Tipton::Ghosts of the Great Highway::JetSet
The Castanets::Heaps of Wheat::What Kind of Cure::CD-R handouts
Damien Jurado::Simple Hello::On My Way To Absence::Secretly Canadian
Thanksgiving::The Night In Gales::The River::Hive-Fi
The Mountain Goats::Dinu Lipatti's Bones::The Sunset Tree::4AD
Mount Eerie::I Hold Nothing::No Flashlight::PW Elverum & Sun
Little Wings::Fall Sweep::Little Green Leaves::K Records
David Pajo::Oh No No::Pajo::Domino

Monday, July 18, 2005

Lofidelica Happy Month

Right. This Wednesday, the 20th July, I'll be playing music in the local club Jukebox again.
Thursday morning I set off to a mountainy place Krushevo for a week, then I am going to Italy, so I won't be back in Skopje untill September.

My radioshow-substitute for August will be M.Sh., possibly the best substitute you could hope for. He'll be mailing me the playlists and hopefully I would be able to post them on here.

16 July 2005

kendra smith::in your head::five ways of dissappearing::warner bros
blonde redhead::falling man::live
blonde redhead::misery is a butterfly::live
xiu xiu::muppet face::la foret::5rc
pelican::march to the sea::the fire in our throats will beckon the thaw::hydra head
low::monkey::the great destroyer::sub pop
ryan adams::cold roses::cold roses::lost highway
micah p hinson::the dream you left behind::the baby&the satellite::sketchbook
bonnie 'prince' billy::beast for thee::live with matt sweeney
phil elverum live@ the heck fest 2005
devendra banhart::dragonflys::cripple crow::xl
devendra banhard::i do dig a certain girl::cripple crow::xl
pj harvey::it's you::uh huh her::island
i am kloot::strange without you::gods and monsters::echo
hotel alexis::quiet life::the shining example is lying on the floor::broken sparrow
hotel alexis::dapper dan::the shining example is lying on the floor::broken sparrow
album>>richmond fontaine::the fitzgerald::el cortez/decor