Basement Songs

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Friday, August 04, 2006

Take Pride, My Friend

Photo Felicia Atkinson

From First Nation, their debut S/T album:
Female Trance
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i originally saw these three NYC ladies play at Cakeshop a few months back, after this album had officially dropped. and the place was packed maybe three weeks post-release. maybe it was because they were opening for White Magic, but really i think it's due to the publicity they gathered after touring with Animal Collective last year. that's a lofty undertaking having never had an album. maybe they had put everyone in a hypnotic trance (they do have a tendency to come off as 'tribal' at times...and, this just noted, i wrote that before realizing the track i'm posting is called 'Female Trance'). First Nation is a softer, more feminine form of that Animal Collective sound. i don't know why, but on hearing their first song live, it felt as though you were trasnsported into an aviary. i know, an odd comparison, but their harmonized voices can sometimes naturally sound like birds overlapping one another (which doesn't necessarily come across on this disc).

From Jacob Smigel's release Eavesdrop: A Wealth of Found Sound:
Trailer Couple
Hamburger Hamlet
Fight with Michael
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I can't even express to you how much i respect "found sound." why? because there is not one false aspect to it. it's all real. as genuine as a documentary, as valuable as photographs and antiquities. Jacob Smigel discovered these found tapes over the course of 4 years from thrift shops, yard sales and trash cans. absolutely brilliant collection from front to back. comedic, tragic, fully cinematic. this is America baby. doesn't it make you proud?

If you like this, check out more "found sound" at Tape Findings for some new funny goodies updated weekly
OR 365 Days, a weirdo project of one MP3 a day for one year of found tapes, mainly of crazy people singing crazily...there are more and if i find them again, i will direct you that way.


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