Hands and Knees - Fieldtrip!

Hands and Knees - Fieldtrip!

Hands and Knees are Joe, Carina, Scott and Nick from Boston and Western Massachusetts. 'Fieldtrip' is taken from their new full length "Wholesome," visit their bandcamp page and stream the entire album.


Nick Waterhouse - Some Place

This self styled midnight-hour R&B shake-fest is a can’t miss for any music fan with decent taste. If you’ve heard it in the night clubs of San Francisco, you know that a new sound is about to turn on the modern American listener.

'Some Place' b/w 'That Place' is a self-produced debut 45 RPM single of Nick Waterhouse from San Francisco via PRES Records.  It was recorded at Costa Mesa’s Distillery recording studio (Black Lips/Harlem/The Strange Boys) in Mono and cut on the Gold Star Studios (Phil Spector/Beach Boys) master lathe, engineered by Mike McHugh.

Nick Waterhouse - Some Place by Nick Waterhouse

"That Place" - Nick Waterhouse & the Turn-Keys in The Studio
PRES recording artist Nick Waterhouse & his Turn-Keys record their debut single "Some Place" and the flip "That Place" at the Distillery studio.

WATCH more >> Asterisk San Francisco Magazine - Exclusive Music Video: Some Place by Nick Waterhouse

The Day Before Boxing Day

"The Day Before Boxing Day"
Directed by Robyn Hitchcock & Hannah Bird


Night People #06: Sharon Van Etten

Night People #06 (Part 1,2,3,Tokyo!)
Sharon Van Etten - Much More Than That
December 9, 2010 at 7th Floor, Shibuya
a film by Shuhei Hatano, presented by Sweet Dreams


Arnaud Fleurent-Didier

Arnaud Fleurent-Didier - Reproductions
From Arnaud Fleurent-Didier's album "La Reproduction"

Arnaud Fleurent-Didier - France Culture
From Arnaud Fleurent-Didier's album "La Reproduction"

Lia Rose - Sister

'Sister' is taken from the forthcoming first solo album "When You Need Me Most" of Lia Rose (Built for the Sea / Or, the Whale), out on January 13th.  It was recorded and mixed @ The Hangar in Sacramento by Robert Cheek with Andrew Hamm, Tim Marcus (Or, the Whale), Andrew Maguire (honeycomb), Anton Patzner (Judgement Day / Devotionals), Eric Kuhn (Silian Rail) and others.

Iron & Wine - Tree By the River

Download 'Tree By the River' from Iron & Wine's forthcoming new album "Kiss Each Other Clean." Visit his official site, here!

tree by the river by geraldinewaters


Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune

PHIL OCHS: There But For Fortune
 (2010) Written & Directed by Kenneth Bowser

In this brilliantly constructed documentary film, interview and performance footage of Ochs is illuminated by the ruminations of Joan Baez, Tom Hayden, Pete Seeger, Sean Penn, Peter Yarrow, Christopher Hitchens, Ed Sanders, and others.

Opens January 5, 2011 at the IFC Center in New York!


Sam Prekop - The Silhouettes

Sam Prekop - The Silhouettes
Directed by Jordan Kim
Animators: Cris Shapan, Michael Wingate, Patrick Armitage, Jordan Kim
'The Silhouettes' from Sam Prekop - "Old Punch Card"

Mickey Brown - Wild Child

Blending tropical with psychedelic, Mickey Brown forward a kind of music that is both familiar and wholly unique.

Mickey Brown - Wild Child

Mickey Mickey Rourke + Lester Brown = Mickey Brown

'Wild Child' is taken from a collaboration between LA’s Miller Rodriguez aka Mickey Mickey Rourke and Canada’s Lester Brown, Mickey Brown's second album "Soul Glo," available on its bandcamp page.


Toro y Moi - Still Sound

Toro y Moi - Still Sound

Les Sins - Lina

'Still Sound' is taken from Toro y Moi's forthcoming full-length "Underneath the Pine" which is due out on February 22nd, 2011 via Carpark.  His dance side project Les Sins' 'Lina' (12") is also out now via Carpark.

The Beets - Time Brought Age

The Beets - Time Brought Age

'Time Brought Age' is taken from The Beets' upcoming second full-length "Stay Home" which is due out on January 11th via Captured Tracks, also out digitally on December 22nd / 7" on January 11th with 4-panel poster sleeve by Matt Volz via Captured Tracks.


contrarede presents
SWANS Japan tour 2011 GUEST : James Blackshaw

2011/3/15(tue)  Shibuya/Tokyo, CLUB QUATTRO
2011/3/17(thu)  Shinsaibashi/Osaka, CLUB QUATTRO

further information >>

Swans - documentary, Czech Republic 1997
director Petr Matas Stehno, Czech Television

WATCH :: Swans - I Crawled - Live Lee's Palace October 2, 2010


James Blackshaw – All Is Falling (Part 7 Edit)

This track (7-minute edit) is taken from James Blackshaw's 2010 eighth studio album "All Is Falling," released from Michael Gira’s Young God Records.

The Corin Tucker Band - Doubt (live)

Night People #05
The Corin Tucker Band - Doubt
November 28, 2010 at O-nest, Shibuya
a film by Shuhei Hatano during Japan tour presented by Contrarede


The Decemberists play The Grateful Dead

The Decemberists covered The Grateful Dead's "Row Jimmy" (originally appeared on 1973 album "Wake of the Flood") on the flipside of their new 7" single 'January Hymn' in conjunction with Record Store Day. Their new full-length "The King Is Dead" is due out on January 18th via Capitol Records.

The Decemberists - Row Jimmy (Grateful Dead cover) by jp917

Row Jimmy - Grateful Dead, 3.20.77 Winterland

Linda Hagood - MaRsUpIaL sHeNaNiGaNs

Linda Hagood - MaRsUpIaL sHeNaNiGaNs
Cut paper collage animation by Alice Choen for the song "Marsupial Shenanigans" by Linda Hagood from the album "Pink Love/Red Love" on Awesome Vistas Records, available at here.

"Appalachian-born singer/songwriter LINDA HAGOOD (DOUBLE-U, SMACK DAB) releases her first solo album Pink Love/Red Love on famed artist CHRIS JOHANSONs Awesome Vistas label. Conjuring a kaleidoscopic, magical, and visionary sonic landscape, Hagood pays tribute to her own unique iconography with lyrical elegies to crabs, kangaroos, caducei, pink and green vampires, and little hyenas. An enchanting and unique hothouse of seeming contradictions -- fierce yet funny, strange yet familiar, hypnotic yet surprising-these songs are also a fully realized musical vision for this soulful, peculiar, and accomplished artist. Beautiful cover artwork by CHRISTINE SHIELDS." -Awesome Vistas


Holiday Tunes

It's Christmas Time (Sun Ra cover) - Yo La Tengo
Beach House - I Do Not Care for the Winter Sun
Snow Bridge - Candy Claws  (via)
Holiday Face - Dent May
A Marshmallow world - Math and Physics Club
Alan Parsons Winter Wonderland - Grandaddy
A Favorite Christmas Gag Gift - Half-Handed Cloud  (via)

Wooden Shjips for the Holidays (2009 edition) - O Tannenbaum
via FMA

The new Danielson record is DONE!

Danielson “Best of Gloucester County"

The bulk of Best of Gloucester County revolves around a completely new “team,” as Smith has put it himself (Patrick Berkery- drums, percussion; Evan Mazunik- piano, organ; Joshua Stamper- bass; Sufjan Stevens- banjo, vocal; Andrew Wilson- electric guitar), most of them local players from the Gloucester County, NJ, area where Smith lives and works and has his studio. 

Danielson – Grow Up

The first Danielson album in five years, “Best of Gloucester County” will be coming out on February 22nd, 2011 via Daniel Smith’s own Sounds Familyre label, on March 14th, 2011 via  Fire Records (UK).  Special guests include Jens Lekman, Emil Nikolaisen (Serena-Maneesh), Glen Galaxy (Soul-Junk), Mark Shippy (US Maple), and Chris Cohen (Cryptacize).

David Lowery - The Palace Guards

David Lowery - The Palace Guards

David Lowery has been known as the co-founder and front man of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, also his solo works and collaborations with a handful of trusted musical cohorts associated with his Richmond, VA-based studio, Sound of Music for over 17 years. Now David has recorded and produced his new full-length album "The Palace Guards" in conjunction with John Morand and Alan Weatherhead. Key players include Miguel Urbiztondo, David Immergluck, Craig Harmon and Ferd Moyse. Special guest appearances include Cracker's Sal Maida and Johnny Hickman, as well as the late Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse) who played keyboards on “Big Life.”  "The Palace Guards" will be available on February 1st, 2011 via 429 Records.  He has also currently been writing new music with Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven for upcoming albums and plans to continue working on his popular 300 Songs project - a blog chronicling all of the songs he's written and recorded with both Cracker & CVB.


Jona Lewie - Stop The Cavalry

A new rendered version of this classic Christmas hit.

Award winning songwriter, producer and musician Jona Lewie has had an illustrious career in the industry. From his early days playing piano with blues legend Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, through early chart success in 1972 with his self-penned Zydeco hit “Sea-Side Shuffle”; to his Ivor Novello winning Christmas Perennial hit “Stop The Cavalry”. Indeed, Jona has had major chart success internationally not only with “Cavalry”, but also with tracks such as “Louise”, and “You Will Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties”, amongst many others. The majority of his hits will always be associated with his time signed to Stiff Records.

The Babies - Run Me Over

The Babies - Run Me Over

The Babies - Meet Me In The City

'Run Me Over' is taken from The Babies (known as Vivian Girls Cassie Ramone's new band with Woods' Kevin Morby) self-titled first full-length which is due out on February 8th via Shrimper.  'Meet Me In The City' is taken from their previous release, MEET ME IN THE CITY/SOMEBODY ELSE 7" via Make A Mess.

Slow Loris - When Skies are Gray

Slow Loris - When Skies are Gray

Slow Loris is the musical project of Madison, WI musician Wes Doyle. Wes grew up in Delaware, and moved to Madison in the fall of 2009.  As of December 2010, Slow Loris has released 2 albums – a 5-song EP, entitled Dream/Vacation, and a full length album, Extra Colors.

'When Skies are Gray' (harsh mix) is a brand new song released on his site. And his new full-length "Extra Colors" is available on his bandcamp page.

Woodsman- Live at the Bacchus

Woodsman- Live at the Bacchus- Los Angeles, CA 11/13/2010

Woodsman - Insects

'Insects' and 'Serfer' appear on Colorado-based experimental psychedelic quartet, Woodsman's forthcoming full-length "Rare Forms" which is due out on January 25th via Lefse (CD, digital) / Fire Talk (vinyl).


Teen Daze X'mas

Teen Daze - Holy Holy Holy/Christmas At Sea/Goodnight, Sleep Tight

This is a Christmas medley by Vancouver's Tenn Daze via his Tumblr page.  His 4-track album "Beach Dreams" is out now on his bandcamp page, it was recorded in the Summer of 2010, in Abbotsford, BC, Canada.

"I know that it’s starting to get cold, and that carefree love songs about beach life may seem out of context, but I hope that you guys can look back on your past summer, and let these songs remind you of some of the good experiences you had! "   Teen Daze

In Search of a Midnight Kiss

In Search of a Midnight Kiss is an American independent romantic comedy written and directed by Alex Holdridge. It is listed on the National Board of Review's Top 10 Independent Films of 2008, won the Independent Spirit's John Cassavetes Award in 2009 as well as having earned awards at festivals around the world. (WIKI)

Unfortunately "In Search of a Midnight Kiss" wasn't shown in any theaters in Japan, only on TV.  Its music compilation of tracks features Okkervil River ('Lines' and 'Mermaid'), Shearwater, Brian McGuire, Mendoza Line and Sybil ..... and also the film features legendary architectures in LA.


Versions of Joanna

Versions of Joanna: The Oxfam America Benefit Album featuring artists covering the music of Joanna Newsom has been released! Only a $10 donation for 22 tracks! 21 artists from six countries. Artists include Billy Bragg, Ben Sollee, Owen Pallett, M. Ward, Ian Cooke, and more! www.versionsofjoanna.com

03. Sadie - M. Ward by VersionsofJoanna

06. Peach Plum Pear - Owen Pallett by VersionsofJoanna

09. Sawdust And Diamonds - Ben Sollee by VersionsofJoanna

Leisure Birds - Down the Drain

Leisure Birds - Down The Drain

Leisure Birds - Copper Scroll

Hailing from Minneapolis Leisure Birds consist of Jake Luck, Nick Ryan (Gayngs), Cory Carlson, Alex Achen.  Both tracks are taken from their debut full length "Copper Scroll" via Totally Gross National Product

Influences: The Kinks, Hawkwind, The Monks, Holy Modal Rounders, Can, 13th Floor Elevators 


Incredible Dragging an Ox through Water

Portland's biggest mystery Dragging An Ox Through Water's CD "The Tropics of Phenomenon" is out now from Sweet Dreams Press.  This Japanese special edition has 12p full color booklet (incl. lyrics and works by Dana Dart-McLean), A3 sized poster (incl. Brian Mumford's dream journal and text by Tetsuro Yasunaga), thick cardboard sleeve (incl. text by Patricia No) as well as 5 new bonus tracks by Dragging An Ox Through Water, a cover by Grouper, 4 remixes by The Polyps, Thicket, Tara Jane O'Neil, and ZZ Tapes (E*Rock and Yoni).  contact info.sweetdreams[at]gmail.com

Sculpture's zoetrope record

ROTARY SIGNAL EMITTER Picture Disc LP by Sculpture (via Arthur)

Audiovisual duo Sculpture use video zoetrope record deck, tape loops, cassettes, samples, computer programming and lo-fi electronics, cross-fertilizing analogue and digital techniques to generate energetic amalgams. Live performances explore intuitive possibilities and unforseen permutations.

SCULPTURE - Dan Hayhurst: Music / Reuben Sutherland: Animation

Dan Hayhurst (Sculpture) - gtr skool spring term

Demonstration Reel

Night People #04 / Ethan Rose

Night People #04 / Ethan Rose
October 27, 2009 at 7th Floor, Shibuya
music by Ethan Rose, a film by Shuhei Hatano
during Laura Gibson & Ethan Rose Japan Tour 2009
(presented by Sweet Dreams / Headz)


Moon Duo - Silver Bells

Moon Duo - Silver Bells  (via WFMU)

New holiday themed single from Moon Duo. Erik and Sanae add more lilt to the season than any combination of egg nog and booze ever will. On the B side the duo wrap a coat around the classic "Goat Head Soup" deep cut "Winter." (Holy mountain)
Moon Duo from San Francisco consists of Wooden Shjips guitarist/singer Erik “Ripley” Johnson along with Sanae Yamada.  Thier new holiday 7" is due out on December 14th via Holy Mountain.  Also Sick Thirst Records release Wooden Shjips' "Oh Tannenbaum / Auld Lang Syne" 12" on December 14th as a limited edition green or red vinyl (500 of each).  Both tracks previously appeared on their 2008 Holiday Cassingle.

The Executioner's Song (1982)

A few days ago, the movie called Trog(1970) was aired on Television. It was so bad that I became interested.

The director, Freddie Francis also directed the movie Son of Dracula(1974) that stars Ringo Starr and Harry Nilsson. Later he became known as a cameraman for David Lynch's film like The Elephant Man, Dune, The Straight Story.

In 1982, he filmed an Emmy awarded TV movie The Executioner's Song which is based on Norman Mailer 's novel of the same name and stars young Tommy Lee Jones.

Cass McCombs - The Executioner's Song


Distractions - I Need A Reason

Distractions - I Need A Reason

Twosyllable label released the new 7" single by Chicago's “R&B/Lounge/Surf/Noir Pop” group Distractions.  Their debut LP "Dark Green Sea" is due out on January 18th via Infinite Best, previously released in a limited, cassette-only edition. This vinyl edition was remixed and mastered by Udbhav Gupta (of Twin Sister).

Monster Rally Moonglow Digital Single

Monster Rally - Moonglow

This track is taken from Monster Rally's a brand new Moonglow Digital Single via his bandcamp page. It features three songs from the forthcoming limited edition 12" LP, 'Coral', out January 2011 on Gold Robot Records.


Yo La Tengo with The Feelies!

Yo La Tengo/Feelies - White Light/White Heat
Live at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ on December 2, 2010, on the 2nd night of Hanukkah.
(via Eardrum NY)

U.S. Girls Live in Sweden

U.S. Girls - 'The Island Song' live in Göteborg, 2010-10-22
U.S. Girls (Megan Remy) performing the still unreleased 'Island Song' live at Koloni, Göteborg, Sweden, on October 22, during the U.S. Girls / Ignatz / Sheldon Siegel tour of 2010.

U.S. Girls - Red Ford Radio

U.S. Girls - I Can Hear Music (Ronettes/Beach Boys cover)  (Live on WFMU)

'Red Ford Radio' is taken from her second full-length "Go Grey" available on Siltbreeze.


Sonny & The Sandwitches

Sonny & the Sandwitches - Throw My Ashes From This Pier When I Die

San Francisco's beloved artist Sonny Smith teamed up with the Sandwitches to release an four-song EP on 11th December via Empty Cellar Records. It was recorded in San Francisco and mastered by Paul Oldham, each record includes a comic book, four full-color album covers, and a high-quality digital drownload. Pre-order here.

Track Listing: 1. Throw My Ashes From This Pier When I Die  2. Through The Fog & The Haze  3. Cathedral In The Desert  4. Take A Hard Look Down That Long Corridor



Skeleton$ - Walmart and the Ghost of Jimmy Damour

SKELETON$ is a musical personality. When you think of people you know who are like Nelson Mandela, Elvis Presley, Mahatma Ghandi, and John Lennon, think of Skeletons. Like Sun Ra, James Brown, and Fela Kuti before them, they often change their name from album to album for tax purposes. 

Hailing from Oberlin, Ohio, currently New York City-based Skeleton$ (a.k.a. Skeletons, Skeleton$ Big Band, Skeletons & The Girl Faced Boys, Skeletons & The Kings of All Cities) consists of Matthew Mehlan /Jason McMahon and Jonathan Leland (of Glasser) / Mike Gallope (of Starring) / Peter Vogl.  The unit created by Chicago native musician and filmmaker Matt Mehlan in 2001.  'Walmart and the Ghost of Jimmy Damour' is taken from their upcoming new album "People" which is due out out in spring 2011 via Shinkoyo.

RIYL:  Arto Lindsay ....

Laura Gibson - Hands In pockets

Night People #03
Laura Gibson - Hands in Pockets
October 27, 2009 at 7th Floor, Shibuya
song by Laura Gibson, a film by Shuhei Hatano
during Laura Gibson & Ethan Rose Japan Tour 2009
(presented by Sweet Dreams / Headz)