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Today we talk to Anthony Fantano, host of The Needle Drop blog and soon, The Needle Drop show on WNPR, 10pm on Saturday nights.
Here's just a sample of what Anthony brought to share with Where We Live
The Terrordactyls- Mike Bowers EP
I interviewed these guys a while ago, and they've got some really infectious pop music on their latest EP. Their instrumentation is made up of synths, guitar, light percussion, kazoos, and toy piano. It's definitely a sugary sweet sound.
Earth - The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
Earth is really a seminal experimental rock band. In the early 90s they pioneered the concept of "drone metal," which--in a sense--is really a subgenre of ambient music. Their early stuff isn't a taxing sound, but it's a slow and low sound. Nothing jumps out due to the fact its a drone, but the sheer volume of the music makes it much more than just "furniture music."
Well, they're still putting out records and they're not too much into droning anymore. Their music is still very meditative, but it's far more accessible than it used to be. It's a very lush and slow brand of instrumetal rock, and their latest album features jazz and avant-garde guitarist Bill Frissell on several tracks.
Beach House- Devotion
Beach house is an intersting pop duo. Right from the start, it's pretty obvious who they're into: Nico, Velvet Underground, Mazzy Star, Dusty Springfiled. They've got a very interesting style of atmospheric pop, and the instruments they use call back to another era as much as their music does. Overall, their style doesn't jump out at you, but the haunting sound of it is enough to make the music catchy.
The Ruby Suns- Sea Lion
These guys are a pretty interesting collective of musicians. The whole thing is masterminded by a Mr. Ryan McPhun, and he plays most of the instruments in the recordings and mixes much of the music as well. It's pretty obvious that he takes a lot of hints from Brian Wilson in his song structures, chord progressions, and production style, but he's got kind of a thing for music from Africa. So it's definitely a captivating mix of pop vocal harmonies, quirky melodies, strange sounds, and African rhythms.
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