Daniela Andrade – Digital Age

Hello world!

ZaRecords is coming back, friends.

After two and a half years, it’s about time. There will be new content and new ideas. There might even be new people involved. We’ll see. Hopefully together!

And because cycles are wonderful, I’m marking this (slight) return with one of Daniela Andrade‘s most recent songs, off her fresh “Shore” EP. Her music has changed shape and color, but its heart stays the same throughout the years. Investigate her work now, if you haven’t before. It’s far more visual, it’s become as lush as it’s always aluded to, even during the most naive inklings she put out years ago. “Shore” goes hand in hand with a beautiful series of videos. If you like them, support Daniela here.

That’s the plan for ZaRecords too – something old, something new, something borrowed, something avant-garde. πŸ™‚ My marriage to this craft of translating one art to another remains unshaken.

If you like the song, I encourage you to support Daniela Andrade (and ZaRecords) by simply buying the Shore EP. Just click on the image below!

Darling Violetta – Smaller God (2003)

The bittersweet age of the year draws nigh, and so I offer you this song, a reminder of a time long gone, with diaphanous tendrils weaved into our accelerated present. Chances are you’ve enjoyed, or at least heard about Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and/or Angel, Joss Whedon’s startup shows, back when the Millennium was a big deal. Or perhaps you’ve played the formidable Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines video-game, a true cult classic. Then you might have heard some of Darling Violetta’s songs, including “Smaller God”. If not, enjoy this first contact. It reminds me of Alanis Morissette in her “Jagged Little Pill” period (with vastly inferior lyrics, but so what?), and that’s no small praise as far as I’m concerned. A song like the autumn tide.

Rabbit Rabbit – Hush Hush (February 2012)

Shhh… I’ve just sneaked back in here to let you know about Rabbit Rabbit. Don’t make any sudden movements or loud noises – they’re as easy to scare off as a random thought. Oh, but once that thought grows roots and blooms, what fun!

Rabbit Rabbit is a gorgeous project by Carla Kihlstedt & Matthias Bossi, of multifaceted fame (from Sleepytime Gorilla Museum to Tin Hat and many other shards in between). Music by subscription – monthly 2, 3 or 5$ fee for the same content: a home-made music video, a new song, a very entertaining list of things to do that particular month, pictures and who knows what else? There’s a feeling of intimacy to this project – it manages to drive home the impact that the artists’ relationship with their friends, family and fans has on their creative output, inspiration and very livelihood. You want to be part of that, believe me. You want to have that vague feeling – it’s like none other. The delivery platform is called Rabbit Rabbit Radio, here it is, give it a look.

I find it spectacular that Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi would be the ones coming up with this – it’s like a conceptual culmination of the artistic shock-waves their music has been sending up and down spines throughout the world for many years now, in one incarnation or another. It makes perfect sense! There’s a disclaimer – as always, the music isn’t for everyone and for every mood. But, at the risk of repeating myself – I have never disliked anything these guys committed to tape or vinyl or what have you. I might not have understood much of it, or felt that it would take a few years of personal boundary-pushing to finally click with it (The Book of Knots, for example), but it has always been worth the effort.

Let me know what you think. See you soon! I’ve got one more ace up my sleeve, just you wait. πŸ˜‰

Jason Webley – Northern Lights (2002)

Today’s single is a hare’s breath removed from a lullaby. Jason Webley is a very prolific and theatrical musician, a traveler, a carnie without a carnival. He has worked with Amanda Palmer (of Dresden Dolls fame) in the Evelyn Evelyn project – a musical circus side-show, mesmerizing, unsettling and wonderful. He has provided the weather song for Episode 9 of the infamous Welcome to Night Vale podcast.

He has also recorded a good number of albums of his own; this song comes from his 2002 album, “Counterpoint” – an amazing, complex work, that I recommend in its entirety to anyone whose interest was ever aroused by Leonard Cohen – to whom Webley pays candid tribute on one of the songs – or Tom Waits, or The Doors, or…

But, before you go, don’t forget to enjoy the arctic reverie of Northern Lights, one of the most beautiful, gentle songs on the record. The lyrics are cloaked in poetry and longing, and the music innocently and cruelly pulls at heartstrings in a childish way. Look up…

Radio Radio – Guess What! (2010)

Today, I invite you to amuse yourselves with this Jon Lajoie-esque song and video! (If you don’t know who Jon Lajoie is, be warned – his comedy is tremendously politically incorrect, and not for all tastes, but if you click, you stay clucked.) But wait, there’s more! This is a teaser for a new Mixtape I will be posting later this week. And, in theme with the song title, can anyone guess the theme of the mixtape? Be sure to take your shot in the comments or on Facebook. I’ll confirm the first correct guess. There might even be prizes involved. Enjoy!