Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Cocoon - Aufgenommen Festival 2011.05.28

Cocoon - Aufgenommen Festival 2011.05.28

Pretty amazing 18 track concert in superb sound quality. I'm not so fond of their newer material but for 'soft pop' music I do enjoy the melodies and happy sound this couple produces together. Nice to watch them playing live as well. They obviously really enjoy playing together and have the type of intuitive playing that marks great musicians. There was another version of this concert 'out there' but I thought I'd offer a better version (no offence to the previous uploader)

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Saturday, 27 August 2011

Rhian Sheehan - Seven Tales Of The North Wind

One of the most beautiful and engaging records I've had the delight to discover this year. If you like Sigur ros and the music of Jónsi & Alex you'll find yourself many times in this music transported to similar places. Rhian has somehow stumbled into a magical place where the music creates an un-common power and goodness deep inside,
 something like a place where the ego dissapears for a while and through  that the heart has free reign to create feelings and mindscapes that are especially joyful to be a part of. Although there is a lot of great music out there, this is something which to discover in new music I personally find quite rare.
The point being is that I find this to be a very special record that deserves special attention to followers of this blog in general and to those who have an affinity to the music of Jónsi / Jónsi & Alex / Sigur Ros in particular.
The album which clocks in at 33 minutes is priced at a very affordable $5.00 (so even people like me can afford to own a lossless copy! :)

From the press:
Ambient, dreamy & nostalgic


released 12 May 2011

'A series of beautifully textured soundscapes... there's a natural warmth to all of them that cries out: "Lend me your ears" ****½
- Sunday Star Times (NZ)

'A deeper resonance is achieved… Seven Tales of The North Wind succeeds not with a grand statement, but with a humble observation.'
– The Silent Ballet (US)

'Seven Tales makes for some of the most beautiful and heartfelt music that you will hear in a long time.'
– Tone

'Seven Tales will thrill fans of the Brian Eno ambient albums, transporting you to that dream-like waking state.'
- North & South (NZ)

'Seven tales told. Seven tales loved.'
– ASIP (UK) 

Rhian Sheehan ~Standing In Silence~ LIVE Auckland Mercury Theatre - May28th 2011 - Exclusive!

Through recent conversations with Rhian he has most kindly allowed me to post and share this exclusively with you, the good people of Victoryrose Music. Im beyond grateful for Rhian's kindness and generosity of heart for sharing such as incredible concert. Rhian explained that this was essential a front of house mix with not much done to it and as such the quality of the audio is very similar to how it actually sounded...which by the way is phenomenal! I hope you take the time to listen and enjoy this master of modern composition. There are so many elements in the music that remind me of artists such as 'The Cinematic Orchestra' / 'Olafur Arnalds' / Helios / Sigur Rós / and more. In essence he manages to capture and combine something of the very best of modern day Electronica/Orchestral/Modern Classical/ music in a wonderful soundstage that presents an audiotorial experience that your mind can just drift along with and yet engage with on many levels. Superb stuff. A thousand thanks to Rhian Sheehan for sharing this with us. Rhian has a good heart and I feel it really comes through in the music

Standing In Silence - Live Auckland Mercury Theatre 28th May 2011  

01 Standing in Silence 1&2
02 Standing in Silence 11
03 Standing in Silence 2
04 Standing in Silence 5
05 Standing in Silence 13
06 Standing in Silence 10
07 Standing in Silence 9
08 Standing in Silence 7&8
09 Standing in Silence 6
10 Standing in Silence 3
11 Little Sines - Live
12 Tokyo Lanscapes - Live

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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Jónsi - New OST for 2011/12 !

Jonsi is currently writing tracks for a new Cameron Crowe Film 'We Bought a Zoo'
"Jónsi has been a part of the making of We Bought A Zoo from the very beginning, as we played his Go album often for inspiration and scene-setting for the performances.  It seemed only natural to ask him to join us officially, as our composer.  He said yes, and we’ve been cheering our good forture ever since.  The movie is brimming with his new music, and his one-of-a-kind sonic heartbeat.  He’s a natural at film composing, and we can’t wait to share it with you in the coming months"

Soccer Committee - 3rd Cross Festival

Bit of a unique find here, Sc live! Found in a dark and dusty corner of a hard drive. Long been a fan of Mariska Baars (Sc) She has this incredible ability to produce THE most minimal music with just herself and a guitar. She has also done some incredible work with the renowned artist Machinefabriek, in particular one of my all time favorite ambient type records 'Drawn'  (skip to track 2!)
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Mr JT Pearson - Motel Mozeque - Video

At last a video of Josh in concert! Only 3 songs but he stretches them out in a wonderful way over the 20 mins.
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Sunday, 21 August 2011

Ensemble Et Al - Sounds Of Others (Featuring Golmund / Arvo Part)

An incredibly beautiful, peaceful and joyous little compilation by Ensemble Et-al featuring re-workings of songs by Goldmund and Arvo Part. Arranged/adapted by Ron Tucker.
ensemble, et al. is a Brooklyn-based pseudo-classical percussion ensemble that combines elements of classicism and modernism employing a simple, intimate, dynamic and delicately beautiful aesthetic.
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You can download a free lossless version :HERE: 

Friday, 19 August 2011

Jónsi - Soundcheck Songs

Just under three minutes of Jónsi singing some wordless tunes. Very sweet and a haunting beauty which hints a little bit of what must be some of the many potential songs floating around Jónsi's mind. Very short but very sweet
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King Creosote&Jon Hopkins - Hour long commentary explaining 'Diamond Mine'

You may recall in June I posted a stream of the whole album 'Diamond Mine' by King Creosote & John Hopkins :HERE:  as I was blown away by the beauty of it.
Its been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize :) Here is an hour long commentary with KC guiding the listener  through the hows, where's and why for's of the album. Very interesting & wonderfully descriptive

Tour dates

Thu 8 SepKing Creosote + Jon Hopkins - The Deaf Institute, Manchester
Tue 1 NovKing Creosote + Kid Canaveral - The Cluny & The Cluny 2 - Newcastle-Upon Tyne
Wed 2 NovKing Creosote + Kid Canaveral - The Liquidroom, Edinburgh

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Sigur Rós - INNI - Live DVD + Double Live CD

Sigur Rós will release Inni – the definitive Sigur Rós live experience
 – this November on XL Recordings. 

Inni is comprised of a double live album and seventy-five minute film of Sigur Rós’ last show before their well-documented “indefinite hiatus” at the end of 2008. Recorded and shot over two nights at London’s Alexandra Palace at the close of the world tour around their fifth full length album, Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust, Inni sees the band at the peak of their powers, captured on film for the first time as a core four-piece since they were joined by string section amiina at the start of the century. Directed by Vincent Morisset (Arcade Fire’s Miroir Noir), the film is set to debut at this year’s Venice Film Festival on September 3rd, 2011.


Inni is Sigur Rós' second live film following 2007's hugely-celebrated tour documentary Heima. Whereas that film positioned the enigmatic group in the context of their Icelandic homeland, providing geographical, social and historical perspectives on their otherworldly music, Inni focuses purely on the band's performance, and stands as a stark counterpoint to Heima’s kaleidoscopic richness. Where Heima was lush and colorfully expansive, Inni is spare and near-monochromatic in its tunnel vision. Filmed in a manner that invites both intimacy and claustrophobia, Inni cocoons the viewer in a one-on-one relationship with the band, eschewing the audience for closeness, depicting how it feels for both band and fan to experience Sigur Rós live.

The film’s elegance and atmosphere are enhanced by Morisset’s re-filming of the original digital footage on 16mm, which was then re-filmed again, sometimes through prisms and other found objects, allowing Inni to look and feel like something recovered from the past. Interspersed with this is archival footage drawn from the band’s previous decade, dating back as far as 1998. This juxtaposition gives viewers the full scope of Sigur Rós’ origins, evolution, originality and influence.


The live album Inni – a first for the band – is comprised of the full set from Alexandra Palace, played in order with just one omission, and clocks in at one-and-three-quarter hours. Recorded by Sigur Rós’ in-house studio engineer Birgir Jón Birgisson, Inni’s live audio recording is far and away the best way of replicating the full-force effect of standing in front of one of the world’s most extraordinary bands for an evening.
When taken in together, Inni’s film and live album give us an incredible account of one of the most celebrated and influential rock bands of recent years, showing where they’ve come from, where they’ve been, and like all things Sigur Rós, where it is they will be going next. 
More details of how, when and where Inni will enter the world will be made available shortly. In the meantime, the trailer is available to watch now at

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

The Boats - Los Musicos Perdidos

Long been one of my favourite post rock bands. They have such a wonderfully subtle, relaxed almost profound way of playing and song composition. I was surprised to find this for free download on the amazing bandcamp. An album I have wanted to hear in its full lossless glory for a long time. Please download and take your time over this one. Its the type of record which makes me wish I was travelling somewhere just to be able to sit back, watch the scenery go by and drft with this masterpiece of understated post rock.

James Blake - 2011.05.11 Bowery USA

Been looking forward for a long time to see how the sublime subtle electronica of Mr Blake would transpose into a live setting. I must say Im really impressed. Some comments a friend made who saw him live recently:

The punters went off when he played the first chords of ‘Limit To Your Love’ and the sub drops on that were FUCKING TERRIFYING . Seriously, about 6 or 8 times thru the gig the FOH guy really kicked the subs in the guts and the whole of the Metro started resonating with more rattles than a millionaire’s baby. When the 20 cycle drops hit thru a like 20kw PA, it felt like someone had wrapped a big woollen jumper tightly around your head while you were submerged in mud or honey with cotton wool stuffed deep in each ear canal. Couldn’t hear a thing other than the massive sub drops, the floor was rumbling like a train was going under your feet and light bars and fittings all were shaking in sympathy. At that volume and at that frequency, the whole room becomes a speaker and the place was shaking and throbbing. A guy in front of us literally went down in a heap when one of the loudest drops happened and everyone lurched down to help him back to his feet…lol! That whole super deep sub-harmonic thing was fucking amazing, especially to someone like me who wouldn’t normally be in a dubstep type/style gig. I mean I've seen LOUD bands a lot,…. hell. I heard/saw the biggest PA in the world recently when I saw accadacca TWICE up close, but nothing compared to this type of thing. Fucking loved it..;p

Set List:
1. Unluck
2. Give Me My Month
3. Tep and the Logic
4. I Never Learnt To Share
5. Lindisfarne
6. To Care (Like You)
7. Klavierwerke
8. Limit To Your Love
9. The Wilhelm Scream
10. Encore
11. Anti-War Dub
12. Enough Thunder

All Credit/Source + more info Here