Atlas Sound Fans: Meet UNDO

UNDO “The Hollow Backdrop”

Welcome to the world of Indie electronica.  I first heard this track and thought Bradford Cox is at it again.  But alas, it is not. This comes by way of the LA-based indie electronic duo Ory Hodis and Mike Jerugim, working under the moniker UNDO. Their sound has a similar aesthetic though. Ambient, sultry, hypnotic, atmospheric and a little sad. The pair is getting ready to self-release their debut album, “As Always but Never Before” on August 3rd. Take note.

Adam’s Picks: Best of 2009

The OCMD’s guest blogger Adam’s Best Albums for 2009.
  1. Jason Lytle “Yours Truly, The Commuter”
  2. Sonic Youth “The Eternal”
  3. Papercuts “You Can Have What You Want”
  4. Jeff The Brotherhood “Heavy Days”
  5. Animal Collective “Fall Be Kind” (EP)
  6. Built To Spill “There Is No Enemy”
  7. Mew “No More Stories…”
  8. Systems Officer “Underslept”
  9. Flaming Lips “Embryonic”
  10. Cass McCombs “Catacombs”
  11. Atlas Sound “Logos”
  12. Polvo “In Prism”
  13. Girls “Album”
  14. Grizzly Bear “Veckatimest”
  15. Circulatory System “Signal Morning “
  16. Mission Of Burma “The Sound The Speed The Light”
  17. The Clientele “Bonfires on the Heath”
  18. Them Crooked Vultures “Them Crooked Vultures”
  19. Woods “Songs Of Shame”
  20. Yo La Tengo “Popular Songs”

Things That I Would Like To See Disappear Forever in 2010: Any band listing Animal Collective as an influence.
Genre With The Least Staying Power: Chillwave, Glo-fi, et al.
What I Have High Hopes For in 2010: 1) Bands who remember that the guitar is indeed an instrument. 2) LIARS LIARS LIARS!!!

the OCMD Mixtape: Sayulita

the OCMD Mixtape: “Sayulita

A few days of that and you get this – my Sayulita Mixtape.  Yup, this suits my state of mind right now. Just add surf, sand and cerveza and hit play. Enjoy.

1. Washed Out – “Feel It All Around”
2. Here We Go Magic – “Tunnelvision”
3. Atlas Sound – “Quick Canal”
4. The Ruby Suns – “There Are Birds”
5. Radiohead – “These Are My Twisted Words”
6. LCD Soundsystem – “Someone Great”
7. Flaming Lips – “Sagittarius Silver Announcement”
8. Built To Spill – “Done”
9. The XX – “Shelter”
10. Speck Mountain – “Angela”
11. The Shortwave Set – “Harmonia”

Album of the Week: Atlas Sound – Logos

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Atlas Sound“Quick Canal”

Bradford Cox is a genius.  That’s all there is to it.  And a prolific one at that. Between his work with Deerhunter and his solo work under the alias Atlas Sound, I’m more than satiated, compelled and intrigued. Cox, who suffers from Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder characterized by abnormally long limbs, uses his music as a portal into is pain. Who knew suffering could sound so good.

His second album, ‘Logos’,  is just as good as his first, ‘Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See...‘ and features a couple collaborations: “Walkabout ” with Noah Lennox of Panda Bear, and the centerpiece of the album for me, “Quick Canal” with Stereolab’s Lætitia Sadier that is truly sublime.  The 9 minute journey is like an homage to the late Mary Hansen days of Stereolab. Perfection.  Just put your headphones on and get lost.

Atlas Sound and Broadcast play Great American Music Hall in San Francisco tonight.

Stuck In My Head: Atlas Sound – “Walk A Thin Line” (Fleetwood Mac Cover)

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Atlas Sound“Walk A Thin Line (Fleetwood Mac Cover)”

The solo project of Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox, Atlas Sound, has released a most amazing cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Walk A Thin Line”.  Genius. Atlas Sound is playing The Great American Music Hall on November 3 with Broadcast.  An excellent show indeed.

Type A Perhaps?

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Atlas Sound, My Car:

This was the scene out my back door this morning.  Set up by my 4-year old, Judah.  He just received a box full of Matchbox cars from his cousins in Chicago. And this is either an extremely organized display of admiration for his new booty or he has some serious Type A tendencies.  Only time will tell.