What the best signing-school-visit ever was like: http://bankstreetcollegeccl.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/thank-you-mr-snicket-mr-klassen-and-mr-gaiman/
omg why couldn’t this be my childhood.
So earlier today, I received notice that Rosie wouldn’t be able to post today. Rosie is currently snowboarding in France but on her behalf, and that of the entire Soundboard team, we’d just like to assure you that she is enduring the gorgeous scenery, excellent snow conditions, and lack of wifi like a champ.
Anyway, the track I bring you today is Gasoline off of Alpine’s upcoming album A is for Alpine. This six-piece group from Australia does pop music the way it should be done. Their sound is energetic, layered, fine-tuned, putting them in that small, but growing niche of quality indie pop.
On the day their album came out in Australia, it topped the iTunes chart there at #1. Later on Alpine was named the iTunes AU alternative album of the year.
If you’re interested in learning a bit more about them before the album debuts in the US on May 21 check out their post-SXSW interview on NPR
Nico - These Days
Hi, I’m Zachary L. (not to be confused with Zach who posts on Fridays) I’ve been working on Soundboard for a while now but I haven’t actually made a post introducing myself up until now. I work behind the scenes with the seven writers to help SB expand and diversify our content. The majority of my work at Soundboard is coordinating interviews with artists and coverage of concerts, and events. It won’t be too often that you’ll see me posting on the site, but I’m always around and working to make sure Soundboard always has direct coverage planned. I’m not going to say too much, but it’s likely we’ll be pulling some pretty nice things out of our hat as summer rolls by. If you want to read a little more about me, or connect with me on Twitter or other sites, feel free to find me on the Team Members page.
Andrew asked me to fill in today and the song I’ve picked for this post is off of Nico’s 1967 album “Chelsea Girl.” Nico is one of my favorite artists because she portrays the thoughts and feelings behind the music she is performing without any unnecessary pretension or complexity. Her music, and the music often selected for her to sing, is frank beyond almost anything else I’ve heard, and this is where so much of its beauty lies. Nico is able to add to a track almost lens-like clarity into the writer’s mind.
As a quick note on Nico’s sound, when showing people her music, I sometimes get a question about her distinctive way of singing. Nico was deaf in one ear, which made it hard for her to understand others. John Cale of the Velvet Underground wrote in his autobiography of his early concerns about her singing. “She was tone deaf and had an abrasive voice, but it turned out to be great casting.” I think people gravitated to her sound because it wasn’t just different; it was different in a way that made her image and her music more human and relatable.
TUMBLR @SXSW MUSIC 2013
Next week, Tumblr will be sticking around in Austin for some meetups, panels and a ton of awesome shows. Here’s what we got. We hope you can all join the fun.
Meetup (open to everyone, even if you don’t have a SXSW badge)
- March 13th, 12-4pm: Red Bull Sound Select + Tumblr Meetup @ Gatsby’s, 708 E. 6th St. RSVP here for fun times and delicious BBQ.
Shows (badges welcome, RSVP required for non-badge holders)
- March 15th, 2pm-2am: The Tumblr House Presented by GAP, @ Clive Bar, 609 Davis St. As part of FILTER on Rainey St., we will be partying all day with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Andrew W.K., Ra Ra Riot, and many more (see above). RSVP here.
- March 13-16: FILTER on Rainey St, powered by Tumblr. Four days and four nights of music, packed into four great venues. For details and to RSVP, go here. Follow FILTER Magazine for the best moments, interviews and photos from the week.
- March 13, 11:00am: From 140 to 0: The Rise in Image-Based Marketing
- March 13, 2:00pm: Girls and Tech: Why Young Woman Rule In Music
Not going to SXSW Music? Track the #SXSW tag to stay up on the everything happening in Austin.
Wish I was in txxxxx