Fujiya & Miyagi

Tonight I ventured out to see Krautrock-pop-indie band Fujiya & Miyagi at the Independent. Despite their Japanese band name and German musical stylings, they are neither 1) Japanese or 2) German or 3) a duo. It was a great show nonetheless, I seem to have been hitting a really nice streak of good live shows lately. F&M say their influences are Krautrock and early 90’s IDM, which is of course right up my alley, although I hear more Can and Neu than I do Aphex Twin and Autechre. Anyway, if you are looking for a really fun, catchy, goofy, groovy album check out their previous album Transparent Things. It’s the sort of music you put on in the background at a party and everyone asks you what it is… I wouldn’t recommend it if I didn’t think you’d really like it! Live they were a lot of fun and are definitely worth seeing, they will be in LA at the Troubadour on Thursday if you are so inclined. Why am I pushing them on you so hard? I’m not sure exactly, except that sometimes certain random things just make me very happy, and Fujiya & Miyagi is currently one of those.

On an unrelated note, Apple made it easier to link to iTunes Store music, which is nice if you are a musician and want a non-ugly link to put in your signature file or whatever. To see all the albums by a given artist, you just link to http://itunes.com/artistname, for instance, there’s this really cool band called submodern you can check out at http://itunes.com/submodern. To see a specific album you just link to http://itunes.com/artistname/albumname, again for instance, you can go directly to our first album by clicking http://itunes.com/submodern/objectorientedmoodmanagement . If there are spaces in either of the names, just leave them out. Note that Apple now has all our music up there in iTunes Plus format, with better quality encoding and no DRM for the same price, very cool. Also note however, that I was unable to figure out how to make an easy link to Fujiya & Miyagi (I suspect the ampersand is the culprit), thus the reason this paragraph was unrelated to the last one. Finally, note that I’ve noted way too many things here, I’ll have to make a note not to do that as much in the future.

Slowburn is almost done. I have a lot of distractions going on in my life at the moment, and some big changes coming up soon. Nevertheless, the second-to-last-mix has been created and is being listened to repeatedly. I’ll be going through each song one last time to make final tweaks to volume, eq, pan, and effects level parameters and then it will be done. And I’m still pretty happy with it, so that’s good. Almost there, still…