Have you ever been curious about the beginnings of The Postal Service? Many will know that the duo started out in a rather respectful manner, with the United States Postal Service playing a major role, but a new video on Funny or Die looks to alter the history books. The rare footage is of a series of auditions held by Sub Pop Records, with Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel) and a record executive sitting through tryouts by "Weird Al" Yankovic, Aimee Mann, Moby, Duff McKagan, and more. It's not until Ben Gibbard steps up that Dntel knows he's found the right person. Check out the clip above.
The Postal Service will soon head out on tour in support of the 10th-anniversary reissue of their 2003 album Give Up, including stops at this year's Coachella and Sasquatch! festivals. As well, the reissue will include two brand new tracks from the duo, the first being "A Tattered Line of String". Stream the song here.
Moby made his way over to The Late Show with Jay Leno to perform his track "The Poison Tree" for the masses. The track features on the David Lynch Foundation compilation, Music That Changes the World that dropped last weekend for Record Store Day. See what you make of his performance up at the top courtesy of The Audio Perv.
Moby offers u a remix of David Lynch's "Noah's Ark" which featured on his recently released album, Crazy Clown Time. I don't know how to feel about the remix in all honesty after giving it a few listens but hey, maybe my brain has check out, it is Friday after all. Hopefully yours hasn't and you can enjoy it above.
Last month, during the first day of the 2nd annual Moogfest, Moby headed into Echo Mountain studio in Asheville, North Carolina to record a session for Daytrotter that I'm actually very impressed with. I had never thought about what songs like "Porcelain", "Natural Blues" or "Slipping Away" would sound like if they were really stripped down to the bare essentials. Not only did he manage to take those songs to a new level, but he he also nailed his covers of "Ring of Fire" and "Will The Circle Be Unbroken". I felt less like I was listening to Moby and more like I had stumbled across some old spirituals the entire time.
This past May, Moby released his tenth studio album Destroyed., a 72-minute, ambient epic, which included the track "The Right Thing." The song, which is now the fourth single from the album, features vocals from Inyang Bassey, and today, the accompanying visuals for the calming, soulful track premiered on Consequence of Sound. The video sees Bassey belting out her soulful melodies whilst walking around New York City's parks, subways, and streets. The twist? The visual style of the video evokes the grittiness and charm of '70s New York, so much so that you can't help but be a bit nostalgic. You can watch the video in the player above.
In May, ambient electronic artist Moby dropped his tenth studio album Destroyed, and today the musician delivers yet another unique offering in the form of his video for the track "After." The video, which was directed by Antonin Pevny, takes direct influence from Michael Bay's The Island, but with an interesting twist, as it sees two kids with a baby escaping a futuristic facility. Check the video out for yourself in the player above, and head here to stream Moby's Destroyed.
The Lady Killer Cee Lo Green stops by Maida Vale Studos to perform a special extended Radio 1 Live Lounge session, which included a nice cover of Miles Kane's "Inhaler" as well as the Gnarls Barkley favorite "Crazy" mashed with a little bit of Moby's "Natural Blues." Check out both cover tracks below and then head over to the Radio 1 website to hear the complete show.
The Essential Mix Series on Radio One dates back to 1993, when on the 30th of October, Pete Tong first put out a mix on the show that became the first of hundreds that would grace the airwaves. Nearly 18 years on and they're still going strong as UK phenomenon James Blake put in a great sounding mix featuring just yesterday in the early hours debuting some brand new material from himself along with a wide spectrum of other musical genres. After posting the JB Mix I received a tweet from some friends over at Another Whiskey For Mister Bukowski sending me in the direction of 900+ Essential Mixes dating way back to 1993! 1993!
In the space on two hours I'd gone from one end of the Essential Mixes history with the latest guest spot, way back to the first ever one from Pete Tong himself. I'd of been but a little 4 year old back in 1993, dressed in a Thunderbirds outfit jumping off of my drum kit trying to fly before subsequently falling through the snare drum my Mum had just moments before told me I'd break. I may not of been aware of the vast array of electronic that the club scene was thriving on in the 90's, but, through the joy of ageing and the magical times that we live in we can check out a vast array of music we may have missed whilst trying to fly as a child via the internet.
This bumper sized Sunday Pickup contains Essential Mixes from some of the biggest DJ's the world has ever seen. Sets from the likes of Daft Punk way back in 1997. Fitting after we just 2 days ago got to hear their previously unreleased track from 1994, "Drive". Other mixes come from Justice, Flying Lotus, Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim, DJ Shadow, Moby (1994), Digitalism, 2 Many DJ's, Mark Ronson, Magnetic Man, Portishead. I could go on to list all 900+ mixes but that would be pointless as you are all at home having a lazy Sunday (maybe), so spend it listening to some classic tracks dating back to 1993 right up until 2007. Have a scroll below and happy listening it should take you about 109K plus hours to get through it all. Better get started! (After the jump there's a few track numbers to help you find the sets in the title eg DAFT PUNK at 743!)