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Laughing Vixen’s first EP is released

Sound Arkive owner and editor Tamas Arki’s personal music project Laughing Vixen has released its first EP which is a self-titled debut and shows just what Tamas has been wishing to look into in the past few years.

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Flea’s solo album is finally out

Red Hot Chili Peppers / Rocket Juice And The Moon / oh-too-many-projects-

Mr. Balzary in action (photo: Wikimedia Commons)

to-count bassist Flea has released his solo effort titled ‘Helen Burns’ which can be downloaded even for free or for set amounts. Be advised, all proceeds go to The Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a community based non-profit music school.

The bassman comments on the album:

Warning! It is not a Chili Peppers record. It does not have songs that are like the Chili Peppers at all. It is a mostly instrumental, weird and arty record, the music is mostly just me creating soundscapes that are very emotional for me, but certainly not for everyone! Just me tripping out at home.

A 900 limited run of vinyl is also available for $75 a piece.

Album is HERE
The Silverlake Conservatory of Music website

News: Listen to and download the new Gorillaz track made for Converse

Rumor’s been out about Gorillaz being up to something. First there was a picture of 2D sitting with a notebook and toy synth on his lap, then a great-sounding collaboration between the band and Converse was announced (in the form of several sneakers designed by ‘the band’, Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett that is). Shortly after came the great new that the collab would blossom as a new track titled ‘DoYaThing’ featuring Andre 3000 and James Murphy.

(image via gorillaznews.tumblr.com)

You’ve seen the shoes, you’ve seen the pic, now you can listen to the song, a bit before its official release. Here below:

Also, there’s a making of footage before the video for the song drops:

Download and listen: Deepfunk remixed Gus Gus

On one hand, there’s house-soul-electronica veterans from Iceland, Gus Gus who released a beautiful

Deepfunk (image taken from Beatportal.com)

and rather impressive tech house effort titled ‘Arabian Horse’ last year. On the other, there’s a house/IDM producer from Malta who’s had releases on DJ legend John Digweed’s label Bedrock. (Amongst others.) He’s Deepfunk.

Possibly the best thing happened: Deepfunk published an unofficial remix from ‘Selfoss’, the opener from ‘Arabian Horse’. Now it’s evident, that the original is no short epicness and wit but the remix has a clever twist in it, a notched up beat here, some clicks and clacks over there and we have a version suitable for radio play (at least in those late-night DJ mixes they all have nowadays) as well as e.g. running.

Being unofficial, the remix can be listened to as well as downloaded on Soundcloud, and here on Sound Arkive as well.

(Pretty much more on Gus Gus coming soon!)


Sound Arkive Netlabel: Laughing Vixen/RKiT virtual 7″

For all of you who have been wondering why the reviews and news have been coming along so slowly

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these days and for everyone who stumbles upon this entry or the blog itself: this is a present for your attention and interest concerning this blog’s content.
As it is written on the About page, I’m an aspiring (lo-fi, bedroom, indie, call it what you like) musician and I have been making music since I was 11 years old. At 15, the jew’s harp and electronic music had my primary attention and thus my first album (recorded in my room) was published and is still downloadable in its entirety for free on doromb.com . At the age of 17 I took up the bass and made some songs using samples, drumloops, some MIDI magic and of course, my beloved Squier Precision Bass. This was ‘Poorly Contructed Compliments Vol. 1’. You can listen to it on soundcloud.

And for about a year, I’ve been playing the guitar and thus I felt that I needed to move on. I needed another name to mark a new beginning. Laughing Vixen just came to me during a lecture at university and since then I have not been able to come up with anything better (I’m sure you already have but…alas). I recorded a cover of the Death in Vegas song ‘Girls’ because I love the band, ‘Lost in Translation is my all-time favourite movie and new bands start out with cover versions.

I didn’t really want to leave the RKiT project behind without saying goodbye however. Of course I’ll always remain a doromb/jew’s harp/khomus enthusiast and I’m crazy excited to play at Global Vibes in Kecskemét this winter but this electronic base+jew’s harp formula is definitely over for me.

I just wanted to connect past and future with this virtual split 7. *

And of course to surprise you, dear readers with a little present. (no pun intended)

Happy holidays and all the best,

Tamas Arki

You can download it here:
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Laughing Vixen / RKiT virtual split 7″ by Laughing Vixen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at https://soundarkive.wordpress.com.
* (Yes, it’s not an EP, not a digital EP, even if it’s in 320kbps of zeros and ones, for me it’s a split 7″.)

Review: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross: ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ SAMPLER

When something so striking, surprisingly cruel, yet beautifully composed, arranged and produced piece of

Sampler cover art

music sees sunlight as last year’s score to ‘The Social Network’, it’s always hard to imagine for us fans anyone to be able to create something at least as good as the previous in only a year. Let alone for the successor to be as exciting and new as its precursor.

Well, no-one should expect wonders: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have not picked up nylon string acoustic guitars and called for a symphonic orchestra to help assist with this year’s soundtrack work of theirs. It is essentially the same, atmosphere-driven, heavily electronic, simple but meaningful set-up as it was to Mark Zuckerberg’s story. However, there is tangible difference in attitude when it comes to the actual music. Based on what’s – despite its length of 35 minutes – only a taster to the 3-hour “opus” (Reznor’s word), Reznor and Ross managed to transform Sweden’s cold, snowy and alienated landscapes into notes and the music resonates really well with the characters’ and the soon-to-be-vievers moods as well.

This time, it’s less percussive and less straightforward, at least on the sampler. There’s no sign of as direct a song as ‘In Motion’ was on the previous release this time around. In general, it resembles the second half of ‘The Social Network’ and makes us call back moments like ‘Eventually We Find Our Way’, ‘The Gentle Hum of Anxiety’ and ‘Soft Trees Break The Fall’.

It very well may be that what I wrote here will not turn out to be entirely true. The whole sampler EP has such a tense, yet complete character which shows its strengths and sets the tone that it might as well only be a prelude to a great saga embracing a huge variety of emotions and settings. And in that case, we’re going to encounter something even better than fantastic. Which the sampler is.

The six-track sampler can be downloaded free of charge from NullCo’s website.

News: ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ soundtrack details and free download

As it has been expected and excitedly waited for, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have let out information on the follow-up to 2010’s extremely successful and critically acclaimed, Oscar- and Golden Globe-winner original score ‘The Social Network’. This time, it’s another movie by David Fincher, the American remake of ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’.

Trent Reznor announced on Twitter that further information concerning the score would be released on December 2nd and the album itself would come out on the 9th some weeks ago. Well, the details are out, and here they are:

The soundtrack to ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ is as long as three hours. It will be available in various formats, the cheapest of which will be the ‘good-old’ iTunes preorder (for $11.99) and the most expensive (and expansive for that matter) Deluxe for $300. Details below. With the iTunes preorder comes the immediate download of the cover to Led Zeppelin’s ‘Immigrant Song’ featuring Yeah Yeah Yeahs singstress Karen O.

Tracklist is as follows:

  • (CD1)
  • 1. Immigrant Song
  • 2. She Reminds Me Of You
  • 3. People Lie All The Time
  • 4. Pinned And Mounted
  • 5. Perihelion
  • 6. What If We Could?
  • 7. With The Flies
  • 8. Hidden In Snow
  • 9. A Thousand Details
  • 10. One Particular Moment
  • 11. I Can’t Take It Anymore
  • 12. How Brittle The Bones
  • 13. Please Take Your Hand Away
  • (CD2)
  • 14. Cut Into Pieces

    Cover art for full release

  • 15. The Splinter
  • 16. An Itch
  • 17. Hypomania
  • 18. Under The Midnight Sun
  • 19. Aphelion
  • 20. You’re Here
  • 21. The Same As The Others
  • 22. A Pause For Reflection
  • 23. While Waiting
  • 24. The Seconds Drag
  • 25. Later Into The Night
  • 26. Parallel Timeline With Alternate Outcome
  • (CD3)
  • 27. Another Way Of Caring
  • 28. A Viable Construct
  • 29. Revealed In The Thaw
  • 30. Millennia
  • 31. We Could Wait Forever
  • 32. Oraculum
  • 33. Great Bird Of Prey
  • 34. The Heretics
  • 35. A Pair Of Doves
  • 36. Infiltrator
  • 37. The Sound Of Forgetting
  • 38. Of Secrets
  • 39. Is Your Love Strong Enough


Digital download – 320kbps
HD Digital Download – FLAC or Apple Lossless
CD – 3CD set in digipak casing

Deluxe version contains the following:

  • Choice of Apple Lossless, FLAC or 320 kbps MP3

    The Deluxe Version (image taken from http://www.nullco.com)

  • The full album on six pieces of 180 gram vinyl
  • Deluxe book package with metal cover in a hard plastic “ice” slip cover
  • Exclusive custom 8gb metal razor blade USB pendant, inspired by Lisbeth’s razor blade necklace
  • USB drive contains the full album in high-fidelity 96k audio
  • Fold-out poster by Neil Kellerhouse
  • Numbered limited edition of 3000
  • Personally signed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
  • Images shown are concept renderings.
    Appearance and content subject to change
  • Ships February 6, 2012

And definitely the most intriguing thing about today’s news:

A free download of six full-length tracks (35mins of running time). HERE

Tracklist to the sampler:

  • 1. Hidden In Snow

    Sampler cover art

  • 2. People Lie All The Time
  • 3. What If We Could?
  • 4. Oraculum
  • 5. Please Take Your Hand Away
  • 6. Under The Midnight Sun


UPDATE: listen to the cover of ‘Immigrant Song’ below:

News: Download a new-old mixtape by Theophilus London

Rapper Theophilus London – after being among the few credible MTV EMA nominees– has uploaded a

(image via jammables.blogspot.com)

mixtape titled ‘The Charming Mixtape’ for his “new cute fans”. As it has been written on facebook, the mixtape contains some of his early work.

You can download the mixtape for a limited time over HERE.

And for those of you who’d like to spend some time listening to him while waiting for the download to complete, here are two videos: one is Theophilus’s collaboration with musical genius Dave Sitek’s side project Maximum Balloon and the other’s is ‘Last Name London’, off his first album ‘Timez Are Weird These Days’.

News: Download two albums for free (if you want)

Renowned jazz bassist Janek Gwizdala released his first ‘proper’ solo album ‘The Space Inbetween’ back in October 2010 and he’s making it downloadable for free only today, the 7th of November. Head over here if you want to own a great bassist’s album recorded with the likes of drummer Jojo Mayer and guitarist Mike Stern. This is a ‘name your price’ type of thing, so if you still want to honour the work put into the release in money, you can.

Listen to the album below:

The other album offered here for free is Killers bassist Mark Stoermer’s solo effort recorded this year. You can grab it from Mark’s official homepage, click here.

Listen to the rather eclectic album below: