LCD SoundSystem’s NY Farewell Show

5 04 2011

In one word: Legendary. So bittersweet it’s almost unbearable.I feel regret that LCD is done and never got the chance to experience them live. Sigh, this is as close as I’ll get: One final Party it was with some band members groovin’ almost as much as the audience and James Murphy leaving at his Zenith. When people look back on this era of music, LCD will definitely be remembered and celebrated as one of the most important and fun groups we’ve had the fortune to hear

LCD Soundsystem’s NYC Farwell Show in its entirety.


DJ Premier and Pete Rock Interview

23 02 2011

So My man Nik showed me this video and I just had to share it. The two greatest Beatmakers in History sit down for an hour long interview and tell the stories behind the making of some their most famous songs such as T.R.O.Y., Come Clean, Various Remixes, their work on Illmatic, Jay-Z, Biggie, And so much more. This Video is required watching for fans of 90s New York Hip Hop and might be one of the best videos I’ve Ever seen. Peep it Below

Brooklyn Take Me In – The Avett Brothers in Concert

8 02 2011

“Ah Brooklyn Brooklyn Take Me In…”

The words sent a resonating chill down my spine last Friday night as I sat silently in the soft glow of Hill Auditorium while The Avett Brothers wrapped up their headline show for the 34th Annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival. Nostalgic emotions steeped the air like a fine cup of British tea, however these brothers hail from the bluegrass city of Concord, North Carolina. There’s no doubt they’ve got stories to tell, and truthfully each one of their songs is an intense tale in of itself embracing raw honesty. The two brothers, Scott and Seth, who play the banjo and guitar respectively (with Bob Crawford supporting on stand-up bass), blend amazingly strong harmonics with heart-felt lyrics. You literally feel like you know these guys better than your own best friends by the end of a show. Not to mention that the eruptive energy they bring to the stage leaves one both breathless and helpless to the craving of bouncing in your seat, bursting out in spirited hollers, and thunderous applause by the end of it all. And even on the most sentimental of songs, such as their latest recorded album’s title song “I and Love and You,” you can’t help but clap passionately after the slow repetition of those five words that strike a chord deep inside of you…

And so it is with a sense of nostalgic sadness that I bid my Balafonic crew the best of luck as they settle into their new Brooklyn apartment. Over the years I have shared many memories with Travis in particular, and I can safely say I view him as a brother to me now. From time to time I will lend my own words on concerts from the eclectic venues of downtown Ann Arbor, but I leave the true love and review of music to the experts who now embellish in the rich culture and atmosphere of NYC. Trust them, hear them, and discover underground artists and styles that truly deserve the attention of the music industry and world as a whole. Goodness knows that I have, and will miss each of them dearly for everything they’ve done for me.

– NT

The Avett Brothers Official Website

2011: Big Plans, Big Change

6 01 2011

Howdy friends!

As the New Year begins, us here at Balafonic are beginning a new and exciting period in our lives as well.  As some of you know already, not a single member of our dastardly trio is currently residing in Brooklyn, NY, in spite of our love and attraction towards it.  In one week, this will begin to change, with Leslie a.k.a. itschewbac’s relocation.  Followed shortly thereafter, I (Travis) will be joining her there in Brooklyn and together we will begin our motions, rituals and incantations to shake the foundations of the music world.

Tom (a.k.a. Armordillo) will be holding down the fort here in Ann Arbor for the next year or so, but assuming all goes as planned, he shall be joining us in Brooklyn as well very soon.  With this epic triumvirate finally reunited, the world will shudder, the gods will bow, and a new star shall be born in the heart of Brooklyn, NY.

Our impact will reach way beyond a simple music blogging site.  A production studio and record label/music collective are only the beginning.  Over the next year, as our NY network expands, so too will the Balafonic family, evolving organically with the membership it attracts.  Power to the Music People.


Holiday Cheer

24 12 2010

Good day, worthy subjects, and happy holidays!  The Christmas season is here, and as you can see we here at Balafonic have got the holiday spirit flowing full-force.  What with Armordillo’s recent and forthcoming deluge of album reviews and tracklists, you all should have plenty to read and listen to between now and the New Year.

And so, aside from pleasant holiday wishes, I’m writing this little post to update you all on the near-future plans of Balafonic.  As you may have noticed, Itschewbac has already fallen off the face of the earth for the holiday season, and I am about to as well, so although posts from Armordillo will surely be flowing in throughout the next week and a half, overall activity will be reduced until around the 5th or 6th of January.

But fear not, my minions!  Balafonic shall return in 2011 with even more titillating readable content!  Be sure to keep an eye out for the top 20 music videos of 2010 list I will be posting shortly after our return to civilization, featuring videos from the likes of Flying Lotus, The Books, El Guincho, The Black Keys, Massive Attack and MUCH MUCH MORE!!!

Happy Christmahanakwanzakaa and Festivus to all, and we wish you all the best in your New Years celebrations!  Keep the Music alive!



And now, a word from our sponsors.

8 12 2010

This December marks the beginning of something new.  A collaborative, creative endeavor that we three embark upon to bring thoughtful, original music-related content to the masses.  Balafonic, named after the Balafon, a wooden-keyed percussive idiophone, like a West African marimba.  We chose this name not only because it sounded cool and was available, but also because it represents a conglomeration of our varied musical interests.  The balafon creates all three building blocks of music:  rhythm, melody and harmony, with ease. These are the mind, body and soul of that which we love.  It is also flexible and prolific, yet still exotic and laborious to construct.  The Balafon exists within the larger context of West African musical culture and is rarely played in solo performance.  Like the three of us, the Balafon sounds great alone, but in a team its worth is truly realized, its sound resonating with the other instruments and soaring to new heights.

We will be posting regularly over the coming weeks, months, years, and we hope that you all enjoy our rantings.  And so it begins.

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