Friday, December 01, 2006

Every music blog needs a mascot...

Those of you who listened to our last Bottletree podcast were introduced to Red Blondehead's recently named mascot/office pet/substitute sound engineer, Jackson. Those of you that didn't listen to our last podcast, meet Jackson.

5 important facts about Jackson to learn and share with your friends:
1. Jackson is a grizzly bear. (What, you thought Red Blondehead would have a fluffy bunny for a mascot?) He was willing to pose for a few photos after a filling lunch of honey and small unruly children. This is him re-enacting his favorite scene from Borat:

2. He has made it known that his preferred full title is Jackson, the Fantastic Bear.
3. Recording podcasts in his bear cave makes Jackson hungry.
4. Jackson, the Fantastic Bear's favorite snack is people who don't listen to RB podcasts.
5. We have recently taught Jackson how to type with his cute little bear claws and today he makes his debut as a guest blogger.

So without further adieu, Red Blondehead proudly presents The Musical Musings of Jackson, the Fantastic Bear!

Benoit Pioulard's debut LP, Précis, has had a hard time escaping the scary confines of my record player lately. It’s barely gotten a break since its mid-October release on the influential Kranky Records.

Précis consists mainly of short and sweet folk-pop gems (a la Elliot Smith or Bert Jansch) beneath layers of haze, echo, and found sound. The effect is unique, enticing, and surprisingly effective. The atmosphere of the music lends it an autumnal feel - explaining why I’ve had such an obsession over it for the last month. But, I don’t think it’ll have a problem holding up during any other season of the year.

To sum it up, I would file this one under lo-fi electro-ambient-shoegazerrific folk-pop.

Some songs for the listening:

Benoit Pioulard - Triggering Back
Benoit Pioulard - Palimend
Benoit Pioulard - Ash into Sky

Hopefully you find the songs pleasant enough to excuse his faux-French pseudonym.


Blogger Nastily said...

It's a furry tractor! Does he like hugs? Perhaps...bear hugs?

10:23 AM  
Blogger ... said...

nice, nice, very nice

10:59 AM  
Blogger Seth said...

oh benoit pioulard is nice. i ordered his cd and 7 inch from his website a couple weeks ago, and it's been his and joanna newsom's back and forth since. more people need to discover him!

6:09 PM  
Anonymous bisento said...

Strange that Jackson should not immediately effuse his certain love of Grizzly Bear!

7:37 AM  
Anonymous Jackson, the Fantastic Bear said...

Bear hugs are gladly provided, free of charge*. Limit one per household.

*$5.99 shipping and handling

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Jackson, the Fantastic Bear said...

Interesting in that Benoit Pioulard has a similar songwriting aesthetic to Grizzly Bear.


4:17 PM  
Anonymous skarton said...

i dont like hugs!!!

10:52 AM  

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