Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jam of the Day | Bartholomäus Traubeck - Picea (Spruce)

via Bandcamp

Austrian composer Bartholomäus Traubeck's Years is one of only a handful of wholly unique listening experiences I've had this year, and I can't wait for you to experience it.

Traubeck took sections of wood from different varieties of trees that grow in his homeland and converted the tree ring patterns into music. Sounds wild, right? It is. Strength, thickness and rate of growth data from the sections was used to generate piano music built upon a scale that was determined by the visual properties of the wood.

Take a listen below:

Photos | Sturgill Simpson at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix

All photos by Joe O'Toole

Sturgill Simpson, who released one of our favorite albums of 2014, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, performed at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix on Tuesday, and Speakers in Code photographer Joe O'Toole was there to capture these great shots of the show.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Jam of the Day | Matt Nathanson - Headphones (ft. LOLO)

Matt Nathanson partners with Starkey Foundation to help hearing impaired in Peru

Matt Nathanson, I salute you. For "Headphones," and for caring about those who are struggling with hearing loss. Recently, I lost around 60% of my hearing in my left ear due to a perforated ear drum, and while I'm hoping my recent surgery will restore most of that hearing, it's really true: you have no idea what you have until it's gone. My heart goes out to everyone who is dealing and continues to deal with hearing loss. Watch the video below, and find out how you can help at the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

Some more information about the video and cause:

Matt Nathanson recently made the 24-hour journey from San Francisco, CA to Huancayo, Peru to volunteer with the Foundation team and distribute over 1,000 hearing aids and after care to people in need. The resulting video of Matt's trip is not only a moving document of his time there, but also serves to raise funds for Starkey Hearing Foundation to continue their distribution efforts around the world. 100% of proceeds from the video are being donated to the Foundation by Matt and his label, Vanguard Records. The more the VEVO/YouTube link is posted and shared, the more funds they will receive. 

Nathanson says of the experience, "If I couldn’t hear, I would be lost.  Because I play music for a living, hearing is everything...It ignites something in you when you do work like this.  I feel like this is the beginning of a life of giving back.”

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Jam of the Day | Milo Greene - Lie To Me

Jason said this perfectly back in his October 30th Jam of the Day for the Milo Greene track "On the Fence" -- Milo Greene wants to dance. More importantly, they seem to want YOU to dance as well, highlighted in grand form by today's Jam of the Day, "Lie to Me."

Maybe it's that I'm in Vegas right now, and there are ladies walking around in tight dresses and heels for days, but this song is seriously doing it for me folks.  I'm thinking about kicking off the Chucks,  putting on some of those shiny-loafers, and going to Clubb Hypnotix (not a real Vegas nightclub)  tonight all by my lonesome! Not to pick up ladies of course, but to cure this fucking insatiable urge to free this beat that is now pinging around inside of me.

Work this shit Milo Greene.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Jam of the Day | Caroline Rose - Blood on Your Bootheels

If I could imagine a scenario for a minute: Caroline Rose and I are sipping whiskey, we're outside, and it's maybe 20 degrees. We're going on a walk, but the destination is unclear, and that's okay: "Blood on Your Bootheels" is blasting somewhere from the sky, so we just think about today's Jam of the Day, which was written as a reaction to Trayvon Martin, his pack of Skittles, his death. We keep walking.

Rose's terrific I Will Not Be Afraid is available now (stream / purchase). Catch her on tour this winter.