At the behest of Robert Fischer, Ryan and Anji sat down for a rather long wrap up show for the end of 2008. Lovespirals discuss their use of Twitter, Ryan’s continued tone quest including the Red Witch Deluxe Moon Phaser, Fulltone Mini Deja and Voo Doo Lab Micro Vibe pedals, the Nash Guitar “Do Not Play” list, favorite Will Ferrell films, Anji liking Paul Rudd, David Lynch,reliced guitars (see Jonathan Wilson AKA Greenwich Village Custom Guitars, see John Mayer’s Fender Custom Shop guitar), the persuit of perfection, their love of BB King and Robert Cray‘s tone, working on a new song (“Feel So Good”) with old lyrics, airplay of “This Truth” remixes by Damien.S and The Grooveblaster, the new Anji Bee Ringtone Set on MacMost, a recent Chandeen interview on Michael Floyd’s site, and more.
Just in time for the holidays; the gift of free Anji Bee ringtones! I met up with MacMost vidcast host, producer and blogger, Gary Rosenzweig, at the New Media Expo earlier this year and we got to talking about music. I was tickled when he said he’d like to feature me as the first in a series of podsafe musicians for his popular MacMost Ringtone collection.
It was fun creating loops of songs from my musical catalog in various electronica genres. I made a mix of ambient vocal passages, lyrical snippets and spoken word from my collaborations with Bitstream Dream, Chukimai, Kou Chou Ching, The Grooveblaster, Lovespirals, Moosefrog, Snoblind, and War-N of Hungry Lucy. Hope you find something ya dig!
Los Angeles artist Anji Bee, known for her smooth vocals and music podcasts, can now be heard whenever someone calls you on your iPhone. She is featured on the latest set of ringtones from MacMost.com, the Mac news, tutorial and iPhone content Web site.
MacMost began providing free iPhone ringtones earlier in 2008 as an alternative to pay-per-song downloads at the iTunes music store or illegal music downloads elsewhere. There are now 15 sets of ringtones in the MacMost collection. They feature everything from holiday sounds to short, original musical creations.
“One of the ideas we had for the free ringtones was to use them to promote artists,” said Rosenzweig. “We knew Anji Bee from her work as a podcaster and thought it would be perfect to begin with her.”
The Anji Bee Ringtone Set features sections of Anji’s work with various other artists, as well as her podcast theme and vocal recorded specifically for the ringtone set.
Ryan and Anji get you caught up on the latest Lovespirals goings-on with topics that include Obama’s win, the quest for Tone, using Griffin iTalk to record song demos on the iPhone, recording a new Lovespirals album, Loverush Digital releasing a new set of This Truth remixes in December, Anji working with The Grooveblaster, our feature on the Music for Midnight podcast, a listener question via Seesmic from CocteauBoy, Lovespirals on Twitter and Blip.FM, Blip.FM’s policy change, and more. Plus the band share the working demo of their latest song in progress, “Future Past,” in it’s entirety. Other folks/things mentioned in this episode are Armin Van Buuren, KCRW, Hungry Lucy, Ed’s Mixed Bag, Speljamr, and CC Chapman.
Ryan checks out the pedal selection at Tone Merchants
Ryan and Anji chat about El Dia de los Muertos, being excited to vote for Barack Obama at the upcoming the presidental election, contributing to the Rhythms in Black Satin “Get Out and Vote!” collabocast, high tech camping on Catalina with Ryan’s jailbroke first gen iPhone, and V-Moda Vibe Duo headphones, writing and recording for a new Lovespirals album, shopping at Tone Merchants (we called them Tone Vendor, which is an online music store who carries some Lovespirals album – oops!), the T Rex Replica delay pedal, Guitar Center being too loud, Damien.S VS Lovespirals coming out soon on Loverush Digital with remixes by Adam Fielding and Avatar One, Anji being a gues on the new album by The Grooveblaster, voting for The Chillcast with Anji Bee as the Best Podsafe Music Podcast at podcastawards.com, and using blip.fm to help promote your music utlizing the additional functionality of Twitter and Amazon Digital. The show closes with “Summer Days (ft. Anji Bee)” by The Grooveblaster from Cities, Streets, and Bebop Nights in full! This track is available to podcasters via Anji Bee’s Podsafe Music Network page.
Austin Beeman graciously invited band vocalist, Anji Bee, to guest host a special episode of his new chillout music podcast. Music For Midnight Episode #13 is a spotlight on Lovespirals, and in particular, the many remixes of Lovespirals found on the Podsafe Music Network. Anji comments between tracks about how the various remixes came into being and how the band feel about remixes of their music. Austin closes out the show with his personal favorite remix, the awesome Karmacoda Remix of “Motherless Child.” Download show mp3 from iTunes
Stream Music for Midnight #13: Lovespirals Remixes
Had to write a condensed bio for the upcoming remix collaboration with Damien.S on Loverush Digital. Compared to some of the other talents on the label we seem pretty small time! Folks like Kirsty Hawkshaw have such impressive bios, I am just in awe…
2008 marks the 10 year anniversary of the creative union of musician/producer, Ryan Lum, and vocalist/lyricist, Anji Bee — known to the world collectively as Lovespirals. What better way to celebrate than with a clutch of amazing remixes of their single, “This Truth,” about that decade long coupling? As eternal as Lovespirals may seem to their hardcore fanbase– those who faithfully follow the band’s podcast and blog, particularly those who fell in love with the music via Anji’s electronica and worldbeat podcast and vidcast, The Chillcast — they have a secret past… The band originally began in 1991 as the darlings of the darkwave scene on Projekt Records, under the extended name of Love Spirals Downwards. By 1998, Ryan had evolved his previously more acoustic based sound into a genre bending electronica one – and was rewarded by having popular prime time show, Dawson’s Creek, feature the track “Psyche” on a season premier episode that is still in worldwide rotation. Lovespirals have followed up on that success with numerous TV and cable placements on programs including Oprah, Martha, What Perez Sez, Mind of Mencia, Gastineau Girls, and many more for MTV, VH1, E!, Logo, and others. Lovespirals currently have 3 full length albums and several digital EPs plus numerous compilation appearances. Anji has also appeared on a number of collaborations including one with Machineries of Heaven for the Need For Speed game franchise. Recent work includes tracks with up and coming downtempo artists Moosefrog and The Grooveblaster, as well as a new track in development with Damien.S.
Lovespirals announce their brand new digital-only release, This Truth EP, now on iTunes+, Amazon, and Last.FM. The duo discuss their halt on recording, potentially playing live with Shine and Mr. Meeble, the iTunes 8 Genius function, Anji being “obsessive compulsive” with playlists, Pandora‘s troubles with the Copyright Royalty Board, Blip.FM and it’s similarities to Twitter, being #1 on Below Zero, their Drunk Rockers pix, an encounter with Long Beach City Mayor, Bob Foster, and their thoughts on the recent death of Pink Floyd keyboardist and founding member, Richard Wright. The show closes out with Lovespirals’ cover of Pink Floyd’s 1969 song, “Cymbaline.” You can grab this recording free from the NPF tribute CD: None of Us is Pink. You can buy the original version of the song from the lovely More soundtrack album. BTW, it was mentioned that “Great Gig in the Sky” was originally conceived for the Zabriskie Point Soundtrack, but it turns out that it was actually “Us and Them” Anji was thinking of — another amazing song from Dark Side of the Moon. Read the WikiPedia article on Zabriskie Point film.
Download remixes for podcast or radio at Lovespirals’ Podsafe Music Network Remix Page.
Lovespirals recently collaborated with loop producers, Peace Love Productions, on what turned out to be a very fruitful remix competition. As part of the contest, the band decided to release a digital “EP” of some of their favorite productions. The 9 unique remixes of this 2nd single from Lovespirals’ 3rd album, Long Way From Home, hail from an international group of producers who have all put their own unique stamp on this slightly retro-soul inflected tune. From sultry downtempo to upbeat trance, each mix puts a different twist on Anji Bee’s heartfelt, soulful vocals. Many of the mixes cleverly include Ryan Lum’s bluesy electric guitar leads, as well, lending an intriguing counterpoint to the mostly dance oriented mixes. Remixers include the contest winner, Pomatic, and runner-up, Kambronn, plus The Grooveblaster (whom Anji has just collaborated with on his upcoming 2nd album), hEADaCHE, Lthrboots, TT&Yosh, donOesterby, and very special remix by fellow Projekt artist, Soul Whirling Somewhere. Rounding out the EP is the original mix of “This Truth.” The album is available now on iTunes + and Amazon Digital, as well as eMusic, Rhapsody, Amie Street, and Napster. Check out the full EP and download 1 free track from Last.FM.
It seems that Lovespirals’ 2005 single, “Hand in Hand,” from sophomore album, Free & Easy, has found a new audience on the Below Zero radio show. The band are currently featured on the front page of the official show site with a very nice writeup. Apparently the track has been steadily climbing their charts over the past month, since DJ Mason Rothert discovered and dusted off this “timeless gem,” as they so generously called it.
Lovespirals have quietly started their own revolution in the world of chillout and carved their own style out with their three albums. From the dreamy folk and rock sounds of Windblown Kiss (2002) to the more soulful jazz and blues of Free & Easy (2005) they come full circle with Long Way From Home, which is back to the dream pop roots.
While Anji Bee sings her sad lyrics with a voice that tucks you in at night, Ryan Lum masterfully produces melancholic music. These two have been at it for nearly a decade and their hard work is really paying off. They have worked very hard in the digital music revolution as well as podcasting with Anji Bee’s chillcast shows. Anji is known as “the sexiest voice in podcasting” and she has made everyone at Below Zero freeze over which is a good thing in the world of chill.
Lovespirals track, “Hand in Hand” from their release Free & Easy has made a comeback for us at Below Zero. When we went back and listened to this song we had to bring it out as it is a timeless gem. We are happy it reached #1 on our TOP 10 list after a four week climb.
As an interesting sidenote, “Hand in Hand” was originally recorded as an extended Jazz Step Drum n Bass track in 1999, making it the second song ever produced by Lovespirals. It was first pressed to acetate for Ryan’s DJ sets, then uploaded to mp3.com, and eventually included on the digital-only Ecstatic EP in 2001. This early mix was featured in an official Mp3.com Best Song of the Week contest and was included on the Chill Out Lounge 2 compilation alongside D&B master, LTJ Bukem. The Ecstatic EP itself was spotlighted as a Hot Pick on mp3.com (“for fans of Good Looking Records“), and listed in StarVox’s Top 10 of 2001, hailing it’s “tasty illbient and Trip Hop influenced grooves” as a “harbinger of Goth’s next Big Thing.”
You can download and compare both versions of “Hand in Hand” from Lovespirals’ Amie Street store. For CD purists, pick up a copy of Free & Easy from the band store to have it autographed by Ryan and Anji just for you!
Joe of drunkrockers.com caught a few shots of the band hanging out at Club Violaine for the big 5th Year Anniversary party featuring Ryan and Rebecca Coseboom’s Los Angeles debut as Stripmall Architecture. (The duo are best known as Halou…)
It was a really great show and it was good to catch up with friends, like Nick Marshall, formerly of The Von Trapps (pictured here with Ryan). You can see the full set of photos from the show in the DrunkRockers Violaine Archive.
And if you missed this show but live in the San Fran area, you can still catch the R/R Coseboom performance at the IXMAE Supper Club coming up on September 11th.