After podfading for 3 months, Ryan and Anji return to the podcast to fill you in on everything the band has been up to recently. The duo realized that some major life changes and events have taken up a lot of their usual creative time, including having air conditioning installed in both home studios, upgrading WordPress on the band website and hunting down various resulting issues, planting and maintaining a fairly extensive organic home garden, and taking care of Monster the Cat after a sudden turn in his health. The busy duo also found time to take a few trips to see friends and attend concerts, and still was able to work on a new series of songs. Plus Anji had several new collaborations released, created a video for “Try To Forget,” did an interview with MusicTap, and more. Listen in for all the details and hear an intimate demo of Lovespirals most recent song in progress at the close of the show.
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A beautiful machinima video for Lovespirals’ song “Empty Universe” created by Japanese Second Life artist, Takashi Yagi (known as “Hiroaki Nirvana” in-game) has been selected for the “SL Machinima Festival 2011 Summer” held by the Cinema Union. 10 machinima films will be shown at 10 Second Life virtual theaters from July 16th to August 7th. This event is free to attend and Second Life is free to join. The photo, left, is a screen capture of Anji — known as “Anji Riel” in-game — checking out the event poster at the Cinema Union Theater. She plans to attend the opening day of the film festival; keep an eye out for more details on Lovespirals’ Facebook page.
Check out the video below for more info and a clip of of the “Empty Universe” video.
Matt Rowe of MusicTap recently interviewed Anji Bee for a feature on the newly revamped music site. Entitled, Quality Time With Anji Bee of Lovespirals and Chillcast, the piece goes into some depth about Anji’s thoughts on the current state of music while looking into the origins of her Chillcuts Digital label, the creation of her new The Chillcast with Anji Bee: 5 Years of Chillin’ compilation, and how she selects music for her weekly podcast, The Chillcast with Anji Bee.
Matt has been a long time supporter of Anji’s band, Lovespirals. He featured the duo in 2006 with his MusicTap piece, Honey and Cool Jazz ‘n’ Rock: An Interview with Ryan Lum and Anji Bee of Lovespirals.
Here’s just an excerpt from the interview:
Music has gone through so many changes over the decades. Do you feel that this generation of music provides enough in styles to help those caught in a decade of preference?
First of all, what people need to realize is that there is a whole world of music that is not being played on the radio or TV. I get all the music I can handle and then some strictly from the Internet. And the variety of music available on the Internet is more vast that you can even imagine. Its truly staggering how much great music is out there when you start searching for it.
What do you look for in a band that sends music across your desk? What do you listen for?
The music needs to strike certain chords for me; I want to feel it in my gut. It could be a tear jerking lyric/vocal, or it could be a booty-shaking bassline/groove. It could be a gorgeous melody played on keyboard or guitar, or an amazing vocal harmony. It could simply be a really sweet string pad or a sitar hook — who knows? But I think there’s generally an element of authenticity in expression that I’m seeking. That’s what is wholly missing in the pop music industry. I want to feel what the artist was feeling when they were creating the song. I need to be drawn into that little world and feel immersed in it. Hearing a really sincere song is a bit like falling in love for me. Obviously not every song on the show can have that strong of an impact on me, but the more of them I can find and string together for a set, the better the show is.
What needs to change as we move forward into an uncharted world of music?
From my perspective, I’d say what needs to change is the perception of music listeners. The major labels have been attempting to convince people that the only music of importance is the stuff that they push down our throats via their multi-media corporate conglomerates. They’d like everyone to believe that all independent music on the Internet is just crap created by half-assed noobs playing around with free software. But that is simply not the case at all. If you put some time into music discovery online, you’ll find a whole new world of incredible music just waiting for you!
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Lovespirals vocalist, Anji Bee, guest hosted a one hour set on the radio show, Properly Chilled, last weekend. The show airs on 101.5 FM WXGR in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, every Saturday from 6-8 pm, and streams live worldwide via http://www.wxgrfm.org. Luckily for you, it is also released as a podcast the following week. You can Check out Properly Chilled Podcast #44 (B): Guest Anji Bee on Mixcloud or check out the full show and view the complete shownotes for Properly Chilled #44 with Guest DJ Anji Bee on Properly Chilled.com.
Included in Anji’s set is Lovespirals’ brand new track, “Try To Forget,” as well as her solo song, “Put Some Music On” (produced by Ryan Lum, of Lovespirals, btw…), along with several other cuts from her new 5 Years of Chillin’ compilation. In addition, she featured several recent Lovespirals remixes, including the winner of the “Feel So Good” remix competition held by Sony Acid Planet earlier this year. Also in the mix are 2 brand new Anji Bee collaborations; one with The Grooveblaster, and the other with Karmacoda and Beth Hirsch, as well as her recent collaboration with 7 Day Visa.
Properly Chilled was founded in January 2005. Dedicated to downtempo music and culture, their approach is a widely inclusive one, bringing together the sounds of nu jazz, broken beat, world fusion, dub, trip hop, deep house, jazzy hip hop, ambient electronic, idm, glitch, reggae, acid jazz, afrobeat, cosmic disco, dubstep and pretty much any other laid back child of electronic music.
I’ve been thinking about my life
Wondering why its so filled with strife
Things should be easier than this
That is my wish — oh yes, it is
Let’s get away
Just for today
Try to forget
When I lay in my bed at night
Wondering why nothing’s going right
Things should be easier than this
That is my wish –oh yes, it is
Let’s get away
Just for today
Try to forget
Divided by the seasons
Divided by the tides
The days become the reasons
And the meanings of our lives
Try to forget…
— by Anji Bee (BMI)
Released March 18, 2011
on 5 Years of Chillin’ compilation
Lovespirals are wrapping up production on a new digital release featuring remixes of “Feel So Good” from their 2010 album, Future Past. For a sneak peek, check out the latest episode of The Chillcast, hosted and produced by Lovespirals vocalist, Anji Bee. Chillcast #255: Keep It Chill closes with an upbeat electropop mix by Electer, who previously won 2 Karmacoda video remix contests under the name “Bassic” on the Sony ACIDplanet site. Lovespirals plan to release the Feel So Good EP in conjunction with the 5 year anniversary of Bee’s podcast this March.
Listen to Chillcast #255:
“Happy Holidays” is the first all-original holiday song released by Lovespirals vocalist/lyricist, Anji Bee. Co-written with Lovespirals partner, Ryan Lum, “Happy Holidays” is a deceptively bittersweet pop nugget filled with heartugging disco-infused violins, funky bass and wah-wah guitar, with a relaxed house beat and a hint of cool wintry nights wafting through. Bee’s warm, enveloping vocals pleasantly recall Tracey Thorn (of Everything But The Girl) and Karen Carpenter with their laid back yet passionate delivery and personal holiday message.
Podcasters and Internet Radio DJs are free to include “Happy Holidays” in their shows. Check out Anji Bee on Mevio’s Music Alley (AKAPodsafe Music Network.)
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