We finally got word back from the Pacific Marine Mammal Center that our “Meals For Seals” sponsored pinniped is Cyntia, a California Sea Lion pup. Apparently she is a special case, as she came in not only malnourished and dehydrated, but with an eye injury, as well. Poor thing! Cyntia has been at the center for about 3 months now, and after medical care, vitamins, and food, she is finally able to join the other pinipeds in the swim tanks and eat whole fishes. Apparently she is eating 5 and a half pounds of fish per day! We think Cyntia might have been one of the 3 pups we saw in the nursery the day of our visit. Check out this short video we took of them, they are absolutely adorable!
She sure looks a lot happier now, don’t you think?
Can you believe that Attorney Paul Kennerson has been working hard for years to remove the beloved La Jolla seals from “Children’s Pool” at Casa Beach? Everybody else seems to loves them as they are a huge draw for tourists and locals alike. Now that seals are in trouble all up and down the coast, it seems a particularly poor idea to kick them out of this little cove. On top of that, the plan for removal of the seals is to play a recording of dogs barking 24/7, to the tune of $700,000 a year. What???
Join the Facebook Group “Save La Jolla Seals: SealWatch San Diego” to help spread the word!
As mention in Chillin’ with Lovespirals #67, here is a little video of Anji Bee talking about about participating in the Meals For Seals sponorship program at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, CA. Join the PMMC on Facebook to get educated and get involved. Right now, record numbers of seals are showing up sick all along the west coast, so they could really use your help!
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.
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.
Its always interesting to find out how fans discover our music and sometimes the connections are surprising. A recent post on Second Arts blog details Morris Vig’s musical journey, courtesy of Second Life. Apparently a chance MoShang performance in SL lead to the discovery of Lovespirals (via MoShang’s remix of “Motherless Child,” no doubt), as well as The Chillcast with Anji Bee, which has long been a strong supporter of MoShang. Even more fun is that MoShang was Vig’s gateway into the chillout music scene. May we be the first to say, “Welcome!”
It’s that time of the year again! The holidays means holiday music, and you can download the classic Lovespirals’ cover of John Denver’s “Aspen Glow” gratis from the fine folks at Losing Today. This song is special to us, as it was the first ever officially released Lovespirals song, recorded in 2001 for the Projekt holiday compilation, Excelsis Vol 3. You can still buy this CD, in fact, its currently on the Projekt Top 10. “Aspen Glow” was also included on the 2002 limited edition of A Dark Noel: The Very Best of Excelsis release created for Hot Topic stores.
The band will be attending the New Media Expo in Ontario this weekend. I am accepting a People’s Choice Podcast Award for my work as a co-host of the all-girl PodShow podcaster talk show, ShowGirls, on Friday at 4pm in Expo Hall B. Lovespirals will be attending the RumorGirls/ExtremePods party tonight, which PodShow founder Adam Curry is apparently attending specifically to get a hug from me… Pix later?
Ryan and I will have copies of Long Way From Home with us, which we will be more than happy to autograph and sell for the low-low expo price of just $10! So please, come on up and say “Hi!”
This new biography is more like a history lesson of Lovespirals! Might need to be cut down a bit for public consumption….
After nearly a decade of artistic collaboration between singer/songwriter, Anji Bee, and multi-instrumentalist/producer, Ryan Lum, it seems almost a moot point that Lovespirals evolved out of Projekt act, Love Spirals Downwards. Yet Lum’s former band incarnation remains popular within dream pop circles; popular enough that his first 2 early 90’s albums are currently being reissued. And Love Spirals Downwards have long held the reputation as Projekt’s best selling act. So though Lovespirals have been around as long as LSD, the two projects are still inextricably linked in many minds.
Lovespirals have made plenty of fans of their own over the years. Their earliest work was tied to the late 90’s California drum ‘n’ bass and downtempo scene they each DJ’d in; Lum as a club DJ and Bee as a college radio jockey. The duo’s fledgling jazzstep white labels became the first tracks Lum promoted in the burgeoning mp3 format – predating even the invention of iPods or iTunes. Appearances on various artist comps at the turn of the millennium, such as Chill Out Lounge Vol. 2, brought Lovespirals to the attention of chillout music listeners worldwide.
Perhaps confounding their newfound fanbase, Lovespirals sidestepped into a moody blend of jazz, blues, world, and folk styles for their 2002 Projekt debut, Windblown Kiss. Hailed as a “post shoegazer masterpiece,” and the “herald of gothic jazz,” Lum’s uniquely dreamy musical blend of genres and Bee’s sensually romantic vocals surprised and delighted listeners with its fresh approach to the dream pop sound. Bee’s mix of ethereal and jazzy harmonies endeared her to Lum’s longtime fans, who happily crowned her with the title of “sultry chanteuse.”
Merging their two musical sides, in 2005 Lovespirals followed up with a collection of jazzy yet rock-infused chillout music — aptly named Free & Easy — on their own label, Chillcuts. The band resumed their interest in dance music, producing several deep house and downtempo numbers that have been licensed fairly extensively on TV and cable such as MTV, VH1, E!, and many others, including The Oprah Winfrey Show. Overall, Lum explored more funky musical territory, replete with Rhodes piano, wah-wah guitar, and extended electric guitar solos, while Bee dug deep to discover a soulful vocal sound verging at times on rhythm and blues.
As part of the promotions for Free & Easy, the band founded a podcast called Chillin’ with Lovespirals. This brought not only the band, but Bee specifically, to the attention of Adam Curry, through his newly launched Podsafe Music Network. In late 2005, Curry signed Bee to his brand new media company, PodShow, calling her “the sexiest voice in podcasting.” The resultant show, The Chillcast with Anji Bee, has gone on to become a popular staple of the podsafe music podcast world, with listenership increasing by the thousands monthly. The Chillcast also enjoyed a stint on Sirius Satellite Radio. Bee is also a co-host of an all-female PodShow podcaster collabocast called, ShowGirls, which recently won a People’s Choice Podcast Award.
Picking back up in 2007 with the more 70’s-inspired sounds of Free & Easy, Lovespirals have truly hit their stride on their third album, Long Way From Home. Melding the dreamy folk and rock of Windblown Kiss, with the soulful jazz and blues of Free & Easy, the duo seamlessly blend prior influences with new sounds and styles. Bee confidently spins seductive tales of beautiful sadness and spiritual longing set to Lum’s masterfully melancholic music. Bluesy electric guitar abounds, with touches of wistful slide guitar, tinkling piano, and haunting harmonica to evoke a lush, organic, Americana feel. Renowned music podcaster, C.C. Chapman, has said this is Lovespirals best work to date, and the band agree. In fact, Lum believes this is his finest work, bar none.
We’ve got another remix competition launching on Peace Love Productions’ site, so it’s time to update our band bio once again! Always fun to spin our life story to fit a particular project… not! If only these things wrote themselves.
Lovespirals return to Peace Love Productions for their 2nd remix competition with “This Truth” from their upcoming 3rd album, Long Way From Home. A mellow midtempo Rhodes-driven number with warm, soulful vocals, bluesy guitar licks, and an upbeat vibe, this 96 bpm track is ripe for remixing in any number of genres.
Indeed, genre-bending is Lovespirals forte. The duo of musician, Ryan Lum, and vocalist, Anji Bee, began collaborating during the height of the atmospheric jazz-step drum ‘n’ bass scene of the late 90’s, creating white label dubplates. Surprisingly, their debut full length CD, Windblown Kiss (Projekt 2002), was a collection of dream pop and alt folk with jazzy overtones. Their 2005 follow up, Free & Easy (on the band’s own label, Chillcuts) was more electronica oriented, featuring jazzy downtempo and deep house tracks alongside jazz and blues influenced pop. Long Way From Home (Chillcuts Oct. 2007), finds Lovespirals adding classic Americana to their colorful sound palette to create some of their most beautiful and melancholic music to date.
Melancholic beauty is Ryan’s musical trademark. His prior work as Love Spirals Downwards explored the same ethereal depths as the Cocteau Twins and Slowdive, who appear alongside LSD on the iTunes Essentials: Shoegaze & Beyond playlist. The top selling act of preeminent darkwave label, Projekt, Love Spirals Downwards’ 1992 debut, Idylls, and 1994 followup, Ardor – which have sold aprox. 30,000 combined to date – are being reissued in an expanded and remastered digipac format in late 2007.
Lending a grounding energy to the music is the sensual voice of Anji, who’s known as “the sexiest voice in podcasting.” Anji began her podcasting career in mid 2005 by creating Chillin’ with Lovespirals to promote the band’s music and stay in touch with their fans. She caught the attention of PodShow founder, Adam Curry, who is a staunch supporter of Lovespirals on his infamous Daily Source Code. Her weekly music show, The Chillcast with Anji Bee draws in several thousand loyal listeners and ShowGirls – featuring Miss Bee – just won a People’s Choice Podcast Award.
Lovespirals’ music has been featured on MTV, VH1, E!TV, ABC, WB Network, and many other television and cable channels internationally. Their albums are available digitally via iTunes, Rhapsody, and Emusic as well as in CD format through Amazon, CDBaby, and other online retailers.