Thursday, April 29, 2010

Jimmy Tamborello

Jimmy Tamborello is an electronic music producer, probably best known as the other half of The Postal Service (the first half being Death Cab frontman Ben Gibbard). And if you don't know who they are, then please turn off "Fireflies" by Owl City and listen to this track:

The District Sleeps Alone Tonight - The Postal Service

The Postal Service - The District Sleeps Alone Tonight .mp3

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Yes, "Fireflies" is catchy, but Mr. Adam Young owes a LOT to the Postal Service. He essentially took the same electronica/pop approach that they did, but steered it in a more poppy, Top 40 friendly direction (i.e. auto-tune and lame lyrics). Yes, the Postal Service had a hit too ("Such Great Heights"), but their music seems to have more actual aesthetic value to it...I mean, Give Up (alas, their only LP) came out in 2003, and I still manage to listen to it at least once a month. All of you should own a copy.

Jimmy Tamborello's other aliases include dntel (mostly instrumental electronica/pop) and James Figurine (electronica/pop, but he sings, too!) of Figurine (a three-piece group in the same vein). James Figurine released an LP of covers (the ironically titled Covers) this year, and I was able to get it for free a few months back from his website. Worth checking out, I posted one of the songs a while back, here it is:

Other99 - James Figurine

He's been working as James Figurine and Dntel for a good 10 years now; the track that preceded and really created The Postal Service was a Dntel track featuring Ben Gibbard, the simply fricking amazing "(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan." Such amazing lyrics, and the production just creates this ephemeral, dreamlike quality; it's actually very different from pretty much all the postal service songs, except "Natural Anthem." which has a lot of the same white noisey goodness.

(This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan - Dntel feat. Ben Gibbard
Dntel - The Dream Of Evan and Chan .mp3
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BONUS! Ben Gibbard covering the same song:

Ben Gibbard - The Dream of Evan and Chan .mp3

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Mr. Tamborello is also associated with the internet radio station and all-around badass collective of musicians and music lovers, (I check it every day, they have amazing taste). He DJ's for them on occasion (and posts his mixes here), usually on his show, Dying Songs, or with other DJ's in a show called "Give Up: stop dancing and cry," which of course only plays sad music. He also has a live-electronica collab with a bunch of other Dublab folks (they're called Golden Hits, and they give away free music here).

All I have to say is that this guy is amazing, and you should know him and his work. A real artist of electronic music. Buy something of his!

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