Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Avalanches

The Avalanches are a gang of DJs out of Melbourne, Australia. They made a big splash back in 2000 with their debut album Since I Left You, which was assembled from approximately 3,500 samples from old records, films, and TV shows. It's a nearly perfect party album that is impressive front to back, while the track "Frontier Psychiatrist" was released as a single and has become their most well-known song to date. The Avalanches took home all kinds of Australian music awards for the album, and it was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.


I've had this album for at least a couple of years now, and for some reason I have been listening to it a lot over the past couple of weeks. Curious to know what these guys are up to these days, I did a quick search and found this:
Details of The Avalanches' second album are sparse. Seltmann said in 2005 that after starting out as "ambient world music", the record was returning to more of a "party" sound. In 2006, Modular issued a press release stating "it's sounding like everything we dared not hope for, and so much more. They've made the record of their lives basically". This was in response to a joke email which had reached the music press, in which Modular claimed it had rejected The Avalanches' new album. In January 2007, the band stated via its website that roughly 40 tracks were being considered: "It's so fuckin' party you will die, much more hip-hop than you might expect, and while there is still no accurate estimated time of arrival, we're sure you're gonna love it when it arrives ... It's ended up sounding like the next logical step to "Since", we just had to go around in a big circle to get back to where we belong. And one day when you least expect it you'll wake up and the sample fairy will have left it under your pillow."
So, it looks like there will be some new Avalanches material coming out sometime soon. While snooping around I also came across the "GIMIX", which was a promotional mixtape that blended previews of Since I Left You with some of the band's favorite songs. A couple of parts will catch you off guard, but overall it is a great listen, and a nice accompaniment to the album. Apparently it was released on cassette in Australia to give people a taste of the album while they waited for approval of some of the samples. Check it out..
Samples:
  • The Avalanches - Since I Left You
  • Madonna - Holiday
  • Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
  • The Avalanches - Stay Another Season
  • The Avalanches - Two Hearts In 3/4 Time
  • De La Soul - A Roller Skating Jam Named "Saturdays"
  • Blowfly - Rapp Dirty
  • Old Dirty Bastard - Baby Got Ya Money
  • Roy Ayres - Running Away
  • Kid Creole And The Coconuts - Stool Pigeon
  • The Avalanches - Close To You
  • Jimi Hendrix - Crosstown Traffic
  • Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
  • The Smiths - The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
  • Thomas Bangalter - Turbo
  • Madcatt Courtship - The Kitty Lounge
  • Men At Work - Down Under
  • The Avalanches - Electricity
  • De La Soul - Ring Ring Ring
  • A Tribe Called Quest - Electric Relaxation
  • Daft Punk - Oh Yeah
  • Detroit Grand Pubas - Sandwiches
  • Hall And Oates - I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)
  • Fatboy Slim - Fucking In Heaven
  • The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • Jurassic 5 - Jayou
  • Dee-Lite - Groove Is In The Heart
  • West Street Mob - Break Dance Electric Boogie (Jon Carter Mix)
  • Gonzalez - Real Motherfuckin' Music
  • The Avalanches - Little Journey
  • The Avalanches - Diners Only
  • The Avalanches - A Different Feeling
  • The Avalanches - Pablo's Cruise
  • Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
  • Paperclip People - The Climax
  • Fela Ransome Kuti with Ginger Baker - Ye Ye De Smell
  • Instant Funk - Got My Mind Made Up (12" remix)
  • Electric Light Orchestra - Livin' Thing
  • Mickey Mouse Club - Mickey Mouse Club Theme
  • Michael Wycoff - Looking Up To You
  • Fern Kinney - Together We Are Beautiful
  • The Avalanches - Tonight May Have To Last Me All My Life
  • Fleetwood Mac - Dreams

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

The avalanches! So classic man! You know i found your blog by accident in this crazy mess of an internet, and i have to say im a addict! Youve introduced me to so many new artists its insane, and it never ceases to amaze me how many ive forgotten that you re-introduce, and im like "whoa someone knows or remembers who that is" lol keep it up man, AVAST Sacramento, CA

Mr. Curiosity said...

Cheers buddy, that's really great to hear. Thank you.

Hunter said...

the video for frontier psychiatrist is one of my all-time favorites.

Mr. Curiosity said...

Thanks for the tip, I had never seen the video.

Anonymous said...

oh thank you very much for this ,I bought the cassette from the band when they played London just as the album came out and played it as much as the official release,then it got lost, nicked, or is in a box somewhere,i just blog searched the album name looking for it and BADABOOM first click,i love the intertubes,thanks again

Mr. Curiosity said...

Very cool, glad to be of service. I played it at a social function last week and it was a big winner. Thanks for dropping the note.