December 20th//Glasslands, NYC

I've got my first live show in NYC coming up. I'm excited and nervous, but I'd love for you to come support if you're in the big city.

Glasslands Gallery - December 20th
289 Kent Ave.
Brooklyn, NY
8pm - $6

Big ups to all those involved:

hazy autumn, you trickster//Inside The Weather Is Cool

Four Tet - Love Cry
so happy to hear this scot back in action. i wasn't a big fan of his collaboration with burial, which produced two tracks of dark, drawn out electronica think-pieces that felt like unpolished jams rather than works of attention care that X mr/ tet's back catalogue. i can feel carpet fur crawling up my socks, rubbing against my skin and leaving marks to remind me of dirty nights on the basement floor. its all about the groove, and the steady beat keeps your head moving through the intermittent explosions of sampled vocals. one for the wax heads, one for the headphones, one for the jazz fiends and nu-sex fiends. the ending is so quintessential four tet i had a wide grin on first listen.

Boards of Canada - Seven Forty Seven
another downbeat electronica giant released new material, and i am so happy to be a fan of this genre. boc are the kings of their own wild, the fuzz as jesters and the beats as the court in which they dance a dusty slowdance with their queen, canadian tv show samples. insects and hazlenuts, crunchy leaves and a bubbly sneeze, two skips over acid puddles and three hits over winter snuggles. those windows aren't frosted, they're alive; your hot chocolate isn't dripping, it's escaping; this track ain't growing, it's evolved.

Tamma's Music Box - Wasn't Born To Follow
a Byrds cover. the voice haunts my thoughts, and the layers of subtlety give me audiophile boners. everything about this track is perfect. please download and give it at least three spins, and get lost in the woods of this beautiful piece by a relatively unknown with a fancy looking website.

(photos via mental gymnastics)

if it's not enough
to return inside and expect nothing more
than the warmth of a mother's hug,
the gruff of a father's grin,
and the practiced gestures from friends old,
their eyes thicker but as welcoming as before,

to make you smile and thankful, still,
for twenty years luck and a few more
in the cards
(fingers crossed)

then i think it best
you settle for less.

- tgrs

We Can All Rest Easy//Chillout Show Playlist, 3

The Chillout Show w/The Great Red Shark: 28/10/09
Massive Attack - Teardrop
Florence + The Machine - You Got The Love (Jamie of The xx Rework)
School of Seven Bells - Iamundernodisguise (alternate version)
Thievery Corporation - Lebanese Blonde
Joe Beats - Sleep or Bust
The Craters - Cool Enough For School
Tonnatill - Cultured
Mike Bones - What I Have Left (Alexis Taylor Verison)
White Hinterland - My Love (Justin Timberlake Cover)
Ruby Weapon - Daily Routine (Animal Collective Cover)
The Third Eye Foundation - La Dispute (Vs. Yann Tierson)
Patrick Watson - Sleeping Beauty
Amen Dunes - Patagonian Domes
Sareen - The Blanks Filled In (Demo 07-30-09)
Sam Amidon - Fall On My Knees
The Tallest Man On Earth - I Won't Be Found (Daytrotter Session)
Iron & Wine - Waitin' For A Superman
Cougar - Foil Epee Sabre
Sarah Jarosz - Song Up In Her Head
Chris Thomas King - Hard Time Killing Floor Blues
Beach House - Saltwater
The xx - Infinity
Memory Screen - Botone
Parotia Tree - Calvus Arcus
Aughra & Mosh Patrol - I'm Going To Sleep On It
Brian Eno - Deep Blue Day
Tamma's Music Box - The Endless Search
Cat Stevens - Father & Son
The Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows
Belle and Sebastian - The State I Am In
Madeleine Peyroux - Dance Me to the End of Love

that's it for me on air until February. so, until then, keep checking out the songs I post up here if you're ever in need of a relaxing night in.

- tgrs

Blind Man's Colour - Jimmy Dove//new remix

i spent my Hallowe'en working on a remix for Blind Man's Colour's track, 'Jimmy Dove.'

here's the result:
Blind Man's Colour - Jimmy Dove (the great red shark remix) by The Great Red Shark

to check out more BMC material, go visit their blog and myspace.

- tgrs

Candy for The Deaf and Blind//and away away we flow

entirely your own, embodied and effervescent, a fiction of life present

Julianna Barwick - You Were Waiting (Daytrotter Session)
Tallest Man On Earth - I Won't Be Found (Daytrotter Session)
big ups daytrotter. the lonesome sounds beautiful when accompanied by piano. if i were a hermit, i'd settle for the company of an instrument, but the spoiled ways of this ending decade leaves me demanding a recorder as well, because as good as solitude may ring in a cave or a cabin or a closet, i have developed a feverish propulsion to lay everything to tape, to relive a few moments later or to sink back into the trance inevitable when recording. daytrotter accomplishes just this: inviting a few into their studios and pressing the little red circle, until the chills are at peak and the hairs are stiff.

(via daytrotter)

Thom Yorke - Hearing Damaged
the song travels in a distance mirroring physical hearing loss. by the end the sounds are increasingly grainy, pulsating, and fractured. it's always hard labeling an artist with the tagline 'genius,' but it's getting increasingly hard to deny that the genius suit looks good on thom.


Tamma's Music Box - Sounds of Symmetry
so vibrant, these sounds of youth and dreams and majesty, harmonies fit for the weak and the strong and the dying or just born. hallowed in song, enriched with dripping reverb, and pleasure for any with the sense of imagination.


Florence + The Machine - You Got The Love (The xx Remix)
this song deserves to be stuck in your bed for as long as you can bring yourself to feel sinned and saintly, backing music for meeting a lover or detaching a friendship, for losing yourself at a party, for emerging from a rain-soaked street corner into a coffeshop and coming face to face with your dream-life, for breaking up with your resolution and taking that puff, for spilling a drink into the ocean after plunging feet first, for brushing aside her hair and kissing her hips, for running your hands across his shoulders and clenching his back, for keeping those headphones fastened, for pressing your suit just to wear it while smoking a cigarette outside.

(via curbcrawlers)

d z z b

if you want some budstep (did i say dubstep),
Bass Lift by The Snare Bear

- tgrs

relax and think easy//Chillout Show Playlist, 2

The Chillout Show w/The Great Red Shark: 21/10/09
Reefer - Blue Moon
Black Moth Super Rainbow - Just For The Night (Laura Burhenn Remix)
Kings of Convenience - Weight of My Words (Four Tet Remix)
Taken by Trees - Anna
The Durutti Column - Better Must Come
Belle - Delicious Delicacies
CocoRosie - by Your Side
Tamma's Music Box - Emerging
Awkward I - Here All The Time
Max Richter - Sunlight
Hildur Gudnadottir - Ascent
Forest Swords - Glory Gongs
Walls - Burnt Sienna
Washed Out - Luck
Digga 8-bit - No One Ever Does
Tycho Anomaly - Body Is A Temple
Chordata Primate - Silo Circus
Chordata Primate - Fleties
Kurt Vile - Beach on the Moon
Panda Bear - Take Pills
The Very Best - Zam'dziko
Julianna Barwick - Choose
Filastine - Autology
Dr. Robutnik - Motorboat Soul
Seefeel - Spangle
Peter Broderick - And It's Alright (Nils Brahm Remix)

thanks to anyone who listened. next week again, wednesday, 10pm UK/5pm US East at

- tgrs

free music//Circus Love EP

Circus Love EP
1. Circus Love (cassette version)
2. Circus Love (Snare Bear's Quit Clownin' Around Remix)
3. Circus Love (Jason Hunter Remix)
4. Devils Eyes (Toy's rework)
5. Handful of Dust

Artwork by Il'ya Sokolovskiy.
Check out more music from the Snare Bear.
Check out more music from Jason Hunter.

Thank you

- tgrs

Time For Us All to Relax//these clouds are grey again

this tickling in my throat is thickening my voice

Massive Attack - Pray for Rain (ft Tunde Adebimpe)
i am so happy to hear from massive attack. i can honestly say that very few bands have inspired me to the point as this Bristol duo has. they have survived the collapse of the 90's and the subsequent cave-in of trip hop everywhere, a genre that turned its obsession with bass and chillout into a melting stack of cheese that fills with its new-age stench bars and smoking lounges worldwide. the dives that throw up lights of various colors and litter the floor with couches of designs from the best of imagination and the worst of intentions. you've all been to one before, these prisons of trip hop. no matter; m. attack have put out a new ep and i love it. getting TVOTR's main man to lay vocals on this track is like drinking hot chocolate in front of a snow-covered window; you are warm, but there is a touch of cold that reminds you of winter outside. as this song builds, the steam from your mug fills the window, and you forget where you are for the moment your reflection clouds over.
photo from monkeyabout

Washed Out - Feel It All Around
this summer has seen the take over of the blogosphere by an army of cassette/fuzz/nostalgia/80s throwback musicians. lo-fi escaped from the white stripes and contaminated your a-ha record collection. washed out is another one of these types, wearing his influences on his sleeves with copycut samples from some b-side from some shoulder-pad wearing one hit wonder that your 38-year-old probably has in a box somewhere. so cool. kinda like the hipster scene. here's what i don't get (and don't confuse this for a dislike of washed out or this track): if we're stuck in a throwback rut, where do we go from here? no one's worried about it cause we're all nodding our heads along to fuzzier versions of radio tracks from two decades ago. i amongst so many others appreciate analog warmth and cassette compression and drowning mixes and distanced vocals, but i am quite tired feeling like the kid who turns up at what he failed to notice was actually an 80s party. everyone's got on silly pants and hairties while i'm sporting a trucker's hat.
thanks to GvsB for giving these guys some attention
photo by pdhw

Bears in Heaven - Lovesick Teenagers
catchy, rebellious, dogmatic, invigorating and empowering. this makes me miss high school, but love what I have now. maybe because i know I will never be lovesick again.

Miarches - Forest Swords
i've been playing this cassette all summer. if you've chilled with me by the beach, you probably remember this track. i can't believe i haven't put some of fs' stuff up yet. the woodsy psychadelia this band weaves through fuzz, cheap guitar amps and even cheaper recording equipment gives me the good tingles. ain't nothing more wigged out than this track. its for all you dub-loving stoners, you lsd laced curiosities, you art-punks, you scene killers and scene stagers, you runaways and stowaways and self-proclaimed "loners" or "hermits," or even you bums with a cassette deck. $6 don't hate appreciate.

listenlisten - On The Water
this sound has me wishing i was back on the road, dreaming of those crisp sunshines you get only miles from the city, only in the best of mornings filled with a sore back and tired feet but an eager heart to keep up the pace and keep exploring while the time is yours to spend. sure, this song sounds anything but happy, but it sounds raw and immediate, it sounds lost and deserted, it sounds feverishly mad and depressingly complacent. it sounds like three men lost in the woods, making no attempt to find their way out. they sit in the dark, afraid for the darkness, but settled in their strandedness so that the best they can do is write a song until morning.
photo by ks

Hauschka - One Wish
gentle piano strokes, subtle clicks and percussive responses to a jazz-infused modern classical composition that takes rainy days, coffee breaks, Parisian mornings and Greek luxury by their collective hand and leads them all to resort lobby, circa 1974, and lays them to bed on the yellowish carpets that stretch from wall to wall. hauschka, eluvium, max richter...parents of vintage in the truest sense of the (hipster) tag, they compose the sounds the wistful wish would play suddenly during their moments of intense introspection.

photo from monkeyabout

“the initial intuition that is the source of the work can only be unconscious, and this...explains the sense the inspired person has of being guided by forces outside his conscious self.”

My homeboy pdhw just got accepted to art school in Chi-town for his photography. Congrats - big things are in store for him. If you don't already frequent his flickr, do so now. His photography is so far beyond just snapping pictures; his shots are digital art, meticulously detailed and toiled over with such passion that makes me doubt those hippies with paintbrushes are even really artists. What if the computer is your palette? You can save the world with beauty. You can't save the world with organic paint, no matter how abstract that nude live drawing may be. His eyes aren't so good these days, so if you can spare a thought, send pdhw all the good vibes you can muster - Beethoven was deaf and composed majesty, but I don't want my friend to turn blind and shoot tragedy.

maybe things are starting to finally pick up

- tgrs

It's Reason Enough To Live//summer minestrone with red chillies

This season feels shorter and shorter each year; remember 2006, and now 2010.

Lunar Testing Lab - Topaze Bay
calm soundscapes to help settle a move closer to the beach, a soundtrack for a roadtrip to the west and a summer in the sun. the album, Seashore Blvd., carries the vibe over eight tracks and is a key record for evening chill-outs. on a porch, on a patio, on a resort, on a coast, on a hill, on a cliff; take this music anywhere you want - it will travel well, and bring you with it.

Mount Kimbie - Serged
from the second ep by these Kimbie boys; hazy, atmospheric, dusty and riddled with as many lofi beats and pinched vocals as the first. some people claim these guys spin dubstep, but that genre has been sliced and diced into a soup of divergent sounds and meaningless labels that brings to boil an empty definition of a scene losing itself in its evolution. this isn't dubstep - this is Four Tet clicks and Boards of Canada waves, Aphex Twin warmth mixed with Burial vocal cuts. where does that leave Kimbie? with the greats of electronica. don't sleep on these boys and their tunes, pick up whatever you can while it's still kicking about. i'm looking for big things on their first LP.

Take - Hollywoodn't
sorry to keep these tunes all hazy, but my mindsight is a bit everywhere these days. the heat's been dragging my feet and the storms have been keeping them clean, i'm not ready to leave but when have i been? i have a plan, though - which is more than others can say, i know - that keeps me shoreside for some time to keep those tunes in my head spreading, kneading, curling in the sand banks and splashing on the blue walls...i'll stay there, for myself, for some time, and then i'll rethink this 'real life' episode everyone else seems so set on setting on.

Big Ups:
Colin Caulfield
Grizzly Bear + Atlas Sound + Sung Tongs + every other indie band who digs indie music - Pitchfork hype = this dude. creating pop tracks with light layers and acoustic instrumentation in the comfort of his bedroom with only a mic and Garageband, Colin Caulfield is bound to get noticed by the major blogs at some point and heralded as the newest offspring of the naughties' indie explosion. it is rapidly becoming a new decade - where will music go? largely in this direction...that of bedroom pop, independent homegrown (vs road-tested) musicians who get younger and younger and noticed quicker and quicker with the advent of the internet and DIY labels' presence on the web, in conjunction with the coup d'etat of music journalism enacted by music blogs as large as GvsB and as little as this one. radio and magazines have fallen victim, and bedroom music has turned the world of music into a bottomless pit of discovery and self-exhibition that borders on voyeurism. Colin Caulfield is clearly a product of his influences, the and hypem indie cogs, and the wonderful ease of self-promotion in the modern world; and yes, if you scour the usual suspects thoroughly, you could find two more Caulfields for every blog that likes reverb-soaked vocals and instrumentation; but that doesn't matter - at this point in time, I discovered his music, I dig his music, and I hope you enjoy it as well. besides, I'm sick of all the stale lo-fi tape garage jams that have been suffocated blogs these days and this dude's got soul. unadultered, honest, youthful and eager.
Colin Caulfield - Do
Colin Caulfield - Just A Growin'

as Caulfield is a product of bedroom pop, Tonnatill is a flag-bearer of bedroom beats. Dilla inspired, Stones Throw infused, his productions are choppy, static, and head-bopping infectious - true headphone jams. if only it was easier to make a living as a musician, the world would be a more sonic place. stop paying $60 to see a popstar live...sure, it'll be a spectactle on par with the best Vegas has to offer, and sure, you might catch a glimpse of Bono's bulge or Madonna's arm fat, but those guys don't need your money. besides, most of it goes to the suits anyways. guys like Colin and Tonnatill, they're kids who sell you records in stores, deliver pizzas, make your coffee and answer your phonecalls, but their sounds are more transcendent, far more heartfelt and a lot less manufactured. they can't keep it up forever, so help save music like you would a beached whale or a large clump of wet trees in the amazon. the industry is dying, already three feet deep, and the old ways are quickly fading. support the individual if you respect the indivdual's product. hell, Radiohead are big enough to wipe with $20's for the rest of their lives, but if you buy something from their own website, the money goes to their pockets, where the same pair of hands who crafted the music hold your dollar bills (so, btw, don't buy anything pre-In Rainbows; all that cash goes to EMI and the radioheads aren't too fond of them. download the records and see them live instead). my point is this: people like tonnatill and caulfield are making music at their own expense, with little to no reward at the moment. things coudl change for them in the future - i hope they do - but that can only happen when music lovers unite and help the little man. so if you dig this stuff, go out and let them know. buy what they're selling, send them an email, write on their myspaces or whatever...response keeps people going, apathy kills hte beats. unless you want a world of Madonna's and Bono's. if that happens, I'm pulling a Beethoven and keeping my ear to the ground.
Tonnatill - Drag Tide
Tonnatill - Serious School Coat

I'm going to be releasing an EP in support of that album I dropped a few months back, Friends. The EP is for the track 'Circus Love,' and features work from close friends of mine who also make music. I've got an unreleased b-side attached to the project as well, and everyone who purchased a copy of Friends will get a bonus track. The EP can be picked up for free in the coming weeks, I'm just waiting for the finalized artwork. After this release, I'm going to keep all things TGRS quiet for awhile, uploading a few things here and there to my soundcloud, but otherwise building up a body of work that I'll be shopping to labels once I graduate, playing more shows, and spending some time with a few collaborations I've got started up.

1. Circus Love (cassette version)
2. Circus Love (Snare Bear's Quit Clownin' Around Remix)
3. Circus Love (Jason Hunter Remix)
4. Devils Eyes (The Great Red Shark cover by Toy)
5. Handful of Dust
(bonus track - Nighttime Glasses Demo)

Something I will keep up is remixing. I've done two so far, with more to come. Here they are, and I hope you dig them.

Sam Sally - Wonders Loop Circle (thegreatredshark teatime remix)
Friendly Foliage - Javelin' Capes (thegreatredshark eats beets remix)

- tgrs

End of Summer Mix//the heat...the sun...the shade...the haze

Here's a collection of tracks I've been playing a lot this summer, and I think you guys may like them too. Some of them stem from unknown, just-starting-out bands, so PLEASE, if you like 'em, look 'em up, support, go seem them live, pick up an album, do something to help the music-makers out - not the music industry.

These jams are perfect for a sunny afternoon, a hazy evening, driving to the beach and back, grilling with some friends, drinking wine in the heat with a loved one, or walking along a stream with a pair of headphones and sunglasses. Some are energetic, some are chilled, all are good. I hope you all enjoy!

1. Lunar Testing Lab - Sands
2. Shrift - To The Floor
3. Mor Thiam - Ayo Ayo Nene
4. Africam Cream Kids - We Want Thembile
5. Juaneco Y Su Combo - Linda Nena
6. Taken By Trees - My Boys
7. Carly Simon - Why
8. Toro Y Moi - Blessa
9. Bullion - Time For Us All To Love
10. Debruit - I'm Goin' Wit' You (feat. Om'Kas Keith)
11. Hudson Mohawke - Rising 5
12. MeLo-X - Timeofyourlife
13. Mount Kimbie - Sketch on Glass
14. Paul White - Synth March
15. Wavves - Mickey Mouse
16. Dum Dum Girls - Brite Futures
17. tUnE-YaRdS - Jumping Jack
18. Colin Caulfield - Do
19. Paul Simon - Diamonds on da Solez uhva Shooz (Kyle Wyss Remix)
20. Paralyze Humanity Sequence - Hammock
21. Lunar Testing Lab - Down to the Sea and Back

Big ups to Paul Harland-White for the picture, check out more of his stuff at:

And don't forget - STAR gets back on-air in October, and I'll be giving you tons more of chill out music for my very last year on the station. Keep listening!

- tgrs

Sleeves and Surprises//i've fought fevers with bed sheets

Pure hip hop. Go on, get lit for me - I've been too sick for spliffs.

Gonja Sufi - Ancestors (produced by Flying Lotus)
what sloooooow haze. when that organ kicks in, it kills me. i think it killed sufi as well, his voice sounds on teh verge of breaking the whole track through. scoped this album from the awesome download blog neu musical express, go there for the latest in weird, spacey, hazy dazy beats.

Jaylib - Follow Me
the late-great jay dee with the still-great madlib, from jaylib outtakes, the track features madlib's mc persona quasimoto, high pitched voice and stinging vocabulary that always adds to the jams. this is one of those hip hop jams that just feel good to walk to, so get on the weapon of choice and turn the sound way up to get the bass moving your feet. your strut just woke up, and it's mad chillin'.

Eminem - I'm Having A Relapse (freestyle)
i have a hard time believing this is a freestyle, but fucking hell it's solid, whatever it is. this is the m&m i fell in love with back when the marshall mathers lp dropped, and the dude i forgot about when he kept putting out records after that. mtv killed this boy, ate him up and spit out his heart on trl. his latest album is still shit, but thank god for this radio broadcast that first streamed this jam. listen to the lyrics, his flow, and the beat, and try to think of any other mainstream rapper out there who can impress like this guy can. the rhythm is flawless, eminem owns this production and i'm so sorry he's been shit at everything else he puts out.

J-88 - The Look of Love (Two Fingers Remix)
if you dig amon tobin, then dig on this production. heavy, uplifting, dancey and stone worthy. there were a number of other two fingers bootlegs that surfaced before their record came out, which saw missy elliot and busta rhymes get the tobin production treatment, and i strongly recommend you look for those cause they are hot.

Starkey - Bounce
dubstep's take on t.i.'s 'shoulder lean,' and it works so well. i first heard this dropped by tobin on a boat circling the statue of liberty, and i finally found again this spring. crank up the bass for christ's sake and get your durty souff on. it goes on for awhile, so get ready for a follow up to mix out of this jam, preferably during the 'lean' bridge.

Conquering Animal Sound:
bells, light guitar, sparse drums and lo-fi melodies make up excellent folk-friendly atmospheres. the sounds must come from daydreams and cold slumbers, because listening to their music inspires me to find a cave in a wooden area and hibernate - with their music looped in surround sound across the stone ceiling. download their mixtape for free and scope their myspace, where you can listen to their track 'Where The Wild Things Are,' my favourite from the group. if any of you are near the edinburgh area, make sure you check them out live at the wee red bar on the 8th of august.
free taste: Conquering Animal Sound - Your Friends:Conquering Animal Sound Mixtape

Your Friends, Conquering Animal Sound from James Scott on Vimeo.

Richard Heeks:
an otherwise uninteresting flickr find, heeks has a set dedicated entirely to capturing a shot of a soap bubble as it bursts. it's amazing the effort he puts into this, and the results are breathtaking. there are some shown below, but to follow his attempts at getting the perfect bubble burst, please go to his flickr.

The Snare Bear:
dubstep that's all about the bass (ain't it all?) with a particularly unique repertoire of samples that keep the jams fresh even past the four minute mark. watch out for 'Raptor,' sampling Jurassic Park, and 'Liam's Gonna Take Your Soul' which has that awesome speech from you-know-who in Taken. what makes these jams good is the how varied the bass gets - none of the repetitive one liners that a lot of dubstep tracks have succumbed to. this kid focuses on what gets the subs groveling.
Free Taste: The Snare Bear - Liam's Gonna Take Your Soul

i've suffered too many fevers, too many cold sweats, too many rough dreams
that have kept me from seeing off those i love

- tgrs
(photos by pdhw)