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Efterklang Launches Radio Station, ‘The Lake’

POSTED ON 08/13/2014 BY canonblue

Efterklang have just announced a new radio station that they have created and curated, called ‘The Lake.’ I’ve been listening non-stop. Read their official announcement below:

“I don’t wish to get in your pants
Instead, I wish to be your pants.”

If you want to hear Peter Broderick recite these lines of his above; or a Bertolt Brecht hörspiel followed by a conversation with Nils Frahm’s piano. Or Andy Warhol on the phone superceded by Burmese street kids singing from the back of a pick-up truck and the voices of a Haitian voodoo ceremony – then come to The Lake. Continue reading


New Halfnoise Record

POSTED ON 05/27/2014 BY canonblue

I recently produced the new Halfnoise record which was tracked in various parts of New Zealand over September last fall. Check out the official video for the first new song ‘Mountain’ and see footage from the trip here


The Life & Times of Rumspringa Vol. 4

POSTED ON 09/16/2013 BY canonblue

I originally signed with the Danish Label Rumraket (run by Efterklang) back in 2006. They released my first album Colonies as well as the follow up EP Halcyon. Efterklang were the first people outside of my friends to really take an interest what I was trying to do and were the main reason I was able to keep Canon Blue going. Continue reading


The Life & Times Of Rumspringa Vol. 3

POSTED ON 09/09/2013 BY canonblue

The artwork for Rumspringa was done by the design studio Hvass & Hannibal, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. The studio is made up of Nan Na Hvass and Sofie Hannibal who are also responsible for, among numerous other projects, the artwork and art direction for every Efterklang release/performance since their E.P ‘Under Giant Trees.’ Continue reading


The Life & Times of Rumspringa Vol. 2

POSTED ON 09/01/2013 BY canonblue

The recording process for Rumspringa really started when I began writing on the road in 2009. I had been touring with Efterklang and so they were around while I was working on many of the songs. I would play stuff for them in the van and get their opinion on different ideas and that naturally evolved into Casper and Mads coming on to produce the record with me. Continue reading


The Life & Times Of Rumspringa Vol. 1

POSTED ON 08/26/2013 BY canonblue

The word Rumspringa first entered my head after seeing a documentary called ‘The Devil’s Playground’. I’ve always been interested in words from a visual standpoint. Words as shapes. The way they lay across the page. The way they look side by side. I even keep a dictionary of interesting words and phrases which I’m always adding to and Rumspringa was a word that just seemed to belong with the others.
Continue reading


Fall Mixtape

POSTED ON 11/05/2012 BY canonblue

Something to listen to in the earlier darkness…

Wealth – Lone Wolf
The Nest – Jherek Bischoff
Ash/Black Veil – Apparat
Manchester – Kishi Bashi
Villian – Lost In The Trees
Toki No Senrei Wo Uketeinai Mono Wo Yomuna – Jonny Greenwood
A Word In Your Belly – Mi & L’au
If I were – Vashti Bunyan
Familiar – Nils Frahm
Belarus – Low
Kosinski – Angels Of Light
Jim Cain – Bill Callahan
Stand Over Me – The White Birch
The Haunted Ocean 1 – Max Richter
Dreams Today – Efterklang
Take Me Home – Perfume Genius

Fall, Fall, Fall


Summer Mix

POSTED ON 04/30/2012 BY canonblue

Here’s a new mix to get you ready for summer, lake trips, girls, boys, and love:

Dutch Uncles – Candenza
Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle
The Shins – The Rifle’s Spiral
Fanfarlo – Replicate
Kishi Bashi – Manchester
Here We Go Magic – How Do I Know
The War On Drugs – Baby Missles
Young Magic – Sparkly
Caribou – Sun
Daniel Rossen – Silent Song
St. Vincent – Surgeon
Bear In Heaven – Idle Heart
Phantogram – Don’t Move
Air – Seven Stars
Spiritualized – Life Is A Problem

Sun Sun Sun


Tour Diary 1

POSTED ON 01/30/2012 BY canonblue

We finished off the Texas leg of the Mutemath Odd Soul tour in Dallas last night after shows in Houston and Austin. So far this is proving to be our favorite tour yet. Thank you to all the people who have been coming out and we’re looking forward to meeting more of you on the road in the coming weeks!


End of the Year Mix

POSTED ON 12/31/2011 BY canonblue

heres a mix of some of my favorite songs of 2011 to bring in the new year:

every heart is a lonely hunter


Best of 2011

POSTED ON 12/30/2011 BY canonblue

Better late than never. Happy New Year!

Wild Beasts – Smother
Radiohead – King of Limbs
Son Lux – We Are Rising
Timber Timbre – Keep On Creepin On
Belong – Common Era
Loney Dear – Hall Music
War On Drugs – Slave Ambient
Daniel Bjarnason & Ben Frost – Solaris
Nils Frahm – Felt
James Blake – James Blake


Free show in Cincinnati

POSTED ON 12/07/2011 BY canonblue

We’ll be playing a free show on Jan 11th at MOTR Pub in Cincinnati. More info in the tour section.


New video blip for Bows & Arrows

POSTED ON 11/28/2011 BY canonblue

The next installment in the Rumspringa video blips is for Bows & Arrows.  Check it out below:


Euterpes Notebook Interview

POSTED ON 11/18/2011 BY canonblue

There’s a new/old interview up with our friends at Euterpes Notebook.  Check it out here


Solaris

POSTED ON 10/28/2011 BY canonblue

One of my favorite Icelanders and sometime Efterklang collaborator, Daniel Bjarnason, is about to release his new project with Ben Frost entitled, Solaris. Here’s a preview video.  Available for pre-order now:


Nils Frahm

POSTED ON 10/10/2011 BY canonblue

Over the past few years I’ve spent a good deal of time traveling and touring and have met some amazing artists and made some great friends. One of those people is the Berlin Based Nils Frahm. He has a brand new record out on Erased Tapes which you can now stream fully on Hype Machine Go check it out!


State Of Music (Tennessee)

POSTED ON BY canonblue

There is an interesting project put together by ‘Choose My Music’ where they are collecting interviews with bands and artists from every state in US with the aim to see what connection, if any there, is between location and art. They were kind of enough to ask me about what its like making music in Tennessee and you can read the interview here:


The Fox Is Black Mixtape

POSTED ON BY canonblue

A few weeks ago I did a mixtape for the The Fox Is Black which you can download along with some great art here:


Rumspringa Blips Catalogued

POSTED ON BY canonblue

For the past few months we’ve been working on short video blips showcasing different parts of the record.  They were all shot by the talented Austin Gros and we will now be collecting all of them in the media section of the site.  There are still more in the works so be sure to check back as we will be continuing to upload them as they are finished


Battle Hymn Video

POSTED ON 06/18/2008 BY canonblue

Some Super 8 magic from my friend mat, taken during the first Canon Blue house show last fall.

Battle Hymn Video


Byrne Building

POSTED ON 06/09/2008 BY canonblue

just because….


Radiophonic Workshop

POSTED ON 05/20/2008 BY canonblue

Robjn, remixer of Canon Blue’s Treehouse, kindly brought to my attention a mini documentary on the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (mentioned in the aformentioned songwriting article that might have come across pretentious, even though it wasn’t meant too). line up and pay your respects kids. this is where it all started….

Radiophonic Workshop Tour

also, here is the main BBC 4 Documentary which i was talking about called “Alchemists of Sound”

Alchemists of Sound

enjoy…


Canon Blueprint

POSTED ON BY canonblue

was asked to write an article of how i write songs. probably a little early in the career to be doing that. none the less its here for all to read.


Remixes and Such

POSTED ON 05/08/2008 BY canonblue

Cambridge remixer to the stars, Robjn, has just posted his remix of Canon Blue’s song ‘Treehouse’. Take a sample of his goodness here:

In similar news, a deluxe digital single version of Odds & Ends is soon to be released by the fantastic people at Rumraket including remixes by Turboweekend, Kill Krinkle Club, Rival Consoles, & last but not least, Vincent Oliver. There are also rumors of the first official Canon Blue music video to coincide with said release………

its a slow train, but it still moving……


Canon Blue To Play Roskilde

POSTED ON 04/17/2008 BY canonblue

The Danes may be known for churning out good childrens stories, philosophers, and beautiful people, but they are also known for putting on amazing music festivals. The Roskilde Festival being no exception:

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We’re very excited to announce that this year Canon Blue will also be performing and have the honor of ‘kind of’ playing with Radiohead and performing ‘near’ Efterklang. But alas i’ll take that any day. We’ll be there on the 5th and 6th of July. There is a little write up here. bring your wellies:


Colonies & Halycon Lyrics

POSTED ON 03/17/2008 BY canonblue

a few people have been emailing about the lyrics for colonies and halcyon so i’ve posted them here in full:

CANON BLUE
COLONIES:

TREEHOUSE:

ALONE ON THE WAY UP
NO SOUND COMING OUT OF THE RADIO
ALONE ON THE WAY BACK DOWN

FOLLOW WHERE THE VOICE LEADS
ESCAPE INTO THE WALLS
CREEPING DOWN THE HALLWAYS
AVOIDING ALL THE DOORS
THE TREE GROWS THROUGH THE WINDOW
HANGING WITH ITS FRUIT
PULL AWAY THE FINGERS
AND CHOP AWAY THE ROOTS

I CAN HOLD FAST
GROUNDED TO THIS WOODEN FLOOR AT LAST
WHILE MY HANDS REACH OUT
THE SPIRIT LEAVES ESCAPING FROM THE GROUND

HERE SUCH A LONG TIME HERE SUCH A…

WHO BUILT SUCH A STRANGE PLACE
WANDERING THROUGH THE DARK

PILGUIN POP:

I SAW IT ALL IN A FLASHBACK
MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
COLORING THE BACKGROUND
OF MY LANDSCAPE

WITH A LOOK LIKE A LOADED GUN
YOU MADE ALL THE COLORS RUN
AND NOW I SLEEP BY THE WINDOW
DOESN’T EVERYONE

I SAID YOU WERE NO-ONE,
CAUSE YOU JUST DON’T KNOW WHEN TO STOP
I SAID YOU WERE NO-ONE,
BUT TRUTH IS THATS NO WHERE TO START

I SAW A GHOST IN A BIRDCAGE
LOVE WITH YOUR LATIN NAME
I SWEAR THAT I BURIED YOU
IN THE CHURCHYARD

A SONG FOR A DEAF EAR
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURE
OF A MODERN MAN

ODDS AND ENDS:

THERES ALWAYS TEMPTATION
ON TOP OF THE WORLD
WITH NO HESITATION
OR WAY TO BE HEARD

NOTHING EVER LOOKS GOOD
WHEN YOU’RE IN THE BOTTOM OF A HOLE
SO TELL ME YOUR REASONS
I’LL WAIT ON YOUR REASONS HERE ALONE

OH NO, WHY WAIT OUTSIDE

LOOKING FOR LOST SOULS
ON THE BACK OF THE BUS
THINKING OF LEAVING
THERES NO ONE TO TRUST

NOTHING EVER FEELS RIGHT
WHEN YOU’VE GOT A KNIFE
IN THE BACK OF YOUR HEAD
MY TEETH ARE TEETHING
IT HURTS, BUT I’M EATING,
LET ME LIVE

THE BEST THAT WE CAN DO IS TO LOVE THE PIECES…

PALE HORSE:

THE RACE IS HARD
THE BELLY ACHES
THE STUBBLE GROWS
TO HIDE THE FACE

TOSS AND TURN
DON’T LOSE YOUR PLACE
THE EYES THAT BURN
STOMACH INTAKE

ANIMALS TRAPPED IN GATES
THE HELP IS HERE
IT CAME TOO LATE

HEAD IN HANDS
SINKING SHIP
KEEP THE PEOPLE QUIET

ITS HARD TO LEAVE THE PIECES THAT YOU NEVER DID WITHOUT
HARDER THAN IT SEEMS

BUILD AND BREAK
BAD LUCK OR FATE
A FUNERAL FIRE FOR THE STATE
TELL ME IS IT SAFE TO SAY
THE THIEF THE SAINT
(ALL) STAND IN THE RAIN

RUM DIARY:

WERE YOU AFRAID
WHEN YOU RAN OUT OF BREATH?
WHEN THE WATER TOUCHED YOUR LIPS

I HEARD A VOICE
CALLING LIKE A GHOST
BUT THEN I…….I LOST IT AGAIN

WHERE DOES ALL THE LIVING GO?
RUNNING FROM THE UNDERTOW
THAT NEVER ENDS DRAGS YOU DOWN
INTO YOURSELF
WITHOUT A SOUND
WE LIVE AND BREATHE THE CENTURIES
AS I WAS THEN SO I WILL BE
DROWNING UNDER MY BELIEFS
WHERE WERE YOU TO COMFORT ME

HURRY IN LIKE A CHILD
GETTING DRESSED TO LEAVE
TRYING NOT TO FORGET ANYTHING

YOU TOOK THE WORLD WITH YOU INTO THE DARKNESS
BUT DIDN’T BRING IT BACK
WHERE HAVE YOU GONE
WHAT ARE YOU HIDING FROM

BATTLE HYMN:

STEP UP TO THE GATE
PLAY,
COTTON MILL
3 RING CIRCUS
I CAN’T HELP MYSELF
THEY’LL HAVE TO CARRY US AWAY!
STAY
MAGISTRATE
ALLIGATOR GASOLINE SKULL
WATCH OUT FOR THE WAKE
MISTAKE,
ONE EYED JACK
GYPSY HEART AND SOUL
DANCE OF THE DEAD
MACABRE
ABSINTHE ABSINTHE
WE ALL FALL DOWN

I SAID YOU COULD NEVER HAVE IT
BUT ITS JUST A MATTER OF TIME
I SAID YOU’RE BETTER OFF WITH OUT IT
BUT NOTHINGS EVER BLACK AND WHITE

LAISSEZ LES BON TEMP ROULER

(GET OUT OF THE WAY)
HEY
WE’RE OUT HERE LIKE PURE ANIMALS
I DON’T TREAT MY DOG LIKE THAT
I BURIED MY DOG
WHERE DID THEY GO
MY HEAD SPINS
WATER LOGGED SKELETONS
WHAT DID YOU REALLY SEE
PLEASE PLEASE
DO I REALLY HAVE TO TELL YOU?
WE ARE ALL IN NEED
“I USED TO LOVE THAT PLACE”
TV DINNER
NO TIME FOR THE DEAD
WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH LIVING
YOU KNOW YOUR GOING TO WANT TO
PUT YOUR HAND IN THE FIRE

SEA MONSTERS:

RUN UPSTAIRS AND HIDE
THE RIVER HAS COME TO
BUILD A CHURCH AND BAPTIZE
COLD AND CRIPPLED HANDS
RECEIVE AND UNDERSTAND

HOLD TOMORROW HOLD
MY CITY AND MY SOUL
NEVER NEEDED MORE

SOMEDAY I WILL TRY
WITH AN ANGEL ON MY LEFT
A DEVIL ON MY RIGHT
HOLDING BOTH THEIR HANDS
BURIED IN THE LAND

DARE YOU TAKE IT ON
GONE, THE CITIES GONE
ALL THATS GAINED IS LOST
ALL THATS GAINED IS

MONSTERS FROM THE SEA
STOLE YOU AWAY TO BRING YOU BACK TO ME

TARGET PRACTICE:

TOSS AND TURN THROUGH SLEEPLESS NIGHTS
THAT FAIL TO BRING ME REST
A STOMACH FULL OF BIG IDEAS
THAT PRESS UPON MY HEAD

THERE ARE BETTER WAYS TO LEARN

MY BODY RUNS TOO FAR AHEAD
AND LEAVES ME TO MYSELF
BUT WHEN I OPEN UP MY MOUTH
NOTHING DARES COMES OUT
WINDING WIND AND TALKING TREES
BRING THE WORLD DOWN TO KNEES AGAIN

THERE ARE BETTER WAYS TO LEARN
THERE ARE BETTER WAYS TO LEARN

I FALL AND I LEARN I AM AND YOU ARE

WALKING BACKWARDS THROUGH MY ROOM
CIRCLE IN THE DARK
WAITING FOR THE MY TIME TO COME
BUT WAITINGS LEFT ITS MARK
STICK MY HAND ACROSS MY MOUTH
TO KEEP MY THOUGHTS FROM SPILLING OUT

THERE ARE BETTER WAYS TO LEARN
THERE ARE BETTER WAYS TO LEARN

I FALL AND I LEARN I AM AND YOU ARE

IF I AM SLOW TO ANSWER YOU
YOU’LL KNOW ME BY MY BREATH
THAT RAISES HAIRS UPON YOUR SPINE
AND PUSHES ON YOUR CHEST

MOUTH TO MOUTH:

SWAM OVER TO YOU
SPEAK IN YOUR MOUTH
HOLLOW LIKE IT IS
SO YOU ARE
HONEY
COME BACK TO ME
I DON’T KNOW WHERE MY HEAD WAS

YOU SAW MY HEART FAILING

THE LEVEE BROKE
AND LET ALL THE THOUGHTS RUSH IN
LONELY AS MY FIST
TOUCHED YOUR HAIR
I FORGOT TO LOCK THE HOUSE
I PROMISE IT WAS MY FAULT

WAS IT ME OR BAD LUCK?
SAY SOMETHING

HATCHET THROUGH THE SKY
RISE UP ABOVE THE ROOF
THERE ARE NO BIRDS HERE
IT IS SILENT LIKE DEATH

MOTHER TONGUE:

ONE LIE IS THE SAME AS ANOTHER
I WAS BITTEN BY A BUG
AND I SWELLED UP JUST LIKE A BALLOON

PARALYZED NO MOTOR FUNCTIONS
I LOOKED UP PEELING BACK MY EYELIDS
AND SUDDENLY THERE WAS YOU

WHEN THE WORDS COME
CREEPING OUT LIKE SPIDERS

MY WORDS ARE TURNING ON EACHOTHER
LOOKING FOR SOME SORT OF COVER
TO REST MY MOUTH

BUTTERFLIES CHURNING IN THE STOMACH
REACH OUT FOR SOMETHING THAT COULD NOURISH
A BOTTLE THEN MET MY HAND

WHEN THE WORDS COME
CREEPING OUT LIKE SPIDERS
AND LEAVE THEIR TANGLED WEBS INSIDE

WHO GOT BIT BY THE MOTHER TONGUE
YOU GOT BIT BY THE MOTHER TONGUE

AND I STEP OUT TO FIND MY WAY

I COULD RUN I COULD STAY
I COULD SAY A MILLION THINGS
BUT IT WOULDN’T MATTER NOW
NO IT WOULDN’T MATTER NOW


BAPTESME:

CANON BLUE
HALCYON EP:

HALCYON:

AND THE WORLD IN THE LIGHTS REBORN
WILL AWAKE FROM ITS SLUMBER
TO THE CALM OF THESE HALCYON DAYS
AND ITS GOOD AND ITS GOOD AND ITS GOOD AND ITS GOOD

IN YOUR HEART YOU KNOW
THAT IT WILL BE SO

IN THE STILL OF THE WINTER’S SNOW
I AWOKE AND EXPANDED
TIL MY EYES COULD SEE ONLY HOPE
AND ITS GOOD AND ITS GOOD AND ITS GOOD AND ITS GOOD

WILL YOU KEEP ME AWAKE?

ENNUI:

IT STARTED AND IT LET GO OF MY HAND
I TRIED TO GET IT BACK BUT IT COULD NOT UNDERSTAND
WHAT YOU STARTED WOULD YOU END?

ITS EASY IN THE LIGHT OF THE MORNING
BUT IN THE DARK ITS HARD TO TELL IF SOMETHINGS THERE
WHAT YOU STARTED WOULD YOU END?

STOP THE MYSTERY IS OVER
THE MYSTERY IS OVER
STOP THE MYSTERY IS OVER NOW

THE KIND OF THINGS THAT HANG OVER MY HEAD
ARE HANGING FROM THE CEILINGS OF LONESOME MEN

IF ALL IS LOST THE BOY CRIED FROM HIS BED
AT LEAST THERES SOMETHING LEFT TO BELIEVE IN STILL

ITS ALL OUR LIVES

AVATAR FURR:

I’LL STAY IN THE WARMTH OF THE FIRE
KEEP THE COLD OUT IN THE SHADOWS

LIFT A MONUMENT ON THE SURFACE
TO GUARD US FROM WHATS DOWN BELOW US THERE

WHERE IT RESIDES
IF WORDS ARE WARS OF GREATER BEINGS
WHAT MUST I WRITE?

(IS THIS ALL WE HAVE TO TRY TO KEEP THEM WANDERING IN THE NIGHT?)
WILL THIS BE ENOUGH TO KEEP US BREATHING
WILL THIS BE ENOUGH TO KEEP BELIEVING IN

I WOULD DRIVE THE DEVILS AWAY FROM HERE
BUT THEY WOULD TAKE THE ANGELS WITH THEM

STRANGER THINGS ARE SAID IN THE DARKNESS
WITH BREATH LIKE SMOKE WE’LL FILL THE WINTER AIR

ALWAYS THE LINGERING FEELINGS
ALWAYS

SOMETHINGS WILL NEVER STOP PULLING
SOMETHINGS

KINGFISHER SWEET:


Stereo Subversion Interview

POSTED ON 03/13/2008 BY canonblue

the wonderful people over at ’stereo subversion’ have posted a canon blue interview here.


Rilke Rock

POSTED ON 06/04/2007 BY canonblue

…..

whoever was beaten by this Angel
(who often simply declined the fight)
went away proud and strengthened
and great from that harsh hand,
that kneaded him as if to change his shape.
winning does not tempt that man.
this is how he grows: by being defeated, decisively,
by constantly greater beings.

……


Gravity’s Rainbow

POSTED ON 04/14/2007 BY canonblue

“All these things arise from one difficulty: control.”

control seems to be a recurring theme in ‘colonies’. lack of it, being on the recieving end of it, desparately trying to use it…its the unfolding and evolving world that keeps slipping in and out of different perspectives. different motives. everyone trying to grab at it like a slippery snake trying not to be on the recieving end of its bite…..not always succeeding. but the best way to deal with a snake bite is to suck out the poison and thats what ‘colonies’ is, or at least attempts to do. a mental vacumn over the irritated and bulging skin of a bitten and failing heart……..and at the end of a long night after we no longer have the strength to get up, we slip exhausted into the comforting arms of the water now filling up the bathtub world around us……..

i’ve been enjoying really long walks as of late. my sort of personal stand against those greedy bloated opec’ers i suppose. but its nice being able to enjoy personal benefits, such as fitness of health, more income (previously spent on gas), and smaller carbon footprints. too bad nashville is one of the most poorly laid out cities in the country…

what? music? hmmm……..oh yes…..music. thats what i do. thats what canon blue is for. not all this psycho babble. where are the new tunes? where is that split 7″ with ‘wolf wolf’ you promised us? does anyone else have difficulty reading music magazines anymore? i used to be devoted to my monthly editions of Q magazine and SPIN and now i can’t even be bothered to open the cover. too many bands, canon blue included. its a shame i’m not good at anything else (some would even argue that point)….the musical apocalypse is upon us….

grizzly bears, vogels and danish space rockets. what does it all mean?

a FILM: the mirror——andrei tarkovsky
a BOOK: after the quake——haruki murakami
a RECORDING: the getty address——the dirty projectors