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#1 SoundscapeMN

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 11:54 PM

I searched for a topic, but was surprised there was none; but I noticed a few posts about them. I've been enjoying this band's new album "The Family Tree: The Roots" a bit over the last week. A lot of it reminded me of why I liked them a few years ago. Great, lush acoustic songwriting. Somewhat in the vein of groups like Punch Brothers, The Age of Rockets, or even The River Empires. Nice piano, vocal arrangements and the like.

Definitely recommended.

And I guess this new record of theirs (or one guy, Ben Cooper) is the 1st of a 3-part album, the other 2 parts "Branches" and "Relatives" are expected in 2012.

Samples from The Roots: http://www.amazon.co...17103175&sr=1-2

"Welcome Home" from their last album, Ghost


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Posted 29 September 2011 - 11:12 AM

who was the dude that posted Ghost on When We Were Younger and Better? was that you? because i like that album a lot. i have a feeling i'll like Roots enough, but tbh i felt his songwriting was kind of one-note across one album, i'm not sure how it'll do over 3.
he's definitely good at what he does though

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Posted 29 September 2011 - 11:12 AM

except for recording electric guitar
the distortion guitar at the end of Glory or whatever song it was from Ghost sounds like it was recorded inside an aluminum anus

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Posted 08 October 2011 - 05:56 PM

I love Radical Face. But man nothing can replace Ghost.
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 01:03 AM

I have Ghost on vinyl, somehow. I don't know how. But it is one of my favorite albums. I also bought a digital copy of The Roots, and I like that too! My favorite from it is Severus & Stone!



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Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:55 AM

the "Branches" record it sounds like isn't far away from being released.

Also they have some upcoming tour dates this Fall, including a show in Minneapolis that I can't see myself missing.

Oct 09 Sixth & I Historic Synagogue Washington, DC
Oct 10 World Cafe Live Philadelphia, PA
Oct 11 Le Poisson Rouge New York, NY
Oct 13 The Sinclair Cambridge, MA
Oct 15 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
Oct 16 Varsity Theatre Minneapolis, MN
Oct 19 Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver, Canada
Oct 20 Tractor Tavern Seattle, WA
Oct 21 Mission Theater Portland, OR
Oct 23 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
Oct 24 Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Los Angeles, CA
Nov 09 Colston Hall 2 Bristol, United Kingdom
Nov 10 The Deaf Institute Manchester, United Kingdom
Nov 12 Union Chapel London, United Kingdom
Nov 13 Point Ephemere Paris, France
Nov 15 Crossing Border Festival Enschede, Netherlands
Nov 16 Crossing Border Festival The Hague, Netherlands
Nov 19 Kulturkirche Cologne, Germany
Nov 20 Lido Berlin, Germany
Nov 21 Uebel & Gefaehrlich Hamburg, Germany
Nov 23 HAFEN 2 Offenbach, Germany
Nov 24 Karlstorbahnhof Heidelberg, Germany
Nov 25 Backstage Munich, Germany

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July 18, 2013

I'm done!
I finished The Branches. It's tracked, mixed, and awaiting master. So far, every other Radical Face record has been released unmastered. In that, I had them mastered, but liked the raw mixes better and released those instead. But I think it will help this current one because of how I recorded it. Worst case scenario, I'll do what I always do ... which is waste money. Hahaha.
I am sorry for my hiatus these past couple months. I have not been online, or checked my e-mails. Sometimes the only way I can finish recordings is by cutting off from as much as possible and just locking myself away. This was one of those scenarios. I was really just working on it to the point of burning out (and not sleeping, but that always happens), and then driving to one of the springs around Florida for a day of swimming, then getting back to it (I've really fallen in love with springs here thanks to a friend of mine ... it's one of my favorite places to be now). So if you sent me a message and didn't get a response, I just want you to know that I was not ignoring you in particular. I was ignoring everyone. And now that I am finished, I will be playing catch up. If there was something urgent I missed, feel free to send it again.
So now that all the recording is done, I'm starting the artwork for the vinyl and CD. I already have the covers for the whole Family Tree set, so it's really just the booklets and posters and inserts. The record will be coming out in October, so I really gotta be quick about getting all my manufacturing in. Last album I was about 4 months late on the vinyl because I had no idea what I was doing. I'm gonna do everything I can to make sure it's here on the release date this time. Wish me luck.
Speaking of October ...
As I mentioned in my last update, I booked a US tour. I don't tour often, and especially not stateside. It's interesting having something like this booked when you don't play often, because no one really knows if people are really gonna show up. Myself included. So we guessed, and we'll see how it goes. I'm sure it'll be fun either way. I'll be adding those dates to the "Shows" tab latr tonight, and they've already been posted on my Facebook page. So that makes two weeks stateside, a break, and two weeks in Europe. It doesn't cover a ton of ground, but it's what I've got. And I'm sure I'll tour again and hit more places. It just might be a year or two. Hahaha. Oh, and I forgot to mention before, on the European tour my good friend and collaborator on Clone, Rickolus, will be opening. It'll be fun to tour together again. I think the last time we did so with our respective solo projects was in 2003. Ten years. Holy crap.
Other than that, I will be putting together a live set for everything over the next couple months. It's always an interesting process, coming up with a show. Whenever I record, I do so without any thought beyond the record. I never consider how I would play the songs live and I can go a little apeshit on my track counts (my recording process isn't super streamlined). So it's a bit of a challenge figuring out how to get the music across with just a handful of people. In truth, it's very rare that I can play the songs the way I recorded them. I typically rewrite them completely. I take the chords, the melodies and words, then figure out how to get the general idea across with a small group. Sometimes they wind up a lot louder, or a lot more distorted. Other times, they become a lot simpler and streamlined. The live versions are definitely different, and occasionally, drastically so. I actually enjoy doing this, so it's not a problem personally, but I also realize that some people expect to hear something very similar to the CD when they go to shows. If that's the way you lean and you plan on coming and seeing any of these, I apologize in advance. Hahaha.
Also, I lied about something in my last post. There's going to be another delay on Clone. I'm sorry. I've laid out everything I need to do for both that release and for The Branches, and there simply is not enough time. I'd end up shortchanging both releases if I tried to get them both out before the year's end. So Clone will happen at the very beginning of next year. Once I'm back from tour, I can focus on just releasing that. Oh, and Alex and I will be starting another Electric President record soon. I need to take a break from the Family Tree set for a little bit and we've been talking about making some kind of dance record for a while now. So we're gonna start once I have some free time to record again. But I will post more on that as it comes.
I also have a couple music videos I wanna shoot for The Branches, but I will start on those once all the manufacturing is in. It'll be a couple weeks at least.
Well, I better get back to work. I should be a little better about updating things now that I am not losing my mind and recording non-stop. Sleeping again will be good too.
I hope everyone is well.

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 08:52 PM

I'm looking forward to it! Radical Face has been a love of mine since summer 2011. Ghost is one of my favorite albums still!

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 05:08 PM

"The Branches" is being released on October 22nd
https://www.facebook...152598919780476

new song "Holy Branches"
https://soundcloud.c...p/holy-branches

Hi Folks,

So I've got a couple updates on this new release. I'll keep it short. Promise.

The album proper will be out on Oct.22 (US), Nov.4 (Europe), but the first track, "Holy Branches", is up to listen to on soundcloud if you'd like to hear that. And I just finished a video for that song that I'm pretty tickled about. That should be up soon.

I've been getting emails about the preorders, and those are up on Amazon and Itunes, but I also have a deal on my webstore with a bunch of extra goodies. So yes, I am doing a preorder package -http://radicalface.s...musictoday.com/

And lastly, I am now on the road. I'm typing this in the van. Here are the tour dates again in case you're interested in coming out to the show:

9-Oct Sixth Street Synagogue Washington, DC
10-Oct World Café Live Philadelphia, PA
11-Oct Le Poisson Rouge New York, NY
13-Oct The Sinclair Cambridge, MA
15-Oct Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
16-Oct Varsity Theatre Minneapolis, MN
19-Oct The Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver, Canada
20-Oct Tractor Tavern Seattle, WA
21-Oct Mission Theatre Portland, OR
23-Oct Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
24-Oct Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Hollywood, CA
9-Nov Colston Hall 2 Bristol, United Kingdom
10-Nov The Deaf Institute Manchester, United Kingdom
12-Nov Union Chapel London, United Kingdom
13-Nov Point Ephemere Paris, France
15-Nov Crossing Borders Festival Enschede, Netherlands
16-Nov Crossing Borders Festival The Hague, Netherlands
17-Nov Crossing Borders Festival Antwerp, Belgium
19-Nov Kulturkirche Cologne, Germany
20-Nov Lido Berlin, Germany
21-Nov Uebel & Gefaehrlich Hamburg, Germany
23-Nov HAFEN 2 Offenbach, Germany
24-Nov Karlstorbanhnhof Heidelberg, Germany
25-Nov Backstage Munich, Germany

And that's it for now. I hope everyone is well.

-Ben

Edited by SoundscapeMN, 11 October 2013 - 05:12 PM.


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Posted 12 October 2013 - 02:50 PM

D'oh. I guess I missed their show last night :/
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Posted 22 October 2013 - 11:25 PM

Every time I see this band's name I imagine that it's a pickup line being used by a California surfer in the 80's.
"Hi, I'm a recovering crackhead, and this is my retarded sister I take care of. I'd like some welfare please."

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 09:47 PM

I've never listened to him/them very much but i'm enjoying this new album. Ben Cooper knows how to write beautiful catchy music (check out Electric President too).
please be nice

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 08:56 PM



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Posted 21 November 2013 - 11:38 AM

View PostSoundscapeMN, on 26 September 2011 - 11:54 PM, said:

I searched for a topic, but was surprised there was none; but I noticed a few posts about them. I've been enjoying this band's new album "The Family Tree: The Roots" a bit over the last week. A lot of it reminded me of why I liked them a few years ago. Great, lush acoustic songwriting. Somewhat in the vein of groups like Punch Brothers, The Age of Rockets, or even The River Empires. Nice piano, vocal arrangements and the like.

Definitely recommended.

And I guess this new record of theirs (or one guy, Ben Cooper) is the 1st of a 3-part album, the other 2 parts "Branches" and "Relatives" are expected in 2012.

Samples from The Roots: http://www.amazon.co...17103175&sr=1-2

"Welcome Home" from their last album, Ghost


Whoa. This video is currently like 3 or 4 spots away from being on the front page of reddit.
"Hi, I'm a recovering crackhead, and this is my retarded sister I take care of. I'd like some welfare please."

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 06:29 AM

lol that's the song they used ages ago for the commercials for I think Canon? Or some other camera brand.

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 04:08 PM

http://projectclone.com/
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Posted 01 October 2014 - 05:48 AM

^digging this new project of Ben's, Clone.

2nd Act is up now


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Posted 04 November 2015 - 07:41 AM

bump.

http://nbhap.com/dai...ants-and-kings/

new song there, and the final "The Family Tree" album is coming in early 2016

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 07:45 AM

March 25th:
The Family Tree: The Leaves

Preorder and more songs leading up to the release coming, but for now the 1st single "Road to Nowhere"





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