Monday, December 20, 2010

Foxes in Fiction - Alberto EP



These are 7 songs that I had been working on since about summer of this year, and would have finished a lot sooner had it not been for all the recording gear I had systematically break down on me over the course of the past six months (and not having the money to fix or replace it).

That being said, this EP is mostly an exercise in trying to focus on more structured forms of songwriting, trying to record alternate versions of some preexisting songs, incorporating a wider range of sounds into my recordings, and trying to not be so afraid of making my singing audible.

This EP is dedicated to and named after my friend Alberto who was the first person to invite me to New York to play some shows during the time his band Viernes was touring there. In return for his kind gesture, I told him I’m dedicate a release to him. A lot of the other songs on here were made with other people in mind, too.

Expertly mastered by Lance Smith.

Tapes available from Orchid Tapes.

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FOXES IN FICTION
Alberto
Total time: 26:43


1. Bathurst
2. School Night
3. Sadiya
4. Borders (Galleries & Foxes in Fiction)
5. Fifteen Ativan (Alternate Version)
6. To Josef, In Texas
7. OCAD Flu


More info & lyrics:

1. Bathurst

I knew things would have to change
When will the hurting feel its range
Everybody thinks it’s strange
I wish that some things would stay the same

I spent time in this broken place
Getting better, come face to face
Al the habits that will change
I’m showing off all my thoughts on stage

Say the words that stop this car
Drain the day, makes a scar
I am high, I am blind
Trace the things I’ll leave behind

About this song:

I wrote and recorded this is about one hour one morning last summer after spending a night out with some friends and realizing that I was living in and experience the happiest period of my life. The lyrics are about moving out of a prolonged period of depression and darkness and beginning to look at life in a more optimistic light.

2. School Night

I’m cutting loose, I’m losing windows and halls
But now I’m 20 standing close to the wall
I’ll cut my loses, coming up can’t recall
There’s mothers praying, nobody’s staying

And will you come with me
I’d thought I’d seen it there was nothing to see
And will you call for me
I thought I’d seen it there was nothing to see

Forward moving forward, but nothing is found
Pointing fingers at the sky, and backs on the ground
And I can still remember living back in our town
Flowers pills and dollars bills when making that sound

And will you come with me
I thought I’d seen it there was nothing to see
And will you call with me
I thought I’d felt it there was nothing to see

About this song:

I originally wrote this song with Mat Cothran under the name Coma Foxes. The original can be found here. The drum loop in the Foxes in Fiction version is recycled from a song called "Coffee Cups That Won't Break Down" off my album Swung from The Branches.

3. Sadiya

Soon you’ll know your strength
Show your wife and kids

Only wait for days
Signaled by a light

Watching faces change
Then by chance exchange

Leave it in your prayers
You know I wouldn’t dare

Luck is on your side
Fortune never died

About this song:

This was the last song I recorded for this EP. The lyrics are about a middle-aged Iranian man that approached my friend Maya (Fifteen Ativan is about her) and I outside of the children's hospital near where I live and asked for $30 to take a bus to London, Ontario. The story he told me after asking for the money was that he, his daughter and his wife who had only been living in Canada for about a month had to be airlifted from London to the hospital in Toronto (about 2 hours away) after his 7 year-old daughter Sadiya had an accident that left part of her body paralyzed. Apparently after arriving in Toronto his wife's purse (with all their money and ID) had been misplaced or stolen and now he needed $30 to take a bus back to their home the next day. I said I would help him out and he started crying and kept showing me the picture of his daughter and telling me he would pray for me.

4. Borders (Galleries & Foxes in Fiction)

My eyes are getting wide
Frozen and alive
It’s cold where we reside
Try to shine a light
Take it overnight
Crossing borderlines

Borders (lights on a foreign wall)

Drink your cup of wine
And sleep it off tonight
The world exists online, oh

Borders (lights on a foreign wall)

About this song:

This was written and recorded in collaboration through e-mails with Alberto Daniel Hernandez, or Galleries, in two days during two separate sessions. The lyrics are about an incident I had getting detained by border guards while trying to cross the Canadian / US border to play a show in New York, and also about the geographical distances that separate Alberto and I from working together 'in real life'.

5. Fifteen Ativan (Alternate Version)

Fifteen ativan,
alone in a townhouse rented to a kid
Don’t call an ambulance, cold, alone

She knew it’d take a while,
she held on tight to the dreams she had as a kid
She knew it’d take a while to kill her smile

Cold nights spent outside,
A phonebook filled with named of people she would call
Will you space your time and share your crime

About this song:

This is a rework of a song that's on my album Swung from The Branches. The lyrics were written on stage during an early Foxes in Fiction performance one day after hearing about a friend of mine who had allegedly overdosed on anti-anxiety medication the night before and called a friend to take her to the hospital. The lyrics are sort of an invented perspective / interpretation of that event. And no, she didn't die.

6. To Josef, In Texas

About this song:

An instrumental song dedicated to a friend.

7. OCAD Flu

Walking tall I don’t know what to say
Is it the things that I take or the weather today
I’ve been told there’s a best way to find
Another reason to turn back all these fragments in time
I can’t sleep at night cause I see you in dreams
No eyes left to see, no mouth to help you scream
Starting to see I was right when I said
I’m being reborn again with this thought in my head

About this song:

This song is based off a really early demo that I made in early 2009 after coming down with a really bad flu during the time that I applying for University. You can hear it here. The lyrics, which were written more recently, are about mental illness and the way negative things are amplified when someone is going through a mental breakdown. The clip at the very beginning is Mat Cothran of Coma Cinema freestyling in a phone message that he left for my friend Lance. I thought it'd be really funny to follow the only ambient track on this EP with freestyling. Ha.

Thanks for listening!

-Warren

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Alberto EP out Dec. 20 on Orchid Tapes



I have a new EP called Alberto coming out on Orchid Tapes on the 20th of December. The EP is dedicated to my friend Alberto Hernandez who was the first person to invite me to New York to play shows during this band Viernes tour there. In return I told him I'd dedicate an EP to him. Here's the artwork and a song off of it called School Night which Pitchfork was kind enough to post in their Forkcast section.

http://pitchfork.com/forkcast/15226-school-night/

School Night is a song that I originally did under the name Coma Foxes with my good friend and frequent collaborator / mentor Mat Cothran. I ended up doing a secondary Foxes in Fiction version mainly so I would have a backtrack to play during live solo shows but thought it would fit in on this EP, which is largely comprised of renditions of past works or ideas.

Here's the original:

ISO50 Holiday Covers EP 2010



Myself and five other talented artists each picked a Christmas song to do a last-minute cover of for a free six song EP given away by Jakub on ISO50. I picked Happy Xmas (War is Over) by John Lennon. You can check it out below.

http://blog.iso50.com/22343/exclusive-iso50-holiday-covers-ep

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Border troubles.

I obviously should have posted about this sooner as the date has already come and passed, but due to being rejected at the US border for a multitude of reasons, I missed the showcase show for Tell All Your Friends PR. I'm still really bummed out about this, however I should be gaining my US citizenship very soon which means I'll be back in your wonderful country again in no time, hopefully this time without being detained and fingerprinted for two hours. Nothing like being treated like a domestic terrorist 100 yards away from your own country.

xoxo

Warren

Friday, November 5, 2010

Foxes in Fiction - Along (2nd Version)



Foxes in Fiction - Along (2nd Version)

This is a really simple version of Along from the Three Songs for Ryan EP that could almost be a demo of the original (it’s not). I recorded it in about 20 minutes earlier tonight. I’ve been trying to strip down a lot of my songs to their core elements lately due to a potential video session I may be recording for La Blogotheque. This has kind of forced me to freak out and reexamine all my songs. Also, pardon the electrical clicks contained all over this recording; the mixer I use is sort of fucked up a keeps doing this to every single track that I record into Ableton. This one mishap (apart from me being broke) is pretty much the reason why my output has slowed lately. Regardless, enjoy!

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Glasslands show on November 11th.



Next Thursday I'm playing part of a showcase at Glasslands in New York. If you're in the area, come by and introduce yourself and we will shoot the shiiittt.

John Cage

Monday, November 1, 2010

Neil Young cover.



Foxes in Fiction - Tell Me Why (Neil Young cover)

I recorded this several months ago on a particularly nice summer morning at around 7 AM to my reel-to-reel tape machine. There isn't really anything fancy here, just a single take consisting of acoustic guitar and singing but I'm fairly happy with how it turned out, this has been one of my favourite songs for years and I always half-dreamed of recording a cover of it. I hope you like it.

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Almost made me cry.



I don't really think that any people having sex will ever really come close to being as graceful or beautiful as this.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Photoshop carcrash #1

While bored out of my mind on the silent car ride back from my Dads cottage I made this cute little abomination, among other things.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Aaand another poster!

Compliments of Dave Sutton of Stadiums and Shrines.



Off to my cottage for a few days with my Dads side of the family. Hoping to get a lot of nice new things done.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Foxes in Fiction 'Branches' T-shirts



So excited these are finally available.

From the Moodgadget website:

"Foxes in Fiction 'Branches' Tee

Designed as a collaboration between Foxes in Fiction's Warren Hildebrand and Alex Koplin of Moodgadget and H/34, the "Branches" tee sports a specially-designed Foxes in Fiction cassette tape logo on the left sleeve. Perfect for days outside field recording or intimately small concerts.
"

If you so desire, you can find them here.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Autumnal updates.

Hello all,

I hope these first weeks of fall have been good for everyone. I feel like because I'm not enrolled in school this year, I have a chance to actually appreciate autumn with out any of the assignment/school anxiety that has messed with my head ever year for as long as I can remember. All things considered, I feel really happy with where I am with my balance of school and music and other things.

I've had a lot of devoted time to work on several different releases which should be seeing the light of day fairly soon. Those being two different EP's (entitled 'Alberto', and 'Sage') and a full length entitled 'Slow Evolution' (though I am considering changing the name). Also, the Coma Foxes project with I started with my good friend Mat Cothran has some other neat things in the works, too.

Also, for anyone in the area, I'm going to be playing two (free?) shows in New York City for CMJ Fest which I'm wildly excited about. They are as follows:

Wed Oct. 20th, 2010 @ Glasslands (11:30PM)
Thur October 21th, 2010 @ Piano's (3PM)

Pumped, y'all. Hope that some of you are able to make it out!
Thanks for reading and all the best,

Warren

P.S. Here is a lovely poster for the 2nd event I'm playing, crafted by the fine folks over at I Guess I'm Floating:

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

A poster for a show I'm playing this Thursday.

Here's a quick flyer I just finished up for a show I'm a part of this Thursday at the Tiger Bar in Toronto. I'd love for it if anybody within the area could / would come out and hang out! We can discuss nice things like the benefits of exercise or our favourite Pokemon characters from the original seasons.

Here's the Facebook event page, too.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

4 slightly interesting posters

on the bulletin board in the laundry room in the basement of my apartment building that I took with my cellphone while waiting the extra 4 minutes for the dryer to finish.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

In relation to the music of Atlas Sound.

This is taken from an interview / mixtape I did for Warmer Climes.

"It's hard for me to consider my life without the music of Atlas Sound. I found out about Bradford Cox's body of work right around the period of my life where my family and I had just suffered the death of my 16 year-old brother Drew in April of 2008. After he was attacked at a party we were both at he suffered a head injury and went into a coma the day afterward for 10 days, before the hospital told us that oxygen had been cut off to his brain, and we made the choice to take him off life support.

I had never experienced anything to completely emotionally fucked up in my whole life, and to this day it's something that I still find myself having to deal with. When I first started listening to Atlas Sound around this period by chance, and started reading about Bradford Cox's own struggles with traumas in his own life, it provided to me a healing effecting that I had never experienced from music before. It's difficult to put into words but it's in the music. Reverb. Tremolo. Because of that I make an effort to encrypt a healing effect or something people can connect to in all of my own music. If there's any reason why the influence of Bradford Cox's music sometimes shines through my own, that's why. I'm not necessarily trying to emulate him in any way, I'm just still trying to find my own sounds and ways to make music that is really of myself."

Friday, September 10, 2010

Rest in peace, Cait Morris.



Everything radiated with the enegy of our youth. Nights spent in a broken van. Sitting on the top floor inside of undeveloped buildings. You put ink to the wood and let it unfold in candlelight, mellowed out and distracted by the shadows, breathing in the summer air. So much intensity, passion and rare elegance.

You showed me how much life and beauty there is in this world and helped to make me into the person that I am today. I never wanted those summers to come to an end, I never wanted to believe that you would come to yours. There was still so much that I wanted to tell you. My heart is broken and I'll miss you forever. Shine on, Caitlin Morris. 1988 - 2010.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Coma Foxes - School Night



Coma Foxes - School Night

Hey everyone. This song is a collaboration between my good friend Mat Cothran of Coma Cinema and myself (Foxes in Fiction), hence the name Coma Foxes. You should try saying it loud, it sounds really cool.

This is the first song is what is going to be something on an EP of collaborative songs between the two of us. We really hope you like it.

The artwork is a photograph of of a school in the neighbourhood where I grew up (Bronte in Oakville, Ontario) that stool for almost 90 years before it torn down in the 80s so a plaza could be built there.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Ad from Eye Weekly

On the 15th of September, I'm gonna be a playing a show with Mathemagic, The City Streets and Rat Tail at the Drake Hotel in Toronto as part of the Toronto International Film Festival. If you're around and able, I'd love for y'all to come out and have a drink and enjoy the music with me! it's gonna be a fun nite me thinks.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Foxes in Fiction - Bathurst



Here is a song entitled Bathurst that was previously included on the Beko August compilation, to be re-released on the upcoming Foxes in Fiction album Slow Evolution.

The lyrics are about finding happiness and clarity after a long period of emotional chaos. The name of the song comes from a street in Toronto I walking down when the melody came to me. The artwork above is made from two photos I overlayed that I took with my cellphone.

I hope you like it.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Three Songs for Ryan EP



Foxes in Fiction
Three Songs for Ryan
Total Time: 9:27

Recorded between August 9th and 11th, 2010.

1. Rain Falls
2. Along
3. Courtyard Summers

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Hey guys.

Aside from a few random things I haven't really produced many new recordings over the past few months. This is mostly due to the fact that the recording interface that I use broke down in April, and despite multiple attempts to have it repaired (and losing a lot of money in the process), it never worked out. During this time I recorded a lot of simple lo-fi acoustic based songs to my reel-to-reel tape machine that I got over my Christmas break and became almost completely knowledgeable of all it's properties and sound-manipulation possibilities.

I finally caved and spent an additional $300 on a new interface which finally came this week and once again opened up the world of digital recording to me, which is really fucking wonderful. I'm working on a something in between a full length and an EP called Slow Evolution which I'm trying to have done before August ends.

For now, here is a short three-song EP I recorded for my friend Ryan, which was kind of for the purpose of easing myself back into using computers to record (tape was also heavily employed on these songs). Hope you like it!

xoxo warren

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Lately (Memoryhouse cover)



Foxes in Fiction - Lately (Memoryhouse cover)

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I haven't really recorded anything new in a while because my recording interface is broken and has been giving me problems since like March. But, I thought I'd try to get around that by rewiring my whole set up and use my reel-to reel, SO last night I threw together a cover of Lately, a song by a band that I've really grown to love recently.

The lyrics in this song always seemed incredibly sad to me and made me think of someone who is trapped in a hospital bed, having machines do everything for them while slipping in and out of consciousness and then eventually coming to the decision that they want to die instead of living an artificial life like that.

There were a few new recording techniques I'd been dying to try out which I think turned out really well. I ended up bouncing some of the guitar tracks to and from my tape machine about three time. No samples. Hope you like it.

I have another collection of recordings coming out soon on Orchid Tapes that is still untitled, but it's gonna rawk ur sox when u hear it u guyz.

xoxo warren

Monday, July 26, 2010

More Swung From The Branches cassettes, for those who are interested.

Reposted from Orchid Tapes:



Foxes in Fiction
Swung from The Branches
Total time: 1:03:35

2nd Pressing (20 copies available)

Due to a delay in CD production for this album, I'm taking pre-orders for the cassette tape repressing of Swung from The Branches. As always, the download is located below as well.

DOWNLOAD (cassettes for sale below)

1. Operating Room
2. Basement Window
3. Thank You, Sunday Morning
4. Sleeping Building Unsuspecting
5. Coffee Cups That Won't Break Down
6. Ninth Floor View
7. Cream Screen
8. 8 / 29 / 91
9. Mialectric (Side B transition)
10. Bronte Balloons
11. New Panic Cure
12. Jimi Bleachball
13. Please Note
14. Snow Angels
15. 15 Ativan (Song for Erika)
16. To Go Home
17. Memory Pools
18. Insomnia Keys
19. Visiting Hours

From Groovemine.com:

"This is the kind of music that is, essentially, perfect. Every nuance from the soothing reverb to the soft vocal delivery to the sputtering tape edits and buzz helps contribute to this breathy and ethereal sound. In a way that's hard to explain, this album brings to mind a dark winter night in a quiet city; the carless streets amplify each echo, the twinkling stars seem to cast a bit of shimmer all over everything, and the enormous skyscrapers pale in comparison to the emotions the music brings out. It seems almost intentional that one of the more robust compositions on the album is titled 'Sleeping Building Unsuspecting'.

After years of frustration, I can finally describe the particular style of music that had eluded me. The next time a collaborator inquires about a musical style to explore, I will look no further for inspiration than Swung From The Branches."





Choose your region






Thanks so much for supporting Orchid Tapes and I.
xoxo

Sunday, July 25, 2010

So

it looks like I won't be returning to OCAD University in the fall. I don't think I'm going to drop out, but instead just take a year off. This means I will have a lot more time to focus on two things:


1. Making and playing more music as Foxes in Fiction.

2. Releasing more music on Orchid Tapes.



This makes me undeniably happy and full of anticipation for the future.

xoxo
Warren

Also, thanks to everyone who emailed me questions. I'll do my best to answer them all tomorrow and post them here.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

QUESTION TIME

It's almost 6 AM and I should be asleep but fuck that:
If feels kind of presumptuous that anyone would have any questions for me at all but I guess we'll see. As of now, consider this a public limiteless impromptu interview. Send your burning questions to lafayetteblues@gmail.com sometime this week and I'll do my best to answer them in full and then post them here for y'all.



xoxo

thnx America



This picture is just a snapshot of all the incredible times I had while doing the first Foxes in Fiction 'tour' to the US: Skyping with Ben of Trans-Bedroom Sound while sitting on Sunvisor’s rooftop drinking beers with my good friend Amanda at 4 AM in Long Island, New York, which really couldn't have been a greater way to wrap up the whole trip (with the exception of a coffee shop show and an extremely drunken night in Rochester, but that's another story) which brings me to this point:

Thanks for everyone (Jakub, Jeff, Sunvisor, Willy & Liz, Skipster, Viernes, Sara, Chaz, people who gave us directions in the street when we fucked up) who were so kind and hospitable to touring buddy Amanda and I while we were in the States. We couldn't have felt happier or more welcome while we there. Until next time!!

xoxo
warren

Also, a huge thanks to Scott for this warm welcome to Rochester:



I really couldn't have done it without y'all.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Quick song - 'The Gearwheel Trees'



Here's a syrupy-thick instrumental track (see: boring) I made out of Owen Pallett samples while on a bus on my way to New York last week.

DOWNLOAD: Foxes in Fiction - 'The Gearwheel Trees'


P.S. I will be back in New York City on Friday to play some more shows over the course of the week or so. I'll list then below for anyone in the area who may be interested. Hope so see you there.

# 3 Jul 2010 Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn, NY
# 5 Jul 2010 Death by Audio in Brooklyn, NY
# 8 Jul 2010 Piano's is Lower East Side, Manhattan, NY
# 9 Jul 2010 Boulder Coffee in Rochester, NY

Love always,
Warren

Thursday, June 10, 2010

15 Ativan stems

http://www.mediafire.com/?kmledngyoln

http://www.mediafire.com/?2gzmknmozmo

http://www.mediafire.com/?2nnwlffikmn

http://www.mediafire.com/?zmdo1t21ito


Tempo: 120 bpm.
Remix this please.

EDIT: I just realized that I fucked up and rendered the main vocal track from the 2nd file with all the other instrumental parts intact, SORRY. Here is download for just the vocal track: http://www.mediafire.com/?ycjqz5gymzt

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Part 2

Mmm, there was a repeat,
boycott Metalworks.
Mmmmmmmmmm.

Really.
As much as i enjoy waiting around 2 hours for sound check;
It was a bit of a late evening.

Edit: I need to not write on my blog when I'm wasted. WTF.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

William Basinski - The Disintegration Loops

I've really been digging this album lately. This is the first part of four different album that quite a bit of patience when listening to but the entire product is incredible. Long flowing minimal ambient music that actually physically degrades over the course of the entire track coupled with a really cryptic back story:



"disintegration loop 1.1, william basinski, video,2001, 62 m. In the process of archiving and digitizing analog tape loops from work I had done in 1982, I discovered some wonderful sweeping pastoral pieces I had forgotten about. Beautiful, lush cinematic truly American pastoral landscapes swept before my ears and eyes. With excitement I began recording the first one to cd, mixing a new piece with a subtle random arpeggiated countermelody from the Voyetra. To my shock and surprise, I soon realized that the tape loop itself was disintegrating: as it played round and round, the iron oxide particles were gradually turning to dust and dropping into the tape machine, leaving bare plastic spots on the tape, and silence in these corresponding sections of the new recording. I had heard about this happening, and frankly was very afraid of this happening to me since so much of my early work was precariously near the end of its shelf life. Still, I had never actually seen it happen, yet here it was happening. The music was dying. I was recording the death of this sweeping melody. It was very emotional for me, and mystical as well. Tied up in these melodies were my youth, my paradise lost, the American pastoral landscape, all dying gently, gracefully, beautifully. Life and death were being recorded here as a whole: death as simply a part of life: a cosmic change, a transformation. When the disintegration was complete, the body was simply a little strip of clear plastic with a few clinging chords, the music had turned to dust and was scattered along the tape path in little piles and clumps. Yet the essence and memory of the life and death of this music had been saved: recorded to a new media, remembered. As far as Sept. 11th goes, perhaps you had to be here and see it with your own eyes and experience the horror and the ghastly smell, and smoke, sirens, no television or telephone, F-16s strafing the city at ear splitting volume, the fear, agony and deep sadness, see peoples faces in the subway, the deep longing bonded look people gave each other, the lip compression signifying compassion, to understand the magnitude of what we felt here. This was the end of the world...and we were literally sitting up on the roof all day and into night watching without believing as NYC burned, and listening to the heartbreaking Disintegration Loops...I thought...it's the soundtrack to the end of the world...I had been assigned the job without knowing the details, it was done, and here we are...The Greatest Show on Earth, Armageddon. We were all literally losing our minds in terror, each person looping onto what holds him or her together..clinging to that which could provide some kind of release or explanation..just as each of the individual melodies in the Disintegration Loops did...at their own pace, seeming to hold onto that which made the melody unique, while letting go of the unimportant sustains or gently adding rests incrementally before the downbeat...it really blew my mind. I hadn't really thought of trying to "achieve" anything. But perhaps, if the music enabled listeners to contemplate the temporal nature of life in this world and come to some small inkling or understanding as I did of a redemptive spirituality that animates us and continues on, then that would be an achievement."

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*download fixed*

Terrible show last night.

Last night I played a show at Cream Tangerine on Queen Street in Toronto and it was really bad. I sucked. For some reason I was already extremely nervous before the show which is a rare thing for me. I was kind of thrown off by the crappy sound quality of having to play my sampler through a little single PA speaker sitting on the floor. Then during my first song "Coffee Cups That Won't Break Down" as I was building up a swelling ambient intro out of some sweet-ass guitar loops, the power breaker blew just as I was about to go full force into the song. The tension of everything was destroyed in pop and then sudden silence. After about 20 minutes of hanging around in complete silence and listening to some really talented spoken-word artists who didn't let the night go to complete shit, I resumed my set only to have two cops come into the cafe and end the show due to a noise complaint (it was like 11 PM and some people from across the street couldn't deal with the atmosphere, man) and ended the set. I was sitting down and had my head down the entire time because of how nervous I was so I didn't even notice them come up. Pretty horrifying to look up and have two bitchy looking cops with their arms crossed staring at you. Sorry for anyone who had to witness that spectacle. I'm laughing about it now.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Four 'live' songs

About a month ago I recorded live versions (no electronics or samplers or any of that business, only guitar, voice and looping pedals) of four of my songs in one long take. Kind of sloppy in some parts but whatever. First time attempting these songs in this way. I hope you dig.

Foxes in Fiction - Live at 222 Elm

Recorded sometime in April, 2010

1. 15 Ativan
2. Jimi Bleachball
3. To Go Home
4. Memory Pools

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It's so goddamn hot here. I've been up all night sweating, it's the worst feeling ever. Why the fuck don't I have one of these yet, I never had cool things like this as a child:

Friday, May 21, 2010

1 / 3

Flashing light have ended now, no more of those days
Days when we could let it show, cut it up and watch it grow
Only found in photographs, this feeling haunts the past
The silence walks between us, the silence seems to last
So lay back down if you wake up and leave it out to dry
I’ve been trapped in parking lots, wishing I could fake a smile

I will learn to to grow detached, I will realize
All the time we spent inside, changing colour of out eyes
Your words harness energy, I’ve seen it in the past
But I’ve got something better, something that will last
And looking back in photographs, the basement held a light
Candles set by steady hands, show our faces to the night
Can we change the way we feel, did you say ‘don’t look back’
Sunday morning’s looking up, the night has gone the sun comes back

http://pitchfork.com/forkcast/14372-flashing-lights-have-ended-now/

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Studio

or something like it. This is my recording set-up as of late. Neat yellow tint. I got rid of my AC30 and replaced it with a ~*brand new*~ AC15, is nice.





Wednesday, May 19, 2010

!@#$%^&*(

Hiiii everyone,

I think I'm losing my sense of articulation, every time I try and write a blog or an update my sentences start to look like mangled car wrecks and I defer to reading Hipster Runoff. Should have maybe taken summer courses. Should have read more books throughout the school year.

The CD reissue of Swung From The Branches on Moodgadget Records is going to be release on June 29th, I'll leave more details when they come. I listened to to the mastered version of it today, it's nice as hellll. There's going to be three new songs on it, too.

Also, my small-time-operations label Orchid Tapes is going to be releasing some material by some artists that I really love and am really excited about. Thankfully the reception I've received about the whole idea has been really positive so far, with lots of people willing to paticipate. I think I found a decent cassette duplicator service in Toronto that I'm gonna check out, so tapes as well as free downloads are gonna be a go! Check out the Orchid Tapes MySpace if y'all want to hear some of the artists.

I'm going to go outside now.

I want to be in Norway.




Warren

Friday, May 7, 2010

Live recording(s).



I played a show at a bar in Toronto earlier tonight called Tiger Bar. There was a lot of beer and I couldn't hear my own voice for a lot of the performance therefore I was sucky. Regardless, I made a recording off the soundboard. If you feel so inclined you can download it below. Thanks to Cameron for technical assistance, and Ben for motivating me to bring my computer to the bar.

1. Coffee Cups That Won't Break Down
2. Fear
3. 15 Ativan
4. Operating Room
5. To Go Home
6. Dr. Glass (Deerhunter cover)
7. Bronte Balloons
8. New Panic Cure
9. Snow Angels + feedback / Ninth Floor View
10. Memory Pools
11. OCAD Flu

DOWNLOAD: Foxes in Fiction - Live @ Tiger Bar March 6th, 2010

Edit: It is morning and I am sober so I'm able to function on a more human level and edit / upload the other recordings from the other amazing bands that played last night:

DOWNLOAD: The Box Tiger: Live @ Tiger Bar, March 6th, 2010


DOWNLOAD: Purple Hill: Live @ Tiger Bar March 6th, 2010

DOWNLOAD: First Rate People: Live @ Tiger Bar March 6th, 2010

Monday, April 26, 2010

Micromix #14



Micromix #14
Compiled by Foxes in Fiction
Total time: 28:50

1. Memoryhouse - Lately (Troisieme)
2. Nujabes - Aruarian Dance
3. Reverie Sound Revue - Passes & Passports
4. Milton Nascimento - Clube de Esquina
5. Ariel Pinks Haunted Graffiti - Fright Night (Nevermore)
6. Washed Out - Phone Call
7. BenoƮt Pioulard - The Loom Pedal
8. The Cardigans - Erase / Remind

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Hey y'all.
Here's another springtime mix I threw together. I hope you like it. I'm really braindead from school and preparing for exams so this is gonna be brief, but expect some new fun things soon via Orchid Tapes in the coming weeks, I'm going to have a lot more time on my hands now that I'm finished school. I'm also preparing a brief New York tour for early July. I'll post the dates here after I get more details.

Speaking of schuule, here's a final project in video form that I made for one of my classes at OCAD starring my friend Mia: JUNKY.

Also, for whatever reason I started a Tumblr (mostly for posting the obscene amount of .jpgs that have been accumulating on my harddrive. Hurrr durrr I don't need anymore accounts on the internet, fuck.

All the best,

Warren

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Final project / self-absorption pt. II



Created for my Time-Based Media class using stock footage. Only had one night to do it. Err.

Monday, April 12, 2010

04 / 12



Drew Michael Hildebrand
August 29th, 1991 - April 8th, 2008
You are the perfect Drew.

My friends and family and I had a ceremony at a cemetery in Oakville this past Thursday to bury the ashes of my brother Drew with a new headstone that was just recently placed there. I was expecting the day to be beyond emotional, but it actually turned out really well, in whatever context. The rain stopped for exact amount of time we were at the cemetery and the sun even came out for a while, showing how beautiful a place like that has the potential to be. I got to see a bunch of old friends and reminisce with them and afterwards everyone came back to my Mom and my house to drink and stay as longmas they wanted. Not too bad at all. I created a new banner from a panorama of two pictures that my friend Amanda took that day.

Some other news from my life as of late; I 'officially' signed a contact with a Brooklyn electronic music label today called Moodgadget. I am really really excited about this. The guy I've been talking to from the label is a really rad guy and seems totally jazzed on what I've been working on. Apart from a slew of stuff coming out on Orchid Tapes soon, there'll be some work (an EP) coming out on Moodgadget in the near future, and a compact disk reissue of Swung from The Branches. Stay tuned, friends.

Also, my aforementioned friend Amanda and I had a chance to share some conversation with Ernest Greene of Washed Out last Wednesday after his set at Wrongbar. Kindest guy ever, it was a great night. s000 chill.
All the best,

W

Sunday, April 11, 2010

New site for Orchid Tapes

http://orchidtapes.blogspot.com/

If anyone is interested in doing some sort of release under this, send me an email and let me know. There are a few things by friends of mines lined up to be shared there with everybody but I'm always excited to find new people to work with. This may or may not work.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Two summers ago

my friends Mike, Alex and I got together to hang out for the day, in that time I took some photos using my Canon T70 and some Kodak 400 film that I thought turned out really nice and had a fairly uniform feel throughout all of them. I thought I'd share them with you. I hope you like them.



I just got a new Yashica camera earlier this week that I'm hoping I can take out for some kind of fun photo expedition sometime soon and reignite my interest in film photography. I miss the days of being able to develop my photos for free.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Micromix #13

Hello.
I've been kind of intentionally slacking on posting these as of late due to the feeling that I was flooding the blog with endless mixes, so this one's been a few months in the making. I am going to start labeling them numerically from now on. A lot of the songs on it were off albums I listen to pretty heavily while writing and recording Swung from The Branches. The whole thing is bookended by two tracks off of Stereolab CD that I found at a record store near my house that I've fallen in love with. The artwork is a collage I made earlier this evening. Enjoy.



Micromix #13
Compiled by Foxes in Fiction
Total time: 31:37

1. Stereolab - Super-Electric
2. Broadcast - Ominous Cloud
3. J Dilla - Stop
4. Laurie Anderson - Big Science
5. Mel Britt - She'll Come Running Back
6. Benoit Pioulard - Sparrowfield
7. RxRy - Eaurowi
8. Stereolab - High Expectation

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P.S. Thank you to all who came out to the album release party last Friday night, it was a fucking good time.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Cassettes availible.



I have to post this on my blog as oppose to MySpace because MySpace won't let anyone navigate to PayPal from the 'Buy Now' button because they are apparently Nazis and block all links including a internet-friendly site like PayPal. Just lovely.

These are limited to 100 copies so get em while they're hot! $5 and a couple dollars more for shipping.

This is also the first installation in the Orchid Tapes catalog, the tape label I started / am starting (which should have its' own blog soon). Hand numbered and assembled on a white C62 tape with inserts. I hope you like them.

SOLD OUT