Friday, 12 December 2008

Everything Fast EP


DOWNLOAD EVERYTHING FAST EP
I've been away for a bit. Working on lots of new songs/covers/remixes and more. Here's an EP of 5 new songs. I thought they could sound good together. They have all been written/recorded between the last two weeks apart from 'Everything Fast' (early november).
Please play it loud.
Love/A

Monday, 8 December 2008

Monday, 10 November 2008

RCRD LBL


a new banjo track on RCRDLBL.COM
ENJOY!!

Saturday, 8 November 2008

COVERS CD


After I accomplished my mission to record 20 covers I've decided to put them on a CD but then I realized they were too many to fit in just one cd so I've decided to do some (11 tracks including Archangel, All I Need, Cable Dazed, Atlas, back to Black, Cape Cod...) here and some on another CD later.
So, here're they are. Limited to 150 copies, handmade spraypainted freakout artwork.
Paypal £5.
THE CD IS SOLD OUT!!

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

so


i've seen so many owls during the last weekend. it was incredible!
by the way... i tried to re-post the TVOTR cover but got an email from the DMCA aka Digital Millennium Copyright Act that deleted my post and suggested me not to post it again. which means: send me an email if you want the cover and i'll send you a link (BANJOORFREAKOUT@GMAIL.COM).
i'm not going to record covers for a while but i will put my favorite 10 covers on a cd i'll sell at shows.
other news: i've been recording three songs at the XL Studio and had a great time. it was really nice to be there with dayo (recording) and daniel (playing. and when i say playing i mean that guy can play everything!). i'll be adding vocals and recording another song during the next couple of weeks and should have the songs ready to be released soon. going back to norway next week (can't wait!) to play a top line up show with my fav dudes gentle friendly and high places then back to london to play the same lineup at upset the rhythm. then playing dirty bingo @ the macbeth. come! check my myspace for details. my first single 'mr no/someone great' is coming out at the beninning of january 2009. it is official! tobias warwick jones did the artwork and it looks amazing. i'll post it soon. i should be touring around england and maybe europe at some point. let's see what happens!


Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Thursday, 18 September 2008

PITCHFORK + last shows


last two shows were a bit of a mess. lots of problems with the sound. i'm really sorry if we sucked a bit.
there's a nice banjo feature in pitchfork HERE!!

Friday, 12 September 2008

UPSIDE DOWN EP

for those of you emailing asking for the UPSIDE DOWN EP.
HERE it is.

Saturday, 16 August 2008

italia






banjos first italian shows ever were great. grazie!
xx

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

PLAYING LONDON TOMORROW AUGUST 6TH!!!


the show with YACHT was great but the sound was really shit!
by the way.... had my first real practice in a real practice space today and it was also the first time i played banjo songs with someone else. it was cool.
come to the old queen's head in islington tomorrow! it's gonna be banjo show number 10 and the first one as a duo. i'm really excited. i mean, EXCITED.
other bands playing are male bonding and graffiti island plus young turks dj's and flawless victory dj's. see you there!

oh, here's a song called 'spacemen'. i recorded it 5/6 months ago when i was totally into spacemen 3. it's an ok song. ENJOY.
Banjo or Freakout - Spacemen

xxbanjo

Thursday, 31 July 2008

all these new 'punk' bands around make me laugh!

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

MAPS


a new old song called MAPS. it's the song i use to start my shows most of the times.
DOWNLOAD MAPS

ENJOY.

some words about me:
ONE
TWO
funny.

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

fri 18 july amersham arms


playing w/ yacht and a grave with no name. come!

and if you can't come on friday come to these:
18 Jul 2008 Amersham Arms LONDON
w/ Yacht and A Grave With No Name
06 Aug 2008 Warm Moving Bodies @ The Old Queen’s Head LONDON
14 Aug 2008 Musica W CASTELLINA MARITTIMA, IT
w/ No Age and Archie Bronson Outfit
21 Sep 2008 ’No Shows Forever’ House Show New Cross LONDON w/ Gentle Friendly & Munch Munch
27 Sep 2008 NAIL THE CROSS LONDON w/ Archie Bronson Outfit, Clinic, Heartbreak, Ox. Eagle. Lion. Man., S.C.U.M, These New Puritans, The xx and more tba
10 Oct 2008 The Luminaire LONDON w/ Chris Garneau
25 Oct 2008 Wild Combination (Arthur Russell tribute show) BERLIN
more shows to be added. check this for details.

Monday, 30 June 2008



been in italy for the week end. it was nice but so hot. so hot that i almost missed the english weather... i don't know if that is actually a good thing...
gonna upload one or maybe two new ep's soon. in the meantime here's another banjo mixtape: isayhiyousaybye . i'm so tired. i need to sleep.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

5 old songs EP


went to see high places/deerhunter/liars at koko last night. it was really good.
i really liked high places they have some amazing sounds. i love the percussion layers they make.
deerhunter were cool and loud, very 'please-turn-that-GUUUUIIIITTTTAAAARRRSSS-down-a-little-bit-please' but poppier than before. i liked them but didn't go as mental as i thought i would had gone.
liars were incredible as always. even more this time.

so, since i was at the show i missed this: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/euro_2008/7460438.stm ... HOW COOL!

here's a new ep of 5 REALLY OLD SONGS i never posted online. it's ok, nothing special. i wrote 'the city we had' last summer when i was totally into the beach boys. 'is that all' is my love song #20457, 'what to do' was fun because i used a million effects on the drums, 'bear' is basically me getting bored at my parents place last christmas, 'zurich02' is me trying to learn how to use garage band. so, yeah... but please remember... the stuff i upload on this blog is most of the times just fun... the real shit is on my myspace. :-)

Banjo Or Freakout - 5 Old Songs EP

radical.
BoF

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

yes we CAN!


just did a CAN compilation for my next journeys on freaking ryanair. CAN is the best band in the world or something like that... if you don't like them you are all wrong! ENJOY!
A CAN mixtape by Banjo or Freakout: vol 1 // vol 2

punk rock confidential


a quick update to post a song i've been singing in my mind lately. i've been playing some shows and i have some more to play really soon. i'm kinda learning how to be on stage by myself. it is really difficult and i'm really not used to it. i get really stressed you have no idea! anyway, enjoy this little love song and come to the shows!
love+banjo,
alessio

Banjo or Freakout - The Sun Always Shines Around You (King)

Saturday, 17 May 2008

BoF t-shirts


i have some BoF t-shirts if you like... email me if you want one: banjoorfreakout@gmail.com

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Another Side Of...


Two Bob Dylan covers. For those of you who don't know: Bob Dylan is GOD.

Banjo or Freakout - Another Side Of... EP

A. She Belongs To Me

B. Simple Twist Of Fate

banjo love,
alessio

Wednesday, 30 April 2008

UPSIDE DOWN


being happy with being unhappy.
being unhappy with being happy.
here's a new ep about being unhappy with being unhappy.

i'd say these songs are a bit different from the other banjo stuff.
i wanted to do something more classic using acoustic
guitars and organs... less space loop big mess freakout... don't know. i'm pretty proud of the first song. i think it could be my next single or something like that! hope you enjoy.
i have lots of shows coming up. check www.myspace.com/banjoorfreakout and come down!

xxx

BoF

Banjo or Freakout - Upside Down EP

Monday, 28 April 2008

Friday, 11 April 2008

I'M STICKING WITH YOU


I recorded this last night. I couldn't sleep and had this song in my mind. Covering The Velvet Underground is like committing suicide but this is one of my favourite love songs ever so...
Banjo Or Freakout - I'm Sticking With You (The Velvet Underground)

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

the hollows



i love the last why? album. didn't like it at all at first listen but loving it now.
this is my version of 'the hollows'. you should all buy the album and sing along to it!

BANJO OR FREAKOUT - THE HOLLOWS (why? cover)

Monday, 31 March 2008

banjo or borat


A couple of songs I recorded with JB aka Borat during a day off in Paris. Actually i din't play anything. I recorded/mixed and did some editing plus added a couple of samples but JB played EVERYTHING you hear. IT'S DOPE!

BANJO OR FREAKOUT (feat JB) - PARIS SESSIONS EP

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

bedroom/away EP

ok i've been recording some new stuff. nothing special i'd say but in this ep there's the stupiedest song i've ever written. no doubt. it's called 'i looked at myself once more in the morning before i left'. it's a song about leaving my place. actually the lyrics and even the voice melody are quite depressing but the music is just so, i don't know, stupid!? i wanted to record something i could dance to so now i can dance. that's it. i really hope you like it.
xalessio/BoFx

01 - Banjo Or Freakout - 17
02 - Banjo Or Freakout - i will not kill you now.mp3
03 - Banjo Or Freakout - i looked at myself once more in the morning before i left.mp3

Thursday, 13 March 2008

banjo vs battles/ banjo vs feist



i think these are the last covers i'll post for a while.
i had lots of fun again recording these two tracks.
battles are an amazing band. they are so good they make me want to stop playing any kind of instrument. atlas was basically the song of the year last year or something like that.
feist is amazing too. completely different stuff but still great. the reminder was a great album.
i'll post new banjo music soon. i've been practing with a new software recording all these covers. i think i'm ready to start recording banjo stuff again.

record labels suck dick. i just wanted to say that.
love
banjo

DOWNLOAD:
- Banjo Or Freakout - Atlas (battles cover)
- Banjo Or Freakout - So Sorry (feist cover)

Tuesday, 11 March 2008

I know I should forget, but I can't



Now I really don't know why I'm covering a Kate Nash song so don't think about it too much. I think I've heard this song pretty much everywhere in the Uk since the single came out. It's a damn good song. The lyrics are sweet. It's teenager stuff! I mean, the chorus really works. I totally changed the structure and used just a few lines of the original lyrics.
Like always I couldn't stop adding reverbs and delays... Sorry.
boom.
alessio

BANJO OR FREAKOUT - FOUNDATIONS (kate nash cover)

Monday, 10 March 2008

I Died A Hundred Times



Ok, Back To Black by Amy Winehouse.
Why?
This song is simply amazing.
I really don't care who she's buying drugs from and I think her last record was great.
So, yeah, I hope you'll enjoy my version!
love
a/banjo

Banjo Or Freakout - Back To Black (Amy Winehouse Cover)

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

I wasn't talking about that king

I've been super out of touch lately cause I was without my mac until this morning. I managed to leave it at Stansted Airport last time I travelled back to Italy but I finally have it back in my hands today. YES.
So, here's a These New Puritans cover I was working on before losing my mac. I mixed it quickly this morning only using my phones so I guess it doesn't sound amazing. Of course it sounds quite different from the original... I even changed some words...
Enjoy! I have other covers coming up. Good times.
Alessio

Banjo Or Freakout - Elvis (toughmix)



Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Why


Three new songs/ideas.
I promise next stuff is gonna be more accessible.

It's just that I'm saving the pop stuff for the album of my dreams! :-)

Banjo Or Freakout - Because EP



Tuesday, 29 January 2008

People And Their Belongings


My gf bought me a violin so I wanted to try and make some sounds with it so I started messing around recording stuff. The first thing I recorded was the 2 violin loops then I built the song on top of them. I can’t play the violin and I really want to learn next summer. The drums are taken from an old song I was working on but I pitched them down and added reverb so they sound quite dark. The synth sound in the chorus is disgusting.

Banjo Or Freakout - People And Their Belongings

Sunday, 27 January 2008

Zurich02


Banjo Or Freakout - Zurich 02

Third Banjo song ever.
(june 2007)

Monday, 21 January 2008

YOU CAN MAKE ME FEEL BAD



You can make me feel bad if you want to

I don't need those things you said I was
I can live in my own
There's a place for us in the real world

You can make me feel bad if you want to

You can make me feel bad
I don't need those things you said I want
I can live in my own
There's a place for us in the real world

You can make me feel bad if you want to


This Arthur Russell cover is one of the first songs I recorded as Banjo or Freakout in June 2007.

Banjo Or Freakout - You Can Make Me Feel Bad

Thursday, 17 January 2008

COLDINCAMDEN


I spent the whole last week ill in a flat in Camden. It's the coldest place on earth and all I could do was recording stuff next to my heater. Download the COLD EP HERE.