Thursday, December 30, 2010

Beko DSL AMDISCS compilation

The always weird, always great AMDISCS released a two part compilation on Beko a few weeks ago that I'm just now getting into. Grab the 49 song Christmas present for free at Beko or check out the track list below, along with a few links to my current favorites.

AMDISCS Compilation Vol. I
1. Jef Barbara – Cocaine Love
2. CVLTS – Cave Configuration
3. Wild Eyes – House of Metal
4. Libraries – Byrd$
5. Catamaran – Pastels
6. DannielRadall – Love Is You
7. Wools – Björn Borg
8. Golden Axe – Sexual Angel (feat. Princess Chelsea)
9. Keep Shelly In Athen – Running Out of You (DannielRadall Remix)
10. Luke Chrisinger – Absolute One
11. Police Academy 6 + Unouomedude – Icarus
12. Kodak to Graphe – Feel It Out (Port Cit33 Remix)
13. Ʌ – The Whaler
14. Ride – Courtship
15. M△S▴C△RA – Quiet Glimpse (feat. The Present Moment)
16. Mellow Grave – Melatonin
17. Dream Boat – India (feat. Last Kiss)
18. BL§§D ØU† – //MYR†L3//WYCKØFF//
19. The Present Moment – Feast on Fire
20. Elekseveneks – Seeds of Dispair
21. Walsh – Dark Future
22. Bad Karaoke – My Girls
23. Craig Cruiser – A Flooded Room
24. Teams – Mind Us
25. Every – Mstrtfcked, U

AMDISCS Compilation Vol. II
1. Ra Cailum – Innovation
2. Monroeville Music Center – Seeing Spots
3. Luke Chrisinger – Absolute Two
4. Jef Barbara – Turn On (Demo)
5. Craig Cruiser – Asleep on the Couch
6. Medallion – Get Pitted!!
7. Kodak to Graphe – Greyn Steri
8. Chrome Wings – Drip City
9. Lord Boyd – Mane
10. Police Academy 6 + Top Girls – Fill In the Blanks
11. Star Slinger – Everyday Dance
12. Yound Adults – Campfires
13. Dream Boat – Sunday
14. Every – Triangularathonanon
15. Catamaran – Shadow Boxer
16. Pariah Carey – City of Ash
17. Mediafired – Cinderella’s Big Score
18. Ʌ – Tide Plane
19. Ghost Animal – In Your Room (Golden Axe Remix)
20. Walsh – Chic I Dawgs Bluddd
21. Bad Karaoke – Sueno
22. Spent Man (Maine Coons) – Flawed Every Day
23. Teams + Ra Cailum – 7EVEN DAZ3 A W33D
24. Chat Logs – Arithmetics and Decay

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Guest Post: Andrew Daw's year end list

Andrew Daw is one of my best friends. As this list will probably show you, we have very similar musical tastes. I can't think of anyone I enjoy discussing music with more(all though there are a few people who he's tied with) and he always has an open invitation to post on this blog. Daw listed his 10 favorite albums of the year, and 8 of them were in my top 15!

10. Weathervanes - Freelance Whales

9. The Suburbs - Arcade Fire
8. Contra - Vampire Weekend
7. Sir Lucious Left Foot - Big Boi
6. All Delighted People - Sufjan Stevens
5. Real Life Color - Magic Man
4. Age of Adz - Sufjan Stevens

3. Gorilla Manor - Local Natives
2. Teen Dream - Beach House
1. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West

Monday, December 27, 2010

2010 Recap: Top 15 Albums

15. Notorious xx - Wait What?
14. Age of Adz - Sufjan Stevens
13. Wild Smile - Suckers

12. All We Grow - S Carey
11. Contra - Vampire Weekend
10. Stoned Alone - Coma Cinema
9. Down There - Avey Tare
8. The Suburbs - Arcade Fire

7. Halcyon Digest - Deerhunter

6. High Violet - The National
5. Gorilla Manor - Local Natives

4. The Wild Hunt - The Tallest Man on Earth
3.My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West
2. Real Life Color - Magic Man
1.Teen Dream - Beach House

School Knights - F*#k the Beach

School Knights music video (F*#k the Beach) - Speaker Snacks Film Series - Episode #5 from Crazy Horse Studios on Vimeo.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Big White Clouds - Small White Clouds

quick update

Obviously since Christmas has passed its time to change my background, but I've been thinking that its a good time to change up the layout/aesthetic of the blog entirely. Unfortunately, I'm really not good at that sort of thing, so who knows how long that will end up taking! If you have any cool ideas for the blog, or you are a visual artist and/or photographer who would be willing help out email me at

On an entirely different note, I'd just like to say thank you! I think I can honestly say 2010 has been the best year of my life. Getting to write about something I love has been a big part of that so thank you all for reading. I've already met(well... become facebook friends with) a handful of great people and I'm sure that number will keep growing as long as I keep blogging!

Hoping you all have a great New Year,

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas! Klaxons, JJ, Gorillaz give away free music

Merry Christmas everyone! I know I haven't been posting a lot lately, but I've been either catching up with friends or sleeping my entire break! Anyways, a few bands have Christmas presents available that I want you to take full advantage of!

Stream the Gorillaz Ipad-made album, The Fall in exchange for an email at their website. At the moment only fan club members can download the album.

Download JJ's new mixtape from Sincerely Yours

Stream and Download the Klaxon's new EP "Landmarks of Lunacy" also at the band's website.

Update: Yeasayer is jumping in the holiday madness, asking fans to pay what they want for a live album recorded earlier this year also from their website. (thanks p4k!)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Featured: Bradley Hathaway

I've had the good fortune to see Bradley Hathaway live four or five times, and every time he managed to transform his entire show into something new. I remember one particular night sitting cross-legged on the floor, crying in public when one of Bradley's poems was exactly what I needed to hear. Bradley released the "1000 Angry Panthers" EP earlier this year, a follow up to his 2009 LP "Mouth Full of Dust." Mouth Full of Dust and Angry Panthers are incredibly brave records for a Christian artist; instead of sugar coating the desperation and tragedy of sin, they highlight them while never losing sight of redemption. Bradley has posted a few thoughts on his Myspace that explore the same general themes with a more personal touch; definitely worth your time.

Covered in the Blood - Bradley Hathaway
The Hug Poem (the poem that made me cry!)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sufjan Stevens and the members of The National's Christmas EP

Sufjan Stevens - Gloria! Songs for Christmas, Vol. 6 by rawkblog

Thanks to Rawkblog for the upload! I'm not sure how long it will last though.

New Releases: Foxes in Fiction - Alberto

Warren of Foxes in Fiction is offering up a phenomenal new EP today for free on his very own Orchid Tapes label. Check out the track list below.

Track List
  1. Bathurst
  2. School Night
  3. Sadiya
  4. Borders (Galleries and Foxes in Fiction)
  5. Fifteen Ativan (Alternate Version)
  6. To Josef, in Texas
  7. OCAD Flu
My favorite at the moment are Borders and OCAD Flu, both of which show a more psychedelic side of Foxes in Fiction than I'm used to.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wise Blood - B.I.G. E.G.O

"B.I.G. E.G.O." from david parker on Vimeo

Really great, professional music video for the first Wise Blood song I ever heard. The video's already starting to generate a lot of buzz, and even though it might be more because of the Star of video than the song itself, any publicity is good publicity right? I can't wait for Wise Blood to take over the world!

2010 Recap: Top 10 Remixes/covers

  1. Graceland - The Tallest Man on Earth - Paul Simon Cover
  2. Comfy In Nautica - Stephen Farris Remix - Panda Bear
  3. Oh Naoko - Houses Remix - Sun Airway
  4. Boy From School - Grizzly Bear - Hot Chip Cover
  5. Nikki - Gobble Gobble - The Dream Cover
  6. Wet Hair - Teen Daze - Japandroids Cover
  7. Money on My Mind/I am the One - JJ - The xx intro sample
  8. In Ruins - Baths Remix - Fol Chen
  9. To the Lighthouse - Millionyoung remix - Memoryhouse
  10. The Kids Don't Stand a Chance - Mike Snow Remix - Vampire Weekend

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Guest Post: Thomas Michael year end list

Thomas Michael is the primary songwriter for Jaded Hipster Choir, and a merciless consumer and creator of great music. This list is in his own words, "The Top 10 songs that I heard for the first time in 2k10" so obviously it isn't just limited to songs that came out this year, and they aren't in any particular order. Enjoy, and expect more guest posts very soon!

Kanye West - Christmas in Harlem/ Monster music video.... Trailer

Oh the Christmas festivities continue. Another song that would have made the Christmas mix if I had it at the time. At this rate I might have to make a volume two before the holiday season is over! Kanye's first verse is solid, as is Cyhi's but Kanye's kind of sucks. Still worth at least a listen though.
Check out Christmas in Harlem at Nah Right
UPDATE: according to Kanye's Twitter, this is an unfinished version of the song, the final version is going to be jam packed with guest verses. I'll post the final version as soon as Kanye releases it.
In other Kanye West news....
Pretty disturbing, so obviously I can't wait to see to see the full version.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Houses - This is War

Well this would've gone great on the Christmas Mixtape, but I just found it 10 minutes ago! I can't be too mad though, after all I still have a new song by the always incredible Houses. Download after the video.

Christmas mix

  1. Christmas Time (is here again) - The Beatles
  2. Tour All Winter - Coma Cinema
  3. 10,000 Watts - Crystal Antlers
  4. Mistletoe - Jukebox the Ghost
  5. We Come Back - Local Natives
  6. Snow is Falling - Darker My Love
  7. White Winter Hymnal - Fleet Foxes
  8. Do You See What I See - Sufjan Stevens
  9. Happy Xmas (War is Over) - Foxes in Fiction
  10. On Holiday - Secret Cities
  11. Kindle a Flame in Her Heart - Los Campesinos
  12. The First Noel - Sufjan Stevens
  13. Wonderful Christmastime - Paul McCartney
  14. Lost at Sea - Ben Talmi
  15. Cold December - Matt Costa
  16. Listening to Otis Redding at Home During Christmas - Okkervil River
  17. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Death Cab For Cutie
  18. Blood Bank - Bon Iver
  19. Christmas Medley in D - Teen Daze
  20. Bonfire - Memoryhouse
  21. Auld Lang Syne - The Beach Boys
Not going to lie, I threw this one together a bit hastily, but there's only 10 days till Christmas, and I'm really not expecting anyone to be jamming out to this on December 26th. This mix is considerably poppier than usual. I'm actually planning on burning this on a few discs and giving it to friends, and not all of those friends are interesting in the usual sort of music I post. Also, several of these songs are from really great Holiday Compilations that came out this year so I'm going to end this post by sharing links to those.

The Christmas Gig (like I said... poppier than usual)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Yellow Ostrich, High Highs Take Away Show

Yellow Ostrich, Traffique, High Life | A Take Away Show | Live @ CMJ 2010 from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

Foxes in Fiction - School Night

School Night is a re-work of Coma Foxes' School Night, a song you can expect to see in a few days on my favorite songs list. This version is more(I really need to proof read before I post) decidedly prettier, but it ditches the creepiness that made the original resonate with me so deeply. Its going to be on Foxes in Fiction's new EP "Alberto" which should be out sometime this week on Warren's very own Orchid Tapes.

Download School Night at p4k (the yahoo media player hasn't been very cooperative for me in the past few days, I'm not sure what I'm going to do about it yet though)

Friday, December 10, 2010

2010 Recap: Top 15 EPs

Its that time of year! This week I'm going to be rolling out my year end favorites, along with a few friend's favorites. Today its EPs, I've got a list of Remixes/Covers, Albums, and Songs to come, and who knows what my friends will have to say. If you're a TL;DR kind of person expect a recap once everything has been posted

  1. `+` - Wise Blood
  2. The Years - Memoryhouse
  3. All Delighted People - Sufjan Stevens
  4. Guards - Guards
  5. Boat Boat - Totally Nebular
  6. What Happens in Hingham stays in Hingham - Mean Winds
  7. Lamp Lighter - MoonLasso
  8. Boy - Young Man
  9. Adelyn Rose - Adelyn Rose
  10. Daytrotter Session - Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr
  11. Beach Dreams - Teen Daze
  12. Fade Cave - Yellow Ostrich
  13. Dynazty - Nazcar Nation
  14. Sometimes the Blues is just a Passing Bird - Tallest Man on Earth
  15. Coal Mine Canary - The Dundies
Just a few things worth noting: All the EPs with links are free(with the artist's approval of course) and you can stream most of the other ones without too much trouble. Boat Boat actually came out in 2009 (Edit: and its not even an EP!), but I didn't get it until this year (and its short enough to feel like an EP!), so I'm going to count it. I only included the Daytrotter session because it has all the same songs as Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr's Horsepower EP, but it has a warmer feel to it and I always find myself listening to it over the actual EP. And finally, The Tallest Man on Earth's EP would be much higher on this list if his LP didn't overshadow it, you really need to check both out if you haven't yet!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

High Highs - Open Season

Wise Blood - Loud Mouth

Wise Blood just released a new Single on P4k today. According to the site, Loud Mouth will be part of Wise Blood's next EP, to be released on Dovecote records. Loud Mouth is basically a sleek piano jam punctuated by B movie screams and backwards Hymns. Seriously creepy, seriously sexy.

"I'm gonna make it and you know I'm right"

Loud Mouth - Wise Blood (via p4k)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tree Hopping - The Beat Band

Tree Hopping is the side project of 1/3 of carnival yelpers Totally Nebular. If I had to guess I'd say this guy is the main song writer for Totally Nebular, as they aren't too far apart. The Beat Band is heavier on the tropical influence and lighter on the (already light) hip-hop influences on Boat Boat. The music (except vocals) is made entirely of loops, but it never sounds inorganic. There's also something particularly grin-inducing about hearing the incredibly catchy hooks pop in more than one song.

This is totally(hah) unrelated:
Day Trotter is KILLING IT with the Pop Montreal Sessions. 4 Braids songs in a single take, an acoustic Diamond Rings session and Oberhofer all in a week? You should probably go download those if you haven't yet.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mean Cat - The Pumpkin Cup EP

Yikes. Remember when Weezer was actually good? I was 2 years when the Blue Album came out....

Anyways, Mean Cat trade in a similar Sing-A-Long Powerpop, and they don't have any lil Wayne or Kenny G cameos. Rock n Roll ya'll.

Mean Wind - The Guests Are The Guests Are Gone Gone

More melancholic and subdued than their first EP, "The Guests are the Guests are Gone Gone" is still a work of joyously peculiar folk best experienced as a whole.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

We all love each other don't we?

Intro - Bedrooms of the Nation
Honesty - Weed Diamond
Cody Girl- Weed
MI + AMORE - Wise Blood
Teen Age Riot - Sonic Youth
Look! - The Antlers
(Antichrist Television Blues) - Arcade Fire
No Key No Plan - Okkervil River
Wasting Time - Reading Rainbow
I've Been Alone for my Whole Life - Bradley Hathaway
You're Cute - Spacer Ace

Oh, Naoko - Sun Airway (Houses remix)

Teen Daze - Beach Dreams EP

Monday, November 29, 2010

Seamonster - Two Birds

I know I said I wouldn't be posting this week because I need to be studying... but come on who believed that? I've had a song called Bearsuit on my iPod for a month or so now (I honestly can't remember where I downloaded it from though, or I'd credit them). Every time I hear I can't help but be reminded of The Pixies' "Where is my Mind". I can't think of a single good reason why I didn't do this earlier, but today I finally decided to look up more from the artist. Seamonster may only have one release on his(their?) bandcamp, but it definitely does not disappointed. Although it is still my favorite, Bearsuit is actually the least approachable of the bunch, with the rest of the songs bringing in more folk influence. In Five songs Two Birds clocks in at exactly 15 minutes, but it makes up for the lack of length with heaps of personality. Even with the swarms of bedroom artists out there today, Seamonster manages to feel notably intimate.

Memoryhouse - Heirloom

Friday, November 26, 2010

first post in a few days/last post for a few days.

I've been home for Thanksgiving Break since Tuesday afternoon and I've been catching up with friends or sleeping the entire time! As much fun as I'm having, it still kills me a little that I haven't been able to post. I've been sent/found quite a few good songs since I've gotten home. Even now I don't really have time to talk about all of these in depth, so I'm going to try something new with this post. I'm going to summarize everything I have to say about these songs in one sentence. If this sounds familiar its because I got the inspiration from Ear Farm's 5+5=10

Memphis Folk-Rompers release an EP of sophisticated Indie Pop still perfect for Iced Tea on the front porch.

Gobble Gobble unleashes his Active Child recalling Thanksgiving Gift in to the world.

Salley Hall resident's 3 song demo sandwiches a chill-out guitar jam between two Deep Space soundscapes.
Demos - David Mikesell

Surprisingly sunny Indie Pop from Finland recalls Matt & Kim and Gauntlet Hair.

In other news, I have one week of School left for the semester and then finals. I'm probably not going to have much time to blog in the next week and a half, but when I come back out of solitary confinement (last exam: Wednesday December 8th) expect the end of the year festivities to begin. Expect a lot of guest posts from my friends, and hopefully a few from artists as well. If you have any end of the year lists you'd like to share (it can be anything; top 10 new artists, top 13 favorite album covers, whatever) I'd be more than happy if you emailed me your opinion/let me post it.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Dead Gaze - Back and Forth (plus updates about this blog)

I've been jamming to Dead Gaze for a month or two now. Ever since I heard "Take Me Home or I Die Alone" off of their Firetalk single I've been hooked. I was just looking at their myspace a few minutes ago when I realized I hadn't seen this music video yet. Maybe its because its 1 in the morning but I found the music video to be WICKED COOL and figured I'd share even though its not exactly new. The song is off of their EP "End of Days Why Not You?" which I shamefully don't have yet. Hoping to change that soon, I just emailed the man behind Dead Gaze a few minutes ago asking where I can get a digital copy.
I also asked him about maybe making a mixtape for me to post on this blog! I'll definitely update more on this later when I've actually solidified some details but I'm going to try and get artists to start making mixes/ guest posts for the blog in the coming months.

DEAD GAZE - Back and Forth from DEAD GAZE on Vimeo.

P.S.-There are probably tons of typos in the above post... what can I say I just

P.P.S- If you read the above post and though "Hmm I could totally make a mixtape for this blog" regardless of if you have any musical talent, just look at the side bar above the mixtape section and EMAIL ME! Its not like I'm doing anything more important.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Teen Daze - Let's Fall Asleep Together

Teen Daze's new song on bandcamp comes with a note. You should probably read it, otherwise you might no believe its actually Teen Daze when you start listening to it!
I really came to fall in love with the whole lo-fi pop scene this summer, and I wanted to see what I could come up with. After writing “Let’s Fall Asleep Together”, the last three just sort of happened in the span of a few days.

I know that it’s starting to get cold, and that carefree love songs about beach life may seem out of context, but I hope that you guys can look back on your past summer, and let these songs remind you of some of the good experiences you had!
I guess those acoustic versions of his tracks make a bit more sense now. Let's Fall asleep together is one of the four tracks on Teen Daze's new EP Beach Dream. According to theroadgoeseveron the other three tracks will be on his bandcamp next Tuesday.

Atlas Sound - Bedroom Databank Vol 1

Bradford Cox has already had a pretty good year. His main gig Deerhunter captured a lot of attention with an intuitive DIY campaign to advertise their new album. And that new Album, Halcyon Digest turned out to be their most accessible, and my opinion their best record yet. Of course, a guy like Cox never really stops making music, so hes releasing a mixtape of unreleased Atlas Sound (his solo project) tracks to close out the year. According to his blog, Bradfod started recorded these songs in August, and apparently didn't finish until today! Download Bedroom Databank Vol 1 from Bradford's blog.


Yep, Me and my buddy Daw both actually waited for Kanye to drop My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Don't want your introduction to an album of the year contender to be low quality tagged mp3s. I haven't bought the album yet but you can probably expect a very lengthy, probably TL;DR kind of post about the album in a few days. For the time being though I just have this. my buddy Daw is currently listening to the album FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME whilst facebook chatting me, heres a pretty great Excerpt:
you know how we were kinda like eh when we heard horchata on contra cuz we had heard it so much?

is that how power is?
its not like that power
at all
im jamming

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Coma Cinema - Her Sinking Sun (TP/JHC remixes)

Apparently after your song gets on p4k's playlist, things start moving! Not that Coma Cinema hasn't been moving for a long time, but I'm hoping Her Sinking Sun getting playlisted gives Mat a much deserved popularity boost. Pitchfork isn't the only place the track's been getting extra attention though, Teen Porn (abbreviated TP in the title because I don't really want people googling "Teen Porn" ending up on my blog) and Jaded Hipster Choir (Abbreviated JHC just because it sounds cool) have both remixed it.

Teen Porn includes Mat and Rachel from Kiss Kiss Fantastic. They only have 3 songs on their bandcamp. I'd tell you what I think of their music except that I can't think of anyway of describing that doesn't downplay how much I actually enjoy it. Just know that their bandcamp says their first single was relseased in 1969 and its listed under the genre Nihilism. Compared to their originals though, the Sinking Sun remix is less "emotionless sex jam" and more "post-zombie apocalypse club banger." Starts off with a music-box like melody(the kind that fascinates zombies) but when the beat falls in it's seriously trance inducing. I'd be swaying back and forth in my chair like a madman if my roommate weren't in the room at the moment.

While Teen Porn's remix doubles the length of the original, Jaded Hipster Choir clocks in just a few seconds shorter than the original. Of the three versions it I'd have to say its the happiest. I really love how this remix pulls the otherworldly backing vocals to the forefront; in the right light they sound a lot less ghostly... maybe even heavenly. Mat double tracks some harmonies on the original and JHC wisely only uses the higher of the two lines. Its oddly but pleasantly surprising to hear such a different mood for the song, especially when you consider that the only element added to the remix was the drum beat.

Her Sinking Sun - Coma Cinema
Her Sinking Sun (Teen Porn Remix) - Coma Cinema (Teen Porn Remix)
Her Sinking Sun (JHC's Rites of Spring Reverb) by jadedhipsterchoir

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs (dir. Spike Jonze)

via GVB

Keepaway - Kompetitor

Brooklyn trio Keepaway have a new (free!) EP out today. Personally I've found the more tribal their songs sound, the more I'm going to enjoy it. See for example my favorite of their songs, 5 rings. Accordingly, my favorites on this EP are the previously released Sideways Smile, and Zoo Too. 100 is the opener and there are two remixes of it on here the Sunglasses remix is the best of the three. The original is just a bit too glossy for me and the Seashells remix is an entirely different entity. Its interesting but not particularly memorable.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Because I Love David...

Its only been his birthday for an hour but I'm up so I figure I might as well post David's birFday mix right now. I'm pretty proud of it, I'd say its a bit more accessible than the last few I've made, it even has two rap songs! I gave this one less to time to digest before posting than I usually do but I don't think its any less thought out than usual.

One other thing worth mentioning: in general if I'm really into an album it never ends up on these mixtapes. Album sequencing is a big deal to me and most great albums have to be taken in as a whole to be really appreciated. That said though I've made quite a few exceptions with this one: Goons, Conversation 16, Darling, and Coronado are all from albums that will probably end up in my top 10 this year.

Anyways, a word to the Birthday boy: I hope you enjoy this mixtape! I still jam to the mixtape you gave me like 3 years ago that has "California on my mind" on it. I'm pretty sure it was a Christmas mix. Anyways, have a great birthday up in Tigertown, but save some energy for seeing me next week! Remember buddy, if you ever feel like you want to write about the music you've been listening to you still have a username to publish on this blog. Cant w8 till ur prez, bttr make me USA music Czar.

Landline - Oberhofer
Super Market - Domo Genesis ft Tyler the Creator
Gangster Rap - Total Warr
What a Drag - Bear Hands
Goons - Small Black
Birthday Party - Unouomedude
Nothing but our love - Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (Daytrotter session)
Not in Love - Crystal Castles ft Robert Smith
Oh I Wandered - Paperfangs
Football - PEERS
Conversation 16 - The National
Undertow - Warpaint
Juicy R - The xx plus Notorious BIG/ Wait What?
Very Busy People - The Limousines
Libraries - Yellow Ostrich
Coronado - Deerhunter
Bearsuit - Sea Monster
Waiting on You - Sun Airway
Darling (Reprise) - Magic Man
Her Sinking Sun - Coma Cinema

Foxes in Fiction Covers

Lets face it. Teenage Dream is kind of a good song. There I said it. I'm not going to give it any kudos for production but the "heart racing in my skin tight jeans" has a nice little tune to it that I catch myself whistling a lot more than should be alright. Of course, the lovely Foxes in Fiction come to the rescue and make it acceptable to whistle. Foxes in Fiction add a nice guitar riff on top of the chorus that adds quite a lot to the song, while fellow bedroom artist Weed adds some much needed out of tune vocals to make sure you know its not a totally serious cover.

In other Foxes in Fiction cheesy covers new (thats pretty specific news!) Foxes in Fiction also have an extra dreamy extra cheesy cover of 80s classic Take on Me. Can't say it adds much to the original but its a pretty fun listen. Grab both covers along with a personal favorite Foxes in Fiction Original below.

Teenage Dream - Foxes in Fiction (Katy Perry Cover)
Take on Me - Foxes in Fiction (A-ha cover)
Memory Pools - Foxes in Fiction

Skin - Tooth Ache.

tooth ache. | "skin" from WEIRD CANDLES on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dada Trash Collage - Cool waves/Bad Days

Think Totally Nebular plus Dead Gaze. Personally I think the extra lo-fi watery tin can voice suites Dead Gaze better than these guys, but I won't hold it against them. And just like Totally Nebular these tunes occasionally push past my personal "disorienting but still enjoyable" barrier. I can't hold that against them either though, because if you're making experimental/psychedelic pop/rock you really should be pushing those boundaries.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Ben Talmi - All Up To You/Lost at Sea

I'm not sure if I've gushed about the Beko singles yet, but if not you need to check them out! They release a new digital single for free every Monday. In general I haven't heard of the artists featured in the series and this week is no exception. Ben Talmi is new to me but he has two EPs on his bandcamp already. The two songs sound a bit like a baroque Ratatat, with seriously bass heavy synths, crazy winding classical guitars, and strings in Lost at Sea. There may be a lot going on in these songs, but Talmi's voice still manages to steal the show.

quick update.

Its been more than 15 minutes since I last posted and I think I'm starting to shake a bit. Its been a pretty busy weekend (in an incredibly fun way) for me here in Tally so that kind of explains the lack of posts. There has not however been of lack of songs worth posting about so I'm going to round up just a few right now. Also, I'm planning on posting a playlist on Thursday instead of Tuesday for my buddy David's birfday.

Get your Dub on. This ones a banger alright.
The HEAT by DCarls via Mad Decent

I've never really gotten into jj for whatever reason but this one just hypnotizes me. I already love intro by xx and the vocals (as far as I can tell the only addition) add beautifully. If I hadn't heard the original song I wouldn't have know it was a sample.

This song is nice. And that doesn't discredit the song at all, its just really sweet and captivating. I played this one without headphones in a few days ago, and I've caught not only myself, but one of my roommates humming it quite a few times this week.
Open Season - High Highs (once again via P4k)

I'm not sure how old this one is but its new to me. I'm pretty far behind on these guys, but through my backtracking I'm just now realizing that Dead Gaze is one of my favorite bands this year!

Obligatory Coma Cinema remix. Just kidding though, its really incredible! One of my favorite tracks on Stone Alone. I really love intro and outro of the original, and the way this remix stretches out and adds to both in incredible ways. I also love how theres a syncopated rhythm before totally screwing with the original, reminds me a bit of something Fiveng would do.

Last but not least, Kanye's newest G.O.O.D Friday track Chain Heavy is one of my favorites from the series. It features a slightly more light hearted/humourous side of Kanye we haven't seen very much of lately. Its got a weird late night jazz lounge rhythm section and a thin little paranoid Synth on top. Great Line: "Why ya got all caps on? Don Cheadle time! get extra black on 'em"
Chain Heavy - Kanye West ft Talib Kweli and Consequence

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wild Life - Strike Hard Young Diamond

So today I was on a forum (can't remember where) and the conversation turned to the untimely demise of Delicious Scopitione (I could have cried). There is a hole in my heart that only Delicious Scopitone could ever fill. However, someone mentioned blogs that help ease the pain (aka that post the same music) one of them I'd never heard of was called Iamnosuperman. Several seconds later Iamnosuperman was officially on my blogroll. If you're wondering why I'm telling you this, you obviously haven't noticed that I like to (at least somewhat) justifying my reposts.
So with out further ado here is an awesome EP they posted about earlier today!

It sounds like these guys have been listening to Wolf Parade's Apologies to the Queen Mary quite a bit. But I can't honestly hold that against them. I mean if you're going to be heavily influenced by an album you might as well pick one of the greatest Indie albums of all time (in my humble opinion at least). They seem to cut out a bit of the paranoia that I love about Wolf Parade but they replace it with even more energy.

Headless Horseman - 5 songs

I wasn't planning on posting anything about these guys because I found them on Stereogum. Don't get me wrong, I don't think there is anything "uncool" about reposting from Stereogum, (well at least not any less cool than reposting in general) I just figured that since Stereogum is one of the most trafficked music websites around that it would be redundant. That was a few days ago, but since then I've realized that no one else is talking about them, and that is just a travesty. The first comparison that comes to mind for me is Xiu Xiu, but they also like to dabble in the shadowy lo-fi echoes that characterize Wise Blood and How To Dress Well. Their singer's paper-thin falsetto cranks up the creep a little higher.
Get their EP for $5 or head over to the Stereogum to grab a few mp3s for free.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Collin Munroe - Bulletproof Monster (revox)

Wow, I'm not even sure what to say about this one! Collin Munroe remixed Bulletproof by La Roux by adding in his own vocals along with Nicki Minaj's verse from the Kanye mega-jam Monster. Personally I think Nicki's verse is the only worth-while part of the song. Its a pretty boring beat for Kanye, and the Justin Vernon collaboration seems unnecessary at best. It's overloaded with vocal harmonies from every direction possible and Nicki's verse is sped up slightly. A verse as maniacal as Nicki's deserved a beat this insane.

Sorry Internet!

No mix today :/
I've got one that's 40 minutes long but its not very cohesive and you probably have heard all of the songs already. I've posted about almost all of the songs included and I try to make the mixes at least primarily new songs.

ummmm here's Ke$ha's newest hit?

If you made it through that, here's a list of songs I was planning on including that I haven't posted about yet. (Links are up now!)

Trust - Generationals
Birthday Party - Unounmedude
Wasting Time - Reading Rainbow (via GVB)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Memoryhouse -Caregiver/Heirloom

Memoryhouse's new single comes out digitally tomorrow! I don't know what the heck I was doing a month or so ago when the A side, Caregiver made its way into the world but damn do I regret it! So I'm hearing the A and B sides for the first time today. The single seems like a very smart way to end the year. Caregiver and Heirloom sound pretty different, but they both help solidify Memoryhouse's established sound. Caregiver drops the usual synths and focus on the beat to highlight the sense of loss that seems to permeate all of the band's songs. Heirloom on the other hand embraces the electronic sound, and exceeds Memoryhouse's usual down tempo. Heirloom is probably the closest the band comes to "anthemic", but to be honest its a bit too reliant on the retro feel for me. Last but not least, theres an alternate, piano based version of Memoryhouse's classic Lately

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Triptides EP

Happy sunday everybody! I have a very important chemistry test I should be studying for at the moment. Also, next week I'm going to start working on a paper for my English class about Avey Tare's new album "Down There" considering posting the whole thing when I finish it in a few weeks, not sure though.

but enough about my life, heres some lo-fi surf rock goodness for you:

Summerday is my favorite, really digging Bad News as well. Reel has a real (that wasn't intentional) Modest Mouse vibe to it.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Wise Blood - Rot My Brain Away

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the A Side to Wise Blood's upcoming single on the legendary transparent. Solo 4 Claire was quite the departure from his first EP, the excellent `+`. The B Side, Rot My Brain Away is almost exactly the opposite. Rot Your Brain Away sounds a bit closer to Wise Bloods fellow freak&B pioneer How To Dress Well and it definately feels like a culmination of Wise Blood's work so far . `+` has several moments that recall religious reverence, but Rot Your Brain Away brings the religious associations to the forefront. While the song is undeniably tinged with darkness I still can't tell if its all for irony or there sincerity under the layers of fuzz, in an interview with the Pittsburg Music Report (Wise Blood's hometown) he claims in passing that he is "very religious". Its an intriguing piece any angle you take on it, but until theres more evidence to sway me the opposite direction I am going to assume there is at least some sincerity, I'd rather not imagine something so beautiful being spawned entirely of cynicism.

Rot My Brain Away - Wise Blood
Solo 4 Claire - Wise Blood (out soon on transparent records)

Ben Gibbard Covers Radiohead, is proud of his new album.

Yep. Props to Ben for being courageous enough to cover Radiohead! I mean if you're going to attempt to cover a Radiohead song "All I need" is probably one of your best bets (especially for a guy with similarly moody songs) but he still gets props because it turned out being pretty great! I've been listening to it on repeat for a good 15 minutes now.
In other Death Cab news check out this interview w/ Spin for news on their new lives as family men and their new record. Ben claims he is embarrassed by the amount of "self loathing" on Narrow Stairs and that he is extremely proud of their follow up.
In other Radiohead news Thom Yorke has a new single out!! Of two minutes straight of silence!! but its for charity so pretend you're still excited. Check out the details on Stereogum.