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.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Ghost Eyes

London's Ghost Eyes are currently on tour with Gold Panda (first reason you should be interested!) and bring to mind Wise Blood (second reason you should be interested). Seriously can't stop rocking out to their song Phantom Mountain, its pretty funky and some tribal sounding samples really make it stand out. Stream and Download Phantom Eyes and Stream a few others. Thanks to Yours Truly!

Latest tracks by Ghost-Eyes

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Well isn't this the sweetest thing you've ever seen?

Check out this awesome post from Get Off the Coast about a guy who loves his girl. Two of (if not my top two) favorite artists this year, Coma Cinema and Gobble Gobble were willing to help a brother out in making sure his girlfriend knows just how special she is (Cue group "Awwwwwww")

If you have no heart you can skip the love story and just download the Coma Cinema original and the Gobble Gobble Remix right here.
At Night, The Sun Comes Out - Coma Cinema (Gobble Gobble remix)

When the Color Starts Fading

Heartache - GOLDEN EYE
Lucky 1 - Avey Tare (via p4k)
Photojournalist - Small Black
Soak it Up - Houses
Memory Pools - Foxes in Fiction
Internal Combustion - Phillip Oskar Augustine
Watch the Glow - Museum of Bellas Artes
Skin - Fiveng
Alstian Darn - Panda Bear
Suzeraine (A letter) - Nightlands

Monday, November 1, 2010

new artist: PEERS

Melodramatic, Moody, British. Gotta love teenage(literally) rockers PEERS. Download 2 demos from them below (while supplies last!) I've got The Pool on repeat at the moment, football is pretty fantastic as well though. Thanks to Illegal Tender for the find.

The Pool (demo) by PEERS

Joker Remix - Gorillaz - Doncamatic

I'm not going to pretend I know anything about the dubstep/grime scene because I really don't, but I know enough to know that Joker is a pretty big deal. The Dubstep producer that pitchfork calls "the purple prince" recently remixed Gorillaz new totally 80s totally awesome single Doncamatic. Check out the original and the remix below

Gorillaz - Doncamatic (Joker Remix) by Hypetrak

Original version (out November 22)