Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I'm still (maybe unreasonably) angry that Wildlife haven't gained the amount of buzz they deserve since releasing their debut LP. Hopefully they'll gain more word of mouth street cred as they head out on tour this summer. Watch a live video(plus mp3) below and check out those dates on myspace:
This past weekend, my favorite band in the world Modest Mouse headlined Sunday Night of Sasquatch. NPR streamed the concert and you can hear two new songs they played below. Lampshades on Fire shines brighter than Poison, landing in a middle ground between something funkier like Fly Trapped in a Jar and something more visceral like Whale Song. I'm not too worried about the sort of "meh" Poison though, these guys are production geniuses after all.
Check out the whole concert on NPR or just stream the two new ones on youtube below.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Based House mastermind Holy Other dropped a new EP up for streaming over at the zones. Stream it below and get ready for the June 7th release on PBR&B/Based OGs Tri-angle records.
Ryan Hemsworth's prolificness is matched only by his versatility. On his newest release he runs the entire gamut of styles that have been inappropriately pegged chillwave and more. It may not be the most cohesive album, but most every song hits its mark. Personal highlights include the hyperactive Benny Lava, the 8 bit massacre Laboratory Ruins, and the actually chillwave Good Things can Never Last. Download the entire album to get two bonus tracks!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
In the wee hours of the morning Wise Blood dropped a new track. Two of my favorite people's projects were featured on Pitchfork and Altered Zones (Mat Cothran and Tommy Michael respectively). Throw in the first daytrotter session in a few weeks that I'm genuinely excited for and its already been a pretty great day for music. Seeing a new Wu Lyf track on Altered Zones just cemented this day's greatness. I think the description from youtube has this one covered: "a lil spark of lucifer for true blue kids no longer blinded by spectacle glare; the fire so bright it burnt our eyes until we could see; baby boys/ golden girls holla in the dirt."
An ode to facebook and twitter dedicated to his facebook fans is pretty much exactly the kind of thing I've come to expect persona-expanding Wise Blood. @F**kWiseBlood has a dusty, old school hip-hop vibe that throws in some oboe and electric guitar. With a chorus that feels sleezy even if it really isn't and an opening salvo that begs for repeat listens, the track has definitely reinvigorated my excitement for this dude.
@F**kwiseblood - Wise Blood
For better or worse, neither Penthouse Suites (the first Wise Blood song I wasn't digging enough to post) nor @F**kWiseblood will be on his upcoming EP for Dovecote.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
For a band with a comparatively small fanbase (for now) Hooray For Earth sound massive. No Love doesn't tower quite like True Loves, but what it lacks in sheer size it makes up for with a groovy playfulness. I don't mean to pigeon-hold Hooray for Earth, but if they keep up their current formula, I can't imagine them NOT blowing up. True Loves (the album) is out on June 7th via Dovecote Records and should sound like all the best parts of Yeasayer's Odd Blood.
No Love - Hooray For Earth
Sort of like Dead Gaze last year, for seem reason I seem to constantly underestimate Sun Glitters. His "Everything Could Be Fine" EP is one of the best debuts of the year, but I keep telling myself that he doesn't have enough music out to join the ranks of my favorites. In reality though, Victor has had a constant stream of quality output since debuting Sun Glitters. He keeps up his streak with this two song EP featuring guest vocals by his constant collaborator Steffallo and newbie Bermuda Bonnie.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Wolf Parade singer Spencer Krug has been keeping pretty busy since his main gig announced it'd taking a break. His newest project is a new Moonface album. Krug has already released an EP under the alias, the single-song epic Marimba and Shitdrums. According to p4k, Krug originally intended for the album to be written just like the Dreamland EP, but somehow ended up on an Organ instead. If Fast Peter is any indication, the changed instrumentation hasn't effected the writing style. Fast Peter is a dense, energetic 8 minutes that feels like four.
Fast Peter - Moon Face
"Organ Music, and not Vibraphone Like I'd hoped" is out August 2nd on indie kingpin Jagjaguwar.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The near immaculate Shaking Through series has just released perhaps their finest entry yet. Indie-pop champions Big Troubles (coincidentally in the running for my favorite band name) stopped by the Shaking Through Studios to crank out Phantom. With "Big Guitars" and effective vocals, they might be more Smashing Pumpkins than Pavement, but anyway you slice it Phantom is an incredible dose of 90s style rock. Check out the making of video and download Phantom below.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
The original "You're A Animal" sounds like Japandroids covering some sort of unhinged Local Natives track. Its an absolutely perfect pump up song, if a bit one dimensional. The Fishing Remix takes the originals fury and channels it in a slightly different direction. Sounding like it soundtrack anything from the World Cup to 127 hours, the Fishing Remix manages to take the original's excessive energy and transfer some of it into a sort of world uniting catharsis.
You're A Animal - Jonathan Boulet
You're A Animal (Fishing Remix) - Jonathan Boulet
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
I've had this one ready to post for at least half a week now. This whole "summertime" thing is not leaving very much time for the good old blogosphere. Anyways, this mixtape started out being entirely instrumental hip-hop and hasn't deviated too far from that general feel. I made it for an old highschool friend named Troy who now lives in Utah. Oh yeah, and I stole a few songs from my weekend wave mixtape without realizing it! Enjoy!!
- Sacre Cool - Young Montana
- Together - Teen Daze
- OOAH - BeachesBeaches
- Roxxanne - Teams
- Skin Fox (Gobble Gobble Remix) - Mane Mane
- Elizabeth Fraser(Cocteau Twins rework) - Star Slinger
- Too Much to Lose - Sun Glitters
- Wide Eyes (Suckers Remix) - Local Natives
- Every Time - Girl Unit
- CMYK - James Blake
- Hollywood Snow - Ghbili
- Cold War (instrumental) - Clams Casino
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Cults associates and fellow 60s rockers, Guards have a new 7" out today on Kitsune records. The record features two previously released songs (Swimming After Dark and Resolution of One) along with this new one, that premiered on pitchfork about a week ago.
Hear You Call - Guards
Monday, May 9, 2011
Tallahassee Wunderkind and Longstreth disciple Jake Tobin has just released the first single of his new project Fruit Flesh. Featuring lounging tribal drums, saxophone and absolutely soaring vocals, Sin, Sin away is a potent combination of tUnE-YarD's breezy ethnic influences and the new romantic revival currently brewing. Its been on repeat for me all night, the perfect soundtrack after a busy summer day.
If you're digging it, check out Jake's current main squeeze, Wingsuit.
I haven't had much time to blog lately, but here's a quick rundown of everything new (and FREE) that I've been listening to recently.
Montana - Youth Lagoon
Eyes Be Closed - Washed Out
Baves Chords - Mount Kimbie
Crushing - Blithe Field
Lovesick - Blackbird Blackbird and Pandit
Buffalo Buffalo (Demo) - Buffalo Buffalo
Super Mom Mixtape - The Very Best
Instrumentals - Clams Casino
Infinity Value - Ra Cailum
Walk Away - Modern Man