Thursday, June 23, 2011
There are a lot of dangerous assumptions you could make about Mr. Little Jeans. First off, you might assume that Mr. Little Jeans is actually a man. If you learn a little bit more about Monica Birkenes you might begin to assume that she's is simply Norway's answer to Lykke Li. That second assumption is definitely going to be a bit harder to shake, but gorgeous, inventive covers like the one below should go a long way. Mr Little Jean throws the homespun feel of the original out the window, instead launching the song into space. The surrounding synths flutter between seductive and emotionless, transitioning the original's subtle anxiousness into full blown paranoia.
The Suburbs - Mr Little Jeans
San Francisco Dreampop/sort of chillwave duo release their second(?) EP. Of course there's the strikingly obvious MBV reference band name that I could talk about, but I don't think I'm going to.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Memoryhouse's The Years EP was one of my favorites of last year, so obviously I was very excited when they announced their signing to Sub Pop a few months ago. The Sub Pop release is still something to look forward to for old fans, as a few new songs will be added and all four originals are being re-recorded. Listen to one of the new ones below, the exceptional Modern, Normal:
Modern, Normal - Memoryhouse
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Notes: Staircase is a new Radiohead song.
Monday, June 20, 2011
I certainly don't have a shortage of friends in Tallahassee who consider Holiday Shores the best band in town. Fortunately, their appeal is starting to break through to the outside world: Spells is the second single off of their new album posted on underground godfathers Altered Zones. Spells has been a personal favorite of mine from their live shows for a while now, and its great to finally have it recorded
Spells - Holiday Shores
Friday, June 17, 2011
Same Mistake is the first single off of their upcoming album "Hysterical" after re-appearing out of thin air a few weeks ago. The rough edges of Alec Ounsworth's vocals have been sanded off to a certain degree, and its easily the most noticeable quality on first listen. Although its not necessarily a good or bad thing, Same Mistake is startlingly polished even outside of the vocals and it lacks a certain element of confrontation that I once hated, but now love about these guys.
Shout out to my buddy Andrew Chafin for introducing me to these guys a few years back (even though I thought they were awful at the time.)
UPDATE: apparently the widget above doesn't seem to be working on certain browsers, if that's the case for you, head over to CYHSY website to grab the mp3.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
The maybe sort of Witch House/Based producer Clams Casino follows up his excellent Instrumentals EP with the Rainforest EP. Clam's sound hasn't changed much, but the decision to leave the songs unattached to rappers along with the release on Tri-angle signal that Clams may be starting to consider himself in the genres he's already being lumped into by others. Of course, none this affects the actual music, which you should listen to below.
Rainforest EP by clammyclams
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Yesterday Stereogum premiered the A side to Baltimore new wavers Future Island's new 7". Before the Bridge is even glossier than usual, but Sam Herring's vocals are as harrowing and shaggy as they've ever been. If you're interested, buy the single from Thrill Jockey Records quickly - there's only 750 copies available.
Before the Bridge - Future Islands
Monday, June 13, 2011
I can't think of many artists with sexier mash-up potential than James Blake and Drake (well I can think of one, but they're already taken). This retroactively inevitable, but still surprisingly inventive mixtape re-purposes more of the production from the original drake tracks than I was expecting, but that's certainly not a bad thing. Download the mixtape here or listen to my current favorite below.
Measure it All - James Drake (Bombe/Mr. Caribbean)
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Athid favorites Memoryhouse drastically changing their My Bloody Valentine cover to accommodate their new live line up, which happens to feature Foxes in Fiction on bass.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Until now, the dreamy indie rockers BOBBY have received a large amount of admiration based on the strength of just a few songs. Their debut single "Sore Spores"stood out in particular, and I can easily say its one of my favorite songs of the year. A lack of work to judge is no longer an issue as you can now stream their debut LP, clocking in just over an hour over on NPR. Fortunately this wasn't a case of over-hype: There are a lot of familiar sounds, but they sound startlingly original in BOBBY's hands. Influences from Death Cab for Cutie, the quieter moments of Modest Mouse, and S. Carey jump out to me at first. Most impressively, BOBBY's bag of tricks (gorgeous harmonies, tribal leaning percussion, synthesized whistling) are vast enough to remain original but organic enough to avoid sounding gimmicky. Definitely a required listen for anyone bemoaning the current state of straight laced indie rock.
Stream Bobby and grab an mp3 below:
Ginger (Water Birth) - BOBBY
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Yikes you guys. Sometimes the world of internet music moves a little bit too fast for me. Sorry for the brevity, but its been too good of a day for music to go in depth on everything I think deserves attention!
Bedroom R&B fire-starters Active Child and How To Dress Well teamed up for a new single, the first off of Active Child's first full length LP out August 23rd. Listen on p4k.
Sun Airway are jumping back on the radar with their first new single since releasing "Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier." Wild Palms is as shimmering and uplifting as usual but the synths parts seem to be a bit more complex than we're used to.
Wild Palms - Sun Airway
My favorite artist in the world remixed my other favorite artist in the world! If you're keeping tabs this is remix number 5 for Her Sinking Sun.
Her Sinking Sun (Foxes in Fiction remix) - Coma Cinema
Monday, June 6, 2011
Sheer uplifting beauty from one of the most exciting producers around. If Tron was about high school sports "Grins" would soundtrack the pre-game motivational speech. The backing beat and vocal sample are sufficiently dark, but the synth is that neon blue outline.
Grins - Blood Diamonds
Out soon on 7" from my favorite record label, Transparent
The single version of Jaime xx's "Far Nearer" is finally making the blogosphere rounds. The world first heard Far Nearer almost a year ago and at the time I wasn't a huge fan. What I remember being a rambling steel drum exploration does start out that way, but a minute or so in explodes into easily one of the most anthemic dance tracks of the year. The song revolves around the vocal line "I feel better when I have you near me" that serves as a reminder that Jaime xx is just better than everyone else at pitch shifting. If you like what you hear purchase vinyl, mp3s or .wavs from numbers.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Tallahassee Up-and-comer Fruit Flesh released another song over the weekend. "Viral Infection" is based around saxophone and vocals just like "Sin, Sin Away" but it results in a much more disorienting experience. Recalling Modest Mouse and Dirty Projectors and feeling a lot more woozy than it does breezy, Viral Infection is equally as interesting, but an entirely different beast from Sin, Sin Away. Fruit Flesh are on bandcamp now, so go download Viral Infection and a newly mixed version of Sin, Sin below.
Friday, June 3, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
I have to be honest, the only reason I even took the time to listen to Chelsea Wolfe's Mer is because of that awesome cover art. With darkly crisp Guitars, tribal drums and witchy vocals just perfect for the occasion, Mer is a definite "go-to" when you're in one of those urgently apocalyptic moods. I think its safe to say the cover art captures the vibe pretty well.
Italian heartbreaker Porcelain Raft has a daytrotter session up today. You know the drill.
Update: Not only does Remiddi have a Daytrotter session, he also has a new label! The constantly respectable Secretly Canadian will release his first full length effort. Amateur's Feeling may or may not be on that release, but either way its worth sharing.
Amateur's Feeling - Porcelain Raft