And in case you haven't gotten your Youth Lagoon fill yet (and I know I haven't) head on over to pitchfork to check out a Tunnelvision live session.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Halloween appropriate bedroom pop from producer Sacred Animals and singer Owensie. As if the sounds weren't haunting enough, Owensie's inspiration for the song came from an article last year on a family of Russians committing suicide after being denied Asylum in the UK. Check out the Sacred Animals collaboration, along with the (possibly even more heartbreaking) original below. For Fans of Porcelain Raft, Sean Carey.
Shout out to to Meg for the find!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
After you get over the initial shock of Waka Flocka shouting over the delicate synths of M83, you're actually left with a very solid mash-up. Maybe its crazy but I'm starting to think I might actually like this more than the original We Own the Sky. Waka's comically repetitive chorus adds an extra propulsion to the already hypnotic build, and more importantly it adds a bit of variety to a song that might have been just a bit too long.
We Own the 365 is part of an absolutely nuts remix/mashup compilation by Sewer Greats. The comp includes ATHID pals like Teams, Raw Thrills and JSHIH, who's Ghost Town DJ's remix I'd also highly recommend.
Monday, October 24, 2011
I found myself pleasantly surprised last week when Traveling made their way through Tallahassee. Even though it was only their fourth show together, Traveling (fronted by one of the members of Good Luck) ripped through a painfully short set of no frills Indie Rock. No frills certainly isn't a slight though. Who needs frills when you've got great vocals, perfect guitar tones and insanely catchy melodies? Traveling are still hanging out in the Sunshine state, and will be playing two shows at Fest this weekend in Gainseville. Even if you can't make it to a show, check out their four song demo below, and be ready to smile.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
The Surprisingly under-hyped Denver group Gauntlet Hair release their self titled debut tomorrow on Dead Oceans, but you can stream in right now. Gauntlet Hair presents massive blasts of melodic joy one after the other, and indisputably prove that indie rock can still have teeth in 2011. The obvious talking points will be Sleigh Bells and No Age, but I can't help but hear hints of Oberhofer as well in the vocals. Stream the album at Consequence of Sound, and check out a few mp3s below.
Keep Time - Gauntlet Hair
Top Bunk - Gauntlet Hair
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Born Gold (the turkey/phoenix rebirth of GOBBLE GOBBLE) put out one of my favorite albums of the year, and its not even technically an album. The "collection of singles" is a non-stop party from beginning to end, and I can't imagine anyone not wanting to share its joy to the world. Apparently Cecil would agree with that spirit, as he has decided to release the album for free! If you're into it (which you really should be) and you want to pay for it (which you really will!) you can still purchase the vinyl from Crash Symbols over at Insound.
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Monday, October 10, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
First things first, I gotta include a shout out to my older brother Ben. He was the first person to introduce me to Oh Land, and I had the honor of introducing him to one of our shared favorite bands, The National. And even though just reading that Oh Land covered the National was enough to give me the warm fuzzies, actually hearing the song multiplied the effect. Attempting to match the majestic domesticity of Mr. Berninger certainly takes confidence and Nanna takes the move in stride, replacing the original's guitar driven energy with a sparse electronic landscape. Surprisingly, the track retains a warm feel, enveloped in angelic backing vocals and the occasional orchestral flourish that only bands like the National even try pulling off.
Bloodbuzz Ohio (The National Cover) - Oh Land
Bonus: Since I'm already posting an electronic leaning cover of Indie rock titans by an up and coming female indie singer I might as well....
The Suburbs (Arcade Fire Cover) - Mr Little Jeans
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Drew Englander aka REAL MAGIC is the newest member of the fantastic Heart Music Group. He's only released three tracks so far, but that's been more than enough to peak my interest. Like his early singles, I'm tempted to call Hard 2 Keep post-dubstep, but its much brighter than anything we've heard so far from the still forming genre. The beat borrows from disparate sources like Grime and shameless rave, bouncing in sections and writhing and twitching in others. Instead of stumbling along such unsteady footing, the vocals rise above by mimicking the duality, creating harmonies out of lines both soaring and deadpan. The juxtaposition sounds unlike anything else around today, and hopefully that will be changing soon.
Hard 2 Keep - R E A L M A G I C
Crip Tics - R E A L M A G I C
Monday, October 3, 2011
Gainesville's number one Divas, Oh Fortuna return with their first official release of breezy, yet dance-able indie pop. Highly recommended for fans of MGMT, Reptar and I don't know... FUN? Highlights include the extra crunchy remix of Faces I can See and the shot of high fructose pop perfection that is Might Mountain. Frosted Tips sounds like your favorite Disney Channel band but sexier. Surely destined to sound track middle school dances across the nation. Listen below and expect the tape from the always fantastic Wonder Beard.
Forgoing the drone stylings of his first Elvis Depressedly release, Coma Cinema mastermind Mat Cothran returns with a second EP a bit closer to his original sound. Not unlike his most recent Coma EP, Abandoned Lands, Goner takes Mat's general singer song writer form and spins it on its head. Goner is filled with antagonistic titles, lyrics and recording techniques dead set on frustrating its audience. Don't let that scare you off though, the EP is most certainly a work of art. If nothing else, Goner highlights two of Mat's very special traits: his ability to immerse his music in emotion, and his tireless self editing under the Coma Cinema name. If these tracks weren't deemed worthy for Coma Cinema's final release, I can't wait to hear what is.