Sunday, October 31, 2010
L.A. four-piece girl band - Warpaint, with their cover of David Bowie's - "Ashes to Ashes" released on the compilation - We Were So Turned On: A Tribute to David Bowie:
Warpaint - Ashes to Ashes (David Bowie cover)
David Bowie's - "John I'm Only Dancing", covered by Brooklyn band - Vivian Girls, from the compilation - We Were So Turned On: A Tribute to David Bowie: Vivian Girls - John, I'm Only Dancing (David Bowie Cover) - DOWNLOAD
Saturday, October 30, 2010
"Insects" by Colorado's psych-pop rockers - Woodsman, from their forthcoming album - Rare Forms, due out Jan 15th on Lefse and Firetalk Records:
Buy the "Insects" 7" now HERE.
Woodsman - Insects - DOWNLOAD (right click and save link as)
"90's Wildlife" by Colorado's IDM/electronic outifit - Constellations, released as a digital single on Oct 28th: Constellations: "90's Wildlife" - DOWNLOAD
Small Black has a new album just released October 26th called New Chain on JagJaguwar. The album reflects their same antics of dreamy synth-pop similar to Washed Out and Neon Indian. The instrumentation is something we've all heard before but arranged in a modern fashion. The album is streaming in full at Speaker Snacks and below. You can buy the LP HERE.
Small Black - 'New Chain'
Friday, October 29, 2010
Oct 28, 2010
After 2008's Elephant Shell, I wasn't so sure about Tokyo Police Club. They seemed to have lost something related to their youthful, dystopian messages we heard on 2007's - A Lesson In Crime. But all this time I've kept an open mind to what would come next. This Daytrotter session does it for me though, maybe it's the less polished studio recording that catches my interest again, or maybe they never lost a thing and I missed out. Either way check out this very recent Daytrotter session HERE, by Canadian band - Tokyo Police Club.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
An unreleased b-side from the Japanese edition of Deerhunter's new album - Halcyon Digest, titled - "Colorscale", out on 4AD Records:
Deerhunter - Colorscale
An unreleased b-side from the Japanese edition of Deerhunter's new album - Halcyon Digest, titled - "Rhythm"", out on 4AD Records: Deerhunter - Rhythm
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
"Working On Something", the first track from Seattle garage-pop band - Idle Times, from their latest album - Idle Times, released yesterday on Hozac Records:
Buy the LP HERE (first 200 copies on gold vinyl). Idle Times - Working On Something - DOWNLOAD
"I'm Gone", the first track from Seattle garage-pop band - Idle Times, from their latest album - Idle Times, released yesterday on Hozac Records:
Buy the LP HERE (first 200 copies on gold vinyl). Idle Times - I'm Gone
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
"Heartbreaker" by SF indie pop band - Girls, from their upcoming release, Broken Dreams Club, out Nov 22 on True Panther:
Pre-Order HERE. Girls - Heartbreaker - DOWNLOAD (right click and save link as)
"If You Want It (You Got It)" by San Diego pop artists - TV Girl, from their self-titled release - TV Girl EP:
Download the Album free HERE TV Girl - If You Want It (You Got It)- DOWNLOAD
Monday, October 25, 2010
"Julius" single by Portland OR electro-glam-pop outfit - Starfucker, from their upcoming album out in early 2011 on Polyvinyl Co:
Buy the limited 7" on blue vinyl HERE. Starfucker - Julius - DOWNLOAD
"Our Scenery" by CO experimental noise pop artists - Gauntlet Hair, from an upcoming release on Mexican Summer: Gauntlet Hair - Our Scenery - DOWNLOAD
"All Eyes" by CO experimental noise pop artists - Gauntlet Hair, from an upcoming release on Mexican Summer: Gauntlet Hair - All Eyes - DOWNLOAD
Sunday, October 24, 2010
NY based DJ - Sane Smith's new single titled - "Arrival", from his album Robots Will Kill:
Download the album by naming your own price HERE.
Sane Smith - Arrival - DOWNLOAD
NY based DJ - Sane Smith's newer track titled - "City Lights", from his album Robots Will Kill:
Download the album by naming your own price HERE.
Sane Smith - City Flights - DOWNLOAD
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
"All Packed Up" by Lexington, Kentucky soul-pop solo artist - Idiot Glee, from his simply titled EP, released on Moshi Moshi Records:
Buy the 7" HERE
Buy the digital EP HERE Idiot Glee - All Packed Up - DOWNLOAD
Yesterday, Daytrotter released its latest session with NY duo - Cults. The duo consists of Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin who create a retro Jackson 5 feel, and give it a modern, 2010 sensibility. Maybe it's their use of xylophones, reverbed guitar, and shakers that draws me in so hard, but Cults are def one of the best bands to emerge from 2010. Their Daytrotter session also reflects an ability to recreate their sound in a live situation very well. Check out and download Cults Daytrotter session HERE, and also their free EP at their Bandcamp page HERE.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
The new single by J Rocc (of Beat Junkies) titled - "Play This Too", from his new album - Some Cold Rock Stuf, out early 2011 on Stones Throw Records:
Buy the 12", out now, HERE.
J Rocc - Play This Too - DOWNLOAD (right click and save link as)
"I Need A Dollar" by CA retro-soul artist - Aloe Blacc, from his new album - Good Things, released Sept 28th on Stones Throw Records:
Buy the LP HERE.
Aloe Blacc - I Need A Dollar
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
"Old Man" by Norwegian dream-pop group - Harry's Gym, from their new album, What Was Ours Can't Be Yours, out on Hype City Recordings:
Buy the album HERE. Harrys Gym - Old Man - DOWNLOAD
"Chip A Tooth (Spoil A Smile)" by UK oldie throw-back artist - Spectrals, from the new album Extended Play out on Moshi Moshi/Underwater Peoples: Spectrals - Chip A Tooth (Spoil A Smile) - DOWNLOAD
Laguna Beach futuristic pop artist - Pepepiano, just released a new single titled - "Bruce Springsteen" which features samples from Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road (live)". It's a lighter song, heavy on synths, with underwater vocals, background coos, and Super Mario esque bleeps. This song may appear on a future EP in the works by Pepepiano, but in the mean time enjoy the well-crafted splendor of "Bruce Springsteen". Download the single at Pepepiano's Bandcamp page HERE.
Oct 11, 2010
Check out this recently archived Daytrotter session by Brooklyn band - Bear In Heaven. Recorded just one week ago, this is easily one of Daytrotter's strongest sessions yet. Bear In Heaven is a blend of minimalist and electronic indie pop, that's both intellectual and emotionally stimulating.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Pittsburgh artist Wise Blood has a new single titled - "Solo (4 Claire)", to be released in November by Transparent:
Featured in the most recent VT mixtape found HERE. Wise Blood - Solo (4 Claire) - DOWNLOAD
"When My Brother Reaches Me" by Baltimore band - Soft Cat, from their latest release - Wildspace, out on Friends Records:
Buy the cassette, limited to 150 HERE.
Listen and download the entire album HERE.
Soft Cat - When My Brother Reaches Me
Sunday, October 17, 2010
"Tip Of Your Tongue" by UK dream-pop artist - Porcelain Raft, from his new 7" out Nov 8th on Acephale Records:
Buy the single HERE. Porcelain Raft - Tip of Your Tongue - DOWNLOAD (right click and save link as)
"Same Dream China" by London producer - Gold Panda, from his new album - Lucky Shiner, released Oct 12th on Ghostly International/Notown:
Buy it HERE Gold Panda - Same Dream China - DOWNLOAD
Saturday, October 16, 2010
“Creepos” by Brooklyn three-piece psych/garage band - Total Slacker, from their upcoming split seven-inch with Weird Dreams, out on Marshall Teller Records later in October:
Pre-order the 7" HERE
Total Slacker - Creepos - DOWNLOAD
Total Slacker, from a split cassette tape with Baltimore band - Weekends, released in May on Breakfast of Champs Records:
Buy the split cassette HERE
Total Slacker - Stuck In 93
Friday, October 15, 2010
"Wasting Time" by Philadelphia garage-punk duo - Reading Rainbow, from their new album Prism Eyes, out Oct 23rd on Hozac Records: Reading Rainbow- Wasting Time - DOWNLOAD (right click and save link as)
"Always On My Mind" by Philadelphia garage-punk duo - Reading Rainbow, from their new album Prism Eyes, out Oct 23rd on Hozac Records: Reading Rainbow - Always On My Mind
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Denver's experimental-pop group Gauntlet Hair has a new single titled "Out, Don't..." to be released as a 7" on Mexican Summer later this year: Gauntlet Hair: "Out, Don't..." - DOWNLOAD (right click and save link as)
"Caregiver" by Canadian duo - Memoryhouse, being released as a digitally on Nov 9th and as a 7" on Dec 7th by Suicide Squeeze:
Pre-Order the 7" on white vinyl HERE Memoryhouse- Caregiver
For one week only, NPR is streaming the new Avey Tare album - Down There, in its entirety at their website. Avey Tare is one-third of Animal Collective, and perhaps the biggest driving force behind the band. Down There isn't too far of a departure from his previous work, and sounds parallel to the most recent Animal Collective material. The album drops October 26th at AC's label Paw Tracks, pre-orders available HERE. I highly recommend you check it out HERE (available till 10/20/10).
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
San Francisco's - Deerhoof has a new single out titled - "Merry Barracks", from their new album, Deerhoof Vs. Evil, out January 25th, 2011 on Polyvinyl Record Co.:
Pre-order the pink LP limited to 2000 HERE Deerhoof: "The Merry Barracks" - DOWNLOAD (right click and save link as)
"Aertgo Lapsees" by mysterious ambient producer - RXRY, from his brand new single - Aertgo Lapsees, released free via his blog HERE:
Download the entire single HERE Aertgo Lapsees - DOWNLOAD
Hopefully wherever you are the weather is unseasonably warm, and your memories of summer aren't too far gone yet. Dirty Gold's new tropical beach-pop single - "California Sunrise", addresses the timely passing of seasons, in an epic ode to the sun. Dirty Gold hail from San Diego California and appear to be a newly established band with a freshly created myspace page, so check them out! "California Sunrise" is from the Hidden Treasures EP, and available as a free download from their Bandcamp page HERE.
Listen to the title track - "You Can Count On Me" from the new sold-out Panda Bear single (7" out October 19th on Domino Records) HERE at this awesome Belgian blog -- Disco Naïveté. Original previews were from Amazon and were stunted by a short listening time and ads. Also listen to a vinyl-rip of the b-side - "Alsatian Darn", from the blog - Neon Waves, HERE
The Wind Loves You Right Back
Oct 12, 2010
Words by Sean Moeller
Illustration by Johnnie Cluney
Sound engineering by Mike Gentry
Illustration by Johnnie Cluney
Sound engineering by Mike Gentry
My father owned two motorcycles when we were growing up. They weren't anything too special. They weren't souped up or power machines, by any stretch of the imagination, but he would back them out of the barn every so often, gas them up and ask us if we wanted to go for a ride. We always did and that meant that we'd get an un-helmeted trip down the asphalt back roads to look at how the crops were growing, with our index fingers curled around a belt loop on each side of dad's jeans. It was always fantastic weather when we'd do this and, really, it had to be, but it was almost as if the motorcycles brought out the pleasant conditions and the swelling, burnt out sunsets. A similar sensation tends to come over me when Tame Impala's album, "Innerspeaker," begins to play. It's as if suddenly there is a day gone right staring you in the face and nothing else matters. "Innerspeaker" is a record that makes me want to go out and buy my own motorcycles, to take my own children on rides, to let the speed rip just enough that it feels abnormally fast for a change, with the noise from the machine's roar blurring out anything else that might be happening in the ditches or in our heads. It's as if Tame Impala has cornered a market for giving people the thrill of high speeds and beautifully scenic rides - their songs causing your head to fuzz out of balance and synchronize completely with what it might mean to experience perfect light and perfect air and perfect sound. The band from Perth, Australia, just makes you want to hop on your motor bike and try with all of your might to see if it's possible to drive it straight up that leafy tree or that mountain over there, just for the thrill of it. It's music - with its pitch and tone that reminds us of listening to old Beatles and Air records, simultaneously on separate turntables, in the heart of the autumn months. It reminds us of how a sunshine and water-grown golden crisp apple tastes as well as romantic scent of wood burning in the brisk twilight of days that are now growing shorter and less tolerable. It's music that makes you feel that sensation of the wind bashing you against the pant legs and whistling over your chilled cheeks as you move swiftly down the road, with no glass or metal surrounding you and keeping you shielded. You feel as if you're right out there in the elements and they're doing everything right, they're treating you well.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
2010's bedroom-pop genre was dominated by SF producer Blackbird Blackbird (Mikey). Blackbird Blackbird released an un-measurable amount of music since this spring, and now he's back with a new moniker - Cursed Kids. "Eugene" is the debut single under the new name, and it picks up where he left us -- dreamy electronic pop music. "Eugene" has a little more momentum behind it compared to his earlier Blackbird Blackbird material. The drums hit a little harder, the guitar is a little more up front, and the vocals are more clear and complex. All together this doesn't mark a huge difference in Blackbird Blackbird's career, but it is an exciting debut from an already great, prolific artist. "Eugene" is available as a free download from the Cursed Kids Bandcamp page HERE.
Monday, October 11, 2010
A remix of Local Natives song - "Sun Hands", from the album - Gorilla Manor, by Brooklyn band - Here We Go Magic, released as a digital single: Local Natives - Sun Hands (Here We Go Magic Remix) - DOWNLOAD
Sunday, October 10, 2010
"Buildings" by Jacksonville FL artist - UNOUOMEDUDE (You Know You Owe Me Dude) from his latest album - Marsh:
Download the entire album free HERE: Buildings
"Teens" by Jacksonville FL artist - UNOUOMEDUDE (You Know You Owe Me Dude) from his latest album - Marsh:
Download the entire album free HERE: Teens - DOWNLOAD
Portland psych outfit - Grandparents , return with a colorful and wonderfully radiant EP titled Sugar Beach. Spanning four songs an...
"Little Brown Haired Girl" from Frankie Rose And The Outs new album, Frankie Rose and the Outs , due out September 21st on Slum...
DJ Khaled - I'm On One (feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne) 8 reasons this track is listenable.... DJ Khaled refrains from yell...