November 1, 2010
Here is a brand new jam from Cold War Kids. It is from their new album Mine Is Yours, slated for release on January 25th via Downtown Records in the US. It’s pretty consistent with previous offerings from the California quartet. Solid hooks, an immediately accessible chorus and crisp studio production.
MP3: Cold War Kids – Louder Than Ever
October 28, 2010
Local Natives’ Gorilla Manor is amazing. Let me know if that requires any further explanation. The latest from the L.A. indie outfit is a video for my favorite track off the album, “Who Knows, Who Cares.” The video provides some feel-good visuals for the feel-good track as the band and friends frolic in the sunny countryside. Would have been nice if this was released a couple months ago though — rest in peace summer. If you were lucky enough to get tickets, make sure to check out Local Natives at their sold-out 9:30 Club show tonight.
MP3: Local Natives – “Who Knows, Who Cares”
MP3: Local Natives – “Who Knows, Who Cares” (bretonLABS Remix)
October 27, 2010
Don’t run away from us! We’re in the process of a painful and prolonged renovation, but it will prove to be so worth it with the launch of the new All Things Go (very, very soon). In the meantime, some old friends have returned from a long vacation. Minneapolis indie dudes Tapes ‘n Tapes are back. They’re going to be releasing Outside in January on their very own record label. “Freak Out” is a track from the album that should get you swaying.
MP3: Tapes ‘n Tapes – Freak Out
October 19, 2010
King Charles is a unique musician. Armed with the adorableness of Noah & the Whale, the playfulness of Mystery Jets, and the raspiness of Mumford & Sons, the regally titled London singer/outfit have been the talk of many tastemakers ever since they started their tour with the aforementioned M&S. I’m not completely familiar with his repertoire, but goddamn if I don’t absolutely love what I’ve heard so far, in particular the catchy-as-all-hell “Love Lust.” The quickened pace, seemingly effortless harmonies, and bouncy piano line come together like Voltron to form a doozy of a folk-pop single. It’s a bit early to crown the band, but if “Love Lust” is a harbinger of things to come, the title may not be too far off.
MP3: King Charles – “Love Lust”
I neeevvverrrrr speak in hyperbole.
October 19, 2010
We’re working on getting all of our remodeling done this week, so we apologize for the slowing in posting and for any technical issues coming up in the next few days. Just because we’re coming up with a pretty new site for you all, it doesn’t mean we aren’t still listening to heady jams. Check out another flawless Aeroplane remix, this time of new Melbourne-based Gypsy & the Cat‘s “The Piper’s Song.” Go ahead, try to get that chorus out of your head. I dare you.
MP3: Gypsy & The Cat – “The Piper’s Song (Aeroplane Remix)”
October 14, 2010
Here’s a dark little collaboration of Bedouin Soundclash and our favorite French-Canadian songstress Coeur de Pirate, entitled “Brutal Hearts.” The song has a very Lykke Li or The xx feel to it, which is just perfect for a rainy morning here in the Nation’s Capital. It also features Beatrice Martin singing in English, which helps me understand what’s going on in the song (unlike other Coeur de Pirate tracks)
MP3: Bedouin Soundclash – “Brutal Hearts (ft. Coeur de Pirate)”
October 13, 2010
Stepdad’s “My Leather, My Fur, My Nails” is a wacky 8-bit anthem packaged and ready for pop domination. The Grand Rapids trio takes electro-pop to the extreme, backing infectious but biting lyrics with some fuzzy, light-hearted synths pulled straight out of Kirby’s Dreamland. The band recently released a visual treatment for the jam, rivaling MGMT’s “Time to Pretend” as the most delightfully trippy video ever. If Windows ’98 stayed out in the desert for a few more days after Burning Man, you’d get the mesmerizing video posted above. If you like what you hear, don’t forget to download the band’s Ordinaire EP for just a buck here.
MP3: Stepdad – “My Leather, My Fur, My Nails”