WHO KNOWS, WHO CARES

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)

Love,
Adrian

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SHE WANTS A COAT MADE OF MY LEATHER

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”

Love,
Adrian


YOU CAME AT ME IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

October 11, 2010

It’s been only five months since the release of Foals’ Total Life Forever and the band is already five videos deep.  The Oxford math-rockers channel Napoleon Dynamite in their latest video for the album opener, “Blue Blood,” only in a far more adorable and awesome way.  If this kid was on Dancing with the Stars, I’d be watching.

MP3: Foals – “Blue Blood”

Love,
Adrian


LEAVE THE SAND IN THE SUITCASE

September 29, 2010

It’s hard to believe that the Young Veins were birthed by former members of Panic! at the Disco.  The California five-piece strays far from the carnival pop-punk of its predecessor and instead draws from the tried sounds of the Beach Boys and brit-pop of decades past.  It isn’t anything groundbreaking, but it’s fresh and damned catchy.  Check out the new 70’s-inspired video for the title track and latest single off of their debut album, Take a Vacation!, above.

MP3: The Young Veins – “Take a Vacation!”

Love,
Adrian


I DON’T NEED NO LOVE, I’M A PRESIDENT’S SON

September 28, 2010

Can somebody tell Portugal. the Man to take it easy?  At the rate they’ve been popping out albums, you’d think these guys were the biggest Catholics in the game.  Since the release of their utterly amazing debut album, Waiter: “You Vultures!”, back in 2006, the band has released six full-lengths and a handful of EP’s.  To top it all off, the recent Atlantic signees already started writing new material back in May of this year, only two months after releasing their latest album, American Ghetto.  With all that said, this post doesn’t have anything to do with new material.  In fact, it’s a video the band just released for “People Say,” the first track off of 2009’s The Satanic Satanist.  Check out their comically disturbing take on tech support above.

MP3: Portugal. the Man – “People Say”

Love,
Adrian


GONNA GET YOURSELF SHOT

September 9, 2010

Tera Melos’ transition from abrasive math-core to a strangely infectious brand of experimental pop-rock is impressive, not only because of the vast difference between those two sounds, but for the amount of praise they’ve gotten since that change.  Not a day has gone by without me hearing some acclaim of the band’s latest album, Patagonian Rats. I’m a fan either way and glad that Tera Melos are finally getting the attention they deserve.  Check out the eerie pill-and-ground-meat-laden video for the album’s latest single, “Frozen Zoo,” above — perhaps you’ll find yourself unexpectedly hooked.  Patagonian Rats is out now on Sargent House.

MP3: Tera Melos – “Frozen Zoo”

Love,
Adrian


YOU AND I ARE EVERYTHING I AM NOT

September 9, 2010

I wish I had gotten into Crime in Stereo sooner.  This year’s I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone turned out to be their last and final album following the announcement of their disbandment back in August.  It’s a shame — the Long Island five-piece truly embodied the post-hardcore ethic, staying true to their underground punk roots while accepting an evolution towards a darker, melodic sound.  The band recently released a video for “I Am Everything I Am Not,” an introspective collection of tour footage from this year.  Savor this, because unless you’re one of the lucky few who’ll be around for their final Northeast shows, it’s the last you’re going to get.  Crime in Stereo is dead.  May they rest in peace.  I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone is out now on Bridge Nine.

MP3: Crime in Stereo – “I Am Everything I Am Not”

Love,
Adrian