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)
September 23, 2010
Klaxons‘ show at the 9:30 Club with Baby Monster this past Tuesday was long overdue. Having sparingly made any live appearances since 2009, this tour was the first chance for stateside fans to catch a glimpse of the band since their rise to indie stardom off of the seminal Myths of the Near Future and in anticipation of the US release of their second album, Surfing the Void. The band split their set pretty evenly between the two albums. It was nice to hear live renditions of Surfing, especially given that the band was forced to re-record it after being told by their label that the album was too experimental. Although the final result is far from inaccessible, you could get the sense at the show that the band’s latest work is a bit darker and more psychedelic than their older material. That is, until they exploded into “Echoes,” the first single off of new album and perhaps my favorite Klaxons track yet.
Although the show was a great exhibition of Klaxons’ new material, it was also a powerful reminder of how amazing Myths of the Near Future was. It’s unbelievable how many amazing tracks were packed onto that album. There were no glaring omissions in their set list as Klaxons powered through the record’s best, including “Golden Skans,” “Gravity’s Rainbow,” and “Two Receivers.” The highlight of the show (aside from the Peace Walker) was the closer, “Atlantis to Interzone.” The raucous new-rave anthem set the room on fire and brought a pleasant end to what had been an amazing night.
MP3: Klaxons – “Echoes”
MP3: Klaxons – “Atlantis to Interzone”
Special thanks to Jeffrey Martin for taking these awesome shots of the show, the rest of which you’ll find after the jump.
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September 2, 2010
Love him or hate him, Wale is basically the only hope D.C. hip hop has to make a mark on the national scene. So yeah, his debut LP was a big disappointment. Yeah, he’s somewhat unwilling to accept some blame for his album’s failure (you’d understand if you follow his twitter). Most of his mixtapes, though, have always allowed Wale to display his true colors. Unquestionable talent oozes from every clever turn of phrase and imaginative verse. No recent track demonstrates this better than his freestyle over Gyptian’s “Hold Yuh.” From cheeky pop culture references to confident bravado, it gets me excited to see Wale remember how he built a cult following, and play to that. Yeah, Wale’s always been egotistical, but on “Hold Yuh,” he’s the good kind, the rapper kind, not the ‘it’s not my fault my album was a flop’ kind.
MP3: Wale – “Hold Yuh (Freestyle)”
August 11, 2010
If you don’t already know, The Twelves are a Brazilian electro-pop duo that have been making waves in the indie world for their energetic remixes of blog buzz artists like The Black Kids, The Virgins, Radiohead, and Metric. They are technically flawless, and their DJ sets have built them quite a nice cult following. I am lucky enough to get to see them at U St. Music Hall tonight (tix available here) along with ATG favorite Will Eastman, and you should absolutely come out if you live in the D.C. area. Ever since the duo dropped a dirty remix of M.I.A.’s “Boyz” back in 2007, they have been steadily building a stable of remixes that, in my opinion, trump the originals in most cases. Check out their take on Radiohead and The Black Kids, and go see them tonight.
MP3: Radiohead – “Reckoner (The Twelves Remix)”
MP3: The Black Kids – “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You (The Twelves Remix)”
July 7, 2010
I know I’m about, oh, a year and a half late to the U.S. Royalty party, but that’s not going to stop me from posting about a song that I literally cannot get out of my head. I downloaded “Keep it Cool” around the time that it was making it’s rounds on all the taste makers, but for some reason it just sat in my iTunes to rot. I hit up shuffle a few weeks back, and lo and behold, the Bo Flex (Yes Giantess) remix of “Keep it Cool” serenaded my ear drums, at which point I proceeded to listen to it, you know, about twenty times on repeat. The punchy drums, catchy-as-all-hell chorus, and warm synths reminiscent of Passion Pit, come together like Voltron to form my Summer jam of 2010, even if I am a year late.
I am particularly embarrassed because the band is centered in my hometown of D.C., and just played at my favorite venue (U St. Music Hall) and I missed it. For shame.
MP3: US Royalty – “Keep it Cool (Bo Flex Giantess Remix)”
April 19, 2010
Springtime officially hit D.C. last week, with temperatures hitting the low nineties, literally everything blooming (including the Cherry Blossoms), and my nose and eyes itching uncontrollably. After a long winter, the nation’s capital deserves some warm weather, and with that comes a shift in my music listening. Introspective artists like The National and Beirut are replaced in favor of carefree classics from Van Morrison, Free Energy, and The Beach Boys. Speaking of that last group, I recently came across two very entertaining remixes of their iconic songs. The first is a dance-worthy remodeling of “Wouldn’t it Be Nice” courtesy of The Girls Can Hear Us!, and the latter is a Stanton Warriors retake on “Good Vibrations.” These songs are ushering in what seems to be a short Spring and epically long Summer here in D.C.
MP3: The Beach Boys – “Wouldn’t it Be Nice (The Girls Can Hear Us! Remix)”
MP3: The Beach Boys – “Good Vibrations (Stanton Warriors Remix)”
Also, I know they’ve been blogged to death recently, but Tanlines’ “Real Life” is right up there in terms of epic-Spring-jam-ness. As is another song which I’ll be passing along to you tomorrow.
MP3: Tanlines – “Real Life”
December 8, 2009
I’m well aware that I may be jumping the gun in the titling of this post, but some of us just can’t wait to surrender ourselves to the glory that is Friday. Some of us also happen to be writing posts on a mix of the same name. ATG friend and favorite Will Eastman is here to cure all your work-related woes with Annihilate the Weekend, a thirty-six minute ode to raging. Annihilate features remixes by Will himself as well as dance, punk, and indie favorites that should keep everybody more than satisfied. Head on over to the Blisspop blog for the track-listing.
MP3: Will Eastman – “ANNIHILATE THE WEEKEND Mix”
This weekend happens to be special for Mr. Eastman. On December 11th, he’ll be releasing his single, “Feelin’,” on iTunes and Amazon. Make sure to grab that when Friday rolls around. For those of you who can’t wait, the track (as well as remixes by DC natives Nadastrom, Tittsworth, and Dmerit) is available for early download over at Beatport.