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)
July 26, 2010
Fool’s Gold is at it again, this time with an absurd remix of Local Natives’ “Wide Eyes,” featuring Atlanta-bred Aristotle Pop a Bottle. The verse isn’t that hot, but the synths are grimy and their take on the seemingly quiet and un-rap-like Local Natives ditty makes the song intriguing.
MP3: Local Natives – “Eyes Wide (Fool’s Gold Remix ft. Aristotle Pop a Bottle)”
March 29, 2010
March is a transitional month. Spring hasn’t quite yet arrived, as warm sunny days are peppered amongst the chilly mornings and windy afternoons. College spring breaks transition students from knowledge-seeking scholars to tuned out lazy bums. Lastly, March represents my transition from year to year, and this year I moved from 21 to 22 years of age (on March 4th, it’s not too late to get me something!), which marks my first of many absolutely irrelevant birthday.
What does this have to do with the March Mixtape? Not much, to be honest, I just wanted to sound profound. The mix is a blend of introverted, self-reflective folk and somber, nostalgic indie rock. Established artists like Built to Spill, The Helio Sequence, and Atlas Sound anchor the mixtape while fresh-faced artists Freelance Whales, Coeur de Pirate, and Local Natives chip in beautifully crafted pop. Faded Paper Figures make their second appearance (see: November Mixtape), but their unique blend of Death Cab-esque self-pitying lyricism with Fujiya and & Miyagi’s too-cool-for-school rhythms and vocalization. Theo London gives us a little taste of his brand of new school hip hop, somewhat in the vein of KiD CuDi, though that comparison is slightly unfair. All in all, the March Mixtape captures the essence of the month: partly comforting and cozy, partly refreshing and hopeful. Enjoy.
.ZIP: All Things Go March Mixtape [mediafire]
MP3: 01: Freelance Whales – “Generator ^ 2nd Floor”
MP3: 02: Built to Spill – “Else”
MP3: 03: Chief – “Far Away”
MP3: 04: Local Natives – “Airplanes”
MP3: 05: Vampire Weekend – “Taxi Cab”
MP3: 06: Coeur de Pirate – “Printemps”
MP3: 07: Faded Paper Figures – “North by North”
MP3: 08: Theophilus London – “Humdrum Town”
MP3: 09: Atlas Sound – “Walkabout (ft. Noah Lennox)”
MP3: 10: The Helio Sequence – “Hallelujah”