August 27, 2010

Primary 1 is the musical moniker of Joe Flory, a London-based producer of some fantastic original synthpop, as well as a fair share of quality remixes. He’s collaborated with Nina Persson (of The Cardigans fame) on “The Blues,” which we featured on our latest Cannabliss Mix. I’ve had this gem of a song, “Princess,” sitting in my music library for months, begging to be heard. I finally went back and had a few listens, and realize that I should’ve posted this way back when I got it. So here’s my consolation, y’all can have it now. Check out the patently odd video above.

MP3: Primary 1 – “Princess”


Ten Decisions Shape Your Life

June 22, 2010

I know that I already posted The Strokes toned down “I’ll Try Anything Once” (which is a “You Only Live Once” demo featured on Heart in a Cage) but after seeing it used so impeccably in the trailer for Somewhere, Sofia Coppola’s newest beautiful-movie-about-fame-where-nothing-really-happens-but-everyone-loves-it-including-myself (phew), I felt compelled to remind you all of how awesome it is. The movie stars Stephen Dorff, who I hope somehow reprises his character from Blade (though I doubt he does), and Dakota Fanning’s little sister, Elle. The movie’s will be backed by the musical stylings of Phoenix, the band headed by Coppola’s husband Thomas Mars. One can only hope that the film is as sweet and gorgeous as the trailer.

This is also an excuse for me to brag about how I get to see The Strokes at Lollapalooza this year. So, yeah, I’m awesome.

MP3: The Strokes – “I’ll Try Anything Once”

What do you guys think of the trailer? Fluffy or intelligent?


Lemons in Their Face Watch ‘Em Freeze Up

June 1, 2010

There is no cooler rap song in the past year than Gucci Mane’s “Lemonade.” From the boasts about his “yellow living room set” to the minimalist piano hook courtesy of Bangladesh, the song just bleeds swagger. I mean, fuck, I feel comfortable blasting it in my gray Honda Accord, which is saying something. Now you may think I’m just gonna drop “Lemonade” on y’all below and get on with it.

FALSE. Instead, I bring Gucci up because his song is sampled pretty fantastically on the new Major Lazer/La Roux collabo mixtape, Major Lazer & La Roux Presents LazerProof. The song, a quasi-mashup of La Roux’s “I’m Not Your Toy” and a watered-down hook from “Lemonade,” is exactly what you’d expect: Gucci Mane Major Lazer-fied. So go pour yourself a codeine-infused lemonade and pop on this jam.

MP3: Major Lazer & La Roux – “I’m Not Your Lemonade (Heroes n Villains Remix) [ft. Gucci Mane]”

Check the awesome video for “Lemonade” after the jump:

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In the Mornings, You Stay a Little Too Long

June 1, 2010

The Sweet Serenades are another in a long line of sugary and adorable indie-pop bands from Scandinavia (specifically Sweden) this side of 2000. They aren’t as folky as Seabear or as cute as Lykke Li (seeing as how they’re two tall Swedish bros) but damn if they don’t make a catchy little pop song. Go pop on “Die Young” and dance around the room awkwardly, or give it to your lady-friend but don’t try singing along, unless you’ve got that modern Scandinavian charm.

MP3: The Sweet Serenades – “Die Young”

Check the video for “Die Young” after the jump:

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Check the Resume, It’s Risky Business in the A

May 27, 2010

(Higher resolution video here)

I had already declared Sir Lucious Left Foot the most anticipated hip hop album since, like, 2006, and anointed “Shutterbugg” as THE jam of 2010. Then this video came out. Then I changed into a fresh pair of boxers.

Tron Dancers. Tron. Dancers. With that intro beat? Kegs? Solo Cups? Marry me, Big Boi.

MP3: Big Boi – “Shutterbugg”

B-I-G B-O-I O-U-T,

[youtube] Pogo – Upular

April 14, 2010

I’d like to start a feature in which I post some of my favorite youtube finds at the moment, but I know that any sort of feature I start here tends to fall off pretty quickly (see: [202], Mixtape Mondays, etc.). Anyway, I thought I might give it one more go after a friend of mine, Becca, hit me with this gem. The video above is a compilation of clips from Up!, one of the more beautiful movies released in the past few years. The song, put together by Australian DJ Pogo, is a song made up entirely of sound bites and noises from the movie, and the result is a blissed-out ambient jam a la Deep Forest or Enigma (what up early 90s ambient electronica?!) Given how beautiful D.C. has gotten the past few days (mid-80s and sunny until yesterday), this lighthearted and catchy jam is perfectly fitting. Check the video above, and an equally entertaining extended remix below.

MP3: Pogo – “Upular (Rynecologist Helium Rework)”


Got No Money

December 9, 2009

Gorilla vs. Bear posted their “Best Songs of 2009” list earlier this week and Wavves “No Hope Kids” was on both. Looking back on the year, I still dig Wavves and don’t really care about all the bullshit arguments that everyone seemed to get into about this project. I actually like the music BECAUSE it has the super-stoner lazy feel and all in all I think I have ended up feeling rather bad for Nathan Williams; who (while may need to be put into rehab) was obviously ill-equipped to handle that kind of public attention/bashing. Point blank, he’s really a kid. And blah blah “don’t get into this business if you can’t handle it” blah blah blah I KNOW… BUT. I doubt he ever in a million years expected to stir up that kind of public outrage. And if I ever had a chance to chat with him, I’d tell him at the end of the day it’s just a bunch of geeks sitting behind their computer screens arguing semantics who don’t make music of their own. (I’ll include myself in that category as well.)

I hope he sticks with it.

MP3: Wavves – “No Hope Kids”


New Grizzly Bear Video – Ready, Able

November 6, 2009

Ah Veckatimest. It’s really the album that just keeps on giving isn’t it? Without a doubt one of the shining highlights of the 2009 music year (and I say this as someone who is currently compiling all her year-end lists), the boys of Grizzly Bear continue to seek out new heights of creepiness with their video for “Ready, Able”.

It’s directed by artist Allison Schulnik and my first thought upon viewing was simply, “YAH, CLAYMATION!” followed by a prompt, “What the…?”

However, if you keep the lyrics in mind, the haunting vision of disappearing interspersed with the desire to create a home, I suppose it sort of makes sense. One character is vanishing into the river, all his tracks erased, while the other is clearly headed home in that spaceship after morphing into someone new.


I don’t really have an explanation for those little green guys though. But you know, whatevs. It’s beautiful and sinister in a totally enthralling way.


YouTube: Lykke Li and Bon Iver perform “Dance Dance Dance” in a Park

December 15, 2008

TodaysBigThing is great for many things. First, it allows me to trim out my 2-h0ur YouTube searches and get right to the good stuff. Second, it allows me to enjoy myself occasionally at work. Third, it introduced me to this awesome video of Lykke Li and Bon Iver performing an acoustic version of “Dance Dance Dance” in a park in LA. I’m still not a huge Lykke Li fan, but my love for Bon Iver is well documented, and this intimate video only fuels my fire. Check it out, and check out Justin Vernon and Co.’s masterpiece, “Skinny Love”, below. One of these two will be making an appearance in my top albums list, and one wont. I’ll give you a hint: the better album was made in Wisconsin.

MP3: Bon Iver – “Skinny Love”