Thursday, September 13, 2012
Mighty Morphin Foreskin" and "The Ritual" showed off some great rapping technique and an ear for production ("The Ritual" smartly utilizes the beat for the underrated Jay Electronica track "Dear Moleskine.") The TNGHT-sampling "Shake Weight" showed some trap leanings. On "The Killing Joke," Murphy shows his versatility once again. The beat, supposedly a Flying Lotus contribution, lurches along with some horror movie samples and a creepy female vocal hook. It's a great addition to the Captain Murphy myth and whenever his first full release is out, it will be sure to make waves across the hip-hop world. Listen to the track at Gorilla vs. Bear.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Bandcamp and be sure to be on the lookout for tour dates from these guys very soon.
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Ungirthed" and "Belispeak." They earned themselves a fair share of fans early and garnered favorable comparisons to fellow electronic vocal acts like The Knife and anyone else influenced by moody hip-hop sounds, particularly fellow Canadian Grimes. These comparisons aren't too far off, but Purity Ring's blend of driving percussion, electro, and female vocal melodies call to mind an alternate reality Sleigh Bells that set up synths before they ever picked up guitars. The band is currently gearing up to release it's first LP, titled Shrines. For the most part, the months leading up to it's drop have been a huge tease. The tease continues with the third single to come from the disc (following "Obedear" and the aforementioned "Ungirthed") titled "Fineshrine." This one may be one of the more hip-hop sounding tunes released by the band to date. It sounds like someone got a hold of a long lost Clams Casino instrumental and laid down vocals on it. It's remarkable and may be the best song released by the group to date. Listen to it at Pitchfork.
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Monday, June 18, 2012
No Recordings is selling the single on vinyl for a paltry sum, and there's even a great mood video out to go along with the title track. You can watch that here and keep this guy in your thoughts so you don't miss out on his future endeavors.
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here and download the whole thing for free at the project's Bandcamp.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Soundcloud and watch the installation with a ton of live performances at Pitchfork.
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Harlem put out an overlooked but superbly written album called Hippies back in 2010. Since then, it seems like most people, including myself, have forgotten how great their work has been to this point. Michael Coomer, who splits frontman duties within the band, has a new project entitled Lace Curtains with a release on the horizon. The first taste of this release is "High Fantasy," a driving and youthful piece that sounds a lot like Harlem and a little bit like indie darling Girls. Hear the song at Gorilla vs. Bear and listen to Harlem if you're late to that party.
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Monday, May 7, 2012
stupid things people say than the more interesting music to come out of the scene, which is pretty sad. Horseback doesn't aim to be controversial, but its unique blend of black metal and Americana influences is definitely head-turning. This album, Horseback's third, sounds like some unholy mix of Earth's Hex; Or Printing in the Infernal Method, o'death's excellent 2011 release Outside, and Wolves in the Throne Room. It's really country music in it's purest form, more concerned with the darkest corners of the wild west than beer and romance. You can hear and download the whole thing at the group's Bandcamp.
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Thursday, May 3, 2012
once before, covering their excellent cassette demo from last year, and word on the street is that they have a new inch on the way, titled In a Box/Stutter. As you should know, the band is trio based in and around Massachusetts, and they make cool and dreamy post-punk not unlike some of the most revered material by The Cure. If you haven't yet, download their demo, it's a great snapshot of their influences and styles. You can hear their other stuff, including Side A of this over at their website. If you like what you hear, consider getting the whole thing when it comes out in a month or so via Labor of Love Records.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Owen Pallett if he lived in the crazy Japanese wonderland of Katamari Damacy. If that sounds at all interesting to you, stream and buy his album at his Bandcamp.
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Monday, April 30, 2012
Drag City and it's probably the best thing ever recorded by either project. It leans a little on the strange and drugged-out side compared to past material, and it works extremely well. There are even some great guitar solos on it, which isn't often seen in the world of indie music. Get to know the project by watching Ty Segall and White Fence perform an incredible extended version of album cut "I Am Not A Game" at Room 205 on Youtube and buy the album through their excellent label if you like it.
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Thursday, April 26, 2012
Pinchy & Friends.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Youtube and try not to burst into tears of joy when Kelly says "Now that we're in this room, let's do what we were born to do / POPULATE, let's get together, POPULATE, make the world better."
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Soundcloud for your first taste of the new album. If you still want more, you can check out two mixes the band has put together of new material and influences for Lucifer here.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Vimeo and make sure to check out the release that this remix is included on, Shlohmo's Vacation EP.
Monday, April 16, 2012
here and listen to Dopethrone if you're that behind on one of the best metal bands of all time.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Pitchfork and remember to keep tabs on the coolest uncool band in music.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
BBNG. That album has more than a few surprises, especially the sprawling medley of music from The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time. BBNG2 is similarly surprising, particularly in the closing track, a frantic cover of My Bloody Valentine's "You Made Me Realise." The other covers touch on staples that fans of BADBADNOTGOOD should be familiar with like OFWGKTA, James Blake, and Kanye West. Those are awesome, but the original music shines here more than ever before. "Vices" and "Rotten Decay" are particularly great and seem fitting alongside the crowd-pleasing covers of popular material. Download BBNG2 for free at their website and be on the lookout for these guys if they ever tour within a couple hundred miles of you.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Soundcloud, so you should really listen to it now if you liked previous Johnny Jewel efforts (like every song you liked from the movie Drive.)
Youtube. If you haven't, check out other videos from The Money Store like "Get Got."
Monday, March 26, 2012
Hoppipolla" or the way their movie Hemia used "Untitled #3" as the film came to close, Sigur Ros is the perfect band for music videos. Specifically, music videos capable of bringing tears to the eyes of grown men. Now, the band has finally blessed us with a new song and promises of a new album. "Ekki múkk" has a super minimalist video, but the fantastic new song compliments it rather well. Watch it at Vimeo and try to keep your emotions in check.
I Felt My Size were, and makes the wait for Clear Moon's release bearable. Hear it at Soundcloud and remember to check out Clear Moon in May.
Friday, March 23, 2012
DatPiff before your night kicks off.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
original if you haven't heard it and hear the remix at Gorilla vs. Bear.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
Cop Shoot Cop." Hopefully, it's a sign of other great things included on Spiritualized's next LP, Sweet Heart Sweet Light, due to be released in April. This video is pretty insane, and is definitely a must-watch, even if you've heard "Hey Jane" a million times already, like I have. See it at Youtube.
Diarrhea Planet. Listen to the tape at Tumblr.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Guillotine." Thankfully, they are slated to release two full-lengths in 2012, starting with The Money Store on April 24. They already have three songs from that album out, and they are all worthy additions to their growing discography. Hear "Lost Boys" and "Blackjack" if you're already a fan, and watch the video for the wonderful "Get Got" even if you hate them.
here and check out 2011's XXX if you haven't already.
Monday, March 12, 2012
here and watch out for a new Usher LP dropping sometime this year.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Bandcamp, and then show it to all your friends.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Devotion and Teen Dream really established the Baltimore indie veterans as beacons of hope in the indie pop world that don't have to be weird to be original. Finally, they've released the first single from their upcoming Bloom album, and it's called "Myth." Beach House probably have another great one on their hands, so make sure to listen to it at their website.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
"Hood" first had me interested, but the album's most somber moments grab me more than anything else. Listen to a personal favorite, "Dark Parts" and try explaining to anyone around you that SOMEONE must be chopping onions in the immediate area.
"Candy" and remember to check out their cover of Neil Young's "Into the Black" if you haven't already. It really is something to marvel at.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Snowing and Hightide Hotel. Firstly, Studying is an Annandale band that has a nice group of solid releases to their name. Most notable is their Songs About Leaving Home release that I've been loving lately. Cape Farewell hails from Manassas and just released four new tracks last month titled Now That We've Redrawn Our Maps, The Trees Don't Seem So Close Together. Their music is a little more abrasive than something like Studying, which is really nice to see in the Virginia scene. Check out Studying and Cape Farewell immediately, supporting the local scene and great music alike.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Monotony and Evening's Kiss at Youtube and get excited.
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Monday, February 27, 2012
Soundcloud and will be available on colored vinyl on April 21 at your favorite local record store.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Crystal Stilts, as well as girls of the Vivian and Dum Dum varieties. All of those bands were loaded with jangly guitars and fun pop hooks so Rose's solo work thus far has been a relatively jarring transition. "Interstellar" is her second album, and its spacey dream-pop is some of this year's best thus far. Some of the best moments remind me of a more driving Beach House or a reserved Asobi Seksu. There are lots of bright synths and spacey atmospheres. Check out the title track at Pitchfork and grab the whole album if you liked it.
Monday, February 20, 2012
here and be on the lookout for a proper release by this band.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Big K.R.I.T. already has a few releases out that I adore and included on my year-end lists (K.R.I.T. Wuz Here and Return of 4Eva are both awesome) but his new output sets its sights high. Answering all of my fanboy prayers, K.R.I.T. took on the incredible "Lord Knows" beat that Just Blaze gave us via Drake's Take Care. The resulting track, dubbed "King Pt. 2," is equal parts social consciousness and ghetto gospel. It's a callback to some of the best Southern hip-hop released in the last decade. 4Eva N A Day is shaping up to be unlike anything we've heard from him yet. Hear the song at Stereogum and be on the lookout for his mixtape that drops later this year.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
knows how to make melodies that turn out to be inescapable. Very few indie bands still make music that's grandiose and heavy without seeming like they're in it for the irony. Cloud Nothings make songs as catchy as Strokes numbers but without all the apathy and post-Is This It complications. Watch their video for "No Future / No Past" and make sure to give the album a spin if you've been neglecting it thus far.
Banished," the first cut from the album, to whet your appetite. Also, remember to keep praying for a true Madvillainy sequel. It's never too late.
Bandcamp. Make sure to check out the rest of his awesome and pretty varied discography there as well.