Archive for May, 2012

Neon Indian – Polish Girl

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Two word for Neon Indian, “huge success.” This song took them to infinity and beyond. Now all I hear is Neon Indian this, Neon Indian that. Their whole album is pretty good, but this track really does stand out and will earn them a ton of respect along with the rest of the album. Perhaps the same amount of respect as The Suburbs brought Arcade Fire. Well that is lofty, but my favorite part of this song is the Mario-like coin ring at 1:24, and I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt and call them awesome, old-school gamers.

Starfucker – Bury Us Alive

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

This is such a great song, perhaps a lighter, airy contemporary of Take Me Over. It truly makes you want to get up and dance like a little weirdo. The horns and other synth in the background are a very nice touch and make the sound massive despite the soft, almost whisper-like vocals. Such a great contrast and truly a testament to a band who’s name you wouldn’t want to say in front of mom.

POLIÇA (feat. Mike Noyce) – Lay Your Cards Out

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

I have no idea where this female lead kick came from, but I dig it. POLIÇA is so fresh, and help from a huge name like Mike Noyce can’t hurt in catapulting you to success. There some heavy tooling with the vocals on this track but I think it sounds rather organic as she slips up and down telling us “I am waiting.” Then the video turns into a full on trip for a little drum breakdown. It’s just pure fun.

First Aid Kit – Emmylou

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

I’ve been told by many people that this is pure country, but it’s so much more than that! Okay so it’s pretty country, but it is way easier to approach as a person who is not very fond of country. We’ll call it entry level country, but it does not stand as a gateway drug to country as I still don’t like Big & Rich. Anyway, the rest of their album is truly awesome and even has an appearance from Conor Oberst (if you’re into that). If you are not a fan of country please listen to First Aid Kit with a completely open mind! Enjoy.

Islands – Hallways

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

You know, I try to keep things positive, and I won’t be changing anytime soon. Actually quite the opposite. This may be the most lighthearted video since “Foxtrot, Uniform, Charlie, Kilo.” So I have been following these guys for a while and I loved Arm’s Way in a big way. I finally will be seeing these guys performing at the outdoor theater put on by Fandango in two Saturdays. If you want to join the festivities, go here. Otherwise, this song is great like many on all of their albums, so they are definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already.

Here We Go Magic – How Do I Know

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Here’s another toe tapper and a gosh darn good song by Brooklyn band, Here We Go Magic. Robots are becoming a theme of Le Rez-De-Chaussée, and I really like that, so check out this asian robot with the crazy cool dance moves. Many good questions are brought up in this song like “how do I know if I know you” and “how do I know if I love you?” with chill guitar backgrounds, simple drums, and a driving bass line. In all seriousness, I don’t know if their new release will make monumental waves (it got a 6.3 from Pitchfork), but this single may serve as a good spring board into success.

Tanlines – Real Life

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Okay, I dare you to play this song all the way through without tapping your toes, bobbing your head, or  breaking out into full dance  (like I did). The drums are so entrancing and the synth is so simple, it is just plain enticing to the ears. If you had never heard this Brooklyn duo before, based on this song, you’d think they were some rasta band that smokes a lot of weed. You may or may not have the latter right, but they are indeed very white. Mes Aloha y’all.

Dent May – Best Friend

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Dreamy, swoopy, retro, and chill. All things that describe Dent May’s single from their upcoming release Do Things (June 12th on Paw Tracks). Like the Friends track, this is the ideal song to sing to with your bff while you are driving on the coast. I don’t know if the rest of the songs will be like this on their new LP but if they are as good, you can guarantee this Southern gentleman will be on everyone’s radars!

Friends – Friend Crush

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Friends has gotten a whole lot of press. Most of this press has come from a song that I think is the weirdest thing ever, otherwise known as I’m His Girl. Anyway, I am still so stoked to hear that they have their debut album coming out on June 4th called Manifest!. I really like this song and it’s a perfect song to sing along with your friends (even though it’s called “Friend Crush”). It’s super simple but I love the vintage sound that this band provides in all their songs. Listen up, enjoy, and wait for these guys to make some serious waves in the music world.

Throw Me the Statue – Hi Fi Goon

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Heard this on the radio yesterday and it’s dynamite! Love the lead guitars and the synth. Together they make this band seem so fun which goes very well with the urban safari music video. This is pure, unadulterated, indie pop-punk and all I think about when I hear them is Weezer, which is definitely not a bad thing.