Archive for July, 2012

Phantogram – Don’t Move

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Oh man, file this under “heavy rotation” because this track has such good replay value. Go ahead, try it, it doesn’t get old. Rather, like a fine wine, it only gets better every time. So haunting yet so upbeat, and those horns, I love them. Their whole mini-LP is solid and in addition to “Don’t Move” I’m really feeling “16 Years,” so you should totally check that out too.

Tycho – Coastal Break

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Umm….are you listening to this. Is it not the chillest thing you have ever heard? I thought so. Like you just picture an infinite coastline to the left and right while you are in ankle deep in the ocean. Or better yet you are driving into the night with the one you love with your hearts beating to the tempo of the music. Scott Hensen is the mastermind behind Tycho and if you check out his album, there will be much more of this. He also has the best online shop that I’ve seen for every musician (http://www.merchline.com/iso50/) complete with vinyl, artsy tees, and lithos. Pretty sweet stuff. Now put some nice headphones on and enjoy the Coastal Break.

Starfucker – Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

This one is long overdue. I’ve been listening to this song a ton off and on and just spaced. Please catch this chillwave because it’s just right. This song strikes all the right notes with me (no pun intended), the wooden block is super unexpected but very welcome. The video is super fun to watch too with some cool, pop-art CG going on. Big fan.

Owen Pallett – Lewis Takes Off His Shirt

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Dare I say, Owen Pallett is the next Ben Gibbard. I think I’m more of a fan already. Really, if you have listened to this song for 2 minutes and haven’t said “wow,” music probably isn’t “your thing.” This guy oozes talent, and even if you haven’t heard of him, you’ve definitely heard him. He either played violin or did the string arrangements for the likes of The Arcade Fire, Fucked Up, Beirut, Grizzly Bear, and Death From Above 1979. Surprising right? And he really sounds like he has been working on his singing as he does all this because his voice floats into high registers as smooth as anyone. I really wish I found this guy early.

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks – Tigers

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Going through all these guys’ videos, I have come to a decision. I must hang out with them. Not only is their music a ton of fun, they are into education; I know much more about tigers now! Suddenly I feel the urge to dress like a tiger and play some rugby. What sounds more fun than that?

Chromatics – Into The Black

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

It’s one of those songs that you feel you have heard before. Probably because you have. This is a great cover of Neil Young’s “Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black),” and no disrespect to Neil Young, but I like this a whole lot better. They really do capture the late 70’s though rather well and I assume this is what it would have sounded like if it was a unplugged.

Liars – #1 Against the Rush

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

This song is so beautiful. It’s so light and airy with nice, clean plucking throughout. The synth that comes in towards the middle is really fun and how it slips flat. This song is just so interesting so give it a couple listens and hear all the elements making it so ominous.

The XX – Angels

Monday, July 16th, 2012

This song is very interesting, because it has The XX sound, but it also takes on other elements (as much as a very minimalist song can). It sounds very Beach House-y, especially at the beginning. The lack of drums is very interesting, especially since the catchier tracks on their self-titled feature very cool yet simple drum arrangements (i.e. Heart Skipped a Beat and Islands). But no doubt this is a great track off another promising release from the British indie group. This single is already getting everyone very excited for their Sept. 11th release, so much so that XX fans are coming seemingly coming out of the woodwork. Nothing wrong with that as if this upcoming release is anything like their self-titled, I will be a very happy camper.

Walk The Moon – Anna Sun

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

For me, this wasn’t one of those songs I got into immediately, even despite their familiar sound (Rooney, Two Door, etc.). Usually when I grow into a band or song, I fall in absolute love with it. This remains true for these guys, as this song I have heard at least 10 times today. I do not mind this either, but hearing that Call Me Maybe song 10 times a day (which happens often) is quite painful. This video alone is something special and you can tell they had a ton of fun making it. If you want to have fun with the band, you can RSVP to a free show they are doing in a couple mondays here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3818978668

They have released seven other videos (7in7) which they filmed using a very small budget and in 7 days. These guys just scream fun, so enjoy the tunes.