Archive for December, 2015

LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 12/15/15

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Let’s start this week’s playlist with a bang. And by bang I obviously mean copulation. What else can you expect to happen while listening to a song called “Body Talk.” Cannons is a synth heavy outfit hailing from Los Angeles and I can ensure you their catalogue is every bit as good as the track I’ve featured this week. The song pulses in waves of airy vocals and choppy guitar riffs. Truly a thing of beauty and something that should be enjoyed in an intimate space with the one you love.

Great segway into ANOTHER amazing song by DIIV. Following up their breakout debut, “OSHIN”, DIIV is primed and ready to continue making waves (water pun intended). “Under the Sun” is as approachable of a track as you could expect from the lofi genre and excels in that field immensely. This song offers up the perfect soundtrack to your next surf sesh, coastal drive, or just leisurely drive. Speaking of that, another track to follow you on these adventures would be Wondr’s “I Learned”! While this is not a new song, it’s probably new to you, so let’s not get caught up on semantics. It’s absolutely entrancing and pretty much everything I look for in a song. Heavy swells with simple drum samples and soft vocals. If you follow along with my blog, I’m obviously preaching to the choir because this is what you love as well.

With the new 007 movie coming out very recently, what better song is there to promote than one named after one of the films of the past. “Moonraker” by Chrome Sparks hits as hard as their name implies…but not too hard. It has a great balance to it of synth we’ve come to see of late inspired by the 80’s and the soft keys we loved in the late 2000’s. Yet it’s all very current, very new, very mysterious. It’s a long song by any definition with several movements that keep you sucked in for the entire time.

Let’s switch gears and focus on the young phenom, Trevor Powers, or better known as Youth Lagoon. This guy has been absolutely killing it. Fresh off his beautiful release, “Savage Hills Ballroom,” he’s not done with 2015 yet and released “I’ve Seen.” A raw, gritty piano-driven song that explodes into a full band that could easily narrate a coming of age tale. For me, everything this guy has been touching is absolute gold and I hope you agree with me that this song is no exception to that.

Okay everyone, are you ready? It’s another new song from Chairlift called “Romeo.” I can’t even explain to you how excited I am to hear the full release from this duo! Their past two songs have been the most fun songs I’ve heard in a long time. They’re the kind of songs that if they’re on, it doesn’t matter who you are, you wouldn’t dare to change away. That is saying a TON

Let’s get to some honorable mentions this week:

Frankie Cosmos – “Young” – Perhaps it’s the voice, maybe the title, maybe her name, but something about this is just sooooo authentic and I love it. It’s been stuck in my head the past week and I needed to share it with y’all.

Miike Snow – Heart is Full (ft. Run the Jewels) – I don’t really need to say much more than that. I’ve been absolutely loving this new ish from Miike Snow and adding Run the Jewels just absolutely killed it in my mind. It’s perfect and fits like a glove.

High Highs – “Boxing” – So if you didn’t know already, I love KCRW (89.9 in Los Angeles) and they influence my list heavily. This is a band that they feature pretty often and I really love their sound. They have a very big sound for a two-piece and really are a breath of fresh air in the folk/indie rock scene without completely venturing into the pop-scene.

Have a great week, friends!

-Greg

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LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 12/8/15

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

I’m always a day late and a dollar short. No excuse other than just being busy is not my style and sometimes I literally can’t even. See above for this week’s new music!

First track is one that will stick around for a while, and is the second single we’ve heard from Miike Snow. I’ll admit, I was very much in for the last single I featured over a month ago on LRDC 11/3/15, but this track, entitled “Genghis Khan,” I am ALL THE WAY IN for!!! It’s absolute fire and if you were unsure of Miike Snow as a hitmaker, let this be the final proof that he is here and here to stay. Only HE could make such a sick song named after a 12th Century Mongol Emporer! This song is haunting and you’ll find it stuck in your head in no time flat. I’m so excited for the full length from these guys! Let’s keep that same Stockholm love and feature another act out of that city in Elias. This newcomer (read up-and-comer) has a track “Green Eyes” that kind of starts a bit like king Kanye West’s “Heartless,” and while not quite as catchy, I believe it’s every bit as good. The songs are actually a bit similar as how I’m interpreting the lyrics on Elias’ track is the feeling of being stuck in a relationship with someone who has trapped you. We’ve all felt that in one way or another. Love this song!

Next up this week is some fire from producer salute & singer Abra come together on a stellar track, “Colourblind.” Beautiful orchestration, solid driving beat, and airy vocals all make for a track that is ready to bumped the eff up in your ride.

I love bands that venture into the Alt genre while still having that DIY sound that Indie-mavens crave. A band that kills this for me is Craft Spells with their track “Our Park By Night.” It has a sound that is very digestible yet there is so much depth within it. It’s a great nighttime cruising song. Another act that breaks through the Alt bubble is a singer that goes by Anna of the North. With Scandinavians taking over much of this list, you would think I’m playing favorites with my people, but if you’ve been listening to these songs, you see why there on here. “The Dreamer” is a simple and straight-forward track that is delicate in all the right places swelling to the point where you’re stomping your feet to the beat. Infectious, ain’t it?

Let’s kick off some honorable mentions:

Lissie – “Don’t You Give up on Me” – Indie-folk that could easily be heard over an EDM track? That’s kind of my jam. This is a great ballad for anyone at any point in their life. Yay for empowerment!

Aquilo – “Never Seen You Get So Low” – Dat sex! If the guys of Aquilo are reading this, please pitch every softcore porn production company your music because it just gets the mood so right. I can’t stop listening to this track and the rest of the album. If you haven’t checked out the whole thing, run, don’t walk!

Thanks y’all and have a great week!

-Greg

LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 12/1/15

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Holy holidays! Time escaped me and I totally blanked on a new music playlist last week. I hope you all will forgive me!

As I try to earn you back, it sure helps that I have some KILLER tracks this week! The first comes from French producers Basic Tape and his new track “Not Afraid” is a synth-laden banger to really amp you up when you’re planning on getting a bit ratch. This optimistic piece of work will have you snapping your fingers all night and day. It’s songs like this where you almost feel drunk when you’re listening to them because it’s just so dancable…even though you’re white and sober when listening. Keeping with the good vibes, we have a band named PREP, a UK outfit that has been known to link up with with UK duo, Snakehips, so it’s good to see they surround themselves with the right people. The track I’ve included is entitled “Sunburnt Through the Glass” and is a light, airy romp that gets you in the mood faster than a low-cut dress. I like that the genre is a bit difficult to define of this, it’s a little bit Phoenix but with an R&B and 2-step twist to it. I dig it.

Let’s move on to feature a band who I’ve recently grown VERY fond of. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart is not only rings as a personal manifesto of mine, it is the name of a fuzzy outfit that has been around for long enough to know exactly what they are doing. This track, “Hell” is just plain fun, which goes to show that if you do it right, you can tell someone they’re going to hell in a super cheery and cheeky manner.

Now, we all have that band that it’s just been impossible for us to see, our “white whale” of sorts. Maybe not because they never tour, but just timing, money, having someone to go with, death in the family, etc. is not right! For me, that band is Geographer with many attempts made to see them, all of them have been pushed off or thwarted. Their music is incredibly chill and the song that I’ve featured, “Ready 2 Wear”, follows suit. Beautiful textures layer behind a simple riff with soft and sensual vocals. Man crush? Perhaps…even as I’m writing this, the photo on their Spotify has one of their members staring longingly into my eyes. So, I guess so.

Welcome to the end of 2015 where we finally hear a peep from one of my personal favorites, Wild Nothing. After I found their 2012 release, “Nocturne”, I was hooked. Reception for this album was pretty darn positive if I recall and rightfully so. Their next album (EP) “Empty Estate” kind of fell upon deaf ears other than their single “A Dancing Shell.” I sure hope this release does not go unnoticed like the aforementioned release. I’d like to say that I’m pretty in tune with releases from bands that I like, but even I missed the first single from their Feb ’16 release. I’ve included the second single, “TV Queen,” on the list this week and it seems like they’ve stuck to what we’ve been used to if not gone just a bit heavier than we’ve seen from them previously. It’s a bit darker, a bit more ominous and has a rawness similar to Surfer Blood, and if you know me, you know I freaking love that band!

Honorable Mentions for this week:

Tone of Arc – “Practical Particles” – This track starts off super bluesy with a distant guitar riff and then turns into something you’d find on the soundtrack to Donkey Kong Country. It’s absolutely SICK! I can’t remember where I heard this track, but it’s definitely on my heavy rotation for the upcoming weeks.

Animal Collective – “FloriDada” – The trip-tastic group is back, and they’re as weird as ever. Just when I thought they had settled down after a relatively approachable “Centepede Hz,” they turn around and make this track. Don’t get me wrong…I actually love this song and it fits so well in AnCo’s catalog. The “hahahahaha Wipeout” is absolutely prime too! I’m excited to hear more from their upcoming record.

Foreign Air – “Free Animal” – I’m loving this track. For some reason it’s hitting me like the first time I heard The Neighbourhood, and it has a similar intensity and darkness that I love about Chino Moreno’s project, Crosses. This song is much easier to enjoy than the latter and is not thaaat dark, so I’m excited to see what’s next for these guys!