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LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 10/20

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

THE MASHUP HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY RELEASED GUISEEEE!! You may remember hearing from earlier in the summer at Glastonbury, Hot Chip finished their set off with a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” and somehow ended with “All Your Friends” by LCD Soundsystem. This left the Internet aghast for at least 10 hours, and then onto the next picture of a cat doing something comical, but it was a huge deal for me! They’ve even followed up releasing the track with a sick retro video that really drives home everything perfect about Hot Chip.

This week we have a dynamic, airy romp from Diane Coffee, a man whose name is actually Shaun Fleming. He may be better known as the drummer of Foxygen, and this all makes sense when you hear the song. I like Foxygen, but I think Diane Coffee is a bit more approachable on this track. He achieves a sound that sounds a bit like Tame Impala, and if their success is any indication, this sound sells. I wish him all the best on his solo project, now on his 2nd full length that has touches of Foxygen which will be a breath of fresh air for people who are awaiting a follow-up to last year’s “…And Star Power.”

The previously mention tracks are awesome, but I’d have to say that this week’s hottest track comes from the lovely little CO duo, Chairlift. If you’re familiar with Chairlift, you’re probably thinking “really”? No disrespect to the band, as they produce some great catchy, lighthearted synth pop, but it would be difficult to imagine a track that really blew you away as they deal in the minutiae when crafting their music. Well, it’s a new dawn for the band with “Ch-Ching,” a bouncy jam that could accompany you enjoying a drink at a dance club or you could catch your neighborhood b-boy practicing his windmills to it. This track defies everything you thought you knew about the love-song toting duo and I love every single thing about it. Put this one in heavy rotation.

Keeping with Chairlift’s usual stylo, we have a new single from the Dum Dum Girls, but, mind you, they are not alone; they’ve collabed with the boys of Merchandise. In “Red Sun” they blend both of their styles effectively to make an airy, lo-fi track that makes you wonder why they didn’t come together before this as they have very similar sounds. Maybe this is a sign of a more long-term partnership between the two groups. I think this would be a very fruitful relationship! Speaking of lo-fi, the reigning champions (Beach House) have ANOTHER full length album released, and not 2 months have passed since their critically acclaimed “Depression Cherry” hit shelves. This one is “Thank Your Lucky Stars” and I’ve included the first track titled “Majorette” on the list. This dreamy little number is way more my speed than what I heard on “Depression,” for some reason I just could not get into that album.

Before jumping into honorable mentions, I wanted to feature a track from a band who has completely reinvented themselves. Moving with the times, the band Oceana have wandered from their post-hardcore roots to a funky, full-band outfit called Polyenso. Their new single “17 New Years” goes far beyond what I would have ever imagined after hearing their early stuff. There are some island influences on this track in the percussion and I was instantly drawn to it. They remind me of the huge sound and infectious melodies that Crosses puts out, and with the a similar background for each of these bands, who knows if this will start a trend of the alt & hardcore world of music finding their soft side.

Here are some honorable mentions:

VERITE – “Sober” – Calling it, this is the jam of the winter. This kid from NY (she’s only 25), is going places with a radio-ready sound that will probably end up on Apple commercials or accompanying an EDM track from the Skriplo Ruskobinson’s of the world.

St Germain – “Real Blues” – I was swept up in this track when I first heard it. I just love the mix of heavy percussion with strings in the background and it just oozes bossa nova. This Frenchman has been making music for a long time, so I’ve also enjoyed going through his catalogue.

Cool Ghouls – “Creature That I Am” – I’m 99.99% sure (we’re talking Lysol percentages, guys) that these guys were actually cryogenically frozen in the 60’s. They exude that analog garage sound that got our parents into music that subsequently got us into music. I love the psychedelia and grittiness of it all even though that might not be my scene at all.

Enjoy your week!

-Greg

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LRDC #THIS Week 9/15 New Music Playlist

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Buzz Buzz Buzz go the bands in this week’s installment of LRDC #THIS Week! Rest assured, they are buzzing for good reason. Whether it’s Empress Of who just handed a stellar 8.2 from Pitchfork on her new release “Me,” CHVRCHES new banger “Clearest Blue,” or the dance rap song of of the year from Falcons entitled “Aquafina.” Each of these tracks are evidence of all the boxes indie music is ticking right now to really fit any musical preference. The up-and-comer award on this week’s list goes to Oakland’s Astronauts, etc. who put together a beautiful “Miike Snow sans heavy synth” sound in the single, “Shake it Loose.” This track has a beautiful, airy and pervasive sound to it where you almost feel like you are hearing it in an empty auditorium. It’s anyone’s guess why they haven’t blown up, but here’s your chance to get in before they’re big as they have less than 7000 Facebook likes. SO GLAD to see another single this week coming from Jr. Jr. (fka Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.) with their super-poppy track “As Time Goes” that will keep you dancing all damn week. Also filed under “SO GLAD,” is new freaking music from The Radio Dept. who have been radio…silent except for some experimental EPs since their (amazing) 2010 album “Clinging To A Scheme.”

Right now, let’s get into the wayback-machine to 2007 to when my hair was longer than my last relationship and I exclusively listened to music that lead people “to write love on their arms.” Well, I guess we don’t need the wayback-machine because we have a new track from The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die called “I Can Be Afraid of Anything” and it channels the days of Sunny Day Real Estate perfectly! No discredit to them, they fit really well in the music scene as it is, with their well thought out melodic vocals and grandiose orchestration. I’m every bit as much of a fan as I would have been circa mid-2000s. From there, let’s get in the Delorean and head straight to 2016 when the 70’s indie-disco duo Kisses is the hottest thing. Remember when you heard about them in 2015?? Their new track “Control” will help you lose control from the “Westside to the Eastside” and back again. Now onto this week’s honorable mentions:

Young Galaxy – “Factory Flaws” – The band name is super appropriate as it was started by a former touring guitarist of Stars and they hold onto that similar bright pop that we love from the latter.

Skylar Spence – “I Can’t Be Your Superman” – the artist formerly known as Saint Pepsi up until receipt of a cease and desist from a company who will not be named on this post. This track is what we would expect from Mr. Spence (his name is actually Ryan DeRobertis), in that it will remain in your head for 5.6 days.

Small Black – “Back at Belle’s” – Now a LRDC #THIS Week veteran, Small Black has been releasing some FIRE tracks from his upcoming record “Best Blues” (out 10/18 on Jagjaguwar) and this one is no exception.

LRDC #THIS Week 8/18 New Music Playlist

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

It’s that time of the week again! New music y’all! Here’s another solid hour of music to get you through your week. We see some strong showings from Portland’s Pure Bathing Culture with the dreamy, M83esque “Pray For Rain” and the Duke Dumont’s funky house anthem “Ocean Drive”. Since Tame Impala basically blew up 2015 with the release of “Currents,” I’ve included my favorite track from the album, “Eventually.” New music has been popping up from a couple bands we haven’t heard from in a while as well, so to cover that, we have new tracks from Silversun Pickups, Small Black, and Beach House. All of these are strong showings and prove to not disappoint.

Stay tuned in to Le Rez for the eventual return of Los Angeleno quintetet Local Natives who have been hinting to new music coming soon with some time being spent in Thailand writing and back in Los Angeles recording. As a HUGE Local Natives fan, I’m beyond excited to hear a follow up to 2013’s Hummingbird!

Enjoy!

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.