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LRDC This Week New Music Playlist – 7/26/16

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Kicking off this week, we have a brand new track from Chairlift who just released a new album less than 8 months ago. They certainly aren’t wasting any time and the song is totally solid. It’s a bit slower than the past singles we have heard from them and has a bit of a fantasy vibe to it. Following this up is new music from Dent May. Everyone’s favorite Mississippian is back and as fun as ever! This song, “Face Down in the Gutter of Your Love” dances around in the squalor that is “love” and it’s quite cheeky.

Going ahead, we have the first track to be released from Kishi Bashi’s undoubtedly amazing new album. If you’re not familiar with this multi-instrumentalist, it’s about time you do some catching up (see “It All Began With a Burst” & “Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It”). Once you do so, you will realize this guy is something special and so different from any other artist out there.

I’ve added a track that gets a bit deeper into Sofi Tukker’s repertoire and it is so dang fun (just like all of their songs). You may have heard “Drinkee” all over the freaking place, and dug it, well this one is just as catchy and it’s even in English, for all of us non-Portuguese speakers!

Towards the end, we have a track that is not new, it’s just straight out of the 80’s! It’s called A.H.B. and is from a band out of Austin, TX called S U R V I V E. It’s pure synth goodness and is super catchy. And last up, we have the debut track from a duo called The Linedots. They’re super new (a solid group of 46 people like them on Facebook at the time of this post) but not from the sounds of this track. It’s got some killer riffs that remind me a bit of Ratatat in all of the best ways and the fuzzy vocals from Evangeline Ling has a solid Lily Allen vibe.

Enjoy!

Greg

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LRDC This Week New Music Playlist – 5/10/16

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Warning: I did not put Radiohead on this playlist. Read into this as much or as little as you like.

Hey there, we have some great chill, electro-indie songs for you this week! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves because last week, we were bestowed some great new music from Los Angeleno outfit Local Natives. A very important band to me with local ties, they return after 3 years of silence with a song called “Past Lives” that very much reminds us why we fell in love with them in the first place. This song is so emotive and authentic and I fell in love. While it is a great song, I feel like there is sooooo much more to expect from these guys and this is simply a teaser for more greatness on their forthcoming third release.

Going to a song called “Iris” by Detroit natives Valley Hush, it starts very quiet with some Caribbean drums to set the mood right and then explodes into a beautiful soundscape of percussion and synth barraging you from every angle. I love it! Next song I’ll feature is from an old timer here on LRDC called Com Truise. Somehow an EP he released snuck past me and I’ve chose the final track from that to put on our list. Every time I catch a new track from this guy, I feel like jumping on a light cycle and hitting “the grid” and this song screams, “du Zirconia,” screams that more than ever! One song down from this is a beautiful track from Mexico’s Coma Pony that is 100% chill and aptly described by their Facebook page as “lovely.”

Okay, now let’s get weird…well, not that weird by PC Music’s standards, but this prog-y track from Danny L Harle is especially killer because he’s borrowed the wonderful vocals from Caroline Polachek of Chairlift. This song will no doubt be in heavy rotation for me this week.

Finishing out strong we have two great songs and the first is from an indie act by the name of Bantug and is set to invade my ear drums for weeks to come. This song, “Wine Beeline,” is just so catchy and it’s all-in-all a really airy and refreshing song. And last is a song off of Roosevelt’s new album that, from the sound of the rest of the singles, is going to slay your eardrums with groovy, baby making music.

Enjoy!

Greg

 

 

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

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