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LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 3/15/16

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Hello! Are you ready for a doozy of a playlist?

The song to start off the list comes from a band named Brett and I must say, I really like the name. As a beer fan, it’s an ingredient that is near and dear to my heart. All of that aside, it’s a four-piece and not a single member is named Brett. Luckily their music makes much more sense. The song “Claire Drained” is pure vibes and is off their upcoming sophomore release entitled “Mode.” Be on the watch for these guys, because they’re killing it. With the popularity of Grimes, other artists who have the airy ambient sounds like her have been able to thrive. Negative Gemini is one such act in my mind. It’s 100% Electronica. Next up is a new song from Brit’s The Boxer Rebellion. These English bands are really killing it and they are really slipping under my radar. Apparently The Boxer Rebellion has been doing really well for a while, and with music like “Big Ideas,” it’s no wonder why.

One band that has not slipped under my radar is Peter, Bjorn & John. They’re back with a new song called “What You Talking About” and have brought the heat with an all-star cast of veteran producers who have worked with Adele, Paul McCartney & Beck (possibly a project for the three? I’ll speak to their people about it). I featured an Empress Of track on this list a while ago and it was the first time I had heard her. Well after hearing much more of her, I like every single thing she has done and this is very much included. “Woman is a Word” is a swelling, synthy, and percussion hit and truly instills her in my mind as “the real deal.”

Producer/Singer RYAN Playground has teamed up with veteran producer by the same name, Ryan Hemsworth on this track, “Folders.” It’s sure to get the mood right. Keeping the same feeling, I have a track from Mt. Si called “Oh” and it paints the most elegant soundscape that blends playful synth and drums with what sounds like wind chimes and breezy vocals. Moving onto more synth, we’ve got a buzzy track from French producers, Fevrier called “La montagne.”

If you follow my lists, you know I don’t only throw on electronic indie, and like to throw in some more traditional jams that just strike a (literal) chord with me. This next song “Vertigo Flowers” from Nothing really knocks it out of the park with gritty guitars and a ton of mini breakdowns that get my heart racing. Another indie rock track comes from Joywave off of a new release entitled “Swish” (extra points for jacking Kayne’s rejected album name haha).This song is a small departure from their poppy synth we saw on some of the singles on their last album, but I really enjoy it.

Okay, next up, let’s get it bouncing a bit, your head, your foot, literally anything that can move. This track from Soft Lit is the tits and I cannot even get close to enough of it. The noises that I’m hearing are way different, yet so familiar and the vocals from Tara fit perfectly.

Switching gears completely, we have a new song from VÉRITÉ that features a couple crass words and themes, so I apologize in advance. Seriously though guys, this is one of the most intimate songs I’ve heard in a very long time. The way she delivers the lyrics, cadence and emotion is just so gritty and real. I got a bit swept up into it and this is definitely my new guilty pleasure song. Going on to a bit heavier yet every bit as intense, we have a song from Marsbeing that combines pretty much every single texture, sound, synth imaginable. There is a ton going on, but it comes out in a cohesive manner and manages to have movement to it.

Doing it in a much  different way, ANOHNI has a wonderful way of being different from everything out there. The music you’re hearing isn’t so much blazing new trails, but his vocals are just something to marvel at. Silky smooth and rich vocals is truly his forte and I’m excited to hear more tracks from this guy. And that brings us to our closing track which I have saved just for you. It’s another appearance from an LRDC favorite of mine, San Holo and this time featuring a vocalist called The Nicholas. Much like the track from San Holo last week, this one kills it so hard. He truly is an artist when it comes to entrancing beats, textures, and samples. Hopefully there’s another new track for me to feature next week from him. Guess you’ll have to check back to find out!

LRDC #THIS Week 9/29 New Music Playlist

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

No doubt about it, the highlight of this week’s list is Big Grams, which is a super group of sorts combining Big Boi of Outkast fame and the electro-indie duo, Phantogram. I’ve been digging this mashup of indie-electric and rap-pop so much that I put two songs on the list “Lights On” and “Goldmine Junkie”. I’ll be digging a bit deeper into the former of the two songs in a bit as well. Moving on, Youth Lagoon’s Trevor Powers has had great success in his rather short career (producing 3 albums) and has been compared to the likes of Pink Floyd & Flaming Lips. That is some serious talk, so if he isn’t on your radar, now is the time to get him there. On this week’s list, I’ve included a deeper track from Powers’ new album called “Free Me” and if I venture to be so bold, he almost sounds as if he is channeling Karen O in this, and I love the heck out of it!

Now, hot after releasing their single “Drag,” Day Wave has another upbeat ditty that is sure get your feet a-tapping. I liken the sound of this track to Real Estate after approximately twelve and a half Red Bulls, which I am more than a little fine with. From the pop, we move to a more eclectic sound in Empress Of’s “Standard.” A second showing from her on our lists, I’d describe this track as a discordant amalgam of  sounds and textures where her voice seems to float around willy-nilly. This makes me feel very uncomfortable for a couple moments, but just like a loyal dog, she always comes back into harmony.

This week’s honorary mentions will be as follows:

!!! – “Sick Ass Moon” – What an appropriate song for the week where we’ve experienced a sick ass, blood red moon. New music from “chk chk chk” (as they pronounce their name) is always appreciated as they have been able to stack hits over their almost 20 years of making music

Broken Bells – “It’s That Talk Again” – The side project of The Shin’s Brian Mercer and producer Danger Mouse, these guys have been churning out amazing song after amazing song. This being our first look at their upcoming album, I can say with absolute confidence that we are in for a treat when it drops. Also, you can still hear a bit of Bee Gees in here like you could on their track “Holding Onto Life,” which I love!!!

Hermitude – “Hijinx” ft. Chuck Inglish – Another showing from the Welsh duo, this one is a bonus track on their album “Dark Night Sweet Light.” It’s a hit right in the skull with heavy synth, 808s, and is pure, trap goodness.

The Feelies – “Paint it Black” – A Rolling Stones classic, covered by a band that was actually formed the year after The Stones released this track. With the band being comprised of some of the best musicians out there, it’s great to hear this track come to life again.

midnight – “Baptize” – Fall into the deep water of this song, get surrounded all around by it, be baptized by it. This is the song you put on when you’re trying to get low, like reeeeal low and it is a great song to try and hold onto Summer with!

Enjoy your week, guys!

-Greg

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.