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LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 1/26/16

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Welcome to this week’s installment of LRDC. We have some great, new tracks for your listening pleasure. First up is from the soulful Aquilo, who I’ve featured on our lists a couple times now. This UK duo is known for their beautiful, airy vocals and soft, yet heavy hitting orchestration. “Calling Me” absolutely picks up where they left off on their breakout single “Good Girl” and is a piece of art as it swells and builds using a simply plucked guitar to tie it all together.

Next up we have a solo track from Vampire Weekend’s Rostam titled “EOS” and it also comes with some sad news. Today, we’ve learned that Rostam will be leaving Vampire Weekend after finishing work on their upcoming LP (working title is “Mitsubishi Macchiato”, which is craaaay). Either way, I’m excited to hear about that LP and also to have some solo work from him. This song is very pretty and is recorded as if it was performed in a massive concert hall. It’s haunting and intimate, but still familiar and approachable. Apparently, in the song he’s actually referencing a photograph taken in India and the song is recalling a certain place and time.

For me, only a few bands have been able to follow up a killer debut single with hit after hit. I like to cover up-and-comers, but the fact of the matter is that some of them will fall into the backdrop, it’s the sad reality of this MP3 world. HAERTS is one of those bands that has fought hard and produced music that lives up to the expectations of excellency I hold them up to. A couple days ago, they released a quick three song EP called “Power / Land” and it was reallllly difficult for me to decide which song to feature on this week’s list. All three are strong , even the middle track entitled “Interlude,” but “Turn It Around” kept ringing in my head for the rest of the day. The vocals are remeniscent of Karen O to me with touch of rawness, yet still a little sophomoric. The beat and synth are characteristic of the rest of the stuff they have put out and no fault to them for this, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I absolutely love how infectious everything about this song is.

Downtempo Synth darlings, Prince Innocence call Toronto their home and I’ve featured their song called “I Don’t Care.” It’s the kind of song you would expect in a high-end retailer. It has a great sound that is really well put together and they in this track they tell you exactly what they think when you call them “pop.” They remind me a bit of a brighter Massive Attack with vocals playing seamlessly off of minimalist, yet interesting, synth.

GIRL POWER!!! All female punk outfit Bleached are back with an upcoming full length and we have one track from that entitled “Keep On Keepin’ On.” It captures a bit of 80’s Punk as well as some of the fuzzy 60’s surf-rock vibes while being approachable with some pop influences. It’s a feel-good song that has a driving beat keeping you tuned in for the entire four and a half minutes.

A sequel to his “White Privilege” released in 2005, Macklemore broke the internet last Friday when he released “White Privilege II.” It stirred up emotions, both positive and negative. Many threw shade at him that he’s basically shooting himself in the foot. Say what you will about “The Mac,” but he sings about stuff that matters. He’s advocating in this song about using your voice for those things that do matter and when you use your voice, make sure it is authentic. Truly words we all should live by regardless of our influence on others. To be honest, this track spoke to me because I’m a white male who doesn’t harbor hate in my heart for people of different races or for the police. I fall into the category that he is rapping about. Perhaps those who are criticizing the song aren’t necessarily the intended audience. This track is best enjoyed while reading the lyrics, so you can find those here.

Making their third appearance on LRDC, High Highs is back with another new track called “How Could You Know.” I must be fan-boying hard for these guys because I have loved all three of these tracks so much. This one reminds me a bit of Ariel Pink for some reason and other bands that I realllllly can’t get off the top of my tongue. I think I like High Highs so much because if I were in a band, this is exactly the sound that I would go for. Keep it up, guys!

Let’s hit up this week’s very honorable mentions:

Kiiara“Feels” – Please do yourself a favor and click that link and listen to this song. I have to say that this song drops the F bomb a few to many times (not “Feels”), but it’s really quite pretty. She has a bit of a hip hop vibe with a track that sounds like it’s on a relaxation tape and some 808s thrown in.

Flume ft. Kai – “Never Be Like You” – I’m going to request one thing of you tonight. I know you’re going to like this song, but please abstain from seeing Flume live or any other DJ live for that matter. They’re only going to let you down unless you’ve heard that said DJ kills it live (i.e. go see Major Lazer or A-Trak), because 99% of DJs just press a couple buttons and jump around. So save the $50 and enjoy this track where it is truly meant to be enjoyed, wherever you are right now listening to it in all of it’s produced glory.

SNBRN ft. Nate Dogg – “Gangsta Walk” – Nate Dogg (RIP), I wish you could have heard this song because it absolutely slays. SNBRN turned a pretty dark, chill song into a club BANGER and it does just that.

That’s it for this week, enjoy the list y’all!

-Greg

LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 11/3

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Okay guys, if you see the first track, and you’re familiar with that band, you know that that song is not exactly new. School of Seven has not put out new music since a tragic death in the band of one of the two members. The last music we saw from them is the song above, but why I include this is because the remaining member, Alejandra Deheza, has committed to releasing the last new music that her and her bandmate recorded together. A great time to be alive indeed and a great time to have reverence for those we lost too young!

Hearing new music from a band that people (and time) have forgotten but you have remembered is always a great feeling! It feels like only the true fans are left now and you can enjoy the music without hearing it on every radio station. This is how I feel with Miike Snow and hearing his new song “My Heart is Full.” This is not a sad attempt to stay relevant. This track shows a new side of Snow that almost sounds as if Kanye produced it. It’s a bit of a mini-masterpiece to me, so I hope you enjoy it as well.

Chillwave? Yeah, I’m into it. Kaptan? Yeah, I’m into it. I saw this track premiered on Buzznet and I couldn’t not put it on my list. I’m so predictable…so much so that I more than a couple tracks on this week’s list could be classified as chillwave, like Craft Spell’s “Our Park by Night” is a funky pitch-bending track that would be a great track to listen to in the pouring rain late at night. Perfect for a night like tonight in Los Angeles. Want a bit more glitch and two step with a little reggae thrown into your chillwave? You know I like to tick all the boxes! Feel free to shake your dreads to Coast Modern’s single “Hollow Life.” This is some of the most unique music I could see actually getting really popular. Only time will tell on that one.

Let’s put the spotlight on two bands that have four letters in their band names (one I’ve featured before and the other a newcomer to LRDC) that are destined for greatness. Of course I’m talking about GEMS and TOPS. Both of these bands can hold their own in the electo-indie realm and I love every single thing I have heard from them. “Soak,” from the former came out last week with a rather provocative video that fits the song perfectly. The latter band has a new single, “The Hollow Sound of Morning Chimes,” that exudes soft rock that you could find in the 70’s and maybe into the 80’s. This song is not your typical guitar-tripping (though those are tight), destined for corporate office elevator song. The song begs for you to interact with it, to feel it, to be in the moment; it’s ethereal. It’s a great feeling, and while the song is rather long, it ends a bit suddenly and seemingly too soon….just like this post.

Enjoy,

-Greg

LRDC #THIS Week 10/6 New Music Playlist

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

For this week’s installment of LRDC becomes even more eclectic, I’ve thrown in some curve balls for your listening enjoyment. The first standout track is one from the most buzzed about black metal band in the past 20 years, Deafheaven. I would call this band the 2010’s Converge as they have proven to be very innovative within the umbrella of “heavy metal.” The track I’ve included, “Brought to the Water,” falls under that category as heavy music with a bit of something extra. As the band has stated several influences in the shoegaze genre, they have been put under the genre of Blackgaze by Wikipedia, and I can definitely agree with that definition. To be honest, it’s taken me a couple listens of their freshly released album “New Bermuda” to get into it, and that is saying a ton as I was a proponent to the metal scene in my earlier years, so give it the time it deserves and I’m sure you will grow to love it.

Another interesting track included this week is one by Massachusetts post-rockers Caspian. Their track “Arcs of Command” is a long one (like the previously mentioned song), clocking in at just under 9 minutes. Want to know why the song is so long? They take two and a half whole minutes to get up to 60% volume. But believe me, the wait is oh so worth it. This song swells into something that is just so aurally pleasing on so many levels. With the melodic lead guitar and the slow, driving drums in the first half, it almost lulls you to sleep. Not for long of course, because it turns into a turbulent ride through waves of different sounds and well-calculated instrumentals. This one may take some time to fully grasp its depth.

A not so strange sound to our weekly lists is the very “Neon Indian-esque” Mirror Kisses/George Clanton with “Never Late Again”. On his just-released album “100% Electronica” he pumps his vaporwave stylo and pushes it beyond that straight into space. Knocking you further into the great unknown is another new track from Chromatics called “Shadow.” We’ve all been patiently waiting for their new full-length, which was due out in February, but I guess that’s just the nature of the art. What Chromatics does so well is creating so much out of so little, with whisper-like vocals and simple beats/synth, it’s music you find you are just always in the mood for. Also, this song just reminds me of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and who doesn’t love The Beatles?

While you’re in that mood of exploring space and the wonderment of the unknown, let’s go back in time to the 80s. This resurgence of 80s themes in electro-indie tracks is warmly welcomed by me and I’ve featured two such bands who have knocked it out of the park in capturing this nostalgia and bringing it into the 22nd century! Maserati’s has a unique way of blending rock with space-like sounds into songs that belong on the final round of a video game, and “Rehumanizer II” is our first peep from them since their 2012 release. While Maserati has the full band space-rock sound, Pittsburgh duo Zombi does it with just synthesizers, bass, and drums. Their new song “Mission Creep” also would be at home in a video game, perhaps a boss level on Megaman. You can hear influences of the 60s, 70s, and 80s in these guys sound, but there is something new and refreshing to this track that makes me excited to see what they have next for us. Good thing we only have to wait until 10/16 for their next release, “Shape Shift,” to come out.

Here are this week’s honorable mentions:

Shigeto – “Do My Thing” – I really have been digging this less-is-more thing and Shigeto has the ambient techno boxes ticked. I’ve learned recently that this solo act (Zachary Shigeto Saginaw) was also a touring drummer for School of Seven Bells (RIP) who are a very prized favorite of mine.

Escondido – “Heart is Black” – I’m sure this duo was featured in their high school yearbooks as the two people who would most likely be a part of a Fleetwood Mac cover band. Not only do they have the look, but they have the sound. Their country-rock sound spans a ton of other genres and even decades of music, and this is certainly a standout track within the indie scene.

BØRNS – “Fool” – Your dancehall track of the year is here, it’s right here! I love the funky vibes this band has been putting out as of late. The funny thing is so is every music outlet and radio station, so jump on these guys before they’re too cool to be “cool.”

Band of Horses ft. Excision – “The Funeral” – Why? Because why not. I love Band of Horses and if “new music” comes in the form of a subtly “dubbed-up” version of a song I know and love? I ain’t mad.

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 8/11 New Music Playlist

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Hey you…yeah, YOU! You like music, right? You probably like new music as well! Well, you’re in luck. I’m embarking to try and curate short, digestible new music playlists to get you through your week. This week I have some great new music from the likes of Hot Chip (currently rocking it with their new album “Why Make Sense?”) and CHVRCHES who is planning on releasing their next LP next month (GET STOKED). There’s a little bit of pop, a little bit of weird, and a whole lot of new included on this list, so give it a run through and let me know what your favorite track is. I’m just going to get the ball rolling and say that my favorite on here is BAIO’s (Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend) “Sister of Pearl,”

Ready. Set. GO!