Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

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Cee Lo – Fuck You

August 27, 2010

This has been rocking the internet for a week or two, but if you haven’t heard it yet, brace yourself for one of the catchiest pseudo-pop songs you’ll ever hear. Classic. Just make sure your kids aren’t around when you play this one. Cee Lo’s new album The Lady Killer drops on October 4.

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Beach House – White Moon / Mathemagic and Young Prisms

August 24, 2010

Check out this lovely new Beach House joint from their iTunes Sessions EP.

Beach House

Also, check out possibly the best post yet on Altered Zones, two new songs from Mathemagic and Young Prisms on their new split 7″. The Mathemagic side is a shimmering electronic pop song, maybe in the realm of chillwave. The Young Prisms side is a woozy, reverb-laden ballad. Both are dreamy and excellent.

Mathemagic/Young Prisms Split 7"

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How to Dress Well

August 18, 2010

How to Dress Well - can't see my own face: the eternal love 2

Tom Krell is a Brooklyn artist who records homemade, lo-fi R&B music under the name How to Dress Well. His songs are mostly vocally driven, and accompanied by minimal, fuzzy instrumentation. The melodies are often very simple and emotional.

“you won’t need me where i’m goin” comes from the EP that came out earlier this year called “can’t see my own face – the eternal love 2.” It’s a live version, but you wouldn’t be able to tell until the applause at the end. It’s one of the stronger tracks How to Dress Well has produced yet, groovy and wet with reverb.

“Ecstasy With Jojo” samples Michael Jackson, which is appropriate for How to Dress Well’s style which recalls Jackson era pop music. It is much more poppy than other work, and equally as soulful.

His debut LP “Love Remains” comes out on September 21.

Enjoy!

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How to Dress Well – Ecstasy With Jojo

How to Dress Well

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Polaris – Hey Sandy

August 14, 2010

Polaris - Music from the Adventures of Pete & Pete

I’ve been posting a lot of new music lately, but I don’t see any reason why I can’t post some old music too.

Polaris were a supergroup of sorts comprising of Mark Mulcahy of Miracle Legion and members of Frank Black and the Catholics. They only made music for the kids television show and cult phenomenon The Adventures of Pete & Pete, which was by most all accounts a pretty vital piece of 90s pop culture.

Basically, if you grew up in the 90’s, there’s a really good chance “Hey Sandy” is ingrained somewhere in the back of your mind. The opening theme to Pete & Pete, it is a happy pop tune, but it is actually about the Kent State shootings. That dark fact aside, I’d vote this song one of the most likely to put a smile on your face. Enjoy!

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Polaris

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New Gold Panda: Snow & Taxis

August 12, 2010

Gold Panda - Lucky Shiner

You’ve already heard the new single “You,” and now here’s another track from Gold Panda’s upcoming album Lucky Shiner. Not gonna lie, I’m getting really excited for this one. He keeps on cranking out really unique and memorable tracks, so when the full album drops on October 12, expect a big splash. This track closely resembles Kompact minimal techno, and it’s really just as amazing as “You” and “Quitters Raga.”

Gold Panda

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New Grouper: "Hold"

August 10, 2010

Grouper - "Hold"/"Sick"

New Grouper single “Hold”/”Sick” coming out October 6. Sounds like a great way to kick off the spookiest month of the year. You can stream the track “Hold” now, which is haunting and subtle, what Liz Harris does best.

Via Pitchfork.

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Some good new music

August 10, 2010

Best Coast - Crazy For You

The new Best Coast record is completely stripped down of the lo-fi production which distinguished the band’s earlier material. This was probably the ultimate way of testing the group’s talent, by leaving it devoid of any studio tricks whatsoever. The result is unfortunately a mixed bag; most of the songs here lack the fire that made the older Best Coast singles so wonderful. Still, there’s some good stuff to be found here, like this one called “Boyfriend.”

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M.I.A. - ///Y/\

As expected, there’s a lot of hubbub over the new M.I.A. album. Lots of people are complaining. Specifically, Pitchfork ripped it a new asshole, saying it was full of mostly failed ideas and half-assed productions. Make no mistake, /\/\/\Y/\ is not a pop album like Arular and Kala were. It’s edgier, darker, more difficult. But it’s still a really good album, at least I think so. All the songs sound really different, and this one is one of my favorites, one of the more accessible songs on the album called “Tell Me Why.” Check it out:

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Big Boi - Sir Lucious Leftfoot: Son of Chico Dusty

You’ve probably already heard that the new Big Boi album kicks ass. Big Boi has stepped up to the plate and released a truly great post-Outkast album. It’s a lot different than what we’re used to from Big Boi, but most every song here is bangin’ (save the dud with Jamie Foxx – no one’s perfect). It’s a great accomplishment not just for Big Boi but also for mainstream hip hop. He knows how to write a hook, and he’s still a lyrical genius. Listen to him prove it on this killer track, “Be Still,” featuring the lovely Janelle Monae.

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Baths - Cerulean

I’m really into this album by L.A. beatmaker Baths, and his album called Cerulean. It’s funky, but it’s also delicate and melodic. Will Wiesenfeld does a lot of playful stuff here; he sings on a lot of tracks, samples Kiki’s Delivery Service and finds cues in ambient and electronic music (like Boards of Canada) just as much as in hip hop. His melodies are very heartfelt, and Cerulean ends up being a very emotional album. Here’s an essential track, “Seaside Town.”

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Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1

I’m a little late on this, but better late than never. Robyn’s Body Talk Pt. 1 made a splash earlier in the year with some really great pop singles and other hidden gems, and now Body Talk Pt. 2 is coming out.  But let’s talk Pt. 1; Robyn knows how to make bright, lively pop music, and Pt. 1 is loaded. Robyn killed it at Pitchfork, and I remember this tune in particular, the sweet “Cry When You Get Older,” which possesses perhaps the ultimate romantic mantra I’ve heard in a long time: “Love hurts when you do it right.”

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