Posts Tagged ‘Music’

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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!

you won’t need me where i’m goin (li

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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Pitchfork Festival 2010

August 5, 2010

I went to the Pitchfork festival in Chicago in July. I saw many shows, most of which were great. On Friday, El-P rocked the mic hard and kicked off my festival experience with a bang. The surprise success of the day was Robyn, who’s energy onstage is contagious. She had the whole audience moving, and she proved that pop music can have a place in an indie festival. This is where the story gets sad; I decided to skip Broken Social Scene because I wanted to get close for Modest Mouse. I figured I had already seen them live and presently have a ticket to see them in DC in the Fall. Expect coverage of that show when the time comes. Modest Mouse played a fairly short set, drawing material mostly from their recent career. Their stage presence is undeniably electric; they kicked off the set with the epic Moon & Antarctica highlight “Tiny Cities Made of Ashes” and from the beginning had everyone in their pockets.

Saturday was the weakest day of the festival, but it still had some great shows to offer. Real Estate and Delorean were early beach-pop highlights, and Kurt Vile rocked hard with his energetic backing band The Violators at stage B. Despite some technical difficulties and a wack DJ, Raekwon put on a great performance. He mostly played older material from Enter the Wu-Tang and Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, which he delivered with great enthusiasm. Also, he had breakdancing children, and you can’t say no to that. I really liked The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion even though I don’t know them that well. I give major props to artists I don’t know who really impress me. They had unprecedented energy and put on one of the festival’s better rock shows of the weekend. Wolf Parade were also great; they played “This Heart’s On Fire,” which pretty much made my day. Panda Bear, as expected, put on one of the weirder shows of the weekend, complete with electronic noise, sampling collages, yelping and crazy visuals. Amy liked it a lot, but I couldn’t quite make heads or tails of it. I really like his more melody-based songs, but at it’s heart his set is about as strange and hyper-modern as it gets. I did like it, but I wasn’t quite sure why. Maybe that counts as a victory for Noah Lennox.

Sunday was without a doubt the strongest day. We started off seeing two Chicago bands, Alla and Cave. My old co-worker Jorge is the lead guitarist of Alla, and it was awesome seeing him and his band up on stage making a wonderful racket, with long, exciting progressive passages and a soulful latino flavor. We also really enjoyed seeing Cave at stage B, who’s long psychedelic jams sounded awesome in the shade of the trees. Next we lined up for Best Coast, one of the bigger buzz bands of this year. Their set was enjoyable. They played most of their more popular songs, clinching with “Something in the Way.” We stayed around and watched a bit of Washed Out‘s set, and then headed over to stage C for Beach House. They played beautifully as usual, and even drew on their back catalog quite a bit for numbers like “Master of None” and “Heart of Chambers.” And of course their newer songs all sounded great, especially “Used to Be.” Next up was Lightning Bolt, easily one of the crazier shows of the festival, as well as one of my favorites. The two Brians played fiercely to a moshy crowd. It was both technically impressive and energizing to hear the noise kings doing what they do best. After that, we got some dinner then headed back to stage A to wait for Major Lazer, which was arguably even crazier than Lightning Bolt. It was probably the most extreme set of the entire weekend: there was excessive alcohol consumption, dry-humping (the kids call it “daggering” these days), Chinese dragon costumes, ballerinas, lots of booty and of course Diplo’s awesome dance music. I didn’t see anything this weekend that was more involved; it was a blast. Finally, Pavement took the stage, and everyone couldn’t have been happier to see and hear them. They looked like they were having a blast, and their energy translated to their music very well. I could start firing off all the songs they played, but there’s no way that would do justice to the setlist. For me, “Gold Soundz” was the magical moment. It felt like the whole festival was leading up to this, and they couldn’t have done better.

I took a bunch of photos of the fest, and these are some of the better ones.

El-P

Robyn

Robyn

Modest Mouse (sorry about the heads and poor lighting- it's tough to take pictures late at night)

Delorean

Raekwon

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Wolf Parade

Panda Bear

Alla

Cave

Best Coast

Washed Out

Beach House

Lightning Bolt

Major Lazer

Pavement (again, sorry for the poor quality)

I’m heading off to Lollapalooza tomorrow, so expect some kind of coverage of that, too. I’ll also update soon on some of my favorite new music. Till then, au revoir!