Listen – Beach House on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic

Listen to Beach House‘s  recent appearance on KCRW in L.A.  At first, this might sound like a link to SNL’s  “NPR’s Delicious Dish, but hang in there for an awesome performance that is a must listen…and less “shweaty”. Listen here.

Mp3 – JJ : Summer High EP

More summer tracks for you. Grab jj’s new 5-song “free digital EP” aptly titled High Summer, courtesy of Sincerely Yours.

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jj :: High Summer EP .zip (34 mb)

MP3 – John Maus : Bennington

John Maus is set to release a collection fo rare and previously unreleased material creatively called A Collection of Rarities and Previously Unreleased Material.  You can purchase the album on translucent pink vinyl from Ribbon Music here, or download one of the stranger obsessive “love songs” from the album below

mp3: John Maus : Bennington

MP3 – Dent May : Shakedown Street (Greatful Dead Cover)

Listen to Dent May‘s funky, homage to the Grateful Dead’s Shakedown Street.

mp3: Dent May :: Shakedown Street (Grateful Dead cover)

Dent May’s Do Things is out now on Paw Tracks.

Video – Twin Shadow : Five Seconds

The first video from Twin Shadow’s new album – Confess, out July 9(UK)/10(US).  Album available for pre-order:

Directed by Keith Musil –

Live – Chromeo, Deltron 3030, Rich Aucoin and David Gray @ Ottawa Bluesfest 7/4-15


Chromeo DJ Set 

The Chromeo DJ set on July 8th felt just like that – a DJ set. Regardless, good times were had by all – even the Ottawa Police and fathers of small children. Chromeo plays their next show July 28th in Sacramento (with instruments).

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Deltron 3030

‘If I had known Deltron was playing’, a statement heard from a Snoop Dogg attendee following the Snoop Dogg show on July 10th. I think it would be safe to say that Deltron had some competition that night, with Snoop playing on the main stage and El-P and Killer Mike playing at Ritual nightclub nearby – but never the less, the fans did come out.

The excitement level was high before the show even began. Fans spoke about the legendary album that came out over a decade ago, reminiscing about how they found out about the trio and wondering what Deltron 3030’s new music would sound like. I personally found out about Deltron through Tanner Hall’s pioneering ski segments (circa 2002) and found some fellow skiers in the crowd that night that were just as enthused as I was.

The ‘Deltron Orchestra’ came onto stage and sat modestly while the crowd roared with anticipation. This was followed by Kid Koala then by Dan the Automator (rockin’ tails) who kicked things off with an instrumental to get the crowd going. Then all of a sudden, like a lion out of a cage, Mr. Del the Funkee Homosapien graced the stage accompanied by Dan the Automator conducting the Deltron Orchestra.

They played the classics like ‘Mastermind’, ‘Things you can do’ and ‘Virus’ off the Deltron 3030 album. They played some new songs off of ‘Event II’ coming out in August. They even ended things off with ‘Clint Eastwood’ by Gorillaz, which I think was the highlight of the night since it caught everyone off guard. Apart from Del battling with the extreme volume of the orchestra on some songs, this was a show with no sad faces – all members of Deltron delivered and I predict that ‘Event II’ will be of epic proportions.

They continue their tour at ‘Rock the Bells‘ in San Bernadino, August 19th.

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Rich Aucoin

The kid who never left summer camp

It started off with an exciting interaction between musician and fan that you see little of these days; a guy who went into the crowd, shot streamers, played humorous videos and got the fans involved – In every single song. The over-involvement and camaraderie with fans brought me back to an awkward phase in my life; a time of dirt-staches, first hairs, under confidence, and no-reason-boners (NRB’s). Rich Aucoin brought me back to summer camp – circa 2001.

His motivational, ‘you-can-do-it’ attitude reminded me of the camp counsellor who eats, sleeps, and would even die for camp (if it came to it). The one who counts down the days in which he can once again take part in the mind-moulding process of young pre-teens. Not to say that Rich Aucoin didn’t have his songs but the show grew tiresome when every song consisted of the same crowd/chorus involvement and motivational slogans.

All things aside, the Halifax native is a promising musician with foot stompers like ‘It’ and ‘Push’ and the fans that liked him, loved him to death. I don’t think this will be the last you will hear of the CMW indie award winner and I am intrigued to see what he comes up with in the future.

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David Gray 

Usually when David Gray comes through the capital he plays at the intimate and high class venue known as the National Arts Centre. At the NAC people are accustomed to wearing fancy clothes, drinking expensive wine, sitting down while the musician plays and erupting into a unison of applause when the song finishes. Singing is frowned upon and dancing is strictly forbidden and punishable by death.

Last Friday marked the first time David Gray has not played at the NAC in Ottawa and the first time he’s ever played at Bluesfest. There was singing, there was dancing and there were a lot of first timers to the Englishman’s bobble-head style, but he was of no disappointment to them. He played songs from ‘White Ladder’, ‘Life in Slow Motion’, ‘Draw the Line’, and his newest album ‘Foundling’. At the end of the show the crowd shouted for an encore, but because of strict festival scheduling, the encore was not possible.

David finished off his tour in Shelburne, Vermont on Saturday and has no other tour dates planned yet.

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-Darcy Ujjainwalla

Choose Your Own Adventure with Tame Impala

Tame Impala‘s  new album ‘Lonerism’ is a 12-track psych-rock stunner set to be released Oct 5 AUS/ Oct 8 UK / Oct 9 US, just enough time for a few spins before the apocalypse hits.

As an added treat, the band is doing something a little special. Its choose-your-own-adventure! But here, adventure is a metaphor for the deluxe edition of the album, to be released at a later date. The band will snap up your suggestions and then distill them into the Tame Impala fan’s dream pack.

Just enter your interest/suggestion/ravings here.

You can currently pre-order the album from:
Mod Shop / iTunes [AU] / iTunes [US] / iTunes [UK] / JB Hi Fi / GetMusic / Sanity / Resident Music / Norman Records / / Amazon / Rough Trade

Video – Purity Ring : Fineshrine

Watch the new Video for Purity Ring’s “Fineshrine”, from the album Shrines, directed by Young Replicant.

Mp3 – Freddie Gibbs + Mad Lib : Shame

Grab a soulful new summer track from Madgibbs‘ EP Shame, out now on Stones Throw, featuring vocals from B.J. The Chicago Kid.

MP3 – Das Racist : The Actual (Feat. Talib Kewli)

Das Racist teamed up with fellow Brooklynite Talib Kweli on the gritty banger “The Actual”. The track is produced by Amaze 88 for Eastern District’s Mosholu mixtape, which also features the likes of Spank Rock and Machine Gun Kelly. Grab the track below:

MP3 Download: Das Racist + Talib Kweli: The Actual 

Grab the full mixtape here.

Sun Airways : Soft Fall





Rating: 4/5 stars

Label: Dead Oceans


Back with a second album of thoughtful new themes, Sun Airway’s Soft Fall, out October 2nd on Dead Oceans, takes us to an ethereal layer between worlds. The sonically inspiring sub-strata of Soft Fall began in songwriter/producer Jon Barthmus’ house in Philadelphia. Classical foundations were chopped, dissected, and sewn back together by a string quartet in one recording studio, with live instruments overdubbed in another, then re-edited and assembled back at home by Barthmus. David Wrench (Caribou, Bat for Lashes, Bear in Heaven) took it all to new heights with some masterful mixing.

On Soft Fall, Sun Airway’s pop songs move out of the bedroom and into cathedrals. The songs are hyper-saturated, bright and colorful, spilling from the speakers. They’re glistening, based on rich acoustic instruments and layered in synthetic sounds carried along on Barthmus’ perfect hooks.
Soft Fall is a place where swirling orchestras play, cupped in the palms of your hands. It’s a place where everything belongs where it doesn’t; As Barthmus sings, it’s “out of time, but still in tune.” Listen closely, and you can make out the memories left traced in the rocks; shady shapes of electronic / pop pioneers past and present. Touches of ELO and New Order brush up against hints of modern sounds like M83 and Radio Dept., carried by the subtle breeze of Bjork’s Homogenic. In a landscape of collapsed beats, humming of the life that springs up from underneath, Soft Falltakes you on frosty morning walks through the woods where twinges of psychedelic light escape through the spaces between the leaves. It’s Versailles in audio form: grand and beautiful, ornate and complex, surreal and classic all at once.


Listen : Remix of M83’s “Reunion.”on IndieShuffle!


New Video – alt-j : Tessellate

alt-j have a new video for  “Tessellate”. Directed by Alex Southam, the video is a twist on Italian Renaissance painter Raphael’s “The School of Athens,” seen through a modern day lens that Raphael may not have had in mind. “Tessellate” will appear on alt-J’s debut album, An Awesome Wave, to be released September 18th via Canvasback

 Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio has also lended his remixing hand to alt-J’s lead single, “Fitzpleasure.”  Emphasizing the melodic swells while highlighting a tribal-meets-industrial beat, Sitek’s mix showcases an entirely new feel for the song while maintaining the core to alt-J’s sound which the BBC describes as “strong, addictive and enthralling, the perfect accompaniment to any mood, any moment, anywhere.”

Stream, Download, Grab, and Share “Fitzpleasure” (Dave Sitek Remix): 

MP3 – Taken By Trees : Dreams

Taken By Trees have released a brand new summer track called “Dreams,” from the forthcoming album Other Worlds. The track is available for download below.  The languid melody is a sample of the album’s overall island feel, which is an impressionist poem for the Hawaiian Islands, where on a recent visit, Victoria Bergsman found a swell of creative inspiration.  The 12″ single for “Dreams” is available for pre-order today and features the album version, an extended instrumental and dub version of the track.

 MP3 Download – Taken By Trees : Dreams

New Video – Mock Suns : Cabin Essence (Beach Boys Cover)

Philly’s Mock Suns have a knack for making music that sounds like it should be heard in the great outdoors.  Wearing their 60s psychedelic influences on their sleeve, melded with offbeat progressive jazz like rhythms and playful floating harmonies, the band can make you feel as though you’re about to embark on a summer excursion, exploring open spaces…or, the beach.  Tt should come as no surprise, then, that Mock Suns have found a comfort zone covering The Beach Boys ( in particular, the more experimental work of Brian Wilson, post Smile). This week, Mock Suns released a live rendition of “Cabin Essence”, by The Beach Boys. Check out the video after the jump.





Video – Scuba : NE1BUTU

Brrrrrrrand new throwback video for “NE1BUTU”  off the new Scuba album, Personality – click here to buy.

MP3 – Tame Impala : Apocalypse Dreams

Best new Summer Sounds – Download the new track “Apocalypse Dreams” from Tame Impala’s new album, Lonerism, coming October 2012 on Modular Recordings.

Mp3 – Frank Ocean : Sweet Life

Download the second track “Sweet Life” released from Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange and stream the album in its entirety here,

Birdy Nam Nam : Jaded Future






Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Label: OWSLA



Continuing their open-ended and forward-thinking music policy, the next release on OWSLA sees the label pull another left turn as they welcome veteran French DJ/producer collective Birdy Nam Nam to the fold. Vocals on two tracks are done by the legendary Teki Latex, head honcho of Sound Pellegrino and member of French electro/hip-hop outfit TTC. Across four albums and numerous EPs, the quartet made up of Crazy B, Pone, Need and Lil’ Mike have persevered in their efforts to push new sounds, epitomizing the label’s anything goes approach. The Jaded Future EP features three original productions from the crew as they use their hip hop background as a jumping off point to explore different refractions of their multi-faceted sound and comes backed with a varied array of remixes.

Title track ‘Jaded Future’ sees the group laying down thick synth waves over a skittering 808 southern-style beat, warping the melodies and vocals with trademark turntable manipulations to give the track its swing. The track gets handled by UK rap upstarts Foreign Beggars who re-wire the original, swapping verses dexterously over a low-slung instrumental, while thePelican Fly remix takes the stripped down rap fundamentals and reworks them into an amorphous club instrumental.

Up next ‘Goin’ In’ heads directly for the floor, ramping the energy with its jarring rhythm, descending synths and pitched-down vocals. Label head Skrillex turns in two remixes here (his first since the legendary Levelstake); his ‘Goin’ Down’ mix (the title being homage to Yung Joc’s 2007 trap classic) supercharges the original with siren-like synths, staccato snares and 808 bass while his ‘Goin’ Hard’ mix ups the tempo as he fires off a snarling drum & bass production with breaks, razor -sharp synths and rampant energy. The track also gets the remix treatment from fellow countryman and Clek Clek Boom main man French Frieswho reworks it into a deep and deadly percussive banger.

Rounding out the EP is ‘Cadillac Dreams’, a syrupy joint that pairs lush, expansive pads with screwed vocals. Culprate’s restless rework jumps from swinging rap to rapidfire breakcore percussion and back without ever losing its footing while A$AP Rocky collaborator Soufien 300 completes the package staying true to the spirit of the original while drawing it out into a languorous G-Funk haze.

MP3 + New Video – Marty Angus : Break Free

Grab some fresh tracks and check out a new music video from Martin “MartyAngus – an upcoming hip hop artist out of central New Jersey with plans of releasing his debut EP “Elephants” early Fall 2012. With influences from Mos Def, Tupac, Andre 3000, Common, 90’s Black Cinema, Pelé, Ambient Cultural Music From Around The World, and Lee “Scratch” Perry, Marty has a refreshing, throwback sound and a nasty ear for production. Download some free tracks after the jump.

Listen as RJD2 lays the instrumentation for “Break Free”:

Dirty Projectors : Swing Lo Magellan






Rating: 5/5 stars

Label: Domino



No one could accuse Dirty Projectors leader David Longstreth of doing the same thing twice. Swing Lo Magellan is a poetic art-pop album, matching warm and personal music with outlandish intellectual ideas that is eclectic, without being esoteric. For a band constantly experimenting with their own sound, this album is no exception. More “beat-driven” and accessible than any Dirty Projectors previous albums, Longstreth has cited a slew of influences here, ranging from Nirvana, Lil Wayne, Michael Jackson, Neil Young, En Vogue, Blind Willie Johnson to classical composers Arnold Schoenberg and  György Ligeti…and maybe even a little Dylan.

 Listen :  Dirty Projectors :  Gun Has No Trigger (via SoundCloud)