Today’s suggested listening: Forer – the self-funded, second EP from Steel Phantoms. Following up their eponymous debut, the unsigned, Brooklyn indie trio deliver yet another solid, sometimes quirky, no-frills progressive indie rock album. Expect crisp guitars, beautifully layered vocal harmonies, masterfully placed moog and a subdued intensity and introspection reminiscent of The Modern Lovers and Wolf Parade. Support the good fight! and download or stream the full album right HERE.
Mysterious 80’s synth lord Teeel wrote a bunch of songs back in 2008 under the alias “mimeo”. The album is an exploration into creating electronic music. At the time, he was still learning about synthesis and using different techniques to compose music, hence the name “the experiment”. You’ll hear hints of TEEEL mixed with downtempo and chill electronica. Enjoy this free download. [DOWNLOAD]
The lost notebooks of Hank Williams were discovered after he died in 1953. Jack White, Bob Dylan and a bunch of other artists have gotten together to complete the collection of previously unheard songs, adding a little lick of their own style with a lot of Hank’s raw energy to make The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams. Stream the standout track “You Know That I know” from White Stripes frontman Jack White HERE.
Stream Geoffrey O’Connor’s soaring and arch pop statement, Vanity is Forever, now! The album will be released in the U.S. on Tuesday, September 27th via Chapter Music but you can give it a listen today and dare to be hypnotized. Make sure to check out the very David Lynch, Twin Peaks soundtrack reminiscent “Thing’s I shouldn’t Do”.
Also, listen to these previously released tracks off the record:
Geoffrey released a remix EP of “Whatever Leads Me To You” as well, including reworkings by Expensive Looks, Lawrence Arabia, and WORNG. All the remixes can be downloaded here for free.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah has come a long way since 2005, when the DIY group first recorded and released their debut album all out of the apartment of bassist Tyler Sargent.
The band is back now with their third album Hysterical, marking their best work to date. “Hysterical Balances the exuberance of the band’s first album with beauty and reflection, most notably in “In a Motel” and “Adams Plane.” But it wouldn’t be a Clap Your Hands Say Yeah record without that bounce; that “grab your buddy and dance with unhinged joy” emotion that’s all overHysterical. It’s feeling I thought we’d lost, but that the band has once again found, just in time.” (NPR Music)
With lush guitars, and hushed vocals The Morning Clouds are the perfect soundtrack for a foggy drive. The Morning Clouds consists of Josh Wambeke, who’s best known for his work with a band called Fell. Wambeke’s upcoming release Wasted Youth Blues EP is self produced and recorded, showcasing one complex and lush piece of work. Although Wambeke slinks into a bedroom-pop aesthetic on The Wasted Youth Blues, there’s still enough cosmic dust left over from Fell’s travels to the edge of the universe to coat The Morning Clouds’ songs and cast an ethereal shimmer over that comfortably familiar classic pop framework. Just like the Ramones roughed it up with punk and JAMC’s C86 aesthetic yanked it into the new wave, The Wasted Youth Blues filters the sound through Wambeke’s spaced-out sensibilities. The Morning Clouds first release through Lefse Records is the gem-worthy EP.
Lefse Records will be releasing the debut EP Wasted Youth Blues on October 11th from Denver’s The Morning Clouds.
[MP3] The Morning Clouds “The Wrong Things”
[Stream] The Morning Clouds “The Wrong Things”
We have a new remix for you from Papercutz: This song is a remix of the title track from Jason Grier’s and Ramona Gonzalez’s (aka Nite Jewel) “Heart Shaped E.P.” Jason Grier is also sharing the first proper release from his (anti)love duets series. The new Heart Shaped EP collects five songs Grier penned for Ramona Gonzalez of Nite Jewel, including studio versions of much blogged-about tracks “Heart Shaped Rock” and “Nothing Nothing”, plus four previously unheard jams. The 35 minute EP zeros in on “smash hit” grooves of the high broadcast age. Post-freestyle, slam jam, and daytime drama soundscapes wash over alien musings on love.
A summer sleeper hit-to-be from MEMORY TAPES – “WAIT IN THE DARK” (JENSEN SPORTAG REMIX) Taken from the Memory Tapes Tour EP. LISTEN to the track below:
While you are here, you can also DOWNLOAD THE MEMORY TAPES TOUR EP (remixes by Jensen Sportag, Seams & Nazca Lines). Just click HERE.
You can also grab some JENSEN SPORTAG CUSTOM REMIXES. Just click HERE.
(photo: D.L. Anderson)
Thanks to NPR and The New York Times, you can stream Bon Iver‘s new self-titled album which is officially out June 21 via Jagjaguwar. After some curious collaborations with Kanye and Phil Collins, Justin Vernon seems back on track , making a natural transitioning follow up to “For Emma, Forever Ago.”
Stream the digitial album demos from The Band in Heaven; the latest noise duo making a name in the South Florida Music scene.
“The Band In Heaven sports a strong pop sensibility, and they make sure you hear it. It’s a trophy standing on a pedestal of guitar distortion and feedback. The sounds can be pretty punishing, but there’s a blissful, mind-numbing quality to their music, too. It could be likened to dream pop, but sleep is the last thing on my mind when this is on.” –theneedledrop.com
“If you dig the spacey, droning haze of NYC’s seminal Velvet Underground, Tx.’s primordial psych-pioneers the 13th Floor Elevators or even the dreamy revivalist mantras of such modern-day revisionists as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Brian Jonestown Massacre or The Warlocks, this buzzworthy Orlando duo will make you smile, nod out and fumble for a massive glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Their informed, crate-digger take on a genre which seems on the cusp of a major resurgence has all the lazy bombast of The Jesus & March Chain at their least “mature”: it’s a numbing wall of fuzzed-out bass, distorted guitar, combo organ and hypnotic, pounding drums drenched in echo and insouciantly bedraggled.” – Savannah’s Connect
The Strokes: Angles
Label: Rough Trade
Release Date: March 22, 2011
The Strokes officially release their fourth studio album, Angles tomorrow on Rough Trade. After such a long hiatus and hyped as the first Strokes album with creative input from all five members, we were not quite sure what to expect from this album. But despite this albums diverse collaborative input and attempt to rebuild the band from the ground up, this is definitely still a “Strokes album”. If you are expecting an ambitious statement from the band that will push the musical landscape in a new direction, you will no doubt be disappointed with this album. What you can expect is a collection of new songs from a continually evolving band, with a new sound that is refreshing but also familiar, maintaining their signature sound; catchy hooks, punchy guitars , Juliens droning monotone croon, subtle hints at reggae and 80’s rock. After heavy rotation, this album proves itself a highly redeemable work, one of the bands most interesting, if uneven EP’s that is better and better with each listen. Like 2001’s overly hyped/ mis-represented Is This It, Angles is just straightforward catchy pop rock, meant to be enjoyed as just that. Pitchfork might want these guys to “quit while they’re ahead”, but if anything, Angles proves the Strokes are a band forging forward, and we are glad they keep on, keeping on.
Read a more in depth album review from Discosalt contributing writer Andrew Bailey below:
Angles frequently sounds more like an album heavily influenced by The Strokes than actually by The Strokes. There seems to be a lot less attention to detail in the songwriting, the track-for-track reliance on big garage rock guitar riffs isn’t so aggressive, and the 1980′s have clearly left a very palpable impression. Even some alien reggae influences have seeped in on “Machu Picchu”, easily one of the record’s best tracks. Above all else though, what really stands out here is the quality of production (at last). The rugged garage aesthetic made sense on Is This It and even to some extent on Room on Fire. But by the time the band reached First Impressions — where they finally started trying to merge the old with the new — it started feeling overly manufactured. The Strokes are, after all, a big time rock group now. And they aren’t in their early-20′s anymore, either. Clinging to the same old lackluster production quality might have coddled a few old fans still starstruck by the sound they broke in with, but it wouldn’t have done anything for the band’s progression. All these changes might be big splashes of cold water to the face, but they’re all incredibly welcome ones. (Read More HERE)
Stream the entire album on the Strokes website right HERE.
Switzerland’s entfant terrible, WILDLIFE! first gained public attention for his unanimously praised musical productions on Terry Lynn’s debut album “Kingstonlogic 2.0“. He continued making waves with his signature dancehall influenced take on contemporary electronic music with remixes for the likes of The Very Best, Poirier, Marina & The Diamonds, The Do, and released his debut EP “Jumbie” in Fall 2009 getting dancefloors bubbling with mad love from many a key player around the globe, with remixes from Schlachthofbronx, Mixhell, Edu K, and Beware & Motorpitch. After hitting hard with his uptempo club material like “Jumbie” or his recent 135 bpm smasher “Metazoa“, released on Buraka Som Sistema’s Enchufada label in early fall 2010, WILDLIFE! now hits back with a fresh dancehall soaked project. BUCKUP! The new EP rolls across dancehall’s golden eras, with Sammy Dread and Major Mackerel re-licking some of their biggest tunes that had the scenes on lock in the 80’s and 90’s. Alongside these two legends we have new era vanguard Terry Lynn paying tribute to the times by flipping a touch of Ini Kamoze’s “How You Living” into her own contemporary genre-bending monster with a double jeopardy attack.
“Buck UP” is officially released on the 22nd November but is exclusively available now via Bandcamp with a rather flexible price tag. He’s asking you to name your own price, with no minimum for a limited time!
Stream the album Below:
Today OFF!, the LA-based punk/hardcore quartet comprised of Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks), Steven McDonald (Redd Kross), Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), and Mario Rubalcaba (Earthless/Hot Snakes/Rocket From the Crypt), are offering up First Four EPs as a free stream on Think Indie, where you can also purchase the album digitally a week before you can get it anywhere else. Falling just shy of 18 minutes, the 16 song set is a cavalcade of raw intensity and blistering tempos (only two songs crack the 90 second mark). The few mp3 leaks that precede today’s stream have been surfaced in such esteemed outlets as Pitchfork (who named the track “Upside Down” as “Best New Music” last week), Fader, Spinner, Brooklyn Vegan, and just about everywhere else you can think of.
FREE MP3: OFF!: “Upside Down”
First Four EPs stream on Think Indie:
Ancient Whales is a project of love. Enoch Bledsoe and Natalie Dawn bring you songs of magical enchantment. Writing, recording, and performing is like sailing the open ocean for this team of musical pirates. Recently returning to the gulf coast from Athens Georgia. During their time in such places Enoch B. and Natalie Dawn collaborated with musical groups Puddin’ Tang and Firework Child, performing every where east of the Mississippi. Touring abroad is an aspiration for Ancient Whales with dreams of grandeur in the Americas. You can check out their album by clicking HERE
The new Callers LP Life of Love came out yesterday. Here are direct links to two tracks from the album:
Moody Morrissey-esc crooner George Lewis Jr., aka Twin Shadow may be skirting familiar musical territory on his debut album Forget, produced by Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear). But while the nostalgic Brooklyn project strikes some comfortable chords your feet already know how to dance to, he masters the lush romantic 1980’s new wave synth landscape in a way that seems fresh and heartfelt. So if you are tired of spinning your Echo and the Bunnymen records and looking for some new fall sounds to soothe a broken heart, stream the new Twin Shadow album right here or download a free mp3 of standout track “Slow” below.
Our friends at www.Sickoftheradio.com has just released Volume 5 of the R. Stevie Moore Tribute box set entitled “Not Quite Yet”. The entire album is exclusively available for FREE DOWNLOAD on their site: http://sickoftheradio.com/?p=15820&preview=true
Volume 5 includes tracks from Jad Fair, Earwak, Skizz Cyzykand, Augustita Lloret, Sleeping Bag, Bars And Tone, Astrid Quay Arts & Entertainment, and a bunch of other cool groups all taking a shot at various RSM songs. All songs compiled and arranged by R. Stevie Moore, the man himself.
For those who are not familiar with this on-going project, Sick Of The Radio and R. Stevie Moore have teamed up together, calling all bands to submit a cover of their favorite R. Stevie Moore Song. R. Stevie Moore hand selects each song per tribute album. All tribute albums are available for FREE DOWNLOAD exclusively from www.sickoftheradio.com
You can DOWNLOAD the past 4 volumes of the RSM Tribute below:
VOLUME 1 “COPY ME TREAT ME” FEATURING: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafitti, Dave Gregory (from XTC),Dino Felipe, Mimi et les pop people, Skitanja…
VOLUME 2 “NEW WAVE MOONS” FEATURING: Jason Falkner, The Branflakes, HIFIKLUB, Todd Dillingham, Yukio Yung, More & Gendel, Martin Newell, Victor Lovera, Amy Annelle, Ergo Phizmiz, pHoaming Edison…
VOLUME 3 “HEY, PRETTY WORLD” FEATURING: Wonderwheel, Sean Moore, The Creepy Shits, The Winter Lights, Jad Fair, Jessica Kane, Ray Brazen…
VOLUME 4 “HUMAN PEOPLE WAY” FEATURING: Dino Felipe, Ariel Pink, The Smoots, Gary Schulz, Amsterdam Aunts, Roger Ferguson and Ethos…
VOLUME FIVE – “NOT QUITE YET (WIVES ALIVE @5)” (78:46)
1. Wayne Wayne Go Away – Astrid Quay Arts & Entertainment (4:43)
2. Horizontal Hideaway – Earwak (2:18)
3. Alecia – Joe Vocino with Tom Priester (4:09)
4. Employees Must Wash Hands Before Returning To Work – Skizz Cyzyk (3:49)
5. Under The Light – Jad Fair (5:31)
6. In My Own Quiet Way – Taratortuga (3:24)
7. You And Me – The Faubert Gold (rsmasteremiss) (2:14)
8. I Love All The Girls – Hard Sharks (3:03)
9. Opt Out – Ozzy Skateboard (1:28)
10. Irony – Augustita Lloret (3:08)
11. Habitat – Sleeping Bag (4:28)
12. Puttin’ Up The Groceries – The Will Keller Generation (2:27)
13. Doesn’t One – Krystyna Olsiewicz And Repertoire (3:02)
14. The Holocaust Parade – Brian Weinstein a’Go Go (1:34)
15. You Always Want What You Don’t Have – Noel Coward’s Ghost (4:14)
16. Dewey Decimal System – Little David Burd (1:02)
17. (I’m Your) Latest Guest – The Oshun Oxtra (3:10)
18. Midsummer Reflection – Dr. Michael K. Burroughs (3:05)
19. I Just Want To Feel You – Les Danuta Blicharz (2:24)
20. Mine Ear’s Plaza – autosam (3:32)
21. I’ve Begun To Fall In Love – David Fenech (3:02)
22. Geiger Counter – Christopher Zane Gordon (4:07)
23. I Go Into Your Mind – Dan Behrman The Immigrant (1:46)
24. You Can’t Write A Song – the ggnzlaman (3:26)
25. I Like To Stay Home – Bars And Tone (3:39)
If you haven’t checked out Brooklyn quartet Sucker’s most recent album Wild Smile, which followed up last years eponymous four-song EP, you can stream it below. Or if you order it from the band on their site here, you will immediately get a digital download of the entire album, along with a pair of exclusive acoustic renditions of tracks “Martha” and “Black Sheep” from the LP sent directly to your email address. While the cover art alone is worth buying the Anand Wilder (Yeasayer) produced album, there are some really awesome jams here; a solid mix of indie-art rock, thats equal part experimental and accessible, at times, echoing some of the glam grandeur of Bowie. Check back soon with Discosalt for our full interview with the band, where we discuss everything from their new tour with Menomena to The Smurfs.
Having already received support on Radio One, Radio Two, BBC 6 Music, XFM, Kiss FM and a multitude of blogs, the Diogenes Club return with the Versailles EP. It will be released on September 20, 2010. You can Stream the entire album below:
Bloody Knives, a new visceral shoegaze band with a propensity for all encompassing noise blasts and bleeding textures have announced the release of their first EP, “Burn It All Down”. Preston Maddox’s woozy vocals on the album cut through the rusty storm of guitars, drums, keys, and programming to add contrasting melodic references that will draw you in over and over again. The duo creates a riotous amount of sound, with every nuance carefully placed in the sonic landscape.
In Killredrocketrecords tradition, the downloadable version is, and always will be, free. There is also a limited edition handmade 10 page art book/cd combo available for purchase. Many of these sold on tour and during the pre-order, so if you want one you should get one while they are still available. All of these things are available at the Bloody Knives Bandcamp site.
For more information on the band, you can read the interview with “The Blog That Celebrates Itself” here
Stream the entire album here: http://bloodyknives.bandcamp.com/album/burn-it-all-down
New Jersey born Slow Animal brings the rawness and DIY attitude that makes fuzz-rock so fun to listen to but at the same time makes music that is completely accessible. The new album theFUNsun 7″ is now available on Jax Art but you can also download a digital copy of “theFunsun” + other tracks for free below.
Dark Night of the Soul, the treatise written by Spanish poet and Roman Catholic Mystic Saint John of the Cross has become an expression used to describe a phase in a person’s spiritual life, a metaphor for a certain loneliness and desolation. The other “Dark Night of the Soul”, the mysterious multi-media project/album involving Danger Mouse , Mark Linkous , and David Lynch has proven just as cryptic. While the unreleased album featuring Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse, the Flaming Lips, Iggy Pop, Frank Black, Julian Casablancas, Jason Lytle, and James Mercer of the Shins, remains on “indefinite hiatus” after a dispute with the record label EMI, the book is available for sale on new interactive website for Dark Night of the Soul along with a blank CD. Its a shame because it’s a great album that everyone should hear. Luckily, it has made its way onto the webs, youtube and some select record shops in New York if you can find it. Check out some videos from tracks on the album below and stream the entire album HERE.
Revenge (feat. Wayne Coyne)
Just War (feat. Gruff Rhys)
Next Tuesday, June 22nd, The Chemical Brothers will release their seventh studio album, Further, the culmination of nearly two decades of psychadelic exploration, but starting today, fans can hear the album in its entirety exclusively at NPR’s First Listen!
STREAM FURTHER NOW:
Further is the band’s most ambitious project yet, a full-on audio/visual experience with unique cutting edge visuals tailored to each of the album’s eight epic tracks. The full experience will be available on the CD/DVD edition as well as the exclusive iTunes Pass, but fans can preview the astonishing visuals using The Chemical Brothers‘ interactive teaser here:
8/29 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
9/3 Chicago, IL – North Coast Music Festival
9/4 New York, NY – Electric Zoo Festival
You can now Stream the The National’s highly-anticipated new album High Violet in its entirety on the New York Times website. The stream, courtesy of the Brooklyn indie rockers, will only be available until April 27th, but the album officially drops May 11th. You can also check out Discosalt’s most recent review of the band in New York right HERE.
Seattle rockers, Minus The Bear, are now streaming their forthcoming record, OMNI, in its entirety on KCRW.COM. Click HERE to listen! The guys are also kicking off their latest US tour tonight in their homestate of Washington!
OMNI drops May 4th courtesy of Dangerbird Records. Pre-order the record and play OMNI Says The Game HERE
19 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
20 Billings, MT – The Rainyard
22 Omaha, NE – Slowdown
23 Bonner Springs, KS – Sandstone Amphitheatre
25 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
26 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
28 Covington, KY – Madison Theater
29 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
30 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
2 East Rutherford, NJ – Bamboozle Festival
5 Boston, MA – Wilbur Theater
6 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
7 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
8 Richmond, VA – The National
9 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
10 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
11 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
12 Tampa, FL – The Ritz
14 Houston, TX – House of Blues
15 Dallas, TX – Granada
16 Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa
18 Albuquerque, MN – Sunshine Theatre
19 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
20 Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theatre
21 Pomona, CA – Glass House
22 San Diego, CA – SOMA
23 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
26 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
27 Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
28 Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
29 George, WA – Sasquatch Music Festival
Melissa Auf der Maur, The former Hole bassist who also toured with The Smashing Pumpkins in 2000, has released her second solo record and multimedia project, Out of Our Minds (OOOM), which is finally out today! This latest release features the first-ever duet by Glenn Danzig. Check out the AOL Spinner Listening Party (http://www.spinner.com/new-releases#/3) and don’t forget to pick up a copy. Consisting of 12 powerful tracks produced and mixed by top-flight collaborators including Chris Goss (QOTSA, UNKLE), Alan Molder (Depeche Mode, Smashing Pumpkins) and Mike Frazer (Franz Ferdinand, AC/DC), the multimedia project album also extends into a 28-minute, HD film starring and conceived by MAdM, as well as a limited edition comic book and matching picture disc vinyl illustrated by Jack Forbes.
Stream The Entire Album on AOL Spinner: http://www.spinner.com/new-releases#/3
Some last minute, but breaking news for Dr. Dog fans. Dr. Dog will be performing songs from their recently released “Shame, Shame” tonight at 7pm at the Apple Store in Soho, New York. I last saw Dr. Dog at the Forecastle Festival where they put on a fantastic show, so this is well worth checking out. The album was released on April 2nd and has much more of a 60s & 70s pop feel to it, recalling The Beach Boys to the Beatles to Bowie. The show is free, so Discosalt suggests getting there early! See ya there.
You can also stream the album “Shame, Shame” it in its entirety right HERE, courtesy of NPR. just click and enjoy!
Yeasayer: Odd Blood
Label: Secretly Canadian
Release Date: February 9, 2010
It’s a good thing Yeasayer is mostly full of shit. In the run up to the release of its second album, the Brooklyn band claimed it was partially inspired by the theory of Singularity, which hypothesizes that artificial intelligence will eventually overtake that of the human mind. If that were actually true, and the group had gone ahead and constructed a concept album about man versus machine, Odd Blood wouldn’t be the florescent joy that it is. It certainly starts out hinting at some larger idea which might possibly involve revolting computers: opener “The Children” features garbled vocals and a clanging, industrial stomp, and is easily the worst song of the ten. But by the end of the record, frontman Chris Keating is singing about he and his girl “making love ’til the morning light” over a clattering clap-along chorus, and the experience as a whole is less a pseudo-scientific think-piece than it is the soundtrack to the romantic sci-fi drama John Hughes never got to make…on acid.
A lot easier to believe is the group’s assertion that it wants to compete with the likes of Rihanna for space on the world’s dance floors. As Animal Collective did with last year’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, on Odd Blood Yeasayer puts aside its art-pop pretensions in favor of making art that simply pops. 2007’s All Hour Cymbals thought being psychedelic meant not having to write real songs, and sometimes it does, but the flashes of melody and atmospheric inventiveness on their debut only made you hope the trio would eventually hang its mishmash of ideas on something sturdier. And now it has—namely, the drums of a dude who used to backup Peter Gabriel. And a shitload of synths, too.
So yeah, this is a “New New Wave” (or, sigh, “nu-wave”) record. Those aforementioned drums—particularly on the sublimely airy highlight “Madder Red”—are the same kind of huge, echoey cloudbursts that made wimps like Simple Minds and Human League seem muscular. Anand Wilder’s guitar appears only in snippets, often buried under a stack of glittering keyboards. And the slow-drifting closer “Grizelda” is about ruthless Colombian drug kingpin Griselda Blanco, whose exports kept American clubs up all night back in the ’80s. But Odd Blood is not a work of empty nostalgia. It is, in fact, very much an album of the late-aughties, when the accessibility of music has saturated young artists with so many sounds it’s impossible not to just feed them all through the pop kaleidoscope. And, despite appearances, it is still very much a Yeasayer album. The band hasn’t ditched the worldly influences of All Hour Cymbals—they’ve been absorbed into rhythms. First single “Ambling Alp,” a jittery earwig named after 1930s boxer Primo Carnera (between this and “Lisztomania,” Phoenix’s hyper-infectious ode to 19th century composer Franz Liszt, the key to a hit single appears to be clicking the Random Article function on Wikipedia and writing about the first historical figure that comes up), has a reggae lilt beneath the glowing electro production. “O.N.E.” bounces along on a rubbery disco beat that’s straight out of carnivale. And there are traces of dub and Middle Eastern folk sprinkled throughout. Everything is coated in a unifying Technicolor sheen, showing the group has learned that psychedelia can be trippy and groovy at the same time, man.
As for a theme? Well, that’s easy: love. Not a cloying, disingenuous love either. “I Remember,” a ballad about Keating’s wife built around a fluttering keyboard line, is the most full-hearted, with references to “making out on an airplane,” “golden hearts in a fresh cut grass” and “being stupid together.” It’s warm and sentimental without being saccharine. And it’s also the greatest counterargument to that Singularity nonsense: Computers might one day be able to think like us, but they’ll never be able to feel like we do.
Fang Island: Fang Island
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: February 23, 2010
Stream the album for free HERE
Dan Deacon, Mr Holland’s Opus, Joe Satanari, Early 90’s After School Specials, The Go! Team and Starburst (the candy). These are all things that come to mind after repeated listens to Fang Island’s eponymous EP. Band members say this music is the sound of “everyone high-fiving everyone.” And I have to say, I agree: this album is just so easy to love. But a written description doesn’t do it justice. My advice? Buy it and give it a listen.
Since I experienced this album in such a different way, I figured I’d approach this review in a completely different way. Here is my freestyle take on Fang Island:
Only good things, guitar circles and drum rings, celebration, congratulations, block party booming bass, tweeting, sweeping, smashing, crashing, putting a smile on everyone’s face. Is it Summer yet? It must be Summer. This is the new Summer sound. One foot planted firmly on the f/x pedal, the other never touches down. Flash, Panache, Substance and style, even the organ seems to smile, Joyful handclaps and blissed-out beats, mighty tighty moogs and keys. Echo chamber echoes, criss-crossing melodies, soaring, soulful ooh’s and aaaah’s, childlike glee. Muscle car guitars, glitter, sparkles and stars. Indie Tabernacle Choirboy choruses blasting from Chevy Cavaliers and Ford Tauruses, reoccurring ditties and nothing remotely shitty. Rock, pop, chamber and twee, psych, freak, alt and of course indie. Spin it some more and don’t let it stop. In with a snap and out with a pop.
the bird and the bee, the duo of singer Inara George and multi-instrumental/producer Greg Kurstin, kicked off a musical scavenger hunt for their fans today by premiering all nine songs from their new album, Interpreting The Masters Volume 1: A Tribute To Daryl Hall And John Oates on nine different websites: AOL Spinner, BrooklynVegan, Entertainment Weekly, Idolator, MySpace, PerezHilton, Prefix, SPIN and USA Today (links to all tracks below). Featuring eight classic covers and one original song, “Heard It On The Radio”, the band’s love letter to the “rock & soul” duo, will be released on March 23 courtesy of EMI’s Blue Note Records.
the bird and the bee also played a once-in-a-lifetime concert on Friday night in Los Angeles to celebrate the album’s impending release and were joined on stage by very special surprise guest, John Oates, for performances of “Maneater,” “She’s Gone,” and “I Can’t Go For That”. In a rave review in today’s Los Angeles Times, August Brown wrote that Oates “couldn’t have asked for a more articulate love letter than the one the bird and the bee just gave him.” The entire concert was webcast live at Livestream.com, and will be archived on the site starting March 22.
THE BIRD AND THE BEE’S HALL & OATES SCAVENGER HUNT TIPSHEET:
1. Heard It On The Radio –
2. I Can’t Go For That – Brooklyn Vegan
3. Rich Girl – SPIN
4. Sara Smile – Entertainment Weekly
5. Kiss On My List – Idolator
6. Maneater – PerezHilton
7. She’s Gone – AOL Spinner
8. Private Eyes – USA Today
9. One on One – Prefix
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New Video from the much talked about new Beach House album Teen Dream. The Maryland indie dream pop duo officially releases Teen Dream on Sub Pop this week with a DVD containing videos for each song on the album. Check out the fifth video released through gorillavsbear for the song “Silver Soul” below directed by Beach House’s singer, Victoria Legrand:
Need some more Beach House? Stream their new album “Teen Dream” in full on NPR HERE.
Transference, Spoons latest record, stays the course with Austin’s 15 year pop veteran’s. Pushing 40, and now on their 7th album, this might be their rawest most stripped down album to date. Once around, this sounds a lot different to me than their last EP and “Nobody Gets Me But You” stands out, but stop by later this month for a full album review. In the mean time, Transference is available to stream in its entirety for the week on NPR Music’s Exclusive First Listen series, so check it out HERE and let us know what you think.
We get a lot of music suggestions from indie labels, artists, PR Firms…even grandmothers. Todays submission comes from a Brighton Band called The Diogenes Club. A pretty laid back melodic pop duo with an 80’s synth sound that reminds me of early Phoenix. Their new EP 979, is a spacey 3 song album that will be available February 22, 2010 but you can stream it for free HERE
The much anticipated and mysterious multi-media project/album involving Danger Mouse , Mark Linkous , and David Lynch entitled “Dark Night of the Soul ” featuring Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse along with the Flaming Lips, Iggy Pop, Frank Black, the Strokes’ Julian Casablancas, Jason Lytle, and James Mercer of the Shins, has apparently been canned.
Dark Night of the Soul is a treatise written by Spanish poet and Roman Catholic Mystic Saint John of the Cross. It has since become an expression used to describe a phase in a person’s spiritual life, a metaphor for a certain loneliness and desolation. The Lynch Project has proven just as cryptic and while the Dark Night of the Soul book has been released along with an art installation at L.A.’s Michael Kohn Gallery this summer, the album official release “has been either scrapped altogether or put on indefinite hiatus” according to Billboard magazine, “due to unspecified legal issues with EMI”. Whether or not the installation has plans to reach New York, is still shrouded in mystery but luckily the album is out there if you snoop around. I picked up a copy at a record shop on East 3rd Street and you can stream the entire album HERE.
The Dodos new album “Time To Die” will not be officially physically released until September 15th and not digitally until July 28th…but in the meantime, you can stream the full album HERE. Enjoy.
You can also catch the Dodos with Ruby Suns on Tour this year:
The Dodos & Ruby Suns – 2009 Tour Dates
08/8 Los Angeles, CA – The Getty Museum *
08/14 Seattle, WA – KEXP Mural Amphitheater Summer Series *
08/28 San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Music Festival
09/26 Big Sur, CA – Henry Miller Library
09/27 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
09/28 San Diego, CA – Casbah
09/29 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
09/30 Phoenix, AZ – Modified
10/2 Dallas, TX – House of Blues-Pontiac Garage
10/3 Houston, TX – The Orange Show
10/4 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10/6 Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder
10/7 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
10/8 Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle
10/9 Washington DC – Rock and Roll Hotel
10/10 Baltimore, MD – Talking Head
10/12 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
10/13 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/14 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
10/15 Cambridge, MA – Middle East Downstairs
10/16 Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa
10/17 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
10/19 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
10/20 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
10/22 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
10/24 Boise, ID – Neurolux
10/25 Portland, OR – Aladdin Theatre
10/26 Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret
* No Ruby Suns
After seven years without a CD release, Superchunk finally released “Leaves in the Gutter” a couple months ago. A 5 song EP release in the mold of their early 7-inches and between – album EP masterpieces. If you let this one slip past you, what better way to get over the hump than to check out all four new tracks plus last year’s vinyl-only hit single, “Misfits & Mistakes” all streaming for free HERE .