Tame Impala : Lonerism





Rating: 5/5 stars 

Label: Modular


Another warm, swirling, psychedelic, sonic cruise with dizzying atmospheric guitar hooks, washing over both brash and vulnerable sounding moody vocals from Aussie rock outfit Tame Impala. Taking cues from Innerspeaker track “Solitude Is Bliss”,  Lonerism is an entire album about alienation and the power of one – what front-man Kevin Parker describes as “the idea of being someone who doesn’t feel part of the rest of the world”. Like Innerspeaker, there is comfort in this album’s nostalgia – a harmonic tribute to psychedelics pop past – with nods towards the Beatles, Hendrix and Floyd. But, Lonerism manages to ameliorate mere 60′s revisionist rock, and emerge intensely modern and new, with a sound quality only possible in 2012.  Both larger in scope and sound than it’s predecessors,  Lonerism drives it’s influences into an entirely new direction, making it the most immersive albums of the year.

Listen : Tame Impala : Feels Like We Only Go Backwards (via SoundCloud)



MP3 – Quiet Loudly : Go Into The Light Smiling

On the second full-length album from Quiet Loudly – Go Into the Light Smiling, the Brooklyn soft-psychers, once again, deliver an introspective and honest record with real energy.  If you missed this in July, here’s your second chance. Listen below:

MP3 – Dead Horse One : Heavenly Choir of Jet Engines

Dead Horse One  is a French eclectic musical group that spans multiple genres including Shoegaze and psychedelia. Their avowed aim is to be a ”Heavenly choir of jet engines”, filling the sound-scape of the world with an endless extended note, wistful and melancholic….macabre and beautiful…from which will emerge pop songs…

Watch – M83 : Official Music Video Competition

M83’s third single “Steve McQueen”, from the critically acclaimed Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming –  will be released with diverse and epic remixes from AlluxeBeatauCueMAPS and SALM, alongside the new video  [ chosen shortly from submissions to the Genero.tv competition ] on November 27th.

The track continues the legacy of M83’s dazzling cosmic-pop, with exploding guitar riffs and driving drum beats, the listener is sure to be carried away.

Watch  all 126 competing music video submissions HERE. 

Also, be sure to take a listen to NPR’s stunning recording of their performance at the historic 9:30 Club from earlier this year. Listen here!

Video – Still Corners : Endless Summer

Watch the Georgina Hudson directed video for Still Corner’s Twin-Peak-y track “Endless Summer” on Sub Pop.

Video – Tame Impala : Elephant

Watch the analog synthesized video by artist Yoshi Sodeoka –  for the first single “Elephant:” off Tame Impala’s forthcoming new LP Lonerism.

Video – Grizzly Bear : Yet Again

The new video for “Yet Again” taken from Grizzly Bear’s album Shields, out now. Produced by The Creators Project in partnership with Warp Records, the video was directed by Emily Kai Bock and shot in Toronto.

Listen to Grizzly Bear’s Shields in its entirety below.

Video – Tamaryn : Heavenly Bodies

Watch the new video Directed by Grant Singer –  for  “Heavenly Bodies” From Tamaryn’s new album Tender New Signs, out 10/16/12 on Mexican Summer.

Video – Dum Dum Girls : Lord Knows

Christin Turner directs this new Dum Dum Girls video for “Lord Knows” – out now on Sub Pop.



Video – Frank Ocean : Pyramids

Director Nabil does it again with the new Frank Ocean video for “Pyramids”.

frank ocean [pyramids] from christopher francis ocean on Vimeo.

Album Stream – Band of Horses : Mirage Rock

Band of Horses has launched a new BOH website with the release of  Mirage Rock, the follow-up to 2010’s Infinite Arms. Both the album and the website features the photography of Christopher Wilson throughout. Check out www.bandofhorses.com for all the latest news, tour dates, videos and more and stream the new album in its entirety below, via the band’s website.

Video – Fear of Men : Green Sea

You were just saying that you missed the Cranberries…

Watch Fear of Men’s video for ‘Green Sea’

Grab Toronto’s Beta Frontiers dancefloor re-mix of  “Green Sea” below:

Video – Taken by Trees : Large

Taken By Trees “Large” from Other Worlds, available as an instant download today).

MP3 – Vaadat Charigm : Witches

Shoegaze from Tel Aviv?  Vaadat Charigm is an Israeli trio inspired by bands like Beat Happening and My Bloody Valentine…and just in time for the holidays…

Bob Odenkirk interrogates The Soft Pack

The Soft Pack’s new album Strapped is out today!  Strapped finds the Los Angeles-based foursome defying whatever you might expect from their debut album, while maintaining their patent palette of cake in your face rock n’ roll. Music journalist and soft-hearted curmudgeon Hal Clapp (aka Bob Odenkirk) interrogated The Soft Pack in this rev up of John and Yoko’s Montreal Bed-In of 1969. Watch the below:

Purchase the limited edition LP here digital album via iTunes here.

Listen to their latest single “Bobby Brown”,

MP3 + Video – Smokey Robotic : Schizophrenic DJ

New York based superfuture group Smokey Robotic are a four member supergroup featuring producers !llmind and Konrad OldMoney and lyricists Seer and Father Dude!llmind has a deep knowledge in Hip-Hop beats, as he recently worked with Kanye West on one track for the Cruel Summer album, while Konrad OldMoney is creating his own genre/sound called “GlobalBass.”

The guys dropped off a brand new video this week for their most recent single, Schizophrenic DJ, shot by Pier Pictures.

MP3 – ROOM8 : Transduction

ROOM8 “Transduction” is a crossroads on the electronic highway. An audio film that takes place in a musical past, present, and future. The brain child of Ezra Reich  and Nic Johns, “Transduction” features Electric Youth (from the neon noir hit “Drive”), Martha Davis (leader of classic New Wave icons, The Motels), the sax work of Ian Young from M83, guitar work from Giorgio Moroder’s arranger and guitar player and famed producer, Richie Zito, mixed with Gavin Mackillop (Human League, General Public, Heaven 17). With artwork by the legendary art collective, The Zonders.

Get a sneak peak and listen to the first single, “Visions of You (feat. Electric Youth)”  and B side “Neon and Dice”  below.

MP3 – Hills : Hills LP

Hills are a surf rock band from Los Angeles. They just released their self-titled album, which you can download below.

Alt-J : An Awesome Wave




Rating: 5/5 stars

Label: Atlantic


Leeds quartet Alt-J (aka ‘triangle’, aka △) not only wrote one of the most diverse and addictive albums of 2012,  but successfully created a new “non-genre” genre.  Exploring a variety of music styles, including pop, folk and R&B, Alt-J masterfully piece together a beautifully rounded puzzle of style and influences. Nasally, blues-like vocals gush over dark, fuzzed-out bass -lines, guitar scratching, island beats and intricate vocal harmonies that are never short on literary references or imagery and never feel over-complicated or too ambitious.

Listen : Alt-j :  Fitzpleasure(remix)

Listen : Alt-j : An Awesome Wave (viaSoundCloud


Grizzly Bear : Shields





Rating: 5/5 stars

Label: Warp


After a long three year hibernation, Grizzly Bear awakes, evolved,  lurching with a thundering new record and some teeth.  A record, as much about coming together as it is about falling apart,  Shields is an unpredictable album that re-defines the band’s group dynamics and takes comforts in it’s own imperfections. Showcasing guitarist Daniel Rossen‘ s expressive six-string style and “psychedilic tempest” songwriting abilities, this album is a stormy swirl of  aggressive guitar swells building into roaring climaxes that is quite unpredictable.  But while it explores a wide range of themes, textures and sounds, it is ultimately the unpredictability that makes Shields such a rewarding listen.

 Listen :  Grizzly Bear : Yet Again (viaSoundCloud)