Remember mopeds? Well they’re making a revival. Two moped gangs in Brooklyn, NY show us why the bikes, old and new, are still kicking around – and share a little bit about the elusive ‘gangs’ that ride them.
Bike Revival from Discosalt Magazine on Vimeo.
Born in New York, The Bicycle Film Festival has evolved hand in hand with the unprecedented boom in urban cycling internationally. From its roots in New York City, The BFF has grown into a multi-faceted, global event that will travel to over 25 cities this year, from Milan to Tokyo, Minneapolis to Sydney. In 2001 Brendt Barbur, Founding Director, was compelled to start the Bicycle Film Festival after being hit by a bus while riding his bike in New York City. He was inspired to turn this negative experience into a positive one, and created a festival that celebrates the bicycle through music, art, and film. The festival merges many creative communities, including fashion, music and art, as well as various bicycling communities – road cycling, mountainbiking, fixed gear, BMX, cyclocross – over a shared passion for bike riding. Watch above as Discosalt goes inside The Bicycle Film Festival’s headquarters in New York with its creator Brendt Barbur.
Now that it’s 2012, here is a look back at the past year in music. We’ve rounded up the usual suspects, sat back, reflected and squared in with discosalt Magazine’s “top 10” best albums of 2011.
Earlier this month
Wild Arrows released the first single “Cloudbursting” introducing its atmospheric pop to the music world. The EP was written, recorded, and mixed by Law with a faithful cassette 4-track and finalized at Law’s Brooklyn studio, Translator Audio. The EP dives into shimmery pop territory with the songs “Long Past The End”, “Pale Hits and the EP’s lead single “Cloudbursting.” Along with euphoric soundscapes the EP features a downtempo, fuzzed out version of one of Fugazi’s most aggressive tracks, “Great Cop”; a truly original take.
The band is now showcasing their post hardcore roots with a fuzz heavy cover of
Fugazi‘s “Great Cop” which also appears on the EP.
MP3: DOWNLOAD “GREAT COP” HERE
The debut EP delightfully entitled , is a dreamy mix, drawing influences from the pop style of The Cure, sonic qualities of My Bloody Valentine, and the production of Brian Eno.
The Punks Don’t Know What Punk Is
Two weeks ago, The Vaccines released an official new video for the band’s latest track “Tiger Blood”, recorded with Albert Hammond Jr. of the Strokes and Gus Oberg . Today Columbia Records is releasing a Digital 45 for the track along with a b-side, “Tuck and Roll,” to listen:
“Tiger Blood” (Single) | Available Now by The Vaccines
The band are currently on tour in Europe through the end of the year. Their debut release
“What Did You Expect from The Vaccines?” has notably garnered some year end attention with NME naming the album their # 14 favorite album of the year and Paste Magazine calling the act a “Best New Band of 2011.”
Little is known about
, apart from the fact she’s a London-based singer (that’s all, actually). ‘Choke’, is the teaser video from the new artist and collaboration with filmmaker Annick Wolfers.
The video is the first in a series being released in the run-up to the official 2forJoy launch in the Spring of 2012.
is the work of Patrick Everman’s project Paper Tusk Bronson (formerly behind HORSES). With only a $3.00 price tag, Paper Tusk, is the perfect stocking stuffer for that sad sack on your list. Recorded in a cold cathedral outside Anacortes, Paper Tusk envelopes romantic lamentation at its peak. The album is available for pre-order on cassette (yes, cassette), CD, or digitally here. You can download the track “My Idle Bed” below:
MP3: Bronson – My Idle Bed
Never underestimate the power of a dare. What originally began as a 48-hour challenge between two best friends has blossomed into one of Brooklyn’s most exciting and unique young bands-With an experimental approach to their writing and recording, Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro weave a magical musical tapestry with their distinct voices, lush harmonies, and wild sonic palette. Somewhere between dream pop and adventure wave, their songs transport you to a world that is both foreign and warmly familiar. Savior Adore.
Savior Adore recently released the track
“Dreamers” on limited 7″ via Neon Gold Records with a remix from Lightwaves and Xaphoon Jones.>Give a listen the remix below: Lightwaves,
“Loveliest Creature” (Lightwaves Remix) – Savoir Adore [exclusive]
In a recent performance for BBC1’s
Live Lounge, The Big Pink seemingly concede their song “Count Backwards From Ten” rips the entire chord sequence of the Smashing Pumpkin’s hit “ Mayonaise” off 1993’s Siamese Dream, by delivering a cover of the Pumpkin’s original song. The chords might all be here, but missing is Billy Corgan. Not sure how much of a difference that makes? Give a listen, then watch the Pumpkins version.
Following up 2010’s
Treats , Sleigh Bells has announced the release of their sophomore album, Reign of Terror. Expect another dark, fuzzed-out, and fist-pump-worthy mix of beats, with guitarist Derek Miller shredding through effect-filled guitar line after effect-filled guitar line and Krauss dishing up a crushing, heavier, more melodic mix of pitch-perfect notes, to tie the whole album together in a neat, dance floor-approved package. If this album trailer doesn’t excite you, check your pulse.
The new Metronomy EP
drops today (12/6) via Big Beat and Because Music. In anticipation for their upcoming Spring tour, the EP features the original single off their album “The English Riviera”, plus four new remixes including the below by Enchante. Feel free to share, after all – ’tis the season… Everything Goes My Way
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.
The Black Keys, once again, manage to keep on keeping on, only more so, with their new full length album Oiling up their gritty back-to-basics blues engine with some new sonic lube worthy of classic rock torque, El Camino. promises to be yet another soulful modern exploration of traditional blues rock themes, gunning down broken dreams and witchy women with a raw intensity uniquely The Black Keys. While the album doesnt officially drop until December 6th, you can stream three new songs- “Gold on the Ceiling”, “Little Black Submarines”, and “Sister”, in addition to El Camino “Lonely Boy” and “Run Right Back” right on the bands website. A fair trade for an email address.
Today we have two new Goldroom remixes for you to check out. Born out of Los Angeles synthpop trio NightWaves, Goldroom is Josh Legg’s solo effort and production alias. An amalgamation of dreamy synths, emotive vocals, and tropical disco grooves, Goldroom paints the soundscape of summertime in Los Angeles. A breezy response to the heavy, dub-laden clubs around Southern California, Goldroom’s music is ready-made to soundtrack a poolside soiree. Influenced heavily by French Touch innovators like Alan Braxe and Fred Falke, Legg has crafted an uniquely Californian take on the genre, incorporating live instrumentation and percussion with elements of downtempo disco to create something more than the sum of its parts.
Niki & The Dove – Mother Protect (Goldroom Remix) peaked at #4 on the Hype Machine Most Popular chart last week and with good reason. It was included in many high-profile mixes like The Magician’s Magic Tape 17, Aeroplane’s November Mix, and Mustang’s November Mix. Download the remix here:
Niki & The Dove – Mother Protect (Goldroom Remix) – http://soundcloud.com/goldroom/niki-the-dove-mother-protect