by Rex

Top Albums of 2014 {Part 2}

June 17, 2014 in Album reviews, Alternative, Dream Pop, Electronic, Experimental, Folk, Funk, Garage Rock, Indie Rock, Industrial, Pop, Post-rock, Psych Folk, Psych Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Rock, Shoegaze, Soul, Surf Pop, Surf Rock, Top 2014, Tropical Pop, World Music by Rex

{PART 1}

Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness

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Burn You Fire For No Witness came out of nowhere for us, and although Angel Olsen’s name has been floating around the interwebs for the past few years, we are proud to say this album broke our Angel Olsen cherry. There’s some songs that sound like Patsy-Cline-meets-Nirvana, while others sound like a younger, just-as-intense version of Sharon Van Etten; so if you’ve only dabbled around in one or two songs off the release then be sure to dabble around in the rest.

To read our Burn Your Fire For No Witness album review click here.
To read our “Hi-Five” single review click here

Mac DeMarco – Salad Days

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We couldn’t even begin to try and wipe our DeMarco-like shit-eating grin off our face the first time we heard this record, and although it may be a little hard to stomach at first (think Ween crossed with Paul McCartney) this album will almost certainly grow on you…if you let it.

To read our Salad Days album review click here.
To read our “Brother” single review click here

Liars – Mess

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Don’t be fooled by what looks like a cheerful/colourful Whoopi Goldberg-like hairdo, because what lies beyond the mask is a disturbing, intensely tribal and angst-ridden album that is creepy as fuck; (is this what acid sounds like?) The album may have its low points, but I’m not about to point them out because I’m afraid that warped Whoopi is going to attack me in my sleep when I don’t have my big-girl PJs on.

The Horrors – Luminous

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Maybe it’s because we were waiting, waiting and (yup, more waiting) for what seemed like forever to hear this album, but we pounced all over this shit as soon as it hit the pavement. The album is a little gothic here, a tad experimentally electro here, and it even has a slight Brit Pop edge over yonder, but overall I found the release very familiar (almost too familiar…) with their wicked 2011 album Skying, but you don’t see me complaining…much.

Black Lips – Underneath The Rainbow

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It’s inspiring to know that badassery can sometimes never age, change or dim-down, and the Black Lips are living proof of that awesome fact. From a little hillbilly on “Drive-By Buddy,” a tad poppy on “I Don’t Wanna Go Home” and all awesome-like on “Dog Years,” no genre goes untouched under this rainbow.

To read our Underneath The Rainbow album review click here.
To read our “Boys In The Wood” music video review click here

Beck – Morning Phase

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Beck has always been the champion of everything/anything alternative, but this album follows a more mellow, acoustic-ed down version from what we’re used to hearing from Becky boy. (So yeah, don’t go expecting any “Devil’s Haircut” on this one). We gave this album a mediocre review only because of the snooze-fest going on throughout it, but everyone else was slobbering all over it so…maybe it’s just me?

To read our Morning Phase album review click here.
To read our “Waking Light” single review click here

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Give The People What They Want

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So technically this album was released in late 2013, but as any fan knows about the struggles this band has had to endure this past year, the release date kept on getting pushed further and further back. Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months, but now that the album is here we can honestly say the wait was well worth it, so prepare yourselves to get lathered up in some classic Motown vibes.

To read our “Retreat!” music video review click here.
To read our “Retreat!” single review click here.

Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow

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This release is less of an album and more like a variety of different cultures jammed into one record, and the worldly delight on tracks like “Feel” and “Come To” made us return to the album again, and again. It hasn’t spawned too many singles or videos yet, but don’t let that deter you…because if you’re a hardcore BBC fan (as if there’s any other type of BBC fan…) you won’t be left disappointed.

To read our So Long, See You Tomorrow album review click here

Real Estate – Atlas

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Flower Lane fan just as much as the next Ducktail groupie, but I couldn’t help but dive right into this album. It’s pleasant, familiar and soft around the edges (like a furry little puppy) and has a ton of subtle guitarwork that often goes overlooked on the critic front. There’s a slight bend in the alt-country direction here and there, but overall the band continues to raise the bar in the dreamy poppy-rock genre.

To read our “Crime” music video review click here.

Mogwai – Rave Tapes

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The first track we heard off the album was the almighty “Simon Ferocious,” so naturally the bar was set really, really, really, really high (like a bird flying in the sky…and if you watched the video you’ll get what we’re rambling on about). There’s some dark and deep electro all throughout this album that’s intensely hypnotizing, so much so that it doesn’t need any fancy frills to back it up; (you know…like, vocals?)

To read our “Simon Ferocious” music video review click here.

Coldplay – Ghost Stories

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One would think that the album following the divorce of Chris Martin and GOOP-y Gwenyth Paltrow would sound more along the lines of sunshine, lollipops and rainbows, but Martin has gone all dark, introspective and electro on us…and we’re totally loving it right now. You see folks: Sometimes divorce can be a good thing! In the music world, that is.

To read our “Midnight” music video review click here
To read our “Atlas” single review click here

Wild Beasts – Present Tense

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If you have an acquired taste for the likes of Joy Division, Xiu Xiu and How To Dress Well, then let us proudly introduce Wild Beast’s new album to you. After giving it a listen we can definitely see what the fuss is all about thanks to the spaced-out vocals you can just get lost in…(AKA Volcano Choir-lke). If more tracks sounded like “A Simple Beautiful Truth” we probably would have liked the album more, but hey, not every song can be equally as epic.

To read our single review of “A Simple Beautiful Truth” click here.
To read our “Wanderlust” music video review click here

Sam Roberts Band – Lo-Fantasy

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It’s been a good year for Sammy (although not so much for his beloved Habs…) and this album goes to show why Sammy pinned the “Band” to the end of his name these past couple of albums. The release is reminiscent of Chemical City and Love At The End Of The World, and waaaay more intense than Collider, so for that fact alone we give Sammy a double “A” for being “astonishingly awesome.”

To read our Lo-Fantasy album review click here

{PART 1}

 

by Rex

Top new tracks: Jack White, Jónsi from Sigur Rós, Sharon Van Etten + a song about gross doctor stuff

May 22, 2014 in Alternative, Electropop, Experimental, Funk, Garage Rock, Grunge, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Industrial, Metal, Pop, Punk, Rock by Rex

Repeat After Me – “San Francisco” {Rock}

Repeat After Me: Crayons. Lots of free, colourful crayons. If you buy this band’s new album that is…All you have to do is purchase their new limited-edition Mapmaker vinyl LP here, and you can colour in the clear vinyl jacket with crayons provided by the band. It doesn’t get much better than this people! For more info check out Repeat After Me’s Bandcamp page.

Jack White – “Just One Drink” {Classic Rock}

Here’s a little somethin’ somethin’ different from good ol’ Jacky boy, which happens to share the same words I say to myself the day before I end up with a two-day-long hangover. The track has a more classic feel than what we’re used to hearing from Jack, and sounds like a mix of all the greatest 70s rock songs combined – only with a dash of alt-country and blues (because this is Jack White we’re talking about…)

To listen to the song click here.

Godflesh – “Ringer” {Metal/Industrial}

This track is definitely a must-listen for any of you metalheads out there (although we wouldn’t recommend it if you just had a crazy nightmare about a one-eyed-cat chasing you throughout the streets of Manhattan while little Indonesian children swing machetes at you. True story.) This track is off their seventh LP A World Lit Only By Fire which is due out later this year.

Priests – “Doctor” {Garage Rock/Grunge}

A lot of peeps were sold on Priests when they first started getting coverage on the mainstream-machine that is Stereogum, but really they had me at “you put your fingers in other people’s mouths all day, don’t you doctor?” This delightfully à la Insecticide track is off Bodies And Control And Money And Power, which is due out June 3rd via Don Giovanni.

Jónsi- “Where No One Goes” {Experimental Pop}

We were pretty stoked to see that Sigur Rós’ frontman Jónsi would be releasing some wicked solo “Nordic pop” material (plus I’m pretty it’s biologically impossible to be sad while listening to this song thanks to the Flaming Lips kind-of-vibe). This track is featured on the new How To Train Your Dragon 2 soundtrack, which isn’t surprising given that he previously contributed a song to the first film as well.

To listen to the song click here.

Sharon Van Etten – “Your Love Is Killing Me” {Alternative Rock}

This track isn’t anything entirely different than what we’re used to hearing from Van Etten; but to be fair if it wasn’t intensely fascinating and hypnotizing it wouldn’t really be Sharon Van Etten would it? The single is off one of our highly-anticipated albums of the year Are We There which is being released on May 27th (or May 26th in the UK) via Jagjaguwar.

The Griswolds – “Beware The Dog” {Indie Rock/Pop}

Take note future submission-ers, because all you have to do is sound remotely like Vampire Weekend for me to fall in love with you, and luckily The Griswolds did just that (swooooooon). If you like the tune you can buy it for as little as £0.79 via iTunes here.

Jungle – “Time” {Funk/Pop}

Somehow Jungle’s first single “Busy Earnin’” slipped through our fingers, but we’re not about to let some funkytown track like this one get away from our picky eardrums. This single is off their self-titled debut album which is being released on June 15th via XL.

Rush Midnight – “Fix Me Up” {Electropop}

The fact that Rush Midnight has a Twin Shadow relation should be intriguing in itself, but this track already had us hooked within the first few seconds. The song is off Russ Manning’s new album of the same title which is being released on May 27th on Last Gang Records.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

April 23, 2014 in Americana, Electropop, Free downloads, Funk, Garage Rock, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Shoegaze, Soul by Rex

A.J. and the Jiggawatts – “Get Wild” {Funk/Soul}

Now that you’re done overdosing on cheap chocolate and questioning how in the hell a day when Jesus was tortured to death would become a fun holiday for children, you can now think about more important things: Feasting on some funky soul music. This track is off the group’s self-titled, debut album which you can buy for $7 here.

Отстой –  ”Дальше только даунхилл” {Garage Rock}

OK so maybe we’re guilty of choosing this track because we like to pretend we can read Russian lettering and whatnot, but this band’s nitty-gritty garage feel is something we can totally get hung up on right now. This group is actually a one-man-band based out of St. Petersburg, and you can purchase his new three-track album for as little as $1 via Bandcamp.

Breanna Barbara Arneson – “Mirage Dreams” {Americana}

Apparently this artist recorded her new album on her iPhone (Ed. note: That’s some Jack White shit right there), and although originally the release was meant for only her friends and family she randomly started getting booked through her website because she’s awesome like that. If you dig the track you can buy it for as little as $1 on her Bandcamp page.

Malandros – “Writer’s Block” {Indie Pop/Rock} + Free download

This track was described to us as a “springtime rock submission,” and now that we’ve given it a listen we can see why. The group (consisting of three Texans and a Belgian) have just released their debut EP titled Turned Around, and on a totally kick ass and related note: They’re opening for Woods this tour. No biggie.

Suzy Blu – “Blu” {Electro/Shoegaze}

If you’re a fan of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blondie, or anything else that is nothing short of mindblowing, then be sure to check this Leeds-based artist out. This track is off her brand spankin’ new EP Blu which was released on March 11th via Russian Winter Records, and you can buy the EP for as little as £2 here.

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Top new videos: Klaxons, Cloud Nothings, Wild Beasts, Born Ruffians + Josh Homme getting drunk with Asians

April 9, 2014 in Alternative, Blues, Classic Rock, Electropop, Folk, Funk, Indie Folk, Industrial, Pop, Punk, Synthpop by Rex

Queens Of The Stone Age – “Smooth Sailing” {Alternative Rock/Funk}

Whether it’s in an abandoned house in the desert or at a random karaoke bar, Josh Homme always knows where to find the party. The night starts off with Homme drinking, karaoke-ing and golfing his way through the night with a bunch of Asian businessmen until things take a weird turn… (as they usually do after a night of heavy drinking). I wonder if they listened to “I Think I Lost My Headache” the morning after?

Wild Beasts – “A Simple Beautiful Truth” {Electropop}

Everyone’s been buzzing about this new Wild Beasts video (which actually looks like it was filmed in the same place where that scorned, gingery wildling shot Jon Snow with a few arrows. (yes, I’m obsessed). But moving on to bigger and better things: Dude, those dance moves and glowing pants are totally blowing my mind right now.

Cloud Nothings – “I’m Not Part Of Me” {Pop/Punk}

Dear, isn’t life in Cloud Nothing’s new music video just swell? I mean really: Flying musical notes, hearts, nail polish and snapchats; all just some of the many things going on at this girl-crazed, pajama party-themed music video. And what do you think girls do at pajama parties? Pull out a ouija board, of course!

Katie Bulley -”Up & In” {Blues/Classic Rock}

Forget about the fancy frills and special effects, because personally I would rather watch a collection of classic rock greats flash across my screen in this new ironically-titled video from the Hamilton songstress. Bobby D, an open chested Robert Plant and oh Yoko are just some of the many famous faces you’ll see coming out of the woodwork – plus a few shots of Bulley doing her own impersonations as well.

Bedouin – “Bright Lights” {Indie Folk}

Given that her Cat Powery sound has been described as music for the “cyber gypsy,” it seems fitting that Bedouin’s new music video dances around a nomadic storyline. The video follows two women as they sleep in motels, wait at a bus stop, dance around in a flowery top…you know, the usual traveller’s stuff.

Born Ruffians – “Oceans Deep” {Pop}

This new video from Born Ruffians has some mean Animal Collective vibes thanks to those glowed-out, scary-as-hell face masks/costumes. It’s actually a surprisingly happy song for a video filled with the creepy-crawlies, so if you’re not a fan of spiders, insects or creepy things with wings then this video may not be for you.

Klaxons – “There Is No Other Time” {Synthpop}

Dear God: Is this what cheesy synthpop heaven looks like? Because I have no idea if there’s any place on this Earth where the clouds are made of delicious, mouth-watering cheese and there’s massive mirrored cubes sitting randomly on every block…yeah we don’t get it either.

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Top new tracks: Jack White, Tori Amos, Hot Chip, Radio Moscow + Alicia Keys ft. Kendrick Lamar

April 3, 2014 in Alt-Country, Blues, Classic Rock, Disco, Funk, Indie, Indie Rock, R&B, Rap, Rock, Synthpop by Rex

Hot Chip – “Atomic Bomb” (William Onyeabor cover) {Disco/Funk}

All this Crimea/Cold War 2.0 talk has got me thinking…isn’t it about time we heard some new Hot Chip? Well turns out I wasn’t alone in that thought, because the Londoners decided to contribute a tune for the upcoming William Onyeabor Remixed release which is coming out on Record Store Day (AKA April 19th). Other artists featured on the release include The Vaccines, Caribou’s Daphni and many, many more.

Alicia Keys – “It’s On Again” ft. Kendrick Lamar {R&B/Rap}

Now that Alicia Keys has unrolled those nasty braids I can finally take her seriously without focusing on her hair all the time. Anyways, all you Spider-Man fans are probably five steps ahead of me in knowing that Ms. Keys and Mr. Lamar will be contributing this track for the new Spider-Man 2 soundtrack, but it was news to me. The soundtrack isn’t out until April 22nd, but you can pre-order it by clicking here.

Yuko – “While You Figure Things Out” {Indie Rock}

Oh, Yuko, has it really been three years since you’ve released some new tuneage? Time sure flies when you’re listening to music that isn’t Yuko… This is the first single off their accurately-titled album Long Sleeves Cause Accidents which is being released on April 7th via Unday Records.

Tori Amos – “Trouble’s Lament” {Baroque Pop}

If you follow the gingery Amos you’re probably well aware that she gets all fired up and ginger-like about Satan and God and stuff, and it looks like nothing has changed with this new tune of hers. Either way it’s pretty good for a woman who’s 50-years-old (Wait…what?) This track is the first single off her forthcoming album Unrepentant Geraldines which hits the pavement next month.

Jack White – “High Ball Stepper” {Alt-Country/Rock}

The oh so minimalistic Jack White is back with a brand new solo LP which is coming out in June and being released on (you guessed it) his glorious label Third Man Records. Apparently the record will come with a 40-page art and lyric book poster, a postcard, a 7″ of demos, and even a few angry handwritten letters to his arch-nemesis Dan Auerbach…OK so maybe the last part isn’t necessarily true…

Tomas Barfod ft. Gruff Rhys – “True To You” {Synthpop}

We’ve been keeping our eyes and ears on Gruff Rhys ever since we heard the Welshman’s highly-addictive “Gyrru Gyrru Gyrru,” (although he’s probably best known as being the brains behind Super Furry Animals). This collaborative track is off the upcoming Record Store Day 7″ which will only be released in the UK and Denmark (sorry, suckers!!)

Radio Moscow – “Death Of A Queen” {Classic Rock/Blues}

It’s about time we came across some hard-hitting, badass rock & roll, and this song is about as rock & roll as it gets. This track is off the group’s fourth studio album Magical Dirt which is being released on June 17th via Alive NaturalSound Records, and if you like their work you should follow them on Facebook here.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

March 3, 2014 in Alt-Folk, Alternative, Americana, Disco, Electronic, Experimental, Free downloads, Funk, independent bands, Indie by Rex

The Two Koreas – “Can Explain” {Alternative Rock}

The fact that I’m sitting in a pile of my own piss might have already given it away that our numero uno favourite Canadian band has FINALLY released the EP they were hinting at when we interviewed them a couple of years back, and to say we’re excited is an understatement. To buy their LP Winner EP for as little as $4 (or each track for $1) click here.

Sam Sniper – “Something To Say” {Americana/Rock}

This vocalist sounds just like Adam Duritz from Counting Crows (minus the nasty dreadlocks/singing about how he wants to be Bob Dylan and buy himself a grey guitar, of course) and his voice swooned us within seconds of pressing that play button. The band is currently running a Kickstarter to fund the release of their album on vinyl this summer, so if you want to help some brothers out click here.

Ang Low – “Voodoo Woman” {Experimental/Electronic}

This Afrobeat/world music-ish song is as trippy as Ween’s “Voodoo Lady,” and that’s saying a lot. Low is based out of Brooklyn, New York, and this wicked song is off his brand spankin’ new and debut EP (which hits the pavement on March 31st via Luv Luv Luv Records).

Uaxyacac - ”Double Seeker” {Experimental/Electronic}

A tribal, belly-dancing kind of beat, a Liars/Grimes vibe and enough layers and textures to make you feel as if you’ve floated onto another planet for a few minutes…have I given it away that this group is Quebecois yet? This track is off their Double Seeker album which was released in December, and you can buy it for $5 here.

Few Friends – “You I’m Moving To” {Disco/Funk} + Free downloads

Who needs “a few friends” when you can listen to funkalicious tunes like this? This is actually only the second song the band has released to date, so if that impressed you as much as it impressed me you can download the song for free in the player below and give the group some “Like” love on Facebook here.

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Top new tracks: Brody Dalle, Klaxons, Todd Terje, Pink Mountaintops + Karen O teams up with Ezra Koenig

February 11, 2014 in Dance, Disco, Dream Pop, Electrofunk, Electrogoth, Electronic, Funk, Garage Rock, Jazz, Pop, Punk, Rock by Rex

Brody Dalle – “Meet The Foetus/Oh The Joy” {Alternative Rock/Punk}

After ditching both the Rancid rip-off project The Distillers and the QOTSA rip-off project Spinnerette, Josh Homme’s baby mama shocked everyone when she announced she was going solo in 2014. Apparently “Meet The Foetus” features Shirley Manson on vocals, which is ironic seeing that the Garbage frontwoman contributed back-up vocals for QOTSA’s Lullabies To Paralyze album and all…And for the record: I’m totally not jealous that Brody is banging Josh Homme. Not. At. All.

Pink Mountaintops – “North Hollywood Microwaves” {Garage Rock}

Steve McBean’s Pink Mountaintops just revealed their first new song in five long years, and turns out “North Hollywood Microwaves” deserves just as much love as the microwave responsible for heating up greasy food when you’re hungover and incapable of moving ten feet in either direction. (Yes the song is THAT good). The song is off their new album Get Back which is being released on April 29th (in the U.S.) and April 28th (in Europe).

Todd Terje – “Delorean Dynamite” {Electronic/Disco}

We’re going to be all over any new Todd Terje tune like Putin is all over murdering Sochi’s forcibly abandoned stray dogs, but with a track and video like this and a scruffy face like that can you really blame us? It’s not as disco-y as we would have hoped, but the tune has enough synth bassline to make Jesse F. Keeler proud. Oh and P.S. don’t forget Terje’s new album It’s Album Time comes out in April.

Crissi Cochrane – “And Still We Move” {Pop/Jazz}

Our inner 90s teenager still has faith in Windsor’s music scene because of the epicness known as The Tea Party (no, not the political organization silly…) but now our faith in the Ontario city has officially been restored thanks to this sultry songstress. This track is off her new album Little Sway which you can buy for $9.90 via iTunes here.

Trust – “Capitol” {Electrogoth}

If you’ve already been turned off by Trust’s dark and mysterious vocals when we covered another one of their singles last month, then this track probably won’t win you over either, but for us fans…it’s glorious. We’re officially counting down the days until March 4th when Joyland officially drops, just so it can help us get through these next few months waiting to hear about a new Austra album.

To listen to the song click here.

Klaxons – “Children Of The Sun” {Alternative Pop}

Klaxons are churning out single after single as of late, only this one is slightly different than the one we covered last week. I don’t know what’s in the water where the Klaxons are living because this track is pretty mindblowing in an “out there” kind-of-way. Now we’re really curious as to what to expect from their new album.

Hydrogen Sea & Imaginary Family – “All That Keeps Us” {Dream Pop}

We weren’t too surprised when we read that these two acts wrote this song together during one random night in Brussels, only because Brussels is a magical city like that. This track is off the Unday Records’ first compilation titled Music For Undays which also features new tunes from Trixie Whitley, Yuko, Flying Horseman and many more.

Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes – “Sun Goes Out” {Pop/Rock}

Daniel Ellsworth and his Great Lakes have been making the rounds on the interwebs since 2010, but now they’re prepping for the release of their sophomore album Kid Tiger which is out on March 4th. This track was engineered by the Grammy Award-winning Vance Powell who previously worked with Kings Of Leon, Jack White and The Whigs).

Karen O & Ezra Koenig – “The Moon Song” {Pop/Rock}

It’s a very special day indeed when the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman decides to release a song with her fellow New Yorker/Vampire Weekend vocalist as a single, which is off the new movie soundtrack for Owen Pallett’s Her (starring Joaquin Phoenix). You may remember the original version of the song we covered last September, but with a little Ezra touch this version may possibly surpass the awesomeness of the original, and that’s saying a lot.

To listen to the song click here.

Drift Static – “I Say, You Say” {Electronic/Funk}

Berlin’s Drift Static has been remixing everyone from Of Monsters and Men to Fatboy Slim, but now he’s focusing on releasing his own original tunes to the masses. Just this one track alone covers the dubstep, funk, electronic and hip hop genres, and after listening to it we can’t help but look forward to hearing what the future has in store for Mr. Drift Static.

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Top new tracks: Lana Del Rey, The Presets, Cloud Nothings, We Have Band + CHVRCHES covers Bauhaus

January 30, 2014 in Alternative, Classic Pop, Disco, Dream Pop, Electronic, Electropop, Free downloads, Funk, Grunge, Pop, Psychobilly, Rock, Rockabilly, Shoegaze, Surf Rock, Synthpop by Rex

Lana Del Rey – “Once Upon A Dream” {Classic Pop}

Haters gonna hate, but Lana Del Rey is still around, still making music, and still sounding pretty damn awesome. The track will be featured in the upcoming Sleeping Beauty-inspired film Maleficent starring the homewrecker/orphan collector Angelina Jolie (you can watch the trailer for the film here).

De Lux – “Make Space” {Disco/Funk}

We always dig a song that makes us want to pull some hip shoulder-poppin’ moves (like the ones seen in the sexy-as-hell Flight of the Conchords intro), but this pick-me-up of a song certainly put an extra pep in our step on this cold January day. This single is off the band’s forthcoming album Voyage which is being released this spring.

The Presets – “Goodbye Future” {Electronic/Funk}

Blame it on the Random Access Memories-overload, but the start of this tune instantly turned our musical boner off just because of its “Lose Yourself To Dance” similarities. But if you agreed with the joke that is the Grammy Awards then you’ll probably enjoy this track more than we did. Luckily the tune picks up after the first 30 seconds and starts to sound more like The Presets we’ve grown to love over the years.

Cloud Nothings – “I’m Not Part Of Me” {Pop/Rock}

Well colour-me-not-surprised-at-all, Cloud Nothings are prepping to release what is bound to be yet another memorable album, and apparently it hits the pavement on April 1st. This track sounds like classic, lovable Cloud Nothings, and we’re hoping that it will only be a matter of time before the track gets some Magic School Bus-inspired video treatment.

The Rebel Set – “Monster” {Surf Rock/Psychobilly} + Free download

Coming from the land of Big John Bates, we’re always on the lookout for a new and wicked psychobilly track, and luckily this Phoenix-based group delivered. Not only is their new album called How To Make A Monster!, it was also released on a label called Burger Records (as well as their own label Silver Hornet) on January 21st. If you dig the tune make sure you snag its free download in the player below.

The Love Junkies – “Chemical Motivation” {Alternative Rock/Grunge}

Forget about that highlarious album cover (actually, please don’t) because this song is equally as epic. It may start off with a little pop-on-rock edge, but then blasts into some rough and gritty grunge during the chorus to keep listeners on their toes. Apparently this single was self-produced, recorded and mixed by the band in the vocalist’s old bedroom of his parent’s house, and will be featured on their upcoming EP.

We Have Band – “Someone” {Electropop}

Anything with a DFA Records stamp is going to get a whole lot of slobber all over it from us here at RMD, but the fact that it’s by the same band who wrote this wicked tune makes it extra special. This single is off their forthcoming album Movements (inspired by LCD Soundsystem, perhaps?) which is being released on April 28th via Naive.

Tideland – “Get Lost” {Rock/Shoegaze}

I’m going to tell you right now: After listening to this song it may get stuck in your head for days, or even weeks; so consider yourself forewarned. The group  based out of Sterling, Virginia (where they’ve made a mark in the underground DIY punk/hardcore scene), and you can buy their new album Lull for as little as $6 here.

The Mary Onettes – “Silence is A Gun” {Dream Pop}

If you followed our end-of-year lists closely (yeah, I know you didn’t), then you’re probably already aware of how much we loved The Mary Onettes’ single “Hit The Waves,” which is off their 2013 album of the same title. So we were pleasantly surprised to find out that the Swedes are prepping for a new “mini-album” Portico which is being released later this year. The track is just as pleasant and soothing, and we can’t wait to hear what the rest of the release is all about.

CHVRCHES – “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” (Bauhaus cover) {Synthpop}

CHVRCHES are all about their covers nowadays and have covered everyone from HAIM, Prince, Whitney Houston and Janelle Monáe, so we weren’t too surprised when we saw that they were giving Bauhaus some cover love as well. This track will be featured in the upcoming film The Vampire Academy, and its soundtrack also includes contributions from Katy Perry, Goldfrapp and Sky Ferreira.

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Rex Manning Day’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

January 17, 2014 in Album reviews, Alt-Country, Alternative, Americana, Classic Rock, Electronic, Electropop, Funk, Jazz, Psychedelic Rock, Rock, Top 2013 by Rex

10. Cage The Elephant – Melophobia

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Alright I’m not going to lie: There are only two songs I listened the hell out of on this album, and by “listened the hell out of” I mean played that shit on repeat; all day, erryday. I feel bad ignoring the rest of the songs on the album. Honestly, I do. But when I’m staring down at my iPod and “Halo” and “Take It Or Leave It” are sitting there and screaming “LISTEN TO MEEEEEE!!” I have a weak moment and disregard the rest of the album. But I can’t deny the fact that I’ve been listening to these songs probably hundreds of times each since I first discovered this album a couple of months back, and that deserves some proper recognition. (Not to mention that I expected the band to burn out in a fiery, one-hit-wonder haze after “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked.”) If it wasn’t for the band’s nasty habit of constructing a limp-dick chorus this album might have been higher up on the list, but either way this release proves that Cage The Elephant aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

9. Elvis Costello and The Roots – Wise Up Ghost

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I know, I’m just as shocked as you that this album made our list. Yes, The Roots are great, but I’ve been grimacing at Costello’s tunes since oh, I dunno…1995, but after listening to this album I can honestly say for sure: Costello and his Roots have officially raised the bar for future collaborative albums. Although there are a few skip-worthy tracks like the title track “Wise Up Ghost” and “Tripwire” and the tail-end tracks off the album, “Viceroy’s Row,” “Wake Me Up” and “Walk Us Uptown” make up for it. Anyways, we’ve already ranted and raved about how much we loved this album here and here, so instead of boring you to death with our Costello/Roots collaboration obsession I’ll just say this: If The Roots can act as a musical prozac for someone as old as Costello well then…hey ?uestlove, call me!

8. Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin

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Oh, Thee Oh Sees: Continuing to put out great release after great release, year after year. I know it’s not fair that the band has been getting quadruple the amount of coverage than any other band covered here at RMD, but I just can’t help it! The Kurt Cobain-like squeal on “Toe Cutter – Thumb Buster,” the Pixies-meets-Joy Division vibe on “No Spell” and the hyperactive guitar section that mirrors some vintage Ramones on “Tunnel Time”…there are so many memorable tracks on this album that I never got sick of, which seems like a true rarity these days. But before you give this album a listen I must warn you: It may bring out the hidden ADHD in you and make you want to strip off all your clothes, run out into the street and mosh pit with random people while old people stare at you with a disapproving look and scoff in your direction. Not that it happened to me or anything…

7. of Montreal – Lousy with Sylvianbriar

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I’ve been a huge fan of of Montreal (heh) for quite some time now thanks to the epicness that is “Wraith Pinned To The Mist” and “I Was Never Young,” but I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve been shying away from the band’s releases as of late because everything I’ve heard from them has just been way, way too out there for me (and that’s saying a lot considering I praise the holy Boognish). So in a classic case of “woooahhh where did that come from?” I was nearly blown off my seat the first time I listened to this album. It’s so…normal! I still can’t believe this is the same Kevin Barnes, who chose a more personal and vulnerable approach to the album, and the end result was nothing short of amazeballs. Not to mention that tracks like “Colossus,” “Belle Glade Missionaries” and “Hegira Émigré” were some of the best alt-country songs I heard all year. I shit you not.

6. The Black Angels – Indigo Meadow

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There’s so many things I like about this album I don’t even know where to start. From The Doors nostalgia to the continued tribalness…and most importantly, the fact that the group has our numero uno favourite female drummer and is led by a bearded hippie who I may or may not have been crushing on for the past five years because he looks like Jesus (you know how us Catholic girls can be…) But anyways…I’m begging you don’t let The Black Angels fall under the radar with the rest of the Blackie rock bands like The Black Keys or Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, because this group has so much more to offer. Sure their psychedelic vibe hasn’t won over all the critics out there, but from all of us here at RMD: Flower Power on, dudes.

5. The Knife – Shaking The Habitual

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There are so many tiny little details hidden in this album, I could listen to it hundreds of thousands of times and still discover something new after each listen. From the grunting alien heard on “Full Of Fire,” the addictive riff on “Without You My Life Would Be Boring” to the palette of different drum beats and instruments on “A Tooth For An Eye,” listening to this album is more like travelling across the globe and experiencing all these new and different cultures, ideas, sounds, smells and tastes. But what I loved most about the album was its lyrics and the duo’s passion for using their music as a tool to help bring awareness to political issues that they deem important.

4. Jagwar Ma – Howlin’

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I was already listening to “Come Save Me” on repeat for a few months before I immersed myself in Howlin’, but the first time I heard/watched “The Throw” music video something just clicked. Maybe it was the slow motion sexiness, or the vocal range that is so out of this world it’s hard to believe that it comes from a human, but suddenly we “got” Jagwar Ma. It’s weird because if you were to listen to any of these songs individually you wouldn’t even think they were by the same band. The album covers every musical corner and quirk that I love (from tribal and experimental to electronic and poppy rock), and just listening to “What Love” changed the way I listened to how a song can be created just because there are so many different elements, layers and designs going on that you will never get bored listening to it.

3. Austra – Olympia

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Olympia is a release that marks a considerable change in the band’s musical style, with Austra switching from dark, gloomy witch house to danceable, electropop tunes (but still with the trademark Stelmanis edge, because of course). Even Austra’s primary songwriter Katie Stelmanis (AKA Mozart-in-Bloom) claims she wrote the album differently than she wrote Austra’s past albums by focusing more on the structure of the song instead of its “vibe.” There are still some typical Austra and experimental operatic-like tunes like “What We Done?” and “I Don’t Care (I’m A Man)” although the true gems are found in tracks like “Forgive Me” and “Painful Like.” But what I liked best about this album is that it proves that Austra is constantly evolving and changing, so instead of becoming stale fans are forced to grow along with them.

2. Wampire – Curiosity

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This album is packed full of so many different vibes (the psychedelic “Magic Lights” or the Americana-ish “The Hearse”) as well as punches (the keyboards on “Snacks” and the sexiness on “Trains”) it’s hard not to be intrigued by it all. (Oh who am I kidding? The powerful, glowing yellow eyes are what really drew me into the album…) But the organ sounds are what truly sold us on the record, and are so vampire-y is the band actually from Transylvania (or Transylwania? Hard to be sure…) The album as a whole is like a rock essay that’s constructed meticulously, with each song flowing into the next and providing a cohesive structure for the listener to get comfortable with. Let’s just hope that the band doesn’t get a case of the sophomore blues, because Curiosity is going to be pretty hard to beat.

1. Arcade Fire – Reflektor

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I’ll be the first to admit of the Arcade Fire-overload these past few years, and I was ready to shit all over this album once it was released. But given the fact that LCD Soundsystem has officially risen from the grave through Reflektor, I don’t give a flying fuck what people think of Arcade Fire and this new album; they have officially redeemed themselves in the eyes of RMD. Yes, they’ve received more mainstream attention than Lady Gaga and Nickelback combined (OK that might be a slight overstatement), but there’s no denying that Reflektor is to Arcade Fire like what OK Computer was to Radiohead. Well maybe James Murphy being producer has something to do with it…Oh and one more thing: Don’t judge the album by its singles. The end.

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Top Albums of 2013 {Part 4}

January 7, 2014 in Album reviews, Alternative, Art Rock, Blues, Chamber Pop, Chamber Rock, Electro, Electrofunk, Electrogoth, Electronic, Electronica, Electropop, Experimental, Folk, Funk, Garage Rock, Hip Hop, House, Pop, Psych Folk, Psychedelic Rock, Punk, R&B, Rap, Rock, Soul, Top 2013, Witch House, World Music by Rex

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Crystal Stilts – Nature Noir

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RIYL: The Velvet Underground, Joy Division, The Jesus and Mary Chain

The Brooklyners have officially wowed us with this third release of theirs, which starts off with the trancey, tribal opener “Spirit In Front Of Me” before it churns through some of the best tracks we’ve heard all year like “Memory Room” and “Sticks And Stones.” If you have some extra time on your hands give this album a listen from start to finish, because hearing is believing.

To read our “Future Folklore” song review click here
To read our “Star Crawl” song review click here

!!! – Thr!!!er

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RIYL: Cut Copy, Happy Mondays

Maybe it’s because it’s been a great year for electrofunkers (yes, even Daft Punk), or maybe we were swooned by the sexy-as-hell Rolling Stones-inspired short-shorts…oh who are we kidding? What made us really fall in love with this record was this music video, and this music video alone. And once you hit the “play” button you’ll see what we mean…

To read our “Californiyeah” music video review click here.

Arcade Fire – Reflektor

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RIYL: LCD Soundsystem, David Bowie

Just the fact that David Bowie sings on the album’s leading single and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy produced the album speaks volumes for itself. See what happens when eccentric musicians collaborate together? OK James Murphy, I’ll forgive you for disbanding LCD Soundsystem now;  but only because we know where you truly belong is in the co-producer’s chair.

To read our Reflektor album review click here
To read our “Reflektor” music video review click here

Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady

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RIYL: Lauryn Hill, Outkast, Erykah Badu

You can always count on Janelle Monáe to bring the crazy-as-fuck visuals with her music videos, but this year she brought the crazy-as-fuckness to a whole new level. With The Electric Lady dominating the R&B releases of 2013, it’s no wonder why Erykah Badu turned her back on her glittery collaboration with The Flaming Lips to work with Miss Monáe.

To read our “Q.U.E.E.N.” music video review click here

Dr. Dog – B-Room

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RIYL: The Band, The Beatles

It was love at first listen as soon as we heard “The Truth”, and although we have a nasty habit of skipping through sappy slow songs, this one helped hook us in within the first 30 seconds of the album…but our listening love didn’t stop there. There’s one great track after another, each with its own unique vibe and hook; not that it’s too much of a surprise though considering Dr. Dog’s massive discography is littered with solid album after solid album.

HAIM – Days Are Gone

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RIYL: Feist, Paramore, Fleetwood Mac

We’ve been getting drips and drabs of HAIM since as far back as November of last year, and it seemed like everywhere we turned HAIM’s long luscious hippie locks were waving at us. This record was the perfect buffer for us while we wait for Stealing Sheep’s next record, and like ‘em or  love ‘em Days Are Gone certainly deserves its place on any end-of-year list.

To read our song review of HAIM’s “Edge” click here

David Bowie – The Next Day

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RIYL: The Kinks, LCD Soundsystem

If the music of 2013 was a popularity high school contest, David Bowie, James Murphy and Arcade Fire would have been the “cool kids” this year. We may not have been the hugest fans of the album, but The Next Day pushed a wave and ripple effect in the music community, and lived up to Bowie’s knack for tailoring to the weird, eccentric and oddball target audience.

To read our “Love is Lost” (Hello Steve Reich mix by James Murphy) song review click here
To read our”Valentine’s Day” song review click here
To read our The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” music video review click here

Austra – Olympia

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RIYL: Grimes, The Knife, Bjork

Set up like a broadway musical and starting with the “what-the-fuck-was-that” opener that immediately draws the listener in, this album is all over the map musically. The listener is taken on an electropop (“Forgive Me” and “Home”) before finishing with the mysterious “I Don’t Care (I’m A Man)” and “Hurt Me Now.”

To read our Olympia album review click here.
To read our “Home” music video review click here.
To read our “Home” song review click here.

Belle and Sebastian – The Third Eye Centre

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RIYL: Iron and Wine, of Montreal

Belle and Sebastian have always had a specific kind of sound that isn’t well received by everyone, but with a palette of different instruments scattered all throughout this record, it was hard not to be mesmerized by the rarities release. From psychedelic rock to alternative folk and world music, this album is so musically diverse we don’t even know where to start, but to dumb it down in laymen’s terms The Third Eye Centre is basically a poppier version of Arcade Fire’s Funeral or Neon Bible.

To read our review of the “Your Cover’s Blown” music video click here

Action Bronson – Saab Stories

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RIYL: Ghostface Killah, Das Racist

Once we took our feminist hats off and got over the atrocious album cover, we came to appreciate what all the Saab Stories fuss was about, just for shock value’s sake alone (these are Miley times we’re living in, after all). It proves that sometimes EPs can provide just as much punch as a full-length, and it’s easy to see why all my fellow music bloggers were ranting and raving about it.

To read our review of “Morey Boogie Boards” click here

Cut Copy – Free Your Mind

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RIYL: New Order, Holy Ghost!, Chromatics, Happy Mondays

Out of all the electropop releases of the year, Cut Copy’s Free Your Mind stood out from the rest for us in 2013 (yes, even after seeing !!!’s sexy short-shorts). But this album is filled with so much more than just electropop sounds and proves that Cut Copy are more than just an electropop band; but motivational speakers for electronic-loving hippies (in a nutshell).

To read our Free Your Mind album review click here

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

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RIYL: Buffalo Springfield, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane

All the haters must be smoking crack (or not smoking enough, in the eyes of Toronto mayor Rob Ford that is) because this album is some of the best Americana we’ve heard all year. With a specific, narrow and cohesive focus, yet bordering on everything from classic rock, psychedelic rock and soul, Edward Sharpe and his Magnetic Zeros have brought fresh eyes to an older sound yet again.

No Age – An Object

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RIYL: Joy Division, Eric’s Trip, Black Flag

With the Sub Pop stamp of approval, No Age have torpedoed their way onto the top of the 2013 punk charts with this record, but don’t let the “punk” label fool you. The album features everything from nitty, gritty garage rock to surprisingly melodic and catchy rock, and even a little tribal and electronic action on “An Impression.” Oh and you can stream the album in full for free below. (Thanks, Sub Pop!)

The Weeknd – Kiss Land

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RIYL: Michael Jackson, Frank Ocean

His voice and vibe may be drenched in R&B, but it was the electronic backbone of this record that made us fall in love with it. From the electronic/experimental track “Adaptation” to Drake’s cameo on “Live For,” it’s clear why so many peeps consider Kiss Land to be 2013′s response to last year’s channel ORANGE. Plus he’s from Toronto, so we may or may not have some kind of Canadian bias about the album.

To read our review of The Weeknd’s “Live For” music video click here
To read our “Kiss Land” song review click here

Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe

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RIYL: Prince, Frank Ocean

Blood Orange’s outstanding new record Cupid Deluxe was perhaps overshadowed by its interesting cover…but Cupid works in mysterious ways like. With its November release the album just barely cut this year’s end-of-year-lists, but there’s no denying Blood Orange’s place in 2013 considering he was busy remixing everyone from Friends to Drake (love that shit).

To read our song review of Blood Orange’s remix of Friends’ “That Way” click here.
To read our song review of Blood Orange’s remix of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” click here

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