by Rex

Top new tracks: Bob Mould, The Roots, Little Dragon, How To Dress Well + the oh so Fresh & Onlys

April 10, 2014 in Dance, Electronic, Electropop, Free downloads, Hip Hop, Indie Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Punk, R&B, Rap, Rock, Synthpop, World Music by Rex

The Roots – “When The People Cheer” {Rap/Hip Hop}

All I can say about this new Roots single is it’s about god damn time! The Roots have been standing in Jimmy Fallon’s/Elvis Costello’s wrinkly shadows for far too long. This track is off their highly-anticipated album …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin which is out next month.

Little Dragon – “Paris” {Synthpop/Dance}

You just know the words “Swedish” and “synth” turn our musical boner on, so hearing this new Little Dragon tune was definitely the highlight of our week. This is the first single off the group’s forthcoming album Nabuma Rubberband which is out on May 13th via Loma Vista.

Bob Mould – “Hey Mr. Grey” {Punk/Rock}

It was one thing finding out that the Hüsker Dü-er Bob Mould is still, you know, “around”…but to find out that he’s releasing some new music was pretty shocking in itself. Mould recently announced his brand spankin’ new album titled Beauty & Ruin, and apparently it’s being released on June 3rd via Merge.

How To Dress Well – “Repeat Pleasure” {R&B/Pop}

My spring just wouldn’t feel complete without Tom Krell’s sexy r&b-atic voice oozing out my speakers, so I welcomed this new song of his with open arms. The single is off Krell’s new and highly-anticipated album What Is This Heart? which is due out on June 24th (in the U.S.) and June 23rd (internationally) via Weird World.

Vensaire – “See I’m You” {Indie Rock/World Music}

This song is less of a single and more of a worldy delight with tints of Bombay Bicycle Club mixed in with Horrors-like synths (not to mention a crapton of Asian elements as well). The “Brooklyn anti-band” is currently prepping for the release of their new concept album Perdix which was recorded by the Grammy-winner Scott Colburn (Arcade Fire, Animal Collective).

The Fresh & Onlys – “Animal Of One” {Psych Rock}

It’s been a stale few months not hearing any new tuneage from The Fresh & Onlys, and as always, the San Francisco psych rockers delivered. This is the second single off the group’s forthcoming album House Of Spirits (with the first single being the almighty “Bells Of Paonia“), and the release will be out on June 10th via Mexican Summer.

Doss – “The Way I Feel” {Electropop/Trance} + Free download

It’s not too often that a trancy track like this one starts getting mentioned on every single indie music blog left, right and center, but after checking it out I can see why. This track is off her new self-titled debut EP which is being released on April 29th via Acéphale.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

April 8, 2014 in Dream Pop, Folk, Free downloads, independent bands, Indie, Indie Folk, Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Roots, Synthpop by Rex

Who Are You Lutra Lutra?? – “The Memory Too” {Indie Folk}

I have no idea who Lutra Lutra is (OK I lied – I totally Googled that shit two seconds after hearing this track), but Who Are You Lutra Lutra?? are a Frenchy Berlin-based who self-produce their own albums and even organize their own tours. (This is about as indie as it gets, folks!) This track is off their second EP White On White which you can buy for €7 (or each track for €1.25) over at their Bandcamp page.

The Feel Bad Hit Of The Winter – “Lend A Hand” {Rock}

I wouldn’t be a true-blue Josh Homme stalker Queens Of The Stone Age fan without giving this track a good mention (“Feel Good Hit Of The Summer” anyone?) This group is based out of Kansas City, and you can buy their new self-titled album for $8 (or each individual track for $1) over at their Bandcamp page.

Roladex – “Anthem For The Micro-Age” {Synthpop}

With descriptions like “Italo-disco” “Kraut-rock” and “the love child of Pet Shop Boys and Kraftwerk” it was only a matter of time before we fell for this synthpoppy duo. The group is originally from Texas but now based in Seattle, and if you want to buy their latest release (Anthems For The Micro-Age) for as little as $8 click here.

Toui Manikhouth – “Flowers In Zara” {Folk/Pop} + Free downloads

Acoustic tracks can be a hit or miss with us (just because we’re snobs like that), but the amount of talent behind a tune like this one is undeniable. Toui is based out of Hamilton, Ontario and recorded his new three-track acoustic This Service EP in his basement. If you dig his work you can download the entire release for free (or as a name-your-price download) over at his Bandcamp page.

Feather Revs – “Utero” {Psych Rock/Dream Pop}

We’re slightly guilty of checking out this track just because of all this recent Nirvana-getting-inducted-into-the-Rock-And-Roll-Hall-Of-Fame-talk, but it didn’t take long for us to fall in love with its Coldplay-mixed-in-with-U2 vibes. The group is based out of Stockholm, and if you like their work you can stream a crapton of their tracks over at their Soundcloud page.

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Album review: Mac DeMarco – Salad Days {Psych Pop/Rock}

April 7, 2014 in Album reviews, Psych Pop, Psychedelic Rock by Rex


REX’S RATING: 9.5 / 10


“Passing Out Pieces”
“Salad Days”
“Treat Her Better”
“Let My Baby Stay”

How the fuck do all these people know who I am?” Truer words could not have been spoken by DeMarco following the release of this new smash album of his. Because as much as his sophomore release marks a new beginning for what is bound to be a very fruitful career for the Vancouver Island-born musician, it also marks the end of his “indie class clown” status as he slowly becomes a household name in the underground music community.

One could say that Salad Days is to Mac DeMarco is what The Suburbs was to Arcade Fire. DeMarco has earned a massive cult-like following with his onstage antics (like sticking a drumstick up his bum bum, just to paint a picture for you) and his surfy rock, slacker vibes, but even before the release of Salad Days DeMarco commented about the pressures of putting out an album in order to please “The Man.” Over the past couple of years his fanbase seemed to be growing by the minute, so naturally the big cheeses are going to jump all over DeMarco’s shit with dollar signs flashing in their money-hungry eyeballs.

But that doesn’t mean us indie snobs should scoff at Salad Days the same way we did at Arcade Fire after the 2011 Grammy Awards. The album still sticks true to DeMarco’s slacker, indie roots, and was even recorded in DeMarco’s tiny Brooklyn apartment (not to mention that he played each and every instrument heard on the album all by his lonesome); but that’s not the only reason why every music nerd on the planet should listen to Salad Days. Hearing the album’s singles separately before the release of the album was a gem in itself, but seeing how the album was crafted from start to finish and appreciating how the tracks interlace with one another is where the true delight lies in Salad Days. The album seemed oddly familiar and comfortable; kind of like bathing in old bath water. Warm, soothing, dirty bath water.

It starts off with a bang thanks to the title track “Salad Days,” and with high-pitched, laugh-along vocals Mac DeMarco pulls a Gene Ween by beckoning the listener over to his side as we begin the wondrous journey that is listening to Salad Days. The listener is then taken on a joyride through the glistening riffs on “Blue Boy,” the distortioned-up-the-ying-yang (and second single off the album) “Brother,” before leading them into “Let Her Go,” which can only be described as what sounds like a Syd Barrett-like acid flashback. He then ventures forth into the tangled (yet intriguing) “Goodbye Weekend,” before slowing things down for a tropical delight on “Let My Baby Stay;” (is it just me or is there a slight bit of Walkmen in there? Because if so, I’m going to lather all up in that shit).

But the true shining star of the album was none other than the album’s leading single “Passing Out Pieces,” which is a sort of sharp contrast to the rest of the album with its elaborate keyboard section and soothing harmonies. If it wasn’t for this track I wouldn’t have been counting down the days to the release of Salad Days as passionately as I had been doing for the past few months, because yes, my life is that sad and boring like that.

So why didn’t I give this album a perfect 10 / 10 score when clearly my love for DeMarco delves much deeper than having a bias for Vancouver Island-born musicians? Well besides the fact that even the instrumental outro had its place, it seems as though the album fell short at what DeMarco is clearly capable of. Each and every track on the album was short (and sweet) but I’m sure it only scraped at the surface of what goes on inside Mac’s crazy little head of his. In total the album came to a whopping 31 minutes, which is about the same amount of time it took me to realize after watching How I Met Your Mother for the first time that the show was going to have a shit-tastic ending leaving its fanbase feeling angry and Lost-like (AKA not that long).

But one of the main factors driving Salad Days down IMO was that it seemed like DeMarco wrote each track on the album on the same drug day, and it’s hard to really differentiate one song from the other unless you listen to the album over and over again like I did over the course of a few days. I was expecting a lot more variety and a hell of a lot more flavour, but that’s not to say that it didn’t leave me with an entirely new perspective of DeMarco altogether

…OK so maaaaaybe I have taken a liking to Salad Days because DeMarco is from my island, but all us Vancouver Islanders have is the Costello-fucking Diana Krall and the sell-out that is Nelly Furtado; so cut me some slack yo!

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Album review: Black Lips – Underneath The Rainbow {Psych/Garage Rock}

March 20, 2014 in Album reviews, Classic Rock, Garage Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Surf Punk by Rex


REX’S RATING: 10 / 10


“Dog Years”
“Drive-By Buddy”
“Dorner Party”
“I Don’t Wanna Go Home”

If you haven’t listened to the Black Lips before, then in order to truly enjoy the Underneath The Rainbow listening experience you’re going to need to get familiar with some of their past work. Maybe start off with this wicked track, then dabble around here a little bit before moving on to here and here, and then tip toe around here before you end off here. Actually, maybe while you’re at it, check out here and here too.

So now that you’ve got edumacated and stuff you can probably grasp what the Black Lips (and ultimately, Underneath The Rainbow) are/is all about. It’s hard to pin the band down to a specific, defined sound because that would be too boring and predictable. And the Black Lips are anything but boring and predictable. Their sole purpose is to evoke a reaction out of you before they violate you; but most importantly, they want your undivided attention. Badly. (Oh who am I kidding, they just want to violate you).

If you’re familiar with The Brian Jonestown Massacre, then you’re probably already well aware of the game that the Black Lips are trying to play here: They mirror past genres and classic rock greats to grab your attention, throw in a few odd-sounding instruments and vocals to make you kink your head a little bit and give a good, honest side-eye, and then finish you off by totally blowing your mind out of its skull. And by the time they’re done with you they’re either going to make you feel a wave of ultimate delight or total profound disgust. Do you laugh? Do you scoff? It’s all just part of playing the Black Lips’ game.

And with Underneath The Rainbow, the Black Lips continue to succeed at evoking all sorts of different emotions and reactions out of the listener. There’s songs that make you laugh (“Dorner Party”), songs that make you cry (“Dog Years”), and even songs that make you shit your pants in fear (“Do The Vibrate”). There’s also a palette of different sounds, instruments, vocals, rhythms, as well as screams, whoops, hollers and grunts. (And whistles. Don’t forget the whistles). Not to mention that “Boys In The Wood” is like the White Stripes-meets-George Harrison, “Drive-By Buddy” sounds like The Rolling Stones’ “19th Nervous Breakdown,” and “Dandelion Dust” sounds like Queens Of The Stone Age-meets-The Black Keys (and the fact that Patrick Carney produced seven out of the 12 tracks on the album is not lost on me).

But what I enjoyed most out of the album was its opener and closer, which are possibly two of the best songs I’ve heard from the group yet. The intro “Drive-By Buddy” sets the tone for the album perfectly with a nitty-gritty lo-fi version of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” and in doing so direct their focus on the album’s target audience: The outsiders. The Breakfast Club-ers. The kind of people who refuse to conform to normal, everyday society. But it doesn’t stop there. There’s also the epic closer “Dog Years,” which acts as a sort of teary-eyed send-off as you prepare to finish the album and go about your merry way. And one of the highlights on the whole record for me is the epic half-spoken, half-chanted monologue at the song’s two minute mark:

“You came to the party and you stepped outside / You grabbed your Virginia Slim Ultra-Light Menthol 100s crushed soft pack / You lit a match and the puny flame could barely withstand the wind / You looked at me so wild / You blew smoke into my draping eyes / And it burned as the carbon dioxide activated my pulsating retinas / Staring back at you in awe / Like some cutting-edge piece of technological equipment / I knew you were the one.”


But as I’ve mentioned before, the Black Lips are always full of surprises; and even as a fan for many, many eons they still managed to shock-me-shock-me-shock-me with their deviant punk behaviour. I couldn’t help but be stunned after hearing the group tread into more poppy, surf punk territory – even though they’ve been dabbling around in that genre for the few past albums now – but on Underneath The Rainbow it comes out in full-force. Some fans and/or critics may not like this new vibe (best heard on tracks like ”Smiling,” “Make You Mine,” and “Waiting”), but I can gauran-fucking-tee that this is just part of the Black Lips’ plan, and their next album is bound to have a totally different genre thesis. And believe me, there WILL be another album. The almighty Black Lips are music-making nerds like that.

So on the one hand, I can see why the album has received such uneducated mediocre reviews (maybe the critics should have followed my descriptive course outline at the start of this review??) But on the other hand, they succeeded at continuing to keep listeners on their toes, so the fact that the album still achieves at doing what the Black Lips have been doing all along proves that they haven’t changed their tune at all, even if the tune sounds different. All in all the album serves its purpose perfectly, and that’s to provide listeners with an album’s worth of head-turning rock & roll. And because of that I applaud the band for continuing to violate me, over and over again.

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Top new tracks: Friendly Fires, Mac DeMarco, Fucked Up, Say Lou Lou + the return of Pepper Keenan

March 19, 2014 in Dream Pop, Electronic, Free downloads, Hardcore, independent bands, Indie, Metal, Psych Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Punk, Rock by Rex

Say Lou Lou – “Everything We Touch” {Dream Pop} + Free download

Admit it, you just said “Lou Lou” out loud. But confusing band names aside this track is nothing short of amazing, and mirrors other dream pop masters like Empress Of and Fear Of Men (only with a tad of cheese on the side). If you like the track you can download it for free over at the band’s website.

Oliver Wilde – “Play & Be Saved” {Psych Rock/Pop}

We’ve been going through a mad Mac DeMarco phase as of late, so anything that sounds like our fellow Vancouver Islander gets a nod from RMD. Oliver Wilde (or Oscar Wilde reincarnated for lazy readers like my dumb ass) is based out of Bristol, and is currently prepping for the release of his new album Red Tide Opal In The Loose End Womb which is out on May 5th.

Mac DeMarco – “Brother” {Psych Pop/Rock}

Well speak of the devil…our favourite fellow Vancouver Islander is back with a brand new single which is off his highly-anticipated Salad Days release, so I guess it’s time to stop listening to “Passing Out Pieces” on repeat now. DeMarco has certainly achieved a cult-like following over these past few years, but 2014 has proven to be a very magical Mac DeMarco year indeed thus far.

Friendly Fires & The Asphodells – “Before Your Eyes” {Indie Rock/Electronic}

We’re pretty familiar with Friendly Fires (because, duh) but this is the first we’ve heard of The Asphodells (AKA Andrew Weatherall and Timothy J Fairplay). Either way this collaboration between the two groups is pretty mindblowing; but with trancey psychedelic harmonies, danceable, synth-happy beats and a tribal backbone how could it not be?

Down – “We Knew Him Well” {Metal}

In case you didn’t already know, Down is the sludge metal supergroup consisting of Phil Anselmo of Pantera and Pepper Keenan of Corrosion Of Conformity; so if that didn’t already win you over I don’t know what will. This track is off their forthcoming EP Down IV – Part Two which is due out on May 13th via ADA.

Fucked Up – “Paper The House” {Punk/Hardcore}

Well colour me surprised: Fucked Up are back with a brand new record called Glass Boys which is being released on June 3rd via Matador (in the U.S.) as well as Arts & Crafts (in Canada). The news has already had a trickle effect in the Canadian musicverse, so if the rest of the album sounds anything like this tune you best be expecting the release to pop up on every end-of-year-list imaginable.

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The Folk – “In Silence” {Alternative Rock} + Free download

The Folk’s “Rules Of Youth” was one of our favourite submissions of 2012 and we still find ourselves returning to it from time to time; so we were pretty stoked to see that the Ontario-based group is releasing new material. This new track of theirs has some mean-clean early Smashing Pumpkins/Tegan and Sara vibes to it, and if you digs it you can download it for free here.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

March 11, 2014 in Dream Pop, Electronic, Free downloads, Garage Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Punk, Shoegaze, Synthpop by Rex

Korean Drama – “Jimmy” {Punk/Garage Rock}

This one-minute-long track is more badass than any punk song we’ve ever covered here at RMD, and if this is what Korean drama actually sounds like then Kim Jong-un better watch his 100% backed-up ass yo!! (J-Jimmy?) Their forthcoming cassette release Reply 1994 isn’t due out until May, but in the mean time you can follow them on Twitter here.

Costado – “Capricorn One” {Shoegaze/Psych Rock}

It’s been a little slow on the shoegaze front so far in 2014 (actually it’s been more like slower than molasses in January kind-of-slow…) so as soon as we hear a good shoegazey tune we jump all over that shit. This group is based out of New York, and you can check out the rest of their work over at their Bandcamp page.

Luha – “Lullaby” {Electronic/Dream Pop}

With a sound that crosses between Radiohead and The Cranberries and vocals similar to that of CHVRCHES and Purity Ring, it’s safe to say that Luha has all the ingredients any music blogger could hope for when it comes to independent submissions. And because this chicka deserves waaay more Facebook “likes” than 95, you can follow her on Facebook here.

Film/Noir – “Sirens” {Synthpop/Dream Pop} + Free download

This London-based artist is only 19 years old, so the fact that he managed to create such a mind-blowing, out-of-this-world electronic tune is pretty impressive for someone at such a ripe young age. His new EP isn’t going to be released until this summer, but if you’re as impatient as I am you download this track for free in the player below.

Manfred Kidd – “Lights” {Alternative Pop}

We’re getting some pretty wicked Passion Pit vibes from this track, which is the first single off the Gothenburg-based group’s forthcoming EP. Plus they recently recorded some tunes in a 19th century inn as well as in a cabin on Sweden’s West Coast archipelago which makes them extra badass. If you like this tune you can buy it for as little as $0.99 via iTunes here.

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Top new videos: Kate Nash, Cut Copy, London Grammar + Pussy Riot getting arrested (again)

February 27, 2014 in Alt-Country, Alternative, Electropop, Garage Rock, Pop, Psych Folk, Psychedelic Rock, Punk by Rex

Pussy Riot – “Putin Will Teach You How To Love” {Punk}

Remember when the Russian Cossacks opened up a can of whip-ass on Pussy Riot in Sochi last week? Well turns out the band was filming the event for this music video the whole time. The song is in Russian so naturally I don’t understand a word that they’re saying, but they’re probably singing about [CONTENT REMOVED AS PER PUTIN'S REQUEST]

London Grammar – “Hey Now” {Alternative Pop}

I’m still not entire convinced that London Grammar’s vocalist Hannah Reid isn’t a man, just because I haven’t heard female vocals that deep since Jared Leto formed that group with the shittiest name ever. Either way this new video of theirs is a great watch, and has enough floating orbs to make the Most Haunted team get in, up and all around that shit.

Ciara O’Neill – “Dead, Black” {Alternative Pop/Folk}

Now see here Ciara, I know we only just met, but the next time you release a mind-blowing, out-of-this-world music video that does my head in give me some fair warning beforehand OK? This single is off her debut EP, and if you like her work you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter and check out her YouTube and Soundcloud too.

King Black Acid – “I’m Rolling Under” {Psych Rock}

Besides the fact that this music video is visually hypnotic and has a story line focused around “time travel, trans-humanism and the dream life inside of a song,” it also features a crapton of downright scary sights like dinosaurs, strange tribal dances and a dude that looks like John Denver. Creepy stuff.

Cut Copy – “We Are Explorers” {Electropop}

Alright Cut Copy, you’ve already impressed me with your amazing neon ways, so why must you torture me with even more neon awesomeness? The video stars two Indian In The Cupboard-like 3D printed cutout characters taking a stroll around Los Angeles, and was created by Masa Kawamura, Aramique, and Qanta Shimuzu.

Kate Nash – “Sister” {Garage Rock/Pop}

Just when I was starting to think that Kate Nash changed her ways when she went from singing about Caroline being a “victim” to drinking, dancing, and writing names in the sand with another girl, she goes and has a bitch fight with this friend of hers before proceeding to have one of those “talks” on the beach. Meeeeow!

Charlie and the Foxtrots – “The Man I Am” {Alt-Country/Folk}

Thick-rimmed glasses, a stand-up bass and a banjo, some sexy scruff and a braided rat tail…as if we needed any more reasons to love Charlie and his Foxtrots. But then the band goes and blows my mind even more by turning back time like Cher back to the Wild, Wild West, Deadwood style. Is this what true love feels like?

honeybird & the birdies – “Perejil” {Psych Folk}

Besides having a name like honeybird & the birdies and a sound described as “psych funk,” the band have also released a beautifully-shot video that comes with a gripping-yet-ironically hilarious story line with a dash of politics getting thrown into the mix too – why can’t all our indie submissions be like this?

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Top new tracks: Suzanne Vega, Thee Oh Sees, Little Dragon, Blitzen Trapper + MØ covers the Spice Girls

February 18, 2014 in Alternative, Classic Pop, Classic Rock, Dance, Disco, Electronic, Electronica, Experimental, Free downloads, Nu Disco, Pop, Psychedelic Rock, R&B, Soul by Rex

Suzanne Vega – “Don’t Uncork What You Can’t Contain” {Alt-Folk}

Not only is that “doo doo doo-doo doo doo-doo doo” singer back, she’s also sampling 50 Cent and sounding good whilst doing so too. The fact that she’s releasing her first album in seven (!) years is shocking enough, but Suzanne is full of surprises like that…And yeah I’m totally going to write this song title on the five bottles of red wine that are stashed in the corner of my room right now…

Blitzen Trapper – “Coming Home” {Classic Rock/Soul} + Free download

This new Blitzen Trapper single is so classic rock you can almost see a sweaty Joe Cocker swaying to it while he’s hopped-up on drugs; plus it’s available as a free download on Soundcloud. #Winning! The song is off their seventh studio album (appropriately titled VII) which was released last September.

MØ - “Say You’ll Be There” (Spice Girls cover) {Electronica/R&B} + Free download

Denmark’s R&B songstress Mø surprised everyone by covering the classic Spice Girls hit that I know you can still recite all of the lyrics to (don’t be ashamed, now). Hearing the track after so long was bittersweet for me seeing that the song was released before David Beckham cheated on me/knocked up Posh Spice, so listening to this song again opened up a lot of 90s wounds to say the least…

Young Widows – “Kerosene Girl” {Psych Rock}

This track is so deliciously dark and gothic, just listening to it is like getting a kick to the face; (so it just goes to show that sometimes, just sometimes, getting a kick to the face can be awesome). The track is off the group’s forthcoming album Easy Pain which is being released on May 13th via Temporary Residence.

The Juan Maclean – “Get Down (With My Love)” ft. Nancy Whang {Nu-disco/Dance}

The Juan Maclean collaborating with Nancy Whang is more than just a classic poet-and-didn’t-know it scenario, because if you follow the LCD Soundsystem/DFA Records’ circle closely then you’re probably already aware that both these artists have been making epic tunes with James Murphy for quite some time (and any friend of LCD Soundsystem’s is a friend of RMD’s). This track is off The Juan Maclean’s new album which is due out this summer.

Spiritualized – “Always Forgetting With You (The Bridge Song)” {Electronic/Classic Pop}

This song was released a few weeks back and somehow it slipped through our fingers…but by the grace of the musical gods we stumbled upon it by accident a few days ago. Combining a wide range of genres we’ve never heard combined before (like classic doo-wop pop, electronica and space rock), this track is off their new record The Space Project which is out on Record Store Day (AKA April 19th).

Thee Oh Sees – “Penetrating Eye” {Experimental/Psych Rock}

Now that Thee Oh Sees have announced that they’re taking a well-deserved (but much-despised) hiatus, we’re going to suck up any new material we can get until then. This song is off one of our most anticipated albums of 2014 Drop, which drops (heh) on April 29th via Castle Face Records.

Little Dragon – “Klapp Klapp” {Synthpop}

This tune starts off like the intro to Joy Division’s “No Love Lost,” but then out of nowhere morphs into a spectacular synth wonderland, Swede style. (I think I’m in love). The track is the first single off the band’s new album Nabuma Rubberband which is being released on May 13th in the U.S. and May 12th everywhere else.

Palehound – “Pay No Mind” {Pop/Rock}

Palehound’s name has been floating around the music blogverse since last year, and with Silverchair/Soundgarden similarities and an upbeat girly-rock vibe with a 90s edge, it’s easy to see why so many bloggers have been making a fuss out of them. This track is off their new 7″ which is out on February 25th via Exploding In Sound Records.

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Top new videos: Gardens & Villa, Metronomy, Villagers + Tegan and Sara/The Lonely Island in Lego form

February 13, 2014 in Americana, Classic Pop, Electro, Pop, Psych Folk, Psychedelic Rock, Rock, Synthpop by Rex

The John Steel Singers – “MJ’s On Fire Again” {Psych Rock}

Don’t be fooled by its song title because this dizzying video has nothing to do with MJ or MJ being on fire at all. Before you press play prepare yourselves for a “holy crap are the walls moving? No, they’re not. Wait…they totally are” moment (or for me, five entire moments).

Gardens & Villa – “Bullet Train” {Synthpop}

Sweet baby Jesus this video is so amazing, I think I just drooled all over myself. The 80s nostalgia, the cheesy special effects, the dude’s sweet dance moves on a random railway track at 0:31, the pink flamingos…anyways, where was I?

Tegan and Sara ft. The Lonely Island – “Everything is AWESOME!!!” {Pop/Dance}

We didn’t cover this track when it was released a few weeks back just because it was way, way too much cheese for us to handle (and that’s saying a lot coming from us); but the fact that the two acts pulled a White Stripes circa 2001 by being featured in this video for The Lego Movie soundtrack makes it slightly more cool…right?

Isle of Rhodes – “Tic Toc Take II” {Synthpop/Rock}

We love love loved everything about the music video for the band’s 2013 single “Islands,” but the fact that this one comes with a synth serenade? It’s just too good to be true. And yes it’s cheesy as hell, (but that’s why we love it oh so much).

Metronomy – “Love Letters” {Classic Pop}

As soon as we read that the famed Michel Gondry directed this video (famed from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) we just knew this video was going to be packing some visual punches. With smartly-crafted shots from cut-out walls, the classic vibe to go with the classic Elton-John-mixed-with-Paul McCartney sound, this video perfectly captures everything we loved about the track.

Villagers – “Occupy Your Mind” {Electro/Rock}

Not only did this video blow my mind because it’s the best track I’ve heard from Villagers in like ever; it was also quite a shock seeing the sweet-spoken Villager getting all serious and political and stuff. In the video description it says: ”Please find attached a song written for you, your mother, your father and your gay brothers and sisters in Russia.” Ummm…okay?

Ryan Hobler – “See What You’re Doing To Me” {Psych Folk/Americana}

This beautifully-shot video and its soothing “Americana Noir” track ended up tugging at the teensy-weensy little heartstrings I have left in me during the week of this god forsaken holiday (or as I like to call it, the holiday-that-shall-not-be-named). The track is off his brand spankin’ new album The Elusive Yes and you can buy the single for $0.99 via iTunes here.

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by Rex

Top new videos: Black Lips, St. Vincent, Angel Olsen, Bleeding Rainbow + burgers; delicious, juicy burgers

February 4, 2014 in Alt-Blues, Alt-Country, Alt-Folk, Alternative, Blues, Experimental, Grunge, Indie, Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Rock by Rex

Bleeding Rainbow – “So You Know” {Pop/Rock}

Have you ever wished you could turn back time like Cher? Well the guy in this music video did…(kinda). The video starts off with some lonely looking fellow flipping through old photographs of his ex during happier times, but then soon develops into some crazed, photo-manipulation-turned-time-travel storyline. It’s some pretty thought-provoking shit.

Angel Olsen – “Hi-Five” {Alt-Country}

Given that I’ve been listening to this track over and over and over again since we first discovered it a few weeks back, I was pretty stoked to see that Angel Olsen went ahead and released a video for the jaw-dropping tune. But I still have some lingering questions; like “why did she draw on her hand like that?” “Where did those arms come from?” and “Will I get sued for stealing her epic choreography the next time I’m on the dance floor?”

St. Vincent – “Digital Witness” {Experimental}

This is some Benjamin Button shit with St. Vincent and the new Wayne Coyne locks she has going on, but I digress…When we first caught a glimpse of the cover of St. Vincent’s new album and her Flaming Lips hairdo glory, we just knew she would be packing the visual punches for the first music video off the record, and pack the visual punches she certainly did.

Adult Jazz – “Springful” {Indie Rock/Experimental}

Apparently this video was inspired by the novel Siddharthabut I’m starting to wonder if the whole point of this video was to make me seethe with jealousy over the fact that this dude is special enough to be carried around by four cute boys all day like royalty. If only all my retail therapy sessions could be like this…

Sebadoh – “State Of Mine” {Alt-Folk/Rock}

Sebadoh is getting all political and stuff with this new music video and we’re totally L-O-V-I-N-G it!!! The video tackles everything from the economy, sexism, the American Dream, the stresses of jugging parenthood and marriage…Actually now that we think about it we may have read into it a little too much – maybe it’s a story about a depressed businessman who’s obsessed with babies?

Minor Alps – “Waiting For You” {Pop/Rock}

If you’re feeling the Valentine’s Day humbug then you best be preparing yourselves, because this video is all about the lovey-dovey “awwws” and everything that goes along with it. The video stars both members of Minor Alps (Matthew Caws and Juliana Hatfield) with their storyline romantically intertwining as they make their way around the city.

Libel – “Tomorrow’s Children” {Rock}

We love us some animated videos, but damn…this shit went way, way over our heads. The falling stars (or are they snowflakes?) the synchronized swimmers (or are they people with just really bad fashion?) and the person pulling the sun straight out of the sky (or was it just a massive yellow ball?) Yeah we don’t get it either.

Black Lips – “Boys In The Wood” {Psych Rock/Blues}

What’s so scary about sex, drugs and rock and roll? Well you’ll soon find out after watching this horror-movie-of-a-music-video. And of course being the Black Lips that they are there’s a whole lotta NSFW going on here, so if you have delicate eyeballs (and eardrums) then proceed with caution before you hit the play button.

Teen Daad – “Have A Bite” {Rock/Grunge}

They may not be Quebecois, and they may not be buddy-buddy with Jamie Oliver, but what this band has going on in this music video could possibly be as epic as Epic Meal Time. The juicy burgers, the slimy Nutella, the mouth-watering ice cream…There are so many temptations going on in this video it’s hard to keep track of them all. Who knew that Nutella getting trapped in a beard could be so damn sexy?

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