by Rex

Top new videos: Interpol, Blood Orange, The New Pornographers, Kate Nash + A.C. Newman doing the Vogue

August 8, 2014 in Alt-Country, Alternative, Country, Electropop, independent bands, Indie, Indie Rock, Punk, Rap, Rock, Soul by Rex

White Lung – “In Your Home” {Punk/Rock}

I don’t want it to look like I’m pissing in your cereal and telling you it’s raining, but this is pretty much the most epic video we’ve ever feasted our eyes on. Racing on human-sized horses, eyeballs dripping out of eyeballs, drummers wearing John Entwistle costumes…oh White Lung, please stop. (No actually, please don’t).

The New Pornographers – “War On The East Coast” {Electropop/Rock}

Our second favourite gingery musician (after Josh Homme, of course) has dropped the solo act and returned to his beloved not-so-New Pornographers, and invites viewers to watch as general mayhem unfolds around him. A.C. Newman is so badass he can walk past riots in the streets and couples dry humping on cars and still manage to perfectly Vogue his own lyrics. That’s pretty impressive.

Christopher Owens – “Nothing More Than Everything To Me” {Country/Rock}

I’m still not entirely convinced that Christopher Owens isn’t a Kurt Cobain hologram putting on a performance during the epic Grease prom scene, but that’s besides the point. The video was directed by actor Max Minghella and the track is off Owens’ forthcoming LP A New Testament (out September 30th).

Spanish Gold – “Day Drinkin” {Alt-Country}

This video features two things that I’m scared of the most: Rihanna being called a music icon and an N’Sync Reunion creepy clowns, and creatures lurking in deep, dark mysterious waters. Nothing like a music video starring a creepy clown to get this music blogger “day drinkin’”…

Blood Orange – “High Street” ft. Skepta {Soul/Rap}

Blood Orange continues to release music videos off that album with the creepy-as-fuck cover, and that’s alright by me. The video follows Dev Hynes and the London-based rapper Skepta as they wander through the streets of London, and end up in front of a bunch of double decker buses. Yeah we don’t get it either.

Captain Baby – “Olive In The Ocean” {Indie Rock}

Have you ever had the most intense desire to slap different coloured paint all over your friend’s faces? Well luckily these guys took that genius idea and made it into a music video. Just a warning: Harmful chemicals may have been ingested/inhaled during this video-making process.

Kate Nash – “She Rules” {Electropop}

It may not be much (unless you’re into multi-coloured awesomeness), but at least you can be amazed with how well Kate Nash’s new hair matches her orange-y outfit for a few minutes of your life. At least this go around there’s no bitchfests on the beach, oh and PUPPIES!!!!

Interpol – “All The Rage Back Home” {Alternative Rock}

It was news to me that Interpol was going  be releasing some new music this year, and what do you know….their music still makes me want to jump off a cliff because of its sadness. The video was co-directed by vocalist Paul Banks and Sophia Beer, and the track is the leading single off their new album El Pintor which is out in September.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

July 18, 2014 in Americana, Dream Pop, Folk, Free downloads, Garage Rock, Hip Hop, independent bands, Indie, Rap, Rock by Rex

Mincer Ray – “A Pickaxe From My Mom” {Pop/Rock} + Free download

It may be a little rough around the edges but we can definitely hear a lot of promise in good ol’ Mincer Ray. (Have you heard the demo version of “Drain You”? I rest my case.) Plus his Mom sounds like a badass as well. If you like the song you can download it for free in the player below.

Split Wigs – “Body Double, Body Trouble” {Garage Rock/Americana}

That creepy-as-hell album cover was enough to have the memory of listening to this song ingrained in our brains (and nightmares) permanently, so luckily the song is pretty impressive as well. The band is based out of Nashville, and you can stream their tracks for free over at Rhed Rholl Recordings’ Bandcamp page.

The Derevolutions – “#Hashbags” {Hip Hop/Rap} + Free download

We’re used to hearing some pretty dope happy-go-poppy rock tunes from The Derevolutions, but now the Boston-based group decided to throw us a hippity hop track out of left field…and we’re totally loving it right now. The lyrics, the trumpets, the random coughing…there’s nothing we didn’t love about this track. If you have some extra time make sure you like the band on Facebook here.

Christian Lee Hutson – “Mess” {Folk/Americana}

With all the alternative/indie/whatever folk submissions we get on a regular basis, it’s nice to get one with some true-blue, no-funny-business-folky vibes. This track (which he describes as “another chapter in the long and tedious tale of the exorcism of my egomania” is off his forthcoming album Yeah Okay I Know, and you can check out the rest of his tuneage here.

Dream Lake – “Let Us Stay In The Light” {Dream Pop}

We’ve been long overdue for a dreamy pop tune, and luckily the appropriately-named and Grimes-sounding Dream Lake delivered. The group is based out of Sweden (because of course), and if you like the song you can buy it for just over $1 here.

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Top new videos: Santigold, Liars, FKA twigs, Pink Mountaintops, Twin Peaks + a German heavy metal girl

July 4, 2014 in Alternative, Electronic, Electronica, Garage Rock, Industrial, Pop, R&B, Rap, Rock by Rex

Pink Mountaintops – “Second Summer Of Love” {Garage Rock}

Never in a million years would I have thought that Stephen McBean could throw a lyrical cue card in a music video better than “The King Of Throwing A Lyrical Cue Card In A Music Video” himself Bob Dylan. I’m pretty sure Bobby D wouldn’t ride a skateboard on fire or throw random items in fire pits, though. Bobby D is too much of a snob for that.

FKA twigs – “Two Weeks” {R&B/Electronic}

I found it odd that Stereogum got their uptight, self-righteous panties in a bunch about this video, but now that I’ve seen it I totally get it: Because the folks over at Stereogum have penises, that’s why!

Santigold – “Kicking Down Doors” {Pop}

The music video for “Kicking Down Doors” is more like a mini-movie. No, really. And yes, Santigold thinks she’s special enough to do the mini-movie-scene-in-a-music-video now. Should we expect any less from an artist on the cola-themed World Cup compilation Pepsi Beats Of The Beautiful Game. I mean, really?

Liars – “Pro Anti Anti” {Electronic/Industrial}

It’s strange to see Liars all up-close-and-personal since we’re used to seeing them hide behind a warped Whoopi Goldberg-like mask…but the melting-of-faces vibe of the video definitely ties in with the artsy-fartsy album cover. I think…

To watch the video click here.

The Shanks – “German Heavy Metal Girl” {Alternative Rock}

I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting a German heavy metal girl in the flesh, but after watching this video it’s safe to say that they’re definitely waaaaay more badass than Canadian heavy metal girls, and that’s saying a lot. (Especially Canadian heavy metal girls from the Prairies…)

False Colors – “Behind Yr Face” {Electronica/Rap}

This video is one hell of a trip and we’re still not sure what to make of it all. (Something about airplanes, the planet earth and slave work?) Let’s just all smile and nod and pretend like we know what’s going on, shall we?

Twin Peaks – “Flavor” {Rock}

The latest music video from Chicago’s Twin Peaks highlights the best of summertime in ‘Merica: Drinking beers, swimming in pools, hotboxing vans and driving off cliffs….wait…what? “Victims of the U.S.A.” indeed…

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Top Albums of 2014 {Part 1}

June 9, 2014 in Album reviews, Alternative, Americana, Blues, Disco, Electronic, Experimental, Folk, Garage Rock, Hip Hop, Pop, Psych Folk, Psych Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Punk, R&B, Rap, Rock, Soul, Top 2014 by Rex

{PART 2}

St. Vincent  - Digital Witness

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It seemed like everywhere we turned St. Vincent’s glorious purple-hazed, Wayne Coyne-like locks were waving back at us, and now that we’ve given the album a listen we highly recommend that you give her hair a wave back. The album has a complex arrangement of a variety of instruments (or what sounds like instruments…) and from the title track to the wicked opener “Rattlesnake,” it’s clear that 2014 will always be remembered as the year of St. Vincent.

To read our “Del Rio” single review click here.
To read our “Digital Witness” music video review click here

Quilt – Held In Splendor

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Held In Splendor has a classic case of “Don’t Judge An Album By Its Singles,” because the gems on this release go well beyond “Tie Up The Tides” and “Arctic Shark;” (although those tracks definitely deserve a nod as well…) There’s some classic 60s, hippie-dippie shit spread out all up, in, under and throughout the album, so if CSNY is your thing then definitely check this record out.

To read our “Arctic Shark” single review click here
To read our “Arctic Shark” music video review click here

The Black Keys – Turn Blue

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C’mon. We all know this album was going to make this list so let’s get it over and done with shall we? The duo has been churning out new singles faster than Jack White can churn out hate-ridden e-mails about Dan Auerbach, after all. In case you haven’t figured it out by their not-so-obvious (as in totally obvious) album cover, The Black Keys are all like, trippy now and stuff; but there is an avoidance of redundancy. Slightly. At least they’re not ripping Jacky-boy off…right?

To read our “Fever” single review click here

The Roots – …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin

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For two years in a row now The Roots have made our top end-of-year album lists (with the first being 2013′s collaborative album with Elvis Costello Wise Up Ghost), but with a sexy-as-hell drummer like ?uestlove what do you expect? Hopefully the second half of 2014 leads to a lot more singles/mindfucking videos off this album, because each and every track is pretty damn impressive.

To read our “Understand” music video review click here.
To read our “When The People Cheer” single review click here

Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots

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There’s nothing sadder than watching one of your favourite rock stars age (Bob Dylan anyone?) but at least Albarn is aging the right way and not letting his never-ending creativity go to waste. But let’s get one thing straight: If you’re looking for Blur you’re not going to find it here, because Brit Pop is DEAD man; and Albarn has moved on from not-so-subtlety writing about heroin to penning a song about a Tanzanian elephant…but I think I’m still following…

To read our “Mr. Tembo” music video review click here
To read our “Everyday Robots” music video review click here

Pink Mountaintops – Get Back

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You didn’t thing we were going to let a Vancity gem like this one slip through the cracks did you? On the reals though…I’m pretty sure it’s biologically impossible for Stephen McBean (yes, that’s his real name) to release something bad, and there’s no such thing as a bad Pink Mountaintops album. Really. There’s variety and flavour, emotion riddled with nostalgia, not to mention tinges of alt-country on “Through All The Worry” and synth on “Wheels” – what’s not to love?

To read our “North Hollywood Microwaves” single review click here

Paolo Nutini – Caustic Love

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One thing’s for sure is Paolo knows how to pen/sing some wicked soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooul music. And in typical Paolo style you can put the album on from start to finish and be entertained throughout. From the finger-snappin tune “Let Me Down Easy” or the more mellow “Diana,” the ebb and flows of this record aren’t just limited to fast or slow songs, but emotional variety and complexity.

To read our Caustic Love album review click here.

Wye Oak – Shriek

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We already knew that we loved us some Wye Oak, but sweet baby Jesus the song “Glory” is amazeballs; (quite possibly the best we’ve heard from the band yet…) And even though we hate jazz with a fiery passion there is some crazy, experimental jazz here there and all over the place, and believe it or not, we L-O-V-E-D it. And whilst still tying back to the band’s roots, they even manage to throw a little #TBT to Elton John circa 1970s into the mix. Where the hell did that come from?

To read our single review of “The Tower” click here

Thee Oh Sees – Drop

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It may only be a measly nine tracks (which isn’t enough for us diehards as we lick our wounds about this supposed hiatus), but as usual, the band always knows how to speed things up, slow things down, and then come toppling down all over the floor in the most not-so-graceful fashion. From the bluesy backdrop underneath some delicious psychedelica on “Put Some Reverb On My Brother” (AKA the new “Stay Gold, Pony Boy”), the addictive riffs, the freaky vocals…oh Thee Oh Sees, you had me at the first “La-la-la La-la-la-la-la” on “Penetrating Eye.”

To read our “Penetrating Eye” single review click here

Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband

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Nabuma Rubberband has been hands-down one of the most notable R&B releases of the year (so far), so if that kind of music is your thing like a chicken wing then I highly recommend you spread some sauce all over this shit and munch it all down. Little Dragon’s name was popping up here, there and everywhere these past few months and have been releasing single after single, video after video…so their effort deserves at least a bit of RMD recognition (which I hear is more valuable than gold, FYI…)

To read our single review of “Paris” click here.
To read our “Klapp Klapp” single review click here

Cloud Nothings – Here And Nowhere Else

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Cloud Nothings have always stuck out like an awesome thumb to us, only because most bands that follow the poppy punk train sound like a pile of steaming poo…but not these guys! So whenever we read about a new album, track or Dylan Baldi crossing the street, our interest is going to piqued. Not to mention that Attack On Memory made our top end-of-year-list in 2012 as well. No big deal.

To read our “I’m Not Part Of Me” music video review click here.
To read our “I’m Not Part Of Me” single review click here

Todd Terje – It’s Album Time

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Just when we thought things couldn’t get weirder than a meth addict stringing himself up with Christmas lights, we went ahead and listened to this album. It’s all over the place and experimentally delicious, which is the album’s purpose (I guess…) and there’s some classic Terje disco, jazz, and even some damn flamenco thrown into the mix. But despite its raving reviews it kind of fell flat for us…nevertheless the production was high-quality and it ends with “Inspector Norse.” A cherry on top indeed.

To read our “Delorean Dynamite” single review click here

Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

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We have no shame in hiding our Van Etten obsession (and if you’re judging me right now that means you haven’t listened to this), but this album has everything you would expect from Sharon: Intensity. Depth. Yearning. Heartache. Anger. You name it. Although Angel Olsen was the songstress that had our undivided attention for the first half of the year, it’s time for Olsen to shuffle those cowboy boots on over and let Sharon into the limelight again.

Metronomy – Love Letters

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Metronomy are true Devonians in how they pen a good album, and there isn’t one musical corner left untouched on this release. From classic pop to intense electronica, it’s the kind of album where you could listen to all of the songs and never realize they were by the same artist, let alone off the same album. Oh yeah, and “Boy Racers” is amazing. The end.

To read our Love Letters album review click here
To read our “Love Letters” music video review click here.
To read our “I’m Aquarius” single review click here.  

The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream

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We may have found it a bit on the snooze-worthy side and it certainly doesn’t match up to the epicness that is Slave Ambient, but there’s no denying that Adam Granduciel is still churning on The War on Drugs Americana gravy train and we’re all about that shit right now. His Phillie brother Kurt Vile may have had 2013 under his thumb with Smoke Ring For My Halo, but hopefully the second half of 2014 sees a string of more singles/videos from Granduciel’s 2014 release.

To read our “Red Eyes” music video review click here

{PART 2}

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Top new videos: Arcade Fire, The Roots, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah + Paul McCartney dancing with a robot

May 21, 2014 in Alt-Folk, Alternative, Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Rap, Rock by Rex

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – “As Always” {Alternative Rock}

Silly Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, how am I supposed to follow any kind of storyline when you’re hiring sexy-as-hell actors in your music videos? All I got was a sexy dude lights a match. Then sexy dude drinks and dances with girls who aren’t me before blowing something up (I think). Yeah I didn’t get it either.

Paul McCartney – “Appreciate” {Pop/Rock}

I feel bad making fun of Sir Paul. I really, really do. But starting off this video with “Presented By Microsoft” is not a way to win this snarky music blogger over, diehard Beatles fan or not. Nevertheless I can still give five stars for the video’s special effects, not to mention that Paul is still a natural performer, as always (especially when he’s singing all lovingly to a robot). Shake them hips, boy!

Old Man Canyon – “Phantoms & Friends” {Alt-Folk}

You know that eerie feeling you get when you’re walking down a street and you don’t see a soul around, and you start asking yourself “Is this like 28 Days Later? Is some crazy, drooling ape going to jump out from the shadows and bite my head off?” (…Or maybe it’s just me?…) Either way this video illustrates that creepy feeling perfectly.

Arcade Fire – “We Exist” {Indie Pop}

Oh Arcade Fire, I was beginning to think you forgot about me. I mean Reflektor did make our numero uno favourite album of 2013, so why the big gap in between videos? Anyways, this video documents the trials and tribulations of a dude (AKA Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s Andrew Garfield) in drag (who, might I add, can walk in a pair of heels better than I’ve ever could), but the true star(s) come out at the 3:54 mark. Wait for it…

The Roots – “Understand” {Rap/Hip Hop}

?uestlove continues to give me a bad case of the swoooooon because this video has all the bells and whistles a picky music blogger could ever ask for. The video was created by Joe Baughman and uses a neat-o stop-motion effect that ties in perfectly with the lyrics. Oh yeah and the track is pretty awesome too. #Winning

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Top new videos: Riff Raff, Garbage ft. Brody Dalle, Real Estate + a lifetime’s worth of narcissistic selfies

May 9, 2014 in Classical, Dream Pop, Dubstep, Pop, Post-Punk, Punk, Rap, Rock by Rex

Riff Raff – “Instagram” ft. DJ Noodles {Rap/Pop}

Having a parody rap video about all the slutty, duckface selfies that are flooding your Instagram news feed as we speak was bound to happen at some point, so I’m glad DJ Noodles and Riff Raff got it done and over with. (Ain’t no filter like a duckface filter!!) It may only be two minutes long, but I’ve still seen more selfies than I have in the past four days…and that’s saying a lot.

Courtney Love – “You Know My Name” {Punk}

This video is all about Courtney Love doing what Courtney Love does best: Trashing powder-covered rooms in a drugged-up haze, of course! They do say a leopard never changes its spots so I can understand why she keeps pushing this “LOOK AT ME!! I’M A DRUG ADDICT!!” act but damn girl…botox filler overload alert!

Savages – “Fuckers” {Post-Punk}

The new Savages video may not be anything special (except that it proves just how amazingly mindblowing Savages are live…) Normally I’m not a fan of live performance music videos, but any video starring a Sinead O’Shaved Head is a winner in my books.

Garbage – “Girls Talk” ft. Brody Dalle {Pop/Rock}

This new video starring Shirley Manson and The Distillers’ frontwoman/Homme-fucker Brody Dalle still left me with a ton of questions, (like “is that really the face that Josh Homme wakes up to every morning?” and “is Brody Dalle really really short or is Shirley Manson just really really tall?”) This track is one of two Garbage singles which were released on Record Store Day.

Hannah Thiem – “Brym Al Mar” {Classical/Dubstep}

It was shocking in itself to hear an artist merge the classical and dubstep genres, but watching her play a violin on a cliff next to the ocean made me feel all worldly and edumucated and stuff; (but then I got a mad craving for Kraft Dinner and turned back into a Canadian redneck after 30 seconds…) This track is off her new EP Brym which is out this summer.

Real Estate – “Crime” {Dream Pop/Rock}

This frightenenly realistic music video from Real Estate is about a struggling/broke music video director who starts fishing for video concepts from other peeps (and when I say peeps I mean a “78-years-young” senior citizen who wants a video that “brings back the value of the good ol’ days”). The video was directed by the former Best Show host Tom Scharpling who also stars in the video along with Andy Daly.

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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 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

April 1, 2014 in Electronic, Experimental, Free downloads, Garage Rock, Gypsy, Gypsy Punk, independent bands, Instrumental, Metal, Pop, Punk, Rap by Rex

Call Me Greenhorn – “Simian Walk” {Experimental/Instrumental}

You know that feeling when you hear a song and instantly feel more badass even though you’re not remotely badass in any sense of the word? Well that’s how we felt after listening to this track. Call Me Greenhorn (but really his name is Magnus Sellergren) is based out of Sweden and he just completed his new album Space Kitty 2000 on March 24th. If you dig his work (as you should) you can buy the release for $7 over at his Bandcamp page.

Psycho Mad Sally – “Marion Sims” {Gypsy Punk/Metal}

And just when we were starting to think that Gogol Bordello was the only gypsy punk band that would ever blow our minds, this Toronto-based group went ahead and Eugene Hütz-ed us with this wicked tune. This track is off their most recent release How II Survive which you can buy as a name-your-price download here.

Stacey – “Calling Me” (YDID Mix) {Electronic/Pop} + Free downloads

“Stark minimalism turns to grand, ethereal atmosphere” and “lush combinations of effervescent synths” are some of the many elaborate descriptions Stacey sent us in her submission e-mail, but all you have to do is listen to this track for two seconds to understand what she’s talking about. This tune is a remix of a track off her debut EP, and if you like her on Facebook you can download the release for free.

Daisy Victoria – “Macbeth To My Lady” {Garage Rock} + Free download

It’s a rare find to come across a female-fronted garage rock group, let alone a good female-fronted garage rock group, so obviously we’re going to give Miss Daisy a shout-out. This track is off her debut EP Heart Full Of Beef which you can buy as a name-your-price download over at her Bandcamp page or download the track for free in the player below.

Sunny Gang – “1:35″ {Punk/Rap}

Speaking of rare finds…this here is the first punky-rap band we’ve ever covered at RMD which makes Sunny Gangs extra, extra special in our eyes. The group is based out of Newark, and this is the first single off their forthcoming EP (which also happens to be the first music video they’ve ever released as well). If you like their work make sure you follow them on Facebook to stay up to date on their future releases.

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by Rex

Top new tracks: The Black Keys, De La Soul, Chrissie Hynde + Andrew Bird covers The New Pornographers

March 27, 2014 in Disco, Folk, Free downloads, Hip Hop, House, Indie, Pop, Rap, Rock by Rex

A.C. Newman – “Be Not So Fearful” (Bill Fay cover) {Pop/Rock}

If you’ve ever doubted that The New Pornographers’ frontman A.C. Newman is as cool as A.C. Slater then this track will certainly change your mind. Not to mention that all you zombie geeks (I know you’re out there…) will appreciate that this song will be featured on the new Walking Dead soundtrack as well as other tracks from Sharon Van Etten and Portugal, The Man.

To listen to the song click here.

De La Soul – “Vocabulary Spills” {Rap/Hip Hop} + Free downloads

Holy John, Paul and George there’s a new De La Soul track bouncing around the interwebs and naturally every music nerd is buzzing about it. The song is off their forthcoming release Smell The D.A.I.S.Y. which was released a free download (!!!) yesterday on the group’s official website.

The Black Keys – “Fever” {Rock}

The Black Keys will be dropping their highly-anticipated new album Turn Blue on May 13th, and I’m expecting some full-blown, angst-from-divorce-inspired lyrics on the record now that vocalist Dan Auerbach is done bickering with his ex about who gets Bob Dylan’s hair. This is the first single off the album which was produced by Auerbach and Patrick Carney (not so surprising) as well as Danger Mouse (very surprising).

Chrissie Hynde – “Dark Sunglasses” {Pop/Rock}

It’s news to me that Chrissie Hynde AKA the Pretenders frontwoman AKA Dee Dee Dum Dum’s doppelganger will be releasing her debut solo album on June 9th, but after finding out more info about the release it’s clear that she means business. The album (titled Stockholm) will apparently feature Neil Young as well as John McEnroe, and it was recorded with Peter Bjorn and John’s Björn Yttling at the famed Ingrid Studios.

Andrew Bird – “The Fake Headlines” (The New Pornographers cover) {Indie Pop/Folk}

I’m going to take this as a sign of fate that Andrew Bird decided to cover Vancouver’s beloved New Pornographers right when I’ve started re-listening to “The Electric Version,” “My Rights Versus Yours” and “Use It” on repeat. The track is off the forthcoming compilation Good People Rock which you can pre-order here, and all proceeds will go towards The Yellow Bird Project to help raise money for various charity organizations

The Afghan Whigs – “The Lottery” {Rock}

The Afghan Whigs AKA one of Sub Pop’s many darlings are back at it with their first album in 16 years, and it’s bound to become one of the most talked about releases of the year. This is the second single off the release (with the first being the epic “Algiers“) and apparently the album will drop on April 15th.

BOZA – “Bassline” (remix) {House} + Free download

With a Canadian Juno stamp of approval, DJ BOZA has been turning a lot of Canadian heads since the 80s when he was creating his own unique brand of electronic music in Toronto’s underground house scene. If you dig his work you can download this track for free in the player below, and give him some “Like” love on Facebook while you’re at it too.

Holy Ghost! – “Bridge & Tunnel” (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) {Disco}

DFA Records has been on fire so far this year with new releases from YACHT and The Juan Maclean, but let’s not forget about one of the label’s best releases of 2013: Holy Ghost!’s Dynamics. Although this track is off last year’s release, the duo will be including two remixes of the tune on a 12″, and this is one of the new and improved versions off the release (which you can purchase on DFA’s official website).

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