Top Indie Rock Tracks of 2012 {Part 2}

January 11, 2013 in Alternative, Americana, Classic Rock, Electro, Experimental, Folk, Free downloads, Garage Rock, Grunge, Indie, Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Rock, Rockabilly, Top 2012

Rutsi Buba – “Bowie Nirkod” {Rockabilly/Garage Rock}

Given that we come from the home of the Canadian superstar Big John Bates, we couldn’t help but fall in love with this Israeli rockabilly group. Based out of Tel Aviv, they are described as being one of the most exciting rock ‘n roll bands to come out of Israel in a long, long time (and if you don’t believe us click here). You can buy this song for $1 or their entire album for $5 at their Bandcamp page.

Readable Graffiti – “Feathers” {Electro/Rock} + Free downloads

Not only does this song have a catchy, addictive melody, it also comes with a music video that demonstrates some mighty fine Aussie humour; (there ain’t no party like an awkward Australian birthday party!) The group is offering the track as a free download here as well as many other tracks as free downloads at their Soundcloud page.

Brews Willis – “Ride the Island Baby” {Surf Rock}

With party-in-the-sun vibes and a band name that could possibly surpass Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, this Toronto-based band is definitely one to keep your ears out for in the future. This is actually the first music video the group has ever released, and the track is off their new EP Nerped By a Zircon. To purchase the EP or $9.90 via iTunes click here.

Bloody Knees – “Who’s Hungry?” {Garage Rock/Punk} + Free downloads

Showcasing some of the finest garagey rock we’ve ever heard come out of the UK, Bloody Knees is a band based out of Cambridge, England that has been getting rave reviews in the press for their debut self-titled album as well as their electrifying live performances. To download a collection of their recorded songs click here.

Pang Attack – “Northern Seas (for Vanesa)” {Psych Rock/Folk}

We fell in love with this track as soon as we heard it, but finding out that the main man behind this trancey group (multi-instrumentalist Alex Hackett) used to drum for Femme Generation made the listening experience even more special. He just released his sophomore EP titled Phantom Forest, and you can purchase each track off the EP for as little as $1 or the entire album as a name-your-price download at his Bandcamp page.

The Dead Ships – “When I Go Away” {Rock/Blues}

Channeling Jack White, The Black Keys, and countless other awesome rock bands, this was hands-down one of the best tunes we’ve heard this past year. The group released their debut album Electric Ahab last February; (which you can buy for as little as $6 here), and they also just posted a brand new music video for their track “You Were Rock;” to check it out click here.

Woodstock Mafia – “Electric Light” {Grunge/Rock}

This group is based out of Cape Town, South Africa, and they just released this music video back in May which apparently cost around $1,000 to make (so give it a watch yo!). They are also currently prepping for the release a brand new album which is due out this year; to listen to one of the singles click here.

Punks on Mars – “Showers of Pain” {Psych/Classic Rock}

This track has an eclectic mix of baroque pop and 70s glam rock, and was unlike anything thing else we’ve received here at RMD. This Brooklyn-based group just released their debut LP Bad Expectations, and you can purchase the album as an MP3 download for $9.90 or the physical CD for $12 here.

Being There – “The Radio” {Americana/Rock}

With Bruce Springsteen/War on Drugs vibes, this track is so Americana it almost seems hard to believe that the group is based out of London. The group’s brand new debut album Breaking Away is now available for purchase via iTunes for £6.99, but if you have some extra time be sure to check out another solid single off the album here.

The Fontaine Classic – “My Latest Faith” {Alternative Rock}

This Portland-based guitar/drum duo just wrapped up a successful West coast tour, and they are currently planning another tour around the US in March. “My Latest Faith” is off their recent EP of the same title which you can buy for $5 at their Bandcamp page.

Allison Weiss – “Making it Up” {Pop/Rock}

We don’t typically get a lot of rockin’ female-fronted submissions, so when we do we jump on that shit; (plus we’re a fan of anything/everything that reminds us of the video for “Subterranean Homesick Blues“). The single is off Weiss’ forthcoming release which is due out January 29th, and if you pre-order the limited edition 7″ for $6 here you will get a free digital download.

James and Blackburn – “Dark Sparks” {Rock} + Free download

Off the group’s debut album Island Universe, this track eventually won us over thanks to its offbeat strumming and grower-of-a-chorus. The music video was created by Pascal Hout (@newgrammar) and was shot during the group’s tour around Ontario and Quebec. To purchase Island Universe for $8 click here, and you can buy the tune as a name-your-price download here or put in $0 as the amount to get it as a free download.

Amos the Transparent – “Says the Spark” {Pop/Rock}

Coined as the “Canadian Wilco,” this group is based out of our country’s capital of Ottawa and they recently performed at Pop Montreal and the Halifax Pop Explosion festivals. They just released a new album Goodnight My Dear…I’m Falling Apart which you can purchase as a digital download for $7.99 here.

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Electric Zoo – “If Only I Could Tell You” {Classic Rock}

June 19, 2012 in Blues, Classic Rock, independent bands, Rock

If you’re one of the gazillion members of society who is a fan of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin or Eric Clapton, then checking out this independent Israeli rock band is a must.

Based out of Tel Aviv, the “dynamic power trio” consists of Amir Steinberg on drums, Gal Davidson on guitar and vocals and Yuval Gesser on bass; (although Davidson and Alon Katz write all of the band’s lyrics).

With influences ranging from classic and psychedelic rock, blues, funk and even jazz, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the band’s sound has been compared to the likes of Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Cream and Grand Funk Railroad.

“If Only I Could Tell You” is one of the songs off the band’s three-track demo which was just released this past January; (to purchase the demo for as little as $5, visit the group’s Bandcamp page).

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Rex Manning Day’s Top Tracks of 2012 {Part 2}

June 13, 2012 in Alternative, Electronic, Electropop, Experimental, Funk, Garage Rock, Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Rock, Soul, Surf Pop

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Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built” {Garage Rock}

First, I’d like to personally thank the Japandroids for helping make the Vancouver rock scene bad ass again. Second, the band’s recent album Celebration Rock is proof that the duo is still capable of writing great adrenaline-fueled, fist-pumping music.

Izabo – “I Like It” {Pop/Funk}

With tinges of psychedelic rock, funk, soul and Middle Eastern music, this falsetto-friendly track is off Life is on my Side, which was released May 21st via 100% Records; (and P.S. whoever it is that Izabo “likes” should really help a brother out).
Watch the official music video for “I Like It” here.

American Royalty – “Matchstick” {Soul/Electronic}

If being described as an “impossible cross between The Black Keys and Boyze Noize” isn’t a good enough reason for you to give this band a chance, then I don’t know what is. This track is off the Matchstick EP, which was released February 14th.
Watch the official music video for “Matchstick” here.  

Chris Holm – “When I Die” {Pop/Rock}

We’ll be the first to admit that this track may be overshadowed by the star of its music video (AKA horse-boy), but this “Norwegian he-popper” has been making his mark in the Norwegian music scene over the past few years thanks to his contributions to other Bergen-based acts like Young Dreams, Bloody Beach, Sondre Lerche and The Alexandria Quartet.
Watch the official music video for “When I Die” here.

The Walkmen – “Heartbreaker” {Alternative Rock}

I’m a little disappointed in The Walkmen for releasing an album during the summer season when they know very well that they are a winter band; (see “In the New Year,” “While I Shovel the Snow,” “Seven Years of Holiday,” and “The North Pole“). Having said that, we are fully prepared to listen to their latest album Heaven non-stop for the duration of the summer, because we’re die-hard Walkmen fans like that.

Liars – “No. 1 Against the Rush” {Experimental Rock/Electronic}

We fell in love with this track before we saw that one of the band members rocked a wicked mullet, but awesome hairdos aside this is definitely another band to keep your ears out for in the near future. The track is off their latest album WIXIW, which was just released this month via Mute Records.

POND – “You Broke My Cool” {Indie/Psych Rock}

We’ll give credit to any band who can pull off morphing a Pink Floyd-esque intro into a Modest Mouse-sounding verse and chorus, but the fact that they recorded their recent album Beard, Wives, Denim in an old farmhouse in Western Australia makes them that much cooler.
Watch the official music video for “You Broke My Cool” here.  

Jordsy – “Safe in Sound” {Indie Rock}

If you think that the Canadian Prairies are full of musicians who “stomp in bathtubs while playing the cat,” then you’re sorely mistaken. The song is off Jordsy’s recent New Age EP, which was released digitally back in March via his own record label, Sweet Knuckle Records. (If you dig the tune then don’t forget to get it for free at Jordsy’s Soundcloud page).
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Clock Opera – “Man Made” {Rock/Electro}

You ain’t fooling me Clock Opera; I get that you’re using Freddie Mercury to win us over…and it’s totally working. Even though their latest album Ways to Forget got a luke-warm review by NME, this track is definitely one of its highlights.

Tennis – “My Better Self” {Surf Pop}

Before the surf rock phenomenon truly hit off a couple of years ago, the two members of Tennis were off gallivanting on a sailboat around the East Coast and writing songs inspired by their sunny journey. By the time their voyage was over, other bands like Best Coast and The Drums were already paving the way for the surf rock movement, but at least Tennis has a better story.

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Rutsi Buba – “Oops” + “Bowie Nirkod” + “Wipe Out” video {Rockabilly/Garage Rock}

June 11, 2012 in Garage Rock, Rock, Rockabilly

AgaAgaBoo

After building up a massive fan base in their hometown of Tel Aviv, Israel, garage rockers Rutsi Buba are now being declared as one of the most exciting rock ‘n roll bands in Israel today.

The trio (consisting of Uri, Rudy and Omer) have a sound that mixes every genre of rock imaginable (like rockabilly, garage rock, surf rock, classic rock, and just plain ol’ rock & roll), and are comparable to The Libertines, Big John Bates and Elvis (who they list as one of their influences along with “love” and “death”).

The band just released their debut album AgaAgaBoo, which Time Out Tel Aviv calls ”a kicking, joyful and super-danceable album,” (as heard on tracks like “Caveman,” “Party Bomb” and “Buba”).

Check out some of the songs off the album below, as well as an electrifyingly awesome live performance of the band covering the classic 60s surf rock track “Wipe Out” in Kassel, Germany:

You can buy the album for $5 or each individual song for as little as $1 apiece via their Bandcamp page; (see links below).

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Top new music videos: Kasabian, Tanlines + UNKLE’S Grinderman remix

March 26, 2012 in Electro, Electronic, Experimental, Garage Rock, Indie, Pop, R&B, Rock, Top 2012

Modeselektor (ft. Miss Platnum) - “Berlin” {Electronic/R&B}

Modeselektor’s latest music video was directed by Francois Chalet, a professional animator/hardcore Modeselektor fan who offered to create the group’s next video in exchange for the members to perform at his wedding. Needless to say the band eventually agreed, and Chalet ended up spending three weeks on very little sleep to complete this “cardboard miniverse” of a video, (despite numerous computer crashes and a ton of wasted cardboard).

Breton – “Interference” {Electro}

Off the album Other People’s Problems and about working class people’s problems, this music video is bound to put you in a productive mood before you start your work week. It’s shot from the point of view of a regular guy doing regular, everyday things, (like feeding his kids, driving to work and working a nine to five shift).

Izabo – “I Like It” {Rock/Pop}

Izabo is an Israeli band with a unique sound comprised of traditional Middle Eastern music mixed in with dance, punk, psychedelic rock and disco. This gem of a song is off of the band’s UK debut album Life is on my Side, which will be released via 100% Records on May 14th. (The director of the video, Adam Bizanski, has also shot music videos for Wolf Parade, the Shins and Zero 7).

I Come to Shanghai – “Tied Down” {Experimental/Electronic}

This minute-and-a-half-long video is bound to give you some flashback attacks thanks to director Benj Braman (AKA Adventureface) using old footage from a collection of thrift store VHS tapes. The track is off of I Come to Shanghai’s Eternal Life Vol 2. EP, which is available for purchase via their Bandcamp page.

Kasabian – “Neon Noon” {Electronic/Rock}

This Pink Floyd-esque track is the final song on Kasabian’s most recent album (Velociraptor!), which was released in September of 2011. Guitarist Serge Pizzorno once described “Neon Noon” as being the perfect song to close the album, as it has “echoes of Pink Floyd…like the end credits roll.”

Kala-Ok – “Stars are a Sailing” {Experimental/Pop}

Directed by the New York-based Chinese video artist Shiyuan Liu, the music video for Kala-Ok’s debut single is straight up weird…but that’s Kala-Ok for you. Kristian Mondrum (AKA the man behind the band) is a multi-instrumentalist, and his debut album is said to be inspired by a visit to China in 2009.

Vacationer – “Gone” {Indie Rock}

The concept of this video is about vacationers on a tropical Hawaiian vacation, but its purpose remains to be a mystery. The track is off the band’s Gone LP, which is set for a March 30th release via Downtown Records, and the video consist of random people dancing, talking, playing tennis, or just standing there and doing nothing. (Pure entertainment).

Tanlines – “All of Me” {Electronic/Rock}

This music video is directed by The Mighty Boosh‘s Julian Barratt, and is said to be inspired by East Germany in 1981. If you’re a big Tanlines/Mighty Boosh fan (we know you’re out there), then we highly recommend you watch a behind-the-scenes making of the video here.

Sneaky Sound System – “Really Want to See You Again” {Pop}

I know what you’re thinking…”this isn’t LCD Soundsystem.” But this music video is “like a blast from the past” (circa late 80s/early 90s) and has the essential ingredients of any awesome music video: artsy shots, creative dance moves…and a Flock of Seagulls-like dude playing the keyboards.

 

Grinderman – “Hyper Worm Tamer” (UNKLE remix) {Electronic/Garage Rock}

Anything Nick Cave or UNKLE touches turns to pure gold, so we were pretty stoked when we saw the latest video off the Grinderman 2 RMX album. The album also includes remixes from A Place to Bury Strangers, Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, Factory Floor, the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Nick Zinner, and many more.

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