Top Tracks of 2014 {Part 1}

June 19, 2014 in Alt-Country, Classic Rock, Electro, Electronic, Free downloads, Hip Hop, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Punk, Rock, Soul, Sunshine Pop, Synthpop, Top 2014

Tennis – “Cured Of Youth” {Sunshine Pop}

Tennis could release a track about a steaming pile of poo we’d still be all over that shit (well not in the literal sense or anything…), and even though this track is off their 2013 release we couldn’t help but sneak a little Tennis in here; (it was officially released as a single in 2014 after all…) This track is off their Small Sound EP which you can purchase here.

Sisyphus – “Rhythm of Devotion” {Electronic/Hip Hop}

Now that we’ve gotten over our “no, their band name isn’t symphillus” moment, we fully immersed ourselves in this hippity hop-y single; (and the fact that Sufjan Stevens is involved with the project may have had a little something to do with it). The band also features the likes of Son Lux and rapper Serengeti.

Shark Week – “Go West” {Alt-Country/Indie Rock}

We all have that one friend who is totally and utterly obsessed with sharks, so the next time your friend goes on an on and on about shark statistics or their Richard Dreyfuss obsession, put on this track to distract them for a few minutes; (every little bit helps right?) The group is based out of Toronto/Oshawa, Ontario, and if you can digs it make sure you give them some “Like” love on Facebook here.

Django Django – “Porpoise Song” (Monkees cover) {Psych/Classic Rock}

Django Django always had a classic Beatles/Tame Impala kind of vibe going on, so them covering The Monkees made a whole lotta sense in our eyes. The track was released as a single on marbled vinyl 7″ for this year’s Record Store Day.

Eugene McGuinness – “Godiva” {Pop/Rock}

We wouldn’t be a true-blue Eugene stalker (true story) without drooling all over this video that has “O” faces galore, but turns out the track is almost as epic as 2012’s “Harlequinade.” Almost. Apparently his forthcoming album Chroma is described as “a direct, stripped-back guitar album,” and it’s being released on July 7th via Domino.

Slates – “Taiga” {Punk/Rock}

Given that Slates is from one of the coldest cities in Canada (AKA Edmonton) it’s not too surprising that this video of theirs oozes Canadia (the snow, the AC/DC poster hanging up in the window, etc. etc.) The single is off their album of the same title which was released back in February, and you can stream it in full here.

Bipolar Sunshine – “Team” (Lorde cover) {Indie Pop} + Free download

Not only did we just discover a band with one of the most epic names ever, we also discovered a pretty impressive Lorde cover that’s available as a free download (#Winningx3). And in case you didn’t know already, the group is led by Adio Marchant (of KiD BRiTiSH), and you can watch the video for their most recent single (“Where Did The Love Go”) here.

Frank Ocean ft. Diplo & The Clash – “Hero” {Soul/Electronic} + Free download

Frank Ocean is one of those artists who knows how to grasp an emotion perfectly, and this track is proof Franky boy’s voice can suit any genre. If you like the tune as much as we do make sure you snag that free download in the player below.

Black Bananas – “Physical Emotions” {Synthpop}

My love for this track goes well beyond the video (80s-like synth, dudes jumping out of boomboxes and doing the robot…need I say more?) The single is off their brand spankin’ new album Electric Brick Wall which was released on June 24th via Drag City.

SLEEP SLEEP – “Take The Money & Run” {Electropop/Rock}

We’re still not entirely sure what this video is about (but the technological sci-fi vibes seem to suit the track perfectly…) The track is off their latest release Gospel which was released back in April, and you can buy it for €7.99 here.

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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

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Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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Top Indie Electronic Tracks of 2014 {Part 1}

May 30, 2014 in Ambient, Dance, Disco, Dream Pop, Electro, Electrogoth, Electronic, Electronica, Experimental, Free downloads, Hip Hop, House, PR&B, Synthpop, Techno, Top 2014, Witch House

Hugo Bianco – “Taurus” (Alberto Ruiz remix) {Techno/House}

Normally we’re not a fan of remixes (only because there’s only so many Beyoncé/Ellie Goulding/Rihanna remixes a girl can delete in one sitting…) but this one definitely stood out for us. Hugo Bianco is a Miami-based DJ, and if you like this track you can buy it via Beatport for £1.12 here.

Suren Unka –  “130” {Electro/House}

This here is our first electronic Kiwi submission to make our lists which makes the track extra special, but we’re especially digging the tinges of world music heard in the tune (what do you expect from a track with a meditating tiger on its cover?) This song is off his latest release El Chupacabra (or to us ADHD Star Wars nerds: El Chewbacca), and you can buy it for $17.90 via iTunes.

White Birches – “Take Me Dancing” {Witch House/Synthpop}

In case you haven’t figured out our Canadian-y “bands with tree names” obsession (Exhibit A; Exhibit B.) it was only a matter of time before this track swept us off our feet with its broomy, witch house vibes. The track is off their debut EP Stands Of White Birches which was released on April 22nd, and you can stream it in full for free over at their Soundcloud page.

Stereodyssey – “Deep Space” {Synythpop}

We love us some cheesy synth just because it makes us feel like two-year-old kids again, but this track proves that there’s a darker, deeper and more mysterious side to the synth than we’ve ever heard before. The group is based out of Florida, and you can buy their Memory Bank Vol. II Moon Songs EP as a name-your-price download here.

Arkatec & Anselmo – “Reach Around” {Techno/Dance}

This is some true-blue, fist-pumping and robot material right here (I can see the swirling rave lights already…) If you like this song make sure you check out Arkatec’s Soundcloud, YouTube and Facebook pages, and give him a follow on Beatport as well.

DAVIDS – “Iranians” {Synthpop/Electronica}

Besides the KANYE KAPS LOCK name, it was the the magnificent circular hairdo and 80s wardrobes in this epic video that first got our attention. The group is based out of Toronto, and this is the second single off their debut EP 0613EP which you can as a name-your-price download here.

Low Res – “11.23” {Experimental/Hip Hop} + Free downloads

You know that feeling you get when you put a song on as background music, but then it ends up being so great you drop everything that you’re doing? That’s pretty much what this song did for us; (paying the bills can wait…right?) This track is off his latest release Outside which is currently available as a free download over at his Bandcamp page.

Chic – “Everybody Dance” (Few Friends Edit) {House/Disco} + Free download

This Belgian disco is so hot I’m about to drown in my own sweat (I am Canadian; we don’t handle the heat very well…) Few Friends is actually a duo consisting of two Belgian producers, and if you like their work you can download the track for free in the player below, and give them some “Like” love on Facebook too.

Film/Noir – “Limbo” {Electronic/Dream Pop} + Free downloads

From the trance-y tribal synthbone to the addictive bassline, this track exceeded all our expectations when it comes to electro submissions. The project is led by a 19-year-old Londoner (who we already covered in one of our Top 5 Indie Tracks of the Week posts), and you can download two of his tracks for free via Soundcloud.

Lennox Row – “I Knov You’we Been (Sin) There” {Ambient/Experimental}

A rare Polish submission is a fine submission indeed, but the fact that this track is so complex you can almost get lost in it made it extra special to our ears. The group is based out of Krakow, and you can download their latest release (J’ai Une âme Solitaire) as a name-your-price download here.

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Top Indie Rock Tracks of 2014 {Part 3}

May 28, 2014 in Alternative, Experimental, Fuzz Rock, Garage Rock, Grunge, independent bands, Indie, Indie Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Tribal, Tribal Rock

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Yelephants – “Five Tulips” {Indie/Garage Rock} + Free downloads

We wouldn’t be true-blue Empire Records nerds without giving a shout-out to a band with a wicked name, but luckily our love for this group goes well beyond the “Yelephant.” (Their album is called You Look Divorced. That is all.) They’re based out of New Orleans, and you can download their new album in its entirety for free over at their Bandcamp page.

Yassou Benedict – “In Fits In Dreams” {Pop/Rock}

Besides getting an immense craving for Eggs Benedict, discovering this Cat Power-y artist was the highlight of our March; (oh yeah, and the video is amazeballs too). You can buy their new album for as little as $5 here, but if you join their mailing list you might even get yourself some “goodies,” whatever that means…

The Lunar Effect – “Getting To Grips With You” {Grunge/Rock}

Has Kurt Cobain been Tupac-dead and living in England this whole time? On the reals though, this is the most Nirvana-like group we’ve come across yet (AKA they’re pretty damn awesome). If you like this song you can buy it for £1 here or download their entire album for £4 here.

Calliope – “Casino” {Garage Rock}

We didn’t find it too surprising that Calliope recorded their latest LP Orbis in a remote cabin in the northern woods of Wisconsin, only because any Canadian redneck can tell you that magical things can happen in the woods; (like whatever goes down in Austra’s crazy music videos, for instance…) If you like their work you should give them some “Like” love on Facebook here.

Janitors – “Homecoming Queer (Ain’t That A Man)” {Fuzz/Garage Rock}

We first covered this song back in March, but after the Eurovision Song Contest it got stuck in our head again (for whatever reason…) and are we ever glad it did. If you like the track you can buy it for as little as $1 here, but if you have some extra time be sure to check out the rest of their impressive discography via their Bandcamp page.

Black Flowers Café – “Be” {Alternative Rock}

A trance-y rhythm guitar section, a riff that will win you over immediately…and the fact that they’re cute Italians may have helped a teensy bit…This track is one-half of their intelligently titled album Be/Polar (with the other half being “Polar,” obviously) and you can buy it for as little as €2 here.

Moths & Locusts – “Slumper” {Psych/Tribal Rock}

Moths always seem to have a weird habit of flying directly IN MY FACE, and luckily this band had the same effect otherwise I never would have discovered this track. The band is based out of Vancouver Island (Hollaaaaa) and you can stream a crapton of their past releases via Bandcamp here.

Klozapin – “Perception” {Experimental/Psych Rock}

Their vibe is definitely out there and certainly not for anyone who can’t handle their brain cells being swirled around for a few minutes, but we’re all about overdosing on Klozapin’s “tasty noise rock shake” right about meow. The group is based out of Oneonta, New York and you can download the song as a name-your-price download here.

Vensaire – “Tel Aviv” {Indie Rock/Pop}

Let’s see here…we’re borderline obsessed with Widowspeak’s “Fir Coat,” “True Believer, ” “Locusts,” “Gun Shy“…(you get our drift…) so it seems only fitting that we fell in love with this track as well. This Brooklyn “anti-band” consists of Alex LaLiberte, Widowspeak’s Robert Earl Thomas, the famed club DJ Hunter Hawes, drummer Alex Jacobs and Lanlady’s Renata Zeiguer, and this track is off their debut album Perdix which you can buy for $10 here.

[V] – “Numbers” {Indie Rock} + Free download

We love us some homemade, lo-fi recordings, and this track is living proof that you don’t to spend like a Kardtrashian to come up with something timeless and unforgettable. We already covered this track earlier this year, so in case you missed out on the memo you can download the track for free in the player below.

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Top new videos: Mogwai, First Aid Kit, Janelle Monáe covers David Bowie + kids being assholes

May 15, 2014 in Electronic, Folk, Pop, R&B, Rock, Synthpop

Janelle Monáe – “Heroes” (David Bowie cover) {Pop}

Covering David Bowie for Pepsi money is just no bueno in my book, but watching a bunch of schoolkids having a bad case of the meany-pants was highly entertaining. Word on the street is that Monáe did a second interactive-style video for the song featuring a crapton of famous soccer players in Rio de Janeiro, but I’d take this feel-good video over that one any day.

The Middle Names – “My Brother And I” {Pop/Rock}

They say revenge is a dish best served in slow motion; well at least they will start saying that once they watch this video….It may start off looking like a music video about an intense staring contest, but wait for it…because the suspense of seeing a hot dude in a wet t-shirt is well worth the wait.

Mogwai – “Simon Ferocious” {Electronic}

If heights aren’t your thing like a chicken wing then you may not want to give this video a chance, but if you love the feeling of flying like a free bird high in the sky, then this video is for you. The video was directed by Antony Crook, and the track is off the Glaswegians’ brand spankin’ new album Rave Tapes which was released via Rock Action Records.

Ben Khan – “Youth” {Synthpop}

What the hell in creepy Austra-like videos is going on? The knives in the shower, the sexy guy with a menacing look pointing a gun at my face …just watching this video will make your brain cells (and nerves) work overtime. The video was directed by BRTHR, and the single is off the Londoner’s highly-raved-about album 1992.

Damon Albarn – “Mr. Tembo” {Pop}

Mr. Blur man took a break from blabbering on about heroin to releasing a cheesy, feel-good music video that left me with a shit-eating grin (on the reals…that elephant tho…) The video was shot inside the London Pentecostal City Mission Church and also features the church’s choir as well as the real Tanzanian elephant behind the inspiration of the song.

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

You know How To Dress Well means business when they start releasing a damn trilogy of music videos; (so if there’s two more videos to come does that mean I have to buy two more boxes of kleenex?) The video was directed by Greve Muskat and the track is off Tom Krell’s highly-anticipated forthcoming album What Is This Heart? which is out on June 23rd/24th.

First Aid Kit – “My Silver Lining” {Folk}

Looks like First Aid Kit have gone from singing about sailors to going full-out tropical with this new video of theirs. Palm trees, classic cars, poltergeists and owls? Alrighty then. The track is off their forthcoming album Stay Gold Ponyboy which is being released on June 10th.

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Top new tracks: Austra, Tori Amos, two new Michael Jackson songs + Bob Dylan covers Frank Sinatra

May 14, 2014 in Classic Pop, Country, Electronic, Electropop, Hardcore, Jazz, Pop, Punk, Witch House

Bob Dylan – “Full Moon & Empty Arms” (Frank Sinatra cover) {Classic Pop/Country}

Good ol’ (as in “really old”) Bobby D. is still churning out tuneage at his ripe age, and despite the fact that it’s a tad on the boring/graspy side you can’t really go wrong when it comes to a classic music god covering another classic music god. And because Bob is the music snob that he is (c’mon…we all know it…) you can only stream the song over at his official website.

To listen to the song click here.

Michael Jackson – “Loving You” + “Blue Gangsta” {Pop}

I feel bad feeding into this posthumous, money-making MJ scheme just so Jermaine Jackson can pay off his child support debt, but the fact that “Loving You” was originally recorded during the 1987 Bad sessions and Timbaland/J-Rocc added their own little touch to the tune helps a teensy bit. The tracks are off MJ’s second(!) posthumous album Xscape which was released yesterday.

Klaxons – “Show Me A Miracle” {Electropop}

Klaxons are back with a tune that happens to share the same words I said to myself before I pressed the play button (they have been releasing some cheesy-as-fuck singles as of late…) But then again James Murphy did help produce their new album and we do have a nasty little LCD Soundsystem bias in case you haven’t figured it out already. This is the fourth single off their third release Love Frequency which is out on June 16th.

Fucked Up – “Led By Hand” ft. J Mascis {Punk/Hardcore}

Don’t let our kind, apologetic exterior fool you, because Canadians can be pretty fucked up and hardcore. (Have you been to a metal concert in the Prairies? I rest my case). This is the second single off the group’s forthcoming album Glass Boys which is being released on June 3rd via Matador.

Austra – “Habitat” {Witch House/Electronic}

Austra is about to make our summer for a second year in a row thanks to their new EP coming out on June 17th, and I’m so damn excited about it I want to ride into the forest on a black horse and participate in a strange Wiccan ritual. (Okay so maybe I’m not THAT excited…). This track is off their EP of the same title which is being released by Paper Bag Records (in Canada) and Domino (everywhere else).

Tori Amos – “16 Shades Of Blue” {Electronic/Pop}

We were caught off-guard by the electronic backbone laced throughout this track (that’s some real Benjamin Button shit right here…) and it just goes to show that Tori Amos can tap into any new movement and perfect it gracefully. This is the third single from her hot-off-the-press album Unrepentant Geraldines, with the first two being “Trouble’s Lament” and the live radio rendition of “Selkie.”

Ruby My Dear – “Nell” {Jazz/Pop}

Normally we hate jazz with a fiery passion but the tinges of Chantal Kreviazuk and Tori Amos in this track ended up winning us over. The group is led by the “Australian-born, New York-based indie jazz darling” Gabbi Coenen, and they’re currently prepping for the release of their second EP which is out later this year.

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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

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 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

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

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

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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