Top new tracks: Alt-J, The Shins, Bleached, The Vaselines + Metallica wants your money again

June 29, 2014 in Alt-Folk, Alternative, Americana, Blues, Electronic, Folk, House, Indie Pop, Metal, Pop, Rock

Metallica – “Lords Of Summer” {Metal/Rock}

Ruh roh…looks like Lars Ulrich needs a new swimming pool!! No word yet as to whether the track will be included on the Metallica’s forthcoming and highly-anticipated LP, but seeing that it’s listed as a “garage demo,” chances are another final studio cut of the track may be in the works.

The Vaselines – “One Lost Year” {Pop/Rock}

Kurdt’s beloved Vaselines are back with a new track which seems to be written about the year I discovered Chilean red wine…Anywho, this track is off their new LP V For Vaselines which is being released on September 29th, and the release is also said to feature Stevie Jackson of Belle & Sebastian as well as Frank Macdonald of Teenage Fanclub.

The Shins – “So Now What” {Indie Pop}

The Shins continue to be all pleasant and stuff with a track that definitely has some “where have you been all my life?” vibes. The single is off the new Wish I Was Here soundtrack which also features the likes of Bon Iver, Coldplay and Cat Power. And because The Shins are NPR snobs you’re going to have to go here to listen to the track before listening to a short advertisement. Because of course.

Alt-J – “Hunger Of The Pine” {Alternative}

I find it very not-so-odd that I accidentally typed “Hungover On A Plane” for my first attempt at typing out this song title…but moving on. This new Alt-J tune is off their forthcoming sophomore album This Is All Yours, which is being released on September 22nd.

Manu El Chino – “Musich Machine” {Electronic/House} + Free download

We can’t help but love a song that is hard to pronounce but we try anyway because it makes us feel all cultured and stuff. (Plus the track has an LCD Soundsystem bass to boot.) Oh and the dude is from Corsica AKA a French island in the Mediterranean Sea. Swoooooon.

Jenny Gillespie – “Child Of The Universe” {Alt-Folk}

If you want to feel like this but don’t want to feel like this, then definitely give this song a listen; (but we’re warning you now…the tune certainly has a case of the Sharon-Van-Etten-sads with a slight Celtic tinge). Gillespie is based out of San Francisco, and this track is off her new album Chamma which was released on June 3rd on her own label Narooma Records

Bleached – “For The Feel” {Surf Punk}

Fuck whoever the crappy contenders are for writing the official 2014 summer song, because “For The Feel” is where it’s at. The song is off the band’s new EP which is due out on July 22nd (digitally) as well as September 16th (on vinyl).

Darrin Bradbury – “A Life Spent Pissing In The Wind” {Folk/Americana}

And just when we thought it couldn’t get better than “Swordfish,” Darrin goes ahead and croons “I’m just looking for a place to die…” (Tear). This track is off his new release Death In My Left Ear which he wrote in between two legs of a whopping 35-day tour, and you can buy the release as a name-your-price download here.

 

Hailer – “Cold Outside” {Pop/Rock}

This song was probably-more-than-likely not written in the past two weeks because it’s been hotter than a sweaty nutsack where I’m living; (then again the band is from Australia so….). If you like their work you can follow the band on Twitter here.

Jonny Debt – “Purple Heart” {Rock/Blues}

Not only is this song pretty damn awesome, it also has a touching story behind it as well. Apparently Jonny wrote the first part of this song for his high school girlfriend before it sat on a shelf collecting dust for years, and then after getting back together with her he decided to finish it off. If you like this track you can by it for as little as $1 over at his Bandcamp page.

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Top new videos: OK Go, Coldplay, Trampled By Turtles, England In 1819 + four dudes on a porch, posing

June 28, 2014 in Alt-Bluegrass, Alt-Folk, Bluegrass, Electro, Electropop, Folk, New Wave, Pop, Rock, Synthpop

Coldplay – “A Sky Full Of Stars” {Electropop}

I never really had a thing for Chris Martin after he married GOOPY Gwenyth Paltrow and named his first-born Apple, but now that I’ve watched this video…um….yeah…it sure is nice to see Chris Martin so smiley and happily divorced isn’t it?

Cylvia – “Cylvia” {Pop/Rock}

This video is kind of hilariously entertaining in a creepy, Theon Greyjoy kind of way (oh and wiping blood off black high heels is officially my new personal term of badassery). The group is based out of Los Angeles and you can check out the rest of their tuneage here.

OK Go – “The Writing’s On The Wall” {Electropop}

OK here we go again with another unforgettable OK Go video as they continue to blow my mind visually in ways I didn’t think were possible. OK, OK Go, we get it. You’re so incredibly awesome and putting together a music video that must have taken months to perfect…

Exwhy – “On Our Own” {Pop/Rock}

You can always count on me to find watching four cute musicians standing on a porch and doing nothing in particular highly entertaining; (on the reals though…they sure know how to strike a pose though don’t they?) The group is based out of Atlanta, and if you have some extra time on your hands you should check out their other music video for “Tangerine” here.

England In 1819 – “Pine” {Synthpop}

What’s more confusing than figuring out what in the hell happened in England in 1819 is figuring out how these cheerleaders didn’t suffocate from all that fog…but I digress. The video tells a touching story of a smitten nerd with an infatuation with harps one girl in particular, and it definitely gives a tug at the ol’ heartstrings…

Hello Phones – “Hey You” {Electro/New Wave}

Why hello there, Hello Phones (it just never gets old…or does it?). This video was everything we hoped any new Hello Phones video would be like; with lightning bolts, horizontally-striped outfits, what looks like a cheetah sweatshirt….Yeah, it’s safe to say that this video is a visual delight.

Trampled By Turtles – “Are You Behind The Shining Star?” {Alt-Bluegrass}

This video has some nice stop-motion action going on, not to mention a ton of floating blue stars, exploding bubbles of colour and even banjos…who knew being Trampled By Turtles could be so awesome? If you digs it make sure you give them some “Like” love on Facebook 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

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

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

Mac DeMarco – Salad Days

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

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

Liars – Mess

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

The Horrors – Luminous

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

Black Lips – Underneath The Rainbow

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

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

Beck – Morning Phase

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

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

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

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

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

Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow

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

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

Real Estate – Atlas

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

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

Mogwai – Rave Tapes

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

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

Coldplay – Ghost Stories

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

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

Wild Beasts – Present Tense

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

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

Sam Roberts Band – Lo-Fantasy

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

To read our Lo-Fantasy album review click here

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Top Indie Pop Tracks of 2014 {Part 1}

June 4, 2014 in Alternative, Chillwave, Classic Pop, Electronic, Experimental, Folk, Free downloads, Garage Rock, Pop, Psych Pop, Rock, Synthpop, Top 2014

Heart-Sick Groans – “Black Hair Typography” {Experimental Pop/Folk}

I’ve seen a lot of crazy videos during my joke-of-a-career as a mediocre music blogger, but on a level of Nikolai Fraiture to Ozzy Osbourne this video is definitely a Phil Spector. This track is off their EP of the same title which was released in April, and you can buy it as a name-your-price download here.

The Rebel Light – “Be My Baby” (Ronettes cover) {Classic Pop} + Free download

Speaking of Phil Spector and crazy rock stars…The Rebel Light have decided to cover the same song Brian Wilson used to play hundreds of times a day when he was high on acid; (yes, the song is/was that good). If you like the tune you can download it for free in the player below.

Blue Cast Catalyst – “Agree Machines” {Psych Pop/Electronic}

While the Habs spent the first half of the year dreaming of winning the NHL Playoffs, this New York-based band was cooking up something good. So good in fact, that it ended up spitting out song lyrics in colourful, attention-grabbing text. True story. Their new LP Socrates Sculpture isn’t hitting the pavement until June 17th, but in the mean time you can follow the band on Facebook here.

Tree – “Stuck Down The Wrong Rabbit Whole” ft. Beat Culture & Lena Kuhn {Chillwave/Pop}

If you’re the kind of person who hates it when songs get stuck in your head for days at a time, then take my advice and don’t ever listen to “Electric Avenue” or this track; (actually, listen to this track because it’s catchy as hell, but “Electric Avenue” stands.) If you like this track as much as we do you can buy it for $0.99 via iTunes.

Darkness Falls – “Hazy” {Alternative Pop}

Besides the fact that this track has a haunting melody that can hook you instantly, the video is also packed full of all of my favourite things: Doggies, chicken (well, not in food form..) and old men dancing! Seriously, dem senior citizens sure know how to rock a sexy line dance don’t they? This track is off their EP of the same title which you can buy for €2.99 via iTunes.

Walrus – “Banger” {Psych Pop/Garage Rock}

Nova Scotia may be best known as being the home to the first Canadian Big Brother winner (OK well maybe from my point of view…) but if this group keeps up the good tuneage it will forever be known as the home of the almighty Walrus. This track is off their split cassette Chief Thundercloud/Walrus which you can buy as a name-your-price download here.

CANOPIES – “Getting Older” {Psych/Synthpop} + Free downloads

This is the kind of song that belongs on every/any playlist; right in between Tame Impala and Cut Copy (if good music is your thing, that is…) If you like the song you can download it for free in the player below, and they also have some other free downloads available over at their Soundcloud page.

Grand Cousin – “Oxygen” {Pop/Rock}

Here’s yet another ridiculously catchy tune to add to your snobby music collection (hey, we’re all music snobs over here at RMD right?) If you like their work you can check out the rest of their tunes over at their Soundcloud page, but while you’re at it make sure you follow them on Facebook and Twitter too.

Borrowed Beams of Light – “Drawing Blanks” {Pop/Rock}

With a black-and-white music video and an impressive whistle that will leave you with a shit-eating grin on your face from start to finish (you’ve been forewarned…) this poppy track definitely stood out to us during the first half of 2014. The group is based out of Virginia, and you can buy their new album for $10 via Bandcamp.

Manfred Kidd – “Lights” {Alternative Pop}

We covered this track back in March but kept returning to it time and time again (dat chorus tho…) You can buy the track for $0.99 via iTunes here, but while you’re at it make sure you give them some “Like” love on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram too.

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Top Indie Americana/Folk Tracks Of 2014 {Part 1}

May 29, 2014 in Alt-Country, Bluegrass, Blues, Celtic, Classic Rock, Folk, Free downloads, independent bands, Indie, Oldtime, Pop, Rock, Top 2014, Traditional Country, Traditional Folk, Uncategorized

WHOOP-Szo – “Jan. 3rd” {Psych Folk/Rock}

I always view Jan. 3rd as the day I start having flashbacks about what happened two nights before, but now it will forever remind me of this track (which is a prime example of spaced/chilled-out folk at its finest). This song is off their unpronounceable new album Niizhwaaswo which you can buy for $5 here.

Cloud Person – “Robber Barons” {Folk/Celtic}

This track has a little (oh who am I kidding? A hell-of-a-lot) of celtic influence – which we don’t get enough of here at RMD because some submissioners seem to think we cover artists like Rihanna – but hey, not everyone can be perfect like these guys! They’re based out of Seattle, and if you like their work you should buy their new album Monochrome Places for $7 here.

Dead Silent Film Stars – “Low Down Dirty Shame” {Americana/Rock}

We love this track just as much as we love Charlie Chaplin and…yeah, that’s the only dead silent film star we got…Anyways, this track is oh so deliciously Black Lips/of Montreal which is why we fell head over heels in love with it (and also because their submission e-mail was sent to us in what looks like Swedish…). If you like it as much as we do you can buy it for $0.99 via iTunes.

The Royal Oui – “True” {Folk/Pop}

This Vancouver-based duo is so badass they will perform their music anywhere. And by anywhere I mean under a bridge, in some kind of hollow container thingy, and even in rivers and streams (true story). This track is off their new self-titled album which was released back in February which you can buy for $9 here, or the track for as little as $1 here.

Clear Plastic Masks – “So Real” {Blues/Rock}

So…where do I sign up to be a member of the Clear Plastic Masks club? Because their live shows look pretty killer; (is it just me or does that drummer look a bit like Jesus?). Oh yeah and they’re from Nashville. Makes sense. This is the latest single off their debut full-length LP Being There which was just released on May 27th, and you can buy it via iTunes for $9.99 here.

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Thee Idea Men – “Help Me Mama” {Blues/Rock}

This band gives off some mean Kings of Leon vibes (not to mention that they sound like a perfect combination of every rock band I’ve ever loved in my entire life), so we didn’t find it too surprising that they were named as Revista Mock’s “Top 10 New Bands To Listen To” in 2013. This track is off their new album New Level Shoes which you can buy for $5 via their Bandcamp page.

The Holy Alimonies – “God Shit On Big City” {Rock/Alt-Country} + Free download

The band/track name, the album cover, the similarities to Dr. Dog…there wasn’t anything we didn’t like about this badass submission. If you like this song (because if you didn’t that would be silly, right?) you can download the track for free in the player below, but make sure you give them some “Like” love on Facebook while you’re at it too.

Green Rock River Band – “Rosie Ann” {Traditional Folk/Bluegrass} + Free download

We have no shame in hiding our love for the banjo, but it was the deep-as-fuck Crash Test Dummies-like vocals that helped this track win us over. The group (who are self-described as “doom folk and wonky tonk”) are based out of London, and you can buy their brand-spankin’ new album Rhinoceros for £8 here.

The River Monks – “Beasts” {Folk/Pop}

This group has a pleasant mixture of Paul Simon-like vocals and CSNY-like harmonies; but combine all of that with some good ol’ fashioned banjo and you have yourself a winner. This track is off their latest album Home Is The House which was released on May 20th, and you can buy it for $8 here.

Cashew & Cleary – “When Smiling CC Frowns” {Psych Folk/Classic Rock}

Apparently this Los Angeles-based group is prepping to release a string of EPs in the near future, so clearly they mean bizness. This track is off their new four-song EP Husbands Vol. 1 which is the first release of the series, and if you like their work you should check out the rest of their songs on their Soundcloud page.

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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: Daft Punk ft. Jay-Z, of Montreal, St. Vincent + Big Boi rapping about Daenerys Targaryen

March 13, 2014 in Art Rock, Dream Pop, Electronic, Electropop, Hip Hop, Indie, Instrumental, Psych Pop, Rap

Big Boi – “Mother Of Dragons” {Rap/Hip Hop}

Word on the street is that Big Boi is a big boi fan of Game Of Thrones, and that’s kind of a big boi deal in my mind (OK I’ll stop now…) Seriously though, can you imagine Big Boi curled up on a couch crying like a little bitch during The Red Wedding episode? Not that I did that or anything…Anyways, this track is off the new HBO-produced/Game Of Thrones-inspired mixtape Catch The Throne which was released on Friday, and you can find out more info about it here.

Daft Punk ft. Jay-Z – “Computerized” {Electronic/Rap}

I probably wasn’t alone in having a “say whaaaa?” moment when I first heard about Daft Punk collaborating with Jay-Z. If anything I’m ashamed I didn’t see it coming sooner (seeing that famewhores music collaborating nerds tend to team up with other famewhores music collaborating nerds). Some folks were starting to think that the tune was a fake (much like many other supposed “Daft Punk” tracks), but this one is the real deal.

St. Vincent – “Del Rio” {Art Rock/Electronic}

We’ve been so busy with our Angel Olsen, Beck, Sam Roberts (and soon-to-be Metronomy) album reviews we totally forgot that St. Vincent’s new album dropped on February 24th – shocking I know, seeing that Annie and her Wayne Coyne locks are EVERYWHERE at the moment. So listening to this new B-side of hers was a great way to prepare for my Digital Witness listening marathon (which is probably going to last at least two to three months…)

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of Montreal – “Jigsaw Puzzle” {Psych Pop}

Because Kevin Barnes is Kevin Barnes-like, it seems like every other week he’s pulling some kind of surprise out of his ass that ends up blowing me away. Apparently this tune was recorded during the making of one of our favourite albums of 2013 Lousy with Sylvianbriar, but was left off the release because let’s get real here…no album can handle THAT much awesomeness.

Dfalt – “Untitled Morning #1″ {Electronic/Instrumental}

Here’s something that’s a little different. Apparently this L.A.-based producer is in the midst of releasing a track everyday for his new track-per-day project via Daylight Curfew, and all of his songs released to date are currently streaming on his Soundcloud Page. As of today he’s on “Untitled Morning #25” so if you have some extra time on your hands definitely check that shit out.

How To Dress Well – “Words I Don’t Remember” {Electronic/R&B}

As if having one of the best band names ever wasn’t enough, How To Dress Well AKA Tom Krell is now releasing mysterious tracks as well as prepping for his upcoming tour (which apparently includes openers Forest Swords – kind of a big deal). No word yet as to whether this tune will be included on an upcoming album, but a music nerd can only dream.

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Fear Of Men – “Outrun Me” {Indie/Dream Pop}

It’s hard to believe that Fear Of Men’s debut album hasn’t even hit the pavement yet seeing that we’ve been such huge fans for what seems like forever now…Loom is going to be released on April 7th via Art Is Hard, and apparently the group will also be releasing a 7″ on April 7th as well. So yeah, March is going to be the longest month ever.

The Range – “Washingtons” {Electropop/Rap}

Apparently The Range AKA James Hinton has been turning a lot of heads in the last year with his wicked electronica, but this is actually the first I’ve ever heard of his project. This track, which perfectly meshes together the synthpop and rap genres (who knew synth and rap went together so well???) is off his new album Panasonic which is out March 25th via Donkey Pitch.

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Top new videos: Coldplay, Kings Of Leon, HAIM, Owen Pallett + Pacman as a sad, heartbroken alcoholic

March 6, 2014 in Ambient, Electronic, Garage Rock, independent bands, Indie, Pop, Rap, Rock

Coldplay – “Midnight” {Ambient/Electronic}

Coldplay’s video for their brand spankin’ new and surprisingly electronic single “Midnight” is shot in negative exposure-style, but that’s what happens when you marry a Negative Nancy like GOOPY Gwenyth Paltrow…The video was directed by Mary Wigmore, who is also the godmother of Chris Martin’s daughter Apple.

Owen Pallett – “The Riverbed” {Alternative Rock}

If you’ve ever thought to yourself “hmmmm I’m in the mood to watch a video of an old man doing a strange Rocky-like workout in his boxers,” well now you can. The video stars Pallett’s real-life uncle Jim Pallett as he goes on a date with an older woman wearing a tacky fur coat and red nail polish (if this is what being an old man is like then I’m so happy to not be one right now…)

Liz Lawrence – “Health & Safety” {Pop/Rock}

Now remember kids: Always remember to speed when driving on the highway, kiss dudes with ridiculously large moustaches, take more drugs than a 60s hippie, and dance like your feet are on fire. At least I think that’s what this video is trying to teach me about health and safety…

Drunken Draculas – “Some Of My Best Friends Are Vampire Hunters” {Indie/Garage Rock}

I was in a pretty shitty mood until I feasted my eyes on this highlariously horrible video, which features boogying cats, cute men sitting in bathtubs, Elvis wigs and soooo much more. This track is off the group’s new EP which was released on February 28th via Totally Wired Records.

Thick As Thieves – “Ghosts” {Pop/Rap}

After having a night of doing the horizontal tango with a hot blonde, Pacman wakes up reminiscing of happier times with the woman who broke his heart AKA Pacwoman. Pacman then tries to distract himself by going on a drinking binge and playing a game of shit baseball with his buddies, until he sees Pacwoman canoodling with some human in the park. Poor Pacman…

Kings Of Leon – “Temple” {Rock}

Off the album of the same title of what I imagine myself doing to the lead singer on a daily basis, this new single of Kings Of Leon comes with a video comprised of shots of America’s country music capital AKA Nashville (or Nashvegas to all you hipsters out there…) Plus we get a glimpse of Anthony’s new beybeh that he created with his supermodel wife. Cuteness all around.

HAIM – “If I Could Change Your Mind” {Pop}

I’m still trying to get my head around the fact that according to a new study, at least four U.S. states hate HAIM more than R. Kelly and Chris Brown, but not everyone in the world can be fans of sweet and delicious cheesy music videos like this one I suppose…

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Top new tracks: Franz Ferdinand, Foster The People, Sky Ferreira, Robyn + Moby remixes Washed Out

March 4, 2014 in Ambient, Dream Pop, Electronic, Experimental, Folk, Free downloads, New Wave, Pop, Psych Folk, Rock, Synthpop

Washed Out – “All I Know” (Moby remix) {Electronic/Dream Pop}

It’s refreshing to see that Moby is doing something other than rubbing his bald head all day, but the fact that he remixed one of our numero uno favourite tracks from 2013 made us fall in love with him like it was 1999 all over again. His version contains a perfect blend of the two elements both artists bring to the table: Trancey background music, and dreamy, melodic foreground music. Goodness all around.

Sky Ferreira – “Rancid Girl” {Pop/Folk}

I’m more of a “Queens Of The Stone Age Girl” myself, but to each their own I suppose…This previously unreleased track was written by Ferreira as well as Jon Brion, Cass McCombs and Blake Mills (known best for his collaborations with Fiona Apple), and no word yet as to whether it will be included on an upcoming release.

Zhala – “Prophet” ft. Robyn {Electronic/Experimental}

Say whaaa?? Robyn pinning her name to a song that isn’t bubble gum pop? Honestly though…I’m surprised as hell that Robyn knew how to pull a Knife…Anythatcameoutofnowhere, apparently Zhala is the first artist to release music under Robyn’s label Konichiwa Records who isn’t Robyn, so that should tell you right there how Swedishly special she is.

WATERS – “Got To My Head” {Pop/Rock}

It ain’t no “For The One,” but this track is still another great reason as to why the group is well worthy of their KANYE KAPS LOCK band name. The track is a little to poppy to be rock, and a little too rock & roll to be pop, but I’m always a sucker for music that toys with my head like that. If you dig the tune make sure you give the group some “Like” love on Facebook here.

Franz Ferdinand – “Erdbeer Mund” {Synthpop/New Wave}

At first I really, really liked Franz Ferdinand. Then I started to really, really not like them. But after hearing this track I’m totally head over heels in love with them!!!!! This isn’t the first time we’ve heard FF pull a lyrical German on us (“Darts Of Pleasure” anyone?) – and this whole time we thought this song was about some sorry sucker with a really unfortunate first name…

Yuko – “The Idealist” {Psych Folk}

Oh, Yuko. I am so glad that this tune’s presence graced my Inbox this past week. It’s haunting, gripping, and everything we could want out of a psychedelic folk tune. This track is off her forthcoming record Long Sleeves Cause Accidents which is being released in April.

Foster The People – “Pseudologia Fantasia” {Pop}

This new Foster The People track isn’t as much “Pumped Up Kicks” as one would hope it would be, but not all songs can be about a man named Robert using a six shooter gun to kill a bunch of kids. Either way I’m still stoked about the group’s new album Supermodel which is being released on March 24th.

Dead Heart Bloom – “Broken Babylon” {Ambient Rock} + Free download

Can’t say that I’ve ever heard an “ambient rock” song before this, but I feel privileged to say that Dead Heart Bloom broke my cherry on that genre front. This track is off the group’s latest EP So It Goes and you can buy it for as little as $4 here.

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Top new videos: Thurston Moore, Twin Shadow, Dum Dum Girls + Bend Sinister surrounded by taxidermy

February 20, 2014 in Alternative, Chillwave, Indie, Pop, Rock, Sunshine Pop

Kevin Drew – “Good Sex” {Pop/Rock} (NSFW)

Despite the fact that we’ve been listening to Kevin Drew’s music for years, this is actually the first time we’ve seen him in a music video. But instead of trying not to focus on all the shots of couples foreplaying all we could think was “yup, Kevin Drew seems like the kind of guy who would have good sex.” Don’t judge because my attention span goes to the gutter whenever a bearded guy singing about “good sex” is on my screen…

Bleached – “Guy Like You” {Sunshine Pop}

Flower pedals swirling around in the sun, kitty kats kuddling and kissing (sorry, I had a Kardashian moment) and random shots of insane mosh pits and drunks laying down on the sidewalk. Way to not confuse the hell out of me, Bleached.

Tree – “Stuck Down The Wrong Rabbit Whole” ft. Beat Culture & Lena Kuhn {Chillwave/Pop}

Now don’t go thinking that I’m only covering this band because their name is Tree; I’m covering this band because one of the band member’s middle name is Tree, and that’s pretty badass if you ask me. Plus the music video is more like a short film that features a lot of (you guessed it) TREES! And a dude hallucinating an animated rabbit, of course.

The Notwist – “Kong” {Alternative Rock}

I was secretly hoping that because this song is called “Kong” there would be some kind of King Kong reference in the video, and the video certainly delivered. Lucky thing the dude can swim like a graceful ballerina to safety until…well I don’t want to spoil it for you, but let’s just say there may or may not be a water monster involved. OK well I guess I did kind of spoil it for you just then…

Bend Sinister – “Teacher” {Pop/Rock}

This music video stars not one, not two, not three, but FOUR Jesus-looking Canadian fellows, as well as an organ synth and PUPPIES!!! I’m in Canadian heaven!! Plus the band manages to perform effortlessly in a house filled with taxidermied animals like elk, bears, eagles, you name it. If this doesn’t scream “Canada” then I don’t know what does…

Thurston Moore – “Heavenmetal” {Alternative Rock}

If the name Thurston Moore rings a bell it means that A. You’re familiar with Sonic Youth and B. You’re awesome. In the span of only two minutes this new music video covers all sorts of trippy symbolism like women drawing hearts in mirrors, women slicing up each other’s hands, a typewriter on fire and tarot cards….BUT WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN??

SLEEP SLEEP – “Gospel” {Indie Rock}

Forget about relying on mainstream media to make you so fearful you can’t even step a foot outside your house, because this video covers everything from atomic bombs, homes blowing up, people running for safety as bombs go off in their neighbourhood, and even a cute little boy running around in a cowboy hat. Yup, all-around scary stuff.

Twin Shadow – “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” ft. Samantha Urbani (The Smiths cover) {Pop}

What’s more awesome than Twin Shadow collaborating with the Friends-y Samantha Urbani to cover a classic Smiths song? You’re right, nothing’s more awesome than that. But this music video comes pretty damn close thanks to the camera being perched on the hood of Twin Shadow’s car.

Dum Dum Girls – “Too True To Be Good” {Alternative Rock}

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Dum Dum Girls’ new album Too True, but at least they’re packing the visual punches for the album’s singles. The video features a ton of gothic, double exposure images of bleeding flowers, not to mention that Dee Dee is sporting some pretty badass shades as well. All around a good watch for any Dum Dum fan.

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