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 Indie Rock Tracks of 2014 {Part 1}

May 26, 2014 in Acoustic Punk, Classic Rock, Free downloads, Garage Rock, Grunge, independent bands, Indie, Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Punk, Shoegaze, Surf Rock

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King Mountain Petrol – “Thunder Muscle” {Shoegaze}

We fell in love with this track as soon as we heard it (because there would be something seriously wrong with us if the words “big” loud” and “fuzzy” didn’t grab our attention immediately…) If you want to download their debut EP Tusk (which contains the equally epic track “Minerals“) all you have to do is share their Bandcamp page with at least one other person (and give them instructions to do them same) and you will be sent a download.

Redanda – “1/2 £” {Indie Rock}

We couldn’t help but give our best side-eye when we saw the Reverse Tranny Club album title, but luckily Redanda spelled it all out for us: (“Remember, ‘tranny’ can be defined as: 1. a transvestite 2. the transmission in a motor vehicle 3. photographic transparency 4. a transistor radio.”) Thanks, tips! The band is from Hamilton, Ontario and you can buy their new album for as little as $5 here.

 

The Montauk Project – “The Beast” {Grunge/Rock}

In case you haven’t figured it out by the number of peeps sporting tacky dark purple lipstick, the 90s are like, totally “in” now dude; and evidently grunge has made a musical comeback so far in 2014. These New Yorkers are a prime example of that fact as they sound like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Silverchair all mooshed-up together (AKA a 90s nostalgic wonderland). To buy this track for as little as $0.99 via iTunes click here.

Threesome- “Tellurion”  {Surf Rock}

As if the fact that they’re represented by Ding Dong Records isn’t enough, this group sounds strikingly similar to one of our numero uno favourite Vancouver acts Big John Bates; rockabilly style. This song is off a new 22-track surf compilation titled Monsters Of Surf featuring surfy bands from all over North/South America and Europe, and you can buy the release for $10 here.

The Two Koreas – “Poor Man’s Tony Wilson Blues” {Garage Rock/Pop}

Once we got over the PTS of piddling in our panties, we fully embraced The Two Koreas’ brand spankin’ new release LP Winner (but made sure we bought a pack of diapers before doing so). If you like this song you can buy it for as little as $1 or the entire four-track EP for $4 over at their Bandcamp page.

Pleistocene – “The Band” {Pop/Rock}

If you still listen to Shannon and The Clams’ “Rip Van Winkle” on repeat while you’re cleaning, shopping, or crying yourself to sleep because you’ve had to endure another day of Kimye’s nonstop wedding coverage, then this track is for you. Pleistocene is actually a solo project led by Katie Preston along with “a rotating cast of musicians,” and you can buy her new album Ontario Girls for $7 here.

Howlin’ Hoffman – “Turn Around” {Classic Rock}

This track is more classic and timeless than what Bob Dylan has been trying to pull off these past few decades (which isn’t saying a lot I know…) You can buy their three-track, self-titled release as a name-your-price-download over at their Bandcamp page, but make sure you give them some “Like” love while you’re at it too.

Jargon Party – “Lucy Melanie” {Psych Rock/Pop}

If every submission was like this one we’d be running out of tracks to NOT put in our Top Indie Rock Tracks list; (ain’t no party like a Jargon party!!) We’re digging the classical elements in the song, but the tinges of surf are what really won us over. If you dig their vibe you can buy their new album via iTunes for $8.91 (or each individual track for $0.99) here.

Corporate Hearts – “The Best Times In Disguise” {Acoustic Punk/Rock} + Free downloads

Like a page from early Against Me!/Tom Gabel’s notebook, this track is acoustic punk at its finest, and probably one of the best of its kind to ever grace our Inbox these past couple of years. The band is based out of Philadelphia, and you can download a crapton of their tracks/albums for free (or buy them as a name-your-price download) via their Bandcamp page.

Fragments Of God – “Starcrossed” {Psych Rock/Shoegaze}

This track is like a swirling storm of impressive guitarwork, but that’s not the only thing going on in this tune. There’s also some deliciously psychedelic and experimental rock in there, not to mention a whole lotta other awesomeness. The group is based out of Nashville (because of course) and you can buy their new album for $5 here.

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Top new tracks: Jack White, Jónsi from Sigur Rós, Sharon Van Etten + a song about gross doctor stuff

May 22, 2014 in Alternative, Electropop, Experimental, Funk, Garage Rock, Grunge, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Industrial, Metal, Pop, Punk, Rock

Repeat After Me – “San Francisco” {Rock}

Repeat After Me: Crayons. Lots of free, colourful crayons. If you buy this band’s new album that is…All you have to do is purchase their new limited-edition Mapmaker vinyl LP here, and you can colour in the clear vinyl jacket with crayons provided by the band. It doesn’t get much better than this people! For more info check out Repeat After Me’s Bandcamp page.

Jack White – “Just One Drink” {Classic Rock}

Here’s a little somethin’ somethin’ different from good ol’ Jacky boy, which happens to share the same words I say to myself the day before I end up with a two-day-long hangover. The track has a more classic feel than what we’re used to hearing from Jack, and sounds like a mix of all the greatest 70s rock songs combined – only with a dash of alt-country and blues (because this is Jack White we’re talking about…)

To listen to the song click here.

Godflesh – “Ringer” {Metal/Industrial}

This track is definitely a must-listen for any of you metalheads out there (although we wouldn’t recommend it if you just had a crazy nightmare about a one-eyed-cat chasing you throughout the streets of Manhattan while little Indonesian children swing machetes at you. True story.) This track is off their seventh LP A World Lit Only By Fire which is due out later this year.

Priests – “Doctor” {Garage Rock/Grunge}

A lot of peeps were sold on Priests when they first started getting coverage on the mainstream-machine that is Stereogum, but really they had me at “you put your fingers in other people’s mouths all day, don’t you doctor?” This delightfully à la Insecticide track is off Bodies And Control And Money And Power, which is due out June 3rd via Don Giovanni.

Jónsi- “Where No One Goes” {Experimental Pop}

We were pretty stoked to see that Sigur Rós’ frontman Jónsi would be releasing some wicked solo “Nordic pop” material (plus I’m pretty it’s biologically impossible to be sad while listening to this song thanks to the Flaming Lips kind-of-vibe). This track is featured on the new How To Train Your Dragon 2 soundtrack, which isn’t surprising given that he previously contributed a song to the first film as well.

To listen to the song click here.

Sharon Van Etten – “Your Love Is Killing Me” {Alternative Rock}

This track isn’t anything entirely different than what we’re used to hearing from Van Etten; but to be fair if it wasn’t intensely fascinating and hypnotizing it wouldn’t really be Sharon Van Etten would it? The single is off one of our highly-anticipated albums of the year Are We There which is being released on May 27th (or May 26th in the UK) via Jagjaguwar.

The Griswolds – “Beware The Dog” {Indie Rock/Pop}

Take note future submission-ers, because all you have to do is sound remotely like Vampire Weekend for me to fall in love with you, and luckily The Griswolds did just that (swooooooon). If you like the tune you can buy it for as little as £0.79 via iTunes here.

Jungle – “Time” {Funk/Pop}

Somehow Jungle’s first single “Busy Earnin’” slipped through our fingers, but we’re not about to let some funkytown track like this one get away from our picky eardrums. This single is off their self-titled debut album which is being released on June 15th via XL.

Rush Midnight – “Fix Me Up” {Electropop}

The fact that Rush Midnight has a Twin Shadow relation should be intriguing in itself, but this track already had us hooked within the first few seconds. The song is off Russ Manning’s new album of the same title which is being released on May 27th on Last Gang Records.

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Top new tracks: Courtney Love, Chromeo, Freeman AKA Gene Ween + a Black Key remixes Lana Del Rey

April 24, 2014 in Alternative, Electro, Electropop, Folk, Free downloads, Industrial, Pop, Punk, Rock, Synthpop

Chromeo – “Ezra’s Interlude” ft. Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend {Pop}

Oh Chromeo, I love how you’re trying to swoon me with Ezra’s high-pitched angelic vocals after that mess of a Katy Perry track, and it’s totally working. This is yet another tune off White Women which is being released on May 12th, but because I know Chromeo fans can be impatient like that you can pre-order the release here and get four songs instantly.

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

This new single from Kurt Cobain’s widow is ironic to say the least considering she doesn’t even know her own name, let alone where her daughter is….but at least she found MH370 - right? This track is off her new double-A-side single “You Know My Name”/”Wedding Day” which was released to help pay for her drugs promote her upcoming UK tour.

Lana Del Rey – “West Coast” (Dan Auerbach mix) {Pop/Rock}

Dan Auerbach is a busy bee nowadays promoting his new album and avoiding Jack White, so I was pretty surprised to see that he found the time to remix one of the most buzzed about tracks in the past month. If you’re not a fan of this version (as you shouldn’t be) you can check out the original here.

Cut Copy – “Like Any Other Day” {Electropop/Industrial}

If you’re a hardcore Cut Copy fan like me and thought to yourself “how the hell did this song slip through my fingers during my first of many Free Your Mind listening experiences?” well you’ll be relieved to know this track isn’t off their mega 2013 album at all but actually released as a B-side for Record Store Day. The A-side of the single (“In These Arms Of Love”) was released a few weeks back, and in case you missed it you can listen to it here.

Freeman - ”(For A While) I Couldn’t Play My Guitar Like A Man” {Folk/Rock}

If you’re familiar with the holy Boognish, then you’re probably well aware that Freeman is the new pseudoname for Gene Ween, and that he’s been releasing some solo tuneage ever since he ditched the Deaner and that nasty little drug habit. It still makes me a sad panda that Ween is no more, but nevertheless I’m still pretty stoked about Gener’s new self-titled album (which is due out July 22nd).

Slow Show – “Nowhere” {Pop}

Here’s yet another wicked Scandinavian pop hit that graced our Inbox this past week, and apparently the group are a bunch of “(sym)pathetic pop perpetrators who are always on the run from the bullshitters” Ummm….SOLD! The band was formed back in 2008 by Truls Arneman and Oliver Johansson, and if you dig their stuff you can give them some “Like” love on Facebook here.

Mathematique – “Summer, But I Don’t Know” {Synthpop}

This talented Montreal artist has also worked with the likes of Jef Barbara and Karneef, but really she had me at “Montreal.” Her new album is due out sometime later this year with Stellar Kinematics, but she will also be touring around Europe this May. For more info on her upcoming shows click here, and to buy her her latest album Feel for as little as €3 click here.

Torres – “New Skin” ft. Sharon Van Etten & The War On Drugs {Alternative Rock}

This track was recorded for Weathervane Music’s web series Shaking Through, and some of the many cool peeps who helped record the tune include none other than Sharon Van Edden as well as Adam Granduciel/Dave Hartley of War On Drugs, and Chris Wilson of Ted Leo/RX. To find out more info on Shaking Through and/or to donate to the non-profit organization click here.

Ever So Android – “Leash” {Electro/Rock} + Free download

With all this Phantogram talk we’ve been sniffing around for another wicked male/female-electro/rock duo, and luckily this Seattle-based group delivered. If you like their work you can download this track for free in the player below, or find out more info on their upcoming tour by clicking here.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

April 23, 2014 in Americana, Electropop, Free downloads, Funk, Garage Rock, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Shoegaze, Soul

A.J. and the Jiggawatts – “Get Wild” {Funk/Soul}

Now that you’re done overdosing on cheap chocolate and questioning how in the hell a day when Jesus was tortured to death would become a fun holiday for children, you can now think about more important things: Feasting on some funky soul music. This track is off the group’s self-titled, debut album which you can buy for $7 here.

Отстой –  ”Дальше только даунхилл” {Garage Rock}

OK so maybe we’re guilty of choosing this track because we like to pretend we can read Russian lettering and whatnot, but this band’s nitty-gritty garage feel is something we can totally get hung up on right now. This group is actually a one-man-band based out of St. Petersburg, and you can purchase his new three-track album for as little as $1 via Bandcamp.

Breanna Barbara Arneson – “Mirage Dreams” {Americana}

Apparently this artist recorded her new album on her iPhone (Ed. note: That’s some Jack White shit right there), and although originally the release was meant for only her friends and family she randomly started getting booked through her website because she’s awesome like that. If you dig the track you can buy it for as little as $1 on her Bandcamp page.

Malandros – “Writer’s Block” {Indie Pop/Rock} + Free download

This track was described to us as a “springtime rock submission,” and now that we’ve given it a listen we can see why. The group (consisting of three Texans and a Belgian) have just released their debut EP titled Turned Around, and on a totally kick ass and related note: They’re opening for Woods this tour. No biggie.

Suzy Blu – “Blu” {Electro/Shoegaze}

If you’re a fan of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blondie, or anything else that is nothing short of mindblowing, then be sure to check this Leeds-based artist out. This track is off her brand spankin’ new EP Blu which was released on March 11th via Russian Winter Records, and you can buy the EP for as little as £2 here.

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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 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

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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Top new videos: Johnny Cash, Pixies + The Pain Of Being Pure At Heart’s nasty little twitching problem

March 26, 2014 in Alt-Folk, Alternative, Country, Electro, Pop, Rock, Soul

Johnny Cash – “She Used To Love Me A Lot” {Country}

Wait, hold up. If Johnny Cash is dead and he’s still releasing new music videos, does that mean he’s “dead-dead” or “Tupac-dead”? Cause there’s a big difference between the two…Anyways, don’t be expecting a present-day Johnny Cash to show up in this video because he’s like, you know…dead.

Kind Of Creatures – “Quiet/Loud” {Pop/Rock}

I don’t know much about Kind Of Creatures because I only just discovered them this past week, but there’s two things I know for sure after watching this video: 1. They have a pretty mean Strokes vibe and 2. They have a pretty mean fanbase too. I can almost smell the old lady perfume from here….

Fly Moon Royalty – “DNA” {Electro/Soul}

If may not have the frills of a high-budget music video (unless you count the frilly facial make-up…) but we couldn’t help but get wowwed by the interpretive dance moves and different people mouthing the song’s lyrics while staring straight into the camera. Is it just me or do you feel like you’re getting eye-fucked throughout this video?

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – “Simple And Sure” {Pop}

I’m not sure what they’re serving at The Pain Of Being Pure At Heart’s dinner party, but everyone seems to be twitching up a storm. The GIF-inspired video was directed by Bangs, and the track is off their forthcoming album Days Of Abandon which is out on May 13th via Yebo.

Pixies – “Snakes” {Alternative Rock}

A part of me wanted to hate this new Pixies EP trilogy because I’m all about Kim D. like that, but Frank Black keeps on being just so damn awesome. The video for “Snakes” is less of a music video and more like a cops-and-robbers/Breaking Bad-style thriller starring a bunch of papier-mâché’d peeps which overall makes for a highly entertaining viewing experience.

Zebastian Swartz – “Me And My Brother” {Alt-Folk/Rock}

The latest music video from Stockholm’s Zebastian Swartz tells a touching story of a young lad who bumps into some creepy black mascot thingy in his backyard, and then later that night the creepy black mascot thingy comes back to haunt him…literally. It’s all pretty gripping and I’m sure there’s some sort of underlying metaphor behind the storyline, but I was too busy being fascinated by the 8-year-old’s impressive facial hair…

 

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

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

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

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

London Grammar – “Hey Now” {Alternative Pop}

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

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

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

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

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

Cut Copy – “We Are Explorers” {Electropop}

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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