Top Albums of 2014 {Part 1}

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

{PART 2}

St. Vincent  - Digital Witness

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

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

Quilt – Held In Splendor

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

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

The Black Keys – Turn Blue

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

To read our “Fever” single review click here

The Roots – …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin

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

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

Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots

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

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

Pink Mountaintops – Get Back

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

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

Paolo Nutini – Caustic Love

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

To read our Caustic Love album review click here.

Wye Oak – Shriek

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

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

Thee Oh Sees – Drop

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

To read our “Penetrating Eye” single review click here

Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband

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

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

Cloud Nothings – Here And Nowhere Else

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

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

Todd Terje – It’s Album Time

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

To read our “Delorean Dynamite” single review click here

Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

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

Metronomy – Love Letters

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

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

The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream

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

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

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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 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 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: 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: 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 new tracks: Bob Mould, The Roots, Little Dragon, How To Dress Well + the oh so Fresh & Onlys

April 10, 2014 in Dance, Electronic, Electropop, Free downloads, Hip Hop, Indie Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Punk, R&B, Rap, Rock, Synthpop, World Music

The Roots – “When The People Cheer” {Rap/Hip Hop}

All I can say about this new Roots single is it’s about god damn time! The Roots have been standing in Jimmy Fallon’s/Elvis Costello’s wrinkly shadows for far too long. This track is off their highly-anticipated album …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin which is out next month.

Little Dragon – “Paris” {Synthpop/Dance}

You just know the words “Swedish” and “synth” turn our musical boner on, so hearing this new Little Dragon tune was definitely the highlight of our week. This is the first single off the group’s forthcoming album Nabuma Rubberband which is out on May 13th via Loma Vista.

Bob Mould – “Hey Mr. Grey” {Punk/Rock}

It was one thing finding out that the Hüsker Dü-er Bob Mould is still, you know, “around”…but to find out that he’s releasing some new music was pretty shocking in itself. Mould recently announced his brand spankin’ new album titled Beauty & Ruin, and apparently it’s being released on June 3rd via Merge.

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

My spring just wouldn’t feel complete without Tom Krell’s sexy r&b-atic voice oozing out my speakers, so I welcomed this new song of his with open arms. The single is off Krell’s new and highly-anticipated album What Is This Heart? which is due out on June 24th (in the U.S.) and June 23rd (internationally) via Weird World.

Vensaire – “See I’m You” {Indie Rock/World Music}

This song is less of a single and more of a worldy delight with tints of Bombay Bicycle Club mixed in with Horrors-like synths (not to mention a crapton of Asian elements as well). The “Brooklyn anti-band” is currently prepping for the release of their new concept album Perdix which was recorded by the Grammy-winner Scott Colburn (Arcade Fire, Animal Collective).

The Fresh & Onlys – “Animal Of One” {Psych Rock}

It’s been a stale few months not hearing any new tuneage from The Fresh & Onlys, and as always, the San Francisco psych rockers delivered. This is the second single off the group’s forthcoming album House Of Spirits (with the first single being the almighty “Bells Of Paonia“), and the release will be out on June 10th via Mexican Summer.

Doss – “The Way I Feel” {Electropop/Trance} + Free download

It’s not too often that a trancy track like this one starts getting mentioned on every single indie music blog left, right and center, but after checking it out I can see why. This track is off her new self-titled debut EP which is being released on April 29th via Acéphale.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

April 8, 2014 in Dream Pop, Folk, Free downloads, independent bands, Indie, Indie Folk, Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Roots, Synthpop

Who Are You Lutra Lutra?? – “The Memory Too” {Indie Folk}

I have no idea who Lutra Lutra is (OK I lied – I totally Googled that shit two seconds after hearing this track), but Who Are You Lutra Lutra?? are a Frenchy Berlin-based who self-produce their own albums and even organize their own tours. (This is about as indie as it gets, folks!) This track is off their second EP White On White which you can buy for €7 (or each track for €1.25) over at their Bandcamp page.

The Feel Bad Hit Of The Winter – “Lend A Hand” {Rock}

I wouldn’t be a true-blue Josh Homme stalker Queens Of The Stone Age fan without giving this track a good mention (“Feel Good Hit Of The Summer” anyone?) This group is based out of Kansas City, and you can buy their new self-titled album for $8 (or each individual track for $1) over at their Bandcamp page.

Roladex – “Anthem For The Micro-Age” {Synthpop}

With descriptions like “Italo-disco” “Kraut-rock” and “the love child of Pet Shop Boys and Kraftwerk” it was only a matter of time before we fell for this synthpoppy duo. The group is originally from Texas but now based in Seattle, and if you want to buy their latest release (Anthems For The Micro-Age) for as little as $8 click here.

Toui Manikhouth – “Flowers In Zara” {Folk/Pop} + Free downloads

Acoustic tracks can be a hit or miss with us (just because we’re snobs like that), but the amount of talent behind a tune like this one is undeniable. Toui is based out of Hamilton, Ontario and recorded his new three-track acoustic This Service EP in his basement. If you dig his work you can download the entire release for free (or as a name-your-price download) over at his Bandcamp page.

Feather Revs – “Utero” {Psych Rock/Dream Pop}

We’re slightly guilty of checking out this track just because of all this recent Nirvana-getting-inducted-into-the-Rock-And-Roll-Hall-Of-Fame-talk, but it didn’t take long for us to fall in love with its Coldplay-mixed-in-with-U2 vibes. The group is based out of Stockholm, and if you like their work you can stream a crapton of their tracks over at their Soundcloud page.

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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunny Gang – “1:35″ {Punk/Rap}

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

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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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