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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Top 5 indie tracks of the week

February 17, 2014 in Alternative, Classic Rock, Folk, independent bands, Indie, Pop, Reggae, Rock

Pleistocene – “The Band” {Pop/Rock}

Pleistocene is hands-down one of the most badass rock groups we’ve come across so far in 2014 (because if an album cover with a picture of an astronaut riding a pterodactyl isn’t badass, then I don’t know what is). This track is off their impressive new release Ontario Girls which you can buy for $7 here.

Darrin Bradbury – “Swordfish” {Folk}

This artist is so deliciously folky I wouldn’t be surprised if Bobby D writes a “Song To Darrin” sometime in the near future; (plus his tunes have epic lines like “You and what army man cause everyone here sucks;” – now THAT’S my kinda music). Darrin is originally from New Jersey but now based in Nashville (because of course), and you can buy his new album True Love as a name-your-price download here.

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

When Jared Dymbort wrote to RMD reminding us that he was the “scary monster and video photographer guy” we covered back in 2012 and wondering if we could cover his new “60s/Beatles/Rolling Stones-esque” project, we just had to give them a shout-out; (he had us at “scary monster and video photographer guy”). You can buy this track for $1 here or their new EP as a name-your-price download here.

InDaze – “Equidistant” {Reggae/Rock}

InDaze has been crafting some wicked head-boppin’, blunt-smokin’ reggae tunes since forming only just last year, and they are currently promoting the release of their debut album IDZ. If you dig their fusion vibe make sure you give them some “Like” love on Facebook and follow them on TwitterTumblr and Instagram too.

No Kill – “Stand” {Alternative Rock}

This “loud and lo-fi” Brooklyn-based group with “girl-guy harmonies, reverb soaked guitars and noisy guitar pop influences” certainly have a lot of promise, so if you like to keep tabs on the best up-and-coming independent bands then keep your eyes and ears on these folks. This track is off their latest release New Dirt, and you can buy it as a name-your-price download here.

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Top new tracks: Brody Dalle, Klaxons, Todd Terje, Pink Mountaintops + Karen O teams up with Ezra Koenig

February 11, 2014 in Dance, Disco, Dream Pop, Electrofunk, Electrogoth, Electronic, Funk, Garage Rock, Jazz, Pop, Punk, Rock

Brody Dalle – “Meet The Foetus/Oh The Joy” {Alternative Rock/Punk}

After ditching both the Rancid rip-off project The Distillers and the QOTSA rip-off project Spinnerette, Josh Homme’s baby mama shocked everyone when she announced she was going solo in 2014. Apparently “Meet The Foetus” features Shirley Manson on vocals, which is ironic seeing that the Garbage frontwoman contributed back-up vocals for QOTSA’s Lullabies To Paralyze album and all…And for the record: I’m totally not jealous that Brody is banging Josh Homme. Not. At. All.

Pink Mountaintops – “North Hollywood Microwaves” {Garage Rock}

Steve McBean’s Pink Mountaintops just revealed their first new song in five long years, and turns out “North Hollywood Microwaves” deserves just as much love as the microwave responsible for heating up greasy food when you’re hungover and incapable of moving ten feet in either direction. (Yes the song is THAT good). The song is off their new album Get Back which is being released on April 29th (in the U.S.) and April 28th (in Europe).

Todd Terje – “Delorean Dynamite” {Electronic/Disco}

We’re going to be all over any new Todd Terje tune like Putin is all over murdering Sochi’s forcibly abandoned stray dogs, but with a track and video like this and a scruffy face like that can you really blame us? It’s not as disco-y as we would have hoped, but the tune has enough synth bassline to make Jesse F. Keeler proud. Oh and P.S. don’t forget Terje’s new album It’s Album Time comes out in April.

Crissi Cochrane – “And Still We Move” {Pop/Jazz}

Our inner 90s teenager still has faith in Windsor’s music scene because of the epicness known as The Tea Party (no, not the political organization silly…) but now our faith in the Ontario city has officially been restored thanks to this sultry songstress. This track is off her new album Little Sway which you can buy for $9.90 via iTunes here.

Trust – “Capitol” {Electrogoth}

If you’ve already been turned off by Trust’s dark and mysterious vocals when we covered another one of their singles last month, then this track probably won’t win you over either, but for us fans…it’s glorious. We’re officially counting down the days until March 4th when Joyland officially drops, just so it can help us get through these next few months waiting to hear about a new Austra album.

To listen to the song click here.

Klaxons – “Children Of The Sun” {Alternative Pop}

Klaxons are churning out single after single as of late, only this one is slightly different than the one we covered last week. I don’t know what’s in the water where the Klaxons are living because this track is pretty mindblowing in an “out there” kind-of-way. Now we’re really curious as to what to expect from their new album.

Hydrogen Sea & Imaginary Family – “All That Keeps Us” {Dream Pop}

We weren’t too surprised when we read that these two acts wrote this song together during one random night in Brussels, only because Brussels is a magical city like that. This track is off the Unday Records’ first compilation titled Music For Undays which also features new tunes from Trixie Whitley, Yuko, Flying Horseman and many more.

Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes – “Sun Goes Out” {Pop/Rock}

Daniel Ellsworth and his Great Lakes have been making the rounds on the interwebs since 2010, but now they’re prepping for the release of their sophomore album Kid Tiger which is out on March 4th. This track was engineered by the Grammy Award-winning Vance Powell who previously worked with Kings Of Leon, Jack White and The Whigs).

Karen O & Ezra Koenig – “The Moon Song” {Pop/Rock}

It’s a very special day indeed when the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman decides to release a song with her fellow New Yorker/Vampire Weekend vocalist as a single, which is off the new movie soundtrack for Owen Pallett’s Her (starring Joaquin Phoenix). You may remember the original version of the song we covered last September, but with a little Ezra touch this version may possibly surpass the awesomeness of the original, and that’s saying a lot.

To listen to the song click here.

Drift Static – “I Say, You Say” {Electronic/Funk}

Berlin’s Drift Static has been remixing everyone from Of Monsters and Men to Fatboy Slim, but now he’s focusing on releasing his own original tunes to the masses. Just this one track alone covers the dubstep, funk, electronic and hip hop genres, and after listening to it we can’t help but look forward to hearing what the future has in store for Mr. Drift Static.

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Top Albums of 2013 {Part 5}

January 8, 2014 in Album reviews, Alt-Country, Alt-Folk, Alternative, Ambient, Americana, Art Pop, Art Rock, Electronic, Experimental, Folk, Garage Rock, Industrial, Pop, Progressive Rock, Psych Folk, Psych Pop, Psychedelic Rock, Rock, Surf Rock, Top 2013

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Generationals – Heza

generationals heza

RIYL: Modest Mouse, Tapes ‘N Tapes

Don’t make the same mistake that we did and think that “Put A Light On” is the only good song on this album before you even listen to it. The entire release is smart and well crafted from start to finish, and you just don’t know what to expect from one song to the next. Plus the songs have a weird habit of switching bars of all a sudden to keep the listener on their toes, and we’re all about being kept on our toes.

To read our “Put A Light On” song review click here

Ducktails – The Flower Lane


We’re ashamed to say that we only just discovered Ducktails this year even though they’ve been around since 2006, so as you can imagine the first time our eyeballs met the beautifully-shot “Letter Of Intent” video we just had to check this album out. It hasn’t been well-received by everyone, but it’s an important release as far as indie music in 2013 goes; plus it’s packed full of dreamy, poppy tunes that blend together perfectly with the pleasant surf rock vibes and classical elements on the record.

To read our review of Ducktails’ “Under Cover” music video click here.

The Flaming Lips – The Terror

the flaming lips the terror

RIYL: Ween, Pink Floyd, Radiohead

We’re used to being surprised by Wayne Coyne and his antics by now, but the fact that The Flaming Lips ventured into extreme, earth-shattering experimental territory with this new album shocked us just as much as the next hardcore fan. This past year we’ve seen a never-ending stream of singles and videos being released off The Terror, and for that reason alone this album defined 2013 for us.

To read our review of the “You Lust” music video click here
To read our song review of “Sun Blows Up Today” click here  

Baths – Obsidian


RIYL: Radiohead, The Postal Service

All those electronic hipsters out there (us included) have been drowning in the hot, steamy electronic Baths waters ever since the release of this album back in May, although the band skyrocketed to fame back in 2010. If you’ve been hoping to dabble in a new and underrated electronic album that will leave you feeling bewildered and amused then check Obsidian out.

To read our song review of Baths’ “Ironworks” click here

of Montreal – Lousy With Sylvianbriar


RIYL: The Flaming Lips, Beck

of Montreal have been doing our head in for about eight years now with all their crazy, out-of-this-world musical ways, so it was refreshing to see Kevin Barnes come back down to Planet Earth and live among the rest of us. The album was surprisingly listenable and even more enjoyable, and the handful of memorable songs on this album could be some of the best tracks we’ve heard from the band in a long, long time.

To read our Lousy With Sylvianbriar album review click here.

Girls Names – The New Life


RIYL: Joy Division, Sea Pinks, Beach Fossils

Even though we always have been, and always will be a bigger fan of their sister project Sea Pinks (because of “Fountain Tesserae,” of course), this album stuck with us since its release in February. It’s muted and understated, yet doesn’t stray too far away from 2011′s Dead To Me. 

Sigur Rós - Kveikur


RIYL: Mogwai, Volcano Choir

We always have to keep our eyes on sneaky Sigur Rós, because as long as they keep on making good music/creating good music videos we will never, ever be bored. Who cares if you can’t understand a word they’re saying half the time and that only one of the songs on the album lasts less than four minutes, this album proves that Sigur Rós will never get stale, and they never get bored. Who needs Kjartan Sveinsson anyways?

Washed Out – Paracosm

Washed Out

RIYL: The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala

When “All I Know” was released as a single back in October, it seemed like all the music blogverse was buzzing about it. And there’s no doubt about it, ”All I Know” is hands-down the best track on the album, but there’s a few other hidden gems in there as well. Plus Ernest Greene has a knack for making us feel like we’re floating down a river in a dream…anyways.

To read our “All I Know” music video review click here

Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus


RIYL: Portishead, Air

With a band name like Fuck Buttons do you really need any other reason to check them out? Well now you do, because with their 2013 album Slow Focus geting such rave reviews by both fans and critics alike, it was hard not to take notice to the band this year, epic names aside or not.

To read our “Brainfreeze” music video review click here

Julia Holter – Loud City Song

Julia holter loud city song

RIYL: Empress Of, Fiona Apple

Sharon Van Etten’s Tramp made our year last year, so as 2013 drew to a close we were frantically searching for its replacement…but we didn’t have to search for long. Loud City Song is packed full of so many delights which range from art pop to avant garde and even experimental and electronic and have vibes that are some of the best we’ve heard all year.

Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience


RIYL: Michael Jackson, Prince

If it wasn’t for The Lonely Island and Timberlake’s hilarious Fallon sketches we may have overlooked this album altogether. But hatred of mainstreamed egos aside we just couldn’t deny The 20/20 Experience‘s place in 2013, and J.T. certainly left a mark whenever he released or performed any track off this album. Looks like married life and Jessica Biel are suiting Mr. Timberlake after all (not that we’re jealous or anything…)

Said The Whale – Hawaii


RIYL: Sam Roberts, The New Pornographers

We can’t help but have a soft spot for these Vancouverites; and they’re certainly up there with White Lung and Japandroids as some of the most notable bands to come out of Vancouver in the past decade or so. Plus you can always count on them to be entertaining; whether you end up getting mesmerized by their harmonies, laughing at their music videos, or sobbing like a little girl as you reach for a box of kleenex,… (don’t judge) this is the kind of album that can awake all of your emotions.

To read our song review of “I Love You” click here

Wampire – Curiosity


RIYL: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Tame Impala

We wish we could say that we discovered Wampire by accident this past summer, but really it couldn’t have been by accident given that every respectable music blog was giving them a fair amount of shout-outs. From the glorious album cover to the almost Doors-like keyboards on “The Hearse,” “Orchards” and “Snacks,” this album was one of the most intriguing and inviting releases we came across in 2013.

To read our review of “Spirit Forest” click here

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Top Indie Electronic Tracks of 2013 {Part 2}

December 17, 2013 in Ambient, Chillwave, Disco, Electronica, Experimental, Free downloads, House, Jazz, Reggae, Synthpop, Synthrock, Techno, Top 2013, Trip Hop, Tropical Pop

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Neonfaith – “Darkest Light” {Electropop} + Free downloads

Fact: Whenever the word “neon” is included an electronic act’s name you just know they’re going to be packing some hard-hitting electro punches (Neon Indian, anyone?) The group is based out of Jamaica/New York City, and if you like their work you should take advantage of all those free downloads on their Soundcloud page.

Slack Armada – “Your Majesty” {Ambient/Experimental}

Sometimes we can get a little (OK..REALLY) overwhelmed with the number of submissions we receive on a daily basis, but little did we know that this little gem was hidden amongst the bunch of e-mails we had to spend hours and hours and hours sifting through. This track is off the Chicago-based artist’s new four-track EP which you can buy as a name-your-price download here.

Cappa Regime – “After The Disco” {Disco/House} + Free downloads

This trio of DJs consisting Jake Kasheta, Shane Sherzai, and Rob “Electric” Enea have been turning a lot of heads in the electronic musicverse, and word is on the street that they plan on releasing collaborations with none other than Del The Funky Homosapien (yes, Del The Funky  Homosapien) and Moe Green. If you like their tuneage you can download a crapton of their tracks for free here.

Panic Girl – “Breathe On” {Electronica/Trip Hop}

From her white-painted face to the Portishead-ish trip hop drumbeat, we love love loved everything about this track, not to mention that the creepy-as-fuck video suited the subtle, chilled out beat perfectly; (dem drums tho….). This single is off her wicked new record Lowlands, and we highly recommend that you dish out some of you hard-earned cash and buy it for €9.90 here.

Dane Gill – “Happy Place” {Electronic/Reggae}

What do you get when you mix together chilled out reggae with some electronic backbeats? Well besides a can of a whole lotta awesomeness you also get this track, of course! This track is off his latest release (appropriately titled My Name Isn’t Skrillex) and you can buy it for $7.45 here.

Ambisonic – “Manitou” {Electronica/Synthpop}

With creepy Wampire-like synths layered on top of piano chords, hypnotic drumbeats and vintage bass foot pedals (drooooool….) what’s not to love? This dynamic duo is based out of Toronto, and you can buy their tracks for as little as $0.99 via iTunes here, or stream a ton of their songs for free over at their Soundcloud page.

COINS – “On Your Lips” ft. DOLLS {Electropop/Dubstep}

Normally we’re not a fan of overly popalicious tunes, but with this track’s dubstep backbone (not to mention its memorable lyrics…) we ended up giving this track a second chance, and are we ever glad we did (sweet baby Jesus are we ever…) This track was released as a single back in September, and you can buy it for as little as $0.99 via iTunes here.

xSDTRK – “powDer” {Chillwave}

This is one of those tracks that will stick with you once you listen to it for the first time, and its melody can get trapped in your head for days if you’re not careful. (And where is he from? Montreal, duh!) If you dig his work make sure you give him some “Like” love on Facebook and check out the rest of his tunes on Soundcloud too.

PolyEmory – “HydraFauna” (Boerd remix) {Electronica/Ambient} + Free download

Because PolyEmory is all mysteriously anonymous and whatnot, all we know about him/her is that he/she knows how to craft a tune you can just get lost in (oh and the band was founded in the year 1750 too…) If you like this tune then make sure you check out the rest of his/her tracks via Soundcloud here.

Hello Phones – “The One” {Synthpop}

We’ve already covered Hello Phones in one of our Top 5 Indie Tracks of the Week posts, but we loved them so much we just had to give it another shout-out (“Hello, Hello Phones? The synthpop genre called and they wanted us to tell you to never stop making music, like ever.”) This track is off their new album Future City which you can buy for $7 here.

Ozaka – “Go By” {Electronic/House} + Free downloads

This upbeat, pick-me-up kind-of-song made us want to put on !!!’s Rolling Stones-inspired short-shorts and boogie on down, just because we’re hardcore electro nerds like that. Ozaka is based out of Cologne, Germany, and if you like his work you can download two of his tracks for free over at his Bandcamp page.

Dorine Levy – “There For Me” {Electropop}

This tune starts off all poppy-like, but then morphs and builds into this electronica extravanza that’s so awesome it will make you want to put on a panda hat and randomly dance around a bonfire on a beach (oh, wait…) Dorine is based out of Montreal/Tel Aviv, and you can buy her new album Underwater for $9.99 via iTunes here.

Naapo – “Fall Out” {Techno/House} + Free downloads

Listening to this song made us feel like we just chugged a glass of happiness and swigged it down with a few Prozacs, but that’s what shiny, happy Australian music is all about! Naapo is based out of Melbourne and he’s only 24-years-old, so if you want to give this dude all the credit he deserves then give him some “Like” love on Facebook and check out the rest of his tunes via Soundcloud.

Diesel Kass – “Au Noir” {Electronic/Trip Hop} + Free downloads

We don’t understand a word she’s singing (only because we didn’t pay attention in French class as a youngin’) but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy this track for all it’s worth. (Plus only the Frenchies know how to create the most chilled-out music known to mankind). If you have some time on your hands be sure to check out the rest of their wicked tracks on Soundcloud and take advantage of those free downloads.

The National Pool – “Better” {Chillwave/Tropical}

This is the kind of song that gets better and better after a few listens, plus it’s got a wicked tropical/Afro beat (à la Reflektor) that made us love the tune even more. The group is based out of Nashville/Baltimore, and if you like this tune as much as we do you can buy it for as little as $0.99 via iTunes here.


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Top Indie Americana/Folk Tracks of 2013 {Part 2}

December 12, 2013 in Alt-Folk, Americana, Blues, Country, Experimental, Folk, Gypsy, independent bands, Indie, Psych Folk, Rock, Top 2013, Uncategorized

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Stoll Vaughan – “Troubles” {Americana/Rock}

If you’re a fan of The Boss AKA Bruce Springsteen and mesmerized by his perfect, round tush (who isn’t?) then check this artist out. Vaughn is based out of Los Angeles, and you can stream his new album The Weatherman in full for free over at his Soundcloud page.

Vessel – “White Trash” {Blues/Rock}

Normally good music and white trash don’t go hand-in-hand, but this is one of the rare cases when they actually do. This track is off the New Zealanders’ latest album Friday Drive which was released this past summer, and you can buy it as a name-your-price download over at their Bandcamp page.

Ezra Vine – “Celeste” {Indie Folk}

Here’s yet another New Zealander to pin to our end-of-year lists, and with a deep bass drum, haunting melodies, and a vibe that gives us some early Tapes ‘n Tapes nostalgia, we couldn’t find any reason not to like this track. If you like the song as much as we do you can buy it via iTunes for as little as $1.29 here.

Miwa Gemini – “Goodnight Trail” {Gypsy Folk}

The half European in us can’t help but love a good polka tune, so if you’re a fan of Gogol Bordello and/or accordions then give this track a listen. The group is based out of both Brooklyn/Los Angeles (because they’re gypsies like that), and if you dig this track you can buy it for as little as $1 here.

Velma Grove – “Caroline” {Alt-Folk}

These Melbourne-based folkers sounds strikingly similar to our boy Bobby D (only with layers of trumpets, banjos, and a helluva lot of other awesomeness thrown into the mix). This tune is off their latest album Older which was released in July, and you can buy this track for as little as $1 here.

Mitski – “Goodbye, My Danish Sweetheart” {Psych Folk}

Like a nice warm glass of Joni Mitchell, this New York-based artist with jaw-dropping vocals just released her impressive new album Retired From Sad, New Career in Business this past summer. You can buy the album as a name-your-price download over at her Bandcamp page, or purchase this track individually here.

Christopher Cape – “Divorcee” {Folk/Rock}

This Ontarian is more than “just another deadbeat with a guitar,” (as he so claims); he’s also the writer of some of the most powerful and influential folktastic tracks we’ve been sent so far this year. This song is off his latest album The Biggest Lie, and you can purchase this track for as little as $1 here.

Mount Rushmore Safari – “John Wayne” {Country/Rock}

We always knew John Wayne was pretty badass, but this track/video takes his badassery to a whole new level. This video was directed by Mikael Reidar in Cophenhagen, Denmark, and if you dig this song make sure you give the band some “Like” love on Facebook and listen to the rest of their tunes for free here.

Saint Jude – “Laurelie” {Country/Soul}

It’s a well-known fact that Australians are the masters of the electropop genre, but this band/track is proof that Aussies are fully capable of mastering the country and soul music genres as well. This track is off their latest album Saint Jude II which was released in October, and you can buy it for $10 over at their Bandcamp page.

The Dirty Streets – “Stay Thirsty” {Blues/Rock} + Free download

It takes a lot of talent to write a badass blues song, but to sound sexy while doing it takes an extra special amount of talent. This trio is based out of Memphis, Tennessee, and they just released their new album Blades Of Grass via Alive Naturalsound Records a couple of months back. Oh and P.S. you can stream the album in its entirety for free here.

D & M – “Dirty Love” {Alt-Country/Rock}

Influenced by rocking and rolling, driving motorcycles and “picking up babes,” these Philadelphians describe their unique sound as blues-infused alternative pop, and they have been turning a lot of heads since forming back in 2009. You can buy this track for as little as $0.99 via iTunes here, but if you dig their work make sure you give them some “Like” love while you’re at it too.

Blank Realm – “Falling Down The Stairs” {Americana/Experimental Rock} + Free download

The hardcore Tom Petty/Traveling Wilburys fan in us fell in love with this track as soon as we heard it, and was hands-down one of the best Americana tunes we’ve received over the past year. You can download the track for free in the player below, or pre-order their forthcoming album Grassed Inn for $8.99 via iTunes here.

Wooden Saints – “Alpha Bravo Charlie Disco” {Folk/Pop}

Hailing from Amsterdam, this band surprisingly consists of ten different members (so it’s safe to say that their awesomeness is multiplied by tenfold). This track was released as a single in September, and if you can digs it you best be following them on Twitter and give them some “Like” love on Facebook too.

Lizabett Russo – “Tonight” {Folk/Soul}

We already covered this track in one of our many Top Indie Tracks of The Week posts, but seeing that a great tune that combines folk/soul elements is such a rare commodity these days we just had to mention it again. This song is off her three-track The Traveller’s Song EP which you can purchase for £4.50 here.

The Strumbellas – “In This Life” {Folk/Rock}

We’ve been keeping our eyes and ears on this Toronto-based group ever since the release of their Juno-nominated debut album My Father And The Hunter last year, so we were pretty stoked to see that they released some new tuneage in 2013. Their new album (We Still Move On Dance Floors) was released in October, and you can buy it for $8.91 via iTunes here.

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Top new tracks: Xiu Xiu, Prince, Electric Youth, two new Todd Terje songs + Blood Orange remixes Friends

November 28, 2013 in Art Pop, Dance, Dream Pop, Electronic, Experimental, Funk, Fuzz Rock, Rock, Soul, Synthpop

Todd Terje – “Spiral” & “Q” {Electronic/Dance}

Inspector Norse” was hands-down one of our numero uno favourite tracks of 2012, so we piddled in our panties a little bit (OK maybe a lot) when we read that he released not one, but two new tracks on his Soundcloud account. If you dig the tunes you can buy them on Beatport here and here.

Electric Youth – “Innocence” {Synthpop/Electronic}

Ain’t no crackhead mayor gonna bring this Toronto-based band down! Their new album isn’t due out until next year, but this new single of theirs is already turning a lot of heads in the indie music world since its release last week. Still no word as to the name and/or release date of the album, but in the meantime you can buy this track for $0.99 here.

Oh Margot – “Mi Arbol” {Dream Pop/Electronic}

Forget about Oh, Yoko and her new weird-as-fuck video that’s still making us scratch our head to this very day, because Oh Margot are capturing a vibe that’s been going pretty strong in 2013 thanks to artists like Washed Out, Beach Fossils and Empress Of. The group is based out of Chile, and if you dig their work make sure you give them some “Like” love on Facebook and follow them on Twitter too.

Guerilla Toss – “Pink Elephant” {Experimental}

Blame it on the Deerhoof fan hidden deep within the depths of our soul, but we actually kind of loved this track and all its delightful weirdness. This is the second single off the band’s new album Gay Disco which is due out on December 10th on NNA Tapes.

Xiu Xiu – “Stupid in the Dark” {Experimental/Art Pop}

It’s not very often that we come across a song gives us the heebie-jeebies, but after giving this track a listen it scared us more than that vomiting ghost-demon in The Conjuring, and that’s saying a lot. This single is off the band’s forthcoming album Angel Guts: Red Classroom which is due out sometime next year.

Rigoletto – “Queens Hotel” {Rock}

If you find yourself reminiscing of the “good ol’ days” when grunge was considered to be “cool” and rock & roll bands weren’t ripping off all the rock gods left, right and center (I’m looking at you, Arctic Monkeys…) then give this Chattanooga-based group a listen. This track is off the group’s most recent album Delusions of Grandeur which you can purchase for as little as $5 here.

Prince – “Da Bourgeoisie” {Funk}

Prince is back and at it again, and as much as we like to make fun of his silly, narcissistic ways, one thing’s for sure is that the dude still knows how to funk shit up at the tender age of 55. The song originally made its debut on Twitter, and if you want to download the tune you can do so here.

Friends – “The Way” (Blood Orange remix) {Soul/Electronic}

With Friends vocalist Samantha Urbani making an appearance on Cupid Deluxe and Blood Orange AKA Dev Hynes producing this original track, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to fans that the soul-icious artist decided to remix these weird-poppin’ Friends. Plus good Friends always deserve a good remix…

Abatis – “Brighter Than a Ballroom” {Fuzz Rock}

This is the first we’ve heard of this San Francisco-based group, but apparently they’ve only been around for a few years and have already toured with the likes of Nico Vega, Maylene and Sons of Disaster. This track is off their second full-length album Doors in the Desert and you can buy it for as little as $8 or each track for $1 here.

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