Thursday, December 30, 2010
Album of The Year: Charlotte Gainsbourg - IRM
2. Everything Everything - Man Alive
3. Yeasayer - ONE
4. Avi Buffalo - Avi Buffalo
5. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast
6. MGMT - Congratulations
7. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
8. Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me
9. Beach House - Teen Dream
10.Vampire Weekend - Contra
Best of 2010 Mix, which you can download here:
1. Katzenjammer - Bar in Amsterdam
2. LCD Soundsystem - Drunk Girls
3. Everything Everything - My Kz Ur BF
4. Django Django - WOR
5. Caribou - Odessa
6. Yeasayer - ONE
7. Avi Buffalo - What's It In For
8. Primary 1 feat. Nina Pearson - The Blues
9. Ellie Goulding - Under The Sheets
10. Crystal Castles feat. Robert Smith - Not In Love
11. Veronica Falls - Found Love In A Graveyard
12. Klaxons - Echoes
13. MGMT - Flash Delirium
14. Darwin Deez - Radar Detector
15. Joanna Newsom - Easy
16. Arcade Fire - Sprawl II
17. Laura Marling - Goodbye England (Covered In Snow)
18. Rich Aucoin - It
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Cloud Nothings are Cleveland lo-fi garage rockers that will appeal greatly to fans of Black Lips, No Age, et al.
They're currently supporting Les Savy Fav on their European tour and will be in London next week.
Cloud Nothings - Didn't You
Cloud Nothings - Understand At All
Cloud Nothings - Hey Cool Kid
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
The Radio Dept. - On Your Side
Ski Beatz - Prowler 2 feat. Jean Grae, Jay Electronica, Joell Ortiz & Mos Def
Polarsets - Leave Argentina
Active Child - Wilderness
Deerhunter - Helicopter (Diplo & Lunice Remix)
Bag Raiders - Way Back Home
The Vaccines - Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Inspired Flight is a San Diego guitarist/dj duo making down tempo pop featuring some very talented rappers including Inspectah Deck and underground/backpacker troupe Living Legends. They have a knack for integrating a range of genres in one song, often switching gears and interrupting a chilled out instrumental with a skilled verse. It's not quite Gorillaz, but they definitely have something. "It's The Chemicals" is a serotonin heavy journey featuring Scarub of Living Legends. Their debut is titled We All Want To Fly, and you can grab it here, or download the title track featuring Inspectah Deck in exchange for your email.
Inspired Flight feat. Scarub - It's The Chemicals
"How 'ye doin'? Who 'ye screwin?" One highlight. Jay Z referencing Axl Rose and Norman Mailer is another. Also, Kanye sheds light on Iran, Korea (North, I assume), Islam, and Van Gogh. Thoroughly entertaining remix of a great song.
Kanye West feat. Jay Z & Swizz Beatz - Power (Remix)
Yuck, sometimes Yu(c)k, from North London, New Jersey, and Hiroshima, are a highly touted young band currently opening for Modest Mouse in the U.K. The exposure will surely make them a household name, as they do everything from ballads ("Daughter," "Automatic") to 90's pop rock ("Georgia") very well. Get a better version of Yuck's story over at the ever-vigilant Guardian.
Yuck - Georgia
Yuck - Daughter
Thanks to Tom Robinson's Introducing for pointing me to a blog called Awesome Tapes From Africa. It's exactly what it sounds like. Lots of great cassette rips from across the continent with downloads aplenty. Botswana's Shumba Ratshega, real name Moses Malapela, is one of many great discoveries. Makhirikhiri is perfect summer listening, heavy on handclaps, choruses and whistle-y sorts of things.
Download the whole thing here.
Last off, Montreal behemoths Chromeo return with Business Casual, the highly anticipated follow up to Fancy Footwork. Lead single "Don't Turn the Lights On" is sure to get loads of remixes, one of note by the Italian/Belgian duo Aeroplane.
Chromeo - Don't Turn The Lights On (Aeroplane Remix)
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Only $7.00 for the download, $9.00 for the CD, here.
Common Grackle feat. Ceschi - The Great Depression
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Thursday, August 05, 2010
This Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., Toronto was privvy to this:
Along with a free helping of the (2nd) best ice-cream in the city, those who could rush over from work quickly enough enjoyed 30 minutes of Chris Chu’s quiet musings during a delicate acoustic performance on Manning Street.
The Morning Benders’ front man was the main (and only) attraction of the innovative show, an in-store- cum -street performance organized in collaboration between The Big Chill ice cream parlour and the neighbouring Soundscapes record store.
If this is the first you hear of this California outfit, I can promise you it won’t be the last. Having performed with heavyweights MGMT, Yo La Tengo and Yeasayer, toured with Grizzly Bear and Death Cab, and now conquered the frozen dessert scene, the indie world is their oyster.
the morning benders | MySpace Music Videos
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Australia's Cut Copy released one of the mastered tracks today from their upcoming new album, which is still currently nameless. Described by Dan Whitford as something along the lines of what Brian Wilson would have written if he spent his days doing acid in London in the 60's instead of hanging out in California. I'm inclined to agree. The track definitely has an airy, throwback feel and would be a good addition to your sunny summer days playlist. You can download the track here or head over to their website where it is also being given away for free-ninety nine.
Cut Copy - Where I'm Going
Thursday, July 08, 2010
I was one of the privileged few who were allocated tickets to last night's Arcade Fire gig at the Hackney Empire - their first non-festival performance in the UK in 3 years and a chance for them to test out new material from forthcoming album The Suburbs in front of a crowd of devout fans (including Florence and the Machine). Tickets were only made available to a selection of those who pre-ordered the new album online a few days before the event. Rather than me describe how amazing it was, have a look at the much more eloquent glowing reviews from the BBC, Guardian and Telegraph.
The monster 18-song setlist played out as follows:
Ready to Start
Neighbourhood #2 (Laika)
No Cars Go
We Used to Wait
Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out)
Month of May
Crown of Love
Neighbourhood #1 (Tunnels)
Keep the Car Running
Based on the new material presented last night, "We Used to Wait" and "Rococo" are likely to be my favourite tracks from album number three.
"Neighbourhood #1 (Tunnels)":
Win crowdsurfing at the end of "We Used to Wait":
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Pional - In Another Room
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Brooklyn's Sleigh Bells have finally released their debut album, the appropriately titled Treats. I've been a big fan ever since I heard the excellent "Crown on the Ground" last year and the majority of the new tracks are of a similar pedigree.
Sleigh Bells - Rill Rill
Sleigh Bells - Crown on the Ground
Monday, May 24, 2010
The Tallest Man on Earth - The Drying of the Lawns
The Tallest Man on Earth - Love Is All
Thursday, May 20, 2010
The new Black Keys album Brothers is one of my favourite albums of the year so far, and the new video for lead single "Tighten Up" is a winner as well:
Check out another track, the excellent "She's Long Gone":
Saturday, May 01, 2010
So we all know their sound by now: screaming guitars, tribal rhythms, the occasional big cat howl. Ratatat are back with 'LP4', which was originally set to come out shortly after 'LP3' dropped two years ago.
Regardless, it is out in physical form now. Hopefully these guys do a bit more extensive touring, as their live show is incredible.
Ratatat - Party With Children
Ratatat - Neckbrace
Sunday, April 11, 2010
UPDATE: 'I Can Change' is now available as a high quality mp3.
First, there were the 'Drunk Girls' (read: summer 2010 party anthem), now we get a little more laid back with 'I Can Change' from LCD Soundsystem's forthcoming album, This is Happening.
LCD Soundsystem - I Can Change
Also, floating around this morning was this radio rip of 'Dance Yourself Clean'. Sounds like another winner, despite the lower quality.
LCD Soundsystem - Dance Yourself Clean
Get excited, this album is shaping up well. You're going to want to actually buy it when it drops May 17 in Europe, May 18 in North America. You also don't want to miss them live, starting at Coachella next weekend.
Friday, April 09, 2010
Wolf Parade, my favourite band with a wolf-inspired name, is currently on a massive tour that will see them travel across Europe and North America through the summer.
Here is a pretty high quality video of a new song, it is still untitled but the uploader has called it 'Fast Ballad'. It's not their fastest track, but it's definitely Wolf Parade.
And there is so much more too look forward to in the coming months: LCD Soundsystem are releasing LP3, 'This is Happening', on May 18 in North America and Wolf Parade are dropping their next one, 'Expo '86', in June or July (fingers crossed for June). Broken Social Scene have new record, 'Forgiveness Rock Record', coming out May 4 which I'm sure will be another epic based on these tracks. Not to mention every morning I check the interwebs hoping for some piece of information about highly anticipated LP3 by Arcade Fire - tipped to appear later in the summer.
Enough talking, these songs are all objectively great.
LISTEN / TELL YOUR FRIENDS:
LCD Soundsystem - Drunk Girls
MGMT - Flash Delerium
Hot Chip - I Feel Better
Owen Pallett - Lewis Takes Off His Shirt (Dan Deacon Remix)
Das Racist - You Oughta Know
Spoon - I Saw the Light
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
PS22 Chorus - Lisztomania
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix was undoubtedly one of 2009's highlights so this free album featuring 8 of the album's 9 tracks performed live at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney earlier this month is a treat not to be missed. The Observer is giving it away here but only until midnight this Tuesday, so grab it now. You can also check out the paper's comprehensive interview with the band here.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
True to form, I've chronicled my antipodean adventures with a mix-tape of my favourite discoveries. I present to you: This Is Australia
1 - Philadelphia Grand Jury - Going To the Casino (Tomorrow Night)
2 - Yves Klein Blue - Polka
3 - John Steel Singers - Rainbow Kraut
4 - Canvas Kites - Wayside
5 - Little Red - Waiting
6 - Sugar Army - No Need for Lovers
7 - Cameras - June
8 - Felicity Groom & the Black Black Smoke - 39 Ways To Leave Your Lover
9 - Tame Impala - Sundown Syndrome
10 - Lisa Mitchell - Neapolitan Dreams
11 - Little Birdy - Brother
12 - Teeth & Tongue - Sea Ice
13 - Sarah Blasko - No Turning Back
14 - Frequent Flyer - Twirl & Sink
Saturday, March 06, 2010
Friday, March 05, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I've talked about Chiddy Bang on here before, particularly this track where producer Xaphoon Jones does a great re-inventing of 'Kids' by MGMT. They have now released a very fun video to accompany the track just ahead of the UK release of their EP out February 22nd.
And if you are at all interested in how they made the video's visuals, we were just sent over a 'Making of' video for the track.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
Mumford and Sons were on the air this morning on the 'Like a version' segment on Triple J. Oh what silly and playful banter the guys have. In the segment they play their song 'The Cave' as well as a great cover of 'Unfinished Business' by the White Lies. You can stream it below or head right here to download it in full.
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Frightened Rabbit on MUZU
Monday, February 01, 2010
Now I really don't care about the Grammy's too much, but I had to watch it just so I could see the crazy performance of 'Drop the world' and 'Forever' by the power house of Weezy, Drake and Eminem. To top it off Travis Barker rocking the kit. I guess Kanye isn't invited to things like this anymore. He probably would've walked down and punched Taylor Swift in the mouth or something. Whoever runs the Grammy's was very uncool and took down the footage from youtube, but not even they could stop mother Russia, and this random link I found. The audio blanks out every once in a while because of all the naughty words.
* Forget the Russians, here's an uncensored video of it that I came across instead.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Vancouver hip hop group and BTA friends Okay City will be releasing their new Album Tocsin-B next week. In the meantime they have released a new Track featuring fellow Canadian rapper Shad, entitled 'Cities of the North'. The song can be listened to at their MySpace. Enjoy!
And also a reminder that the guys will be touring with Australian Hip-Hop legends Hilltop Hoods through February.
Feb. 7th Whistler BC - Garfinkel's
Feb. .10th Vancouver BC - The Venue
Feb. 12th Edmonton AB - The Pawn Shop
Feb. 13th Calgary AB - The Gateway at SAIT
Feb. 15th Banff AB - Wild Bill's
Thursday, January 28, 2010
A few weeks back The Knife introduced us to their new project / full length album through the 11 minute track 'Colouring the Pigeon'. This was a collaboration between Mt. Sims and Planningtorock. This project was actually commissioned by Hotel Pro Forma to accompany an opera they had written entitled On The Origin Of The Species. The full album has been available to stream lately. It comes off in typical Knife fashion. Sometimes obscure, and always with a variety of sounds to interpret. Although familiar, it also goes in a bit of a different direction than past albums due to it being written for this opera in particular. The album will be available on digital release February 2nd.
The Knife - The Height of Summer
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
So I've just sat down to the good old computer too see that the interweb is buzzing with new tracks from both Daft Punk AND Justice. Once you've re-cooperated from your head exploding like mine did, take a listen to these tracks. The Daft Punk track 'The Crash' spans 12 minutes and definitely sounds more along the lines of backing music for TRON, and not some douche pulling a fast one. Maybe a response to that song that leaked days ago that wasn't them? The Justice track 'The Beginning of the end' sounds...well, like a Justice track. Synthed out keys and a slappy bass. Maybe they dropped it because their big brothers told them to.
*Not so awesome Update: So apparently people are now saying that the Justice track is fake, and was sent by a hacker using a fake Ed Banger e-mail account. Sorry for getting everyone all excited. I will be spending my day tracking down this guy...and killing him. Sure, between these guys and Keedz, Ed Banger might as well sign some more acts to take all the stress out of Justice actually releasing anything.
* Another Update : Both are fake. I hate the internet sometimes
Justice - Beginning of the end (FAKE)
Daft Punk - The Crash (FAKE)
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Well if you were listening to the hottest 100 countdown on Triple J yesterday during Australia day, you heard that the land down under voted the number one song of 2009 to be 'Little Lion Man' by Mumford and Sons. Great track but somewhat of a surprise for their number one spot. Obviously this top 100 list has a bit of bias towards some of the years homegrown acts like Hilltop Hoods and Art vs Science, but it's still a nice sum up of 2009 in music. If you're interested in checking out the full list head here.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Remember when that track came out like a year ago...and everyone thought it was new stuff from Justice? Well that was these guys Keedz, which nobody knows anything about or has heard anything from since. Their myspace isn't really helping me with this either, except it says they are from the states...but everything's in french. What?! Some people still think it is Justice just screwing with people. I've got to admit that the production of both the track and video have similarities. If anyone knows any more please feel free to chime in. Regardless, how dare they try to keep me intrigued. Whatever, I'm over it. It's still a pretty decent track, however preachy it may seem. Save me Jebus.
Keedz - Stand on the word
Friday, January 22, 2010
I'm a fan of Grizzly Bear. I'm also a fan of Hot Chip. So naturally I was smitten when Grizzly Bear played a set on Triple J yesterday covering...wait for it...Hot Chip. Have a listen to an acoustic version of 'While you wait for the others', as well as their rendition of the always great track 'Boy From School'. Head on over here to download the session.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Animation by Raquel Aparicio, whose brilliant work is certainly worth a gander.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
The Whistler show with Hilltop Hoods is already sold out I'm pretty sure. The village being like 90% Australian and all... you may not realize how bananas this show will be. If you can find some tickets do it.
Okay City's track 'Potency', which the boys were so kind to contribute to BTA, is a laid back groove with a catchy string melody accompanied with a nice little Biggie Sample. Get it below.
Okay City - Potency