Saturday, August 30, 2008

Deerhunter Microcastles album

The new Deerhunter album is fucking awesome. Its out on iTunes, but won't be on CD until October. Here is a song called Never Stops off the album. This is the best version I can find. Check this album out, you won't be disappointed.

New National Song -- A Thousand Black Cities

So I saw an interview with the national recently. They'll be working on a new album this fall. A couple of weeks ago, they debuted a new song called "A Thousand Black Cities" in Denmark. Below is the link. Its not bad quality. My first impression of the song is that it is still unformed. If you've seen the documentary "A Skin, A Night" on the making of boxer, then you know how different the working versions of the boxer songs were compared to their final versions. At one point, Slow Show incorporated different parts of the final version of Slow Show, Brainy, and Blank Slate (which incorporated elements of Keep It Upstairs), so consider this song just a rough demo of what will probably be a final version. Regardless, its still pretty fucking awesome.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

An Old Song, Relatively

This is the "big" song The La's had. I was thinking of it the other day and thought I'd share. Enjoy.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Low vs Diamond

This record is awesome. Its a debut from a band out of L.A. The album is self-titled. I know I said they were like the strokes and U2. I'd revise that to say they remind me of the strokes crossed with Remy Zero circa Villa Eliane with a little bit of the killers in there. This is a contender for album of the year. Here are two more songs from the album. The first is called Don't Forget Sister. The second is called This is Your Life, which has an almost Oasis feel to it. My favorite track on the album is Actions are Actions. Give this album a chance, you won't regret it.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Check This Out: 48 May - The End

OK. The video starts out with a "Huh?" But close your eyes and give it a chance. I promise you won't want your four minutes back.

This kind of sound usually isn't my cup of tea but for some reason when 48 May bring on the the power pop about a minute into this track I got hooked. This album isn't available in the US yet so I'll have to wait on posting a full album review but these guys sound like they would really take off over here.

What do they put in the water in New Zealand. That country has some serious musical talent. What is it about islands?

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Buy These Albums

London based artist The Bug has released an incredible album blending dancehall reggae with hard-edged almost industrial electronica. Its fucking dynamite. This is a track called Poison Dart. Its a really good album.

The second album is by Low vs Diamond. This and the Frightened Rabbit record are my two favorite of the year. Good stuff. Really want to see them live. They remind me of a cross between U2 and a lighter version of the strokes. Their self-titled album is awesome.

Another New Band-- Mono In VCF

I just found this cool band. They're called Mono In VCF. Their self-titled album is awesome. They remind me slightly of The National with their use of string instruments and lush orchestration. This song is called Escape City Scrapers. The video below is not the official video. Some guy just posted a video with the song playing. It was the best quality available. Check them out.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Cool new song

This song and the band is really growing on me. They're called High Places and the song is called Head Spins. This is the best version I could find. Not something I usually listen to.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Footloose reimagined

I've never seen footloose. I think its the one with Kevin Bacon or something and he has a dance-off against some preacher played by John Lithgow or something. Am I close? Is that right?

Anyway, Doveman, has entirely re-recorded the footloose soundtrack. He hasn't re-recorded it as much as re-imagined it. You can stream the tracks here. I've seen Doveman a number of times as he opened up for the national a bunch of times when I saw them with the ex-girlfriend in various cities. I didn't really like him very much when he opened up for the national, but his album With My Left Hand I Raise the Dead has grown on me some.

Here's the link.

LA Music scene

I post alot about bands on the NYC scene. Its probably because I have friends there that keep me plugged in on the goings on. Los Angeles has a great music scene too. There are alot of great bands cutting their teeth on the indie rock scene over there. The two best are Mellowdrone and Autolux. I've already posted about Mellowdrone.

This is Autolux. They came out with a great album 4 years ago. Dark, propulsive, like a more poppy version of My Bloody Valentines Loveless. Then I never heard from them again. No tour, no news, no nothing. They have a new single called Audience No. 2. Here it is. I cannot wait for their new album. I love the off beat drumming syncopation on this.

This is Viva K. They do dark dancey-rock. I'm not a huge fan of dancey rock, but at least its more creative than most of the stuff being hyped right now. The song is called Does it Matter?

Saturday, August 2, 2008

New band alert......Ra Ra Riot

Another new band from NYC. What can I say? I'm plugged into the scene there. Its the American version of London. The band is called Ra Ra Riot and the song is called Dying is Fine.

I lost my phone last night. Anybody have any leads?
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