Archive for January, 2012

January 31, 2012
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Bowerbirds’ In The Yard is a beautiful folk track. The band hails from North Carolina, and the track will be on their new album The Clearing dropping in March. The song is quite lush once the multiple layers of vocals and instruments kick in, and I have such a soft spot for simple yet complexly arranged folk tunes. There’s an interesting electric tone that kicks in after a short while too, so it’s a surprise of a song. Part of the upcoming album was recorded in Wisconsin, utilizing Bon Iver’s studio. The rest was recorded in a cabin. Perhaps they wanted to catch the feel of Bon Iver’s first album in the cabin, and some of the feel of the second album in the studio?

OFFICIAL VID: Sister Crayon – Futile Devices

January 31, 2012

I previously gushed about the Sufjan Stevens cover Sister Crayon put forth and commented on how gutsy it was to do such a thing. Now, there’s a video for the dreamy pop version of the brilliant song by the well respected musician. Of course, though the cover is incredible, the original is untouchable. Sufjan Stevens is a god. Wait.. ok… no, but he’s amazing. A music god? =)

OFFICIAL VID: Nada Surf – When I Was Young

January 31, 2012

There’s a new video out for Nada Surf’s When I Was Young. It’s a great, heart warming and soothing track off their new album The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy. I’ll always love the veterans’ sound. It’s just so SoCal coming of age “awww”. Ahh, nostalgia… Nada Surf always brings on that feeling, without fail.

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Jack White’s first solo single

January 31, 2012

We’ve all said our goodbyes to The White Stripes, then furrowed our brows and grimaced at all the strange “projects” and “collaborations” Mr. Jack White had been involved in since the disband. Off the top of my head, I can only think of the Danger Mouse collabs as high quality, serious material out of the random things we’ve been exposed to. Finally, we have something else serious and well made. Here’s the first single off his upcoming solo album Blunderbuss (out in April). The single is titled Love Interruption. The bluegrass tinged folk rock track is a redeeming one indeed. 

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Grammys loves Bon Iver

January 31, 2012

Though Justin Vernon tore them apart with his opinions recently, the Grammys seem to be very forgiving and forgetting. In fact, they seem to not give a crap and love Bon Iver’s Holocene regardless. The Grammy commercials on TV have been racking up as the awards approach on February 12th. I’m looking forward to the awards, as always. Adele will be making her “comeback” performance on the broadcast after being sidelined for many months due to her ailments and throat surgery. Best of luck to all nominees and performers. Here’s an aesthetically appealing ad set to Justin Vernon’s falsetto singing. 

OK Go on Sesame Street

January 31, 2012

Red! Yellow! Blue! This is far too cute and catchy. OK Go has this short video and song about primary colors for Sesame Street. There are three primary colors, and lots of other colors out there too. 😉 Sesame Street is way too cool for school. And I just listened to this on repeat. Now I’ll never forget my primary colors!

De.con.struc.tion live

January 31, 2012

Here’s a live performance of Fanfarlo performing their song De.con.struc.tion. Lots of instrument goodness on this. Their new album Rooms Filled With Lights comes out February 28th. The album looks to be a great one from the songs we’ve heard so far.

OFFICIAL VID: The Weeknd – Montreal

January 31, 2012

The latest video from brilliant genius The Weeknd is for the track Montreal off of the Echoes of Silence EP, and it was made by High 5 Collective, who previously worked with The Weeknd on other videos. If you haven’t listened to The Weeknd’s Echoes of Silence in full, you should really grab your high quality headphones and give it a go. The Canadian producer, who’s real name is Abel Tesfaye, is one heckuva musician. Even if you’re normally not into this type of hazy R&B music, The Weeknd is one of those artists where you can recognize the talent regardless if you love the music or not. Yes, there’s a reason Drake put the man on his latest album. But it’s Able Tesfaye’s solo work that breaks ground and blows minds. Without further ado, here’s the image laden video that captures the stark emotion of the track very well.

The Weeknd – Montreal (music video) from High5Collective on Vimeo.

Portugal. The Man’s Crazy

January 31, 2012

Psychedelic indie rock band Portugal. the Man put their psychedelic touches on Gnarls Barkley’s anthem Crazy while performing on French television. Here’s a decent video of the cover. The high vocals and psychedelic instrumentals go very well with the funkiness of the track. Crazy was farrrrr overplayed everywhere back when it was first released, but it is definitely an amazing song. Danger Mouse is a genius. Pt.M’s spin on it is a great addition.

January 31, 2012
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Check out Andrew’s brand new remix for Zee Avi! It premiered on KCRW! Really hope you enjoy it! 

RAC has another new remix out, this time of Zee Avi’s Concrete Wall, and what a groovy, yet chill, mix it is. Here’s the lovely OG track for comparison. It’s an adorable, folk tinted indie pop track from the rising and talented Malaysian singer songwriter.