Archive for June, 2012

The Flaming Lips X Phantogram (New Song)

June 30, 2012

The Flaming Lips toured to 8 different stops (or was it 8) yesterday within 24 hours to break world records for the most concerts in one day. At each stop they had some friends perform with them. In Biloxi, Mississippi, the friends were Phantogram. They performed a brand new song together titled You Lust, which may be on a future record. The song is really rad psych rock. I’m looking forward to a high quality release. This is some sweet stuff. Don’t get put off by the extra raspy vocals in the beginning, The Flaming Lips were probably extremely tired a good 16+ hours into the record attempt. And yes, they did succeed. The whole thing was streaming live online. 

OFFICIAL VID: Aesop Rock – ZZZ Top

June 30, 2012

Now, THIS is a kick ass video, and I mean that LITERALLY. This woman is freaking awesome. The video is for Aesop Rocky’s ZZZ Top. His is the type of rap music where the lyrics are extremely important, as there really isn’t too much of a hooky chorus. It’s a cool track, and it’s on his upcoming LP Skelethon. Did I mention the video kicks butt?

Hmm…

June 30, 2012

I was briefly checking out some of the recent tunes by The Dirty Heads on their new album Cabin by the Sea. Now, they’re great and all, but I’m not always that big on listening to reggae rock. It’s one of the genres that depends on my mood every so often. There are certain songs of theirs that I absolutely love, but otherwise, I’m not all that into ‘em. Out of curiosity, I clicked the tune titled “Hipster”. I found myself liking it, so I looked up the lyrics to follow along. Then I found the song growing on me. I figured I should share. Some of the rap lyrics are a little cheesy geeky, but hey, that kind of speaks to me too. Here’s a link to the lyrics on another site, since the vocals are pretty quick and not so easy to follow along right away. I’m not actually all too clear why the song title is Hipster…

June 29, 2012

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Metric did a beautiful, stripped down, acoustic version of several of their Synthetica songs for Rolling Stone. Instead of sharing all of the tunes they did, I’ll just share the link for RS and share one video… the raw, introspective, melancholy inducing but oh so gorgeous acoustic Breathing Underwater. Emily Haines has one of those voices that cracks under emotion. It’s not a voice of perfection. It’s not a voice of pure strength, either. She’s no Adele or Florence. She is who she is, and her’s is the voice that makes things that seem so simple have such stupendous, emotional effect. It’s like listening to Conor Oberst. Are they incredible, classically trained (or BRIT School trained) singers? No. But they emote SO well, they are SO relatable, and their musical genius is so apparent (not to say Emily Haines is anywhere as amazeballs as Conor Oberst of course, sorry, Emily). Breathing Underwater, as it turns out, may very well be my favorite tune off Synthetica. It’s one of the sadder ones. It’s one of the more lowbrow, emo songs. Strip it down and make it acoustic… and the effect goes miles further. Take a deep breath and listen…

OH, I just realized the video will automatically go on to the next song in the session, so there, I posted more than one of the songs from the session LOL. So if you keep watching, you’ll get more! 

OFFICIAL VID: Tyler, The Creator & Domo Genesis – Sam Is Dead

June 29, 2012

Directed by Tyler under his Wolf Haley alias, the video for Sam Is Dead off the OF Vol 2 mixtape starts like it’s right out of a Kubrickian war film or Apocalypse Now. Many of their fellow members of OFWGKTA participate in the film. The syrupy, slow hip hop track is hypnotizing. It’s definitely brilliant, but not always my cup of tea. Either way, mad propz for the song AND the video. 

New Dinosaur Jr.

June 29, 2012

Mmm, Dinosaur Jr. can never go wrong with the classic 90’s-esque alt rock. J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph are just masters at what they do and such huge, influential figures in the scene. Though not as gritty and fuzzy as some of their usual work, Watch The Corners has a heckuva melody and still has its fair share of distortion and rocking guitar solo-ing. This is glorious, freeing, road trip in a convertible with your hair flying in the wind stuff. Watch The Corners will be in an EP titled I Bet On Sky releasing in September.

OFFICIAL VID: Jesse Harris – I Won’t Wait (feat. Conor Obsert and Nick Zinner)

June 29, 2012

Many of you, like me, do not recognize the name Jesse Harris. Apparently, the talented, Grammy winning man has been writing music behind the scenes for ages, and is the genius responsible for Norah Jones’ Don’t Know Why. Here’s a new tune he recorded titled I Won’t Wait. It features Conor Oberst on some background vocals and Nick Zinner (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs) on guitar. I can hear some of the sound we hear in Norah Jones’ work in this. There’s also some obvious similarities to the brilliant Danger Mouses’ work. There’s a playful, vintage, European flavor to the music, an almost polka like jazzy folksy sound. And it’s great!

June 29, 2012
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Let’s begin the day by celebrating Friday! British producer Alex Metric has a new summer mix up. It’s 56+ minutes of electro house goodness from the producer. No tracklisting available yet. Just listen and enjoy as your feet get ready for a weekend of dancing and live music!

Julia Stone on Mahogany Session

June 29, 2012

This is pure magic. Australian singer songwriter Julia Stone performed an acoustic session for Mahogany Session. The tune is By The Horns from her rebut album. We all probably know Ms. Stone from her other project, Angus & Julia Stone. What a voice…

OFFICIAL VID: The Presets – Youth In Trouble

June 29, 2012

The Presets are back! The Australian electro house duo have been missing from the scene for a few years, but here’s their electric new song and hypnotizing video Youth In Trouble. It’s the first preview off their upcoming new album Pacifica. The album will release on September 14, which makes total sense for their stop at Treasure Island Music Festival in mid-October. Oh it’s going to be such a great summer and fall….