Archive for July, 2012

Jason Lytle’s new album and title track

July 31, 2012

Whoa, buddy. Jason Lytle of the recently reunited Grandaddy must be one heckuva busy bee. He’s still going strong with his solo career. He’ll be releasing a new album soon titled Dept. Of Disappearance, and today, he gave us a preview with the title track. It’s a wonderful psych rock tune with his smooth Death Cab like vocals. The blend of indie emo-ish rock and spacey sounds is near perfect on this, not over the top. Loving it!

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The Killing Moon by Charli XCX

July 30, 2012

The sound quality on this kinda sucks, but who gives an eff, it’s Charli XCX covering Echo & The Bunnymen’s The Killing Moon, MUST SHARE NAO! If you haven’t noticed already, I’m a huge fan of the up and coming UK artist Charli XCX, who at the young age of 19, has an incredibly bright future ahead of her (or should I say DARK, since her music is part of that popular dark pop movement these days). It’s a great cover, as her sound fits those good ol’ 80’s tracks oh so well. She’s always such a delight to watch on stage prancing around in her own little world. At the same time, she’s also so down to earth (worlds collide!). T minus 2.5 weeks till I get to see her live in a tiny venue up close and personal. Charli XCX, I’ll see you soon!

David Byrne X St Vincent, 2nd preview

July 30, 2012

There’s been a ton of well deserved hype about the David Byrne and St Vincent collaboration album Love This Giant. Weekend In The Dust is the funky second preview off that upcoming album out September 11 off 4AD. The bubbly horns on the track are great and remind me of music by Merril Garbus (tUnE-yArDs). I might have to be in the right mood for some of this collaboration music, but there’s no doubt 100% of the time that these are brilliant compositions. Well done, Ms. Clark and Mr. Byrne, you eccentric, ecclectic music geniuses.

July 30, 2012
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Those that paid attention this weekend were able to see a grand master at work. Fans were able to watch live as Deadmau5 assembled a brand new song via his webstream that he always likes to leave on randomly to the delight of people all over the world. I’ve tuned in a few times myself, and this mau5 is somehow very addicting to watch, no matter what he is or is not doing. He has so much random geek charisma. It’s also always a treat to see Professor Meowingtons on camera, and now we have Miss Nyancat, his adorable new kitten, joining in as well! I have mad respect for an international star who still likes to interact with all his fans in such a down to earth manner, and whether you agree with a lot of his opinions or not, the man is honest. That, dear readers, is rare these days. So here it is, There Might Be Coffee. I love the melodic intro on this piece before it turns towards the more progressive side of things. Joel Zimmerman is an electronic music making monster. 

July 30, 2012
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Alright, this isn’t brand new, but I just heard it today. Das Racist’s Girl is on their latest disc Relax, and the producer, obvious once you listen, is Blood Diamonds, aka Michael Tucker. I was just reading about the k-pop and DDR influences on the producer (probably true of many indie pop musicians of late). I was HUGE on DDR back in the day too, and now it all makes some level of sense. Of course…. it’s 2012, video games, DDR, music in DDR, it all made an impact on us foolios growing up with this stuff. Ah, I love how everything is interconnected. Girl is a very catchy synthpop track, much more summery and light than some of Das Racist’s other music. I like.

July 28, 2012
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Guess what? I’m still up since it’s a Friday (psst I’m a night owl). Calling it a day very soon, but I happened to glance at my facebook feed and saw something I had to share RIGHT away! Yep yep yep! Bloc Party surprised us just a few minutes ago with a BRAND NEW song off upcoming album Four! We’ve already heard some live previews, the official release of first single Octopus, and now we get this chill delight titled Day Four filled with a crooning Kele and some typical slower Bloc Party sound. I’m waiting for August 20, don’t know about you… My copy of Four better arrive on time!

Synthy, electric, tense, industrial Trentemøller.

July 28, 2012

David Lynch is odd. David Lynch is odd no matter if he’s making music or he’s making film. I’m a huge fan of his thought provoking, dark films, I’m a mediocre fan of his music. That music, however, is indeed so interesting, unique, and eccentric. Last year, we heard Pinky’s Dream off his fittingly titled album Crazy Clown Time, which featured the charismatic Karen O on vocals. If that wasn’t twisted and sinister sounding enough, let’s now take a listen to Danish producer Trentemøller’s new take on the track. It only gets synthier, more intense, more industrial, more leathery, more chainy, more fierce… yep, Trentemøller is the man when it comes to this kind of electronica. David Lynch + Karen O + Trentemøller = super wack electronic music, and hey, I’ll take that anyday, because the three’s artistry go together OH so well. This is both literally and figuratively WICKED. I think this would go well on the next Girl With A Dragon Tattoo remake/redoing/rewhatever or another country’s version… Fits PERFECTLY. In fact, it can even be a futuristic Bond theme song, don’t you think? Karen O should sing a Bond theme song. Yes. 

OFFICIAL VID: Bat For Lashes – Laura

July 28, 2012

It was merely a few days ago that I gleefully shared the first preview of Bat For Lashes’ new single Laura. The somber, melancholy, incredibly gorgeous song melted me into my seat. Since then, Ms. Khan has released a perfectly matching video. Together, they embody an empty, yearning, sorrowful desperation to utmost success. I’m gonna say this might be one of my top favorites of the past weeks. I can’t wait for the new album The Haunted Man, come mid-October.

OFFICIAL VID: ScHoolboy Q – THere He Go

July 28, 2012

Ha, of course all the “H’s” in the title of this track need to be capitalized. LA’s rising rap star ScHoolboy Q released a video for THere He Go today, a whimsical track off album Habits & Contradictions. I’m not always in the right mood for this kind of rap, but for some reason, as the song continued, it just appealed to me more and more. I’m not sure if they have a name for this style of rap yet (I’m sure they do and I’m just in the dark). It’s serious, yet goofy sounding at the same time due to the rhyme pattern and intonation. It’s sorta what Nicki Minaj does (is that why some huge artists actually consider her the best thing that happened to hip hop lately? I can’t really agree…but maybe influence wise, sure). I realized that ScHoolboy Q’s rap is so melodic that I was enjoying it very much. Still, it’s probably not my cup of tea 24/7 all year long, but I can definitely enjoy it once in awhile. I was reading earlier about how ScHoolboy Q considers Jay-Z as the greatest influence on his rap technique, because the J sounds different on every song. I can hear it. It’s Jay-Z, but with that new, cartoon-ish style of intonation. Alright guys, what’s the name they’re giving this style of rap? 

Huh…. So… there’s another version!

July 28, 2012

Remember when I shared Alicia Keys’ new song New Day, her first in awhile? And how it seemed very catchy, though more of a top 40 radio club hit, not too mind blowingly spectacular, very decent? Well, APPARENTLY, 50 cent just released an alternative version. It’s still called New Day, but now it features Dr Dre and Alicia Keys. That’s a helluva trifecta! I guess this one will blow up much faster than the original Alicia solo single. I must say, this version seems less polished, more dirty, more complex. I like it more. As for Alicia Keys, I’m waiting for her next heartbreakingly beautiful slow R&B jam where she really exercises those amazing vocal chords to the fullest. What a singer. What an artist.