Studio is a Scandanavian electronic band with a soft and melodic sound that makes them an easy listen. Their CD West Side was well received last year, but the remix of the title track is a great electro song with their vocals overlaid nicely. The remixer, Klumpfisk, really should have chosen a better name, but do a great job of treating the vocals as an instrument. The "solo" at around 3:30 makes the song pretty memorable.
On Vacation, released in 2004, was Ryland Bouchard's third album under the moniker The Robot Ate Me. It's slow and dreary, from the rainy Pacific NorthWest, but if you get it going loud, makes for haunting winter ballads. Even though the album predates The Eraser, songs like The Rupublican Army might remind you a bit. Maybe not. Low-fi drums and interesting use of nostalgic vinyl sounds. Check it out:
I know posting old Dylan tracks isn't very characteristic of this blogatorium, but that's a damn shame. I guess the point is that there's already far too many Bob Dylan connoisseurs out there, lord knows. Still, this particular track deserves to see much more daylight. It comes from a bootleg set called "The Minnesota Tapes," a practice session recorded in 1961. The low-fi hum you hear is, regrettably, the bassist learning to play along. Nonetheless, it's one of my favorites of all time, a Woody Guthrie cover.
These tracks are from Cut Copy's debut EP "I Thought in Numbers," which was released in 2001 on Modular Records - home of the heavenly Yeah Yeah Yeah's, some old Klaxons releases, and even MSTRKRFT. The EP makes greater use of samples and house loops than their current stuff, with less vocals. Good for DJ kicks or whatever if you're sick of hearing "In Ghost Colours" everywhere by now...
Cut Copy is releasing an EP for their "Far Away" single. The final track on the EP had previously been unreleased. With possibly the best CD this year, I was obviously very curious to hear any new tracks. This stands up as pretty standards Cut Copy fare, with vocals used as a track and dancy synths.
The hours are a relatively new band (2004) who's single "See the Light" sounds like it could be taken off a Coldplay cd. The remixes, however, provide for some good electronic music.
These two remixes are very different but great in their own ways. The first is a Calvin Harris that has his signature synth, but an added track that is by far one of the catchiest I have heard. I have been playing this one pretty much nonstop since I got it a few weeks ago. Really a great remix.
This EP has been leaked a little earlier than its anticipated official release in late January. I think this is more along the strain of "For Emma, A Long Time Ago" however the last track "Woods" plays more like The Album Leaf with acoustic guitar mixed with voice manipulation. I don't know how I feel about this voicebox movement, which has been picked up and carried into oblivion by Top 40 power pop Hip-Hop. I'm interested to see what you gents think. All and all I'm still a fan of Justin Vernon; just a little concerned about his direction if this is the way he's going.
In anticipation of A Cross the Universe, here is a track off the CD that will accompany the DVD release. It's the remix of Phantom that they play at their shows that always leads to some of that violent fist pumping.
I've been getting into noise/experimental stuff, recently. More than in any other genre, I think the "whole-ablum" concept is so important in noise. This one in particular is unreal, and pretty accessible, I'd say. It hits stores Sunday, but already been snactched a bunch on waffles.
This Swirlies track is quite a throwback, but there would be no such thing as No Age without songs like this. Seriously, it's like No Age modeled their whole style after the pedal effects in this song.
I don't know where I can download tracks by this guy, but the ones that he has on his myspace are awesome. Start with 'The Suspense is Killing Me.'
Shitty sound quality, though - it may be just the limitations of myspace audio player, I don't know. He's pretty amateur - he has multiple monikers, just as his tracks don't prove him an identifiable style - but they're are good, if nothing else, for taking notes.
...You probably know already because you party with the 40 Year Old Virgin. I'm just kidding, it actually sounds really tight (the party, not the movie). I'm sure he kills it if he's dj-ing the Deadmau5 afterparty. Anyway, these tracks are both being blogged about a ton (esp. the Hot Chip), but thought I'd post anyway in case one of you missed them:
I know I tend to exaggerate here and there, but this is one of the best songs I've ever heard. I waited to post it to make sure it held up, and it definitely does. Mish showed me this song one night, and I've been playing it ever since.
These guys have been doing quite a few remixes all over hype, etc. There are definitely a few worth mentioning though. They are part of this recent Italian electro invasion (Bloody Beatroots) that has been doing a lot of great work. They are producers and have come out with their own material, but I far prefer their basssss heavy remixes.
Finally, this Armand Van Helden classic is redone. This really could have been a great song with a little more production value. You'll see what I mean. The most blatant case is the drop - no reason for that weird 20 second pause interval before it drops. Armand Van Helden - I Want Your Soul (Crookers Remix)
I don't know how you guys feel about Pavement/ Silver Jews but I've been listening to them a lot recently. I lump the two of them together because both Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich contributed regularly for both groups.
Lyrically they were hard for me to get into at first but they both grew on me over time. On a related note, I've gotten into female vocalists again, which is very nice for me! It definitely started with Metric's new single "Help, I'm Still Alive"
Also I'm a big fan of the late night mixes. Keep them Coming!
I know I've already hyped the Grizzly Bear side-project (or original project, rather), Department of Eagles - but I want to put emphasis on this small LP they put out called No One Does It Like You (waffles link). Two great songs. Here are a couple other highlights, if you're having trouble getting back into them:
The problem is I've been listening and downloading all older stuff recently - a lot of Fugazi and Can - that was the "newest" song I had downloaded this week so I just posted that. What are your thoughts on posting older material? I feel it typically suits Bennett's tastes better than jason's. Maybe I'll just explain it in the note, and if it sounds like what you're feeling at the moment, download, if not, just pass up - no feelings hurt
White Lies I know have generated buzz - I'm not sure why. There are some good songs on their Unfinished Business EP, but they often turn too mainstream-rock-y in the middle. Their newer EP is even more rock-y; I don't like it, but out of the most popular song comes this great remix:
This is Jay Reatard's first LP titled; 'Matador Singles '08' of his solo career. Also it his his first record under the Matador Record Label. If you're having a hard time getting into it, try 'No Time'
and also 'My Shadow' from his Blood Visions album.
This might be getting a little too house for you guys, but this is one of my favorite artists/remixers in the genre. He played at Coachella this year - Nicky and I saw him and it was pretty sick. Im just posting a bunch of shit, all very interesting.
Gentlemen, the blog has begun. Its very easy to use, and you two will be set up as admins so we can all post. When you click on the links (its through Zshare) it streams first so you can listen to the song. From there its super easy to download. Also, lets make the blog look cool, so upload images, videos, etc. This is such a better forum than Facebook.