Saturday, September 29, 2007
MP3 - Last Words - The Real Tuesday Weld
MP3 - Lights Off - Mason Proper
MP3 - My My (Bad fruit) - Mason Proper
Mason Proper - "My My (Bad Fruit)" Music Video
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Friday, September 28, 2007
The Purple Crush are an electro duo from Brooklyn that caught my attention with a string of remixes from their jam "Shopping on the Dancefloor". The track of theirs I'm hooked on is the excellent cover of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill". They turn the haunting ballad into an emotive dance floor burner.
MP3 - Running Up That Hill - Purple Crush (Kate Bush Cover)
The Van She is a band out of Australia that from what I've heard distills the mid 80's teenage angst circa Prett In Pink into fist pumping pop anthems. Pop your collars, put on your horn rimmed sunglasses, and prepare yourself for the ideal mid 80's Prom. Or you could just listen to their first single "Kelly", I'm pretty sure they're the same thing.
MP3 - Kelly - The Van She
Frankmusik, not to be confused with Mix Master Frank (remember the k on the music people), has been tearing up the scene with his remixes for some time now, but his original work "Made Her Smile" forcibly drills it's way through your cranium and clears out whatever is left there and nestles in for a long winters nap. It's pretty darn catchy electro pop.
MP3 - Made Her Smile - Frankmusik
Microfilm is a two man homage to German techno, synthpop, and everything that is good with the world of electronic music. They have an excellent cover of Sufjan Steven's Chicago that you should go and listen to immediately, along with all their other minimalist grooves.
(Update) I received an mp3 from the electronically adept duo just a little while ago of their single "After Dark" from their album of the same name. The track is boiling over with kinetic energy, and if you're going to listen and drive, please don't break the speed limit.
MP3 - After Dark - Microfilm
Also, last thing, I'm going to shamelessly plug my radio show on campus, which you can listen to here from 11am to 12pm eastern standard time, so adjust your clocks and schedules accordingly because it's going to be a good time.
Greg Summerlin's latest album "All Done in Good Time" is a sunny trek through coming of age pop rock spectacle. The songs are grand and ideal even when they're taken down to the acoustic level. Obvious single "Unlucky In Love", is sure to garner Summerlin a lot of attention due to it's insanely catchy chorus and super bouncy keyboard hook. Other album standouts include "Paintaker", a rock number complete with falsetto and a fret board melting guitar solo. My personal favorite on the album, "He's a Faker" is built on a wild organ hit and a chorus that needs to be shouted from the rooftops. All Done in Good Time is the perfect companion for an optimistic autumn.
MP3 - The Paintaker - Greg Summerlin
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
MP3 - Can't Stand It - Wilco
I decided to check out Wilco earlier than Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Summerteeth being the easiest to remember so I listened to that one first, and man, what a collection of songs, every bit as catchy and poppy as YHF with a touch of experimentation but the songs just breathe a little more. There's a slight sheen left off the final mixes and it makes them shine that much more. Opening track "Can't Stand It" is what I decided would be the music playing in the opening sequence of a biopic based on myself. It's dramatic, playful and above all ironic (A key element), when the organ hits and Jeff tweedy lets loose a raspy wail through a megaphone I dare you to not bob your head. I'll report more songs that I enjoy as I continue my adventure backwards through Wilco's catalogue.
MP3 - Nothingsevergonnastandinmyway (Again) - Wilco
MP3 - Peppermint - Plastic Operator
The next artist on my 'hit list' is plastic operator. I don't remember what I was looking for, but I stumbled across them the other day and what I am amazed by is how good their songwriting is, for an electronic band, the pop structures and choruses are mind bogglingly affective. Sure many songs start off with a sampled beat, or one clearly programmed on our friend the Casio but the inclusion of an acoustic guitar and gentle crooning vocals complete the package. When the cascade of melancholy synth starts in Home 0207 you'll be floored. They sound like the Notwist, if they would just make more synthetic sounds and make more straight up pop. The gentle coaxing of electronics through a pure pop sound gets two thumbs up from me.
MP3 - Home 0207 - Plastic Operator
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
MP3 - Sipping on the Sweet Nectar - Jens Lekman
MP3 - Kanske Ar jag Kar I Dig - Jens Lekman
Monday, September 17, 2007
MP3 - Summer's Ending - Steve Goldberg & The Arch Enemies
Steve Goldberg & The Arch Enemies
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Anyway, I loaded up my MP3 player with some new and old tunes to familiarize myself with on my daily adventures. Sustaining myself on this mix of old Wilco, new electro, and Swedish pop I found that an old novelty had grown into a current favorite. Jens Lekman's increased play time in my catalogue may be due to his sarcastic handclaps on "You Are The Light" or the fact that his new album Night Falls Over Kortedala is due out on the 9th of October, or it may be due to the fact that Jens stayed the night at my former co-hosts apartment. Either way, people have been writing about it and posting preview tracks at other blogs, and all the new stuff sounds just as satisfying as his earlier work. For the uninitiated, the music Mr. Lekman produces is a spectacular combination of sardonic wit, timeless sparkling instrumentation, and above all a pure emotive quality that will cut into your mind and your heart. It seems like a perfect fit for my favorite time of year.
MP3 - Maple Leaves - Jens Lekman
MP3 - Higher Power - Jens Lekman
Saturday, September 15, 2007
MP3 - Unlucky In Love - Greg Summerlin
Greg Summerlin Myspace
Friday, September 14, 2007
MP3 - Just Another Day - Brian Eno
MP3 - This - Brian Eno
Buy "Just Another Day On Earth"
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
MP3 - Fun Fun Fun - Dada Life (Fredo & Thang Piano Remix)
MP3 - Fun Fun Fun - Dada Life (Original)
Dada Life Myspace
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
MP3 - Hoping That You Will Stay At Home - Nate Nelson & Cortright
MP3 - 12:12 Love Song - Nate Nelson & Cortright
MP3 - Marco Polo & Phone Tag - Nate Nelson & Cortright
Nate Nelson & Cortright Myspace
Sunday, September 9, 2007
MP3 - Hands Up - Red Collar
MP3 - Used Guitars - Red Collar
Red Collar Myspace
Saturday, September 8, 2007
MP3 - Summer in the City - Boys and Girls Club
Boys and Girls Cub Myspace
MP3 - Crash - Starcode
MP3 - Sunshine - Starcode
Crash Music Video:
MP3 - New World City - Ben Godwin
MP3 - Castaway - Ben Godwin
Ben Godwin Myspace
MP3 - Tigers - Division Day
MP3 - To The Woods - Division Day
MP3 - Every Shining Time You Arrive - Division Day (Sunny Day Real Estate Cover)
Division Day - "Hurricane" Music Video
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Thursday, September 6, 2007
Billy Harvey’s new album “Bearsick”, is an intriguing unconventional acoustic romp through unsettling and strange yet compelling soundscapes. The sound is lo-fi, while at times recalling the intimacy and bass thump of various eras of Beck and the off kilter piano of Ashes to Ashes era David Bowie. Above all though, there is real heart behind every track.Billy Harvey Myspace
Official Billy Harvey Page
Billy on TV
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Monday, September 3, 2007
MP3 - Fall Down Lightly - VHS or Beta
MP3 - Time Stands Still - VHS or Beta
Buy "Bring on the Comets"
VHS or Beta Myspace
"She Says" Live:
Sunday, September 2, 2007
2. MP3 - Anything You Want - Spoon
3. MP3 - Somewhere Across Forever - stellastarr*
4. MP3 - Kick Out The Chairs - Munk & James Murphy
5. MP3 - Everybody's Leaving - Elkland
6. MP3 - Emily Kane - Art Brute
7. MP3 - Call Me Up - Chromeo
8. MP3 - Allison - Pixies
9. MP3 - Love Astronaut - Murder Mystery
10. MP3 - 55566688833 - James Figurine
11. MP3 - Misread - Kings of Convenience
12. MP3 - Grey - New Young Pony Club
13. MP3 - City - Lo-Fi-Fnk
14. MP3 - B.U.R.M.A. - Dirty Pretty Things
I made a mix for a curly haired collegiate cohort that I am meeting soon for coffee, I hope, and I thought to myself, this would be a good thing to post too. So I did. I hope you enjoy it.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Anyway, back to music, I received 4 albums in the mail the other day and none of them are duds, which is rare and makes me happy. So in the meantime I'll put up a couple songs having to do with school. Oh yeah, and I'll have a radio show again. So I'll try and capture that and post it as a podcast. I declare good times are in the pipeline.
MP3 - Boy From School - Hot Chip
MP3 - Metal School - Spoon
MP3 - Night at the Knight School - Thee More Shallows
MP3 - Me and Giuliani Down by the Schoolyard (A True Story) - !!!
MP3 - Nothing Precious at All - Stereophonics (There's a cute girl on campus with Lime Green Shoes)
MP3 - School Books - Fields (They cost waaay too much.)
MP3 - The Cradle, The Brother and the Bible School - The Flesh