Friday, July 31, 2009

The Pinx

ARTIST / BAND: The Pinx

MP3s: “Impatience”: mp3 / “Change Me”: mp3

ALBUM: Look What You Made Me Do

FILE UNDER: Rock

LABEL: self released

INFO: As The Pinx stand facing a sold-out crowd of 1800 at theVariety Playhouse, Atlanta's hardest-working power trio have little time to dissect how they've reached this moment in one short year.
After proving themselves in dives and at festivals across the country and living on the road, The Pinx now find themselves collecting accolades from a certain Grammy-award winning band that chooses to remain anonymous (but is identified as any of several very large, extinct proboscidian mammals of the genus Mammut), airing live performances on television, and debuting an album that led Ben Harper to personally book them on his tour.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sail a Whale

ARTIST / BAND: Sail a Whale

MP3: See You Inside"

FILE UNDER: experimental

LABEL: Friendly Noise,

INFO: Yesterday we posted a Memory Cassette remix from Sweden's Sail a Whale, which was so blissful we had to find out what these guys were about. Turns out they make some pretty lovely tunes of their own, and also produce videos for all of their songs, keeping regular updates on their blog. Last month, they released a single on Swedish label Friendly Noise, called "Find Me a Boy". Take a listen below to the B-side, "See You Inside" and watch its accompanying video, which seems a pretty good entry point to the band's aesthetic.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Herbaliser

ARTIST / BAND: Herbaliser

MP3: Geddim!

ALBUM: Session 2

FILE UNDER: Hip Hop / Electronic

LABEL: !K7

INFO:

It’s not every day that you come across a duo like Jake Wherry and Ollie Teeba. They’ve been working together for over a decade and continue to progress and improve, to excel in the competitive world of hip hop production and beyond.

Jake Wherry grew up in South West London. A diet of jazz and James Brown provided the soundtrack of his childhood and teenage years. He naturally found himself getting into rare groove and old school hiphop and played guitar and bass in many jazz, funk and rock bands. Ollie Teeba, meanwhile, was strictly about the hip hop. He began DJing at 15, was playing out in London within a year and, in between collecting sneakers.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Yo La Tengo

ARTIST / BAND: Yo La Tengo

MP3: “Periodically Double Or Triple” /“Here To Fall”

ALBUM: Popular Songs

FILE UNDER: Indie

LABEL: matador

INFO: We have an old saying at Matador HQ, “the only thing predictable about Yo La Tengo albums is their high level of excellence and crazy amount of musical ground covered”.  Trouble is, even if you believe we really have an old saying that unwieldly, it doesn’t really do justice in this instance. The new Yo La Tengo CD/2XLP/digital  album ‘Popular Songs” (OLE 856-1,2) could be the bravest musical statement to date in a career full of ‘em.   Recorded in Hoboken and Nashville in early 2009 with longtime associate Roger Mountenot, ‘Popular Songs’ finds the trio of Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan and James McNew at the height of their creative powers, fashioning an epic work that’s cooly confident as it is wildly adventurous.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

THE INNER BANKS

ARTIST / BAND: THE INNER BANKS

MP3: "Pyramids"

ALBUM: Songs From Disko Bay

FILE UNDER: Indie / Electronica / Folk

LABEL: DAG! Records

INFO: The Inner Banks is married couple Caroline Schutz and David Gould and their eclectic group of collaborators. Caroline and David began work on their second album,Songs From Disko Bay, in 2006, while Caroline was enduring four months of bed-rest (three in the hospital), pregnant with twin girls.

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Holmes

ARTIST / BAND: Holmes

MP3s: “Not A Political Song”: mp3 / “Let Go”: mp3

ALBUM: Holmes

FILE UNDER: Rock / Pop / Alternativ

LABEL: Groove Gravy Records

INFO: By the end of high school he was playing keyboards and singing backing vocals in various bands. At this point there would be no turning back from a music career. But, there would be quite a long pause.

Right before he turned 18 the family decided to move back to Israel. Roy came along. That meant a 3-year stint in the Israeli army - mandatory for every resident. New friends and an old walkman got him through that ride and at the end of itRoy, a lover, not a fighter, headed back to Boston to study atBerklee College of Music. To support himself he played in a handful of bands, worked as a bar pianist, waited tables, and did session work for hire.

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

DELUKA


ARTIST / BAND: Deluka
MP3s: "Cascade"
ALBUM: Deluka EP
FILE UNDER: Indie / Electronica / New Wave
LABEL: VEL Records
INFO: This five song Digipak CD is the debut release from Deluka since signing to Vel Records in Brooklyn, New York in March 09. Featuring five fantastic tracks recorded in New York, three of which are brand new tracks. 'Cascade' is already clocking up radio play in the U.S.
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Friday, July 24, 2009

The Winter Sounds

ARTIST / BAND: The Winter Sounds

MP3s: "Trophy Wife"

ALBUM: Church of the Haunted South

FILE UNDER: Indie / Rock

LABEL: Theory 8 Records

INFO: Playing 217 shows across America in 2007, The Winter Sounds seem to have an insatiable enthusiasm for touring, sleeping on floors, eating ramen noodles, and getting their music heard. For members of the band, the road is their home. They are the perfect example of the DIY work ethic, of taking an inventory of life and then deciding to believe in yourself enough to mortgage your future for your dream.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Jorjick

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ARTIST / BAND: Jorjick

MP3: You Lose You Get

ALBUM: Jorjick - You lose you get EP

FILE UNDER: Techno

LABEL: CUMBO records

INFO: (by PISO RECORDS)

Georgian native Jorjick is a pioneering and respected techno and minimal techno music producer and DJ.

He is well known for always bringing technical and creative originality and skill to his work. He never stops searching and always around music. Starting from his early teen ages – Jorjick has been searching for unique sounds and ended up experimenting on different instruments, thus developing his passion to become a music producer. Early 90's young musician left for Germany, grabbing the world of opportunities and challenged by the fresh inspirations Jorjick produced all kinds of music from alternative to art-rock.

Late 90's producer explores the new sounds coming from the simple dram machine. He experiments again. His production seems to be a whole laboratory of music,

searching for the unique, groovy sounds in post soviet world. Music produced by Jorjick is impossible to box into just one genre; his discography features a wide variety of releases,

offering sounds that are identifiable as exclusive Jorjick style. 2001, he moves to Moscow, where he founded his own music lab – ARC Laboratory, for two years he produced more then 20 tracks, experimented with vocals and started spinning the turntables.

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This time Tbilisi (Georgia) clubbing arena was just developing and he started to earn a big respect as DJ, still pioneering and offering the innovative and fresh sounds. 2003, together with the group of artists founds one of the first, underground, stylish clubs "Lift011". This was the only club on 11th floor of office building in the downtown of the city.

During couple years of its live "Lift011" gave the opportunity to many young Georgian DJs to stand up on the deck and try themselves as real DJs.

jorjick is one of the (if not only one) founder of georgian underground techno scene. 2004 Jorjick established his own record label Cumborecords, one of the first Georgian (International) record labels in the country.

jorjick is founder of Master school program “Master Cumbo” for electronic music, which is till now only one in Georgia.

kiketi1 Till now, Jorjick is one of the most famous music producers and respected DJs in Georgia, introducing his experimental sounds of techno and minimal/techno. 2008 Jorjick established his own production studio in Berlin City, where he
is working on collaboration projects with musicians and friends like : Thomas Brinkmann, Andrei Oid, Dasha Rush, Strom und Technik.....etc.

Releases:

2005 JORJICK OI, cumborecords (CD-Album)

2006 JORJICK_13 EP (Piso Records)

2006 JORJICK_Netto (Cumborecords) (CD-Album)

2006 JORJICK_Spring EP (Systemrecordings)

2006 JORJICK no EP (Systemrecordings)

2007 JORJICK Zero EP (Cumborecords)

2007 CUMBERTO aka Jorjick Ladana EP (Cumborecords)

2007 JORJICK You Lose You Get EP (Cumborecords)

2007 JORJICK 33-33 (Cumborecords) CD-Album

2008 JORJICK Midi Cumbo Live EP (Cumborecords)

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2008 JORJICK You Lose You Get Remixes EP (Cumbo)

2009 Hammerschmidt & Lentz - Sketch EP_jorjick remix(Front)

Upcoming Releases:

jorjick_Single Ben EP

jorjick_schuler EP

cumberto aka jorjick_YUGO EP

jorjick_everyday's revolution EP

jorjick_wassergasse EP

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Dirty Projectors

ARTIST / BAND: Dirty Projectors

MP3: "Stillness Is The Move"

ALBUM: Bitte Orca

FILE UNDER: Indie

LABEL: Domino Records

INFO: Bitte Orca is a studio album by Dirty Projectors. It was released on June 9, 2009. The album leaked to the internet two months before its official release. The word "bitte" is a German word for "please," and "orca" is the carnivorous whale. Frontman Dave Longstreth said that he liked the way the words sound together

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Pomegranates

ARTIST / BAND: Pomegranates

SONGS (MP3): “Everybody, Come Outside”:/ Beachcomber”:

ALBUM: Everybody, Come Outside!

FILE UNDER: Indie

LABEL: Lujo Records

INFO: KEXP and WOXY, among others, fell for the band's quirky and charming blend of pop rock, and listeners followed suit, blogging the band up to #11 on Elbo.ws blog aggregate.  The band also caught the attention of their peers.  Artists such asFrench Kicks and Islands responded to Pomegranates' dynamic live set by inviting them out on the road.  Everybody, Come Outside! shows a marked improvement both creatively and sonically from its predecessor, channeling influences that range from Talking Heads and Brian Eno, to French Kicks andFela Kuti.  It's a conceptual album of sorts, weaving an interesting tale of a man who leaves home, only to be abducted by a time traveler.  Each of the 11 tracks ofEverybody, Come Outside! add to the mystique, as well as reveal a bit more about this unusual tale.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Felix Da Housecat

ARTIST / BAND: Felix Da Housecat

MP3s: We All Wanna Be Prince

ALBUM: He Was King

FILE UNDER: Electro / Electronica / Indie

LABEL: Nettwerk

INFO: Felix Da Housecat and Beatport have teamed up to bring you the exclusive download of "We All Wanna Be Prince" Pt. 1. Click here to check it out and download. These tracks aren't available anywhere else, so make sure to click here to download. Look out for Pt. 2, a video, and remix contest coming soon.

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Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band

 

ARTIST / BAND:Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band

MP3s: Nikorette

ALBUM: Outer South

FILE UNDER: Rock

LABEL: Merge

INFO: While touring in support of last year's debut Conor Oberst, Conor and The Mystic Valley Band began writing new songs. The result is the first album credited to this group. Oberst's songwriting and delivery remain an engaging presence, but the addition of songs by Taylor Hollingsworth, Nik Freitas, and Jason Boesel make for a multi-textured and colorful collaboration. The Mystic Valley band also includes Macey Taylor and Nathaniel Walcott.

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

DOCTOR ROSEN ROSEN

ARTIST / BAND: DOCTOR ROSEN ROSEN

MP3s (RMXes):   Fuck You / Never Gonna Happen /Fear /

Lisztomania

FILE UNDER: Remixer/Alternative / Pop / Electronica

INFO: I grew up in Hailey Idaho, which is a small town outside of the Sun Valley Ski Resort. My Mom is a teacher, my Dad is in the auto-parts business, and my older brother is a musician (He gave me my first sythesizer, which was a Yamaha DX-100; I still use it 20 years later).  It was a great place to grow up - I snowboarded in the winter, skateboarded in the summer, and partied in canyons.  For college, I went to the University Of Montana, where I snowboarded, skateboarded, and  partied in canyons.

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Data

ARTIST / BAND: Data

MP3s: So Much In Love

ALBUM: Skywriter

FILE UNDER: Club / Pop / Soundtracks / Film music

LABEL: Naïve

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Katastrophe

ARTIST / BAND: Katastrophe

MP3s: Big Deal

ALBUM: The Worst Amazing

FILE UNDER: Alternativ / Hip Hop / Progressive

LABEL: 307 Knox Records

INFO: The Worst Amazing is Katastrophe's third full length release and finest work to date. This album is a snap shot of the end of adolescence and the precipice of adulthood.

The songs are intricately crafted tales of anarchy, revolution, peace and the constant search for hope. The verses are dense labyrinths of tongue twisted word play, while the hooks are polished pop and serve as the grounding force for each of these stories.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Jeff Merchant

ARTIST / BAND: Jeff Merchant

MP3s: "Crazy Ship" / "Disturbance Call"

ALBUM: City Makes No Sound

FILE UNDER: Alternative / Pop / Progressive

LABEL: Tropical Mall Music

INFO: After the release of his well-received record, the orchestral indie-pop sounds of Window Rolled Down, Jeff Merchant went back into the studio and emerged with a unique, fully produced fifteen-song recording called City Makes No Sound. It’s a melodically lush, bright and dark, richly bold, eclectic pop feast that you won’t easily forget.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Ariel Abshire

ARTIST / BAND: Ariel Abshire

MP3s: Exclamation Love

ALBUM: Exclamation Love

FILE UNDER: Americana, Indie

LABEL: Darla Records

INFO: One of the most impressive debut albums I’ve heard this year is Ariel Abshire’s Exclamation Love. Abshire, a 17-year-old singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas, is in possession of a wonderful and versatile voice and a presence that demands your attention. The album is filled with excellent songs (more so on the first half) which bear repeat listens. Hearing her, you can hear echoes of pop, country, Texas soul and more – but it’s all of a piece and it’s all Abshire. This is truly a young artist to watch.

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Veils

ARTIST / BAND: The Veils

MP3s: The Letter

ALBUM: Sun Gangs

FILE UNDER: Indie Rock

LABEL: Rough Trade Records

INFO: Sun Gangs is the third album by the UK/New Zealand band The Veils. It was released on 6 April 2009 in the UK and 7 April 2009 in the US, in both CD and LP formats. The LP includes a code for a free download version of the album in the US, and a free CD of the album in the UK.

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Sunset Rubdown

ARTIST / BAND: Sunset Rubdown

MP3s: Idiot Heart

ALBUM: Dragonslayer

FILE UNDER: Indie

LABEL: Jagjaguwar

INFO: Sunset Rubdown was once the moniker under which Spencer Krug released low fidelity solo recordings. The project has long since evolved into a full band, and Dragonslayer is the third full-length recorded by the whole group. Besides Krug, it features the three musicians who originally signed on: Jordan Robson-Cramer on drums, guitar and keys, Michael Doerksen on guitar and bass, and Camilla Wynne Ingr on keys, percussion and vocals. And now, for the first time, newest member Mark Nicol can be heard on bass, drums, and percussion.

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Holy Ghost!

ARTIST / BAND: Holy Ghost!

MP3s: I Will Come Back

ALBUM: I Will Come Back

FILE UNDER: Electro Pop

LABEL: DFA Records

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Mew

ARTIST / BAND: Mew

MP3s: Repeaterbeater

ALBUM: No More Stories Are Told Today

FILE UNDER: Rock

LABEL: Columbia/ Sony

INFO: 'Repeaterbeater' continues the Danish band's tradition of epic prog-rock, in this case anchored by a pulsing, four-to-the-floor beat. Complex instrumental arrangements showcase the band's technical prowess, while soaring vocals deliver a hooky chorus that demands repeated listenings.

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Voodeux

ARTIST / BAND: Voodeux

MP3s:Bones / Voodeux “The Paranormal” Promo Mix

ALBUM: The Paranormal

FILE UNDER:  Techno / House / Experimental

LABEL: Mothership

INFO: Described as ‘Halloween on wax’ Voodeux is the human manifestation of creepy house and techno. James Watts (AKA KiloWatts) and Tanner Ross’s collaborative black magic goes back six years when they met online at a website devoted to music synths and production and have been collaborating ever since.

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

My First Earthquake

ARTIST / BAND: My First Earthquake

MP3s: Cool In The Cool Way /Vow To Vowels

ALBUM: Downstairs

FILE UNDER: Indie / Rock / Powerpop

LABEL: Self-Released

INFO: Chad and Rebecca became friends through an acquaintance. After hearing some tracks of Rebecca singing over electronica beats and hearing about the sheer ridiculousness of Ice Queen, Chad convinced her to quit the band and start a project with him. During their first songwriting session,Rebecca experienced her first earthquake. They liked the sexual / geological double-entendre, and after some debate (other contenders: Sleep In The Sea, Tufte, Teenage Girlfriend, EXACTO), the name was deemed destiny.

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Monday, July 06, 2009

THE JUNCTION

ARTIST / BAND: THE JUNCTION

MP3s: Level with me

ALBUM: Another Link in the Chain

FILE UNDER: Rock / Pop

INFO: No strangers to the Canadian music scene, singer-guitarist Brent Jackson, bassist Matt Jameson and drummer Mike Taylor have played hundreds of shows across Canada - including EdgeFest, and The Virgin Festival - and have toured with the likes of Moneen, The Planet Smashers and Bedouin Soundclash, to name a few. With their forthcoming follow up to 2007’s debut, Another Link in the Chain, The Junction has pushed themselves in new directions while taking the east coast-influenced, indie-pop elements that make The Junction’s songs so great and finally, boiling them down into something much more unified.

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Sunday, July 05, 2009

Erykah Badu & The Roots

ARTIST / BAND: erykah badu x the roots

MP3s: i wanna be where you are (mj cover)

FILE UNDER: Soul, R&B, Pop

INFO: According to Questlove, the Roots and Dallas' own Erykah Badu snuck off before Badu's guest appearance on Fallon on Friday night to record this cover of "I Wanna Be Where You Are," from MJ's 1972 debut solo LP,Got to Be There. Not surprisingly, Badu absolutely nails it:

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Saturday, July 04, 2009

Slaraffenland

ARTIST / BAND: Slaraffenland

MP3s: Meet and Greet

ALBUM: We're on Your Side

FILE UNDER: Alternative / Rock / Folk

LABEL: Hometapes

INFO: "We have waited a while...still it'll take us some time" begins "Meet and Greet." Vocal harmonies ring out to the pulsing beat of a delayed floor tom. A guitar wakes up the reeds. The subtle organic percussion of handclaps punctuates the amplified air, the music becoming a distinct human synthesis. This is a pop song. This is Slaraffenland.

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Friday, July 03, 2009

Lightning Dust

ARTIST / BAND: Lightning Dust

MP3s: Never Seen

ALBUM: Infinite Light

FILE UNDER: Folk Rock / Melodramatic Popular Song / Psychedelic

LABEL: jagjaguwar

INFO: Infinite Light, Lightning Dust's sophomore album for Jagjaguwar, finds duo Amber Webber and Joshua Wells (both of Black Mountain) calling upon the powers of classic pop arrangements and making the most of five days with a Steinway Grand piano. While Webber and Wells met through their involvement in what they described as two of the saddest bands in Canada, the songs written for Infinite Light found the two moving away from the uniformly downbeat. Rather, the songs were more suited to lush and melodramatic arrangements. Cue the strings. Lightning Dust have delivered a cosmic record about the adventure in finding love and the journey in losing and rediscovering "the light."

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Thursday, July 02, 2009

Malcolm Middleton

ARTIST / BAND: Malcolm Middleton

MP3s: Carry Me

ALBUM: Waxing Gibbous

FILE UNDER: Alternative / Pop

LABEL: Full Time Hobby

INFO: Malcolm Middleton (born 31 December 1973) is a Scottish musician best known for his work with Aidan Moffat in post-folk indie band Arab Strap as well as his solo career writing and producing. To date, Middleton has released five solo studio albums, with his most recent, Waxing Gibbous, released on 8 June 2009. [1]

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

God Fires Man

ARTIST / BAND: God Fires Man

MP3s: A Billion Balconies Facing the Sun | | Kill the Pundits |

ALBUM: Life Like

FILE UNDER: Indie Rock

LABEL: Arctic Rodeo Recordings

INFO: Formed in the summer of 2006, GOD FIRES MAN promptly recorded and released an online-only 5 track EP to a great success, followed by a UK tour in January 2007 with Hundred Reasons and Kids In Glass Houses. Shortly after came a record deal stateside and in the UK.

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