Monday, May 31, 2010

Walking Sleep

ARTIST / BAND: Walking Sleep
MP3: Final Chapter / "In A Dream"
ALBUM: Measures
FILE UNDER: Glam / Acousmatic / Tape music
LABEL: s/r
INFO: Walking Sleep originally formed in 2007 under the name The Flying Tourbillon Orchestra. The six-piece band came together as a natural extension of lead singer Hunter Curra’s exploratory songwriting, in which he combined male and female vocal harmonies, classic rhythms, and curiously dark lyrics. Drawing influence across genres and decades, their songs include echoes of the melancholy psychedelic pop of The Zombies, the uptempo stomp of classic Motown, and the moody melodicism of Fleetwood Mac, but placed in a modern context, akin to like-minded bands like Belle & Sebastian and The Shins.
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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Ariel Pink and Haunted Graffiti

ARTIST / BAND: Ariel Pink and Haunted Graffiti

MP3: "Round and Round"

ALBUM: Before Today

FILE UNDER: lo-fi pop

LABEL: 4ad

INFO: Los Angeles’ notorious lo-fi pop oufit Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti have been unveiled as the latest signings to 4AD. The group are currently recording their first record for the label, due spring 2010.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Kacey Johansing

ARTIST / BAND: Kacey Johansing

MP3s: Oh Brother

ALBUM: Many Seasons

FILE UNDER: Healing & EasyListening / Folk / Soul

LABEL: Porto Franco Records

INFO: Kacey Johansing’s debut album, Many Seasons, plays like a travelogue. Sweeping the listener along from her roots in small town Colorado to Boston to a San Francisco where Johansing is at something of an epicenter for a rapidly evolving songwriting scene, the album crystallizes a rich Bay Area indie-folk sound bursting at the seams with creativity.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010



MP3: Sink

ALBUM: Let it Sway


LABEL: polyvinyl records

INFO: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin has been playing music in Springfield, Missouri since 1999, when Will Knauer and Philip Dickey met at a Super Bowl party. They came up with their band name shortly after Boris Yeltsin's resignation in the early hours of Y2K. John Robert joined the band in 2001, when he was dorm roommates with Philip at Drury University. SSLYBY played dozens of local shows, often acoustic, from 1999-2004, and released a split EP on a local label, Generic Equivalent, in 2004. The band's first LP, Broom, was a blog-hit in 2005. Jonathan James joined the band after mixing Broom on his computer.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010


My Photos | The Streets On Fire
MP3: "No One's Fucking to the Radio"
ALBUM: This Is Fancy
FILE UNDER: Post punk / Alternative / Rock
LABEL: The Currency Exchange
INFO: With a growing loyal fan base and a reputation for keeping the dance floor moving, The Streets On Fire has been rocking Chicago venues the Metro, Double Door, Debonair, and Empty Bottle and was recently featured on WLUW’s Razor and Die show as well as Q101’s Local 101 show.
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Monday, May 24, 2010


MP3: Ah!
FILE UNDER: Electronica / Experimental / IDM
LABEL: Thrill Jockey
INFO: Markus Popp’s first “Oval” release after almost a decade of silence is a spectacular departure from the deconstructivist electronica that made him a laptop legend. Instead, and totally out of nowhere, this 15-track EP establishes Popp as an accomplished musician, who is delivering a glimpse of his very own exciting flavor of "free" music in the best sense of the word.
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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Jews and Catholics

ARTIST / BAND: Jews and Catholics
MP3: "Up For Days" / Jews and Catholics -- "Fevers"
ALBUM: Who Are?  We Think We Are!
FILE UNDER: Post punk / Rock / Indie
LABEL: 307 Knox Records
INFO: When Ryan Olson decided to make a record with Solid Gold members Zack Coulter and Adam Hurlburt, it was clear to them what the result would be: a collection of drugged-up keyboards and slick bedroom production almost exclusively inspired by 10cc's "I'm Not In Love." To be fair, they weren't entirely off. What they didn't know was that it would spiral into a project of epic proportions, enlisting the talents of over 25 musicians from various scenes around the country, relocating the base of operations from Olson's Minneapolis bedroom/studio to the Wisconsin-based studio April Base, and the genesis of a musical family, GAYNGS.
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Friday, May 21, 2010

Miniature Tigers

My Photos | Miniature Tigers
ARTIST / BAND: Miniature Tigers
MP3: Gold Skull
LABEL: Modern Art Records
INFO: Miniature Tigers haven’t been discussed around here much, but it seems inevitable that they would pop up: The Brooklyn-via-Phoenix band has been around since 2006, picking up spots on many festival to-watch lists along the way to recording their upcoming album Fortress. And morning bender Chris Chu produced Fortress, communing with the band for a three-week recording session at Dreamland Studios in Woodstock, NY earlier this year. Miniature Tigers then spent the spring opening for the morning benders on tour.
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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Faded Paper Figures

ARTIST / BAND: Faded Paper Figures
MP3: Invent It All Again

ALBUM: New Medium
FILE UNDER: Indie / Electronica / Rock
LABEL: none
INFO: In their much-anticipated second album, New Medium, Faded Paper Figures return with a richer, fuller sound, even as they maintain all of Dynamo's indie-tronica charm. Fans of the band will be happy to hear all of the familiar blips, harmonies, and intellectual pop-references, but with even more life and energy this time around. Striking melodies, lyrical images, and classic pop forms--New Medium's lush electronica feels both intimately familiar and astonishingly new.
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Radio Dept.

ARTIST / BAND: The Radio Dept.
MP3: Never Follow Suit
ALBUM: Clinging to a scheme
FILE UNDER: Indie Pop Rock
LABEL: Labrador
INFO: The Radio Dept. was formed as a loose collective of people coming and going in the beginning of the 21st century. The name was taken from a gas station/radio repairer in Lund (Sweden) which had a large sign with the name “Radioavdelningen” (The Radio Department in Swedish) hanging outside their sho
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Monday, May 17, 2010

The National

My Photos | The National
ARTIST / BAND: The National
MP3: Bloodbuzz Ohio
ALBUM: High Violet
FILE UNDER: Indie / Rock / Alternative
LABEL: 4ad
INFO: High Violet is the fifth studio album by The National, which was released on May 10, 2010 in Europe and on May 11, 2010 in North America via 4AD.[1] The band produced the album themselves with Peter Katis, whom they worked with on their previous albums Alligator andBoxer at their own studio in Brooklyn, New York, and at Katis' Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, Connecticut.[2] The sculpture on the album cover was created by artist Mark Fox, and is calledThe Binding Force.[2]
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010


MP3: The Concurrence Of All Things
ALBUM: Home(here)
FILE UNDER: Indie / Folk / Psychedelic
LABEL: s/r
INFO: Big Tree is an angular pop band for naturalists at heart. Good friends Kaila McIntyre-Bader, Luke Bace, Colin Fahrner, and Dan Pirello, and recent addition Madeleine Miller-Bottome tap into organic folk, greasy blues, ambient rock and modal jazz. Big Tree has shared the stage with Megafaun, Akron/Family, and La Strada and continues to build momentum with the release of their most recent EP, Home(here), on June 1, 2010.
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Saturday, May 08, 2010

TBA (Tusja Beridze) & Nikakoi (Nika Machaidze)

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TBA and NIKAKOI - “This isn't right, this isn't even wrong” (Performed live on Electronauts)

A very rare joint  live performance of TBA and Nikakoi was filmed during the Electronauts 2009 – Award ceremony for innovative music, held 16th of April 2010 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
The  video version of the whole ceremony is coming soon on
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Thursday, May 06, 2010


MP3: Becoming A Jackal
ALBUM: single
FILE UNDER: Indie, Pop
INFO: From the very first seconds of Becoming a Jackal, he’s got you. A faint drone of organ, joined by eerie strings and a cascade of piano that collectively casts a Hitchcock movie shadow before a hushed voice asks, “Have you got just a minute? / Are you easily led? / Let me show the backroom / Where I saw the dead / Dancing like children on a midsummer morn / And they asked me to join” – and then the music obliges by with a similar spectral sweep. ‘I Saw the Dead’ is not just the album intro of 2010 to date but also a magnificent intro to the vivid narratives, gripping poetry and melodic depth of Conor J. O’Brien – or as he likes to call himself and his cohorts, Villagers.
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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Lisa Papineau

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ARTIST / BAND: Lisa Papineau
MP3: White Leather Pants (MP3)
ALBUM: Red Trees
FILE UNDER: singer songwriter
LABEL: Sargent House
INFO: The highly-accomplished singer/composer Lisa Papineau releases her Sargent House debut, Red Trees this spring. The album is the second solo venture from the active collaborator known for her vocal contributions to Air and M83, as well as writing with The Mars Volta bassist Juan Alderete de la Peña in Big Sir. The ever-active Papineau also works with soundtrack composer Tyler Bates, Japanese artist Jun Miyake, The Anubian Lights, Bron Tieman's Crooked Cowboy and countless other projects. Red Trees was recorded with French musicans Matthieu Lesenechal and Johan Guidou, and features guest vocals from singer/songwriters Matthieu Boogaerts and Mark Eitzel of American Music Club.
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