Friday, September 30, 2011

EXITMUSIC

ARTIST / BAND: EXITMUSIC

MP3: "The Sea"

ALBUM: From Silence

FILE UNDER: Indie

LABEL: secretly canadian

INFO: Sometimes, listening to Exitmusic, it's hard to tell exactly whether the goosebumps you're getting are from the parts that are chillingly beautiful and melodic or the ones that are aching and guttural. Or further, the ones that are creepily sparse and disembodied. The New York City duo -- Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church -- doesn't care when the chill runs down your spine, they just hope their music provokes some kind of primal feeling. Church explains, "It's like what Aleksa sings at the end of 'The Sea': 'And you turn your back to life... Oh, sorrow.' We want our music to confront people in a gentle but powerful way, to make them feel something."

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EXITMUSIC - "The Hours" from stereogum on Vimeo.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Today The Moon, Tomorrow The Sun

ARTIST / BAND: Today The Moon, Tomorrow The Sun

MP3: We Were Wild

ALBUM: WILDFIRE

FILE UNDER: Electro / Indie / Rock

LABEL: Greyday Records

INFO: I’ve always been a bit ambivalent about Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun. On the one hand, their dance-infused electro rock tunes have always been well-constructed and easy on the ears. On the other, their music has always had an air of timidity about it, lacking in bite and urgency. But all that may change with the release of their upcoming full-length, Wildfire, due out May 7th. The band recently posted the album’s opening track and lead single, “We Were Wild,” to their Soundcloud page and while all the familiar elements remain — the pulsating synths, the punchy percussion, the fuzz-ridden bass and effects-laden guitars — there is a tenacity to the track, both in the music and in Lauren Gibson’s vocals, that has been lacking in prior efforts. There’s also an aura of bigness to the song, a swelling grandiosity that feels neither forced nor overbearing. It remains to be seen what the rest of Wildfirehas in store for us, but if the rest of the album can measure close to “We Were Wild,” you can count me among the believers.

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Latest tracks by TodaytheMoon

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sleepy Vikings


ARTIST / BAND: Sleepy Vikings
MP3: Calm / Flashlight Tag/ Calm (Peace & Quiet Mix) by her space holiday
ALBUM: They Will Find You Here
FILE UNDER: Indie / Shoegaze / Southern Rock
LABEL: new granada
INFO: Sleepy Vikings had only been together for two months when we were offered our first show… with the Vivian Girls. We were excited, terrified, and about four songs short of a full setlist. We accepted the show and spent two weeks frantically writing and having nightmares about the Vivian Girls laughing at us.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

THE PAUSES

ARTIST / BAND: THE PAUSES

MP3s: Go North / Hands Up

ALBUM: A Cautionary Tale

FILE UNDER: Electronica / Indie / Rock

LABEL: New Granada

INFO: Despite amassing a following, scene status, and praise from regional press right out of the gate, Orlando indie-rock band The Pauses released their debut album A Cautionary Tale after only about, oh, TWO YEARS of existence. The official excuse is something about wanting do to things "properly." So they saved money through a successful Kickstarter campaign (a marvel since their fans' bank accounts have a perfectly inverse relationship with their obvious wealth in taste) spurred by a cute handmade video (http://vimeo.com/10712285) and headed up to Baltimore to record this bad boy with the legendary J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines), even enlisting three-quarters of the dude's own band. His wife too? Sure, why not.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

James Vincent McMorrow

ARTIST / BAND: James Vincent McMorrow

MP3: Wicked Game

FILE UNDER: Folk / Pop

LABEL: Vagrant Records

INFO: James Vincent McMorrow is an Irish folk music singer-songwriter. His debut album Early in the Morning was released in February, 2010.[1] He wrote the album during a self-imposed seclusion in a beach house in Ireland.[2] His music has been compared to Bon Iver,[3] Sufjan Stevens,[4] and Ray LaMontagne.[5] Tracks from Early in the Morning have already been used in American television programs.[6] He was nominated for the Hope for 2009 Award at the 2009 Meteor Awards, but ultimately lost to Wallis Bird.[7]

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Latest tracks by jamesvmcmorrow

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Like A Stuntman

ARTIST / BAND: Like A Stuntman

MP3: Yesterday Euphoria

ALBUM: YOY

FILE UNDER: Indietronic, Krautpop

LABEL: bureau-b

INFO: These four gentlemen play eccentric weird folk electro-kraut-melodic indie rock like you never heard before. Their first release on Bureau B ("Original Bedouin Culture", released 2009) was highly acclaimed by the critics ("krautrock for the post Radiohead generation", see below). The band had raised the bar to dizzying heights on their first album – with "YOY" they have risen even higher.

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Like A Stuntman - Yesterday Euphoria by Bureau B

 

yesterday euphoria from like a stuntman on Vimeo.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Gregory Scot Slay

ARTIST / BAND: Gregory Scot Slay

MP3: Keep It Secret

ALBUM: Horsethief Beliefs

FILE UNDER: Indie

LABEL: Communicating Vessels

INFO: Gregory Scott Slay (May 10, 1969 – January 1, 2010) was an American musician, drummer and songwriter. Slay was a founding member ofRemy Zero and remained the band's drummer until its breakup in 2003.[1][2]

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Friday, September 23, 2011

The Trophy Fire

ARTIST / BAND: The Trophy Fire

MP3: "Modern Hearts"

ALBUM: Modern Hearts

FILE UNDER: Rock

LABEL: Greyday Records

INFO: San Francisco Bay Area trio The Trophy Fire are back with their unique brand of heartfelt, hook-driven, and powerful indie rock. Following the release of their first record, "A Lifetime in the Middle of the Ocean", and subsequent national tours with influences and mentors Far and Dredg, comes their second release, "Armor."

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

St. Vincent

ARTIST / BAND: St. Vincent

MP3s: Surgeon

ALBUM: Strange Mercy

FILE UNDER: Indie / Concrete / Zouk

LABEL: 4AD

INFO: St. Vincent, the nom-de-stage of Annie Clark, releases third albumStrange Mercy, on 12/13th September. Having worked together on 2009's Actor, Clark reunited with producer John Congleton, recording the album in her hometown of Dallas, TX at Elmwood Studios. The 11 new tracks showcase Clark's inimitable gift for melody, packing elegant arrangements

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Downpilot

ARTIST / BAND: Downpilot

MP3: Edge of the Flood 

ALBUM: New Great Lakes

FILE UNDER: Americana / Folk Rock / Indie

LABEL: Tapete records

INFO: For the follow-up to the acclaimed They Kind of Shine (including songs featured on television series "One Tree Hill"), Hiraga sequestered himself on Seattle’s nearby Vashon Island in a spacious woodland studio and set to writing and recording, far from the distractions of the city. Although several Downpilot alumni would later make cameos, the feeling from the start was that this would be a more intimate, solo-style album.
With his arsenal of self-made recording equipment and surrounded by an extensive collection of vintage keyboards and other instruments, the multi-instrumentalist recorded ideas in a spontaneous, stream-of-consciousness fashion. After a solitary week the foundation was laid for the 4th Downpilot LP: New Great Lakes.

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Downpilot - New Great Lakes by Tapete Records

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Luke Temple

ARTIST / BAND: Luke Temple

MP3:  "More Than Muscle"

ALBUM: Don't Act Like You Don't Care

FILE UNDER: Pop, folk

LABEL: Western Vinyl

INFO: Luke Temple is an American pop-folk singer-songwriter, born in Manchester, Massachusetts. He is an alumnus of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. While living in New York, making a living by painting murals in wealthy New Yorkers' apartments,[1] he released a four song self-titled EP, recorded entirely on a four-track recorder. With this, he was signed to Mill Pond Records in Seattle, Washington.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Southerly

ARTIST / BAND: Southerly

MP3: "Do We Believe?" / Suffer

ALBUM: Youth

FILE UNDER: Indie / Pop / Rock

LABEL: Greyday Records

INFO: Southerly began in June of 2003, as many projects do, on an Otari four track reel-to-reel in bedrooms and basements, releasing short runs of hand packaged cassette tapes on singer/songwriter Krist Krueger's previous imprint (dharmakayamusic/DKM). In August of 2003, faced with a decision to either renew his apartment lease or hit the road and tour full time, Krueger chose to hit the vast North American highways, learning the ropes as he went.

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Big Tree

ARTIST / BAND: Big Tree

MP3: "This Fall"

ALBUM: This New Year

FILE UNDER: Indie / Folk / Psychedelic

LABEL: s/r

INFO:Once upon a time, five fresh-faced and naive students ventured to Sarah Lawrence College, where each one imagined all of his and her hopes and dreams would come true.  As fate would have it, all five enrolled in the jazz program where they learned about tritone substitutions and how to hold their whiskey.  Each night the music building would stay open until 2am, where they would practice their instruments until security locked up the building and sent them home.  Never ready to say good night, the five friends would stay up a few hours more listening to records and sharing ideas in a smoky dorm room where the inspiration never ran dry.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

TARWATER

ARTIST / BAND: Tarwater

MP3: Inside The Ships

ALBUM: Inside the ships

FILE UNDER: electronic

LABEL: bureau-b.

INFO: The Berlin-based electronic duo (Ronald Lippok and Bernd Jestram) has existed since 1995. So far, they have released ten regular studio albums, collaborated with various artists (including Piano Magic, Tuxedomoon, B. Fleischmann) and produced music for numerous films and theater pieces. Lippok has also played in the band To Rococo Rot since 1995. Here is one song from their newest album "Inside the ships":

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sub Swara

ARTIST / BAND: Sub Swara

MP3: You (Sub Swara remix)

FILE UNDER: electronic, rmx

LABEL: s/r

INFO:

New Tune! We just remixed “You” by fellow Brooklyn duo,CREEP, featuring the vocals of Nina Sky. This one is on the haunting slow-burn tip and we had a great time working on it.
There was a lot of homegrown sound sculpting on this one as much of the rhythm pallet comes from household items like soap bottles, cardboard boxes, coffee grinders and compressed air. Always fun to geek out in the lab.

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Friday, September 09, 2011

Brown Bird


ARTIST / BAND: Brown Bird
MP3: "Thunder and Lightning"
ALBUM: Salt for Salt
FILE UNDER: Folk, Blues
LABEL: Supply & Demand Music

INFO: Providence, RI's Brown Bird is better listened to in a room made of wood. Of course, it is easy to download the code and listen to the band on small computer speakers, but what is the point? You miss the warm layers of guitar, banjo, violin, double bass, cello, and bass drum (wooden rim) which hangs thick over their latest full-length effort, Salt for Salt, being released October 18th, 2011 on Supply & Demand Music (home to Dark Dark Dark, Vandaveer, etc). The album artwork (below) was illustrated by Will Schaff (Okkervil River, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Songs:Ohia).
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Thursday, September 08, 2011

Extra Classic

ARTIST / BAND: Extra Classic

MP3: "You Can't Bring Me Down (Discomix)" / Give Them the Same

ALBUM: Your Light Like White Lightning, Your Light Like A Laser Beam

FILE UNDER: reggae, pop, indie

LABEL: Manimal vinyl / Nopal Records

INFO: n order to capture the sonic quality of old Jamaican recordings, San Francisco’s Extra Classic recorded the tunes on their forthcoming full length all-analog. This need for authenticity got the attention of Los Angeles-based Manimal Vinyl (Sister Crayon, Papercranes, Warpaint, etc), who signed the band after hearing the album. The end result is the forthcoming full length Your Light Like White Lightning, Your Light Like A Laser Beam, out September 27th on cd, digital, and double gatefold vinyl.  All songs on the album are recorded on 8-track tape along with vintage recording equipment from the 60’s and 70’s.

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Latest tracks by Extra Classic

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Vanish Valley

ARTIST / BAND: Vanish Valley

MP3: "Races"

ALBUM: Get Good

FILE UNDER: Indie

LABEL: Hard Bark

INFO: “A collection of stories detailing battles for hope and companionship. Women from the perspectives of lone travelers, felons and family men- their execution sways from folk-ish, Townes Van Zandt-like ballads to fuller Flying Burrito Brothers-inspired, laid-back country rock.” Andrew McAllister sings with a voice characterized by Three Imaginary Girls as “…a country-esque Damien Jurado” and by Seattle’s Stranger as “…a younger more innocent Jeff Tweedy".  These are just a few of many descriptions of Andrew McAllister’s music.

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