Saturday, December 29, 2012

Back Again: Camp Lo - Luchini (A.K.A. this is it)

Feels Like: A Tribe Called Quest, Jurassic 5, Souls of Mischief, Naughty by Nature, Jedi Mind Tricks

If I learned anything this holiday season, it was that the Andre 3000 Pandora radio station is dope. I'm offering you a sampling of my findings because, frankly, this track is all I have been listening to for the past 3 or 4 days. I'm bringing back Camp Lo to the scene. This Bronx duo is a true-to-form 90s rap group and with an incredible sense of flow and creative vintage hooks. To top it all off, with names like Sonny Cheeba and Geechi Suede you know you are getting a show at the very least. Camp Lo got their first start with their track "Coolie High" being featured in the 1996 boxing satire film, The Great White Hype. The track attracted a modest amount of attention, but would turn out to pale in comparison to the frenzy they received when the group released Uptown Saturday Night, their debut album, early in 1997. I have given the full album several listens and, in my opinion, this is one of the more complete rap albums I have ever heard. There are jazz and funk sensibilities abound in the album and the group's artistic weaving of their characteristic flow throughout the album has got me hooked. Check their major hit,  Luchini (A.K.A this is it) here and grab the album on iTunes.

Back Again is a segment where we bring you funky jams that you can once again funkafy youself to

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Under the Covers: Lake Street Dive - I Want You Back (Jackson 5 Cover)

Feels Like: Aloe Blacc, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Norah Jones

Upright Bass. Drums. Trumpet.  Even if you don't not know it yet, sometimes that's all you need.  Hailing from Brooklyn, Lake Street Dive have stripped down this R&B classic to its barest and it works, mostly thanks to the amazing voice of lead singer Rachael Price, which can go from belting to hushed at the drop of a pin.  Shout out to Topher for the tip.

Monday, December 24, 2012

The Plastics Revolution - Invasión

Feels Like: Vampire Weekend, Beirut, Fleet Foxes

Happy holidays to Brethren man-people and Brethren lady-people alike. I was sitting in my car, listening over some of the past finds that we have come across here at the blog, when Invasión happened upon my eardrums It then occurred to me that we had actually never actually given you the same ear pleasure (not like that) that I was enjoying. There had been discussion about who would put it up, but I guess it must have fallen through the cracks. In any case, this jam is definitely worthy some eskimo brethren love (not like that either). The Plastics Revolution are a mexico-based indie pop outfit, and though I cannot understand a single word of the entire song, I feel in no way distanced from core of the track. Check out the track and grab their new album King Bono vs. Los Flight Simulators.

For those of you curious as to why the entire video is done in stop-motion through some hazy tint that looks like a vintage family photo from a surfing competition in the 1960s, or just about any Hollister poster...they have done it. Yes, it is done. The first music video, to my knowledge, completely created using Instagram. #hardworkingswag

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Wild Cub - Thunder Clatter

Feels Like: Reptar, Phoenix, Ghost Beach, A toned down Passion Pit
Brethren! I hope that all of your all your travels towards the homefront have been safe, as we prepare for the nexus of Family Crisis Lock Down Mode (aka Holiday Season). Now, I know that we have already brought Wild Cub to your attention. However, after coming across the above music video release, I felt compelled to give you gentle reminder to stay tuned in. Thunder Clatter comes off their August LP release, Youth, and is anything but calamitous. There is an stirringly electric melodic cacophony that almost jars you as the song starts with an emphatic bang. It is this same efervescente tune that carries your interest and creates the happy space where this song can call home. The video was filmed at Farmland Studios in Nashville, and looks like just about the greatest time ever had by 20 something people fully equipped with wine and noisemakers. These guys are right in our own back yard, so come out and show them some support and don't forget to grab the album here.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Danny Brown - Grown Up

Feels like: Statik Selektah, Odd Future, Schoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar

Grown Up by Danny Brown is one of my favorite rap videos of all time.  I think we can all remember being little punk kids thinking everything we did was awesome...well, because it really was.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Fires of Rome - Set in Stone/Dawn Lament

Feels like: Tame Impala, Peter Bjorn and John, Cub Scouts, The Griswolds, Walk the Moon

Fires of Rome is one of my favorite bands that I will never have the chance to see in concert.  Enjoy two of their best.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Earl Sweatshirt - Chum

Feels Like: Atmosphere, Nas, Joe Budden, Eminem

Let's face it.  The Odd Future crew is pretty spotty when it comes to their output.  Whether it be leader Tyler the Creator, stoner-rap duo MellowHype, or gangster-rap flipper Domo Genesis, the collective is better known for their high points than anything resembling consistency.  The hype that started with Tyler the Creator's "Yonkers" video and the madcap "Sandwitches"performance on Jimmy Fallon has died down.  Frank Ocean has distanced himself from the group and really come into his own (CHANNEL orange is a masterpiece).  It seems connection with the group is becoming less and less appealing.  Earl Sweatshirt's parental-enforced hiatus is over and while his debut album EARL stands as a highlight from the early era of OF albums, we haven't really heard much from him since.  Enter "Chum."  "Chum" is Earl Sweatshirt's "Stan;" dark, introspective, and delivered in a way that's fresh and inspiring.  The black and white video is hypnotic and the production is classic Odd Future (all jazzy piano, wobbly sub-bass and schizo-vocals).  What elevates the track to another level is Earl's lyrics which at times (while always intricate) have lacked depth and meaning.  While this track highlights his mind-blowing wordplay skills, it also points to a newfound mastery of storytelling.  Although he may not live up tot the hype, "Chum" is definitely a sign of his potential.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - We Almost Lost Detroit/An Ugly Person On A Movie Screen

Feels like: Pepper Rabbit, Reptar, Portugal the Man, Delta Spirit, Dom

As some of you well know, my kinfolk hale from the Motor City and although the frozen metropolis, rife with crime and poverty, may leave much to be desired, I still am proud of my upbringing.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. are native Motorheads and a helluva sound.  Give it a try, you'll see, it's quite the joy, especially in Michigan.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Yo Nashville: The Weeks - The House We Grew Up In

Feels Like: Kings of Leon, Band of Horses, and for some reason "One Way or Another"

Last night I caught The Whigs (consistently one of the greatest live acts I've ever seen - their drummer may have inherited the spirit of Jon Bonham) show at Third and Lindsley.  Arriving there early, I was treated to the similar stylings of Nashville transplants The Weeks.  "The House We Grew Up In" is just one of many great tracks on their recent release Gutter Gaunt Gangster.

Yo Nashville is a segment in which we highlight local talent from here in Music City U.S.A.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Major Lazer - Jah No Partial (Feat. Flux Pavilion & Johnny Osbourne)

Feels Like: Southernplayalisticdubfunkreggaemuzik

Have a good weekend brethren!  Hope you're getting into some stuff like what's going down in this video over the next 48 hours.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Under the Covers: Charles Bradley & Thomas Brenneck - Heart of Gold (Neil Young Cover)

Feels Like: Daptones, John Legend, Raphael Saadiq

Accomapnied by Menahan Street Band founder and guitarist for the Daptones (Sharon Jones' and Amy Winehouse's backing band), Charles Bradley lays down a soulful rendition of Neil Young's "Heart of Gold."  This is stripped-down soul at its finest so take note.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

How to Dress Well - "& It Was U"

Feels Like: Jamie Lidell, Mayer Hawthorne, Jacob Banks

The best R&B songs usually use & instead of "and" or U instead of "you" in their titles.  This song has both and features almost twice as much soul as the typical R&B jam.  The dusty/yellow-tinged video may feature a golden-Segway riding cult leader, but, hey, it's still a great song.

Monday, December 10, 2012

City and Colour - The Girl

Feels like: Iron and Wine, Pepper Rabbit, Husky, The Lumineers, The Wild

If you haven't yet, please do yourself a favor and check out City and Colour.  These Canadiens put on an excellent show and their music is strikingly lovely.  The Girl is one of my absolute favorites of theirs and is sure to put a smile on your face.  The tempo change halfway through the song is killer.  No really, check it out.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Yo Nashville: Madi Diaz - Let's Go

Feels Like: Naim, Kate Nash, Feist, Florence and The Machine, Fleet Foxes

Hello Brethren! I'm back from my GRE enforced hiatus. I have been thinking for a while about how to make my reintroduction to blog but, when it came down to it,  momentary inspiration ruled the day (as it seems to often do in terms of musical interests). I found Madi on the radio after a delicious run to my favorite breakfast spot, Nashville Biscuit House. Madi is a nashville based musician who has a knack for weaving interesting and eclectic indie pop melodies. Let's Go comes off of her January album release of Plastic Moon and the song inspires us with a genuine celebratory mood. Enjoy your weekend and celebrate!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Annalise Emerick - This Love Won't Break Your Heart

Feels like: The Lumineers, The Head and the Heart, Monsters Calling Home, Pepper Rabbit

I know this song is quite a bit ladylike, but gosh it has been stuck in my head for a couple weeks now, and the video is absolutely perfect for this time of year.  Check it out

Tourist - Your Girl

Feels Like: Star Slinger, Moby, Four Tet

British electronic producers are a dime a dozen these days, but Tourist is definitely a head above the rest.  Chcek it out and enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Pepper Rabbit - The Annexation of Puerto Rico/Older Brother

Feels like: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Peter Bjorn and John, Milo Greene, The Elwins, Bombay Bicycle Club, Death Cab for Cutie, The Shins, The Isbells

This one goes out to Rowdy and his fascination for the Annexation of Puerto Rico.  But seriously, Pepper Rabbit has a very mellow, happy but dark sound.  And boy do I love it.  Also check out Older Brother below, it is certain to be a hit.

Flying Lotus - Tiny Tortures

Feels Like: Thom Yorke, Aphex Twin, Four Tet

Flying Lotus revealed his rap persona this week, the Odd Future-aligning  Captain Murphy, but it's still his electronic side that has the most draw.  "Tiny Tortures" contains the best elements of FL's music.  Complicated, atmospheric, and constantly changing, it seems to tell a story, and combined with these Elijah Wood-starring, awe-inspiring visuals, that story becomes concrete.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Wild - Five Senses

Feels like: Monsters Calling Home, The Head and the Heart, The Lumineers, Dirty Projectors

Here is an awesome recording session from one of the best Atlanta bands I have heard.  I think you all will agree with me that we need to see more where this came from.

Crystal Fighters - Champion Sound

Feels Like: Citizen Cope, Manu Chao, Skip the Ghost

Miguel would probably describe this one as a Fifa-song; that undeniably upbeat sound that reverberates through your TV while simmering on the start screen of any of the Fifa games.  Although this song's been around since 2010, Crystal Fighters' debut album, Star of Love just got its release in the US this past spring, and the word is the band's in the studio working on its follow-up.  Shout out to Little Harshul for the tip.

Crystal Fighters 'Champion Sound' (Official Video) from Ben Strebel on Vimeo.

Husky - Tidal Wave

Feels like: Lord Huron, Timber Timbre, Dan Mangan, Iron and Wine, Jose Gonzalez

This video is just plain beautiful.  Sit back and relax with it.  Another gem from the land down under.

Blitzen Trapper - Furr

Feels like: Dawes, Deer Tick, The Wild, Dirty Projectors

Here's a good one for all you Monty Python lovers out there.  Or if you just love good music.  Or, like me, if you love both.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Yo Nashville: Sam and Tre - We Do

Feels like: Statik Selektah, Stalley, Danny Brown

So this is one of my favorite songs from the top of the Nashville hip-hop scene, and I think it's time for y'all to enjoy a listen.

Yo Nashville is a segment in which we highlight local talent from here in Music City U.S.A.

Monday, December 3, 2012

James Vincent McMorrow - We Don't Eat (Adventure Club Remix)

Feels Like: Pretty Lights, Mikky Ekko, James Blake

Canadian-based dubstep purveyors Adventure Club have put their spin on James Vincent McMorrow's great "We Don't Eat."  Not sure if it's better than the original, but you have to love the clown-assisted unofficial music video.  It brings to mind another great video featuring a little more famous clown.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Matthew E. White - Will You Love Me

Feels Like: molasses, Mayer Hawthorne, Iron & Wine covering soul songs

Matthew E. White's music would be best categorized as sleepy soul; like playing a Sam Cooke record at half speed.  Featuring a beautifully intertwined amalgamation of strings and horns and vocals, "Will You Love Me" is a standout track from his excellent album, Big Inner.  Mr. White is playing Mercy Lounge with the Mountain Goats tomorrow night (Dec. 1st).

Thursday, November 29, 2012

LP - Into the Wild

Feels like: Vacationer, Reptar, Harlem Shakes, Fun., The Lion King Soundtrack

A very epic song from a fiery new voice.  Can't wait for the album to drop. Enjoy

Mystery Jets - Umbrellahead

Feels like: The Kooks, Bombay Bicycle Club, Arcade Fire

I have been on the road a lot lately.  Here's a little diddy I've been tuning into that has kept me going.  Missed y'all.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Solange Knowles - Losing You

Feels Like: Beyonce, Vampire Weekend, Ellie Goulding

It's taken Ms. Knowles a while to hit her stride.  She has shown hints at her capabilities with her amazing cover of the Dirty Projectors' "Stillness is the Move" and her work on Theophilus London's single, "Flying Overseas."  She never really found her voice as a solo artists though, that is, until now.  "Losing You" is the perfect type of pop song, familiar in many ways but with some element that keeps you coming back for more.  Using South Africa as the backdrop for her video, Solange Knowles showcases a Third World that is more Vampire Weekend than M.I.A, yet creates an image that is entirely her own.  The sound is all 80's synths except for the rhythmic vocals and guitars that give the track just the right amount of freshness.  Enjoy!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Yo Nashville: Mikky Ekko - Pull Me Down

Feels Like: James Blake, Frank Ocean, Muse, TV on the Radio, Imagine Dragons

Falling somewhere between the electro-pop sounds of Imagine Dragons and the more experimental mellow vibe of Brit James Blake, Nashvillian Mikky Ekko kicks out a pretty pleasing sound.  Not sure what's next for Ekko, but the Clams-Casino co-produced "Pull Me Down" is definitely a step in the right direction. You can download the fresh track under the hazy underwater video below.

Yo Nashville is a segment in which we highlight local talent from here in Music City U.S.A.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Yo Nashville: Valerie June - Workin' Woman Blues/Give Me Water Feat. John Forte

Feels Like: Robert Johnson's long lost granddaughter

Here's a twofer for your friday.  Nashville (by way of Humboldt, Tennessee) resident Valerie June has a timeless voice and a knack for contemporary blues/soul songwriting.  "Workin' Woman Blues" and "Give Me Water" are just two of her standouts, and pretty much everything I've heard from her is amazing.  This is the kind of artist that needs to hook up with T-Bone Burnett and become a huge star,  Enjoy your weekend!

Yo Nashville is a segment in which we highlight local talent from here in Music City U.S.A.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Allen Stone - Figure it Out

Feels like: Raphael Saddiq, Yuna, Marc Broussard

Check out Allen Stone's bonus track, recorded at the famous Robert Lang Studios.

Bells - Loving You Down

Feels like: Frank + Derol,  Amadou and Miriam, The Elwins, Jinja Safari

A relaxing and natural rhythmic song.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Ra Ra Riot - Beta Love

Feels Like: Passion Pit, Vampire Weekend, POP ETC

Spot-on synths, non-stop falsetto, AND a four on the floor beat?  Pretty much all we need here at EB.  Look for Ra Ra Riot's third album, Beta Love, out January 22nd!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Bodega BAMZ - Thrilla Feat. Flatbush Zombies

Feels Like: A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown, Yelawolf

A$AP Mob affiliate Bodega BAMZ drops a Flatbush Zombies-assisted banger that keeps the Halloween spirit alive a full two weeks past the holiday.  You can cop his mixtape, Simply 4 My P.A.P.I.Z. here.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Tame Impala - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

Feels like: Pop Levi, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Holy F**k, Atlas Sound, Wavves, Here We Go Magic

Here's a trippy one for you.  But it sure is a gooder.  Enjoy your lazy Sunday.

The Lone Bellow - You Never Need Nobody

Feels Like: Dawes, Andrew Combs, The Band

Here's a little slow burn for your Sunday afternoon.  The Lone Bellow supported the possibly-defunct Civil Wars recently, and judging by the heart and soul in this fireplace-backed performance, you can see why they got the gig.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Jacob Banks - Kids on the Corner

OUR 200th POST!

Feels Like: John Legend, Amy Winehouse, Gary Clark Jr.

Keeping the British soul revival alive, Jacob Banks brings to mind John Legend's velvety tone.  On top of that, the production is amazing and the song is perfectly crafted.  At times, it even brings to mind the Screamin' Jay Hawkins classic, "I Put a Spell on You."

This is our 200th post, so we just wanted to say thank you to everyone who's read, shared, and enjoyed our blog so far.  We'll continue to bring you the tastiest jams for years to come!  Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Schools - Alien

Feels Like: JEFF the Brotherhood, PUJOL, Cage the Elephant

Bowling Green natives Schools stir up a hefty brew of catchy punk rock.  What better place to film such music than a sweaty East Nashville basement?  Schools will be playing The End this Saturday the 10th and 8 off 8th at Mercy Lounge on the12th.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Toro Y Moi - So Many Details (Remix) Feat. Hodgy Beats

Feels Like: Washed Out, Beach House, Wiz Khalifa

Almost posted this song when it first came out, and now that Hodgy Beats has jumped on the remix, it's definitely worthy of some hype.  The track is all mellow electronic and hazy vocals, and Hodgy Beats continues to prove he is the best rapper to come out of the Odd Future crew.  So take a break from the constant stream of election news and jam out to some good hip-hop.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Alt-J - Fitzpleasure

Feels Like: The Antlers, Fujiya & Miyagi, Ambassadors

We posted about Alt-J back in September, and last week, they won the prestigious Mercury Prize for their album An Awesome Wave.  To celebrate the occasion, they've released some gritty visual accompaniment for "Fitzpleasure," one of many standout tracks on An Awesome Wave.  So go grab what will end up being one of the best albums of the year here!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

UP ALL NIGHT: Vampire Weekend - Unbelievers

Feels Like: Arcade Fire if they weren't depressed all the time

One of my favorite bands Vampire Weekend debuted a new song, "Unbelievers," on Jimmy Kimmel last night and it's pretty much everything we've come to expect from the band.  Catchy melodies, a buoyant beat, and interesting instrumentation are their hallmarks and "Unbelievers" delivers them in spades.  Fingers crossed this means their third album is on the horizon!

Up All Night is a segment in which we document the very best in late night TV performances so you don't have to listen to celebrities tell dumb stories.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Travis Barker & Yelawolf - Whistle Dixie

Feels like: Yelawolf spittin over a drumline

Happy Halloween!  Enjoy a spooky video from the king of drums and Yelawolf

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Antlers - Drift Drive

Feels Like: Four Tet, Radiohead, Sigur Ros

We've seen the negative effects water can have on people's lives this past 24 hours.  Today, the Antlers bring us a few of the positive ones with their new video for "Drift Drive."  This slow motion collage of underwater images increases the tranquil and calculated nature of the song and reminds us that the ocean can be a pretty calm place when not stirred up by overly aggressive female hurricanes.  Stay safe everybody!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Haim - Don't Save Me

Feels Like: Florence and the Machine, Noah & The Whale, Feist
Hello again blogland. Between studying for this graduate exam and my alma mater's homecoming this past weekend, you could say that I have been adequately distracted. All the same,  I feel compelled to share this little bit of magic. Check out the above mini-documentary, that essentially plays like a tiny musical coming-of-age story, and I think you will be falling as hard for the three sisters from LA as I am. I have a much greater understanding of their musical beginnings and a new appreciation for Haim's family oriented approach. I mean, they bring their parents on tour! After you've dug deep into that, you've got to check out their new single, "Dont Save Me". Reminiscent of those upbeat 1980's jams that I was not yet alive to appreciate in all of its lived-in glory, I can help but smile. I am desperately hoping for an Nashville drop in. Enjoy and share.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Eclypse - The Belgreen Sessions

Feels like: Yury, Kendrick Lamar, Stalley, Pete Philly & Perquisite, 1982, Raz

So my buddy, Diego, another Pittsburgh native, who turned me on to Yury is also a producer/musician himself and his talent can be heard on Eclypse's "The Belgreen Sessions".  His producer name is Paco, and his favorite song is 61C, and can be heard below.  I would have to say my favorite is "City Steps".  The whole mixtape can be found right here.  Oh and don't worry, I still hate every Pittsburgh sports team, but I am definitely loving the hip hop scene.  But again, sit back, relax, enjoy and chill.

Yury - Mind the Time/Signatune

Feels like: Kendrick Lamar, Chancellor Warhol, Big K.R.I.T., Frank Ocean, Pretty Lights, Mac Miller, Wiz Khalifa

Yury is a lyricist from Pittsburgh and definitely worth a listen.  He is from the same high school as Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa [although I feel a bit more soul in his songs].  This is his latest video and the beat is so so nice.  Signatune is just a sweet song to hear his flow.  Sit back, relax, enjoy and chill.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Yo Nashville: Carey Ott - Muddy Water

Feels Like: Van Morrison, Anders Osborne, Tom Petty

Sit back and relax.  Carey Ott has the easy country rock sound of Tom Petty on lock and a voice not far from Van Morrison's, making this perfect music for all your fall outdoor events.  You can cop his new album, Human Heart, here.

Yo Nashville is a segment in which we highlight local talent from here in Music City U.S.A.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

ZZ Ward - Put the Gun Down/Cryin' Wolf

Feels like: Adele, Childish Gambino, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Regina Spektor, Electric Hearts

This lady has a nice set of pipes and soul for days.  Atlanta friends check her out at Vinyl on November 12th.  Nashville Brethren will be at 12th and Porter on November 13th for her set.  Also check out Kendrick Lamar on the track below [his new album "good kid, m.A.A.d city" came out yesterday, it's also stellar].  Go on'n'cry boy

Friday, October 19, 2012

A$AP Rocky - Fucking Problem Featuring Drake, 2 Chainz, & Kendrick Lamar

Feels Like: Childish Gambino, Hit-Boy, Odd Future

Noah "40" Shebib, Drake's in-house producer, has crafted an amazing track, moody and atmospheric yet not lacking any punch thanks to some heavy-hitting drum samples.  But a rap song is only as good as its verses, and A$AP, Kendrick, and Drake don't disappoint.  Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Deap Vally - End of the World

Feels Like: Led Zeppelin, Queens of the Stone Age, early Black Keys

Here's a little cosmic blues stomp-rock for your Thursday.  With a wail reminiscent of Robert Plant, primordial riffs a la early Black Keys, and a look that would fit in at your local biker bar, what's not to love?

"Gonna Make My Own Money" is worth a spin as well.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Lazyeyes - Forever/Nostalgia

Feels like: The Strokes, Artic Monkeys, The Kooks, Oberhofer, Silversun Pickups, Metric

Gotta love it when good music just falls in your lap.  These guys are another crew from Brooklyn, and their EP drops tomorrow. Check em out!

Monday, October 15, 2012

El-P - Stay Down

Feels Like: Aesop Rock, Yelawolf, Atmosphere
I'm not going to lie to you here. I was completely unaware of El-P and his contributions to the hip-hop movement. Upon further review, El-P has been a massive force in the industry for the last decade. As the cofounder of owner and current CEO of Definitive Jux, El-P has had a major hand to play in the forwarding of Alternative Rap. His label includes, but is not limited to, such artists as Aesop Rock, Murs, and RJD2. Check out this comedic and twisted prequel to "The Full Retard" off of his new album, Cancer 4 Cure.

Review: Matt and Kim with Oberhofer at Varitey Playhouse in Atlanta

You ever have a day that everything seems to be going wrong, but it ends up working out perfectly?  This past weekend I headed to my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia for a taste of the great fun Brooklyn has to offer.  That's right, Brooklyn.

My buddy Chason and I had been meaning to see a Falcons game, and wanted to round out the weekend with our other favorite past-time, going to great concerts.  Well first off, this concert is scheduled to start at 7:30, and we live about 4 hours away from Atlanta in the great city of Nashville.  Not a problem at all when you get off work at noon to head down.  A big problem when Chason gets dragged into a meeting putting us into heading out of Nashville at 3p.  We hit plenty of traffic on the ride down too [with rush hour in Chattanooga and Pride Festival happening in Atlanta].  We got to the venue right at 8:30, hopefully in time to catch most of Matt and Kim, already giving up on seeing one of my favorite new bands Oberhofer for the 5th time [yes, I missed all of their Bonnaroo sets].

8:30 on the dot, Oberhofer fires up their amps and lets loose on the crowd.  Unrefined, edgy, fun and completely energized, these guys know how to put on a show.  Sure, it was not a polished show, but it reminded of the Kooks half a decade ago.  Chason had never had an opportunity to really listen to them, but we both agreed, the raw talent and excitement alone kept their show very fun and entertaining.  And after touring with Matt and Kim, they will polish up their act and I know these guys will be huge [I mean they already have a spot on T-Mobile commercials].  "We're Oberhofer.  That's O. B. E. R. H. O. F. E. R. We love you with a passion.  That's Matt, that's Dylan, that's Ben, that's Pete and I'm Brad" [please note they introduced themselves like this twice during the show and never once actually pointed to who was who, which was a bit more charming than it was confusing].

Up next, the show I've been dying to see since freshmen year of college, Matt and Kim.  Bumping bassy hip-hop jams and dancing around constantly, while chubby children workout on the big screen behind them, Matt and Kim absolutely kill it.  It was so much more fun than I had expected, and I had always heard the best about their shows.  About three songs deep they toss 250 flat balloons into the crowd, with the instruction "blow these up, hold onto them, then at the count of 1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4 chuck em!"  Well, 1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4 and confetti blows out, balloons explode into the sky, and a dancey happy rave begins.  A few more tracks down and after flirting, joking and just making everyone in the crowd feel like the center of the universe, Kim has a special request.  She wants to stand on the hands of everyone in the front and drop it low.  Hands are immediately up and ready to hold her as we bump to some more old time hip hop faves.  "Good Old-Fashioned Nightmare" fires up and right before the chorus, an ode to "Jump On It" fires out into the crowd.  A packed venue makes sure to bounce, wobble, dance and superman about.

If and when you get a chance to see Matt and Kim, take it.  My favorite show of the year [well tied with the Naked and Famous].  Check out my favorite video of their's "Block after Block" for just a slight taste of the excellence that is Matt and Kim.  And I promise you, the more you hear and see of Oberhofer, take time to learn about them, and go see these guys in Concert.  Check out their single "Away FRM U" below.

Hello Brooklyn, How ya doin?  Excellent.  Excellent indeed

Friday, October 12, 2012

Kanye West - White Dress

Feels Like: College Dropout, Late Registration, Graduation

Old-school, introspective Kanye is back!  This cut is from the upcoming OST for RZA's directorial debut, The Man With the Iron Fists.  Sounding the most laid back he's been in years, Kanye waxes poetical over the requisite slowed-down soul sample and it couldn't sound any better if it had come out ten years ago.  Paired with a globetrotting photo-journal as a video, it comes close to perfection.  Enjoy your weekend!

Skip the Use - Ghost

Feels like: Fifa soundtracks, Block Party, Jim Noir, Blur

Ok, so sometimes you literally stumble onto something awesome.  I can't even begin to understand why it is so difficult for us to get music easily from overseas, nor why we haven't been introduced to Skip the Use yet, but they are worth a listen.  You can pretty much only youtube them, so continue searching through the videos.  Also check and download the awesome remix by Maxowl below.  Friday, yeah, that's right, Friday.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Goldroom - Fifteen [Oxford Remix]

Feels like: Mkaio, Wildcat! Wildcat!, Foxes, RYAT, Cherub, Wild Cub, The XX, Miike Snow

Fall in love once again with Goldroom.  This remix and video makes me really want a vacation.  Really well put together.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Ambassadors - Unconsolable

Feels Like: TV on the Radio, Nine Inch Nails, Muse, Imagine Dragons

It's hard to place Ambassadors' sound.  "Unconsolable" starts with moody keyboards and industrial drums (the staples for Brooklyn-based indie bands), but then the horns come in and it's transformed into something fresh and almost uplifting.  The video features Girls star Zosia Mamet as she plots and executes her boyfriends' murder.  Ambassadors' debut album, Litost, is out now.

RAC - Hollywood [Escort Remix]

Feels like: Rubblebucket broke into RAC's computers and added a little bit of brassy goodness

RAC just released their Hollywood Remix Bundle on Soundcloud.  Download them all.  Enjoy!

Yo Nashville: Magic Wands - Space/Black Magic

Feels like: Pop Levi, the XX, Phantogram, Klaxons, The Naked and Famous

In a video that reminds me of a Shakespearian remix of "Are you afraid of the dark", the Magic Wands display an eerie world where Chris Angel, Boy George and Madonna could all happily coexist.  Their sound is great though, and worth a listen [and they are native Nashvillians].  Checkout their single "Black Magic" below.

Yo Nashville is a segment in which we highlight local talent from here in Music City U.S.A.

Cub Scouts - Told You So/Evie

Feels like: The Griswolds, Bombay Bicycle Club, Matt and Kim, Coconut Records, Fires of Rome, Imagine Dragons, Grouplove

The newest single from Australian wonderkinder Cub Scouts is a blast from our days of yore.  If this doesn't remind of "Double Dare", "Gak", "Salute Your Shorts", "Dunkaroos", and "Creepy Crawlers", then you probably didn't have a childhood.  Also check out "Evie" an awesome video with more of that color confetti joy that I know you were looking for.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Pacific Air - Float

Feels like: Eliza Doolittle, Peter Bjorn and John, Metronomy, The Griswolds, Alex Winston

Here's a good one to whistle while you work today.  Happy Monday

Friday, October 5, 2012

Diamond Rugs - Blue Mountains

Feels Like: Velvet Underground, Beck, Grinderman

Diamond Rugs will be playing Nashville on October 29th at the Zombieshop.  Have fun singing da da-da-da da-da da-da-da-daaaa all weekend!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Menomena - Plumage

Feels like: Maps and Atlases, Silversun Pickups, The Morning Benders, Lost Lander

Hey everyone! Check out this really neat new video from Menomena.  Just a great way to spend 5 minutes.  Enjoy

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Matt and Kim - Overexposed

Feels like: Everything magical about Matt and Kim

And the joy is back ladies and gents.  Matt and Kim's latest album "Lightning" is now out and you can stream every song on their youtube channel right now!  Get some great new sound to pound your eardrums with.  And let's go!

Under the Covers: Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper - Up on Cripple Creek (The Band Cover)

It's raining.  If it wasn't, I'd have gone straight to a river after watching this video.  I give you "Up on Cripple Creek" performed on a creek.

Under the Covers is a segment where favorite songs are covered in a refreshing way.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Isbells - Heading For The Newborn

Feels like: Blind Pilot, Freelance Whales, Milo Greene, Fort Lean, Bon Iver

Waffles.  That was my previous favorite Belgian offering.  Belgian waffles with a big ole dollop of whipped cream.  Well I found a new Belgian favorite, Isbells.  They are all the harmony and relaxation I can handle.  With a big ole dollop of good.  Real good.  Give them a listen and tell me they aren't your new favorite Belgian treat...Even better than waffles.  Unfortunately for us in the states, you won't be seeing them in concert anytime soon.  Fingers crossed that they cross the pond and play on in Nashville before too long.  Enjoy!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Hey Marseilles - Rio

Feels Like: Blind Pilot, Typhoon, Blitzen Trapper, The Lumineers
Hey guys, wanted to share another one of those infectious rhythmic things with all the different tones and stuff. Hey Marseilles is a creator of those infectious rhythmic things with all the different tones and stuff hailing from Seattle, WA. They seven piece group have created unique indie-classical blend that is quite easy on the ears and I happen to enjoy. The uplifting track Rio comes of their 2008 debut Album "To Travels & Trunks" and the accompanying local theatre-esque video just looks like plain charming. Check out the tunes and have a happy Saturday!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Pete Philly & Perquisite - Mystery Repeats / Hope

Feels Like:  Lupe Fiasco, Da Grassroots, Panacea, Sound Providers, Gramatik, RJD2, Nightmares On Wax, Wax Tailor, Fat Boy Slim, Common

Pete Philly & Perquisite have been one of my favorite groups since I first heard them in 2006 during a backpacking trip to Amsterdam.  This duo got more playtime than any other group or artist in my college dorm room and they were even my very first Pandora station way back in the day.  MC Pieter "Pete Philly" Monzon originally from Aruba, gives the duo its smooth and poetic voice while cellist  Pieter "Prequisite" Perquin produces and supplies the clean bass lines that I have fallen in love with.  The group put out three albums from 2003-2009 which earned critical acclaim across Europe, however they never really made it across the pond to the US.  A  creamy blend of hip-hop, jazz, funk, and soul, Pete Philly & Perquisite provides the perfect soundtrack for a hungover Sunday morning or as a nice change of pace in your pre-game music mix.  They have since gone their separate ways but dont fret,  both continue to put out music that is definitely worth checking out.  Pete Philly & Perquisite
 hold a very special place in my heart as they redefined what hip-hop music meant to me, and are responsible for my love of jazz, soul, and trip-hop.  

Split Seconds - Top Floor

Feels like:  Ben Lee, Monsters Calling Home, The Griswolds, Dan Mangan, Jinja Safari, The Head and the Heart, Artic Monkeys

Another gem coming out of Australia.  Killer video sure to make you chuckle.  It's time to start your weekend.  3, 2, 1, enjoy!

ON AN ON - Ghosts

Feels like: Letting Up Despite Great Faults, The Postal Service, The Shins, Modest Mouse, Of Monsters and Men, When Saints Go Machine

Hey Friday, where the heck ya been?  Well, it's about time you showed up, and thanks to you I get to watch some of my favorites tonight at War Memorial.  That's right, Rubblebucket, Reptar, Cherub and ON AN ON are playing tonight for "Celebrate the City".  Well, I already knew that I loved the first 3, but I just found out about ON AN ON, and I must say, based on their only released single "Ghosts", I am very excited to see them tonight.  The song is lovely, slightly eerie [but in all the right ways] and hauntingly charming.  It's got that familiar sound that seems vaguely lost.  Ghosts are exactly what come to mind when listening to this echo-entrenched etude [wrong word, I know, but I liked the whole E thing I had going].  Enjoy now, then later come see it all live.  Doses Eskimosas, Friday y'all!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Run River North [formerly: Monsters Calling Home] - Foxbeard/ Mr. Brightside

Feels Like: Of Monsters and Men, Bon Iver, Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Head and the Heart, Deer Tick, Dawes, Delta Spirit, Justin Townes Earle

Aren’t you tired of people asking you who your favorite Los Angles based, all Asian, indie rock band is and not having an answer?  Well thanks to a YouTube ad, a little bit of luck, and Honda I have finally found the perfect band that satisfies all the before mentioned requirements.  Last night as I was searching for STS9 videos and a  YouTube ad popped up.  Normally I would yell a couple profanities and mumble about how much better YouTube was in the “good ol’ days” without ads, but this time YouTube got it right.  This 5 min. ad by Honda showcased an up and coming band, Monsters Calling Home.  After a quick Google search I found some of their videos and liked what I heard.    Monsters does a great job of mixing folk influences with acoustic and electric instrumentation in a new way that is sure to get your foot tapping. They also have a couple great Black Keys and Killers covers on their SoundCloud page.  While there isn’t much of them out there now, and no tour to date, I have a feeling we will be hearing much more of them in the weeks to come. Oh yeah, they were also showcased on Jimmy Kimmel Live a couple nights ago which shouldn’t hurt.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Madeon - The City

Feels Like: Deadmau5, Zedd, Porter Robinson
In the spirit of Eskimo Brother Miguel's post of The Griswolds' video, I give the awesome-looking, paint-powder filled visuals for Madeon's The City. The visuals depict a group of youth roaming a collection of warehouses in a giant paint battle. Not only is the song filled with a fun, up-tempo, dancy melody, the video also illustrates some of the most fun I can imagine having. At around the 1:45 mark, a guy blasts a powder pain rocket launcher. Oh dear god, I want to do this. I cannot wait for Diwali.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Action Bronson - It's Me

Feels Like: Thugged-out "Under the Sea," Fred the Godson, Schoolboy Q

From the producer/rapper duo that brought you the awesome Blue Chips mixtape, comes this 90 seconds of pure, unadulterated tropical rap.  Shout out to Eskimo Brother Sean for the assist.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Under The Covers - Michael Kiwanuka, Ben Howard with his band, India and Chris, Ben Lovett, The Staves and Johannes from Bear’s Den - Over The Hill (John Martyn Cover)

Feels Like: A lot of great folk musicians doing great things
This is just a cacophony of great folk and soul musicians. The recording comes from a session during SXSW this past year at Cacophony Recorders (fittingly). Admittedly, I was not aware of the original when I found this song. However, I believe that prior knowledge of a cover's origin point is not a necessity to enjoy in its transformative power because, as in this case, both the cover and the original can lead you to something great, whether new or old. And isn't that part of the joy of discovering music? Just my thoughts. But seriously ya'll, check this one out. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Mumford & Sons - Babel

Feels Like: Fleet Foxes, The Avett Brothers, Typhoon, Of Monsters and Men, The Lumineers
This is the latest release coming from Mumford & Sons. They stick to their insatiable folkly stomp happy ways with this title track for their upcoming album release. Check out this leak and do a jig (or whatever folk-driven dance suits you) to get pumped for the album release on September 25th. I'm jigging right now... yeah

Diplo - About That Life Feat. Jathan Lennon

Feels Like: Rodriguez, Donovan, The Beatles

We last heard from Diplo when he dropped the first single from Major Lazer's upcoming sophomore album.  Now it looks like the globe-trotting DJ will be unleashing a new solo album, his first since 2004's Florida.  Get heady.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Alt-J - Something Good

Feels Like: The Antlers, Radiohead, Modest Mouse

Mercury Prize nominated Alt-J have crafted a killer album in An Awesome Wave.  "Something Good" is one of the standout tracks and the video includes a matador. Win-Win. Shout out to Jake and Bake for the tip.

The Griswolds - Heart of a Lion/Mississippi

Feels like: Jinja Safari, The Strokes, Oberhofer, The Elwins, Vampire Weekend, Reptar, Friendly Fires,  Wildcat! Wildcat!

So you might have noticed some aesthetic changes on the site, namely a green eskimo has joined the brethren.  It is my pleasure today to not only introduce you to a fantastic new band from Australia, "The Griswolds" but also to our newest blogger, Cam.  He will hopefully round out our blog with a more west coast vibe, and we look forward to his musings.

Now onto the Griswolds.  These guys are every bit as fun and crazy as their sound is electrifying.  I am very jealous that I do not get to grow up in Australia with some of my very favorites starting there.  Check out their EP "Heart of a Lion" coming out on the 29th (9 days)!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Yuna ft. Theophilus London - Live Your Life

Feels Like: Erykah Badu, Sadé, Robin Thicke,
I had never heard of Yuna before about 2:30 this afternoon when I was taking one of my "extended breaks" at work. Boy, am I glad I did. This Malaysian native has a silky jazz tone that reminds me of more modern Sadé with the updated soulful touch of Jill Scott. I realize that is a convoluted neo-soul reference, but that's what I got. Check out this Pharrell produced cut featuring a nice complementary verse from Theophilus London.

Rich Aucoin - Brian Wilson is A.L.i.V.E.

Feels like: Beck, Flaming Lips, Jim Noir, Gardens & Villa, Coldplay

Enjoy Rich Aucoin's latest video above!  It follows the times of Brian Wilson, and the song is mesmerizing.  Dancey. Happy. Fun.

Under The Covers: Harriet - Have a Little Faith in Me / Lost (John Hiatt / Frank Ocean Cover)

Feels Like: The Killers, Dawes, Delta Spirit

Formed by former Dawes keyboardist Alex Casnoff, LA-based Harriet are loud and soulful, with a knack for catchy songwriting.  Check out the first installment in their new covers series, a combination of John Hiatt and Frank Ocean songs, that works right?  Also, if you haven't checked out The Shining-influenced video for their debut single, "I Slept with All Your Mothers," do it now!

Under the Covers is a segment where favorite songs are covered in a refreshing way.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Dan Mangan - About As Helpful As You Can Be Without Being Any Help At All/Post War Blues

Feels like: Keane, The Head and the Heart, The Lumineers, The Walkmen, Dawes

Rainy Monday got you down?  Here's a quick fix to get you back into your weekly routine.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Raz - They'll Speak

Feels Like: Nas, Yealawolf, Talib Kweli
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you pure unadulterated hip-hop. If you knew or not, I was away from the blog for a minute, and in my scramblings through the blogosphere (word?) I came across, what I see as, a great up-and-coming rapper. Raz is a Seattle native and his hip-hop style is more of a fierce poetic narrative than a couple of corny one-liners about how many girls at the club drink his champagne. The song comes in a capella and builds with the fade in of the inception title track to sharpen the edge of his story laden rhymes. This one is a must see for true hip hop fans.

Upon further research, I also feel obligated to share another great Hip-Hop jam, 10 Feet Tall. Everything that stands for the former also stands for this. It's great to hear real hip hop.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

1982 - Up Every Night (Remix) Feat. Cory Gunz & Kid Ink

Feels Like: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Classified, Big Sean
I have been listening to Statik Selektah since last fall when he release his 4th studio album entitled Population Control. On that album, there was a track, similar to this, that caught my eye in it's creative beat construction and flow (Live & Let Live). Statik delivers agains as part of the two part duo, 1982. This feel good song features the talents of Statik and Terminology, as well as a couple of rising hip hop stars. Give it a listen, check it out on itunes, and enjoy.

Suburban Living - I Don't Fit In

Feels Like: M83, Chairlift, Most 80s Movies, Animal Collective
... and I'm back! Life can get pretty, shall we say, distracting sometimes and you have got be vigilant about what makes your happiness clock tick. Well, I'm glad to say that this blog is a big part of my "happiness clock". I think maybe I should ditch this metaphor. In any case, Suburban Living is the one man musical project of Norfolk's own, Wesley Bunch. This song comes off his Cooper's Dream EP, a record that he wrote when he was fresh out of college and in and out of jobs. I'm not sure if you can hear unemployment, but if this is it then it's pretty damn catchy. The track "I Don't Fit In" is a straight anthem. I think we call can pick up on notes of M83 and [insert your 80's reference here]. Check it out and enjoy.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Mkaio - All Night

Feels like: M83, Washed Out, Cherub, Polica, Pretty Lights

Check out Mkaio's dope interactive website, you can literally play with this forever.  O and the songs deserve a listen as well.  My favorite is above.  Friday.

Styles of Beyond - Damn Feat. Michael Bublé

Feels Like: Blue Scholars, Atmosphere, Classified

Here's a little piano-laced underground west-coast hip-hop to kick off your weekend.  And it features a hook by Mr. Bublé himself!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Yo Nashville: Andrew Combs - A Month of Bad Habits / Worried Man

Feels Like: Justin Townes Earle, Ryan Adams, William Elliott Whitmore

Andrew Combs continues his evolution as a songwriter and artist.  Last time we brought you the mellow "Tennessee Time", now we get the darker, CMT-approved track "Month of Bad Habits."  This song sees Combs continuing to revisit old country tropes with a fresh eye, while also showcasing his amazing guitar work.  Also released today is "Worried Man," the first single from his upcoming debut album of the same name.

Yo Nashville is a segment in which we highlight local talent from here in Music City U.S.A.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Yo Nashville: Don Gallardo - Sinking Ships

Feels Like: Joe Purdy, Old Crow Medicine Show, Rayland Baxter

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Don Gallardo touts a laid-back pop-folk sound best exemplified by the standout track, "Sinking Ships," from his latest release, The Art of Troublesome Times.  It's a great, straight forward folk tune and guaranteed to be stuck in your head for days.  Nashvillians, you can catch him at a couple of places in the next few weeks.  Peep his dates here.


Yo Nashville is a segment in which we highlight local talent from here in Music City U.S.A.

Monday, September 10, 2012


Feels like: Of Monsters and Men, Jinja Safari, Fixers

Enjoy a little outdoors on this beautiful September day!  Trails and ways and places and people and fun.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Imagine Dragons - It's Time/Destination

Feels like: Jinja Safari, Walk the Moon, Grouplove, Awolnation, Youngblood Hawke, Fun.

Check out Imagine Dragons playing at the Bonnaroo offices.  Why can't this happen at my office?  Also check them out live at Mercy Lounge October 22nd.  I know I am.

Kanye West, Jay-Z & Big Sean - Clique

Feels Like: Watch the Throne, Neptunes, Timbaland

Here's your perfect start to the weekend.  Kanye and Jay-Z continue their reign as hip-hop's undisputed kings. This beat feels as epic as everything they've dropped in the past two years.  HOV goes particularly hard.  G.O.O.D. Music's Cruel Summer drops September 18th and you can check out the tracklist here.  And yes, Mase will be on the album.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Matt and Kim - Now

Feels Like: Los Campesinos!, Sleigh Bells, New Pornographers

Matt and Kim have released the second single (after the very solid "Let's Go") from their upcoming fourth album, Lightning, and as usual, it's extremely catchy.  Enjoy the epilepsy-inducing lyric video below!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Shovels and Rope - O' Be Joyful

Feels Like: Justin Townes Earle, The Raconteurs' "Carolina Drama," Those Darlins

Had the pleasure of catching this Charleston, SC-based duo opening for Jonny Corndawg a little while back, and their excellent new album, O' Be Joyful has just been released.  The album seamlessly jumps from 50's rock and roll to stompbox blues to hearty Americana, all the while sounding expansive and meticulously crafted.  Nashvillians, you can catch them next Wednesday (9/12) at the Basement.

Mick Boogie/Peter Bjorn and John - Stay This Way [Remix]

Feels like: Chiddy Bang, Vacationer, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

So I was going to post the original "Stay This Way", but I ran into this gooder and decided to share.  It takes all the good elements of the old and brings in a more amped up sound to create a solid song.  The video also brings the joy.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Yo Nashville: Old Crow Medicine Show - Levi

Feels Like: The Punch Brothers, Bela Fleck, Trampled by Turtles

Finally got a chance to listen to OCMS's new album, Carry Me Back, and it's pretty much amazing throughout.  It might even be their best yet.  "Levi" still stood out; great music for any and all porch activities.  Here's the in-studio performance at Nashville's own Lightning 100.

Yo Nashville is a segment in which we highlight local talent from here in Music City U.S.A.

Mamas Gun - Get A High

Feels Like: Allen Stone, Al Jarreau, Chris Cauley, Al Green
On my way back to Nashville this weekend I was feelin' the soul vibe. So, I set out and set the "dial" to the Allen Stone Pandora station and made a pledge to myself to not change it. In my travels I came across this one from Mamas Gun and I immediately looked for a video when I got home. This five-piece soul group from London brings the soul in spades. They have a distinct dirty rock feeling to their soul vibe. Kindly view and enjoy

Friday, August 31, 2012

Dirty Projectors - Gun Has No Trigger/Ascending Melody

Feels like: Edward Sharpe playing dubstep, Devendra Banhart

We had the pleasure of seeing these guys play with Pop Etc. at the Cannery a couple of weeks ago.  The show was spectacular and honestly this band is a must see.  The recordings do not demonstrate the amount of rhythms, pitches and melodies that are all happening simultaneously.  It is a true experience.  Enjoy!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

JD McPherson - North Side Gal

Feels Like: Ray Charles, Jerry Lewis, Justin Townes Earle, Rubblebucket
I got one to share. This one goes out to my roomate Whit (he gave that weird "birds coming out of the nest" analogy a while back). He has graced my ears a new jib to shake to. Yes, that is appropriate language for the song. This is a new guy called JD McPhearon. This is a honestly a new take on classic rockabilly. When I put this through my iTunes Genius a bizzare mix of new school hip-hop, old school crooners and modern rock came up. I leave it to you to figue that one out. Warning: extremely catchy.

Telefon Tel Aviv - Farenheit Fair Enough

Feels Like: Apparat, edIT, Ulrich Schnauss, Múm

This one is a perfect cool "chill sesh" song. Telfon Tel Aviv comes out of New Orleans, LA and I have been listening for quite a while. They put forth a glitchy trip-hop sound that I can get down to, but at the same time just relax and absorb. The band sadly lost one of its members in 2009. However, I have been listening to this one for a while nonetheless, and I hope you will be too. Pull up a chair and just feel this one.

YesYou - Frivolous Life [ft. Marcus Azon of Jinja Safari]/Half of It

Feels like: RAC, Foster the People, Yeasayer, Pop Etc., Wildcat! Wildcat!, LexiconDon

Check out YesYou's latest single "Frivolous Life" with Marcus Azon of Jinja Safari.  It is a great collaboration and if you have been searching for the next Foster the People, this very well could be it.  Also, if you love Wildcat! Wildcat! as much as I do, be sure to check out "Half of it".  Yay! Music!

Stalley - Everything New/Petrin Hill Peonies

Feels like: Kanye West, Wale, Meek Mill, Rick Ross, MMG

My response to the Rowdy's last post "Thrift Shop" - "Everything New".  Also seriously check out Stalley's killer single "Petrin Hill Peonies".  My roommate Chason turned me on to this epic track.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Thrift Shop Feat. Wanz

Feels Like: Classified, Hoodie Allen, Chiddy Bang

Fur coats+Hawaiian shirts+onesies+horndriven beat+a cold ass honky=JAM.