Saturday, June 30, 2012

Azealia Banks - Nathan Ft. Styles P

Feels like: Missy Elliott killin' it on a Diplo track

Ever since Nicki Minaj turned out to be a bust, the world has been patiently awaiting a talented female rapper.  Azealia Banks has released nothing but quality tunes, and the Styles P-featuring banger, "Nathan" is no exception. No word yet on the upcoming mixtape Fantasea or her debut album, "Broke with Expensive Taste."

Friday, June 29, 2012

Alan Wilkis - Come and Go (feat. The KickDrums)

Feels Like: An epic body-crunching summer celebration

The weekend is back and with it come the weekend ragers. Summer is in full swing and that party atmosphere is only a couple of cold cheap beers away. For your raging needs,  I bring you a very cool collaboration between brooklyn producer Alan Wilkis and The KickDrums as part of his PRINTS project.  In this project, Wilkis releases a set of instrumentals and teams up with various vocalists to take  the base piece in new musical directions. The accompanying video takes this one over the top. It was shot in 360ยบ and gives you the ability to click and drag as you watch. Kick off the weekend with this one and grab the download. Also, make sure to check out the full PRINTS project.

If you're digging the sound, but feel that the song could use a rappers touch. No worries, Wilkis got you. Check out the remix he did with Big Pooh and The Kid Daytona here

Yo Nashville: JEFF the Brotherhood - Sixpack

Feels like: the Ramones, the Black Keys

107 degree record high today in Nashville.  Summer is definitely here, but luckily JEFF brings us an amazing way to kick back and chill.  1) Grab a sixpack. 2) Grab a bendy straw.  3) Place straw into bottle then bend top over the side.  4) Put mouth around bottle top and straw, so that the straw is open down.  5) Lift beer to heaven and chug contents.  You just learned how to snorkel a beer.  Now repeat steps 3-5 for the remaining beers.  If you're up for it, do two at a time [that's a pearl diver]. Enjoy!

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

Yo Nashville: Humming House - Cold Chicago

Feels like:  Mumford and Sons, Punch Brothers, The Avett Brothers

Need something to play at your next tent revival or barn burner? Nashvillians Humming House are perfect for any old-timey occasion.  They'll be playing Lightning 100's Independence Rocks on July 3rd in front of Tin Roof with Apache Relay and Moon Taxi! You can grab Humming House's self-titled debut here.

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

MUTEMATH - Prytania

Feels like: Muse, Le Tigre, The Graduate, Temper Trap

It's pouring outside.  I have tickets to the MUTEMATH concert just a few blocks away, but outdoors [really I have tickets to the Reptar, Wick-It, Sleigh Bells and Wiz Khalifa concert].  I decide that I am not going.  A few minutes later I get a call from a friend who tells me I am missing the show of a lifetime.  Not a joke, this was one of the funnest shows to stumble upon.  Pouring rain, just 200 intimate fans, myself and a few friends.  This band knows how to show up for their fans.  Ch-Ch-Ch-Check it out

Thursday, June 28, 2012

She's A Keeper - Stupid Heart

Feels Like: The Head and the Heart, The Tallest Man On Earth, The Avett Brothers

The folk feel is in and She's A Keeper has got it. This more or less undiscovered talent have grabbed a hold of that prevalent folk oriented mood, tweaked it a little, and then rubbed that tweaked mixture all over. If you dig this song also check out their bandcamp where you can download their live EP for free.

Countdown - The Elwins and Luke Lalonde

THE ELWINS & LUKE LALONDE - "Countdown" by Beyonce from Mitch Fillion ( on Vimeo.
Feels Like: Born Ruffians, The Dodos, Los Campesinos!

I love covers that can transform a song into something new and possibly even better. Check out this very cool remake of Beyonce's "Countdown".  The Elwins and Luke LaLonde of Born Ruffians put thier own individual spin on the song and out of that collaboration comes something in the vein of indy pop and completely original. I would like to add that the lead guitarist is rocking a 1970s power porn stache. If that doesn't peak your interest then.... that's probably OK too

James Welsh - Air Valley

Feels like: Moby Djing a summer BBQ

Don't listen to a ton of house music, but something about old-school soul vocals gets me.  There's not a lot of info out there about James Welsh except that he was once in the hardcore band, 'The Rise.'  He's obviously done a 180 with this song.  Reminds me of the Moby jam, "Flower." A little mellow dance music for your Thursday.

Chairlift - I Belong in Your Arms

Feels like: Yeasayer, Friendly Fires, I Break Horses

Great new song from their 2012 album "Something".  This song reeks of every final kiss scene in 80's teen movies, and will have you dreaming of Phoebe Cates at the pool.  Merry Summer to you.

He's My Brother, She's My Sister - Clackin' Heels

Feels like: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Timber Timbre

He's My Brother, She's My sister is an exciting new band from LA fronted by siblings Robert and Rachel Kolar.  Their live performance is exceptional, and Nashville folks, be on the lookout; They are coming to 12th and Porter for a show on July 20th.  I'll catch y'all there, tap-tap-tappin my feets to their fun and eclectic beats.

Also check out How'm I Gonna Get Back Home Tonight:

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Pac Div - Automatic

Feels Like: The Cool Kids, Tyler the Creator, KIDZ IN THE HALL

This one is a banger. It's got that stripped down, almost bounce-like feel to it. Definitely keep this one in rotation. 

Houndmouth - Krampus

Feels like: The Band, The Head and the Heart

The Band reincarnated in Southern Indiana, yep.  It's been a while since a band with only three released songs has sounded this full.

Penitentiary is tops too:


Feels Like: Reptar, Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend

And the summer jams keep rolling... With this band's inspiration originating in the scene of a hot summer day in Sao Paolo, Brazil, TRAILS AND WAYS delivers with a solid 9 on the summer scale. Also, the video is a couple of really cool scenes from what looks like a 1980's version of Brazil. Oh, and there's Brazilian dancing roller skaters. Victory.

Blockhead - The Music Scene

Feels like: The Avalanches, Mexican Institute of Sound, Phantogram

A laid back summer jam for the perfect time between sun-down and the start of a party.  Trust me.  The video is quite a trip too.

Art vs Science - Parlez-Vous Francais?

Feels like: Daft Punk playing Devo songs

The bounce is back.  And it came from Australia.

Check out "Flippers" as well.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Jinja Safari - Forest Eyes

Feels like: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, tUnE-yArDs, Passion Pit, 

A fun and upbeat breath of fresh air from Australia.  This band is every bit as wild and charismatic as you can handle.  Also check out the video.  Reminds me of "Where the Wild Things Are".  Enjoy.