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