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.