Monday, December 30, 2013

The Senators - Music From Another Room

Feels like: Husky, Vance Joy, Desert Noises, Local Natives, AA Bondy, Wake Owl, Rayland Baxter, Langhorne Slim

Not much to say about this one, just give it a listen if your in for a down tempo killer tune.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Silent Rider - Turn It Around Remix

Feels like: James Blake, Funeral Suits, Wildcat! Wildcat!

Check out this awesome remix of Lucius' "Turn It Around" by Silent Rider.  Also check out of the original song below, like a super good mix of Cults, Alex Winston and Phantogram.

Radical Dads - Rapid Reality

Feels Like: The Thermals, Los Campesinos!, Pete and the Pirates

Winner of the best new band name of 2013 goes to Radical Dads, hands down. For all you other great new band names out there, I'm sorry. It's not your year. Go back to the drawing board.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

D.A. - Glowing / Farm

Feels Like: Elton John, Paul McCartney, David Bowie

D.A. is one half of Chester French, a band that had Pharell's seal of approval yet has always seemed to bubble right below the surface. They did have a number of pretty great songs though. Well now he's striking out on his own and the results lean less on the throwback dance stylings of Chester French and instead dive headfirst into Elton John-style balladry. Usually this move wouldn't work, but D.A. is one talented dude. Tyler the Creator even directed the video for "Glowing" and in typical Odd Future fashion, it's extremely colorful with tiny, twisted elements that keep it just enough off-kilter.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Grand Analog - The Great Rhyme Dropper Feat. Shad

Feels Like: Rizzle Kicks, Blackalicious, Remi Kolawole

Like Australia, Canada has a burgeoning hip-hop scene that takes most of its cues from the 90s-era NYC scene. We've posted a jam by the excellent Shad before, and now we're highlighting his partner-in-crime Grand Analog. "The Great Rhyme Dropper" is all breakbeat, bass, and horn blasts with some top-notch conscious lyrics interlaced throughout. Eh?

Friday, December 13, 2013

SONOIO - Enough

Feels Like: X Ambassadors, Phantogram, Nine Inch Nails

SONOIO is comprised solely of Alessandro Cortini, who spends most of his time touring the world as keyboardist/knob-twister for Nine Inch Nails. It seems he picked up more than a thing or two from the great Trent Reznor, as "Enough" is full of expertly crafted blips and bleeps. Not only that, it is an extremely catchy wash of electro-pop.

Union Duke - Up To Me / That Old Feeling

Feels Like: Old Crow Medicine Show, Drive-By Truckers, Jason Isbell

Toronto folksters Union Duke make rollicking Americana with tinges of Old Crow Medicine Show, The Band, and Neil Young. Sure there are many bands doing this today, but Union Duke eschews the "every song needs a hoedown" philosophy of modern acts like Mumford and Sons for a more focused approach to songcraft and harmony. Let's hope they make it down from the Great White North and tour in our neck of the woods sometime.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Tan Vampires - I Found A Body/Digital Rot

Feels like: Death Cab for Cutie, Pepper Rabbit, Milo Greene, Lost Lander, AA Bondy, Johnny Flynn, Vance Joy, Husky

Brrr, it's a cold one out.  And to fit that theme of...cold, here's a gooder for you.  I hope it warms you right up.

Phantogram - Fall in Love

Feels Like: Passion Pit, Purity Ring, Cut Copy

Phantogram are finally releasing their second album. Their debut came out in '09 and while they've released some amazing EPs, it's about time they bestowed us with another full-length. Titled Voices, the effort will drop in February and is preceded by the awesome "Fall in Love," which features dark synths and left-field samples similar to previous single "Black Out Days." And if you haven't had a chance to see them live yet, do yourself a favor.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Kanye West - Black Skinhead (Flying Lotus Remix Feat. Thundercat)

Feels Like: Yeezus might have been better if Flying Lotus assisted in the production

Flying Lotus just let loose a huge zip file of unreleased music including this excellent remix of "Black Skinhead." It seems like all of the original has been left in and augmented by a top-notch bass line and some atmospheric fingerpicked guitar. Not sure if it's safe to say this is better than the original, but it definitely deserves a spot next to it in your iTunes.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Yo Nashville: Cherub - Lifesaver / Tonight

Feels Like: Chromeo, Hermitude, Andy Bull

Cherub are back! "Lifesaver" and "Tonight" (both featured on the new Antipasto EP) mark the band's first new music in almost a year. While all their releases have had a hefty dose of swagger, these songs are the first to have that earworm catchiness since early singles like "Doses and Mimosas" and "Monogamy." If this is any indication, we're in for a hell of a major label debut from them.

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

Monday, December 9, 2013

Yo Nashville: Atlas Genius - Symptoms (Wild Cub Remix)

Feels Like: Django Django, Viceroy, Metronomy

Wild Cub have added their signature groove to Atlas Genius's "Symptoms," making the track a full-bore four-on-the-floor dance jam. While the original has its merits, Wild Cub have contributed quite a bit of Euro-shimmer and funky percussion that makes for an impressive reimagining. While we know Wild Cub can kick out their own jams, it's refreshing to know that Nashville has a budding remix crew on its hands as well. Shout out to Courtney for the heads up!

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

Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Belle Brigade - My Old Home

Feels Like: Laura Marling, Feist, Bahamas

Siblings Barbara and Ethan Gruska have a pretty stellar pedigree. Their grandfather is John Williams, yeah Star-Wars-Raiders-of-the-Lost-Ark-Harry-Potter John Williams. "My Old Home" is a B-side from their 2011 self-titled debut album, and while it doesn't quite have the orchestrated perfection of their grandfather's music, it is a catchy ditty oozing with charm and warmth.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Mapei - Don't Wait

Feels Like: M.I.A, Imogen Heap, Sanitgold

Mapei, the Swedish-American originally out of Providence, has a sound that intensely catchy, yet very difficult to describe. That's all part of the intent though. With her music, Mapei is "looking to create a new way of doing soul", the artist states. The most accurate description I can give of her sound is a completely equivalent mix of Imogen Heap and Santigold. Mapei's music mixes her soulful vocal ability with some new generation electronic production. In any case, this musical exploration has genuinely caught my attention, and I love sharing. Sink your teeth into "Don't Wait" and stay posted for more as she works towards the release of her new album next year.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Chuck Inglish - Drops

Feels Like: Pac Div, Clipse, Domo Genesis

Here's a little boom bap to guide you into the weekend. Chuck Inglish sports his usual laidback stylings over some seriously heavy drums. Unfortunately, The Cool Kids are no longer together, but it's comforting that Chuck is still releasing music that stays close to those roots.

Typhoon - Young Fathers

Feels like: Los Campesinos!, Lost Lander, Freelance Whales, Bhi Bhiman, The Head and the Heart

New video for "Young Fathers" by Typhoon!  Really epic sound and visuals

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Under the Covers: The Lone Bellow - Angel From Montgomery (John Prine Cover)

Feels Like: Jason Isbell, Neil Young, Brandi Carlisle

"Angel From Montgomery" has been covered before (even showing up in movies), and in most cases, the covers have been pretty great. It's a song that lends itself well to different voices and musical accompaniment. The Lone Bellow have let loose their take and their performance combined with an overcast day and empty rooftop capture the spirit of the song perfectly.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A$AP Mob - Trillmatic Feat. Method Man

Feels Like: Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, Action Bronson

The A$AP Mob rollout continues. First to break was A$AP Rocky, then A$AP FERG, and now A$AP Nast is set to make his mark. He sounds really good on this track, but unfortunately for him Method Man swoops in and steals the show. Giving one of the best guest verses in recent memory that wasn't from a man named Kendrick, Meth goes in hard and shows that maybe it's time for him to make a comeback. To top it all off, the video and production will take you on a nice little drive down memory lane to early '90s boom-bap.

Desert Noises - Oak Tree/Wings of White

Feels like: Delta Spirit, The Head and The Heart, Lord Huron, Kings of Leon, The Weeks, The Walkmen, The Senators

The more I hear from these guys, the more I like them.  Desert Noises is a foursome from Utah, and they have that sound that is beyond epic.  Kind of like the first time I heard Lord Huron, these songs start strong and grow better every time you listen.  Sorry for introducing you to your next addiction, well, I'm not really because this is one helluva trip every time.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Father John Misty - I'm Writing a Novel

Feels Like: Edward Sharpe, Bob Dylan, JJ Cale

Some releases just breeze by. Father John Misty's Fear Fun came out ages ago, and on first listen it just didn't really stick for me. I decided to give it a second shot on my Thanksgiving travels, and that second shot led to a third, fourth, and pretty soon probably a dozen listens. Fear Fun is full of rambling road music or as my godfather calls it "Friday afternoon drinking music." It brings to mind not only troubadours like Bob Dylan and JJ Cale, but great books like On The Road and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. "I'm Writing a Novel" exemplifies this feeling best and the video, which is a travelogue of sorts from Father John Misty's tour, couldn't be more appropriate.

Grouplove - Shark Attack

Feels like: Reptar, Walk the Moon, Passion Pit, Neon Trees, Two Door Cinema Club, Peter Bjorn and John

Do you like Mariachis? Heavy Metal? Terrifying raves and moblike quincieras?  Do you just happen to love magic?  Well, Grouplove's latest video has all that and more.  Definitely a fun catchy video to match one of the best songs on their latest album.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Isaiah Rashad - Ronnie Drake Feat. SZA

Feels Like: Kendrick Lamar, David Banner, Earl Sweatshirt

Tennessee finally has a rapper to get behind and he's signed to Kendrick and Schoolboy Q's label TDE. "Ronnie Drake" features the same hazy production as good kid, m.a.a.d. city tracks like "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" and "The Art of Peer Pressure," while the video provides a slice of life in Rashad's hometown of Chattanooga. TDE's other new signee SZA provides the hook.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Ásgeir - Torrent

Feels Like: Jonsi, Volcano Choir, Explosions In The Sky

And the hits keep coming from Iceland!....No, really. Im serious. I did not think that would be something that I would be saying. But it is. And I am. Ásgeir is an Icelandic singer-songwriter and "Torrents" is another one of those room-filling nordic epics. The melody starts with a simple looped piano riff and Ásgeir immediately expands the feel of the song with that same sort of harmony that we have become accustomed to hearing from the likes of Sigur Rós that always seems to create sensation of space. Get a little epic on your Sunday and check it out below!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Glass Animals - Psylla

Feels Like: Jagwar Ma, Tame Impala, Alt-J

Paul Epworth, the man behind Adele's breakout jams, has started a label, and for his first signee, he's selected Oxford-based psych-poppers Glass Animals. If that's not enough of a cosign for ya, then just listen to the catchy, moody "Psylla." Much like fellow Enlgishmen Alt-J, Glass Animals combine catchy melodies, an atmospheric sound, and just the right amount of weirdness.

Kings of Leon - Beautiful War

Feels like:  The Weeks, Desert Noises, The Revivalists, The Walkmen

New video from Kings of Leon!  Check it out right here!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hermitude - HyperParadise

Feels Like: Jamie xx, Viceroy, Phantogram

Steel drums and spaced-out vocal samples make for good electronic music. We know this. Jamie xx did it. Viceroy always does it. And now some Aussies have caught the bug. Besides having great song-naming skills, Hermitude have a knack for making music as bright and carefree as their home country. Fellow OZlectro artist Flume remixed the song and put a wonderfully muted spin on it.

Great Divide - Moorie

Feels Like: Raphael Saadiq, Lake Street Drive, Aloe Blacc

So, I'm really not supposed to be posting from work, but what the hell....some things you have to share.

This up-and-coming soul/pop/funk group out of Chicago is primed and ready to immediately capture your attention and quickly make themselves comfortable in that weird part of your brain that keeps songs playing on repeat in your head for days on end. The band has,what seems to be, that distinct Chicago-area soulful sound that you hear from the likes of John Legend, Common, and even early Kanye West records. This may be due in part to the collaboration of James Auwarter on this latest release, a co-collaborator with the likes of Mr. West, Mr. Legend, and Lupe Fiasco. This, along with the Southside of Chicago-sourced singers brought in . "Moorie" is a more gospel-tinged/soul-ed out (my pun of the day joke) offering from the group. Take a listen below, check out the self titled LP here, and look into the rest of their YouTube channel. Really cool stuff.

Vance Joy - Play With Fire

Feels like: The Head and the Heart, Death Cab for Cutie, Jinja Safari, Pepper Rabbit, Husky, The Ceremonials, San Cisco

Are you ready for some Hardcore EDM that will have you raving deep past the night and into the morning?  Well...Vance Joy is definitely not that.  But if you are looking for a nice tune to tickle your fancy, here you go.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

John Newman - Love Me Again

Feels like: Alex Clare, Bastille, Imagine Dragons

Fifa does it again.  And in the best way possible.  Try not to get addicted to this song.  Seriously, I've had this on every playlist for the past few months.  Killin' it.

Jonny Pierce - Home

Feels Like: Viceroy, RAC, Vampire Weekend, Vitek, Solange

Jonny Pierce (of Brooklyn-based indie poppers The Drums) builds quite  a slice of comfort music for a compilation from french electronic label Kitsuné. Starting with a simple, reverb-laden guitar riff, the track builds with punchy bass, distant drums, and one hell of a melody. Jonny Pierce is gearing up for the release of his debut solo album so keep your ear to the ground.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Au Revoir Simone - Crazy/Shadows

Feels like: the naked and famous, broken bells, phantogram, motopony, haim

Oh look! It's another lady pop trio.  And so we know this fairytale a bit too well, but gosh they put such a nice spin on it.  You're gonna love it.  It's just what you needed, and there's plenty more where it came from.

Too Sexy for Work: Galantis - Smile

Feels Like: Disclosure, C2C, Duck Sauce

We don't post a lot of club-friendly music here at EB, but this new jam from Galantis (a collaboration between Christian Karlsson from Miike Snow and Linus Eklow aka Style Of Eye) is a dance gem and the associated video is perfectly cheeky. It probably won't be long until you're hearing this everywhere, so strap on your Marty McFly's and jump on the hype train now.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Solange - Cash In

Feels Like: Jhene Aiko, Erykah Badu, Autre Ne Veut

Solange is back, this time with a one-off track from Saint Huron, the alt-R&B compilation she curated for her newly-formed record label, Saint Records. "Cash In" features all the elements we've become accustomed to from Solange. Harmonized vocals, hazed-out keyboards, and lots and lots of reverb. Pop the 8-track in the El Dorado and ease on in to the groove.

J. Roddy Walston and the Business - Don't Break the Needle/Used to Did

Feels like: Dawes, The Weeks, Kings of Leon, The Bright Light Social Hour, Mystery Jets

Ok, these aren't exactly the newest songs from these guys, but they are still my favorites.  Timeless.  Give it a good ole american listen, you'll be proud of yourself with the results.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

RJD2 - Temperamental (Feat. Phonte Coleman)

Feels Like: Mayer Hawthorne, Wax Tailor, Fitz and the Tantrums, John Legend

RJD2, well known for his now iconic work on the breakbeat intro for the opening credits of AMC's Mad Men, released his fifth full length studio album , More Is Than Isn't, in early October which included this soulful little tune. The breakbeat artist continues to deliver here with his surprising and unique fusion of influences that at the same time sound familiar and completely original. I know its cliche, but its almost 100% true. "Tempermental" has RJD2 enlisting the rather unlikely help of Phonte Coleman (half of the sadly-split Little Brother rap duo) on the R&B vocals. Phonte, to my joyful surprise, shines an perfectly complements the jazzed-out soul vibe of the track. Grab some late night tuneage, check out "Tempermental" below and grab the full album here. The late night humpday trifecta.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Kenna - Relations (Remix Feat. Childish Gambino)

Feels Like: Talking Heads, Funkadelic, Pharell

Somewhere between Talking Heads "Once in a Lifetime" and N.E.R.D.'s "She Wants to Move," the off-kilter funk of "Relations" is deep-set and probably not for everyone. Like a more-outfield version of Janelle Monae's "Q.U.E.E.N.," "Relations" is a song you have to settle in to, but once you do, you might find it quite comfortable. Gambino's verse adds a little bit of flavor and continues the hype build for his upcoming album.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Funeral Suits - All Those Friendly People [Nat Walker Remix]

Feels like: Funeral Suits remixed into a Fifa Soundtrack, Crystal Fighters

Check out this awesome remix for "All Those Friendly People" by Funeral Suits.  A gooder up, down and every which way.

Monday, November 11, 2013

BROODS - Bridges

Feels Like: Ellie Golding,  CHVRCHES, Alan Wilkis, Lorde

Hello brethren! I am back online for the first time in a month and a half, and I have a stockpile of audible goodies to give out. There was a slight mixup at Brethren HQ and...someone stole my laptop. That's all old news at this point, but it is good to be back. First on the list is BROODS, a synth-pop brother-sister duo out of New Zealand. You can hear a distinct similarity that the pair shares with fellow New Zealander/household pop sensation Lorde. This is derived from the fact that the same producer for Lorde, Joel Little, provided his musical assistance on the track. Check out their glossy and alluring single, "Bridges, here.   

Yo Nashville: *repeat repeat - History / 12345678

Feels Like: Dick Dale, Pete and the Pirates, Albert Hammond Jr., Cold War Kids

Taking their cues from the lush musical landscape of '60s-era California, *repeat repeat's music is full of harmony, big drums, and scuzzed-out surf rock guitar. *repeat repeat will be playing the Lou Reed tribute show tonight at the Stone Fox with The Weeks and Escondido.

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

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Big Scary - Leaving Home

Feels Like: X Ambassadors, The xx, The Civil Wars

Australians Big Scary are like Matt and Kim, if Matt and Kim were really depressed, which would never happen cause they're Matt and Kim. But they are a guy/girl duo and they do keep things pretty simple. A little drums, a little piano, and a little guitar is all they need to get their message across. For only using those basic elements, they craft a huge-sounding song.

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Naked and Famous - I Kill Giants

Feels like: Phantogram, AWOLNATION, Lorde

Check out The Naked and Famous' newest single "I Kill Giants".  Why?  Because that one time in high school you copied your friends homework and never got caught.  And it's been tearing you up ever since.

Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons - Flat Tire

Some artists get a mythic quality from their voice alone. Joe Fletcher sounds as if he's spent his entire life playing roadhouses, getting in fights with truckers, and sleeping in seedy motels. In the world of Americana, that's exactly what you want to sound like. Hailing from the same town that spawned Deer Tick (Providence, RI), Joe Fletcher pulls from some of the same dark places that fill Deer Tick frontman John McCauley's lyrics. I'd mention tour dates but I feel like this is a band you need to stumble upon on your own, when you're far away from home, in the bad part of town.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Tall Tall Trees - Waiting on the Day

Feels Like: Punch Brothers, Benji Hughes, Bela Fleck

Tall Tall Trees take the indie-folk instrumentation that's so popular with the kids these days and then make something light-years away from the more vanilla fare pouring out of, say, a Mumford. It's folk, it's funk, it's Arabian Nights. It's definitely worth checking out.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Giraffage & XXYYXX - Even Though

Feels like: Phantogram, The XX, Washed Out

We saw Phantogram at Marathon Music Works last night, and let me be the first to tell you: they are exceptional.  And more importantly, Atlanta folks: Big Boi will be a special guest at their show tonight.  Another thing I learned: Giraffage, their opening act, has put together quite a few jams worth showering your ear holes with.  Check out one of my favorites of his "Even Though" below.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Yo Nashville: Vitek - Sunbird

Feels Like: Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Cayucas

We're  big fans of Vitek here at EB. They wear their influences on their sleeve, and they're pretty damn good influences. Last time we posted, it was their Talking Heads-style barn burner, "Legs," this time they look to Graceland-era Paul Simon for inspiration. And if there's one thing that's universally a good idea, it's being inspired by Graceland-era Paul Simon. "Sunbird" is about as relaxing as job through the African savannah and extremely more practical. It looks like this one was released a while back but must have slipped through the cracks. Vitek are set to play Mercy Lounge on November 14th along with Tennis and On and On.

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

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Coyotes - When We're Gone

Feels Like: The Generationals, Jakob Dylan, Delta Spirit

New Orleans-based alt-country-indie-rockers Coyotes sound like some old souls. Twangy touches, no-frills drums, and lead singer Duz Mancini's Jakob Dylan-meets-Tony Lucca vocals combine for a nice little slice of Americana. I'm always interested to hear up-and -coming N'awlins bands. I feel like no matter how good or bad they sound, coming from a city with as many haunts as New Orleans, they'll at least be interesting. Coyotes are pretty great though and you should definitely check out the rest of their Good Times Old EP, so you don't look like a fool when they break through.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Yo Nashville: Chelsea Lankes - Ghost

Feels like: Tegan and Sara, Ellie Goulding

Shout out to my buddies at the Stu for this awesome new single from Chelsea Lankes.  Y'all should give it a listen and see what all the hype's about.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Cheers Elephant - Leaves

Feels Like: The Kooks, Peter Bjorn and John, Josh Pyke

Here's a little feel-good for your Friday afternoon. Cheers Elephant are Philly-based indie poppers who were apparently raised on 90s acoustic rock and pure sugarcane. If the jangly pop of "Leaves" doesn't leave you smiling, then you're dead inside.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

I Break Horses - Faith

Feels like: Phantogram, Kaitlin Riegel, Vacationer, Atoms for Peace, The XX

Awesome new single from I Break Horses.  Enjoy it while it's fresh.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Childish Gambino - 3005

Feels Like: Big Sean (but better), Drake, Kendrick Lamar

Childish Gambino is slowly emerging from a long radio silence. What began with the short film "Clapping For the Wrong Reasons" and song "Centipede," culminates with the first confirmed track from his upcoming Because the Internet album, due "after winter break." On a beat that sounds like Drake's producer spent a summer binge-playing Super Mario Bros, Childish balances the usual introspective lyrics, flashy wordplay, and modern R&B crooning. If this track is any indication, then Beacause The Internet should fall somewhere between the sweeping, orchestrated Camp and the more minimal, electronic Royalty mixtape.