Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Dawes - Most People

Feels Like: Delta Spirit, Houndmouth, Wilco

My favorite track off this year's Stories Don't End, "Most People" brings together all the elements that make Dawes great while the video showcases some solid footage from the road. Saw them at the Ryman a month or so back and it was pretty amazing. They'll be coming back to town for Zac Brown's Southern Ground Fest. We'll be there.

The Manx - Blood Gold

Feels like: Gogol Bordello, The Wild

Just a plain cool music video with an extremely active and fun song.  Definitely worth checking out if you are a Gogol Bordello fan.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Franz Ferdinand - Right Action

Feels like: The Talking Heads, OK Go, TV on the Radio

It's been a minute since we heard from these indie-art-rocking Glasgowians (Glasgowers?), but it looks as if not too much has changed in the Franz Ferdinand camp. They're still pushing out catchy indie-rock that borrows heavily from the David Byrne handbook. If you were to borrow from anyone's musical guide though, who better than the Talking Heads?

The Naked and Famous - Hearts Like Ours/Cheek

Feels like:  Crystal Castles, Phantogram, Imagine Dragons, Capital Cities, Grouplove, AWOLNATION, Vactioner, Wildcat! Wildcat!

New video for "Hearts Like Ours".  Extremely strange and intriguing.  Worth a watch, but more importantly worth a listen. If you are new to The Naked and Famous they have two very awesome sounds: the epic synth pop you hear in the video above and also a more rugged hardcore sound that you can check out below in one of their older songs "Cheek".

Monday, July 29, 2013

Tiki Tiki - Poncho

Feels Like: Spanish LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip if Manu Chao was their lead singer

This track is all groove and what a killer groove it is. Couple that with a psychedelic cartoon video and we got a latin-disco-basement roux going. Not a lot of info out there on this band other than their origin (Argentina) and the fact that they can bust out electro-funk rhythm with the best of them (see below).

When Saints Go Machine - System of Unlimited Love

Feels like: Polica, DWNTWN, Mr Little Jeans, Gardens and Villa, MS MR, MKAIO, Washed Out, On An On, Ratatat

Ok, so maybe don't watch this one in front of your boss.  But definitely watch it and enjoy yet another slow, smooth composition from Denmark.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Polarsets - Just Don't Open Your Eyes Yet

Sounds Like: Los Campesinos, Nightbox, Born Ruffians

You know, I had not really heard of Polarsets until a couple of days ago. So, in the spirit of recent discoveries, I present, Things I Have Learned In the Past Several Days: 1) In-home movie theatres are awesome (previously suspected, presently confirmed) 2) Texting people who are outside of your own area code is not an efficient means of "meeting new people" 3) I am digging on this Polarsets stuff. That's it for now. Check out the Newcastle group's sunshine soaked and dance-dipped tune "Just Don't Open Your Eyes Yet" here.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Netherfriends - Uptown Boys

Feels Like: Andy Bull, Beck, The Big Pink

I've been following Netherfriends for a while and it looks like the outfit, Chicago-based artist/producer Shawn Rosenblatt, is finally about to release their debut album, P3ace (pronounced "three peace"). While the Netherfriends' songs I'm familiar with sound nothing like "Uptown Boys," I'm not complaining. "Uptown Boys" is catchy, electronic indie pop at its finest. It's an addictive melody and Rosenblatt's voice brings to mind a strange mish-mash of Conor Oberst and The Hold Steady's Craig Finn. Very curious to see what's to come of this album.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

French Kiwi Juice - Instant Need

Feels Like: Thievery Corporation, Moby, Star Slinger

Soul-drenched electronic is a favorite sub-genre of mine, and French Kiwi Juice, or FKJ, does it pretty stellarly. "Instant Need" is the kick-off track to his recently released Time for a Change EP which features three additional, equally stoned-out electro grooves. The production on this track also reminds me of Kanye's The Man With The Iron Fists' soundtrack contribution, "White Dress."

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Andy Bull - Keep On Running [YesYou Remix]

Andy Bull - Keep on Running (YesYou Remix) from Nelson Alves on Vimeo.

Feels like: Andy Bull all jacked up on Mountain Dew, Daft Punk, How to Dress Well

So I've been madly addicted to Andy Bull's "Keep On Running".  And just before it wore out its welcome, YesYou cut me a line of that new mix.  Goodness gracious, gonna be a great summer.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Naked and Famous - Hearts Like Ours/Source of Light [Kids of 88 Remix]

Feels like: Betty Who, POP ETC, Wildcat! Wildcat!, Leagues, Ellie Goulding

New Naked and Famous! Just give it a listen, quite a gooder indeed.  Oh, and "Source of Light" remixed by Kids of 88 is pretty much awesome as well.

Fanfarlo - Myth Of Myself/I'm A Pilot

Feels like: Freelance Whales, Blind Pilot, Bombay Bicycle Club, Portugal. The Man, San Cisco, Family of the Year, Everything Everything

Check out Fanfarlo's newest video which basically shows the theory of evolution in one awesome animation. Also check out my favorite song by them below.  It's good to be back.

The Melodic - On My Way

Feels Like: Crystal Fighters, Bedouin Soundclash, The Cat Empire

Heads up, there's ample melodica usage in this song. It's been a while since I've had to say that. Reggae-influenced music walks a dangerous tightrope. Fall to one side and you become ubiquitous formula-driven frat-rock. Fall to the other and you end up in spaced-out hippy land. But if you mix in the reggae flavors just right, you can add that tropical feel without disturbing the flavor. The Melodic walk this tightrope pretty well and "On My Way" is jangly tropic pop at its finest, but the real star is the melodica.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Dr. Dog - The Truth

Feels Like: Mayer Hawthorne, Mavis Staples, Allen Stone

Dr. Dog are in the soul business now. While songs like "That Old Black Hole" and "Do The Trick" hinted at their soul leanings, "The Truth" sees them diving head first into that gumbo, snorkel in hand. It's a slow, simmering number, best accompanied by candlelight and a bearskin rug, and also a very promising new look for the band. Their upcoming album, B-Room, is due out October 1st.

Toy Soldiers - Tell the Teller

Feels Like: The White Stripes, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Conor Oberst

Toy Soldiers make rock music. It's a type of rock music we haven't heard in a while though. It's rock music that takes its cues from the encyclopedia of America's rich musical history. It's blues, rockabilly, country, soul and grunge all rolled up in one. "Tell the Teller" falls perfectly in line with what they've done in the past and also points to a more polished sound for their sophomore entry.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Yo Nashville: Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Revue - This Little Light of Mine

Sounds Like: St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Allen Stone, Stevie Wonder

I had the great pleasure of being able to catch a glimpse of Mike Farris this past week at Nashville's revival of its free summer concert series, Dancing in the District. His voice is simply stunning and this guy with his band, the Roseland Rhythm Revue, legitimately brought the house down with their unique blend of southern soul and gospel. If you are a soul music fan, and lets be honest here - its almost hard not to be - this is a must see act. Check out his 2011 performance of the gospel classic "This Little Light of Mine" at Nashville's Music City Roots. Music City y'all.  

Friday, July 19, 2013

Under the Covers: Jason Isbell - Don't Let It Bring You Down (Neil Young Cover)

Feels Like: Ryan Adams, John Fullbright, Andrew Combs

I'd listen to Jason Isbell cover just about anything. This take on Neil Young's "Don't Let It Bring You Down" works especially well with Isbell adding Young-esque flourishes to his typically heartfelt vocal delivery. If you haven't yet, check out Jason Isbell's amazing new release Southeastern.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Team Spirit - MRDR It's OK

Feels Like: Smith Westerns, Free Energy, Los Campesinos!

What happens when a Passion Pit synth-player grabs some guitars and starts a pop punk band. This happens and it's every bit as catchy as you would imagine. Team Spirit's killer self-titled EP is available now.

Yo Nashville: Kings of Leon - Supersoaker

Feels Like: The Strokes, U2, The Killers

Kings of Leon get a lot of flak. Their first four albums are some of my favorites. Sure, Only By The Night is more pop than rock, but it is pretty damn catchy. Come Around Sundown was their first misstep and even then, it still had a couple of good tracks. I'm extremely excited about their upcoming album and "Supersoaker" only elevates that. It seems to continue their progression into pop territory while bringing back some of the youthful energy that made their first two albums so infectious. Mechanical Bull is due out September 23rd.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Kids of 88 - The Drug/Tucan

Feels like: Crystal Fighters, Miike Snow, Phoenix, Andy Bull, The Strokes, Yuksek, Pop ETC

Could say a lot about this, but I find it best for you to just trust me on this and give it a listen.  Cuz you're gonna like the way it sounds, I guarantee it.

Pokey LaFarge - Central Time

Feels Like: Louis Armstrong, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jack White's Cold Mountain offerings

Mr. LaFarge lives in a different world than you or I. Where Pokey lives, skyscrapers are a mere forty stories, most people work jobs with their hands, and the direction you travel mostly depends on which way the river flows or the breeze blows. For someone to make the type of music Pokey LaFarge makes and to do so in a profitable way in today's times is nothing short of a miracle. The last song featuring a cornet to make it into any type of sales chart probably was recorded more than fifty years ago. Despite all of this, Pokey and his band move forward making great music that may sound dated but the great songwriting and energy put into it ensures that it is timeless. "Central Time"is the first single from his excellent self-titled release, out now via Third Man Records.


Monday, July 15, 2013

St. Paul and the Broken Bones - Call Me / Don't Mean A Thing / Grass is Greener

Feels Like: The Real Deal

OurVinylTV has just released a trio of high quality videos of the best soul band in the biz, St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Since they haven't had much video output in the past, I felt that this was more than worthy of my first triple post. Having seen this amazing band twice now, I've learned that it's better to just let the music speak.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - If You Didn't See Me [Then You Weren't On The Dancefloor]

Feels like: Lost Lander, Kids of 88, AWOLNATION, Dom, Hanni El Khatib, The Black Keys

Just a good old fashioned "Where's Waldo" type of video.  I love it when funny or die makes awesome videos for awesome songs.  Enjoy!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Back Again: Little Brother - Whatever You Say (The Maxwell Mix)

Sounds Like: Camp Lo, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Talib Kweli

One of my favorite hip-hop song of all time here. It comes off the Class In Session project that debuted in 2003. The hook samples Maxwell's "Whenever Wherever Whatever" and has that soulful R&B feel that I can't get enough of. The verses are story-driven, well paced, and full of content. This all culminates in a throwback head-bobbin vibe that is representative of the authentic hip-hop that Little Brother put out. Just try it, you just might like it.

Hanni El Khatib - Penny/You Rascal You

Feels like: Mikhael Paskalev, The Black Keys, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Devendra Banhart, Kill It Kid, Jack White, Wolfmother, Tame Impala, The Weeks

So, it's Friday.  And it's early afternoon.  And I'm still working.  So I need to blow off some steam.  Boom, Hanni El Khatib arrives just in time.  "You Rascal You" is just an awesome all out rock song.  And the video for "Penny" is quite the show.  Don't cha know nothing?  Well, now you do.

Husbands - You, Me, Cellphones

Feels Like: M83, moody Vampire Weekend, Metronomy

Marseille-based Husbands showcase a couple of different sounds in this single and all of them could be great directions for their future. From the Vampire Weekend-esque opening to the M83-synth sound that dominates the rest of the track, Husbands flex their indie pop chops. The video is something to marvel at as well. Incredibly well-shot, its aquatic theme pulls you in and feeds the song itself.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Telekinesis - Power Lines

Feels Like: The 88, The Generationals, Ben Kweller

These Seattle indie-rockers pack a lot more heat than the above picture suggests. This is grungey power-pop at its finest. Lead singer Michael Benjamin Lerner does a hell of a Ben Kweller impression to boot. Get ready for this to be rattling around in your noggin all afternoon.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Under The Covers: Carousel - Dancing On My Own (Robyn Cover)

Sounds Like: Goldroom, The Colourist, HAERTS

Nothing quite takes away the sting of a long long hump day like some dream pop. Carousel has taken decidedly softer approach to the Swedish singer's pop anthem. In an almost shoe daze-like feel, Carousel seeps into the subconscious and wipes the memory of any cubicle-related, work-induced ,and paperwork-compounded stress you might be, and in all likelihood are, resenting. Enjoy the back half of your Wednesday with Carousel here and here.

Junip - Walking Lightly

Feels Like: Jose Gonzalez, Breathe Owl Breathe, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Chillco

I'm pretty familiar with Junip's lead singer Jose Gonzalez's solo work, but had somehow never heard of Junip. Now I have and am pretty thrilled by what Gonzalez sounds like surrounded by some very adept musicians. The result is akin to a mellowed-out Wilco. Junip layers one sonic slice upon another resulting in a pretty grandiose auditory lasagna to feast your ears on. Dig.

Everything Everything - Cough Cough

Feels like: TV on the Radio, Cold War Kids, Generationals, Hot Bodies in Motion, Alt-J, Frightened Rabbit, Arcade Fire, Ra Ra Riot, Bloc Party, Andy Bull

Check out Everything Everything's video for "Cough Cough".  It's pretty much just awesome.  Clicky clicky.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Yo Nashville: Mikky Ekko - Kids

Feels Like: U2, The Killers, Muse

Nashville's pop savior Mikky Ekko has dropped a new single, and while it lacks some of the originality of "Pull Me Down," it's every bit as catchy. Taking pop cues from his work with Rihanna, Ekko has crafted an expansive, radio-ready jam.

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Hockey - Too Fake

Feels like: Artic Monkeys, RDGLDGRN, Bloc Party, Yacht, Sol Cat, We Are Scientists, Klaxons

Monday night: you got any plans?  No?  Well why not come to the High Watt and watch these guys put on some sweet tunes.  I'll see you there.

Monday, July 8, 2013

RDGLDGRN - Lootin' In London

Feels like: Skip the Use, AWOLNATION, Alan Wilkis, Andy Bull, Absofacto, Hockey, Hilltop Hoods, C2C, Bloc Party

So I think the guy that creates the Fifa Soundtracks has my dream job.  That being said, I found another gooder for you futbol fans to crank whilst playing some footie.  Check it out, you'd be a lot cooler if you did.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Rainy Milo - Deal Me Briefly

Sounds Like: Feist, Erykah Badu, Yuna

Rainy Milo is a South East London native with a penchant for creative cross-genre fusion  I tell you, creating a "sounds like" section for this artist was a real trial in and of itself. Growing up in a musically diverse environment while developing her own individual interests has really shown through in her work. You can definitely hear the deep jazz influence, but she has brought a welcome and modern tone to the sound. It is not quite easy to say what mood "Deal Me Briefly" fits into. The pace is definitely down tempo, but the composition has me always has me bobbing my head by the hook. Enjoy the last remnants of you July 4th holiday and grab Rainy Milo's album new Black & Blonde EP here.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Beck - I Won't Be Long

Feels Like: Weezer, The Dandy Warhols, Tame Impala

Beck has been dropping a couple of one-off singles this summer to quench our thirst before two (!) new albums due this fall. While "Defriended" leaned toward Beck's more experimental side, "I Won't Be Long" flows from the same stream as Modern Guilt's 60's psych-rock by way of 90's alternative that works pretty perfectly for Sir Beckwith.

Ghostpoet - Survive It

Feels Like: TV on the Radio, The Streets, a British response to Public Enemy's "He Got Game"

This one is a little dated. It had to travel all the way across the pond though, but we're glad it's finally here. Ghostpoet spits the kind of rap you expect from a Brit. It's mopey, yes, but it also covers a lot of territory rap in the States seems to overlook. Make sure you wait for the hook though, cause that's where it's at.

Dead Man's Bones - Lose Your Soul

Feels like: Some spooky shit, Bhi Bhiman, The Avalanches, Blitzen Trapper, The National, Of Monsters and Men

Love Ryan Gosling?  Want another reason to? Here you go.  This song is so creepy and awesome and dancy and happy and scary.  Just a whole ton of emotions in the form of awesomeness.  Toss this in your ears and let it simmer.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Ang Low - Life Goes Down

Feels Like: Mikky Ekko, The xx, Major Lazer's chiller output

This is pop R&B with a little bit of downtempo electronica and an almost-tropical vibe swirled in. Catchy, soulful, and breezy, Brooklynite Ang Low is hitting a lot of marks on his first release. Excited to see what's to come.

Cold War Kids - Lost That Easy

Feels like: TV on the Radio, The Shins, Generationals, Darwin Deez, Ra Ra Riot, Local Natives

New creepy video for "Lost That Easy".  Did I mention I love Cold War Kids?  Yeah, that's what I thought, we have something in common.  Enjoy this one, Kid-O's.

Phoenix - Trying to Be Cool

Feels like: OK GO, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Strokes, Friendly Fires, Two Door Cinema Club, Matt and Kim

Check out this awesome brand new video for Phoenix's "Trying to Be Cool".  It reminds me of the one take masterpieces OK GO is famous for.  And damn it if I don't want one of those sweet Phoenix jackets.  Also check out The Chainsmoker's remix below.  It's pretty  Yeah

Monday, July 1, 2013

Mavis Staples - Can You Get To That

Feels Like: Rolling Stones' "Beast of Burden", Charles Bradley, Sharon Jones, Motown

Real soul doesn't come around that often anymore. Sure, we get plenty of good - sometimes great - throwback soul, but oftentimes we know something's missing. Well there's nothing missing on Mavis Staples' new Jeff Tweedy-produced album, One True Vine. The Funkadelic cover, "Can You Get To That," is a perfect example of what to expect from this album. Groove on.

The Cast of Cheers - Animals/Human Elevator

Feels like: Funeral Suits, Dirty Gold, Jinja Safari, Imagine Dragons, Walter Meego, Tom Vek, Bloc Party, Fires of Rome

So it's Monday.  And it's July.  So that's new.  Here's something new for you as well.