Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Yo Nashville: Night Beds - Ramona

Feels Like: Frightened Rabbit, Phosphorescent, Dawes

Nashvillian - by way of Colorado - Winston Yellen does some pretty great things under the Night Beds moniker. First, he creates an amazing, hazed-out Laurel Canyon sound. Second, he does it without sounding tired or overly derivative. And to top it all off, he has a way with his words. Night Beds will be touring Europe this fall, but I wouldn't be surprised if we get a hometown show on their return.

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

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour - The Golden Age/Around the Bend

Feels like: Gorillaz, Skip The Use, Santigold, Blondefire, Jamaica, Is Tropical, Bluejuice

So there's a good chance you have heard this song on a Heineken advertisement.  Doesn't make it any less fun.  And then there's "Around the Bend", the best song by the group.  Really a Fifa song if there was one.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Cub Sport [formerly Cub Scouts] - Paradise

Feels like: The Griswolds, Jinja Safari, Husky, Andy Bull, YesYou, The Elwins

Cub Scouts had to change their name to Cub Sport after a little legal situation with Cub Scouts of Australia.  So with that being said, here is their newest single.  Welcome to Monday ladies and gentleman.

Friday, August 23, 2013

RAC - Let Go [featuring Kele & MNDR]

Feels like: Bloc Party, HAIM, Max Frost, Electric Guest, The Naked and Famous

Such an awesome new single from RAC.  Just in time for the weekend.  It's about time Friday got here.  If you follow me on instagram or twitter @miggyice I gave you a preview of this song this morning.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Good Graeff - Hold Me Fast

Feels Like: Haim, Regina Spektor, Kishi Bashi

Besides having a name that a Southern woman might utter on a hot day, Good Graeff make really good cello-infused pop music. While the Holi-paint splattered video is becoming something of a recurring theme in music videos (see here), it does fit the infectiously up-beat vibe of this song perfectly. Nashvillains, you can catch Good Graeff coming up on September 24th at the High Watt.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

alt-J - Taro

Feels like: Yeasayer, Django Django, Foals, Phantogram, HAIM

New video for Taro.  Yes indeed.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Kishi Bashi - Philosophize in It! Chemicalize with It!

Feels Like: Crystal Fighters, The Melodic, Andrew Bird

We posted a couple of Kishi Bashi's covers on Sunday, but I think his new single deserves a post as well. "Philosophize with It! Chemicalize with It!" has a very Los Campesinos!-esque title and it's energy level definitely matches the enthusiastic, exclamation mark-riddled title. It's catchy, jangly and perfect for these last days of summer.

Alcoholic Faith Mission - Running with Insanity

Feels like: Lord Huron, Jinja Safari, Yuksek

I have a feeling that it's Tuesday.  Which means we are really just starting our week.  Yikes, gonna be a long one.  Well, if you feel the same way, might as well take some time and check out some new tunes.  I think I have just the place to start.  And here you go.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Kings of Leon - Don't Matter

Feels like: AWOLNATION, The Weeks, Foo Fighters

New song off the upcoming album.  Monday funday indeed.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Under the Covers: Kishi Bashi - Sunday Smile (Beirut Cover) / This Must Be the Place (Talking Heads Cover)

Feels Like: Ben Sollee, Emily Wells, Sweet Sweet Moon

Kishi Bashi, a touring member of both Of Montreal and Regina Spektor, definitely has solid indie credentials, but he also has a knack for picking the perfect material to cover. "Sunday Smile" was a standout on the already stacked The Flying Club Cup album and who doesn't love hearing another take on "This Must be the Place"? Kishi Bashi will be bringing his awesomely ornate stylings to Nashville's Exit/In on October 1st.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Mowgli's - San Francisco

Feels Like: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Josh Pyke, He's My Brother She's My Sister

For those of you who live in Nashville, you've probably heard this song because it pops up every twenty minutes on Lightning 100. Maybe it's in similarly heavy rotation everywhere. Regardless, it's a hyper-catchy pop song that deserves a little recognition. We caught The Mowgli's last night at their free show at The Stone Fox and it was a pretty great burst of pop energy. And we have good news for those who missed that show: they'll be performing for free again today at Live on the Green! We'll see you there for Round 2.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

M.I.A. - Bring the Noize

Feels Like: Diplo, Dizzee Rascal, Azealia Banks

This song dropped a while back, and while I listened to it back then, it didn't really register. I think I was still dealing with the fallout of the /\/\ /\ Y /\ album and subsequent diva-revealing interview rounds. On second listen though, "Bring the Noize" is about as close to the classic M.I.A. as we can hope for. Somewhere between house-inspired grime and international-tinged womp-rap, "Bring the Noize" rides the fine line of musical colonialism that M.I.A. excels at.

Robert DeLong - Happy

Feels like: The Knocks, Cherub, The Naked and Famous

New video for Robert DeLong's "Happy".  This is probably my favorite song by him, so please go right ahead and enjoy.

Monday, August 12, 2013

The Cool Kids - Swervin'

Feels like: Beastie Boys, Clipse, Pac Div

Alright, it's technically Chuck Inglish Feat. Sir Michael Rocks, but let's just call it what it is, a Cool Kids reunion. Sure they've been doing fine on their own ("Back Up" being the highlight of their recent solo work), but the two swagginest (most swaggerful?) rappers in the game deserve to be a team. Mikey is the Andre to Chuck's Big Boi, the Snoop to his Dre, the Flava... Why they ever split remains a mystery, but "Swervin'" proves that they bring out the best in each other.

The Orwells - Who Needs You

Feels like: Living Things, The Fratellis, The Ramones, JEFF the Brotherhood, King Tuff, Deer Tick

This just reminds me so much of Living Things "Bom Bom Bom".  If you haven't checked out The Orwells, you definitely need to pay attention.  They are gonna be big.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Schoolboy Q - Hell of a Night

Feels Like: Watch the Throne, A$AP Rocky, Pusha T

This one is a couple weeks old, but it's a Friday-appropriate post. Schoolboy Q is currently prepping his debut album and "Hell of a Night" will definitely find its way on to it. The track highlights what Q does best; rapping like he's just on the edge of losing his cool over an eery beat that would fit just as well in a slasher film as it would in the club.

Under the Covers: X Ambassadors - Power Trip (J. Cole Cover)

Feels like: Four Tet, Netherfriends, Imagine Dragons

X Ambassadors (formerly Ambassadors) took a shot at J Cole's Miguel-assisted single "Power Trip" and ended up turning it into a hypnotic electro anthem. The song bounces from one feel to another using vocal effects, harmonies, and alternating wompy bass sounds. The effect would be slightly schizo if it weren't for the uber-catchy chorus melody stringing everything together. It's good hearing great artists cover great artists.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Jagwar Ma - Man I Need / Come Save Me

Feels Like: Fatboy Slim remixing Tame Impala, "About That Life," "Purple Haze"

Australian duo Jagwar Ma make a style of music that we haven't heard in a while. This sound, a combination of psychedelic and house, had its prominence in Manchester in the 90s with movement leaders such as Fatboy Slim, Basement Jaxx, and the Chemical Brothers.  Every once in a while someone will drop a single that hints at this Madchester influence (see "About That Life" and "Purple Haze"), but rarely does a band go out and make a whole album's worth. Jagwar Ma's spot-on debut album, Howlin', is certainly an odd throwback but it's also a great listen all the way through. While "Man I Need" and "Come Save Me" are stellar, the entire album deserves a listen as it is quite the cohesive unit.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Born Ruffians - Needle/Rage Flows

Feels like: Los Campesinos!, The Generationals, Dr. Dog, Ra Ra Riot, The Rubens, Local Natives, Portugal. The Man

Brand new music video for "Needle" from Born Ruffians.  Trippy NYC masterpiece.  Beware, this is one of those songs you will very much so get addicted to.  Actually, don't head that warning, just enjoy the ride.  Also check out "Rage Flows" probably my favorite song on their new album.  It's like Ra Ra Riot all chilled out on Local Natives.

The Rubens - My Gun/Lay it Down

Feels like: Hanni El Khatib, The Black Keys, The Ceremonies, Adele, Gary Clark Jr.

Check out Bond's next opening sequence.   Well maybe not, but damn if it doesn't work perfectly for a Bond opening sequence.  Also check out "Lay it Down" below.  These guys are definitely onto something.

Portugal. The Man - Modern Jesus

Feels like: Alt J, Friendly Fires, Yuksek, Foster the People, Reptar, Sol Cat

New video for "Modern Jesus". It is quite disturbing yet very interesting and worth a watch or few.  I hope you agree.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Yo Nashville: Those Darlins - Oh God

Feels Like: Fruit Bats, Loretta Lynn, Deer Tick

Those Darlins made a splash last week in town by hoisting a flesh-heavy banner over local outpost Grimey's. Turns out it's their album cover and they have a new single to go with it. "Oh God" is a grunge-country slow-build of a number and bit more atmospheric than the Darlins' previous work. We're looking forward to their headlining gig at Mercy Lounge on October 4th.

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

Monday, August 5, 2013

Shad - Stylin Feat. Saukrates

Feels Like: The Cool Kids, Kendrick Lamar,  Common, The Fresh Prince

It looks like Shad is back in action. The lyrically-minded Canuck whips out his trademark wordplay on a guitar-heavy, Cool Kids-style womper. Shout out to brother Keegan for the heads up!

MGMT - Your Life is a Lie

Feels like: Matt and Kim, Here We Go Magic, OK GO, Menomena, Dirty Projectors

New song from MGMT! And you thought today was just another Monday, you silly goose you.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Sweet Sweet Moon - Woppy

Sounds Like: The Tallest Man On Earth, Ben Sollee,

The setting makes this that much more impressive. May I present, Sweet Sweet Moon in a live and acoustic recording from El Anfiteatro in Argentina. I can only imagine what standing in this place must be like. On first listen, I though the recording must have been amplified or, at least, dubbed over. Much to my surprise, the natural acoustics of this cliffside alcove in Argentina are able to produce this stunning amplification on their own. Pretty stunning. The song seems perfectly suited for the environment with a slow and steady crescendo between lead singer Matthias and cellist Lukas culminating in Matthias' whispering of "I want to stay with forever!" On a related note, the recording comes from the music site They Shoot Music Dont They and their Fuck The Atlantic Ocean sessions. That might make it worth a listen by itself.

UP ALL NIGHT: Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines (Schoolyard Edition)

Feels Like: Mrs. Woods' 1st grade recorder class minus the "Hot Cross Buns"

The song of the summer gets the band camp treatment courtesy of the Roots and Jimmy Fallon. Enjoy.