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.