Monday, December 19, 2011

Radiohead - Staircase

It's really about time "Staircase" got an official release. Ever since it premiered on the From the Basement sessions early this summer, many wondered if there'd ever be a studio version of this spectacular piece, and whether it would live up to the original. Turns out Radiohead didn't think they could do a better job either.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Factory Floor - Two Different Ways

The video explains exactly what everyone feels when hearing this song. Watch out for these guys!

Chairlift - Sidewalk Safari

Chairlift punches out retaliatory pop madness and slithery hooks on "Sidewalk Safari".

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Atlas Sound - Angel Is Broken

As the cover for Parallax suggests, Atlas Sound has gone rock n' roll. The sonic gap that was once between Deerhunter and Atlas Sound has shrunk to ambient nuances, subtleties in texture. Bradford Cox assembles the colors and instrumentation of a band, but the dry mix shrouds Parallax in eerie solitude.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Holy Ghost! - I Wanted To Tell Her (Ministry cover)

Accurate and faithful to the original, Holy Ghost!'s cover of "I Wanted To Tell Her" is arguably the more refined piece, adjusted for the listener's of today. LCD Soundsystem fans will feel right at home.

The original...

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Real Estate - It's Real

It's really as sunny as it gets this time of year. Real Estate's sophomore album strums through ups and downs effortlessly. Sit back, relax.

Modeselektor - Shipwreck (ft. Thom Yorke)

Happy Halloween

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Tennis - Tell Her No (The Zombies cover)

What do you get when you cross zombies with tennis? Not a very lively game probably. On an unrelated note, Tennis just put out a faithful cover of The Zombies' song "Tell Her No". Indeed, say no to zombie tennis.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Twin Sister - Stop

Twin Sister have stepped up their game since their last EP. From the very appropriately titled debut LP, In Heaven, "Stop" could just be called indie-pop, but its intricate and shifting song structure breathes a whole lot of character into the track. The entire album is really worth checking out.

mp3: Twin Sister - Stop

Also hear the excellent "Kimmi in a Rice Field"...

Monday, September 19, 2011

Toro Y Moi - I Can Get Love

From the recently released Freaking Out EP, "I Can Get Love" is a poolside hybrid of Toro Y Moi's past ventures, simmering with sleek musicianship and meticulous production. 

mp3: Toro Y Moi - I Can Get Love

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Neon Indian - Hex Girlfriend

Neon Indian's (very synthy) synth-pop sounds develops beautifully in the dense and immersive Era Extraña, his latest LP, which you can hear in its entirety for a limited time here. "Hex Girlfriend", spewing youth and good times, is by far the catchiest thing this guy has made.

Beirut - Santa Fe

A day in the life of an Italian beach bum. Be sure to check out Beirut's latest and most intimate LP, The Rip Tide.

Oberhofer - Gotta Go

Young and energized as ever, Oberhofer are set to release their first full-length next year. Expect adolescent ranting and a lot of familiar OoOOoOoOo's as evident by the recent single "Gotta Go".   

And a favorite from last year...

Friday, August 26, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Neon Indian - Polish Girl

Synth maestro Neon Indian's latest shiner "Polish Girl" makes it way through the piercing lights of the nightlife.

Update: Here's the video...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Thundercat - For Love I Come

This spacey tune almost sounds like an intoxicated Wayne Coyne had just come of out a pool of syrupy soul... or maybe not. Be sure to wait for the orgasmic fusion jam at the end, Snarf!


Saturday, July 9, 2011

Bon Iver - Perth

Bon Iver is one for solitude, but his latest album (opener) sees him inviting a wealth of sonic colours and unfamiliar creativity.

mp3: Bon Iver - Perth


mp3: Bon Iver - Calgary

Chad Valley - Fast Challenges

Beach clubbing. 

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Washed Out - Echoes

Among the tracks currently available from the album, "Echoes" stands out being true to the aged spirit of High Times

mp3: Washed Out - Echoes (Radio Rip)


mp3: Washed Out - Amor Fati

Friday, June 24, 2011

Fleet Foxes - Lorelai

Yes this is old news now, but the entire album seriously cannot get enough praise.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Radiohead - The Butcher

From the King of Limbs sessions, though it sounds like it could belong to the Hail to the Thief era. Subtle and tense nevertheless.

Grimes - Vanessa

Montreal's own Grimes sinks herself in the indie-pop starlight (star-dark rather) and pulls off an impressively cohesive and layered track. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Julian Lynch - Back

On his way to releasing his new album Terra, Julian Lynch continues with familiar earthy craft. Album closer "Back" struggles and shines through, baked with wholesome acoustic goodness.

mp3: Julian Lynch - Back

Speaking of baked, Lynch seems to be high on the title track...

mp3: Julian Lynch - Terra

Niva - The Boy From The Sun

Waiting for summer takes its toll.

Dodos - Companions

Delicate, bleak, and softly orchestrated, "Companions" is as touching as it is sincere.

mp3: Dodos - Companions

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Fleet Foxes - Grown Ocean

It's great to see a band evolve, maintaining what is already a delightful signature sound but also exploring   intricate progressive folk-rock elements. (The mp3 download is one of those that's of a quality too high for the player to handle, just right-click download instead)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wild Beasts - Albatross

Known for their signature operatic art-pop sound, Wild Beasts return this year with their 3rd album, Smother, out May. "Albatross" is not unfamiliar, as trembling high falsetto soars through feather-light keys and guitars. 

Update: here's the video

Twin Shadow - At My Heels (в моих пятках)

Watch for the ridiculous/hilarious commentary. Listen for the beautifully love-struck song. Bangladeshi Bowie indeed...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Robin Pecknold - I'm Losing Myself/Derwentwater Stones

Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold hasn't been wasting time. While we wait for Helplessness Blues to come out in May, Robin has put out a few jams. Whet your palette with the self-concsious "I'm Losing Myself" (Feat. Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste) and the adventurous "Derwentwater Stones."

tUnE-yArDs - Bizness

Bright and early.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Here We Go Magic - Hands in the Sky

Here We Go Magic unleash rays of ethereal sorcery in face of clinical imagery in this new track off The January EP. (The track seems to be lossless mp3, so the player doesn't bother loading it and just skips the track. You're better off downloading it.)

mp3: Here We Go Magic - Hands in the Sky


mp3: Here We Go Magic - Casual

Hard Mix - Now Her

Beat n' sample master Hard Mix was kind enough to give away his new LP, Defaults, at the cost of just "liking" a Facebook page. Solid work!


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Yeasayer - I Remember

The standout, and definitely most sentimental, track off last year's Odd Blood , "I Remember" is Yeasayer's Valentines Day gift this year. Very Appropriate. The video, however, I wish I could forget.