Archive | June 2012

Promises of No More Empty Promises: Jens Lekman – Erika America (Music Video)

A bald, grungy Jens in a drab building singing a song about heartbreak: sounds about right.

I can’t wait for this album. I Know What Love Isn’t out this fall.

Favorites of 2012 So Far

Favorite Albums:
1. Lambchop – Mr. M

2. Ab-Soul – Control System

3. Beach House – Bloom

Favorite Music Videos:
1. Grimes – “Oblivion”

2. Mr. Muthafuckin’ Esquire – “The Last Huzzah”

3. EL-P – “The Full Retard”

Upcoming Releases to be the most excited about:
1. Animal Collective – Centipede HZ
2. Jens Lekman – I Know What Love Isn’t
3. Grizzly Bear – TBA

Bison- Switzerland

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Considering how old the folk genre is, it is important to note how difficult it is for bands to sound new and original, while still conforming to the folky, twangy set. However, Bison- a strange would-be love-child of Fleet Foxes, the Decemberists (old school, not Long Live the King), and the Arcade Fire, has a completely fresh, highly energetic feel to it, while retaining that time-tested folky feel.

Shel: the best kept secret of Fort Collins, CO

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These beautiful sisters have been in my list of favorites for a while now. SHEL is an acronym derived from the names of the four sisters in the band. All of these girls are classically trained musicians, and have been playing as a family since 2005. Their music is original and modern, with large classical overtones. Their liberal use of the folk-classical genre really makes this group very diverse in sound, and fun to listen to!

Listed on their website is some fantastic merchandise- and some rather peculiar “services” for purchase, including a dinner prepared for you and a friend by the girls, accompanied with a private concert. Also, for $80, they will give you 50 embarrassing facts about the girls. Can’t beat that price. Check em out here: http://shelmusic.com/

Although the girls produce some very beautiful, original tunes, their cover of Battle of Evermore by the Zepplin is one of my favorites. Enjoy.

Electric Guest – This Head I Hold

Electric Guest’s self-titled LP is truly a masterpiece. The light-hearted album gleams with giddiness with every tune and can’t stop but shake your hips and put a grin on your face.

While their single from the album “This Head I Hold” demonstrates the catchiness and disco style of Electric Guest, it is a necessity to listen to the album as a whole, because it’s truly remarkable.

Blackmill – Miracle

Blackmill – Miracle
While I generally leave dubstep to the clubs, Blackmill’s melodic, downtempo approach to the genre leaves me relaxed yet energized, as their breaks are (while definitely “dubsteppy”) very calm, instead of ear-shattering and overly chaotic.
Enjoy Blackmill’s Miracle on this truly remarkable video that takes one through the most amazing views of NYC.

Taragana Pyjarama releases “Lo Ng” – first single from debut album Tipped Bowls

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Taragana Pyjarama is new on the scene, but in 2011, TP dazzled the electronic music community with it’s glaringly beautiful, yet soft tracks on their self-titled album. “Lo Ng,” the first single to be released from upcoming album Tipped Bowls retains the shiny, heavily-textured appeal from the first album, but with a more bass-y, rhythmic (one might say House-feeling) approach. The album releases July 18th.
Check out the single here

You Can’t Be Replaced: Beach House – Lazuli (Music Video)

Beach House has developed a reputation for making strange, visually dynamic music videos. Their newest video for “Lazuli” is no exception.

Grandma, I’ve Been Unruly: Purity Ring – Belispeak (Music Video)

Purity Ring’s first official music video. Their debut album, Shrines, comes out this summer on 4AD.