Thursday, December 23, 2010

Top Albums of 2010

2010 marked the entry of numerous bedroom rockers/producers into the fray, and while most of my listening centered around 7" records and EP's, I managed to cobble together a decent list of my favorite LP's from this year.

My tastes this year tended to gravitate toward the pop genres; Surf-Pop, Dream-Pop, Noise-Pop, etc. However, I still made room on my plate for a healthy dose of Hip-Hop, Electronic, and Experimental beats.

Teen Dream by Beach House
Baltimore dream pop duo Beach House ushered in 2010 with their third studio album, Teen Dream, and it's a gem. It brings warmth to the winter months, and while the record is, at times somber, it shines light on the dark. Teen Dream doesn't stray far from the core characteristics of a Beach House album as Victoria's beautiful yet melancholy vocals meld with hazy synths.

Silver Soul is a gloomy, yet incomprehensibly beautiful ballad. Used To Be is slightly more accessible and melodic. And you absolutely must check out this live studio performance as part of's Special Presentation series. It starts with the band playing Zebra in a room seemingly made out of white feathers. Fucking perfect.

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West
If you had told me at the beginning of the year that I'd dig a Kanye album let alone consider it for top album of the year, I would've had a heart attack. I've liked a few of Ye's beats and tracks in the past (especially that joint he did with Cam'ron, Down and Out) but generally I regard him as wack. That is, until I got my hands on his latest record. I still think he's a pompous prick but that doesn't take anything away from the fact that he wrote and produced one of the greatest Hip-Hop albums of all time with the release of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

Really, the album needs no introduction. Either you've heard it by now or you don't care to, so I'm just gonna throw out a few of my fave tracks. Make sure to peep Monster which features among others, Nicki Manaj, who is the truth! Oh and if you don't already know, Rick Ross absolutely kills Devil In A New Dress. And here's the obligatory link the the 35-minute masterpiece, Runaway.

Body Talk by Robyn
Swedish pop star, Robyn, launched a musical armada this year. Three albums were released in 2010 as part of the Body Talk series, with the third album containing five tracks from each of the two previous albums, plus five new tracks.

Body Talk is easily the best pop record of the year. The beats, the lyrics, and the guest spots (Diplo, Röyksopp, and Snoop Dogg) all play a part and come together to create a record that is pop-perfection from front to back.

My grammer school level writing hardly does the album justice. Just check a few tracks and behold Robyn's greatness. Dancehall Queen is an absolute banger that really jumps off and Don't Fucking Tell Me What To Do is an ice-cold display of electropop swagger.

King Of The Beach by Wavves
On the front lines of the Surf/Beach movement is San Diego noise pop band, Wavves. He released his third album, King Of The Beach, this summer and I admit, I slept on this album, HARD. Well, I couldn't have been more wrong.

The album is a noisy, LSD soaked, trip to the beach. And it rocks. Nathan Williams has really grown in terms of song writing and the ability to put together an album with great production and a lot of variety. It's impressive to say the least.

Droning guitars and repetitious, muffled vocals highlight Mickey Mouse while Linus Spacehead takes more of a grunge-meets-beach angle.

The Monitor by Titus Andronicus
New Jersey punk rockers Titus Andronicus created a masterpiece with their sophomore release, The Monitor. It's a concept album based on the American Civil War, but it goes far beyond mere references in song titles and the name of the album (which refers to first iron clad warship, the USS Monitor).

It uses march-like cadences, rousing chants, and anthemic guitars to build the atmosphere of an army going to war, or to demonstrate the frustration of Jersey life in a post-industrial Northeast amidst a global economic depression. They even invoke the spirit of The Boss a few times. And the whole thing comes to a massive conclusion with a 14-minute finale that makes me want to wrap myself in Old Glory and fire a cannon from my front porch.

Definitely check out the video for the album opener, A More Perfect Union. It absolutely sets the tone for the whole record, a record that is best enjoyed by listening all the way through.

Dagger Paths by Forest Swords
UK psychedelic dub producer, Matthew Barnes, also known as Forest Swords came with a late entry, releasing his album Dagger Paths in late November. In a word it's brilliant. In a bunch of words: sparse/primal percussion, obscure samples, and masterfully manipulated guitar notes come together to create beautiful yet eerie sounds. Though the beats sound sleepy and murky, eventually you pick out the melody and things clear up a bit. It reminds me of Avey Tare's album, Down There (an incredible album by the way), in that regard.

The whole album is unique and exquisite but I believe the first two tracks are the most accessible and inviting. Miarches is instantly captivating. Guitar reverb weaves in and out of other aural pleasures including a haunting female vocal sample. Slow, droning guitar, bizarre sounds and imposing drum tracks mark out Hoylake Misst. Barnes even does a cover of Aaliyah’s "If Your Girl Only Knew", retitled as "If Your Girl" (I'll admit I had no idea that song was a cover, however much distorted and disguised, and only became aware of it while brushing up on No Pain In Pop). Anyway, the album is fascinating and probably a look at the direction the genre of Dub is moving.

Cosmogramma by Flying Lotus
LA's premier beat maker, Flying Lotus, released the follow-up to his iconic LP Los Angeles this summer and it's another album that I slept on, much to my discomposure. It is important to understand that Cosmogramma is not Los Angeles. Rather, it is a sign of the maturation of Steve Ellison and the mark of his transcendence beyond his influences and peers. I avoided listening to it out of a fear of it somehow diminishing my love for his earlier work or some kind of misplaced sense of superiority, like I knew what was best for FlyLo, his catalog, and his fans.

Internal struggle aside, every track on the album is unique and mesmerizing, with influences ranging from jazz, to drum and bass and IDM, to hip-hop. Zodiac Shit is a deep, cavernous beat and it goes even better with the tripped out video. Also make sure to check out the video for the cannabis-induced, MmmHmm, a gorgeous, spacey tune aided by bass virtuoso Thundercat.

Treats by Sleigh Bells
An unlikely collaboration between an elementary school teacher and the guitarist for Hardcore band, Poison The Well, resulted in the loudest album in recent memory. Brooklyn noise pop band Sleigh Bells has acquired a lot of fans as well as haters since dropping their debut LP, Treats, this summer. Essentially, the album consists of Alexis chanting like a cheerleader over wailing guitars and pounding beats.

Treats is a fucking banger. It goes harder than any track this year. Turn it up to eleven. Similarly, Crown On The Ground will trash your speakers. Seriously. Oh and don't let the treble blast at the beginning scare you. Taking a softer approach, Rill Rill employs acoustic guitar and an infectious pop hook.

Crazy For You by Best Coast
Another one of the most hated bands of the year, Best Coast, released their debut LP this summer. Crazy For You is a lo-fi, indie pop, stoner record whose lyrics center around chron, cats, boys, and a sloth-like apathy. All the tracks are short and poppy with very straightforward lyrics.

Goodbye is an anthem of indifference where Bethany claims, "Nothing makes me happy, not even T.V. or a bunch of weed". Happy is an uptempo song that is actually about anything but being happy.

Crystal Castles (II) by Crystal Castles
And to complete my trio of "most hated bands" I submit to you, Crystal Castles, back with their sophomore album Crystal Castles (II). Drowned in Sound writer Jack Shankly once expertly described their sound as "ferocious, asphyxiating sheets of warped two-dimensional Gameboy glitches and bruising drum bombast that pierces your skull with their sheer shrill force, burrowing deep into the brain like a fever". Pretty much.

My favorite track off the LP is Year Of Silence. A terrifying, earthquake-like beat juxtaposed against a beautiful Sigur Rós vocal sample makes for one of the best electronic tracks of the year. Baptism is a more upbeat, dancey cut, with a strange/disturbing video.

The Suburbs by Arcade Fire
One of my all time favorite bands, Arcade Fire, released their much anticipated third studio album this summer. The Suburbs is a radiant, captivating album that marks a rewarding return by the Canadian indie giants. My favorite song is Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains), a disco track reminiscent of Blondie's Heart of Glass.

Cry Out Loud by Las Robertas
Fighting off comparisons to Best Coast and Vivian Girls are Costa Rica's all-girl retro band, Las Robertas. Their influences include The Breeders, Nirvana, and various C86 bands, which makes sense as they tend to have a scuzzy, lo-fi sound while still maintaining a youthful glow. On their debut LP, Cry Out Loud, the girls do such a masterful job of walking the fine line between garage rock and noise pop that they really transcend genre. It makes you think they can possibly usurp some of their lofty influences. Make sure to check out their friend Diego Arias's video for Back To The End.

Fang Island by Fang Island
Rhode Island Post-Punk Rockers, Fang Island, dropped their self titled debut LP this year to wide acclaim. They describe their music as "everyone high-fiving everyone", and that's exactly the feeling you get when listening to their album, Fang Island. Pitchfork's Ian Cohen summed up the album perfectly when he said, "This music is just honest and life-affirming and infectious, and it's that rare concentration of directness and simplicity that makes Fang Island so uniquely and wonderfully inclusive."

My two favorite tracks are Daisy, a soaring and infectious anthem, and Life Coach, which melds layer upon layer of vocals and guitars with very positive results.

Faceless Sonic Boom by girls in the eighties
After years of trying to break through, Nashville bedroom rockers girls in the eighties, finally gained the attention of tastemaker Stereogum in early 2010 and released Faceless Sonic Boom a few months later. The album is composed of bursts of energy in the form of short, noisy songs.

Vacation is my favorite track on the album and may be my favorite track of the year. Behind the noise and wailing guitars are some pretty stirring lyrics. The song starts out with a messy chorus chanting, "They say please stay, but I can't find a reason why. Until the world turns on its side, I am telling you goodbye. Until the storm settles inside, I am letting go of life." Fairly profound words for a noise pop record.

Eyelid Movies by Phantogram
Upstate New York Trip-Hop duo Phantogram describes themselves as "a combination of Serge Gainsbourg, sampling and Detroit hip-hop". I can dig that. Their full length debut, Eyelid Movies, is a verdant and evocative trip-hop ride that owes its success equally to Josh Carter's detailed production and Sarah Barthel's enchanting vocals.

Mouthful Of Diamonds is highlighted by Sarah's saccharin sweet, breathy vocals over squeaky beats and piano keys. Sarah's seductive crooning is also central to When I'm Small, another one of my faves off this record. Also, check out the fan-made video for Running From The Cops, a spooky, droning track that changes up the pace from the rest of the album.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tramps Like Us...

New Jersey punk rockers Titus Andronicus just released a concept album, The Monitor, which is based on the American Civil War. Here is the video for A More Perfect Union.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Could've, Would've, Should've

Cleveland power-pop band, Cloud Nothings, covered previously on this blog here and here, are about to release their self-titled debut LP January 25th. Below you can listen to Should Have, a catchy cut from the upcoming album.

Cloud Nothings "Should Have" by carparkrecords

Friday, December 17, 2010

What's Your Sign

Check this beautiful new video for Zodiac Shit by Flying Lotus off his latest LP, Cosmogramma. I mean its Fly Lo so I'm not even going to go into detail about how good/strange the beat is. Just watch and listen. Perfection.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tribal Prince

New vid from the psychedelic Floridians known as Prince Rama. Now based in Boston/Brooklyn, these former Hare Krishnas signed to Animal Collective's Paw Tracks label to release their LP Shadow Temple in September. Peep the freaked out video for Lightening Fossil below. Looks like Pitchfork removed the vid or the embed is fucked. Try it here on this crazy Asian site.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Spaghetti Western

Chi-town rockers, Smith Westerns, just put out a video for their first single off the upcoming album Dye It Blonde, set to be released 1/18/2011 on Fat Possum RecordsWeekend is a bit more poppy and less noisy than what can be found on their 2009 self titled LP, but it works well, just in different ways. Peep the vid below.

Also, make sure to check out my two favorite tracks from their last album, which I'm extremely fond of. Be My Girl and My Heart are both noisy, aural perfection.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

No One Else Shines

Wise Blood, known to mortals as Chris Laufman, just released a vid for his experimental banger B.I.G. E.G.O. It's off the 2010 `+` EP, that I wrote up a few months back, here. Oh, also check his newest track, Loud Mouths. It's making the rounds and getting a lot of hype, as it should. Do not sleep on him!

"B.I.G. E.G.O." from david parker on Vimeo.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Rep Killa City

Last night was the Dutch Newman CD release party at the Beaumont Club in Westport. Dutch just dropped his debut LP, The Lonely Hearts Club, which you can cop for $5 on his Bandcamp. All the beats were produced by Lawrence, KS producer/MC Johnny Quest. The tracks are diverse, fresh, and uplifting. In a recent interview with Dutch said “Maybe it sounds corny, but it’s about the love. I want people to feel the love when I’m onstage — my passion for this shit”. It really shows both on the album and in his stage presence. Make sure to check out the banger, Yall Can't, a collaboration with Top City great, Stik Figa (peep his mini documentary down below).

The highlight of the show was when Irv Da Phenom came out and performed Red and Yellow, a remix of Wiz Khalifa's Black and Yellow, that features two other KC rappers, Cash Image and B Double E. The crowd was going nuts! Check the video for the local anthem below. It's a guided tour of Killa City's hot spots. Anyway, Irv Da Phenom has been promoting his newest album, Free. Coincidentally you can download that album, for free, here. The whole thing is fire, front to back, but make sure to check out the horn blasting beat on Gettin That.

Also, out there representing for KC and Dutch was the Well Fed Artist Society. They had a huge presence at the concert, showcasing some of their newest designs.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

You Are Freaking Out... Man

London's Alessio Natalizia, an Italian transplant, who goes by the moniker Banjo or Freakout has been building up to his much anticipated self-titled full length debut, due out early 2011. The first single, 105, was released on December 5th on Memphis Industries. The slow burning dream-pop ballad is typical for his ethereal, ghostly style of folktronica. Peep the vid which follows a hot, irreverent teen as she goes about her day, stealing booze and tagging graffiti.

Banjo Or Freakout - 105 from Ibrahim Serra-Mohammed on Vimeo.

Check out the video for my favorite BoF tune, Upside Down, a track off the 2009 Upside Down EP from Half Machine Records.

Natalizia is probably best know for his re-workings and remixes, including an incredible cover of LCD Soundsystem's Someone Great. His blog is a great place to find demos, covers and remixes.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Das Racist

New cut from Canadian rapper/producer EmAy, who I featured in an earlier post back in October. You can download it from Mediafire or stream it down below from Bandcamp where you can also throw down $1 CAD for the track and support the artist. More dope shit on the conscious tip. Oh and here's a quick blurb from dude: 

Hey, it’s Emay here and I have this new track called Racist On Purpose and the concept of this song is to put myself in the shoes of a white supremacist in order to show how hateful us humans can be based on our insecurities alone. Produced and written by me. The sample is a song by Mount Eerie. I’ll let you find which one it is if you really want to know haha.

I’m still in the process of working on my solo album plus a project with Star Slinger and Blackbird Blackbird as Seeing Suge. Also working on a little something else, but I wont mention who I’m working with yet until it’s final.

Monday, December 6, 2010

No Such Thing

L.A. producer Nosaj Thing (pronounced No Such Thing) put out a monster electronic record last year called Drift, gaining the attention of everyone from Pitchfork to the BBC. Then in November 2010, Alpha Pup Records released a remix album imaginatively titled Drift Remixed. The album features remixes by the likes of Jamie from The xx, Daedelus, and Dntel. But the standout track is the remix of Us by downtempo artist Jon Hopkins. Hopkins completely reimagines the track and gives it new life. The terrifyingly mad video compliments the glitchy beat.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

That Good Hair

Lawrence, KS producer Nezbeat is getting ready to release a project with Killa City rapper Joe Good that has been a long time comin. In fact, Joe Good has since retired from the rap game. The album, Good Hair, is slated to be released later this month but a few tracks are already up, available for free download on Bandcamp. Likewise, when the album drops it will be available for free via Bandcamp. 

Make sure to check my favorite track so far, Sky High, a soulful, sample-heavy cut. And while your at it peep the single, Fuchsia, below. The mellow, melodic flute-loop was featured a few months back on URB.

  Fuchsia by nezbeats

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Twee Pony

Indie-Pop trio, Seapony, just released a new 7" on Double Denim. Dreaming is an upbeat, guitar-driven pop song following in the footsteps of its C86 predecessors. Peep the video by Anabel Navarro below.

In addition to the single, the Seattle twee poppers put out an eponymous EP in August. Seapony EP is available for free on their Bandcamp page. With You and I Really Do are both mellow, breezy tunes that I really enjoy.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Dream-Pop duo, Memoryhouse, continue to perfect their craft with the new single, Caregiver, due December 7th on Suicide Squeeze. However, it's actually the B-Side, Heirloom, that concerns this post. The dreamy, ethereal track is just what one expects from Evan Abeele and Denise Nouvion, but this isn't standard fare, it's flawless. Add to that, a Jamie Harley found-footage video and you have the aforementioned perfection. Peep below.

They've yet to release a full-length album but Beko DSL put out a free digital single last year with two of my favorite Memoryhouse tracks. You can download it here. Also, further below is a vid for To The Lighthouse, off the digital single.

Monday, November 29, 2010


Providence, RI punk-rockers, Les Savy Fav, have been on the indie/electronic scene for 15 years and they don't show any sign of letting up. These guys are notorious for wild, high-energy shows and their fifth and latest LP, Root For Ruin, finds the band still plugging away with short, energetic power-pop tunes. Let's Get Out of Here is a mid-tempo blend of pop and punk accompanied by an awesome skateboarding themed video. Make sure to check my favorite track off the album, Sleepless in Silverlake. It isn't your typical life-in-L.A. anthem.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Smokeless Tobacco

Black Moth Super Rainbow frontman, Tom Fec, has released two solo LP's as Tobacco. A new video has just emerged for the track Motorlicker, off his 2010 full-length, Maniac Meat. The video is almost as disturbing as the beat.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Like Lykke

Swedish pop singer/bombshell Lykke Li just dropped a video for her first single off the upcoming Wounded Rhymes, to be released Febuary 28th on her label LL Recordings. The single, Get Some, finds Lykke Li taking a more direct, over-the-top approach, diverting from the more artsy, subdued singing on her first LP, Youth Novels, released in 2008. The video is awash in occult imagery and overt sexual themes. Throughout the song she repeats the sexy chant, "I'm your prostitute, you gon' get some", over the pounding drums remindful of the Big Band era. Peep the vid below.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Beachy Keen

Budapest gloom pop band, Piresian Beach, is not just more surf rock. Info on her is sparse but she describes herself as "cheap lo-fi music from Hungary". That coupled with the following fantastic description from futuresoundstemporary is really all we have to go on right now but I'm sure she will be catching mad hype soon; "It’s like this fuzzed out, psych, noise trip with this wailing female crying out in the distance."

So fucking good. Easily one of my favorite discoveries of the year. The gloomy, fuzzy sound reminds me a bit of The Vera Violets.

Piresian Beach has two offerings out right now, her debut EP, Parttalan EP, and Space Grrl, which I can't tell but looks to also be an EP. The two EP's can be downloaded here and here respectively. But please make sure to cop something legit once she inevitably gets signed.

My fave track so far is Wasting Away, a murky tune with lots of reverb and distortion. Below is a vid for the song made up of what looks like found/archival footage.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Post-hardcore rockers Pissed Jeans recently made a video for their track False Jesii Part 2, off their 2009 Sub Pop release, King of Jeans. The video exudes an emphatic apathy.

To quote a particularly true statement from the Pitchfork review, "Korvette's observations, on King of Jeans, they're organized into shout-back slogans cathartic enough to keep enraged 9-to-5ers from going postal: on opener 'False Jesii Part 2', Korvette answers a litany of social pressures-- from going to the gym to wearing a 'tight black shirt'-- with a boisterous holler of 'I don't bother!' before celebrating his slothfulness with a playground-taunt chorus of 'nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah,' all to the steady beat of a tambourine, no less."

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sleigh Ride

Brooklyn based noise pop duo, Sleigh Bells, have an new unofficial video for Riot Rhythm, which is on their 2010 debut LP, Treats. Screeching guitars and an epic chess match make up this Bo Mirosseni-directed gem.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Bermuda Triangle

Philly native Rebecca Huston is the woman behind Bermuda Bonnie, an unsigned psych-pop band that now operates out of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Bermuda Bonnie released her self titled debut last year which you can download on for free or you can shell out the 8 bucks over on her Bandcamp page. While you're there grab the free remix of Invisible, and make sure to watch the vid produced by Rebecca's sister Kim Huston below. But def check my favorite track on the album, Houseboat, a slow, soft, daydream about getting away from it all.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

La Gasolina

Marina Vello, former founder/singer of Brazilian Baile-Funk band Bonde do Rolê, has a new identity and a new album on the way. Breaking from her roots in punk and funk, Marina moved to London to work on her solo album, which takes a more electronic and experimental turn. Marina Gasolina, as she is now known, has worked with such electronic artists as Crookers, Diplo, and The Go! Team so she def has experience with this sound.

Her new single, Leone, is an homage to Spaghetti Western director Sergio Leone and features synths that could've been in Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange. The single will be released on 11/29 via her own label, Anfetamina Records, ahead of the full length album being produced by European DJ's Radioclit and Electronicat. Peep the short yet exuberant video and listen to the longer version below as well.

  Marina Gasolina - Leone by Sainted PR

Monday, November 8, 2010


Prolific DJ's A-Trak and Armand van Helden team up to comprise the collab supergroup, Duck Sauce. Their monster single, Barbara Streisand, samples the 1973 German pop song, Hallo Bimmelbahn by Nighttrain even though the everyone seems to be incorrectly crediting Boney M.'s "Gotta Go Home" (1979) which itself sampled the Nighttrain tune. Peep the video below.

Friday, November 5, 2010

On the War Path

L.A.'s all-girl psychedelic quartet Warpaint, dropped their debut LP, The Fool, in late October. I haven't really gone through the whole album but I'm diggin the seductive siren song of lead singer Emily Kokal on Undertow. You can watch the girls perform the song live for below. Also, peep the official music video directed by actress Shannyn Sossamon, star of such indie films as The Rules of Attraction, and interestingly enough, former band member of Warpaint.

Oh and check out my fave Warpaint track to date, Beetles, off of their 2008, Exquisite Corpse EP.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Phantom Of The Trip-Hop-era

New York trip-hop duo, Phantogram, put out their debut LP, Eyelid Movies, in February 2010. The album is a psych-pop masterpiece, cobbled together using samplers, tapes, synths, drums and strings.  Mouthful of Diamonds is highlighted by Sarah Barthel's saccharin sweet, breathy vocals over squeaky beats and piano keys. Check the vid below.

And here is a fan-made video for Running from the Cops, a spooky, droning, track.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Are You Daft?!

Electro giants Daft Punk did a track for the new Tron movie. Check out the vid for "Derezzed" below.

To quote a commenter on Stereogum, "I think I’m going to wait for this movie to come out on Blu-Ray. I think it would be more fun to watch if Daft Punk were playing at my house, my house." Brilliant.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Vivian Girls Gone Wild

Kate Goodman of all-girl punk trio, Vivian Girls, recently started a solo project called La Sera. Under this new moniker Kate produces 50's inspired, celestial pop. Hardly Art, a Seattle-based subsidiary of Sub Pop, just released her 7", "Never Come Around" b/w "Behind Your Eyes", ahead of her eponymous full length due in early 2011. Check out the spooky vid for Never Come Around, directed by Brady Hall. I love the juxtaposition of the violent, gruesome visuals and Kate's cheery vocals and mannerisms.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Crystal Castles just teamed up with legendary frontman for The Cure, Robert Smith, to redo Not In Love. The track is a cover of a Platinum Blonde song which CC had reworked and put on their most recent LP. But this time the cut melds the screaching goth electro with vocals from Smith, who sounds like he hasn't missed a beat since the 80's. Incredible. Check it out over on Stereogum or play it down below (that is for as long as the link stays up).

Crystal Castles - Not In Love (ft. Robert Smith)

The updated "Not in Love" is the A-side of a single due 12/6 via Fiction. The B-Sides are early acoustic demos of “Celestica” and "Suffocation".

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Crystal Method

New video from the world's most hated band, Crystal Castles. Watch the vid for Baptism, off of their LP, Crystal Castles (II), which came out this summer.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fly Low

Check these two new videos from Flying Lotus, L.A.'s sickest electronic hip-hop producer. First up is the video for the gorgeous astral tune MmmHmm [ft. Thundercat] off of FlyLo's new album Cosmogramma. And the newest vid is a colorfully illustrated polygonal presentation directed by Beeple for the drum and bass track, Kill Your Co-Workers, off Flying Lotus's new Pattern + Grid World EP. Shit is crazy.

Monday, October 25, 2010


Video for Boyfriend by Best Coast. This vid finds Bethany playing at a Quinceañera for a young Latina girl.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Young cat out of Jacksonville, unouomedude (you-know-you-owe-me-dude), has been killing it lately on the Chillwave tip. Mixes, remixes, singles, early material and his debut EP, Marsh, are all available for free on his website, here. Or you can slide on over to Bandcamp, where you can stream the album or name your price to own the material and support Uno.

Jangly, watery sounds accompanied by cooing background vocals kick off the EP on Dream Home. On my favorite track, Island Summer, breezy, tropical sounds underlie the softly sung vocal melody which seems to convey sentimental longing for days past. Buildings is a more upbeat tune with some doo-wop-like backing vocals. Peep the video below.

  Dream Home by unouomedude  

  Island Summer by unouomedude

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Against the Machine Like Rage

Kid Cudi has teamed up for a track with legendary emo rapper and frontman for The Weathermen, Cage. These cats are known for dark imagery and the song Maniac is no exception, sampling the haunting vocals of St. Vincent's somber pop track, The Strangers

The track is going to be on Cudder's upcoming album, Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, due out in November, which will feature Ratatat, Cee-Lo, Kayne, and GLC just to name a few. Listen to an early, unfinished/unmastered version of the track below.

Kid Cudi - "Maniac" f/ Cage (St. Vincent Sampled) by Pretty Much Amazing

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Suuns In My Eyes

Montreal minimalists, Suuns, just released their LP, Zeroes QC, on Secretly Canadian. The album's ominous, creeping, electro sound is no doubt indebted in part to The Besnard Lakes' Jace Lasek, a fellow Montréalais who helped to record the album and gain the attention of the Canadian label that is home to current sensations Yeasayer and Here We Go Magic. The only thing that stands out more than the dark, eerie melodies are Ben Shemie's bizarre and breathy vocals, which are best exemplified by Up Past the Nursery. Watch the video below.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Tennis Live

Check out my current obsession, the husband and wife duo Tennis, as they play Live on Pitchfork TV's Tunnelvision presented by Brooklyn videographer, Chocolate Bobka.

TENNIS - MARATHON from Chocolate Bobka on Vimeo.

TENNIS - WHEN I WALK INTO THE ROOM from Chocolate Bobka on Vimeo.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Bye Bye Blackbird

San Francisco dream pop producer, Mikey Sanders, is constantly releasing new material under the name Blackbird Blackbird. So far in 2010 Sanders has released several singles, four EP's, and most recently, his debut LP, Summer Heart. Check out the mesmerizing video for the single, Pure below. Like most tracks from Blackbird Blackbird it has an airy, dreamlike quality with chopped up sounds and vocals reverberating throughout. And while some of his work might come off as a little subdued, Happy High, is a short burst of sunshine.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Ride The Pine

Alpine, a six piece band out of Melbourne, Australia, recently signed to Ivy League Records, ahead of the release of their first EP, Zurich, in November 2010. The standout track on the five song debut EP is Too Safe, an upbeat, colorful pop tune which you can download for free on And make sure to check out the obligatory Star Slinger remix of my favorite track off the EP, Icypoles, below or download it free here.

  Alpine - Icypoles (Star Slinger Dreamix) by Star Slinger

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hands On The Wheel

American Folk singer Lissie Maurus covers the Kid Cudi anthem, Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare). As much as I love the Cudder, Lissie KILLS it. Peep the video below, from the Brighton Great Escape festival this May.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

High Five

San Francisco's Nicholas Ng has been tearing up the blog scene all year with light and spacey pop singles that he produces under the moniker, Fiveng. He recently put out a single, Easy, on Beachtapes. The title track off the single has not one, but two videos produced by famous found-footage artist Jamie Harley. The Longest version (below), features official 1972 Olympic Games footage of distance runners, while the other version, The Strongest, features weight lifters. But my favorite thing associated with Fiveng so far is the Star Slinger remix of his first single, Jonah, which you can listen to below or download here for free.

Fiveng - "Easy" (The Longest video) from Jamie Harley on Vimeo.


Monday, October 11, 2010

Deer Season

Check out the video for "Helicopter", Deerhunter's second single off their new album Halcyon Digest. It's a slow, despondent track coupled with fuzzy black and white images of frontman Bradford Cox singing the beautiful tune. Also, check out the spacey Star Slinger remix.
Deerhunter - Helicopter (Star Slinger Remix).

Friday, October 8, 2010

EmAy is for the Children

Continuing on the hip-hop tip, this time from Canadian rapper/producer EmAy. Dude came on the scene last year with an extensive and ill remix album, A.D.D. (Altered Dynamic Dimensions), which you can download here, for free. In late 2009, he dropped a deep and emotional single, Child (Refugee), that really showed off his talent for writing.

Fast-forward to 2010 and Mubarik Adams AKA EmAy is releasing a flurry of diverse material. First up is If You're Breathing, a reflective and melancholy single that features Emay's signature laid back spit over soft piano notes. Perhaps my favorite work of his is the remix album, Emay, Karen O, and the Kids. Simply put, it's a reinterpretation of the soundtrack for Where The Wild Things Are by Karen O (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs fame), and it's incredible. My favorite track is Igloo, a bouncy joyride through the imagination of a child. Plus it samples Karen's beautiful voice so it's hard to go wrong there. Cop the album for free here and get your rumpus on.

Thursday, October 7, 2010


UK beatmaker, Star Slinger, is blowing up the bedroom hip hop set in 2010. Producer Darren Williams has released an LP, a remix EP and a ton of singles this year. You can download all of this material for free here or you can purchase it over on Bandcamp, and support the artist. Williams, who uses a lot of short, choppy, soulful samples, claims J Dilla as a big influence on his stylings. And like many tracks on Dilla's last album, Donuts, Star Slinger's beats have an impalpable, vaporous quality. His single, "May I Walk With You?", is a tranquil, rainy day electronic hip-hop track.

Williams was recently featured in Pitchfork: Rising and has announced a collab effort with Candian rapper Emay and San Francisco dream pop producer Blackbird Blackbird, called Seeing Suge (as in Suge Knight). Their first track, "Breaking", samples the dream pop group, Memoryhouse, and you can check it out below.

Seeing Suge "Breaking" (Collabo project with Emay / Blackbird Blackbird) by Star Slinger

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Friends Forever

Despite it being October and increasingly cold I'm still on the beach tip. This gem is from our neighbors up north. Crystal Dorval, also known as My Friend Wallis, has been warming up the B.C. area with her summery, tropical brand of beach pop. Her first EP, When the Blue Turned Yellow, was released last summer. You can actually download the EP for free from Draculahorse. She is currently working on new stuff including this track, Hiding, which is a breezy tune reminiscent of Washed Out. Peep the video below. Ghostly sights and sounds abound.