Two Door Cinema Club - Something Good Can Work A tad dated I must admit, it's off Kitsune Maison Compilation 7, but it's just so darn catchy!
Chew Lips - Solo Chew Lips has to be one of my favorite break out bands from '09 and they just keep getting better.
The Knife - Heartbeats Ok ok so not new at all and I must admit I rediscovered it from the depths of my music collection, but I haven't stopped listening to it since.
Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats Some peolple were really angry when Jose made this cover version...other people claim it's 100,000 times better than the original. I just say enjoy them for what they are.
Mark Ronson feat Q-Tip and MNDR - Bang Bang Bang Over the last year lots of songs with "bang" in the title have become popular..."Bang Bang" by the Knux, "Bang" by Rye Rye, "Bang" by After School....well this is pretty good too. My friend Raymond introduced me to this song about a month ago and yeah it's quite addictive.
MNDR - I Go Away Ronson prodigy featured on "Bang Bang Bang" proves she has her own style worth listening to.
Villagers - Ship of Promises Brooklyn? Nope...Ireland. Listen now it will be big in 6 months.
The original song is intense enough (and will be posted below) but this remix off of the prestigious and ultra trendy Kistsune Maison compilation disc (I forget which volume!!!) is a lighter and even dancier version. I am pretty addicted to this version as well as a ton of other tracks off the kitsune maison compilation albums which my friend Shelly intoduced me to over the weekend. Kitsune Maison is a French electronic music label that releases a yearly compliation album of (obviously) electro music, artists featured on these albums have included Beni, MSTRKRFT, Bloc Party, The Drums, friendly Fires, CSS, and a ton of more mainstream and obscure acts. It's quite an enjoyable mixture of catchy dance tunes as well as the experimental, and just plain weird..."I Wish I Was a Polar Bear" anyone? Check it out.
I Blame Coco - Selfmachine Of all the female newcomers this year, I Blame Coco definitely came in with the most bang. Featuring Robyn on her first release (Caesar) and now taking her electronic tinged sound to new heights on "self machine."
Ramona Falls - Russia Ok ok so this isn't new at all! Well it isn't new to you if you have been following my blog for a while, however the video for this song is. And I suggest you watch it, because it is very well done. I also must say that this album is superb and completely underrated (you may remember them from my 'best of 2009' posts).
EastStrikeWest - Stumble This was sent to me by my friend Darien who writes the blog "The New Noise" and I suggest you check this out and then go his blog and preview the album!
MGMT - It's Working (Air Remix) I find MGMT's last album to be one of the most over-promoted, over-hyped albums of the year, but I really do dig this remix done by the French electro pop artists Air.
Fol Chen - Cable TV Weird? Check. Awkward music video? Check. but strangely that is the appeal of this song...
Fanfarlo - Harlod T. Wilkins You may also remember the song "The Walls are Coming Down" from my best of 2009 list, and they were pretty much under the radar last year, but just like Mumford and Sons, Marina and the Diamonds, Ellie Goulding...and a ton of other British bands I profiled last year they are quickly gaining exposure. This song isn't exactly "new" either, but I think it's a good reminder that they are still around.
Most people are probably familiar with the Cary Brothers for their introspective, beautiful and haunting music used on Zach Braff movie sound tracks...or that new Tiesto song. The new release "Ghost Town" is well...exactly what you'd expect from the Cary Brothers, haunting, beautiful and definitely remember-able.
There are a few rappers now a days with a sense of humor, and just like "hipsterdom' has infiltrated indie rock...it's doing the same to hip hop! On his track "fuck dat hipster shit" Grip Plyaz basically comes at everyone (that I also have to deal with on a regular basis) that name calls and uses the term "hipster" as derogatory towards anyone who participates in alternative culture...because seriously...we're not all hipsters...
I think the eleventh grade version of myself would of done backflips for these guys...that was in my "Editors, Bravery, Elephant" phase...I still get a tiny kick out of their songs, however I feel as though they are rehashing the British/New York electropop/indie rock style coined 5 years ago by more progressive bands. I still may see them in Toronto...
Came to a free event in Buffalo known as "Thursday at the Square" yesterday...I wasn't really up for it. In fact I hate Thursday at the Squares, it's too crowded, too many drunk 15 year olds and no one actually "listens" to the music. However it's unfortunate that I couldn't see these guys in a more intimate setting. They sorta remind me of massive attack circa "teardrop" and Radiohead (slightly).
Well it's not THAT new anymore...it's been out for over a month...and it is super Auto-Tuned...but boy can they dance...and it's pretty catchy...so kill me, I am allowed my vices. And if you're wondering if I was excited when I heard Super Junior was making a come back than you are god damn right! And with over 3 million views I guess I'm not the only one...
Ok ok so I have a soft spot for Nada Surf, I remember listening to "let Go" way back when I was an awkward tenth grader with pig tails...who hadn't reached 5 feet yet...(I'm still barely over 5 feet...half an inch to be exact). Anyways I have been listening to their new "cover" album for days!!! And it's damn good. I still believe they are one of the most underrated bands in existence today.
So I went to a pretty kickass concert two days ago; The Pains of being Pure at Heart with Surfer blood and Hooray for Earth! I didn't really know anything about the opening opening band Hooray for Earth but when i finally did hear them I was quite impressed! So to start off my June playlist, I'm gonna go with some Hooray for Earth and new Pains of Being Pure At Heart material.
Hooray For Earth! - Comfortable, Comparable This was their second song in the opening song I believe, and my favorite.
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Say No To Love Their newest release...I rather liked it, but I'm biased I bought a T shirt from them ha.
The Young Veins - Change Ok ok...so they sound slightly "Beatles-esque" although it has enough country grit to squeeze by...you know the scariest part? This band was born out of the ashes of Panic at the Disco...now that IS frightening. After hearing this, I am quite glad they split up due to "creative differences."
Samantha Crain - Lions She has a slightly wobbly old school voice, but it works, very Regina Spector-esque.
Dawes - When My Time Comes Slightly melancholy but beautiful.
Bomba Estero - Fuego Haven't had too much Columbian Dance music on here...or ever...
Kele - Tenderoni Fine call me biased (again) but as you may all know I am a huge bloc Party and Kele fan...so yeah this was gonna be on the list!!!
Wolf Parade - What Did My Lover Say? I am waiting in anticipation for this album.
Are coming to a town near you, and are definitely worth seeing. They will be participating in the North bu Northeast music fest in Toronto this year from June 14-20, as well as making a pit stop in Buffalo on the 16th. I really dig their creepy take on folk rock.
Soooo the onslaught of trendy hipster driven, progressive indie rock performed by "art school" graduates spewing out of lofts in Williamsburg Brooklyn has grown exponentially in the last few years. Ever since LCD Soundsystem labeled it the place to be back in '05, music magazines everywhere have taken those 20 something blood suckers living off their parents money with wispy mustaches just a little more seriously. Some of it has been good (MGMT, Chairlift, Grizzly Bear) some of it has been horrible (Nurses, Suckers....a ton more). Anyways Fang Island falls into the second category. They are (of course) art school graduates, who I think try to "ironically" poke fun at their undergraduate degrees by making insanely weird videos to go with their increasingly annoying take on electronic indie rock. They take a little from LCD Soundsystem, a little from Empire of the Sun, Arcade Fire...and then they put a guy with a voice so nasal, he would make Matt from Matt and Kim, and Elvis Costello blush. Is it just me, or is the Brooklyn scene playing itself out? At least temporarily, with indie rock now hitting the mainstream (I mean it now wins "awards" on MTV) this also means "indie" itself has lost most of it's meaning. So is this their response? to produce something soooo "avantgarde" and artsy only the most hipster of hipsters will be able to sit down with the LP (on vinyl of course) and in the comfort of their loft/ studio apartment and play it at some house party as they all lay around and drink PBR? And with that note I'm even making fun of myself...I love PBR...and have been consistently called a hipster on a number of occasions (but neglecting my own hypocrisy), but even I can see through the ridiculous "indie" facade all these bands play to, if only to get a few nods from the independent music magazines...who are usually written by the same people anyway. End of rant.
And of course Pitchfork loves them. Surprise surprise.
Representing Gary Indiana, now relocated to Southern California, Gibbs has been releasing mixtapes since 2009. Although he has been compared to late industry greats (most notably Tupac Shakur) I think it's too early to draw comaprisons. However, that does mean I think Gibbs isn't woth paying attention to, quite the contary actually. With the re-emergence of lyricists in the hip hop industry (Skyzoo, B.o.B, Wiz Khalifa, J. Cole among others) Gibbs and his contemporaries have been shaking the industry at its core which is exactly the jolt hip pop needs right now. Hip Hop is well overdue for a revolution.
And did I mention that Pill is also featured on this track? That's another name you should become familiar with...
This album mashes up South Korean songs that I have (probably) posted on a guilty pleasure list or two with American pop and alternative rock staples. It's pretty awesome...
Tracklist: 01. Lolliphone 2 (Big Bang vs. Lady Gaga) 02. Run Up Run (Girls’ Generation vs. Muse) 03. Try To Say Aha (2NE1 vs. Santigold) 04. Wanna A Rude Boy (KARA vs. Rihanna) 05. Yours and I (Park Bom vs. Jason Mraz) 06. We Walk Because Of You (After School vs The Ting Tings) 07. Smooth Criminal Is Coming (Rain vs. Michael Jackson) 08. Because I’m Beautiful (SS501 vs. Akon) 09. One At A Time (TaeYang vs. Justin Bieber) 10. Sorry, Smells Like Easy Ding Dong (U-KISS vs. SHINee vs. Super Junior vs. Nirvana) BONUS TRACK 11. Burning Abracadabra FIRE (Brown Eyed Girls vs. 2NE1 vs. Sean Kingston)
I have been jamming to this song for a while but never remembered to post it on the blog! as you may know (also I have posted a ton of her stuff already) Robyn is releasing a new album this year, and I'm a tad obsessed with her, however I am also slightly obsessed with Erik Hassle (I posted one of his songs on my best of 2009 playlist) and Ellie Goulding who will most definitely be on my best of 2010 list! This cover is so beautiful and Erik and Ellie definitely make the song their own.
Do you remember the early 2000s when female singer-songwriters were all the rage? We had Michelle Branch, Vanessa Carlton and Rachel Yamagata, Priscilla Ahn...well you can add Sara Jaffe to that list. She makes pleasent introspective music...and Paste Magazine apparently likes her a lot. I find her easy to listen to, she hasn't blown me away yet like say "Laura Marling" has or anything but I will be patient with her. She definitely has some talent to work with.
They came to Buffalo with Laura Marling...and I didn't get to see them! I'm kinda bummed out, expect to hear much more from these guys throughout the year. I have been listening to them non-stop for this entire week.
I am so stoked I found this! I loved Yelle when she broke out with this French dance anthem (Cause des Garcons)...and now Robyn has done a cover of it? Epic! Andd Yelle has done a cover of Robyn's "Whose that Girl" I'm freaking out.
"Fembot" "None of Dem" and "Dancing on my Own" are the newest tracks released by Robyn for her latest album "Body Talk Part 1" (release date is sometime in June). I am pretty stoked, Robyn is probably my favorite solo artist. It's a bit more electronic than her last album, which is saying something since she definitely used "The Knife" and other notable producers on her last album. I do miss Robyn's more "soulful" vocal presentation like on the last album, however the beats on these latest tracks are pretty raw. If you are going to listen to one track and only one, make it "Dancing on my Own" it's pretty obvious this is going to be the first single, mostly because it's the catchiest.
It has been about 3 months maybe even more since I created one of these lists, why? Because I haven't been listening to ANY Korean pop at all...my musical diet has consisted of angry West Coast rap and mellow indie folk rock for the last few months...but I'm tired of that now, and have have been craving something lighter. Plus I missed airing my dirty musical laundry over the Internet.
Girls' Generation - Run Devil Run if you can remember, I posted Girls' Generation's "Oh!" a while ago (and it's also quite an addicting song. anyways the MV for "oh!" had the girls running around in cheerleader uniforms acting like stereotypical "girls" which I semi resented, but the song was so good, I ignored the obvious "gender" roles. Anyways this song, which is equally addicting changes things up and has the girls as the alternate 'bad girls.' I like. I will also post "Oh!" below.
KARA - Lupin You have no idea how happy I am that KARA have returned to their bad girl roots...the cutsey image was beginning to annoy me.
TVXQ! - Mirotic So yeah...haven't been listening to K-pop for a minute and boy do I miss the horrible haircuts and cheesy dance routines, I'm sort of nostalgic haha.
2NE1 - Follow Me It's no secret that I'm obsessed with the group, and I will freely admit this in public. The South Korean "TLC?" I think so.
T-ARA - I Go Crazy Because of You As you can imagine, I haven't been following K-pop for a few months...so there is a ton of stuff I'm listening to now...and I HATED Bo-Peep, but I love this.
After School - Bang You know what I miss most from K-pop? The horrible misplacement of English words...this song covers it.
Lee Hyori - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang I missed Lee Hyori, and she's back just in time for me to get reacquainted with K-Pop...perfect. Although I could do without the "Lady Gaga" inspired hair. Digging the song though.
Gummy - There is no Love Ok, on a more errm "serious" note, Gummy is an older South Korean artist that I really like on a not so superficial level. In fact she has a very strong, fresh voice and sound.
Ahhh May is upon us! And "TheMusicGeeK" is a little over a year old! Quite fantastic i must say, but of course I wouldn't still be blogging if it wasn't for readers! And I want to thank everyone who has ever even GLANCED at my humble blogspot address. Now for this month's playlist: The Joy Formidable - The Whirring As my friend Shelly would say "oh man this is sooooo you" and you know what? she's right....
All Get Out - Water and God Imagine if folk Rock used amps.
Lupe Fiasco - I'm Beamin I am waiting on his album to drop (Lasers) until then...we have this.
Tiesto VS BLK JKS - Dreaming Made right before FIFA World Cup South Africa, this global collaboration is pretty radical.
Pearl and the Puppets - Because I Do Maybe not cutting edge, or experimental, but I do like her voice, and the song is sweet.
Keane and K'naan - Stop for a Minute A rad collaboration between 2 of my favorite musical acts that start with the letter K.
I hate admitting this...really I do...but Taylor Momsen, you know that chick from Gossip Girl? Has actual talent, no lie, April Fool's day has passed. And no, she isn't a "cutesy pop rock chick" she's gritty and dark...and errm actually rocks? You have no idea how much I wanna take back this blog post. But honesty is my policy and you know what? I'm listening to her now...so shoot me. (plus you got to give her props for referencing Garbage's "I would die for you" on "You make me wanna die")
Spin Magazine actually endorsed this...all I can ask is why. With all the new "DJs" being "connected" to "Diplo" (cough cough Amanda Blank) of course they must have talent! right? Um no...check out this disaster, coming to a hipster dance party near you? Possibly...
J Cole is my Anti-Drake. Why? because unlike Drake who is over-hyped and under-talented, J Cole's voice deserves to be heard. I have covered him before, and and his older stuff is sick, but "Who Dat" (in my opinion) takes him a step up, and maybe one spot closer to knocking Drake off his pedestal (please dear god...I am so tired of seeing people quote Drake in my friends feed on facebook statuses!).
So, I have been noticing a "trend" recently among a bunch of "up and coming" rock groups. Instead of drawing inspiration from the "80s" like last year's break out artists (La Roux for example) many have been taking their sounds from the mid-70s metal predecessors. Your Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and the like...and you know what? I like it better.
Pretty awesome combination of tribal/ choir/ and folk rock. Obviously it's too early to make my "Best of the Year 2010 List" However, I wouldn't be too surprised if they end up as one of the 50 Artists I pick for my uber prestigious list...maybe I should start giving out awards, like gift certificates to McDonald's or something.
So I posted one of their songs a while ago on a playlist only to see it "blocked" by new UMG rules (wheatever that means). Anyway I managed to find some more...and believe me I have been fiending for a fix. Just like most awesome indie rock from the UK it's going to take at least a year for American music publications to start catching on (I mean people in the States are only STARTING to talk about Mumford and Sons now...ohh boy). I really dig how close their sound is to the Stone Roses.
I don't usually come across too many Buffalo independent musical groups I like, however At Sea produces pretty decent indie folk/ lofi....(essentially whatever indie snob lexicon/ jargon you want to call it) that I can listen to, and not cringe at. Sometimes the lead singer sounds like he is trying too hard, but overall the musical compositions are quite strong and show lots of promise for further development. I think sometimes the tracks just scream "I am trying to be really different and experimental by trying to sound like I'm singing into a fan!" however, "Georgia" and "on Shore" are definitely worth listening to and can (in my humble opinion) carry over past the "local music scene" which if you been following this blog, know I don't cover that often. If you're curious about shows, they recently opened for Toronto Ontario's (my second home) Timber Timbre -- whose single "Demon Host" I did post on here a few months ago.
So she's going to be in town today and I was thinking of going, however I have decided that she isn't worth 12 dollars to see...do I sound like an ass or what? She has been grouped into the same categories as Diplo and Santigold, but I'm not sure she's really deserving of that label. I think my friend Evan put it best: "Hipster guys will like her because she sings about having sex first and the awkward relationship that follows it preceded by more sex." If she looks familiar she was also featured on Yuksek's song "Extraball" (which I will post below) I wasn't a big fan of that song either, it annoyed me all summer.
Another local Buffalo band that is making waves. They only have one song on their Myspace page at the moment called "Out Here" however it's pretty kickass. The perfect combination of lofi vocal distortion and classic rock instrumentals. I really like how they play with echoes, yay for the Doppler Effect!
As you may recall, I interviewed Bryan Johnson and Family over the summer as part of my "Buffalo Band Project" and you can read that interview HERE.
Anyways I really liked the new direction the band is taking on this track "Body and Skin." The single still maintains Bryan Johnson and Family's folk roots, but adds a slightly harder to edge. There is something radio head-esque about the new sound (even more so on my favorite song on the Myspace page "Greed Fishing" it could of been an extra track on the Bends!). I would advise all of you to check out the new track for yourselves, and request downloads!
Long time no see! School has consumed my life for the past two weeks...but guess who's on spring break? Oh yeah! I'm back, and with a new playlist! Oh boy! Minus the Bear - My Time The perfect mix of electro beats and with the vibe of a garage jam band.
Neon Indian - Terminally Chill Remember this gut from my "Acid Trip" playlist a few months ago? Like September to be semi exact? Hate to say I told you so! But just like Ellie Goulding (who is later on this list) this guy is definitely being sold as the next best thing to sliced bread by music mags everywhere...ha!
Ellie Goulding - Starry Eyed Remember when I said that this woman needed more media coverage back in november....well...not any more!
Rogue Wave - Good Morning Favorite song on the playlist.
Oh No Ono - Helplessly Young They are sooooo Scandinavian, but it's not a bad thing.
Titus Andronicus - A More Perfect Union Punk's new calling.
Olof Arnalds - Klara More sweet sounds out of the tiny island nation of Iceland!
The Hood Internet - Two Weeks of Hip Hop Think of Girl Talk...version 2.0.
Codeine Velvet Club - Hollywood Kitchy, catchy and nostalgic...pretty epic stuff.
E-40 - Tell Me When to Go Not the deepest rap anthem in the game, but definitely the most fun.
They may have come from a small rural community in upstate New York but their sound is distinctly urban. Their music has a very appealing haunting quality that has definitely drawn me in. For some reason it conjures up sounds from Massive attack's "Tear Drop" for me.
Music blogs and magazines haven't shut up about this band for about a year...and I haven't really heard anything I'm head over heals about yet. However this song is enjoyable...I can't say I really like any of their other stuff though. I find it over rated and over done.
My friend Darien, at The New Noise, posted this on my facebook, and not only is it an awesome song, but the whole video has the band in compromising poses in famous pieces of art. As an artist myself and a music addict...I really couldn't be happier.
New MGMT, a lot mellower than their previous stuff...at least in my opinion. I am warming up to it regardless. Although I do think they are trying a bit too hard to be "avant garde" it is understandable since their debut album "Oracular Spectacular" was such a smash hit that they would try to become even more "experimental" but I think it's a little much.
Ok so I completely missed the opening act, The Silversun Pickups which was quite disappointing (Well I did catch "Panic Switch" and "Lazy Eye" sorta...) however if I didn't miss Silversun Pickups, I wouldn't have gotten...PLATINUM SEATING! Oh yes foks I got spitting distance from the band...well throwing distance, and it's all because my friend Shelly bought tickets from "Live nation" whom apparently sold a ton of duplicate tickets...yeah that was kinda a bummer. So essentially to appease us the management at the Air Canada Centre had to seat us somewhere, so we got some of the best seats in the house! And boy does Muse live up to their name as possibly one of the best live acts to date. They opened with "Uprising" and wasted no time, barreling through song after song. My favorites were definietly "Super Massive Black Hole", "Time is Running Out", "Stockholm Syndrome", Knights of Cyodonia" and the great impromptu jam sessions they had in the middle and at the finale of the concert. The vocal range of the lead singer as well as the collection of instruments they play (even harmonica) is quite astounding. Pictures are posted below courtesy of Shelly. The only OTHER disappointment was my failure to get a "Resistance" poster...they were all sold out, I may just cave and buy it online against my better judgment.
Questionable music videos for sure...but the songs are ultra catchy, club anthems performed by some pretty rad Lesbian MCs. I do feel a little weird watching their vids, although it is pretty decent party music.
The Smiths and a bit of African Tribal Music combine into something intricate and wonderful. The lead singer's voice is a bit pitchy...I don't always like when he hits the high notes, but overall I like their style. I believe I posted "hooting and howling" on a playlist a few months ago.
Theophilus London - Humdrum Town My prediction for freshest MC of this year, and this track proves my point.
U-N-I - Land of the Kings Woah! 2010 is shaping up to be a continuation of 2009 in terms of hip hop's grand revival. This is pretty experimental but I am digging it.
Matter of Time - Solid Gold Dreamy, and distant, it takes you on a drug induced trip without the drugs...
Lauren Pritchard - When the Night Kills the Day She has a powerful voice and she is a surprisingly decent song writer.
Mumford and Sons - The Cave So I have had this album for a few months now, and can I just say it gets better with every listen! This is their third single off "Sigh No More" and although I keep shamelessly promoting them...I have good reason! They are one of my favorite bands of 2009 hands down!
Headlights - Love Song for Buddy One of indie rock's hardest working bnads produces another masterpiece.
Psychedelic rockers from Bristol, and I'm pretty addicted to these guys at the moment. I really dig how raw and uninhibited their sound is. If I had tickets to SXSW I'd be seeing this group for sure. It is "retro" but it still sounds so fresh.