Tuesday, May 21, 2013
When I first started listening to indie music, one of the first bands I discovered was Beach House. They were unlike anything I'd ever heard before, and anything I've heard since. Their music defines any label that you might try to put on them. They sometimes border on a post-rock, atmospheric sound, but that is a far from perfect definition. Their music requires exactly how much concentration you're willing to give it. If you put it on in the background while you write a paper, it'll calm you down and keep you focused. But if you want to be actively engaged, there's more than enough going on to keep you interested. Listen to "Silver Soul" after the break.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Coasts are a folk-rock group out of Bristol. Much to the behest of Colan, my Connecticut-born fellow editor, that is Bristol, England. Which, if we're honest, is probably a good thing in terms of us liking this band. My best attempt at a description of this group is probably not one that they would appreciate, but it's in my head now, so it's being written. They're like a British Yellowcard, complete with the whole ocean theme, except that this band is significantly less embarrassing to play in front of other people. The chorus gets pretty epic; this band is ready-made for soldout arena tours and epic concert montages. Definitely worth a listen, after the break.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Hey! You there up late living the life, out on the town or perhaps just chillin out laxin relaxin all cool. Either way listen to these two songs:
Friday, May 17, 2013
Without reading the Youtube comments, can you tell me where this song was sampled? That song/artist happens to be pretty awesome as well, but the sample stands quite fine on its own as well. The coolest of jazz horns, and all sorts of other strange sounds. I did a somewhat extensive Google Search for Dick Walter, but I got pretty much nothing. I'm forced to guess when it came out, and truthfully, I have no idea. It really is a tough one to place chronologically, but it's probably more recent than I'm thinking. If you know anything about Dick Walters, let us know, because I'm genuinely curious. Listen after the break.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The first thing I can say about the highly anticipated, newly leaked album from famed electronic duo Daft Punk is listen to it. Stream it, download it, find it somewhere and listen to it, in its entirety beginning to end. You don't need to be a fan of Daft Punk or really even of electronic music, I myself usually don't care much for electronic or dance music, as I tend to prefer real instruments and am not much of a dancer. But this album is something else, and I mean that in the way that a grandparent would compassionately regard their grandchild doing something different that they may not completely understand. This album took some huge, metal, robot balls to make and it will doubtlessly disappoint if not outright piss off a lot of fans of the groups previous work. This is not a dance album. It is not the album to fuel your summer night parties. Sure certain tracks could fit, with the single "Get Lucky" being one of them, but that is one of the few truly upbeat, dancy tracks on the album. This is not to say the rest of the album won't get you moving, but each track is so experimental that if you were to play it in its entirety, most of the time your drunk, dance loving friends will be giving you weird, sidelong glances.
"Lazy Day" is a classic, feel good song from 1967. Recorded by Spanky and Our Gang, a folk group from Illinois, it has become, in my mind, the quintessential sunny day song. It also happens to just be an awesome song. And you don't have to just take my word for it; it has been sampled in at least two awesome rap songs, and probably a bunch more that I haven't heard. I don't think it's any coincedence that the two songs of which I speak happen to be their respective artist's most popular song on Spotify. Masta Ace's "Take A Walk" actually touches on some deep shit. It takes us on a walk through the Brooklyn ghetto on a sunny day, with Ace commenting on the stuff that he sees. Expect a post soon on the full album, Disposable Arts, which is awesome from start to finish. Forgive us for being nine years late on that one. oops. The other song is "Low Class" by Anthm, off his much more recent EP, A Handful Of Dust. It came out in March of this year, and has not been getting the attention it deserves. Honestly, I'll probably put up a post on that full EP as well. But for now, check out these songs, because they're among the best out there for driving on a sunny summer day.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
I can't find much biographical info on Cities Aviv. He released this EP in 2012, and he appears to be from Memphis. He's got a real old school style sound, aided by a jazzy sample that really ties the song together. In the lyrics, he eloquently says "fuck you" to the people who didn't/don't believe in his ability to follow his dreams of rapping. Not exactly an unfamiliar subject, but his flow compliments the sample perfectly, and it comes together nicely at the end. Definitely want to hear more from him. Listen after the break.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Pretty trippy stuff coming from Bonobo lately. His sound resembles a more upbeat XXYYXX, infused with a bit of hip-hop influence. Like most good music, it's hard to categorize. But it's in the shoegaze/chillwave genre, I'm pretty sure. I can't lie to you and pretend that I have a firm grasp on what either of those genres entail, but I'm convinced that nobody does. It's like pornography; I can't define it, but I know it when I see it. Or in this case, hear it. Anyway, Bonobo's latest album, The North Borders, was released this year, and it's worth a listen. Take a gander after the break.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
My mother and I are on pretty opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of music. My mom spends most of her music listening absentmindedly humming along to Top 40 radio stations. Outside of that, she doesn't get much enjoyment out of music, and I think that is a damned shame. Think of all the good songs you've heard over the years, songs that have come to define a time in your life, songs that make you think, songs that you roll the windows down and blast on the first true day of summer; my mom hasn't heard any of those songs that you just thought of. So yesterday, I trapped my mother in her car for a total of 3 hours on our way to the godless shithole that is Long Island, and I tried to introduce her to some new music. Honestly, the whole experience was like pulling teeth. Patrick, turn it down. There were too many curses. She couldn't focus on the music while driving. Patrick, turn it down. Too weird. Patrick, turn it down. It started raining buckets while in bumper to bumper traffic on the GW Bridge. Patrick, I don't care about your stupid website, turn it down. All of those things happened. But I gleaned a couple of things from the whole affair, and I have recorded my observations for you below. Obviously not all mothers are the same, but honestly, they can't be that different. So maybe some of this will be useful for you as well. Read on, if you dare.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Monday, May 6, 2013
Listen after the jump, old sport.
At this point, you've probably heard that Jay-Z is doing the score for the new film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Jay-Z is probably my favorite rapper of all time, and The Great Gatsby is probably my favorite book of all time, so naturally, I have been licking my chops ever since that first announcement. I acknowledge that I'm a little nervous that the movie won't live up to the impossibly high standard set forth by the book, but so far the soundtrack at least has sounded great. Jay-Z's new original song, "100$ Bill" is infused with references to New York, elements of the plot, and the characters within the movie/book. Of course Jay-Z feels a particular connection to Jay Gatsby, perhaps part of why he wanted to work on this film. Also, there's the fact that the book is fucking awesome. I know we're a music blog, but I cannot recommend enough that you read the actual book, especially if you're going to see the movie. I give you the green light to listen to the song after the jump across the bay to East Egg. Just don't hit Daisy on the drive. Hooray for plot references to prove I read it.
I think I like this song. It's certainly different. It's made up almost exclusively of piano and voice, with some haunting effects that I don't even know how to describe thrown in between. It's sorta like a slowed-down, more depressing version of M83's Splendor, with much more of an emphasis on vocals. The lyrics themselves straddle between a commentary on love and love songs in general, as well as a love song in of itself. He opens the song by singing, "The cheesiest songs always end in a smile, this won't end in a smile my love." So it's not cheery, by any means. Just want to warn you going into it. This single comes from Majical Clouz upcoming album, Impersonator, due out May 21st. Listen after the jump.