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Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Casket Girls - Day to Day

Not two weeks ago I found myself on a lorn brick road outside of downtown Dayton, pushing my good friend Sweet Nick's car out of the snow.  We were stuck, you see.

Today I wore the same coat I've been wearing for months and I was sweating (I sweat easily, but still).  It's warm out, you see.

Here in the Midwest we're in that godawful stretch where Winter swears he's leaving us for good but inevitably comes crawling back for more, just to leave us again with an inheritance of sludge and salt and slush.

This song "Day to Day" by The Casket Girls, made up of Ryan Graveface (from the awesome Black Moth Super Rainbow) and sisters Phaedra and Elsa Greene, feels a lot like this time of year.

The fluorescent buzzing textures of BMSR are all here, but here the chords sound drained and tired, content to pulse along at a stoned pace.  The sisters' vocals ride the synth waves at an easy pace, making this a pretty great melancholic jam.  It sounds like almost-but-not-quite-Spring. Have a peek, why don't you?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Nights - Crazy

Last summer, I made a very last-minute decision to see The Joy Formidable in Cleveland.  I don't love their music, but I like it enough and I figured their shoegaze-tinged brand of alternative would be good live.  I figured right:  they were totally rad and the huge sound they were able to make with just three people was inspiring.  ANYWAY.

Anyway.  I got to Beachland Ballroom a little late due to highway construction (hashtagsummer), and walked in to a glorious sound.  As I later learned, that sound was opening Cleveland band Nights. Like The Joy Formidable, this is a band that has no problem marrying woozy and dense textures with big and pretty hooks, as evidenced on their blissed-out debut album Whisper.  It's a great mixture of fuzzy shoegaze and serene soundscapes.  It was in my car all summer.  Check it out on Bandcamp.  It's also on Spotify should that tickle your fancy.  ANYWAY.

Anyway.  Last month, Nights put "Crazy" on Bandcamp for free.  The song, previously available on the Japanese edition of Whisper, is a totally blown-out swooning fuzzfest and you should hear it.  Do that.

Nights' lead vocalist Jenna Fournier will be playing at Cleveland's Brite Winter Festival, which looks sweet (and I get to go, which will be sweet).  Check out some info about it here.  The band also announced that they will be touring Japan this Spring.  I for one am looking forward to hearing more music from this band as soon as possible.

- Jan

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

James Vincent McMorrow - Cavalier (The 1975 Remix)

This Manchester tour de force has had quite the year. From the release of 2 EP's, a self titled debut album that dropped in September, to their whirlwind globetrotting tour, The 1975 has been seemingly everywhere. And last week just for shits a gigs they dropped this cool little jam. Expanding on JVMcMorrow's already spacey and introspective style, the boys added a touch of their sonic flair. Stream below per usual party peoples.

Enjoy- JD

Johnny Foreigner - Le Sigh

A while back I posted "Avocado, Baby" from the shouty UK indie rock band Los Campesinos! and you should have loved it.  If you did indeed love it, you should love this song from Johnny Foreigner, yet another great and shouty UK indie rock band.

"Le Sigh" is the first song to be released from the band's upcoming album You Can Do Better, which will be out on March 10th.  Throughout the song's two and a half minutes, the band cram in loads of guitar hooks, starts and stops, and catchy melodies that are sure to make you feel at least something.  That can't be bad.  Check it out on Soundcloud.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Veldt (White Panda Vocal Mix)- deadmau5, Bastille, and Eric Prydz

Mashups, in my opinion, are like women. They are loved by all, generally over rated/hyped, and the good ones are hard to come by... But when they do, you must not hesitate to put a ring on it. This pretty little diddy came out of nowhere and has been on repeat for the past few hours. Give it a spin and see what I am talking about Willis.

Peace, love, and turtle doves- JD

Thursday, January 9, 2014

King Krule - A Lizard State

Yo hey sup?  It's 2014 now and I, for one, am going to try my best to keep this here blog updated with rad new music, but no guarantees.  For now, let's take a step back into 2013 and King Krule's great debut album 6 Feet Beneath the Moon.  

If you're unfamiliar, King Krule is 19-year-old U.K. musician Archy Marshall, a lanky red-haired guy with an affinity for wiry guitar tones, jazz, soul, and downcast trip hop beats. His voice is pretty incredible too, with a gravelly bark not unlike that of Joe Strummer.  Check out the new black-and-white video for "A Lizard State", easily the most visceral cut from his album and a great showcase for the guy's raw vocal talents.  Neat.

- Jan

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Bloc Party- Kettling

This one goes out to all our viewers in Ukraine... keep on keeping on guys.