Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Strange Boys - Be Brave [2010]

With the release of their second album, "Be Brave" The Strange Boys have been under the radar for some time, before, however, they were dubbed as one of the best performances seen at SXSW. Putting on a 'Dylanesque' vibe and time traveling you into what could possibly be the sounds coming from a dirty dive bar in Austin, twenty years ago, it's easy to picture their sound as 'bar music', but bar music is even an understatement. All of the crooning and echo-chamber from their first album gave us an idea of how their next album would be, but little did we know that "Be Brave" would essentially top their predecessor albums.

Listen to "Night Might" here.

Twin Shadow - Forget [2010]

The guitar in "Castles In The Snow" towards the end. Wait for it. That's all i'm saying

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cold Cave- "Life Magazine" (2009)

Ugh, I know I have been terrible about posting and I wish I had a legitimate excuse to give you, my few readers. But I don't. But I'm going to be better I promise. And to the artists who sent me music, don't worry! I'm going to post about it soon I promise!

But as for today, I bring you a great track from Cold Cave's awesome, overlooked 2009 release Love Comes Close. The track is called "Life Magazine," I believe they came out with an EP for the track this year that featured a bunch of remixes. Love Comes Close finds its strength in its variation. It jumps from slow moving drone, to bouncy shoegaze, to buzzing synth-pop, all within the first three tracks. "Life Magazine," the third of the aforementioned tracks, is the hybrid of the glitchy beeps of Crystal Castles and the driving dance punk of Death From Above 1979. Female vocalist Jennifer Clavin's voice bears a striking resemblance to Lisa Lobsinger of Broken Social Scene. Wes Eisold, formerly of American Nightmare and Some Girls, split's vocals with Clavin and is the mastermind behind the group. And though Cold Cave retains some of his punk and hardcore roots, their music is much more experimental than anything he has done previously. Check out the fantastic "Life Magazine" and Love Comes Close if you have a chance.

Cold Cave- "Life Magazine" (via Stereogum)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Mac Miller

Whoa, sorry for the month long hiatus. Now that I'm back at school, I should be posting more regularly. Today, I'm here to bring you two fresh tracks from Pittsburgh's Mac Miller. This kid is only 19 years old and he's already been featured on a Wiz Khalifa track. His lyrics and flow definitely borrow from Khalifa (he loves to sing about weed), but there's also elements of Big L and Curren$y in there. Check out these two dope tracks from his K.I.D.S. (Kickin Incredibly Dope Shit) Mixtape, out now on Rostrum Records and available for free download over at "Nikes On My Feet" might be one of the illest beats I've heard this year.