Saturday, July 31, 2010

[DIG] Beat Connection

Beat Connection is summer. No really. My memories are triggered by sound and this song does the job. Beat Connection, which essentially are lads from Seattle, Jordan Koplowitz and Reed Juenger, create music that makes you want to wish that summer had no end. The fresh, tropical themed In The Water is free and you can preview and download their Surf Noir EP at my new favorite site Bandcamp. Below is also a link to another one of I liked, Silver Screen. Folks, their music can be downloaded free so go ahead and drop in their site for good vibes.

Beat Connection - In The Water

♫ Beat Connection - In The Water

Marc Bordons

Electro-pop darling Neon Hitch does this winning track with Sia's melodramatic melody from Breathe Me playing in the periphery of the track and Mike Posner's lyrics. She definitely shows some range with her recent cover of Travie McCoy's Billionaire which you should check out. Not enough to entice you? You'll do a double-take then with this soulful Snoop Dogg approved cover of Drop It Like It's Hot then. Catch her at on the BMI stage at Lollapalooza, 12:30 pm Sunday, 8th of August!

*Neon Hitch isn't a pseudonym guys. It's her legit name. How cool is that?

♫ Neon Hitch - Cooler Than Me (Sia VS Mike Posner)
♫ Neon Hitch - Drop It Like It's Hot (Snoop Digg cover)

MARVELOUS - FANTABULOUS.(I rarely use this word but I feel uninhibited just now).

I've always kept my opinions on Ratatat's music brief. So by tradition, I'm going to leave you with this amazing song. Buy their LP4, here.

Ratatat - Mandy (Closing this link down at August 4. Download it now.)

Have a good time viewing this loud and boisterously fun video of The Henry Clay People's "Your Famous Friends" from their album, Somewhere on the Golden Coast. The band is on tour with Silversun Pickups.

♫ The Henry Clay People - Your Famous Friends

Summer is drawing to a close so better end it with a bang right? Modiba Productions, which is a music production company and record label committed to the social and economic empowerment of Africa and its Diaspora, sent this tropical theme of a podcast. Prepare that pina colada or any drink to your liking, bring friends over and have a house party with this playing and I guarantee you'd be having a bangin' time. Don't bring killjoys - unless they buy the booze. :)

Modiba - Make 'em Move. The Podcast.

Track listing:

Make em move intro
"More Life" - Jahdan Blakkamoore
"Jungle Drum remix" - Jai Paul
"Nar di man dis" - Dry Yai and Jungle Leaders
"Snoop Dogg Millionaire" - Chase + Status
"Ciranda" (Amon Remix) - Nation Beat
"Ingxwaba Ngxwaba" - Ghetto Muffin
"Bicho de luz (version para bailar)" - Frikstailers
"Mikono Kwenye Hewa (Distractions And Hidden Agendas)" - Muthoni The Drummer Queen
"Décalé Gwada" - Jessy Matador
"New Style" - Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew

RICH KID SOUND SYSTEM is more than that usual party banger you are used to. We love some no-nonsense partying but if you want to have that feel good tune and get into the groove at the same time, then Rich Kid Sound System's 'A Little Bit Of Time" is the one you should tune to. This South Florida based live band got selected on an upcoming Ford Internet campaign and with the music their making, I'm sure as hell looking forward for their big break! Looking forward to more great tunes from these guys.

♫ Rich Kid Sound System - A Little Bit Of Time

Disco/weird/80's cool and odd facial expressions make this Short Circuit-esque music video from Chromeo worth your viewing. I've been feeling Don't Turn The Lights On, and if you are too, then I recommend you buy their album here.

You'd probably be sick right now with all the Cudi posts. Well this won't be anything different save for the fact that I (partially) appreciate Kid Cudi adding a jest of pop in his music. I know he's been taking heat on this change but let's give the man a chance to spread his wings, right? Okay that might sound a bit gay but don't get me wrong, I'm not a hater - if anything I love rap despite my affinity for the less hardcore more gangsta and old school and definitely lots of collaborations. Erase Me was a bit overwhelming to the majority of the fans and so is this one. This track from Kid Cudi's album Man On The Moon (which comes out October 26) retains his sing-and-rap style and the change is apparent but I have this gut feeling that Man On The Moon has more in store for us. I hope it won't disappoint.

Download ♫ Kid Cudi - Mojo So Dope

This song was my lullaby at night since junior year in college. M83 has and always will be the band I can rely on to make really good music and release albums that timeless. Hearing this song play on random in my iTunes brought me to a dreamy state I've been essentially craving for a long time. Feels like someone just grabbed me from the monotonous evening and transported me into one of John Hughes' films, like Some Kind of Wonderful. So, I'm sharing this great piece of music to you guys. I've found that good song for my day. Have you?

M83 - Graveyard Girl

As per usual, GRUM/Graeme Shepherd is being his brilliant Scottish self. Just fresh from his successful sold-out North America tour with my favorite DJ group, the Twelves, comes the release of his video for Through The Night. The 80's flavor is there but well-suited to the modern electronic vibe his music always have. With that theme of the music video, I'm sure I'm not the only one who agrees that Grum should give soundtrack production a try.

Start by LBCK

Music video for “Start,” the new single from LBCK (Long Beach City Kids).

I've just seen this hilarious song by two guys called ALostPeople called Big Booty Bitches accompanying this Youtube sensation last 2008. Remember? If you don't, here's a reminder.

So recently Bombs Away did an electro remake of this tune. And just this past week, DJ Schmolli turned a mashup of it. I don't have to tell you how much bad words are in this song though. But NGL, it sounds like a dance floor hit!

Song mashed-up from these 4 tracks:
Bombs Away - Big Booty Bitches
LMFAO - I'm In Miami Bitch!
Busta Rhymes - I Love My Bitch
Sir Mix-A-Lot - Baby Got Back

DJ Schmolli - Big Booty Bitches In Miami
(Bombs Away vs. LMFAO vs. Busta Rhymes vs. Sir Mix-A-Lot)

The mid tempo jam served up by Usher featuring Jay-Z and Ester Dean is not to be taken lightly of. The more serious rap and rnb turn of this track makes me look forward to the vocals of the version featuring Ciara as well. Not gonna lie, I *kinda* dig some of her stuff. Some. I'm still warming up to this song but I'm already giving it a thumbs up. It feels though like its not finished, so the judgment day will come when the collab with Ciara comes out. Will it be a remix? I sure hope so. I wanna see these two grinding up in the music video. Even if a Hot Toddy won't be my choice of drink while watching it.

♫ Usher - Hot Toddy (feat.Jay-Z and Ester Dean)

I know there are a lot of times I may not be a woman of my word, but today I just want to share . There's this new 'Teenage Dream' song I've heard from Katy Perry. The song stays true to its title with Katy singing in falsetto. She croons innocently about her true love and 'Valentine' who makes her feel young again. She sounds like she's ready to take that relationship further.

This one I am certain you will love to bits. There is something about Posner and his musical competence that plain and simply appeals. And for real, with his talent he will surely go places. A few months since graduating from Duke University and beginning his full-on pursuit for his music career, by February 2010 he had released his single 'Cooler Than Me' which hardly loses momentum if not dominates the radio and charts for months. This new one from him makes this frat boy's turn from the kegger to the stage hard to ignore.

"Your songs remind me of swimming,
Which I forgot when I started to sink
Drank further away from the shore,
And deeper into the drink.

Sat on the bottom of the ocean,
A stern and stubborn rock
Cos your songs remind me of swimming,
But somehow I forgot…"

This one woman-band just made my day with this song. I listen to her cover of Beirut's 'Postcards from Italy' and am reminded by the raw emotion of her voice. This song gives me a mental image of people who, with all the craziness around, lose track of what is important. They keep themselves busy trying to make ends meet, and somehow along the way, when they look at their faces in the mirror, they see a different person. This is probably one of the sad realities of life. I'm not saying it's inevitable, but at one point of our life we go through this phase. Some get caught up in, stagnant while others shake themselves up in that rut and dare to be.

* Nothing La Roux-related in the post, sorry to disappoint. I just love that line from her song too much I had to have it for a title. Below are more stuff from Kaskade, Michelle Branch and a collab of Enrique Iglesias and Lil Wayne. I'd love to talk some more but I'm way behind my work. Gotta bounce. Until the next post. :)

Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
♫ Michelle Branch - Crazy Ride
Mike Posner - Please Don't Go
♫ Enrique Iglesias - Push (feat. Lil’ Wayne)
Florence and The Machine - Swimming
Kaskade - Fire In Your New Shoes (Extended Mix) (feat. Dragonette)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

[SOUNDTRACK] Tron Legacy

Daft Punk is the main man behind the soundtrack editing of Disney-produced movie Tron Legacy. Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen, Jeff Bridges and True Blood's James Frain are in the flick, and Garrett Hedlund as well. If I'm not mistaken, he was also in Troy, and played the role as Achilles' godson. Preview the soundtrack below. Shout out to Frequenzi Independenti.

This is the cover you know of.

So much for that. I've seen some statistics from the indie music ticket market on the concert sales based on ticket prices and it's not looking good for The Arcade Fire. They ranked last among a group of other indie faves like MGMT, LCD Soundsystem, The Vampire Weekend, Band of Horses and The National. But I do admire the fact that they're not robbing their fans who want to see them play live. More points. Maybe the numbers will look up later this half of the year. Vampire Weekend seem to enjoy their fandom and upping price those tickets.

Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” is previewed from Arcade Fire’s new album The Suburbs, expected August 2 via Merge. A lot of buzz that this record has gotten out of its cage but I say do what's best and take a bite off this new track. Although this album does pale in comparison to the highly acclaimed Funeral, there are also good ones from this record like Month of May, Ready to Start and We Used to Wait, among others. Kill some time with these previously released tracks because these certainly don't disappoint. Count that these tracks come packed with a fetching album cover makes it all the worth buying. I dig.

Arcade Fire - Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

Introducing animated The Suburbs cover: Hover your mouse over this baby.

Entertainment Weekly got an interview of Green Lantern's duo Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively with Peter Sarsgaard and Mark Strong. They also debuted their Comic Con cover at EW and Ryan Reynolds got a few grunts regarding that computer generated costume. And seeing such a duo with enviably awesome physique is a crowd pleaser. I have this ginormous female crush on Blake Lively (those legs). But sometimes those clothes Blake dons are intended to show off rather than flaunt. Chest exposure is good but she better cover them up a little unless she wants to be considered relevant JUST BECAUSE of that. Amusing how at 0:58 Ryan is paying special attention to that.

Friday, July 23, 2010

[WEEKLIES] Let It Be ... Naked

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"The Sea of Faith
Was once, too, at the full, and round earth's shore
Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled.
But now I only hear
Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
Retreating, to the breath
Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear
And naked shingles of the world."
- Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold

I've been posting this Weeklies series for almost half a year and I know you've all been lapping up all the tracks in every Weeklies post. HOWEVER, it would be 100x times better if you drop your thoughts in the comments section. A couple of words can really make a person's day! (demanding much?) Haha. On topic, this one is inspired by my friend Tzaddi's blog. Check her stuff out when you can.

Another thing why I'm posting consecutive Weeklies posts in 1 week is because next week I'll be, yes you guessed right, FLOORED WITH STUFF TO DO. College really takes it's toll on my sleeping habits, and I can't let go of this blog so I somewhere between all the stuff I've been juggling got sacked from the Dean's List. Damper, yeah. I've never been good in multi-tasking.

This Weeklies features a couple of track that have been highly palatable to my taste. Enjoy and cheers to a good weekend folks.

DOWNLOAD | WEEKLIES - Let It Be ... Naked

♫ The Magic Numbers - Love Is Just A Game
♫ Geographer - Caught A Fire
♫ Ray LaMontagne - Hold You In My Arms
♫ Nada Surf - If You Leave (OMD Cover)
♫ Jack Johnson - Cocoon
♫ Norah Jones - Crazy
♫ Lykke Li - Little Bit
♫ Stars - On Peak Hill
♫ The Weepies - Somebody Loved
♫ Math and Physics Club - Trying To Say I Love You
♫ Yellowcard - One Year Six Months
♫ Of Montreal - Requiem for o.m.m.2
♫ Yellowcard - Dear Bobbie

Rex Hicks

A new mashup is here from Mochi Beats, "Runnin In Your Arms." The tracks used are: Cutting Crew "Died in your arms", Gucci Mane "Runnin Back", Miami Horror "Illumination", Sweet Rush "They keep chasin me", and Radiohead's "Reckoner" via The Twelves version. You can download their free mixtape featuring 100 tracks mashed up, a link can be found at the side bar. Also visit their website for more stuff from them.

Mochi Beats - Running In Your Arms

This one from The New Pornographers is a bit old, yeah, but good nonetheless. They did "Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk" at Letterman a while ago with Neko Case performing. Some good sensible clapping here. You can watch the video below.

The New Pornographers - Together

I've never been a big fan of cabaret music other than those peroid-esque films I see every now and then. But this dancable yet romantic music from Amsterdam's Caro Emerald. I'm suprised only a few people know of her music, what with the nostalgic feel of her music. The modern take of Caro and her full jazz band with the infectious energy makes you want to grab the nearest person and do the swing.

Caro Emerald - That Man
Caro Emerald - Stuck

Here's a performance of Just One Dance:

Caro Emerald - Just one dance from What about Fish on Vimeo.

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This time, let's go for more de-facto Vaudeville revivalist and sublimely brilliant music from Belfast artist Duke Special aka Peter Wilson. Theatrical and colorful, his music sounds somewhat like those from Dresden Dolls' cabaret and Rufus Wainwright. His song, "Our Love Goes Deeper Than This" has bouncy and rich instrumental sounds and in "Wanda, Darling of the Jockey Club", taken from his latest release The Stage, The Book And The Silver Screen, shows off his retro side.

Duke Special - Our Love Goes Deeper Than This
Duke Special - Wanda, Darling of The Jockey Club

Excelling not only as a record producer but also getting nods for his uncanny ability to wear a suit with panache, Mark Ronson is coming back hard with Record Collection. This is a follow-up to 2007′s remarkable Version. Below is his February 2010 collaboration with Amy Winehouse, Valerie.

Mark Ronson - Valerie (feat. Amy Winehouse)

Check out the music video from Mark Ronson for his single 'Bang Bang Bang' (out last July 11th), featuring vocals from MNDR and rapper Q-Tip.

The xx - Hot Like Fire (Aaliyah cover)

Eerie and dreamy quality from The xx's cover of Aaliyah's pop-infused Hot Like Fire. Their resonating echoes and accompanying guitar are the two primary things comprising the cover. When you think about it, it does seem bare but I'm really feeling this one.


Check out Ariel Pink's music video for Mistaken Wedding - a bunch of cuts from a wedding(probably his relative's as it looks homemade). Then he comes in later for some down time on cam on a tux and smoking in front of the green screen with the wedding beach scenes in the back ground. Zany Jewish style from Ariel Pink.

Domino Records released this new video from The Count and Sinden's After Dark featuring my boys Will and Kai from Mystery Jets. This disco romped summer smash "After Dark" will be released 16th of August 2010 and this single is from The Count and Sinden's forthcoming album 'Mega Mega Mega' which will be released by Domino Records 23rd of August 2010.

You can sign up for a free album sampler here.

"This video was made as a response to the G20 Summit in Toronto June, 2010.
The rest speaks for itself.
It was sent to us by a lover of our music who wants to remain anonymous.
We are very proud to share this mash-up with you.

- Broken Social Scene

Great work. This is not stealing. This is manipulating works of others and turning it to something unique and different. And in response to the theme (or what I reckon seems to be one of the major themes), I really do think there are advantages to a semi-communism form of government. If you haven't noticed, the margin between the rich and poor social classes is has sky rocketed and I don't think those demoralized moguls are planning to stop anytime soon. Capitalism can be a bitch - inequality and monopoly. Living in a materialistic society where success is defined by how much you can accumulate before you die, I find this generalized belief hard to swallow.

There are no second thoughts when it comes to Chicago duo The Hood Internet - I'm definitely a fan and blogged a lot of great tracks from them. They dropped a new mixtape, Trillwave, last 13th of July in collaboration with Mishka NYC featuring some recent songs. And considering that this is FREE, you'd be a total fool to pass this up.

To spoil your listening session a bit, this latest effort has a more low-key and relaxed jams -- a slight turn from their basement themed party anthems. The new mixtape definitely is a more appropriate combination to the recent heatwave.

Download some of the favorites or download the whole mixtape for free by clicking the link below. | Alt

The Hood Internet - Beamer, Drips (Lloyd Banks x Neon Indian)
The Hood Internet - Feel It on the South Side (Birdman x Washed Out)
The Hood Internet - Shoeing Horses in 1901 (Phoenix x Why?)

Stream the whole mixtape albums and see the tracklist INSIDE>>

The Hood Internet x Mishka - TRILLWAVE by hoodinternet

1) Phoenix x Why? – Shoeing Horses in 1901
2) Young Money x Javelin – DepRock
3) The-Dream x Kevin Drew – Bodhi Shawty Weekend
4) Air x Mike Jones – La Femme D’Monsieur Jones
5) Kanye West (feat. Lil Wayne) x DJ Signify – 1993 Barry Bonds
6) Pharaohe Monch x The Black Lips – Drop I Mayor
7) Birdman x Washed Out – Feel It On the South Side
8) Doom x The Flaming Lips – Air You a Hypnotist?
9) Lloyd Banks (feat. Juelz Santana) x Neon Indian – Beamer, Drips
10) Jay Electronica x Toro Y Moi – Freak Exhibit
11) Jamie Foxx x Röyksopp – Alcohol Forever
12) Mando Diao – Dance With Somebody (Hood Internet Remix feat. GZA & Cadence Weapon)
13) Hieroglyphics x Genesis – That’s Who
14) Gucci Mane (feat. Plies) x Lindstrøm & Christabelle – Wasted Love
15) Big L x Bibio – Dwrcan ‘Em Up
16) Puff Daddy (feat. The LOX) x Volcano Choir – All About the Islands
17) Iyaz x The Big Pink – Velvet Replay
18) Ice Cube x CFCF – It Was a Rainy Day
19) Anti-Pop Consortium x Maps – I Dream of Capricorn
20) Aesop Rock (feat. Rob Sonic) x Tobacco – Dark Pink Goo
21) Dominique Young Unique x YACHT – I’m in Love With a Hot Girl
22) De La Soul x Jamie Lidell – What’s the Stakes?
23) Jay-Z x Phoenix – And the Definitive Winner is…
24) Trey Songz x The Radio Dept. – Trey-Dio Departmentz
25) Drake x Beach House – Walk in the Park is Over

"Sometimes I get the itch to go out for a drink thinking I might miss meeting the woman of my dreams, but then I realize the woman of my dreams isn’t at a bar at 12:36 on a Wednesday morning. No, the woman of my dreams is asleep in bed with her lame boyfriend she’s only now beginning to see is lame. Nice enough guy, but no passion or curiosity. It was cute when he called her babe at first but now it’s just lazy and distant sounding. The woman of my dreams just twitched in her sleep because I mentioned her. The woman of my dreams is not usually twitchy. The woman of my dreams likes Family Guy but doesn’t LOVE Family Guy. The woman of my dreams will engage in conversations that don’t necessarily cater to her in exchange for my moving quickly through the shop talk. The woman of my dreams has to be up at 7am. Maybe the woman of my dreams is at the gym, not the bar. I better get to bed."

{ via John Mayer's tumblr }

John Mayer - Edge Of Desire (Apartment Sessions)

Welcome to a first of a series of music video collectives here in TBT*'s Video Shack. If you frequent this blog, you should know how out of the loop I am on the new videos coming out. It would be GREAT if you leave suggestions on any good video you think everyone should see by leaving a comment! I'd be totally down with your suggestion, just as long as it's worth sharing!

This week's Video Shack features Mayer Hawthorne's Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin', Nicki Minaj, Mount Kimbie's "Would Know" and All Summer's music video from Best Coast's Bethany Constantino, Vampire Weekend's Rostamn Batmanlij and Kid Cudi.

Mayer Hawthorne - Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin'

Mayer Hawthorne can do a lot of things with that voice and retro sound of his. Take Exhibit A, from the music video. The throwback style and dancing attractive women seems like another of his typical weekends.

Three more videos! Check it out inside.

Nicki Minaj - "Your Love"

Nicki Minaj scores gets a big score for doing a 180 degree turn from her warrior-in-training drama closing the video with the dying ending. "Your Love" samples lines from Annie Lennox's "No More 'I Love You's'," so seeing some frou frou fashion statement in highly unlikely.

Mount Kimbie - "Would Know"

Mount Kimbie have released a music video for "Would Know" and it was directed by hotly tipped filmaker Tyrone Lebon. The track is taken off their debut album, Crooks & Lovers out now via Hotflush Recordings.

Best Coast, Rostam & Kid Cudi – “All Summer”

Here it is, the hot Converse-funded collab "All Summer" track featuring the between Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino, Kid Cudi, and Rostam Batmanglij. Yeah the mugging of large heads whilst in the apartment might not be your way of spending the summer but these three know how to have fun at it.

If you are one of the many people who have heard of Robyn's acoustic version of Hang With Me, here's the official single version. The acoustic version from Body Talk Pt. 1 is a mellowed down version with a slow paced piano accompaniment for the whole length of the song. Below is the acoustic version and the official single which you'll find in Robyn's Body Talk Pt. 2.

♫ Robyn - Hang With Me (acoustic version)
♫ Robyn - Hang With Me (official single version)

Looks like we'll be seeing more of the Swedish fembot this 2010. Her album 'Body Talk Pt. 1' which seems to be receiving raves and positive reviews will be followed with 'Body Talk Pt. 2' by September 6th in the UK from Island/Konichiwa but the US release is yet to be confirmed.

The third and final 'Body Talk' album will be released at the end of the year (in time for Christmas). There's an idea for a good gift. As reported by Billboard, the final album will star the best cuts from the first two installments of the series as well as several brand new tracks.

Here's my favorite remix of "Dancing On My Own" from 'Body Talk Pt. 1'

♫ Robyn - Dancing On My Own (Buraka Som Sistema remix)

Chiddy Bang "Dream Chasin"

We've all been witnesses to the talent of Chiddy Bang. Recently over at WAWS I saw this new video for the not-so-new "Dream Chasing" track. The video's theme is pretty simple but excess in music video themes don't really work well with me. Check the video out above.

Today in exclusive streams, we’ve got a new one from moody chanteuse Lissie, off her upcoming LP, Catching A Tiger. It’s called “Bully,” and it’s produced by Band of Horses bassist Bill Reynolds. If you liked what you heard on Lissie’s debut EP, Why You Runnin’, it seems likely you’ll enjoy this track, all slow burn and yearning vocals and yummy reverb. And, AND, if you really like it, you can go ahead and preorder Catching A Tiger now, before its Aug.17 release date. Lissie would no doubt be much obliged.
Give a listen, Mixers, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Stuff like that (post title) always gets me going. Haha. I always keep forgetting what form of speech I'm a sucker for but I'm sure as hell it's not malapropism. I've been short on humor this July (except maybe on that Lindsay post) -- the stress from reviews for the board exam must be getting to me. Good thing I got wind of this track from the Invigilators featuring Sonny from The Dean's List and this Bassnectar track. Although I think they should've gotten another female voice for the track, who am I to complain when Magical World sounds this good? In a few weeks I'm going to post more from Bassnectar. New music from Cut Copy! Also a live performance from Metric's Daytrotter Sessions featuring Gimme Sympathy. Earlier I posted Ellie Goulding's video for The Writer along with a few new others from other artists. Check out the Bass and Drums remix below. Major Lazer and La Roux's collaboration for Lazerproof, a Vodka and Milk remix of Two Door Cinema's What You Know and Wale's Beast are in attendance as well.

Some pun for me, since I got shot out of the list. Junior year was hell, you could still see the remnants of that wreckage on my face. Sinking your faces into this Weeklies post. Off topic - Don't forget to watch Inception - it's not a Kubrick like they all say. But I guarantee you, you leave the theater with a stunned expression and a million thoughts in your head.

It's Like Deja Vu All Over Again ZIP

♫ Invigilators - Education (feat Sonny Shotz of The Dean's List)
♫ Bassnectar - Magical World (feat. Nelly Furtado)
♫ Metric - Gimme Sympathy (Daytrotter Sessions)
♫ Cut Copy - Where I'm Going
♫ Kid Sister and Nina Sky - Look Out Weekend
♫ Ellie Goulding - The Writer (Drum Bass remix)
♫ Wale - Beast
♫ Major Lazer & La Roux - Bulletproof (Nacey Remix ft. Matt Hemerlein)
♫ Two Door Cinema Club - What You Know (Vodka and Milk remix)

Sunday, July 18, 2010

DIG: Computer Magic

Danielle / Danz, or in this case Computer Magic created this solo project a few months ago in between school, DJing, blogging and graphic designing. The ethereal and whimsy found in her bedroom electronic pop music is the kind of thing you'd most probably hear from Sofia Coppolla films or those coming-of-age films circa Breakfast Club days. Her track "Teenage Ballad", which is my favorite of all her songs, sends off a message that if I were given the benefit of the doubt, tells a piece of her life (albeit the song being inspired by the movie The Graduate). "Electronic Fences" was inspired by Philip K. Dick' Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? novel. In the melody of the arpeggiated keys of the piano you can hear children's voices playing in the background. "On VHS" is a track that brings you to tropical scenes while her demo "And Lastly the Kids are Growing Up" features her lazy summer voice paired with a repeating drum beat and organ tune. Once you bring your attention to this talent of hers, you'd really see her going far. Here are her tracks below plus a new one, "Hiding from Our Time".

Soundcloud | Myspace

Computer Magic - And Lastly The Kids Are Growing Up
Computer Magic - On VHS
Computer Magic - Electronic Fences
♫ Computer Magic - Hiding From Our Time
Computer Magic - Teenage Ballad (High School)

There's just SO MANY artists and SO MUCH good music out there that I'm stumped which one to post about. One day at a time, right? These guys, which I heard of first at Sheena Beaston make dancing a daily essential! The Knocks's danceable pop music have a feel-good effect on anyone and its deemed impossible not to love their sound.

The Knocks newest is out 27th July and available for pre-order now. Their 7″ is limited to 300 copies featuring vintagey artwork from FRAU GRAU. Another thing about them to appease your summer thirst up til the middle of July is the excitingremix package around the release, with reworks from Neon Gold favorites Dom, Emil & Friends, Pink Ganter and more. For pre-order, you can go to either Neon Gold Shop or Puregroove for delivery on or around 27th July. Enjoy!

The Knocks - Make It Better
The Knocks - Something I Can Dance To

I dropped at Aurgasm almost a month ago and found this smooth jazz singer, Lizzy Parks, and fell for her sound. I'm not a big jazz fan but she changed my mind. Only now have I gotten around posting about her but you have to check out her music. Her debut album, which a lot of jazz fans have noticed having that Ella Fitzgerald sound has modern edginess about it, not just pop.

Lizzy Parks - Seven Day Fool
Lizzy Parks - Take Care

Did you ever wonder who that Polo-sporting mystery blonde was who stars on the cover of chart topper Contra? The name is Kirsten Kennis and she wants all of you folks to know that she's not Vampire Weekend's biggest fan. The photo was taken in 1983 and here's the goods via TMZ:

"The model is Kirsten Kennis — who claims she took the original photo way back in 1983 — and had no idea it was being featured on the album “Contra” … until after the band began to promote it back in November. In a lawsuit, filed yesterday in L.A. County Superior Court, Kennis claims she thinks it all has to do with a “photographic release” that the band obtained from a photographer named Tod Brody. Problem is, Kennis claims the signature on the release is a forgery. Kennis blames the band for not verifying the legitimacy of the release — and is suing VW and the photog for more than $2 mil."

Credits to P4K for sharing this piece. Girl sure has some nose for money!

Just because this weekened rendered yours truly free, then here's the obligatory post for the new videos the world just witnessed.

Bruno Mars is shooting up in the popularity list fast. Singing the hook in the international hit "Nothing On You" with B.o.B and Travie McCoy's "Billionaire" track, this guys undoubtedly has the goods to leave an imprint on the music industry. If I had a chance to see this guy live, I'd go. He released a solo EP entitled 'Its Better if You Don't Understand' in May. I don't have the track but you gotta see this one.

Bruno Mars - The Other Side ft. Cee Lo Green & B.o.B

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N.A.S.A. makes great music and great videos. "Strange Enough" is the latest video, and if its not enough to get y, checkou curious then check out the guests on the track: Fatlip , Karen O (of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs ), and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard.

N.A.S.A. Project: "Strange Enough," ft. ODB, Karen O, Fatlip

Flying Lotus in MmmHmm, featuring Thundercat (Sa-Ra Collective, Erykah Badu, Suicidal Tendencies). Directed by Special Problems. Commissioned by Warp Films. Taken from Cosmogramma, out now. Visual orgasm yes.

Flying Lotus - MmmHmm

When soundboard genius Pharrell Williams, who the common man would often associate with hiphop or rap, makes a 360 and does something LIKE THIS, then you definitely will want to watch out for more. This recent collaboration with electro meisters Swedish House Mafia that is taking over dancefloors in Europe like wildfire. The video is brilliant and elegantly styled leaving you in a trance.

Swedish House Mafia - One (Your Name) feat Pharrell

For Ellie Goulding's fourth UK single off debut album Lights, her label has went with her lush ballad "The Writer."

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July's Hardcore Mixtape has set it's sight at making you feel like a billionaire. This mixtape, not purely created for the love I'm feeling for Travie McCoy's radio hit, is also my way of cheering all those people working their assess off the dull workplace just to get through the day. And even more cheering for those who are doing the work they love despite the meager salary. Yeah, we've all been through that crap once in our lives, so kudos to all you busy bees!

Enjoy this month's mixtape!


♫ DOM - Living In America
♫ ceo - Illuminata
♫ Jaill - Everyone's Hip
♫ Blonde Redhead - Here Sometimes
♫ Phoenix - Girlfriend

♫ Local Natives - Wide Eyes
♫ Jaill - New Noise
♫ Jinja Safari - Peter Pan
♫ Bambara - Stay Gray
♫ Chiddy Bang - Sooner or Later

♫ Youth Sounds - As Singers Would
♫ Au Revoir Simone - Shadows (Jens Lekman remix)
♫ Chiddy Bang - Sooner or Later
♫ Death Cab for Cutie - Movie Script Ending (Acoustic version)
♫ Solvent - Loss for Words

♫ Frankie Rose and the Outs - Little Brown Haired Girls
♫ Micah P. Hinson - Seven Horses Seen
♫ The Beatles - Don't Let Me Down
♫ The Drums - It Will All End in Tears
♫ Private - Secret Lover

♫ Los Bravos - Black Is Black
♫ Katy Perry - California Girls (MSTRKRFT remix)
♫ Peaches - Billionaire (feat. Shunda K)
♫ Travie McCoy - Billionaire (feat. Bruno Mars)

LAST NIGHT'S PARTY spelled trouble. And *cough cough* someone was a bit sneaky. What was the wildest thing you've done in a party? Yes, your secret is safe with me.

♫ The Pierces - Secret

Well, its hardly the ideal summer here as the rain pours almost everyday, but I still have the image of Bora Bora's pristine beaches as my screensaver. We all have fond memories of summer, but now is not the time to reminisce. Now there’s something from Jens Lekman, who’s been under the radar aside from doing Whip It. The goodie bag of tracks all started when Jens made a remix for his favorite Au Revoir Simone track, in which he took a 4/4 pop song and transformed it into a waltz. Then the mp3 spun out into this luscious quilt of cuts set in 3/4 time dubbed by Lekman “Summer In 3/4 Time.”

Here's the playlist for the single file:
Au Revoir Simone - Shadows (Jens Lekman's remix)
Barbara Mason - Oh How It Hurts
Thomas Mapfumo - Madiro
The Morning Benders - Excuses
dialogue from Gregory's Girl (1981)
Chad & Jeremy - Everyone's Gone To The Moon
music and dialogue from Day Of The Locust (1975)
Eggstone - Birds In Cages
Pete Drake - Forever
Armando Mantovani - Around the World
dialogue from Puberty Blues (1981)
Jane Morgan & the Troubadours - Fascination
Armando Trovajoli - L'Amore Dice Ciao
Sharon O'Neill - Puberty Blues
Like A Sleepy Blue Ocean

Jens Leckman - A Summer in 3/4 Time

Download over at his site. In the name of instant downloadable relaxation, YOU BETTER DOWNLOAD THIS.

Rosi Golan is an Israeli born singer songwriter who has made many stops in her travels, including Germany, Paris, and finally ending up in Los Angeles at the age of nine, where she grew up. As she traveled, not only did she manage to hone that infectious songwriting but also learned to fluently speak French, Hebrew and English.

Rosi, despite being a long way from home, still didn't lose her drive to show how ineptly skilled she is in singing the mysterious melodies, luring and then haunting you with that voice of hers. She has played the Acoustic Playhouse, Molly Malones, The Whiskey and Genghis Cohen in LA and The Bitter End, The Living Room, Rockwood Music Hall and CBs Gallery in NYC since those early years in LA.

For those fans of William Fitzsimmons, Greg Laswell and Matthew Perryman, here's Rosi Golan:

Rosi Golan - Follow the Arrow
Rosi Golan - I Don't Wanna Wait

No, she's not a Playboy playmate. She's Gabriella Cilmi, whose been around for quite a while in the music scene but still has that strong and soulful croon credit worthy. For someone so young, she has some talent!

This Melbourne, Australia export is a jazz and pop singer born in the 10th of October 1991. She showed her musical talent early in her life. At 12 years old she was signed in Australia's Warner Music Group and now to Island Records. Her hit album Lessons To Be Learned was released 2 years ago, the 18th of February 2008. Although I haven't heard any new stuff from her, let's just savor these two tracks from her. If you like Amy Winehouse, you'd surely dig her sound.

♫ Gabriella Cilmi - Sweet About Me
♫Gabriella Cilmi - Cry Me A River (Justin Timberlake cover)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

CULTS: Oh My God

As Adult Swim's impressive 8 Singles 8 Weeks comes to the end, it also leaves us with something to smile about. And most of it was extracted from (free) new tracks from Black Lips, Madvillain, Washed Out, LCD Soundsystem and a few more. The last installment was Cults' 'Oh My God'. The track, which is helluva catchy pop gem, comes from Cults' sold out debut 7" single. Check out their site for more of them. You can find the video for 'Oh My God' below.

Cults - Oh My God

Her handwriting, that is. There are some hidden pleasures after the whole hubba of Lindsay Lohan's courtroom drama and even beyond the “F— U” fingernail decals — here lies the zoomed-in scans of her court room notes. Yeah, ladies and gentleman, this little jailbird has better penmanship than I do? I went to college but her's definitely makes mine look like that of a preschooler. Seriously her handwriting is font-like. Creepy. Maybe there should be a Lohan font the next time I use Microsoft Word. Yeah, Extra bold Lohan font. That font name does sound catchy, doesn't it?

More pun!

♫ Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Find The Cost of Freedom