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Wednesday
Jul092014

Most Anticpated Albums For The Second Half Of 2014

While there's been a ton of great music in 2014 so far, I'm even more excited about what's to come. In the next few months we'll be getting releases I've been eagerly awaiting, material I never saw coming, and also Weird Al Yankovich apparently (no really). Obviously by no means an exhaustive or comprehensive list, rather just a brief collection of the albums I'm most excited for for the rest of the year, and why I think you should be too. What are you most excited for for the rest of 2014?

 

Spoon- The Want My Soul- August 5

Consistently good but rarely consistent, Spoon's unique blend of indie pop/rock has done a great job of adapting and evolving over the years. It's been a while since 2010's Transference and I'm excited to see what they've been working on since then. Spoon has always been adept of mixing great hooks with a more substantive and atmospheric presence. While never the flashiest or most lavish collection of songs, they tend to have a great deal of staying power. Spoon doesn't normally work with outside producers but this time Joe Chiccarelli- who worked with the Strokes, among others- and Dave Fridmann- who's credits include The Flaming Lips and Weezer- got involved. Seems like a good fit to me, it'll be interesting to see how that affects Spoons dynamic. Check out The Want My Soul track "Do You".

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Tuesday
Jul082014

Listen To New Music From Death From Above 1979

Not to long ago, it would have seemed ridiculous to even write such a headline. 10 years is a long time to wait for new music from a band- especially when that band is Death From Above 1979 and they only ever released one almost seminal LP before calling it quits. The only thing made the wait bearable was spending most of the last decade not even considering new material from DFA1979 a possibility. While their surprise 2012 reunion and tour (literally) tore the house down, it still didn't seem indicative of any new content in the pipe line. Flash forward to 2014 and the announcement of their new LP The Physical World. News of the announcement generally illicited responses along the lines of pure elation or, "I'll believe it when I see it". Time to start to believing as DFA1979 just dropped The Physical World's first single "Trainwreck" (or is it "Trainwreck1979?). While lyrics videos seem a little 2013, I won't begrudge a clip that has that many cool buttons. Check it out below and find find out if the wait was worth it. While it's main course turns a bit to abruptly into pop territory, I really like the ever intensifying bridge just before the conclusion. What does everyone else think? The Physical World is out Spetember 9th.

Friday
Jul042014

Time To Start Listneing To Shamir

This is Shamir. She's 19, she likes to cook, is an aspiring comedian, into film, and makes music under a couple aliases. While I can't attest to the quality of her contributions to the former, let's talk about the music thing. Do yourself a favor and start listening to Shamir. Earlier this year she released her EP titled Northtown, and it's pretty great. Her rhythms definitely follow the course of modern British house/ R&B, but she flairs it up with occasional bursts of spastic melodic energy that boarder on a bit too aggressive but still manage to stay in the sweet spot. Check out a couple tracks below, and if you like it you grab the whole thing here. check out more of here everything that's for the internet on her tumblr also.

Friday
Jul042014

Listen To New Muisc From Disclosure And Simian Mobile Disco

If You haven't heard it already, Disclosure just released their remix for Usher's already fantastic "Good Kisser", and it's epic. If the internet hasn't already named it this year's summer jam, it'll happen. The tempo and deep fever complement Usher's temporaryily introverted restraint, that releases into euphoric excess perfectly. Should keep you going till the winter.

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Wednesday
Jun042014

Watch: Primavera Sound 2014

      Primavera Sound, one of the largest music festivals in Europe, just wrapped up a few days ago in Barcelona. I can assure you, it was an absolute monster. I've never seen crowds like that. The Heiniken and Sony stages seemed like endless oceans of people spanning beyond the horizon. The ATP stage surely held the population of a small country at some point. There were no survivors at the Pitchfork Stage. It was a really great time. Set to the backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea and the mercifully great weather, Primavera certainly didn't disappoint (if it's good enough for Win Butler it's good enough for us). I grabbed a few clips from some of the artists there. Rather than hear me drone on, check out some of the footage below.

 

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Wednesday
Jun042014

Listen To New Music From Caribou and Simian Mobile Disco

       Four years since Dan Snaith's Caribou released the phenomenal Swim, he has finally announced his return with a new LP titled Our Love. While Snaith has certainly been active under the alias Daphni and through other means, news that he is reviving Caribou is another level of exciting altogether. Snaith has shared the first single of Our Love,"Can't Do With Out". It has the melancholy tone of Swim, but less of an agitated and schizophrenic progression. The floral and chromatic cover art suggests a possible return to Andorra style bursts of vivid psychedelia. I can't wait to hear more. In the mean time If your not familiar with Caribou check out "Melody Day" and "Odessa", highlights from Andorra and Swim respectively; "Odessa" in particular is one of my favorite songs ever. Our Love is out Oct 7 via Merge.

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Tuesday
May202014

Playlist: Primavera Sound

           Everyone's well aware of Coachella and Sasquatch by now, they don't get much bigger than those. But are you familiar with the Primavera Sound Festival? You should be. Running from May 28-31, it has a line up comparable to those- with a decidedly much more euro-centric and parochial slant- and has the added bonus of being in Barcelona. Check out the full line up here, featuring everything from Arcade Fire to Nine Inch Nails (and also omg Disclosure). I'm going and I'm pretty excited. Cheek back here for a bunch of pics and footage after it wraps up, but in the mean time here's a playlist of some of Primavera's featured artists I'm most excited to see. If I don't come back it's because I died at the Deafheaven set. Or because why would anybody come back? Check out the tracks below, maybe you'll find something in there you like. The final song on the list was my favorite entry of 2013.

Saturday
May102014

Artist Spotlight: Phantoms

           A little over a month ago I saw Com Truise at Fortune. I've been growing less inclined lately to get to shows as early as possible; I've never been too enamored with opening bands in general and the fatigue of waiting was growing more and more palpable with each show. I'm glad I- for whatever reason- mustered up the patience and sense of adventure I'm supposed to have when it comes to music to at least give the opener a shot. They were called Phantoms, and they were amazing. A couple of DJs from LA, Phantoms have one stated mission, to get you to dance. Their blend of epileptic electronic house seems pretty well equipped to do that. Fiercely stimulating, yet anchored by terrific hooks and creative tones, Phantoms' remixes and original cuts have been in heavy rotation since I first heard them. bellow is a couple particularly cool tracks of theirs. Hit the jump for a small peak at what they're like live and if you're into it check out their soundcloud page. I highly recommend giving their Nowhere mixtape a go.

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Friday
May022014

Listen To New Music From Robyn and Baths

            Before we all dive into the weekend, a quick round up of a couple of the more noteworthy artists realising new material seems in order. First up is Robyn and Royksopp, long time pop music collaborators finally returning since 2010's seminal Body Talk. Like some laboratory engineered machine, Robyn has consistently produced some of the most exciting and axiomatically 'pop' music of the last decade including one of my favorite songs ever. On May 26 Robyn and Royksopp will release their new EP Do It Again; I'm pretty excited and and think you should be too. Check out their eponymous first single via BBC radio 1

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Saturday
Apr262014

Review: Shit Robot- We Got A Love

       One of the things I've always enjoyed about the DFA label is that all of the primary members share a sort of musical genealogy. There are various musical styles and dynamics, many of which have been so expertly implemented and refined, that they seem distinctly theirs. That sharply molded staccato piano, acid washed guitar shreds, out in space synth, those cow bells- Nancy Whang. What I always loved is that while these signature characteristics are embedded within nearly all of the DFA acts one way or another, they all utilize them differently, indicating their place in the family tree. LCD Soundsystem- the label patriarchs, used these concepts in service of making grand sweeping statements about music and culture. YACHT and Holy Ghost, further down the hierarchy took on the roll of the young hipsters looking to party. New comers Factory Floor recall a young child, savant like in talent, but with a shy and introverted personality. If this familial analogy is growing cumbersome and rambling, I'll wrap it up. The point is, Shit Robot is definitely the weird uncle. In his debut album, From The Cradle To The Rave, Shit Robot- aka Scottish producer Marcus Lambkin, proved two things: He could be slick as hell when he wanted to be, and he often just didn't really want to be. Instead Lambkin relished in his niche club jams that stylized peculiarity and embraced and exclaimed all manners of quirky synth. In We Got A Love, Lambkin's new album- he continues to express himself in manners a little too odd for conventional markets, but his overall enthusiasm, and that of his guest contributors make for series of encounters worth revisiting. He even occasionally stumbles upon new moods and attitudes in which to design his content around that prove he might just be more than the weird family member who's name people are embarrassed to mention.

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