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YUCK! (No, it’s the name of the band!)

26 Apr

So British quintet, Yuck has been getting some airplay lately, and to be honest it feels like a throwback. The heavily distorted riffs and Steven Malkmus-esque vocals conjure images of starry eyed’ shoegazers. The single from the album is “Get Away” a song as post-grungy as it sounds. The song itself is fantastic, wailing guitars and barely audible lyrics make the song feel dirty, lo-fi, and utterly raw. All qualities essential to  a  good impression of Dinosaur Jr.

Is the sound new? Not so much, but I’m not complaining! The tracks are solid, energetic, and worth listening too. Bad mood or otherwise! “Though it does help to be in a bit of a state of self loathing”

The other songs on the album are somewhat similar, all very good, but all very forgettable. If you really like what you just heard, go for it. If not, it won’t hurt you to pass it up. Perhaps with a little more work Yuck may turn out some truly incredible stuff a la the progression of bands like Pavement, but for now, these songs are reminders of a bygone era. So put on an oversized flannel or loose-fitting Adidas track jacket (Or both!) throw on some Yuck, and stare at those distressed Chuck Taylor’s!

Heres’s the link! 

If you like LC! you might like…

6 Feb

So this is some new SUPER underground music from a band called Stray Kites, and folks, you might call this somewhat of a first run. Because you’re all hearing this for the first time! Anyways these guys are great. The music is solidly independent in styling, yet surprisingly unique. Offering tastes of a Johnny Foreigner type deliverance, coupled with a wonderful lo-fi garageiness reminiscent of No Age. To my delight the song “The Inkblot” is ripe with Los Campesinos! references I literally fawned over every lyric for a good half a minute, giddy from the occurrence I almost forgot to notice how great the song was.  Anyways these guys are truly amazing, and best yet, ALL THEIR STUFF IS FREE! So go here right now and get it, share it, love it! http://straykites.bandcamp.com/

Dear God…

3 Feb

So after, much, much subtle pestering from my co-worker… I decided to get back on here, and I have a real gem for y’all. It’s called “Caterpillar Playground” by Nurses. This song is childish, beautiful, simplistic, lo-fi, and yet smattered with almost ironic instances of MGMT-ish production. It’s a great song, from a great band. So check it, and rep it, kids. Hah.

‘Tis the link…

 

Beirut

6 Oct

Beirut (Zachary Condon) has been my obsession lately. I recently purchased Gulag Orkestar and I am completely and utterly impressed. The album has been the best I’ve heard since Romance is Boring. It’s filled with complex composition, virtuoso trumpeting, and a dirty, drunken, gypsy orchestra feeling. It conjures images of the Mediterranean coast, The hills of Ireland, and abandoned factory towns in Romania.

The single from the album is certainly “Postcards from Italy.” With a folksy and Distinctly European tone Condon’s beautiful vibrato rings and can only help but pierce the most callused mans heart. The lyrics tragically describe a fading romance with a true love left in Italy; it’s melancholy, and indirectly but purposefully speaks to the inevitable heartbreak that every human being experiences.

It is impossible to mention Beirut without giving at least some mention to Condon’s multi-instrument prowess. He is featured on trumpet, ukulele , synth, and vocals. What makes Condon’s story particularly impressive is his lack of traditional education, musical or otherwise. As a teenager Condon dropped out of four universities and a high school. His musical experience included a brief stint in the high school Jazz band, and he knew only fractured Portuguese. Condon spent a significant amount of time in Europe, fully immersed in the culture of both the European elite, and the nomadic gypsies. It is from these experiences that Condon draws a majority of his musical inspiration from.

To wrap up the album I must finally give praise to my favorite song, “Scenic World.” The song is unfairly short at two minutes eight seconds, but never could I have believed that so much musical emotion could be pent-up in an absolutely fleeting moment. I must admit that the song drove me to tears. The lyrical value is abstract enough to have universal meaning, yet contains diction so perfectly sensible, sharp like daggers, soft like a blanket, wet like a stream. It is perfect. Mournful. Melancholy. Hopeful. The song tells of a cry for understanding, a fear of both the known and unknown. A rational fear of one’s self. A plea for a better world, a non-existent world. A life perfect, free from pain, free from the torment of other human beings. It pulls at your heartstrings, and maintains a pertinently depressive tone without drifting into the clichéd realm of over-emotionality. The song is beautiful. An absolute masterpiece.

Modestly this album is sincerely wonderful, but no form of description hyperbolic or otherwise will ever do this album justice. It is certainly one of the greatest albums of all time.

Here’s the link to Postcards from Italy, but please if you purchase no other music in the next five years, get this album… 

No Time for Rock & Roll: The Limousines – Internet Killed the Video Star

23 Sep

The kids are disco dancing! What a great line; great song. This catchy, Passion Pit sounding song comes from The Limousines, a band who’s last single might be familiar: “Very Busy People,” which made quite a stir within indie circles. The song bumps and is sweetly ironic. The electro lines blare in direct dichotomy to the message of the song. The song is irresistibly danceable, honestly try not dancing to it… Are the lyrics terse? Yes. Are they fitting, funny, and excellently delivered? Double yes.The name is obviously in homage to Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star” ((Or, as some say, T.V.) Inside Joke). On top of an amazing 4 minutes of music the music video is excellently done and surely worth watching. Check it out here!

Major Lazer/La Roux: Lazerproof

11 Sep

So here’s an amazing but little known mixtape for you. From the authors of such creepy favorites as “Hold the Line” and the Tim & Eric directed “Keep it Goin’ Louder.” While this certainly isn’t the groups first collaboration it is by far the must creative and expansive. The best part of this whole deal is that the 14 track, hour-long tape is absolutely free. Basically.

Outside of a brief (Literally 10 Seconds) Email sign-up, you can download the entire mix for free from the website. If you’re worried about senseless and annoying spam, don’t. In the three months I’ve had it I’ve received one email, which happened to be quite interesting (Music news, etc.)

Onto the music, ML does a great job putting a diverse array of techno-y spins on some major hits, and other virtually unknown tracks. The first is, predictably, La Roux’s big hit “Bullet Proof.” Originally a good song in its own right, ML takes it a step further replacing her synthy breakdowns with an orchestral fill. Interesting. Awesome.

My personal favorite on the tape is a remix of Gyptian’s “Hold Yah,” which, even before I rediscovered this mixtape on my iTunes, was one of my top songs of the summer. The first 3 minutes of the song is an uncut and raw version of the original song which feels deep, and powerful. Following that comes a radical change; the beat drops and the song quickly switches to a club ready house edit. Which is driving, and utterly danceable.

Other artists featured on the album include, Drake, and Gucci Mane. (WOW). So basically this tape is a steal, and you’d be daft not to pick it up, so get out there and do it! Even if you’re not a fan of the genre it’s definitely interesting enough to deserve at least a casual listen.

Check out the album here.

Here’s La Roux’s original “Bulletproof”

And here’s Gyptian’s original “Hold Yuh”

Japandroids: Young Hearts Spark Fire

6 Sep

I’ve been listening to this song since June, but it’s truly great, and I figured I’d share it on the interwebs!

The song is simple, indeed basic is a good word to describe it. Perhaps even muddled and imperfect. However, it’s the crazy nontraditional vibe that makes this song so great. The ultra-distorted guitar riff, utilitarian and splashy backbeat, and the wailing vocals give a angst filled air of despair to the song. As if to say, “Fuck it. Let me die now.”  Deep, disturbing, wonderful.

The lyrics seem to describe a longing for a return to a hedonistic past. Youth? Singleness? Now, confronted with a sham of a life proliferated by numbness fueled with alcohol and drugs the only escape is to return to how things once where, through the window of infinite nature. Whatever the case it’s a great song to play when your pissed at the world, depressed, but also when you’re euphoric; during those rare times when you feel you transcend your sociological being, defy human nature and say. “If I where to die right now this is where I would want to be, with these people, in this place, at this time.” It’s happened. While staring at the last of a sunset, the sun rising over a lake, in a cramped car with your best friends, feeling the cool autumn wind on an August day, or by a pond at dusk. It’s ever-present; the real question is, does one follow it?

Hear! Japandroids Hear!