Wednesday, November 24, 2010

3 Songs: On Repeat


1. Broken Records - "A Darkness Rises Up" (Can't get enough of Arcade Fire? Then check out Scotland 6-piece Broken Records. The epic, soaring indie-rock on their upcoming second album, Let Me Come Home, out January 11th on 4AD, should do the trick.) http://brokenrecordsband.com/

Download: http://promo.4ad.com/brokenrecords/stream/adarknessrisesup.mp3

2. Oberhofer - "Should Have Taken Acid With You (Neon Indian cover)" (Synths glide over windy samples with Brad Oberhofer's aching yelps for an interesting re-imagining of the more chill original.) www.myspace.com/oberhofermusic

Download: http://www.tellallyourfriendspr.com/singles/Oberhofer-ShouldHaveTakenAcidWithYou(NeonIndianCover).mp3.zip

3. California Wives - "Purple" (Rhythmic and catchy new single from Chicago indie-pop band's self-released debut EP Affair out now. Look for a Daytrotter session soon!) http://www.californiawives.net/

Download: http://californiawives.net/press/CaliforniaWives-4-Purple.mp3

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Places and Numbers - "Notes From The Dead Zone" EP



Places and Numbers is the electronic solo project of Bobby Darling, formerly of the disbanded art-rock band Gatsby’s American Dream. Notes From the Dead Zone, out today on Equal Vision Records, is his second EP and follow up to the Waking The Dead EP released just last year. The two EPs were recorded in Italy while working as an airline assistant during a time of grieving after the death of his parents. As a result the first EP was emotional and dark but the songs on the newly released EP are more hopeful with shimmering electronics and infectious beats, while retaining the same emotional punch.

The opening track “When Time Is All You Have” is upbeat and power-poppy with a driving beat, handclaps and soaring synths. “A Wizard of Earthsea” follows with a psychedelic ambiance befitting the song’s title and a hopeful lyrical outlook. Stand out track “Tectonic” is lead by a steady pounding keyboard with warped synths and New Wave-y melodies. The EP closes with the title track, “Notes From the Dead Zone” featuring acoustic guitar contrasting with the gurgling synths and big beat as well as vocals reminiscent of Ken Andrews of Failure.

After two excellent EPs, the anticipation for a full-length is growing rapidly. Stay tuned...

For more info click here: http://www.placesandnumbers.com/ and www.equalvision.com

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

3 Songs: On Repeat



1. Japandroids - "Heavenward Grand Prix" (Buzzing and grinding A-side with arena-worthy drum fills from the 3rd in a series of five 7 inch singles this year, the B-side is a cover of "Shame" by PJ Harvey.) http://www.japandroids.com/

Download: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com/drop/Japandroids-Heavenward_Grand_Prix.mp3





2. BRAIDS - "Lemonade" (Rhythmic and dynamic first single from young Canadian experimental pop band's self-produced and self-recorded ambitious debut album Native Speaker due next year on Kanine Records.) www.myspace.com/braidsmusic

Download: http://www.tellallyourfriendspr.com/singles/BRAIDS_Lemonade.mp3.zip





3. Radical Face - "Doorways" (First single from the soaring and haunting solo project from multi-instrumentalist and author Ben Cooper of electro duo Electric President. Taken from Touch The Sky EP out now. He plans to release 3 more albums in the next year...) http://www.radicalface.com/

Download: http://teamclermont.s3.amazonaws.com/mp3/radicalface_doorways.mp3

Friday, November 12, 2010

Free Friday: Lujo Records 2010 Sampler


Primed for an exciting and eventful 2011, Lujo Records has been busy the past few months signing four new bands and have new releases from three of their current bands on the horizon. To celebrate and to fuel the fires of anticipation, Lujo is offering a new 12-track label sampler for free download!

The first new signing is Chicago's Yourself and The Air, a band I actually brought to the attention of the San Diego-based label this past summer. Their unique brand of organic indie rock incorporates intertwining guitars and keyboards with poppy psychedelia and their first single "Sick Days", taken from their soon to be released EP Who's Who In The Zoo, is the highlight of the sampler.

The second new signing wrstlrs is the new electronic project featuring John Lamonica and Matt Bergeland formerly of My Spacecoaster, who was the first band signed to Lujo. Included in the sampler is "Long Island", the first track from their forthcoming release.

The other two signings are side projects of current Lujo bands. Mrenc is Eric Collins from The Dark Romantics and his post-rock infused dance-rock is represented by "Dying Over You" from his forthcoming release. And Hays Holladay who is one half of indie-electro duo Bluebrain offers up the epic and relenting "Push" from his forthcoming debut Revel And Bask.

Also included are new songs from Birdbrain, Death House Chaplain and Firs, the side project of Joey Cook of the Pomegranates, with previously released tracks from Discover America, The Torches, Birdbrain, Mouse Fire and Cincinnati's dream-poppers Enlou rounding out the collection.


Download: http://www.lujorecords.com/2010/2010.zip

For more info click here: http://www.lujorecords.com/

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

3 Songs: On Repeat




1. Brent Amaker and the Rodeo - "Pocket Calculator (Kraftwerk Cover)" (Seattle-based band is as classic Country & Western as you can get so their cover of the German electronic revolutionaries came as a suprise but a welcome one! New album Please Stand By is out now on Spark and Shine Records.) http://www.brentamaker.com/

Download: http://terrorbird.alphapupserver.com/online/BAR-01_Pocket_Calculator.mp3




2. Summer Camp - "Round The Moon" (This has been floating around the web for months now but I still can't get enough. Elizabeth Sankey and Jeremy Warmsley create hazy and nostalgic 80's synth pop on their debut EP Young out now on Moshi Moshi.)www.myspace.com/summercampmusic

Download: http://www.sendspace.com/file/qdiau1




3. Brideshead - "The World Stopped Turning" (Jangly guitars and twee vocals mix to pop perfection with an effervescent beat on the first single from German pop rock kings' new EP, after eight long years in the shadows. Out now on Shelflife Records.) http://www.myspace.com/bridesheadband

Download: http://www.shelflife.com/mp3-bin/brideshead.mp3

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Violens - "Amoral"


New York trio Violens led by producer and multi-instrumentalist Jorge Elbrecht, who was a member of defunct art-pop band Lansing-Dreiden, have released their debut album Amoral this week on Friendly Fire Recordings in conjunction with their own label Static Recital. The band deftly combines influences as varied as moody synth-led 80’s goth-rock, 60’s psychedelia and abrasive metal guitar tones for a sound that is poppy and nostalgic as well as frenzied and volatile.

“The Dawn Of Your Happiness Is Rising” opens the album on a bright note with layers of floating psychedelic harmonies and a danceable beat. “Full Collision” expertly emotes and gives the same feeling as hearing your favorite Tears For Fears song on the radio with a sense of optimistic gloom. First single, “Acid Reign” is led by an eerie synthetic piano with disembodied harmonies and a frenetic rhythm. “Are You Still In The Illusion?” follows with textural ambiance wrapped around some catchy New Wave hooks and a scathing guitar solo to end the song. “Until It’s Unlit” stands out with washes of echoing vocals, a bouncy bass line and fuzzy guitar noise like it was discovered on a mixtape stored in a time capsule from the 80’s and it leads into the newest single, “Violent Sensation Descends” which is driven by a Halloween-worthy organ and contrasted by cheery 60’s melodies and soaring strings and synths. Other standouts include the mesmerizing and poppy dreamscape created on “Trance Like Turn” and the clattering and emotional pulse of “Another Strike Restrained” which sounds like Depeche Mode filtered through My Bloody Valentine. The album closes with the cyclical instrumental “Generational Loss” with its epic harmonic guitar leads and crashing wall of sound.

Amoral, their long-awaited debut does not disappoint and only adds to their growing hype!



Download "Violent Sensation Descends" here: http://www.forcefieldpr.com/violensvsd.mp3

For more info and to download their free mixtapes click here: http://violens.net/

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

3 Songs: On Repeat



1. Vanity Theft - "Anatomy" (Super-poppy and danceable with a slight post-punk edge and dueling vocalists, the first single from Dayton, Ohio all girl indie-pop band's new release, The Anatomy EP is out now and also features remixes by Lefse Record's Houses.) http://www.vanitytheft.com/

Download: http://www.girlieaction.com/music/vanity_theft/downloads/Anatomy.mp3



2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - "Vocal Chords (Diego And The Dissidents Remix)" (After blowing away audiences at CMJ, melodic electronic indie-pop duo Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein have released a new EP of remixes of songs from their debut EP Horse Power, released this past Spring.) http://www.daleearnhardtjrjr.com/home/


Download: http://www.daleearnhardtjrjr.com/pressroom/my-love-is-easy-remixes-pt-1/vip/04%20Vocal%20Chords%20%28Diego%20And%20The%20Dissidents%20Remix%29.mp3




3. Lazerbeak - "Salt And Sea" (Member of the Doomtree indie hip-hop collective and ex-member of post-punk band Plastic Constellations. First single from his melodic and pounding debut album Legend Recognize Legend out now.) http://www.doomtree.net/lazerbeak/

Download: http://www.girlieaction.com/music/lazerbeak/downloads/Salt_And_Sea.mp3

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Dead Snares - "Speak The Language"


Dead Snares is the solo project of Jeffrey Cain of Remy Zero. Speak The Language is his debut album released last week on popantipop Records and features contributions from some of his Remy Zero band mates Cedric LeMoyne on bass and drums from Gregory Slay, who passed away earlier this year and led Remy Zero to reunite to tour this Fall in support.

The hauntingly beautiful opening track, “The Language” sets the tone for the album with its glitchy beat and moody atmospherics. “Strike Up The Band” features delicate acoustic guitar backed by an insistent beat and a wall of colliding sounds including strings and synths. The emotive “Sever” features the late Gregory Slay on drums, psychedelic guitar solos and a catchy chorus for a standout moment. The first single, “City Sparks” is upbeat with bright guitars and caterwauling keyboards before fading out with foreboding piano for an eerie end to the song. Jeffrey’s voice highlights the shuffling “As Above, So Below” with emotional peaks and valleys. “These Dirty Streets” is mesmerizing with a moody 80’s vibe and captures the title perfectly like the soundtrack to a paranoia-laced chase through a city at night. “Blood” is stirring and hypnotic with a clanging electronic beat while “Thrive (In A Vague Moment)” starts small with droning organ but builds with cascading piano and a propulsive guitar riff for two more stand out moments. The album closes with the stark and meditative instrumental “An Unending”.

With Dead Snares, Jeffrey Cain takes his experience with Remy Zero and blends it well with his prior electronic collaborations with Tricky and O+S to create a compelling and engaging headphones-worthy debut.



Stream the album and download "City Sparks" here: http://www.popantipop.com/deadsnares/


For more info click here: http://www.deadsnares.com/ and www.myspace.com/deadsnares