Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Thermals - Now We Can See


The Thermals' new single “Now We Can See” is a massive hit of psychedelic lyrics driven by drum chops and throbbing guitars. The single is out now and the album of the same title releases April 7 on Kill Rock Stars.

IF YOU LIKE: Keane, MGMT, The Hold Steady

The Thermals - Now We Can See Download MP3 or Listen on MySpace

BUY THE 4-TRACK SINGLE
Kill Rock Stars Vinyl, worldwide
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iTunes North America only
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Amazon MP3 US only

PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM
Kill Rock Stars CD/vinyl, worldwide, ships well before release date
Insound CD/MP3/vinyl/t-shirt, worldwide
Recordstore CD, worldwide
Norman Records CD/vinyl, worldwide
CD Universe CD, worldwide
Amazon CD/vinyl, worldwide
Amazon UK CD, worldwide

FREE MP3s
Kill Rock Stars Free legal download of “Now We Can See”

Monday, March 30, 2009

The Brian Jacket Letdown - White Sky


The second single “White Sky” from The Brian Jacket Letdown's forthcoming debut album is a masterful composition of the usual household rock band appliances topped with a mess of unique sounds, perhaps from other, less musical household objects. Nearly reaching five minutes, somehow by the end it feels like you've just been hit and run by a sparkling, shiny two-minute pop song. Their debut album Darling Bit Me releases June 8 on The Genepool.

The Brian Jacket Letdown - White Sky Download MP3 or Listen on MySpace

BUY THE ALBUM: DARLING BIT ME
The Genepool Pre-order, releases June 8, worldwide
iTunes Available June 8

Sunday, March 29, 2009

PT Walkley - Calvin the Coroner


PT Walkley's latest effort Mr. Macy Wakes Alone is a black comedy told through a brilliant collection of songs that deliver the feelings of early 19th-century honky tonk piano bar songs and classic western film soundtracks. The tale is of a rich kid named Audrey Macy, her father the evil record executive and Calvin, the coroner's son and aspiring musician who is taken advantage of by Mr. Macy.

I won't spoil the story, but here's a chapter from the middle that introduces the protagonist, Calvin the Coroner. You can read and listen to the entire tale at PT Walkley's Song Book.

PT Walkley - Calvin the Coroner Download MP3 or Listen on MySpace



BUY THE ALBUM
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FREE MP3
Spinner

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Fol Chen - Cable TV


Fol Chen, the anonymous silhouettes pictured above, are outside of any distinct genre, so I'll call them comfortable couch-hop. Their debut single “Cable TV” is a heavy tune with light lyrics that feels like an evening at the cocktail bar on a beach in Cuba.

IF YOU LIKE: Hot Chip, The Knife, Len, Bran Van 3000

Fol Chen - Cable TV Download MP3 or Listen on MySpace



BUY THE ALBUM
iTunes Worldwide
Amazon MP3 US only
Norman Records CD/vinyl, worldwide
Insound CD/vinyl, worldwide
CD Universe CD, worldwide
Amazon CD/vinyl, worldwide
Amazon UK CD/vinyl, worldwide

FREE MP3s
Asthmatic Kitty 2 songs
RCRDLBL 4 songs including “Cable TV”

Friday, March 27, 2009

Doing Time - I Was a Ye-Ye Girl


While mod culture and beat music were sweeping Britain in the early 1960s just before the British Invasion, their cuter and more colourful cousin yé-yé was making waves in France. Yé-yé music was the first music movement to be spearheaded by females, although Serge Gainsbourg was of course the omnipresent mastermind. The music and culture of yé-yé were distinguished by young women, kaleidoscopic fashions and indeed, charmingly addictive pop music.

Doing Time's first and only single in 2001 is a fantastic tribute, “I Was a Yé-Yé Girl”, that's even more seductive than most genuine yé-yé music.

If you like: The Beatles, Serge Gainsbourg, April March, Fatboy Slim

Doing Time - I Was a Yé-Yé Girl (feat. In-Grid) Download MP3 or Watch below on YouTube


The music video flawlessly reproduces the seductive essence of yé-yé.

Buy it:
eMusic MP3, worldwide
Juno Download MP3, worldwide

The CD single is out of print, but the following links will take you to a number of compilations that contain Doing Time's “I Was a Ye-Ye Girl”.

CD Universe CD, worldwide
Amazon CD, worldwide
Amazon UK CD, worldwide

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Stars & Crosses - Got Me


Stars & Crosses calls themselves the next electro-rock supercollective—far from modest considering they're only two people. After hearing their first single though, I almost believe their flaunting exaggeration. Their first single “Got Me” is cool, catchy and it has that smooth, trashy and inexplicably addictive 80s sound.

Stars & Crosses - Got Me Download MP3 or Listen on MySpace


No music video yet, so here's a Telus commercial.

Buy the single:
CD Baby MP3, worldwide

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The BPA - Toe Jam


The BPA (Brighton Port Authority) is a new supergroup led by Norman Cook, better known as Fatboy Slim. The lead single “Toe Jam” delivers a perfect sampling of Cook's trademarks—playful tunes and danceable drum riffs. New wave idol of the 80s, David Byrne from Talking Heads, takes on vocal duties accompanied by the king of the London grime wave, Dizzee Rascal.

The music video will blow more than your socks off!

If you like: Fatboy Slim, Freak Power, Pizzaman, Beats International

The BPA - Toe Jam (feat. Dizzee Rascal & David Byrne) Download MP3 or Listen on MySpace


The scandalous video, exposed!

Buy the album:
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The BPA Store CD/MP3/vinyl, worldwide
Recordstore CD/MP3/vinyl, worldwide
Insound CD/vinyl, worldwide

7digital MP3, UK only
Amazon MP3 US only
Amazon MP3 UK only
CD Universe CD/vinyl, worldwide
Amazon US CD/vinyl, worldwide
Amazon UK CD, worldwide

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Frankmusik - Better Off As Two


Frankmusik is Vincent Frank, British singer and musician fueled by chiptunes and neon lights. He is known for being wired directly to his fans via MySpace, Twitter and his own site.

This past Saturday he made history with the start of the first Live & Lost Tour, powered by Channel 4, MySpace and Blackberry. He was blindfolded and dropped off in a field north of Aberdeen with his GPS-enabled Blackberry and £20. His smartphone will allow him to communicate with his fans, who can track him via GPS and send him instructions to find his way to the next gig. Follow the madness at Frankmusik.com.

If you like: Soulwax, Justice, Calvin Harris, Empire of the Sun, La Roux

Frankmusik - Better Off As Two (The Better Off with Uttermix) Download MP3 or Listen on MySpace (original version)


Music video of “Better Off As Two” (original version)

Buy it:
CD Universe Pre-order CD single Better Off As Two—releases April 14, worldwide
Amazon Pre-order CD single Better Off As Two—releases April 14, worldwide
Amazon UK Pre-order CD single Better Off As Two—releases April 13, worldwide
Amazon UK Pre-order CD album Complete Me—releases June 22, worldwide
For digital downloads, check the usual stores on the above release dates.

Monday, March 23, 2009

One eskimO - Kandi


One eskimO is a two-dimensional (literally) acoustic band dreamt up by London singer-songwriter Kristian Leontiou. Produced by Rollo Armstrong (Faithless, Dido), their debut single “Kandi” and its animated music video are fantastically enchanting. Toby Green of The Independent says “Kristian Leontiou...possesses a voice you could imagine appearing in Simon Cowell's wet dreams.”

If you like: Sia, The Bird and the Bee, The Submarines, Chairlift

One eskimO - Kandi Download MP3 or Listen on MySpace



Buy Kandi:
iTunes Worldwide
Juno Download MP3, worldwide
7digital MP3, UK only
Amazon MP3 US only
Amazon MP3 UK only

Sunday, March 22, 2009

FOUND - Let Fidelity Break


FOUND culls clangs, clunks and crashes from everyday household objects and then, from a bedroom studio, they push the limits of digital music. Their unconventionally brilliant formula rejects all cliché synthesizers and forges a resonant electro vibe that's more than likely to get stuck in your ear.

If you like: Junior Boys, Cut Copy, Hot Chip

FOUND - Let Fidelity Break Download MP3 or Listen on MySpace

Buy The Fidelities EP:
Fence Records CD+Vinyl bundle = £4.99, worldwide
Bandcamp MP3, worldwide

Saturday, March 21, 2009

SXSW: Les Handclaps


Armed with a guitar, a Farfisa and a laptop, Les Handclaps are a 60s kitsch-influenced band from Montreal. Pure, campy yé-yé tangled with an equal portion of electro, the result is silly, catchy and altogether brilliant.

If you like: France Gall, April March, CSS, Nous Non Plus, Cheese People, The Ting Tings

Les Handclaps - Cacti Are Delicious Fruit Download MP3 or Listen on MySpace



SXSW: Les Handclaps perform Saturday night (today!)

Buy Les Handclaps music:
Les Handclaps Store MP3, site is in French: Click acheter en ligne for the store

Friday, March 20, 2009

SXSW: Howard Eliott Payne


Howard Eliott Payne comes from a musical family who, including himself, are local legends in their home of Liverpool. His former band The Stands parted ways in 2005 and he's now working on his solo debut.

Payne's first single “Come Down Easy” begins with deep blues strumming on his acoustic guitar and adds a tinge of folk with a sharp fiddle. His throaty alto vocals produce the feeling of authentic modern bluegrass, the kind you would hear in the park at sunset while reclining in front of the stage. The debut single releases April 6 on Move City Records.

If you like: Tim O'Brien, William Elliott Whitmore, The Be Good Tanyas

Howard Eliott Payne - Come Down Easy Download MP3 or Listen on MySpace

SXSW: Howard Eliott Payne performs Friday evening (today) and Saturday night.

Buy his debut single:
The single releases April 6 and there are no stores taking pre-orders yet. For more information and updates, see Howard Eliott Payne on MySpace.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

SXSW: Operahouse


Operahouse describes themselves as “a big, epic, sci-fi thing”. An accurate summary for an English rock band with a breathtaking sound that soars beyond the boundaries of Britpop and post-rock. Their full-length debut Escape from the Sun is set to release April 6 on Marrakesh Records.

If you like: Pixies, White Lies, Interpol, The National

Operahouse - Genius Child Download MP3 or Listen on MySpace


Music video for “Genius Child”, complete with spectacular stunts and sci-fi babes in a pillow fight.

SXSW: Operahouse performs Saturday night.

Buy Operahouse music:
Norman Records Vinyl, worldwide
CD Universe CD/Vinyl, worldwide
7digital UK only
iTunes Worldwide
Amazon MP3 US only
Amazon MP3 UK only

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

SXSW: Esser


Classy, trashy and a bit freakish, Esser fashions an offbeat style of pop that recalls vintage cabaret, modernising it with the magic of his laptop. He is working on his full-length, but in the meantime he has released several singles to give us a taste of his forthcoming LP.

If you like: Florence and the Machine, Beck, Gogol Bordello, Firewater

Esser - Satisfied Download MP3 or Listen on MySpace



SXSW: Esser performs Friday night.

Buy his singles:
Norman Records Vinyl, worldwide
iTunes Worldwide
eMusic MP3, worldwide
7digital UK only
Amazon MP3 US only
Amazon MP3 UK only

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

SXSW: Rootbeer (Pigeon John & Flynn Adam)


Underground hip-hop superstars Pigeon John and Flynn Adam team up once again to bring us Rootbeer and a tasty debut The Pink Limousine EP, just released last week. The duo and the various projects they've been involved with have always been known for their playful beats, catchy melodies and entertaining raps. Rootbeer is all that plus a few shots of dance-friendly fizz and spice.

If you like: Josh Martinez, Blackalicious, Murs, Lyrics Born

Rootbeer - Under Control Download MP3 or Listen on MySpace


Rootbeer doesn't have a music video yet, so here's an 8 year-old L.A. Symphony video. Pigeon John mentions the Pink Limousine at the start of the song!

SXSW: Rootbeer performs Thursday and Saturday evening. Pigeon John also performs later Saturday night.

Buy the Pink Limousine EP:
Insound CD/MP3, worldwide
Access Hip Hop CD, worldwide
Amazon CD, worldwide
Amazon UK CD, worldwide
iTunes Worldwide
Amazon MP3 US only
Amazon MP3 UK only

Monday, March 16, 2009

SXSW: The Guggenheim Grotto


Dublin songwriters The Guggenheim Grotto never stray far from folk music's most important piece of hardware—their acoustic guitars—but their latest album finds them delving into new territory with keyboards, sampling and electronic beats.

The opening and standout track “Fee Da Da Dee” completes its voluminous sound by way of electric guitar, keyboards and the graceful vocals of both musicians plus a female guest, but the basis of the song is its devastatingly seductive bassline. Listen to it with decent speakers, then do what I did next—find the biggest sound system you can, crank it up and listen with your chest.


If you like: Iron & Wine, Great Lake Swimmers, Crowded House, VAST, The Frames (Glen Hansard)

The Guggenheim Grotto - Fee Da Da Dee Download MP3 or Listen on MySpace

SXSW: The Guggenheim Grotto performs Thursday evening.

Buy the album:
UFO Music CD/MP3/FLAC, worldwide
Insound CD, worldwide
CD Universe CD, worldwide
Amazon CD, worldwide
Amazon UK CD, worldwide
iTunes Worldwide
Amie Street MP3, worldwide
eMusic MP3, worldwide
Amazon MP3 US only
You can also download “Fee Da Da Dee” free and legally from their artist page on the SXSW site.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

SXSW: The Handsome Family


Last summer at a music festival, I settled down in my lawn chair to watch The Handsome Family, a grim-looking married couple whose supposed gothic country style interested me. Little did I know that they had just inexplicably stepped out of a dusty and forgotten black and white horror film. Shadowy clouds started to creep across the formerly sunny sky as Brett and Rennie Sparks began to sing beautifully gruesome songs about deadly swamps, burning forests and drug-fueled suicides. It began to rain and Rennie commented that they may have angered the gods somehow. After they finished their set, the rain stopped and the clouds began to disperse.

The gloomy duo was scheduled to play another set later that afternoon and I was spellbound by their first set so I went to see them again. The sky was shimmering from the rain earlier but when their turn came to perform, the heavens came showering down again. Rennie commented again, apologizing for the dreadful weather they had caused, but at least the canopy extended over the audience this time. Rennie began to play while Brett's captivatingly abrasive baritone serenaded us with more haunting songs of despair and misfortune. I was looking out towards a young tree not ten steps outside the tent when suddenly from that exact spot where it stood, a tremendous bolt of lightning exploded with a deafening crash and a blinding flash. The music stopped, the power cut off by the surge, while the audience spent several seconds blinking and looking around in shock, ears ringing. My ears and my eyes, and likely everyone else's, had never experienced such a massive overload. The power came back on but Brett and Rennie played the rest of their set unplugged to stave off the vengeful thunderclouds.

The Handsome Family not only tell frightful tales of misery and tragedy, but they have the remarkable ability to bring them to life.


If you like: Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Neko Case, Steve Earle

The Handsome Family - Weightless Again Download MP3 or Listen on MySpace



SXSW: The Handsome Family performs Saturday evening. Wear rubber-soled shoes and avoid metal jewellery.

Buy it:
Norman Records CD, worldwide
Insound CD, worldwide
CD Universe CD, worldwide
Recordstore.co.uk CD, worldwide
Amazon CD, worldwide
Amazon UK CD, worldwide
iTunes Worldwide
eMusic MP3, worldwide
7digital MP3, UK only
Amazon MP3 US only
Amazon MP3 UK only
Their latest album is Honey Moon while “Weightless Again” is from their 1998 album Through the Trees.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

SXSW: The Asteroids Galaxy Tour


The Asteroids Galaxy Tour started in Lars Iversen's one room flat-turned-studio in Copenhagen, where many hard days' work and drunken nights slowly revealed their signature sound. Drowsy space-rock beats funktified with psychedelic guitar stabs and steamy, soulful voice of Mette Lindberg dissolve to create a dazzling stellar sound.

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour's debut album Fruit releases May 19 on Small Giants Records.


If you like
: Little Boots, Ladyhawke, The Submarines, The Bird and the Bee, The B-52s


The Asteroids Galaxy Tour - The Sun Ain't Shining No More Download MP3 or Listen on MySpace



SXSW: The Asteroids Galaxy Tour are performing Thursday night and Saturday night.

Buy it:
The album is not available to pre-order yet, but there are a few singles and EPs available to purchase.
iTunes Worldwide
Beatport Worldwide
Play.com MP3, UK only
Amazon MP3 US only
Amazon MP3 UK only
While you're waiting for the album, you can also download free and legal MP3s of “The Sun Ain't Shining No More” and Thomas Gold's remix of it from their marketing companies RCRDLBL and Girlie Action.

Friday, March 13, 2009

SXSW: The Chicharones


Josh Martinez and Sleep are The Undeniably Fresh and Unquestionably Hot Chicharones. Self-proclaimed kings of cheap tequila, they combine addictive tunes and ridiculous raps with fake mustachios and high kicking Elvis dance moves. They're all you wish you could be, leading the lives of both rap stars and rock stars, drinking free beer and touring the world without ever having to ask a crowd to scream and throw their hands in the air. These crazy nutballs are one of the greatest acts I've ever seen live.

Their brand new EP Swine Country is out now on Camobear Records.

If you like: Josh Martinez, Buck 65, Sage Francis, Classified, Pigeon John

The Chicharones - The Put Out Download MP3 or Listen on MySpace

Music video for another song by The Chicarones!


SXSW:
The Chicharones perform Saturday evening. Bring your mustachio.

Buy it:
Camobear Records MP3, worldwide
CD Universe CD, worldwide
Insound CD, worldwide
Amazon CD, worldwide
Amazon UK CD, worldwide

Thursday, March 12, 2009

SXSW: Starfucker


Starfucker's brand of guitar-based indie pop comes as unconventionally as their name. Synths are sprinkled sparingly on the songs while the guitar, bass and drums take the lead. Typically, these instruments create the sound of rock music but Starfucker brilliantly fashions them into their own distinct form of pop music.

If you like: Pop Levi, Peter Bjorn and John, CSS

Starfucker - Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second Download MP3 or Listen on MySpace



SXSW:
Starfucker performs Wednesday evening.

Buy it:
iTunes International
Insound CD, vinyl, MP3, international
CD Baby CD, international
CD Universe CD, vinyl, international
Amazon CD, vinyl, international
Amazon UK CD, international
Amazon MP3 US only
Amazon MP3 UK only

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

SXSW: Alaska in Winter


South by Southwest's 2009 music festival begins next week Wednesday, and although I (unfortunately) won't be there, I know many of you will be. It's a daunting task to sift through 1,986 artists performing at 88 venues in Austin and decide which ones you can make time for. I'm going to make your planning more troublesome by recommending one SXSW artist each day from now til Saturday, the last night of the festival.

If you're not going to SXSW, it's still business as usual here—one excellent song every day.

Brandon Bethancourt spent an icy winter in Alaska recording music on a laptop in a cabin in the middle of nowhere. After he gathered the help of his friends from Beirut and A Hawk and a Hacksaw, the project came to be known as Alaska in Winter, recently releasing its sophomore Holiday. The opening track “We Are Blind and Riding the Merry-Go-Round” starts with a ukelele but quickly becomes an experiment of dark sweeping synths harmonized with beautifully dismal vocals.

If you like: Beautiful music with a bassline that your chest can hear.

Alaska in Winter - We Are Blind and Riding the Merry-Go-Round Download MP3 or Listen on IMEEM



SXSW:
Alaska in Winter performs Wednesday and Saturday evening.

Buy it:
iTunes North America
iTunes Rest of the world
7digital MP3, UK only
Amazon MP3 US only
Amazon MP3 UK only

Insound CD, international
Norman Records CD, international
CD Universe CD, international
Amazon CD, international
Amazon UK CD, international

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Wild Light - California On My Mind


One would think the influence of roots rock/Americana on indie rock bands—like Arcade Fire, Calexico, Wilco and many others—should be at its tipping point by now. Nonetheless, Wild Light's debut Adult Nights, just released last week, is irresistible despite the same influence.

The sharp opening track “California On My Mind” joins vocal harmonies with vocal obscenities while a harmonica wails over sweeping guitars. The song is bright and soothing while the unrestrained perspective of the lyrics is delightfully entertaining.

If you like: Arcade Fire, Interpol, Beirut, The New Pornographers

Wild Light - California On My Mind Download MP3 or Listen on MySpace



Buy it:
iTunes North America only
Insound CD, international
Amazon CD, international
Amazon UK CD, international
Amazon MP3 US only
If the album is not available in your country in your preferred format, you can at least get a free and legal MP3 of “California On My Mind” from AOL Spinner.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Jessy Greene - Time Bomb


She's a touring member of Foo Fighters, but it's her solo work that deserves attention. Jessy Greene's song “Time Bomb” was featured the other day on the explosive season finale of Burn Notice.

When a show or movie gets to its final climactic scene and a dramatically sublime song starts, it can make the scene profoundly powerful, like Imogen Heap's “Hide and Seek”, made famous by its tactful placement in The O.C.'s second season finale, or AFI's “Prelude 12/21” in a midseason finale of Smallville. Jessy Greene's “Time Bomb” is clearly one of those songs.

Jessy Greene - Time Bomb Download MP3 or Listen on MySpace

Spoiler Alert! This is the last scene of the second season finale of Burn Notice.


Buy it:
iTunes Worldwide
eMusic MP3, worldwide
CD Baby CD, worldwide
Jessy Greene on MySpace Music CD, worldwide, scroll down to the Purchase section
CD Universe CD, worldwide
Amazon CD, worldwide
Amazon MP3 US and UK only

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Modern Skirts - Like Lunatics


Modern Skirts has a sound that is inexplicable. Their new sophomore album, All of Us in Our Night, transitions from downtempo acoustic rock to electropop and back to piano rock. Most music is predictable to a degree—past the first minute, the rest of the song can largely be foreseen. This band breaks that mold with twists and surprises of unexpected sounds and instrumentation. The result is saturated sound that flows smoothly as the album progresses.

The final song on the album, “Like Lunatics” has an epic feel with a baffling combination of acoustic guitar, lofi synths and fluid orchestrations.

If you like: Alaska in Winter, Starsailor, Mando Diao

Modern Skirts - Like Lunatics Download MP3 or Listen on MySpace

Live at Criminal Records in Atlanta, GA


Buy it:
iTunes International
Insound CD and MP3, international
Amazon US CD and MP3
Amazon UK CD and MP3
Athens Music CD

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Rigo & the Topaz Sound - I Got You


From time to time, I chance upon a song that simply takes me by surprise. Rigo & the Topaz Sound, collaborating with Red Fox, are a most unlikely genre collision—a snappy, soulful doo-wop tune electrified with dancehall reggae.

With the exception of Red Fox, the band is from Sweden and today they are competing for one of the last two spots in the final round of Melodifestivalen, Sweden's contest to determine who will compete in this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

If you're not from Europe, Eurovision is an annual competition where each country submits one song to be performed on live television, then each country votes to determine the most popular song. It's bigger than its American counterpart and the songs cover everything from trance to pop to power metal. Having been broadcast every year since 1956, outside of sporting events it's one of the most-watched events in the world.

The most effective way to discover this song is by watching the videos first.

Rigo & the Topaz Sound - I Got You Download MP3 or Listen on Myspace

Live version


Music video


Buy it:
Klicktrack MP3, International
CDON Melodifestivalen 2009 compilation CD, EU and Scandinavia only

Friday, March 6, 2009

Rogues - Not So Pretty


Rogues' debut single “Not So Pretty” is an icy cool slice of savoury pop goodness. Not to be excessively descriptive, but a flaunting description is obligatory for such a flawlessly smooth mix of electropop grooves and 80s synths.

If you like: La Roux, Empire of the Sun, Ladyhawke

Rogues - Not So Pretty Download MP3 or Listen on MySpace

Plus, download “Not So Pretty (Feed Me Remix)” for free at RCRDLBL. It's a fine remix.



Buy it:
Pure Groove Pre-order the exclusive 7-inch vinyl single, releases March 16 (worldwide)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Napoleon - I Love My Baby (But If Anyone Touches Her I'll Kill Them)


When I first heard Napoleon's new single “I Love My Baby (But If Anyone Touches Her I'll Kill Them)” I chuckled at the parenthesized portion of the title and I couldn't help getting hooked by their feelgood blue-eyed soul.

Soon after, I discovered two things that ruined the song for me. The tune of “I Love My Baby” is identical to the tune of The Four Tops' 1981 single “Don't Walk Away” but it's not a cover and it doesn't count as an homage if no credit is given, either in written form or in the song itself. Then I watched the music video, which features a douchey-looking young man who manages to look more pretentious than silly while puffing his cheeks and singing. Now I can't listen to the song without a mental image of his mental performance.

I still enjoy this song and would recommend it, just don't watch the video, although I know most who read this will watch it anyway.

Napoleon - I Love My Baby (But If Anyone Touches Her I'll Kill Them) Download MP3 or Listen on MySpace

Here's the video. Don't watch it.


Buy it:
Amazon MP3 UK only
Play.com MP3, UK only
7digital MP3, UK only
The single has not been released in physical form, nor has it been released outside the UK.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Bajinda Behind the Enemy Lines - Money to Burn


The second noteworthy Russian band I've ever come across (whose name I can mostly pronounce), Bajinda Behind Enemy Lines' sound is more English rock than the insane disco-punk of the last Russian band I featured. The Russian music scene doesn't usually escape the country's borders, but Bajinda is clearly qualified to be the exception.

If you like: The Kooks, Keane, The Fratellis

Bajinda Behind the Enemy Lines - Money to Burn Download MP3 or Listen on MySpace

Buy it:
In Soviet Russia, music buys you. If you want to support the band and you don't live in Russia, do it by sharing their music with your friends.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Two Door Cinema Club - Something Good Can Work

UK trio Two Door Cinema Club are summery guitar riffs and electronic melodies with a tropical shine. Their new single “Something Good Can Work” releases in a couple weeks on Kitsuné, a French label known for releasing vinyl singles by artists like La Roux, Klaxons, Digitalism and A-Trak.

Two Door Cinema Club - Something Good Can Work Download MP3 or Listen on MySpace

Buy it:
Recordstore.co.uk 7-inch vinyl single, releases March 16
Amazon MP3 UK only, releases March 30

Sunday, March 1, 2009

LHB - Olivia Newton Christ


This song is a few years old, unlike what I usually post, but it never got the attention it deserved and the band has since evaporated. It's a midnight groove with soft synths counterbalanced by coarse, seductive percussion.

If you like: Massive Attack, Morcheeba, Zero 7, Faithless

LHB - Olivia Newton Christ Download MP3 or Listen on YouTube

Buy it:
Nettwerk Store MP3
eBay Used CDs