I’ll start, as I always do, with an apology for not writing in some time. Being in school and at work and trying to scrape and find and explore new music is a job that is a lot tougher than I thought. So this past week I swore to devote my time to pick out my recent favorites and share them with you (sorry if I totally missed the boat on some, it’s the thought that counts, right?) I apologize for the layout too, WordPress is being a lameass. Dig deep, there’s quite a bit to be had here.
First off is an awesome track from one of my favorite bands today, Moscow Olympics. Honestly, the production alone on their new album, Cut the World, is worth mention. It is a lesson in tasteful, atmospheric rock the likes of which not only hail to MBV but wholeheartedly attempt to evoke the same amount of emotion… and that’s fuckin rad.
MP3: Moscow Olympics – “No Winter, No Autumn”
MP3: Moscow Olympics – “Still” from the Still 7″ on Fraction Discs.
This next band, Weird Tapes, is infectious (Thanks GvB!). Grab the Get Religion EP for free! And a bunch more tracks at the We’re Tapes blog. These seriously are the jams. I don’t really know too much about these guys, check out Gorilla vs. Bear for that scoop. For now, listen.
MP3: Weird Tapes – “The Heavens”
MP3: Weird Tapes – “TV Romance” from Nightstalking
Arsenal have been popping up around a lot lately. Mostly for their rollicking electronic, pop-rock tune, “Estupendo.” And rightfully so, that song is amazing. Not less than perfect for going on a run, going out or jumping on all the furniture in your house. Their new album, Lotuk, is an eclectic mix of Electropop, downtempo jams, garage rock and blah blah blah… It’s hard to get you a few tracks and fully describe these Belgian dudes, so here are some of my favorites. “Selvagem” it badass, at least. That crunchy lead line is perfect when coupled with their European, indie genius. Also, check out the chillout, spoken word bombs on “The Letter,” if you can. What do you think?
MP3: Arsenal – “Estupendo”
MP3: Arsenal – “Selvagem”
If not simply for his part on The Flaming Lips, Hit To Death In The Future Head, Johnathan Donahue has constantly brought something new and interesting to my table. Mercury Rev have been consistently enigmatic from 1991’s Yerself is Steam all the way to their newest, Snowflake Midnight (You should definitely get this). The title could not be more indicative of the chilled, ethereal concepts behind this album. Take a listen to the first track, “Snowflake in a Hot World,” then jump on the awesome Fujiya & Miyagi remix of “Sense on Fire.” Finally, there’s my all-time favorite ‘Rev song, “Car Wash Hair,” from their first album, written about the Lips and possibly one of my favorite songs of all time.
MP3: Mercury Rev – “Snowflake in a Hot World”
MP3: Mercury Rev – “Sense on Fire (Fujiya & Miyagi Remix)”
MP3: Mercury Rev – “Car Wash Hair” from Lego My Ego EP (1991)?
My favorite underground hip-hop artist today is none other than Cadence Weapon (a Canadian!!!). With truly raw beats and panned out production, this guy is a real person. The character he embodies is actually a reflection of something real and he’s not afraid to be smart, something that I look for in the art of poetics. That said, CW kicks you hard in your teeth and ankles… a blow of truth. Check out these bomb tracks and dig more at Hype.
MP3: Cadence Weapon – “Limited Edition OJ Slammer”
Mp3: Cadence Weapon – “Real Estate” (which has an awesome video)
Department of Eagles are doing pretty well these days, from what I see. That’s definitely a good thing. I haven’t heard too much, but their album, In Ear Park is full of great, reverb-ey swamp rock and I like it a whole lot. Especially that song that everyone loves, “No One Does It Like You.” Here are three versions, each awesome in it’s own way. These guys are good.
MP3: Department of Eagles – “No One Does It Like You” from In Ear Park
MP3: Department of Eagles – “No One Does It Like You” live 10/6/08
MP3Â Department of Eagles – “No One Does It Like You” alternate take at Don’t Look Down.
I’ve said it before, but we should all be even more interested in Rogue Wave. These guys are always at the top of my list of musical recommendation. They’re brilliant. Recently they did a MySpace session and the intimate nature of the performace not only gave me new insight into some of their more orchestrated songs, but also displayed a desire to never set a song in stone and always strive to perfect them. So, it’s okay to cancel a few shows. Great job guys, you are the shit! Few are better.
MP3: Rogue Wave – “Eyes” live on MySpace
MP3: Rogue Wave – “What Difference Does It Make (The Smiths Cover)” live on MySpace
MP3: Rogue Wave – “I’m Only Sleeping (Beatles Cover)” live on… somewhere.
In terms of classics, I’ve been listening to the Rolling Stones a bit lately and thought I would remind myself of the total awesomeness of this band.
MP3: The Rolling Stones – “She’s Like A Rainbow”
MP3: The Rolling Stones – “Street Fighting Man”
Finally, it’s election time, and for seriously counscious artists this means there is a great duty to fill. Wilco and Fleet Foxes recorded a cover of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released,” as an incentive download if you pledge to vote in November. Just a simple, honest gesture of incentive in activism from one of my new favorite bands and one of my favorite bands ever. I’ll post a super LO-fi version here, but you gotta get the real deal for the full effect.
MP3: Wilco & Fleet Foxes – “I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan Cover)”
MP3: Jeff Tweedy – “Simple Twist of Fate (Bob Dylan Cover)” from the I’m Not There OST
MP3: Jeff Tweedy -Â “I’m Into Something Good” (Herman’s Hermits Cover)
MP3: Wilco – “Nothing Up My Sleeve” YHF b-side
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