Tis such a silly world we exist in where we complain about the changing of the seasons. What a glorious anomaly of existence that we get to experience such varying degrees of climate all within a period of time that, in comparison to life, is quite short.
Thanks everybody. Tell your friends.
New Mix – Our Love
So Sharon Van Etten has been kicking my ass lately. I simply cannot shake the emotion conveyed on her new record Are We There. She leads off this mix with the brooding “Our Love”, which opens with a smooth drum-machine beat that carries the song. Also in this mix is Frankie Cosmos, whose song “School” makes me feel funny. It’s such a simple song that carries a decent amount of weight. Dan Croll’s “Wanna Know” lodged itself in my head for a good long while and “Warranted Queen” was a song that I caught on a mix and I was delighted to rehear a week later, this time with the artist info(Arum Rae). “Why” from Mas Ysa is a bit of a frantic dance hit, with a fantastic hook. Dana Buoy fell on my radar because they’re opening for Sylvan Esso on their current headlining tour. The mix finishes with hands down my favorite producer, Jamie XX with a track he wrote on the road because he missed the UK. While I’ve never been to the UK, I sure do miss a whole lot of places.
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I had the chance to catch these guys play an opening set for Hellogoodbye (wtf?) and boy-o-boy! It was fantastic. After having been captivated by the 2012’s Gone after it’s release, I have been hungry for more fresh tunes. Vacationer’s special strain of summery poolside indie rock tunes is best enjoyed poolside on a sunny day (geddit?) Catch the single “The Wild Life” below and give their first album a listen as well if you’re not familiar.
Tom Krell’s experimental R&B moniker is getting ready for another big release in just a few days. I’m really excited about this album because we really haven’t heard much of the material from it save for one track. “Face Again” is an excellent dark and moody track that is like a shadow from the hot sun. Its a song best listened to alone. Check it out below.
Grimes is currently benefiting from the media buzz surround her song she wrote for Rihanna which was turned down. The real news of this story is that it was co-written with the fantastic Blood Diamonds. She played it just recently at the Governer’s Ball Festival and you can check it out below. While the song is definitely more EDM/dubstep than her previous work, I think the drop suits her. Her bubble-gum pop vocals could use some hard drops. You know, juxtaposition and shit.
Really looking forward to this one. After her debut that generated so much buzz that people got suspicious, her follow up is going to crucial to her acceptance into the fringe between indie rock and pop. The new album Ultraviolence is being produced by Black Keys member Dan Auerbach, and already is sound less trip-hoppy than her earlier work. The first single “West Coast” comes across as much more guitar-rock but still with the sparse synth backbone that give the song her signature smoky flavor. Its my personal favorite from the 4 songs that are out ahead of the June 17 release. Listen to all the tracks that are out as of now below, as well as the video for “West Coast”.
If my life were a music video it would probably be dimly lit and boring, but with a bunch of cameos. Who doesn’t like a good cameo? One time my brother and I were at a crowded bar and we thought we saw Bruce Willis. The excitement was enough. We didn’t even check if it was him. It was HIM. So here I am back with a cameo in my own life. Showing up to surprise everyone, even though they already knew I was here. Leaving you with a “I don’t know what I was expecting…” kinda vibe.
Lately, I’ve really been enthralled by older sounds. Revisiting albums I used to spin in my Blue Walkman with behind the ear headphones and dream about how great life will be once I get my braces off.
Let’s start on the schoolbus. I think this may have been the first track I ever downloaded of Kazaa. And subsequently the first track that I burned onto a blank cd, probably with the only three other songs that I had downloaded on dial-up that week.
Next was a song that I thought I understood so well when I heard it as a new song. However years down the road I would read the lyrics and find out that I had no idea what heck it meant.
Things were different then. And, this song was just way to groovy for a kid to comprehend. I still lurk around with the chime from this song in my head. Coming from a artist that I’m not sure I’ll ever really understand, but still inspires.
Now let’s slap it back to the new school with a new song from Athens, GA hailing songsmith Kishi Bashi. I had the chance to see him in Asheville last week and boy-o-boy was it a good show. Truly a gifted artist. Pay him your respect.
Wise men share what they’ve found. Others don’t.
Music sounds better in the summer. Or maybe I feel better in the summer. Regardless, there’s something that get’s me smiling like a nutcase when I hear a bright and shimmering song while its this hot out. It’s just the satisfying sound of cool.
Dent May‘s album Do Things is out now on Animal Collective’s Paw Tracks imprint. Strung together on this album are indie-rock songs with drum machine rhythms and reverb filled vocals and guitars. The way I hear it, it sounds a great deal like a band discovered unreleased Beach Boys songs, and decided to cover them in their own style. This is a very good thing. Every bit of this album makes me smile. The lead singer, strangely named Dent May, has a delightful falsetto that he exploits perfectly. Also, he does a wonderful deep vibrato on some of his sustained noises that pleases the ear much in the way that chocolate pleases the tongue.
The standout tracks on this album for me are “Rent Money”, “Do Things”, and “Wedding Day”.
Check them out below.
or stream it on Spotify here
Thanks and enjoy and Thanks
“If I were more nocturnal, I would surely miss seeing my shadow. This peculiar dark spot that diligently follows my earthly shell, reminds me of the momentary changes I can make to this physical world. Similarly, it is a constant reminder of the great ball of fire that we rely on to survive on this planet. Lying on my back towards the sun, I am often stricken with guilt that people of the current era do not pay respect to the sun as much as the people of old. With spring fully upon us, the days are getting longer, and our mid-day shadows are becoming much shorter. This provides an excellent opportunity to explore the wonders of your individual world. So the next time you’re feeling the urge to re-watch old episodes of your program of choice, drop your headphones onto that powerful cranium, and romp around for an hour or so. If you truly regret it, then you may be having an uncommon case of springtime seasonal depression, and just might be beyond help.”
– Robert “Bobby” Frost
This month’s Brain Salad comes with its fair share of sunny and bright tunes, most notably, two tracks off the debut release from Vacationer with “No Rules” and “Good as New”. Both tracks are extremely catchy and have everything that I look for in a good synth pop song. Make sure to check out their album,Gone, on their Bandcamp, it’s too legit to be illegitimate. Topping of the mix, is two folky songs, one from an artists I’ve been following for a while, Of Monsters and Men, and a brand new discovery to me, an excellent folk group out of Houston that goes by the name of Buxton. Next, the fun, bounding track from Imperial Teen, has been my international walking anthem for the past few weeks. Delicate Steve teases us with a track his latest album, Positive Force, coming on May 15. I brought in another track off Conner Youngblood‘s free EP Sketches Pt. 1, simply because he’s making some extremely creative music and I firmly believe that more people should be aware of it. Nite Jewel‘s album One Second of Love, caught me completely off guard and I’m simply infatuated with the track “She’s always Watching you”off that one. The mix ends with some peppy, and almost-annoying tunes, from Tanlines and the always reliable Remix Artist Collective. The last track on this is a unique banger from french hip-hop/edm producers Chill Bump. Watch out for them if you dig this track because they’re quite on point.
As always, take care, please share, and Thank you x2. xx
Tracklist and link After the Jumpoff
Brain Salad – March 2012
Despite being relatively absent from the blogosphere for the past few months, I have been listening to a fair bit of music. So here I am picking it back up with a brand new Brain Salad release. March’s mix continues the trend of eclectic compilations with everything from Shigeto’s exciting glitchy remix of Sufjan Steven’s “Futile Devices”, to the light folky soul tune in Michael Kiwanuka’s “I’m Getting Ready”. Highlights from this month’s include a quality track titled “Lonesome” from another quality release from Dr. Dog off Be the Void. The new track from one of my personal favorites Yellow Ostrich, “Shakedown” is a driving rock tune that starts off strong and ends with a crescendo that is as fulfilling as it is hectic. Blood Orange has been ringing its smooth R&B Rock through my head for the past few months, so I figured I’d share “Forget it” with all y’all. By the way, Blood Orange is the project of one Lightspeed Champion, who I found out about through Emmy The Great, won me over with his excellent name and even better music, so check him out, please. Pepper Rabbit comes through with a nice catchy tune that is just plain nice. Michael Kiwanuka and Ben Howard wins the best folk tunes so far this year. Polica and Rhye and Grimes all came out of nowhere this year with some awesome female dance/electronic tunes. Conner Youngblood continues to crank out tunes that I can’t help but love, and even better, “Will You Be There”, came on a free EP called Sketches Pt.1. Last of all comes A$AP Rocky’s “Peso” which if you aren’t already aware of, fix it, because A$AP Rocky is doin his own thang like none other, and gettin paid for it. As always, thanks and enjoy and thanks.
Tracklist after the Jump.
Delicate Steve just might be an enigma wrapped in a mystery enshrouded within the cloaks of secrecy that protect the deepest meanings of existence. Similarly, Delicate Steve is a instrumental rock group that’s been exploring the origins of music by way of NYC, creating waves of sensation in the ears of many and confusion in the heads of all that are perplexed by what they have encountered. Having been paired by nothing less than fate with the wonderfully talented Yellow Ostrich, the most Delicate of Steves recently, were on tour supporting Ra Ra Riot.
Delicate Steve’s story is one that’s been flooded with what our ancestor’s called “Tall Tales”. In a bit of a publicity stunt, a publicist for the band sought out acclaimed music writer Chuck Klosterman to write a press release, without really knowing what the band was about. Chuck did just what he knew he had to do, write a such a ludicrous fabrication that it could easily be taken for the truth by someone who has little time to let it sink in, or at the very least check some facts. So it became a parody of music journalism, and the sad reality of what a press release is, which is merely a cheat sheet for journalists to shirk their duties of investigating and reporting the facts. So by feeding the hungry eyes of bloggers and music journalists with false facts and outrageous (and imaginary) descriptions, Klosterman managed to “Pull a quick one”. This trickery did not go unappreciated by those who recognized, most notably NPR, who’s Ann Powers wrote an excellent article about this situation and the portrait it paints of the music journalism scene.
So the way I will choose to describe the wizardry that Steve Marion, the mastermind behind the luscious compositions that make up the debut album Wondervisions, is with this:
In the hot summer sun, some time ago, I spent a handful of moments to stop and observe/ponder the remains of a squirrel. His time must’ve came, in one panicked moment, a day or two before. The rot had started. Definitely. The flies, seemed to gain vigor from the promise of something to occupy their seconds of flight for many minutes to come. As I took it all in, I thought I heard something. I know I heard something. In the distance, but obviously within earshot, was the soft singing of tree birds, with the accompaniment of the breeze. What seemed like a celebration cantata was occurring just a stones-throw from this location of sudden or slow lonely demise. My feelings were mixed. No not mixed like blended, but more like alternating, or see-sawing. I couldn’t help but to be saddened by the fate of the adorable rodent. I couldn’t help to be delighted by the performances of the natural choir perched above. So I decided to try my best to combine these emotions that I had always felt separately before. And quite naturally, I found myself at a funeral. Celebrating the life of the critter. Rejoicing for the all the smiles that he had caused as he scrambled around a trunk trying to catch a fellow nut-stasher. Accepting the fate that world has brought to this thing. And really, really, really enjoying the music.
Check out these videos, if you so desire.
“Whenever the first leaves would fall, back when I was a child, I would began to count down the moments until there were enough to gather. The amount wasn’t anything specific, more like an estimation of how big the pile would have to be to break my fall. Just beyond the worn away patch of dirt in the lawn, I would corral the leaves. Always careful to try and filter out any twigs or other debris that could later become dangerous. The old rope swing stayed up year round, but some seasons were favorable. You never knew for sure if it was a good cushion until you tried it. So once I felt I had an adequate collection I would back up as far as I could go. Running and leaping with a mighty push, I would launch into the brisk air.”
Last night I had a dream that my friends and I were being pulled around a lake (in which one end was a shallow indoor pool) by a rope that had some sort of strange throttle mechanism on it. Hanging on to this rope, my friends and I zipped around the lake just enjoying the ride. All of this was fine and grand until we were pulled back into the pool area and we discovered something written on the floor of the pool. I remember getting just close enough to read it, feeling scared because of the way that my friend had shouted about it, and then I woke up.
Enjoy this months Brain Salad.