Thursday, September 30, 2010

Artist Profile: The Hush Now

Boston-based band The Hush Now create a diverse style of indie rock. Whether it be the upbeat stomp of "Daedulas Bound," straightforward melodic rock ("The Other Ones,") or the larger-than-life sound of "Big Awesome, The Hush Now offer listeners plenty of sounds to savor. Listen to a few tracks below:

The Other Ones by The Hush Now

Big Awesome by The Hush Now

Daedalus Bound by The Hush Now

Artist Profile: Amusement Park On Fire

In rock, most bands usually sacrifice sonic experimentation in favor of melodic harmony, or simply trade in pummeling three-chord aggression. Nottingham-based band Amusement Parks On Fire have found a way to join together these different styles however, creating music that goes off the beaten path while still maintaining a ferocious bite. Take a listen to a few of the band's tracks, including a few from their new album Road Eyes, below:

Flashlight Planetarium by Amusement Parks On Fire

Inside Out by Amusement Parks On Fire

Raphael by Amusement Parks On Fire

Echo Park // Infinite Delay by Amusement Parks On Fire

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Vid Pick: Pink "There You Go"

Any clip that features a motorcycle being driven through a window is alright with me. Can't believe this was over 10 years ago. Watch below:

Monday, September 27, 2010

Artist Profile: She

She, the project of Polish born pianist, producer and chiptune artist Lain Trzaska, create a fun, experimental brand of house music. Whether it be the frenetic, Daft Punk-sounding "Supersonic," the delirious dancefloor stomp of "Music" or the electro funk of "Yeah Yeah Beats." I'd love to hear these tracks in an extended mix. Download a few songs from She's album Orion below:

Yeah Yeah Beats
Traveling By Night

Kanye West "So Appalled"

 At over six minutes and featuring guest appearances by Pusha T, Swizz Beatz, RZA, Chi The Prynce and Jay-Z, what's most appalling about this track is that everyone rips the beat the shreds, while tossing around the song's catchphrase "fucking ridiculous" like a hot potato. Now that's fucking ridiculous. Download the song below:

Kanye West- So Appalled

Artist Profile: The UpSideDown

For those who think psychedelic rock went out in the sixties, Portland-based band The UpSideDown must not have gotten the memo. The six-piece group specializes in creating acidic, tripped-out music, while giving it modern spin by throwing in grungy guitars and the occasional club remix. Listen to few tracks from the band's fist two releases below. The UpSideDown's new album, The Town With Bad Wiring, comes out September 28th.

Black Rainbow by the upsidedown

Pete IntlAir remix Light by the upsidedown

Silver Wind by the upsidedown

Umbrella (Laura Palmer) by the upsidedown

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Remix Of The Week: Notorious B.I.G. "One More Chance"

Yes I know I'm a day late (not to mention a few dollars short...moving can be a little taxing on the wallet) but here it is one of the best rap remixes ever. Get into the clip below:

Notorious BIG - One More Chance
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Artist Profile: White Apple Tree

 Electro group White Apple Tree is best known for their 2008 hit "Snowflakes," which was featured on an episode of Gossip Girl. Now the group is back with "Passed Out," a new track from their upcoming Peach Hat EP, set for release in October. "Passed Out" has the cool, atmospheric vibe of 80's new wave and 90's new age/electronic music. Listen and download the track below:

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White Apple Tree-Passed Out

Monday, September 20, 2010

Twins Of A Gazelle: "Constellations"

This is definitely not your standard top 40 pop song. "Constellations," a new song from Washington D.C.-based band Twins of a Gazelle, combines strings, dark, melodic guitar riffs and the hushed vocals of Emily Chiminak to create what can only be described as "indie pop orchestra." The brainchild of David Mann, Twins of a Gazelle is actually a revolving band that includes dozens of musicians, but contains a core group of players that include a cello, clarinet, violin, trumpet and keyboards. Download "Constellations" below:

Twins of a Gazelle- Constellations

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Vid Pick: Rihanna "Who's That Chick

Rihanna continues her march out of Rated R darkness and into Loud's marvelous light with her new video for "Who's That Chick." A deliriously addictive track produced by David Guetta combined with enough flourescent, candy-coated colors to make "Rude Boy" look like a black-and-white silent movie. Take a look below:

Hello Goodbye "When We First Met"

I'm really liking this track. From Forrest's tender vocals and twinkling keyboards during the verses to the punchy drums that rip into the driving chorus, it's all catchy as hell. Take a listen below:

When We First Met by hellogoodbye

Artist Profile: Shontelle

Pop/R&B artist Shontelle is jack of all trades, tackling straightforward hip hop/R&B mashups ("DJ Made Me Do It"), giddy electro pop ("Love Shop," "Helpless"), and big balladry ("Impossible") with supreme confidence. That's probably because Shontelle, set to release her sophomore album on September 21, is no rookie. Listen to a few tracks from No Gravity below:

DJ Made Me Do It (Album Version) by Shontelle

Love Shop (Album Version) by Shontelle

Helpless (Album Version) by Shontelle

Impossible (Main) by Shontelle

Friday, September 17, 2010

Remix Of The Week: Janet Jackson "Together Again (Deeper Remix)"

What happens when you take a fiyah house track and flip it into a killer slow jam? Janet's remix to "Together Again." Go on Ms. Jackson. Get into the clip below:

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Vid Pick: Cee-Lo "Fuck You"

One word: Hilarious. Get into the clip below:

Artist Profile: Fear Of Tigers

London-based Fear of Tigers create a catchy, trancelike brand of electro pop. The brainchild of former dolphin trainer Benjamin Berry, the tracks also seemed to have sprung from an ear trained to recognize what will get people on the dancefloor. Take a listen and download a few tracks off the album Cossus Snufsigalonica below:

I Can Make The Pain Disappear

Study Hard Drugs School


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Artist Profile: AWOLNATION

Imagine hip hop beats banging alongside deep dance grooves mashed-up against corrosive samples and vocals that alternate between Beastie Boys-style raps and death metal screams. Death metal dance pop if you will. That's the best way to describe AWOLNATION's music. Like their noise-pop peers Sleigh Bells, the L.A.-based quintet crank the volume up to 11 and let their collective creative craziness fly. Listen to a few tracks from their Back From Earth EP below:

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Vid Pick: Trey Songz Ft. Nicki Minaj "Bottoms Up"

Is it just me or are Nicki and Trey servin' us 2010 Missy and Timbaland or what? Or at least giving us a little "Disturbia." Watch the clip for "Bottoms Up" below and compare it "Beep Me 911" from '97 below:

Trey Songz - "Bottoms Up" ft. Nicki Minaj

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Missy Elliot - Beep me 911
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New Music: Rihanna "Only Girl( In The World)"

The hottest bitch in heels has returned. Rihanna debuted her new track "Only Girl ( In The World)" this morning on On Air With Ryan Seacrest. Rihanna turns in a particularly stronger vocal than on her previous singles, and the music has an upbeat, European house feel, eschewing the dark aggressiveness of her previous Rated R era. Download it below:

Rihanna-Only Girl (In The World)

Monday, September 6, 2010

Artist Profile: Curren$y

Rapper Curren$y hails from New Orleans, home to southern rap luminaries Juvenile and  Master P and B.G. While his clever rhymes and straight-forward flow don't reach the experimental madness of Lil Wayne, the production on his debut Pilot Talk--the rock tinged "Seat Change" featuring Snoop Dogg, the jazzy "Breakfast" with Mos Def and zoned-out "Audio Dope II"--set him apart from his more conventional Crescent City brethren. Take a listen below:

Breakfast by Curren$y

Audio Dope II by Curren$y

Roasted by Curren$y

Seat Change by Curren$y

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Artist Profile: Sounds Under Radio

First Murdocks and now Sounds Under Radio. There must be something in the water in Austin that produces good rock music. But while Murdocks have found their niche in agressive, three-chord anarchy, Sounds Radio specialize in crafting sweeping stadium-ready rock and dark ballads. Listen to a few tracks and see you can fight the urge to get a ligher out.

Sing by Sounds Under Radio

Portrait Of A Summer Thief (Album Version) by Sounds Under Radio

Effigy by Sounds Under Radio

All You Wanted by Sounds Under Radio
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