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TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

’50s era rock ’n’ roll had been long overdue for a rebirth. Thankfully, the stockpile of capable luminaries has not been in short supply over the past few years. 

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Boare - "playdatshit"

The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Broncho - "Class Historian"

Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
07/15/2014 | Comments 0

Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0
 

Spring makes me want a Reverse Halo


A mixtape for the drive to a concert!

By Stephen Carradini April 5th, 2011
reverse halo

So it’s still cold in the mornings, but it’s hot in the evenings. This calls for a mixtape (OK, most things call for a mixtape). Here’s a playlist of great stuff that’s just come my way.

OKS’ “Spring Is the Transition Between Winter Music and Summer Music” Mix (click for 82.4 MB .zip file)

1.     “MVP” — Breathe Owl Breathe. Intricate, intimate, guileless, mellow indie pop.
2.     “Lament” — Mount Moriah. Harmony-laden and female-fronted, these veteran musicians throw down mature indie rock.
3.    “Leroy” — Hammer No More the Fingers. Splits the difference between ‘90s college rock and modern indie rock.
4.     “'Le Rallye' from Vendredi Soir” — Tindersticks. A piece from a collection of film soundtracks by one band being released, it works well as plucky, interesting post-rock without its film accompaniment.
5.    “Hippie Glue (Extreme Super Death Moon Mix)” — Charlie Blacksmoke and the Swamp Energy Mass Choir. Pop/R&B/boogie/electronic/experimental smoothness. Whoa. (NOTE: not in .zip)
6.    “Vrgn Evl” — El Obo. Nice, dreamy indie pop with Grizzly Bear leanings.
7.    “Emmanuel Road” — The Jolly Boys. Chilled-out Jamaican pre-Calypso revivalists that have been together for almost 60 years. That’s 60, with a zero.
8.    “Laugh Out Louder” — The Extraordinaires. Horn-led pop? Can’t resist.
9.     “Can’t Keep My Hands Off You” — Simple Plan. I am sucker for a pop song. I’m not even ashamed. (NOTE: not in .zip)
10.   “Les Enfants du Paradis” — World’s End Girlfriend. Prog, electropop, post-rock, spazz and more get jammed into this baffling, wonderful track. Please tour with Delicate Steve.

And you can bump these tracks as you head out to see Reverse Halo Effect’s grungy rock ’n’ roll at Norman’s The Hidden Castle tomorrow. The Nashville power trio comes from an alternate reality where Kurt Cobain never died, and Bush never gentled grunge. The show is free, so you’ll know you’re right when you get there.

 
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