I realize I’m late to jump on the tUnE-yArDs bandwagon, but I can’t help it. Merrill Garbus, the puppet-master of the loop-filled, electro-acoustic music, provides the right blend of skill and innovation that is extremely catchy if you can get over the initial shock and awe. Her looping of unique sounds can sometimes make your ears cringe, but she pushes the limits just enough and keep enticing the listener with her equally unique vocals that demand attention. “Bizness” is one my favorite tracks, off tUnE-yArDs latest album, W H O K I L L, and the music video is perfect accompaniment for the dazzling sounds that you are about to hear. I can’t help but feel nostalgic about my elementary school days of facepainting, singing, dancing, and rocking out. Enjoy!
While stuck in traffic on I-95, trapped in the car for over an hour, few things could prevent me from suicide (and I’m sure anyone who’s tried driving through D.C. can relate): ice cream, my dog, and some Kishi Bashi. Since I didn’t have the first two, you’re lucky I found Kishi Bashi. The not-so-psuedo psuedonym of K Ishibashi, Kishi Bashi is a multi-instrument project using clever looping to create a unique, uplifting sound. He’s on tour now including a stop at the Great Scott in Boston on July 29. Check out my favorite, one that’s sure to be a hit, “Bright Whites”, below.
Just in case you live under a rock, the season finale of HBO’s hit Game of Thrones’ second season is on tonight. And for book readers the episode’s title, ‘Valar Morghulis’ should get you dripping with anticipation. To feed your appetite here is the chilling take on ‘The Rains of Castamere’ the Lannister fight song by indie band The National that played over last weeks credits after the thrilling ending of the battle at Blackwater. If you haven’t seen the show, stop living a shitty life and check it out, and if you have feel free to comment about what is sure to be an amazing end to the second season.
You might recognize Carvan Palace as the electro-swing group I posted a few months back with their hit “Clash.” Four years after their debut album, Caravan Palace released is sophomore work earlier this year. While music that can be labeled into the “electro gypsy swing” won’t get very popular, it is clear these guys have found a niche in the music industry. Check out my favorite off the new album, “Dramophone” below and check out the rest of Caravan Palace’s work if you like it.
Wikipedia defines Why?’s genre as “Jangle Rock/ Alternative Hip-Hop;” my best guess would be to call it Dark Indie Hop-Rock. This is a band that truly transcends genres and it works perfectly for them. With eerily dark music mixed with lryics that have been described as “like mental peanut butter, I keep going back again and again because I can’t get enough.” This band truly has something interesting; if I had to compare them to someone I’d say a dark hip-hop infused Beck. Check out my favorite above and if you like what you hear, they have 4 LPs and 7 EPs and even more demo’s to digest.
Check out this song by budding Swedish band, The Concept, called ‘Gimme Twice’. Fans of Phoenix will notice an eerily similar sound to these bands. This is a pure indie-pop song prepped with catchy lyrics and exciting guitar rifts, this song is just pure fun. Check out free downloads of two of my favorites ‘D-D-Dance’ and ‘Gimme Twice’ below and look for more out of this rising band in the future.
Hey guys, it’s been a while since I was last here. Post-New Years excitement, it was hard to find time during winter break. But here I am offering some more audible orgasms for you all. This one is especially beautiful; you’ll want to grab your headphones to truly experience this song. This is a remix of the Radiohead song, House of Cards, done with 3D audio technology. They took each note and specially recorded it so you cannot only hear pitch and volume but also depth of the sound as well. When recording songs normal recording devices cause sounds to “crossover” and interfere with each other. This technique takes that away making it sounds as real as if you were hearing it with your own two ears. Sit back, close your eyes, enjoy this audible feast, and if you’re interested in the technology learn more about it here.
Edit: For a better demonstration of the 3D audio technology listen to the splashes of water in this soundbite, try closing your eyes and picturing the detail in perfect depth.