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Friday, August 28, 2009

Telegraph Canyon - The Tide & The Current

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Tracklist:

01. Into The Woods
02. Safe On The Outside
03. Shake Your Fist
04. Come The Morning
05. A Light In The Field
06. Welcome To The Night
07. Quiet-Assurance
08. Captain
09. Dressed In Flight
10. Reels & Wires

Genre: Indie/Rock/Folk
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-08-14
Label: Velvet Blue

The Tide and the Current is a powerful, concise collection. It’s shot through with confidence and beauty. It’s something about which Chris Johnson (and, one assumes, his bandmates as well) is justifiably proud. TheTide and the Current captures a band evolving from first track to last, stepping up and grabbing hold of what is rightfully theirs.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Signal Path - CLASH

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Tracklist:

01. Boys & Girls (4:45)
02. Make It Fast, Make It Last (4:07)
03. Math Machine (3:41)
04. Django Speck (3:26)
05. Not Just a Theory (3:34)
06. Room of Monsters (3:56)
07. Deep Field (3:43)
08. Feel What You Are (6:45)
09. It Is Real (3:46)
10. Mystery Untold (4:21)
11. Taku (7:01)

Genre: Electronic/Breakbeat
Website: Myspace | Sign up!
Release Date: 2009-07-15
Label: n/a

From the band:

"Hi everyone!

Go to http://clash.signalpathmusic.com to get the new album for free!!

CLASH is our most bass heavy, beat driven, and hard hitting album to date, and we hope that you all love it as much as we do!

You can choose from the highest quality lossless formats, to fast downloading mp3s. The record is free, all we ask is that if you like it, that you tell your friends! Click the share tab while downloading to find out how!

We hope you enjoy,

ryan and damon
SIGNAL PATH

Upcoming shows (MORE FALL DATES TBA):
September 12th, 2009 - The Trinumeral Festival outside of Ashville, NC
September 19th, 2009 – Symbiosis Gathering, Groveland, California"

Aushua - No Harm Done

No Harm Done

Tracklist:

01. No Harm Done
02. Stained Glass Blues
03. Sister Saves
04. Reverberation
05. Soldier Boy

Genre: Rock/Indie/Alternative
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2008-08-12
Label: Aushua/TuneCore

Have a listen to this and then check out their newer EP titled Limbo.

Hey Ocean! - It's Easier To Be Somebody Else

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Tracklist:

01. Too Soon 04:12
02. Alright 04:27
03. A Song About California 03:50
04. Alleyways 04:20
05. Liar 02:12
06. The Jimmy Switch (Instrumental) 02:05
07. Vagabond (Feat. Shad K) 04:28
08. Fish 04:02
09. Fifteen Words 03:54
10. Greeko 04:13
11. Humaita 03:33
12. Moving On 02:56
13. Terribly Stable 05:01
14. My Friends 02:02
15. Mama Cries 03:10

Genre: Indie/Pop/Funk
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2008-06-24
Label: Hey Ocean! Music

Often described as one of Canada’s best up-and-coming acts, Hey Ocean! is a young band with a remarkable talent for blending various musical styles into a brand of infectious pop that is uniquely their own. Aside from the skill of their music’s delivery, what sets Hey Ocean! apart is the spirited character they bring to the stage. Four mischievous personalities combine to form a dynamic live presence that keeps concertgoers captivated and on their feet. In fact, live performance has been an integral part of what the band calls their “natural growth,” however what began as a very casual musical partnership between friends has in less than four years, morphed into one of Canada’s most successful independent bands.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

G.L.O.V.E.S. - P.Y.X.

P.Y.X

Tracklist:

01. P.Y.X.
02. Too Much To Dream
03. P.Y.X. (Ben Browning Mix)
04. P.Y.X. (Golden Bug Mix)
05. P.Y.X. (Strip Steve Paradise Dub Mix)
06. P.Y.X. (Strip Steve Mix)

Genre: Electro/Club/Disco
Website: Myspace | Buy!
Release Date: 2009-08-14
Label: Bang Gang

GLOVES or G.L.O.V.E.S depending how fussy you are is the side project of Yama Indra of the Damn Arms. He came to my attention with a little track called "Pyx" which featured of the Bang Gang Deejays compilation "D Is For Disco, E Is For Dancing". Sadly it didn't feature too much of the track and I wanted the hear more, now a full-length version is up for hearing on his myspace and it's great. It's hard to describe what kind of genre this track is but "Intergalatic-sexy-dumb-disco" might be a good attempt though....?

Le Coq - D'Arradon

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Tracklist:

01. L'ennui Me Convient
02. Des Bras À Bas Prix (Part 1)
03. Des Bras À Bas Prix (Part 2)
04. Decembre
05. Dimanche De Chien
06. Afro Project
07. Je Sais Faire Tomber La Neige
08. King Kong
09. Le Verre
10. Pas D'Apparat


Genre: French/Folk/Pop
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-02-07
Label: Artemisia

Si le Coq chante en francais, ses influences, elles, proviennent plutot du rock anglosaxon, Nick Drake et le Velvet Undergound en tete. Installe a Nantes, le morbihannais d'origine a toujours eu l'oreille balladeuse : outre ses references pop, le Coq a en effet etanche sa soif de decouverte en ecoutant Moondog, Coltrane, et la musique contemporaine. Son parcours vannetais (aux seins des groupes Mauvais Sang et Candid), et ses nombreuses collaborations aupres d'artistes nantais (Oldman, El...) ou nationaux (Dominic Sonic...) l'ont peu a peu impose comme une reference sure et faussement discrete, sur scene et sur disque. Sur l'echiquier peuple d'une nouvelle scene francaise a la creativite en perte de vitesse, le Coq l'outsider offre une musique originale, habitee, et resolument inspiree.

Scraps of Tape - Scraps Of Tape

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Tracklist:

01. Bring the Heavy
02. The Long Silence
03. The Blindspot
04. Linear Optics
05. Filler
06. Grand Letdown
07. Five Fingers
08. Brick by Brick, Building Your Own House
09. Love Them Anyway
10. Eric
11. Master Blaster

Genre: Post Rock
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-03-04
Label: Tenderversion

This album is filled with music that might speak to a bigger audience, but not for the sake of compromise. Instead we get music that shows us a lot of new confidence. They’ve chosen path, and the decision is based on experience instead of some nervous reaction to a crumbling industry. On Grand Letdown we get a lot more songs with vocals, the anger has been shaped into a sharper, yet poignant, tool, and the melancholy shows signs of carefully formulated optimism. The listener gets to hear an expression that’s been slowly worked out in its own time, and in an environment they themselves has chosen.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Maps - Turning The Mind

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Tracklist:

01. Turning The Mind 5:58
02. I Dream Of Crystal 5:24
03. Let Go Of The Fear 4:48
04. Valium In The Sunshine 4:23
05. Papercuts 4:02
06. Love Will Come 5:15
07. Everything Is Shattering 5:52
08. Nothing 5:02
09. The Note (These Voices) 4:07
10. Chemeleon 4:47
11. Die Happy Die Smiling 5:23
12. Without You 3:58

Genre: Alternative/Electronica/Indie
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-09-28
Label: Mute

On Maps’ Mercury nominated debut album, bedroom recording prodigy James Chapman sounded like an especially blissed-out shoegazer (if such a paradox is possible), layering gauzy guitars over organs, synths and unhurried drums, and drawing inevitable Spacemen 3 and Low comparisons as a result. While Chapmans’ almost somnolent vocals ensure that follow-up Turning the Mind is instantly recognizable to fans, it’s a creative departure for the Northampton musician in other ways. That gentle guitar fuzz that coated We Can Create has been culled and replaced with stark pianos and 80s synth-pop stylings, and the lyrical focus has shifted inwards to extreme emotions, chemical imbalance and even aggression: “I will hit you hard as I can,” Chapman warns on I Dream of Crystal. Musically, Maps’ new sheen is frequently too glaring, but when it combines with an uplifting sequence – as on Love Will Come or Everything is Shattering – the results are still quite special.

Imogen Heap - Ellipse

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Tracklist:

01. First Train Home
02. Wait It Out
03. Earth
04. Little Bird
05. Swoon
06. Tidal
07. Between Sheets
08. 2 - 1
09. Bad Body Double
10. Aha!
11. The Fire
12. Canvas
13. Half Life

Genre: Singer Songwriter/Electronica/Pop
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-08-24
Label: RCA

Considering that Ellipse’s release comes four years after Imogen Heap released Speak for Yourself, it might seem that four years is a long time to wait for an album. However, if you consider that Speak for Yourself was released a whole seven years after Heap’s debut, I Megaphone, fans should just be happy the album is coming out before 2012, and is thus coming out at all, since 3 years from hence will be the time of the end. Seriously, Heap is a notoriously idiosyncratic artist, and it should be interesting to hear how four years of stacked-up idiosyncracy plays out over the course of Ellipse.
Sunday, August 23, 2009

Burial - Untrue

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Tracklist:

1. Untitled
2. Archangel
3. Near Dark
4. Ghost Hardware
5. Endorphin
6. Etched Headplate
7. In McDonalds
8. Untrue
9. Shell of Light
10. Dog Shelter
11. Homeless
12. UK
13. Raver

Genre: Electronic/Experimental/Garage
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2007-11-06
Label: Hyperdub

2007 sophomore release from the UK's mysterious and much-acclaimed Burial. Of all the artists past and present who claim to let their music do their talking for them, Untrue, is a record of weird Soul music, which lovingly processes spectral female voices into vaporized R&B and smudged two-step garage. Vocal lines are blurred, smeared, pitched up pitched down and pitch bent until their content is cast adrift from their original context and they whisper their saccharin sweet nothings into the void. Forget central heating -- the radioactivity of this album is all that you'll need to keep you warm.

Delorean - Ayrton Senna EP

Ayrton Senna (Bonus Track Version) - EP

Tracklist:

01. Deli
02. Moonsoon
03. Seasun
04. Seasun (John Talabot's Kids & Drums Remix)
05. Big Dipper (Bonus Track)

Genre: Electronic/Pop
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-06-15
Label: Fool House

Delorean are an electropop outfit from Barcelona, and they bring that city's effervescent spirit into their champagne-fizzy music. "Deli" works a bumping, Chic-worthy shuffle into a wave of fist-pumping, starry-eyed bliss, speckling the beat with pinpoint guitar and spiking it with the sort of wistfulness that can reliably send an airy dance track into ecstatic orbit: "I liked the time I spent with you, girl," goes the refrain, the sort of thing you say either at the end of a long night of partying or after a bittersweet breakup. Either way, it was good while it lasted.

The Very Best - Warm Heart Of Africa

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Tracklist:

01 Yalira
02 Chalo
03 Warm Heart Of Africa Featuring Ezra Koenig
04 Mwazi
05 Nsokoto
06 Angonde
07 Julia (link removed by request from Warner)
08 Mfumu
09 Ntende Uli
10 Rain Dance Featuring M.I.A.
11 Kamphopo With Intro
12 Kada Manja
13 Zam'dziko

Genre: Ethnic/Afro-Pop/Reggae
Website: Myspace
Release Date: 2009-09-16
Label: Moshi Moshi

Esau Mwamwaya was born in Mzuzu in Malawi, East Africa. He grew up in the capital, Lilongwe, where he played drums in various bands such as Masaka Band. He was a good friend of the legendary Evison Matafale and they played together for several years before he was killed in Malawi police custody in 2003. In 1999 Esau Mwamwaya moved to London, England has until recently run a second-hand furniture store in Clapton, East London.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Micachu - Jewellry

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Tracklist:

01. Vulture
02. Lips
03. Sweetheart
04. Eat Your Heart
05. Curly Teeth
06. Golden Phone
07. Abandon Ship
08. Just In Case
09. Calculator
10. Floor
11. Worst Bastard
12. Wrong
13. Turn Me Well
14. Guts
15. Hardcore


Genre: Pop/Indie/Electronic
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-03-09
Label: Rough Trade

Where some bands can seem a little too eager-to-please on their debuts, London's Micachu and the Shapes opt for a less accommodating, but far more intriguing, approach. They front-load their first outing, Jewellery, with their rawest, most fragmented tracks, tossing the listener into the deep end of their odd aesthetic. The trio, led by 21-year-old songwriter and part-time grime producer Mica Levi, revels in texture and rhythm, dressing up their hooky tunes in eerie buzzes and mechanical hums, retaining all rough edges and instilling peculiar timbres derived from their homemade customized instruments. The result is a queasy sort of pop music, but once your ears have acclimated to their stylistic extremes, the songs become addicting, more pleasurable than disorienting.

The Bloody Beetroots - Romborama

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Tracklist:

  1. Romborama (feat. All Leather)
  2. Have Mercy On Us (feat. Cecile)
  3. Storm
  4. Awesome (feat. The Cool Kids)
  5. Cornelius
  6. It’s Better a DJ On 2 Turntables
  7. Talkin’ In My Sleep (feat. Lisa Kekaula)
  8. Second Streets Have No Name (feat. Beta Bow)
  9. Butter
  10. Warp 1.9 (feat. Steve Aoki)
  11. Fucked From Above 1985
  12. Theolonius (King Voodoo)
  13. Yeyo (feat. Raw Man)
  14. Little Stars (feat. Vicarious Bliss)
  15. Warp 7.7 (feat. Steve Aoki)
  16. Make Me Blank (feat. J_davey)
  17. House Nш 84
  18. Mother
  19. I Love the Bloody Beetroots
  20. Anacletus
  21. Come La (feat. Marracash)
Genre: Electro
Website: Myspace | Buy!
Release Date: 2009-08-25
Label: Dim Mak

Dim Mak Presents August 25, 2009, The Bloody Beetroots “Romborama” - a 20 track magnum opus crafted by Mr. Bob Rifo & Tommy Tea. An album that comes at you hard and spans numerous genres. An album that says f*ck you to everyone. Get excited and get this album.

Neon Indian - Psychic Chasms

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Tracklist:

01. (AM)
02. Deadbeat Summer
03. Laughing Gas
04. Terminally Chill
05. (If I knew, I’d tell you)
06. 6669 (i dont know if you know)
07. Should have taken acid with you
08. Mind, Drips
09. Psychic Chasms
10. Local Joke
11. Ephemeral Artery
12. 7000 (reprise)

Genre: Electronic/Pop/Tape Music
Website: Myspace | n/a
Release Date: 2009-10-13
Label: Lefse

Neon Indian, the Alan Palomo project outside of VEGA, is gaining momentum with the announcement of the release of Neon Indian’s first LP Psychic Chasms on October 13, 2009. Palomo teamed up with video artist Alicia Scardetta who makes up the other half of Neon Indian. I think it’ll be safe to say we can expect something special at their live shows.

Hazy synths and dusty sounds, “Terminally Chill” continues down the same path Neon Indian has led us down from the beginning.

Friday, August 21, 2009

The XX - XX

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Tracklist:

01. Intro
02. VCR
03. Crystalised
04. Islands
05. Heart Skipped A Beat
06. Fantasy
07. Shelter
08. Basic Space
09. Infinity
10. Night Time
11. Stars

Genre: New Wave/Soul/Downtempo
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-08-17
Label: Young Turks

One of the most interesting and best things I've heard all year just came to me a week ago. The xx have created one of the most understated, beautiful and totally moving albums I have heard in a long time.

The debut single from the band, "Crystalised" has received copious amounts of press from NPR, Guardian, the nme and many others. Crystalised is an album highlight along with VCR, Shelter, Infinity... basically of the first 7 tracks only "Islands" is a bit of a lull and even it is good.

Deastro - Orange Swimmer Red Summer

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Tracklist:

01. Shield Whip
02. Asteroid Goo
03. Seven Fell From The Firmament
04. Orange Swimmer
05. Red Summer
06. Encounter With The Unknown Substance M
07. Acid Dad's Melting Public Pools
08. Reaction To Substance M Causes The Rapid Growth Of Consciousness
09. MUTANT BOY

Genre: Electronic/Indie/Experimental
Website: Myspace | Free!
Release Date: 2009-08
Label: n/a

Taking the US press by storm, Randolph Chabot aka Deastro is a brand new epic space-shoegaze sensation. Causing a stir on Pitchfork (Paste, Spin), the stunning debut album was released back in July via Ghostly International (School of Seven Bells). Check out the brand new ‘Orange Swimmer Red Summer’ EP exclusively here via Deastro’s blog. It features 9 brand new, unreleased tracks.

Foreign Born - Person To Person

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Tracklist:

01. Blood Oranges
02. That Old Sun
03. Vacationing People
04. Winter Games
05. Early Warnings
06. Can't Keep Time
07. Lion's Share
08. It's Grew On You
09. See Us Home
10. Wait In This Chair

Genre: Folk/Indie
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-06-23
Label: Secretly Canadian

More inspired indie rock from this underappreciated L.A. band. The band eases into a mellower sound, but, the resulting album is a perfect fit for (what's left of) the summer months. Give it more than one spin. Like its predecessar "On the Wing Now," many of its charms simmer to the surface upon repeated listens. A must for fans of U2, the Bunnymen, Arcade Fire, etc.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Greyboy - Era Correct

Era Correct [Explicit]

Tracklist:

1. Introlude (0:51)
2. Guitar String Ft. Delmos Wade (3:36)
3. Six Pence Ft. Casual, Main Flow & Truly Odd (5:18)
4. Mustangs Groove (3:29)
5. New Way To Flow (1:30)
6. Favela Anthem Ft. Spanky Ortiz (3:14)
7. Bi-cycles (2:18)
8. Double Barrel Ft. Main Flow (1:57)
9. My Hands Are Quick... (4:03)
10. Lift Off Ft. Main Flow (1:43)
11. And It Dont... (2:43)
12. Lost Boogaloo Ft. Elgin Park & Jeremy Ellis (3:30)
13. Hardtop (1:13)
14. High Speed Chase Ft. Main Flow (1:24)
15. Give It A Try (3:35)
16. Missin Somethin (Dub) Ft. Karl Denson (4:26)

Genre: Turntablism/Soul/Experimental
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-06-08
Label: Soundlock

Greyboy put out his first album Freestylin' back in 1994 (for the ridiculous price of only $4,000) and has consistently been pumping out albums ever since under both his moniker as well as with The Greyboy Allstars . While originally interested in hip hop, he's fused that love with acid jazz, soul, and even world beats and hasn't stopped since. All in all, an excellent disc to dip your toes in and then pick and choose where you want to dig further.

The Temper Trap - Conditions

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Tracklist:

1. Love Lost
2. Rest
3. Sweet Disposition
4. Down River
5. Soldier On
6. Fader
7. Fools
8. Resurrection
9. Science Of Fear
10. Drum Song

Genre: Indie/Rock
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-08-10
Label: Infectious

The four piece from Melbourne (Australia’s hipster city) specializes in atmospheric rock music, and has been working together since 2005. The band found fame after a legendary performance at South by Southwest in March 2009, which tied in with the recording of the debut album, Conditions. It's an album that needs to grow on you and therefore needs a couple of spins to reveal its real potential.

Flying Lotus - L.A. EP 3x3

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Tracklist:

A1. Infinitum (Dimlite's Re-finitum)
A2. Comet - MatthewDavid
A3. Endless White
B1. Parisian Goldfish (Take Remix)
B2. Spin Cycles
B3. Testament (Breakage's Bill's Suit Mix)
B4. Auntie’s Harp (Rebekah Raff Remix)

Genre: Electronic/Experimental/Psychedelic/Hip Hop
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-08-17
Label: Warp

L.A. EP 3X3 is the final installment in the series of EPs set to accompany Flying Lotus's 2008 album Los Angeles. The EP features two new FlyLo tracks, "Endless White" and "Spin Cycles," as well as remixes of Los Angeles tracks by Dimlite, Take, Matthew David, Breakage, and Rebekah Raff. Record collectors, take note: as with the previous two L.A. EPs, this comes in an ultra limited edition on vinyl.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Pictureplane - Dark Rift

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Tracklist:

1. Solid Gold
2. Trance Doll
3. Boys In Blush
4. Gang Signs
5. 5th Sun
6. Goth Star
7. Cyclical Cyclical (Atlantis)
8. Time Teens
9. Dark Rift
10. New Mind
11. Transparent Now (Thin Veil)
12. Dimensional Rip III
13. True Ruin

Genre: House/Electronic/Dub/Gothic
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-08-04
Label: Lovepump

24-year old weirdo performance artist Travis Egedy, aka Pictureplane, obsesses over the cosmos, 90s house music, collective consciousness, and mind-altering chemicals you've never heard of. Much like his interests, Pictureplane's music is strange and boundless and totally righteous.

Having cut his teeth on raging tours with HEALTH, a collab with Beirut's Zach Condon and killer remixes for Crystal Castles, HEALTH, and Thieves Like Us, Pictureplane delivers his first full-length for Lovepump, Dark Rift.

Grimy synths, broken beats, and bucolic vocals collide somewhere between early 90s house music and the gnarly soundscapes of Black Dice to forge a sound that's wholly unique and endlessly exciting. It's exceedingly rare to find dance music that transcends the cold and robotic, but on Dark Rift Pictureplane does just that:churning intricate electronic jams out of his near-legendary Denver warehouse space known as Rhinoceropolis. The music feels at once personal and cosmically expansive.

Eberg - Antidote

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Tracklist:

1. Antidote (5:17)
2. One Step At The Time [Japanese Edition Bonus Track] (3:32)
3. The Right Thing To Do (4:15)
4. Reykjavik (4:38)
5. Been Thinking Of You (5:02)
6. All Day And All Of The Night [Japanese Edition Bonus Track] (4:07)
7. Daybrake (4:18)
8. No Need To Worry (3:21)
9. Let's Spend The Day (2:52)
10. Your Kindness Is Cruel (5:49)
11. The Boy Likes Them Both (4:06)
12. Februray Sky (3:46)
13. Water Engine [Japanese Edition Bonus Track] (5:02)
14. Himitsu No Hako [Hidden Track] (2:25)

Genre: Alternative/Folk/Indie/Electronica
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-02-11
Label: Rallye/Carroway

After his debut album, Plastic Lions scored rave reviews all over the press in 2004, indie popster Eberg followed it with the success of a second album, Voff Voff, which saw its key track ‘Inside Your Head’ go from hitting iTunes' electronic Top 10 in the USA, to being picked up by Apple as the tune to launch their iPhone in the US.

On his third album, Antidote, Eberg filters the best moods from his first two albums - the poignant and quirky feel of Plastic Lions, and the slick off-beat pop and dance he developed on Voff Voff. From the title track, with its sweet nostalgic heartbreak and slow tunes like ‘No Need To Worry’, which tug at the heart strings, the pure, simple hooks of ‘Let’s Spend The Day Together’ and the samples and strings of ‘Your Kindness is Cruel’ this is arguable Eberg's best work yet.

Best songs - One Step At A Time, The Boy Likes Them Both, The Right Thing To Do

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Fruit Bats - The Ruminant Band

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Tracklist:

1. Primitive Man
2. The Ruminant Band
3. Tegucigalpa
4. Beautiful Morning Light
5. The Hobo Girl
6. Being on Our Own
7. My Unusual Friend
8. Singing Joy to the World
9. The Blessed Breeze
10. Feather Bed
11. Flamingo

Genre: Folk/Rock/Roots
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-08-04
Label: Sub Pop

Fruit Bats is led by guitarist, pianist and singer Eric D. Johnson (of The Shins), the band’s main songwriter and only constant member. Originally part of short-lived Chicago group I Rowboat, Johnson and two of his fellow Rowboat members, guitarist Dan Strack and drummer Brian Belval, created Fruit Bats as a side-project.

Mew - No More Storeis Are Told Today I'm Sorry They Washed Away

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Tracklist:

01.New Terrain
02.Introducing Palace Players
03.Beach
04.Repeater Beater
05.Intermezzo 1
06.Silas the Magic Car
07.Cartoons and Macreme Wounds
08.A Dream
09.Hawaii
10.Vaccine
11.Tricks
12.Intermezzo
13.Sometimes Life Isn't Easy
14.Reprise

Genre: Indie/Rock/Alternative/Experimental
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-08-25
Label: Columbia

The full title of this record is actually a poem...

No more stories
Are told today
I'm sorry
They washed away

No more stories
The world is grey
I'm tired
Let's wash away

...and the music within is just as ponderous and epic as that implies. For No More Stories, the band has dropped the continuous suite style of And the Glass Handed Kites in favor of discrete songs. The album features some tracks that stray from Mew's usual quiet-to-loud song structure (see "Cartoons") but their trademark epic prog-rock is still the dominant force here. This is the first time that Mew has recorded as a three-piece, since bassist Johan Wohlert left to focus on his family. The band has brought back Rich Costey, who also produced their breakout hit Frengers, to produce this album.

Wild Beasts - Two Dancers



Tracklist:

01. The Fun Powder Plot
02. Hooting & Howling
03. All The Kings Men
04. When I'm Sleepy
05. We Still Got The Taste Dancing On Our Tongues
06. Two Dancers
07. Two Dancers II
08. This Is Our Lot
09. Underbelly
10. The Empty Nest

Genre: Indie/Rock/Alternative/Pop
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-09-08
Label: Domino

Wild Beasts released their critically acclaimed debut album, Limbo Panto, last November. The band garnered a huge amount of attention in the UK. After several months of building a small buzz they finally made their way the U.S. playing 6 amazing shows at SXSW. They are quickly following up with their sophomore album, Two Dancers. The band's performances throughout are pure liquid pop energy grounded by driving loose limbed rhythm . Their sound is a result of the band avoiding studio gloss by playing together in the room. Two Dancers is streamlined, minimal, and user-friendly Wild Beasts.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Alcoholic Faith Mission - 421 Wythe Avenue

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Tracklist:

01. Theme From Soft Ice Cream Products
02. Gently
03. Nut In Your Eye
04. We All Have Your Shortcomings
05. Escapism
06. Guilty Scared Eyes
07. Painting Animals In Watercolors
08. Someone Else
09. Did You Eat
10. Sweet Evelyn
11. Time

Genre: Folk/Indie/Electronic/Experimental
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-07-24
Label: Ponyrec

Denmark has established itself as a sanctuary for offbeat pop musicians. I was easily won over by Slaraffenland's "Private cinema" and Larsen & Furious Jane's "Zen sucker", to name just a few, and it is within this eccentric, peripheral vein of pop music that Alcoholic Faith Mission exist. On "Gently", which begins (and continues on as) a lavish, beautifully layered composition, a female vocalist delicately sings: "Just 'cause I'm a whore, you know it doesn't mean I don't feel it when you fuck me." This strange juxtaposition of the beautiful and the base continues on in the next track, "Nut in your eye", a track that by name alone should be on a throwaway hip-hop album, but in substance falls not too far from the realm of Broken Social Scene. "421 Wythe Avenue", while moving away from the resplendent/sexual parallelisms, continues on musically in much the same way as the opening tracks -- ethereally layered electronic elements and vocals, solid acoustic and electric guitar work, all tethered to shifting centers and uncertain musical landscapes. There is a tragic beauty here, one that blends the emotional registers of Mixtapes & Cellmates and Moonbabies, yet remains quite distinctively an original construct, and it is this ingenuity that sets Alcoholic Faith Mission apart from many of their contemporaries.

Calvin Harris - Ready For The Weekend

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Tracklist:

01. The Rain
02. Ready for the Weekend
03. Stars Come Out
04. You Used to Hold Me
05. Blue
06. I’m Not Alone
07. Flashback
08. Worst Day (Feat. Izza Kizza)
09. Relax
10. Limits
11. Burns Night
12. Yeah Yeah Yeah La La La
13. Dance Wiv Me
14. 5iliconeator

Genre: Electronic/Disco/Club/Pop
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-08-17
Label: Fly Eye

This is the 2009 sophomore album from Scottish Dance artist/producer Calvin Harris who shot to fame with his 2007 debut album I Created Disco. After working as producer for Kylie Minogue and being nominated for various awards including a Brit for best single, this is another collection of Pop inspired Dance tracks taking in everything from Electro House to the anthemic Pop Trance of the lead single 'I'm Not Alone'. Also features 'Dance With Me' and the title track.

Simian Mobile Disco - Temporary Pleasure

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Tracklist:

1) Cream Dream (featuring Gruff Rhys)
2) Audacity of Huge (featuring Chris Keating)
3) 10000 Horses Can't Be Wrong
4) Cruel Intentions (featuring Beth Ditto)
5) Off The Map (featuring Jamie Lidell)
6) Synthesise
7) Bad Blood (featuring Alexis Taylor)
8) Turn Up The Dial (featuring Young Fathers)
9) Ambulance
10) Pinball (featuring Telepathe)

Genre: Electronic
Website: Myspace |
Release Date: 2009-08-17
Label: Wichita

'Temporary Pleasure' is the second album by British dance duo Simian Mobile Disco. Known for their stylish mix of synths and beats, they are quickly becoming one of the dance scene's premier acts. With a glittering cast of collaborators such as Beth Ditto, Gruff Rhys, Jamie Lidell plus many more, the follow up to 2007's 'Attack Decay Sustain Release' is a bombastic and original album. Includes the singles 'Synthesise' and '10,000 Horses Can't Be Wrong'.

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