Monday, December 24, 2007
- Black Kids
I already wrote about the Black Kids as a charming blend of shoegaze rock, new wave reminiscent of The Cure, and Arcade Fire-esque choral shout-singing. If you haven't heard them yet, you can download their free 4 song EP here!
Black Kids - I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You (MP3)
Black Kids - I've Underestimated My Charm (Again) (MP3)
Black Kids - Hurricane Jane (MP3)
Black Kids - Hurricane Jane (video)
Black Kids cover The Clash (video)
- The Epochs
Another Brooklyn band with buzz. So, what's new? Well, the Epochs are a neat blend of electro pop and rock, similar to Junior Boys or tour mates Mobius Band. Their self-titled LP is their second album and will be released in early 2008. "Opposite Sides" is their first single.
The Epochs - Opposite Sides (MP3)
The Epochs - Love Complete (live in Boston)(video)
- Kid Sister
Kid Sister is actually the big sister of local Chicago mash-up DJ Flosstradsmus. "Pro Nails" beats out "Lip Gloss" for cosmetic product song of the year, thanks to the catchy beat, an altered jumping Super Mario sound, and a verse from Kanye. I'm not sure what to expect yet from a full LP, but an innovative Missy-ish South Side brand of hip-hop, hyphy, and ghettotech would be nice.
Kid Sister - Damn Girl (flosstradamus remix) (MP3)
Kid Sister - Pro Nails (MP3, version without Kanye verse)
Kid Sister - Pro Nails feat. Kanye West (video)
- Los Campesinos
Combine Art Brut with catchy Vaselines-like melodies and the enthusiasm of Architecture In Helsinki to get an idea about how this Welsh band sounds. Throw in a glockenspiel and you've won my heart. After their fun 'Sticking Fingers into Sockets' EP, fans are eager for more. Their full-length LP, 'Hold on There, Youngster', is produced by Dave Newfeld (Broken Social Scene) and will be released in April 2008.
Los Campesinos! - You! Me! Dancing! (MP3)
Los Campesinos! - You! Me! Dancing! (video)
Los Campesinos! - Death to Los Campesinos!
Los Campesinos! - International TweeXcore Underground (video)
Los Campesinos! - We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives (video)
MGMT is a fun mix of electronic pop and space rock. The duo got their start while studying music at Wesleyan. Their debut 'Oracular Spectacular' is out on iTunes and the physical CD will be available soon. It's produced by Mercury Rev guitarist and Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann. "Time to Pretend" sounds like Pete Doherty's theme song; it's an anthemic ode to the rockstar lifestyle.
MGMT - Time to Pretend
On LES Artistes, a song about independence and authenticity, Santi White wonders, "I can say I hope it will be worth what I give up." From Philly unknown to opening for Bjork, touring with M.I.A. in London, and a feature on the cover of Fader in January 2008, she's certainly come a long way. There's been significant buzz even though we only have a taste of a few tracks that will be featured on her forthcoming LP. Listening to what she has released so far, she has a unique style that combines dub, dancehall, 80s pop, new wave, and R&B. Her collaborators reads like a who's who of what's hot: M.I.A., Switch, Diplo, Spank Rock, Radioclit, Freq Nasty, Sinden, and the late Disco D.
Santogold - LES Artistes (MP3)
Santogold - LES Artistes (live at artscape, Baltimore)(video)
- Vampire Weekend
I'm pissed I missed these guys at their recent sold-out show in Chicago. Their Blue CD-R reveals a fresh collection of indie pop tracks seemingly inspired by African soukous, pre 2 Tone ska, Britpop, and Paul Simon's 'Graceland'. Their self-titled debut will be officially released on January 29, 2008.
Vampire Weekend - Mansard Roof (MP3)
Vampire Weekend - Mansard Roof (video)
Finally, a quick run-through of artists of some interest who have LPs with known release dates:
Be Your Own Pet - Get Awkward
British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
The Breeders - Mountain Battles
Cat Power - Covers II
DeVotchKa - Spirit
Destroyer - Trouble in Dreams
Goldfrapp - Seventh Tree
Hey Willpower - PDA
Hot Chip - Made in the Dark
The Kills - Midnight Boom
Lil' Wayne - Tha Carter III
Lupe Fiasco - The Cool
The Magnetic Fields - Distortion
The Mountain Goats - Heretic Pride
Nada Surf - Lucky
Stephen Malkmus - Real Emotional Trash
Super Furry Animals - Hey Venus
Whigs - Mission Control
Wu-Tang Clan - The 8 Diagrams
Xiu Xiu - Women As Lovers
Looks like an auspicious start to another great year for music!
Labels: electronic, hip-hop, indie rock, mp3, video