IT'S TRICKY [video]
Ian shot this rare live preformance of Andrew W.K. and DMC of RUN DMC preforming It’s Tricky at the Williamsburg Watefront at Brooklyns’ Final Jelly Pool Party of 2010. The original music video shot for this song was before my time, but for those of you that are interested in a hit of nostalgia, I’m sure you will dig this, especially all of you New Yorkers out there. DMC with...
LATE NIGHT JAMS
Merging 60s disco vibes and now-age samples is Lay Bac, whose vocals emerge from the background in the form of an echoing reverb. The combination of the two is what he refers to as Ghost Disco. His new track Stay Out Tonight is an instant late night disco gem to blast at those 3 A.M. parties. You can download his other releases here, which include a split with Foxes In Fiction and a 10...
GONE TO SEA
For those of you that know me know that I am obsessed with all things related to the ocean, hence why I am studying Ocean Engineering. Jamie Harley is known for his visual work and has curated a video for A Classic Educations’ track, Gone To Sea, featuring an abundance of footage of the ocean and some of the people who inhabit the tropics of which the footage is of. A Classic Education -...
S. MAHARABA: A STREETS OF BEIGE MIX
I believe I was first introduced into instrumental hip-hop when I was in High School, with Mr. Scruff’s Get A Move On. Instrumental Hip-Hop has been popular among skateboarders in skateboarding videos, or at least they were in the early 2000’s. This was when I had heard this song on my VHS tape for Adios’ skateboarding film, One Step Beyond, during Kenny Andersons’ part....
A COMPILATION FOR WORLD HUNGER
I have been working diligently during this month of August to put together a new charity compilation to help combat world hunger. I have handmade eleven CD packages, each unique and personalized for each person who purchases one. It is free for everyone to download, and most of the proceeds from the physical purchases will go to Action Against Hunger. Each compilation features a different...
OUT OF TUNE
It is no secret that Real Estate is one of my favorite bands. They have just announced their newest 7” on the super rad label True Panther, dropping about a week after my birthday on October 12th, but you can preorder it here. We heard this song live thanks to NYCtaper, so I already knew the recorded version would not dissapoint. It even features some cool synth work by Daniel Lopatin,...
FLOW BABY, FLOW
Rap music is something that I have not been able to understand for sometime, mostly because the music in the background of the rhymes is so terrible. When I listen to a good song, all of the elements need to be represented in the best manor possible. Honestly, the only rap song I could ever wrap my hands around was a track called June off of RJD2’s Deadringer, the feeling you get when...
House electronica based around one loop is an avid reminder of my mothers’ fitness cassettes from the 90s that she would use to teach her aerobic classes with. To my dismay she has since sold all of these tapes, which I realize now would be a gold mine for an electronic-based artist to sample in this day and age. I have recently stumbled upon a home fitness cassette tape from 1984 at a...
UNDERWATER PEOPLES SHOWCASE 2010 DISPOSABLES
Live at Shea Stadium, August 14th, 2010 Family Portrait Alex Bleeker & The Freaks Big Troubles Julian Lynch Related: Big Troubles: Bite Yr Tongue [video + 6 mp3s] Underwater Peoples Website
MEMORYHOUSE + TWIN SISTER DISPOSABLES
Live at Great Scott in Allston, MA, August 10th, 2010 Twin Sister Memoryhouse Related: Twin Sister by Ian Perlman [videos] Twin Sister on Mixtapes For Haiti Memoryhouse: To The Lighthouse [video] Memoryhouse on Mixtapes For Haiti
New Yorks’ Fossil Cities never cease to impress me. Their newest EP is called Stoners, and heads down a psychedelic experimental path, a bit different than the acoustic material we have heard before. At the center of this EP is a track called Stoners, and it is a total gem. The combination of the acoustic guitar, unique female vocals and violin layered over an ambient loop is completely...
MOTHLIGHT, PT. II
A combination of shoegaze, ambient drone and dream pop is the music of Cloudland Canyon, with their song Mothlight, Pt. II debuting on a beautiful marble 7” through Bathetic Records, the labels’ first venture into vinyl. Their debut LP can be pre-ordered from Midheaven and it ships out at the end of this month. You can preview all the songs from the record there, and all the songs...
It is rare a cover song comes along that is as sweet as honey, and we are fortunate to be blessed with a beautiful version of Grizzly Bear’s Cheerleader by Paris, Frances’ My Bee’s Garden, of which may be even sweeter. It seems as though this song has found me at just the right time, as its’ savory melodies are perfect for August nights. I must thank my dear friend from...
PATRICK KELLEHER AND __________
Patrick Kelleher is a psych-pop act from Ireland, making catchy, spooky nostalgia ridden tunes with his electronic instruments. I have learned that Patrick likes to change the name of who he is pseudo-preforming with at every live show he plays, so I can’t be certain if Patrick Kelleher and His Cold Dead Hands is his actual moniker. He is signed to Skinny Wolves, one of Irelands’ most...
ROUND THE MOON
Below is Summer Camps’ new video, as premiered on Gorilla Vs. Bear yesterday, featuring scenes from 80s films to surround you in the nostalgia of what their music sounds like. This song reminds me of the late 80s swedish pop group A-ha and their single Take On Me, although I am sure some of you who grew up in the 80s will have better comparisons. Round The Moon is off of their upcoming EP...
MEMORYHOUSE: WHEN YOU SLEEP [VIDEO]
Below is live footage of Memoryhouse covering My Bloody Valentine at Great Scott in Allston, Massachusettes last night, as shot by Liz Pelly. We were fortunate enough to experience this cover as the encore to their set. Denise stated they’ve played it only one other time, but managed to pull off this cover with utter beauty and ease. If you manage to catch them on their tour with Twin...
An ambient background with beautifully driven beats and synthesized sounds layered above is meant to represent the tropical ocean as it relates to music. This music is the project of Austin Woods’ moniker, Atlantic At Pacific. His first single is called Weddings, which will be debuting on his CD of the same name on Alchemist Records soon. Below is underwater footage of the ocean, taken...
TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS
Hail, to the guitars. Chicago-based psych garage-pop group Secret Colours have produced a beautiful psyched-out rendition of The Beatles’ song of the same name, Tomorrow Never Knows. It was the last track from their 1966 album, Revolver. The original track was already pretty trippy, and Secret Colours have reinterpreted the psychedelic sounds in the original track, reformatting them with...
FALLING INTO A DARK ABYSS
Echoing from a deep, dark abyss is a song from the fallen. The fallen are singing a new song by How To Dress Well, and its’ an R&B track surrounded with intense reverb-soaked beats and heavenly vocals. Take It On is the killer AA-side to How To Dress Well’s upcoming 7” dropping on Transparent Records soon. How To Dress Well: Take It On (photo) via THE FADER
Beautiful new track from Portugals’ Branches, the moniker of Pedro Rios. We first heard of Pedro with his track Mar de Marco at the beginning of April. Pedros’ speciality seems to be music that sounds very tropical and laid-back. Salao Flamingo is a prime example of this style. The percussion intro at the start of the song is short and precise, and as soon as it ends you jump into a...
RENE LIVE AT THE WHITEHAUS BLASTFEST
Below is a video of Gabbys’ out of this world talent for drumming, live at the Whitehaus’ Blastfest 2010. Even more amazing is his ability to use his sampler at the same time. All of his music is available for free at his myspace. Previously: Rene Of Netherlands: Destination Mars [mp3] Rene also contributed a track to my Mixtapes for Haiti Compilation
Echoing from dark, candlelit tombs are voices and sounds of lost souls trying to seek attention from passer-bys, only to draw them in and possess them with earthly and heavenly music. Omega L.I.F.E is a new track from New Yorks’ Megafortress, a laid back, textural synth jam which origins seem to have emerged from drone influences; capable of doing the aforementioned possessing....
A whirling tornado captures your place of residence and throws into a time warp transferring your body and soul to a land foreign to the one where you currently reside. A story most nearly reflecting The Wizard Of Oz, below is a video from this foreign land where 80s culture seems to exist in its’ fullest form, and aside its own evolving culture. Twin Shadows’ track Slow glistens...
I JUST WANNA LOVE YOU RIGHT
Irresistible pop gem from Star Slinger and Teams, a perfect summer jam which includes an incredible vocal sample. The beats formulated are easy on the ears, and every component together represents a relatively laid-back vibe. Teams Vs. Star Slinger: Say Please (photo) via
THE HAZY SEA
Emerging from the darkness where gloomy shoegaze exists are Brooklyns’ Sweet Bulbs, bringing a pop edge to the washy and hazy lo-fi sound that surrounds them, only to be matched with soothing female vocals. Springstung is a track from their upcoming s/t with Blackburn Recordings, which will be dropping near the beginning of September. Sweet Bulbs: Springstung Sweet Bulbs: Kissing Clouds ...
SING MARY, SING
In Georgia, there exists an average suburban neighborhood. In this neighborhood, lies an old manor that has been abandoned for many years. The house itself is broken, engulfed almost entirely by the trees and shrubs that surround it. An old fountain lies in the front of the house, once filled with water, is now filled with unharvested peaches that had amassed over time, fallen from the tree that...
ABOARD THE DREAM BOAT
Sina Sohrab is a junior at RISD, the local art school here in Rhode Island. One of his many musical projects is Dream Boat, a mysterious venture into a seemingly dark world of avant electronica, with the focus on drum beats. Sinas’ most recent work as a digital download and cassette from Amdiscs, titled Fevers. Below is the official video made for Your Beaches, a track from the...
THEY'RE ALL WASTED
Taking a trip into 80s nostalgia we enter Yung Lifes’ Patient Life, super catchy samples and vocal reverb are intertwined perfectly together to make a brilliant track. It’s really easy to get lost in the wall of synthesized sound that aligns itself straight up against you in this anthem of a song. Patient love is always wasted Yung Life: Patient Love (photo) via