Sunday, May 30, 2010

Up & Coming: Suckers


On June 8th (my birthday I might add) Brooklyn Indie Pop Rockers will be releasing Wild Smile, their debut full length. They've been getting plenty of attention opening for the endlessly buzzed about Local Natives on a recent national tour as they blend the oddities that made older Modest Mouse records so engaging, but with the pop sensibilities that made "Float On" so damn catchy. This is not to say that they're some kind of copy cat band, for they certainly have their own sound. Think a subversion of the things in music that made the 80s suck, but made the hits of the day sell so many copies. You've got meandering feel good piano and synth hooks, falsetto notes that would even make Vampire Weekend's frontman Ezra Koenig a little impressed, dancey drum beats, and electro samples... but all in a mixture that can be pulled off live without simply standing behind a macbook.

Check out the dangerously colorful artwork for Wild Smile, the track listing, and listen to or download the band's first single from the LP "Black Sheep" below:

01. Save Your Love For Me
02. Black Sheep
03. Before Your Birthday Ends
04. You Can Keep Me Runnin’ Around
05. A Mind I Knew
06. Roman Candles
07. It Get Your Body Movin’
08. Martha
09. King of Snakes
10. 2 Eyes 2 C
11. Loose Change

Hot Hot New Track!

Yessss!! The day has finally come! Hot Hot Heat has released their new track Goddess on the Prairie from the soon to be released Future Breeds (June 8th). Head over to Spin for the exclusive and listen to the new track. If it's any indicator of the album, we can expect some energetic, fun music.

Spin - Hot Hot Heat

Also, it seems like June 8th is going to be the day to get some great music: Tokyo Police Club - Champ, Hot Hot Heat - Future Breed, Against Me! - White Crosses (which has been leaked for weeks), Blitzen Trapper - Destroyer of the Void, - Deer Tick - The Dirt Sessions, Nada Surf, Lil Jon, Ratatat, Rooney, The Roots, and even a couple more good bands. Well geez, looks like my music banks will be happily filling up

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Ok color me excited. Tokyo Police Club has two singles, Breakneck Speed and Wait Up (Boots of Danger) currently hitting the satellite waves on Sirius and this internets here. I've been hearing them on my commute for a couple days now and got a hold of some of the record last night. Gotta say, I'm pretty into it. They've held true to the niche that the band has carved but also evolved the sound enough that it sounds great. I won't say too much more because I don't want to influence anything...but check these out.
(click to play the mp3)

Tokyo Police Club - Breakneck Speed

Monday, May 24, 2010

Your Dose of Pop Videos

So I just made a 16 hour drive to New Jersey to intern for the summer and seeing as it was a Saturday/Sunday trip...Sirius decided to show me the top 45 pop song countdown all of 4 or 5 times in a row. So I just somewhat haphazardly watched a couple of the videos (proof its brainwash) but there are some pretty cool videos out right now. I mean, cough, cough, they're not indie at all but hey, it'll do. I'm going to post a bunch here so enjoy! (PS: I'm not sure why these keep getting cut off, so just click the title of this post to go to it as a separate page and you can see them all without part cut off)

Older song, new video, and Katy Perry. Guilty pleasure, I love these dudes. And Katy Perry. Definitely Katy Perry.

I want to know this dance:

I'm never not down (that's always) with the Black Eyed Peas, not matter what their sound is. And this video isn't too amazing but I'm down with the song:

I also love Katy Perry, and am amazed they came up with a pretty neat plot for a music video for this so it's getting posted too:

Like I said, 3OH!3 is my guilty pleasure. Not sure if this is the guys from 3OH!3, but its well done:

This I mainly like 1) for an obvious reason, but 2) because it's a reply to Jay-Z's Empire State of Mind, which was good for like 1 listen in my opinion. I'm not a giant fan of Cali, and anyone who has read this for a while knows, and we'll all probably be tired of this song by tomorrow, but I love it right now:

Finally, apparently Cartel came out with a new album last year. Hmmph missed that one. Actually not too bad. Show's some definite growth:

I think that's all I've got right now. Poppy stuff wooooooo. I swear I'll have real bands next time.