Archive for July, 2012

Holograms // ABC City

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

The bio says it all…
Mad props to my buddy Matt on showing me these dudes.

Holograms // ABC City

Snøskred // We Are 7”

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Surprised that no one in the blog-o-sphere has picked up on this Norwegian noise/pop (but not noise-pop) band yet…

Hashing out the Norwegian Bokmål from my rudimentary understanding of Danish, I’ve been able to glean that Snøskred is a five-piece band coming from Trondheim, Norway that has a sound between indie-rock and improvisation. “We Are” is a raucous anthem of a track — full of head-spinning guitar chords and driving drums — that somehow keeps the wheels from spinning out of control. The B-side “Huhti” (which you can stream via Spotify) is definitely more improvisational and tickles my fancy a bit more. All-in-all, a great 7” from a Norwegian band that five minutes ago I have never heard of! Can’t beat that for a Monday morning of cleaning out the old inbox…

SNØSKRED – We Are by Riot Factory

Pure Bathing Culture // S/T EP

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Father/Daughter Records has built up a pretty good reputation over the past couple of years, but with this new Pure Bathing Culture 12”, they have really knocked it out of the park! Porlanders via Brooklyn, the duo of Daniel Hindman and Sarah Versprille follow in the footsteps of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone and Youth Lagoon, striking the perfect harmony between intimacy and accessibility: carefully giving listeners a peak into their own personal musical journal. No doubt, the favorite of the three tracks below is “Lucky One” — sparsely composed yet strikingly beautiful. Really makes me nostalgic for my adopted city of Portland…

Buy the vinyl for a measely $10 + $5 (shipping) over at Father/Daughter’s online store and follow-up on any Pure Bathing Culture news on their facebook page.

Pure Bathing Culture // Ivory Coast

Pure Bathing Culture – Lucky One by fatherdaughter

Seams // Tourist|Sleeper EP

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

What better way to celebrate the London Olympics than with a double-EP from one of my favorite British electronic artists, Seams! On Monday, he’s releasing a one-two punch with past EP Tourist and new EP Sleeper on vinyl via Full Time Hobby. For non-Brits, the wax price can be a bit steep (with international delivery and all), but you should definitely cop the mp3s. Stream the whole album through Hype Machine right now, or check out the solid two tracks “Potential” and “Punch” below:

Potential by seams

Punch by seams

Sleep Good // Monsanto 7”

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Considering my father works for the company, I found it amusing that a band (one from Texas, no less!) decided to release a record with Monsanto as the title. It’s a small world…

I guess Sleep Good’s 7” is a sort of antithesis of its namesake: instead of a raving, blood-thirsty, corporate machine, we are handed a ravishing, smooth-sailing, lo-fi stick-it-to-the-man pair of tracks — and of course, perfect for summer listening (what do you expect with an opener entitled “Summer Explosion)! Anything revolutionary on the 7”? Probably not, but it’s a great record that certainly made me check out (and download for freeeee) all the band’s other stuff!

Sleep Good // Summer Explosion

Sleep Good – Summer Explosion from sleep good on Vimeo.

Can’t Get Enough Of… // Jessie Ware

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Finally found someone to knock Charli XCX off her pedestal of favorite up-and-coming Brit pop star! Jessie Ware is a 27 year-old South Londoner who emerged — or more like exploded — last year on a bombastic, crazy-as-hell Joker track (which you can stream, via Youtube below). Her solo record is due out on August 20 via PMR Records and, from what can be gleaned by all of the released tracks thus far, looks to be a less energetic and more intimate album compared with some of her past collabs. Check out pretty much all of the music (including some killer remixes, live recordings) I could hunt down below:

Jessie Ware // Wildest Moments

Jessie Ware – 110% by JessieWare

Jessie Ware – Running by JessieWare

Jessie Ware – Wildest Moments (Star Slinger Remix) by Star Slinger

High Counsel // S/T

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Dope album that my boy Matt informed me of earlier this morning. Don’t let High Counsel’s bandcamp tags fool you: this shit is not trance and definitely not reggaeton (but possibly could be Berlin-y, don’t know much about the artist). What you get are ten sweet-playing, interestingly layered tracks that are genre spanning. Great morning listen, great 4th of July listen, great all around listen! Check out my two favorites below and download the entire album from bandcamp.

High Counsel // Diviner

High Counsel // Landcrab

jj // High Summer

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Very fitting that my 500th blog post is one about jj — the group that I have covered most over the four-year span of this site. Dropping on the summer solstice, High Summer either marks a turning point for the group or is a half-put together effort of B-sides before their upcoming No.4 release. Regardless, it’s certainly the weakest output I’ve heard from the Swedish duo (and this is coming off the heels of dropping “VI”, arguably the song of the year).

The opener/title track shows some original hip-hop songwriting from the group that feels like something had been lost in translation. Take the starting lyrics: “See me in your city, looking pretty, yeah I’m shining dog / With my fresh Air Ones and my dog / G is black and white, fuck segregation.” Huh? As much as it pains me to criticize my favorite group of the past five years, I got to say, stick with just covering hip-hop songs rather than creating them from scratch.

The only salvageable track from the bunch is the ballad “Times,” a slow-moving, sentimental song that oozes with genuine emotion. Unsure if it’s rooted in real events (“I don’t need a thing, I got it all in here / Just need to sing to escape my fear”), but Elin’s expressive, airy vocals make you feel that they are.

Check out the mp3 of “Times” below and download the whole EP from Sincerely Yours here.

jj // Times