Got back from the bloggeriffic Black Kids + Cut Copy + Simian Mobile Disco show this past Saturday. Man, that was a packed show. Black Kids performed well! Mixing new songs with the established ones from their EP, they managed to whip the crowd into a frenzy for Cut Copy.
I also had this great remix of "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You" by The Twelves sent to me and I thought you should all hear it. It does a body good. It's got that smooth 80's sound that Chromeo loves also...
Black Kids - I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You (The Twelves Remix) [So Indie It Hurts]
Black Kids - Hurricane Jane (Beige Remix)
Black Kids official site
Black Kids on MySpace
Wolf Parade will be back with a new album on June 17! "Call It A Ritual" finds the boys exploring moodier territory with lush sonic landscapes. I'm digging this song. Can't wait for the new album!
Wolf Parade - Call It A Ritual
Wolf Parade label site
Wolf Parade on MySpace
The awesome keytar-drums duo of Shy Child is back wit their new album, Noise Won't Stop. It's coming out May 5th in the US, finally. I think "Astronaut" will buoy spirits on this sunny Friday afternoon! Gentlemen, take us to the weekend...
Shy Child - Astronaut
Shy Child official site
Shy Child on MySpace
ZOMG, Flight Of The Conchords is releasing their new album today! You'll recognize many of the songs from their HBO show, but non-abridged and with better production. Check it:
Flight Of The Conchords - Ladies Of The World
Flight Of The Conchords - Business Time
Flight Of The Conchords official site
Flight Of The Concords on MySpace
P.S. Season 2 of the show will return in January 2009!
Ah, I like this B-side a lot. It doesn't just make a beeline for a dance beat - it kinda takes its time getting into a syncopated groove. Boys, keep this side of your songwriting up and they'll be less detractors who fight about whether your band is math rock or not!
Foals - Brazil Is Here
Foals official site
Foals on MySpace
MSTRKRFT is back! They recently released a double single for "Bounce" and "VUVUVU", and they've got a new full length on the way this fall. Check below for a taste.
I'd like to mention that it's travel season for me again, so the posts might be on the shorter side for the next week and a half or so. Every time I think I'm out, they pull me back in...
MSTRKRFT - Bounce (feat N.O.R.E. - radio version)
MSTRKRFT official site
MSTRKRFT on MySpace
We love The Unicorns, and we wish they would get back together, but at least there's always Islands! Their new album, Arm's Way drops 5/20. Lots of orchestration on these songs so far! Check below for a taste of "The Arm" and a more rap heavy remix of Return To The Sea classic, "Rough Gem".
Islands - Creeper [via Stereogum]
Islands - Rough Gem (Remix)
Islands official site
Islands on MySpace
Philadephia's Pattern Is Movement plays glitchy chamber pop meets post punk meets math rock. It's kind of hard to describe, but it's very lushly produced minus the deliberately choppy samples. They've been previously compared to the likes of Don Caballero and Pinback, and they have been known to share the stage with The Forms...but aside from the hype, is it any good?
Pattern Is Movement - Right Away
Pattern Is Movement - Bird
Pattern Is Movement official site
Pattern Is Movement on MySpace
It's Friday, let us be joyful! Today I've got a copy of the soon-to-be-released “Prepare To Qualify” EP by Hallelujah The Hills. It's doing a great job of taking me into the weekend with its Annuals-meets-Neutral Milk Hotel bravado.
I've also got some good news - HTH is giving the EP away for free at their website starting Tuesday, April 8th! Keep your eyes on these guys - they're only a stone's throw away from getting big.
Hallelujah The Hills - Let It Wave
Hallelujah The Hills official site
Hallelujah The Hills on MySpace
So, there's a big scandal today in the chiptune world! Turns out Laromlab has been cribbing other people's tunes. He's printed an apology over at Mushpot Records but it doesn't really condone what he did. I try not to get too negative on my blog in general, but I gotta say, in this day and age with the internet, how can you take someone else's work and not expect someone to notice?
All this is rather unfortunate, but if there's a bright side, I found the artist behind some of my favorite "Laromlab" tunes - it's Crazy Q!
CrazyQ - Phunky Shapeshifter
CrazyQ on MySpace
I just got a splendid press release:
BENJAMIN GIBBARD ANNOUNCES NEW SIDE PROJECT
Benjamin Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie) is proud to announce a new musical project called Just Jazzin'. Born out of an interest in exploring music free from rules and convention, Just Jazzin' offers the world a chance to see another side of Ben.
"....There's this side of me and my music that desires a lack of structure and Just Jazzin' does that for me because I am allowed to just play whatever note comes into my head.", says Ben.
Just Jazzin' on MySpace
I've posted about Laromlab before, but what can I say? I've got a soft spot for these chiptunes. As AZLtron pointed out, if you throw some screaming on top of here you got yourself a Crystal Castles song!