Friday, January 30, 2015

Jam of the Day: Jessica Pratt - "Back, Baby"

Jessica Pratt's vocals are surely distinctive; child-like and disarming, but also full of emotive power. On her haunting track "Back, Baby," she is refusing to go back to a relationship that wasn't working, and it is a case of can't look back rather than one of don't look back. She is wide-eyed and optimistic for a future full of promise.

Videos of the Week

It was a very long and busy week. Here are some videos to get us right into the weekend:

The first video from Purity Ring's upcoming sophomore record Another Eternity is for the song "Push Pull," which finds singer Megan James in ethereal, gossamer mode.

Zola Jesus as sculpture in this clip for "Hunger."

Intriguing animated clip for this collaboration between Lxury and Deptford Goth.

Humorous clip for Interpol's latest single, showing the band members getting ready for a NYC show, with singer Paul Banks being the dick everyone assumes he is.

Beautifully shot clip from Boxed In features Oli Bayston interacting with a beached whale.

Cloakroom record amid a variety of different landscapes.

Dramatic, shoegazey track from Programm gets an elegantly shot black and white video.

New Zealand trio Yumi Zouma work some Twin Peaks' vibes in this clip.

Trippy clip from Run the Jewels.

Jillian Hervey, the daughter of Vanessa Williams, fronts Lion Babe, featuring her and producer Lucas Goodman. This clip for their song "Treat Me Like Fire" is a simple performance clip, but Hervey is such a striking presence, it is difficult to look away.

Arty clip from Barcelona post-punk band Mourn.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Jam of the Day: Nadastrom ft. Nina K - "House Shoes"

This track from the upcoming debut full length from Nadastrom feels like a collision between the Cocteau Twins and many acts on the DFA label. It is enchanting.

Friday, January 23, 2015

New: Burial - "Temple Sleeper"

Burial releases the track "Temple Sleeper," his first track since "Lambeth," which appeared on the "Lambeth", which surfon the Hyperdub 10.4 compilation.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Jam of the Day: Boxed In - "False Alarm"

Oli Bayston, the main guy behind pop project Boxed In, has crafted a self-titled record that is so solidly put together there is no room for filler. Honestly, I almost couldn't put down just one track as my favorite. At the moment, I would say it is the piano and bass driven floor pounder "False Alarm." Seriously, buy this fucking record. It is amazing.

Videos of the Week

Finally the sun comes out in Atlanta. Here are the videos that made this foggy, dreary week more bearable:

Hypnotic clip from FKA twigs.

Surprisingly dancey collaboration between Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds with Johnny Marr.

Slightly surreal clip from Mount Eerie.

Retro-big beat track from The Prodigy gets an animated fox hunt clip.

Evocative black and white clip from 2:54.

Bouncy track from Shura gets a typical, but intriguing, look at planning a night out.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Jam of the Day: Purity Ring - "Begin Again"

"Begin Again," the second song previewed from Purity Ring's eagerly anticipated sophomore release Another Eternity, doesn't really reinvent the wheel with their sound, it is unmistakably a Purity Ring track.  Corin Roddick's intriguing electronic soundscapes envelop Megan James' earthy yet ethereal vocals in a warm bath.  You can tell their production budget has increased significantly, their sound growing cleaner, crisper, and more big-room ready.  "Begin Again" immediately enthralls and brings you back to listen again and again.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Jam of the Day: Eves the Behavior - "TV"

Formerly known as Eves, the Aussie pop singer releases a new track under the name Eves the Behavior. "TV" is another great track following her wonderful track "Zen" which made my top tracks of last year. I really thing there is something really wonderful about this girl, and can't wait for more music.

Video: FKA twigs - "Pendulum"

Watch FLA twigs get tied up in her own hair in this intriguing video for this spectacular track from her debut record LP1.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Jam of the Day: Vallis Alps - "Young"

Aussie duo Vallis Alps come across like the lovechild of London Grammar and Purity Ring on this beguiling track from their debut EP.

New: Purity Ring - "Begin Again"

From their eagerly anticipated sophomore release Another Eternity, Purity Ring share the song "Begin Again."

Monday, January 12, 2015

Jam of the Day: Viet Cong - "Silhouettes"

From their debut record, Viet Cong throw down this sleek post-punk number that embodies the snarl of bands like Joy Division.

New: Django Django - "First Light"

First new music from the British post-punk band. It's a synth-heavy cut with some background psychedelic flourishes.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Jam of the Day: Girlpool - "Alone at the Show"

On this track from Girlpool, the duo of Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker, the girls sing about, well, being alone at a show and trying to get the courage up to speak to their crush. It's a cute, catchy track. You can find it on The Le Sigh Vol. II compilation.

Videos of the Week

First week of the new year, let's see what videos are starting the year off right:

Buzzed about video from Sia featuring Shia LaBeouf and “Chandelier” star Maddie Ziegler in an interpretative cage dance off. It's definitely a video that will get people talking.

George Clanton, a.k.a. Mirror Kisses, takes random clips from the 1995 Angelina Jolie movie Hackers and puts in animations and video of himself throughout. The song itself seems to fit right in with the visuals.

Fun performance clip from Brooklyn band LVL UP.

If you are looking for a video with a drug-dealing ape, go no further than this collaboration between AlunaGeorge and DJ Snake.

Amazing clip of Wild Beasts performing their song "Wanderlust" on a 7,800 pipe organ.

Gorgeous animated clip from Panda Bear.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Jam of the Day: Laurel - "Memorials"

From her lovely EP Holy Water, "Memorials" is a beautiful entry point to London singer Laurel. Her voice is reminiscent of Lana Del Rey but with more force and strength. Her smoky voice keeps the swirling electronics around her in control.

Favorite Song of the 00s: Burial - "Archangel"

Burial's sound is so distinctive and oft copied that one forgets sometimes how brilliant his early work truly is. On his second record, the masterful Untrue, single "Archangel" stands out more from an emotional standpoint than an aural one. The manipulated Ray J sample adds needed warmth and depth to what is generally a chilly atmosphere. Over a clopping 2-step beat, Burial seamlessly melds together ethereal synths, harsh bass, and the clipped sampled vocals that are twisted and turned into itself. The doubt over a relationship is made to feel tangible and real. This haunting track will linger long in your memory.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Jam of the Day: Belle & Sebastian - "The Party Line"

From their amazing new record Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance comes this out of left field disco-tinged track that will definitely put a smile on your face.

Favorite Song of the 90s: Everything But The Girl - "Good Cop Bad Cop"

Who knew that venturing into electronic territory would not only rejuvenate Everything But The Girl but would also give them their best album, Walking Wounded. The lovely closing track is one of those achingly intimate tracks that burrows into your heart and mind and never leaves. It is a simple track that expresses the feeling everyone has had at some point in their lives, that they love someone that doesn't return the feeling.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Jam of the Day: Blue Hawaii - "Strawberries and White Light"

Languid, hop hop influenced track from the duo Blue Hawaii.

Favorite Song of the 80s: ABC - "All of My Heart"

Big and bold, and bordering on the edge of cheesy without ever crossing the line, ABC's fantastic single "All of My Heart," off their brilliant debut album The Lexicon of Love, is a true master class in pop songwriting. The song is a rumination on a friendship that should have become more but never did. Martin Fry's vocals and wry delivery keep everything grounded even as the strings swirl out of control around him.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Jam of the Day: Wild Beasts - "Blood Knowledge"

This unreleased track from Wild Beasts is a stunning slow burner featuring gorgeous intertwined vocals from Hayden Thorpe and Tom Fleming.