Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Jam of the Day: Tommy Au Top - "Words"


Sleek pop from Danish act Tommy Au Top recalls the work of bedroom auteurs Junior Boys.



Friday, March 27, 2015

Jam of the Day: Jamie xx - "Gosh"


Chunky percussion highlights this track from Jamie xx's upcoming debut album In Colour. I really like the Orbital-esque breakdown at the end.

Videos of the Week


Let's slide into the weekend with these clips:



FKA twigs gets into a woodland vogue-off in this stylish clip.



Nighttime skateboarders are the focus of the video for Jamie xx's beautiful track featuring vocals from Romy Madley-Croft.



Dramatic clip from Florence + the Machine.



Surreal video from Modest Mouse.



Really fun clip from Shamir where everyone turns into muppets at a shopping mall.



Intense clip from Algiers.



Strobe light heavy video for this buoyant track from Passion Pit.



Brilliant animated clip for this sludgy track from Torche.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

Jam of the Day: Generationals - "Charlemagne"


I love the laid-back vibe of this track from Generationals.

New: Blur - "There Are Too Many Of Us"


Blur share another track from their upcoming record The Magic Whip.

Videos of the Week


Today is the first day of spring. Let's rejoice with this wonderful videos:



I think it is virtually impossible for Bjork to put together a boring video. Here is another stunning visual feast.



Generationals highlight their hometown of New Orleans in this colorful clip.



Another intense track and video from Death Grips.



Pictureplane hits a crazy house party in this clip.



Not much happens in this clip from Vision Fortune, however, it adds texture and depth to the haunting track.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Jam of the Day: Fyfe - "In Waves"


Haunting piano and Fyfe's evocative vocals propel this atmospheric track from his debut album Control.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Jam of the Day: Braids - "Taste"


From their upcoming third album Deep in the Iris, artpoppers Braids lean more towards pop on the gorgeous single "Taste."

Videos of the Week


Here are the videos that soothed my soul this week:



Another visually stunning video from Bjork.



One unbroken shot drives this fascinating clip for this collaboration from Devonte Hynes and Neneh Cherry which was commissioned by UK department store Selfridges.



A factory worker discovers all sorts of weird things going on in this clip from TCTS.



Sludgy track from The Spirit of the Beehive gets a disorienting house party video that matches the mood of the song.



Stark black and white clip from South African producer Petite Noir.



Ciara as a life-sized jewelry box ballerina in this stylish clip.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Jam of the Day: Modest Mouse - "The Ground Walks, With Time in a Box"


From their upcoming album Strangers to Ourselves, Modest Mouse tackle dance-punk in this infectious track.

Video: Bjork - "Lionsong"


I think it is virtually impossible for Bjork to put out a substandard video. Working with Inez & Vinoodh and visual effects production house Framestore, Bjork comes to life as a human dandelion in this striking clip.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Jam of the Day: Tame Impala - "Let It Happen"


Gorgeous eight minute single from Tame Impala, backing up the tales that the new record will likely head in a more electronic direction.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015

Jam of the Day: BASECAMP - "N2DEEP"


Sleek, yet soulful cover from Nashville trio BASECAMP. The track is a cover of the Genesis single "In too Deep."

Friday, March 6, 2015

Jam of the Day: Outfit - "Genderless"


Gorgeous art-pop from the Liverpool five-piece band Outfit.

Videos of the Week


Here are your videos of the week:



Gorgeously shot clip from Tinashe, where she plays a pilot shot down in an alien-looking landscape.



Sometimes simple is the best. This video from The Staves is just a black and white clip of them singing their new song live.



Clever animated clip from Only Real.



In this clip from Låpsley, she takes a morning cab ride home, reminiscing about the night before.



Sam Dust, formerly of Late of the Pier, is not with LA Priest, and releases this funky little track with a sort of Star Wars-ish vibe.



Stunning clip from Kelela.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Jam of the Day: ON AN ON - "Drifting"


The best ON AN ON tracks are the ones that slowly build and eventually turn into something grand and majestic. Their first track in almost two years is a prime example, moving from acoustic guitars and ambient electronics into insistent drums, swirling keyboards, and piano swells. "Drifting" is simply gorgeous.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Jam of the Day: Doldrums - "Loops"


Catchy as hell dance track from Doldrums' upcoming record The Air Conditioned Nightmare.

20th Anniversary: Radiohead - The Bends


Although "Creep" was a killer single, Radiohead's debut album Pablo Honey, from which the single came from, was certainly not. I remember the day I walked into a local CD store and saw Radiohead's sophomore record The Bends in one of the listening stations and chuckled to myself thinking "this is going to be one of those bargain bid CDs in a matter of weeks." Out of curiosity, however, I decided to give it a listen, and from the opening sci-fi strands of "Planet Telex," I knew I was hearing a band come into its own. There was a sense of drama with each track that was missing before. Although the band would unleash far more important and groundbreaking works, The Bends will always be that record of theirs that just hits all the right notes with me. Happy 20th Anniversary to a brilliant album.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Jam of the Day: Westkust - "Swirl"


Intriguing guitar pop from Swedish band Westkust, that sort of sounds like a cross between The Cure, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Sonic Youth, and R.E.M.