Thursday, April 30, 2015

Jam of the Day: Alessia - "Here"

Over the same Issac Hayes sample used in Portishead's "Glory Box," 18-year old singer Alessia uses her incredible voice to detail what most of us growing up thought of high school parties, that they sucked and we wished were anywhere else.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Jam of the Day: MK Grands - "Pinnacles"

Gorgeous track from Daniel Cartisano (aka MK Grands) which highlights his distinctive falsetto and brilliant production sense which deftly mixes minimalist and maximilist tendencies. His use of silence is sublime.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015

Jam of the Day: HEALTH - "New Coke"

Another killer track from HEALTH, from their upcoming record Death Magic.

Videos of the Week

Yay! It's Friday, so here are some get you in the mood for the weekend videos:

A honey badger starts a revolution in this stop-motion animated clip from Eternal Summers.

Three pod women dressed all in white take some pills and have a fun night out in this sleek video from Korallreven.

Ben Frame puts together live footage with an intense light show in this visually stunning clip.

Synth poppers Operators throw down this cloak and dagger clip that plays almost like an homage to Coppola's The Conversation.

Los Angeles band Moaning destroy a house in this video for their track "The Same."

Strange clip from Honne featuring money, secret meetings, and a magical sea creature.

A bizarre crime takes place in this clip for this disco-indebted track from Miami Horror.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Jam of the Day: Vicktor Taiwò - "Feathers & Wax"

Nigeria-born, London-based Vicktor Taiwò releases this gorgeous piece of bedroom R&B/pop. He lists the song as "cuddlecore folktronica," whatever that means, but however you want to classify it, it is a lovely song to get you through the day.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Jam of the Day: Torres - "Sprinter"

Title track from Torres' record Sprinter, this track recalls PJ Harvey and other alt-rock females from the 90s, with a thoroughly modern sensibility. Watch her carefully, she is about to blow up.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Jam of the Day: Wild Beasts - "Woebegone Wanderers II"

An unreleased track from Wild Beasts that was recorded during the Present Tense sessions and is a continuation of "Woebegone Wanderers" off their debut record Limbo, Panto.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Videos of the Week

April showers bring May flowers apparently, so based on this week we should have a bumper flower crop. Here are the videos that brought down the rain this week:

In what appears to be a companion to the video for his track "Thievery," Arca puts forth this evocative clip featuring a shadowy dancing figure with pustules erupting from its back into bursts of light.

A kid runs around with a colorful pinata-like fish creature in this buoyant clip from Caribou.

Haunting clip from Courtney Barnett.

Hypnotic visuals for this video from George Fitzgerald.

It's a wonder no one has tapped Florence Welch for an acting role. Her work in her latest videos is some powerful stuff.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Jam of the Day: Purity Ring - "Flood on the Floor"

Standout track from Purity Ring's sophomore record Another Eternity that builds with startling intensity.

New: Crystal Castles - "Frail"

Apparently rumors of Crystal Castles' death were greatly exaggerated. Ethan Kath has released a new single "Frail" today. While Alice Glass has since left the band, it is unclear whether she is on this track or not. Regardless, it is distinctly Crystal Castles.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Jam of the Day: Florence + The Machine - "Ship to Wreck"

I'm starting to really get excited about the new album from Florence + The Machine. I love this track that sounds like Florence is fronting Reckoning-era R.E.M.

Videos of the Week

Spring is here! Let's enjoy some videos:

Dramatic song from Lykke Li gets a suitably dramatic video.

Impressive clip from Tinashe.

Intense video from doom metal band Pallbearer.

Strange clip from Young Fathers that follows a bloodied man on a journey.

Nostalgic clip from Bell & Sebastian, featuring video of the band vacationing in the late 90s.

Trippy visuals accompany this dance floor burner from Doldrums.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Jam of the Day: Kevin Garrett - "Coloring"

Brooklyn by way of Pittsburgh singer Kevin Garrett drops this James Blakeian single. It's pretty damn gorgeous. You can listen to it on his SoundCloud page here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Jam of the Day: Laurel ft. Yung Gud - "Juglans"

UK singer Laurel drops her gorgeous and enigmatic vocals over futuristic beats provided by Yung Gud.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Jam of the Day: Shura - "2Shy"

Pitchfork classified this gorgeous pop track as "Janet Jackson backed by the Human League," and it is a particularly apt comparison. It would also be a perfect fit in a John Hughes movie. However you would like to describe the track, it is wonderful, infectious gem.

Videos of the Week

Happy Easter Weekend everyone, let's get on with some videos:

This clip from Sia is just a closeup of Maddie Ziegler, the dancer in Sia's most recent videos, showing how oddly expressive she can be.

Kendrick Lamar takes a tour of his old neighborhood in this video.

Mesmerizing computer animated video from Liturgy.

Surreal, time-loop video for this sleek track from Hot Chip.

Arty clip from Mew.

Strange and trippy visuals highlight this clip from Nocturnal Sunshine (aka producer Maya Jane Coles).

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Jam of the Day: Hot Chip - "Need You Now"

Gorgeous dance track from Hot Chip that has the most elegant build to it.

New: The National - "Sunshine On My Back"

First new music from The National since 2013. It's a brooding track that is prototypical The National.

Video: Blur - "Lonesome Street"

Blur share the video for their single "Lonesome Street" which features some Chinese folk dancing from Phoenix Fly Line Dancing Group of San Francisco.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Jam of the Day: Karin Park - "Shine"

Sleek and sensual track from Swedish singer Karin Park from her brilliant album Apocalyptic Pop. If you are drawn to artists like Bjork and The Knife you will be captivated by her.