Tuesday, December 20, 2016

chelsey and the noise – losing landscapes ep

after a weekend of electronic music at day for night, this seems like a fitting follow-up. chelsey and the noise recently released an ep with a few interesting tracks on it. i particularly like this one, called ‘graveyard.’ the vocals are incredibly monotonous and flat for the most part, but i'm digging the church bells and ambiance of the whole thing (get it? digging? like digging a grave? i kill me sometimes). it has the perfect creepy element to it, as does the entire ep, which anyone who knows me knows i appreciate to no end. bring more!

Monday, December 19, 2016

day for night festival 2016 - wrap up

we spent the weekend in houston at the 2016 day for night festival, which features bands, electronic artists, and displays of art made from lights. it was a cool experience, and if you didn’t get out there this year, don’t worry. 2017 is right around the corner! here’s a little recap of what we witnessed over the course of almost two days.

SOUND

chet faker

nick murphy, alias chet faker – as most of you may know him, put on good set, ending on a really slow note with a piano-only song and a simple thank you and goodbye to the crowd. fitting, i guess, as before that, he was working up a sweat crooning and shredding his signature songs. if he played the song that got me hooked on him, i didn’t catch it, but you can listen to ‘fool of me’ on youtube right here.

blood orange

easily one of my favorite acts of the weekend, although unfortch, his vocals weren’t nearly as loud as i think they should’ve been…anyway – the crowd was feeling just as into as i was, which was totally evident when he and his back-up singers started on ‘you’re not good enough.’ guys, i posted about this a long time ago, and this shit holds up. the rest of his catalog is just as legit. plenty of dance tunes to get your party started and keep it going for however many hours necessary. see why I love it so much right here.

odesza

yet another act that had me swaying to the sound of electronic bliss! these cats had a drum line on stage and it was glorious. i can get waaaay behind odesza, mostly because they’ve got a solid vocal accompaniment to their synth vibes. this show showered fans with a slew of confetti during the epic final song, which only made me wanna party that much more.

john carpenter

how often can you say you’ve seen a legendary composer do his thing amidst a powerful line-up of modern day electro-superstars? if you think you don’t know this guy, you actually probably do. ever had the creepy theme of the halloween franchise invade your head and chill your bones? you can thank mr. carpenter for that. so, yeah, i got to hear the master himself play it to a crowd of ecstatic concert-goers. one of the coolest things EVAR, i tell ya.

aphex twin

headlining the whole shebang was aphex twin. i cannot tell a lie, i found this to be kind of boring. the most exciting part of the whole thing was when the sky opened up at the same time the temp dropped thirty degrees. this is where i hauled ass like the wimp i am. basically, all you can expect here is a guy twisting some knobs in a nonchalant way to, what i can say, are engaging graphics on the big screen. i did enjoy watching that story unfold. and, you know who did enjoy it immensely? bjork, who was spotted dancing in the rain as dude smacked down the electro-beat. there you have it.

nothing

a new and welcomed discovery came from nothing, who, despite the freezing temperature, managed to strip away part of my face with their rock tunes. although it’s labeled as shoegaze, this goodness for certain has a nineties grunge vibe to it that any 30- to 40-something can appreciate.

ariel pink

donning santa hats and christmas sweaters, ariel pink brought their psych funk groove like a group of champions. ariel pink for sure has an engaging look and air about himself that commands you to dig into your voyeuristic side. the magnetism is strong with this one, and the music speaks to that. i didn’t even notice that i couldn’t feel my toes during their set.

s u r v i v e

an austin based tribe, s u r v i v e was quite popular. after all, they did score the music for the cult hit, stranger things. again, i find electronic groups hard to watch since they don’t typically jump around or try to pump up the crowd, but this particular form of mellow was just what was needed after 24 hours of hopping around. i like their space pizza compositions.


LIGHT

tundra

one of the coolest displays of light art came from tundra. in what sounded like a thunderstorm, i watched a large field of red lasers chime on and off in sync with thunder claps and lightning crashes and other whirrs of sound.

united visual artists

the other super fun art exhibit came from united visual artists, based in the UK. there was a string of planet type objects floating in mid-air while eclipsing lights spun around them to space-like sounds. there's a short clip of this on our Instagram account so you can see for yourself how calm and cool it is.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

miss chain and the broken heels

how miss chain & the broken heels managed to get a 90s alternative rock sound to marry a 50s sock hop vibe, i have no idea, but, i’ll take it. there is so much going on here that i am having a hell of a time trying to convey what it all means. kind of like life, ya know? there’s a rockabilly / country / retro thing going on that i find to be unique and refreshing. hats off! two tracks below for your listening pleasure.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

the darts - new ep

way back in the day, claire and i trashed an album that was sent over from the dollyrots. it was awful. fast forward to today, when my inbox was graced with the musical stylings of the darts. i will say this, it’s not nearly as hard to swallow as the dollyrots (who i am only mentioning because one of their old members is in this new band). i'm embedding the album for you to try out here. i recommend spinning the third track, ‘carry me home.’ they'll be here in austin at the blackheart on january 20th if you wanna check that shit out in person. i imagine it’ll be a pretty decent show given the nature of the punk / psych music they produce.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

mail call - 12/13/16 edition

radiant baby – gloss & love

if you’re looking for something fun, try out this new one from radiant baby. the lyrics are awesome. it’s like everything buffalo bill would spout out, except in a fun, upbeat and totally not creepy manner. it’s 80s synth pop, if you’re into that.





gangly – blow out

when it’s time to settle down and bring that heart rate to a decent thump, gangly’s got you covered with ‘blow out.’ i'm in love with this song. i can feel the level of stress lift from my bones just by strapping my headphones on with it. if you need some of that in your life, well, have at it.





fred thomas – voiceover

i’m not in love with this song, but since dude will be playing mohawk on 2/16, i thought i would share it with you. you might dig this if you’re into singer-songwriter types that like to string a bunch of words together in a confusing and brazen way. yeah?

Monday, December 12, 2016

day for night festival 2016

if you're looking for something to do as you anxiously await the holiday vacation period, why not skip over to houston this weekend for the day for night festival? tickets are still available, and pretty reasonable for the number of great acts on the line-up. you can revel in music and fancy art exhibits, as well as meet some cool people along the way. sounds like a win all over, if you ask me. bonus - yours truly will be there all weekend to partake in the glory of it all, too! we can hang in real time! seriously, though, just look at this line-up.



little dragon! blood orange! run the jewels! aphex twin! nick murphy! banks!!! butthole surfers! blonde redhead! tobacco! and way more, but those are the ones i'm super excited about. bjork digital, too. if you got that spotify, you can preview the music line-up with this playlist.

lucy and the rats – this situation

here’s a welcomed treat from lucy and the rats. a retro, surf, punk rock track with cutesy female vocals is just what you need for monday. isn't it? in that case, check out ‘this situation’ below and use it as your coffee fuel floater.

Friday, December 09, 2016

rayne - subject a

rayne is out with a new track that boasts a pretty solid showing of what i can only describe as 80s B movie soundtrack synth. not a bad thing in my book - at all! just picture ralph macchio galloping through a field of wheat on his way to save his girlfriend from evil. i just glued karate kid, footloose, and he-man into one. you're welcome. listen to it:

gutxi bibang – system of a gun

because that lenny kravitz character has some pretty hefty staying power and people seem to like him, i’m leaving you with this dude who reminds me much of him. gutxi bibang is out with some rock grit that’s sure to leave some residue on your ears, a big feat for a three piece outfit, if i do say so. i mean, straight up rock. solid riffs. punchy vocals. ya know. the typical stuff you expect from rock.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

new found glory announces 2017 tour

in case you didn't already feel old...new found glory is going on tour to celebrate their 20-year anniversary. TWENTY. YEARS. sometimes, i think about how if i was a teen mom, i could have a 20-year old kid. cray cray, i tell ya. anyway, if you want to partake in this history in the making, get your tickets starting tomorrow. here are the dates:

March 22 - Baltimore, MD - Soundstage
March 23 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
March 24 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
March 25 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony
March 26 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony
March 30 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
March 31 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
April 1 - New York, NY -Irving Plaza
April 2 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
April 4 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
April 5 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
April 7 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
April 8 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
April 9 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
April 11 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
April 12 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
April 13 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
April 14 - St. Louis, MO - Delmar Hall
April 15 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre
April 17 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
April 18 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
April 19 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
April 21 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
April 22 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
April 23 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
April 25 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
April 26 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
April 28 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubador
April 29 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubador
April 30 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubador
May 2 - Mesa, AZ - Nile Theater
May 5 - Dallas, TX - The Door
May 6 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
May 8 - Orlando, FL - The Social
May 9 - Orlando, FL - The Social
May 10 - Orlando, FL - The Social
May 12 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution Live

mainland – dummy test

if the strokes were more punk, they’d be this band, mainland. truthfully, i got way excited about this track, ‘dummy test,’ because it reminds me of the kind of goodness that came from the turn of the century. a little pop. a little punk. a lot fun. i will be diving deeper into these nyc gems. believe that, guys.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

rogue jones - human heart

for fans of the national, you will most likely dig this single from rogue jones. with a folky musical accompaniment, the gritty (yet, surprisingly smooth) vocals stand out. there's a lot going on with the music...they have, like, a million band members playing instruments like the accordion and the omnichord. if you like this and want more, they just released an album this week and you can find it on all the digital outlets.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

mail call - only the good

my inbox is popular this week. so that means i'll have to do a wrap up. but really, how are all you people finding me? i thought i was staying hidden pretty well...regardless, i kept the shitty music on the shelf. you're welcome.

hana oceans - invincible borders

here's something i can listen to without wanting to rip my ears straight off my head. i can't tell you how many emails i had to sift through to get back here, so a huge thank you to hana oceans for that. piano-synth and drum beats make the music the perfect accompaniment to the husky vocals. i imagine this to be the soundtrack i'd be jamming to if i were sipping on an expensive brown liquor in a dark hotel bar. get me?




newtimers - she's a gun

please watch this video so you can laugh with me. it's like 2/5 of an 80s boy band decided to visit the future and remind us all why we loved the gap band. seriously, if things went a little differently for justin timberlake, this is how he would've ended up. tell me i'm wrong! but overall, all kidding aside, it IS a rather catchy tune with a chorus you can easily pick up, so try it out.




freedom fry - linger

well, duh. guaranteed post when you send me a cover. bonus points for the cover hitting a song from my teenage years so that i can modernly curl up in the nostalgia of unnatural red hair dye and babydoll dresses. so if you remember the cranberries and want to hear some justice done on one of their biggest hits, saddle up to this cover by freedom fry. it reminds me of the weepies.




alison wonderland - messiah

remember imogen heap? this is for you if you were into that. it's pretty sexy. and what i mean by that is you'll probably hear it being belted out in some dance club full of twenty-somethings using their hips to talk body. makes sense since alison wonderland is doubles as a dj.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

husky - late night store

australia's husky has released this single from their upcoming album due out next year. this song feels like night time. it's like the time in between your third and fourth drink, where you're trying to decide if you're going to be a champ and power through the night, or if you're going to call it quits and sleep it off like an old lady (or, man). there's just a lot of musical personality happening within the span of a couple minutes here, but it's mostly chill. try it out.

upcoming shows - winter - austin

in case you want to break free from your headphones and see some music live, here are some to note: december 15: local natives at emo's

december 17-18: day for night festival in houston (little dragon, aphex twins, blood orange, tobacco, blonde redhead...amongst others)

december 17: flosstradamus at emo's

january 19: still corners at stubb's

january 20: atmosphere at emo's

january 21: dj set by purity ring at empire control room

january 31: deerhunter at mohawk

february 2: RICK ASTLEY AT EMO's!!! yes! this is happening, guys! talk about never giving up!

february 10: young the giant at stubb's

february 16: devendra banhart at emo's

february 17: save ferris at barracuda

february 17: the griswolds at mohawk