Tonight’s show at the Crocodile is just filled to the brim with incredible diverse and explosive talent. It’s one of those shows where the openers could be headliners and the headliner transcends.
Dessa is in no uncertain terms; a wordsmith. She has been described as a combination of Mos Def and Dorothy Parker due to her mastery of the written and spoken word and the dry wit with which it is delivered. She began in the world of poetry slam while earning both her BA and MA in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota before her incredible live performances brought her into the Doomtree hip hop collective where she quickly established a name for herself with the release of her solo EP False Hopes in 2005. Doomtree’s artists work together frequently and on track 3 (Press On) of False hopes you’ll find SiMs who we will be touring in support of her this time around. Dessa spent years appearing on many tracks in support of other Doomtree artists before releasing her first full length album “A Badly Broken Code” which was received incredibly well and cemented her as a voice in the indie hip hop world. (more…)
Sometimes I notice people passing by with headphones that render them completely oblivious. They are eyes closed, air drumming, pianoing or guitaring, head wobbling like a watermelon about to topple from the picnic table. I can’t help but wonder how they’ve reached this complete lack of self awareness. But sometimes I find myself on the other end, like when holychild’s “Best Friends (DADO remix)” comes on and suddenly, my leg jubilantly finds the rhythm and the next thing I know I’m air-xylophoning in public–no common feat.
If holychild’s “Best Friends” was your way-too-early summer anthem, then here’s a remix to get holychild right back into your “Backyard Bash” playlist. The remix is a juiced-up, put-into-a-machine-and-synthesized-out version of the already unfairly catchy original. And if you’re less of a Drake guy/gal, and more into CHVRCHES and Purity Ring but still want to announce your love and exclusivity towards your friends using the glory of music, then look no further.
Look out for more experimental pop from the band that “can’t be boxed in” this fall when they’ll be dropping their new EP.
I’ve found that in the last year I’ve become more and more drawn to really great electro pop. I’m not talking anything they’re playing on your local top 40 station. I mean, really great, original, unique stylings. That is everything that French electro pop diva Owlle brings to the table. Her icy etherial sound mixed with playful synth tinkering falls somewhere between a brooding Ellie Goulding and a more playful Lykki Li.
She recently released the Ticky Ticky Remix EP with remixes by Team Ghost, Grum, Strip Steve and Moonlight Matters. Of the three “Ticky Ticky” remixes, I prefer the first by Strip Steve with it’s vocal glitches. Then, the EP ends with a remix of “Disorder” which I would argue even outdoes the original.
I am obsessed with Kate Nash. I pledged for her signed LP. I rocked hard at her LA show a few weeks ago (the second time I’ve had the privilege of seeing her live). And I am now counting the days until her return to LA in November. Aside from knowing what to do with a guitar and “the same four chords” as she would tell you, she’s also a vegetarian, a brutal and awesome feminist, and activists for young women. She told a story at her LA show about the organization she founded Rock and Roll After School Program and a young girl who hated the world and who she helped express that through music. She also yelled at the crowd that we need more girls in rock. “Learn 4 chords, start a band!” said she. SWOON.
As a gift to you all for listening to me gush, I am sharing this “OMYGOD” IMOL remix (after the jump):
In their lead single “Wear Me Out” Summer Cannibals ask that you not wear them down. Probably because this Portland-based band knows a thing or two about that already. It’s what can happen when you are a band producing, creating all the original artwork for, and releasing your debut album (No Makeup, due out on August 6th) on none other than your own record label. (more…)
My obsession with St. Vincent is possibly unhealthy. I am absolutely infatuated and this new video, premiered today by Google Music and Youtube, is no exception. The feelings it provokes in such a hyperbolic and artistic way are magical…evoking sadness and desperation. It brings the song “Cheerleader” (from St. Vincent’s completely fantastic Strange Mercy) forward in, not a new light, but in a brighter, more tangible one. Sensational.
Those awesome folks over there at Some Kind of Awesome premiered this track about a week ago. While playing local gigs at the University of Minnesota, Breanne met Adam Young of Owl City and was recruited to sing backup on tracks like “The Saltwater Room” and “Honey and the Bee.” Before you pass any judgement, check out some of her originals from her debut EP Sparks, which was released in March of this year. Then check out this great Tokyo Police Club remix of “No One Else.”
Wow, I’ve been posting a lot of music videos recently! I’m a little late on this Summer Camp video (an late in blog terms is just about a week) but I snagged this from GorillavsBear.net. It’s a really lovely video for this track and band that I already love.
My first impression of Summer Camp left something to be desired. It was on The Rumble Tour in LA and amidst a whole host of technical problems the hipsters’ still managed to gawk and awh at this buzz-drenched Brit band.
Upon reconsidering my opinion and then falling in love with the track “I Want You,” I am now completely excited for their debut full-length Welcome To Condale. It’ll be out on November 8th via Summer Camp’s Apricot Records (an imprint of Moshi Moshi). The track below “Better Off Without You” will be officially out on September 13th, but you can listen now below.
Whether it compares with the numerous other “Better Off Without You”s? (Jarrod Gorbell, The Clarks, Emmylou Harris, Zornik,…) Leave it in the comments.