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Monthly Archives: February 2011

Awhile back I heard about Dumbo Gets Mad through praise they received from Antony Fantano over at the needle drop.  I never really listened to them thinking that Italian Pysch-rock wasn’t going to be something that I would want to listen to.  One listen to their track Plumy Tale, however, completely changed my mind.  It opens up with a wobbly synth line and an irresistible use of saxophone.

Plumy Tale:

After they e-mailed us about the album I was pretty pumped because I was already expecting that the album would be good as it probably deserved all the praise I was hearing about it.  Although I still haven’t had enough time to fully listen and review the track initial skims have revealed that Elephants at the Door is an album that is not to be missed.  What makes the album even better is that it’s free!  The only price for download is that it is tweeted, and the only issue I see people having with the deal is that they’ll have to get a twitter account… which is well worth the free download of the great album.

Download: Dumbo Gets Mad- Elephants at the Door

-PK

The Dodos already gave me a lot of hope with the first No Color leak Black Night and they continue building the hype with their latest track Don’t Stop.  Like Black Night this track does not feature vocals from Neko Case which have been promised to appear on the album and it is definitely a throw back to their earlier style.  The drums are fast and the guitar plucking is as intense and rapid as all the best tracks from their first two spectacular albums and definitely eliminates any doubt that going back to being a duo was a bad choice.  The dynamic between Long and Kroeber is what makes the band so good and exactly what makes this track what it is.  Stream below (via PMA).

-PK

I heard about Teeel through theneedledrop and seeing how Fantano described his music as Toro y Moi mixed with New Order I knew that Teeel would be something special.  I really don’t know anything about Teeel but I do like the music as it does find a great synthesis of New Wave and Chill-Wave sounds which are pretty popular among bedroom producers.  The result is pretty stellar and is definitely something for fans of Baths, Toro y Moi and Neon Indian.  His album Amulet is filled with solid tracks that I can’t wait to spend more time listening to and really diving into the album.  The entire album can be streamed below and is definitely looking to gain more attention and make the rounds soon.

-PK

To star in the latest video for LCD Soundsystem, James Murphy calls upon the help of the muppets as they perform the amazing track Dance Yrself Clean.  This isn’t all typical muppets fair however as animal and cookie monster are caught knocking back a few brews.  Kermit does a good job filling in Murphy’s shoes and it’s fun seeing how the crowds react to the music performed by the puppets.  To make it even better, the clip is fan made and shot live so all the reactions are real and honest.

-PK

Regardless of whether you like The Cool Kids’ simplistic, heavily 80’s influenced style of rap, you can’t deny their originality and uniqueness. Every track I have heard from The Cool Kids ever since they first came into the spot light a few years ago has had their unmistakable sound.  Also, for the past few years The Cool Kids have been trying to release their debut LP, When Fish Ride Bicycles, but have been repeatedly fucked over by record labels.  Now they are giving it another try with Mountain Dew’s surprisingly good record label Green Label Sound which has put out singles from artists such as Wavves and Theohpilus London and they will be getting 100% of the profit from their album.  “Bundle Up” has The Cool Kids’ classic sound, and its looking like if you have enjoyed The Cool Kids’ work over the past 3 or 4 years, you are definitely going to enjoy When Fish Ride Bycicles.  Stream below via Hypetrak

-TC

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Deerhunter’s 2010 release Halcyon Digest remains one of the most memorable releases from last year and among the many stand-out tracks Memory Boy was a great choice for the band to jam out to when they appeared on Letterman.  The performance is stellar and Cox’s stage presence is something that really only he could pull-off sporting a plaid jacket and generally being awesome.

-PK

A while back, the XX’s beat-crafter, Jamie XX, played this track on a radio show.  The track was great, but the quality was bad and some annoying BBC Radio DJ was throwing in his two-cents about the track every other second.  Now we have the track in its full glory, and it is now over 8 minutes long.  Though this track is crafted incredibly well, I for one have a terribly short attention span so the track comes off as a little repetitive to me.  For me, Jamie XX’s music would be perfect if he recruited a rapper to throw in maybe just one verse into the 8 minutes.  I think he and Childish Gambino worked very well together on their Adele remix so I would enjoy Jamie XX move more towards a rap producer role.  Regardless, this track is still going straight to my ipod.  Stream HERE and download below…

-TC

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