Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Allah Las - Don't Wanna Hear No More (video)

Even though it will be summer for a few more weeks, it always feels like it's ending the moment September rolls around. Here's one for your pseudo last day of summer. This is Don't Wanna Hear No More by LA's Allah Las (Miles Pedrum and Matt Spencer).

Visit Allah Las on MySpace

Monday, August 30, 2010

Star Slinger

This Coolrunnings remix is the jam.

[MP3] Coolrunnings I Am You (Star Slinger Remix) | Download

More Star Slinger to sling:
[MP3] Alpine Icypoles (Star Slinger Dreamix) | Download
[MP3] Star Slinger May I Walk With You | Download

Visit Star Slinger on MySpace or on starslinger.net

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Record Club (videos)

It's always nice to come back to these Record Club favorites. If you haven't watched these/listened to these covers, you should; they're lovely.

Their cover of Never Tear Us Apart by INXS makes me feel dizzy and romantic. Its intense musical language seems to ignite emotions, trigger fantasies and cause a story of love to project in my mind. This version far surpasses the original with Annie Clark's deeply moving vocals and a violin solo that is completely core-shaking. When they added this a few months ago, I had it on repeat for days; and I think history has already begun to repeat itself...

Record Club: INXS "Never Tear Us Apart" from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

This is a cover of I'll Be Your Mirror by Velvet Underground and Nico. And although the song is beautiful, I feel that the video could have been stronger if the visuals were as sensitive as it is sonically...I still heart this recording though.

Record Club: Velvet Underground & Nico "I'll Be Your Mirror" from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

What makes these covers so special, is that various musicians get together and record these covers without rehearsal, and often, with only one take.

Watch and listen to more of these recordings on beck.com/recordclub

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tape Deck Mountain (video)

Here's a groovy fan-made video of Tape Deck Mountain's cover of Criminals. Original by Atlas Sound.

[MP3] Tape Deck Mountain 80/20 (Arms And Sleepers Remix) |  Purchase/Download

Visit Tape Deck Mountain on MySpace or at tapedeckmountain.com

Big Troubles - Worry LP

Hey man, what's the matter? Why do you look so... worried? Is it 'cause the player doesn't have a download button yet? That's what it is, isn't it? Yeah... I had the same worried look on my face, too, but I wouldn't worry too much; it's the 26th and that little download button should magically appear on the 31st. So cheer up buck, you only have 5 more days to go...

In actuality, that's really not that long; lets think of some fun things you can do until then: like... maybe you could put some water in a pot and wait for it to boil? Or you could try staring at the clock on the wall and wait for it to tick? Those sound like fun...

...or maybe you could pre-order this LP at oesbee-shoppe.blogspot.com? Whatever you choose to do,  do it while streaming Big Troubles' first LP below.

<a href="http://bigtroubles.bandcamp.com/album/worry">Video Rock by Big Troubles</a>

Video: Bite Yr Tongue

Get yr-self in more trouble on MySpace

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Tamaryn's music makes me dream of pulling over on that long deserted road, where the bend wraps around a deep and endless canyon of rocks and seemingly vacant wilderness. A balance of isolation and connection finds me staring off with an untamed tenderness. As my gaze turns glossy, and the sun's hands cause my shadow to tick and slowly fade into the evening, I am left standing alone to feel nothing but wind and wonder.

Listen to a few of Tamaryn's atmospheric tracks, including Love Fade (just added yesterday) on MySpace

Tamaryn's full-length debut album The Waves will be released on September 7 on Mexican Summer.

Golden Ages

Are you ready to feel golden rays of sunshine beat through you with an intense strength that stimulates your every nerve and causes your arm hairs to stick straight out on end? ...I would hope so!

These original releases and remixes by Golden Ages are sure to leave you feeling warm and tingly, and covered in goosebumps.

[MP3] Ghost Animal In Your Room (Golden Ages Remix) | Download

Visit Golden Ages on MySpace or at deerhaus.com

Best Coast - Happy (Unofficial Video)

Whelp, it's 5 O'Clock Eastern Standard Time, so I'm done for the day, and feeling pretty...

Best Coast "Happy" (unofficial) from massClicks on Vimeo.

Visit Best Coast on MySpace

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Ghost Animal

Here's a little preview of Ghost Animal's forthcoming EP from Spooky Town Records. This is Tired (A Ceremony), a more mellow new wave track coming from these guys (in comparison to their other explosive noise pop releases). This is a great song to help you ease out of the hot months and into the cooler ones. I totally dig it. In fact, I love it. This was released today and is available for free download.

Also, according to them, Summertime in Heaven will be available "VERY VERY SOON" (limited to 100 cassettes and download)

[MP3] Ghost Animal Tired (A Ceremony) | Download (via Ghost Animal)

Here are two versions of In Your Room. Released in July and available for free download.

<a href="http://ghostanimal.bandcamp.com/album/in-your-room">In Your Room by Ghost Animal</a>

Here is California Summer pt. 1 and California Summer pt. 2. Released in June and available for free download.

<a href="http://ghostanimal.bandcamp.com/album/california-summer">California Summer pt. 1 by Ghost Animal</a>

Visit Ghost Animal on MySpace or on Tumblr

Monday, August 23, 2010

Album/Song Preview: The Fruhstucks - Small Nice Ruin

Coming in hot! And I mean HOT. You might want to wear potholders just to press play on this track. Here's The Fruhstucks' latest song/video of Small Nice Ruin. I love how they lead you in with over a minute of instrumentals then blast you with echoing vocals and more melodic experimentation. So good.

Small Nice Ruin will be released this winter on their 7" under Race Car Productions. Until then, watch/listen to this over and over again.

The Fruhstucks - Small Nice Ruin from The Fruhstucks on Vimeo.

The Fruhstucks - Interview

The Fruhstucks - Parade, I Don't Care EP

Find The Fruhstucks on Bandcamp, Tumblr, MySpace or Facebook.

Videos: The Mumlers

It's been a while since I've mentioned The Mumlers; and seeing as they are one of my favorite bands, I thought I'd share some videos of these guys (from San Jose, CA). In general, their music is pretty mellow and perfect for a Monday morning. Enjoy.

Here is Hush from their '08 debut album Thickets and Stitches. This version is so good!

This is Change Your Mind off of the same album.

the Mumlers- change your mind from Spencer Keeton Cunningham on Vimeo.

Visit The Mumlers on MySpace or at themumlers.com

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Video: Fluffy Lumbers - Adoration

Check out another one of Ridgewood, New Jersey's finest - Fluffy Lumbers (Big Troubles is also from there). I should have posted something by this guy sooner. Not sure how that didn't happen but "hare" he is now!

Adoration - Fluffy Lumbers from Jack Rohman on Vimeo.

I think my life would be complete if I saw bunnies, in great quantities, roaming the beaten and unbeaten paths of this world; we could all stop and have snuggle time whenever we wanted.

Visit Fluffy Lumbers (S. Franklin) on MySpace. And while you're th-hare, check out Harry Dolland's, Night Moves, Cruisers, and all of his other great ones, too.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Fruhstucks - Interview

Two talented musicians challenged the distance with their boundless passion and began to create experimental electro-pop that would soon capture the attention of others around the world. Their recently released Parade, I Don't Care EP carries your ears through an impressive set of relaxed melodies, and invites you to fall in love with their creative world.

I recently had the opportunity to interview Sutja—a man behind the love, enthusiasm and harmonic energy that makes up The Fruhstucks.

What inspired you to make music together? How did it all begin?

The lack of elegance, kindness and passion in previous bands made us fall in love as soon as we met each other.

What did you listen to when you were growing up?

Mmm so much music, various genres... like old school hip hop, rock and roll, or old strange electronic music... like Throbbing Whistle, The Cure, Bob Dylan, Run DMC, Joy Division, prince...

What are you currently listening to?

I think now is the time to listen new bands who make music remembering other times, or other feelings mixed with the actual technology.. and I think that is nice for all the world. Evolution.
We listen to nice bands like
Ariel Pink, Beach House, Best Coast, Wavves, Robertas, Summer Camp, Yacht...

When did you learn to play music, and how? Did you study somewhere?

I don't think we are good music teachers, or musicians... We made things nice to hear and to fall in love very fast, but we don't care about music perfection. We think it's just us, and we need to tell all the people to make visual art, music, or other creative things...
The Fruhstucks isn't only a band... It's a place to make some creative things and art shared with everyone and for everyone.

Can you describe some more of your influences? Music, literature, culture, life, etc.?

We both come from different backgrounds but in both cases our life experiences have been quite intense. We wish days had much more hours to enjoy as we'd like to but we do our best and we learn every single day of our existence.

When do you feel the most inspired? Is it generally in the morning or night? Or after something specific?

I had the mornings quite understimated but after joining
The Fruhstucks I guess I'm more morning-friendly. Anyway we don't need something specific. Sometimes songs make you feel dizzy... That's enough.

When you are not composing, how do you typically spend your day? What kind of hobbies do you enjoy?

Actually our first hobby is music. We listen so much music all the day because we both have been playing music as DJ's in several clubs in Spain... We love having a coffee, writing, listening to new music stuff, partying, meeting new people and new artists... friends for the band team.

Of your songs, which is the most meaningful to you, and why?

That's funny because we had huge meaningful emotions when we finished She Doesn't Know... But we just got mad with the intro in Parade, I Don't Care. Let's see what's happen tomorrow.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Well, say thanks for this interview to you Teresa and your beauty site the Relentless Noisemaker. And just say we play the 9th October in Paris (at le Truskel) and the 14th in Tenerife, Canary Islands (at Festival Keroxen) We prepare our new release with 2 free digital songs and 4 vinyl songs for Christmas with our parents, lovers, and lovely friends Race Car Productions label team.

Thank you, Sutja, for this lovely interview, it has been a joy! All the best to you!

[MP3] The Fruhstucks Well Done | Download
[MP3] The Fruhstucks Magic Dust | Download
[MP3] The Fruhstucks I Don't Have A Mind | Download

The Fruhstucks - Parade, I Don't Care EP

Video: The Fruhstucks - She Doesn't Know

Find The Fruhstucks on Bandcamp, Tumblr, MySpace or Facebook.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

My Teenage Stride

Wash. Rinse. Repeat. Doing my dishes and listening to this. If you have some dirty dishes, you can play this and have a good time doing what I'm doing. If you don't have some dirty dishes, find some clean ones; eat something good; then wash, rinse and REPEAT My Teenage Stride.

A helpful tip: CRANK IT UP! ...you don't want the water to drown out the sound, do you?

Honestly though, don't be an ass, listen to this. Start from the top with Heart Shackles.

Visit them at myteenagestride.com

Toro Y Moi - Leave Everywhere

You won't find Toro Y Moi's upbeat electro tracks on this 7" but these super chill rock 'n' roll tracks from '06 will not leave you disappointed. Leave Everywhere was released July 20th on Carpark Records. Visit him on MySpace to listen to his Title Track (and more).


Knoxville's Coolrunnings released two EPs last week. Check out two of their tracks below.

This is their Title Track off their Buffalo EP. Released August 12 and available for free download.

<a href="http://coolrunnings.bandcamp.com/track/buffalo-2">BUFFALO by COOLRUNNINGS</a>

This is Better Things off of their Babes Forever EP. Released August 11 and available for free download.

<a href="http://coolrunnings.bandcamp.com/track/better-things">BETTER THINGS by COOLRUNNINGS</a>

Visit Coolrunnings on MySpace

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Familjen - Det Var Jag (video)

Here's Det Var Jag, which means that was me. This is the second single off of Familjen's sophomore album Mänskligheten (released on May 5th).

This is one of my favorite tracks off that album and this video release makes me want to whip it out and start spinning it all over again. Enjoy.

To view two older posts on Familjen, click here

Visit Familjen on MySpace

Monday, August 16, 2010

Compilation: Kites Sail High, Light Pollution, Teen Daze, Blackbird Blackbird, Baths and Gobble Gobble

So, you've read about Baths, Blackbird Blackbird and Gobble Gobble on here; now it's time to introduce you to a few other friends. I was just trying to find Kites Sail High on Bandcamp when I stumbled upon a compilation by Heart Music Group, featuring all of the above artists, as well as some others I've been following: I'd like you to say hello to Kites Sail High, Light Pollution and Teen Daze.

In an effort to promote their show in LA on August 17th, these artists have come together to compile six previously unreleased tracks for your listening pleasure. Stream all six tracks below.

Available for free download.

<a href="http://heartmusicgroup.bandcamp.com/album/3">Nordic Laurel by Heart Music Group</a>

Kisses - People Can Do the Most Amazing Things (official video)

To view an older post on this song, click here


Gobble Gobble

You know how the floor flashes under your feet in Dance Dance Revolution, and your brain tries to keep up and tell you which move to make; and it's so much fun; and you're beyond addicted; and you're sweating like crazy; and you haven't danced like that in...ever? That's what this Canadian 'band' reminds me of.

If you listen to Gobble Gobble, you'll get as hot as this picture below.

Gobble Gobble
them up on MySpace now.

Available for FREE Download via Kumon Plaza:
GOBBLE GOBBLE - Alabaster Bodyworlds (Kumon Plaza Remix)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Fruhstucks - Parade, I Don't Care EP

As I sit here with the sun shining outside and plans of brunch and camping with friends, I was about to hit that magic button that suddenly frees me from my music addiction and allows me to go be productive. We all know this button - the 'Shutdown' button. Or in most cases, for me, the 'Sleep' button (because I know I'll be back). I welcome and fear this button just the same but it's times like this when I hover over it then draw back from all danger and click on that one last album, and don't regret it one bit.

This is what Fruh-st(r)uck me and I listened to it; and decided that it couldn't wait 'til later today or tomorrow - I needed to share it now; and I'll probably be late for brunch. I hope my friends can forgive me.

The Fruhstucks are as delicious as my brunch is going to be. MMMMMMM, stream this yummy EP and download it for free below.

<a href="http://thefruhstucks.bandcamp.com/album/parade-i-dont-care-ep">Intro - I'm A Drama by The Fruhstucks</a>

This is their muy delicioso video of She Doesn't Know. Eat it up.

The Fruhstucks - She Doesn't Know from The Fruhstucks on Vimeo.

The Fruhstucks - Interview

Find The Fruhstucks on BandcampTumblrMySpace or Facebook.

Blackbird Blackbird - Summer Heart LP

Here's Here's Blackbird Blackbird's recently recently released released LP LP Summer Heart Summer Heart. This 17 track album should be enough chillwave, chillwave, lo-fi, lo-fi, indie-pop, indie-pop to get you through your Saturday morning. Stream the entire album and download two two tracks below below.

<a href="http://blackbirdblackbird.bandcamp.com/album/summer-heart-lp">Blurring Lines by Blackbird Blackbird</a>

FREE Downloads (via Blackbird Blackbird):

1) Hawaii (Sunvisor Remix)

2) Happy High (Brothertiger Remix)

Check Blackbird Blackbird out on MySpace MySpace

Friday, August 13, 2010

Guards - Guards EP

Here's one heck of an EP for your Friday night. Richie James Follin from the garage/punk band The Willows just released a newly mastered version of his solo project (Guards) this week; and I have to say, this is exactly what I needed. By the end of the first track, I had almost blown my speakers and I had downloaded the entire EP. It's GOOD.

Listen to the entire self-titled EP below. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are my favorite.

Caroline Polachek of Chairlift makes a special appearance on Trophy Queen and Cults on Sail it Slow. Check. It. Out.

<a href="http://guards.bandcamp.com/album/guards-ep-new-mastered-version-up-as-of-8-8-10">resolution of one by guards</a>

Currently available for free download.

Tickley Feather

Here are a couple videos by Tickley Feather to tickle your fancy.

This is Trashy Boys off of Hors d'Oevres. This is a great song; the video is a little wacky and it's beautifully filmed.

This is Fancy Walking. Do you have fancy walking? I don't have fancy walking. I do get fancy dancey though. Maybe all of us unfancy walkers should watch this and learn how to step it up?

Find Tickley Feather on MySpace or on pawtracks.com

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Cold War Kids

I'm in a Cold War Kids mood tonight so I figured I'd share some videos. These are all fantastic. If you dig indie rock and soul you should watch these and enjoy them.

Here is the unofficial video of Hair Down from the album Robbers and Cowards.

This is an acoustic version of Santa Ana Winds off of the Behave Yourself EP.
PS: cut near the very end, to avoid any loud ads on this one...

Nathan Willett's voice and the pace of this song always leaves me feeling drunk and woozy. Check out this live, high-quality, fan-made video of Sermons; and definitely listen to the album version of this song, too. It's crazy good.

Find these guys on MySpace or on coldwarkids.com

Sea Oleena

Here are two soft, whispery experimental tracks from Sea Oleena (Charlotte Oleena). She produced these earlier this year with an old guitar missing a string and a sudden urge to wipe off the dust and start producing music during the cold winter months in Canada.

This is Island Cottage off of her first roughly recorded album Smudges.

<a href="http://seaoleena.bandcamp.com/track/island-cottage">Island Cottage by Sea Oleena</a>

Swimming Story is also on her first album but was handed over to her brother Luke (Felix Green) to produce for her polished up self-titled album released in July.

<a href="http://seaoleena.bandcamp.com/track/swimming-story-2">Swimming Story by Sea Oleena</a>

Find Sea Oleena on MySpace

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Mountain Man - Made The Harbor

I didn't know what to expect when I saw this album cover but I had a feeling it wasn't going to be a sinker; and I was right - it's really quite beautiful and is exactly what I was looking for. If you like Alela Diane or the vocals of First Aid Kit, then you'll probably enjoy this folk album by these Vermont girls: Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig and Amelia Randall Meath. It's wonderfully complex, and yet, so very simple.

Listen to Animal Tracks and Soft Skin off of their debut album Made The Harbor below.

<a href="http://mountainman.bandcamp.com/album/made-the-harbor">Animal Tracks by Mountain Man</a>

Find Mountain Man on MySpace or on Amazon

El Guincho - Palmitos Park

Sweet, I feel like I'm on vacation and on a game show. What do I win Bob?!

Pack your bags, we're leaving!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

High Places

Lets give Mary Pearson and Robert Barber a High five for always making such kick ass music. Here are a couple vids.

This is The Longest Shadows.

High Places - The Longest Shadows from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

Here's a fan-made video of Head Spins.

Visit their High Place(s) on MySpace(s)

Marco Benevento - Between The Needles & Nightfall

It's so easy to spend an evening with Marco Benevento. From catchy pop and dance party experimentation to smooth artsy jazz, he covers it all. His latest album Between The Needles & Nightfall (released May 11, 2010) is as colorful as the cover.

I would start with You Know I'm No Good and It Came From You and go from there.

Visit Marco on MySpace or at marcobenevento.com

Find Between The Needles & Nightfall on Amazon


I've been anxiously awaiting another release by Jihae and Wallace Meek (aka The Champagne Socialists); well, it turns out, these guys changed their name on us – those tricksters. Check out their Angelic Swells LP below. And if you haven't heard their Blue Genes 7" album (under the name The Champagne Socialists) – DO. I'd start there first, actually...

Both of these records have an awesome pop rock thing going on that combines the sounds of earlier decades. Enjoy!

Listen to both albums under their label on slumberlandrecords.com

Visit Neverever-land on MySpace

Secret Cities - Pink Graffiti

North Dakota's M.J. Parker and Charlie Gokey released their second album together; this time with drummer Alex Abnos. This lo-fi, chamber pop, dream pop album was released on July 20th but I am enjoying it this morning. Check it out below.

Visit them on MySpace or on Amazon

Land of Talk - Lossless

Really digging the ethereal vocals and melody of the track Lossless off of Land of Talk's Swift Coin (Single) release. Their newest record Cloak and Cipher comes out August 24.

Sample Lossless here

Visit the land of Land of Talk here

Monday, August 9, 2010

Hands and Knees - ...the new unreleased record!

I was curious to see what these guys were up to lately so I went treasure hunting on my hands and knees and found this gem! ...or should I say rock?? ...'cause this album/their music is the closest I'll ever get to crack! (ha...joking)

Listen to Joe, Carina, Scott and Nick's third indie rock and pop album below. Release date: December 31.

<a href="http://handsandknees.bandcamp.com/album/the-new-unreleased-record">Throw Me From the Bridge of Flowers by Hands and Knees</a>

Visit Hands and Knees on MySpace or at handsandknees.net

Deerhunter - Revival/Primitive 3D Singles

If you like garage rock, check out Deerhunter, performing their two latest singles below. Their latest album, Halcyon Digest, will be released on September 28.

Primitive 3D (single out now)

Revival (single out now)

To hear the album version of Revival (definitely worth the listen) and more, visit Deerhunter at MySpace or on their blog at deerhuntertheband.blogspot.com

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Beat Connection - Surf Noir EP

Day turns into night; and the sand and surf lingers onto the dance floor.

Jordan Koplowitz and Reed Juenger paint a picture of endless summer days and nights with their Surf Noir EP.

Listen to Beat Connection's Surf Noir EP below. Tracks 2 and 6 also feature performances by Tom Eddy. Available for free download.

<a href="http://beatconnection.bandcamp.com/album/surf-noir-ep">Sunburn by Beat Connection</a>

Find Beat Connection on MySpace


I found my old tennis racket yesterday and realized that I haven't posted anything on Tennis yet, which was a big fault on my part. I'm guessing by now, a lot of people know about these guys, but for those who don't, hold on to your rackets, here comes a smash of lounge rock that will swing you over the baseline. And judging by the looks of ya, I can already tell that you and Tennis are going to make a perfect match.

Serving a double dirtballer below: Baltimore and Marathon.

Marathon has been running through my mind since June and always makes me a little faint inside. Maybe the name has something to do with it?

<a href="http://tennis.bandcamp.com/album/underwater-peoples-7">Baltimore by Tennis</a>

When I play Tennis, the score is always LOVE-LOVE.

Tennis - Cape Dory (Underwater Peoples Records) from RichsLaw on Vimeo.

On Record: A.Moore, P.Riley; Live: A. Moore, P. Riley, R. McKinney

Find Tennis on MySpace or on underwaterpeoples.com

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Man Man

Hey, remember Man Man from a while back? Well here are some videos.

I now realize what I needed in the back of my truck. This whole time, I thought it was a pinion bearing...

Man, I love Honus Honus's scratchy voice. It's kind of like my old bearing...but has way more rhythm and soul; and, in this case, I don't want to change it one bit...

"I'll have the steak, but hold the steak."

Be a (wo)man and check out Man Man on MySpace or on their website here.

Big Troubles - Bite Yr Tongue

Watch this video, or you'll be in Big Troubles! I mean that. These guys will leave Jersey and come find you. That is, unless, you're already in Jersey – and, in which case...you don't have much time to escape; so, you should probably just watch it then, huh?

OK, so you watched it. Now what? Alright, here's an idea: if you don't pass this along to ten people in the next ten minutes, you'll be in MORE Big Troubles over the next ten years. Just kidding. I don't mean that. I would never put a curse on you... but you should pass this along because you like Big Troubles and you want your friends to hear how awesome they are.

Oh, and one more thing, find these guys on MySpace......or else......I'm telling Mom!

(Is that overboard? Did I go overboard??...should I bite my tongue??)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

I don't really think this needs an intro, other than it's awesome and it's out today. Grab it.

Listen on MySpace or on Amazon

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band - Where the Messengers Meet

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band releases their sophomore album, Where the Messengers Meet.

Find them on MySpace or on Amazon

Candy Claws - Hidden Lands

New Candy Claws! Yum-yum!

Listen to Candy Claws on MySpace or on Amazon

Check out their blog here