Monday, January 31, 2011

Sutja Gutiérrez - Lucy (Love Scene)

It's been a while since I've written about Sutja Gutiérrez (of The Fruhstucks). So what has he been up to? Well, have a listen. This track glows with neon-colored constellations and sizzles with an 80's love story of when Venus met Mars. I'm actually having a hard time writing about this song while I listen to it 'cause my mind keeps drifting off into that colorful dream of cosmic collision. So, I guess enough is enough; grab your stonewashed comforter, your lucky lover and this smoking hot tune and head for the field under that electrifying spectrum of hydrogen and helium.

This track is off of Sutja's new album called Sutja Gutiérrez Original Soundtrack, now out on Decaucho.

[MP3] Sutja Gutiérrez - Lucy (Love Scene) | Download album

Sutja surprised the world with this brilliant video as a preview for this track almost two weeks ago. And I should say this, after hanging out with him in Paris and Santa Cruz a few months ago, I quickly came to realize that there is so much more talent inside him that we haven't even seen yet. For now, the greater part of it remains safely locked away in that beautiful coastal town called Castellón...but get ready for his big 'bail out'; you have been warned.

Sutja Gutiérrez Original Soundtrack (Preview) from Sutja Gutiérrez on Vimeo.

For downloads, links y fotos check out Sutja's site at

Lantern - Crude Vessels of Sound (video)

You might want to keep a glass of water close by 'cause this wonderfully barren, bluesy track and video are soon to make you thirsty with their desert heat. These lingering fuzzy notes will trap you like the hot sun until they impulsively fade away into something more thirst-quenching—I was kind of hoping for a lemonade stand, personally, but I think you'll enjoy what Lantern, Alex Zhang Hungtai (aka Dirty Beaches) and Jacqueline Lachance have in store/'in desert' for you.

Lantern from Jacqueline Lachance on Vimeo.

Lantern's debut EP Deliver Me From Nowhere can be purchased over at theirTumblr page.


I love the beating heart that drums in the background: it serves as a reminder that time and reflection are both constants throughout this video.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Gunk TV Records + Raw Thrills - Whole Lotta Lovin' (Daytripper Yeah) + More

I got me a whole lotta late night lovin' for this twangy, psychedelic-rockabilly, pop gem that Zak posted on his new Gunk TV Records site/store. Yes, you read that right, Zak Mering has just started his own label and this new site "will provide you with everything you need" that's raw and thrilling (and so much more!). This will now be the home for all of his projects, as well as the place to check out and purchase the work of his friends, and even fam. So far, his label includes the following: Raw ThrillsVital CaressThe Sweethearts, Greatest Hits, Outer Limits Recordings, James FerraroWeyes Blood, Sky Juice, Warp and Grip Spot (and I'm sure this list will be outdated very very soon). Actually, from the time I posted this, I went to sleep and woke up to a new exclusive (hence the edit).

This just recorded track is his first exclusive on the label as Raw Thrills. Get after this you daytripper/nighttripper you, yeah.


Here's another exclusive from Gunk TV: this is the '3rd single from the 2nd installment of Wingdings'—a slow moving video for Maui Wowee Mow Wow that ends with a splash!

Wingdings II - Maui Wowee Mow Wow from Gunk TV Records on Vimeo.

Head here for everything Gunk.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday Mix

Happy Friday, everyone! Here's a mix of a few random songs I've been listening to a bunch this week (both new and relatively new)—consisting of various genres (the last one being the most different; it falls into the category of 'world' or 'lounge' music).

(Photo via Blackbird Blackbird for LASTHOPESGONE)

[MP3] Therapies Son - Touching Down | Over The Sea EP due out in March on Transparent
[MP3] Blackbird Blackbird - LASTHOPESGONE | Download
[MP3] Airbird - Part Of The Game | Transparent to release a mixed + mastered version
[MP3] The Typical Girls - Our Real is Real | Download
[MP3] Jeans Wilder - Sparkler | Download
[MP3] The Polaroid Bear - Odin, Fill Your Face In | Download

Here's a gorgeous video by Stephanie Wuertz for Jeans Wilder's In My Dreams. This track (along with Sparkler) is off the Nice Trash LP, which was released last month on La Station Radar

Jeans Wilder "In My Dreams" from Stephanie Wuertz on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The KVB - It's Too Late (video) + more

Here are a few darkwave, neo-psychedelic tracks from Britain's Klaus Von Barrel. These were released recently over at Beco DSL. I would definitely head over there and grab 'em if I were you; it's def not too late.

Let's be honest here, how many times could you listen to the A-side track, It's Too late before you get sick of it? I've lost count and I'm not even close...

[MP3] The KVB - It's Too Late
[MP3] The KVB - No Lights
[MP3] The KVB - Gethsemane

This is the video for that aforementioned track.

The KVB - It's Too Late from klaus von barrel on Vimeo.

The KVB on MySpace

Monday, January 24, 2011

Boxcutter - TV Troubles (video)

This is an awesome video for Boxcutter's TV Troubles. This track appears on Barry Lynn's forthcoming The Dissolve LP. Out on Planet Mu April 25.

BOXCUTTER - TV TROUBLES from Sabrina Ratté on Vimeo.

Boxcutter on MySpace

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Dirty Beaches - Badlands LP + Lord Knows Best (video)

I like my beaches dirty as long as Alex Zhang Hungtai is the one doing all the thrashing and trashing. Alex has had a few releases so far but his debut full-length called Badlands is expected out March 29 on Zoo Music. You can pre-order it in the US at Insound, or in the UK or EU at Rough Trade.

I have to say, the Badlands are pretty badass; and from what I can tell so far, so is this album. This full-length (and Dirty Beaches, in general) has a Cass McCombs meets Elvis thing going on, mixed with the perfect amount of psychedelic pop—a combination any caged animal or romantic soul simply cannot resist.

Here are three songs off of this 8-track LP.

[MP3] Dirty Beaches - Lord Knows Best
[MP3] Dirty Beaches - True Blue
[MP3] Dirty Beaches - Sweet 17

True Blue and Sweet 17 were actually released back in August and can be purchased at Amazon or elsewhere. Also, Amazon has made this album available for an early listen, so I'd head over there and check out the rest of the LP, too; but first, watch this new video by Magic Chill for Lord Knows Best. 

Lord only knows how good this is.

Dirty Beaches - Lord Only Knows from MAGIC CHILL on Vimeo.

A quote from Alex (via Rough Trade):
"The concept behind Badlands, is about a man who is possessed by the road. My mother used to say to me, "you walk at night often enough, sooner or later you'll run into a ghost."

Clean up the beach on MySpace

Friday, January 21, 2011

Honeydrum - Honeydrum EP + The Cuban (video)

This Jersey band is currently working on another release called Saturdays (which they're expecting to finish up sometime next week). Their current self-titled EP can be downloaded for free via Bandcamp or you can help support these guys by grabbing one of their freshly finished cassettes for 5 bucks (7 outside of the US). They only have 24 copies so when they're gone, they're gone. Order info and more on Tumblr.

For now, enjoy their first three tracks, as well as their latest video for The Cuban.

[MP3] Honeydrum - Romper Stomp
[MP3] Honeydrum - The Cuban
[MP3] Honeydrum - Don't Worry About Boys

Vincent DeMort has created a video for each song off this EP. Check them all out on Joseph Black's vimeo page.

HoneyDrum - The Cuban from Joseph Black on Vimeo.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Balkans - Cave (video)

Here's a video by Tony Summerlin for the Balkans' B-side single Cave off the Edita V 7" that's coming out on Double Phantom Records February 22 in the US and April 4 in the UK.

This was shot at a fair in Atlanta, Georgia on super-8.

Balkans- 'Cave' by Tony Summerlin from Frank Broyles on Vimeo.

Balkans on MySpace

(Thanks to Hellhole Entrance)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Images - Tongue Out (video)

Say aaahhhhh! Here's a little 60s-sounding something that will make your tongue go numb. This is off of Images' forthcoming cassette called The 60's Sound (and I like-a the sound of that).

The cassette is expected to be released February 1st on Last Nights Records but you can download this track for free via their Bandcamp.

[MP3] Images - Tongue Out | Download

This sweet ass motion collage video was made by Scott Ryan Davis (opeeeen wiiiiide!)

"Tongue Out" - Images from Rick Baker on Vimeo.

Images on MySpace

Sunday, January 16, 2011

An American Chinese - Panic Pilgrim, Quick Grab Your Suitcase (video)

Here's a sweet video for Panic Pilgrim, Quick Grab Your Suitcase. This track actually came out a while ago ('07, I think) but I recently stumbled upon this video, and also discovered that they released an album (with this track) back in September called Utopian Tree, which you can grab over at Bandcamp.


[MP3] An American Chinese - Panic Pilgrim, Quick Grab Your Suitcase

When I first saw this, I immediately thought of that video for Plants and Animals 'Feedback in the Field' that came out a couple of years ago. They're definitely different but they both have a similar style; so if you haven't seen that yet, you should check it out, too.

I love this.

Panic Pilgrim, Quick Grab Your Suitcase from WSWC on Vimeo.

Quick, grab your suitcase and head over to MySpace

Friday, January 14, 2011

Holy Spirits - White Walls (video)

Nathaniel Whitcomb's videos are always so thoughtful and special; I always feel like I am opening a gift when I hit play.

Nathan captures viewers as he draws them into his 2-dimensional world and surprises them with an artistic transformation—one that guides them to place of motion, wonder and tranquility. The music he chooses to sync up with his motion collages also play a major role in this creative atmosphere. The glowing instrumentals and soft chamber pop vocals of Holy Spirits set the perfect temperature and peaceful backdrop for Nathaniel's inspiration—always brilliant (either together or alone).

Holy Spirits: White Walls from Nathaniel Whitcomb on Vimeo.

According to him, this motion collage was hand cut, scanned and digitally assembled from a pile of 40-year-old National Geographic magazines. You can find more on his vimeo page or over at

Holy Spirits' debut EP The Afternoon's Blood was released back in April. You can download it for free via their Bandcamp page (and I highly recommend that you do).

When I listen to their music, I think of the Fleet Foxes or Patrick Watson—just beautiful and eerie.

[MP3] Holy Spirits - The Afternoon's Blood
[MP3] Holy Spirits - Bridges
[MP3] Holy Spirits - Contain
[MP3] Holy Spirits - White Walls
[MP3] Holy Spirits - Tongues

Holy Spirits on MySpace

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Raw Thrills - Hurdy Gurdy Man (Donovan cover)

My face so motionless; my mind so dizzy. It sees miles beyond my blank stare. A tilted frame on the wall bothers me...but I don't fix it. I am spinning but I remain still.

It was then that the wind came through the window, and got me to blink.

This is a new cover of Donovan's 1968 track Hurdy Gurdy Man from Raw Thrills/Zak Mering off of the album Psychedelic Pop Revolution, which he has/is/will be recording at Melrose Place Studios in Brooklyn.

I don't know much other than that 'cause he just sent me this track but I think you should loop it; I have all day.

[MP3] Raw Thrills - Hurdy Gurdy Man (Donovan cover)

Raw Thrills on MySpace

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tennis - Pigeon (video)

Only one more week until the release of Cape Dory. Here's a video by Scott Laidlaw and Jeremy D'Souza for their single Pigeon.

Tennis - Pigeon from Scott Laidlaw on Vimeo.

UPDATE: now out one week early on iTunes

Monday, January 10, 2011

Black and White Flight (A-Side Mix)

Here's an A-side mix that I named after Ela Orleans' track Black and White Flight. Instead of just posting that one, I figured I'd throw in a few extra. Happy Monday!

[MP3] Ela Orleans - Black and White Flight | via
[MP3] Coolrunnings - Jesse
[MP3] Star Slinger - Like I Do
[MP3] Procedure Club - Vermont
[MP3] Teams - More to Love (Medic Screwhouse edit)
[MP3] Ariel Pink - Can't Hear My Eyes (Shaman remix) | via


Here's the video for Black and White Flight.

ela orleans "black and white flight" from movies for ears on Vimeo.

(Thanks nfop for the vid)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Love Language - Wilmont (video)

Stunning fan made video for The Love Language's track Wilmont, off of their 2010 summer release Libraries. This was shot in Yorkshire Dales and Ilkley Moor, England and La Puente, California.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Blackbird Blackbird - Hawaii (Teenage Reverb remix)

Boston's Joseph Zucco aka Teenage Reverb just remixed Blackbird Blackbird's Hawaii into this awesome and lovely track, which he has made available for free download.

And in other Blackbird Blackbird news, an album full of remixed tracks is expected to be released in the near future; this could be one of them.

[MP3] Blackbird Blackbird - Hawaii (Teenage Reverb remix) | Download

Teenage Reverb on MySpace

Com Truise - FairLight (video)

Your dreams have Com Truise. Here is 10lb Pictures' official video for Com Truise's track FairLight, which was released a few months ago as part of the exclusive Dry Waves compilation.

Com Truise 'FairLight' from 10lb Pictures on Vimeo.

[MP3] Com Truise - FairLight | Download

More downloads at

Com Truise on MySpace

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Blackbird Blackbird - Heartbeat (video)

New video for Blackbird Blackbird's track Heartbeat off of the Summer Heart LP that was released last year. Creative by Amanda Berglund and Erik Kirtley

Blackbird Blackbird - "Heartbeat" from Amanda & Erik on Vimeo.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Vital Caress - Cincinattus' Dream (video)

It is V I T A L that you watch this. This is yet another project by Zak Mering, but this time, with partner in crime, Reuben Perelman. This is going to be released by The Pop Manifesto sometime this month.

Vital signs include the heart beat, breathing rate, temperature, and blood pressure. These signs may be watched, measured, and monitored to check an individual's level of physical functioning.

Normal vital signs change with age, sex, weight, exercise, tolerance, condition

Vital Caress - Cincinatus' Dream from Raw Thrills on Vimeo.

Somebody call an ambulance because I just went into shock!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hatchet Wound - Baby to Bed

This is one hatchet you don't want to bury. In fact, you should dig it up and start spinning it right now. And if you don't have one to spin, you can grab this Austin duo's double A-side over at Sixteen Tambourines.

This sounds like something you might find in an old box of records hangin' out in the back of a thrift store...ooooh oooo aaaah.

[MP3] Hatchet Wound Baby To Bed

Dig this up, too. Compliments of their tumblr page.

Hatchet Wound on MySpace

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Relentless Noisemaker's 2010 Top 150 Tracks

Well guys, this has been a crazy year! I never thought that the blog I created for just my friends (with the tag line "I'm not a writer; I just like music") would ever turn into this but I am so excited that it has. This has introduced me to so many wonderful artists (of all kinds), readers and fellow bloggers and I am truly grateful for that, as well as the opportunity to get to 'know' so many of you over the last few months. Thank you all for your love and support.

So, the list...well, I couldn't just stop at 10, 25, 50 or even 100 so I decided 150 was a good number; there was just so much awesome music this year and I thought it needed to be celebrated and shared and also made accessible to those who have never heard these songs before (a list without MP3s would have saved me a lot of time but who, honestly, is going to take the time to look up all of these songs?...and they definitely need to be remembered and listened to again). Also, please let me emphasize that there is such a fine line between the 1st and the 150th song (and any song that has appeared on this blog, in general) but as my blogger 'duty' I had to make a list and order them but know that they are all tightly snuggled inside my heart as a single unit.

So, Happy New Year, everyone! This will either cure your hangover or give you more of a headache because you don't agree with it but, either way, you'll have a long playlist to chill out to or to start practicing those New Year's dance moves to. I hope you find some enjoyment in this list and possibly walk away with some new tunes.

Also, please remember to support the artists (and labels!) by purchasing their music and going to see them live! Enjoy!

151 Friends - Since I Made A Mistake (151, since I made a mistake)
150 Javelin - Oh! Centra
150 Deer Tick - La La La
149 Perkasie - Beers and Grills
148 Deastro - Mowgli The Lynx
147 Peter Wolf Crier - Crutch & Cane 
146 We Were Promised Jetpacks - Short Bursts (Alternate Version)
145 Frightened Rabbit - Swim Until You Can't See Land
144 Scanners - Goodbye
143 Gayngs - Cry
142 LCD Soundsystem - Dance Yrself Clean
141 Pretty Lights - Understand Me Now
140 Seabear - Lion Face Boy
139 She & Him - Thieves 
138 Wise Blood - STRT SRNS
137 Grass Widow - Give Me Shapes
136 Keep Shelly in Athens - Running Out of You (DannielRadall Version) 
135 JJ - Things Will Never Be the Same
134 Weed & Foxes in Fiction - Teenage Dream (Katy Perry Cover) 
133 Paper Bird - Lost Boys
132 Toro Y Moi - Low Shoulders
131 Dr. Dog - It
130 The National - Sorrow
129 Petter & The Pix - Last Time
128 Weekend - Coma Summer  
127 Drew Danberry - Many Are Cold, but Few Are Frozen
126 The Morning Benders - Wet Cement
125 The Happy Hallows - Silver
124 Sonny & the Sunsets - Strange Love 
123 Dum Dum Girls - Play With Fire
122 Pure Ecstasy - Voices
121 Ducktails - Hamilton Road 
120 Surfer Blood - Take It Easy 
119 The Wave Pictures - I Love You Like A Madman
118 Deerhunter - He Would Have Laughed
117 Woom - Backwards Beach
116 Glasser - Home
115 Yeasayer - Ambling Alp
114 Four Tet - Angel Echos
113 The Besnard Lakes - Albatross
112 Seapony - With You
111 Ice Cream Shout - Tattooed Tears
110 Warpaint - Ashes to Ashes (David Bowie Cover)
109 Seamonster - The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (The Rocketboys Remix)
108 Tune-Yards - Real Live Flesh
107 Caribou - Jamelia
106 Miniature Tigers - Goldskull  
105 Emily Reo - On the Beach
104 Kurt Vile - Freeway
103 The Black Keys - Never Gonna Give You Up
102 Wavves - Baseball Cards
101 The Tallest Man on Earth - Like the Wheel
100 Autre Ne Veut - Demoneyez
99 Algodón Egipcio - El Ingenio Humano
98 Palms on Fire - Deep Forest 
97 Jonquil - It Never Rains
96 Cosmetics - Sleepwalking
95 Lester Brown/Mickey Mickey Rourke - Never Cry
94 Anika - Yang Yang
93 The Fruhstucks - She Doesn't Know
92 Justin Townes Earle - One More Night in Brooklyn
91 Fiveng - Skin
90 Gay Boiz - High Level Alchemy
89 Chief Black Cloud - Aloha Fordlita
88 J. Views - Salty Air
87 Weird Korea - Dagger
86 Pepepiano - Bruce Springsteen
85 Mutual Benefit - Stargazer
84 Holy Spirits and Gem Club - Fingertips 
83 Kohwi - Mesa
82 Port City - Feel it Out
81 Happy Trendy - Skinny Ghost 
80 Evenings - Babe
79 Jaded Hipster Choir and Teen Daze - Low Glow
78 Houndsds - high@work
77 Teen Daze - Let's Fall Asleep Together
76 Glass Animals - Life Lomographic
75 Girls - Heartbreaker
74 Porcelain Raft - Dragonfly
73 Baths - Hall
72 Braids - Lemonade 
71 Candy Claws - Silent Time of Earth
70 Memoryhouse - Sleep Patterns
69 French Films - Take You With Me
68 Sea Oleena - Island Cottage
67 Craft Spells - You Should Close the Door
66 Class Actress - Careful What You Say
65 Arcade Fire - The Suburbs  
64 Diamond Messages - Liquid Summer
63 Millionyoung - Calrissian
62 SLEEP ∞ OVER - La Rose
61 Gobble Gobble - Lawn Knives
60 Shimmering Stars - I'm Gonna Try
59 The Love Language - Heart to Tell
58 High Places - On Giving Up
57 Indian Jewelry - Excessive Moonlight
56 Generationals - Trust
55 Dominant Legs - About My Girls
54 To The Happy Few - Guide My Eyes
53 El Guincho - Bombay
52 Outer Limits Recordings - Sugar Pie 
51 The Strange Boys - Be Brave
50 Museum of Bellas Artes - Watch the Glow
49 Coolrunnings - I Am You (Star Slinger remix)
48 La Femme - Sur La Planche
47 Damien Jurado - Arkansas
46 Delorean - Real Love
45 Computer Magic - The End of Time
44 Archie Bronson Outfit - Hoola
43 Parenthetical Girls - Evelyn McHale
42 Beach House - Take Care
41 Jónsi - Kolnidur
40 Beach Fossils - Daydream
39 Air Waves - Knockout
38 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - Nothing But Our Love
37 The Ruby Suns - Two Humans
36 Y La Bamba - Juniper   
35 Small Black - Search Party
34 Games - Midi Drift  
33 Harlem - Gay Human Bones
32 Love is All - Bigger Bolder
31 Neverever - Blue Genes (also released in '09 as the Champagne Socialists)
30 White Hinterland - Icarus 
29 Wild Nothing - My Angel Lonely
28 Twin Shadow - Slow 
27 Active Child - Wilderness
26 The Growlers - The Moaning Man From Shanty Town
25 The Radio Dept. - Never Follow Suit
24 Wild Eyes - Domir Dom
23 Walsh - Birthday Girl
22 The Hundred in the Hands - Ghosts
21 Crystal Castles - Empathy
20 Phantogram - When I'm Small 
19 Persona La Ave - Beach 1
18 Dom - Bochicha  
17 Tennis - Marathon
16 Kisses - Bermuda 
15 Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Round and Round
14 Twin Sister - Lady Daydream
13 Familjen - Man Ser Det Från Månen
12 Black Tambourine - Dream Baby Dream
11 Blackbird Blackbird - Starlight (feat. Steffaloo) 
10 Summer Camp - Round the Moon
09 Tree Hopping - Bird Road
08 Fluffy Lumbers - Adoration
07 Future Islands - The Ink Well (only released on vinyl; watch the video)
06 Big Troubles - Bite Yr Tongue
05 James Ferraro - Killer Nerd
04 Greatest Hits - Ambulance
03 Guards - Don't Wake The Dead
02 Ghost Animal - In Your Room (Golden Ages remix)
 "In at #17  #1, this is The Sweethearts
with Burnin' Through the Nite"!!!!!!!

01 The Sweethearts - Burnin' Through the Nite | Out on Olde English Spelling Bee

The Sweethearts "Burnin Through The Nite" from OLDE ENGLISH SPELLING BEE on Vimeo.

BONUS: Two tracks from the future! They should be on this list because I fell in love with them in 2010. Actually, the first artist, Raw Thrills aka Zak Mering is part of the duo (with Sam Meringue) sitting at the number one spot. He has a couple others in this list, too. If you haven't noticed yet, Zak Mering is, without a doubt, my favorite artist of the year. So watch out for him and all his projects, and also watch out for Hands and Knees, too! They're both setting a pretty high bar for 2011.

Raw Thrills - How Can I Trust Her | Hear More
Hands and Knees - The Moonlight is Wicked | Hear More

A final note: as much as I'd like to think I heard everything that came out this year, that couldn't be farthest from the truth; there is no way in hell any of us can listen to everything that is produced in one year (not even the big guys) but we all do what we can, right? It's a never ending list of music; and I'm certain that you have tons up your sleeve that I haven't gotten a hold of yet. Just checking out some of the many music blogs that exist this year has made me realize that. So, here's to the New Year and to more discoveries!!

Thanks to all of you!