Saturday, July 30, 2011

new track from St. Vincent, "Surgeon"

Who likes the new St. Vincent?!


You know what else I like?!

That the album art for her forthcoming record, Strange Mercy, resembles a dental dam!

Strange Mercy, indeed!

St. Vincent - Surgeon

Seriously though, sans the abrupt ending, "Surgeon" is a damn-near perfect song. That Bowie-esque bassline, the nauseous synths...Mmm. Would not be surprised if this makes the top tracks cut this year. I'm hunting around for Annie Clark's producer...more on that when I stalk the info out of the web.

Strange Mercy will arrive September 13th on 4AD. You can also stop over there right now to grab a free download of "Surgeon".

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

new video from Pusha T feat. Tyler the Creator, "Trouble On My Mind"

My roommate clued me into this Pusha-T/Tyler the Creator release, informing me that he "knows a guy who knows the guy" who directed this video. Good enough for me. I think part of this was shot down skid row. Don't quote me on that, I just noticed the tents. Oh, and the cops.

"Trouble On My Mind" will be featured on Pusha T's upcoming release Fear of God 2: Let Us Pray, out in August on GOOD Music.

Monday, July 25, 2011

lost cut: Steve Spacek's "Reversible Top"

Sorry in advance for having to use so many videos in my posts of late. There's so much good ish to cram in here, and sometimes I don't feel like hunting down a working link for a soundbyte, or [heaven forbid!] creating my own. That's right. I'm apologizing to you for my laziness.

I basically feel too cool to do anything at the moment. It's this track. The one I'm about to post the video for. Like some sort of shimmering lost Curtis Mayfield cut, Steve Spacek is too chillaxed to resist a listen. The worst part - he's been making music for over a decade and nobody told me about it.

"Reversible Top" is off Spacek's 2005 album Space Shift, which completely makes sense. This fits right in between Quantic's Apricot Morning and Nostalgia 77's The Garden on my sequentially-cataloged music shelf - the one in my mind, that is. No word on further releases since '05, although he has gone on to perform with Katalyst under the name Space Invadas.

Friday, July 15, 2011

new Skrillex Remix: Benny Benassi's "Cinema"

I have to give special thanks today to Jason Bentley of KCRW, who consistently provides excellent background music during my commutes to the office. This morning he followed up Bjork's stunning new release "Crystalline" (I think we can all agree it's stunning) with the little number I've posted below for your listening pleasure.

I literally

turned off my car's engine

reclined my seat

and blared the bass.

It was awkward

because I was outside

of Starbucks.

This track kept me a full three minutes from my first coffee of the day. I can honestly say that I don't think anything else, musical or otherwise, has inspired such a pause before.

Now that's not to say this is hands-down the new fucking awesome, but little by little I am changing my attitude towards dubstep. (Probably because it is the only genre that has been producing good music this year with any consistency.) I give full credit for this track's ferocity to Skrillex, although to be fair (or blunt, or whatever) I haven't been able to give Benny Benassi credit for anything in awhile. The full cut (this is the radio edit) isn't nearly as concise. Doesn't pack the same punch. If you don't believe me you can find the full version on the interwebs. But I don't know why you wouldn't believe me. I'm totally reputable.

So now I invite you to turn up the bass and let this track keep you from whatever menial task you thought was important. Cheers!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

new discovery: Whqles

Whqles (pronounced "Whales") is a band I happened upon last night, playing, of all places, in Montana L.A. on Sunset. The Los Angeles-based duo describe their sound as "oceancore", and they recently released an EP of interesting psych-laced and loop-ridden covers. Hear their take on John Lennon's "Jealous Guy" below.

You can listen to their most recent EP, OPP, in full on their bandcamp site. It's like...ten minutes long. You have the time to spare.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

new discovery: SBTRKT

I decided to cut my trolling short tonight when I saw a car cruising down Vermont with it's headlights off. I assume it's driver was likewise unawares. Okay, bad joke. But seriously, don't drink and drive. However, if you're not drunk, and looking for a good song to drive to, I have one for the occasion:

SBTRKT - Pharaohs

Mmm. That's tasty bass. SBTRKT is a London producer who just released his self-titled debut album on Young Turks. I hear the dude wears a mask on stage, that whole, "revealing your identity obscures the meaning of the music" thing. Isn't that a gimmick? Doesn't that make your identity more distracting? Whatever. That masks reminds me of The Mighty Boosh anyway.

Monday, June 27, 2011

new-ish track from Here We Go Magic, "Tulip"

Here's a delightful track that slipped through the cracks at add salt: Here We Go Magic's entrance into stadium rock territory by way of acts like Lush and My Bloody Valentine. "Tulip", Luke Temple intones, "You can only see yourself in others". I have no idea what it means, but I really like Jen Turner's bass lines. Listen with your headphones on.

Here We Go Magic - Tulip

"Tulip" is available on Here We Go Magic's January EP, out now on Secretly Canadian.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Organisation footage from 1970

Every so often I get on a Krautrock kick, which dominates my media scavenges for about two weeks at a time. During these occasions I peruse old German public television specials (mostly to see if I can understand the language, which I'm currently studying) and watch documentaries and concert clips. Last night I was lucky enough to find a couple of great albums, including one by Harmonia (Cluster and Brian Eno's collaboration - everyone should have a copy). I also came across some footage of Organisation, which seems to begin in the middle of one of their jam segments of "Ruckzuck" (roughly translated, "In a Flash"). I thought I'd post it here as

a. it seems to give a pretty good representation of where Krautrock had got to in 1970, and proves an interesting parallel to the acid-drenched rock of the States, but mostly because

b. look at Florian Schneider. He's the dude on the right playing the flute. If he seems familiar, you probably recognize him from Kraftwerk, a band he would form with Ralf Hutter the same year this video was shot. Now, can you see his shirt?

Why is he wearing a shirt with his face on it?! Is this the first example of an ironic t-shirt? I'd like everyone's thoughts on this please, mostly because I know more about music than shirts. Did someone do this before 1970? Maybe Warhol and I just missed it?

Whatever, at least it's not a picture of him smiling. Guy looks terrifying when he smiles, like he's gonna unhinge his jaw and swallow you whole.

Since you guys were so good to get through that last clip, here's a recording of Kraftwerk doing the same song, which is a little bit more digestible. Plus there's no screaming guy wearing a fez.

Kraftwerk - Ruckzuck

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Rapture release new track, How Deep Is Your Love?

What the hell is this nonsense?

The Rapture - How Deep Is Your Love?

I know that 2006 is over. It's been explained to me. But talk about a final nail in the coffin. Apparently this is what The Rapture has spent the past five years preparing to make: house music? I didn't even need to hear it to know it was a house track. You can't title a song "How Deep is Your Love?" and expect anything else. And even if I was getting ahead of myself with that assumption, in comes the classic piano riff, the disco beats and, oh, here's a ridiculously abrupt saxophone too, so no one has any doubts.

Don't worry - I'm bemused, not distressed. I love saxophones! And pianos. And of course, reverently, disco beats. The Rapture just took me off guard with this 180. I started having flashbacks about the year Pieces of the People We Love was born into, a time of asymmetrical haircuts and maritime chic. A year where you could have a dance party soundtrack comprised entirely of bands like Moving Units - and that was not only socially acceptable, it was hip. But perhaps those days are not gone forever. Perhaps we have just evolved.

Hey, The Rapture, what's gonna be the name of your new album? Oh, In The Grace Of Your Love?

Fucking hippies.

In The Grace of Your Love is due September 6th on DFA.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

new album from Com Truise, Galactic Melt

Following two independently released EPs, Com Truise has produced a very fine full-length, Galactic Melt, which is out now on Ghostly Intl. add salt has been on to Com Truise from his humble beginnings, stalking him through an internet world which resembles tiny buildings, flying between digital streams of color, rollerblades on. Yes, exactly like the plot from Hackers. Please support Com Truise. I would really like to spend as much time as possible on his analog adventure.

Com Truise - Cathode Girls

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

new album from YACHT, Shangri-La

Almost everything about YACHT has the potential to annoy, from their self-aggrandizing lyrics to their preposterous acronym of a band name (Young Americans Challenging High Technology) to singer Claire Evans' mock Annie Lennox hair cut, and the list goes on. These offending obstacles were present when they released their first album, which I initially didn't like, and then felt compelled to play again, and then again and again and so on. And despite my developed appreciation for their music, I found myself in the same boat as I played through their latest work, Shangri-La. Something about two seemingly privileged art school kids bitching about the state of world affairs and the human potential and love and all of that fuckery...they remind me

Well, I encourage you not to discount Shangri-La after only one listen. You will probably be irked at first with such songs as "Holy Roller" or "Paradise Engineering", because they really do more to antagonize the listener than "bring them into the fold", which seems precisely at odds with the songs' intentions.

But the laptop will beckon you back, I guarantee it. You will become compelled to dance or chant their choruses, and "Shangri-La" and "Dystopia (the Earth Is On Fire)" will likely make it on to more than a few top tracks listings by the end of the year. My favorite songs are the ones that advocate psychotropics or entheogens ("One Step", "Tripped and Fell in Love"), and there are several "a-ha!" moments which are genuinely observant and funny.

Who knows how long the below links will last. I feel like YACHT is a band that I'll get a copyright notice for, so enjoy them while you can, and if you don't catch them here, Shangri-La is out now on DFA.

YACHT - I Walked Alone
YACHT - Tripped And Fell in Love

Pssst, they'll also be performing at this year's FYF Fest!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

new track from Washed Out, "Amor Fati"...

Washed Out fans, rejoice. Yet another track from Ernest Greene's highly anticipated debut LP, Within And Without, has appeared on the nets, available below via Sub Pop for your downloading pleasure. If you're wondering about the improved recording quality, I'd wager that the Sub Pop signing is partially responsible, and the rest has to do with co-producer Ben Allen. (He's the dude who produced Merriweather Post Pavilion. I know, right!) Listen, now.

Washed Out - Amor Fati

Within and Without is due July 12th on Sub Pop.

Monday, June 20, 2011

John Maus' new album streaming on NPR

John Maus' new album, We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves, won't be out for another week, but you can stream it in it's entirety right now on NPR's First Listen. His latest of several love letters to eighties atmospherics and instrumentation, We Must Become elicits nostalgia, vicariously experienced. Forgotten childhood, anticipated future, lost and found love can be seen within, as well as musings such as "pussy is not a matter of fact", which is certainly a truism. Winners include "Quantum Leap" and "Head for the Country".

Maus tends to remain stylistically (and philosophically) consistent, barely deviating from the formula established on Love Is Real. And that's totally okay with me. Synths, church organs, reverb. I consider that a recipe...Yes, definitely a recipe...and for something delicious! If you're not finishing it I'll take your portion.

I found the below track particularly captivating. It's Maus' first duet, featuring Swedish vocalist Molly Nilsson, who penned the song.

John Maus - Hey Moon (feat. Molly Nilsson)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Inc. release new track, "Swear"

We're back!

No time to lose! Let's get the summer kicked off with Inc. (formerly Teen Inc.), the moniker of Los Angeles brothers Daniel and Andrew Aged, who create soulful funk gems with an 80's RnB edge. I had the pleasure of seeing these boys last November with Ariel Pink, and they are probably the coolest people alive right now. June 9th saw the release of "Swear", a bit of coyly-delivered pop which will satisfy in the bedroom as well as on the dance floor.

No new tour dates have been announced yet (trust me, I've had one ear to the ground), but a 12", 3, featuring the aforementioned track will be out later this month on 4AD, and we finally-FINALLY- have word on a full length, slated to show up early next year.

Inc. - Swear

"Swear" can be found as a free download on 4AD's website.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

new track from tUnE-yArDs, "Bizness"...

After a year spent wringing my hands in anticipation, Merrill Garbus, aka tUnE-yArDs, has released a brand new track, along with details for a forthcoming album and tour. While the lo-fi nature of BiRd-BrAiNs appears to have been discarded for cleaner production, "Bizness" showcases a heightened focus on tribal beats and an even keener understanding of instrumental layering, an inevitable bi-product of taking her talents to the festival circuit.

w h o k i l l is due April 19th on 4ad.

tUnE-yArDs - Bizness

Thursday, February 10, 2011

new track from John Maus, "And The Rain"

Here's a brand new lo-fi pop number courtesy of former Ariel Pink-collaborator John Maus:

John Maus - And The Rain

His third album, We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves, is due this spring, but as usual, information on his comings and goings is scarce. His previous record, Love Is Real, seamlessly blended nostalgia, romance and futurism, and was one of add salt's top albums of the aughties.

More information on Upset the Rhythm.

Monday, February 7, 2011

new track from Beans feat. Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, "Mellow You Out"

So it seems TVoTR are back in action and ready to release an album this coming spring. We've had a few sideprojects to tide us over since Dear Science , notably Dave Sitek's Maximum Balloon and Kyp Malone's Rain Machine. Tunde Adebimpe lended vocals to Massive Attack's "Pray for Rain" on Heligoland, and now to this short but sweet number from Brooklyn poet Beans:

Beans - Mellow You Out (feat. Tunde Adebimpe)

More info as more info surfaces.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

MUNK releases new EP, Keep My Secret

Mathias Modica of MUNK has spent the past two years since his last release helping other artists promote their work. As co-founder of Germany's GOMMA Records, he's produced tracks for Die Sterne and others. But according to the GOMMA website, Munk is planning a 5-track EP release for late February, featuring a new song entitled "Keep My Secret". Remixers will include from Jacques Renault and Rory Phillips. The track is a precursor to MUNK's full length album, The Beat and the Bird.

Here is the Rory Phillips mix, a stellar disco cut with krautrock flavors that lends it a slight sonic resemblance to Fujiya & Miyagi.

Munk - Keep My Secret (Rory Phillips Club Mix)

Friday, February 4, 2011

new album from Peaking Lights, 936...

Here's a bass-heavy track from Peaking Lights which makes me regret giving up on drugs:

Peaking Lights - Tiger Eyes (Laid Back)

Their new album, 936, dropped on Wednesday, and is chock-full of lazy dub noises, chillwave atmospherics hearkening to early 90's house, and something that sounds like the vibraphone sample on my old Yamaha keyboard.

Peaking Lights - All the Sun That Shines

More info here.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

new track from Leno Lovecraft, "Planet Sextron"...

Yeah, I realize it's been awhile since I've posted, and yeah, I realize that I completely spaced on a January Mix (although it is fully compiled, waiting for my lazy ass to create an appropriate accompanying image for display purposes), and YEAH, I realize it's the middle of the night...

...but my ears are being assailed by a fucking amazing track. And wouldn't you know it would have a name like "Planet Sextron".

Leno Lovecraft - Planet Sextron

Leno Lovecraft has recently moved his glittery italo-beatz from New Zealand to Paris, in order to, I don't know, continue getting sexier or something. His debut album, #1 is available on A Low Hum today! I'm fucking getting it! You should too!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

new remix from Nite Jewel, "Frozen Moments"...

Check out Nite Jewel's remix of Silk Flowers' "Frozen Moments" below:

Silk Flowers - Frozen Moments (Nite Jewel Remix)

Spooky funk.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

new remix from Dark Sky, Kelis' "Brave"...

You've probably noticed an astounding lack of dub material on add salt. I'm not big on dub-step. Confusing, irregular time signatures maybe? Overtly sexual ambiance? These don't qualify as stepping stones for me, being favorite attributes of music in other genres. Truthfully, I can't say why I haven't connected to the style.

I've enjoyed a few of the classics, Burial, et al. But I have been seriously digging Dark Star lately, a trio of London-based producers who released their debut EP, Frames, last year on pictures.

This "Crystalised" remix was arguably the most popular track from that EP, and I can see why (the end is crazy delicious)!

The xx - Crystalised (Dark Star Remix)

But this remix of Kelis' "Brave" was the cut that caught my ear right off the bat (a sentence which sounds hilarious without context). The track was released this week and is available to purchase here. Check it out below:

Kelis - Brave (Dark Sky Remix)

Here's to giving new things a try in 2011! *clink*

Sunday, January 9, 2011

new track from Craft Spells, "After the Moment"...

"Finally. Something worth blogging about."

Literally words that came out of my mouth after a 2 hour man/witch/band hunt for something - anything!- blog-able in 2011. Yeah, I realize it's only a week into the new year, but I find myself wading through a lot of mediocrity in order to reach the shore of decent sounding music.

Thankfully Craft Spells has showed up, a fmly affiliate who will be unveiling his debut LP, Idle Labor in March, following the single release of After the Moment on January 18th. The title track is a cheerful cut, essentially a dance number tempered by guitars and chillwave-y vocals. I would listen to this song on a boat. In fact, it would probably sound best on a boat. And that boat will take you to the shore of decent sounding music.

Craft Spells - After the Moment

Saturday, January 8, 2011

new discovery: Total Slacker

I'm a bit late jumping on the Total Slacker bandwagon, but then, that almost legitimizes me as a testament to their name. Hailing from Brooklyn, the lo-fi trio craft stripped-down indie rock ballads, smart in their simplicity. As the legend goes, guitarist Tucker Rountree and bassist Emily Oppenheimer formed the band after meeting in a laundromat. Their first 7", Crystal Necklace was released last year and is available on Impose Records. Full-length soon? Maybe if they get around to it.

Also this:

Total Slacker - Psychic Mesa

Friday, January 7, 2011

NPR breaks the news everyone already knew about

NPR's music blog, The Record tells us some information we already know in the aptly-titled "2010 Was a Very Bad Year For Trying to Sell Music".

Regardless of what you think of the mainstream acts in the article, it's an interesting read with major implications for the music industry. Thoughts?

Sunday, January 2, 2011

M.I.A. releases new mixtape, Vicki Leekx

On New Years Eve, M.I.A. released a free 19-track mix on her website entitled Vicki Leekx. Intended as a pun and commentary on the controversial Wikileaks website, the download is available for the price of your e-mail.

Certainly this is not the first time a musician has offered their work for free, although her position as a Grammy-nominated major-label artist (see : Radiohead) calls into question the legitimacy of the industry and copyright law in ways lesser-known indie artists fail to. It is clear that the "Vicki" moniker will serve as M.I.A.'s new persona as well as mix title, and her objectives are clearly defined:

"I'm not saying it should be free / I'm saying it should be freer / I'm not saying it should be freer / I'm saying music should be free."

What better way to start off the new year than with some good ol' fashioned forward-thinking? Oh yeah, she also enlisted Diplo, Blaqstarr, Danjahandz and a bunch of other sick producers to oversee the effort.

Exchange your e-mail for the mix on her website. And then give it to your friends.

Tracklisting below:

.16 - The World
1.39 - Bamboo Go
2.37 - Illy Girl
3.23 - Super Tight
4.50 - Let me Hump You
8.57 - Steppin/Up
9.58 - Go At It
11.30 - Vicki Intermission
11.50 - Gen N-E-Y
14.55 - Bad Girls
17.08 - Dutch Dutch
17.27 - Marsha/Britney
19.43 - Tamil Beat Munchi
21.00 - Listen Up
23.48 - Mudersounds Munchi
26.18 - Overdrive
29.30 - My Love (feat. Rosaly)
32.38 M.I.A. - Get Around