Dragonette are Fixin To Thrill us all

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get on the floor, don’t make a fuss, just do it

Dragonette – Fixin To Thrill

While I never fell in love with Dragonette’s debut LP Galore, I always appreciated their vibe and did get hooked on a few tracks. I guess I always felt they had huge potential that they weren’t fully realizing. Judging by their new single’s energy and title, it seems they have stepped up their game and I could be in for a pleasant surprise. And by I, I mean WE. “Marvellous” (below) is my favorite track from their debut so get on that. And don’t forget their response to Calvin Harris.

Dragonette – Marvellous

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« Pre-Milennial Flashback « Fountains of Wayne – Radiation Vibe

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don’t it make you want to get some sun?

Fountains Of Wayne – Radiation Vibe / 1996

Fountains of Wayne are most famous for their 2003 comeback song “Stacy’s Mom” but it was 1996’s “Radiation Vibe” that first broke them onto the scene and into my heart. But its not all MILFs and underwear-on-the-outside with these guys, they recorded the tite song for That Thing You Do (earning an Oscer nomination) as well as the theme song to MTV prank-call show Crank Yankers. Fountains are still active, their 2007 album even receiving critical acclaim, but despite all that other jazz, to me they will always be the band that made this gem.

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Patrick Watson and the song of a Big Bird In A Small Cage

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we all love to sing along to the sound of the bird that longs

Patrick Watson – Big Bird in a Small Cage

It’s Sunday and time to relax a bit. Sit my ass on the couch, stare out the window, and just chill. Right now Patrick Wilson is providing the perfect soundtrack for this kind of Lazy Sunday. He is from Montreal, his music has won all kinds of awards, and his new album Wooden Arms is recommended on eMusic but none of that is going to get me to move my ass until this song is over.

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Yuksek has awarded us an Extraball

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got the voice of a sinner and the scream out loud

Yuksek – Extraball (ft. Amanda Blank)

Yuksek’s real name in Pierre, he’s French and makes dance music. No surprise it’s pretty killer. “Extraball” may or may not be a rave anthem about pinball but either way I’m all in. Saturday only comes once a week so crank this mutha up and get flailing. His debut album Away from The Sea is out now.

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Home Video know I Can Make You Feel It

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oh to touch the people, ooh to really feel them

Home Video – I Can Make You Feel It

I guess Home Video have been around since 2003 but this is the first I have heard of them and it couldn’t be a second too soon. As a bit of an addict for spastic upbeat indie-pop I struggle to find music I love with a bit mellower vibe. While I wouldn’t call Home Video music “tranquil” or “zen” it certainly does the trick for me, evoking intimacy, earnest passion, and a bit of Thom Yorke. Get their 4 song EP It Will Be OK for FREE from their website and bliss out a bit before Saturday night has it’s way with you.

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The Gossip wield a Heavy Cross

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it takes two, it’s up to me and you to prove it

The Gossip – Heavy Cross

It took them 3 albums but The Gossip finally got some attention with 2006’s “Standing In The Way Of Control” (below). We all had a few fun listens but they ever grew on me. Now their 4th album, Music For Men, is on the way and the new single “Heavy Cross” is making waves across the blogosphere. I listened to it once. Meh. I moved on. Then I got the Fred Falke remix.* Mah! After letting that rock me for a few days I went back to the original and finally saw what people have been spazzing about. Anyway, don’t know what took me so long. We all slip sometimes. If you are new to The Gossip ten you are going to want to grab the awesome pro-gay-marriage rally song “Standing In The Way Of Control.”

The Gossip – Standing In The Way Of Control

*Look for that remix in the next Roundup!

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Troy This is living the American Dream… with Robyn!?

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you can always look good when your shit looks bad

Troy This – American Dream (Happy Song) ft. Robyn

Umm, so this is from Troy This’ Last.fm page:

Imagine if Tina turner and David Bowie had a three way in the 80s while Jay-Z videotaped Madonna giving a strip tease while singing over some house remixes of some cop killing hip hop…

What the hell else am I supposed to say? He lives in Los Angeles? He’s got Robyn giving him guest vocals? Yeah, I mean he only gets fresher.

Troy This – Back That Up!

If “American Dream” is the soundtrack to sunny days then “Back That Up!” is for dancing in your underwear (at home or in the club, whatevs). After all, it is Thursday…

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Remix Roundup ∞ Vol. 2

I know I said that these Remix Roundups wouldn’t be as big as last time. Oops.

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Mike Posner and The Brain Trust are definitely Cooler Than Me

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you don’t know the way that you look when your steps make that much noise

Mike Posner and The Brain Trust – Cooler Than Me (ft. Big Sean)

When someone drops me a comment recommending an artist its hard to tell whether its a real heads-up or some loser peddling his Creed tribute band. Not one to be a hater without good reason, I set out to come up with one, after all the mixtape is free from iTunes. Trowing it on my iPod and heading out the door I had one the most fun cross-town walks ever, a huge smile plastered across my bouncing head. “Cooler Than Me” (above) is the perfect ode to the too-cool-for-school mean girls we have all met. And how can you listen to The Fray inspired biting “Still Not Over You” (below) and not grin? So anyway, who is this Mike Posner? Clearly, he is white, but don’t lump him in with Eminem or Asher Roth. At 21 and a Duke University junior, he leaves the whiny-whitey act at home and brings straight smokey soul and tight production. Did I mention he uses a live backing band, The Brain Trust? Yeah. Hot. The A Matter Of Time mixtape is the first mixtape I can listen listen to without skipping anything. And its free, so go get it. Seriously.

Mike Posner and The Brain Trust – Still Not Over You (ft. Eric Holljes)

This track is not on A Matter Of Time but is the best rip at Kanye/beer-goggles tribute ever. Ahhh man, its hard to type when you’re laughing.

Mike Posner and The Brain Trust – F’d Up Now

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The Maccabees are about to Love You Better

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that thought will cost you more than just a sweet smile

The Maccabees – Love You Better

When The Maccabees blew onto the scene in 2007 I was caught in their storm. Their debut LP Colour It In was what The Futureheads’ second album should have been and I loved them for it. Orlando Weeks voice has a specific vulnerable urgency that when coupled with their propulsive guitar rock works magic on me. It seems that most people know them for their single “Toothpaste Kisses” which is unfortunate because it always seemed like the token mellow filler among an LP packed with rock. Anyway, enough praise for their debut, its time to give some love to their recently released follow-up, Wall Of Arms. I have had Wall it on repeat all day and haven’t skipped one track. It is smart, sharp, fast, tight, and most importantly, it is out now. The fantastic lead single “Love You Better” (above) and my fave (not easy to choose) “Can You Give It” (below) will give you a good idea of what you are in for when you make the smart decision to pick this one up.

The Maccabees – Can You Give It

Here is my favorite from their debut Colour It In.

The Maccabees – All In Your Rows

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Filthy Dukes send me the best Messages

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cause nothing really matters when we’re out of control

Filthy Dukes – Messages (Ft. Tommy Sparks) / Removed by label request.

Apparently Filthy Dukes have been grabbing blog headlines for months now but I only stumbled upon them yesterday when Silence-Killer recommended them (pick up 2 remixes there). Not one to discount a trusted source, I picked up the album… and then had a lot of trouble putting it down. “Messages” follows “This Rhythm” as the latest single off their debut LP, Nonsense In The Dark, and although it drips with pop appeal, it’s accessibility fits perfectly into the mix of darker and grittier electro on the album. I could go on forever about how awesome each track is but I’ll just let you go buy it and hear for yourself. I will, however, rave about just one more, the album’s title track featuring The Maccabees’* lead singer Orlando Weeks. For some reason this guy’s voice just gets me every time. “Nonsense In The Dark” is six and a half minutes of pure ecstasy, starting slow and building instrument after instrument over Weeks’ fantastic crooning. I think it’s time I stop talking and you start listening. Enjoy. I am.

Filthy Dukes – Nonsense In The Dark (Ft. Orlando Weeks) / Removed by label request. Just go buy the damn album already!

*More on their latest album tomorrow!

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Faunts manage to Feel.Love.Thinking.Of. even you

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my pain is gone with none to blame but you

Faunts – Feel.Love.Thinking.Of.

Faunts hail from Edmonton, Canada, and apparently that out-of-the-way locale has enabled them to slip under my radar for two albums, and EP, and a remix LP. “Feel.Love.Thinking.Of.” is the title track from their latest LP and is stunningly beautiful. A subdued electro beat swims under elegant vocals to create a track that grips me every time I hear it. The album has rave reviews over at eMusic where you can get their whole back catalog. 

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Peaches Feels Cream but I wouldn’t put it in my coffee

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every little defect gets respect, must protect what you expect

Peaches – I Feel Cream

I’ve never liked Peaches’ music. She was always more interesting to talk about than listen to. With her 4th album, I Feel Cream, dropping last week she revealed a new side to herself. Kind of. I’ll get to the good stuff but let me just unload a bit first. Despite producers like Soulwax, Digitalism, and Simian Mobile Disco on board, the album is still bloated with unfunny “shock” lyrics and dumb party anthems. One of the first singles, “More,” is only four tracks in but has Peaches repeating “seems you got a little bit more than you asked for” over and over. Did we really, Peaches? Did we get more? “Billionaire” has rhymes and delivery that make Asher Roth look like 2 Pac and “Serpentine” is a boring meditation on how awesome Peaches is because she has a mullet. Is this 2002? I mean even the other single “Talk To Me” feels like a half baked version of The Gossip’s anthemic “Standing In The Way Of Control.” Although I don’t get it, it somehow seems like everyone else is “feeling the cream” because the album is getting rave reviews. But really I Feel Cream is not completely spoiled. Peaches quits fronting for a few tracks and flexes her surprisingly excellent voice, showing a tender side that doesn’t make me cringe. The rave up “I Feel Cream” has only brief rapping and it’s tolerably nestled in between her soaring vocals. The real standout is “Lose You” where Peaches goes all soft on us for an actually beautiful song. Now that she is 40 let’s hope her next album continues in this more mature vein and she finally leaves the gender commentary and shock value at home.

Peaches – Lose You

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Paul and the Patients have some thoughts on Blogspot

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you’ve done your very best, we’re gonna put it to the test

Paul and The Patients – Blogspot

Paul and The Patients are a Brooklyn 5 piece whose debut EP To The Lions comes out soon on American Myth (Home to Tigercity!). “Blogspot” seems to be a rip on not so much the inferior blogging platform but rather blogging in general. Well I ain’t drinking the Haterade cause this song is just too jammin. The smokey vocals echo over the foot-stomping drum beat and jangly guitars as Paul dishes out a piece of his mind. You tell ’em, Paul. I hear ya.

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« « « « « Pre-Milennial Flashback « « « « « Unwritten Law – Cailin

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it seemed like yesterday when the world was looking dark

Unwritten Law – Cailin / 1998

“Cailin” has always been one of my favorite love songs. No matter that is coincided with my first personal love or that the song was written for the singer’s daughter, its simple sentiments are beautiful and universal. Guilt, hate, fear, loneliness, confidence; these emotions find their way into every true human relationship. Loving is never easy but having great music and honest lyrics makes it all more palatable. And when you are sick of the sentiment, the 11 other tracks on this album are perfect for rocking out.

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