Ted & Francis – Erlend

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you can make something with your life not waste it away

Ted & Francis – Erlend

In honor of our last post about Erlend Øye’s other band we have a song named after him! Ok, I actually have no idea if Australian duo Ted & Francis are paying homage to the Norwegian on this track but it doesn’t really matter because this track is hot butter. Ted & Francis have yet to relase any tangible EP or full legnth yet but in the meantime you can get a few more tracks over at Ohh Crapp… (Thanks again to Ohh Crapp….)

Ted & Francis on MySpace

Whitest Boy Alive’s new album!

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you only need to be more certain what it is you’re living for

Whitest Boy Alive – High On The Heels

Whitest Boy Alive would have been featured on my favorite albums of 2008 list except that their debut Dreams came out in 2006 and I only discovered it last fall. And what a discovery it was! I have a hard time finding music to chill out to because I often find that kind of mellowness to be boring or uninspired. Dreams is the perfect album for chilling without funk-killing. The kind of album you can throw on when you have people over and the music wont overtake the conversation. Oh, and if the vocals sound familiar that’s because it’s Erlend Øye from Kings of Convenience. Anyway, WBA just released their second album Rules and I am digging it. It hasn’t grabbed me like Dreams did but I am giving it time. “High On The Heels” is the first track to jump out at me so far. Also check out my favorite from Dreams, “Fireworks.” But seriously folks, I can’t stress the top-notchedness of Dreams enough, it’s like instant ear-therapy. Get on it.

Whitest Boy Alive – Fireworks

Whitest Boy Alive on MySpace

Say Hi to new Say Hi!

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it’s the way that she curses

Say Hi – Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh

Say Hi is Eric Ellbogen whose lo-fi indie act was based in Brooklyn when I discovered him a few years back. He relocated to Seattle for his last 2 albums and oddly enough the change has amped up his sound. Just compare the propulsive head-bobber of “Oh Oh….” (above) to his sophomore album’s “I think I’ll Be a Good Ghost” which is much more mellow, contemplative and dare I say “haunting?” No, no, I’ll spare you. Anyway, this dude has put out 6 albums in 6 and a half years and while the early ones aren’t fully formed I really think he hit his stride with last year’s The Wishes And The Glitch. “Northwestern Girls” (below) is the album’s fantastic opener and is followed by a stable of very solid tracks. Maybe more of those unlistenable art-rock hipster collectives from Brooklyn should head out to Seattle?

Say Hi – Northwestern Girls

Say Hi (To Your Mom) – I Think I’ll Be A Good Ghost

Yeah, Say Hi To Your Mom was the full band name for the first 4 albums. I guess we all grow up someday…

Say Hi on eMusic (check out the album art) / MySpace

Project Jenny, Project Jan team up with Fujiya & Miyagi!!

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I got needles and pins and I hear the sound of violins

Project Jenny, Project Jan – Pins and Needles (w/ Fujiya & Miyagi)

Oh boy, where do I start? First of all, if you are familiar with both bands on this track then proceed freely. For those needing the back story it goes like this…. Project Jenny, Project Jan are two dudes from Brooklyn who are named neither Jenny nor Jan. Their debut album XOXOXOXOXO (above) is filled with quirky danceable pop fun that should appeal to people who can smile. “Pins and Needles” is their latest single and sees them collaborating with Fujiya and Miyagi. (Again, nobody named Fujiya or Miyagi in this group. Just three white Brits. Kids these days.) This song is a definte departure for PJPJ as Fujia & Miyagi seem to have exerted a mellowing influence on the typically spastic laptop-rockers. (Song topics include alcoholic zoo-animals on “Zoobar” and the frustration of board-games on “Games.” Just to be clear, I highly recommend this album. Here are two of my favorite tracks from XOXOXOXOXO.

Project Jenny, Project Jan – Train Track

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If you like “Pins and Needles” then you should definitely get “Collarbone,” the sneaker-centric funk-fest that rocked just about every hipster BBQ last summer.

Fujiya & Miyagi – Collarbone

I never fell in love with their full albums but the power of “Collarbone” is undeniable and I like vibe F&J have sewn into PJPJ. Definitely curious to hear new releases from all these misnamed dudes.

Project Jenny, Project Jan on eMusic / MySpace

Fujiya and Miyagi on eMusic / MySpace

Eagles of Death Metal land in Warsaw!

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I take the city in the dead of night

I’m burning gas until I feel alright

Eagles Of Death Metal – Wannabe in L.A.

California natives, rock-gods, perpetually mustachioed, and hosts of a thrashing good live show, Eagles of Death Metal are ending their European tour right here in Warsaw (Klub proxima on Saturday)! I am pretty stoked on this and will be buying my tickets just as soon as I stop staring at the above cover art….. Ummm, ok, what was I saying? Yeah, if you don’t know Eagles Of Death Metal then you should know they sound like neither The Eagles or death-metal. On drums in Josh Homme from Queens Of The Stone Age and taking the helm is his Jesse Hughes and his awesome mustache. Above is the oft-appropriate and always rockin’ track of their latest album Heart On and below is the track that got me hooked way back in the Christmas of ’05.

Eagles of Death Metal – Whorehoppin (Shit, Goddamn)

Eagles Of Death Metal on MySpace

New Calvin Harris + CvrUpYrRmx: “The Girls” Edition

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can you stay up for the weekend

and blame God for looking too old?

Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone (Radio Edit)

So Calvin Harris has dropped his new single and it has him taking a huge departure from the throwback dance pop of I Created Disco. I was taken aback at first but this song has really grown on me. I will definitely be dancing my ass off to this in the club but I don’t know if it will get the same at-home/in-car play that his debut got. “I’m Not Alone” is a great  track but this dance-floor stuff is well-worn territory. I look forward to seeing where else Calvin takes us on his sophomore effort (due later this year) but I hope the rest of the album shakes things up a bit.

In honor of big Calvy-Calv we have a few different takes on his dude-anthem “The Girls.” First off Dragonette serves up a cover that does a little gender bending and even throws in a shout out to The Calvinator himself. Besides female vocals the cover is pretty straightforward save for a few new lyrics and a weirdly “Where’s Your Head At?“-esque chant at the end. (Anyone else but me hear that?)

Dragonette – The Boys

You might rmember Mick Boogie from his Adele 1988 project I featured a few weeks ago. Well he recently teamed up with Terry Urban for 2009: The Grammy Remix Project. They explain it best:

Ever wonder how Kanye would sound rapping on Kenna’s song?  What if The Jonas Brothers sang over some hiphop breakbeats?  What if Thom Yorke sang on Lupe’s “Superstar?”  What if Sara Bareilles bought a sampler and not a piano?  The list goes on… but the answers can be found here.

Read more on the project and get the full tracklist here. I reccomend downloading the full mixtape (torrent). While not a remix-revelation it’s a fun experiment for any kind of music fan.

Katy Perry: I Kissed A Girl (Excel Remix)

So if you didn’t already think you were sick of “The Girls” or “I Kissed I Girl” then I bet you are now, huh? The real question is which one gets old faster?

UPDATE: apparently the zshare link expired and I could find no alternate so I replaced it with a torrent link. If you don’t use torrents this is a good time to start :) I recommend Transmission.

Calvin Haris on MySpace


Nôze wants you to Remember Love

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everybody want to have a hot flip side

Noze – Remember Love

Despite their somber expressions these two look like the funnest dudes on the planet. Who wouldn’t want them at your party, right? Well it’s the weekend and time to get funky so let these two French dudes funk you up with this jam. The lyrics are a recommended read-along as his accent can get kinda thick and it’s worth catching what he says.

Nôze on MySpace

Scissors For Lefty and their Ghetto Ways

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if your lips touched my lips

could I call you my baby or what?

Scissors For Lefty – Ghetto Ways

Ok, so you got me. The above album is not Scissors For Lefty’s latest (That would be the Consumption Junction EP) but since I like it better it’s gonna get top billing. Deal with it. If the super-funk synths and semi-orgasmic “Ahhh ahh ahh”s don’t get you pumped then you need to just listen to it again. And again. And maybe watch the throwback pulp-film video here. Ok, so your are feelin’ it, you are vibing, you are on the Scissor train. Good. Now tackle “Ornamental,” the opening track off of their new EP. I can’t understand everything these San Fransiscans are yelling about on this track but it certainly is anthemic and makes me want to yell along!

Scissors For Lefty – Ornamental

Fun Fact! Scissors For Lefty is 5 dudes but 2 of them are brothers while the other 3 are….. also brothers! Woah, only 2 last names! There goes the ironic Mr. So-and-so thing that people do when they are trying to be funny.

Scissors for Lefty on MySpace

Ryan Lindsey – An Introspective Personality

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he fled the scene never to be seen again

Ryan Lindsey – An Introspective Personality

If yesterday’s post got you a bit too riled up then pop this little chill pill. Some fantastic guitar plucking, catchy lyrics, and a whole slew of “dum da da dum”s. This dude has been getting some love from KCRW radio in LA lately (westside!) and its clear why. His laid back tunes fit perfectly with the “California-living, dog-park-frequenting, Obama-voting, Whole-Foods-shopping, organic-granola-eating” set. (Hi moms :)

Ryan Lindsey on MySpace

Oh, and PS, I got this track for FREE off eMusic. I’ve been up in that for 3 years now and highly reccomend it. (You will notice that when possible the album-art purchase links send you there.)

Kyle Andrews is fresher than Sushi

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i sink so deep in you, you gonna save me or not?

Kyle Andrews – Sushi

Alright, start prepping some fresh panties NOW cause this one made me wet for sure. Who the fuck is Kyle Andrews and how did he make this killer song without it taking over the world and ending racial conflict forever? This morning I almost killed myself dancing in socks on my tile floor. Now don’t let the day-glo ghettoblaster cover art and hyper-hypo dance pop fool you, Real Blasty digs deeper than your average laptop-rock and unearths all kinds of weighty rock. Varying his jams between different tempos, vibes, and energy levels Kyle provides much more to chew on than iceberg lettuce of most one-man-bands or laptop-rock shticks. Go to his MySpace and sample some more jams. I’m curious what you cats think or this dude.

UPDATE: Oooo, now I am digging this nugget as a good counter-point to “Sushi.”

Kyle Andrews – I Wanted To Paint A Rainbow

Kyle Andrews on MySpace

[CvrUpYrRmx] The Fray on Kanye / Miike Snow vs. Vampire Weekend

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The Fray – Heartless (Kanye cover)

I guess you could say I enjoy The Fray just as much as the next guy. Never fell in love with ’em but Ted and I definitely belted out a few drunken renditions of “Over My Head (Cable Car)” back in day. Well the good times continue with their cover of Kanye’s “Heartless.” At first it seems like an odd choice but listen to how Isaac Slade’s voice beautifully emotes Kanye’s heartbreak while still maintaining the swagger and the groove. And all that without that damned vocoder. I had no idea how much I hated that vocoder until I heard this song sung without it. Well done dude.

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Vampire Weekend – The Kids Dont Stand A Chance (Miike Snow remix)

Miike Snow is 3 dudes who:

1) Are not named Miike or Snow. I dont think.

2) Appear to be from Stockholm and/or NYC.

3) Have been remixed by TBE super-crush Crookers.

4) Have an antlered-rabbit logo that I don’t think they realize looks more like a vibrator-head-rabbit.

5) Remixed Vampire Weekend’s album closer into a quite pleasing blend of beats and bleeps and bloops. (The bloops are my fave.)

For You? Only The Very Best!

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I was thinking ’bout you and me and everything we’ve been through

The Very Best – Dinosaur on the Ark

This weekend’s MixTape is not TBE-produced but you will dig it nonetheless. If the name didn’t already give it away, it is not to shabby. Wondering how a dude with a name like Mwamawaya got mixed up (ha!) with a group who goes by the moniker “Radioclit?” Yeah, me too. Their official story tells it best.

Esau Mwamwaya was born in Mzuzu in Malawi, East Africa. He grew up in the capital, Lilongwe, and played drums in various bands, including Masaka Band.  In 1999 he moved to London, and ran a second-hand furniture store near Radioclit’s old studio.  After the Radioclit boys bought a bike from Esau they invited him to one of their house warming parties, made friends, and started making music together. Two years later the project has gotten it’s name, The Very Best.

Good thing Radioclit found him because I hear they are wicked hard to find. I mean,  of course I know where it is they are. Duh.

The track you have been no doubt feelin’ has guest vocals by Ben Brewer, the dude responsible for the newly minted MIA Jr. Yeah I know, what is it with all these shlubs boning the hottest talent of ’08 and then getting love on my blog.?

The Very Best on MySpace and Track list after the jump…

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Hey Champ churns a buttery smooth groove

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I’m so clever, it takes no effort to turn you on

Hey Champ – Cold Dust Girl

My little brother turned me on to this jam the other day and ever since I have been congratulating myself for raising him right. Ivy Educated and recently signed to Lupe Fiasco’s label, these guys bear a surface resemblance to TBE Dudes to Watch in ’09, Chester French. However, Hey Champ bring a different breed of fun to the table. Gold Dust Girl is pulsing groove set to relatively laid back lyrics that make for a splendid aural sensation. And lets not even get started on that hook! Gotta stop writing, gotta back to dancing.

– Hey Champ on MySpace –

Ghostland Observatory: What GMPD Could Have Become

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love is a potion to give your life a soul

Ghostland Observatory – Freeheart Lover

I hadn’t made the connection until I sat down to write this post but Ghostland Observatory really do remind me of what GMPD could have evolved into: Part Daft Punk, part Prince, part Queen. Freeheart Lover has the exact rock edge I am missing from GMPD’s now album. But enough lamenting, on with the music! Ghostland Observatory are from Austin, Texas and I definitely get a bit of social-misfit vibe from their photos. (I once lived with a dude that rocked the pigtail-braids and he was both socially and hygienically challenged) But fear not, you dont have to invite them in for dinner, just invite them into your heart. Oh, and let this track in too.

Ghostland Observatory – The Band Marches On

If you enjoy their company then pick up their latest, 2008’s Robotique Majestique.

–  Click album art above to buy • Ghostland Observatory on MySpace –

Gil Mantera's Dreamscape Discussed

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don’t run away, come back

Gil Mantera’s Party Dream – Waking Vision

If you know me then you know my undying love for Gil Mantera’s Party Dream, the super-duo from Youngstown, Ohio who have been rocking my world ever since I stumbled into one of their legendary live shows 3 years ago. Gil (keyboards/beats/vocals/hyper-sexual dancing) along with step-brother Ultimate Donny (guitar/over-emotive vocals) play a brand of in-your-face and up-your-ass dance-rock that can only be seen to be believed/understood/fathomed. They are by far my most recommended live band, however it was when I saw them last August that I began to worry about their long-awaited follow-up to 2005’s epic Bloodsongs. The awesome dancing and minimal clothing was still there but the new songs just didn’t bring the heat. The usual frenetic jumping seemed to be replaced by (gasp!) swaying! My suspicions were further confirmed with the December release of The Ballerina EP. The title track didn’t hold a candle to Bloodsongs standouts like “Alligator Missions” (below) or “Elmo’s Song.” Hopefully you have been listening to “Waking Vision” (above) from their new LP Dreamscape so now tell me what you think. (For even more new stuff check out the weirdo cyber-sutra video for “Dreamlovers” at the GMPD website.) How does this compare to Bloodsongs favorite “Alligator Missions?”

Gil Mantera’s Party Dream – Alligator Missions

Am I flipping my wig over nothing? Is this just GMPD “maturing”? Should bands like GMPD ever mature? If you are an ol’ school GMPD fan then I want to hear what you think of this new direction. If you are new to Gil & Co then listen to “Alligator Missions” (above) and watch the fantastic Elmo’s Wish video and then let me know which makes your tits tingle.

–  Click on album art above to buy or peep GMPD on MySpace –