[EP] No – DON’T WORRY, YOU’LL BE HERE FOREVER (w/ “Another Life”)

i’ll pretend that i don’t think of you at all

♫ No – Another Life

  • Who: Sean, Bradley, Michael, Reese, Ryan and sometimes Joseph.
  • What: Heartache rock, like The National, Of Monsters and Men, Mumford & Sons
  • Where: Echo Park, Los Angeles + Facebook
  • When: Get their debut EP Don’t Worry for free here.
  • Why: I have been hearing about No for at least 8 months and have stubbornly neglected to track down any of their music. A local band with a name that nondescript can have that kind of negative-motivational effect. If only someone had mentioned that they would remind me of The National then I wouldn’t have been spending all this time not rocking out at their shows and not loving this EP. Embarrassing times. Well, lets forget about all that and soak in the sadness of “Another Life’ and its tale of lost love. Shuffling percussion, dancing guitar lines and delicate vocals swirl together so beautifully that when the “oooh oooh ooooooohs” kick in it’s like literal icing on the cake. I’ll have another slice, please. Lucky, because there are 5 more on the EP.

[EP] Gemini Club – HERE WE SIT (w/ “Show My Hands”)

truth for the fools who believe what they want to at night to sleep

Gemini Club are no slouches. From their smash single “By Surprise” straight through their standout SXSW set they have been rocking hard and keeping their game tight. Their 2012 EP Here We Sit is no exception. 7 tracks full of the finest dance grooves you will hear this year. The kind of music you can dance to on the 1st listen just as easily as the 10th. Picking a favorite jam to showcase here is a bit of a silly affair but I’m gonna go with “Show My Hands” for it’s stuttering beat, tense groove, jangling guitar and handclaps. Oh, handclaps. If you were worried that these guys were too polished and easily enjoyable then you dubheads will be happy with the dirty bits in “Can’t Believe You Said That.” “Sparklers” follows with a high speed synth assault on your dance nerves that should be banned from playing in cars for causing excessive speeds. And the rest of the jams follow suit accordingly. I’d write more but really I’d rather get back to rocking out. Stream it all here. Cheers.

[LP/LIVE] Alt-J – AN AWESOME WAVE (w/ “Fitzpleasure”) + Live @ The Echo 8/1/12

tall woman, pull the pylons down, and wrap them around the necks of all the feckless men that queue to be next

♫ Alt-J – Fitzpleasure

After falling hard for “Breezeblocks” a few weeks back it’s been pretty much non-stop Alt-J around TBE HQ. Their debut album An Awesome Wave is clocking highly regular rotation and few people escape close proximity to me without having something played for them. “Tesselate,” “Fitzpleasure” and now “Matilda” are all growing on me strong. Even the interludes are magical. Needless to say, I was excited for their show on Tuesday. Excited but Read more

[LP] The Danks – ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DANKS? (w/ “Die Young”)

i’ll stay home with most of me tonight, all dressed up and wrapped around you tight

♫ The Danks – Die Young

We have already heard, loved, and appropriately rocked out to “Automocar” but it is now clear that The Danks have much more than just one jam up their Canadian sleeves. Their debut LP is brimming with raspy, jangly, garage pop that feels fresh and timeless. “Die Now” is my current addiction. Less than two and a half minutes of guitar and drum hooks with that bouncy beat and high danceability. This kind of rather raw throwback rock can easily sound uninspired and same-y but The Danks give a distinct flavor to each track, and often in under 3 minutes. This is summertime! Rock accordingly!

[EP] Digits – WHERE DO YOU BELONG? (w/ “Looking For The Cure”)

your touch feels like a distant memory

♫ Digits – Looking for the Cure

But like for reals. This Digits guy is killing it so good right now. Hot Chip meets Junior Boys. With sexier dance moves.


we got time, gonna waste it all, gonna be fine

♫ Atlas Genius – Trojans

  • Who: Keith, Michael, Darren, Steven
  • What: Indie groove pop, like Passion Pit, Foster The People, Midi Matilda
  • Where: Australia + Facebook
  • When: Debut EP Through The Glass available now.
  • Why: You’ll remember “Trojans” as one of last year’s great tracks and now we have two more gems to round out their debut EP. “Back Seat” is a slinky nighttime groover with hushed percussion and plucky guitars under buttery vocals that woo you right in. More music like this and Atlas Genius will be well on their way to big things.

[EP/STREAM] Young Empires – WAKE ALL MY YOUTH (w/ “The Earth Plates Are Shifting”)

i’m seeing colors, i’m seeing colors, its the way your body moves

  • Who: Matt, Jake, Aaron & Taylor
  • What: World beat haute rock, like Van She, Santigold, Ghost Beach
  • Where: Toronto, Canada + Facebook
  • When: Wake All My Youth EP is out now.
  • Why: It’s no secret that I’ve been in love with Young Empires since their first demo dropped over 2 years ago. Usually such a solid debut track or two would leave me worried about keeping up the quality but after they rocked me with their live show at the Great Escape last year I wasn’t stressed. They became obvious top picks for The Burning Ear parties at SXSW and have followed through with the flawless 7-track Wake All My Youth EP. “Beaches” is my new favorite jam of theirs, balancing signature YE “Woooh ooh”s with the laser tight percussion and big dancey guitar action. Alright, enough rambling from me, just get this EP already. Your summer will thank you.

Oh, and at their stellar show last week with Humans they slowed things down for the beautiful non-EP groover “The Earth Plates Are Shifting” and thank goodness it’s available to stream because its one I instantly wanted to revisit. Turn it up and get swept away.

[QUICKIE] Of Monsters and Men – MY HEAD IS AN ANIMAL (w/ “Little Talks”)

because though the truth may vary, this ship will carry our bodies safe to shore

This remix of “King & Lionheart” got me into OMAM but jams like “Little Talks” have me coming back over & over. Big fun folk from the heart.

[Quickies are mini-reviews that can fit into a 140 character tweet. They are of albums that people already know of but perhaps are curious about our take on it. What did you think of the disc?]