OK, so I totally just got chills. As if listening to Jenny Owen Youngs’ music wasn’t beautiful enough, she herself is stunning, she says “fuck,” lists Motion City Soundtrack as an influence, her tunes are on eMusic, and then to read that she is touring with TBE faves Jukebox The Ghost? Damn man, too fucking hot. I kinda can’t handle it. Ok, be strong man, talk about the song. Ok, the song, the song. I can do it….. SO, “Led To The Sea” is foot stomper of a track that showcases Jenny’s tal…. ok, I can’t do it. Sorry, I just watched this and I’m speechless. Best ever. And the goosebumps again.
I caught this track off of Music For Ants a few weeks ago and its been growing on me more and more. Anni Rossi is some kind of viola virtuoso and crafts light yet slightly haunting little ditties that remind me of the awesome Regina Spektor. “Machine” is the perfect soundtrack to the kind of lazy Saturday I’m having over here. I’ll also throw in her cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.” Not sure what to think of it but it’s interesting nonetheless. I like the way she sings “weirdo.” Her debut LP Rockwell is out now.
Bury your face in MySpace
Ok, so I am having a dilemma here. I came home tonight to find this new Chiddy Bang track in my inbox and you know I got love for these guys but after their last track I am wary. I want nothing more than to sing these guys’ praises and site their MGMT sample as a lapse in judgement but I feel like this is an even further step backwards. Besides the fact that the tune is kind of a snoozer, it cops the original’s title (again). It’s like Chiddy Bang read all the praise for their killer Radiohead sampling track “Because” and decided to exclusively sample blog-hause faves. What happened to the originality that melted my mind on “Fresh Like Us” and “Sooner or Later”? Guys, you’re killin me. Please let me wake up tomorrow and not find PMA creaming over this track like they do over so much overblown blog filler. What happened to standards? I’m just worried we’re not staying authentic.
You may have caught last weeks post on these Philly college freshmen and their mind-blowing jams. Well a few days ago they dropped “Kids” and I was pretty let down. First of all, I already had an MGMT cover/remix roundup a few weeks ago, so nice timing guy! But seriously, although their “Kids” has grown on me since I started writing this post it doesn’t feel as thrilling as their first 5 tracks. Is this the blogosphere version of the sophomore slump? I’m I harshing what would otherwise be a fly mellow? Dunno anymore…
We all know Kid Cudi from my Heads Up ’09 mix and this past week has seen a glut of material from Kanye’s protege. Tidbits have been leaking here and there, including “Switchin Lanes” which I brushed off as a bore at first listen. Then last week Cudi dropped his free The ’09 Mix which gave me a whole new appreciation for the song which is now growing on me like mad.
The real jaw dropper is “She Came Along,” Cudi’s twanged out, sunset-on-a-horse, jam that gave me no pause in loving it. I really hope CudiÂ goes further down this innovative boundary-pushing trail, and less snooze-fest of “Sky May Fall” (The ’09 Mix) or “The Prayer” (a KiD Named CuDi mix). Other standouts on The ’09 Mix are “Dat New New (VIKING remix)” and “Ask About Me remix” but since both are remixes I won’t pin their awesomeness on Cudi…yet. Seriously, go get The ’09 Mix, it’s not perfect but its solid. And free.
Kid Cudi samples Lady Gaga? Two TBE favs together on one track? Add two more hip-hop heavyweights and a DJ extraordinaire? Umm, yes please! Soooo, why is this song not very remarkable? With so many big names this should sound like a slam-jammer where they really threw down the gloves. Instead it sounds like it was handled with kid gloves….. oh, hahaha, I get it.
OK, Lady Gaga again, but you would never know it by her cringe-inducing M.I.A.-biting vocals. I love Lady Gaga whole thing she has going on so I am not sure why she would want to toy with her already tenuous legitimacy. Oh well, luckily Wale’s heat and the pure-pop banging production make this FUN in caps. I had heard about Wale (wah-lay) and his legendary mix-tapes for a while now but “Chillin'” was the first track I had actually connected to. With some web-sleuthing I came across this piece of 2007 flashback fantastic-ness.
While it’s easy to ride on the production of everyone’s favorite Jackson sampling, Frenchie produced, track Wale really brings it with his lyrics. In 3 minutes and 49 seconds he lays down personality and style to spare and I’m on board. His apology to Mark Ronson for “offend(ing) your sister’s dear friend” is especially funny. Wale’s debut LP Attention: Defecit drops this summer and the hype kinda couldn’t be bigger. I wonder who is gonna come out on top, Wale or Cudi?
DOOM, a.k.a. MF Doom, is an ol’ school rapper I have been hearing about for years. His solo work, as well as collaborations with Danger Mouse, Ghostface Killah, and Gorillaz, have made him a familiar name of whom I know almost no music. Well leave it to a Thom Yorke remix to shove his music down the throat of every indie kid with T1 Internet. I can’t say I am in love with this track but the ominous, haunted-house layers Yorke adds sure make you stop and listen. DOOM’s latest LP (and the home of “Gazillion Ear”) Born Like This is out now and although it has got some good reviews I haven’t listened to it. I have a feeling like its for real hip-hop cats and that means not me.
So how was that? Too “urban” for your palette? Want more rhymes and boasts? Are you feeling this Roundup style? Not that I am gonna change a damn thing based on your opinion but nonetheless, I am curious what it is…
Today our favorite British pop-pixie Little Boots announced, among other things, a tour with supporting act Delphic. (period included). Touring with Little Boots you say? Hmmm….better check these dudes out. “Counterpoint” huh? I like it…very nice…what? Oh no! I’m floating away on a cloud of flickering keyboards and delicately spastic drums! AAHHhhhhhhh……… Anyway, Delpic. brings the space-rock like a more ethereal Friendly Fires or a less whiny Angels & Airwaves. Ride the space cloud!
It is also recommended that you ride this remix of Little Boots new song. Its about visiting L.A. and having someone show you around that crazy city. So basically its about me. That’s awesome. The original hasn’t dropped yet but oooo-eeee this is hot. I’m so pumped for this album.
Bury your face in MySpace (Delphic. really pimped it out)
I don’t know why but I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard 50 Cent’s and JT’s “Ayo Technology.” As Chris sped his SUV along the highway’s of San Diego I remember thinking: 1) Wow, what a combo! 50 and JT? 2) What does “Ayo” mean? and 3) I dig it. In the end I never really fell in love with the song. I am sure I enjoyed some fun moments with it at a party or something but I know I never played it at home. All that changed in December 2008 when I heard Belgium’s Milow cover it.
Milow’s intimate acoustic take gives it a seductive quality that makes it more like a love song than a lust-song. The song began haunting me as I couldn’t get the lyrics out of my head. I would catch myself mesmerized by the amazing video (poke around tbe tv :)). Then, mere weeks later, I heard Nick’s remix.
Nick throws it down on this one, cranking up the dancosity to levels than were able to pull me out of Milow’s mellowness and get me dancing. Together, the two versions provided an Ayo for any mood of the day. It became my official anthem. I even confused a few not-stuck-in-2007 Facebookers with a lyric-quoting status update involving an offer to “sit on top of him.” With misunderstandings cleared up and a few moths passed I was thinking of how I could share these tracks with you when BAM!
Today I stumbled upon this piece of magic. Like Milow, Katerine is also Belgian (weird) but we will forgive her cause she is crazy hot (awesome). We will also forgive her because her cover is great, a perfect middle ground between Milow and Nick. It’s also fun to hear such an angelic voice sing about gettin supa-freaky wit ladies in da club and use the word “bitch.” Kinda really hott.
Use the hyper/photolinks to get all up on their pieces
Does our antlered furry friend here look familiar? Well that’s cause it’s the logo of Miike Snow, the Sweden/New York based trio of guys not named Mi(i)ke who remixed Vampire Weekend a few weeks back. I ran across “Animal” back then but was so focused on their remix magic that its infectious groove didn’t, well… infect. Fast forward to this past weekend where events out of my control thrust this song back to the forefront of myÂ consciousness. “Damn,” I thought upon hearing it, “This is one of my favorite songs! Why can’t I remember who it is?” “Well dummy, that’s because it’s not one of your favorite songs! You totally ignored it and are only now grasping its awesomeness!” my subconscious yelled at me the next day when I finally tracked down its source. Now that my minds are on the same page they agree that you shouldn’t make the same mistake I did. They are also telling me to tell you that there are two great remixes available at Miike Snow’s RCRDâ€¢LBL page: a mind blower by Treasure Fingers and one by the Italo-awesome Crookers.
Bury your face in MySpace