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.”
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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…
Bury your face in MySpace /// More tracks at Ohh Crapp… [Thanks!]
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When someone drops me a commentÂ recommendingÂ 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 inspiredÂ 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.
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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,Â Wall Of Arms. I have had Wall it on repeat all day and haven’t skipped one track. ItÂ 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.
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cause nothing really matters when we’re out of control
Filthy Dukes – Messages (Ft. Tommy Sparks)Â / Removed by label request.
Apparently Filthy Dukes have been grabbing blog headlines for months now but I only stumbled upon them yesterday when Silence-KillerÂ recommendedÂ 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 withÂ 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 pureÂ 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)Â / Removed by label request. Just go buyÂ the damn album already!
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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 eMusicÂ where you can get their whole back catalog.Â
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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 ravereviews. 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.
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