Chiddy Bang’s quality is like Day n’ Nite

Chiddy Bang – Day and Night

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.

Daniel Merriweather supports Change

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don’t wish for some change like a church worker

Daniel Merriweather – Change ft. Wale

Daniel Merriweather is an Australian bloke who has collaborated with Mark Ronson (Samantha’s bro) and Wiley (Dizzee Rascal’s mentor) as well as opened for Justin Timberlake and Kanye. This track off his upcoming LP Love & War sees him bringing Wale on board for a fantastic combination of soul and swagger. The two other tracks I have heard didn’t leave a big impression but this one makes me want to buy a convertible. Love & War comes out May 25th but in the meantime wrap your senses around this great guest spot on Wiley’s “Cash In My Pocket.” Don’t miss the fantastic video.

Wiley – Cash In My Pocket ft. Daniel Merriweather

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Metric want you to have Fantasies about Gold, Guns, Girls

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all the gold and the guns in the world couldn’t get you off

Metric – Gold Guns Girls

Yesterday saw the release of Metric’s latest album, Fantasies, and I have been spinning it all day. I never got into Metric’s last two albums, instead just listening to Live It Out‘s “Poster of a Girl” and pretending Canada’s favorite export was as good as I wanted them to be. Well Fantasies sees Haines & co. teaching me a thing or two. Sort of. Two is probably exactly accurate. While album opener (and first single) “Help I’m Alive” takes 5 minutes to go exactly nowhere, track 5 arrives with “Gold Guns Girls” opening like its trying to catch up with the High Speed Chase mix. I’m on board and struggling to hang on as the track speeds along with chugging guitars and thinly veiled sexual metaphors. It’s hard to ignore this song as the album’s 350 pound linebacker. The other players just aren’t as intimidating and some sound s bit too much like old Metric. Then there is “Stadium Love.”

Metric – Stadium Love

With it’s heavy crunch and soaring “ooh oohooh” (key to my heart, btw) “Stadium Love” reminds me a lot of old Metric while still feeling fresh and filled with rock. While I can’t fully endorse this album to someone who was never on board with Metric, I feel like fans out there it will love it.

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Your love for James Yuill’s tunes should come as No Surprise

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and it’s no surprise that your eyes are crying my name

James Yuill – No Surprise

James Yuill may be a London bloke who looks like Britt Danielsas-your-biology-teacher, but he makes some rather beautiful mellowed-out electr0-folk. “No Surprise” is from his sophomore album, Turning Down Water For Air, which came out in 2007 but is just now getting North American support. The “No Surprise” single came out recently and has a few different versions and a couple great remixes. I am really loving this guy’s vibe and will definitely be picking up his albums from eMusic to dig deeper.

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Bombay Bicycle Club have me hoping it’s Always Like This

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you know what i am so you know how i live

Bombay Bicycle Club – Always Like This

Woah-ly shit! This song just barreled me over the first time I heard it! This is what I’m talkin’ about, baby! I guess Bombay Bicycle Club have a couple EPs and a single release under their belt and “Always Like This” is the first single from their upcoming debut LP, I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose. They get a lot of Arctic Monkeys comparisons but I think thats just cause they are still teenagers (what!?) like the Arctics were when they blew up.  Anyway, the “Always Like This” single comes tomorrow with remixes by Tim Goldsworthy (LCD Soundsystem), and others. Going back into Bombay Bicycle Club’s brief song-ography it’s clear that they have come a long way since their initial, NME-backed, hype storm in 2007. “Always Like This” sees them adding layers of deph to their jangly/jaunty vibe. Want another gem to tie you over until the full LP? Ok, fine, but I warn you that these are not as powerful as “Always Like This” although they do illustrate their rapidly evolving talent. “Open House” is a rawer, churning rocker from their first EP The Boy I Used To Be (above).

Bombay Bicycle Club – Open House

Their single Evening/Morning garnered some attention last year but it’s widely available to the google-savvy and I personally prefer it’s mellower, more intimate, b-side.

Bombay Bicycle Club – You Already Know

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Pre-Millennial Flashback! /// Spacehog – In The Meantime

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give my love to the future of the humankind

Spacehog – In The Meantime /// 1995

So it’s Easter today, the day Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ. I think it’s only fitting that I do some resurrecting of my own and bring back the songs that formed my sonic mind as a wee lad. Growing up in Los Angeles I had the privilege of being raised by KROQ, a station that literally changed my life upon discovering it. Ricki, Dr. Drew, and Adam taught me about sex and relationships on Loveline; Kevin and Bean taught me about humor; and Jed The Fish, Tami Heidi, and Sluggo taught me about music. I would spend hour after hour at my desk listening to KROQ and soaking in every moment. These songs were my best friends, their grungy hooks gripping my ears, their lyrics etching themselves into capacity for lyric memorization that I have since lost completely. Anyway, I am going to bring you along as I trip down memory lane, reliving the songs that sound-tracked everything from all-nighter essays and board game nights to my first kiss and first love. I might not let you in on every intimate memory these are tied to but that probably has more do do with my poor memory and me as a post-millennial bloomer than anything else. More than anything these songs remind me of youthful innocence. Some might be familiar, many will be new, all should be loved. Alright, enough of that, this is not a whiny tween diary, it’s a damn music blog and you came here for the jams!

If you read all that, thanks, but I hope that you at least let Spacehog keep you company with their epic 1995 track, “In The Meantime.” These guys are from England but formed in NYC. I recognize the album art but couldn’t name any other tracks from Resident Alien or its 1998 follow-up The Chinese Album. I kinda feel like letting the music do the talking on this one so I am not going to do much research on Spacehog. I have a feeling that this will be the case in most of these Pre-Millennial Flashbacks (PMFs) so get used to it.

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Bicicletas add 11 y 20 and get awesome

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………. corazon! ………

Bicicletas – 11 y 20

Bicicletas are from Argentina and they sing in Spanish so my sing-along abilities are limited to excitedly yelling “corazon” when it comes along in “11 y 20.” In whatever language, the catchiness of this song is way more powerful then a simple bicycle. Maybe a bicycle with rockets strapped to it. Yeah. Makes me want to learn Spanish so I can sing along better… Anyway, the lead singer may look like a balder Jack Black, but these guys are no joke. They have been rocking Buenos Aires for years and even opened for Roger Waters when he was in their hood. I can’t find anywhere to buy their latest album, Quema, but there are more tracks at the Latin American Indie blog Zona Indie.

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The Guggenheim Grotto sings Fee Da Da Dee

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our hearts are tigers chasing tigerness

The Guggenheim Grotto – Fee Da Da Dee

Two bums from Dublin playing folk music? A cover that looks like some Dave Matthews tribute band? Is that tie-dye? Sounds boring! Well, while the rest of these guys’ tunes didn’t grab me, the power of “Fee Da Da Dee” is undeniable. The slowly chugging rhythm establishes the intimate yet upbeat  mood and then the whole thing just picks up and soars away. The back and forth male vocals then roll into the female bit and it gets just that much more awesome. I just may have to give this album further listening. [via Silence-Killer]

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