â€¢ Miike Snow is a band, not a man. They are made up of American Andrew Wyatt and Swedish producers/multi-instrumentalists Christian Karlsson & Pontus Winnberg (Bloodshy & Avant).
Dragonette’s 2007 debut, Galore, was one of those albums that I was fully ready to like but just never hooked me. It felt like they were trying to hard at the electro-pop game but were missing something. Whatever was missing, we had a taste of back in May when their “comeback single” Fixin To Thrill” dropped. Had little Dragonette finally grown up? The song was a huge, hook-laden rock-fest with big claims, but was it all bombast? Would the other tracks match up? 2nd single, “Pick Up The Phone,” (video here) kicks some big cracks in that worry, even topping “Fixin” in my book, getting stuck in my head in a great way. Yesterday Australia and Canada got the full Fixin To Thrill LP and it’s high time to take a look at the goods. I just finished my second spin through it and this stuff is no joke. It’s that mix of bounce, synth, big riffs, and perfect vocals that just get my goose. If the first 2 singles haven’t got you hyped then peep this late-album favorite of mine.
“Okay Delore” is like “Hey Mickey” only without the overplayed baggage and Wayne’s World connotations. Dragonette has truly outdone themselves with Fixin To Thrill. This is looking to be a favorite album of the year. Or at least October.
I struggle with finding music to accompany my mellower times. Whitest Boy Alive is one of my top artists on Last.fm, not because they are one of my all-time favorites, but as a band with 2 solid chill-out albums, they are my frequent go-to for those moods. Freelance Whales ave just stepped into the ring with their debut, Weathervanes, and it sounds like the perfect soundtrack for fall. “Generator ^ 2nd Floor” is one of the bouncier tracks on their debut (so it’s not a surprise it would appeal the most to me) but it’s also the best track about accepting death since Jack PeÃ±ate’s “Let’s All Die.” Their softer fare is equally appealing and the whole album is like ice cream melting on hot pie: sweet and satisfying, with just a bit of a sugar high. Where does this magical music come from? Freelance Whales hail from Brooklyn, where they are known to play in subway stations and use instruments like the harmonium, banjo, glockenspiel, and waterphone. With tools like that it’s no surprise that they channel a bit of Sufjan Stevens, especially on the breathily-sung “Broken Horse.”
I recommend Sufjan get’s his next state-themed album rolling ASAP because Freelance Whales have already took his place this fall. Or not, Suffy. Stay lazy with your years-old King Of Indie crown. It’s time for a regime change anyway. If you like what you hear then buy Weathervanes at eMusic or iTunes. Seriously. Oh, and check out the fantastic live perfomance of “Generator ^ 2nd Floor.” Singing about death at midnight in the abandoned farm was never so fun and cuddly.
Electric Tickle Machine may not be sporting the years’ best new-band name but they have nailed the album art brilliantly. It’s almost good that record stores are no longer relevant because nobody has money for double-take-induced-whiplash treatment these days. Angelic nipple-slips aside, ETM has got a great tune on their hands here. “Part Of Me” has a solid foot-stomping sing-a-long vibe that belies it’s refreshingly honest take on the love song. Repeat listens are encouraged. Their live shows have a reputation of confetti and nudity (surprise!) and their upcoming US tour may be bringing both to your town! For those offended by confetti, Blew It Again, is out next month.
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“Signs” is one of those songs that I can rock out to every time it’s played. Weird though, I never go to it. I never crave it, if you know what I mean. Does that make it less of a song? Some songs pull us in so hard they can burn out fast, leaving a bad taste in the mouth like eating too many Doritos. It seems that LoveLikeFire have crafted the “pretzel” of rock songs, maybe not the first snack that pops into your head but always a solid choice, and will never bore a chemical hole in your tongue. Their debut LP, Tear Ourselves Away, came out in August but I haven’t heard it yet. Hmmm, I really do like pretzels…
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â™« Buckcherry – Lit Up / 1999
Oh yeah! Those who know me won’t be surprised to know I loved me some Blackcherry back in the day. What we all may be surprised to know, is that they are still alive and releasing albums. And touring. With KISS. Crazy word. I remember their follow up to the 1999 self tited debt was a sonic disaster and they quickly fell off my radar, save for a few feature film appearances from super-tattooed frontman Josh Todd. The Salton Sea, xXx, and even last year’s Eagle Eye. No supporting actor Oscars, yet. “A change of pace could really do some good.” Following their own advice Buckcherry followed their cocaine fueled inspired first single with the slower, mellower, lovey-er, “For The Movies,” but what am I telling you this for? You still know all the words.
Just when you thought you weren’t going to be getting an exclusive mixtape to jam to all weekend, BAM, here it is! Surprises are fun as hell, but not nearly as fun as this buttery smooth funk-fest that L.A.’s own DJ Bouji has served up for us. I have seen this guy spin a few times and he always lights it up with his flow. His Just Quit mix is no different as he mixes genres, decades, and styles into one big party anthem. If you have been listening to his Mash N Slash of Sammy Bananas remix of Trackademicks “Enjoy What You Do” then you know what’s up. If you check out the tracklist after the jump you’ll see Miike Snow rolled into Peter Gabriel and Kings Of Leon paving the way for The Outfield. I love it. Download the whole thing below and have a kick ass weekend.
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