Chiddy Bang is changing everything I ever thought I knew about Hip Hop

chiddybangi bounce up you dummy

told you i would have this thing wrapped you mummy

Chiddy Bang – Because (Ft Radiohead)

It’s pretty safe to say that hip-hop/rap is not really my vibe so why is it that I cant get enough of these super fresh cats from Philly? These dudes are college freshmen (what? I know!) and have 5 songs out so far. 5 songs so piping hot that when Luis over at PMA broke them a while ago he couldn’t choose his favorites so just posted all 5. The only reason I am narrowing down is cause I am throwing in the link to get all 5 (do it). So as you can see, they sampled Radiohead on “Because” and it’s a grinding synth masterpiece that you crank in the car at night with the windows down, the wind whipping, and everyone silently bobbing in sync. As if sampling Radiohead wasn’t ballsy enough, on Ice Cream Man these cats bring vocals from Tom Waits’ track of the same name. I still couldn’t talk to girls when I was a freshmen in College and these guys are tackling some major musical heavyweights and coming out fists-up! Damn, son.

Chiddy Bang – On Our Way

Then there is “On Our Way,” the party track I can see putting an end to musical segregation. Guitars for the dudes, keyboards for the hipsters, rapping for the homies, and and even a headbanging breakdown for the scattered grungers. Unite! Seriously, why does a white dude from So-Cal who can’t even do the bankhead bounce feel like the new Em when I am cranking these jams? Someone? Beuller?

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Van She spreads the V

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dance with me or notice someone else

Van She – Strangers

Van She’s “Strangers” has been rocking my ass for quite a while now but only recently did I get my lazy ass over to eMusic and pick up V, the LP it comes from. The bass-line and xylophone combo on “Stangers” is enough to get anyone interested in what these Aussies have to offer. While the full album is maybe not as solid as the artwork (is that a full 90 degrees? Impressive.), this next track has sunk it little aussie teeth in.

Van She – It Could Be The Same

“It Could Be The Same” starts slow and spazzy but quickly smoothes itself into a propulsive head-bobber with that familiar bass from “Strangers.” Add a dollop of rhythmic but laid-back vocals and I’m on board.

For those of you hankering for your Monday installment of CvrUpYrRmx I ‘aint forgots aboutcha. Due to the time-devouring monster that is layout renovations you will have to settle for just the “Rmx” part.

Feist – 1234 (Van She Tech remix)

Van She Tech are the remixing arm of Van She and while it in unclear exactly how the two are connected I’m not gonna stress over it. They have remixed Ladyhawke and Empire Of The Sun as well and it’s all good. This one is harder to find these days so if you dig go searching for the others.

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Charlie ASH call it a Come Back, Lover.

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i can’t grow older without the bones of your shoulder

Charlie ASH – Come Back Lover

It’s Friday and you know what that means. Charlie ASH bring the good times all the way from New Zealand for you to funk out to. While this Kiwi quartet are shrouded in mystery – just a handful of songs released, nobody named Charlie or ASH, enigmatic capitalization – one thing is clear, this tune is a jam. A thump-a-long drum beat, hand claps, fuzzed out guitars, synths, all wrapped in the sexy vocals of singer named Rosie! If her lover never comes back I may have to head to NZ. (Thanks to PMA.)

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Passion Pit’s new single has me Reeling

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and here I am, oh here I am, oh when will someone understand

Passion Pit – The Reeling

You may remember Passion Pit from my Head’s Up ’09 mix (or from every blog in the galaxy). Well now is that time, folks, that moment of truth when all the hype and anticipation come crashing down on the head of their first single from the upcoming debut LP Manners. First things first, if you aren’t familiar with “Sleepyhead,” the track that grabbed the blogosphere by the ankles and pulled, then cancel your bikini wax and get on it ASAP. Ok, ready? Good. So “The Reeling” has been getting some harsh reactions and I am not feeling their negative vibes, man. In addition to a sweet children’s choir, the track has danceability, rockability, funkability, (drinkability?) and is generally groovy, MAN! I liken those harsh vibes to the dude that complains about his new girlfriend because she is not as hot as his last girlfriend. First, every lady (song) should be treated individually and not compared, that’s just rude, and second, you know if you had never met your Ex (Sleepyhead) you would totally bone this babe (The Reeling) if she came onto you in a bar. And you would love it. So don’t fron’t, you negative Nellys. Anyway, all convoluted sexual metaphors aside, I am feeling this track and am looking forward to more from my favorite vaguely vaginally named band.

Passion Pit – Sleepyhead (Kids At The Bar remix)

If that was too much reading then how’s a ’bout you get dancing with my favorite “Sleepyhead” remix. This one is a “put your drink down, shout “I LOVE this song!” and squeel your way to the dance floor” kind of remix. You know. Oh, you know.

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Death Cab has a Little Bribe for you

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you pretend every slot machine is a robot amputee waving hello

Death Cab For Cutie – Little Bribes

Death Cab For Cutie’s new EP comes out next week but if you were as bored by Narrow Stairs as me you probably just muttered “Who cares?” Funny, I said the same thing when I heard the news. But then I heard the tunes, the TUNES! OK, so I just heard this song… but I liked it. It even popped up on shuffle a few hours later and I was like “Hey now! Who sings this little jam?” So yeah, I recommend it. Listen to “My Mirror Speaks” from The Open Door EP at their MySpace. It has a much more vintage Death Cab, Photo Album era, feel. Welcome back, boys.

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Tigercity is in fact Sensation(al). *Poland Tour!*

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when my mind is giving up and my body keeps on moving

Tigercity – Are You Sensation?

If the image above conjures thoughts of sex then the music within could possibly conjure the act itself. Despite hailing from Brooklyn and looking like the next kings of hipster-metal, Tigercity make mellowed-out, sexed-up, funk jams that make it hard not to gyrate your hips in obscene ways. They have an EP out now (click album art) which is dripping with hot lovemaking jams and at 29 minutes is just perfect for a trimmed down session. As if all that wasn’t enough to get your music juices flowing, Tigercity will be touching down in Poland for 3 dates in April. OK, so maybe YOU don’t care, but I do. I’m growing my chest hair, working on my disco moves, and packing my bags because on April 16th I’m moving, baby, moving to Tigercity! (Otherwise known as Jadlodajnia Filozoficzna on ul. Dobra in Warsaw) Want one more for the road? OK, just a quickie.

Tigercity – Other Girls

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[CvrUpYrRmx] MGMT chills and Phoenix blows (In a good way)

mgmt_time_to_pretendBy now I am sure we are all a bit sick of MGMT and their face-invading hype train that steamed through 2008. Let’s not even get into the fact that they only have 3 good songs. Instead, let’s get into the fact that TBE has uniquely mellow covers of those 3 songs that breathe fresh life into each.

Knatterjak – Time To Pretend (MGMT Cover)

Knatterjak is Dan McGrath of Buffalo, NY and he has taken Oracular Spectacular’s album opener and turned it into a piece of haunting piano-pop that is more urgent and honest than MGMT ever pulled off. Their isn’t much on this guy’s MySpace besides a Womanizer cover and a couple demos. Let’s hope he doesn’t stop there.

Cleast Eatwood – Electric Feel (MGMT Cover)

As well as having the most-difficult-to-say band name ever (just try to not say Clint Eastwood when you read it) Cleast Eatwood are a fair pair of Swedes who make hushed and minimal pop with a tasty funk side. Their cover of Electric Feel is beautifully simple, nearly a cappella and stopped me in my tracks (key-strokes?) the first time I heard it. I highly recommend their MySpace for two tracks with a little more groove and a great hand-clappiness.

Lady Danville – Kids (MGMT Cover)

Don’t let the bare-bones video or lack of an mp3 fool you, Lady Danville means business when they introduce a Cajon and three-part harmony to this MGMT favorite. This one just gets under your skin and sets up shop like there was no crisis. These guys are always playing in the L.A. are and have some great originals as well. Check out their MySpace and go see them live.

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Phoenix – 1901 (What Kind Of Breeze Do You Blow – E mix)

Those covers too mellow for your ADD sensibilities? Well I’ve got just the cure. If you haven’t already heard, the fab Frenchies of Phoenix have an album coming out in May and have already dropped a few singles. The first, “1901,” is available free at their website and is highly recommended. Here we have a remix of “1901” by one half of the Portland, Maine duo that goes by What Kind Of Breeze Do You Blow. I have heard of people passing wind that smelled like roses, but this dance breeze beats that hands down.

Bishop Allen wins cutest album cover with Grrr…

http://www.emusic.com/album/Bishop-Allen-Grrr%E2%80%A6-MP3-Download/11403556.html

a hammer hit the nail with great sympathy

Bishop Allen – The Ancient Commonsense of Things

Bishop Allen plays the kind of music that everyone can enjoy: upbeat, poppy, and infectious. They came on the scene with their 2006 EP project in which they released a 4 song EP each month of that year. 2007 saw the release of The Broken String, a near perfect pop gem that clearly benefited from a busy 2006. If 12 EPs is what it takes for a band to hone their jams into a decent album then more peeps need to get on it. Well, Bishop Allen just released Grrr… and it does not disappoint. While not filled with as many clear standouts as The Broken String (see below) it is a solid album filled with plenty of pop fun as TBE favorites, “Oh Oh Oh’s” (see above), and “La La Las” (see “Shanghaied”). I have singing along on repeat for the past few days. Here is some magic from The Broken String.

Bishop Allen – Middle Management

Bishop Allen – Rain

“Middle Management” is the anthemic anti-office jammy that first grabbed my ear. “Rain” is the track that upon getting the full album, grabbed my other ear. Basically these two albums will molest the crap out of your ears. In a good way. As if these cats weren’t cool enough, Bishop Allen is giving away a few more tracks on their website.

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