RDGLDGRN – “No Pixar”

I fell in love with RDGLDGRN for their outside-the-box energetic body moving hip hop rock but their new jam “No Pixar” flexes a much more impressive muscle: restraint. They strip back all the flourishes to let lose some raw grooves and rawer flow. It’s a testament to both their talent and wisdom because sometimes a growl is more powerful then a bite.

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The Best SONGS of 2011 – Pt. 2 (July-Dec)

Songs are pretty amazing things. It’s magical that such a small thing can be so powerful. In the blink of an eye a song can make you smile, dance, cry, think, laugh, etc. These are the ones that did all those things for me the second half of 2011.  Read more

[LP] Washington – I BELIEVE YOU LIAR (w/ “Sunday Best”)

i will take the time to make it just so you’ve the chance to break it

♫ Washington – Sunday Best

After buckets of success and a handful singles in her native Australia, Washington is finally reaching farther shores and we should all be happy. Debut LP I Believe You Liar has some superb tracks like “How To Tame Lions,” “Holy Moses,” “Navy Blues,” and recent favorite “Sunday Best.” The hyperactive beat and chugging vocals are an instant pick-me-up that seems perfectly suited to some sort montage of waking up and getting ready for work or something. Grab the coffee! Don’t spill! Go! Go! Go!

Some of the album feels a bit same-y and washes over my ears a bit too smoothly to sink in but overall I’m looking forward to more from this girl. After all, “How To Tame Lions” is still one of the best songs of my year.

Artist links: MySpace / Facebook / Amazon

[MP3] Washington – “How To Tame Lions”

so we just be happy tonight, and tomorrow we be miserable, right?

♫ Washington – How To Tame Lions

Listen. Listen closely. Beneath the beautifully tender and honest love song unfolding into your brain is the voice of Megan Washington. It’s not the prettiest nor the best voice in the world but there is a way it slightly lisps it’s “s”s that is just perfect. The perfection doesn’t stop there, preferring instead to tweak the song so that it grows on you even more with each listen until you can listen to it 5 times in a row and feel it just as strong each time. Plus, I just like the part where she sings “I know” 14 (I counted) times before finally ending with “I’m right.” Because she is.

“How To Tame Lions” came out 2 years ago in Washington’s native Australia but its gaining fresh steam elsewhere these days. Her debut LP I Believe You Liar came out in October in the US and UK but has been out for over a year in Australia where it has already spawned SIX singles. Somehow not surprising. I’m buying it now. [via The Recommender]

Artist links: MySpace / Facebook