Trials + Tribulations


2005-2012
February 8, 2012, 6:38 pm
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After careful consideration I’ve decided it’s time to call it a day and shut down this blog. It’s been nearly seven years since I started it, and there have been lots of highs and lows but lately the lows seemed to be winning over.

I started the blog the summer I graduated from high school as a hobby. Somewhere to showcase songs by artists I enjoyed and encountered in my time spent on the Internet. mp3 blogs soon oversaturated the Internet and I started getting requests from labels and promotion companies to send me e-mails and CDs by new artists. I even started getting offers to cover shows. What wasn’t to love?

In 2006 I went to Mexico leaving behind my blog under the care of my older sister. She did a great job while I was gone, though towards the end of my stay in Mexico her heart just didn’t seem to be into music. When I returned I tried to pick up traffic and there were more e-mails than ever. To the day I receive hundreds of e-mails, most of which I never open. It’s become more of a chore than a fun thing for me to do, and lately I just don’t have the time nor desire to put my heart into it.

So thank you for reading my blog over the years. It’s been fun!

xo

Michael



Adversity
June 13, 2011, 5:52 pm
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Beach Fossils and Urban Outfitters teamed up to make this new video for the final track off last year’s What a Pleasure EP. Watch it below and read an interview with singer Dustin Payseur here.



La Liberacion
June 3, 2011, 11:35 am
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CSS are back!

That’s how I’m going to start every post from now on.

The Brazilian electro-dance-rockers have released information about their third album, entitled La Liberación. It’s out August 22nd, the first single “Hits Me Like a Rock” (which features Bobby Gillespie) will pop out a week earlier.

I Love You
Hits Me like A Rock
City Grrrl
Echo of love
You Could Have It All
La Liberación
Partners In Crime
Ruby Eyes
Rhythm To The Rebels
Red Alert
Fuck Everything



Throw Away This / Destroyer
June 2, 2011, 12:50 pm
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I really loved Telepathe until I saw them live and their show was incredibly forgettable. Hopefully they’ve fine-tuned their live act, because they’ve got a couple new tunes that sound really killer. Check ‘em out below and see what you think! A follow-up to their debut, Dance Mother, is probably on the horizon. Both these tracks will be available on a 7″ for White Iris, and you can preorder that here.

 Telepathe – Throw Away This

Telepathe – Destroyer



Touch
May 31, 2011, 2:18 pm
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Check out the new single from Gavin Russom’s project The Crystal Ark.

It’s out now on iTunes.

They played the tune and a couple others on Tim Sweeney’s Beats in Space radio program. You can download the entire set here, and watch them perform it here.

Expect an album from The Crystal Ark later this year.



Channel Pressure
May 31, 2011, 12:40 pm
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Below you can stream Ford & Lopatin’s (formerly known as Games) new album Channel Pressure, one of the best-sounding albums of the year. The album is out June 7th on Software.



With You
May 30, 2011, 5:24 pm
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Stop searching for the perfect summer tune and just download this!

♫ Carte Blanche – With You (ft. Alexis Taylor)

From their upcoming Ed Banger EP White Man on the Moon.



Escapee
May 29, 2011, 10:21 am
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Here’s the new video for Architecture in Helsinki’s single “Escapee.”

They’re coming to our American shores next week so go see them if you have the chance.

06/01:  Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater
06/02:  San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
06/03:  San Francisco, CA @ Slims
06/04:  Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
06/05:  Vancouver, BC @ Venur
06/06:  Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
06/09:  Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
06/10:  Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
06/11:  Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
06/12:  Montreal, QC @ Le Tulipe
06/13:  Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
06/15:  Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
06/16:  New York, NY @ Webster Hall
06/17:  Washington, DC @ Black Cat
06/18:  Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live



2 Hearts
May 26, 2011, 3:27 pm
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Digitalism are back!

They’re releasing a new album, I Love You, Dude, June 21st. Here’s the video for the first single “2 Hearts” below and the Soundcloud where you can download the song. Looking for a really good barbecue backyard barnstormer for Memorial Day weekend? Look no further!



Mis Labios
May 26, 2011, 12:11 pm
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♫ Munk – Mis Labios (Black Van Remix)




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