Metronomy has been one of my favorite new artists this year. Their album Nights Out is a slow-grower. The first couple tracks, instrumentals, wear you out a bit when you reach “Radio Ladio” it’s love.
But my favorite track has been “Heartbreaker,” which has been remixed dozens and dozens of times. On the original, I love the squealchy, creaky keyboards and percussion. The sounds on it are just great. I really am enjoying this remix of the song also, because it preserves much of what I love of the original but upgrading it.
Filed under: Music | Tags: girl talk, good shoes, islands, late of the pier, liars, mix, peter bjorn & john, ratatat, vampire weekend, very best, YACHT
Good Shoes-Small Town Girl
Vampire Weekend-Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (Very Best Remix)
Peter Bjorn & John-Let’s Call it Off (Girl Talk Remix)
YACHT-It’s Coming To Get You
Late of the Pier-The Bears are Coming
So while I was down in Mexico, I really wanted someone to tell me about an awesome band. Like some totally cool underground electronic band or something. I didn’t find anything like that. Because everyone pretty much listens to the same stuff. If there’s underground music there, it’s pretty far underground. Because basically everyone likes the same stuff.
One band everyone can pretty much agree on is Panda. Panda are from Monterrey, so they were pretty local there. They’re basically Mexico’s equivalent of I don’t know, Blink 182 or some other rock punk group. But I really think their music is catchy and they have good lyrics (if you understand Spanish, if you don’t well it’s fun to rock out to somethin you don’t understand). So here’s two of my favorite tracks from their album Amantes Sunt Amentes.
It’s a twisty, fantastical story about a woman named Margaret who is ravaged by a shape-shifting animal; her lover, William, who is desperate for the two of them to be reunited; a forest queen; and a villainous rake. “There’s a story there, but it’s really painted with broad strokes,” says Meloy.
Look for Hazards of Love around the end of March 2009!
AND the Decemberists just played a show in Michigan last week and you can go get a recording of the show in FLAC lossless format here. Thanks very much to the recorder! It’s great quality and the closer is a new chapter to “Hazards of Love” that is just beautiful! (If you don’t know anything about FLAC I’d recommend you look here about converting FLAC files to MP3s for your own use, not to be redistributed).
So since I was gone Marnie Stern came onto the scene. I guess you love her or hate her. I love her. Check out her video for “Ruler” and maybe you’ll like her too.
Filed under: Music | Tags: holocene music, kill rock stars, the shaky hands
I don’t know how many of you may have already heard Portland’s The Shaky Hands‘ new CD Lunglight but it s spectacular. I just recently got it and ran through the whole thing about twice. The melodies instantly get lodged in your head and their feel-good vibes are infectious. I really don’t know a whole lot about them but darnit if Portland didn’t do it again in churning out the awesome acts.
The other day in the mail I got my latest edition of the Decemberists‘ Always a Bridesmaid: A Singles Series, this edition month’s 12″ vinyl being the lovely “Days of Elaine” backed with “Days of Elaine (long)” and “I’m Sticking With You.” The songs are truly great and the vinyl is beautiful. If you haven’t bought the vinyl, I strongly recommend it. You can buy “Days of Elaine”and other Decemberists goodies here. Or buy the first two volumes of Always a Bridesmaid on iTunes.
And last week the group popped in on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and played “Days of Elaine.” Here’s the video.