Trials + Tribulations

Hard Dream
August 31, 2010, 9:19 am
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Portland’s keytar wizard Copy (aka Marius Libman) is back with a new album of hyperkinetic 8-bit instrumentals titled Hard Dream. Here’s a preview of the album


Hard Dream is out September 21 on Audio Dregs.

Along with the album he’s giving out a CD-R of remixes he’s done. I haven’t seen what other artists he’ll be remixing, but Yours Truly upped this awesome redo of R Kelly’s “Ignition.”

♫ R Kelly – Ignition (Copy Remix)

Copy’s no stranger to remixing R&B artists. Previously he remixed several R&B women and released it as a CD-R called Diva Mixtape Vol. 1. A second Diva Mixtape was made with the help of his other group Do ‘n’ Dudes but I never got a copy (you can hear their covers of Peaches, Grace Jones and Janet Jackson on their MySpace).
Anyway I uploaded a zip of the Diva Mixtape because it’s probably impossible to find now. Comes with remixes of Whitney Houston, Destiny’s Child, Mary J. Blige and more.

Diva Mixtape v. 1 (.zip)

Azari & III
August 25, 2010, 10:35 am
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One of my newest obsessions is Toronto group Azari & III, who have making waves all around the internet with their ’90s tinged remixes for groups such as CFCF, HEALTH, and more. Their own tracks don’t sound out of place next to groups like La Bouche or Snap! Tensnake’s remix of “Reckless with Your Love” has especially been gaining a lot of attention for good reason.

Reckless with Your Love (Tensnake Remix)

I’ve also really been enjoying this remix of Australian group Voltage, out on Cut Copy’s own Cutters label.

Voltage – All Night (Azari & III Remix)

Also really excited about a collaboration they did with Friendly Fires on a new track called “Stay Here” which will be an exclusive new track on Friendly Fires’ upcoming Bugged Out mix. Here’s a peek of the track, which keeps leaving me salivating for more.

Snatch up the Reckless With Your Love 12″ before they’re gone over at Permanent Vacation.

Out of Tune
August 23, 2010, 12:40 pm
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I can’t get over how beautiful Real Estate‘s new song is. I’ve listened to it a dozen times over the weekend and can’t stop. Repeat repeat repeat repeat!

Out of Tune

From their new 7″. Buy it now for $5 at True Panther.

Labor Day
August 18, 2010, 2:36 pm
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A quick Google of Spencer Breslin and you’ll find out that he is by no means unknown, having been in several films since his youth. This October however he will be releasing his first album, Labor Day, on his own label Acadian Recording Co. The album was recorded with the help of many of his friends, from Vetiver to Architecture in Helsinki and Crystal Stilts.

Central to the album is Breslin’s own songwriting and a voice that reminds me of a young Stephen Malkmus. It’s a very autumn-sounding record, so its October release date will be great for autumn drives as the leaves are changing and things are finally cooling off.

Rejection Speaks

Don’t Turn the Lights On
August 14, 2010, 11:11 am
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Chromeo have got a new album coming out called Business Casual and if the first single is any indication, this one’s gonna be another barnburner. “Don’t Turn the Lights On” has been given the remix treatment by Aeroplane, and also a slick video.

Don’t Turn the Lights On (Aeroplane Remix)

You can pre-order Business Casual now and choose from some pretty cool packages that include t-shirts, limited edition lithographs, and of course, the CD and/or LP. Preorder here (US only). The album is out September 14th.

The duo is also setting clubs across the nation on fire with DFA upstarts Holy Ghost! in tow. They’re playing a free show here in Salt Lake next Thursday with Big Boi, which I am pretty excited about.

08-16 San Diego, CA – House of Blues #
08-19 Salt Lake City, UT – Twilight Concert Series ^
08-20 Denver, CO – Ogden #
08-24 Austin, TX – Stubb’s #
08-25 Dallas, TX – Palladium #
08-26 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom #
08-27 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade #
08-29 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl @

# with Holy Ghost
^ with Big Boi
@ with Chemical Brothers

Days of Our Lives
August 12, 2010, 11:12 am
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This is a really fun track from the group Restless People, which features both members of Tanlines. The sound is pretty similar to Tanlines, actually, but amped up a lot more. And with more sirens.

♫ Restless People – Days of Our Lives (Light in Remix)

Here’s the video for the track, directed byPetra Cortright.

You Used to Call Me Up After Dark
August 6, 2010, 10:37 am
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This is my favorite song of the moment. I just can’t get over it!

The Count & Sinden – After Dark (ft. Mystery Jets)

from the upcoming album Mega Mega Mega out August 23rd on Domino Records.

Teen Daze
August 3, 2010, 1:47 pm
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I’ve given a few listens to Four More Years, the new album by chillwave group Teen Daze and I’m really enjoying it a lot. If you enjoyed Washed Out and Toro y Moi last summer, then be sure to check out Teen Daze before the weather starts to cool.

Teen Daze – Shine On, You Crazy White Cap

Four More Years is available now on iTunes, out soon on CD and vinyl.

Cradle to the Rave
August 2, 2010, 11:30 am
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Over the past few years, Shit Robot (real name Marcus Lambkin) has released several singles on DFA Records, but this fall he is releasing his debut album, From the Cradle to the Rave. Lambkin has been DJing since the early 90s in New York, helping build up DFA and establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with. With the help of a few friends, Lambkin recorded the album in Germany over the past five years. Vocals are provided by the likes of Juan Maclean, Nancy Whang, Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, ex-Nation of Ulysses/The Make Up’s Ian Svenonious and others.

Shit Robot – Tuff Enuff?

The album is well-crafted and relentless from start to finish. Once you end the record you’re gonna want to start it all over again.

From the Cradle to the Rave is out September 21 on DFA.