Trials + Tribulations

I Can’t Help It
October 12, 2011, 1:49 pm
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Here’s a delicious new track from Portland’s The Miracles Club. It’s one of ten exclusive new tracks for the upcoming The Wurst Music Ever compilation. The vinyl-only compilation includes other new tracks from Midnight Magic, Tiago, and others. You can get more information on the compilation and hear it in its entirety here.

The Miracles Club – I Can’t Help It

Midnight Magic – Push 4 Love (Native Underground cover)



New Year
May 11, 2010, 12:12 pm
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I’d never heard May Ling of till YACHT’s The Afterlife EP where the band covers the song in their own distinctive style. Based in Portland, OR, they released an album last year called Threats and just sent over this music video for new song “New Year.” The song will be featured on a compilation entitled PDXTC featuring music from other Portland bands like Atole, Wampire, and Jeffrey Jerusalem. Check out the video below.

PDXTC is out May 27th on High Scores and Records.

Cotton Issue
March 26, 2010, 3:31 pm
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Download the Kitsune Maison compilation 9 “minimix” here! The compilation is out April 26th.

Petit Bateau
March 10, 2010, 11:57 am
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France’s clothing/music label Kitsuné Maison is known for their compilations which in the past have featured groups like Digitliasm, Klaxons, La Roux, and many other bands that went on to greater fame. La Roux’s appearance on their 6th compilation was the first time I ever heard her, and then she blew up and was everywhere.

Well the label is fixing to release their 9th compilation, this one’s dubbed “The Petit Bateau edition” or “Cotton Issue.” I don’t really know what that means, but who cares! Look at that tracklist!

1. Washed Out – Belong
2. Gamble & Burke – Let’s Go Together
3. Penguin Prison – Animal Animal
4. Jamaica – Short and Entertaining
5. Crookers feat. Yelle – Cooler Couleur
6. Jupiter – Vox Populi (Lifelike Treatment)
7. Yuksek – Supermenz (We’re Not)
8. French-Soler – Stop and Stare
9. Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work (The Twelves Remix)
10. Logo – La Vie Moderne
11. Silver Columns – Brow Beaten
12. Holy Ghost! – Say My Name
13. Hurts – Wonderful Life (Arthur Baker Remix Kitsuné Edit)
14. Gypsy & the Cat – Time to Wander (Joan of Arc Remix)
15. Feldberg – Dreamin’
16. Your Nature – Forward Motion
17. The Good Natured – Your Body is a Machine (Zebra + Snake Remix)
18. Monarchy – The Phoenix Alive (The Octans Edit)

The compilation is out April 16. Check out the video for the original version the Hurts track, and download the Arthur Baker remix below.

♫ Hurts – Wonderful Life (Arthur Baker Remix)

Moments of a Crisis

There’s a record label called Here’s I’m a Cliché run by musician Cosmo Vitelli, and they’re putting out a two-disc compilation called Moments of a Crisis with songs by Simian Mobile Disco, Yuksek, Vitelli, and more. The first disc are some of the classic releases from the label, and the second features some new songs, including this one by the new Modular/DFA signing Canyons.

Canyons – Blue Snakes

Simian Mobile Disco – The Mighty Atom

The compilation is out digitally July 21st, and physically September 8th. Here’s a “trailer” they put together for it.

Christmas is Coming Soon
December 13, 2008, 9:03 pm
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“Unless you happen to belong to one of those rare, perfect, Norman Rockwell families, spending the holidays with your loved ones can have its ups and downs, its highs and lows – this Christmas album which benefits Amnesty International serves as a soundtrack to such an experience, documenting and representing the entire spectrum of emotions and feelings you might face during the most wonderful time of the year.”

We all know that Christmas season is upon us, with its sickening, sticky, saturated Christmas songs like “All I Want for Christmas is You,” “Feliz Navidad” (which really only has four lines), and the worst Christmas song offense in the history of Christmas music, “The Christmas Shoes.”

Christmas is nothing like a little Thomas Kinkade painting, but the stress and often unhappiness of the season is very wrapped up in sparkly paper and bright tinsel of the awful Christmas songs heard almost any store you visit, be it the Central Market, the mall, that favorite indie record store, or your own FM radio station.

There’s a CD that was released at the beginning of the month called I’ll Stay Til After Christmas that does an excellent job capturing the up’s and down’s of the season. It features old well-known songs and some new ones too. With artists like My Brightest Diamond, Au Revoir Simone, Blitzen Trapper, Parenthetical Girls, Bosque Brown and Sally Shapiro, it’s enough to make anyone’s stocking burst. There are some people I’ve never heard of that make some great tunes (The Papercuts, Au, to name a couple). And to wrap it all up with a huge Good-Will-To-Man bow, it’s all put on by Amnesty International. Let it be the soundtrack of your Christmas time breakdown, or the best day of sledding ever.

Blitzen Trapper-Christmas is Coming Soon
Buy it on iTunes.