Fav Tracks, Indie Rock, Missed in 2011

Fun.

No Comments 30 December 2011

Normally I find myself frustrated with bands whose names bring up strange results on Google, but thankfully I know enough to put “ Band” in the search bar.  Welcome to a wonderful little slice of indie done in a ear shakingly and retrotastically funderfull style reminiscent of the big stadium bands of the 70′s.  It really sound like a lost ELO album at times, produced by Brian May, and run through a 1974 Stereophonic rock music maker.  The band is based out of New York and is releasing a new album in February of 2012 which we are increasingly excited about.  The big single out right now is “We are Young- feat. ” and it’s worth a listen or ten.  Pick up their first album “Aim and Ignite” on iTunes, but first check out the opening track, “Be Calm.”

fun. – “We Are Young (ft. Janelle Monáe)”
fun. – “Be Calm”

Fav Tracks, Indie Rock, Missed in 2011

The Vaccines

No Comments 30 December 2011

This was too to pass up.   have a wonderfully straight forward tone; a low fi vintage sound makes them feel like a time traveler from 1986 went back to start a 50′s garage band.  , , and even a little bit of comes in from time to time (especially on the danceable “Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)” ).  Singer Justin Young sings a bit like a one-octave tuned up Leonard Cohen.  It’s deep and breathy and fills in the big space of their music nicely.  Their new album was recorded in a few weeks in London where they originally hail from and is called, “What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?”  Tracks to hook yourself into  are “Post Break Up Sex,” “Wrecking Bar (Ra Ra Ra)” and “Norgaard.”  Throw on your button ups and your saddle shoes and mosh it out tonight.

The Vaccines – “Post Break-up Sex”
The Vaccines – “Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)”

 

Fav Tracks, Missed in 2011, Synthpop

Phantogram

No Comments 26 December 2011

Guy/Girl synthpop duos may seem to have hit the saturation point in the indie music market (, Memoryhouse, , etc.), but what does it matter when they’re all so good?  has found a way to set themselves apart with a unique mix of chillwave and hip-hop elements.  Their 2011 EP Nightlife is easily one of my favorite listens of the year so I must have been pretty busy to not mention them all year.  Give a listen to standout track “Don’t Move” and remix of “When I’m Small” from earlier this year and find out for yourself how good they are.

Phantogram – “Don’t Move”

Phantogram – “When I’m Small (RAC Remix)”

Electronic, Fav Tracks, Missed in 2011, New Artists, Remix

Fiero / Leisure Council

No Comments 21 December 2011

Hooray for nostalgia!  Here’s the (formerly ) to make your day a little more danceable.  These three gentlemen from SoCal have been making remixes and original music for the past two years under the moniker , but decided to change their name to something that would “parallel their lifestyle better.”  Thus, was born.  They have more remixes than original works now, but the remixes are solid dance floor hits, taking what you know about a song and running it through a slap-chop to get new sounds and fresh feelings from beloved classics like, “Escapade” by and, “All Right,” by Christopher Cross.  The boys have plans for the future, so keep an eye out for them.  In the meantime, enjoy these remixes and the smooth-R&B-sex-bassline of the original track, “Tonight.”

Fiero – “Tonight”

Janet Jackson – “Escapade (Fiero Remix)”

Christopher Cross – “All Right (Fiero Catalina Remix)”

 

Chillwave, Electronic, Fav Tracks, Missed in 2011

Chad Valley

No Comments 12 December 2011

This one could be a missed in 2010, definitely should have been posted here a long time ago.  But like I said things happen.  In addition to being a part of indie rock outfit , Oxford based musician Hugo Manuel also records under the name Chad Valley.  Manuel released the EP Equatorial Ultravox earlier this year to great reviews.  The second effort of the bedroom production project is both subdued and huge at once.  It would be easy to label it chillwave and move on, but where many artists of the genre rely on haze for their sound Manuel uses it to merely loft his hook-driven tracks higher and higher.  Listen to standouts from Equatorial Ultravox “Now That I’m Real (How Does It Feel)” and “Fast Challenges” and his recent remix of .

Chad Valley – “Now That I’m Real (How Does It Feel) (ft. Rose Dagul)”
Chad Valley – “Fast Challenges”
The Drums – “Money (Chad Valley Remix)”

Fav Tracks, Indie Rock, Missed in 2011, New Artists

Anamanaguchi

No Comments 09 December 2011

We all remember pretending to be our favorite 8-bit character when we were kids.  Megaman, Mario, Luigi (what kind of sad kid were you?) Samus (for gamer girls), the list goes on.  Some of you might remember doing this last week.  We all have music from our favorite games to accompany us on this imagination land adventure.  Someone took that to another level; someone decided pretend wasn’t enough and they hacked a NES console to pull those sounds out and make the most adventurous, pop-punky, chiptune  you’ve ever heard.   is that someone.  And we may have missed them in 2011 (or maybe 2010) but they’re taking off in a big way.  They wrote and performed the “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game” soundtrack and have remixes from and of and .  Check them out on the most recent single “Airbrushed,” the track, “Rainbow in the Dark ( Remix),” and a track from their first EP “Jetpack Blues, Sunset Hues.”  More on Anamanaguchi head HERE.

Anamanaguchi – “Airbrushed”

Anamanaguchi – “Rainbow in the Dark (Das Racist Remix)”

Electronic, Fav Tracks, Missed in 2011

Com Truise

No Comments 08 December 2011

Making it through 2011 without talking about was pretty tough.  The New Jersey producer, also known as Seth Haley, made a big splash in the electronic world in just a year with three albums and a bunch of remixes.  Truise’s sound is not easy to describe without using the term “80′s”.  The best description probably comes from Haley himself: “mid-fi synth-wave, slow-motion funk”.  His genius doesn’t stop at his moniker selection, but extends into his synth-crafting.  Check out the two standout tracks below, “Ether Drift” from Galactic Melt and “Polyhurt” from Fairlight and as an added bonus the remix of Foster the People’s “Helena Beat”.  More on HERE.

Com Truise – “Ether Drift”

Com Truise – “Polyhurt”

Foster The People – “Helena Beat (Com Truise Remix)”

Fav Tracks, Indie Pop, Missed in 2011, Remix

Gotye – “Somebody That I Used To Know”

No Comments 06 December 2011

I am way behind on this one I know, but better late than never I guess.  Wally De Backer is the Belgian born, Australian raised multi-instrumental singer-songwriter that goes by .  His track “Somebody That I Used To Know” is easily one of my favorite songs of the year.  From this year’s Making Mirrors, the song features Kimbra opposite De Backer on vocals explaining how two go from lovers to past acquaintances in just a moment.  I’ll spare you too much detail as the Wikipedia page seems to go into quite a bit of detail.  As an added bonus listen to ’s dance remix of the track.

Gotye – “Somebody That I Used To Know”

Gotye – “Somebody That I Used To Know (Compuphonic Remix)”

Fav Tracks, Indie Rock, Missed in 2011, New Artists, Synthpop

Savoir Adore

No Comments 06 December 2011

may be my biggest miss of 2011.  The guy-girl duo have been likened to indie greats and besides the obvious trade off vocals technique they employ the two bands also share another likeness in both being awesome.  The NYC indie rock outfit utilize vibrant sounds atop dance floor ready beats to create very infectious synthpop.  Their recent “Dreamers” has sunk its way deep within my brain’s jukebox.  ”Loveliest Creature” is actually from 2010, but give it a spin if you haven’t heard it.  More on Savoir Adore HERE.

Savoir Adore – “Dreamers”

Savoir Adore – “Sparrow”

Savoir Adore – “Loveliest Creature”

Missed in 2011

Missed in 2011

No Comments 06 December 2011

2011 has been a great year in music and we’re glad that we’ve been able to spend it sharing some of our favorite artists and tracks with you.  As expected there is a ton we didn’t get to post for whatever reason.   Busy work schedules, vacations to remote weddings, surgical procedures on broken appendages–you know, the little things–always seemed to get in the way.  So for the rest of the year we’ll try to fill in the gaps with a barrage of artists and tracks we lacked the time to post over the past year.  Enjoy!


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