Fav Tracks, Indie Rock, New Artists, Shows

SWIMM

No Comments 11 November 2013

Saturday night took The Satellite stage in LA alongside Big Tree and headliner .  Aside from their set being fixed between the two formidable acts, one could have mistaken their confident and energetic live show as the headliner.  Formerly Le Blorr, SWIMM is the newest incarnation of Florida natives and high school friends Chris Hess and Adam Winn.  The five-piece took the stage amidst a DIY set full of glittery space age wrapping paper (or spaper as my buddy dubbed it) to a growing crowd.  Though the band only has the 5-song Feel EP to their name they filled their time slot to the brim playing the whole record and more including personal favorite “Wanderer”.  Their unique blend of shoegaze, brit and 70′s rock–that can only be classified as good ol’ indie rock–was very well met by the audience that seemed to mostly be awaiting the headliner.  The crowd was quickly won over, encouraged by SWIMM’s impassioned performance.  What may have made them all the more likable might have been lead singer Chris’s humble crowd interactions.  For all their stage charisma the band was extremely thankful to the audience and genuinely excited to share the stage with bands they respected, which was refreshing.  All in all, SWIMM put on an amazing performance that lived up to the hopes of those that came to see them and won over new fans song by song.  If you haven’t heard the Feel EP, you should check it out, it’s a must listen of 2013.  And if this band comes through your town you should be going.

Albums, Indie Rock, Reviews

The Dismemberment Plan – Uncanney Valley

No Comments 06 November 2013

Rating: 7.5/10

Sitting behind my desk at work, morning coffee in hand and celebrating my fourth wedding anniversary with my wife (and also fellow Plan nut), I was ready to be blown away. As long as I had listened to , I had never had the privilege of buying any of their records on release day. I was introduced to them via my now-wife not long after Change was released and quickly absorbed every second of music I could from them. I was 17 then and their records have provided a soundtrack for my life over the past 12 years. Emergency & I is still one of my all-time favorite albums, earning my rarely doled out “perfect” album ribbon. But being able to snag a new Plan album on release day was new territory and this was my most-anticipated record of the year.

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Albums, Indie Rock, Reviews, Shoegaze

Candy Claws – Ceres & Calypso in the Deep Time

No Comments 26 August 2013

Rating: 7.5/10


As a self-proclaimed fan of shoegaze and dream pop, I will be the first to admit that there are plenty of times I hear bands with those tags show lots of potential but get too lost in the mood or soundscape they are creating. Regardless of how impressive the layered textures and sounds are, if there isn’t just that little something extra in terms of a hook or distinguishable parts, I am likely to enjoy the record a few times and rarely come back to it again once the newness has worn off. While Colorado-based has toed that line in the past, their latest effort has enough grounding structure to create something both dreamy and catchy at the same time.

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Albums, Mashup, Mashup Mondays, Mixes, Reviews

The White Panda – Bearly Legal

No Comments 10 June 2013

Remember Mashups? Yeah yeah, ? That and Linkin Park album from 2004? Good Times. But mashups are still around and they’re still awesome.   are some favorites of ours, of course. And these guys: . We’ve blogged them before and their albums are always chock full of music smashed together from disparate genres to make something that just feels good. Put this album on (IT’S FREE WITH A LIKE OF THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE), crank up your sound system, and enjoy the party music. People will be asking, “Who is this?” all night. Tell them, “It’s The White Panda, and they’re freaking amazing.”
Oh yeah, I guess this is technically an album review: Go download it cause it’s great. 5 out of 5 red solo cups.

The White Panda – Bearly Legal

Secret Bonus: GAME of THRONES theme used against Rihanna’s “Diamonds.” Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!?

Interviews, New Artists, Reviews, Rock, Tours, Videos

Citizen – Young States

No Comments 31 October 2012

I went out to a local show that happened to feature ; the new album Young States is out, on iTunes, and is delicious. Get it if you don’t have it, listen to it here streaming if you want, but always, always, always, support what you like. I got the chance to ask them a few questions about their influences and upcoming shows.

Electronic, Fav Tracks, Indie Rock, Shows

The Knocks / Savoir Adore / St. Lucia

1 Comment 11 March 2012

Last night Neon Gold bands , , and absolutely destroyed The Social in Orlando, FL.  Unfortunately few witnessed but those that did were treated to stellar performances by three top-tier acts.  [But seriously, I’m disappointed in you Florida]

St. Lucia took the stage unassumingly and set right to turning everyone in the venue into diehard fans.  Named after the Caribbean island St. Lucia’s tropical could be felt as well as heard.  Before too long the dance floor was filled driven by irresistible songs like “Closer Than This” and “We Got It Wrong”.  Without gushing too much I’ll just say St. Lucia put on one of the best performances I’ve seen in a while.

St. Lucia – “We Got It Wrong”

Having to follow the performance St. Lucia put on was a task to say the least.  Fortunately for us Savoir Adore didn’t back down and put on a fantastic set as well.  Flawless tracks like “Dreamers” and “Loveliest Creature” make it pretty tough to fail though.

Savoir Adore – “Dreamers”

No matter how great St. Lucia and Savoir Adore were they felt like warm-ups once The Knocks kicked off.  Equipped with an arsenal of drums and synths The Knocks laid to waste what was left of The Social.  Their unique indie electronic style is easily some of the best late night dance party material ever created and it held up in a live format.  Tracks like “Blackout” and “Brightside” had every available body flailing like it was their last dance.  The crowd may have climaxed in unison when Deidre Muro of Savoir Adore joined them on stage to cover M83′s “Midnight City”.

The Knocks – “Midnight City (M83 Cover) (ft. Mandy Lee)”

Overall, it was an incredible show.  If you get the chance to see any of these acts in the future, go.  You won’t regret it.

 

Albums, Indie Rock, Reviews

Local Natives – Gorilla Manor

No Comments 28 July 2010

Album Review

Rating: 7.25/10

Combine the clearness of Fleet Foxes, the afro-beats from Dodos and the cleverness of Pinback.  Add a healthy dose of energy and you’re listening to the .

From LA, they display none of the arrogance you might expect, and provide a surprising amount of little-guy understanding.  Earlier this year they dropped their first full length to the US, , after releasing the same album to impressive reviews in the UK.

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Reviews, Shows

Pitchfork Music Festival 2010

1 Comment 23 July 2010

Show Review

Your friends here at slapthebass were able to break away from their demanding social schedules to attend the 2010 .  Held annually in Chicago’s Union Park, Pitchfork is known for consistently bringing stellar artists of all genres.  Due to overlapping schedules of so many great acts in a short three day timeframe, decisions had to be made.  Here is what we saw.

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Albums, Indie Rock, Reviews

Tokyo Police Club – Champ

No Comments 06 July 2010

Album Review

Rating: 6.5/10

burst on the indie rock scene in 2006 with the concise EP release A Lesson in Crime, quickly becoming one of the most buzzed about new bands of the year. Since then, the Canadian quartet has moved cautiously through the indie rock scene. Two years and one EP later, the group released their first full length, Elephant Shell, a mid-tempo album that despite being melodically sound, left something to be desired.

So we ask the age old question: is TPC a wonderful flash in the pan doomed never to progress due to their attempt to tiptoe through the daunting industry minefield, or a mainstay to bring us fun, fresh indie rock records worth keeping on repeat for a week at a time? With less than an hour of recorded material in four years, the band gives us their answer with their second full length, .

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