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Electronic, Fav Tracks, New Artists

Austra

1 Comment 11 May 2011

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is the Toronto trio of vocalist Katie Stelmanis, drummer Maya Postepski, and bassist Dorian Wolf.  While may be a band, upon listening immediate attention is drawn to Stelmanis’s entrancing voice.  Backed by Postepski and Wolf’s densely layered goth-pop the three create darkwave arias.  The metaphor’s not too far off as Stelmanis apparently has operatic training.  Feel It Break will be released May 17th on Domino, preorder HERE.  Listen and download singles “Lose It” and  ”The Beat and the Pulse” below.

Austra – “Lose It”

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Austra – “The Beat and the Pulse”

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Electronic, Fav Tracks, Hip-Hop, New Artists

Clams Casino

No Comments 24 April 2011

Yet another artist I’ve been sitting on for a while, 23 year old New Jersey hip-hop producer Michael Volpe.  Under the moniker , Volpe makes based-out beats for the likes of and .  Through the use of obscure sample manipulation he creates blown out ambient beats that would be more easily compared to How to Dress Well than Timbaland.  Casino’s recently released 13 track mixtape of instrumentals–aptly title Instrumental Mixtape–has been making heavy rounds through the blog scene and will be followed up on June 27th with Rainforest EP.  Listen to a few of our favorites below and head HERE to download Instrumental Mixtape.

Clams Casino – “Gorilla” from Rainforest

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Clams Casino – “I’m God (Instrumental)”

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Clams Casino – “Motivation” (Lil B) from Instrumental Mixtape

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Dance-Rock, Indie Rock, New Artists

The Collectable Few

2 Comments 31 March 2011

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The internet can be a scary and wonderful place.  A few days ago it proved to be the latter as I stumbled across .  The West London four piece are dead-set on becoming the next talked about indie rock act.  With a sound along the lines of and the group features shimmering guitars, danceable beats, and catchy vocals.  Their most recent single “Headstrong” has all the makings of a huge hit with its extremely infectious chorus and energy.  ’s own Maury mixed the single and accompanied it with a great remix.  Listen to “Headstrong” and another StB favorite “Glamour” below.  Head HERE to buy the single and HERE to listen to more songs from The Collectable Few.

The Collectable Few – “Headstrong”
The Collectable Few – “Glamour”

Fav Tracks, Indie Rock

California Wives – “Tokyo”

No Comments 13 March 2011

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caught our attention last year with their Affair EP, especially the track “Blood Red Youth”.  An up and coming outfit out of Chicago the four-piece band has a knack of writing straightforward indie rock without coming across stale or trite.  On their newly released song “Tokyo” we find California Wives favoring their New Order influences creating a beautifully somber sound with a flare of synthpop.  Listen to both “Tokyo” and our favorite from last year “Blood Red Youth”  below and keep an eye for these guys this year.

California Wives – “Tokyo”

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California Wives – “Blood Red Youth”

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More on California Wives HERE.

Chillwave, Fav Tracks, New Artists

Millionyoung

No Comments 10 February 2011

is the guy I pass in the hall everyday that I never knew could be my new best friend.  For the past year I have encountered the music of Mike Diaz, AKA , in the metaphorical hallways of the internet never quite giving him the time of day.  At a friend’s recent suggestion I decided to give a full fledged listen.  Only a few tracks deep into his upcoming full length debut I realized Diaz and I were indeed long lost musical friends.

Millionyoung’s brand of chillwave draws immediate comparisons to other favorites of the genre–, , , –but his unique infusion of retro stylings helps set him apart (see “Calrissian”).  Title track “Replicants”, finds Diaz taking a more routine approach (for the genre) without coming across stale or trite.  Listen to both below.

Replicants will be released digitally February 11th and on CD and LP February 15th via Old Flame, head HERE to pre-order.  The whole album can currently be streamed off the Millionyoung website HERE.

Millionyoung – “Calrissian”

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Millionyoung – “Replicants”

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Fav Tracks, New Artists, Post-Rock

Adebisi Shank

No Comments 09 February 2011

The immediate answers to “what is ?” are easy.  Adebisi Shank is experimental post-rock band from Dublin, Ireland consisting of three guys named Vinny, Mick, and Lar.  They have two albums out–the latest of which was appropriately entitled released August 2010–and have recently signed to American label Sargent House.

Exactly what Adebisi Shank is from there is much more difficult to say.  Utilizing guitar, bass, and drums along with a barrage of audio manipulation they create an epic rock soundscape that is both punishing and beautiful.  At times you may feel like your mind is being sent through some strange pixelation process, but don’t worry it’s a good thing.  Listen to tracks “International Dreambeat” and “Genki Shank” below, which are both available for free download on their bandcamp site HERE.

Adebisi Shank – “International Dreambeat”

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Adebisi Shank – “Genki Shank”

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Fav Tracks, New Artists, Post-Rock

El Ten Eleven

No Comments 29 January 2011

These days there is no shortage of two-man groups making significant music (e.g. MGMT, Black Keys, Death from Above 1979, etc.) The LA duo is no exception.   Kristian Dunn and Tim Fogarty create intricately layered atmospheric post-rock through the use of a double neck guitar/bass, drums, and a plethora of pedals.   Formed in 2003, has released four studio albums including last year’s It’s Still Like a Secret.   With a sound likened to or , El Ten Eleven have an exploring sound with half (or less than half) the members.  Listen below to two of our favorites off their latest album below.

El Ten Eleven – “The Sycophants Are Coming! The Sycophants Are Coming!”

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El Ten Eleven – “Triangle Face”

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Indie Rock, New Artists

Gayngs

No Comments 28 January 2011

is like an astronaut stuck in a Coke bottle.  Or rather, an astronaut stuck in a New Coke bottle; it’s spacey, poppy, sugary, and sounds like something someone tried to do in 1985 that no one liked at the time (unless you liked the soundtrack to Blue Velvet more than the soundtrack to Top Gun).

This Minneapolis-based group is unexpectedly (Kenny) Loggins-ish given the 23-person roster, the likes of whom include Justin Vernon of (folk), P.O.S. of Rhymesters (hip-hop), and all three members of Megafaun (folk, again).  The presumption, therefore, is that this soft-/jazz-/yacht-rock hybrid of sound is either a) unexpectedly (and kind of amazingly) organic between all the members, or b) derisively ironic given the band’s average age.  Either way, everyone knows weird, satiric, unadulterated nostalgia has been back since McDonald’s re-released the McRib sandwich in October.

Some songs on Gayng’s 2010 debut Relayted bleed to death over the course of six or seven minutes.  If you want a shorter sample of their sound, I’d check out The Original Soundtrack by 10cc.  Otherwise, try the songs “The Gaudy Side of Town” and “Faded High” (listen below). (For a Demi Moore ala St. Elmo’s Fire moment, open the porthole of your yacht while wrapped in sheets of multi-colored fabric and listen to their Godley and Crème cover of “Cry” while waiting for a would-be sunburned and wind-chapped Rob Lowe to light two cigarettes at once.)

I understand the desire for the nostalgic meanderings of Gayngs; I just think I like the idea of Gayngs simply existing more.  It’s like MTV playing Toni Braxton’s “Unbreak My Heart” video over and over and over again in 1996 – some people needed that.  I just liked knowing it was there in case I wanted it.  Which is why I’m glad the McRib is back.

Gayngs – “Gaudy Side of Town”

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Gayngs – “Faded High”

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Fav Tracks, Folk, New Artists

The Tallest Man On Earth

No Comments 21 January 2011

Kristian Matsson may have one of the best grasps on American folk music of our time, so it is noteworthy that the self-proclaimed Tallest Man on Earth hails from Dalama, Sweden.  Matsson’s actual height, or lack thereof, might bring to question what led him to such a title.  That is until his music is heard.  Whether or not the moniker is purposeful, Matsson performs with the grace and charisma expected from someone peering down on the rest of us.  Just as with all great folk artists, poetry full of imagery and passion flows through every song as if there is no ebb to the flow of his creativity.

Though a New Artist to StB, has been around since 2006 when he released a self-titled EP followed by a full length in 2008 titled Shallow Grave.  Last year came to be the year of The Tallest Man as he released both in the spring and Sometimes the Blues is Just a Passing Bird EP to critical acclaim as well as headlining an American tour.  Listen below to a few of our favorites from The Wild Hunt.

The Tallest Man 0n Earth – “Troubles Will Be Gone”

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The Tallest Man on Earth – “King of Spain”

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The Tallest Man on Earth – “Burden of Tomorrow”

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Fav Tracks, Hip-Hop, New Artists

Das Racist

No Comments 14 January 2011

started out as an internet phenom in 2008 with the release of “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” acclaimed simultaneously as joke hip-hop and profound perception of consumer America.  In 2010 they came to the forefront of the underground hip-hop scene releasing two mixtapes Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man.  The Brooklyn duo’s use of humor, obscure pop culture references, and unique style have garnered acclaim from indie and industry-leading publications alike.  The group consists of Himanshu Suri and Victor Vazquez enlisting Ashok Kondabolu, also known as Dap, for hype-man duties.  Listen below to two tracks off Sit Down, Man and the internet hit “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell”.

Das Racist – “hahahaha jk?”

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Das Racist – “rapping 2 u (ft. lakutis)”

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Das Racist – “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell”

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