Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday Post

It's Friday. I have not posted since Monday! How come for? Well... I look like this :(

Here's what I have been listening to this week:

Shout Out Louds - Work
The Horrors - Primary Colours
The Magnetic Fields - Reality
Bad Lieutenant - Never Cry Another Tear
Bear In Heaven - Beast Rest Forth Mouth

Other than these full albums, there are plenty of single tracks (Depeche Mode - Fragile Tension (Kris Menace Universe Remix))... best to see me on Twitter for such singular things:

Monday, February 22, 2010

Timely Release: The Soft Pack

As I finish Like Sugar PopCast 30, the Soft Pack have a new video of the very song I planned to include!


New Shout Out Louds

I'm taking my first listen to the new Shout Out Louds "Work" album. This Is Fake DIY has a nice announcement and a Passion Pit remix of "Fall Hard" for download. Or , you can just get it at the band's site along with a free mp3 of the 4th track "Walls".

In the language of all my reviews on my blog: I really like Shout Out Louds. Recommended. My ears always hear a bit of The Cure's Robert Smith in the vocals. I am rather attracted to bands that use male and female vocals and this act keeps that attraction alive. Interesting percussion on this new one.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

It's Raining Here

OK, Friday the 19th was my birthday. Enough of that...

My RSS feed had a post about the new Club 8 single, but the link was to Pitchfork. Not sure why it was not a link to their label, Labrador (does not a member of Club 8 run the label?). I don't want to over-do-it with links to Pitchfork! Club 8's "Western Hospitality" is available to hear here for now. It's quite different from what you might expect, if you have listened to Club 8 before.

I hope this link works for you. Interesting article in LA Times about chick bands and what the writer dubs "lo fi."

The first song from Broken Social Scene’s forthcoming new album, Forgiveness Rock Record (available May 4th), entitled “World Sick,” is now available for download via the band’s website.

Insect Guide are offering a free download of their Lady Gaga cover of "Paparazzi" on myspace. I like.

Well, this makes for a decent post. Only other thing to say is that I have taken an interest the art/photos that In Strict Confidence has been posting of late. It's been a series of subdued creepy circus/vaudeville stills. I like this direction and I also dig the way their music is going...

It does not rain much here and I like it when it does. Mood.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Stripmall Architecture: new single

Stripmall Architecture is a music project by Ryan and Rebecca Coseboom, the very same couple behind one of the best genre-crossing electronic acts: Halou. Further back, they made beautiful bliss-pop as "Anymore."
Stripmall members also include Patrick Harte, Tim Hingston, Roberto Burgos and Erica Mulkey.
The debut CD "We Were Flying Kites" is available here. It's offered as a download as well (only $5 !)

I am posting this because I adore all the Halou and Anymore material I own. They even have perfect cover of a Cocteau Twins song, so please look into their work! Here Rebecca explains the idea behind the song 'Feeling This Is Like To Fall Awake' - a Halou song dating back to 1997.

Stripmall Architecture has a new single titled "Radium Girls" from the forthcoming album, "Feathersongs For Factory Girls" out and you can grab it for a buck here.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Glasvegas. Finally.

I have been waiting a long time to find a legal way to "embed" this video on my various social sites. It's not so much about the video as much as the soaring beauty of the song. Glasvegas remains in heavy rotation here.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Editors and Alice

Producer Flood and Editors discuss changing focus to synths, experimenting with different room spaces, and embracing their mistakes in this article by EQ Magazine.
I love Robert, but I can't imagine I will listen to this often:

New In Strict Confidence video:


IN STRICT CONFIDENCE (new CD 26th feb.) | MySpace Music Videos

Friday, February 12, 2010

Four Hour Friday

I worked for about four hours today, so I have some time to share some music stuff.

The Pipettes are back with a new video and you can get the song for free here.

Meaghan Smith covers the Pixies "Here Comes Your Man":

Anji Bee released the 3rd annual Chillcast Cupid's Hunt Valentine's Day Mix. I recommend not only for the quality of the music and her production, but every track is available for purchase on iTunes or as a free mp3!

Massive Attack's "Paradise Circus (feat. Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star))(Gui Boratto Remix)" can be downloaded here.

Basement Jaxx have remixed ‘80s new wave classic by ABC "Look Of Love." Get it here.

Finally, the Hits In The Car blog has introduced me to new music today. Read about Stytzer's find here.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A Few Moments of Bliss


Surely, I am behind on this and that, but the Internets is a big place! Here's an informative interview with SPC ECO, the latest Dean Garcia (of Curve fame) project. His very own daughter does the vocals, which is really cool. Read it all here.

Listening to Bear In Heaven today, as I do paperwork. A couple tracks really do bring out a Cocteau Twins sound. Right now, I have Brock Van Wey wrapping me in some kind of (non sticky) sound cocoon. Find some of his sound for yourself. Ambient listeners-to will be pacified.

I enjoyed the latest Chillcast with Anji Bee earlier today. All her tracks are "pod safe", which is a real accomplishment. Her show is as high quality as it gets, and her tracks are approved by the artists. I should try harder to be more legal, but my show has a broader range of genres.

The art above is a piece by my younger brother. It fits in IE. [Edit: Crap, it DOES NOT fit in IE browser. I need to find out how to scale images to fit in Blogger' column. Apologies! Now you really now this shit is DIY, right? Can I claim that? DIY?)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

The Electric Pop Group available now

The Electric Pop Group's new one "Seconds" is available at Matinee Recordings. The site has about six reviews of the disc. "Seconds" is described as "a study in multilayered, shimmering pop featuring jangling electric and acoustic guitars, bass, and prominent keyboards plus rich bursts of tambourine, strings and other nice instrumentation."

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Mystic Underground do it again!

It's a long story, but I am in love with this track tonight. Please, find a moment to comment if you like this track like I do. Tell him who sent you!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Drums

"New York's official Coolest New Band... the most contagiously energetic NYC band of the past 10 years." -- NME
How could we not like this band? We are Like Sugar listeners... and this band claims The Wake, The Smiths, The Legends, The Shangri-Las, The Tough Alliance, The Embassy, Orange Juice and Joy Division as influences. Uncanny. All these acts are staples on my podcast. Listen and jump about like an idiot. I know I am!

There are plenty of negative remarks about this band, but I don't care. This is good pop in the style of their influences.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Massive Attack "Heligoland"

Tonight, I am listening to Massive Attack's "Heligoland". You can stream the whole album exclusively at NPR.

Heligoland Tracklist
Pray for Rain [ft.Tunde Adebimpe]
Babel [ft. Martina Topley-Bird]
Splitting The Atom [ft. Robert del Naja, Grant Marshall, and Horace Andy]
Girl I Love You [ft. Horace Andy]
Psyche [ft. Martina Topley-Bird]
Flat of the Blade [ft. Guy Garvey]
Paradise Circus [ft. Hope Sandoval]
Rush Minute [ft. Robert del Naja]
Saturday Come Slow [ft. Damon Albarn]
Atlas Air [ft. Robert del Naja]

Music Monday (updated)

New track from Lo-Fi-FNK dropped today: mp3 "Marchin' In"

Lola Dutronic's electro remix of "I Break Through" by The Carbon Manual, featuring Jeremy Gluck, formerly of garage/punk legends The Barracudas on lead vocals is available here. I erroneously posted a private link in the initial post. This has been corrected. My apologies to Lola Dutronic!

Locals The Soft Pack are playing at the Tower Bar here in San Diego tomorrow night (2-2-2010). I really like the track "C'Mon" and wast thinking it would sound good on my next podcast.

Speaking of locals, congratulations to Recordable Colors on their article in the San Diego Reader! The track "I've Made Skin Crawl" is my faaavorite.