Releases of August, 2010:
as heard on radiospin on August 23rd, 2010
under electronic, indie, mix, preview, recommended, remix
Volume #9 for X-Spine, the periodic release by Spineless Laugh, hosted radioSpin. As usual the collection presents a compilation of the newest remixes of the coolest indie tunes hardly mixed by Spineless Laugh, ready to be burned and to rock your parties.
ARTIST: AA.VV. selected & mixed by Spineless Laugh
TITLE: X-Spine (vol.09)
LABEL: Spineless Media
RELEASE DATE: August 23, 2010
TIME: 79:21 min.
01. SPINELESS LAUGH – Intro (chaotic remix) [@00:00]
02. AUTOKRATZ – Always More (yuksek remix) [@02:37]
03. BLOC PARTY – One More Chance (alex metric remix) [@06:11]
04. CRYSTAL CASTLES – Celestica (professor purple remix) [@10:35]
05. METRIC – Help Me I’m Alive (the twelves remix) [@14:11]
06. DELPHIC – Halcyon (clancy remix) [@16:50]
07. CHROMEO – Fancy Footwork (death to the throne remix) [@21:30]
08. SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO feat. BETH DITTO – Cruel Intentions (far too loud remix) [@24:05]
09. MGMT – Time to Pretend (blogula remix) [@27:28]
10. DEPECHE MODE – Never Let Me Down Again (digitalism remix) [@31:56]
11. NIRVANA – Smell Like Teen Spirit (dj g-ros cold remix) [@35:23]
12. INTERPOL – The Heinrich Maneuver (paul epworth phones remix) [@40:11]
13. MUSE – Uprising (does it offend you, yeah? remix) [@44:52]
14. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM – Get Innocuos (soulwax remix) [@47:39]
15. NEW ORDER – Confusion (barretso remix) [@54:34]
16. TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB – What You Know (redlight remix) [@56:32]
17. THE KICKDRUMS – Love Is A Drug (left/right remix) [@61:03]
18. RADIOHEAD – Everything In Its Right Place (refracture remix) [@66:23]
19. PLANET FUNK – Who Said? (moguai remix) [@71:11]
20. SPINELESS LAUGH – Outro (u.s.a. remix) [@77:32]
get it here.
as heard on radiospin on August 22nd, 2010
under album, folk, indie, preview, songwriting, submitted
Chantal Acda (Sleepingdog, Chacda) and Craig Ward (The Love Substitutes, iH8 Camera, A Clean Kitchen Is A Happy Kitchen, ex-dEUS and Kiss My Jazz) first met onboard an aeroplane bound for Glasgow. Later that evening they performed together onstage which speaks volumes about the spontaneous and intuitive character of the pair, who felt from the beginning that there was something unique in the air whenever they picked up their acoustic guitars. Two sensitive souls who, automatically and without planning, started writing songs together, acoustic and pure. Whether in a farmhouse attic in Hoegaarden, a bedroom in Portland, Oregon, or a studio in Mechelen, the songs kept coming.
Their debut album True Bypass, mastered by Uwe Teichert (dEUS, Public Enemy, Placebo), is something like a sweet jewel.
ARTIST: True Bypass
TITLE: True Bypass
LABEL: Jezus Factory
RELEASE DATE: October 04, 2010
TIME: 37:33 min.
01. The Lake [02:14]
02. Hallway [03:10]
03. Elskan [02:50]
04. Love We Are [05:43]
05. Trying to Make It Home [04:58]
06. Drawing the Lines [04:36]
07. Fot This Life [03:55]
08. How to Find [05:53]
09. Ticky Tok [04:14]
as heard on radiospin on August 21st, 2010
under EP, folk, indie, preview, songwriting, submitted
Leland Sundries is the musical project/band of Nick Loss-Eaton. He bridges the biting blues of Michael Bloomfield, the sardonic humor of Cracker or Todd Snider and the plaintive, plain spoken, situational songwriting of Greg Brown. The Apothecary EP was recorded at the Creamery studio, under the Pulaski Bridge on the Brooklyn-Queens border and instrumentation includes resonator guitar, banjo, accordion, vintage synthesizer, slide guitar, and Rhodes. Laura Minor appears on guest vocals on the EP’s wistful closing waltz.
In the end, perfect storytelling in a classic americana style.
ARTIST: Leland Sundries
TITLE: The Apothecary
RELEASE DATE: October 05, 2010
TIME: 22:49 min.
01. Elegy [05:40]
02. High On the Plains [03:31]
03. Oh, My Sweet Cantankerous Baby [05:32]
04. The Man in the Giant Russian Overcoat [02:37]
05. Hey, Self-Defeater [05:32]
UK production/VJ outfit Hexstatic (aka Stuart Warren Hill and Robin Brunson) return with a brand new album, in all its break chopping, dubstep-tinted glory, laying down some tough basslines and urgent drum programming. With Trailer Trax the duo have plenty of fun with the found-sound sampling aesthetics preserving at the same time their trademark of creative diversity.
TITLE: Trailer Trax
LABEL: Lower Level
RELEASE DATE: July 09, 2010
TIME: 43:55 min.
01. Gammera [03:59]
02. Jungle Drums [03:27]
03. KOs [05:00]
04. The Galaxy Invaders [03:41]
05. Intermission [05:43]
06. Embryo [03:13]
07. Monkeys Uncle [04:45]
08. Charade [03:47]
09. Hollywood Bar [02:17]
10. Loop-a-Lot [03:28]
11. Skateboard Sense [04:35]
as heard on radiospin on August 19th, 2010
under album, experimental, indie, preview, recommended
Penny Sparkle is the eighth album from the Italian twins and Japanese songstress that make up Blonde Redhead. The album was recorded in the band’s hometown of New York City, as well as in Stockholm, Sweden. Blonde Redhead recruited Van Rivers & the Subliminal Kid to produce the album. They also enlisted legendary producer Alan Moulder (he produced My Bloody Valentine‘s Loveless) to mix the album, as they did for 2007′s 23.
ARTIST: Blonde Redhead
TITLE: Penny Sparkle
RELEASE DATE: September 14, 2010
TIME: 44:00 min.
01. Here Sometimes [04:43]
02. Not Getting There [02:46]
03. Will There Be Stars [04:27]
04. My Plants Are Dead [04:18]
05. Love Or Prison [06:13]
06. Oslo [03:54]
07. Penny Sparkle [04:34]
08. Everything Is Wrong [02:49]
09. Black Guitar [05:20]
10. Spain [04:56]
as heard on radiospin on August 18th, 2010
under album, ambient, electronic, instrumental, preview, recommended
In stark contrast to the album’s companion piece Junior, one of 2009′s greatest releases, Senior is entirely instrumental, brooding, for the most part, quite moody. It’s more introspective and freeform than its poppier partner: the noises used to build the album are dusty, weathered and strange; each song creaks and crinkles with a vintage feel that’s both organic and supernatural, lending itself to that same magical energy behind each of Röyksopp’s productions.
In the end, Senior only aids in proving Röyksopp to be one of the innovative musical acts on the scene: they can churn out crunchy, sophisticated pop confections, but they can just as easily evoke emotion through sound and sound alone.
LABEL: Wall Of Sound
RELEASE DATE: September 13, 2010
TIME: 47:54 min.
01. And the Forest Began to Sing [01:52]
02. Tricky Two [07:53]
03. The Alcoholic [05:13]
04. Senior Living [05:12]
05. The Drug [06:00]
06. Forsaken Cowboy [05:30]
07. The Fear [07:04]
08. Coming Home [05:07]
09. A Long, Long Way [04:03]
Eclecticism has been a hallmark of Richard Patrick‘s career in Filter, and it’s administered with crushing efficiency on The Trouble with Angels. Fans weaned on the industrial outbursts and corrosive beats of 1995′s Short Bus and 1999′s Title of Record will be ecstatic to hear Patrick’s unmistakable scream and unflinching honesty dominating the new album because is a fact that Filter‘s The Trouble with Angels contains Richard Patrick‘s strongest, most aggressive songwriting yet.
TITLE: The Trouble with Angels (deluxe edition)
LABEL: Rocket Science
RELEASE DATE: August 17, 2010
TIME: 66:14 min.
01. The Inevitable Relax [03:30]
02. Drug Boy [03:47]
03. Absentee Father [03:59]
04. No Love [04:20]
05. No Re-Entry [05:40]
06. Down with Me [03:53]
07. Catch a Falling Knife [04:03]
08. The Trouble with Angels [03:53]
09. Clouds [03:53]
10. Fades Like a Photograph (dead angel) [04:24]
01. The Inevitable Relapse (clayton worbeck mix) [04:33]
02. Drowning [04:11]
03. Shot from the Sun [03:51]
04. My Life Before [05:30]
05. Plume [07:07]
as heard on radiospin on August 16th, 2010
under album, electronic, pop, preview, recommended
The first episode of the Body Talk trilogy did well in bringing a bit more recognition for Robyn stateside. But Body Talk pt.1, itself, did a bit to shake up the sound that had been so tightly associated with the singer for the half-decade which followed the initial release of her universally acclaimed self-titled record. Considering the pop-synth that dominated it and that at the time there were two steps yet to take before the Body Talk series would end, with the release it appeared as though Robyn was on pace to completely reinvent herself (once again). But with Body Talk pt.2, however, she has done just the opposite: rather than pursuing further experimentation, it reverts back to the sound which modern Robyn fans have come to know her by.
Anyway, regardless of where Robyn goes with pt. 3, with only the first album in mind, the Body Talk series has already become a success.
TITLE: Body Talk pt.2
RELEASE DATE: September 07, 2010
TIME: 32:59 min.
01. In My Eyes [03:58]
02. Include Me Out [03:31]
03. Hang with Me [04:21]
04. Love Kills [04:31]
05. We Dance to the Beat [04:39]
06. Criminal Intent [03:43]
07. U Should Know Better (feat. snooop dogg) [04:01]
08. Indestructible (acoustic version) [04:15]
as heard on radiospin on August 15th, 2010
under album, indie, post-rock, preview, RBR, recommended
Tears Run Rings is a long distance relationship: separated by the cities of Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles Laura Watling (vocals & bass), Matthew Bice (vocals & guitar), Ed Mazzucco (guitar) and Dwayne Palasek (drums) collaborate through the magic of the internet. The band records in 3 separate studios, transferring tracks back and forth over the wires until they are perfect and maybe that’s why they grow their talent for marrying hauntingly beautiful textures and pop melodies. On Distance, their second album on Clairecords, they have refined their lush, melencholy sound so that you can’t help to fall in love with it.
ARTIST: Tears Run Rings
RELEASE DATE: August 24, 2010
TIME: 36:17 min.
01. Happiness 3 [04:33]
02. Forgotten [05:50]
03. Inertia [04:19]
04. Reunion [04:01]
05. Distance [07:16]
06. Divided [04:22]
07. Forever [04:06]
08. Compromise [05:11]
09. Innocent [05:52]
10. Happiness 4 [04:03]
as heard on radiospin on August 13th, 2010
under album, folk, indie, preview, songwriting
After two albums of wily, adolescent country, Rhode Island’s Deer Tick hits adulthood (and all the heartbreak and fear of mortality that comes with it) hard on these ragged, shadowy ballads.
John McCauley III’s fiberglass croak couldn’t sound further from Neil Young’s whimper, but The Black Dirt Sessions is this band’s After the Goldrush, stuffed with devastating songs laid bare by weathered, redemption-seeking renegades. Dirt is pensive, painful stuff, tougher than leather and rawer than a bleeding steak: but that’s life, right?
ARTIST: Deer Tick
TITLE: The Black Dirt Sessions
RELEASE DATE: June 08, 2010
TIME: 46:21 min.
01. Choir of Angels [02:55]
02. Twenty Miles [03:44]
03. Goodbye, Dear Friend [04:58]
04. Piece by Piece and Frame by Frame [04:09]
05. The Sad Sun [04:34]
06. Mange [05:16]
07. When She Comes Home [04:31]
08. Hand in My Hand [04:31]
09. I Will Not Be Myself [03:22]
10. Blood Moon [04:41]
11. Christ Jesus [04:33]
as heard on radiospin on August 12th, 2010
under album, indie, preview, RBR, recommended, rock
The long-awaited fourth album from New York’s Interpol finds them exploring dark musical landscapes of layered depth and intensity. In contrast to 2007′s Our Love To Admire, this self-titled opus hangs together as an album, a set of very different songs that thematically connect. From the highly melodic Barricade and Lights through the snarling Memory Serves and the extraordinary triptych of connected tracks that close the album, Interpol have never made work this emotionally resonant or packed with crescendos. Mixer Alan Moulder has brought the rhythm section back to the fore, anchoring a thicket of orchestral sound that brings to mind touchstones from black metal to 70′s art rock, but always remains identifiably Interpol.
Hypnotic, bizarre, always indelible, Interpol is the band’s magnum opus.
RELEASE DATE: September 07, 2010
TIME: 44:35 min.
01. Success [03:23]
02. Memory Serves [04:58]
03. Summer Well [03:22]
04. Lights [05:37]
05. Barricade [04:33]
06. Always Malaise (the man i am) [04:09]
07. Safe Without [04:36]
08. Try It On [03:38]
09. All of the Ways [05:13]
10. The Undoing [05:06]
as heard on radiospin on August 11th, 2010
under album, electronic, indie, pop, preview, recommended, remix, rock
For their follow-up to debut album About a Girl, also released by Paper Bag, Canadian foursome Winter Gloves returned to a hometown studio in Montreal to lay down some tracks that had been coming together over the previous year of touring. Production duties were handled by frontman/chief songwriter Charles F, who wanted to return to the sound of their first self-released EP. That means focusing on creating pop tunes out of frenetic synths, base lines and drum machines. Conceptually, All Red focuses on the anxieties and fears of adulthood, and is reminiscent of their pals and touring companions Tokyo Police Club.
And it sounds tremendously good.
ARTIST: Winter Gloves
TITLE: All Red
LABEL: Paper Bag
RELEASE DATE: September 07, 2010
TIME: 27:50 min.
01. Glow in the Dark [02:44]
02. Strange Love [02:44]
03. Plastic Slides [02:49]
04. Use Your Lips [02:50]
05. Gym Class [02:49]
06. We Need New Transportation [03:04]
07. Tooth Fairy [02:38]
08. Jump [01:54]
09. Trap the Mouse [03:06]
10. Ending Soon [03:12]
as heard on radiospin on August 10th, 2010
under compilation, electronic, folk, indie, pop, preview, recommended, remix, rock
The yearly pilgrimage to Chicago’s Grant Park has gone over: if you weren’t fortunate enough to score tickets to this weekend’s Lollapalooza, at least check out these Lollapalooza playlist released by SPIN Magazine.
A 14-track mixtape for free.
TITLE: Park Life (a lollapalooza ’10 mixtape)
LABEL: Spin Magazine
RELEASE DATE: August 06, 2010
TIME: 62:09 min.
01. SPOON – Written in Reverse [04:19]
02. WAVVES – Post Acid [02:09]
03. SOCIAL DISTORTION – Far Behind [04:04]
04. DEER THICK – 20 Miles [03:44]
05. DIRTY PROJECTORS – No Intention [04:17]
06. THE TEMPER TRAP – Science of Fear [04:18]
07. THE BIG PINK – Dominos [03:48]
08. JAMIE LIDELL – Telephone (tiga remix) [05:14]
09. CHIDDY BANG – Dream Chasing [03:01]
10. CYPRESS HILL – Light It Up [03:18]
11. ERYKAH BADU – Window Seat [04:50]
12. NNEKA – Viva Africa [03:32]
13. CUT/COPY – Hearts On Fire (holy ghost! remix) [08:34]
14. EMPIRE OF THE SUN – Walking On A Dream (hong kong blondes remix) [07:11]
A gold album, four Grammy nominations, seven more Modern Rock Top 40s: Rated R was tagged as stoner rock almost immediately upon release in 2000, in part because of those seven substances, but mostly because the band rose from the ashes of early-1990s Palm Desert sun gods Kyuss. Josh Homme, a plangent, riff-obsessed guitarist, and Nick Oliveri, a manic golem of a man and a mighty bass player, formed the backbone of that band with a mechanized sense of bang-and-smash structure. Studied repetition and precision are unlikely virtues for weedheads, but then these are unlikely musicians.
Ten years later, Rated R sounds vital, if a bit unusual. Credible hard rock is a tough sell these days and that’s why we need this deluxe edition: nothing new done to Disc 1, it’s just a copy of the original album; Disc 2 is a compilation of B-sides and a live recording of Queens of the Stone Age‘s performance at the Reading Festival in 2000. A total of 5 b-sides and 10 live tracks (one of the B-sides Born to Hula is a re-recording and is one of QOTSA‘s first songs which had appeared on the Kyuss/QOTSA split EP in 1997 and sounds great by the way).
Not to be missed: to any fan or non-fan.
ARTIST: Queens of the Stone Age
TITLE: Rated R (deluxe edition)
RELEASE DATE: August 03, 2010
TIME: 106:12 min.
01. Feel Good (hit of the summer) [02:43]
02. The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret [03:36]
03. Leg of Lamb [02:48]
04. Auto Pilot [04:01]
05. Better Living Through Chemistry [05:49]
06. Monsters in the Parasol [03:27]
07. Quick and to the Pointless [01:42]
08. In the Fade [04:25]
09. Tension Head [02:52]
10. Lightning Song [02:07]
11. I Think I Lost My Headache [08:40]
01. Ode to Clarissa [02:40]
02. You’re So Vague [03:40]
03. Never Say Never [04:23]
04. Who’ll Be the Next in Line [02:30]
05. Born to Hula [05:54]
06. Monsters in the Parasol (live) [03:47]
07. Feel Good (hit of the summer) (live) [02:59]
08. Regular John (live) [05:12]
09. Avon (live) [03:23]
10. Quick and to the Pointless (live) [02:34]
11. Better Living Through Chemistry (live) [05:20]
12. Ode to Clarissa (live) [02:52]
13. The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret (live) [03:33]
14. You Can’t Quit Me, Baby (live) [10:37]
15. Millionaire (live) [04:38]
as heard on radiospin on August 8th, 2010
under electronic, folk, IDM, indie, preview, RBR, recommended, submitted
Debut self-titled EP for Toronto-based duo Freedom Or Death: six eclectic tunes full of different sounds and textures, soft electronica mixed with actual post-rock firmly anchored by its pop sensibilities. Freedom Or Death demonstrates the band’s ability to work multiple textures into the framework of a single song, intersecting great melodies and harmonies into slightly synthetic patterns that you will hardly forget.
Free complete stream on MySpace.
ARTIST: Freedom Or Death
TITLE: Freedom Or Death
RELEASE DATE: June 10, 2010
TIME: 25:08 min.
01. Lost in Dances [04:46]
02. Back For More [04:00]
03. Soldier [04:38]
04. This Crowded Room [03:56]
05. Sober [03:52]
06. Meter Maid [03:56]
as heard on radiospin on August 7th, 2010
under EP, indie, post-rock, preview, recommended, submitted
Early & Often (Sacramento, CA) started as a solo project by Jeff Wright. After his first release, Golden Arms, which panned out with moderate success and a very positive reaction, he gathered a set of musicians (Joe Axtell, Max Mitrovich, Will Smith, Cliff Mattis) to help him playing live and writing the next installation: Couples Split.
Up to now Early & Often has became a full time project which is moving on to the next release, Phenomenally Yours: this is their first bit of music release with multiple hands in the crock pot of music and it contains two songs from their next release and a special cover of the Radiohead song All I Need. The atmosphere is warm and wrapping, delicious melodies weave together with interesting drumming: you should give it a listen.
ARTIST: Early and Often
TITLE: Phenomenally Yours
RELEASE DATE: July 22, 2010
TIME: 16:00 min.
01. Blood On the Verve [07:33]
02. Holding Up the Pyre [04:16]
03. All I Need [04:11]