Releases of June, 2011:
If you include the soundtrack album he recorded for Into the Wild, Ukulele Songs is only Eddie Vedder‘s second solo album. This makes this release even more of a curiosity: as its title makes clear, the album consists of 16 tracks of Vedder pawing the tiny, four-stringed Hawaiian instrument and warbling love songs. That’s it. In a way, it’s as clear-cut a proposition as you’re going to get these days. You either instantly know you need 35 minutes of this in your life or are already backing slowly away. Vedder has said he wants this record to inspire people to pick up the instrument and sing with their friends, an old-fashioned sentiment impossible not to be charmed by.
ARTIST: Eddie Vedder
TITLE: Ukulele Songs
RELEASE DATE: May 31, 2011
TIME: 34:42 min.
01. Can’t Keep [02:36]
02. Sleeping By Myself [01:54]
03. Without You [03:19]
04. More Than You Know [02:25]
05. Goodbye [02:28]
06. Broken Heart [02:36]
07. Satellite [02:28]
08. Longing to Belonging [02:39]
09. Hey Fahkah [00:08]
10. You’re True [03:23]
11. Light Today [02:41]
12. Sleepless Nights [02:39]
13. Once in a While [01:45]
14. Waving Palms [00:37]
15. Tonight You Belong to Me [01:42]
16. Dream a Little Dream [01:31]
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Comprised of Paris-based artists William Manbell and Greg Kazubski, Teenage Bad Girl have been pushing a blend of distortion-heavy electro since 2005. While they haven’t been privy to the widespread and often mainstream attention many of their Parisian counterparts continue to receive (on for all: Justice), Manbell and Kazubski have remained a staple of the French electro wave, albeit with a lower profile. In terms of sound, their palette doesn’t stray too far from what you’d expect from many of their European electro contemporaries, generally employing the aggressive analogue synth lines and syncopated percussion their scene has become renowned for. Backwash is their second full length, following 2007′s Cocotte.
RELEASE DATE: June 6, 2011
TIME: 48:19 min.
01. Fight Night [04:35]
02. Keep Up with You [05:17]
03. The Wave [04:22]
04. Black Hole [03:49]
05. Heart Zero Beating [02:23]
06. X-Girl [03:27]
07. Hold Me Tight [04:11]
08. Fast Blood Delivery [05:03]
09. Tonton Funk [04:10]
10. Boogie Toy [04:43]
11. Backwash [02:33]
12. Jumping Judas [03:46]
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With Destroyed, Moby introduces the listener to the strange and disconcerting life of touring that is not often exposed (the time spent isolated in anonymous, mundane hotel rooms, airports, and backstage waiting areas): these experiences are then juxtaposed with moments of intense beauty and excitement, such as the connection that can be felt with an audience. All of the songs on Destroyed were written by Moby on the road during the small hours of the night, when his insomnia was in full tilt and that’s why the silent urban nightscapes provided much inspiration for this album.
RELEASE DATE: May 17, 2011
TIME: 71:49 min.
01. The Broken Places [04:10]
02. Be the One [03:29]
03. Sevastopol [04:21]
04. The Low Hum [04:13]
05. Rockets [04:47]
06. The Day [04:32]
07. The Right Thing [04:26]
08. Victoria Lucas [05:55]
09. After [05:30]
10. Blue Moon [03:31]
11. Lie Down in Darkness [04:26]
12. Stella Maris [05:14]
13. The Violent Bear It Away [04:00]
14. Lacrimae [08:05]
15. When You Are Old [02:19]
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as heard on radiospin on June 27th, 2011
under album, experimental, folk, indie, pop, preview, recommended, rock
Deep in the woods of Virginia, Gomez have conspired to make the most compelling, direct album of their 15 year career. The members reside across two continents (in Los Angeles, Brooklyn and Brighton, England) and after several months of sharing ideas through every facet of technology available to them, they came together with their longtime friend, Sam Farrar (Phantom Planet), to create their first self-produced offering since 2001′s In Our Gun. Their seventh studio album, Whatever s On Your Mind, is released on ATO records (Dave Matthew‘s label) and it’s the seventh nice pearl in their career.
TITLE: Whatever’s On Your Mind
RELEASE DATE: June 21, 2011
TIME: 37:15 min.
01. Options [03:38]
02. I Will Take You There [04:42]
03. Whatever’s On Your Mind [03:42]
04. Just As Lost As You [03:10]
05. The Place and the People [05:22]
06. Our Goodbye [03:17]
07. Song in My Heart [03:18]
08. Equalize [03:01]
09. That Wolf [03:00]
10. X-Rays [04:35]
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as heard on radiospin on June 24th, 2011
under collaboration, electronic, mix, preview, recommended, remix
Did you miss the good old collaborations between radioSpin and LastGrooves?
So here we go again: Spineless Laugh takes Junk Music for Dirty House Keepers, the latest unmixed compilation by Sick Mix and mashes its tracks in a hard-variable-bpm stunning mix. It’s deep house, more or less. It’s about love, dirt and diversified harvest.
Enjoy and give some feedback.
ARTIST: AA.VV. selected by Sick Mix & mixed by Spineless Laugh
TITLE: Junk Music for Dirty House Keepers
LABEL: Spineless Media / Mu-Sick
RELEASE DATE: June 23, 2010
TIME: 65:11 min.
01. SPINELESS LAUGH – Intro (dirty mix) [@00:00]
02. MANIK – Need Your Lovin’ [@01:15]
03. MASSIMO PAGLIARA – In Order of More Depth [@04:32]
04. MARK E – Nightmover [@08:34]
05. SOLOMUN – Love Recycled 1 [@13:29]
06. UNDERWORLD – Dirty Epic [@19:36]
07. SEBO K – Mr. Duke [@28:48]
08. SMALLPEOPLE – A Place Called Dream [@35:37]
09. ALAIN HO – Would You Be There? [@41:15]
10. ARGY – Daze to Come (beats version) [@46:14]
11. CHRISTOPHER RAU – Soulful [@49:56]
12. GUNNAR STILLER – Tiago’s Destiny (solomun remix) [@55:18]
13. COM TRUISE – Ether Drift (spineless laugh extended re-edit) [@59:36]
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Peter Hefferan and his would-be dandy highwaymen have made it to a second album without making an enormous impact, but there’s surely a place for pop music made with such love and craft. Something like a cross between The Kinks and Television Personalities, the Reading outfit write slightly psychedelic, pithily whimsical songs about the British way of life. This time around, with One Thousand Pictures, Pete & the Pirates have added a sprinkling of synths and the occasional Giorgio Moroder pulsebeat, with varying results, but their forte remains well-observed, understated guitar pop.
ARTIST: Pete & the Pirates
TITLE: One Thousand Pictures
LABEL: Stolen Recordings
RELEASE DATE: May 23, 2011
TIME: 45:30 min.
01. Can’t Fish [03:46]
02. Cold Black Kitty [03:42]
03. Little Gun [02:05]
04. Come to the Bar [05:41]
05. Winter 1 [03:43]
06. Washing Powder [04:23]
07. Blood Gets Thin [03:09]
08. United [03:04]
09. Shotgun [03:26]
10. Motorbike [02:53]
11. Things That Go Bump [03:37]
12. Reprise [02:10]
13. Half Moon Street [04:00]
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By their seventh studio album, many bands are running out of creative steam and original ideas. But in the case of Death Cab for Cutie, nothing could be further from the truth. Codes and Keys is singular in the quartet’s catalog when it comes to sonic exploration and lyrical ambition. What was somewhat surprising, though, was that Death Cab’ers Ben Gibbard and Nick Harmer have written Codes and Keys is very much a less guitar-centric album, almost meaning that the guitars are used in different ways, such as translating melodies into vocals or keyboards.
ARTIST: Death Cab For Cutie
TITLE: Codes & Keys
RELEASE DATE: May 31 2011
TIME: 49:21 min.
01. Home Is A Fire [06:03]
02. Codes & Keys [03:29]
03. Some Boys [04:32]
04. Doors Unloked and Open [04:03]
05. You Are A Tourist [06:59]
06. Unobstructed Views [05:56]
07. Monday Morning [04:37]
08. Portable Television [03:49]
09. Underneath the Sycamore [03:08]
10. St. Peter’s Cathedral [02:59]
11. Stay Young, Go Dancing [03:46]
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as heard on radiospin on June 21st, 2011
under album, electronic, indie, preview, recommended, rock
Digitalism‘s sophomore effort, I Love You, Dude, arrives almost four years after the release of their acclaimed the debut, 2007′s Idealism. But it’s not like the German electro duo was just sitting around on their hands: Jens Moelle and Ismail ‘Isi’ Tuefekci churned out a pair of EPs and toured to promote freshman effort for a few years before hunkering down to record I Love You, Dude. The album again aims to make you shake your ass with dancefloor-ready rhythms and even a few moments of pure pop bliss. They also enlisted the help of Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, who co-wrote Circles.
TITLE: I Love You, Dude
RELEASE DATE: July 5, 2011
TIME: 37:29 min.
01. Stratosphere [03:00]
02. 2 Hearts [03:55]
03. Circles [03:45]
04. Blitz [04:16]
05. Forrest Gump [03:33]
06. Reeperbahn [03:52]
07. Antibiotics [03:59]
08. Just Gazin’ [03:27]
09. Miami Showdown [03:27]
10. Encore [04:15]
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as heard on radiospin on June 20th, 2011
under album, bonus, compilation, electronic, pop, preview, recommended, remix, rock
Welcome back with a very special gift: an inspiring Depeche Mode collection of new and classic mixes of material covering their entire career, the album includes remixes of tracks from their 1981 debut Speak and Spell, through to 2009′s Sounds of the Universe, and is the follow-up to 2004′s million-plus selling Remixes (81-04). These remixes reinforce Depeche Mode‘s standing as one of the world’s most influential and innovative acts: they have been at the forefront of remix culture for the best part of three decades and this new compilation includes classic mixes from M83, U.N.K.L.E., Trentemøller, François Kervorkian and Dan the Automator, alongside all-new mixes from Stargate, Alex Metric, Karlsson & Winnberg and Röyksopp. In addition to this, the expanded editions include exclusive remixes by former band members Vince Clarke and Alan Wilder (and this is the first time either artist has remixed tracks for their former colleagues).
ARTIST: Depeche Mode
TITLE: Remixes 2 (81-11) / deluxe edition
RELEASE DATE: June 7, 2011
TIME: 3:43:54 min.
01. Dream On (bushwacka tough guy mix) [06:08]
02. Suffer Well (m83 remix) [04:01]
03. John the Revelator (u.n.k.l.e. reconstruction) [04:59]
04. In Chains (tigerskin’s no sleep remix) [07:45]
05. Peace (sixtoes remix) [05:14]
06. Lilian (chab vocal remix) [06:14]
07. Never Let Me Down Again (digitalism remix) [04:38]
08. Corrupt (efdemin remix) [06:29]
09. Everything Counts (oliver hunermann & stephan bodzin dub) [06:53]
10. Happiest Girl (the pulsating orbital vocal mix) [07:58]
11. Walking in My Shoes (anandamidic mix) [06:12]
12. Personal Jesus (the stargate mix) [03:59]
13. Slowbow (darren price mix) [06:28]
01. Wrong (trentemøller club remix) [06:55]
02. World in My Eyes (dub in my eyes mix) [06:56]
03. Fragile Tension (peter bjorn & john remix) [03:45]
04. Strangelove (tim simenon & mark saunders remix) [06:32]
05. A Pain That I’m Used to (jacques lu cont remix) [07:50]
06. The Darkest Star (monolake remix) [05:44]
07. I Feel You (helmet at the helm mix) [06:40]
08. Higher Love (adrenaline mix edit) [04:47]
09. Fly On the Windscreen (death mix) [05:10]
10. Barrel of a Gun (united mix) [06:36]
11. Only When I Lose Myself (dan the automator mix) [04:57]
12. Ghost (le weekend remix) [08:22]
01. Personal Jesus (alex metric remix edit) [03:28]
02. Never Let Me Down Again (eric prydz remix) [07:01]
03. Behind the Wheel (vince clarke remix) [06:43]
04. Leave in Silence (claro intelecto “the last time” remix) [04:56]
05. In Chains (alan wilder remix) [07:18]
06. When the Body Speaks (karlsson & winnberg remix) [06:56]
07. Puppets (röyksopp remix) [04:41]
08. Tora! Tora! Tora! (karlsson & winnberg – from mike snow - remix) [07:39]
09. Freestate (clark remix) [04:50]
10. I Want It All (roland m. dill remix) [06:42]
11. A Question of Time (joebot presents “radio face” remix) [05:32]
12. Personal Jesus (sie medway-smith remix) [06:26]
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