Posts Tagged ‘polyvinyl’
as heard on radiospin on February 5th, 2013
under album, dance, download, electronic, indie, pop, preview
Portland, Oregon: who knew the Pacific Northwest could hold some of the most danceable and intellectual electronic pop od the country? Rain, evergreens and grey skies are apparently good for creative output, as evidenced by local musicians STRFKR (pronounced Starfucker, a slang term for someone who craves certain interactions with celebrities). Comparable to fellow indie electro-poppers Hot Chip and MGMT, Josh Hodges‘ STRFKR is what it would sound like if The Flaming Lip made a club-album. Miracle Mile is their 3rd studio release, and again it’s a party full of unbelievably catchy hooks and downright pretty pop melodies.
01. While I’m Alive [03:48]
02. Sazed [03:25]
03. Malmö [03:34]
04. Beach Monster [02:10]
05. Isea [00:53]
06. YA YA YA [02:13]
07. Fortune’s Fool [02:06]
08. Kahlil Gibran [03:59]
09. Say to You [04:24]
10. Atlantis [02:29]
11. Leave It All Behind [03:15]
12. I Don’t Want to See [03:33]
13. Last Words [02:55]
14. Golden Light [04:43]
15. Nite Rite [07:12]
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Japandroids‘ second full-length Celebration Rock finds the band picking up exactly where they left off in 2009 with Post-Nothing. The band’s stripped down, raw arrangements continue here, as do the plain black-and-white album covers. No more to say than that the best way to describe this album is by the title: 8 tracks of joy, fun and celebration. With that admission: round here, fun never goes into something stupid or empty. Celebration Rock is populist but never pandering. Who says happy music can’t seriously rock?
01. The Night of Wine and Roses [04:02]
02. Fire’s Highway [04:43]
03. Evil’s Sway [04:26]
04. For the Love of Ivy [04:13]
05. Adrenaline Nightshift [04:26]
06. Younger Us [03:22]
07. The House That Heaven Built [04:49]
08. Continuos Thunder [04:59]
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as heard on radiospin on January 26th, 2012
under album, experimental, indie, preview, recommended
2012 will mark a decade of Xiu Xiu (the brainchild of San Jose’s Jamie Stewart). Now a five-piece after years of being a duo, the band have signed a new deal with UK indie Bella Union and is releasing their ninth studio album via the label. Famed for “telling all”, even when “all” is extremely personal and often completely bleak, Always is Xiu Xiu as their emotive selves. Still, the band’s last album was called Dear God, I Hate Myself, and Always definitely finds them a little happier than that.
ARTIST: Xiu Xiu
LABEL: Bella Union
RELEASE DATE: February 27, 2012
TIME: 38:15 min.
01. Hi [03:40]
02. Joey’s Song [03:38]
03. Beauty Towne [02:43]
04. Honey Suckle [03:14]
05. I Love Abortion [02:34]
06. The Oldness [03:28]
07. Chimney’s Afire (mickensian suicide) [02:46]
08. Gul Mudin [02:28]
09. Born to Suffer [03:26]
10. Factory Girl [02:23]
11. Smear the Queen [03:21]
12. Black Drum Machine [04:34]
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as heard on radiospin on January 16th, 2012
under album, experimental, folk, indie, pop, preview
This new full-length from of Montreal sees Kevin Barnes writing with a lyrical and musical direction that is infinitely more personal than anything he has written since 2007′s Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? Each track feeds off the last in what seems a singular album-long movement that never allows you to rip your ears away. Paralytic Stalks at times resembles modern classical with its intricate compositions, while at others echoes of neo-prog, pseudo-country, and 60s pop. Hard to define, as usual.
ARTIST: of Montreal
TITLE: Paralytic Stalks
RELEASE DATE: February 7, 2012
TIME: 57:41 min.
01. Gelid Ascent [04:09]
02. Spiteful Intervention [03:38]
03. Dour Percentage [04:40]
04. We Will Commit Wolf Murder [05:30]
05. Malefic Dowery [02:37]
06. Ye, Renew the Plaintiff [08:47]
07. Wintered Debts [07:34]
08. Exorcism Breeding Knife [07:40]
09. Authentic Pyrrhic Remission [13:16]
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Self-recorded, mixed, and mastered in rehearsal spaces and band members’ basements with no engineers or outside input, Deerhoof vs. Evil dresses up Deerhoof‘s wellknown recklessness in a newfound elastic groove: one filled with big-hit choruses and exuberantly unfamiliar colors. The musical equivalent of hormones raging out of control, the record explodes out of the speakers with its gawky triumph and inflamed sentimentality. This is Deerhoof‘s ode to their own adolescence.
TITLE: Deerhoof vs. Evil
RELEASE DATE: January 25, 2011
TIME: 32:54 min.
01. Qui Dorm, Nome’s Sonia [03:13]
02. Behold A Marvel in the Darkness [03:29]
03. The Merry Barracks [03:31]
04. No One Asked to Dance [02:16]
05. Let’s Dance the Jet [01:37]
06. Super Duper Rescue Heads! [02:36]
07. Must Fight Current [02:54]
08. Secret Mobilization [03:04]
09. Hey I Can [02:14]
10. C’moon [02:08]
11. I Did Crimes for You [03:10]
12. Almost Everyone, Almost Always [02:42]
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