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We may have been blessed with Glasser in 2010 but I have another one-woman show to look forward to in 2011. Denmark pop sensation, Oh Land aka Nanna Fabricius, has been getting fans of sparkling electro-pop beats all a twitter (literally if we are talking in a social media context) with her self-titled EP last year. However, sometime soon in early 2011 we’ll finally be seeing a full-length. She’s got the inviting vocals which beautifully flow around those drum-machine beats and in between the synth-melodies. Every element she has melded together in a true pop sense does nothing but enhance those catchy hooks she writes.
Most people are familiar with her song, “Son of a Gun,” but in case you haven’t noticed by now she’s also easy on the eyes. Using her skills as a fashionista and intoxicating stage performer, she’s been known to captivate crowds with her moves and grooves enough for us to dig deeper into her catalog of artistry. For instance, I now know the dreamy yet futuristic video for “Son Of A Gun” easily rivals the innovation of Lady Gaga and Robyn combined.
There is a new remix of her track, ‘White Nights,” done by Twin Shadow which you should check out along with the previously mentioned video. However, that’s not it. I’ve got more treats for you after the jump including a Yusek remix of “Son of a Gun” as well as an acoustic version of the song.
MNDR (aka Amanda Warner + the help of Peter Wade) arrived on my radar far too late. I started hearing about her during the summer of 2010 but the sassy, inventive, electropop artist has been making her rounds of approval for quite some time before that. You may now know her as the vocalist on Mark Ronson & The Business Intl‘s “Bang Bang Bang,” (one of the most infectious tunes on that album) but MNDR is a name that has become synonymous with “crowd pleaser” in regards to her own live shows.
Although her signature look with those large glasses may leave you skeptical about another hipster fashionista, take a listen to those beats (she’s a gearhead who knows her production) and especially her vocals. I don’t know about you, but I find them very reminiscent to Santigold’s bright tone. She’s got style and creativity in all the right areas to become an even more successful electropop star than she already is.
Proof? MNDR recently announced that she will be headlining some shows over in London and to celebrate this milestone, she has offered a new mix of her track, “Caligula,” for free. You can get it from her site in exchange for your e-mail address or you can stream it after the jump. Thanks to the rad Sheena Beaston for spotting this one. You can also grab her track “I Go Away” and check the video out for “Bang Bang Bang” if you haven’t already done so.
The Starvations may have called it quits back in 2005 but singer-songwriter Gabe Hart has been keeping busy since then. Not only is he in the wild and local group Dante Vs. Zombies, but he is also fronting a 10-person band who has just put out a full-length album. Five years may seem like a long time when you’re looking ahead but if you’re one like Hart who has kept his heels dug deep in the music scene, it can come by pretty quick and an album (along with a couple of videos) can serve much more than a nice pick me up.
Jail Weddings is a lot to take in and although much of it can seem theatrical, oddly enough, none of it is pretentious. Slamming garage rock into doo wop music is a small niche but Hart and company manage to make it come off very casual and easy. Live, they’re a band who doesn’t mind dressing up or going crazy with each other on stage. On record, there is a collection full of wonderfully melodic tantrums and explosive heart on the sleeve, booze-induced tales. With that many people, how could it not become one big party?
The new album, Love Is Lawless – an appropriate title for their style that rocks with abandon – is now available. I highly suggest picking it up because there are definitely tracks that croon honesty in ways one wouldn’t expect. Along with the release of their album, they also released a brand new video (directed by Nick Corirossi) for the song, “What Did You Do With My Gun?” Does the title foreshadow the plot a bit? Yes, but it’s a fun watch.
Check it out below and also grab their track, “I Thought You Were Someone I Knew.”
This summer, I was one of the many people obsessed with Tame Impala‘s album, Innerspeaker. These baby-faced Australian boys definitely put out one of the best albums of 2010 and then a couple of months ago they put out a music video like this for their song, “Lucidity.” The camera they let loose into the stratosphere perfectly match the exponential wilderness in the track and that’s all I have to say.
Just watch the video for yourself. There are also behind the scenes provided afterward. Also, if you haven’t heard their cover of Midnight Juggernauts’ “Vital Signs” yet, you can grab that below.
I have to admit that it was a little odd to see The Vaselines open up for Superchunk last month. Although I love me some Superchunk and all the greatness they have brought to the indie music realm, Frances McKee and Eugene Kelly hold some classic enchantment over Laura Ballance, Mac McCaughan and their band for me. It was a comeback year for both bands and Superchunk put on a fantastic show (two encores!) but I was elated to finally see The Vaselines after their extremely long hiatus.
I about died when they played “Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam” and “Molly’s Lips” and even though McKee’s banter was rather PG rated when it came to her crazy stories told in that adorable Scottish accent, hearing the new album live was great as well. There will always be something entertaining about older musicians making an hour-long set of indie pop as dirty as possible.
If you were unaware of the fact that “Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam” served as a parody for the children’s hymnal, “I’ll Be A Sunbeam” then you may not like their video for “Sex With An Ex” which is sacrilegious in numerous ways… It’s fun in the wrong kind of way. At their age, The Vaselines are still on top of their game. Check the video out below and grab the mp3!
Besides “The Great Estates,” “Hannah” has always been my favorite Freelance Whales song. After seeing them numerous times this year (I think they were at two festivals I covered for BeatCrave this year), this band still affects me in a heartwarming kind of way. Maybe it’s because their vocals remind me of Avi. Perhaps it’s their electronic elements which make me pine for The Postal Service days. (I still think Freelance Whales are a musical lovechild of those two bands even though no one seems to agree with me!)
Whatever it is, I still enjoy their album to this day and even though they released the video for “Hannah” back in September, I’m going to share it on here right… now. When you repeatedly run into the same bands at the same places for big festivities, it’s kind of hard not to nod or smile at each other as you pass each other. My photographer randomly once asked lead vocalist, Judah Dadone, what the song was about and all the info we got back in May was something about a little girl in his apartment complex. Since I figured the song would become a single of theirs at one point or another, I began to think about how they would do this video.
Now, we all know. Well, what the video came to be like, at least. Directed by Issac Ravishankara and Ariel Danziger (with the latter having also directed Passion Pit‘s “The Reeling”), the video stays pretty close to the lyrics and we see a girl and eventually the boy, too, with some oddly deformed faces. Check it out below if you haven’t seen it yet and take a listen to their latest single, “Enzymes” (released via Green Label Sound) below.
Ever since I saw Young The Giant open for The Futureheads, I’ve had their album on repeat – in the car, at work, on my iPod… this is just a great young and talented group of guys. I’m still shocked that I had never seen them play around Los Angeles before this show considering the fact that they’re from Orange County. Formerly calling themselves The Jakes, Young The Giant is still keeping busy and I’m just glad that I was finally able to take in a bit of their live action.
Their self-titled debut album is full of songs that bounce off the walls in regards to indie rock. There is an obvious So-Cal tint to their tunes but it’s those sunshine-filled pop melodies that really help them out. They may have gotten Joe Chiccarell (White Stripes, The Shins, My Morning Jacket) to help them produce the record but what I have been holding on to as a fan is the chemistry I felt among the band members on stage that night.
Lead vocalist, Sameer Gadhia, is the epitome of every rock and roll frontman. He’s got the looks, the swagger, but most of all – he’s got the talent. However, even with a strong leader such as Gadhia, the group doesn’t back him up like little minions. They all somewhat geek out together (I love it when bass players just smile on stage during the entire set), and the live flow of their songs are flawless.
One of their more energetic songs is definitely “My Body,” but “I Got” really showcases those butter-smooth vocals from Gadhia. Check out the mp3 and take a look at a live performance of “I Got” below!