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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!
I could be talking about the hilarious video and cover of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” Robotanists recently did for Gorillacoustic.com since it’s Halloween and all, but I really have to pay tribute to one of their clips I’ve been meaning to share with every one for quite some time.
Right around the time I started Wild Tonic (almost a year ago, actually!), I posted a cover of Robotanists’ cover of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind.” It’s not what you think and if you don’t already know that by now, then I just got sad about all the gorgeousness you’ve been missing out on. The hip hop anthem for NYC had been beautifully turned around into an ode to the City of Angels – something softer and more intimate just by keeping the melody but changing the words.
It’s gorgeous listen; lead vocalist Sarah does such a wonderful job of putting an elegant veil over the melody with her velvet-smooth voice and the mixing for the track is amazing. It’s a perfect translation for a place that is less hectic than The Big Apple. When you’re watching the waves crash on the beach or just walking down the streets of Silverlake, there’s a lot of time to relax and think about some things – because you can in such an environment.
The official video for their take on the song portrays exactly what I’m talking about. Watch it after the jump and grab my one of my favorite Robotanists songs, “Wait A Minute Here” below!
Chicago-based band, YAWN, has a very deceiving band name. These four guys who remind me a bit of a combination of Animal Collective and Local Natives bring us sounds that would do the opposite of whatever causes one to doze off. Although I’m not really a fan of labeling a group with the prefix, “Avant-,” I suppose these guys do a pretty good job at creating “avant-pop.”
If you listen to their EP or watch their video for “Kind of Guy,” you’ll notice the thick slab of psychedelia which heavily coats their music but unlike other psychedelic bands that bring you down into a hazy state of mind, YAWN’s music doesn’t unleash a mind-numbing wave but rather a series of tingling pin points. Their compositions of tribal rhythms and strong harmonies may remind you of a few of their influences (possibly two I’ve already mentioned), but it’s still all refreshing enough for me to stay intrigued.
Grab their track, “Kind of Guy” (and watch the trippy video for it as well) along with their song “Toys” below!
So, October has been an extremely light month in regards to posts. In fact, I’ve been so busy with covering shows for BeatCrave during October that you guys were lucky enough to get a mixtape and show calendar during the beginning of the month! Once again, I apologize and I plan on making it all up to you (for those of you who still care enough to come back) by posting music – new and old. I’m not one to think of other music blogs I admire as competitors by posting the newest stuff the fastest. As I’ve said before, if I’m still digging the music, I’ll still post it.
First up? Warpaint.
Gleefully clap or groan of exasperation. Once you go past the fact that these ladies are drop dead gorgeous, it’s not abnormal to get one of these reactions every time one mentions this band. There’s no doubt that they have been quite the hyped up band during the last two months, but I remember hearing them for the first time a couple of years ago when they were only three girls in the band. Josh Klinghoffer hadn’t left for Red Hot Chilli Peppers yet but Shannyn Sossaman was no longer in the group. This was also around the time they released their EP, Exquisite Corpse, (via Manimal Vinyl).
A lot of things have changed since then. Stella Mozgawa (from Australian band Andy Clockwise) has joined them as their official drummer making them a powerful all-female quartet again. Their sound has also dropped a bit of the drone elements which is what drew me to their experimental sound in the first place. Songs such as “Elephants” have been incredibly sped up with Stella’s drive, and tunes like “Undertow” – which is considerably lighter and brighter than any of their older songs (for example, “Billie Holiday”) – have shown up on their full-length The Fool (via Rough Trade).
The album was released in October much like this video for “Undertow” was. If you haven’t seen the warm, breezy, clip directed by bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg’s very own sister (Shannyn Sossamon), check it out below and grab the mp3 as well.
Oh, and as for gleefully clapping or groaning of exasperation in regards to this band? I have always been a fan and will continue to be a fan even though I do miss that dissonant yet charming quality of theirs from the earlier days. Also, for those of you who saw them play with The xx? I would take Warpaint over The xx any day. Hands down.
The new album from Land of Talk is a very courageous effort on Elizabeth Powell’s part. After suffering from a polyp on her vocal chord right around the time she finished touring with Broken Social Scene, her most important instrument wasn’t available for use. She had to wait quite a long time until she could record again but it sounds like the waiting allowed her creative juices to flow in a slightly new way. Since the vocals weren’t there for her to hear in an organic matter, the melodies in her head had to stay there just a tad longer until she could strum them on the guitar or plunk them on the piano.
The album, Cloak and Cipher, continues the signature sound of Land of Talk but there are a few elements in there that get a special treatment this time around. When I say special treatment, I’m talking about elements that were always there on the past records but elements that were also not in the spotlight. On this release, there is a strong, obvious pop rock foundation and this pairing becomes an incredible force. “The Hate I Won’t Commit” is a head-banger and tracks such as “Blangee Blee” stretch her songwriting arches a little more.
Back in July, Powell and her band debuted a new song when they were featured in La Blogotheque’s Take Away Show. “Quarry Hymns” pointed everyone in the right direction to serve as a preview of the album’s sound and there is now an official video for the track. You can check it out below and also grab my favorite song off of Cloak and Cipher, “Blangee Blee.”
I try to avoid talking about the looks of band members but sometimes it’s just so annoying how musicians (especially male musicians) can be so good looking. It’s such a distraction when I’m trying to solely focus on the music! In this case, I just can’t refrain from gushing about how adorable the band members of The Morning Benders are. I honestly want to pinch all of their cheeks like the aunt who sends every kid running away.
Now that I got that shameless confession over with, I also want to point out that I’m still loving their latest album, Big Echo. I find it funny to hear that some think that this sophomore effort slumps because it does nothing but put a spotlight on their strengths when I am listening to it. This, folks, is one of the may ways indie pop rock is supposed to sound: Smart, charming and beyond enjoyable.
They’ve just released a video for their single, “All Day All Light,” and it suits the song pretty well: Hand claps in all the right places, close ups on their adorable little faces (okay, now I’m really done), and some seasonal changes on set. You can check it out below.
However, before you check the video out, make sure you take a listen to their cover of Paul McCartney’s “Ram On.” Covering a Macca song is always a scary thing if you can’t do it right but, The Morning Benders nail it on their rendition. You can find it on Chris Chu’s Echomix2. It’s also a gorgeous listen and something you can’t afford to miss out on.
As you may already know, I’m a huge fan of New Jersey’s Julian Lynch. If you haven’t listened or purchased his latest album, Mare, I highly recommend doing so right away. At core, Lynch is a pop artist but a fact that must be known is that he’s somewhat the ultimate genius of the underground pop scene right now. There’s not anyone quite like him who is willing to dedicate the time one should be spending on minute details. (He also does all this while he’s earning his PHD in Ethnomusicology.) Just when you’re ready to slap the dream pop label on him, all these foreign elements jump out making each one of his songs a gorgeous collage and a joy to experience.
So, it makes sense that his latest music video matches the same surreal sound. In the clip for “A Day at the Racetrack,” the song is paired up with some brumous and psychedelic footage Ezra Ewen collected and compiled from over 40 years. The clip is collectively shot by Ezra’s father, Ezra’s cousin, and Ezra himself.
Check it out below and grab an mp3 of “Rancher,” one of my favorites off of Lynch’s Orange You Glad album.