"Relax," said the night man. “We are programmed to receive. You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave!"
One of my favorite “oldies” songs, I’ll always remember when I pulled out my mom’s vinyl copy for the first time. It was was then that I really realized that listening to vinyl (usually) meant listening to the album straight through. Because although I like (no. 2 hit) “Hotel California,” the other hits from the album like “New Kid in Town” (no. 1) and “Life in the Fast Lane” don’t do much for me.
I come from a childhood of tapedecks, but my personal music collection is either CDs or MP3- where you can listen to whatever song you want without listening to your least favorite from the same album. It wasn’t until that moment of wanting to reach and change the song that I realized how great (in my generation’s eyes) we have it. I do, however, love vinyl more than your average from the tape-CD-MP3 generation.
Andrew McGarrah - Waiting on the Day (John Mayer Cover)
Mix on @8tracks: "Nowhere Boy Soundtrack"
You like the blues? Original rock and roll? Here’s a boogie-rhythm with Bill Haley, Fats Domino, and more.
There’s a moment in your adoption of a band into your regular rotation when they feel like they’re yours. Your discovery: your private little lullaby from which you draw happiness, heartache, catharsis, a pep-talk or dance to start the day. You know it can’t last forever and that one day, if…
A dear, incredible friend wrote this about us:) Hopefully you are all fortunate enough to have a friend like Tom.
HOW TO DANCE PROPERLY ON GET LUCKY [new Daft Punk] (by shabadishabadu)
When a jazz classic from 1954 can be remixed, covered, and modernized, I’m all over it. You should be too. Radiation City has sounds that remind me of a nice breeze. From their Facebook page: “Your parents’ record collection spent some time on the Event Horizon, and this came out.” They list Flaming Lips, Dusty Springfield, Beach Boys and house music as some of their influence, all of which combined just make me more curious and eager to hear their creations.
Nylon Mag: "let’s just say it’s really good."
Daytrotter: "a belly-full of magnificent dynamic tension"
TIME: “charmingly evocative”
Daft Punk photographed by Sharif Hamza for Dazed and Confused, December 2010
Love the info and that you responded! And yes, Manners live was really incredible. Thanks!
Feedback, suggestions, and critique encouraged from everyone!
Icona Pop, Caroline Hjelt (L) and Aino Jawo (R)
Icona Pop - Good for You
Last night I heard the Swedish duo Icona Pop was going to be in town. It was a must-go. Over the past year, I have developed an affinity for poppy, European, electronic music, sometimes even the real trash- Velvet, Heaven, Inna, etc. So when these two popped up on the show ‘Girls’ and subsequently everywhere, including the top ten of iTunes, I was all over it.
Poo poo all you want, but these chicks are dynamite live and to me, that’s the real test of artists, especially ones who could easily hide behind a slew of electronic generated sounds. Aino Jawo has a beautiful voice, paired with her onstage mixing skills is fabulous. Caroline Hjelt brings the stage presence that top-chart songs and tweens crave, adding her decently voice to create the kind of music "which you can both laugh and cry with at the same time."
Their EP, Iconic, includes ‘I Love It,’ featuring the Brit Charli XCX, ‘Ready for the Weekend’ which has characteristics of Skrillex’s ‘Rock That Body’ and ‘Weekends’ making it a great song live to up the dub-wub but avoids the real heavy dubstep and heads to pop-house-dance instead.
‘Manners’ the weakest song on the EP; however, live they kill it with the vocals and up the bass to become a great song. 'Top Rated' and ‘Sun Goes Down’ featuring The Knocks and St. Lucia. Give ‘Good for You’ a listen and decide what you think. Maybe you’ll just decide to keep it on repeat.
King Charles - Love Lust
With this catchy, toe-tapping beat this West London born musician falls into the category of childhood musician, classically trained, turned “indie mainstream.”
I define “indie” as non-mainstream music from talented musicians, where vocals are combined with guitar, and each artist uses further accompaniment from other instruments, usually ones absent from the mainstream scene. This quickly developing genre can be hard to define; it is easily pegged as “the hipster” genre, aka people who like things that aren’t popular or not yet discovered. The areas this “genre” encompasses is vast and the boundaries, as with many genres, are quite fluid and self-determined.