It seems most video’s from bands recently include a storyline that tries to mirror the lyrical vibe of the song, adding another dimension to it. When The Black Keys tried to get a storyline to fit track, nothing quite fit. Their Plan B ended up turning into a refreshing sight. Take a small dive bar, fill it with fans, and let the raw prowess of a live Black Keys performance be the focus. This video starts out carrying a heavy sense of nostalgia provoking the hay day of rock ‘n’ roll feelings. Your lust for those days supposedly past will soon be replaced once Dan Auerboch brings out that glorious Guild Thunderbird guitar.
The Akron, Ohio fellows take this opportunity to let all rock fans know that “the glory days” is a phrase that should be repeated every single day. Having crafted out a stunning track, doing a live video is just the perfect visual treament to do all 3 minutes 30 seconds of ”Little Black Submarines” justice. You can find this song off the recently released El Camino.
The Brooklyn duo Matt and Kim caught everyone’s attention back in 2010 with their stellar third album, Sidewalks, creating a unique stadium-worthy, hip-hop influenced sound that captured an audience far beyond their own niche. On their latest single, “Now,” they continue to evolve with a positive, booming track featuring a simple, but effective, chorus that dares you not to dance. As the song hits the 3 minute mark, they create a thirty second, EDM-esque build up before an explosion of layered vocals, heavy drums and mixed instrumentation.
Matt and Kim’s fourth album, Lightning, is due out on October 2nd and, if “Now” is any indication of their progression, it has the potential to be one of the strongest projects of the year. Stream and download this blissfully noisy gem below and hit the jump to see the official lyric video and their upcoming tour dates.
I have many very fond memories of Death Cab For Cutie, discovering them during a particularly interesting period of my teenage years. In 2003, I remember going to a local record store and picking up Transatlanticism, motivated solely by its simple album cover. At first, I had difficulty grasping this thing called “indie rock” and its quirkiness, because at that time I was in the midst of slowly transitioning and moving away from a heavy background of pop-punk power chords à la New Found Glory and Midtown. After awhile though, I fell in love with that entire album (“A Lack Of Color” still gets me), eventually amassing the band’s entire discography.
The last DCFC album, Codes & Keys, just came out last year, but we know how how busy frontman Benjamin Gibbard can be (see: The Postal Service, his 2009 release with Jay Farrar, etc.), so it’s no real surprise that he’s putting out his own solo work. It’s actually about time. This new song, “Teardrop Windows,” features Gibbard in his comfort zone: a lolling, upbeat track, complete with a soft and sensitive tone. It hints a bit at DCFC’s earlier work, but the chorus’ pop polish is mostly reminiscent of the group’s recent efforts.
“Teardrop Windows” is off Benjamin Gibbard’s debut solo album, Former Lives, slated for release on October 15th via Death Cab For Cutie’s former indie label Barsuk Records. You can pre-order it here.
Two saxophones and one drummer take it upon themselves to render archaic the whole idea of needing synthesizers to round out a song. Soulfully entering the song amidst the beautiful voice laid overtop, Wenzl McGowen and Mike Wilbur wait patiently to bring your ears a brass-filled drop. Yes a drop, and that is brass-filled not bass-filled. Fiddling with your emotions until the very cusp of the drop, you will be introduced to how saxophones get down. How these two get down, you ask? Well, they have a special flavor consisting of two ingredients: a couple pints of brass and a few shots of glitch. Step 1: Mix those together. Step 2: Pick jaw up off floor. What happens in this song redefines what can be done on instruments that most people associate with Kenny G. Literally breathing new life into what was thought to be lost, this band defines the word unique. Check out the Moon Hooch‘s bandcamp page for a free download of this track.
After the hype surrounding her sensational comeback single “Ruin,” Cat Power’s first record in six years is finally dropping this Tuesday on Matador Records, and we’re already head over heels in love with it. From the sultry intro to album opener “Cherokee,” you know this is going to be something special. Sun is somewhat inspired by Chan Marshall’s split from actor Giovanni Ribisi, but it’s not all doom and gloom on this album. Despite Marshall’s introspective and often poignant lyrics, there are moments of sheer musical euphoria, such as the anthem to partying solo “3,6,9″. The title track is a dark electro belter, while “Silent Machine” has all the soul and power we know Cat Power possesses. An album worthy of all the “Best of 2012″ lists, Sun signals a much-needed return to the scene by one of music’s most innovative.
For a limited time, Sun is streaming in its entirety on NPR. Listen to “Ruin” and “Cherokee” below.
I have been a fan of The Black Keys for awhile now. With their cool but relatable demeanor, infectious garage-punk sound, and their many collaborations with top rapper/producer Danger Mouse, the duo have been on steady replay on playlist. So, when I came across this Tobacco remix to their track “I Got Mine,” I just had to take a listen. Although this remix has remained unreleased for over four years, the Black Moth Super Rainbow member leaked it on the web today for fans to rejoice in the added mix of a bass line and almost psychedelic vibe.
A few weeks back, Band of Horses released their sneak-peek single, “Knock Knock,” off their upcoming fourth album, Mirage Rock. Without any further prolonged ado, I present to you the quirky homage to retro wilderness television programs that is the “Knock Knock” music video. The perfect combination of throwback and wild, it’s entertaining and humorous to hear this fun and groovy clap-anthem set to a lecture hall VHS.
Remember. New album, Mirage Rock, comes out September 18th.