Saturday, December 31, 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011

Joker - "Back in the days"

I'm not a huge grime fan, but Buggsy absolutely destroys this track. Jokers full length album debut out on 4AD right now.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Slo-mo disco heat! I'm very excited to hear what a full album from these guys will bring in the new year.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Mayer Hawthorne - "A Long Time"

Mayer Hawthorne takes us down memory lane with his video "A Long Time," by featuring Highland Park's Channel 68, "The New Dance Show," hosted by R.J. Watkins. "The New Dance Show" was young Mayer Hawthorne's after school favorite.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Gardens & Villa - "Black Hills"

Video for "Black Hills" by Gardens & Villa from their self titled album on Secretly Canadian.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Blood Orange - "Sutphin Boulevard"

Here is a video for Blood Orange's amazing new track Sutphin Boulevard.

It will be the first single from the forthcoming album "Coastal Grooves" to be released on Domino Records. Looking forward to this one...

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Cults - "Go Outside"

The Cults self titled debut album is becoming one of my favorite summer 2011' listens.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Tom Vek - "Aroused"

Tom Vek's Leisure Seizure is turning out to be one of the best albums of the year.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Benoit & Sergio - "Around the world"

Sick ass half time remix of Daft Punks classic "Around the world".

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Producer Max Tannone pairs Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah, with vintage African funk, high-life, and psychedelic rock music.

Tannone has been blending hiphop artists with dub music, and with other artists like Radiohead for a few years now. This is by far his best effort to date.

Some blends are more successful then others, but this is definitely the free album of the summer.

Highly recommended.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Si*Sé - "Goes On"

Amazing new video for the first single off of perennial New York favorite Si*Sé's new E.P. "Gold".

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Bag Raiders - "Not Over"

The Bag Raiders have been dropping quality singles for almost 2 years now. Here is the video for "Not Over" off of their self titled debut album. I love to see smaller electronic lables putting this kind of cash behind their artists.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Metronomy - "The Bay"

Official video to "The Bay" the new single by Metronomy. The single's official release is on July 4. Off Metronomy's acclaimed third album The English Riviera.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Vondelpark - "Camels"

Lovely mid tempo jam from Vondelpark. Perfect for zoning out on a dreamy summer night.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Memory Tapes - "Yes I Know"

Video for the first single from the forthcoming album PLAYER PIANO out July 4 in Europe.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Manchester Orchestra - "Simple Math"

Amazing new video for Manchester Orchestra's "Simple Math". Definite candidate for video of the year.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Friday, June 17, 2011

Breakbot - "Fantasy" feat. Ruckazoid

Hot nouveau disco summer jump off. Songs like this prove that MJ will never really die.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest

New trailer for the fourth coming Michael Rapaport produced documentary on A Tribe Called Quest. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Get excited.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Swedish House Mafia - "Save The World"

Summer anthem style new SHM track AND dogs saving the world. What's not to love about this video?

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Is Tropical – “The Greeks”

This exactly how kids play everyday, minus the meth lab and C4...

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Justice - "Civilization"

Official video for Justice's new song "Civilization". I know a lot of people hate these guys but this track is kind of fucking epic.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

KZA - "Le Troublant Acid"

KZA brings the perfect slo-mo disco heat for this warm spell we're having in NY right now.

Bonus points for the expertly flipped sample from this semi obscure French tune.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Hooray For Earth - "True Loves"

I wouldn't be surprised to see these guys on MTV later in the year. Massive sound / great production values for an indie band.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Coathangers - "Hurricane"

Shades of Bikini Kill in this track... Suicide Squeeze has some nice releases coming out this year. Definitely a label to watch for.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Rubblebucket – “Silly Fathers”

Rubblebucket’s eight members play trumpet, trombone, and saxophone alongside the standard bass / drums / keyboard / guitar. The (now) Brooklyn-based band love tricky arrangements, whistle solos, and disco guitar leads. The video was shot on a Super 8mm camera by director Alexis Boling. I think that the sunny band parade around Brooklyn captures the band’s vibe pretty well.

Via Stereo Gum.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

DJ CAM - "Swim"

Absolutely beautiful video from DJ CAM. This is a long way from his mad blunted jazz days...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mayer Hawthorne - "Impressions" EP

Mayer Hawthorne has released the "Impressions" EP. A free set of his favorite cover songs downloadable here. His explanations of how it all came together are below.

Via Stones Throw

1. Work To Do
This one features my live band, The County: Quentin Joseph on drums, Topher Mohr on guitar, Quincy McCrary on piano, and Joe Abrams on bass. It was recorded live in a radio station studio somewhere during our Winter 2010 US tour. The tapes recently surfaced, but nobody can remember exactly where we were. The song is originally by The Isley Brothers, and that's the only version I was familiar with until we started playing it in our live shows and people would come up to us and say "hey, loved your cover of Average White Band!".

2. Don't Turn The Lights On
My favorite track from Chromeo's latest LP. On the surface it's an electro-funk, dance floor filler, but underneath is a brilliant love ballad with lyrics that reminded me of something from Tyrone Davis. Dave1 (of Chromeo) told me the song is about a guy who falls in love with a ghost, so I wanted my version to have an eerie, ghostly feel to it. Quincy McCrary played the creepy piano solo at the end.

3. You've Got The Makings Of A Lover
Textbook Northern Soul from a little known Dallas, Texas group called The Festivals. I was digging for records in NY with my homey DJ Kurse, and the shopkeeper played the 45 in the store. Both of us immediately ran up to the counter and said "yo! what is THAT?!". The original version was recorded in the late 60s, and the mix isn't very good. I wanted a version that I could bump. Quentin Joseph played the drums and we recorded them at Sam Beaubien's studio in Detroit. That's Sam playing the trumpet as well.

4. Fantasy Girl
This song was written and composed by an amazing man from Pasadena named Steve Salazar. He was born with a heart condition and passed away at the young age of 27. Before he died he recorded one incredible album of demos in the mid-70s with a band called Shorty's Portion. Peanut Butter Wolf found a copy of the album and I loved it so much that he gave it to me (thanks Wolf!). The vinyl had a handwritten note tucked in the sleeve that was addressed to anyone who could help the band with management, a record deal, radio airplay, etc. I'd estimate there were less than 300 copies pressed. That's my Dad playing pedal steel guitar and Topher Mohr shredding the guitar solo on my version.

5. Little Person
Jon Brion is not from this planet. He penned this song for the soundtrack to Charlie Kaufman's film "Synecdoche, NY". I didn't get the film at all, but I really got the soundtrack. The original has only female vocal and piano, but I always heard a larger arrangement. Hubert Alexander played some of the piano and I did everything else.

6. Mr. Blue Sky
This one also features my band, The County, and was recorded live, in one take, in a tiny makeshift tent, at a festival in Dour, Belgium.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Lilla Sällskapet - "Genova"

New video from new Swedish outfit Lilla Sällskapet. Have I mentioned that Sweden is on fire?

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Tom Vek - "A Chore"

After a brilliant debut album followed by a 6 year absence Tom Vek is back! Vek's new album Leisure Seizure is due to be released on June 6, 2011.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Aloe Blacc - "Loving You Is Killing Me"

Another classic slice of modern soul from Aloe Blacc and the good people at Stones Throw.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


The 2008 Arthur Russell documentary Wild Combination was excellent so I was excited to hear that the director, Matt Wolf had a new film in production.

It's called Teenage and is based on the book Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1845-1945 by Jon Savage.

A blog in conjunction with the movie making process is posting images, audio, and film clips of youth culture.

When Spike Jones was working on Where the Wild Things Are, his team blogged all the source material and research as they went along. Very cool stuff.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Telekinesis - Please Ask for Help (Live on KEXP)

Telekinesis released their 2nd proper full length studio album on Merge last month. I suspect this will be their year to blow up, and they deserve it. Get familiar.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Beastie Boys - "Make Some Noise"

Earlier this month we got a preview of Fight For Your Right Revisited, Beastie Boys’ short film directed by MCA and starting pretty much everyone from FunnyOrDie. When the entire 30 min. explicit version premieres we’ll post it up. In the meantime prep yourself with the new music video (via MTV) for “Make Some Noise,” culled from the full length Fight.

Via. Stereogum

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Cool Kids - "Bundle Up"

“Bundle Up” is a music video about making music videos, complete with pretentious directors, weirdo cinematographers, and a band that thinks they’re making art when clearly they are not.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Scala & Kolacny Brothers – "Raintears"

Scala & Kolacny Brothers are responsible for the cover of Radiohead's “Creep” that soundtracked the trailer for The Social Network. This is one of their original songs.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Francis and the Lights - "For Days"

Everything about this track is so right. Think Phil Collins meets The Time. Francis and the Lights will be making their first US television appearance on The Jimmy Kimmel show tonight.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Colourmusic - "You For Leaving Me"

Colourmusic released their second full length album "My ______ Is Pink" on Memphis Industries last month. Its a great blend of slower atmospheric songs and giant growling monsters like You For Leaving Me. Recommended.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Jamie Woon - "Lady Luck"

“Lady Luck” is the first single from London singer/songwriter Jamie Woon’s debut album mirrorwriting.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Bronski Beat - "Smalltown Boy"

Jimmy Somerville and Bronski Beat performing 'Smalltown Boy' on BBC's 'Oxford Road Show, originally broadcast 9 March 1984.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Heart in Your Heartbreak

New single from a great up and coming Brooklyn indie act. Their debut full length drops today.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The New Pornographers - Moves

The best, and only great song from the Pornographers new album.

Thursday, March 24, 2011