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.