Archive | May, 2011

about levels

11 May

There are few better ways to fall asleep than with bass still ringing in your ears, drum beats vibrating through aching feet from dancing, and the heat from a live show pulsing in your veins but somehow still allowing you to drift off into a post concert blissful coma. Thanks to last minute tickets from the lovely Lisa, I was just floored by TV on the Radio at the Independent, and am happily sinking into said slumber.

Today’s Emo: About Today / The National


‘today you were far away / and I didn’t ask you why’

A favorite from the vault, although this one was discovered much later than when it was produced. While I was listening to Maroon Five and Ashlee Simpson and busy wrapped up in soccer practice, prom dates and graduating from high school in the spring of 2004, the National was busy releasing their Cherry Tree EP and crafting this subtle masterpiece which has come back to haunt me and delight me seven years later. Seven years, wow.

I didn’t come across this song until last fall when I started hungrily losing myself in all things The National, and I didn’t fully lose myself into About Today until spring when it started to hit quite close to home. I love the strings, the simplicity, the gaps between words. Mostly I love how it explains the lingering sting of words left unsaid. #emo

Today’s Untz: Levels / Avicii

A quick change of pace. This song is appropriately called Levels, because I hear layer upon layer build onto each other like a well played Tetris game of untz. Avicii is a very Nordic looking Swede who is showing some amazing talent for a twenty one year old, tossing in vocals from Pretty Lights’ Finally Morning between his own blocks of beat laced synth. This is the the kind of music that makes me mourn that it is only Wednesday. But it makes Wednesday so much better. #untz

just go girlfriend

9 May

Things were getting anti-climatic and very chilly on the bleachers at the Giants game on Friday, so we cut out at the bottom of the 8th to beat the cab crowd only to have the Gigantes take back the game during the 9th. Luckily we made up for this by dancing our faces off at a pajama party at the Mezzanine. Some killer untz, and a reminder of why San Fran/the Mezz rocks… the pajama theme did not translate into skanky lingerie but rather fluffy bathrobes and lots of boxers, flannel and plaid. Cuddle time!

Good that I got some fun in because I spent a lot of the weekend working. The plus side of working at home is headphones get traded in for Bose. That’s the only plus side.

Today’s Emo: Girlfriend / We are Trees

‘talk to me girl / I never wanted it to end this way with you’

First came the Boyfriend EP, and now comes le Girlfriend EP from We Are Trees, a bedroom pop duo that resembles a slightly less funky Beach House with a side of Long Walks on the Beach. Dreamy vocals and teenage heartache dripping in every word. I like. #emo

Today’s Untz: Just Go / Germany Germany ft. Steffaloo


‘if you think you’re better off alone / just go’

Beautiful. Germany Germany becomes my most posted artist with today’s third appearance on TUATE. Everything I come across from Canadian Drew Harris, I adore, but I have had a really hard time classifying this one…. untzy emo, or emoy untz? Opting for untz due to the beautiful beats passing through my speakers right now, but there is definitely something simple and sad in the vocals amidst the deceivingly upbeat synth.  An age old question we have all asked ourselves at some point or another…. as Alice Deejay put it- do you think you’re better off alone? #untz

dramatic holidays

6 May

Work has been so busy that I haven’t had the time to find good music during the day or the time after work to write about it. But here is good music, and a few words.

Today’s Emo: Wolf Like Me (TV on the Radio Cover) / The Holidays


‘dream me oh dreamer / down to the floor / open my hands and let them weave on yours’

There is something sexy and mischievous about this take on a TV on the Radio classic. The original is arguably untouchable, but Aussies The Holiday give this a brave go, in part releasing the cover in tribute to TOTR’s recently deceased bassist, Gerard Smith. A solid listen that has me revisiting the original.

We’re howling forever. #emo

Today’s Untz: Too Dramatic (the Kids are Radioactive Remix) / Ra Ra Riot

’cause you’re too dramatic / I don’t understand it’

My coworker Tom is a fellow music nerd and revelry lover who also has his own blog, originally named BlogJuice. It has been nice to have someone to ping during dragging midweek afternoons about shows, tracks and fun happenings… helps keep my inner untz happy amidst the cubicle dividers and florescent lights and professional speak. While some of BlogJuice’s stuff is a bit too hardcore for my day to day, it is all pretty solid, and this Ra Ra Riot remix posted earlier in the week hits the spot.

The Syracusian indie rockers get hopped up on something radioactive and I can almost taste the weekend here. So close. Giants’ first pitch is at 7:15 tonight, and I will be there on the bleachers soaking it in, hopefully a few beers deep. #untz

hawaiian desert

4 May

“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.” – Hunter S. Thompson.

Today’s Emo: Desert / Other Lives

‘all of your city lights / turn your brightest days into sleepless nights’

You know you are in for a treat within the first thirty seconds of this song when the drums kick in and you find yourself whisked away on a country western ending, riding into the sunset amidst cactus and rolling tumbleweeds and rolling vocals, booming drums, a silky female backdrop, and sweet strings. Desert is this week’s favorite musical discovery made knee deep in a sleepy Tuesday morning quagmire of excel spreadsheets.

The track is off Other Lives new album, Tamer Animals, and these Oklahomans have me smitten. I haven’t been excited about any new releases for the past several weeks, and work has been epically intense so this is especially gratefully received. You can almost hear the horse hooves. More cowbell please. #emo

Today’s Untz: Hawaii (Niva remix) / Blackbird Blackbird

Do happy song names make you predisposed to find happiness in a song?  I think it is no coincidence Hawaii makes me think summer breeze, white sand, and sleepy cat naps on the beach. I have had a hard time getting into San Fran’s Blackbird Blackbird, but this sunkissed remix of their work by Swedish DJ Christian Niva is having me give my neighbors another listen. Hazy waves of chill surfer beats, 75 degree weather, is it the weekend yet? Please? #untz

2 hearts club

2 May

This weekend I celebrated the coming of May with the smell of sun kissed skin, 70 degree weather, mimosas, and Dolores Park. In return, earned some stellar tan lines and the inability to rally myself off the couch Saturday night to make it out, instead slipping into a late spring eleven hour slumber.

Then I rinsed and repeated in Fort Mason on Sunday.

Time to reboot, to watch Giants games, to play outside, to catch the dozens of amazing concerts passing through SF, and to pretend that summer is as cool as it was when we were young and had 3 months to do absolutely whatever we wanted between school years. I should have been a teacher.

Today’s Emo: Always Like This / Bombay Bicycle Club


‘oh she can wait for what I can give’

I love that the internet is filled with nooks and crannies holding amazing music of years past just waiting to be discovered and listened to as new. Bombay Bicycle Club is a British band that has been around for some time now but has just come across my path and I am really feeling them. Crisp vocals, fun rounds and toe tapping rhythm– they have a slightly more mellow and less polished Two Door Cinema Club sound. The quad is at work with the producer of Animal Collective and the mixer of Arcade Fire to release a new album come September. This time I will catch it the first time around. #emo

Today’s Emo: 2 Hearts / Digitalism

‘a touch too much, too soon / got cast away with you / got cast away with you’

German duo Digitalism delivers a track laced with happy, peppy beats and a depressing tale of unrequited love. Love the 80’s vibe, the slightly jarring sound, and the darker premise embedded in the untz.

This is the first I have heard of Digitalism, but they are about to release their sophomore album amazingly titled I Love You Dude. Euro bromance! #untz