Archive | November, 2011

a different kind of moonlight

7 Nov

Hard to head back to work after a one day weekend. Music to the rescue.

Today’s Emo: Passions of a Different Kind / Flashguns

‘come on, come on / because we can do this all night long’

Some solid vocally driven rock to slip into the workweek with. Passions of a Different Kind and Flashgun’s album of the same name have been getting steady playtime all weekend, and I am getting a the Kooks meets a tad of Frightened Rabbit vibe from the UK trio. Passions stirred. #emo

Today’s Untz: You Don’t Want to Dance with Me / Monarchy ft. Britt Love (Moonlight Matters remix)

‘how do I get you to feel what I feel for you’

The original version of this song is magical but this remix is through the roof. Moonlight Matters feels like an appropriate moniker for our remix artist– there is something dark night on a backroad sounding worked into the sound. #untz

happy boy

4 Nov

Summer couldn’t last forever, but it kind of tried. Rain and a chilly wind have returned to the Bay alongside red holiday Starbucks cups, the need for under armor on now dark evening runs and the desire to cozy up indoors with blankets and too much red wine. Also loads of great album releases and shows to wait out the “winter” with.

Today’s Emo: Lonely Boy / The Black Keys

‘oh, oh oh I got a love that keeps me waiting’

If you haven’t caught The Black Key’s new single, Lonely Boy, you are in for a treat. And if you already have, you are in for a treat again. The bluesy rock duo from Ohio release their follow up album to 2010’s Brothers on December 6th, and this is the first taste of it. Lonely Boy has that ‘move your body now’ kind of draw to it like Tighten Up, with the catchiest of a chorus backed up with what sounds like a choir. If the rest of Camino sounds anything like this, it is sure to be celebrated. #emo

Today’s Untz: Happy Violence / Dada Life (extended vocal mix)

‘it’s like happy violence / forcing us tonight, it feels so right’

This extended mix of Dada Life’s Happy Violence has a the Love Shack meets Nintendo beats kind of feel to it that is driving me crazy in the best kind of way. I can’t quite pinpoint what happy violence would look like in practice– perhaps a gentler, more playful and less destructive version of Rihanna and Eminem’s Love the Way You Lie- but logistics aside, I like it. Happy Friday. #untz

knock athens

2 Nov

I saw Youth Lagoon at The Bottom of the Hill last night, and the show gave me everything I needed after the kind of work day where I thought I should go straight home to bed. Instead I got lost in a 22 year old from Idaho’s first show in San Francisco. Trevor Powers produced the kind of sound that had my fingers playing pretend instruments across my purse all night, with a force that made me think my phone was vibrating in said purse all night, and displayed a mild sense of awkwardness that made me realize I was experiencing a rare opportunity to witness someone on the cusp of greatness without having them quite realize it yet. I will be sharing more of him shortly I am sure.

Today’s Emo: DIY / Keep Shelly in Athens

When I first came across Keep Shelly in Athens on Hypem a couple months ago, I assumed Athens Georgia. However, after finding myself totally transfixed by today’s track, I did a little digging and the electro-poppers actually are from Greece. TUATE’s first Grecians, and godly ones indeed. I love the persistent piano in the background, and while Halloween is over, there is definitely something a little dark and Haunted-Housey about the beats that roll in during the build. All of this is perfectly topped off by KSIA singer Sarah’s sharp vocals, and the result is truly striking.

It is a big fall for duo, as their EP, Our Own Dream, breaks November 5th, and they embark on their first US tour throughout the month, stopping through The Indepedent on the 9th. #emo

Today’s Untz: Dancing with Avicii / Captain Cuts (The Knocks vs. Avicii)

‘we don’t care if the sun comes up / cause you know we’ll be dancing with the dj’

Nothing like two of your favorite tracks being seamlessly rolled into one to take on the mid-week blues with. My friend Alex sent me this gem in response to my “send music rex plz” gchat status plea yesterday, and I’m glad that he did because it woke me right up out of my post Halloween weekend daze. These songs are both so happiness inspiring in their own right that together they are truly infectious… you are forewarned. #untz