Archive | February, 2012

a new blog name…

3 Feb

Big change today. After a year of blogging as the untz and the emo, I have decided to lovingly retire the “emo” from the name and change it to indie. While the untz and emo sounds a lot cuter and looks a lot smoother, I often worry people get the wrong idea of being categorized as “emo” and miss the tongue-in-cheek to it all. Since I would never want the xx or The National (who I am sure are regular readers of my blog) to think I am bucketing them with Dashboard Confessional and The Get Up Kids, I feel like this is the right move. And I figure if  Michael Jordan can change his number, I can get away with a word swap.

So there you have it, my first oficial sign off from TUATI (RIP TUATE).


tanlined youth

3 Feb

Spring and summer in the Bay and beyond: Cold War Kids, Bombay Bicycle Club, Neon Indian, The Head and the Heart, Foster the People, and a little festival called Coachella. Ticket purchasing seems to come in bursts, and this week has been a doozy. But as my bank account empties, my heart fills.

Today’s Emo: Youth / Foxes

‘don’t tell me our youth is running out / it’s only just begun’

It has been a while since I have posted a strong female fueled track, and even longer since I have been totally floored by a strong female fueled track, so I was happy to discover Foxes’ Youth this week. This song led to a temporary can’t pull myself away from my headphones except for nourishment poptastic listening marathon on Wednesday afternoon at work.

With pulling lyrics, a chorus that has you singing along the second time through and a slow but steady build that surprisingly flourishes (hop to 2’42) into unexpected trampling animal beats and whistles, consider this fox trap sprung.*  Speaking of woodland creatures, our siren, 22 year old Louisa Rose Allen, has me thinking of A Fine Frenzy’s sound in Rangers, another gem of the forrest. #emo

Today’s Untz: Z / Tanlines

A little chill for a Friday, but the Brooklyn based (surprise!) indie-pop duo Tanlines has taken me straight back to the beaches of Panama with this track and its soft waves of female vocals and no worries beats. Like Pavlov’s dog my mouth is instantly watering for something frozen with a salted rim met with a soft sea breeze. And in remembrance to my own quickly fading tanlines, another epic sunset from Santa Catalina. #untz

* It took considerable self control and restraint to not scatter in more fox/animal references and puns into this post. Some have been removed for your sanity.

love mind

1 Feb

Both today’s untz and emo come via guest post from my coworker and friend. Court manages to send me dozens of songs I have already heard on a regular basis, but whenever he shares something I haven’t caught yet it typically ends up on repeat. Two such tracks below… I am especially digging the female vocals on the untz. His post comes with perfect timing as I am still too tired from traveling and my return to reality to muster up anything of significance on my own today.

Thanks C! Also… oh hai February, where did you come from?

Today’s Emo: Love Interruption / Jack White

‘I won’t let love disrupt, corrupt, or interrupt me / anymore’

I’m glad there’s a first time for everything because ladies and gentlemen, the first Jack White solo project has finally arrived.  Whether or not Blunderbuss, White’s forthcoming album due out in April, was an accidental mistake or not, the fact is that it’s finally here.  “Love Interruption” is the first single off of the album and if this track is indicative of the rest of Blunderbuss’ recordings, it’s safe to say that 2012 will be quite the auspicious year for Jack.

They say there’s a thin line between love and hate.  Jack White has walked that line a lot lately and, while he’s stated that nothing on this upcoming album reflects any individual person, it’s hard to believe that his recent divorce from Karen Elson didn’t give him a little lyrical ammunition.  Whatever the inspiration, keep it coming brotha. #emo

Today’s Untz: In My Mind / Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl ft. Georgi Kay (Axwell Remix)

‘the dreams we have / the love we share / this is what we’re waiting for’

A friend of mine from Perth first introduced me to fellow Australian singer, Georgi Kay, about a year ago.  The moment she opened her mouth, it was love at first listen.  Almost a year later and her voice still makes my knees buckle.  Add in some samples from Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend” and Coldplay’s “Clocks,” along with the genius production of Ivan Gough (the better half of the TV Rock duo) and you’ve got a tune that will put me into an untz coma.  Now that Axwell has put his sweet Swedish hands on it, I can’t keep my feet on the ground. #untz – Court