Archive | April, 2012

wonderful

30 Apr

Today’s Indie: Wonderful / My Morning Jacket

‘with the sun on my shoulders / and the wind on my back’

It is spring, and love is in the airwaves. I went to my  dear friends Kirsten and Jon’s wedding on Saturday night, and the whole experience had me overflowing with mushy gushiness long after the I Dos and garter toss and Sunday’s residual vino hangover. This MMJ song has a similar effect, breathing life into my sleepy Monday afternoon. Wonderful. #indie/tory

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only takes

30 Apr

Today’s Untz: Only Takes / Viceroy & WhiteNoize

‘it only takes a minute girl… to fall in love’

Another great weekend in the books. Tanlines crushed it this past Friday in SF  and we had great weather all weekend. The only thing missing was this summertime unicorn disco masterpiece released today by Viceroy.  This time around it’s an original track that’s been produced with WhiteNoize.

WhiteNoize consists of DJ and production team Chris Harnett and David Carvalho who make “electronic boogie music.” Seems like a natural fit with Viceroy, especially since all of them are based here in San Francisco. Not only does this town attract world class talent, but it also has it as well.

I’ll be on the lookout for WhiteNoize from now on as I already plan to catch Viceroy the next chance I have. This track is available now on Traxsource and available on Itunes, Beatport, etc. May 7th. #untz/tom

herbstrong

27 Apr

Today’s Untz: Cocaine (Eric Clapton Re Cut) / Lance Herbstrong

I first came across Lance Herbstrong when they were playing a festival called Holidaze down in the Mexican Riviera alongside The Disco Biscuits, STS9, and Umphrey’s Mcgee. They’ve got a really fun thing going it seems…. really cool mashups and edits, but not your typical cheese ball mashups.

A perfect song for a sunny Friday going into a fun night ahead . I’m checking out Tanlines tonight here in SF and I’m excited to see what they bring. Now back to Lance Herbstrong and what they have to say:

“Trusted Friends!

In honor of leap year, we can finally serve you Meth for Breakfast. After just a few listens you will lose your teeth. But fear not, gum jobs are back in favor, and your ears will forever thank you.

Love and Music. Spread it around. Download now at www.lanceherbstrong.com

-Kamal, Bill, and Pete aka Lance Herbstrong

PS – Don’t forget to send us your bank account info, as a rich uncle in Nigeria contacted us on your behalf and wants to send you money.” #untz/tom

unplugged

27 Apr

Today’s Indie: Never Let Me Go / Florence + the Machine [MTV Unplugged, 2012]

Hearing an old song stripped down can quietly breathe new life into it. I look forward to Neil Young’s acoustic-only Bridge School Benefit concert every year in part for the opportunity to hear such a variety of artists from an entirely new angle, from Arcade Fire to the Billy Idol to Nine Inch Nails. MTV has kept a shred its integrity by alloting a slice of airtime between Jersey Shore and 16 and Pregnant to continue the tradition of its Unplugged series, and they just released a great piece with Florence + The Machine. The whole thing is worth savoring. While I love the theatrics in the original versions of these songs, there are so many subtitles to catch in this performance. That voice, that voice.

Oh – and if you haven’t seen the crying baby get cheered up by Florence’s Dog Days on YouTube yet, you are welcome. Happy Friday folks. #indie/tory

stars

25 Apr

Today’s Untz: Stars (Punks Jump Up Remix) / Rebeka

The Polish duet between a charismatic vocalist, Iwona Skwarek, and a compelling producer, Bartosz Szczesny, make up Rebeka. This gifted twosome of an emerging generation is not to be limited to any musical boundaries. “The laser versus the axe,” they say of their music, “it won’t be disco, rather resounding brass and diamonds.” Discotexas, a powerhouse of a label from Lisbon, Portugal, released their track “Stars” on the 20th.

“Stars” was mixed by Mirror People, who also did a club mix. The original, also great, can be downloaded for free here. Punks Jump Up delivered two remixes and Discotexas made an accoustic version! My favorite of them all is the one featured here today, followed closely by Mirror People. Check it out and enjoy. #untz/tom

slow and steady

25 Apr

Today’s Indie: Slow and Steady / Of Monsters and Men

‘I spend my nights dancing with my own shadow / and it holds me and it never lets me go’

Icelandic sextet Of Monsters and Men caught my attention with their foot stomping jamboree of a single, Little Thoughts, but have cemented their appeal with this slow burner of a song that settles right into the bones. Slow and Steady echos that the all too relatable feeling of a moment in life when things are moving so quickly around you, but you feel stuck in slow motion. Singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir has a beautiful birdlike voice with an edge, like Charity of The Head and the Heart, and I love the drum accompaniment and final ‘wooo-ooo’s’ that carry out the end the song.

I found this gem via 365 Days of Music… mad props to their ambition, I have a hard enough time posting three days a week. #indie/tory

sweater weather

23 Apr

Today’s Indie: Sweater Weather / The Neighbourhood

’cause it’s too cold for you here right now / so let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater’

With easy rhythms and rhymes and loads of Cali swagger, it was no surprise to discover up and comers The Neighbourhood sprouted up from LA. There has been some serious internet buzzing around this young fivesome since they got airtime on Radio 1, with echos of “the next Foster the People” ripe in air, but time will tell. Right now I just want  to settle into their nostalgic surfer-y rock (new genre?) sound and ride the wave. #indie/tory