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free birds and stars

11 Sep

Today’s Indie: Birds and Stars / Elephant Revival 

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‘loving you it runs so deep / on the surface here I sleep’

Elephant Revival released their third full length album on the third, and it has been devoured for hours on end, my week aflush of strings and washboard strummings and harmonies for days. The Colorado quintet captivated me at High Sierra Music Festival two summers ago amidst the mountains and summer breeze, only to give an equally stirring rendition of their americana folk within the hushed and darkened walls of The Independent last year.  These Changing Skies’ first track is my favorite, overflowing with yearning ridden harmonies, a subtle clap back beat, and lyrics that spill out like poetry:

in the backdrop of the night / I melt into the starry light
the moon pushes and pulls the tides / tempts the soul to stay alive
once again for you I fall / underneath a million stars
how can you ever have enough / oh this must be

#indie

Today’s Untz:  Free Your Mind / Cut Copy

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‘shine brighter than the sun’

What is better than a new Cut Copy song? A new Cut Copy song and the announcement of a Saturday night show in SF in November. Free Your Mind sounds signature Cut Copy with a toe wiggling, dare you to keep your feet on the ground, not a care in the world kind of beat to it.  The song is the title track of the Australian’s new album, out November 5th. #untz

sea of light

14 Aug

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Today’s Untz: Sea of Light / Night Drive

‘Night Drive is not a band. It’s a mission. 2 secret agents sent from the past to recalibrate the future of electro pop.

Night Drive is the type of music you would hear on a car stereo if Giorgio Moroder and Ray Bradbury were driving late at night through a buzzing metropolis. Inspired by bygone era of glamour and excess, kalioscopic neon lights, Studio 54 and Tony Wilson’s Hacienda, the band pulls influence from acts such as Brian Eno, New Order, OMD, The Drums and LCD Soundsystem to name a few. Night Drive rides a nu-wave of fast-tempoed, synth-based electronic sounds driven by rich guitar melodies and arresting vocal hooks.’

Here’s their brand new single with a free download!

Bonus Track: Sea of Light (Treasure Fingers Remix) / Night Drive

st. ides heaven

13 Aug

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Today’s Untz: St. Ides Heaven (Goldroom cover) / Elliott Smith

“Very happy to finally announce that Goldroom’s next release, the Embrace EP, will be out on Sept 9th! To celebrate, I’ve recorded a cover of one of my favorite artists, Elliott Smith. Its a free download if you just follow the link. To coincide with the EP release, we’ll be going on a two month LIVE tour of North America with the full band! Check our tour dates tab for more information about that.

I tried my best to do a beautiful song justice with this cover. Elliott Smith was one of our greatest songwriters, and thats something thats lacking at times in dance music. If nothing else, I just wanted to bring him into my world a little bit and look at the song from a different angle. I really hope you like it, and if you do, please share it with someone else. Cheers.” – Josh aka Goldroom

outside lands roundup

9 Aug

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In standard Outside Lands fashion the festival is going to kick off to a blistering high of 57 degrees in Golden Gate Park today. Layers, layers, layers. Here is  a roundup of some of the  weekend’s best to warm up with before we head into fog.

Landfill / Daughter 

‘will this is torturous electricity  / between both of us and this is / dangerous, ’cause I want you so much / but I hate your guts’

Open / Rhye

‘I’m a fool for that shake in your thighs / I’m a fool for that sound in your sighs’

Slow Show / The National 

‘you know I dreamed about you / for 29 years before I saw you / you know I dreamed about you / I missed you for, for 29 years’

1904 / Tallest Man on Earth

‘and now something with the dirt is just different / since they shook the earth in 1904’

Late Night / Foals

‘they said I swam the sea that ran around / they said I once was lost but now I’m truly found’

#indie / tory

call me in the afternoon

7 Aug

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Today’s Indie: Call Me in the Afternoon / Half Moon Run

‘I really wanna make you feel home’

Every so often a song comes along that you just can’t shake. I woke up this morning to the chorus of Call Me in the Afternoon streaming on repeat in my brain, so decided it is about time I share it. The track is from promising Montreal based newcomers, Half Moon Run, who recently released their first full length album, Dark Eyes, stateside last month via Glassnotes Records.

The Canadian quartet have it all in this track – from Devon Portielje’s urgent vocals to the song’s pulling pace, to that unstoppable chorus, and it instantly reminded me of Flashgun’s great Passions of a Different Kind. Half Moon Run has been getting a lot of attention over the pond with Radio One and an opening gig for Of Monsters and Men, and I hope to catch them live here soon before they blow up. #indie/tory

odd look

24 Jul

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Today’s Untz (ish): Odd Look / Kavinksy feat the Weeknd

“Odd Look ft. The Weeknd” is the new single from Kavinsky’s EP “Odd Look”. Grab the vinyl here : bit.ly/i3l9q7  Get his album “OutRun”, on iTunes : po.st/OUTRUNitunes

take back the night

23 Jul

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Today’s Untz: Take Back The Night (Pat Lok Remix) / Justin Timberlak

Vancouver-based producer/dj Pat Lok has quickly gained momentum since winning The Rapture’s “How Deep Is Your Love” remix competition for DFA Records along with fellow co-producer Cyclist. The last year has seen him bring his sound to dancefloors across the globe, making his debut in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, London, at Barcelona’s legendary Razzmatazz and completing his first Mexico tour.

To celebrate reaching 5k fans on his facebook he released this stunning remix of Justin Timberlake. Enjoy! #tom

resolution

18 Jul

Today’s Indie: Resolution / Matt Corby

From my early days I have been a sucker for sigh inducing singer song writers, perhaps to a fault, romanticizing every lyrically driven chorus and chord. Accordingly, I was taken by first line of Matt Corby’s dreamy, old soul voice and first listen of Resolution: I conjured up an image of a struggling artist pouring his heart out in half empty cafes and busy street corners, living in a basement somewhere. To my chagrin on first Google I found out that Matt is a 22 year old Australian Idol alum/heart throb with several successful EPs under his belt, although did write Resolution in a “little dingy LA apartment” he had been renting. As with people, you don’t always choose what music you love… so enjoy. #indie/tory

stand on the horizon / evil eye

18 Jul

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Today’s Indie: Stand On The Horizon :: Evil Eye / The North Sea

“Todd Terje and Bjorn Yttling of Peter, Bjorn and John are among the artists Franz Ferdinand have worked with on their new album ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’, it has been confirmed.”

Today we get a taste of what that is going to sound like via Todd Terje’s soundcloud page via two extended cuts. Off to The North Sea! #indie/tom

doubter

17 Jul

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Today’s Untz: Doubter (Hannes Fischer Remix) / Alex Barck feat. Jonatan Backelie

Here’s a super sultry remix from Hannes Fischer. His super sunny beach club take on “doubter” feat. jonatan bäckelie of alex barck’s forthcoming lp “reunion” coming on October 3rd on reunion via sonar kollektiv. enjoy!