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let’s be still

9 Oct

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Today’s Indie: Gone / The Head and the Heart

‘so don’t send me no postcards telling me you miss me / ’cause I’m trying here’

The Head and the Heart is streaming their full album, Let’s Be Still, on Rolling Stone this week before its release on Tuesday and accordingly I ended yesterday evening curled up in bed with a glass of red wine, giving it that critical first listen and my full attention. I smiled, I sighed, I cringed, but overall, I am very proud of my favorite Seattle sextet, and what they have accomplished with their sophomore effort.  While the buttered up pop debacle Summertime feels like a terribly poor use of Charity’s talents, the album is a flush with heart pullers and show stoppers, including last week’s TUATI feature, Another Story.

But the most telling song of how far the band has come on the new album is surprisingly not new at all, but rather something I first heard live at Coachella in the spring of 2012, the album’s final track, Gone. The song has progressed immensely since the initial version I took in in the desert sun, coming together in a calculated and remastered manner that shows THATH’s evolution as a band. From the detail of the gentle string plucks in its initial moments to Jonathan’s restraint ladden opening vocals giving way to a perfectly harmonized crescendo and all the way through the string and piano laced break to the tremble inducing finale, the finished version of Gone is a culmination of every band member at their best. I see great days ahead.  #indie

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old love / new love

19 Sep

Today’s Indie: Old Love / New Love / Twin Shadow

‘what am I supposed to say / an old love called me yesterday / and she sounds so sweet’

Just had an “oh no, I haven’t posted in a week” moment, so here we go, briefly but with love and the catchiest of beats. Twin Shadow has released Old Love / New Love for Grand Theft Auto V’s soundtrack and while I can’t imagine jacking cars off the streets of LA to this song, I can definitely imagine busting a move or lacing up the sneakers for a spirited run. With an 80’s vibe met with a present  feel, and the relatable lyrics of a blast from the past unexpectedly turning your world upside down, I can see why the track is blowing up the interweb this week. #indie

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