Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Fitz and the Tantrums

If it is a party you seek, Fitz and the Tantrums will bring it. The feel good motown vibes this LA group delivers will surely have you tapping your toe in no time. The band's debut Songs for a Break Up: Vol 1 was released last year and rumors are spreading that it will be properly re-released on a yet to be named label later this spring.

The below player has a number of singles and videos. Also, check them out as part of the Natural History Museum's First Friday series April 2nd.

Get yo groove on.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio

4AD let loose a proper single from the forthcoming National album High Violet. I'm sure you know how I feel about it.

Just listen below. You can also visit the site dedicated to the album HERE for a proper download.

May is going to be a monumental month for music.

The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Spring Equimix

I've put together an audible taste of spring, comprised of tracks from the best of SXSW. In the meantime, it's beautiful out there folks...enjoy it!

Real Estate - Beach Comber
Foreign Born - Early Warnings
Harlem - Friendly Ghost
Beach Fossils - Daydream
Avi Buffalo - What's In It For?
Surfer Blood - Floating Vibes
Local Natives - Camera Talk
Casiokids - Grnt Lys I Alle Ledd
The Drums - Best Friend
Fitz and the Tantrums - Breaking the Chains of Love
Best Coast - This is Real
Broken Social Scene - Forced to Love
Dum Dum Girls - Jail La La
Broken Bells - Vaporize
Phantogram - When I'm Small
The Very Best - Ambling Alp (Yeasayer overdub)

Broken Social Scene digital single

Broken Social Scene have provided another glimpse into their upcoming May 4th release, Forgiveness Rock Record.

The band of epic proportions played a couple shows in Austin as part of the annual SXSW music conference. I was lucky enough to see their headlining set at Stubb's (brief Pitchfork set review here); and I must say, start counting down the days to this release. It is certainly something to look forward to.

New tracks Forced to Love and All to All were released as part of a digital single that can be purchased today via iTunes and their website.

Stream the jams below.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

At the Levi's Fader Fort: SXSW

I'd be remiss, if I didn't take the opportunity to stop by the blogger's lounge at the Fader Fort and give a quick update. Thus far, SXSW is everything I could have ever imagined it to be. We are having a great time and experiencing quite a lot.

Bands you must see and/or listen to immediately:

Fitz and the Tantrums

Best Coast

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

SXSW Playlist Finale

Spreadsheets with schedules are printed, sunblock and sunglasses are packed, morning run has been had in hopes of preventing (not likely) the 5 pound bbq belly and the liver has had a few days of rest. That can mean one thing; SXSW starts tomorrow.

Hope to see you there and enjoy the rest of your week!


The Cave Singers - Summer Light
The Wooden Birds - False Alarm
She & Him - Thieves
The Morning Benders - Promises
Harlem - Gay Human Bones
Voxhaul Broadcast - Fact or Fiction
Fool's Gold - Surprise Hotel
Band of Horses - The Great Salt Lake

Monday, March 15, 2010

Heaters Mixtape

The fine dudes in Heaters have posted a free download/stream of their excellent new mixtape Piso Mijado. Get your springtime swerve on.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sunday Morning Soundtrack: SXSW Edition

Three days 'til SXSW... In the meantime, enjoy these tunes and most importantly have a great day.

Real Estate - Beach Comber
Local Natives - Wide Eyes
Spoon - The Mystery Zone
Toro Y Moi - Talamak
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Young Adult Friction
Bear in Heaven - Lovesick Teenagers
Memory Tapes - Bicycle

Friday, March 12, 2010

SXSW Playlist Part 1

Next week thousands of bands, musicians, industry folk and fans of good times, descend upon Austin, TX for the annual SXSW Music Conference. I for one, will be in attendance and couldn't be more excited; however, the sheer enormity of the event lends to a bit of an overwhelming feeling when trying to weigh the plethora of musical options that lay ahead.

No worries though, as it's a good problem to have. Here is a little taste of what's to come.


Sleigh Bells - Ring Ring
Washed Out - Feel It All Around
Miike Snow - Cult Logic
Broken Social Scene - World Sick
The xx - VCR
Surfer Blood - Floating Vibes
Neon Indian - Deadbeat Summer

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The National debut new song on Jimmy Fallon

The National graced us with their presence last night on Fallon and with it came a sneak peak into their new album High Violet. The Brooklyn band played lead track Terrible Love, which crashes and closes with a bang (like all National songs should). The highly anticipated album drops May 11th and this little taste leaves me more excited than ever. Check out the website created for the album and watch a couple clips featuring them in the studio.

Also they have two Los Angeles dates at the Wiltern (5/21,5/22) this spring.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010


A big thank you is in order to my good buddy Chris for the beautiful work done here on this ol' blog. Chris wears a daytime hat as a designer at Seattle agency, Creature. However, after hours, you may know him as one half of the equation that is Heaters.

Heaters currently have no appearances on the schedule... but if you see the above guy around, give him a high-five.

Also, if you haven't watched this video of kids singing a Phoenix song, please do; it will make you smile.



Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sunday Morning Soundtrack

I hope you have a wonderful day. RIP Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse.

Sparklehorse - Getting It Wrong
Beach Fossils - Daydream
Born Ruffians - Sole Brother
Plants & Animals - Tom Cruz
Ryan Bingham - The Weary Kind (bring home that Oscar!)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Odds and Ends

Tonight, Saratoga Springs, NY buzz duo Phantogram play Bordello Bar in downtown LA. I won't be in attendance, so if you happen to go, would love to hear what you think. I'm hoping to check them out in a couple weeks at SXSW; want to see what all this hype is about. Their Barsuk debut album Eyelid Moves is out now. Stream the single below.

Speaking of SXSW, NPR Music compiled a 100 song playlist of artists you need to check out that are playing the annual music conference. Whether you plan on attending or not, it's definitely worth a listen. Love those guys.


Phantogram - When I'm Small

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Stream Big Echo by The Morning Benders

Fader Magazine has provided a free stream of the Morning Benders excellent new album Big Echo.

Check them out at the Troubadour March 25th.