A couple of weeks back we had our launch party for Philly creative organization, Collaborate Philly. I had an awesome time inside the mausoleum-turned art/venue space meeting tons of artists from all over the spectrum.
One woman I met, Diane Roka, told me about how she sketches the artists she sees live. Of course this immediately sounded like an amazing concept to me and I asked her to email me some of her work. Over the course of this week I will be featuring her drawings on the site along with some music from the artists themselves.
First up, Warpaint, the all-female quartet who create churning psychedelic guitar lines and post-punk percussion all while layering haunting vocals over top. Roka caught the group back in December and was inspired to recreate it on paper.
Listen to their most recent album, The Fool, while taking a look at Roka’s work below.
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It’s Real – Real Estate Solid sunny, surf-rock. Like that alliteration? Listen to the first single off their second full length, Days, due out in late September.
Fall feat. Megan Washington – Lanu The beginning of this song reminds me of Greg Laswell…maybe it’s the piano? Anyways, that’s the voice of Megan Washington over producer, Lanu’s easy, classic sound.
Coming Down – Dum Dum Girls I’ll be the first to admit that I was never really into this band whenever I’d see their tracks floating around other blogs and sites. Their sound and my ears just didn’t match at the time, until now. “Coming Down” is a tragic-sounding slow burner. The guitar fuzz works well with singer Dee Dee’s strong, raw voice. I want to play this loud all throughout my apartment while I pack, of course on loop.
Comcast has been giving me and my ground-floor apartment the absolute shaft over the past week. Everytime I try to update you loyal listeners, my fucking wireless signal gets in the way. And, how many cups of coffee can I really buy per week to hock some internet in return, ya feel?
Anywho, this is a solid jam through and through, coming at you from the year 2008 (whoa!).
Jenny Owen Youngs just recently dropped something extra solid. One more song for me to annoy the fuck out of my neighbors by playing loud on a consistent loop.
Sorry but not sorry. This is a fantastic song.
I first fell in love with her music back when I heard the song, “Fuck was I,” off of 2005′s Batten The Hatches for obvious reasons. And every now and then, I see her pop up on blogs here and there or random playlists of mine.
“Great Big Plans” was released June 28th keeping the listeners happy while she’s working on her next album. Head on over to bandcamp to purchase the song before July 12th (it’s only a dollar..). I surely did because you get a 10% off store code AND get entered to “win a bundle of swag.” Swag? Yeah, that’s why I dig this girl.
So take a minute (or four..) and listen to this song, it’s kind of defiant with lyrics stating, “I’ve got plans. I’ve got big, big plans.” The talented Mr. Greg Laswell lends a hand in production (Check out his latest album, Take A Bow) and you can catch his distinct voice floating in the background behind Jenny’s toward the end of the song.
The main impulse for writing today’s post was solely because of MNDR and that damn solid voice.
The slow electronica of “I Go Away” has a searing quality about it, tearing its way through to my eardrums. Amanda Warner, those wonderful female vocals you hear, has got some serious lyrical craft (originally starting her career off as a songwriter). Now, backed with Peter Wade, this duo stays busy either collaborating with Mark Ronson and the likes or lending their sound on various remixes.
“Bang Bang Bang” reminds me a bit of Passion Pit remixes, synth-pop to the core and extremely uptempo. I love the strain in Warner’s voice during the chorus in “Cut Me Out.” Let’s get real, just download.
She’s like, a way cooler Gem Sweater (did I really just make that comparison..).
King of Diamonds – Motopony I really am enjoying Daniel Blue’s folky voice. The piano, the bells, everything blends wonderfully..take a listen to this Seattle outfit.
That Day – Lali Puna Lo-fi female vocals, I dig..very chilled with a nice bass line. These German musicians are no strangers to the scene, with already 4 studio albums under the belt and countless EP’s and band members in various groups such as The Notwist and The Tied & Tickled Trio. This particular track is off their latest, Our Inventions (2010).
Look Alive – Wait. Think. Fast. I love the guitar in this one and the chorus is nice and airy. The lyrics get you to take a step back and really become aware of your surroundings, “Look alive, look alive…” They’re bilingual as well..ooOOoh.
Feeling pretty pumped this Monday morning. Not about one thing in particular, just a nice fresh week ahead of me..and perhaps too much coffee in my system already.
Here’s what’s been flowing through my speakers this morning…
Virus.exe – Joywave It’s almost comical how much I’ve been listening to this group lately. This song is good…trust me yet?
I Don’t Like It Like This – The Radio Dept. And if you read this blog enough you also know I’m all about these swedes as well. I was analyzing the lyrics this morning when I was on my run, what a downer. Fantastic song and incredible band though.