I’ve never been a huge Portugal. The Manfan before. I recognized they played fantastic music but for some reason, I was never actively following their work. Today completely changes that.
Evil Friends, their latest LP release, was worked on by production genius, Danger Mouse. I absolutely love the collaboration. From track to track, I was really hit by their effortless sound. This release is one to spin on and on for days, re-listening while trying to find something new in each song. I also love the diversity from tracks like “Plastic Soldiers” to the electronic side of “Modern Jesus,” it really solidifies this band’s true talent.
Stream Evil Friends below and be sure to grab your very own copy here.
Massive hooks and classic alternative sound is truly coming back and I cannot be anymore excited. Sure I love the folky minimalist stuff but driving guitars and power pop chords truly make me feel nostalgic.
Enter Australia’s Emperors, an extremely energetic four piece hailing from Perth. Making plenty of noise in their home country, the group has been recently winning over new fans with their debut LP release titled, Stay Frosty. Derived from military slang meaning “keep your cool’ or ‘stay calm and focused,” the album absolutely delivers with memorable and authoritative sound demanding your attention.
I used to play the driving song, “The Silence Between Us,” constantly years and years ago. I loved it so much that I went out and bought Bob Mould’s complete album, District Line.
Mould’s an American musician through and through. His impressive lasting power has seen him evolve in bands such as Hüsker Dü and Sugar and finally making his way to solo renditions of his past catalogue as well as fantastic new and original work. There’s something rustic and warm about his vocals that I enjoy so much.
Recently it’s been announced that Mould will be releasing a new album titled, Silver Age (via Merge), on September 4th. The first single “The Descent” is an athemic gem that’s incredibly energetic. The ten-track album is said to be a tight, cohesive piece of work reminiscent of his early Hüsker Dü days. Great news for those longtime fans, grab one of my favorite tracks of his below and be sure to listen to Mould’s preview of the upcoming album.
They’re cute, have fabulous pop melodies and that warm, lo-fi 60′s sound. Of course I dig everything abut them.
Meet the SURES, a young four-piece based out of Sydney, Australia. With their 5-track EP released back in March, they’ve sure drawn some attention even getting on the WAVVES tour last month. Being freshly inked to record label, Ivy League, keep an eye on them for a proper EP release coming soon. Until then, give Stars a thorough listen below.
This upcoming week I’m diving into a new country. What I love about focusing on a different part of the world is seeing the parallels, the contrasting lifestyles, lyrical themes, and being introduced to something fresh.
Australia at times seems worlds away from North America. With their coastal societies, neighboring Asian-Pacific countries, and mostly desert lands, I’m intrigued by a place I’ve never been. There’s plenty of culture there, and a music scene brimming with untapped talent.
Check out what the Independent Music Project has recently done, recording 100 songs in 100 hours. Anyone who’s sat long hours in a recording studio or even at their home work-space knows how challenging that feat really is. Brisbane takes an audio snapshot of history in their local pool of talent and showcases plenty of fine musicians just waiting to be heard this side of the hemisphere.
Be sure to watch the behind the scenes and explanation of the selection process below!
Remember a week or two ago when I spoke briefly about Motion City Soundtrack’sMaking Moves 7” series? Brooklyn’s A Great Big Pile of Leavesare next up with a new music coming at you July 24th. My recent obsession is in the form of their track, “We Don’t Need Our Heads,” which is light-hearted, youthful, and perfect for those sunnier days. From Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex?, be sure to listen to the rest of the album here.
Grab the download below and watch the band’s teaser video for their Making Moves debut.
Rarely do artists span across years of my life and like how I’ve mentioned Maria Taylor in the recent past, the Canadian twins Tegan and Sara have provided extended-solace to my iTunes library as well. Having listened to them since their rough demo days, these two have grown exponentially and have not once disappointed me with each album they steadily output.
On November 15th Tegan and Sara will be releasing a special CD/DVD package titled “Get Along” via Warner Brothers consisting of 3 films (States, India, and For The Most Part) as well as a live album. From experiencing their live show I know they’re a good time and deliver something fantastic and entertaining. Check the official trailer below for an intimate look into the lives of the highly-rated musicians.
The live album is a complete mix of their discography, definitely something to look forward to listening to. Here’s a few off the list, right-click and enjoy.