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Slam Donahue is a pop band from Brooklyn, but with that said, you can dismiss most of your notions about what pop music is. In this case, we’re talking about undeniable, fun, contagiously danceable music that anyone would like.
“I Turn On” bounces with an infectious and organic excitement that’s reminiscent of The Black Kids, before everything went horribly wrong, and you’d be hard pressed not to make an MGMT reference on this one too (which is fine, because Slam Donahue is now on Cantora Records, the label that broke MGMT). And quite frankly, we could all use something like this right now. The track is off their upcoming EP Hemlock Tea which is out August 21.
If these guys keep making the right decisions, you’re guaranteed to be hearing a lot more from them. In the mean time, download “I Turn On” below.
Download Slam Donahue’s mixtape Big House Nice Dreams
Brooklyn folk rock revivalists The Hollows are a freewheeling collective of multi-instrumentalists. Their rootsy sound is a melange of mandolins, banjos, guitars, accordions, horns, harmonicas, and just about anything else the guys can get their hands on. “Carried Away” is a sweeping, anthemic track off of their upcoming EP that shows The Hollows at their best.
With his literate lyrics, richly toned voice, and rustic aesthetic, Clarence Bucaro has developed a singular sound that is distinctly American. On his fifth album, Walls of the World, he explores the concepts of political and personal division, and how they affect both our personal lives and the larger narrative of world events.
Bucaro was first inspired to write about this topic during a trip to Jerusalem and experienced the contrast between the old world majesty of Jerusalem and the squalor of the refugee camps in Ramallah and the West Bank. The imposing presence of the wall that separated the two sides was impossible to escape and served as a physical manifestation of the larger divisions between the two cultures.
Clarence explains. “These songs were written after having my son and my perspective changed as I saw how having a child fits into a conflicted and divided world. So the two perspectives of the album became a marriage of observing the outside world with how it ties in to my personal own world.”
“Two Men Down” is an elegant folk song written as a tribute to two conflict photojournalists – Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington – who were killed in Libya while covering the rebel uprising against Muammar Gaddafi.
If you enjoyed “Two Men Down,” check out his video for “Child of War” – another track off of Walls of the World.
Hiss Golden Messenger is an eastern seaboard collaboration between North Carolina-based songwriter M.C. Taylor and Brooklyn-based multin-instrumentalist Scott Hirsch. The two have been playing music together for almost two decades and are finally getting the proper attention they deserve with their fourth full length album, Poor Moon. For a taste of their unique alt-country sound, check out album highlight ”Westering.”
Brooklyn-based musician Kevn Kinney‘s new album a good country mile is a collaboration between longtime friends and musical cohorts he and Anton Fier (formerly of famed New York post punk band The Feelies). Made out of a mutual appreciation for good old fashioned rock n’ roll, the album – and tracks like “In the Land of Things (That Used to Be)” – are textbook examples the genre done right. Big riffs, upbeat rhythms and sing-along lyrics are the name of the game here.
Though at the moment residing in Los Angeles, Bisco Smith has been operating out of New York City for over a decade. He made a name for himself in the city’s hip-hop underground with his debut release The Basics EP (then operating under the name Bisc1) and his full length When Electric Night Falls. For his latest project, Bisco has teamed up with Brooklyn-based producer Jackson P, whose eclectic style matches Bisco Smith’s flow.
In Columbia the School of Seven Bells is a legendary pickpocking school that is said to exist hidden in the Andes mountains. The school supposedly takes its name from the final exam students face – silently pickpocketing an instructor whose clothes are adorned with seven strategically placed bells. The band School of Seven Bells achieve a similar trick with their music, cherry-picking hooks from a number of musical styles and doing it so effortlessly that you don’t even notice.
Last year, Brooklyn music collective Snark Puppy put together a singular concert event. In just three days, they converted a Brooklyn warehouse into a recording studio, then brought in 20 musicians to play six sets over the course of three nights for 40 lucky audience members. These sessions were also recorded and now comprise their new album, groundUP .
The core of the group, which remains consistent, features Grammy Award-winners Robert “Sput” Searight on drums (God’s Property, Snoop Dogg) and Shaun Martin on keys (Kirk Franklin, Erykah Badu). Led by award-winning bassist/composer Michael League, Snarky Puppy delivers raw funk and sensitive dynamics, relentless pocket and lyrical melodicism, lush harmony and soulful simplicity, and most importantly, a delicate mixture of composition and improvisation.
Brooklyn-based indsutrial rock duo Yvette are bringing energy and grit back to the New York indie scene. Their track “Erosion,” off their self titled EP is a menacing assault of heavy drums and distorted guitars. The group’s real talent, however, lies in their ability to weave great melodies into what could otherwise be a daunting musical affair.