Posts Tagged ‘Indie Rock’
Pleasing fans of Godspeed You Black Emperor! and Wire, alike is no small task; those bands are polar opposites in the post-rock sphere, representing the mainstream and the hardcore respectively. This longtime Scottish post-rock quintet has found devotees on both sides of the pit by joining sonic epics with a melodic sense. If you like your music vocal-less with long instrumental guitar-and-bass jams, Mogwai is offering up their latest single “San Pedro” from the forthcoming, and awesomely titled Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will released on February 15 via Sub Pop.
Jamie xx of the xx has been busy making beats lately. He announced a new single called “Far Nearer,” and is working on a complete remix of Gil Scott-Heron‘s acclaimed album I’m New Here. If you haven’t heard of any of the remixes unleashed the last couple weeks; like his take on British soul-pop siren Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep,” we got you.
Mixtapes are great; especially when your favorite Swedish duo jj makes one and offers it up for grabs. Like the title suggests, it “Kills” from the opening song “Still” featuring Weezy-inspired whispers to the piano melody from Jay-Z‘s “Empire State of Mind” sliced throughout the hip-hop, emo jam that is “New Work.”
Indie yuppies Vampire Weekend have set up their kissing booth in the middle of the dance floor and everyone’s invited to shake what their mama gave them. If Paul Simon and The Strokes (if they were an all girl band) played spin the bottle together and produced a bouncing baby band, Vampire Weekend would be rocking the preppy-rock preschoolers to sleep. Confused? That’s okay. Download a free MP3 of “Fight For This Love.”
OK Go are the kings of viral-music videos. From wearing ghillie suits in This Too Shall Pass (3 million YouTube hits, and still counting), walking on treadmills in Here it Goes Again (52 million YouTube hits), to the recent viral hit featuring a Rube Goldberg machine version for This Too Shall Pass (17 million YouTube hits) we’re wondering if the remix of “White Knuckles” from electro producer Sam Sparro will turn the original’s wild minimalism into a ripped, disco-hit music sensation!
You’ve heard “Blue Christmas” countless times, so how about spicing up with the Texas all-punk girl trio Girl In A Coma? Sassy, bluesy and gentle in all the right places, their rendition of Elvis Presley‘s holiday classic offers a lovely punk-twang to the original that sounds like it took months in the studio to perfect. We love it. Elvis would love it. And it’s free — just in time for the holiday gatherings.
Despite having the typical indie-rock hair, electro-punk styling, and disco fever slant to make things interesting, Cut Copy are churning out their own version of scummy disco framed by fluffy pop and dancefloor-friendly guitars. If you’re like me and already missing LCD Soundsystem, not to worry, 2011 will be all about Cut Copy. Download a free MP3 from their forthcoming album Zonoscope.
Raise your hand if your iPod is yearning for some new and free unconventional holiday music? The Internet has already unveiled a handful of cool new Christmas music from Coldplay called “Christmas Lights,” and recently mega retailer Target released an exclusive digital compilation featuring 13 free MP3s from the likes of Blackalicious, Bishop Allen, Crystal Antlers, Coconut Records, Jenny O to West Coast indie-pop favorites Best Coast and Wavves . And the great thing, too, is all songs are zipped and ready for download at Target’s website.
The Rick Rubin produced I And Love And You is the latest album by the Avett Brothers and their most solid and well written record. With twangy pop arrangements and heart-breaking lyrics, the Avett Brothers inspire thoughts of a traveler who is somehow both homesick and sick of being home. If there’s a future for folk influenced music, this remarkable trio will lead the way.
Brian Wright’s fresh back from his European tour, and he brought you something. No, it’s not a foreign candy bar with a name that sounds vaguely sexual when pronounced in English that he picked up in the terminal. (although, Wiener Nougats are delicious). It’s a free download of “Accordion” of his latest album House on Fire.