Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Watch: Still Corners - Into The Trees

The London-based four-piece just tweeted about their latest video, which I thought I'd share too. It's been ages since I saw them play, but this video for "Into The Trees" perfectly captures their scuzzed-out sound and the atmosphere they beautifully create live.

Enjoy it, and click here to find out about their upcoming American tour dates. 

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Echo Lake unveil video for "Buried At Sea"

Echo Lake - Buried at Sea from ///NO PAIN IN POP\\\ on Vimeo.

Okay, this actually happened a week ago but somehow slipped under my radar. Echo Lake have been one of my favourite dream-pop London bands for a little while now, and it's great news to hear that their debut LP will finally be hitting our ears early next year.

Enjoy this new video for "Buried At Sea", and grab a vinyl offering of theirs made as part of an exciting Marshall Teller project. Their tune is placed alongside tracks from The History Of Apple Pie, Novella and Gross Magic, and is available to order as a 7" here. Be warned: clicking on that link opens up an autoplay site so if you don't think your co-workers or dog will appreciate Gross Magic blaring out at them full-blast, turn the volume down, eh?

Song of the Day: "Egyptian Wrinkle"

BOY FRIEND - Egyptian Wrinkle by HellYes

What happens when two Texan girls have a messy break-up with their previous band, then start writing songs as the separation happens? The murky and hazed-up sounds of Boy Friend, that's what. Once of Sleep ∞ Over fame, Sarah Brown and Christa Palazzolo have broken off to craft their own project without Stefanie Franciotti and I'm loving what I've heard of it so far.

I was sent over this track a few days ago, then started exploring the rest of their past work to tighten up the background research for my Addict news post on them. So far their archives are just as strong, all about the whispery vocals and textured samples that I've been drawn to recently. Their debut album drops on Hell Yes! Records in February, so keep an eye on them if you enjoy this track. I'd be really interested to see what kind of live show they put on, so hope they're planning to pass through London soon.


Masterface "Excuse Me Girl" by Bleek Records

Masterface is the musical alias of Brooklyn's Cedar Apffel (and sometime collaborator Rory O'Connor), and is my new thing to like today. Having worked as a part of Seattle band House On A Hill for eight years, the producer broke off to do his own thing and really flexed his sonic muscle when he had the space in which to do so.

He somehow mixes crazy Panda Bear-like synth squelches with sounds as diverse as those from dub, ambient electronica and (dare I even mention it) reggae. But not in a shit way. Seriously. When I first heard his most recent single "Magic Dragging" I couldn't even begin to understand how someone had taken a concept I usually hate (white dudes playing with reggae) and turned it into something beautiful. Step one to mad props, taken.

Masterface "Magic Dragging" by Bleek Records

Then when I dug through my emails, saw that I'd already been sent "Excuse Me Girl" and found myself body-rolling in my chair at work and hitting repeat one time after the next, it was clear that I was just straight up into Masterface. So now it's up to you: go have a listen to album Freedom Tower on his Bandcamp page and if you like it, I'd really recommend buying it. It's a total steal at about £5 anyway.

The album came out on New York label Bleek Records as a digital download on the 15th of November, 2011. Have a look at the rest of their roster if these tunes pique your interest, as Apffel's currently producing label-mate Natureboy's new stuff and is probably going to make it sound awesome.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011


I'm just loving this Friendly Ghost remix of the TEETH single so much, I figured I'd share it. I would still prefer if TEETH fans bought it as part of the single package (ahem, just doing my bit here) but I can understand if you want a little sampler first.

There doesn't seem to be much known about Friendly Ghost besides the fact that they're possibly New Yorkers, a duo and capable of using both dubstep and 90s rave breakdowns in a synth-heavy track without making it sound like a total mess. Scroll to the 2-minute mark to see what I mean.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Q & A with The Juan Maclean

The Juan Maclean - Everybody Get Close by DFA Records

I spoke to John Maclean about working with LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, staying committed to Death From Above Records and why London's awesome to play in. I'd never actually listened to his stuff before, but it was still fun to chat. He's more sort of disco-housey than stuff I'd normally listen to but was a great interviewee nonetheless and clearly knows his shit.

Check it out on the Don't Panic site,

Monday, 21 November 2011

TEETH release "U R 1" today

U R 1 by moshi moshi music

The cover art has already horrified two guys at work, but here it is! Get the single on Moshi Moshi Records now. In their own words:
"U R 1" is about being raised from birth by computers and the internet, being taught everything we know by something other than a biological parent. It's a love song to the digital nannies- who raised us up into who we are and kind of playing with the idea that Artificial Intelligence might be capable of emotional attachment.

Fair enough. Enjoy their usual synthy madness.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Watch: Suuns - Red Song

Suuns "Red Song" from Topher Manilla on Vimeo.

Here's the new semi-gross-out video for "Red Song", by Suuns. There's something so comforting about the thick wall of sound most of their music builds, and this track is no different. Vocalist Ben Shemie gets his face tugged at and slow-moed all over the place before a (spoiler alert) totally horror movie ending that you should make sure children avoid.

Reviewed: Tribes at the Electric Ballroom

I went to see Tribes play in Camden ages ago to a roomful of teenagers and old people. They were shit. Here's that opinion, rather more eloquently stated, for Addict Music:

And this was the nice version, since my original might have meant the PR behind this gig never contacted me again. Had to be relatively diplomatic innit; luckily their entire roster doesn't suck as much ass as these guys.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Song of the Day: "Simple Girl (Tiger & Woods Remix)"

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - Simple Girl (Tiger & Woods Remix) by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

I ignored Dale Earnheardt Jr Jr for so long because I thought their branding meant they'd only make dry folk. It's not exactly what they do, but they're still a bit too sweet-reverbed-indie for me at the moment.

HOWEVER this remix by Tiger and Woods brings them back into the realms of awesome for me, and have thus given them Song of the Day today. That reads like a bit of a back-handed compliment but, hey, it's happening. Enjoy this synthy blissed-out reworking of their single. I'm still going through my Family backlog, and have unearthed yet another gem, so thanks Keong and Chris!

Bos Angeles

I'm a little late to the game with these guys, but am pretty glad their music landed on my desk last week. The awesome people at Family PR sent me over their upcoming single "Days Of Youth" (with B-side "Beach Slalom") and it's been making me feel all warm and fuzzy inside this afternoon.

The trio are from Boscombe (hence the adorable name), near Bournemouth and quite clearly wear their small town, teen nostalgia influences on their sleeves. You'll hear everything from Wavves and Male Bonding to The History Of Apple Pie on these two tracks so if that's your kinda thing do grab them when they're out next Monday (Nov 21st) via Roundtable Records.

The band are currently playing a few UK dates, details of which are on their Bandcamp page. They just passed through London, opening for Cults at XOYO and I'm now extra bummed I was busy that night. Still, I'm pretty excited to catch Summer Camp at Efes tomorrow so all is not lost.

Keep up with Bos Angeles news and ting via their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Salem release new video for "Better Off Alone"

And it's mostly Gisele found footage cut and pasted in a way that turns flash gun lights almost into strobes. Nice. Their version of the Alice Deejay track is amazing too; I still love this band, no matter what all the witch house haterz say.

Somehow they make seven minutes feel like about three. Here's the original for you to enjoy too.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Lizard Kisses

Lizard Kisses are Cory Siegler (on vocals) and Marc Merza (on guitar), a Brooklyn duo who sent me over some music this week and won me over. Though one of the most twee acts I've listened to in a good couple of months, something about their sparse and bare approach to song-writing totally charms me.

The band have released Tiny Island Teeth, an EP with self-designed artwork, on tape via label Cakes & Tapes and also as mp3s for those of us who don't have access to tape-players any more. Their seemingly simple melodies are layered beautifully, and they use their musical friends to great effect on the record. You can hear Sea Oleena (of Wintercoats fame), Mutual Benefit and some other New York musicians on the EP and its sister release of demos, Tooth Notes.

Lizard Kisses - Pinch from Jessica Amaya on Vimeo.

Lizard Kisses are streaming both records on Bandcamp, but also selling them on a pay-what-you-like basis. I'm pretty excited to get my hands on the EP and indulge in some late evening, quiet-times-with-tea listening throughout this week. Also, how weird is it to not listen to something brimming over with synths? I haven't done that since about June (and yesterday, when I listened to lots of the latest Kurt Vile record on a road trip).

photo by Jessica Amaya

Friday, 11 November 2011

Q & A with Pandr Eyez

Little Bit by PANDR EYEZ

Pandr Eyez are a London-based synth & vocals duo whom I interviewed for both Addict Music and Don't Panic. The Addict q & a is up and live right hurr, so check it out. They are such lovely people, and we spent a lot of time giggling about nineties r'n'b, honey badgers and drunken musical performances.

More importantly, their music is awesome.

Song of the Day: "Got A Hold"

2:54 - Got A Hold by 2:54 Band

I'm interviewing 2:54 this week and looking forward to chatting to them about their new EP (out on Monday, on Fiction). Here's their latest teaser single off the record. It's their usual hazy, alt sound with a bit of that nineties sound a la PJ Harvey but is still as good as all their previous tracks.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Reviewed: Niki And The Dove - The Drummer EP

"The Swedish duo are back with their second EP of the year, pounding our eardrums and any resistance to their charms to a pulp with ‘The Drummer’. This seven song collection boasts some of the first wholly instrumental work we’ve heard from the band, while exploring new sonic terrain for them in other ways.
Together Malin Dahlström and Gustaf Karlöf weave a series of different tales on the record but never stray too far from their electrifying pop roots".

I love this Niki & the Dove record, unsurprisingly. Read the rest of my review for Addict Music on the site:

Friendly Fires share new video for "Hurting"

And it's rather silly.

As ever Ed McFarlane is wearing a print shirt and moving his body in ridiculous ways, but it's a formula that I don't mind. This is one of my least favourite tracks from the album to be honest. Still, I think the whispered vocal refrain sort of saves it towards the end.

Props to the stylist for finding what looks like a patent version of the JS Dany shoe too; haven't seen that one yet.

Stream 'Feelings 4 U' by Dreams


Jesse Pimenta aka Dreams does not mess around. Where most people are throwing out three song EPs like there's no time in the world, this young West coast beatmaker has just put out a NINE-track EP on indie label Absent Fever. I mean dude, that's basically an album.

It's all throwback funk samples chopped over his own beats, with the sort of eighties revival sound that fans of Star Slinger and Com Truise will love. To be honest, I clicked this link by mistake when on Facebook this morning (goshdarn touch-screen laptop/tablet thing) but am pretty damn glad I did. This is a New Thing to Like in the 'old' sense that first made me start this blog: a random treat found online from unexpected browsing.

Listen to the rest of the EP on Bandcamp, and pay whatever you like for it. Happy listening.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Bye London, Hallo Berlin

I'm going to Berlin for a couple of days, and so my usual weekend posting won't be happening. If I were a better blogger I'd have loads of posts queued but I don't: I've been running the whole mag at Don't Panic again so life is teetering on the edge of manic right now.

If you know of any hotspots I should hit when I'm there, drop me a line! I'm going in a group of about twenty people, and I'll be armed with about four different cameras. Can you tell I'm excited??

In the meantime I'll leave you with this brilliant and gros video from La Shark, for their single "Magazine Cover". You can get it as a free download for a limited time only, so hop it if you like what you hear. I tried to watch this while eating a red petter & tomato soup the other day and that didn't end well. You'll see why. Bon weekend à tous, and be safe.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

FREE SHIT Part 31: The Whendays

The Whendays - 01 Untru Love II by CASCINE

Hello to another freakin great release from Cascine. The Whendays are Serge and Simon, two Swedish multi-taskers who make 80s-flavoured tunes that are heavy on the synths and easy on the ear.

If you like Com Truise, old Super 8 films and remembering how awesome the early 90s were then you're probably going to love these guys. Their four song EP drops on the 15th, and although I can't yet share it with you here, I can honestly tell you it's rad. That's come consolation, right?

Grab this freebie for the minute though.
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