Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Moss Of Aura - Still Parade

I've been sitting on this Moss Of Aura post for a while due to troubles uploading the songs. I'm glad I had those troubles though because it gave me time to deepen my appreciation of just how good these songs really are. For some reason when I thought of how to describe MOA's music I keep wanting to use Berlin as a reference point. Remember that 'Top Gun' song? Even if it wasn't your thing, those deep synths had a way of getting under your skin. It almost felt too dark of a song for 'Top Gun'. MOA combines a deep synth sound with tinges of balearic. It's very direct, yet somehow nuanced at the same time. All in all, it's just really mesmerizing stuff and a perfect transition out of summer and into fall.

Moss Of Aura - Everyday

Moss Of Aura - Tidal

Phoenix Discusses Lisztomania

Phoenix discusses one of the best albums in recent memory.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Gold Panda presents Lucky Shiner

Gold Panda has released some of my favourite music (originals and remixes) over the past year and a half, and I'm pretty damn excited about this debut album of his. I have streamed the whole thing a number of times and I'm happy to see the dude has hit one out of the park. Some of these artists that come out and release a few killer singles make me nervous when it comes time for the (drum-roll-please....scratch that: ominous-timpani roll please) dreaded debut album. GP had a palette I was worried would be a little limiting when it came to trying to sustain listener interest for 40 or 60 minutes. However, here he has expanded that palette into a few different directions, some obvious, some not-so-obvious, that have made this a great listening experience. Really, this could be one of the best albums of the year and I'm happy to see a guy who showed so much promise deliver the goods. I'd hit repeat on this one a few times.

Pick it up on Vinyl/CD/MP3 from Ghostly International here.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sleep Over - Outer Limits

One of my favourite songs of the year gets an unofficial video.

Outerlimits from MEGABEATS on Vimeo.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Holy Other - We Over

Next up for Transparent.

WE OVER from HOLY OTHER on Vimeo.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Andrew Hargreaves - Confusion in Consequence

Andrew Hargreaves just released his solo album for his own Lacies imprint last week and I have yet to receive it (it's making it's way across oceans as we speak, I presume). However, this song today is featured on that release (in some form), and well this has to be one of the best songs I've heard all year. Also featured on the song is Danny Norbury who released a spectacular album on Lacies himself last year. Confusion of Consequence is one of those songs it's hard to ignore. It's almost confrontational in it's beauty and absolutely demands an emotional response from the listener. The world of electronic music seems to have a knack for producing these sorts of songs - but they are still few and far between.

Order 'Defragment' via Boomkat here.

Museum of Bella Artes - Watch the Glow

Museum Of Bella Artes released one of my favourite songs of 2009 with their cover of Who Do You Love? and now they have Watch the Glow, a totally infectious pop gem. This is a pretty different sound from that first release, drawing far more from a somewhat balearic palette. But considering this is only their second song ever (!) to get a proper release it adds a new layer to a band that shows it has more tricks up it's sleeve that some may have guessed. This is one to put on repeat. Seriously hooky stuff.

Pre-order Watch the Glow backed with Who Do You Love? (released via the awesome transparent records!) here for the Oct 18 street date.

Museum Of Bellas Artes - Watch The Glow by TransparentRecs

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Tokimonsta vs. Blue Daisy

One of my favourite musical renegades of the past year has been a busy man of late. Blue Daisy dropped this collaboration with Tokimonsta back in August for Team Acre and then dropped his new 2x12" for Black Acre earlier this month. This track comes from the Tokimonsta record and it features Daisy dropping his usual deep beats combined with low end digital haze to create the sonic boom that is the bass. Really, this guy is one of the best out there right now. He sort of fits with the whole dubstep thing in some ways but is a little to the left of that whole scene. But then again that may be what makes him outlast his peers in the long run.

Houses -- Soak It Up

Houses' song Endless Spring was one of the musical highlights of my summer and they are finally gearing up to release their debut via Lefse on Oct. 12. Soak It Up is another sun-soaked gem that begs you to let it soak into your pores. More importantly it serves as further indication that Houses may have a killer album ready to drop on the world.

Pre-order 'All Night' on CD/LP via Lefse here.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Zola Jesus -- Sea Talk..proper

Here is the OFFICIAL music video.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Snailhouse -- Salvation Army (in four)

Snailhouse have a new 'name your price' EP out via Bandcamp. Mike Feuerstack, the singer-songwriter for Snailhouse, is perhaps my favourite Canadian singer-songwriter. He's released a number of great albums/EPs as Snailhouse, as well as two of the most important albums I can think of with his band The Wooden Stars (Mardi Gras and The Moon). For some of you this may serve as an introduction to the man's work (he also plays in Belle Orchestre!) and I can't suggest enough that you look further ...much further into this guy's back-catalogue. This material from the EP is really strong and this is just his odds n' sods. Seriously: fans of Bon Iver/Iron & Wine/Sufjan Stevens/ Owen take note.

Get the Monumental Moments EP via Snailhouse's Bandcamp.

<a href="">Salvation Army (in four) by snailhouse</a>

And here's the original version:

Monday, September 6, 2010

Mathemagic-- Breaststroke

These guys are creepin' up...

Order their split 7" from Atelier Ciseaux

Mathemagic - Breaststroke from EyeBodega on Vimeo.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Altar Eagle -- Spy Movie

Awesome things about Altar Eagle:

1) It is a project by Brad Rose, who runs the amazing Digitalis label
2) It was released on the AMAZING (seriously, one of the best labels on the go right now) Type Records.
3) The Music. Find out for yourself below.

Get the album here via Boomkat.

ALTAR EAGLE "Spy Movie" from Digitalis Industries on Vimeo.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Zola Jesus -- Sea Talk

Somewhere between Joy Division's Atmosphere and Siouxsie,