Sunday, June 28, 2009

Not-So-Daily Mixtape: "ENDLESS YOU"

It's all about you, and you's all about it. It being this mix.

E/N/D/L/E/S/S_Y/O/U/

1. Dusthoney - Your Ruin (2008)
2. Seamonster - There's Something Wrong, So Clap Your Hands (2007)
3. Fleet Foxes - Your Protector (2008)
4. Lior - Burst Your Bubble (2008)
5. Final Fantasy - Your Light Is Spent (2005)
6. Destroyer - Painter In Your Pocket (2006)
7. The Dragons - Your Way Too (2007)
8. Great Lake Swimmers - Your Rocky Spine (2007)
9. Johnny West - Your Sweaty Golden Mouth (2009)
10. The Triangles - Your Heart (2005)
11. Iron & Wine - Call Your Boys (2009)
12. Phosphorescent - Can I Sleep In Your Arms? (2009) [Orig. Willie Nelson]
13. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Teach Your Children (1970)
14. Right Away, Great Captain! - Down to Your Soul (2008)

this mix is it

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Track Review: An Horse - "Company"

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YouTube is a wonderful thing. Somehow, watching clips from Skins led me to seeing a fan video for some song by a band called An Horse, the name of which naturally drives me nuts since I have some undiagnosed disorder where poor grammar makes me break out in hives and start throwing shit (alright, that was a slight exaggeration). Once I got past that, though, "Company" immediately became one of my favourite songs.

It's the kind of track that stops you in your tracks and really makes you listen. The caveat is that it sounds far too much like a Tegan & Sara tune - whom they opened for on tour, unsurprisingly - than should really be allowed. That caveat dissipates rather quickly, though, once you realize that while they may be aping Tegan & Sara's shtick, they do it oh so well. The formula is down to a tee: borderline emo lyrics, swelling guitars that aim straight for your heart, and a booming sing-along chorus that is begging to be your Facebook status.

How can I love a band so much when they sound so much like another band? Because once you get past the surface similarities, An Horse is a completely different, um, animal. Lead singer Kate Cooper has one of the most affecting voices I've heard in a while; it's rarely pitch perfect, always quivering like her lyrics are pouring out of her so powerfully that she may break down at any moment.

"You said I'm out on a ledge / Come stand with me," sings Cooper, and when she follows with, "I need the company," your heart melts, your eyes water, and you want nothing more than to be either standing out there with her or waiting on your own precipice for your love to come along and save you like she so desperately wants herself. It's absolutely breathtaking.

Go pick up one of my new favourite albums of the year, Rearrange Beds, right here.

An Horse - "Company" (Download)

Friday, June 26, 2009

Track Review: R. Kelly > Jeremih

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Fuck you, Jeremih.

So, just to recap: not only did R. Kelly go on Jeremih's truly terrible "Birthday Sex" and tear it out the park, but now he's proceeded to release a far, far superior song. I'm not saying there's some brewing feud between the two, but for some reason "Birthday Sex" infuriated me so much that ever since I've felt the need to compare the new kid on the scene with the scene's godfather, and Kells has just proven that he is still, in fact, the king.

Not only does "Number One" dominate with its aphrodisiacal monster of a slow jam beat, but as Rich over at fourfour pointed out, the hilarity of calling a song "Number One" after being charged with urinating on a minor is UNREAL. Everything R. Kelly does is accompanied with a wink and smile, which makes the track that much more wonderful. And just to top it all off, Keri Hilson provides one her best vocal performances to date.

Colour me impressed. "Number One" is what The-Dream tried to do but mostly failed on Love Vs. Money. Move over, Jeremih, you've had your fun; R. Kelly is back in town.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Just Listen: Cyané and her Baby Blue

Carlos Pesina (a.k.a. Pepepe) sent over an album by Cyané last night, a musician with whom he often collaborates with. The album, My Baby Blue, is filled with beautiful Larkin Grimm-esque guitar and vocal progression. With songs in both Spanish and English, I think the one that stands out most to me is "I Am". A gradually climbing guitar melody, haunting lyrics and vocal layering all bring out a wonderful emotion for me. Carlos has a favourite as well, he mentions that "Burbuja" stands out to him. With a very natural feeling of joy surrounding this track, it's hard not to like it. Cyané really knows how to tell a story with her music, there is something almost wounded about it all. This album makes me adore the Mexican music scene even more. Check below for three tracks from My Baby Blue and visit her MySpace for more music.

Cyané - "I Am" (download)

Cyané - "Burbuja" (download)
Cyané - "Aves, Volar Asi" (download)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Video Of The Week: Aquaparque - "Fantasma"

Video of the week this week is for the track, "Fantasma" by Portugal's Aquaparque. Definitely check it out, it's easy to get into the groove and feel of this song. Check it out to the right or right here over at Vimeo.

Aquaparque - "Fantasma"

by Catarina Lopes

Friday, June 19, 2009

Billboard Thursday Sidenote

I heard "I Gotta Feeling" twice at work today. The first time, I realized that listening to it on repeat for the review is what put me in such a bad mood all afternoon. The second time, I thought, "Hey, Bob Sinclair has a new song?" and then realized that it was in fact "I Gotta Feeling".

Case closed, this is the worst song ever.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Billboard Thursday: The Black Eyed Peas - "I Gotta Feeling"

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What an awful, awful song.

Alright, I get what BEP is going for here. They're trying to create a carefree summer jam that high school kids will drink to during their illegal basement parties. I get it. Hell, I bet you this will play at every club across the country and people will sing out loud and they'll dance and they'll smile at each other with a look of, "This really is a good night." And you know what, maybe I shouldn't be mad at that. Maybe I should just accept that "I Gotta Feeling" is going to make people happy and nostalgic.

But I can't, not when the song in question is this calculated. The chorus of, "I gotta feeling / That tonight's gonna be a good night," is so robotic, so void of actual enthusiasm, that I can't help but think will.i.am doesn't give a shit and just knew that this would be a hit regardless of how much effort he put into it.

It's at this point in the review that I start questioning the validity of even trying to critique a Black Eyed Peas song in the first place. This is, after all, the same group that released "Where Is The Love". And while "My Humps" turned out to be a minimalist cult monster (in the best sense of the adjective), I can't think back to one other track they've released where it's possible to pull out any kind of substance or motive. BEP is a hit machine ("Boom Boom Pow" is still number one on the charts since I wrote about it so long a go), and I just can't figure out why. My best guess is that they are one of the most unoffensive pop groups in recent memory (again, excluding "My Humps") but they masquerade as modern rule-breakers on the cutting edge, which gives them a broader appeal among the kiddie crowd.

"I Gotta Feeling" is going to be popular for a long, long time, so strap yourselves in and get ready for a long summer of hearing this everywhere you go. You know that song they play at the club that signals it's about time to go home, a mantle formerly held by whichever tune Bob Sinclair had released most recently? This is what "I Gotta Feeling" represents for me. I've never been so happy to live in a small town without any clubs around.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Track Review: A lazer blast right to my ear.

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I wrote off Major Lazer pretty early. In case you haven't heard, Major Lazer is the project undertaken by Diplo and Switch which relies heavily on reggae and dancehall influences. It also centers around a fictional main character who, from what I can tell by listening to the album, shoots things with his gun-arm and gets bitches in the process. Or something to that effect. Call me a video game nerd, but I think I've seen this character before.

Regardless, after hearing "Hold The Line" I came away unimpressed. But then I heard "When You Hear The Bassline", and my interest returned. Quickly. It's a dancehall banger, producing images of big booty-ed women winding up and down like they've never winded before. It's hard, it's fast, it's rough, and - like the rest of Guns Don't Kill People...Lazers Do - it's fucking FUN.

Oh, and it made me re-listen to "Hold The Line", which I then realized was one of the most exhilarating songs of the year. Thanks, Ms. Thing.

Check the mp3 below, and pick up the album (which dropped yesterday) here.

Major Lazer Feat. Ms Thing - "When You Hear The Bassline" (Download)

Track Review: Los Amparito Remix of What..??

Pepepe (Carlos Pesina), one of our favourite artists around here, who should already be one of yours if you read the blog quite frequently, just remixed a Panda Bear track.

Yeah, you read it right, and guess what track he remixed?

That's right. "Bros". He couldn't have picked a better track to remix nor could he have done a better job on the remix. It is so cheerful and full of celebratory energy with a nearly all-new melody and shimmering beat. Pepepe (under his Los Amparito moniker) gives us the absolute perfect balance of percussion and musical flavour, which carries Panda Bear's voice like a raft down a river. It's short and sweet, and I've been listening to it on "repeat" for quite a while now. Check out Carlos' work as Los Amparito over here, and click here to check out his Los Amparito remix of Animal Collective's "Brothersport" if you haven't already heard it. "Bros" always moved me in unexplainable ways, and Carlos Pesina has just upped the ante by making it sound fresh and new.

Aaaaahhhhh happiness.

Panda Bear - "Bros (Los Amparito - Banda Pear Remix)" (download)

Video Of The Week: Animal Collective - "In The Flowers"

This week's video is an incredibly visually-stimulating unofficial take on Animal Collective's track "In The Flowers" off of Merriweather Post Pavillion. Very colourful and captures the essence of the song quite well. Check it out right here or to the right of this post.

Animal Collective - "In The Flowers" (Unofficial Music Video)

Shot and Edited by Jeffery Cravath

Monday, June 15, 2009

Just Listen: Black Hat Brigade

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SURPRISES! Surprises keep my life interesting. The other night I pried myself away from my Mac long enough to go downstairs to print off some resumes because I hate my job. While downstairs, I decided to throw on CBC Radio 3 for a few minutes just to break the silence. And then: BAM. SURPRISE.

I'm going to keep this short and sweet: Black Hat Brigade sounds like Wolf Parade had a baby with Headlights. And not just a normal baby, this is a baby with superior genes to most other babies.

Listen to the fantastic track below. And don't get pregnant, kids.

Black Hat Brigade - "Zombie City Shake" (Download)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Track Review: Jay Reatard - "It Ain't Gonna Save Me"

A name as casually self-depreciating as Jay Reatard may be an attempt to disarm critics by giving them such a easy target for insulting wordplay that a sort of journalistic integrity forces them to dig deeper and get creative with their punnery and witticisms. Well, I’m not one of those critics; you would have to be mentally disabled to think that “It Ain’t Gonna Save Me” is a good song.

God, it’s only the second time through on repeat and I’m suffering. This song isn’t a grower, it isn’t a doer, a thinker, or anything. It’s dead. The instrumentation plays a decent power-pop song, but the vocals, especially on the chorus, kill this deal for me. Grating and harpy-like, it’s an inane chant that grows old fast. Being annoying can be tolerated when innovation is at hand, but there is nothing new here. Jay Reatard’s new album Watch Me Fall is out August 18th on Matador, who should have known better than to have had anything to do with this stinker. Masochists, heed the streaming audio and download below. Better yet, try your hand at sadism and play it for someone else. Happy listening?

Jay Reatard - "It Ain't Gonna Save Me" (download)

Not-So-Daily Mixtape: "YUMMBIENCE"

yumminess + ambient / electronic music = yummbience

Y/U/M/M/B/I/E/N/C/E/

1. Open Grave Culture - Trails That Lead to a Corner (2008)
2. Black Dice - ABA (2005)
3. Aphex Twin - We Are The Music Makers (1992)
4. Deepspace - In the Outer Reaches (2007)
5. Brian Eno & Harold Budd - Above Chiangmai (1980)
6. Inkmink - Condor's Son (2006)
7. AFX - XMD 5a (2006)
8. Stars of the Lid - Gasfarming (2001)
9. Bristle Weather - Under the Street Lamp (2009)
10. Cantaloup - My Discurse With Mr. Lloyd (2008)
11. The Twombley Spiders - A Whole Bunch of Pretty Wrapped Around a Question Mark (2008)
12. Frequent C - Broken Sun (2007)
13. Biosphere - Sphere of No-Form (1997)
14. Chihei Hatakeyama - Chair and Acoustic Guitar (2008)

Enjoy. I hope this mix takes you places.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Track Review: He can't be, and he won't be stopped.

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Cazwell holds a special place in my heart. In an odd kind of way, he's part of how YE-LID started; I was looking for a way to show his hilarious video for "I Seen Beyonce At Burger King", and while I had always wanted to start a music blog, this is what more or less pushed me over the edge.

The oft-shirtless rapper is back with an upcoming album entitled Watch My Mouth. The first single is "Get My Money Back", and what I love about it is how deeply its sound is rooted in the gay club scene Cazwell is such a big part of. The hook is killer, an electro monstrosity that is crazy addictive (20 plays in my iTunes and counting; I was sent this mp3 earlier this evening). No one's going to mistake Cazwell for Kanye with his rapping skills, but on a track like this that's so beat-heavy his flow is more than passable.

"Y'all so stupid / All I did was find this beat and loop it," he rhymes, and he's completely right. "Get My Money Back" sounds effortless, a straight up party jam that's meant for nights of dancing and debauchery. I'm sincerely hoping the rest of Watch My Mouth ends up this fun.

Cazwell - "Get My Money Back" (Download)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Billboard Thursday: Pitbull - "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)"

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I've been a fan of Pitbull for a while. His older material, which was full of club-ready tracks, stood as a reminder of how talented he was but also how under-appreciated he had become. He was spitting straight fire, and no one was really paying attention. I guess because of this, he's recently reincarnated himself as someone aiming for the Billboard charts. He rapped over Alex Gaudino's "Calabria", he did a track with Lil Jon, and now he's finally managed to break through to [near] the top with "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)".

The problem I have with this track isn't that it's not catchy, because it is. My problem is that it reeks of desperation, like a rapper who's sick of producing quality material for a small audience and has decided to produce shit for a larger audience. He's just done so much better before.

And that's...all I can really say about this. You'll dance to it at the club, you'll smile when it comes on the radio, and then the second it loses airplay you'll forget it ever existed. Congrats on your hit, Pitbull.

YE-LID News: The apocalypse has arrived.



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Just Watch: Whooooooaaa

Dear Readers,

Check out the official music video to "You Came Out" by We Have Band



whoa.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Video Of The Week: Pepepe - "Jacinto Cenobio (feat. Cyané)"

Today's video is from good ol' Carlos Pesina, (a.k.a. Pepepe) and Cyané. I absolutely cannot get enough of this track and if you still haven't gotten a chance to hear Pepepe's latest release, Roba Orgón de Plantas y Animales, please do so right here (it's available for free as a download). Anyways, this is such a colourful video, for an equally colourful track. The part when the guy is playing with his white hat, delights me. Check it out right over here, or the to the right.

Pepepe - "Jacinto Cenobio (feat. Cyané)
Video by: VJ Vananas

P.S. I know it's not Wednesday yet, but being seven minutes early never hurts : )
P.P.S. If you're brave and you're computer can handle a lot of YouTube videos, click here for some more fun with the video.
PePePe.S. Fans can catch him playing live tomorrow, June 11th, on RadioGlobal at 6:30 PM with IWU

Monday, June 8, 2009

Just Listen: KNIIFE PRRTY

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There are a few reasons I appreciate Chicago-based electro-pop duo KNIIFE PRRTY. One is that I was introduced to them through a discussion about Khia of "My Neck My Back" fame. Another is that Kylie Minogue is the artist that comes on in my iTunes when their record ends. Memo to KNIIFE PRRTY members: I suggest a "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" cover. Just sayin'.

The third is that their music is stellar. KNIIFE PRRTY's sound is icy and smooth, like that exclusive party you wanted to sneak into when you were younger but didn't because you were too intimidated. Except these songs are definitely approachable; "Change Your Mind" is like Junior Boys at their sexiest, a suave anthem to girlfriend-stealing. "Give me a minute / I'll change your mind," the chorus goes. Except my mind is already made up: KNIIFE PRRTY is pretty awesome.

KNIIFE PRRTY - "Change Your Mind" (Download)

BONUS: You didn't think I'd let you get out of here without listening to some Khia and Kylie, did you?

Khia vs. Crookers - "My Neck My Knobb (Sqzmylmns Smashup)" (Download)

Kylie Minogue vs. Ludacris - "Can't Lick You Out Of My Bed" (Download)

Show Stopper: Grizzly Bear

Last Friday's show at the Pheonix in Toronto is one that I will likely never forget. Waiting in line, I hadn't been more ready to see Grizzly Bear up on stage after seeing them open for Radiohead last year. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I knew I was ready for it. It turns out I wasn't ready enough, as Here We Go Magic walks on stage and starts swaying the crowd with the most catchiest of catchiest renditions of "Everything's Big". An opening similar to something off of Dark Side of the Moon. They've got it, you can see it in each and every member of the band. They continue and conclude their set with songs that seem to come from a handful of genres and are very "grizzlesque". "Fangela" and "Tunnelvision" are their closers and they pull them off beautifully. HWGM was one of the best opening bands I've ever seen perform, as they set up the audience for one hell of a night. The four members of Grizzly Bear come on stage and the crowd is roaring like a pack of lions. The set list, in no particular order, as again I cannot quite remember the exact order, was as follows:

Southern Point (a little bit of an extended version packed with energy)
Cheerleader (wonderfully done)
Little Brother (Electric) [they killed this one and at one point I think I melted]
Knife (beautiful as always, with a wonderful tremolo on Chris Taylor's voice)
Fix It (a completely new, and awesome, rendition of the song)
Ready, Able
On a Neck, on a Spit
Fine For Now
I Live With You (without saxophone, but who needs saxophone when you've got the lovely interwoven harmonies holding the song together so tightly)

Then as was completely unexpected, Ed Droste invites Leslie Feist onto the stage and they perform Service Bell together, I've never smiled so big. The song's over and the room is filled with the fast beating of each and everyone's heart, and they start Two Weeks. Feist provides backing vocals. I thought I was in a cloud, and they continue.

Colorado
While You Wait For The Others
Foreground

ENCORE:

He Hit Me

After the show it was clear that they hit us all, and it felt like a kiss, that's the only way to describe how wonderful this entire night was. On par with seeing Animal Collective, on par with falling in love, on par with spending an evening with some truly beautiful music and musicians.

Grizzly Bear - "Cheerleader" (download)

Not-So-Daily Mixtape: "MOVEMENT"

Ah, I hate gaps in our posts, so here's a mixtape for everyone out there.

M/O/V/E/M/E/N/T/

1. Death Cab for Cutie - Long Division (2008)
2. Why? - Pantone Cyan (2005)
3. Wolf Parade - An Animal in Your Care (2008)
4. MGMT - Pieces of What (2007)
5. Annuals - Nah Keseyi (2007)
6. Islands - We Swim (2008)
7. Stereolab - I Was A Sunny Rainphase (2006)
8. Battles - Rainbow (2007)
9. Grandaddy - The Animal World (2006)
10. Phoenix - Consolation Prizes (2006)
11. David Vandervelde - Someone Like You (2009)
12. The Moondoggies - Changing (2008)
13. Radiohead - Go To Sleep. (Little Man Being Erased.) [2003]
14. We Are Scientists - After Hours (2008)

aaaaoooooo!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Billboard Thursday: Young Money Feat. Lil Wayne, Drake, Jae Millz, Gutta, & Mack Maine - "Every Girl"

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I think this was originally Lil Weezy's track (which would make sense, since he dominates it) but Billboard says it's a Young Money song, and I'm far too tired to dispute this fact. I just read in a YouTube comment that Lil Wayne is Young Money, which is fucking with my head even more. Apparently it features a bunch of other people, but like I said, Billboard just lists it as Young Money***. Doesn't matter, it's taken about two spins for this to become one of my favourite songs of 2009. One could argue that I throw that line around too arbitrarily, but I would once again respond: tired. My exhausted brain says that this is hitting all its pleasure centres, and who am I to argue with my subconscious.

It's just so...joyous. If we look at the actual premise of the song ("I wish I could fuck every girl in the world") by itself, it sounds pretty misogynist. Put it over the rolling synths that make you feel like you're drowning in rainbow lollipops, and it sounds straight up complimentary. "We like her / And we like her too," the chorus chimes like everyone is at a summer cookout. This isn't degrading women, it's just a group of guys discussing what makes them happy. They wish they could fuck every girl in the world. They aren't discriminating whatsoever here. Every woman reading this: each member of Young Money wishes he could fuck you, but in the nicest way possible. "I would fuck with all y'all / All y'all are beautiful / I just can't pick one / So you can never say I'm choosy, ho's." See?

This track is so 2009. Saying "I wish I could fuck you" is the new generation's way of saying "you look pretty in that dress". That's probably not true, but "Every Girl" makes me feel like it is because all of these lyrics ("Open up her legs to filet mignon that pussy") are said with such a giant smile that I picture Weezy turning to Drake after this and just high-fiving merrily before frolicking through a field together. This song is entrancing.

I really don't know what else to say about "Every Girl". It makes me happy, and that's all I can ask for with mainstream music these days. There are so many great one-liners that I couldn't possibly take the time to go through all of them here (but seriously, "In about three years, holla at me Miley Cyrus," might be the funniest line I've ever heard within the context its delivered). Just take a listen, and let it improve your mood. Despite being about wanting sleep with every woman on the planet, this track somehow manages to have universal appeal. And that's incredible.

Summer jam officially found.

Young Money Feat. Lil Wayne, Drake, Jae Millz, Gutta, & Mack Maine - "Every Girl" (Download)



*** According to Wikipedia, Young Money is the record label (owned by Lil Wayne) that all the artists involved reside under. I live under a rock when it comes to record labels.

Just Listen: Frienddddd

What a discovery! UK's Friend, shines like jewels and golden coins in a long forgotten treasure chest. The kind that's covered in seaweed and weighs like a billion pounds, and you need five people to scuba dive into the ocean and help you carry it aboard your vessel. That kind of treasure chest. "Doki" sparkles and shimmers with just the right consistency of sparkling and shimmering complete with steel drums, coconuts and a tropical rush of musical flavour that blows through your thick, and sandy hair. I haven't heard something as fresh as this since High Places invaded in 2007. I highly suggest you check them out over at their official official official website, or their MySpace. Enjoy the track below, and the lovely music video for "Doki". Thanks to Carlos Pesina [a.k.a. Pepepe] for turning me towards such colourful music.

Friend - "Doki" (download)

FRIEND - DOKI from FRIEND on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Video Of The Week: DM Stith - "Pity Dance"

DM Stith brings a delightful tingle to the ear, and this video for "Pity Dance" off of their debut LP release, Heavy Ghost, does a pretty good job in its attempt to do the same for your eyes. Enjoy this week's video to the right or here.

DM Stith - "Pity Dance"

Directed by Ryan Jeffery

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Just Listen: Micachu

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I love it when music surprises me. In an era where most bands are just retreads of other bands, Micachu delivers honest-to-goodness original music. The best point of reference I can give for their debut album Jewellery is The Unicorns, solely on the facet that made both groups so enjoyable: quirkiness.

These are what I've decided are the stages of enjoying Jewellery.

1. Pique Of Interest

On first listen, it's hard to fully take in what you're hearing. There's a lot of random noise, but there's also strong hooks that come out of nowhere and grab you every once and a while. You decide to give it another listen sometime soon.

2. Denial

You've listened to it for a second time, and while you believe that it's a "fun" record, it's just not strong enough to keep in high rotation. You decide to forget about it.

3. Cravings

It's been a day or two, and suddenly you find yourself humming the tune to "Calculator" in public or tapping your foot to a silent version of "Golden Phone" while sitting in class. You go home and immediately put Jewellery on again.

4. Love

At this point, you've stopped rejecting this record and embraced it for it's ingenuity. "Lips" evolves into a fucking jam, and you begin telling everyone you know that "Vulture" will change their life.

5. Dance Parties

You've forced Micachu on every single one of your friends, and after a short while they make it through all the stages and arrive at this final and most important one. Debauchery ensues.

Jewellery is a gift from the indie gods, as refreshing as a glass of Nestea on a hot day (none of that Brisk shit). Pick it up here, grab the mp3 of my favourite song below, and check the video that I probably would recommend as vid of the week tomorrow if I wasn't so impatient.

Micachu - "Golden Phone" (Download)

YE-LID News: My Heart Melts Like Ice Cream

Upon discovering this gem, on another blog (late as usual. It's from 2004!), I knew it was my destiny to post it. Possibly my favourite song in the history of ever. As soon as I heard the woodwinds and brass, my heart started to melt, and that's no joke. I swallowed a few ice cubes to see if maybe things would cool down, but they didn't. Jens Lekman, you're music is beautiful.

Jens Lekman - "Rocky Dennis' Farewell Song to the Blind Girl" (download)

Monday, June 1, 2009

Worth A Quick Listen: Two Weeks Mixes

I'm pretty much the biggest Grizzly Bear fan in YE-LIDtown (I am). To further intensify my anticipation for the concert on Friday, I've got some sweet mixes of Two Weeks for you to check out.

Fred Falke - "Two Weeks (Radio Mix)" (Download)

The Hood Internet - "Two Weeks Of Hip-Hop (Grizzly Bear Vs. Dead Prez)" (Download)

Enjoy.

Just Listen: Put on a little make-up

This was one of those cases when a "meh" artist, turns into a "great" one over the course of a little time, and it's a shame that I didn't see it earlier. In fact, I didn't see all that much in Marching Band (Indie Rock group from Sweden) at first, but with time I've come to adore their stuff. They give us catchy pop/rock vocal melodies, beats that convince your feet to move and a heartfelt warming, soothing feel to their 2008 debut LP, Spark Large. Below is a track I quite enjoyed from Spark Large, an album I regret not listening to earlier, but am glad to have heard it now. "Make-Up Artist" starts off sounding like a piano pop ballad, but it is quickly joined by a tropical guitar riff and a unique drum beat. Their vocals are somewhat a cross between Frightened Rabbit and Kings of Convenience, this song really makes you wanna jump around. If you would like to purchase Spark Large, click here, or visit their official website.

Marching Band - "Make-Up Artist" (download)


P.S. I'd like to give a warm YE-LID welcome to the summer sun. Happy June everyone!