Twin Shadow is the infectious music of George Lewis Jr. We had first discovered him a little while back and have been addicted ever since. With smooth vocals that will remind of you Sebastien Grainger’s solo efforts with a style all their own and vintage futuristic licks it is really hard not to get hooked on this drug. We we’re able to catch up with George in his home town of NYC last week at a show in Manhattan. There’s really nothing like meeting your favorite new artist and they turning out to be one the coolest cats around with a live show that brings the ruckus. There’s an electrifying energy that surrounds Twin Shadow that really makes you realize there is a difference between someone who just plays music and an artist. Before this week if you we’re across the country there was no way to get your hands on the record but rejoice, your time is here. Get the whole new record ‘Forget‘ off the website www.twinshadow.net for only $1! Act now o children of light because this is a limited time deal. They’re on tour now to support the new album and if you know whats good for you, you’ll check out the myspace to get the low down on tour dates. You can also keep up with Twin Shadow on http://twitter.com/thetwinshadow
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is a bad ass blues-country band out of Indiana. They made an appearance on warp tour this year and really made an impression on a lot of people. Even if your not into country the slide guitar and bluesy style of this song, clap your hands, will get you.
Twin Shadow is one of our favorite new artist. It’s one of the most original vintage futuristic styles around. We’ll be catching up with him next week in Brooklyn so stay tuned for that video. This song, At My Heels, will grow on you and get stuck in you head like good brain cancer (the kind that gives you super powers).
Ghostland Observatory is some gnarly ass electro rock. It just gives you this groove when you listen to it that is unstopably cool. They made their debut on one of my favorite old shows Late Night with Conan O’Brien. This song, Silver City, is a pretty old release of theirs but is so damn good I had to put it on this mixtape. Be sure to check out this album delete.delete.i.eat.meat and their newest album Robotique Majestique.
Kid Sister I chose this song Pro Nails (Rusko Remix) ft. Kanye West, for a couple of reasons. First off cuz I have a little bit of a crush on Kid Sister and the original song has one gem of a beat. Secondly I chose to show you the dubstep remix to talk a bit about this style of music if you aren’t familiar. Dubstep for the most part is classified by electro dance music with reverberant drum patterns, overwhelming bass, and clipped vocal lines. It seems to be popping up all over the place including the new MIA album. Keep your ear up and you’ll see it’s spreading all over the place like an std in a nudist colony.
Scissor Sisters has been around for a little while now with hits all over the place that you would recognize if you herd them. This song, Any Which Way, is their new single and reminds me of reincarnated Bee Gees in the awesomest of ways. Their on a would wide tour right now so make sure you catch them while you still can. Put this song on and get down.
Life in Antarctica is a great new instrumental post-rock band out of Philadelphia. We caught them in a packed dive bar in York, PA and were able to get a quickie of a video of their song Neptunian on an iphone. We’ll be doing a full story and HD live shoot with them in early September so stay tuned for that. For now you can catch them tonight ( Aug 12th ) at The M Room in Philadelphia with The Poison Arrows $8 / 21+. If you can’t make it to the show you can keep up with them at myspace.com/lifeinantarctica . Lastly, below is the recorded version of the song from the video above.
(if you don’t know who Daniel Johnston is click here)
So I’ve been a Daniel Johnston fan for while now. Got some of the original tapes and all that good stuff but was under the false impression that he was for the most part unkown and was kind of a little secret of mine (I have a thing for insane artists and serial killers). Then last year Urban Outfitters came out with the original shirt that he gave to Kurt Cobain that hes wearing in that famous picture. Pretty sweet if you knew what was up but also a little weird if you knew whats up. Then I see him live with The Swell Season and a choir of children singing Life in Vain. At this point it seems like he’s making a big push towards a major comeback. THEN I see this
Well holy crap, he’s even got a game now. It is only $.99 with a lite version for free. It’s 33 levels filled with his art and music. Pretty rad even if you have no idea who Daniel is. The iphone app does make me kind of uneasy though, its almost like if I saw the Vango ear slicer 3000 video game. But shit, the money vampires have been sucking on his story for sometime now, even going as far as creating a theatrical play/musical. O well, everyones gotta make a buck I guess, I just hope that he’s seeing some of the cash and he’s not being taken advantage of.
Satellite Music is a hip hop trifecta of Chris Kyte, Steve Harner and Joey Rudas combining influences from baltimore, philly and chicago. We’ve been following their progress from the beginning, from the raw beats to finding Chris Kyte to now where they’re wrapping up recording their debut album. They were able to score some studio time recently and invited us to a vocal tracking sesh. Steve let us in on how some of the sounds were produced while Chris would lay down the nastiness and keep us laughing. The beats speak for themselves and Kyte’s lyrical style is versatile and creative. Tracks haven’t gone through mastering yet and the crew is still working on all that web crap in starting up a group but you can keep track of them on twitter.com/satellitexmusic and they were nice enough to pass us this track Strike A Match (demo un mastered version of course) which you hear a snipit of in the video. The rest of the album is ganna be a wild mother fucker so keep your radar on and we’ll be letting you know when that hits.
Pretty diverse playlist this time, let us know what you think.
Best Coast is a LA based lo-fi grunge surf rock duo. This song, When I’m With You, is off their new album Crazy for You that got some major attention from being streamed for free on urban outfitters before it was released. It is the quintessential chill summer album and another step forward in the lo-fi movement.
M.I.A.‘s new album /\/\/\Y/\ is fucking bonkers. It’s a little more dark artsy and a little weird but in the best of ways. It’s so stylistically diverse that its hard to put it into words, but I’m going to anyway, sri lankan-lofi-bitcrunch-grungetechno-popsurfcore-hiphop. Derek Miller from Sleigh Bells did some production on the album who you might remember from the band Poison the Well back in the day (I know, the guitarist from Poison the Well and M.I.A., I had a what the fuck… awesome moment too). I remember hearing that she was quitting music after she had her baby so I kinda stopped following her, then she straight pulled a Jay Z and came back, and what do you know Jay Z has a remix of XXXO on the album. This song Steppin Up was the first song I herd off the new album and soon as it got to the little bridge part at 2:49 I was sold.
Weatherbox is a band led by ex-Mister Valentine and My American Heart member Brian Warren. This song Trippin’ the Life Fantastic isn’t off their latest release The Cosmic Drama but rather the 2007 release American Art. It’s just such a good song and the opening guitar riff will hook you for sure.
Pierce the Veil has a new record, Selfish Machines, that just dropped last month and it’s a monster. This song Besitos is pretty brilliant. The album is produced super well and some of the vocal lines are almost like MJ came back to life. I remember awhile back wearing a Pierce the Veil shirt outside of my friend’s thrash show smokeing a cig, minding my own business, when this fat stupid fuck in a Fish tshirt looked over at me and said “pierce the veil… really man?” I just want to take this opportunity to say fuck you to that fat grotesque fish masturbating anal clamp of a fat greasy fuck, and I don’t even have a problem with fish but they suck just like you.
Old Man’s Child is a bad ass black metal band from Norwegian. “Old Man’s Child” stands for “Son of the Devil”, or “Child of Satan”. It’s the brain child of former Requiem member and current Dimmu Borgir member Galder. This song Slaves of the World is off their latest release of the same name.
We caught up with The Dangerous Summer back stage on the opening night of the reach for the sun tour and made them answer our questions by threatening their lives with a box cutter, just kidding, seriously. Their living the dream; headlining tour, record contract, debut album, live album and all the pressure and perks that comes with it. We talked about they’re perspective from when they started as a band till now and how it’s changed with new goals to reach and more work to do. They’ve worked hard to get to this point but I guess it helps to have a great sound and an album that will get stuck on your mp3 player. There’s nothing like a band who has a good sounding album but still has the chops to bring it live. The atmosphere of the show is just something you have to get in on. So check them out on tour right now, get your tour dates here. Look for the more in depth story when our print mag hits, ya herrrrrd. O yea and if you don’t have Reach for the Sun yet click here if you do click here.
I know, I know I’m a little late on this one but I just got a chance to watch it. Heavy Metal in Baghdad is one of the best documentaries I’ve seen period. After the movie ended everyone who was watching it with me sat in silence with our mouths open for a good 10 mins. The documentary follows the only metal band in Iraq, Acrassicauda, from 2003 – 2006. Playing heavy metal in a Muslim country has always been next to impossible (for example they arn’t allowed to have long hair and head banging to them resembles the way that Jews pray, and we all know the only Jewish – Muslim friendship out there is probably Chromeo). After the fall of Saddam’s Iraq there was a brief time where real peace seemed possible but that hope, as we all know, quickly died with the rise of the bloody insurgency. The band endures through being refugees to having all their instruments blown up when their practice space is hit with a scud missile. It will completely change your thinking about the war in Iraq and really gives you a good perspective of the generation of Iraqis growing up in the thick of it. If your a musician this will especially hit you hard. Below is the trailer for the film but you can buy it here, watch it on netflix here, or watch it for FREE here.
Know how usually you see pictures of the great wars and before in black and white and seems so old and foreign? Well at least I did, until I recently found these. In the early 1900 (I’m talking like 1907) The first photo color process, autochrome, hit the scene. It’s a crazy process very similer to how you see color on the internet with the combination of 3 colors that make up the rest (RGB). They would expose these plates with fine layers of microscopic grains of potato starch that are dyed either red-orange, green or violet blue, then combined with black carbon particles which is then combined with black and white photographic emulsion. With this process in the toolbox, french-jewish capitalist Albert Kahn set out to collect a photographic record of the world. Here is part of that record. Enjoy.