It’s hard to believe but it’s been over two years since HCK!’s first offering. We’ve come a long way, the growth is apparent, looking back at those first posts is a rad experience realizing just how tangible of a difference between then and now there is and how many people have helped to make this one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. This also marks the 100th post for HCK! making today’s mix all that more important for me to get right. Continue reading →
Radical Face is oneartist who’ve I’ve been following for years just waiting for all that potential I heard to come into fruition.
When I picked up Ghost back in 2007 I was instantly blown away by the opening track “Asleep On A Train” and to this day it stands as one of the most listened to songs in my itunes library as well as one of the best instrumental tracks ever created.
Here we are four years later and Ben Cooper has re-emerged on the scene with an absolute vengeance. “All Is Well (Goodbye, Goodbye)” was one of four songs released on The Bastard EP in August and then in October he finally gave us a full length with The Family Tree: The Roots, which was an album with mind blowing lyrical strength that should one day have him seen as an equal with the likes of Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes, it’s happening as we speak, one new fan at a time. I’m really going to miss when his music felt like a conversation between the two of us as it does now but I can’t keep songs like these to myself for long.
“Tanktop” is not only one of the best songs to come out this year it also one of the best crafted break-up songs of remembrance ever.
Each one of us has gone through something similar at some point in our lives, where looking back we miss all those little things that defined the comfort and perfection that was once our relationship. Still we’re here with some monumental chasm between what we were then and the strangers we are now, friends ask us how things went wrong and all we can say is “Ain’t that always how it always seems to go”
“Give Us The Wind” is the perfect friend to bring along on a road trip, just let it breath for fifty seconds and it’ll set everything in the perfect emotional direction of optimistic nostalgia that is the ideal undercurrent for any cruise. Once this song kicks in it never lets up, just holds your hand and at the same time motivates you to roll the window down and light up, this song is the soundtrack for our movie moments where the script is our lives and the lines our words being etched in ink as we speak. (Via)
“Dancer” makes me want to cry or get drunk or both. Getting to the bottom, down to the very soul of emotion, and breathing this magnetism into it that is romantically sad yet as the song progresses feels like a blanket in deepest of night with its subtle hint of calm.
I almost left this song off of the list only from having listened to it so often it feels like it’s been out for longer than a year.
Which is kind of how all of their songs come across, it’s as if they’ve been with you for a long time.
Yellow Ostrich are one of the main bands you see pop up on blogs all of the time. I’m not sure why more people aren’t stoked yet but those who listen to hundreds of bands each day, myself included, know real talent and potential when they hear it, So for now Yellow Ostrich is “our” band.
These guys define all there is to love about the unbelievable amount of incredible music coming out of Brooklyn each day. Yellow Ostrich are comfortable and at ease with themselves and play whatever they feel like really well… REALLY well.
Of all the songs on this years Best Of list this was the hardest one for me to place. Part of me believes that it’s nearly offensive not having it in the top five because of how incredible “Lucky Now” is on it’s own. On the other hand it’s Ryan Adams and this is what I count on from him in his songs so the “new” factor is kind of non-existent. I hate having to say it that way but it’s how I feel. 20 is the lowest I could possible lower it to, allowing room for songs that surprised me to rank higher, and still express how great this song is.
“Lucky Now” is Ryan Adams at his absolute best. Some people may prefer his more uptempo songs but I feel the same way about Adams as I do about Margot And The Nuclear So And Sos… when they are venting their true feelings and not trying to prove to us how talented they are things get epic. Thanks Ryan for coming back to us in such a fashion that shows us we would be missing out without you.
I found Nerves Junior over at My Old Kentucky Blog and at once knew this is a band we’ve been waiting for.
In typical Kentuckian fashion, the bands that make it out sound like they’ve spent their entire lives studying the sounds other bands have been working with, honing in on their own strengths and then appear out of nowhere with a sound that is bigger than every influence we could tag them with to describe what we’re hearing.
“Lotta talent building in Louisville, KY these days. Nerves Junior is the latest to gas up my ear tanks. Sparing us all the verbal eloquence we all often know I lack, I effing love their album’s title cut, “As Bright As Your Night Light. The song has a dark atmosphere, gorgeously blends a load of rock and electronic elements, and features hooks powerful enough to catch Moby Dick.” – My Old Kentucky Blog
There are few bands I expect the scene to embrace more than Cheerleader in 2012. They’ve got the texture, the vibe, and songs strong enough to listen to on repeat. All things Indie and all things Brooklyn, only these guys are out of Connecticut which for some reason makes Cheerleader even sexier. (Via)
17. R.E.M. – We All Go Back To Where We Belong
This song is the reason for the count being off (hence two number 26′s) I still haven’t gotten a physical copy of this track, yes I could get it through less than legal means… my very first cassette I ever asked my parents to get me was Out Of Time and ever since they’ve been the one band I always make it a point of having the album, since Part Lies Part Heart Part Garbage is a greatest hits rather than a collection of new songs I haven’t found the motivation to grab it from Indy CD and Vinyl or Luna yet.
I can’t imagine a better song for R.E.M. to go out with. I’m nearly brought to tears each time I hear it, an experience in regrets and hindsight clarity that is far from surprising from one of my all-time favorite bands.
“Vancouver’s Jonny Dylan Hughes returns with a stunning follow up to 2010′s Arms Legs Feet. We’re Going To Make It is an enigmatic effort that cantilevers hymnful vocals over a precipice of kaleidoscope electro dance pop explosions. At the best of moments, JDH’s crisp cavernous voice inhibits these arrangements like a massive hollow rubik’s cube shuttling through space at a blistering speed that is nonetheless peaceful like any massive black vacuum tends to be.” – Argue Job
“[Moon Killer] starts with a distorted synth line and soon explodes into a full-fledged dance-floor groove, complete with bouncing toms and a catchy, shout-along chorus. Retro in all the right places.” - KEXP
As far as 2011 chillwave tracks go “Moon Killer” should go down as the best song to come out of a genre growing more cluttered by the minute and even harder to define.
In the year that passed between releases this title track from Small Black‘s most recent mixtape shows how focused these guys have been on there craft. They don’t feel as forced as they did on New Chain, what I hear when listening is a band letting the songs develop on their own, each one with it’s own personality. For some bands this approach would feel empty and lacking emotion yet the adverse seems to have happened for the Brooklyn natives.
“It’s no secret that my (Cory G’s) personal taste in music leans towards the brutal, aggressive, fast paced ilk. It’s not that I don’t have a softer, gentler side, it is just that finding something laid back that is not overly (and needlessly) spacey/atmospheric or at the very least overwhelmingly somber or even downright depressing. Anyhoo it’s always nice to find some relaxing snow day jam that is comforting-yet-groovy.
The second full-length by Austin CPU-based duo Agent A & Omae was thrust upon the world earlier this year and offers a few of just this type of gem. Every once in awhile pianos and laptops apparently do make for fine company.” -SubEx
I’m just another voice in the sea of Bon Iver praise, I know this, but when I thought I had finally come to realize how amazing Justin Vernon is and how grateful we should all be to have one of the greatest songwriters of all-time creating music right before us he goes and and puts out this version of “Beth/Rest” and makes it crystal clear that he has barely even begun to show what he can create with his troubled soul. This song is the absolute, the pinnacle of greatness, emotion at its truest rawest form, sadness shaped into a mountain of understanding, this is everything, EVERYTHING, that I love from music and am thankful each and ever time I replay this song to have it in my life.(Via)
“Travis Keymer’s new solo project Teenagers surely captured my attention with his track “Sweet P” off his most recent EP Besides. It holds a beautifully crafted blend of rumbling, suspense building drums, soft doo-wopping background vocals and a bit of infectiously danceable goodness that you’ll be more than welcome to let take you over” - Antlered Pigeon
TV Ghost‘s “Doppleganger” is the ideal mix of fuzz, garage, and punk without going over the top and still sounding incredible original.
Rarely does a song catch me off guard as much as this one; In less than two and a half minutes “Doppleganger” showcases these guys out of Lafayette, Indiana’s ability to combine angsty lyrics with a seventies psychedelia that is an emotional roller coaster between tense intensity and spaced out atmospheric bliss.
Someone get Quentin Tarantino on the phone and let him know we’ve found an ideal song to feature in his next Grindhouse movie. (Via)
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There is an immense amount of music I want to share, hopefully I’ll be able to get it all out in the next week.
Did you ever watch that tv show where the girl could stop time by touching her fingers together? I thought it was mind blowing when I was like eight. If I could have one super power that would probably be it, the use I could put it to right now words can’t begin to express.
One of my favorite quotes is “sometimes you have to watch someone love something before you can love it yourself” -Donald Miller. Stevie nicks is a perfect example of this for me . I grew up watching my mom LOVE her some Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks, when I was younger I hated it, the way kids hate things their parents do, but somehow in the past few years I’ve come to really appreciate that music and am beginning to grasp the greatness I once scoffed at. The fact that not only are Futurebirds covering a great song, somehow by sticking close to the original they have found a way to bring new life to “Wild Heart” and at the same time possibly introduce this music to a whole new audience that may have been missing out.
The fact that they cover (intentionally or not I’m not sure) the way she did it from her backstage clip where she cut out the majority of verses is what gives a whole new spirit to the song that had they done the song in it’s entirety would not be there.
Certain songs just hit home and this is a perfect example.Having the days pile up one on the other, the looking back and seeing where I thought I would be at this point in my life, remembering the friends and the hope, feeling that weight and stepping back from the moment and just saying there’s still a chance, there’s still possibilities, let’s live for tonight, let’s live for a change and forget about the past, I understand this, I connect with it. Hurricane Bells definitely did this one right.
I’m sneaking this one onto this weeks mix solely as a refresher. As I’m starting to shape the “Best Of” lists I realize that this little diamond of a band has not seen the light of day on Heycoolkid!, this was a very selfish decision on my part but I can’t keep this guy a secret any longer. Teenagers is Holy Mountain/Burn Baby Burn‘s Travis Keymer and if those credentials aren’t enough hopefully this song is and if still you are not impressed I guess I’ll have to be the one to break the news to you that you are in fact an idiot.
I’m not sure if there’s much more I can do to express how impressed I am by Glowbug.The only reason I have yet to put “Funeral Song” up is because every-time it comes on I think I’m hearing Gobble Gobble (sorry Born Gold) and I didn’t want the similarity of one song’s sound to affect your overall opinion of this incredible band. “Funeral Song” is still an amazing track even if it does feel oddly familiar.
I’m not sure why there are so many overlapping songs on this weeks mix that I’ve posted recently on LBYB. I apologize usually I’m not as threaded with the other stuff I’ve written but there’s just been quite a few songs that I thought were too good to neglect Heycoolkid! by not adding them this week. “Wilderness Tips” is flat out addicting. Check out the post I did on Tuesday here.
I really hope that the upcomingPhantogram album has a fresher feel than “Don’t Move.” Supposedly this is just meant to show that they can still make music like they did on the last album and work as some sort of bridge from “Eyelid Movies” to the next album. I sure hope so, not that on it’s own “Don’t Move” isn’t a good song it’s just that it sounds like they combined “Mouthful Of Diamonds” and “When I’m Small” and added nothing else to it which makes the song obviously appealing but it’s a far cry from creative. I hope the pressure of a follow up album isn’t getting to the duo too much although I’m taking this song as a sign of that being the case.
This is ideally what I hope the new James Vincent Mcmorrow album sounds like. A little less stripped down with a nice electronic build-up. I know that everyone is completely in love with the guy but I’m not fully on board yet, I just don’t think he’s come close to his potential yet but when he does all of our minds should be blown.
So I finally bought Death Proof this past week (one of the greatest films ever made) which means outside of the Kill Bill movies I now own all of Tarantino‘s work. I forgot how insane Death Proof is, there’s something about guys who intentionally make a b-rate movie just for the love of the style. Sure there are people who don’t care for Death Proof but then again there are people who think The Rolling Stones are better than The Beatles, oh the misguided souls. Anyways if you haven’t seen Death Proof you should know out of the gate that it has quite possibly the best soundtrack of all-time and two of the sexiest actresses alive in it,Vennessa Ferlito andMary Elizabeth Winstead.
(Warning this is a very graphic Clip from Death Proof)
This is the first decent Smashing Pumpkins cover I can remember having heard, should have figured RAC would have a hand in it not to mention Liz Anjos’ (The Pragmatic) vocals are perfect and perfectly fitting as always.
I’m not sure what it is about this song but I’ve found myself really getting into it. This is a really stripped down version of what was already low key but now takes a much more laid back angle than the original.
The way the three main elements of this song; the rhythm section, vocals, and the guitar all sound like three individual entities until two minutes and forty seconds in is impressive. The drums and vocals at least have some sort of cohesiveness feeling as if they are coming from separate corners in the same warehouse but the guitar has that lonesomely intense feeling that your alone in a room listening to it being played. That’s not the only strong aspect of “Floodlight” from two-forty on the song just evolves and evolves from one vibe to another. This is art worth looking at with it’s rare craft and subtle strength.
Last week I found myself listening/watching various Tom Waits Bukowsi readings (I do this from time to time) and then yesterday I ended up in a five minute unexpected but really enjoyable conversation with one of the local barista’s about his love for Tom Waits so I felt it fitting to add what very well may be my favorite Tom Waits cover.
If you haven’t seen the “Born Into This” Documentary I HIGHLY recommend it
“Dancer” makes me want to cry or get drunk or both. Getting to the bottom, down to the very soul of emotion, and breathing this magnetism into it that is romantically sad yet as the song progresses like a blanket in deepest of night with its subtle hint of calm.
It also reminds me of Caleb McCouch who is one of the best, not to mention virtually unknown, songwriters in the country who I’m going to see play in about three hours.
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