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HCK! Turns 2 … Our 100th mixtape!

28 Mar

Remember Me

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

The Sun May Rise Where We Come From But Here Is Where It Sets

22 Jan

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Remembering Is Nothing

28 May

I moved [again] last week so I’ve been without internet which is why there wasn’t any new music from Heycoolkid! these last few days… I’m about to make up for it in a big way.

If you can’t find something to love with your entire being on this week’s mix maybe I could direct you to something more your taste: Link. There’s a little bit of everything mixed in from just released to mid-nineties greatness, all genre’s are touched upon and each song I’ve been digging on a personal level for a few days now.

Also, I realize I’ve been neglecting the playlist aspect of HCK! for a few months, which is personally one of my favoritists things in the world, so in the coming weeks I’ll be making up for lost time with one hell of a Summer mixtape and a four part series I’ve been compiling for over a year now. Yesterday I asked via Facebook for suggestions to be included on said Summer Mix, if you’ve got any input head over there and make your opinion official.

I realize on a good day my writing is bordering on elementary yet I do want to point out that it is four-thirty in the morning and I’m sitting at a coffee shop (internet is still down) trying to get this up before going home and calling it a night so there may be some outrageous errors due to a lack of opportunity to proof-read and still get this up without putting it off another day. Enough of that… here’s the music to help find some comfort within the chaos, hopefully it will help us in realizing something new about ourselves.

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No One Wake Me Now, I Want To Dream Until It’s True

17 Apr

I’ve been working a lot of doubles and overtime lately, today was set to be my day off but about an hour into my first taste of sleep since Saturday night I got called in. Sure I could rant about how I’m overworked and whatever but I chose to give up my day off to jump back on the hamster wheel when I easily could have kept from answering my phone or simply said no, I didn’t so in the end it was my decision.

As I’m piecing together this weeks mix I’m sitting on the patio at Epoch Coffee it is 80 degrees with a breeze, I have  a triple latte and a Camel Light sitting in front of me,  all things considered life is good… just one more reason I’m falling in love with Austin at an alarming rate.

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Best Of The Best SXSW 2012

20 Mar

“In their eyes I would be strange and ragged and like the prophet who has walked across the land to bring the dark word the only word I had was ‘wow’.” – Kerouac

The greatest spectacle in music (I’ve heard they have movies too) has just wrapped up and for all it’s brilliance and mind blowing moments all I can say is “thank god it is over.”

I don’t think my body could have taken another day of free PBR and eating meals out of food trucks. SXSW lived up to, and surpassed, the hype and I didn’t even have a wristband. All in all I walked away from the week having spent $52 ($22 on food and tips, another $15 on cigarettes and $15 on gas). I was originally slated to have a press pass but somewhere along the line things got messed up, I thought that would be a damper but it.was.not.

The only negative I had all week was this. Most bands that I think are over-hyped end up being crammed full of REALLY “hip” people who only care about one song from one band and act like they are way too cool for everything else around them. My distaste for Pitchfork was one of the major catalyst to why I started Heycoolkid! in the first place but things have developed into a raging disgust. I hold bands accountable for the people that listen to their music, why can’t I do the same thing with websites?  If you keep up with me on Twitter you know a little more about my feelings here.

That’s it for complaints though. It was one of the better weeks of my life; from sun up to practically sun up there is incredible music, even without a plan you end up just wandering into these random places and catching absolutely incredible music. I shot a ton of photos, a few will be on this page but  if you feel like checking the rest I have them up on the heycoolkid! facebook page (everything on here is lower quality due to compression).

I’m huge on lists, I make them for everything and enjoy the process, so without too much talk and more focus on what’s important here are

The Top 10 Best Sets I Caught at SXSW 2012:

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Strangers From The Light

7 Mar

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Beach House – “Myth” - mp3

Holy Hell! How absolutely perfect is this new track from Beach House? That was rhetorical. As soon as I post this I’m pre-ordering Bloom which will come out in it’s most-likely epic entirety on may 15th.

New Beach House; check. Summer playlist; Check. Fulfilled heart; Check.

Make friends with Beach HouseWebsite | Facebook | Twitter

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Capybara – “Neighbor Crimes” - mp3

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Just good positive vibes coming from “Neighbor Crimes,” a song about remaining optimistic and looking forward to getting away from a bad place.

Capybara are definitely on my list of bands to catch at SXSW, I haven’t checked their schedule yet but hopefully there is a free show somewhere in the mix.

Make Friends with Capybara - Website | Facebook

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Caves – “Eleven Twenty” - mp3

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With Youth Lagoon like creative brilliance and a sound aligned with Nerves Junion, eighteen year old Luca Cage looks to have masses of hype going his way in 2012.

Everything about this song is worth putting on repeat from the sweet horn sounds and the funk like groove to how the vocals feel as if we are hearing them from a jukebox across a smoke thick pool hall filled of bad people with bad intentions.

It’s not much of a stretch saying there is huge potential for Caves in the future psyche of our indie music landscape. – (via)

Make friends with CavesBandcamp | Soundcloud

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Field Mouse – “You Guys Are Gonna Wake Up My Mom” -mp3

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In the midst of my newly formed obsession with The Golden Hearts I’ve found Field Mouse to share the crush with. Rachel Browne has the ideal voice to make this shoegazey dream-pop feel perfect.

Make friends with Field MouseWebsite | Facebook | Bandcamp

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Cloud Nothings – “Forget You All The Time” - mp3

So the  Cloud Nothings  show last weekend was the first since moving to Austin I had been overtly stoked for and I overslept. Getting super tired at like 2 in the afternoon, and being a lifelong fan of naps, thought it a good idea to lay down for a few minutes. Fast forward seven and a half hours and I was still sound asleep. I really want to catch Cloud Nothings in the wild sometime soon. This song is a sort of atonement for my mistake.

Forget You All The Time” was the first song that completely sold me on Dylan Baldi. It captures every aspect of the music I grew up on without sounding  contrived.

Make friends with Cloud NothingsFacebook | Tumblr

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Sun Buffalo – “Ghost Part II” - mp3

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I’m new to Sun Buffalo so not much I can tell you. There isn’t anything about them worth repeating on their facebook page or through any outlet I’ve looked to other than they are a 3 piece out of Maryland, luckily they have a few free albums to grab on bandcamp so we can both get to know them a little better through the music.

As far as electric-guitar goes this is the sound I love the most; simple yet intricate, sparse yet fitting, kind of reminds me of early The Junior Varsity but more chill.

Make friends with Sun BuffaloFacebook | Bandcamp

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Cousin Brian – “Fear Instilled” - mp3

Fear Instilled” is a prime example of everything that has been great about the resurgence of 90’s garage rock with that rad low-fi touch we have all come to appreciate.

Cousin Brian are out of Philly and still relatively unknown. It may be a few minutes before people catch on to this noise but take my word for it, there are some solid early summer must-haves coming from these guys.

Make friends with Cousin Brian - Bandcamp| Facebook

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Agent A – “The Light Shined To Space” - mp3

Agent A caught my attention last year with his work with Omae which were some of the best tracks 2011 had to offer, most notably being “Breathing 2007” which came in at #14 on my Best Of 2011 list.

This dude is absolutely solid in everything he touches. From that instantly infectious beat he keys out with ease to the limited but ideally placed lyrics this is about as good as laptop-pop can get.

.Here’s the latest demo from Agent A & Omae in case you’ve been wondering what they are up to, give it a second it gets real good.

Agent A & Omae – “The Blues” – mp3

Make friends with Agent A- Bandcamp

Make friends with Agent A & OmaeFacebook | Bandcamp

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Big Gigantic – “Rise And Shine” - mp3

Big Gigantic are one of the rare Electronic/Dubstep groups I’m willing to make an effort to catch “Live” because these guys actually do something on stage rather than stand behind an Apple and dance around with some sporadic unintelligible mumbles into the microphone.

I know this video isn’t exactly a live cut but you get what I’m talking about.

Make friends with Big GiganticWebsite | Facebook

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Nicolas Jaar – “With Just One Glance” - mp3

Nicolas Jaar knows without a doubt how to  get down. I threw up his remix of Missy Elliot last September and still try to fit it into every playlist possible.

With Just One Glance” showcases just one more way this guy keeps it icy and interesting from start to finish.

Make friends with Nicolas JaarMyspace

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Baltinore – “Strangers From The Light” - mp3

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I dug this 80’s track up over the weekend when putting a mix together to go along with a couple of Wealth tracks I was sending over to a friend who mentioned looking for similar songs to what is on the Drive soundtrack.

I completely forgot how much I love this song.  Baltinore weren’t by any means groundbreaking but still there is a valid relation between what they were doing in ’85 with what is flooding the indie scene lately.

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Pickwick – “Hacienda Motel (Live On KEXP)”mp3

In all honesty I’ve been on the fence with Pickwick;  not that I have anything against their music it just hasn’t connected with me all that much before. This live take of “Hacienda Motel” may be the catalyst to change that. The delivery is smooth and comfortable, I may be starting to comprehend what they have been about which has remained out of my grasp before now.

Make friends with Pickwick – Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Small Faces – “You Need Loving - mp3

Since moving to Austin this has been the style of music I’m getting more and more into daily. Small Faces and similar bands are the major reason for the delay in today’s mix since I’ve been spending as much time educating myself on all of the incredible music I’ve been neglecting for so long since devoting all of my time focusing on new bands and new music. I would definitely count on hearing much more of this style in the coming weeks on Heycoolkid!.

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The Elois – “By My Side” - mp3

By My Side” is another example of what I was just talking about.

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Odonis Odonis – “Ledged Up” - mp3

Odonis Odonis are creating music that directly reflects what all those psychedelic bands from the 60’s would be creating if they were making music today…at least that’s what I hear when “Ledged Up” is playing.

Make friends with Odonis OdonisWebsite | Facebook

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Reptar – “Sebastian” - mp3

Still to this day Vagrant is one of my favorite labels. They put out a consistent stream of solid bands (and yes my love-fest started with Dashboard Confessional; I’ll stand by Carrabba’s music for the rest of my life no-matter how uncool it makes me in certain pretentious self-righteous circles, even friends whose opinions I respect give me shit for it but DC is in my top 5 hands down… ah get)

Anyways back to Reptar and the feel good, cheer the hell up and sing along song “Sebastian“. This is one of those you can’t help but look forward to sharing with a hundred other sweaty kids. So much fun with an energetic laid back vibe, kind of what I expected would be coming from Tokyo Police Club (that is if TPC weren’t putting out shitty Kelly Clarkson and Miley Cyrus covers and put some real music out again, it is long  overdue).

Make friends with ReptarWebsite | Facebook

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American Wolf – “Brave New Machine” - mp3

Brave New Machine” is my favorite track off of American Wolf‘s recently released Tales Of Kamanakera which is an album truly worth digesting in its entirety. These guys are out of Chicago, make the time to check em out.

Make friends with American WolfWebsite | Facebook | Bandcamp | Twitter

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Mozey – “Balloon” - mp3

Balloon” is delicate romanticism softly delivered yet remaining honest where so many others just appear less than academic and plastic. When in the right mood for Mozey I just can’t help but enjoy a song like this with a fullness of appreciation.

Make friends with MozeyFacebook | Soundcloud

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Billy Yu – “How We Saved A Tree” - mp3

I’m ending this week with an instrumental track from Billy Yu.

How We Saved A Tree” comes across like a modern touch on the whole Explosions In The Sky sound I love so much.

You can get the entire The Loving Ghost album for free through his bandcamp link (throw the guy some denari if you got it though). The entire album is just as enjoyable, I’ve been using it lately when the stress of being in a new place and trying to get everything started has had me in need of a temporary release.

Make friends with Billy YuBandcamp

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Heycoolkid!’s 100 Best Songs Of 2011

29 Dec

Heycoolkid!’s 100 Best Songs Of 2011 (1-10)

So it’s down to the 10 best songs of 2011. Here is what made life better, got me through tough times, made me nostalgic, got me to think optimistically, and at the end of the day helped it all make sense.

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10.Baby Monster -“The Fear of Charlie Sunrise”

Baby MonsterBaby Monster’s “The Fear Of Charlie Sunrise” was probably the strongest opening track on a debut album this year (or any album for that matter). There’s a subtle undercurrent of hope filled disparity and sadness of that “I’m not okay, you’re not okay, but we’re okay” vibe which carries this song from being merely a solid effort from an electronic duo to a different place completely that resembles the vacant space within our hearts.

The way the ambient undertones swell in the song until it builds to a point we never realized we had climbed to is haunting. More so is the way it leaves you with an unresolved feeling of empty longing that makes this solid effort from Baby Monster worth loving.

What puts “The Fear Of Charlie Sunrise” into the top 10 though is how there’s such a dual experience when listening between those vacant abysmal-hope feelings and the up front aspect of this being a call out to open your arms and take a chance, both to someone else and to ourselves.

If you’re so fearless take your hand off your heart” is probably the best delivered line in a song of 2011 and that should not go without mention.

The video is one of my top ten favorites as well.

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9. Beverlay – “Sandcastle”

BeverlayCertain songs just end up tagging along with you, making it on every cruise, each mixtape, into the background at parties, the soundtrack to five AM conversations, you’re cleaning with it on, singing along in the shower, searching for it on jukebox’s, telling everyone who’ll listen about it… In 2009 it was Animal Collective‘s “Girls,”  last year it was “Rivers And Roads” by The Head And The Heart and FoalsThis Orient,” this year it was “Sandcastle“.

Beverlay is the side-project of Matt Raudsepp (Honheehonhee) and Nico Ormiston (Winter Gloves). Their album Boardwalk was one of the best EP’s to drop in 2011 but outside of giving us the incredible release they have remained almost completely unseen. HonheeHonhee had a fairly successful year so I’m sure a lot of the inactivity stems from focus in that direction.

I really hope to hear more from Beverlay in the future, the duo’s combined effort has a strength to it that thousands of songs I heard this year attempted  but few even came close to.

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8.Jhameel – “Shut-Up”

JhameelThe first time I heard “Shut-Up” it was four-thirty in the morning and I was falling asleep at my computer. I have never heard a song that got me as stoked to hear it as this one did. I must have sent this link out to fifty people before the sun came up that day. This is a song that NEEDS to be heard. If I were making a list of 100 songs that impressed me this year “Shut-Up” would without a doubt be my number one.

Jhameel is spreading around the internet like herpes at Ball State. Only you’re actually thankful to have him in your life. Everything about the guy screams talent and potential that no one else this year has come close to displaying. World meet Jhameel… your new addiction.

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7. Gem Club – “252”

Gem ClubI love when people tell me they don’t “Get Into” depressing music. BULLSHIT! I’m calling you out. You may prefer to avoid your feelings but don’t lie to me. I can understand if you were to say you prefer to not listen to sad music. But if I play “252” for you and you tell me something like “I just don’t get into this” you shouldn’t be surprised by my no longer taking anything you say about music for having any amount of substance whatsoever.

You don’t get into “252” it gets into you. It shakes away facades and the self-told lies and leaves you in the healthiest of positions… open and vulnerable. Music with these sad undertones is the most important thing art has to offer. Happy art has no spine, there’s no passion, it’s passive and meant for mass appeal which will have about as much relevance in twenty years as a copy of NOW7.

I guarantee if you hear this song and it connects with a place you’re at inside you will remember it for the rest of your life.

There was a time when I thought depressing music was a waste, there was also a time when I thought baggy jeans and polo shirts looked good, We all grow up, we all see the light, or for your salvation I sure hope so.

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6.Howth – “Belly of the Beast”

HowthThe most important songs ever written have come in the midst of social crisis. Folk and Blues were driven by political/social discomfort without a voice. Despite your feelings towards the “Occupy Wallstreet” movement, from an outside standpoint, I hope everyone at  least respects the fact that there are thousands of people who feel strongly enough about an issue to make a conscious effort towards change, something they feel so passionate about that they are willing to do more than randomly rant about it through social networks but instead move in visible active ways towards some form of transformation.

I caught a few tracks from Howth over the summer which I thought were full of potential, still I must have underestimated them because I never imagined they would ever create something close to what they’ve given us with “Belly Of The Beast“.

They wrote the song after hearing Professor Gayatri Spivak‘s speech in Washington Square Park on October 15th, they released this song four days later.

The lyrics are on point and delivered in such an incredibly relaxed fashion alongside guitars breathing  sullen life the entire way edging in and out of the backdrop of echos and emotion. Even taking the message away from the equation this song has an incredible sound that draws emotion out of the listener from the moment it begins to play.

Belly Of The Beast” is a song which encapsulates the voice of an entire generation overflowing with discontent… I truly hope someone is listening. - (Via)

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5. Daughter – “Youth”

” … And if your still breathing you’re the lucky ones cause most of  us are heaving through corrupted lungs setting fire to our insides for fun collecting the names of the lovers that went wrong. We are the reckless we are the wild youth chasing visions of our futures. One day we will reveal the truth that one will die before he gets there, and if you’re still bleeding you’re the lucky one cause most of our feelings they are dead and they are gone. We’re setting fire to our insides for fun collecting pictures from the flood that wrecked our home, it was a flood that wrecked this home… and you caused it.”

Youth”  gave me a whole new respect for Elena Tonra‘s songwriting abilities which were already impressive. This song just felt like she finally had gotten to the heart of what she’d been signing around for so long.

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4. Radical Face – “Always Gold”

Radical FaceIn what’s felt like one of the more positive years for me this was the only song to actually cause me to shed a tear.

I couldn’t take this song off of repeat the first time I heard it. My brother’s my best friend and I’ve spent the last six months waiting for the first opportunity to move out of this place so there’s something in “Always Gold” that resonates more than most songs do with me.

Radical Face creates music that sounds like a friends voice and he brings his songs from a place that most artists lack the courage to pull from.

Radical Face is personal, and courageous, and aprreciated.

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3. Big Red Marbles – “Make That Call”

Upon first listen I slid “Make That Call” into my best songs ever written playlist. At the time I was in what felt like a rather solid relationship so the personal connection wasn’t even there and still it floored me.

You can hear Andrew Boze dealing with his own emotions in this track, this is his release and it’s nothing short of monumental.

Fast forward seven months since and “Make That Call” has taken on a whole new place in my life. My relationship of two years ended at the end of summer, this song has helped calm a lot of emotions that might have enveloped me had I not had it as a companion.

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2. Youth Lagoon – “Cannons”

Youth Lagoon2011 has been Trevor Powers‘ year. Going from some practically unknown kid screwing around in his bedroom to having Year Of Hibernation on top of everyone’s best albums of 2011 lists. The dude’s from Idaho! How unreal is life for this guy right now?

When I downloaded the July/Cannons split release I couldn’t upload them fast enough. I must have included one of the two tracks on six posts in two weeks between both sites and the response was overwhelming, I’m still getting emails about the guy.Youth Lagoon is no one’s secret anymore and he without a doubt earned it.

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1. 41st And Home – “Wilderness Eyes”

41st And Home“Wilderness Eyes” is only three listens behind Shiv Hurrah’s “All My Teeth” for the most played song in my library, and for good reason; I look for every chance possible to play this song and no matter what the situation it feels fitting.

It was not an easy decision on my part for what song should be number one but as I was shifting songs around and things began taking form I knew that if I were going to post this list with any sort of confidence that “Wilderness Eyes” deserved it the most.

This incredible song embodies everything I hope Heycoolkid! to be about, from how each line feels like a sing-alongable hook to  the lyrics encapsulating the feelings of our entire restless generation, all the way down to the confidence displayed in this song yet remaining unpretentious and lacking all forms of arrogance. What’s not to love?

Up in the mountains the light will grow
and surround us til we hardly know
our friends from the animals

Out on the shoreline we beat our drums
and we sing all of our parents songs
but the words don’t mean the same no more

Take to the streets with a shriek and a howl
bare our teeth with a grin and a growl
we wear our faults like crowns

We’re wild
When we hit the streets
Wild
In the packs we lead

Back in our homes they will cage us in
try to wash all of our painted skin
but their hands cant feed what they don’t own

So we run to the woods where we hid the fear
that we’ve wasted all our golden years
my friends we’re losing all we know

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