Tag Archives: Youth Lagoon

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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Heycoolkid!’s Best Albums Of 2011

17 Dec

If you haven’t been downright impressed with the overflow of incredible genre crossing music this year you are either a huge Nickleback fan or you are Amish, there’s no other logical excuse to complain about the status of music.

Last year when I put the “Best Albums” list together it was one of the first Heycoolkid! posts ever and with all honesty I was ill-prepared. This year I’m putting these albums up with complete confidence. Sure there’s an album or two that should have the made the cut and somehow was overlooked but all excuses aside here are the albums which I thought were the best of 2011:

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29 Real Estate – Days

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Download: Real Estate – “Out Of Tune”

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28.  Scattered Trees – Sympathy

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Download: Scattered Trees – “A Conversation About Death On New Year’s Eve”

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27. Mayer Hawthorne – How Do You Do

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Download: Mayer Hawthorne – “No Strings”

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26. The Black Keyes – El Camino

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Download: The Black Keys -“Sister”

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25. Glowbug – Mr. Plastic

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Download: Glowbug – “Funeral Song”

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24.  Scott Orr – Where I Lived, And What I Lived For

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Download: Scott Orr – “Nobody’s Someone”

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23. Big Red Marbles – Agnus Dei

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Download: Big Red Marbles – “Worldwide Family”

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22. Phantogram – Nightlife EP

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Download: Phantogram – “Don’t Move”

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21. Conrad Plymouth – Comrade Plymouth EP

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Download: Conrad Plymouth -“Circle Drive”

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20.  Lanterns On The Lake – Gracious Tide, Take Me Home

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Download: Lanterns On The Lake – “You’re Almost There”

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19. Active Child – You Are All I See

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Download: Active Child – “Hanging On”

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17. Bright Eyes – The People’s Key

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Download: Bright Eyes – “Ladder Song”

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16. Saintseneca – Last

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Download: Saintseneca – “Wonderlust (Live)”

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15. The Rural Alberta Advantage – Departing

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Download: The Rural Alberta Advantage – “Stamp”

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14. Fair Fjola – No One Gets Any

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Download: Fair Fjola – “Summer Song”

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13. Sleepy Vikings – They Will Find You Here

Sleepy Vikings

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Download: Sleepy Viking- “Calm”

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12. Gem Club – Breakers

Gem Club

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Download: Gem Club – “Twins”

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11.  Grandpa Was A Lion – The Whalestoe Tapes

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Download: Grandpa Was A Lion – “Dancer”

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10. Ryan Adams – Ashes And Fire

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Download : Ryan Adams – “Lucky Now”

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9. Dreamers Of The Ghetto – Enemy/Lover

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Download: Dreamers Of The Ghetto – “Tether”

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8. Other Lives – Tamer Animals

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Download: Other Lives -“Tamer Animals”

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7. Jhameel – The Human Condition

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Download: Jhameel – “Shut-Up”

Bonus: Jhameel – “The Human Condition”

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6.  The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient

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Download: The War On Drugs – “Baby Missiles”

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5.  Bon Iver – Bon Iver

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Download: Bon Iver – “Perth”

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4.  Nerves Junior – As Bright As Your Night Light

Nerves Junior

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Download: Nerves Junior – “As Bright As Your Night Light”

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3.  1,2,3 – New Heaven

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Download: 1,2,3 – “Confetti”

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2. Yuck – Yuck

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Download: Yuck – “Suicide Policeman (demo)”

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1. Youth Lagoon – The Year Of Hibernation

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Download: Youth Lagoon – “July”


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Don’t be shy, let me know what you think. My vote for Best Songs and Best Video’s will be up in the next few days.

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All songs are for promotional purposes. If you or an artist you represent would like to have any content removed email me at Heycoolkid@yahoo.com.

Nothing Breaks Your Stride Like What’s Become

5 Dec

I can’t believe it’s already December! The last few months increasingly have felt as if they were  picking up speed, I don’t even feel like November happened. That’s time i guess.

I think you’ll be happy with this weeks selection, I know I am and that usually translates well.

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Download: Jesse Payne – “Take Me”

Jesse PayneThis is my favorites song from Jesse Payne‘s incredibly peaceful yet somewhat post-apocalyptic “Buffalo” EP. I dig this one the most of all simply because of how laid back it is and more so  because of the cut back baseline he throws in heading into the chorus which is downright infecting. Pick up the album here.

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Download: Small Black – “Moon Killer”

Small BlackHot damn! Chalk up “Moon Killer” to be included on the Best Songs Of 2011 list. This song is so good it’s unfair. I’ll give you two guesses where these guys are from it’s starts with “B,” never-mind why waste my time they are from Brooklyn, shits just getting ridiculous from that city. Here’s one negative I’ve found from Small Black they deny being Chillwave. I’m going to attempt at not going off on a thousand word rant but it bothers me how much bands refuse to concede to any sort of genre label. I get the thought process behind it but at least say something like “I don’t think we’re Chillwave but if our fans call it that then sure I guess,” you get the idea but to flat out deny something just makes you look like you’re trying too hard to be cool. Flashback to 2004, how many bands with black splotches in their one-eye covering hair were getting all geeked out about auto-tune and having six guitar players in their band with every song being about some over-dramatic high school break up and getting offended by being called “Emo.” Newsflash Small Black: You create incredibly amazing CHILLWAVE music it’s time to just face that fact head on.

Grab the Moon Killer album for free here.

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Download: Being There – “Tomorrow”

Being ThereBeing There‘s “Tomorrow” is everything I want from music. Unpretentious nostalgic hope, “Tomorrow” is the ideal sound for a drive through the fall night air with a car full of friends and a pack of American Spirits (unless you’re pro anti-smoking then maybe you would prefer beef jerky or something lame like that). Being there are out of London and have somehow managed to combine the sound of Yuck and Pavement and bring new life to an early nineties sound.  (Via)

Grab this and two other free tracks from Being there here.

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Download: Future Islands – “Give Us The Wind”

I can only hope it’s sinking in how great this weeks mix sounds. Ever few weeks I get a collection right that flows ideally well together. I’m heading down to Bloomington in a few days and have every intention of having this mix as the soundtrack for the drive down. “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.

Grab the album here.

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Download: Heartless Bastards – “Runnin”

Heartless Bastards

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In the midst of an Alabama Shakes kick I was on last week I found myself listening frequently to Heartless Bastards. This is my favorite song from 2008’s Stairs And Elevators.

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Download: The Starlight Mints – “Seventeen Devils”

The Starlight MintsI’m not sure why I’ve been listening through older songs in my library as much as I have in the last few weeks but that has been the case and in the process came across this nearly forgotten gem. Whatever happened to The Starlight Mints? They had so much potential.

Grab the  entire Drowaton album here.

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Download: Kisses – “Johnny and Mary (Robert Palmer cover)”

KissesMy father was a fan of Robert Palmer, I can remember the cassettes but I don’t think I ever listened to any of them. When I first heard this song I had no idea it was a cover and was impressed from start to finish. Now I guess I’ll have to make the effort to check some of Palmer’s songs as I should have twenty years ago. Having no idea what the original sounds like I get the feeling that Kisses have done it justice. .

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Download: Cub Scouts – “Evie”

Cub Scouts have my favorite band name since Social Studies. This indie-pop song never stops dripping from the start with it’s one continuous hook feel. If you’re still in primary school and are wanting to make the ideal mixtape for your new crush don’t be afraid to make this the track one. Songs like this as side-one track-one work magic for high school crushes, that’s a promise that comes with a one-hundred percent money back guarantee.

More from Cub Scouts with links and stuff here.

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Download: New Manhattan – “Try Harder”

Remember when everyone was saying that The Strokes were the next to carry the torch of London swag-rock and then everyone was like, “hey wait The Strokes aren’t even from England and that Julian Casablanca is really arrogant and pretentious” and then everyone who wasn’t a music writer forgot about The Strokes? Well I do with crystal clear clarity. I bring that up to mention this; New Manhattan are the true torch bearers for the future of London music this side of the pond. These kids aren’t even old enough to legally buy a pack of American Spirits but they sound as if they been doing nothing but drinking whiskey and hanging out with strippers since The Clash released “London’s Calling“. New Manhattan have the look, they have the sound, and they most definitely have my attention.

Gets the Trying My Hardest EP for free here.

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Download: Parenthetical Girls – “A Note To Self”

Parenthical Girls-The line “these places your therapist fears to tread, well I bet you knock em dead” is an ideal example of the clever and surprisingly original lyrics that set this song up for necessary repeat listening.

Check out more from Parenthetical Girls here.

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Listen:


Grandpa Was A LionThere are very few songs I am willing to put up on Heycoolkid! as listen only. This comes from my belief that in order to truly listen to a song it has to be accessible when I’m in the right mood for it. Having to follow links and rely on an internet connection and being trapped in front of my computer is not a very good way to experience a song for the first time. Grandpa Was A Lion‘s new track “Childish Untitled Poem #9″ is only the third exception I’ve made since starting the website. I love this guys music so much that it’s worth getting out of my comfort zone for especially on this song because if it’s not the strongest showing of GWAL’s incredible lyric writing abilities it’s most definitely up for debate.

Grab some of his past albums for free and check out a few of the new songs from Grandpa Was A Lion here.

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Download: Neil Halstead – “Paint A Face”

Neil Halstead‘s music is one of the major pushes I had for starting Heycoolkid! in the first place. I’m amazed that he gets so little attention when his music is so incredible. “Paint A Face” exemplifies a song that can be both somber and yet somewhat upbeat at the same time, it’s a strange combination that only Neil Halstead and Red House Painters seem to be able to perfect.

Get to know Neil Halstead better here.

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Download: Cicero – “Barely Legal (The Strokes Cover)”

Is This Indie?

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Speaking of The Strokes here‘s a fantastically done cover that strips away said pretension for raw indie emotion. I posted this on Listen Before You Buy yeterday check it out here.

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Download: James Vincent McMorrow – “Hear The Noise That Moves So Soft”

This and the Neil Halstead track were sparked into my attention from fall playlists over at I Am Fuel, We Are Friends. With Halstead it was a refresher but embarrassingly I had never Heard “Hear The Noise That Moves So Soft” before which is a bonus for me, this song is absolutely incredible. If you, like me, haven’t heard this song before now I hope you give it your undivided attention because it is without a doubt worth it.

Find James Vincent McMorrow here.

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Download: Casiotone For The Painfully Alone – “You Were Alone (Live)”

Casiotone For The Painfully AloneIn conversation a few days ago I mentioned that seeing Youth Lagoon play next year is on top of my goals for next year. As the conversation continued I started thinking about Casiotone For The Painfully Alone and how in a world where good things happen to good people Owen Ashworth would one day open for Trevor Powers, most likely it’ll never happen but one can always dream.

Love you some Owen Ashworth here.

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Download: Sea Of Bees – “Wizbot”

Sea Of BeesJulie Ann Baenziger‘s voice swells, falls, recedes, and just builds and builds throughout “Wizbot.” For anyone new to Sea Of Bees I think this song is probably the strongest example of what to expect from this incredible singer-songwriter that isn’t afraid to experiment and push her sound in unexpected directions. Sea Of Bees is truly unique.

Make friends with Sea Of Bees here.

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Download: Old Tapes – “Farewell”

Old TapesI’m ending this weeks mix with one of the most honest and necessary break-up songs ever recorded. I would not be surprised one bit if “Farewell” ends up on some shitty teen reality show on MTV or some fade out ending on the WB. “Hate the show not the song,” I’m just going to have to repeat that over and over when it happens. “I only miss you because you left before I did,” let that sink in for a second…some things just need to be said and sometimes other people have to say them for us to realize just how true they are.

Get the This Is Goodbye EP here.

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All Songs are for promotional purposes only and are solely meant to spark interest in bands that otherwise may have gone unnoticed until this moment. If you are/represent and artist on this page and would like content removed email me at Heycoolkid@yahoo.com and I’ll have it removed immediately.

The Antidote: A Playlist To Help Get Over It (When You’re Over It)

30 Nov

[I'm posting this a few days after originally putting it together. Been busy]

Working in a bar has its ups and downs. The night before Thanksgiving falls on both sides of that line. On the positive it’s one of the busiest nights of the year so the environment is more intense than usual, a change of pace is always welcome. The negative being that the majority of kids are home from out of town and feel it necessary to act like they are three years old with complete disregard for anyone or anything around them. By the end of the night it takes everything I have left not to just take out all of my frustration on someone before the doors are locked. Tonight was no exception.

This is far from a typical playlist. This is one collection of songs I may only listen to a handful of times throughout the year. I apologize to anyone who isn’t into hardcore or screamo, there was a time when this music was my everything and there is  something about each of these songs that whenever I put them on just sets my heart in a better place, getting me jacked up and motivated to forget anything that is negative and unhealthy from my usually positive optimistic self. Judge me if you want but these song I will always love.

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Taking Back Sunday – “Timberwolves At New Jersey”

The Gaslight Anthem – “Stay Lucky”

Bright Eyes – “Gold Mine Gutted”

TV Ghost – “Doppleganger”

Bridge and Tunnel – “Wartime Souvenirs”

Say Anything – “Alive With The Glory Of Love”

The Format – “The First Single”

Sleepy Viking – “Calm”

Real Estate – “Out Of Tune”

Funeral For A Friend – “Drive”

Box Car Racer – “The End With You”

Jarrod Gorbel – “Ten Years Older”

Brand New – “Sic Transit Gloria…Glory Fades”

We Were Promised Jetpacks – “Ships With Holes Will Sink”

Sun Airway – “Put the Days Away”

Youth Lagoon – “July”

Akron/Family – “Light Emerges”

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – “In Fate’s Hands”

Pulled Apart By Horses – “Get Off My Ghost Train”

Alkaline Trio – “Radio”

NOFX – “The Seperation Of Church And Skate”

Saosin – “Translating The Name”

The Dillinger Escape Plan – “Nong Eye Gong”

Billy Talent – “Try Honesty”

Ezra Furman And The Harpoons – “Hard Time In A Terrible Land”

The Tillers – “Ludlow Street Rag”

Foonyap And The Roar – “Exurbia”

Senses Fail – “Bite To Break Skin”

Cap’N Jazz – “Little League”

The Used – “I’m A Fake”

From First To Last – “Note To Self”

Underoath – “Its Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door”

Chiodos – “Baby, You Wouldn’t Last A Minute On The Creek”

Tokyo Rose – “A Pound Of Silver Is Worth Its Weight In Gold”

Jimmy Eat World – “Bleed American”

Bayside – “Demons”

Armor For Sleep – “Williamsburg”

MiniBoone- “The Other Summer”

Hawthorne Heights – “Ohio Is For Lovers”

Have Heart – “Lionheart”

Anti-Flag – “The Press Corpse”

And Then I Turned Seven – “In Loving Memory”

Story Of The Year – “The Antidote”

A Day To Remember – “The Plot To Bomb The Panhandle”

Atreyu – “Right Side Of The Bed”

Glassjaw – “Tip Your Bartender”

All That Wanted To Catch Fire Would Have Been Consumed

8 Sep

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The Submarines – “Shoelaces” [mp3]

The Submarines  remind me of what Matt and Kim would be like if they weren’t so preoccupied by pretending to be cool or Yacht if they weren’t trying to prove how “completely scene” they are. This song is perfect for anyone wanting to deal with a break-up without having to get all 2003 emo about about it.

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Letting Up Despite Great Faults – “Teenage Tide” [mp3]

I love this song and equally love this video, both work really well together.

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Yukon Blonde – “Fire” [mp3]

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Airlines – “Burial Grounds” [mp3]

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If Miike Snow produces a song you can count on two things; the song will be more than worth your time to listen and it will be infectiously catchy.  The tone of the vocals with it’s syrupy chillness is what first magnetized me to this song in the first place, they could very possibly be the best sounding vocals this year.

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Tarek Musa – “It’s Alright, Follow” [mp3]

I put this one up on Listen Before You Buy yesterday:

Sometimes it’s good to be heard and Seen. Tarek Musa steps away from his usual role as engineer/producer and leaks a few of his own tracks. Personally I think he should put the day job on hold for a few minutes.

Everything about this song is well placed and even better sounding. It’s got each ingredient of an ideal indie song; a solid hook without being overly repetitive, clap along sections, keys that work as the backbone, and a flow that keeps the song constantly changing. It’s a song that motivates me to get moving not to mention how sing-along-worthy it is, and to finish “It’s Alright, Follow” off it closes with background vocals that are intense and passionate.

I just got an email from Charlie Sheen and all it said was “winning”.

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Youth Lagoon – “Cannons” [mp3]

As I promised on Monday, here is Youth Lagoon’s “Cannons.” This and “July” are such great songs, I’m glad he chose to hand them out as a pair because between the two you really get an ideal picture of how great Trevor Powers is and how much talent he is working with.

Also:

Youth Lagoon just put out his new video for “Montana.” I’m surprised by the similarities between it and the Air Review video for “America’s Son” that I’ve been stoked about for a few weeks now. Both will be on my favorite videos of 2011 list and both have very aligned dynamics about them. I realize music videos regularly have shared themes and messages, but for how “out of the box” these two are it’s strange for them to have so much in common.

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Ryan Adams – “Lucky Now” [mp3]

I first leaked the live audio for this song back in May in the Dear Ryan, We Knew You Couldn’t Stay Gone Long post.  I had real concerns about Ryan choosing Glyn Johns to record the upcoming album. Ryan obviously knows more than I do because from what’s leaked so far this album will be his best album of his career. Feel free to argue with me but, and I don’t say this very often, you are wrong. “Lucky Now” sounds better than the best Whiskeytown song and as solid as anything he’s ever put out. He just put up a live video of the title track “Ashes and Fire” which completely sold me on the potential of the new album.  Here’s it is:

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Dawes – “Little Bit Of Everything” [mp3]

In reviewing one of the new Megafaun songs I mentioned how we are in the midst of seeing the shift from early to late seventies music happening all over again. As soon as I’d posted the review I realized that I’d forgotten to cite “Little Bit Of Everything” as an example. This song is heavily influenced by Jackson Browne whether Dawes know it or not. Jackson is one of the great songwriters in American history and also one of the most underrated so I’m secretly hoping this new paradigm shift brings about a resurgence of interest. All influences and genres aside this is an amazing song in itself, you really should give this one an undivided listen.

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Grizzly Bear – “Boy From School” (Hot Chip cover) [mp3]

If there were one band that could cover a song and make it better than the original I don’t think any of us would be surprised for it to be Grizzly Bear. Hot chip put down some solid ground work with the original and Grizzly Bear shake the excess and bring their own artistic touch to light, creating an amazing acoustic version of “Boy From School.”

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Sleep Experiments – “Flight Takes Thought” [mp3]

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Usually I don’t find it difficult to express why a certain song is my favorite on a playlist, yet I can’t put into words what captures me about “Flight Takes Thought.” It steals my attention whenever it comes on and I can’t do anything other than just sit down and give it my entire focus. There’s magic in the vocals and the emotion is so raw and captured, it’s captivating.

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A Little Nothing – “The Start” [mp3]

Germany’s A Little Nothing are new to me. This is the first song I’ve heard from them. For as acoustic as “The Start” comes across on first listen when  you really dissect what they’ve done in three minutes has a very techno based composition that although subtle is very impressive.

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Craft Spells – “After The Moment” [mp3]

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The War On Drugs – “Arms Like Boulders” [mp3]

I realize how in love everyone is with Kurt Vile, he’s good, but he was better with The War On Drugs.

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Churchill – “I Still Remember” [mp3]

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Sunny Pompeii – “Who Knows Who Knows” [mp3]

Although “Who Knows Who Knows” is the song I would like everyone to hear, at the same time I’m really just wanting people to experience the abilities that Sunny Pompeii possess. Here’s my write up on the song on its own . Here’s a video to express their range:

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All songs are for promotion use only. If you are/represent an artist on the page and would like it removed I’ll be more than content to do it and at the same time never recommend the music in a positive light again.

Also if there is any music I’m missing or missing the point of let me know.

Second-String To A Dream

5 Sep

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Mother Falcon – “Fireflies” [mp3]

Like an upbeat Quick Said The Bird, Mother Falcon are incredibly talented musicians who understand the importance of being part of a whole. Nothing escapes from the ether yet at the same time every note in this song is incredible. The vocal round-about does me in more than any other aspect of “Fireflies” reminding me of a mature Lydia who at one point in time I was obsessed with.

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Scattered Trees – “Sympathy” [mp3]

This is the title track from Scattered Trees absolutely incredible album which was penned after the death of lead singer Nate Eiesland’s father. The entire album embodies every aspect of emotion possible. As with some of the greatest art ever created if you give an artist something so powerful they need to find a release, a way to make sense of things uncontrollable, somehow it manifests into something great.

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Youth Lagoon – “July” [mp3]

Youth Lagoon’s new album “The Year Of Hibernation” comes out on the 27th. This is one of two free tracks they’ve handed out from it (I’ll be featuring “cannons” on the next post). The strength of “July” is how they slow play it until two and a half minutes in and then begin transforming it into this explosion of foot tapping pent up emotion that doesn’t let up until it has developed into this “intenses plénitude atmosphériques” that dissipates into a vacuum of longing. Trevor Powers has figured it out.

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Motel Motel – “Coffee” [mp3]

From the opening “wait until i get home before you walk out my life” to the “I don’t need your help I can feel helpless on my own” of the bridge “Coffee” is a song that deals with a break up from the bands perspective. From line to line you get a full take on a typical adult relationship of thinking we need someone, to realizing we need that person only until we find someone we need more, and dealing with the balancing act of the lives we choose and the people who come along after those choices who are expected to sit on the sidelines playing second-string to a dream. Basically it’s the indie version of kiss’ “Beth

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Neighbors -“August” [mp3]

I’ve been keeping an eye on Neighbors ever since I came across “Hooligans” last February. “From the first clap in you can tell “August” is going in a direction you want to follow. I’ve been listening to it on repeat for nearly a half hour now and it’s yet to lose the magnetism.Neighbors’ entire EP of the same title is just as attention-demanding as this song,  get it for free through their Bandcamp. “-(via)

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White Life – “Time Is Wasting” [mp3]

This is the most addicting track I’ve heard in months. It doesn’t matter what I’m doing, when this song comes on I’m dancing. Two notes from the opening synth and I start telling myself  “Not this time. You’re not dancing this time” then out of nowhere Kevin Cronin shows up and is holding my hand reminding me “I can’t fight this feeling anymore” and suddenly I’m in some lame eighties movie dancing while hanging clothes up. I picture my roommates walking in “are you dancing with the swiffer?”  “um,no. Were YOU dancing with the swiffer?” then without warning I’m playing air-guitar along with the sickest sounding lead in a pop song since I hit puberty.

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JJ – “New Work” [mp3]

If I said two words; the first being “Swedish” what would the second be? Yes pop music and swedes go together like chucks and thirty year old men who think they’re still relevant. What? Would you have preferred sluts and Ke$ha or maybe gay pride rallies and Lady Gaga? The point is “New Work”  is another example of world dominance from a country I couldn’t find on a globe if my life depended on it. I’m guessing it’s not in Africa or the middle-east and probably not in Texas… “I’d like to phone a friend Regis .” This song does prove that if you take Jay-Z and that chick without any talent off of  “New York” and then let someone with actual mixing skills get their hands a little dirty it actually begins to sound rather good. Although, if i have to sit through the last thirty seconds of talking at the end of this track one more time I may never listen to it again…just quit talking. “this is my life yadayadayada cool sweet whatever.Holy annoying delay batman. ( I first heard it here)

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Boots Electric – “Boots Electric Theme” [mp3]

Basically this song should be called Eagles Of Death Metal go Pop. Why is Jesse Hughes so good at dissecting genre’s and then creatively turning them on themselves? It’s like forcing someone on acid to stare into a mirror. Hell I don’t even like AC/DC but the sample-esque lead is a nice touch.

I probably like this video so much because of a running stoned conversation that took place between three of my friends that encompassed all of 2003.

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Everything Everything – “Airstrike On Your Forehead (MY KZ UR BF demo)”[mp3]

There’s a vast rift between what this song sounds like and what’s being said. You can figure it out for yourself.

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Dawn Landes – “Young Girl” [mp3]

This is the first I’ve heard from Dawn Landes. I’ve gathered enough about her to be suspect about her “talent” since she’s got an audio engineers background. which is basically the music version of “those who can’t write edit.” She’s married to Josh Ritter who rides the fence of respect with me. It’s just hard to dig someone when you’re not sure whether their overall ambition is artistic or for recognition. I know from reading that it would probably seem that I’m being negative. I promise I’m not. If I didn’t respect this song I wouldn’t promote or try to get others to listen to it. I’m just saying that Dawn Landes is on my radar and the jury’s out until I hear what the next album sounds like.

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Summer Camp – “Better Off Without You” [mp3]

I REALLY like this song. I’m nervous that some worthless WB / MTV show whose target audience is basically teenage girls with down syndrome will end up destroying this for me. It just sounds like one of those songs you’d hear playing over some commercial advertising the next weeks episode of “The Hills” where after a break up some unimportant person is going to be crying until they black out drunk in a limo. I kind of hope this ends up being on the new “footloose” movie though because that seems like an ideal fit.

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Look, Stranger! – “If You’re Listening”[mp3]

Here’s another solid song from Look, Stranger! . When did they start sounding all GQ? They wear it well.

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White Arrows – “I’m On Fire” (Bruce Springsteen Cover) [mp3]

I spent most of my life hating “the boss” and then one morning something just clicked and ever since I’ve been a huge Bruce Springsteen fan. I’ve heard enough covers of this song to make me nauseous, or at least should make me nauseous, I still give each one a chance though. As with most “I’m On Fire” covers this one sounds nearly identical to the original but I appreciate the White Arrows seventies punk-pop twangish touch  which actually adds to the song where as most often when bands try to accent Springsteen you can’t help but scratch you head and ask “why.”

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All songs are for promotion only. I do not own any of these songs. If you like one of the songs get to know the band, check out a show, buy the vinyl or at least tell a friend. If you are/represent an artist whose music is on this page and would like it removed just send me an email and I’ll be more than happy to both remove it and recommend them in a negative light from now until the rapture. If there’s anything I’m missing or missing the point on let me know.

Don’t be scared of the comments section.

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