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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