Set Phasers To Stoke

20 Feb

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Took a bit more time piecing together this weeks mix, I went on a thirty gig downloading spree which crashed my external, things are good and getting better. Hope you find this collective rad, if not, well I hear Right Said Fred are working on a new album.

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Sports Bar

“My Friends” – mp3

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There are two bands on this weeks mix who could defeat Chuck Norris in a staring contest, I’ll start with Sports Bar.

These Virginia natives wreak of badass in a completely unapologetic fashion. There’s just enough clever pop in their sound to keep things dancy yet overall they undeniably have the balls of an African Badger. Sure much is left to be desired as far as lyric depth but they counter the loss by being rad as hell so the scales are equally balanced.

My Friends” is the opening track from their latest album Tyler Perry’s Sports Bar which is up for free through their bandcamp page.

Sports Bar – Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | Website | Soundcloud

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Pangea

“River” – mp3

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Pangea put out their Killer Dreams EP  three weeks ago and honestly I can’t remember a stronger four song showing, each song unique in relation to the other and fully exemplifying just how good their future could sound. I’m not sure how these guys aren’t getting the street cred they deserve but it’s coming.

Bonus:

Pangea – Bandcamp | Facebook

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Wars

“Clock (Monocure)” – mp3

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As alluded to while talking of Sports Bar, Wars are the second band on this weeks mix who give my heart Viagra level boners. Seriously I pretty much want to post each individual track from their latest album Neville Say Never. I already posted my favorite Wars song “Linus” on the HCK! Best Songs Of 2012 list, this album had only been out for a few days when I posted it which is a bummer because given time I may have included more than just one Wars track on the list as well as had “Linus” ranked much much higher than in the #100 slot.

I can’t find much out about these guys other than their Bandcamp page but I’ll put some significant effort into the search over the coming week so we can have more to go off of and hopefully sight them outside of internet captivity.

All of their albums are up on Bandcamp at a “name-your-price,” each is worth the effort grabbing, Neville Say Never and Pacey From Mighty Ducks are my two favorites.

Here’s two more reason I’m playing match maker between you and Wars:

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Psychic Rites

“What Limit” – mp3

Psychic Rites

Is there any doubt these dudes are from Moscow? Yeah not that Moscow, the one in Idaho.

Scuzzstep purists should be geeked to welcome Psychic Rites into their lives. It’s a great and rare thing as of late to find anything synth based that doesn’t sound like a Transformer dry-humping a hair dryer in the backseat of a Ford Civic.

There is a place in our lives for this neo-industrial krylon soaked psychstep (read: two dudes pushing keys and sounding dark and catchy at the same time), the fact it helps put some traction on my argument for electronic music in the face of the dubstep disaster that was 2012 should not go unnoticed.

Hey did you hear Pretty Lights and Deadmau5 are teaming up to  work on a song for the new Old Navy commercial? Yeah I just made that up but would any of us be surprised if it were true?

Follow their Bandcamp link to pick up yet another great FREE album.

Psychic Rites – Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Soundcloud

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Futurebirds

“Virginia Slims” – mp3

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Virginia Slims” was born to be part of a late summer mixtape with its rooftop imagery and appreciative vibe, it’s a bit early in the year for a song this good but we’ll take it. Although already a Futurebirds subscriber, this new track has me downright giddy for Bab Yaga‘s release in April.

Futurebirds – Facebook | Website

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The Babies

“Moonlight Mile” – mp3

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I would certainly hope (and assume) that the term “supergroup” died an excruciating death long before now (most likely around the time the Damn Yankees and their video for “High Enough” shifted from being played relevantly to ironically). There are bands that we could (very) loosely use that term to describe though and The Babies being comprised of  members from Vivian Girls, Woods, Ringer, and Bent Outta Shape are one of them.

As the process for recording music and having it be accessible becomes simpler we as listeners get to benefit off of the innumerable amount of bands flocking to the big three (New  York, Portland, and Austin) and living in such tight knit communities based on similar interests and incredible talent, “Moonlight Mile” should work as a solid example of what I’m talking about.

I’m not sure exactly what the long-term plans are for The Babies, whether this is a committed endeavor or just a side-project amounting to a handful of shows and a couple of radass songs… whatever the answer is really isn’t important, at the moment let’s just enjoy what we’ve got. I have noticed though that the first time I posted something from these guys (April 2012) it only appeared to be a duo of Cassie Ramone and Kevin Morby and now seems to have officially taken on the role as a four-piece with Justin Sullivan and Brian Schleyer officially in the mix, what exactly that tells us I’m not sure but it shouldn’t go without being noted.

The Babies – Facebook | Tumblr

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Darwin Deez

“You Can’t Be My Girl”

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It’s about time we had some new Darwin Deez in our lives! He’s definitely been missed. “You Can’t Be My Girl” is my favorite track on Songs For Imaginative People thus far. It’s not often enough where artists take a negative impression of someone and translate it into something that manages to avoid condescension and still remains interesting.

Deez should manage to pacify old fans while gaining ground with those who have yet to fully dive into his sound on the new album… it’s comforting to have him back.

Darwin Deez – Facebook | Website | Itunes

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Little Daylight

“Overdose” – mp3

Little Daylight

In a conversation with a babe the other day over the new CHVRCHES single and the duality of good vs bad which came after the first listen, how our own expectations and a bands desire to follow success with success rarely align, led me on a search for something new that could at least fit in the same conversation as “The Mother That We Share.” That song is as close to riding a unicorn as we’ll ever get but it does turn out their are a handful of bands crafting some nearly equal level of addiction producing indie-pop in the world right now.

Which brings me to “Overdose” from Little Daylight. More often than not when groups build their reputation on remixes things seem to fall flat in the translation to focusing on their own creations. This is absolutely not the case with Little Daylight who are set for immediate club domination.”Overdose” is the first original we’ve heard from the band and already they are seeing coverage on MTV as well as having a steady showing on Hype Machine for going on three weeks now. Just because these guys have an undeniable trajectory into the mainstream psyche is a lame reason not to promote a song as solid as this so judge me if you want.


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Little Daylight – Facebook | Tumblr

Future Of What

“White Light” – mp3

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Future Of What put out their four song Moonstruck EP last summer (free through their Bandcamp page) and this is the third song I’ve felt necessary to share from it. There’s an oddly peaceful feel to the entire album which catches me off guard since by all measures the songs should gather notice for their pop elements instead. I feel if I’m mentioning bands who are on the same level as CHVRCHES it would be a huge omission not to point Future Of What out once more.

Future Of What – Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Hey Champ

“Cliche’ ” – mp3

Hey Champ

Picking up where “Cold Dust Girl” left off “Cliche‘ ” continues on with their nearly club remixed sound that begs to be included on any dj’s playlist. One fact is crystal clear from the second you put Hey Champ on, either you dig it or you don’t, naysayers have valid points so I’m not even going to try to chip away at that wall of descension, right or wrong everyone’s welcome to their own opinion.

Hey Champ – Facebook | Website

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Wait, What?

“Speak Breathe” – mp3

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Last week I found “Speak Breath” embedded in my thoughts every morning as I awoke… literally every single day. One time through and it’s stuck with you, it’s not often but from time to time having a song so deeply embedded can be enjoyable.

Just as with Little Daylight this is the first original I’ve caught from Wait,What? (Charlie Kabul) despite having caught my attention with his two mashup albums that were oddly solid; the first being 2010’s basement worthy The Notorious XX which made me appreciate Notorious for the first time in my life (still only slightly) followed by  Nasd Out in 2011, which actually made Nas sound worth listening to and slightly more interesting.

I can’t help but wonder how this song will sound to me if  the constant loop in my head ever begins to grow annoying, I’m a week in and it’s yet to happen. That must be a compliment right? I mean if I woke up with a Black Eyed Peas song stuttering in my brain I’d light my hair on fire just to take my mind off of it for a moment.

Wait,What? – Facebook | Twitter | Website | Soundcloud

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The Hood Internet

“Pyramidspeak” (Purity Ring vs Frank Ocean) – mp3

Do these guys even sleep? It’s been years since seeing “The Hood Internet remix” attached to a song didn’t seem like it was part of the natural order of things.

Pyraidspeak” is like listening to two of the my favorite songs at the same time and somehow having the noise remain coherent, typically it takes throwing down on some psychedelics for something this good to make sense. With academic ears I’ve attempted to make sense of how exactly they are able to leave all dynamic and dignity intact with only one real answer …


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The Hood Internet –  Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Website | Soundcloud

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Eric & Magill

“Take On Too Much” – mp3

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I’m really not sure which song is my favorite on this weeks mix, there is too much great music to share this time around, but “Take On Too Much” is without a doubt the one song that I connect with the most. That’s always been my experience with Eric & Magill‘s  music, they are one of those rare bands whose music sounds like it is practically a soundtrack for our own thoughts, as if it were my own words rather than theirs saturated with reverb getting to the bottom of  it all. Lately I’ve been in somewhat of a dark place emotionally and this song has helped keep that ominous feeling of alone at bay.

Eric & Magill are one of my absolutely favorites, if you dig feeling they will probably be one of yours as well.

Eric & Magill – Bandcamp | Facebook

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Daughter

“Still” – mp3

I’m waiting for the one time I play a new Daughter track and don’t find myself convicted by a sense of loss and solemn understanding. I dig the pop touches to “Still” that haven’t been anywhere near as defined in the past but there’s no rhythm in the world that could ever stop Elana Tonra‘s voice from echoing into our cavernous souls like a hand to hold in waiting for the inevitably coming storm, who knows if we’ll be alright, at least we don’t face it without a friend.

The new album If You Leave will be here on March 18th, it’s going to be great.

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Daughter – Facebook | Twitter | Website | Soundcloud

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Nikolaus

“Groundhog Day” – mp3

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Of the three great Nikolaus songs on his self-titled EP “Groundhog Day” is probably the last one I should put up to express how much potential this guy has. I’m a sucker for Bill Murray though so I find multiple levels of enjoyment while this song is playing and am assuming you and I are alike in that. It’s a safe bet to assume the other songs from the EP will be included on HCK! sometime in the near future, if you want to beat me to the punchline head on over to his Bandcamp page and grab it for yourself.

Nikolaus – Bandcamp

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Phosphorescent

“Song For Zula” – mp3

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Song For Zula” isn’t exactly the kind of sound I was expecting from Phosphorescent. I just assumed that every single Matthew Houck would put out somehow would lie in the wake of “It’s Hard To Be Humble (When You’re From Alabama)” (which I’m pretty sure will always be my favorite Phosphorescent track), upbeat, slightly Americana, slightly folk, and confidently able to circle around the dead horse that has become the staple of how we now think of Mumford And Sons. This time around though he makes a bold move and slows it down a bit to deliver a song that is about as close to hearing what Bon Iver might sound like if he dropped the auto-tune and sang naturally.

The new album Muchacho will be here on March 19.

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Phosphorescent – Facebook | Twitter | Website

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Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

“Holy Roller” – mp3

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Thao & The Get Down Stay Down have always had a sense of rhythm to their lyrics but never anywhere near what they have accomplished with “Holy Roller.” Fifteen seconds into the first listen and I caught myself already trying to sing along.

Take what we’ve come to expect from Thao & The Get Down and combine Alabama Shakes with Florence And The Machine and you pretty much have “Holy Roller,” it’s a nice mix for sure.

I realize this came out last October but I’ve managed to omit it up until now, there just isn’t as much pop music being created recently worth respecting and yet there’s always a need and appreciation for any song which allows itself to be upbeat without a loss in dignity or artistic substance so I can’t exactly leave this one out forever.

If you haven’t listened through We The Common yet take a few moments and treat yo self.

Thao & The Get Down – Facebook | Website

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Our Sunday Affairs

“Demo Thang” – mp3

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I have been keeping close tabs on Our Sunday Affairs for like six months now. The have a post-emo neo-shoegaze sound that I can’t get enough of. If I could listen to only one sound for the rest of my life it would be the style of music OSA create. I’m not sure why but this is what I find myself getting really defensive over when friends start on a negative tip about it, to hell with close-minded friends, if you can’t dig this that’s your loss.

These guys are constantly promoting solid bands so adding them on Facebook is a non-thought merely for the constant attention they put on sharing rad music with us. This song should be included on their upcoming album which they announced would be called American Sadass. Now I’m not sure if they were being serious, these guys do fuck-off a bit , but if that is what they go with count me in on the first pre-order.  I’ll share the details when they become less hazy.

Our Sunday Affairs – Bandcamp | Facebook | Tumblr

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Shrag

“Ghosts Before Breakfast” – mp3

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This track has been my go-to at work recently. It puts things in that good place between stripped down american rock & roll and the hip london swagger Shrag have carried the torch of for some time now.

Unfortunately, it looks like we’ve reached the end of the Shrag experience, as with so many great bands the desire to keep from selling-out in order to make a living at music eventually becomes a cross whose weight is no longer feasible to carry. “Ghosts Before Breakfast” is yet one more reminder why it is better to burn out than to fade away.

Shrag – Facebook | Website

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Buffalo Killer

“Get It” – mp3

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Rock purists should be ecstatic for Buffalo Killers, every important element  is present in there songs without being some fuzz drenched sound of repetition which is slowly becoming the noose around the neck of the vintage throwback bands of late (a saddening realization which becomes more apparent with each new band I check out). This is what live music once was defined by, in a small way these guys are doing what they can to steer the ship back in right direction.

Buffalo Killers – Facebook | Twitter | Website

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Dirtpill

“Johnny Reverb” – mp3

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The more I experience Austin music the more I find myself coming back again and again to the filthy hardcore I once lived for. I don’t want to pretend like I’ve been some die hard Dirtpill fan for any period of time, my recent downloading bender found me jumping on board with these guys, so for those of you whose hip passive demeanor doesn’t have tolerance for my ecstatic opinion of this band I understand why you would want to keep this band as your own little secret but unfortunately I’m not that cool so any chance I have to share this coveted genre with the rest of the world I’m going to do it.

Dirtpill – Bandcamp | Facebook

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Bill Baird

“Captain Brain” – mp3

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Captain Brain” is yet another clutch song helping me get through the monotonous and consuming time spent at work recently. This probably was sparked into my subconscious from playing Cy Dune and Fuzz in unhealthy doses this year, whatever the reason for my pulling up the entire Bill Baird catalog is insignificant to the fact that I forgot just how much I got into this guy last summer. This is yet another way to showcase the level of talent and defining sound of Austin,TX.

Bonus: It wouldn’t be right not to point out their latest offering “Spring Break Of The Soul” which seems to have everyone taking a bit more notice

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Bill Baird – Bandcamp | Facebook | Tumblr | Website | Big Cartel

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Fierce Creatures

“Babbity Abbot” – mp3

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I’m catching HCK! favorite The Gory Details tonight for the second time this week, they are insane live, and am looking forward to hearing again a new track they played at Hotel Vegas on Monday which included drum use similar to that in this song (obviously in a much sweatier fashion). Sure there are plenty of bands to successfully drive a crowd into a tribal frenzy this way but the two which immediately came to mind the other night were Bear Hands and and Fierce Creatures. Since I’ve gotten somewhat on an omitted kick towards the end of this weeks mix, I can’t think of a much better way to go out than with “Babbity Abbot.” This song, as with the overall sound of Fierce Creatures, is The Cure infused cali-pop that kills.

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