Tuesday, March 29, 2011

PS22 - Lisztomania

The kids at PS22 and their music teacher have been gaining popularity and buzz within the indie world for some time now. Their YouTube account is host to a number of spectacular covers by indie groups such as Beach House, MGMT, and Passion Pit. I was especially impressed by the following video, their rendition of "Lisztomania" by Phoenix. Not only do the kids always present each song with the utmost fervor and passion (notice the hand miming) but this song in particular has a pretty difficult lyrical cadence. In this video we get to see just how disciplined these kids are and truly how much work must go into each performance. This is PS22 at their best:

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

This Week's Required Reading

Yuck - Get Away

Minks - Funeral Song

Wye Oak - Hot as Day (Acoustic)

Cut Copy - Where I'm Going

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Miley Cyrus/The Strokes on SNL

I feel like they intentionally booked The Strokes with Miley to counteract Julian Casablancas' constant leather jacket wearing. Either way, this episode was particularly funny...Disney Channel acting school, Weekend Update, and Face Cream/Rock-a-billy CDs

Elizabeth Hoeckel

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

TV on the Radio - Will Do

New song from TV on the Radio off of their upcoming album Nine Types of Light. More news and feedback to come.

TV On The Radio - Will Do by Interscope Records

*The Soundcloud has been removed by Interscope. Here it is in Youtube form:

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Smith Westerns

Look no further than Chicago's own Smith Westerns for 2011's massively popular buzzing blog sweethearts. While others have failed to make the jump from a lo-fi introduction to studio polished debut (Black Kids), Smith Westerns combine the energy of 1970s guitar work with synthy-atmospherics and have transformed the lo-fi noise pop that gained them notoriety into shimmery summer diamonds of blue sky music. Look for Dye It Blonde to be on nearly every end of year best-of list. Check out their baby faces going acoustic below:

on suggestion from Mike Hughes

Friday, February 18, 2011

Radiohead - Lotus Flower

Aren't you, like, so excited??? Until King of Limbs comes out tomorrow (or you're one of the lucky many who will download it today) exact your attention erection to the video below.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hypnagogia and My Bloody Valentine

Adventureland Soundtrack

The other week I watched two movies: The Social Network and Adventureland. Really really liked them both, especially Adventureland. I'm typically a movie soundtrack fiend and will like just about any movie with a solid one. So, let me introduce you to the cherry on top of my recent Jesse Eisenberg love affair - the Adventureland soundtrack. Check out the complete list of 80's songs featured to perfectly paint the 1987 carnival backdrop here.

Inka Lindergard and Niclas Holmstroem


Vivian Girls - I Heard You Say

I liked Vivian Girls instantly. Their debut "Tell the World" was my formal introduction to the messy, haphazard neo-punk that arose out of the dregs of garage rock and boredom with a moody indie scene (see Black Lips, Harlem, The Strange Boys). On "I Heard You Say" Vivian Girls return with a tip from the beach rock that ruled the summer, but stay true to form with the monotone head nodding they're known for.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

YES. This was an incredible week as Fleet Foxes released the title track from their long awaited, feverishly anticipated sophomore album. "Helplessness Blues" is classic Fleet Foxes picking up right where they left off and throwing in some new production techniques to keep things interesting. The album isn't due until March, but hopefully we will see another release before then. For now you can download the song by clicking the really cool album artwork above.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


Mamihlapinatapai is the world's "most succinct" word. It means "a look shared by two people with each wishing that the other will initiate something that they both desire but which neither one wants to start."

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

No More Beach's Best Albums of 2010

This year more than ever, my ear drums were accosted by impressive bouts by veterans, rookies, and breakout sophomores alike. However, perhaps more astounding than the music of this year was the album artwork. If you don't still buy CDs (I guess that was a joke), this year's collection should give you more than enough reason to slave over your iPod ensuring that all your illegal downloads are coupled with exquisite visual stimulation. But above all else, you should definitely take a listen...

41. The Young Veins - Take a Vacation!

40. Kings of Leon - Come Around Sundown

39. Sharon Van Etten - Epic

38. Land of Talk - Cloak and Cipher

37. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

36. M.I.A. - /V\/\Y/\

35. Sleigh Bells - Treats

34. Weekend - Sports

33. MGMT - Congratulations

32. Quest for Fire - Lights From Paradise

31. Beach Fossils - Beach Fossils

30. Mountain Man - Made the Harbor

29. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

28. Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record

27. Avi Buffalo - Avi Buffalo

26. Warpaint - The Fool

25. Twin Shadow - Forget

24. Dum Dum Girls - I Will Be

23. Sufjan Stevens - Age of Adz

22. Wild Nothing - Gemini

21. Wavves - King of the Beach

20. Glasser - Ring

19. Tamaryn - The Waves

18. Junip - Fields

17. No Age - Everything in Between

16. Caribou - Swim

15. Best Coast - Crazy for You

14. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach

13. Vampire Weekend - Contra

12. The Radio Dept. - Clinging to a Scheme

11. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

10. Tame Impala - Innerspeaker

9. Miniature Tigers - Fortress

8. The Soft Pack - The Soft Pack

7. The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night

6. The Black Keys - Brothers

5. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast

4. Local Natives - Gorilla Manor

3. Dr. Dog - Shame, Shame

2. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

1. The Morning Benders - Big Echo