July 23, 2014
Hype Machine Round-Ups
I used to do this series called “Hype Machine Thursdays” where I randomly compile tracks from Hype Machine’s Weekly Popular lists, write about my first thoughts upon listening, and give it a rating. Previously, the rating scale was just thumbs up or down, but for this one I actually gave solid numeral score out of 10. That sounded more fun. So here are nine tracks by artists I have no idea about that I chose solely by name.
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“Memories That You Call” by Odesza (ft. Monsoonsiren) [Counter]
Genre: Electronic / Pop
Rating: 6
No wonder why these dudes sounded familiar: they are playing a show in my city in October. The name bares heavy resemblance to Caribou’s good one, Odessa, so I assumed them to be of the electronic type, and yup, I was correct. None of Dan Snaith’s squiggly tricks show up here, more so of the happy-go-lucky sunset synth-party of, say, ceo’s latest but straight-faced sober. The orange in it is alright, though I want the colors to splash more abnormal for my taste. They are Ninja Tune-approved (Counter is a sister imprint to the UK imprint), so at least they got that going on as the Seattle duo drops their debut LP, In Return, on Sept. 9.
Found @ Hilly Dilly


“Dreamers” by Hopium (ft. Phoebe Lou) [self-released]
Genre: Electronic / Pop
Rating: 6
I don’t know if it’s just because it’s found from the same place, but this track by Hopium shines with a similar high-saturated color as Odesza’s, granted this shoots for something has its eyes for the stratosphere. Honestly, the blockbuster synths on this sounds stripped from stadium EDM but arranged for more low-key faux bedroom-pop. So I guess a slightly smaller scaled M83? Phoebe Lou plays side character, whispering things in between. I appreciate the flair, but I would rather have them reach for the sky instead of staying on earth daydreaming.
Found @ Hilly Dilly


“Garde le Pour Toi” by Paradis [Riviera / Beats in Space]
Genre: Electronic / Dance
Rating: 7
Here’s a seven-minute chillout sesh. Welcomed by a grabbing set of hollow-tube synths, Paradis keeps their eyes on the prize, steadily building a middle-lined groove throughout the song. They sing in French so I don’t know what they’re singing about, but it’s probably a good thing they keep their voice on the low. When they gradually creep up their voice, subtly raising for the chorus, it’s a very smooth move in what should be left as a modest touch. The whole thing is rewarding, really, and it’s a good late-night wanderer for sure.
Found @ Yaqui


“Class Historian” by Broncho [Dine Alone]
Genre: Pop / Rock
Rating: 5
Subscribe to, like, Fat Possum or Burger records on SoundCloud, and you will find endless selections of this kind of tightly tuned, jumpy pop-rock. I’m sure some of you would find better use for this song, especially during this hot season of summer, but chill dude garage-rock like this rarely perks my ear. I want something messier, dirtier, like I can feel their spit and sweat on me as they play, you know? (If I may plug, Cayucas sounds like this, and I recommend them big time.) Broncho has a new album, Just Enough to Be Woman, coming out on Sept. 16.
Found @ Earbuddy


“Strange Enough” by Verite [self-released]
Genre: Pop
Rating: 4
Whoever responsible for producing this adds in some speedy break to cut the thick, daunting drone. I guess that’s how you keep someone’s attention in a pop song in 2014. Props given for gambling on some mega-sized drama and intensity for this; I suppose that’s what gives Verite the edge apart from the similarly surrounded-in-the-dark singer Banks. This thing leans a bit too self-serious as she eyes to heighten the emotion for me. Oh, and please throw away the cheesy d’n’b break.
Found @ Little Indie Blogs


“Gold Silver Diamond” by Generationals [Polyvinyl]
Genre: Rock
Rating: 5
Pretty feel-good. People can bob their head and maybe sway along to this. Standard yet hip kick drums to keep it sounding crisp. Those synths it make the songs shimmer fittingly for the season. But that’s all I really get out of this one: something nice to please bunch of people at a hangout. Which I guess isn’t bad, but I can also put this in the background half-engaged and get the same sort of satisfaction. So, I don’t know, it’s OK but doesn’t much to me beyond, “well I guess this sounds fun.” For more fun, Generationals are releasing a new album, Alix, on Sept. 16 which should be a treat like this.
Found @ Side One Track One


“The Way She Moves” by Tenru [self-released]
Genre: Electronic
Rating: 7
Hilly Dilly again, and they do have a knack for nice-sounding electronic music. More than the others above, Tenru’s song lies more up my alley. Apparently the dude name checks Bonobo and Nujabes, and you can quite tell his fascination with those beatmakers in this blooming slice of hip-hop-meets-chillout (Who can blame him?). The kicks tell it all. And it’s bothering me that the vocal sample sounds so familiar but I can’t put my finger again. Well done, Tenru..
Found @ Hilly Dilly


“Carousel Ride” by Rubblebucket [Communion]
Genre: Rock
Rating: 7
Aw man. Those wired guitars got me thinking the band’s gonna shout some drunken sing-alongs. But nah, they’re actually kinda shy and twee, whispering like some bedroom band rather than one formed in a garage. They redeem themselves towards the latter half, living up to the spirited promise vocally, not fully but well enough. All in all, their big heart wins me over, so props to you, Rubblebucket from Brooklyn. This song is the title track from their upcoming EP, out Aug. 11. 
Found @ Little Indie Blogs


“The Big Unknown” by Elder Island [Four Thieves]
Genre: Electronic / Pop
Rating: 6
Fine chillout pop. Despite that soft xylophone initially popping like a fluffy cloud, the wonky guitar riff, wah-wah bass line and shuffling drums gives this thing a fun backbone. Plus, the vocalist slides along playfully, so it’s definitely not a snoozer. Quiet disco might be better? It’s fun. A little tendency to creep into the background and I don’t get much personality from them, but show lots of promise
Found @ Sound Injections
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Hype Machine Round-Ups

I used to do this series called “Hype Machine Thursdays” where I randomly compile tracks from Hype Machine’s Weekly Popular lists, write about my first thoughts upon listening, and give it a rating. Previously, the rating scale was just thumbs up or down, but for this one I actually gave solid numeral score out of 10. That sounded more fun. So here are nine tracks by artists I have no idea about that I chose solely by name.

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July 23, 2014
I thought this was gonna be some low key whisper-y folk album, but no, I was dead wrong. And I’m happy I was wrong because this thing goes.

I thought this was gonna be some low key whisper-y folk album, but no, I was dead wrong. And I’m happy I was wrong because this thing goes.

July 23, 2014
SBTRKT tour

SBTRKT tour

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July 23, 2014
SBTRKT tour

SBTRKT tour

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July 22, 2014

AWESOME RELEASE OF THE DAY

"Just One of the Guys" by Jenny Lewis [Warner]

This music video was uploaded a week ago, so it’s not so new. Regardless, fantastic song as this Jenny Lewis single deserves an equally memorable video — directed by the singer herself, might I add. I’ll let you choose your own favorite parts of the video. (Mine is probably when Jenny Lewis is flicking people off because duh.)

It’s a light-hearted video full of goofy acting and wardrobe, fitting for the warm guitar pop, but inside Jenny Lewis hits straight where it hurts. There are bunch of thorny things she once sang: the fear of getting old; screaming and no one hearing; stuck in your own sadness. And new stuff more relevant to now about societal expectations of her as a woman of her age. But ultimately, it’s an inspiring song about getting back up, sticking up for yourself, and spitting back at “the man” (figuratively and literally). Just check her kiss goodbye: “I’m not gonna break for you/ I’m not gonna pray for you/ because that’s not what ladies do.”

Jenny Lewis’ long awaited new album, The Voyager, drops next week. You can stream it now on NPR’s First Listen.

July 22, 2014

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July 22, 2014
Hyperdub 10th anniversary tour.

Hyperdub 10th anniversary tour.

July 20, 2014
I had myself a brief Dum Dum Girls marathon, so I thought this album would be an appropriate next step to take. For those that need the refresher, Haunted Hearts is Dee Dee Penny of Dum Dum Girls and her husband Brandon Welchez of Crocodiles. The debut is OK, pretty enjoyable; I’d recommend to Dum Dum Girls fans who like DDG around 2011.

I had myself a brief Dum Dum Girls marathon, so I thought this album would be an appropriate next step to take. For those that need the refresher, Haunted Hearts is Dee Dee Penny of Dum Dum Girls and her husband Brandon Welchez of Crocodiles. The debut is OK, pretty enjoyable; I’d recommend to Dum Dum Girls fans who like DDG around 2011.

July 20, 2014
It’s been a while since I shotgunned a beer. This album reminds me I should do that pretty soon with a good company of friends. We are only getting older.

It’s been a while since I shotgunned a beer. This album reminds me I should do that pretty soon with a good company of friends. We are only getting older.

July 20, 2014

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