Category Archives: indie

D-10

This forth installment features a catchy tune called “The Bike Song.”  It’s fun!

D-10

  1. AM / FM – !!!
  2. Odessa – Caribou
  3. On The Lam – Kele
  4. The Bike Song (feat. Kyle Falconer, Spank Rock) – Mark Ronson and the Business Intl
  5. Internet Killed the Video Star – The Limousines
  6. One Life Stand – Hot Chip
  7. I Can Change – LCD Soundsystem
  8. Solid Gold – The Golden Filter
  9. Call Your Girlfriend – Robyn
  10. Derezzed – Daft Punk

The 10s for 2010

For me, 2010 was one of the best years of my entire life. So many great events occurred in 2010, but none as important as marrying my love Abby. The music was great too.

Each post will contain a list of 10 songs with somewhat of a theme. Don’t think too hard. I’m not very creative when trying to put together song lists with a specific theme in mind so I just went with genre.  Enjoy!

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  1. Floating Vibes – Surfer Blood
  2. Boy – Ra Ra Riot
  3. Friendly Ghost – Harlem
  4. This Too Shall Pass – OK Go
  5. Holiday – Vampire Weekend
  6. Animal – Neon Trees
  7. Heavy In Your Arms – Florence and The Machine
  8. The Ghost Inside – Broken Bells
  9. Post Acid – Wavves
  10. Month of May – Arcade Fire

The end of the beginning

Quite a year. At least that’s the feeling from behind this laptop. Nine+ months of expectation led to the fruitful delivery of what is now a wonderful smiling bundle of puke and poop. I can safely say I’m having a time like no other in my life.

Other new adventures this year include a foray into the world of jazz following a trip to New Orleans. One rambunctious night turned us on to the new interpretations of an old time style courtesy of the Smoking Time Jazz Club and I’ve since been digging into the old style proper courtesy of Coleman Hawkins, amongst others.

I say all this, but this mixtape installment goes in a wholly different direction dipping more into the world of indie-inflected dance music. I understand that this is the festive time of the year, but this one is more winter than Christmas. And it’s not a best of 2010 compilation: that would be a major disservice to the bunch of tracks I received in December which I still haven’t worked my way through.

Kicking things off with the ultra-ambient tinkles of George Lenton, the mix moves into the more muscular direction of Kings of Tomorrow before dropping down a notch with White Hinderland’s rendition of Timberlake’s ‘My Love’.

Clicks and Whistles is an American outfit indicative of the new sounds coming out of the US. As you can probably tell by the occurrence of two tracks in this mix, I’m a fan of their Idiothouse EP.

Other notable mentions are Peo de Pitte’s reworking of Telepopmusik’s Breathe (I’d urge you to check out the full version which I didn’t have the courage to feature here) and the exciting direction Daft Punk have taken the movie soundtrack genre.

The skinny

Sine A (here here) – George Lenton

Feyd Rautha Dark Heart – Grimes

Yorokobu (Craig Heneveld Remix) – The Malah

Ego Trip – Kings Of Tomorrow

My Love – White Hinterland

Hello – Clicks & Whistles

Twilight Galaxy (JSaxton’s 2552 Remix) – Metric

Give It Up – Diamond Rings

Breathe (Peo de Pitte remix) – Telepopmusik

Raw Passion – Clicks & Whistles

Passion – Nightmares On Wax

Solar Sailer (Basic Slack Edit) – Daft Punk

One for the girls! (mostly)

I didn’t plan to make a compilation with just Swedish women. I just stumbled on all these good tunes, either by Swedish solo artistas or by Swedish bands with a female lead singer.

Here is some very important information : )

  • Little Dragon are currently supporting Gorillaz on tour. The band’s Swedish-Japanese singer Yukimi Nagano appears on Gorillaz’s album Plastic Beach and has previously worked with Swedish group Koop, José González and Hird.
  • One of the band members in CirKus is Neneh Cherry.
  • Malin Dahlström is the singer of both Niki and the Dove and Disdishdance.
  • Fever Ray is the solo project of Karin Dreijer from the Knife. The new single Mercy Street is a Peter Gabriel cover.
  • Titiyo is Neneh Cherry’s half-sister.

Tracks:

Looking glass – Little Dragon
Bells – CirKus
Like a fading rainbow – Jenny Wilson
DJ ease my mind – Niki and the Dove
Once I was a serene.. – Frida Hyvönen
Play the world – Nina Kinert
Good evening – The Concretes
Runabout – Little Dragon
Seven – Fever Ray
Yours to keep – Teddybears featuring Neneh Cherry
Love to the test – Disdishdance
Johnny Icon – CirKus
Blinking pigs – Little Dragon
Mercy Street – Fever Ray
When I grow up – First Aid Kit
Let me in – El perro del mar
Longing for lullabys – Titiyo
Exotic lovelight – Disdishdance

Best of the blogs for 2009

Here it is – getting on the 2009 teary nostalgia tip like a bunch of other Poprounders (thug wife, doc and yari, who covered the whole noughties).

Most of these tracks have been hacked off the blogs I monitor. Definitely veering on the side of taught electronic production, and me like all the other bloggers is a sucker for the crafty remix so there’s more than a few featured here.

Chelonis R Jones – Rehabilitation (Excerpt)
Kleerup – Until We Bleed (With Lykke Li)
Can you feel it – Barack Obama mix
Vancouver – Felix Cartal
I Remember (Caspa Remix) – Deadmau5
Mr Oizo – Gay Dentists
M.I.A. – Death to the throne
WTF (DJ Wool remix) – Tittsworth
Bot (Original Mix) – Deadmau5
Black Music (One Kitten vs Chris T-T Remix) – Chris T-T
Jack got Macked – Julio Bashmore
Tanya Stephens – “It’s a Pity” (Lulu Rouge Bootleg)
Bigmouth Strikes Again (David Starfire remix) – The Smiths

If you’re interested in more like this, check out this listing of mp3 downloads from time to time.

What’s in store for 2010? Looks like dubstep is fragmenting yet still enjoying a share of the hype/limelight. Personally, can’t wait to get to SXSW in Austin!

Best of 2009

you know the year has flown by when you have to check the song to make sure it’s the right year…saying that it’s been a great year for good music not to mention decade (ooh that might mean another compilation to follow!!). SXSW 09 really set the tone for the year so much that we have to go this year as well!

White Feather – Wolfmother
Farewell to the Fairground – White Lies
The Reeling – Passion Pit
Rabbit Heart [Raise It Up] – Florence And The Machine
This Tornado Loves You – Neko Case
1901 – Phoenix
Too Many Dicks [On The Dancefloor] – Flight Of The Conchords
Fast Fuse – Kasabian
Must Be The Ganja – Eminem
Love And Let Love – Gossip
Panic Switch – Silversun Pickups
Lady Don’t Fall Backwards – Peter Doherty
We Are The Hunters – The D’Urbervilles
Ankles – CHRIS T.T.
Daniel – Bat For Lashes
My Girls – Animal Collective
Voices In My Head – K’naan
Concrete Walls – Fever Ray
Further Complications – Jarvis Cocker
Life on Earth – Tiny Vipers

Pop Rocks for 2009

I’m over a week into 2010, but here is my best of 2009.  I have seen about 80% of the groups on this play list, and the hope is to see the rest in 2010.  My highlights would be The XX and Yacht.  Notable omissions for ‘09 would be the Silversun Pickups, Muse, the bay area’s own AFI, and of course the fine ass Lily Allen.  As for 2009 you’ve probably heard a lot of these songs on television commercials and movie soundtracks.

1. Little Boots – New In Town
2. Daylight – Matt & Kim
3. Out of the Blue – Julian Casablancas
4. Lust For Life – Girls
5. All is Love – Karen O and the Kids
6. Heavy Cross – Gossip
7. Little Secrets – Passion Pit
8. Hearing Damage – Thom Yorke
9. Hell – Tegan & Sara
10. Young Adult Friction – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
11. Islands – The XX
12. Kiss With a Fist – Florence and the Machine
13. Psychic City (Voodoo City) – Yacht
14. Gold Guns Girls – Metric
15. Shame and Fortune – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
16. Around the Bend – The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
17. Fireflies – Owl City
18. Bourgeois Shangri-La – Miss Li
19. Lions – The Features
20. Can’t Stop Partying – Weezer
21. Sunlight – tUnE-YArdS

Ten random top albums from the noughties

Happy New Year!

1. Eternity Now (2006) – The Bear Quartet
2. Vespertine (2001) – Björk
3. Dimanche a Bamako (2005) – Amadou & Mariam
4. Silent Shout (2006) – The Knife
5. Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009) – Animal Collective
6. Ny Våg (2002) – The Bear Quartet
7. Funeral (2004) – Arcade Fire
8. Fleet Foxes (2008) – Fleet Foxes
9. Saturday Night (2005) – The Bear Quartet
10. Passing Stranger (2006) – Scott Matthews

My New Year’s resolution, by the way, is to be less obsessive about the Bear Quartet. It’s going to be tricky…

 

Northern Lights XVIII

Imagine a sufi version of Animal Collective’s ‘My girls’, sung by Victoria Bergsman (previously the singer of the Concretes and the female voice on Peter Bjorn & John’s ‘Young folks’) – how amazing would that be?!

This is exactly what Victoria did – she went to Pakistan, found a group of sufi musicians and recorded not just ‘My girls’ (‘My boys’ in their version) but a whole album of cool stuff.

Northern Lights number 18 is on the whole a very low-key affair – something for those long autumn nights perhaps…

I had to include Pugh Rogefeldt’s ‘Love love love’, having learnt that DJ Shadow sampled it on his Endtroducing album. And the Andreas Tilliander version of ‘Millions’ is, allegedly, the first ever Bear Quartet remix.

Enough said. Full track listing:

Millions (Andreas Tilliander version) – The Bear Quartet
Naimamelodin – Hans Appelqvist
My boys – Taken by trees
Dance with somebody (the internet hood RMX feat. GZA, Cadence Weapon) – Mando Diao
Boat Behind – Kings of Convenience
Anchor made of gold – Sara Wilson
Don Quite – Blood Music
Love love love – Pugh Rogefeldt
Dance on my skin – Mi and L’au
Build the wall up – Lake Heartbeat
Day by day – Taken by trees
Se hur det dagas – Hans Appelqvist
The swim – Liminals
My girls – Animal Collective
Fok – Olafur Arnalds

The Bear Quartet vs The Fall

I’ve had this compilation in my head for over a year, so I’m really pleased to finally put it somewhere else.

Not sure why these two bands merged in my mind – musically they don’t have a great deal in common, apart from being filed in the ‘indie’ or ‘alternative rock’ section. I suppose what they do have in common is that they’re both relentlessly uncompromising. And ridiculously productive. And, above all, they are both brilliant and deserve a few more listeners.

Tracks:

Free range – The Fall
Class trip – The Bear Quartet
Why are people grudgeful – Fall
Euthanasia – BQ
Ed’s babe – Fall
Puppy hours – BQ
R.O.D. – Fall
What I hate – BQ
Arid Al’s dream – Fall
Tibet – BQ
O brother! (B-side) – Fall
Super confidence – BQ
Slang king (B-side) – Fall
On the map – BQ
A past gone mad – Fall
The lost kid office – BQ
Taurig – Fall
Fairies – BQ
Lost in music – Fall
I know my owner – BQ
Bonkers in Phoenix – Fall
Load it – BQ