Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Falls – Home

Have a listen to “Home” courtesy of Australia’s The Falls – a quiet folksy Neil Young-esque jam plus some beautiful harmonies, a toy vibraphone, and some clapping – nothing fancy, but peaceful as all hell.

Keep an eye out for their debut EP Hollywood which drops on June 1st.

Friday, May 25, 2012

The Cribs – Hey Scenesters

Punch Friday in the face with a bit of classic Cribs.

Speaking of getting punched in the face, after enthusiastically (read: drunkenly) throwing myself into the mosh pit at the Cribs show a few weeks ago at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, I was kicked in the face by the errant foot of a crowd surfer and lost my glasses. I promptly proceeded to do my best Velma from Scooby Doo impression groping along the floor, fully expecting the gang to crunch my glasses as they fled from the ghost – but to my surprise, some very nice folks stopped the jumping and shoving long enough to locate my glasses without them being trampled.

Amaaaazzzzzing – and so is this jam.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Heartbreaks – Delay, Delay

Those jangling 60s pop rockers The Heartbreaks have finally released their long-awaited album “Funtimes.”

Have a listen to the lead single, “Delay, Delay,” which reeks of The Cure and The Smiths in the best of ways.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Robert Frank

"There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment. This kind of photography is realism. But realism is not enough - there has to be vision, and the two together can make a good photograph." - Robert Frank

Monday, May 21, 2012

Army Girls – Twice

Hell to the yes! Army Girls is back with a new single.

Featuring a machine gun drum line and a playful guitar/drums fire fight, “Twice” is even more musical than their previous releases with surprisingly lush layers considering they are duo. Despite the fancy production flourishes, Army Girls maintain the urgency and bristling braggadocio of their EP.

Have a listen below or head over to bandcamp to score your free copy.

Friday, May 18, 2012

U.S. Royalty – Sleepy Eyes (Acoustic)

Nothing new or fancy, just a stripped down acoustic version of U.S. Royalty’s “Sleepy Eyes” that was recorded on a chilly winter morning in my old hood, the Lower East Side.


Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Pixiekills – Heavy Hands

Delirious pop madness collides with the sordid fuck off attitude of punk in The Pixiekills.

Hell yes! More please!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Entertainment – You’re Still In Me

Remember the utter apathy of mid-90’s rock – that lazy undirected angst of the Pepsi Generation that just couldn’t be bothered with anything – well those memories all come flooding back with London’s Entertainment.

Pop your copy of “Reality Bites” into your VCR, grab a Pepsi and some Corn Pops, and have a listen to “You’re Still In Me” below.

Monday, May 14, 2012

AA Loves – Devin

Crank up your speakers because some serious brimstone is about to come spewing forth.

Think Fuzzy New York aughts punk – a la the Strokes, raw spitfire a la the Flat Duo Jets, and plenty of surf-drenched attitude a la X, Devin is pure earth-shattering, orgasmic ear sex – I just can’t believe it took me this long to have a love affair.

Devin’s brand of in-your-face rockabilly tinted garage punk harkens back to the early days of rebellious rock and roll – think if Chuck Berry and Joe Strummer had a musical baby.

Have a gander at the music video for “Masochist” and “You’re Mine” below and be sure to grab a copy of the killer debut EP You’re Mine which is out via FrenchKiss Records.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Kimbra – Settle Down (Live Spotify Session)

Gents, be warned. You may find yourself wanting to settle down with this charming Kiwi after this video.

Kimbra’s live rendition of her slow-burning “Settle Down” will seriously blow your mind wide open! Doing a solo show at SXSW, Kimbra deftly makes use of two iPads to create an amazing beat by looping her sultry beatboxing.

Have a look at the video below, and be sure to grab a copy of her killer LP Vows.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Zulu – Zombies

Start that beer throwing, it’s time to rage!

Just some thrashing English punk rock to get your day started courtesy of those thrashing English punk rockers Zulu.

Monday, May 7, 2012

AA Loves - Talk Fine

Just some pretty pretty pop – sugary sweet sixties inspired Indie pop to be exact – courtesy of Brooklyn-based Talk Fine for today. Think Todd Rundgren pop genius meets Squeeze.

More please!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Cubenx – Grass (Robin Guthrie Remix)

Like the Fonz in a freezer or Snoopy in the shade, Robin Guthrie’s (of Cocteau Twins fame) remix of Cubenx’s “Grass” could not be more relaxing.

With its mellow piano lines, lush textures, dreamy vocals, and sparse guitar line, Robin Guthrie’s remix is a brilliant example of minimal shoe gaze and the perfect thing to send you off to the pleasant slumbering land of dream giants.

Taken from Cubenx’s upcoming EP, keep an eye out for Grass Remixes, which is due out on May 28th.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

On The Road Again pt. 2

Nothing like posting and editing photos from a road trip you took six months ago to make you want to do it all over again.

Finally got around to editing and posting photos from my epic 5 day barn storming road trip from Albaquerque, NM to Phoenix, AZ and everything in between. Pretty much just the best time since mankind began recording know, no big deal.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Cub Scouts – Do You Hear

Cub Scouts – what a bunch of dream boats! And by dream boats, I mean their brand of halcyon, summer dream-tinged indie pop is perfect to usher in the warmth of Spring. Dangerously infectious, “Do You Hear” will immediately become a staple of your “Fuck Yea, Summer’s Almost Here Playlist.”

Keep an eye out for this charming 5-piece from Brisbane, because they are definitely set to break out with the release of their upcoming EP.

Stream the track below and watch the video – and check out their last single “Evie,” which is every bit as catchy with its steel drums.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

AA Loves - The Fearless Vampire Killers

The Fearless Vampire Killers – I mean with a name like that, how can they not be fun?

These Melbourne-based indie rockers are from another era – the 60s to be more specific -- no, not literally, but sonically speaking. Dripping in retro psychedelic-twinged surf rock with a dose of blues rock, The Fearless Vampire Killers sound like the Beach Boys if experimented heavily with acid and psyachedlic music or if the Velvet Underground played Beach Boy covers.

Watch the video for “For You & Me," which features an MC5 “Kick Out The Jams”-esque guitar riff.

The Fearless Vampire Killers 'For You & Me' from Timothy Melville on Vimeo.