Monthly Archives: October 2011
Over the weekend I realized how spooky “Don’t You Want Me,” the multi-million selling single released by The Human League, truly is. From a surface glance, the chorus “don’t you want me baby, don’t you want me oh,” might make a casual listener think this is a love song. However, lyrics such as
“Success has been so easy for you
But don’t forget it’s me who put you where you are now
And I can put you back down too”
evoke jealousy and control. In this light, the pleading vocals now seem controlling and creepy. Happy Halloween everybody! – M.Hoff
Don’t You Want Me- The Human League
It may have snowed here this weekend, but October has not passed us by. Not quite. Winter may be closing in but I still see brown and orange leaves under the melting piles of snow. I still feel the cold fall winds on my face and I still see the beautiful autumn sunsets. Here’s a fall mix we put together to bottle up that fall feeling and put it into music. Check out the tracklisting and download after the break. Before winter comes.
This band, hailing from Salford just released their first single “Rainbow Reptile,” and it’s a straight up rocker. The song starts with an infectious guitar lick that plays throughout the song and reminds me of 90s grunge guitar (perhaps even a lost Cobain riff?). But what makes this band unique is that they take that grunge riff and place it over a dark hard rock tune that could have come straight out of the 70s. Their singer even sounds (and looks) reminiscent of his 70s dark wailing counterparts (Ozzy, Halford, and Rose). I can’t wait to hear more tracks by Stalagmites to see how they develop as musicians. With their surprising blend of genres, they’re sure to create some interesting stuff. If you like this song, be sure to download their two free singles on bandcamp.
Stalagmites – Rainbow Reptile:
The Black Keys seem to be very persistent in producing hit after hit. Even as they change from album to album I always find pleasure in their songs. Their next endeavor, El Camino, comes out December 6th. The first single “Lonely Boy” came out today. Check out this simple/awesome music video for it below
Hip Hop Instrumentals meets Chopped Up Soul Samples. You might be thinking, its been done before, so what? Look at Kanye’s early production or J Dilla’s whole discography. Nah Nah Nah, just listen to this rising producer who calls himself, Constrobuz. With the massive use of sliced samples, this boy makes beats you can vibe to. Constrobuz’s music is very chill and can only be described as waves of soulful sound. I suggest you check out the songs below and download his mixtape BEATS Vol. 2 and vibe out. – D. Gold
Constrobuz – So Glad It’s Over
Constrobuz – Saloon Raps
Constrobuz – Harold and Eric
Sunlight on your eyelids, you were sleeping. Sunlight on your back, you were dreaming.
Here’s one for all you Vampire Weekend fans out there. Rostam Batmanglij, multi-instrumentalist and producer of Vampire Weekend, recently released an amazing solo effort called “Wood 9-27 B” for free on his tumblr. This track features some gorgeous eastern influenced string arrangements, steady drums and Rostam’s soft voice, which blends perfectly with the tune. The lyrics are beautiful as well; just hearing this song puts me in a good mood and takes me out of the cold fall weather and back into the summer. I can’t wait to hear more solo stuff from Rostam. In the meantime, enjoy below and take in the last few glimpses of warmth before winter.
ROSTAM – Wood 9-27 B:
Heres an awesome mix-up of Big Boi and the Black Keys I got from A.Hite. Can you dig it?
Well it’s definitely fall again and I’ve been getting into the spirit of the season by breaking out some of my fall folk music and other autumnal tracks. One great “fall artist” I’ve come across this week is Canadian band Siskiyou who recently released their second album Keep Away the Dead. It’s a great fall album and features tracks that often sound to me like early Modest Mouse if they decided to make folk music (see “Twigs and Stones”). The songs range from uplifting and loud to quiet late-night folk (“Sing Me to Sleep”) and overall the album is beautiful. Listen to “Fiery Kind” below and be sure to check out the rest of the album.
Siskiyou – Fiery Kind:
Here’s a new band that’s I’ve been listening to a lot lately after hearing about them from these guys. Comprised of Josh Wembeke, Josh Wembeke and…Josh Wembeke (a very talented guy if you ask me), The Morning Clouds are a kind of shoegaze band with a little surf and hard rock thrown in for good measure. The lyrics are simple and sweet and among all the distortion are some great pop gems (see “Ends” one of the best album closers I’ve heard in a while). Wembeke recorded the entire EP, coming in at just under thirty minutes by himself and released the EP on Lefse Records (How To Dress Well, Tape Deck Mountain and some other great artists) last week. This album is full of songs of love, loss and indifference for that loss. Listen to “The Wrong Things” below for a taste of this great EP. If that guitar doesn’t get to you, I don’t know what will.
The Morning Clouds – The Wrong Things:
So, Blame it on my A.D.D., Baby!
This song bumps. Although not a dubstep song, nor a new-age heavy rock track, this song by AWOLNATION, merges strong electronic and dub-by backings with melodic and very catchy vocals, unlike any other. This song, “Sail” has been around for a little and has gained some popularity on the US Charts, but I hadn’t heard of it until a few days ago. Not entirely sure about the other songs by the band, but this song is different. Just listen once, and you’ll be hooked. Rage On. – D. Gold