Here is a deep house track from Philly’s own cosmic explorers Les Professionnels remixed by DC’s M.O.T.M. M.O.T.M. bring a touch of Krautrock spookiness to this mix, a hypnotic atmospheric build a top a locked-in groove. Suggested use: mid-party slow-burner to bring all Muscle Marys, Clones, Hipsters and War Criminals a little bit closer together. Enjoy.
Richard Linklater’s newest film Boyhood, fittingly dubbed “a masterpiece that isn’t quite like anything else in the history of cinema” by Salon, has been the talk of the summer for viewers and critics around the country. Its unique and truly astonishing scope centers around human growth, interaction and affection, making it accessible to any audience or perspective.
Fittingly, moving passages from the film as well as a promotional trailer are sound tracked by intimate and swelling music — Family of The Year’s “Hero” is not only an instantly successful pairing for Boyhood’s singular vision of American life, but it’s also a transcendentally powerful track about finding identity in the rush of the contemporary crowd. “Let me go,” Joe Keefe sings tenderly. “I don’t want to be your hero. I don’t want to be a big man. I just want to fight like everyone else”. The irony and genius of “Hero” is a simple, valuable lesson: you can be heroic and inspiring without eclipsing the world around you for the ones you love. Linklater and the artists behind Boyhood must have connected deeply with Family of The Year’s standout track; the film and the song are both optimistic encounters with microcosmic views of the world. While the song details an individual fighting to shrug the world’s weight from his shoulders, the film becomes a heroic, sentimentally powerful lens into the quintessential American bildungsroman.
Check out Family of The Year’s music video for “Hero” below, as well as the trailer for Boyhood featuring the track.
Broncho, the garage-rock band based out of Oklahoma is back with a new single off their forthcoming album, Just Hip Enough To Be A Woman, slated to release September 16th via Dine Alone Records. Consisting of Ryan Lindsey (vocals/guitar), Johnathan Ford (bass), Ben King (guitar) and Nathan Price (drums), Broncho makes pithy and fuzzy garage-pop rock reminiscent of the early punk rock sound. Inevitably, comparisons abound to 70′s punk bands such as the Ramones, the Six Pistols, The Stooges, and even post-punk groups such as The Strokes — yet Broncho brings their own distinct sound to the table that includes hi-fi production.
Although their 2011 debut LP, Can’t Get Past the Lips received positive reviews, what really propelled them into the limelight was their featured track (“It’s On”) on the third season of HBO’s “GIRLS”. If Lena Dunham’s onto them, you know there must be a reason.
Listen to the catchy first single, “Class Historian” below and if you’re in the DC area, catch them playing DC9 September 21st.
Christian Peslak and Steve Marion of the psych-rock band Delicate Steve have known each other for years. You can definitely hear their fluidity and familiarity in the group’s best tracks—standouts from 2011’s Wondervisions such as “The Ballad of Speck and Pebble” or “Butterfly” are bursting with a warm energy that only intimate friends can create. And their band’s success—through two great albums and incessant, devoted touring—has allowed them to slow down and pursue new musical experiments.
Peslak and Marion are now also known as Saint Rich, a rambling rock duo that flirts with more conventional, lyrical pop structures than any Delicate Steve songs have. Their debut album of 2013, Beyond The Drone, is bigger and louder than Wondervisions or Positive Force, yet just as intimate and woozy with love and affection. Peslak’s voice is both playful and heartfelt, while Marion’s guitar melodies have just the right amount of twang to tear into your nostalgia. The epic ascent of “Officer” juxtaposed the quiet strumming of the project’s nascent track “Dreams” represents Saint Rich’s best qualities: they are both acolytes of the American rock canon and true masters of emotive, earnest music.
Forever devoted to their live presence no matter what band they’re representing, Saint Rich is travelling down the east coast this summer in support of Beyond The Drone. They’ll be making a stop on Sunday (7/27) at DC9, with Rusty Maples as their opener. Get ready for the show with singles from the debut album below. We’ll see you there!
Here is a song to improve summer road trips from my top secret collection of ‘Best Driving Songs.’ It’s archetypal Krautrock from Neu!, who practices understated idyllic German psychedelia. My prescription: play this song while driving home with the windows open after a long day at the beach, lake, river, etc. Enjoy.
We’re right smack in the middle of the warm months, smiles and beach songs time. Here is a track to elicit summertime joy tears, a sped up version of MJs 1979 classic “I Can’t Help it.” Shaped by the Norwegian God of Disco Todd Terje, this is about as good as music gets. Enjoy.
Presumably in an attempt to console himself after Chile’s loss to Brazil in the World Cup (the latter of which, let’s face it, could use some major consolation of their own right now after their embarrassing defeat to Germany), American-Chilean producer Nicolas Jaar recently released via twitter this fantastic edit of The Helen Hollins Singers. Featuring a heavy bassline and a series of looped drums, his sick revision entitled “Consolation” of the soul track from the 1980’s gospel group is one for the ages. Alternating emphasis between the vocals and the instrumentation, Jaar creates a compelling and modern twist on the original. As for Chile’s chances in the Cup, there’s always 2018.
I wonder who Jaar will be rooting for in the final match on Sunday? Whomever it is, let’s hope his musical offerings continue to be inspired by athletic events on the world stage, win or lose.