Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks

May 21st, 2010 : by :: Tags: ,

Ok… its Friday.  You aren’t working.  Here is an awesome pop song by Foster the People that will have you singing along almost instantly.  I haven’t come across a chorus this catchy in a long time.  Happy Friday!

PS: Finders credit goes to Lynn S.  Cheers!

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Song: Pumped Up Kicks.mp3 Artist: Foster the People
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The Zoltars’ CD-R Party June 5th @ Beerland, ATX

May 20th, 2010 : by :: Tags: , , , ,
The Zoltars

I will never grow tired of the simplistic greatness that is punk music, with its strummy guitar riffs and 4/4 drumbeats. Especially duos and trios like Austin, TX’s The Zoltars. They are having a CD-R party at Beerland in ATX on June 5th (everyone who comes gets a free copy of their new album). Check out these great tunes from the album and grab your free copy June 5th!

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Song: Run Off Key.mp3

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Song: Party At The Batcave.mp3 Artist: The Zoltars
Album: CD-R format
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Emil & Friends – Downed Economy 7

May 20th, 2010 : by :: Tags: , ,

Downed Economy 7 Inch

I have a sweet 7 inch recommendation for everyone.  The funky Sly and The Family Stone-esque tunes of Emil & Friends!  I don’t really know much about the band, but their music is really easy to love.  The sweet beats are only enhanced by the catchy vocals and tongue-in-lyrics about making rent and making tapes.  The single was released last September and you can get it in the UK at Transparent (I think it is sold out but free for download) and in the US over at Leftist Nautical Antiques.  Enjoy!

Thanks to Landon of Fergus and Geronimo (also on Transparent and LNA) for the find!

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Song: Downed Economy.mp3 Artist: Emil & Friends Album: Downed Economy 7″
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The Smiles And Frowns Self-Titled

The Smiles And Frowns

This is the best thing that has happened to my cochleas in a long time. The Smiles And Frowns ’09 self-titled is a collection of terrifically whimsical, jangly pop tunes that scream 1960s. It’s got that Magical Mystery Tour charm to it, with songs that tell well-crafted stories of fantastical characters. Just listen to the first 10 seconds of track 1, “Sam,” and you’ll know what I’m talkin about! Here’s a couple delightful tunes from the album for ‘ya!

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Song: The Echoes Of Time.mp3

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Song: Mechanical Songs.mp3 Artist: The Smiles And Frowns
Album: The Smiles And Frowns
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Somadrone :: Providence

May 19th, 2010 : by :: Tags: , , , ,
Somadrone

Neil O’Connor, aka Somadrone, has been called “one of Ireland’s most fascinating avant garde composers.” His albums range from electro-acoustic pieces to pop music, interlaced with miniature symphonies and electronic interludes. “Providence” has this uneasy Clockwork Orange feeling behind it. Stanley Kubrick would eat this up. Check out his website for tons of O’Connor’s other works from 1994 to present.

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Song: Providence.mp3 Artist: Somadrone
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Tourettes :: Miss You ft Caoimhe (Video)

May 18th, 2010 : by :: Tags: , ,

Many thanks to Team Sweet for emailing me this video, because I can’t get this song out of my head. Tourettes is a hip-hop artist from New Zealand, and “Miss You (ft Caoimhe)” is the third single off his latest album Who Said You Can’t Dance To Misery? Really cool video too. Enjoy!

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Villagers – Becoming A Jackal

May 18th, 2010 : by :: Tags: , ,
Villagers Becoming A Jackal Cover

How am I just now hearing this album? Villagers’ (aka Conor J O’Brien) Becoming A Jackal is extremely bold and bursting with creativity. I’ll tell you one thing, Ireland is spitting out some fantastic artists right now. I’ll share some more finds from Dublin later this week! Pre-order the album here. Here’s the title track, which is definitely the pop-iest song on the record, and seems to be everyone’s favorite:

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Song: Becoming A Jackal.mp3 Artist: Villagers
Album: Becoming A Jackal
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