Breezy Sundays : Raindeer :: Postcard & Summer of 10 Feet Tall

Feb 7th, 2016 : by :: Tags: , , , , ,
Get breezy with Raindeer’s tracks “Postcard” and “Summer of 10 Feet Tall” off their album HWYL.
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Mind The Journey :: Color In The Gray Machine

Jan 27th, 2016 : by :: Tags: , ,
Spencer Sabo is a rather young psychedelic dreamer. Under the moniker Mind The Journey, his latest album Color In The Gray Machine dives straight into the deep-end of experimental psychedelic rock. Honestly, though, the complexities of this album stretch far beyond the psych-rock genre. Unequal parts Tame Impala, The Faint, and Nirvana, Color In The Gray Machine reverberates throughout your noggin, with every drumbeat, guitar, synthline, and vocals carrying with it a heavy dose of melancholy distortion. His voice seems as though it is being dragged against its will through each song – sluggishly lingering with every syllable. But as much as this sounds like a bad thing, it pairs surprisingly well alongside these fuzzy, off-grunge, electronic psych tunes.
Color In The Gray Machine is Spencer’s first full-length album as Mind The Journey, and it is a truly enjoyable experience. “Rose Colored Glasses” is how I imagine it must feel like to make it out of a bad acid trip in one piece – starting out quite loud and chaotic, and then coming to a crashing halt with an abrupt change in tempo, tone, and overall mood early on in the song, causing you to almost forget the chaos that invaded your ears just minutes earlier.
Check out the album in its entirety on Spotify, Bandcamp, and Youtube.
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PREVIEW : POP ETC at U Street Music Hall on 1/25

Jan 20th, 2016 : by :: Tags: , , ,
POP ETC is now on tour supporting their second album Souvenir. The band will stop by for a sold out show at U Street Music Hall on January 25. If you can’t get tickets (sorry) you can still listen to their latest singles below, including a couple of fun videos. Grab Souvenir which is out January 29. Enjoy…
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PREVIEW :: Knocks + Sofi Tukker + Cardiknox at 9:30 Club on 1/16

Jan 14th, 2016 : by :: Tags: , , , , ,
Very excited for this show on Saturday (1/16) at the 9:30 Club. This is a fantastic ensemble of groups doing cool things in pop music. The Knocks are reaching new heights with their last two collaborations, which include working with Camron. Sofi Tukker is tapping into an interesting vein of dance/house music with a pop twist. And though I have never seen them live, Cadriknox and their synth pop sensabilites are poised to give a fantastic show. See you there…
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Tuxedo :: Holiday Love (video)

Dec 21st, 2015 : by :: Tags: , , ,
Happy holidays! Tuxedo does a pretty great job with this holiday tune. Lots of vocoder, lots of funky beats. Enjoy…
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Mixtape : Baio :: Cold Winter, Warm Beats

Dec 16th, 2015 : by :: Tags: , , , , , ,
Keep cozy with an hour of Baio. The “Cold Winter, Warm Beats” playlist includes a few of his own tunes along with wavy sounds and remixes you’ve likely never heard. Happy Wednesday.

words by Ashleigh Liggett

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Temporary Hero :: Chet

Dec 9th, 2015 : by :: Tags: , ,
Temporary Hero - Chet

It wasn’t until after I listened to Chet Baker Sings that I truly appreciated and enjoyed Temporary Hero‘s noteworthy tribute. He tackles almost every song off the original record, and puts a wicked dark spin on each and every one of them. Temporary Hero made a name for himself earlier this year with “Wild Joy“, a club-pleasing, heavy on the house-techno dance number that landed him a spot on the Billboard Club Charts in April. He could’ve continued riding that gravy train, likely indefinitely, but instead decided to step outside the box and pay tribute to some of the true giants of jazz: Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and now Chet Baker. The album, simply titled Chet, takes the now iconic jazz standards that Chet Baker so boldly sang alongside his trusty trumpet back in 1956, and strips them down to the nuts and bolts – most tracks consisting of a simple drum beat, synth, and vocals. He could’ve just as easily done an album of “covers”, but instead he presents us with thoughtful and somber electronic reimaginings. Here are my two favorites from the album, “Time After Time” and “Look For The Silver Lining”.


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