Monthly Archives: October 2012

Hot Jam of the Day (10.30.12): Roosevelt, “Soleil”

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Roosevelt “Soleil” Sea (out now on Greco-Roman)  Around 2009/10, I had a running joke with my editor about my inability to get through my old singles column without using the word ‘Balearic’ at least once. Artists like Air France, jj, and Boat Club expertly enmeshed the dancefloors of Ibiza with the gentle breeze of Scandinavian pop to devestating effect. No matter what the weather was like, it was always sunny in my speakers. And while I’ll always have a sweet tooth for that sound, it hasn’t been …

Hot Jam of the Day (10.29.12): Christopher Owens, “Lysandre’s Theme/Here We Go”

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Christopher Owens “Lysandre’s Theme/ Here We Go” Lysandre (out 01/15/13 on Fat Possum) When singer/guitarist/songwriter Christopher Owens left SF critical darlings earlier this year, there were many digital tears shed. Though they were only really culturally relevant for about three years, Owens’ unabashed passion and fearless songwriting  built the group a large, devoted fanbase that stretched well outside their beloved San Francisco. And while I was certainly disappointed to see them call it a day, I certainly didn’t think we’d seen the end …

Images & Words: Weekly Video Round-Up, 10.27

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When MTV stopped playing music videos, many prognosticators claimed that the music video would go the way of the dodo. How wrong they were. Nowadays, music videos are better than they’ve ever been, and every weekend, I’m going to round up the best music videos released that week. Note: Please read all of the blurbs in a sultry, Daisy Fuentes accent.  5. M83: “Steve McQueen” In an era where fully realized albums are few and far between, Anthony Gonzalez’s decision to …

Hot Jam of the Day (10.22.12): Local Natives, “Breakers”

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ED NOTE: I started a new job and moved house last week, and I have obviously fallen desperatley behind on my Hot Jams. Instead of going back and filling days, I’ll just pull double duty this week. Thanks! TP Local Natives “Breakers” Hummingbird (out 01/29/13 on Frenchkiss) Simply put, the Silver Lake-based quartet’s debut album, Gorilla Manor, was one of my favorite albums of 2009. Nowadays, it’s rare to see young bands allow more than 18 months or so to go …

Hot Jam of the Day (10.10.12): Various Artists, “West Coast Cypher ’12” from the BET Hip-Hop Awards

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(In Order) Xzibit, YG, Kurupt, E-40, DJ Quik, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg/Lion/Baby Cat “West Coast Cypher ’12” BET Hip-Hop Awards There are ten things that I really enjoy/think about about this performance. 1. Everything about Kendrick Lamar’s flow is captivating. One of the best rappers on the planet right now. No doubt. 2. Besides his hair, DJ Quik’s commitment to percussion is truly exceptional (even though he couldn’t keep up). Didn’t know a plastic fork could count as an instrument. 3. I …

Hot Jam of the Day (10.09.12): Jessie Ware x Wild Beasts, “Night Light”

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Jessie Ware x Wild Beasts “Night Light” (Wild Beasts Rework) Original on Devotion (out now on PMR) For a bunch of art/indie rockers, provincial Brits Wild Beasts have crafted some damn good remixes down the years. However, I’d hesitate to call their take on Jessie Ware’s blazing new single just a remix. The group intertwines their signature dramatique vocals with Ware’s sultry original to create a totally new track, which is more cover than remix. Whatever you want to call it, it’s …

Hot Jam of the Day (10.08.12): How To Destroy Angels, “Keep It Together”

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How to Destroy Angels “Keep It Together” An Omen EP (due out 11/13 on Columbia) “Keeping it together” and Trent Reznor haven’t always gone hand-in-hand over the years, and on his new single, when Reznor and his wife Mariqueen Maandig whisper the mantra “I can keep it together,” it sounds more of a hope than a belief. Musically, it has all the hallmarks of a Reznorian track: a minimalistic arraignment, a throbbing bass, and an ever-present feeling of tension. That tension exists in all …

Images & Words: This Week’s Video Round-Up

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When MTV stopped playing music videos, many prognosticators claimed that the music video would go the way of the dodo. How wrong they were. Nowadays, music videos are better than they’ve ever been, and every weekend, I’m going to round up the best music videos released that week. Note: Please read all of the blurbs in a sultry, Daisy Fuentes accent.  5. Sky Ferriera: “Everything is Embarrassing” I know that I just claimed that this was a round-up of the …

Hot Jam of the Day (10.05.12): araabMUZIK, “Runaway Bass”

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araabMUZIK “Runaway Bass” Unreleased I used to be annoyed by the “you are now listening to araabMUZIK” sample that the young Rhode Islander dropped in every song, but now I’m starting to think that it’s just totally unnecessary. The producer (né Abraham Orellana) has created a sound all his own, and this single exhibits all the hallmarks of an Araab-banger: impossibly overworked MPC percussion, maximalist arraignments, and impressive melodic dynamism. Unlike many of his biggest tracks — “Feelin’ So Hood,” “Streetz Tonight,” “I Remember” — …

Hot Jam of the Day (10.04.12): Alexis Taylor, “Under A Cancer Sky”

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Alexis Taylor “Under A Cancer Sky” Under A Cancer Sky Single (out 10/7 on DFA) Berlin-based singer/producer Dan Bodan has been one of my favorite new artists of the year, and evidently I’m not the only one with that view. On the b-side of Bodan’s shadowy new single, “Under A Cancer Sky,” Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor provides his own lovely version. One of the few men on earth with a voice that’s as smooth as Bodan, Taylor’s puts his own mellifluous, better-produced …