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Hot Jam of the Day (04.03.12): Dent May, “Best Friend”

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Dent May Best Friend Do Things (Paw Tracks) Dent May seems like a fucking weirdo. Not like a check-out-how-weird-I-am/play-one-on-TV type weirdo. But, like a legitimately weird as fuck, weirdo. If the Jackson, Mississippi-based singer-songwriter owns less than six cats, it’s only because his mother doesn’t let him keep them in the house or it’s because he’s already set them on fire. Ok, that’s probably taking it a bit far, but his twisted take on 60’s pop-rock and  Sexy People-style promo photos make it hard …

Album Review: Chromatics, Kill For Love

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Chromatics Kill For Love Italians Do It Better (2012) Johnny Jewel and his suddenly red-hot label Italians Do It Better have never been big on minimalism. His recently-released Scenes From An Imaginary Film that was, wasn’t, definitely was, totally wasn’t could have been the original soundtrack to the Gos’ Academy Award-nominated Drive clocks in at a cool 37 tracks, and his label’s flagship group, Glass Candy, are known for their slinky, frenetic nu-wave cuts that often come run north of …

Hot Jam of the Day (04.02.12): Dirty Projectors, “Gun Has No Trigger”

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Dirty Projectors “Gun Has No Trigger” Swing Lo Magellan (Domino) These Brooklyn-based indie-rock experimentalists’ are the purveyors of one of the most anticipated albums of 2012. Their 2009 breakthrough Bitte Orca was a breathtaking, frenetic affair that highlighted the mufti-faceted collective’s inspiring, fascinating take on pop music. This, the lead single off said album, is the group at their glorious best. While sparse is never going to be considered the group’s primary M.O., they nail it here, as band leader/vocalist David …

Hot Jam of the Day (03.30.12): Jai Paul, “Jasmine”

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Jai Paul “Jasmine” (Demo) From Upcoming Release on XL Somebody forgot to tell soulful British crooner Jai Paul that this is the Internet age, and if you are a young artist with a bit of buzz, you are supposed to release new tracks music about every 3.6 seconds. It’s hard to believe that it’s taken Paul nearly two years to follow up on the buzz from his unfuckwitable (see what I’ve done there?) breakthrough single “BTSU” (which was actually written …

Hot Jam of the Day (03.29.12): Elite Gymnastics, “Here, in Heaven 4 & 5” (CFCF Rework)

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Elite Gymnastics “Here, in Heaven 4 & 5” (CFCF Rework) Ruin 4 I can’t remember a track in recent years that has undergone as many fascinating incarnations, as “Here, in Heaven,” the ghostly centerpiece of the KPOP-obsessed Minneapolis natives’ breakthrough debut LP. “Here, in Heaven 1” is a chaotic, claustrophobic affair, while its second manifestation is a shadowy, murky slowjam that would make a perfect last dance at Morticia Addams’ first post-Gomez eHarmony marriage. We’ve heard How To Dress Well (né Tom …

Hot Jam of the Day (03.28.12): Princeton, “Florida”

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Princeton “Florida” Remembrance of Things to Come (Hit City USA, 2012) It’s fitting that this Santa Monica-bred, Eagle Rock-based chamber pop quartet is named after a place (Princeton St. in Santa Monica, not the University), because frontman Jesse Kivel’s lyrics constantly revolve around feeling particular ways in particular places. Their breakthrough EP was called “Bloomsbury” — after the district of London that was once home to Charles Dickens and Virginia Woolf Kivel and where Kivel and his bass-playing brother Matt lived in …

Hot Jams of the Day(s) (03.27/8.12): Air France, “Collapsing Outside Your Doorstep” & “No Excuses”

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Air France “Collapsing Outside Your Doorstep” & “No Excuses” No Way Down (Sincerely Yours, 2008)  [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/10455212″ iframe=”true” /] “It’s like a dream, isn’t it?” “No, better.” I can’t think of a better way to describe Swedish duo’s seminal (yeah, I said it) second EP than by borrowing the cherubic sample that permeates the song that made me fall in love with the group in the first place. Though it sounds strange to call an album influential only four years after its …

A Track for the Weekend: Beach Fossils, “Shallow”

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Something light and breezy for the weekend, check out this sumptuous new-ish single from Brooklyn dreamers Beach Fossils. [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/35427375″ iframe=”true” /]

Hot Jam of the Day (3.23.12): Ice Choir, “Two Rings”

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The debut single from the 80’s-influenced, moody Brooklyn synth-pop duo, this is fucking excellent. Listen to it. [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/36079974″ iframe=”true” /]

Hot Jam of the Day (03.21.12): Danny Brown, “Grown Up”

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Too exhausted to blog, thanks to my cross-country flight to New York City (biggest first world problem, ever). Simply put, I love Danny, and you should too. [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/40625899″ iframe=”true” /]