The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.
And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.
“Heaven Knows” sees Yukon’s Luke Dick branching out into some philosophizing, Randy Newman-ish territory, which I imagine he really needed in order to sort through the issues he was dealing with the last time we saw him on OKSee.
Anyhoo, this cartoon is pretty charming, considering it’s about a dead frog:
Sleigh Bells — “Comeback Kid” And while you’re here, might as well stick around for some more music videos. With this standout new single from the forthcoming Sleigh Bells album, cutie-pie singer Alexis Krauss does a couple of the dance moves that I do when I listen to Sleigh Bells. Also, kudos to guitarist Derek Miller’s sartorial choice in that old-school Nirvana tee:
Fleet Foxes and Joanna Newsom — “Austin City Limits” performances Some people my age forget that Austin City Limits didn’t begin as a music festival. It was “Austin City Limits” the television program, and it’s got a couple of freak-folk’s greatest talents on its most recent episode, which aired last weekend. Watch Fleet Foxes and Joanna Newsom go for austere beauty:
Josh Sallee — Birthday Rager Miss Josh Sallee’s birthday party this weekend? OKC videographer Jimi Wonder’s got your back. Watch some clips of his performance below. And kudos to the very complimentary, apparently very inebriated young lady who declared Josh a “25” on a scale of 1 to 10. We love him, too. But probably not quite that much.
Los Campesinos! — "By Your Hand" on "Late Night with David Letterman" I don't know I missed this after declaring "Hello Sadness" my top record of 2011, but my favorite Welsh indie-pop/rock septet Los Campesinos! stopped by "Letterman" to play a kinda awkward version of that album's infectious single. The awkwardness continues even after the song ends, when Letterman speaks aloud the condescending thoughts in his head.
Nicki Minaj — "Stupid Hoe" Yes, Nicki Minaj has a song called "Stupid Hoe." Also yes, the video's directed by Hype Williams, who, when paired with Miss Nicki, makes stuff that's just flat-out nonsensical. But hyper-addictive eye and aural candy, nonetheless. Watch, but only if you're ready for your brain to turn to goopy pop mush.