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CD reviews

TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

’50s era rock ’n’ roll had been long overdue for a rebirth. Thankfully, the stockpile of capable luminaries has not been in short supply over the past few years. 

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Boare - "playdatshit"

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.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Broncho - "Class Historian"

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.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Manmade Objects - Monuments

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.
07/15/2014 | Comments 0

Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

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.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0
 

OKS MPFree vol. 1


Free! Legal! Awesome!

By Stephen Carradini January 24th, 2011
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So, we have a new site. It hosts MP3s. In celebration, here’s some totally free and legal MP3s, totally hosted by us. We're gonna start posting a bunch more mp3s as part of OKS, so get your iPods ready.

OKGPick!Generationals – “Trust” OKS faves Generationals return with a blast of giddy indie-pop-rock that reminds of Bishop Allen and Backyard Tire Fire. The melody (“My friend/O-li-vi-a-a-a)  will be stuck your head for hours.

Empress Hotel – “Bells Ring.” Oohs, ahs, plodding bass and infectious melodies. Get yr fill of charming indie-pop here.
 
Acid House Kings – “Are We Lovers or Are We Friends?” Not actually acid house, this Swedish trio plays timeless pop songs that sound equal parts ‘50s, ‘70s and ‘80s without being pigeonholed anywhere. You will smile.

Acrylics – “Nightwatch” Somewhere between the dreamy Beach House and the cold Portishead lies Acrylics.

Midnight Juggernauts decided it would be a good idea to have all their friends remix the same song, so here’s five remixes of “Lara VS The Savage Pack.” The original hyperkinetic electro-pop song, which you can hear here, is jam-packed with synths, beats, riffs and choirs (leaving a lot to remix).

"Lara Vs The Savage Pack (LOL Boys Remix)" –This herky-jerky slow jam might have the same chords, but that’s about all that remains the same. This is a rewrite, not a remix.

"Lara Vs The Savage Pack (Das Moth Remix)"
– Chillwave is so hot right now.

"Lara Vs The Savage Pack (Kisses Remix)" – '80s dance remix, complete with pad synths and terrible/wonderful drum machines.

"Lara Vs The Savage Pack (Electric 6 Remix)" – Nintendo sounds, mega bass and unabashed disco strings. What’s not to like? This is the best remix, as well as the one that does best justice to the song.

"Lara Vs The Savage Pack (Plastic Plates Remix)" – Turns it into a full-fledged disco song, to be fit into the mix next to Duck Sauce’s “Barbara Streisand.” Yeah, you know you love that song.

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