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Power Pyramid - The God Drums

Power Pyramid doesn’t have much patience for nonsense. That appears to be the takeaway from the Oklahoma City quintet’s last 10 months, which brought The God Drums in September, the Insomnia EP in January and its latest, self-titled effort in July.

07/29/2014 | Comments 0

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
 

MP-Free Vol. 4: The energizer


It keeps going and going and going ...

By Stephen Carradini January 27th, 2011
EmilyArin

Heard you liked those MP3s. Good! We’ve got — you guessed it — more, and two days’ worth on top of that. That is, if nothing new comes in, which it always does.

Our goal? System overload: more good music than you can handle. Here we go.

1.    “Breadcrumb Trail” — Buried Beds. Adventurous, charming pop music with swooning strings, jaunty piano, energetic drums and beautiful female vocals.

2.    “When You Knew Me When” — Emily Arin. You know how Jenny Lewis is cute in every way (musically, aesthetically, lyrically)? So is Emily Arin, only, like, more.

3.    "Breakneck Speed" / "Something Good Can Work" —Tokyo Police Club. The excellent “Breakneck Speed” off last year’s brilliant “Champ” gets mashed up with “Something Good Can Work” by Two Door Cinema Club, whom I don’t know enough about, in this infectious party jam.

4.    “Away Frm U” — Oberhofer. You can download Oberhofer’s enthusiastic, bizarre and uniquely life-affirming pop almost everywhere that matters musically (Pitchfork, Stereogum, Daytrotter, Altered Zones, Yours Truly, RCRD LBL). File in the “Everyone will be listening to him in 2012” category.

5.    “Not Enough” — Stacy Clark. A solid female-fronted piano singer/songwriter tune which grabbed my attention because every free download (up to number 1,000) donates a dollar to To Write Love on Her Arms, which is an incredible organization that fights against self-destructive actions.

6.    “Baby Don’t You Cry” — Fergus and Geronimo. I dislike trashy garage rock as a general rule, but the best stuff breaks through the junky haze, as this memorable track does.

+stephen

photo Emily Arin

 
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