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(31) Days of Good: 12.20.12

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This six-piece from Charleston, South Carolina does a mighty fine job of channeling the Beach Boys (with a hint of the Ruby Suns mixed in).  They have a great “vintage California sound” that always seems to brighten up my day.

The Explorers Club – Run Run Run [from Grand Hotel]
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It’s been three years since Edward Droste and company released the critically acclaimed and fan friendly Veckatimest.  This year the band released Shields, their fourth album.  This album didn’t just meet my expectations, it exceeded them.  “Half Gate” is easily one of my favorite Grizzly Bear tracks.  Probably second favorite (after “Two Weeks”).

♩Grizzly Bear – Half Gate [from Shields]

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The seventh solo album from one of the best guitarists in the biz today (and  the “him” in She & Him)

♩M. Ward – Primitive Girl [from A Wasteland Companion]

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Saint Motel are a Los Angeles four piece with a very fun and dynamic indie pop sound.  This year’s Voyeur is their debut full-length.

Saint Motel – 1997 [from Voyeur]
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Australian rockers Tame Impala released their second full length this year.  This record was a surprise favorite of mine.  I’m not a huge fan of classic rock and even less so of the classic rock inspired sounds being produced today.  With that said, these guys have definitely lived up to the hype and I’m really happy I took a chance on them at Outside Lands this year.

Tame Impala – Why Won’t They Talk To Me? [from Lonerism]
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(31) Days of Good: 12.19.12

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Part of the TDE crew of LA rappers including Schoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul continues in the ways of socially conscience rappers like Mos Def. Be sure to check out his side project Black Hippy with his TDE label mates, and frequent collaborations with the likes of A$AP Rocky and Childish Gambino.

♩Ab-Soul – Illuminate (feat. Kendrick Lamar) [from Control System]

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Life Is Good is Nas’ best album in some time featuring guest stars ranging from Rick Ross to Mary J. Blige. “A Queen’s Story” sounds as big as a film score with a string heavy beat under stories from the street.

♩Nas – A Queen’s Story [from Life Is Good]

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El-P produced Killer Mike’s entire 2012 release R.A.P. Music, mixing the MC’s southern styling alongside El-P’s experimental production. This does not sound like Top 40 Hip-Hop and that is why we love it.

♩Killer Mike – Big Beast (feat. Bun B, T.I. & Trouble) [from R.A.P. Music]

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Mixing house music and Hip-Hop, Banks has become arguably the best in a group of new female rappers to burst onto the scene in the past couple years. Banks is the real deal and could hold ground with any of her Harlem cohorts. She has been a muse of fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld and is currently in London working with Florence and The Machine producer, Paul Epworth.

Azealia Banks – 1991 (feat. Lazy Jay) [from 1991 EP]
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[on repeat] Hollow Pigeons//Birthdays EP

Stumbled upon this the other night and it’s been on constant repeat since.  You can check out my favorite track below, but you’re better off heading straight over to his bandcamp page and grabbing the entire EP (it’s free, btw).  The good people over at Crack In The Road put it best — “This kid is fifteen.  Wow, doesn’t that make you feel old?  Straight out of Toronto, Ryan Dela Cruz aka Hollow Pigeons is creating some of the finest chillout music around at the moment. New EP, Birthdays is an eclectic mix of borrowed samples and blissed out melodies, forming a release that leaves a craving for repeated listens…”

♪ Hollow Pigeons – You(th)

[recap] M83 – The Music Box – 11/9/11

I’ve been a big fan of M83 since I first heard “We Own The Sky” in the snowboard flick, That’s It, That’s All.  Since then, Anthony Gonzalez and company have become one of my favorite musical acts and i’ve gobbled up everything they’ve released (at least i think i have).

Last night, the wifey and I were lucky enough to see them play a super sold-out show (tickets were going for $150+ on stubhub) at The Music Box in Hollywood.  This was my first time seeing the group live, and I honestly didn’t know what to expect.  I absolutely LOVE M83, but I’m always a bit nervous that I’ll be let down when I see one of favorites live for the first time.  Needless to say, the show was everything I expected — ambitious, visually stunning, the perfect amount of loud, and quite simply…epic.

If you missed last nights show (or if you’re thirsty for more) M83 will be back in LA for a show at Club Nokia on Jan 13th.  Tickets go on sale Nov 12th here. (complete tour dates here)

Setlist:
Intro (ft. Zola Jesus)
Reunion
Kim & Jessie
One Year, One UFO
My Tears Are Becoming A Sea
Teen Angst
We Own The Sky
Steve McQueen
Wait
This Bright Flash
Claudia Lewis
♪ Midnight City
A Guitar And A Heart

Encore:
Skin Of The Night
Couleurs

A few highlights from the show (in no particular order):
I was pleasantly surprised with the opening act, Active Child.  Take a minute and give them a listen, you won’t be disappointed…unless of course you hate the harp.

Credit: Andrew Youssef http://amateurchemist.blogspot.com/

Zola Jesus joining the band on stage for “Intro” (video below thanks to youtube user suprefan)

White Sea’s powerhouse vocalist/keyboardist Morgan Kibby was a force to be reckoned with (seriously, she was amazing and her stage presence captivated me all night).

Credit: Andrew Youssef http://amateurchemist.blogspot.com/

The perfect transition from “My Tears Becoming a Sea” to “Teen Angst” and the vocals on “Wait” gave me chills.

“Midnight City” is even better live and the saxophone player, who seemingly appeared on stage out of nowhere, tore up his solo.

[new music roundup] 11.1.11

A few of my favorite new releases this week.  Enjoy!

Blouse//Blouse

For fans of: Yohuna, Melted Toys, Craft Spells, Sleep ∞ Over
Key tracks: Videotapes, Controller, Roses, White

 

The Decemberists//Long Live the King EP

For fans of: Tarkio, The New Pornographers, Death Cab for Cutie, Iron & Wine
Key tracks: E. Watson, Row Jimmy, 14U & U4ME (Home Demo)

 

Florence + The Machine//Ceremonials

For fans of: Marina & The Diamonds, Lykke Li, Ellie Goulding, Kate Nash
Key tracks: Shake It Out, Seven Devils, Spectrum, Breaking Down

 

Girl In A Coma//Exits & All The Rest

For fans of: The Cliks, Sick of Sarah, Hunter Valentine, Northern State
Key tracks: Smart, Cemetery Baby, Adjust, She Had A Plan

 

Holmes//Covers

For fans of: Monastir, Solander, Bedroom Eyes, Yamon Yamon
Key tracks: It Was a Good Day (Ice Cube cover), Tenderness (General Public cover), Don’t Be Cruel (Elvis Presley cover), Need You Tonight (INXS cover)

 

More noteworthy new releases:
Comasoft//Burn to Shine EP
elizabeth!//Brainchildren
Housse de Racket//Alesia
Idle Worship//Habits Of The Heart
They Might Be Giants//Album Raises New and Troubling Questions
Wale//Ambition