In a world gone wild with all the socio-poltical-economic unrest you can handle; at least we can look beyond the former-first world problems for those kernels of musical inspiration from the week. After weeding through the hype about Chris Brown's controversial tattoo, the early 'leak' of Kanye's Cruel Summer comp or the fact that Blink-182 believe their best is still to come; we now look at what made our week more than worthwhile in no particular order.
Tomorrow, Saturday, September 15 is the Rock Make Street Festival in San Francisco featuring the above line-up that reads like a list of headliners straight out of IMPOSE. Come out and support your favorite bands with thanks to everyone at the Bay Bridged, Tartufi, The Bold Italic and more for putting this all together.
I Break Horses got “Wired” at Room 205 in between their recent slate of shows with M83. We are still deciding whether the allure is the deep keys, the mechanical drums, the ethereal vocals of Maria Lindén or the black and white video interjected with digitized topographical images of earth that has us addicted to this performance.
Watch the video for Ty Segall's “The Hill”, directed by Ty and Peter Grimm. Featuring Thee Oh Sees' Brigid Dawson vocal talents which coincides as the two bands will be playing together for this entire month of September. But for now, don your favorite oversized plush custom and do some rock and roll LARPing as a show of solidarity with Mr. Segall and friends and get your copy of Twins October 9 from Drag City.
Not only has Dan Deacon been immortalized by Ed Schrader as a super hero this week but found the time to remix TEEN's “Better”. Deacon interprets the track through his noise machine of wonders that takes the bass through subterranean tunnels and a reworked chorus that reorders Teeny Lieberson's 'do it better” into a new scale of delivery. TEEN's In Limbo is out now from Carpark Records.
Speaking of which, Ed Schrader got covered by Dan Keech and dudes, or Height with Friends in this b/w video for “I Can't Stop Eating Sugar”. Ending with Keech passed out on the tv tube's screen in a high fructose coma, you are encouraged to seek out HWF's new LP Rock and Roll from Friends/Cold Rhymes Records.
We bring you a premiere from WOOF, the dream project of Rob Pera whose played with Chain Gang of 1974 and Washed Out along with Patrick Brown of Toro Y Moi, The Morning Benders-production fame hosting collaborative beats for a series of guest stars. On today's first listen to “Grimer” we hear Mr. 'Living Every Dream' Antwon keeping it natural, “chilling with 100 babes” while Swiftumz drops the chorus hook line of “getting blazed out in the bay, we don't care what people say, it's just natural to feel this way and we don't see nothing wrong with staying up 'til way past dawn, just as long as we still gettin' paid.” Next up you get Huntsville's former duo G-Side joined by Doe Eye and Tragik on “Black Roses” showcasing “the new shit there on” while they reckon and rhyme with accuracy about a world staying home with their “new iPhone.” “Get it Right” features the production team of Rob and Patrick crafting sequences flanging slowly with some funky bass while two illustrate the track with their favorite nuances from 90s and 80s dance tracks. Now we wait for the Frank Door directed video for “Black Roses” coming very soon.
Buke & Gase's EP Function Falls is out now from Brassland and they are celebrating with the video for “Misshaping Introduction” where they have almost too much fun playing around with the camera lens' focus.
Fresh from the cutting room floor from The Money Store is Death Grips new single “@deathgripz” closing out the Adult Swim 12 Single Series from their imprint Williams Street Records.
Melbourne, Australia's Twerps help you “Work It Out” with the B-side from their upcoming He's In Stock 7″ single coming September 17 on digital and October 23 on 7″ vinyl from Chapter Music / Underwater Peoples. This meloncholy slice of mellow is perfect when you are ready to stop forcing folks to see it your way and begin the process of smiling on your brothers and sisters with hearts of acceptance sans judgement. Not to get all preachy or nothing.
From Yours Truly, they give you Mac DeMarco delivering the goods with “I'm a Man” live from 285 Kent while the world awaits their followup to this year's Rock and Roll Nightclub. Mac's new album 2 comes out October 16 from Captured Tracks.
The Twilight Sad remix album is kicked off with the Liars beating out the the inner synth pop of “NIL”. Further reworkings come from Breton, Com TruiseThe Horrors' Tom Furse, Optimo, and so forth from No One Can Ever Know – The Remixes due November 5 from FatCat Records. Also catch them touring the UK in October.
Kitsuné is celebrating their 10 year anniversary with their 14th compilation. Here you will find the likes of Gigamesh remixes, cuts from Saint Lou Lou, Citizens!, Two Door Cinema Club, Friends and more on Kitsuné Maison 14: The Pernod Absinthe Edition available October 15. In the meantime enjoy this minimix procured by label co-founder Jerry Bouthier.
Speaking of which, you can also get a listen to Plastic Plates's “More Than Love” to get your dance party started from the fresh Things I Didn't Know I Loved out now from Kitsuné.
Then Sebastien Tellier dropped this bonkers NSFW video for “Cochon Ville.” You watch, shield the eyes of the innocent and decide for yourselves.
Dam Funk covers Prince's “17 Days” from the I Don't Wanna Be a Star EP out now from Stones Throw Records. Our envy goes out to the lucky folks who got snagged up those already out of stock “Dam Drum” sequencer and drum machine.
Also in case you missed it, here is Teen Daze's new single “Union” that features Frankie Rose on what might be the most haunting piece of dream inspired pop we have heard from both musicians. Look for the Daze's The Inner Mansions November 6 on Lefse.
King Dude beseeches you with the video for “Jesus in the Courtyard” where the battle betweenn the Christian messiah and the devil in the cornfield confront the Duder. King Dude is coming to save your souls from untold perdition October 16 with Burning Daylight from Dais.
GRMLN's Yoodoo Park covers the Ben E. King classic standard “Stand By Me” in a minimalist fashion that is heavy on the bass before the vibraphone and guitar join in on the fun. GRMLN's EP Explore is out October 23 on Carpark Records.
Cars and Trains lent a listen to the pains and prose of familial ties illustrated in “Black Birds In the Family Tree” with the gentelest guitar strums this side of another popular artist who went by the name Drake (give you a hint, it was that one Royal Tenenbaums soundtrack heart crusher song). Their album We Are All Fire comes out September 18 from Fake Four Inc.
Not only will 2:54 joining be the xx on tour this October, but this week saw them drop a cover of Seal's “Killer” that sounds like cat hair standing at an alert sense of fight, flight and fright. The 2:54 self-titled is out now from Fat Possum.
Soft Moon unleashes “Insides,” taking you through the bowels and innards of what we imagine to be some giant, metallic insect. Luis Vasquez takes those dark wavy 80s keyboard and guitar tones into his own temple of doom. This marks the second warning from the upcoming Zeros album coming October 30 in the States and November 5 the world over.
Gensu Dean entertains his old school inner Max Headroom in the video for “Alice In Wonderland” directed by Daydream Filmworks' Calvan Fowler. David Banner from Crooked Lettaz gives the mighty Gensu production a flow of women and woe. Get this cut and more off of Dean's hot album debut Lo-Fi Fingahz whiile we keep watch for further information on the forthcoming Gensu Dean & Planet Asia album, Abrasions also slated for release from Mello Music Group.
Ryan Hemsworth remixes Groundislava's “Suicide Mission ft. Baths” off their Feel Me LP out now from Friends of Friends. On this suicide misssion Hemsworth sends the vocal through a mechanical con-'trap'-tion that picks the drag up through some of that old timey d n' b drum builds that many of us life for.
Dark Time Sunshine dropped the video for “Valiant” featuring Child Actor directed by Max Heath bringing a down on the farm vibe for those flows. Look for their album ANX out now from Fake Four Inc.
Woolfy vs. Projections dropped the cut “Running Around Your Love” that will have you running in place and performing calisthenics in whichever ironic, semi-ironic, or non-ironic era specific workout attire of your choice. Their album Return Of Love is out now from Permanent Vacation.
Levek released the waterfall guitar beauty “Girl In The Fog” from the upcoming Look A Little Closer coming September 25 from your friends at Lefse Records.
Next up is the Daniel Hart directed video of geometrical proportions for Laetitia Sadier's “Find Me the Pulse of the Universe” off her album Silencio available now from Drag City. Look for Laetitia on her world tour now to the end of November.
So way back when, a group called Ad Infinitum was made up folks from A Certain Ratio and New Order and they recorded a one off cover of Joe Meek's “Telstar” that gives the classic a 1984 indie dance facelift (compliments of New Order bassist Peter Hook's production assistance in the matter). Hear it again September 18 when Strut releases FAC. DANCE 002 where those heady 12″ versions and rarities will rain down as if Factory Records' Manchester notorious dance emporium Fac 51 Haçienda never left us.
Rone enlists Filip Piskorzynski to direct the visuals for “Parade,” the first single from the Pantha Du Prince-approvedproducer's upcoming LP Tohu Bohu November 5 from InFine.
Star Slinger drops the new track “Take This Up” packing a positive punch as he prepares the Jet Jam series featuring the likes of Baths, Jim-E Stack, Shlohmo, Silky Johnson and maybe some guests along the way. Check the above flyer for details and get jet set with the maddest new sounds from Manchester's new dance guard.
Get a listen to the latest from the 25 singing strong The Silver Lake Chorus who all dropped the new track “Wreckage” penned by The New Pornographers' AC Newman. Get in on the “you are for me” romantic sentiments and look for this single September 18 with the A-side of Justin Vernon's penned epic, “From The Snow Tipped Hills” self-released from the collective.
Family Band brings us their second video for “Moonbeams” directed by Sam Macon from their new album Grace & Lies. Watch the adventures of a couple dressed in skeletal garb suited for Dia de Los Muertos that includes the trampoline you have always wanted in your backyard.
Field Mouse bring us an early listen to their new single, “How Do You Know” as part of Lefse's 7″ series. Rachel Brown whispers her breathy vocals as if awakening from sleep while Andrew Futral controls the field gazing guitars on this single coming October 16 from Lefse. Oh yeah, did we mention that the B-side is a cover of the Twin Peaks theme, “Falling” originally sung by Julee Cruise?
Sami Sänpäkkilä's Fonal Records is a Finnish indie label that has been going strong since 1995 and we leave you this weekend with a sampler of their favorites coming to you from the land of ice, snow and some of the world's most mind lifting music.