Pairings Box

  1. TK035: Paperwhite – Take Me Back b/w Magic

    Nostalgia is powerful. That sense of longing for the past can be deeply evocative. But what’s particularly interesting to me as a fan of music is how music can transmit a sense of longing for times and places we’ve never experienced. For example, when I listen to the 1973 LP Gil & Jorge I feel Continue…

    Imagine an alternate universe where John Hughes’ classic films were soundtracked by M83 + HAIM and the result will probably sound something like Paperwhite.

  2. TK034: Blood Cultures – Indian Summer b/w Meavy Hetal

    Some artists are larger than life. Indeed, in the case of artists like Kanye West, Johnny Cash, or Prince, it can be difficult to distinguish the music from the artist’s personality. Of course, on the other end of the spectrum are artists who quietly let their music speak for itself. And now, thanks to websites like Soundcloud Continue…

  3. TK033: A Million Billion Dying Suns – The Garden 7″

    It’s safe to say that synths are having a moment. In the past couple of years they’ve become more common than the electric guitar in the indie music realm. Although I have no problem with that, I have been craving just a little more guitar in my diet. Thankfully, San Francisco-based A Million Billion Dying Suns Continue…

  4. TK032: 8th Grader – All The Sweetness / Tiger

    Simultaneously playful, smooth, and provocative, San Francisco-based songsmith and multi-instrumentalist 8th Grader (a.k.a.  Jayson Martinovich) is on a mission to seduce you. Blending elements of soul, r&b, and synth-pop, his neon-bright and twinkling grooves are as infectious as they are sultry. Although undeniably a part of the broader scene, Martinovich effortlessly avoids many of the Continue…

  5. TK031: BASECAMP – Emmanuel b/w All That She Wants

    It didn’t take much for us to fall in love with Nashville’s BASECAMP. The electro r&b trio (producers Aaron Miller, Aaron C. Harmon, and Jordan Reyes) released their debut single less than a year ago. To be honest, we were pretty much hooked the first time we heard that cut. It may have been the Continue…

  6. TK030: IYES – ‘Til Infinity b/w Crazy In Love (Beyoncé Cover)

    Once upon a time. How many great stories do you think have begun with that phrase over the centuries? Probably countless. The phrase (or some variation of it) exists in over 75 languages and has been in use since at least 1380. It’s particularly common when telling fairytales, myths or fables. So it’s appropriate that Continue…

  7. TK029: POP ETC – Covers EP

    I can remember the exact moment I became a POP ETC fan. It was about five years ago. At the time they were called the Morning Benders and they were opening for John Vanderslice at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco. As they kicked off the first song of their set, I was drawn to Continue…

  8. TK028: Running In The Fog – Desire b/w Sail

    Keeping things close to home for the second month in a row, we’re very proud to feature the “Soul-infused Space Pop” of San Francisco-based Amanda Harper who records skittering electro-r&b grooves under the moniker Running In The Fog. With an eclectic collection of influences ranging from a deep-seated love of 90’s r&b to a background Continue…

  9. TK027: CATHEDRALS – Unbound b/w Harlem

    San Francisco-based boy-girl duo CATHEDRALS unveiled their debut single “Unbound” only a little more than two months ago to immediate acclaim. In fact, it took less than a week for the single to exceed 100,000 plays on Soundcloud; to climb to the top spot on the “popular chart” on Hype Machine; and to land the Continue…

  10. TK026: Local Natives – Palms b/w Wooly Mammoth

    You probably already know that Local Natives are one of the most compelling and consistently rewarding bands in the country, but what you may not have known is that they are also one of the nicest as well. Between massive headlining tours of the United States and Europe (including a taping for Austin City Limits) in Continue…

  11. TK025: Army Navy – Crushed Like The Car b/w Pack Of Dogs

    There is something strangely life affirming about a melancholy power pop tune built with pummeling percussion and big, reverb-soaked guitars. And although that may seem counterintuitive, I think it’s safe to say that this month’s featured band Army Navy knows exactly what I’m talking about. After his former band Pinwheel (which had included Death Cab Continue…

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