The awesome L.A. remix duo Vodka & Milk have put together a hot remix of Kavinsky’s cut “Nightcall” and as soon as I heard it I knew I had to share it here. Even though I first stumbled upon Vodka & Milk’s remix of Matt & Kim’s “Daylight”, I’ve begun to associate them with awesome hiphopbangers, so it is kinda refreshing to see them step outside of their comfort zone by tackling Kavinsky’s “Nightcall” and totally lighting it up. Let me know what you think. They are working on a remix E.P., and you can expect to here more about it here once it is complete.
Vancouver’s Teen Daze is yet another awesome artist on the consistently rewarding Arcade Sound Ltd. (which also hosts other Musical Pairings’ favorites such as Memoryhouse and MillionYoung). Teen Daze weaves mesmerizingly layered melodies that are hazy, evocative and warming. Shimmering synths swirl in elliptical patterns alongside fuzzy, neon beats on tunes like “Shine On, You Crazy White Cap” and his cover of Washed Out’s “New Theory.” His debut, Four More Years EP, is scheduled to be released very soon.
If you weren’t quick you probably missed the original pressing of Memory Tapes‘ debut Seek Magic when it was originally released on vinyl. Its been a Musical Pairings favorite for several months now (check out my review here), and definitely a great addition to your record collection. Lucky for you, Acephale Records has repressed it on white vinyl. The repress is limited to a 1,000 copies and won’t last long so you should pick it up while you can. To commemorate the repressing they asked some friends to do remixes of songs from the album. VoT took on “Green Knight” and Little Loud took on “Bicycle.”
Eating/sf is featuring a recipe adapted from the New York Times for Maple-Olive Oil Granola. It is crisp, crunchy and full of taste with a distinct floral olive-oil aroma. Today’s pairing, the Young Sinclairs are a Roanoke, Virginia-based folk/pop-psychedelia five-piece. Their music is jangly, upbeat, lyrically clever and melodically infused with the spirit of late 1960s-pop rock. Their tunes, shimmering and feather-light, are draped in reverb and nostalgia. And although they’ve released a number of self-released CD-Rs since forming in 2005, The Songs of The Young Sinclairs is their first proper full-length collecting cuts from 5 of those self-distributed records with a number of newly recorded tracks thrown in. It is a vinyl-only affair that has spent a lot of time on the platter of my turntable ever since I received my copy. I can say without hesitation, it is one of the year’s best kept-secrets.
Featuring echo-laden vocals and sun-drenched instrumentation, the concise album opener “Darling” sounds like it could be an artifact of the late 1960’s baroque pop era a la The Byrds. Much of the album is gentler and more purposefully restrained than a number of the other new artists presently trafficing in reverb-drenched 1960’s pop, which gives The Songs of the Young Sinclairs a more definitive purpose. But that isn’t to say the Young Sinclairs are afraid to let go a little. And in fact, they do let loose and explore their boundaries on the rollicking “Blessed Blackness,” the jangly “Tough Face”, and the floor-board tapping, country-tinged “Everything I Do Is Wrong.” As previously mentioned, it is vinyl only, but you can pick it up at Kindercore.
When I’m traveling for business, I like to search out all of the best independent record stores within a 30-40 mile radius of the place I’ve been put up (when looking for vinyl records – antique shops will also occasionally produce gold). So on a recent trip to Connecticut I did just that, and discovered a vinyl 12″ (probably bootleg) with a silk-screened cover of Thom Yorke’s “The Eraser” by Slow to Speak (b/w “Climbing Up The Walls”). It stutters, it ticks, it has some sorta weird rhythm, and it builds to a cacophonous noise before melting into a verse: Thom Yorke would maybe even approve. Check it out.
Mind Spiders is the garage-pop solo project of Mark Ryan of Denton, Texas’ Marked Men. He’d released a limited edition 4-track 7″ EP on Dirtnap records that features the tracks “Worlds Destroyed” and “Time Sucker” backed with the tunes “Ripped” and “Dirty Secrets.” The first 200 were available on red vinyl – but the red vinyl version is presumably long sold out. “Worlds Destroyed” is a cacophonous slice of raw, energetic power pop completed with catchy vocal tics and shimmery guitars. Check it out below and then go pick up the EP if you like what you hear.
If you haven’t heard any of the demos or new cuts from the Brooklyn duo known as Sleigh Bells now is the time. Sleigh Bells consists of Derek Miller (songwriter/beats/guitars) and Alexis Krauss (vocals), and I stand by my previous description when I noted that “there is an undeniable awesomeness permeating every inch of their blown-out thumping abrasive pop music.”
“Tell ‘Em” is the first cut off their debut Treats which is scheduled for a physical release on June 1, 2010. If you pre-order from Insound you’ll get a free 7″ while supplies last. It’s available now on iTunes, and you can take the album for a test drive over at NPR.
London, England’s Hari Ashurst has been catching a few headlines on the pages of music blogs for his early recordings under the band name Treasure. Using a heavy helping of samples, reverb, synth and catchy melodies, Treasure crafts hypnotic, alluring tracks that are smooth and full of bounce.
Austin-based quintet Masonic released their 5th full length Live Like a Millionaire on May 4, 2010. Blending elements of Stereolab, Yo La Tengo and Blondie, they capture a warm, rhythmic sound. The album is chock full of catchy tunes, and if you are like me, will leave you wondering why you’ve never heard of them before. Check out the grooving melody and jangly guitars of album opener “Lifetime of Deception” and their take on Leonard Cohen’s “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye” below to get an idea of what you’ve been missing.
Hard Mix is the moniker of Greenville, South Carolina producer/musician Noah Smith. Blending R&B & hip hop vocal samples with electro/chillwave melodies, Smith creates something sunny and soothingly familiar. His cut “One Thing” borrows lyrics from Justin Timberlake’s “My Love” and the Hard Mix tune “Alright” samples Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. “Alright” and “King of the Stars” are from his upcoming full-length In and Our of My Life due later this year, and “One Thing” is from a prior self-titled release.
The baked eggs dish (a.k.a. eggs in purgatory) looks somewhat unusual, but actually contains a number of homey, traditional ingredients such as eggs, tomatoes, potatoes, artichokes and capers. It is the comforting, homey qualities of the recipe that make it a perfect pairing for Portland, Oregon’s Horse Feather‘s 2008 sophomore album House With No Home. It is an album of delicate, nuanced and quietly beautiful folk music that call to mind laid-back afternoons idled away in the country-side laying in the grass and staring up as clouds slowly amble across the sky.
The melodies that coalesce together to form the body of House With No Home arise from a creative spark ignited by singer/guitarist Justin Ringle and multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick. Folk tunes, subtle and sparse instrumentation, House With No Home will appeal to fans of artists such as Bon Iver, Iron & Wine, and Bonnie “Prince” Billy. Opening track “Curs in the Weeds” is crafted around a simple string arrangement and acoustic guitar forming a tune that floats gently like a feather falling to the ground as Ringle sings: “Lover of things / won’t you agree / how the winter could bring / the darkest spring?” Ringle’s upbeat vocals and a circular acoustic guitar melody mark a comfortable atmosphere that steadily rises on the track “Working Poor.” But, as the lyrics to “Curs in the Weeds” would suggest, much of the album is preoccupied with feelings of discomfort and unsteadiness. Musically this is most apparent on cuts such as “Heathen’s Kiss” and “Father Reprise.” The former cut is full of nervous energy whereas the latter is ghostly and distant. Still, both tracks retain a sense of beauty and stoic charisma. You can buy House With No Home at Insound.