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Freebass 808 – “SkyOcean”

freebass 808 is a collaboration between suede of camp lo and apple juice kid. dig the beat and some of suede’s verse. skyocean! james brown!

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rating: 7.0

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05-14-09

We Are Happy Plants – Apollo

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We Are Happy Plants – Apollo

WE ARE HAPPY PLANTS take us to an 80’s dance party in the future..

Anybody who has been to epcot/spaceship Earth will definitely be reminded of this:
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Yet, somehow I also think of this… wait till the end:

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rating: clocks measure time

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reviewed by
05-13-09

Wye Oak – Take It In

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Wye Oak – Take It In

What a tune. That viscous tone in the breakdown after the verse’s gentle melody, I’m mad for it.

Hailing from Baltimore, the duo’s sophomore album The Knot is released via Merge Records July 21st. gonna get it get get it

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rating: 8.111317

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05-12-09

British Sea Power – “Come Wander With Me”

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British Sea Power – Come Wander With Me

this is gorgeous. off the “man of aran” soundtrack (out june 9).

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rating: 7.5

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05-12-09

The Kills – “Black Balloon” (Mr. Vega Remix)

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The Kills – Black Balloon (Mr. Vega Remix)

damn, this is ok. i mean musically, there are some pretty cool sounds going on. but for real where the fuck is the melody? black balloon black balloon, ahhhh!! kill me!  right, anyway here’s a dope anthony hamilton song:

rating: 5.5

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reviewed by
05-11-09

The Silver Seas – Catch Yer Own Train

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The Silver Seas – Catch Yer Own Train

Formerly The Bees (US) and forced to change their name because of The Bees (UK)… pleasant bastards, Nashville’s The Silver Seas write a good tune. Off High Society, “Catch Yer Own Train” is Dylan-esque done well.

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Rating: 7.75
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05-11-09

Akron/Family – Sun Will Shine (Warmth of the Sunship version)

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Akron/Family – Sun Will Shine (Warmth of the Sunship version)

Released in February off of Akron/Family’s fourth album Set Em Wild, Set Em Free, this tune soars..

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Rating: 7.5
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05-11-09

Art Brut – Slap Dash For No Cash

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Art Brut – Slap Dash For No Cash 

Matt Mason points out a brilliant quote for any aspiring or established musician in his book The Pirates Dilemma:

“Here’s one chord, here’s two more, now form your own band” – Sniffin’ Glue Magazine

The punk generation thrived on the idea that music doesn’t need to be intricate, have glamorous production, or be politically correct, it just needed to mean what it said.

“Slap Dash For No Cash” may have more than three chords, but it communicates that very basic nature of rock and roll. Eddie Argos sings his take on music, “I love the sound of background noise. I wanna hear the crack, in the singers voice.” Round of applause. Isn’t the essence of a tune more important than the minor hiss of an amplifier or the sound of breathing during a vocal take? Any way you look at it, you’ll find the lyric in this tune is damn witty.

Their new album Art Brut vs. Satan says what it want’s and means what it says. Chill the fuck out Brian Eno

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Rating: 8.1
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reviewed by
05-10-09

Hot Chip – “Sexual Healing”

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Hot Chip – Sexual Healing

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05-10-09

Handsome Furs – Evangeline

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Handsome Furs – Evangeline

At first I was unattracted to its refined “raw” quality, but with a few plays I’ve come to like that exact abrasiveness. Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade and Atlas Strategic, and his wife Alexei Perry, released Face Control on Sub Pop in February.

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Rating: 7.2
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reviewed by
05-09-09

Brakes – Don’t Take Me To Space (Man)

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Brakes – Don’t Take Me To Space (Man)

Brakes sing the proper battle cry to our killer tape monster. So, since British Sea Power performed with trees and a variety of taxidermy on stage, does that mean that Brakes should perform with space age shit? This track rocks it. And it’s what you could only hope for from this hodgepodge of a supergroup.

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Rating: 8
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reviewed by
05-08-09

The Veils – “The Letter”

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The Veils – The Letter

“the letter” is the lead single off the veils’ third album for rough trade “sun gangs”. we dig it! love that prechorus/afterchorus hook! she wrote the letter!

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rating: 7.5

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reviewed by
05-07-09