Archive for August, 2010

reporter x soft metals


it was only a matter of time before this happened. portland’s soft metals have remixed a track for their nu-disco neighbors reporter. their styles fit each other like a glove on the latter’s current single “click shaw,” accenting each other’s strengths without overpowering either.

listen now:


gold zebra – debut EP


montreal’s gold zebra released their debut EP today via their bandcamp page. in addition to previously previewed stand-outs “trans desert” and “six years,” it offers four more new samplings of their alluring xx-meets-italo sound that’ll provide the perfect soundtrack for the end of any night.

get it now

gold zebra – trans desert

robyn covers björk


here’s her highness robyn doing a formidably faithful cover of “hyperballad” by her highness björk at some ceremony that awarded a shit ton of money to the latter for making some of the best music of the last 2 decades  (or at least the ’90s). this cover seems like such a good fit that i’m almost surprised someone didn’t think to have robyn do it sooner. judging by her faces throughout, however, björk doesn’t seems to enjoy it nearly as much as i do.

what do you think???

transmission 8.26.2010


my weekly internet radio show transmission aired last night at 9pm ET on y-not radio. it featured new music from miami horror, wild nothing, small black, grimes, the xx and many more. if you have a track or artist that you think is transmission-worthy, feel free to hit me up via e-mail or twitter.

this week’s playlist after the jump…


drink drank drunk


can’t believe i almost missed this one. philly dream-poppers a sunny day in glasgow will be releasing a new album called autumn, again on october 19. more importantly, it will be available as a free download from the release through, you guessed it, the end of the fall season.

in the meantime, they’ve made autumnal song “drink drank drunk” available for all to hear. it carries on the winningly woozy formula from last year’s masterful, similarly autumnal ashes grammar.

a sunny day in glasgow – drink drank drunk

the album will also be available as a limited edition maroon vinyl. counting the days, folks…

hiding from our time


NYC DJ computer magic was nice enough to bundle up all of her early recordings into a new neat little EP called hiding from our time, which can be downloaded in its entirety for free on her website.

here are some standouts:

computer magic – found out

computer magic – electronic fences



ok so everyone i know on facebook has been doing this so i figured i’d just do my own version of it here. basically the game goes something like this:

“don’t take too long to think about it. fifteen albums you’ve heard that will always stick with you. list the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.”

some of these surprised me, others not so much. while i haven’t listened to some of them in ages, they are all albums that i either listened to obsessively at one time or another or continue to listen to regularly today. i opted to list them chronologically rather than go over the allotted time limit ranking them (barring the one pictured above which is pretty much my favorite album ever).

  1. joy divisioncloser (1980)
  2. kate bushhounds of love (1985)
  3. the smithsthe queen is dead (1986)
  4. cocteau twinsheaven or las vegas (1990)
  5. my bloody valentineloveless (1991)
  6. the breederslast splash (1993)
  7. björkpost* (1995)
  8. radioheadOK computer (1997)
  9. sleater-kinneythe hot rock (1999)
  10. interpolturn on the bright lights (2002)
  11. the postal servicegive up (2003)
  12. the arcade firefuneral (2004)
  13. the knifesilent shout (2006)
  14. hot chipthe warning (2006)
  15. deerhuntermicrocastle (2008)

there were a few artists that made me wish this list could have been pushed to 20 in 20 (LCD, yo la tengo, missy elliott, etc.) but i wanted to play by the rules. these were the first ones that came to me and i stand by all of them. even interpol.

OK, your turn. what are yours???

*homogenic could have just as easily taken this spot (and in all honesty, it originally did), but after a few minutes, i realized that post had the bigger impact on me as it was my first full album exposure to björk.

transmission 8.19.2010


my weekly internet radio show transmission airs tonight at 9pm ET, only on y-not radio. tune in to hear new music from fever ray, robyn, matthew dear, teengirl fantasy, small black and many more. if you have a track or artist that you think is transmission-worthy, feel free to hit me up via e-mail or twitter.

tonight’s playlist after the jump…


fever ray covers peter gabriel


a stunning cover/reinterpretation of peter gabriel’s “mercy street” by fever ray is available as a free download for the next 24 hours over at NME. it will be available physically as a 7″ later this year on rabid records and what the hell are you doing still reading this? go get it. now.

get intimate


the first taste of italians do it better‘s highly anticipated after dark 2 compilation comes in the form of a remix of new label addition appaloosa. apparently these guys are chan “cat power” marshall’s favorite band, but given the tepid reception she’s been receiving at her live shows lately, i’m not sure that’s the ringing endorsement it used to be…

but i digress. the paris/london duo’s new single “intimate” has received a remix from none other than idib tentpole group glass candy. per label head mike simonetti, they turn the already danceable tune into “romantic human league fronted by nico covering stereolab.” there isn’t a part of that analogy that i don’t like.

listen for yourself.

appaloosa – intimate (glass candy remix)

hard to believe this is only glass candy’s second remix in over a decade. they’re pretty damn good at it.