Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Pit Er Pat - Water

Too indie to be top 40 or too top 40 to be indie? That is the question seemingly posed by the recently relocated and one-member-shorter LA duo Pit Er Pat. These two get all Timbaland/Missy Elliot on us in what is quite possibly the funkiest song about H 2 the izz-O that isn't by Jay-Z. I don't know much about PEP, but I am definitely keeping my eyes out for future offerings. Download it here.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Album Review: Vampire Weekend- Contra

Score: 7.75/10

I was never convinced by Vampire Weekend. Their self-titled debut album was indie rock's equivalent of the Cold War- in that the country was swarmed by hype and anticipation, but the final product lacked the expected explosive product. Well "Contra" is that nuclear holocaust. Of course, there are those that would call the new album the band's second masterpiece. "Vampire Weekend" was well received by critics across the spectrum, which I find somewhat hard to fathom. Retrospective mud-slinging aside, it cannot be argued that VW really stepped their diversity game up in their latest offering. The most noticeable changes of direction are seen in the M.I.A.-sampling of "Diplomat's Son," "California English"'s autotuned warbling, and the surprisingly handsome crooning Ezra Koenig whips out on the semi-title track, my personal favorite. In contrast to the mild and "kind of on time" drums of "Vampire Weekend," "Contra" unleashes the beats in a different way: BIG. With the thundering drums of "Giving Up The Gun" and the Lion King-on-808s "Horchata," VW creates a more cohesive and stable album while simultaneously maintaining almost extreme multiformity. Contra is by no means a perfect album, but it definitely made me believe a large portion of the hype surrounding the quintessential buzz band.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Info on Downloading Songs

To download songs I have provided links for, such as "The High Road" below, simply control-click the link (or right-click for our PC-using friends) and select "Download Linked File." Enjoy!

The Odd-er Couple

If hooks were currency and the Gnarls Barkley masterpiece "Crazy" didn't exist, Dangermouse (the white guy and producer in Gnarls) wouldn't exactly be that rich. If cultural relevancy were currency and the film "Garden State" didn't exist, James Mercer (the lead singer of the Shins) would not be near the top of the list of GQ's "Richest Men in Indie Rock." That is until now. Who would have thought that the voice in Natalie Portman's headphones and the guy behind "The Grey Album" would each be the antidote to each others' musical weaknesses? The new group, Broken Bells, sounds pretty much like a way cooler Shins (and I am by no means a Shins-hater), at least according to their first cut, "The High Road." The album drops March 9th, and I'm already psyched.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Best 50 Albums 2000-2009

50. The xx- XX
49. Band of Horses- Everything all the Time
48. Deltron 3030- Deltron 3030
47. Yeah Yeah Yeahs- It's Blitz!
46. MGMT- Oracular Spectacular
45. Kanye West- The College Dropout
44. Explosions in the Sky- The Earth is not a Cold Dead Place
43. Decemberists- The Crane Wife
42. Daft Punk- Discovery
41. Arcade Fire- Neon Bible
40. Outkast- Stankonia
39. Death Cab for Cutie- Transatlanticism
38. Passion Pit- Manners
37. Arctic Monkeys- Whatever People Say I am, That's what I'm not
36. Rilo Kiley- More Adventurous
35. Coldplay- A Rush of Blood to the Head
34. The Strokes- Is This It
33. Lupe Fiasco- The Cool
32. LCD Soundsystem- Sound of Silver
31. Beck- Sea Change
30. Blue Scholars- Bayani
29. The Killers- Hot Fuss
28. Ryan Adams- Heartbreaker
27. Jay-Z- The Blueprint
26. Amy WInehouse- Back to Black
25. Kanye West- Late Registation
24. John Legend- Once Again
23. Radiohead- In Rainbows
22. Girl Talk- Feed the Animals
21. Arcade Fire- Funeral
20. Coldplay- Parachutes
19. Death Cab for Cutie- Plans
18. Ra Ra Riot- The Rhumb Line
17. Justin Timberlake- Futuresex/Lovesounds
16. M83- Saturdays=Youth
15. Lil Wayne- Tha Carter III
14. TV on the Radio- Dear Science
13. Gorillaz- Demon Days
12. Fleet Foxes- Fleet Foxes
11. MIA- Kala
10. Bon Iver- For Emma, Forever Ago
9. Postal Service- Give Up
8. Outkast- Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
7. Bright Eyes- I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
6. Bloc Party- Silent Alarm
5. The-Dream- Love vs. Money
4. Stars- Set Yourself on Fire
3. Kanye West- Graduation
2. Girl Talk- Night Ripper
1. Flaming Lips- Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots