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Brooklyn Mix

August 8th, 2015 | The Mix | 0 Comments

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After years of dreaming about it, two weeks ago, I finally made the move to Brooklyn. Every day I wakeup and walk outside here, and I think, “Yes. I made it.” And I think my living here finally has led me to better understand the music of Brooklyn. So I put together a little mix with just nine of the amazing bands that this borough can proudly claim as its own.

There is kind of an overarching Brooklyn sound. It’s tattooed and bearded. Fearlessly experimental. Almost sunbaked and windswept. And the musicians are incredible, but smart and talented enough not to fall into cliched patterns or sound overly ‘professional’.

September Mix

October 14th, 2012 | The Mix | 0 Comments

Wow – that month went by fast. Probably because I was too busy and tired to keep track of it. Crayzey. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to keep up as well with music as usual due to my not being able to access the internet for most of the week. But I’ve been doing my best during the weekend, mostly just making sure to catch the big new albums, but still, I’m checking the blogs. Here are the highlights of September.

1. Lust For Youth – Behind Curtains

2. David Byrne and St. Vincent – Who

3. Fresh And Onlys – 20 Days And 20 Nights

4. Grizzly Bear – Gun Shy

5. Sirs – Eye For An Answer

6. Dinosaur Jr. – Recognition

7. Jens Lekman – I Know What Love Isn’t

8. Deekie – Happy & Wrong

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Have You Heard The New…Grizzly Bear?

June 5th, 2012 | Features | 0 Comments

Well, well, well…look who’s back in town. It’s beloved Brooklyn band Grizzly Bear. And with a new album dropping September 18th. Bet you guys think you’re sooooo cool, don’t ya? Well…maybe you are.

The first track off the as-yet-untitled-album is “Sleeping Ute”, a song with a title inspired by a Ute Indian legend. Way to fight the pretentious Brooklyn hipster stereotypes, guys. Luckily the song is pretty solid, though perhaps an odd choice for a single as it focuses more on ambient force and those beautiful textures of sound the band is really good at than melody or structure.

As a forerunner of the album it suggests that the band hasn’t changed too much in terms of sound, style and quality, though perhaps it may hint at a change in songwriting priorities and direction. Veckatimest had some really well constructed, exceptional pop songs (if you can even qualify them as such) – perhaps this one will focus more on interesting sounds and more complex construction? Or perhaps “Sleeping Ute” isn’t reflective of the whole? I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see. So far, thumbs up.

CANT

August 17th, 2011 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

Chris Taylor (best known as a member of Brooklyn band Grizzly Bear) seems like a pretty cool dude. If not, he at least does a lot of cool stuff. In addition to his day job in Grizzly Bear, the guy runs Terrible Studio in Brooklyn and produced some awesome records by bands like The Morning Benders, Twin Shadow and The Dirty Projectors. He also runs the label Terrible Records which has put out cool stuff by Class Actress and Acrylics. Now he’s got a solo album coming out under the moniker CANT called Dreams Come True. Should be cool. Below is the latest track, “Believe”.

THE DODOS

March 24th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Wow, it’s been a relatively long time since I last did a band of the week…perhaps even more than a week (gasp!). It’s cool though, I’ve been busy and the good busy also. Recording, playing shows, practicing, ynow. Anyways this week’s band of the week is not quite as extinct as they were once thought to be. The band of the week is…

THE DODOS!!!

This San-Fran duo makes sharp, catchy indie-pop with only an acoustic guitar and drums. Their sharp angular melodies recall Menomena or Andrew Bird though at times the vocals soar over the music in a way comparable with Animal Collective or Grizzly Bear. The instrumentation, however, consists mainly of an acoustic guitar and drums.

I’ve only heard a couple of their songs so far. I’ll be listening to their full-length, “Visitor”, very soon. So far however, each songs I’ve heard has been well written with sparse production. The drums have the tribal sound going (think animal collective or sunset rubdown) while the guitar sorta does some folksy stuff subtly off to the side. The vocals are very strong, often they’re double (or more than double) tracked in order to give them that extra push, especially when they take off and soar into the reverb-laden soundscape.

Check em out, especially if you’re a fan of Animal Collective or Grizzly Bear. This will fit right in with your trip.
http://www.myspace.com/mericlong