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On Repeat: Suckers – Get Your Body Moving

Posted in Music Releases, On Repeat, Tracks with tags , on May 19, 2009 by musicmuleblog

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Founding members of Suckers, multi-instrumentalists and cousins Quinn Walker and Austin Fisher grew up together in a small fishing village in Conneticut but eventually relocated to New York where they recruited a friend Pan (another multi-instrumentalist) and drummer/keyboardist Brian Aitken. The four-piece are now very much immersed in the Brooklyn scene and in 2008 they released debut double album ‘Laughter’s An Asshole/Lion Land’ on CocoRosie’s label Voodoo-Eros. Continue reading

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On Repeat: Dirty Projectors – Stillness Is The Move

Posted in Music Releases, On Repeat, Tracks with tags , , , on May 11, 2009 by musicmuleblog

Dirty Projectors are Dave Longstreth and band. In it’s current incarnation the group now consists of Angel Deradoorian, Amber Coffman, Brian Mcomber and David as principal members. Dave is considered as somewhat of a musical visionary within the current Brooklyn scene that he has helped to spawn. ‘Stillness In The Move’ is the new single taken from Dirty Projectors forthcoming album ‘Bitte Orca’ due to be released June 9th through Domino Records.

It’s by far the most accessible track I’ve heard Dave put his name to. Unlike most of the material Dave’s unique vocals don’t feature strongly, the honour is left to Amber to carve out what is an irresistible pop/r’n’b/dance vocal which some may be surprised to hear from the band. Those who know them better though may be aware of Dave’s fondness for Mariah Carey (!) and a soulful r’n’b tinged tune like that of 2007 album Rise Above’s stunning title track so it’s not all surprises.

They’ve recently collaborated with David Byrne (Talking Heads) on ‘Knotty Pine’ for the Red Hot ‘Dark Was The Night’ compilation and are supporting TV On The Radio in the U.S. Watch out world, Dirty Projectors are coming for you!

mp3: Dirty Projectors – Stillness Is the Move

Pre-Order: Stillness In The Move 12″
Pre-Order: Bitte Orca
Buy: Rise Above    CD/LP iTunes

Just for Kicks: Bill Callahan – The Wind And The Dove

Posted in Just For Kicks, Music Releases, Tracks with tags , , , on May 8, 2009 by musicmuleblog

Sunday’s choice comes from Bill Callahan who is better known as Smog or sometimes (Smog) and is also Joanna Newsom’s fella. Bill has been making great melancholy folk music since Joanna was a twinkle in her daddy’s eye or not far off there (1988). But it sounds to me like maybe some of her orchestrated leanings from last album ‘Ys’ have rubbed off on Bill’s latest album ‘Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle’ and in particular this stunning track ‘The Wind And The Dove’ which features all kinds of eerie instrumentation, so much so that it makes me think of Raders Of The Lost Ark at times! Bill’s custom spoken vocals and understated guitar work fits in with it with surprising ease. It feels right.

mp3: Bill Callahan – The Wind And The Dove

buy: Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle    CD/LP iTunes

Just For Kicks: Vega – No Reasons.

Posted in Just For Kicks, Music Releases, Tracks with tags , , , on May 8, 2009 by musicmuleblog

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Friday’s track choice this week comes from Austin based electronic maestro Vega. The man behind Vega is Alan Palomo previously of another top notch Austin outfit Ghosthustler. This guy evidently has a way with a beat and a catchy chorus. ‘No Reasons’ is perhaps his sunniest, poppiest tune yet. It’s taken from the bands forthcoming debut EP ‘Well Known Pleasures’ which will be out Stateside later this month on Vogue College Records. Could be a hit if it gets any publicity. I’ve also thrown in an old Ghosthustler favourite of mine for y’all to get a feel of.

For Fans Of: Empire Of The Sun, The Golden Filter, Ghostland Observatory.

mp3: Vega – No Reasons

mp3: Ghosthustler – Only Me To Trust

via: G v B

On Repeat: Holloys – Lake Land

Posted in Music Releases, On Repeat, Tracks with tags , , on May 6, 2009 by musicmuleblog

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mp3: Holloys – Lake Land

Holloys is the vehicle for the music of Los Angeles based visual artist and songwriter Jim Brown. Word has it the band used to go for a more ambient noise sound but thankfully on their ‘Art Wars’ EP they’ve progressed to an altogether more danceable and on occasions poppy sound. But make no mistake this is music with substance, full of a variety of cultural influences and sounds from prog to dance to trance to afro-pop. The track I’ve picked is EP opener ‘Lake Land’ with it’s glorious almost bhangra style guitar lick and it’s call to arms lyrics of ‘I send the holloys’. It’s not the most obvious track off the EP, it is ‘Heart Mission’ which will grab the headlines but ‘Lake Land’ may have more longevity. Buy this EP from your new favourite band!

Buy: Art Wars EP   CD / DLoad

Live: Ariel Pink + Holloys @ The Luminaire, May 20th.

On Repeat: The Horrors – Scarlet Fields

Posted in Music Releases, On Repeat, Tracks with tags , , on May 4, 2009 by musicmuleblog

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mp3: The Horrors – Scarlet Fields

The new album ‘Primary Colours’ by The Horrors is out today and it is an absolute cracker. They’ve shaken things up a lot from their last offering ‘Strange House’ in 2006. I’ve chosen the track ‘Scarlet Fields’ as an example of what the album has to give. Gorgeous guitar effects, euphoric keys, driving bass and drums and dark echoed vocals offering up the winning couplet:

‘see yourself, your image in the eyes of someone else
see yourself, your fears as they appear to someone else’

For Fans Of: Joy Division, My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and Mary Chain.

Buy: Primary Colours   CD / DLoad

Live: Electric Ballroom, Camden June 5th.

Just For Kicks – Bank Holiday Special

Posted in Just For Kicks, Music Releases, Tracks with tags , , , on May 1, 2009 by musicmuleblog

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As it’s a bank holiday I’m picking four tracks for you lucky people this week including Shock Defeat!, The Horrors, The Big Pink and The Leisure Society. Here’s hoping for a sunny one…

Friday

mp3: Shock Defeat! – Fast Hands

Shock Defeat! are Felix of Hot Chip’s favourite London band. Sure with their funky bass lines, noodly guitars and relentless disco drum beats on some levels they sound a lot like their peers Foals and The Rapture. But it’s the quirky vocal delivery of Nic Carter and their slightly off kilter stance more akin to Talking Heads or Devo that makes them a vital new addition to the scene. ‘Fast Hands’ is taken from their ‘Rubber Headband’ EP. The band are as yet unsigned but will be presumably self-releasing another EP, ‘Olympic Village’ soon. Meanwhile go see them live, I’ve heard great things. Date below.

For Fans Of: Talking Heads, The Rapture, Foals.

live: Be @ Proud Gallery, May 23rd.

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