Friday, October 12, 2012

Tame Impala - 'Elephant'

Tame Impala maintains 'I Am the Walrus' aesthetics on its newest single from most recent album, Lonerism.  'Elephant' has crunch, distant vocals, and perhaps most importantly, a driving beat that never drops.

Stream 'Elephant' in the SoundCloud player below:

Grizzly Bear - 'Yet Again'

Grizzly Bear has returned with a new album and a very solid single.  'Yet Again' is textured and atmospheric.  It's a tightly wound studio production that carries very well over to radio.

Stream 'Yet Again' in the SoundCloud player below:

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti - 'Only In My Dreams'

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti is known for the quirky, but 'Only In My Dreams' is a lovely tune of a song.  The recording lacks none of the psychedelia inherent in most of the Ariel-led collective's previous offerings, but it is probably one of the more palatable singles they've produced thus far.  So tasty!

Watch the video to 'Only in my Dreams' below:

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Forgotten Gem: Blur - 'There's No Other Way'

In keeping the 90s Britpop hit parade alive, today we present the video to Blur's 'There's No Other Way.'

'There's No Other Way' was Blur's second radio single, was released in 1990, and reached Number 5 on the U.S. Modern Rock charts.  (The single reached the overall Number 8 slot in the band's native Britain).  Contrary to the band's later work, 'There's No Other Way' was emblematic of the Manchester-based "Baggy" or "Madchester" subgenre of raucous dance-influenced music popularized by other Britpop bands such as The Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses.

The video to the single is entertaining, showing an angry Gen-Xer (Damon Albarn) sitting at the family dinner table, brooding and scowling the entire time.  Juxtaposed with the peppy melody, the video's visuals sharply depart from the happy-go-lucky feel of the immediate musical surface.

Blur, of course, went on to record a number of mega hits in the next two decades following the release of 'There's No Other Way,' and they went on to rival Oasis for the crown of European Kings of Rock in the 1990s.  And following the dawn of the new millennium lead vocalist Damon Albarn established Gorillaz, and the rest, as they say, is history.

You can watch the video to 'There's No Other Way' in the video player below:

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Forgotten Gem: Pulp - 'Help the Aged'

"Funny how it all falls away"
Jarvis Cocker's band, Pulp, followed up its breakthrough album, Different Class, with This is Hardcore.

'Help the Aged' is a tender slow burner featured on Track Four of Hardcore that oscillates between benevolence and stark truths.  "You can dye your hair, but it's the one thing you can't change," sings Cocker, in reference to the one constant none of us can escape:  our own mortality.

Structually, 'Help the Aged' slyly begins as the usual ballad, but steadily marches toward a bombastic melody with a stunning hook.  It doesn't hurt that the lyrics are stirring and poetic.

Watch the video to 'Help the Aged' below, and while you do remember, "Help the aged.  Because one day you'll be older too."

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Zedd - 'Spectrum'

Electronic dance music has become a dominant force in the pop and rock music scenes as of late. The cult followings of Deadmau5 and Skrillex by today's youth are a partial testament to that.

'Spectrum' by Zedd is another electronic dance tune that balances house beats and catchy hooks with a likable vocal. Check out the video to 'Spectrum' below: