White Denim – Drug


I’ve found myself enjoying White Denim’s eclectic style more and more with each listen. Their sound is hard to pinpoint with precision but they tend to have heavy jazz and psychedelic influences scattered throughout their songs. They usually manage to place a poppy hook within the madness, however. Below is the official video for “Drug,” the first single off their upcoming release “D.”

The song itself bit more straightforward and easier to listen to than their previous works but the video is as trippy as anything you’ve seen. It’s a solid folk rockish, trippy tune that is vaguely reminiscent of Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot days.

If you like this song and want to hear more before “D” comes out, you can download their previous release “Last Day of Summer” for free on their website (http://whitedenimmusic.com/). “Champ” is one my favorite tracks off that record.

What do you think? Does this make you excited for their upcoming release?

Yeasayer – Phoenix Wind


I’ve usually found Yeasayer to be a hit or miss. I LOVE the opening 3-4 tracks of “All Hour Cymbals” but couldn’t enjoy the rest of that record, or most of their “Odd Blood” record for some reason. I guess I just lost interest. This new track, however, has me at least excited about…well, just this track for now. I haven’t yet had the chance to dive into the whole record.

Yeasayer’s music always seems to be “organized chaos” and “Phoenix Wind” carries on that tradition. The bass line keeps the song moving while they still manage to keep some of their typical experiment/psychedelic flavor on top. This track is featured on a record they released last week for Record Store Day (“End Blood”) and is rumored to be available on their website now.

What do you think? Can they make an entirely captivating record? Have the already and you think I’m crazy?

Song about a girl of the day – City and Colour “The Girl”


I know what your thinking…come on another song about a girl. Well, yes. But it is a good song by Dallas Green. City and Colour…get it? Dallas Green, clever. Anywho, this track comes from the Canadian folkster’s 2008 record Bring Me Your Love and it is a very catchy tune and I really like it and hopefully you will too!

My wife said it well after hearing this song, “it doesn’t challenge anything, but sometimes you need that.”

MC

White Rabbits “Percussion Gun”


I may be a little late discovering the White Rabbits, but hey better late than never, especially with such an awesome band like this! The Brooklyn-based rockers put out the album It’s Frightening in 2009 and gained attention in 2010 when the song “Percussion Gun” was used by EA Sports Fifa 2010 and the band played at Coachella, and Austin City Limits.

Freelance Fun “Starring” Freelance Whales


Another indie group from New York gaining a whole lot of attention lately despite this album being released in 2009. You can also see their most notable tune “Generators ^ First Floor” on a recent Starbucks commercial. This video shows the intricacies of their somewhat simple, catchy sound. “Starring” is one of my favorite tracks off Weathervanes but others worth checking out are “Broken Horse,” “Hannah” and “The Great Estates”

Foster the People “Pumped Up Kicks”


LA indie-rockers Foster the People have been gaining a lot of hype lately with the release of their EP Foster the People EP and playing Coachella and SXSW. “Pumped Up Kicks” is off said EP and will most likely be on the bands LP Torches when it comes out in May.

Enjoy!

MC

Update: Sorry, Sony has made it so that you have to watch the video on YouTube, so click on the link to be redirected.

Pick-me-up of the day – The Strokes “Under Cover of Darkness


I thought that after that very sappy love song you could use a pick-me-up…

It has been five long years since the Strokes have released a studio album, and the band has not disappointed with the Angles. The album takes a trip back down Strokes memory lane and brings us tunes similar to the ones off Room on Fire . The album is also very influenced by the Brooklyn music scene as well with electronic sampling and loads of 80’s style guitar solos. But what came first, the chicken or the egg? The Strokes have been rockin’ like this for the past 10 years.

“Under Cover of Darkness” is the first single of the album and will have you humming the tune all day.

MC