Since we launched this fall, one of our most prolific bloggers have been the guys over at SEEN, who have posted scores of cool articles over on their RCRD LBL blog. For the end of the year and as a thank you to all their readers, the SEEN dudes have made a cool little recap of all the flavor stuff they talked about over the past month and a half. Check it out and expect more hot stuff from SEEN and all our other affiliates in the new year…
RCRD LBL affiliate Baron von Luxxury, in addition to being the front man of electro-funk band Luxxury, is also the proud editor of Disco Workout, a west coast-based dance music blog. On the Luxxury RCRD LBL blog, the Baron has compiled a list of 10 memorable entries from 2007 that he posted to Disco Workout. Featured are Cut Copy, Italians Do It Better, and all sorts of year-end goodies.
Our favorite female-fronted psych-country act, Drug Rug, are releasing a free holiday tune on Black and Greene Records this week, and it’s great. It’s called “Wintertime” and recalls old school alt. country jams by the campfire. Download it from Black and Greene’s ecard, located at the link.
Just to make this Christmas a little more deranged, RCRD LBL band White Denim have lent their song "Let’s Get Together" to this rad holiday viral video. The dudes from Birds on Fire, who have made some White Denim videos in the past, went Christmas tree shopping and the results are WAY cooler than the last time we spent three hours in a freezing field trying to pick out a tree that’s just going to get thrown away in two weeks anyway.
Blonde Redhead recorded a podcast session with Spinner, on their weekly video show The Interface. We’ve been fans of the shoegaze threesome for a while, and their new album 23 would have been near the top of our year-end list (if we believed in such things!). Check out the session below and fall under the atmospheric love-spell of the title track off the album. It’s pure bliss.
Party like it’s 2002! Everyone’s favorite UK indie news feed (we of course are referring to our pals Drowned in Sound) have posted a free remix that Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs did of the Hives’ new single “Tick Tick Boom”. The Hives have gone in a new direction with the new record (entitled The Black and White Album), and “Tick Tick Boom” is one of the only tracks on it that sounds like old Hives did: fast, dirty and loud.
And the holiday mixes keep rolling in, this time from uber-blogger Brooklyn Vegan. The playlist goes from the obvious (Holly Golightly) to the goofy (Ween) to the downright strange (Melt Banana?). Check it out over at BV.
"Fairytale of New York" by the Pogues and Kristy McColl is by far one of the best Christmas songs ever, but this year its legacy was tainted by a slight controversy in England, where the song is basically ingrained in the entire holiday celebration. Mainstream radio station Radio One decided, after 20 years, to censor the word “faggot” from the second verse, sparking a huge debate between gay activists and hardcore fans of the song. The debate ended with Radio one going back on its initial decision and airing the song intact, which, when you think about it, was perhaps not the smartest course of action. Popjustice posted a really in-depth article about why they were in favor of the song being bleeped, demonstrating why they are one of the most read pop music blogs around.
We guess we’re totally in a female folk groove today… We just came across this video of St. Vincent, currently NYC’s premiere acoustic darling, playing an instore at Other Music and being interviewed by the staff there. The production value on this is actually pretty sweet, and “Marry Me” is slowly creeping up our most loved tracks of 2007. What’s great about her is her guitar style, which is both accessible yet subtly jarring, like she’s playing one chord and then suddenly changes her mind and plays another one instead. It’s like Cat Power meets Regina Spektor meets some really depressed, southern country chick from the ‘30s, and we love it.
We’ve blogged about Laura Marling before, the folk temptress who’s taking over London right now. We’re still listening to “Night Terror” on a daily basis. This week, Drowned in Sound posted the video for her new single “Ghosts” which, while being made out of construction paper, still manages to be slightly melancholy.