Monthly Archives: November 2011

Ultimate Stoner Session Idea

Bon Iver just released a full video album on YouTube!

You remember how awesome that last album they released was? Well now imagine it, plus trippy music videos. That’s right, break out the bong/blunt wrap and enjoy a nice bake session.

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE3CD9195B24C7485

 

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P.S. If that didn’t satisfy you, there’s always the golden choice of watching Frozen Planet (narrated by David Attenborough).

Tycho

 

The recording alias of San Francisco-based musician Scott Hansen, Tycho has recently released a mellow album titled Dive that’s been getting attention from the likes of Pitchfork and even the BBC. It’s like the soundtrack to a daydream, and can leave you lost in bliss for hours on end. Composed primarily of synths and acoustic guitars, it’s a mellow vibe that draws from his musical influences like Belle and Sebastian, Boards of Canada and Deerhunter.

Download  A Walk – Tycho  +

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Download  Elegy – Tycho  +

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Coastal Brake – Tycho

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Get the full album on iTunes, or like his Facebook page for some free downloads.

 

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Progress (Easy Does It Remix) – Collin McLoughlin feat. Jake

 

Yet another display of Collin McLoughlin’s talent – it’s strange to hear an artist using just a simple combination of an acoustic guitar and vocals, and yet have it sound so fresh at the same time. The slow but deep kick-drum rhythm on the Easy Does It remix moves the song into addictive territory. This is off the Stark Perspective Remixes EP; you should check out both the remixes EP and the original if you’re interested in McLoughlin’s sound.

Download  Progress (Easy Does It Remix) – Collin McLoughlin feat. Jake  +

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If you haven’t heard McLoughlin’s acoustic cover of “Save The World” before, go listen to it on our first Lazy Days compilation (which is pretty much the best chill playlist ever).

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Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker [Dada Life Teaser]

 

Riding off the success of Happy Violence and earlier singles this year such as “White Noise / Red Meat”, Dada Life has been raging harder than any other DJs this year and it seems they’re determined to prove it. Check out this 1-minute teaser preview for their upcoming track – it’s damn funny and it also does a good job of getting you hyped up!

If you’re not caught up on how awesome Dada Life is, listen to some of their earlier singles or their most recent release “Happy Violence.”

 

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Chillwave = Hazy Indie-Electronic?

Check out some recent releases from some of the pioneers of chillwave (which I still can’t define). Washed Out released “Amor Fati” as a single last month, with a hidden gem “Call It Off” as a B-side. And Work Drugs’ “Aurora Lies” is a slow, mesmerizing track with dreamy vocals – it just begs to be played as you fall asleep.

Download  Call It Off – Washed Out

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Madeon – Pop Culture

17 year old Madeon has been making great remixes for a while, but until I saw this video – I had no idea what a talented individual he was.

This song is a super-mashup of just under 40 songs, yet the song doesn’t sound overcrowded. Instead each sample is used just enough that it is recognisable to produce a new sound.

Download Pop Culture – Madeon

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Download Que Veux Tu (Madeon Remix) – Yelle

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Birdy [Album Review]

 

Composed of mostly covers, such as the “Skinny Love” cover that propelled her to fame, the Birdy album is a promising debut for the 15-year old Jasmine van den Bogaerde. Her voice is angelic and immensely soft, and for the most part accompanied solely by her playing the piano. The one track that she wrote herself, “Without A Word,” shows that she’s got more to offer than just a pretty voice. But even on covers like “Shelter” or “People Help The People,” she forges her own passionate and minimal take, ensuring that the album doesn’t play out like a rehash of other artist’s works. There are no single low points in the album, but I imagine that we won’t really hear Birdy’s own artistic voice until she writes an entire album, with a central unifying vision and all original songs.

Poised to be the latest in a line of UK pop/folk artists to be universally remixed, Birdy still has a lot of space to grow and develop her musical talent and songwriting, but this album is a sweet and poignant marker in her young career.

Download  Skinny Love – Birdy  (previously posted)

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Download   Shelter (The xx Cover) – Birdy

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Download  Without A Word – Birdy

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Get the album on iTunes

Here’s the YouTube video for her cover of Ed Sheeran’s “The A Team.”

 

Remixes:

Download  Skinny Love (Owsey Remix) – Birdy  +

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Download  Shelter (Essáy’s Tearful Edit) – Birdy

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