Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Murder Trilogy

After hearing their first new single in years “Runaways”, I got a nostalgic feeling and went back and listened to The Killers’ whole discography. The misshapen tragedy that was Day & Age (not to mention Brandon Flower’s solo effort Flamingo) had caused me to fall out of love with a once-great band, but listening to Hot Fuss, Sam’s Town, and Sawdust reignited that passion and rock-and-roll drive once again.

To tickle your tastebuds, here’s a little taste of what The Killers can be when they’re on top of their game: The Murder Trilogy.

 

And I never liked your hair // Or those people that you lie with // But I’m not satisfied // Until I hold you tight

iTunes  Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf – The Killers

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Oh crashing time can’t hide a guilty girl // With jealous hearts that start with blossom curls // I took my baby’s breath beneath the chandelier // Of stars and atmosphere //

iTunes  Midnight Show – The Killers

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She couldn’t scream while I held her close // I swore I’d never let her go

iTunes  Jenny Was a Friend of Mine – The Killers

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Fun Murderous Fact: When on tour, Flowers occasionally replaces that last line with “She couldn’t scream while I held her throat” or “She kicked and screamed while I held her throat.”

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Just What I Am – Kid Cudi feat. King Chip

Cudderisback. For real this time. No more false starts, no more MotM II or WZRD. It’s been a long and painful journey for Kid Cudi and his fans alike, but I believe this first track from upcoming album Indicud signals the start of Kid Cudi v2.0. A masterful and creative opening verse from King Chip is a delightful kickstart to this track. The chorus, while certainly as un-creative as possible (“I need to smoke // I wanna get high y’all”), is chilled out and complements the verses well. The real highlight is Cudi’s verse, which is lyrically clever and, most importantly, gives us a real insight into his new mindset. It sounds like he’s got a postive outlook again – no more self-pity, no more defeatist attitude.

Indicud should be released later this year. Judging by this release, it’s gonna be a great fucking album.

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Perth (Hannes Fischer Remix) – Bon Iver

Yeah, yeah, I know I posted a remix of Perth by Teen Daze just a week ago. But I wish I had waited, because this Hannes Fischer remix of “Perth” just blows it out of the water. I didn’t even think that was possible, but evidently Bon Iver’s remix competition is attracting a lot of serious talent and effort.

Here you go: seven minutes of heaven.

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Angels + Chained – The xx

YEAH! The first two releases from The xx’s new album Coexist. I don’t have to remind you of how world-changing their debut album was, since it must have been mashed-up, covered, and remixed by every artist on the planet. On top of that, it was probably also used in a million different TV shows, movies, commercials – just EVERYWHERE really.

So they’re in that tricky position where their sophomore album has unbelievably high expectations, but from these first two tracks “Angels” and “Chained” it’s obvious that they haven’t missed a beat. Hooray!

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Chained – The xx

 

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Star Guitar – Shinichi Osawa

Haven’t heard this song in many years, but it suddenly popped into my head and now it’s stuck there. Besides being a breathtakingly catchy remix of a Chemical Brothers track featuring the vocals of Au Revoir Simone, “Star Guitar” is a delightful summer tune that just begs for some energy and dirty dancing. Nobody puts Baby in the corner.

 

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Perth (Teen Daze Remix)

Over a year ago, Bon Iver released the most cohesive album ever made in the history of music. Every moment, every song title, every note seemed painstakingly considered to flow seamlessly together. The opening track “Perth” (read: “Birth”) signaled the beginning of a journey for Bon Iver, just as the closer “Beth/Rest” (read: “Death/Rest”) signaled the (blaring-horn-filled) culmination of a great work of art.

“Perth,” a gorgeous mesh of falsetto and little drum rhythms, set the stage for the album’s musical and emotional triumphs. Lucky for us, then, that it just got a nice boost from Canadian chillwave artist Teen Daze. A rebirth, if you will.

A bigger, slower drum beat is the headlining feature of this remix, as well as a gaggle of synths and samples (and was that a tambourine in there somewhere?). Basically, it’s a great remix and it helps get a fresh new take on the song – all the better to appreciate Vernon’s luscious vocals.

 

Pro tip:

Step 1 – Make a playlist of the album Bon Iver, Bon Iver entirely with remixes (Need suggestions of remixes for the other tracks? Write a comment and I’ll spill my collection)
Step 2 – Listen (You may wish to prepare yourself with a j or two)
Step 3 – Profit.

 

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