Hayley Kiyoko - This Side Of Paradise

12/31/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Fun facts: Hayley Kiyoko is also an actress, most famous for her recurring role on The Fosters as a reformed cyber bully. What an amazing resume. Part indie songstress, part ABC Family villain. Knowing this about her, I was shocked at how good her song is. Not that child actors are incapable of producing worthwhile music, but let's just be glad this effort went more the way of Ariana Grande rather than Abigail Breslin*** "This Side of Paradise" starts off as a casual non-memorable jam, and eventually movies into a veryyy catchy chorus. Her vocals aren't stellar, but the lyrics and production are interesting. There's lots of clapping. Kind of Grey's Anatomy-ish. Her EP of the same name comes out in Feb. so maybe check it out. Although she has 200K followers on Twitter (....what)so I guess she doesn't need promo assistance form T4L.

**Yes Little Miss Sunshine has released music. Her song is called "You Suck"....and apparently it's about someone in the band 5 Seconds of Summer. You have been warned.  

Peking Duck - High (ft. Nicole Millar)

12/31/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

I'm sad these guys are not more famous, because I feel like Will Ferrell would do an excellent job impersonating them. It would also have to be 1999 in order for SNL to possess Will Ferrell, so there are a lot of elements to this wish that are unrealistic. O well. In "High" the Australian duo known as Peking Duck churn out more "electronic w a casual bass drop" vibes. Pretty similar to Flume. Nicole Millar proves to be an excellent partner for these clowns. (I'm sorry but if you wear matching red leather jackets that is what I am going to label you as). Her voice is well suited to their production: kind of growl-y and melancholy at the same time. This is also a weird thing to comment on, but I feel like there is a good singing to instrumental ratio happening here. Just when you miss Mz. Milla, she returns. Wrd.

Bondax - Dusk Funk

12/31/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Mark my words, the music buzzword of 2015 is going to be funk. First we had Uptown Funk. Now we have this. And prob at least 4 other songs will have that word in the title this year. Practically a revolution. And the thing is, I'm not sure any of these people really understand what funk is. I mean I don't really, but I'm pretty sure this Bondax song is straight electro dance music. Not a trace of Jackson 5 to be found. Ok maybe like 7% funk. But I bring that much funk to my shower singing and this does not make me a disco star people. This doesn't mean it is a bad song. Just misguided marketing. Regardless, "Dusk Funk" brings that partaaaayyy. I feel like they haven't released a bad song yet. And they are v prolific. Although I have objections to the fact there is no girl singer credited on this track. Or any of the Bondax songs for that matter. I'm srsly doubting either of those boys provided these vocals. If they did...excellent gender bending boys. Rhye would be proud.

bonobo - Return to Air

12/31/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

This song makes me feel like I am in the rainforest. You could literally put it on before you go to bed if beachy wave noises or light thunderstorm don't do it for you. It's 5 minutes of weird landscapey electro, and it is glorious. The last song to be released off Bonobo's latest EP Flashlight. I kind of said it already,** but I like that you get a whole landscape in this man's music. Like, when I turn it on I feel like I am listening to a million frogs and salamanders serenade me in the Amazon. I would walk around with a flashlight on the dusky forest floor and my tree friends would greet me. Until a python slithers out and strangles me. Jk Bonobo would nvr let that happen to me. Unless the acid turns on me. ^^ Then all bets are off. I've never been a super fan (Tycho is better bitches), but occasionally Simon Greene (yes really) releases something v good. This is v good. Enjoy.

**How else am I going to write 10 lines about a song with no words in it

^^ JK drugs are bad don't do them

VOYAGEUR - Rollercoaster Ride

12/31/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Shockingly, this is not Vampire Weekend. It is Vampire Weekend if they were British and interested in ska instead of tennis whites and the Hamptons. "Rollercoaster Ride" is the first I have heard of Voyageur, who is sooo fancy that he uses the French spelling of Voyager. Which, jokes on you Traveler Man, because there is a band from Birmingham, Alabama who spells their name the same way and I almost used their pic here. (And they were fatter. Not good for your image mister. Although that photo above is how you choose to present yourself, so I think we are working with baseline image management to begin with). Anyways, this song is pretty interesting for a first effort. Like I said, there is a ska vibe running through this. Mid tempo catchy.  I like these lines : "I used to be so scared of heights / I used to love in black and white." Look out for him in 2 0 1 5!

**VOYAGEUR himself has emailed t4L telling us he has removed the song from soundcloud but will let us know when he reposts it. Stay tuned yah loons!

Borgeous & Shaun Frank - This Could Be Love (ft. Delaney Jane)

12/31/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

That bear is what nightmares are made of. Right down to the fucking creepy eyelashes. Seriously I feel like there could have been a Skins episode where Effy takes too many drugs and thinks that bear is following her around a nightclub. I would watch that. Aside from the questionable artwork, Borgeous and Shaun Frank have crafted an excellent chipmunk dance tune. Just in time for the ball dropping! Particularly I feel this song could soundtrack Taylor Swift's New Years. "Close your eyes / I don't wanna be alone tonight / I'm not afraid / This could be love " Imagine young Swifty on the prowl as she searches for her next victim. I would like nothing more than to be a fly on the wall at whatever New Years Party she's at. I feel like she would get drunk and keep putting Welcome to New York on. And everyone else would b like not again Taylor we just wanna listen to Uptown Funk. Look at that, I hijacked my own post. Well listen to the song , I like it. T4L out.

Favela - Gong

12/31/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

I don't think that pic represents Favela himself, but it matches with the song vibes so I'm using it. General warning: "Gong" is not a New Years banger. Maybe if you are at a spa in the Bahamas. If you are in the freezing cold drinking vodka to stay warm, maybe turn on some Jason de Rulo. This song is really pleasant though. It is the first track Favela has released since "Easy Yoke" last year, and they are pretty similar. Echo-y vocals, some harp, steady drum beat. Basically I feel like I am floating in a tropical ocean when I hear it. The fact that I can't understand anything he's singing practically makes me feel like I am underwater. Who doesn't like that !? Unless you come up and there's water stuck in your ears. Downer for sure.

Only Real - Y E S T E R D A Y S

12/26/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Holy (late) 90s. I realize I say this a lot, but it is mostly in reference to Janet Jackson-esque pop and shitty production. This song is a TBT to some amazing weird alt rock. VERY Beck. And maybe some New Radicals? New Radicals did that thing where they listed a bunch of random things off and made them rhyme, and I feel that is being replicated here. Case in point: "Wake n cruise / Vacant clues / Shaking shoes." Or maybe Only Real is the doppelganger of Blind Melon? Sublime? None of those exactly, but listen and hopefully you will understand the vibes I mean. There's a lot of talky lyrics that I would not classify as rap. There is also a sunny chorus that makes me wish I was 9 and Rocket Power was still on.  Also that pic. Where can I find this boy!?!? I want him to be my friend. I'm willing to bet $800 he is British. And I'm poor so 800 bux is a small fortune to me. The point is , listen to this and pretend it's summer.

Miguel - Coffee

12/26/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Miguel is baaaaack. Pretty sure we haven't heard from him since the Girls soundtrack contribution. Which wasn't that long ago but my memory is Dory status so it feels like 1 million years. To give you a better idea of this, Nelly Furtado's career might as well have not happened to me. Anywaysss, "Coffee" is the new jam, and it's predictably smooth. The vocals are seductive to the point where I feel uncomfortable with myself. And that is really saying something, because I'm pretty sure all Miguel is doing is sing the story of his weekend. Literally it is the list of things he did on Friday. Exhibit A: "Gunplay turns into pillow talk / Pillow talk turns into sweet dreams / Sweet dreams turn into coffee in the morning" So from this we know Miguel was potentially involved in a drive-by, but he made up w his aggressors and ultimately they had a fun slumby complete w brunch in the AM. If my Friday night was chronicled in a song , it would b like, "Vodkaaaa turns into vommin / Vommin turns into nommin / Nommin turns into REGRET" Sorry that was dumb. But tru. Luvu Miguel.

WILDE - Hanging Tree (Are You?) (Hunger Games cover)

12/26/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

I have been having a debate with myself for awhile regarding possible reasons for the success of this (honestly) creepy song. And I concluded this: a song called HANGING TREE ended up a top Billboard hit because of the sheer star power of Jennifer Lawrence. I mean come on. This girl went on talk shows yelling that she is tone deaf.  People love her so much it only made sense that she would end up a semi-pop star. Ultimately the point of laying this argument out is to say that hearing this cover proved me wrong about the song. When not sung by J Law, it is still enjoyable. Wilde slowwwwed things down in a dreamy fashion, and also I'm pretty sure added their own lyrics. In fact, the only reason I recognize it is because no songs have the word "hanging" in them. Maybe death metal bands but tbh I am not familiar with their content. Anyways, the point is their take is fresh and worth listening to. Also Wilde I applaud you on the massive power play of covering this. Guaranteed attention! Got mine anyway.

GRRL PAL - Paradise

12/25/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Happy Xmas to my fellow Loons!! I hope you are drinking yourself into oblivion to combat the excess time w your crazy relatives. To brighten your day, I present to you...electronic xmas carols? Jk. Until Tiesto drops his "Home for the Holidaze" album, we will have to settle for Frank Sinatra. So this is just regular chipmunk electro. On the weirdo scale, I would say GRRL PAL is past CHVRCHES but before Grimes. There are floaty distorted girl vocals and wompy synths. It's poppy but not something you would play if your mom was in the car. Or maybe you have a cool mom I don't know u. Regardless, it's an eccentric jam. Also the lyrics are baffling me. That girl says, "Paradise is what we don't need." .....said no one ever.

Modest Mouse - Lampshades On Fire

12/22/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Modest Mouse was important to my indie awakening. When I say that, I mean I watched the O.C. as a 12yr old and it helped me realize there was other music besides the Backstreet Boys. It wasn't so much that I liked the music itself, I more enjoyed how amazingly it complemented the scene. Who could forget when Ryan succesfully made out w Maris on NYE? (Dice). When he carried her lifeless body from the wreckage of her fiery crash w Volchek?*** (Hallelujah). Or most importantly...MMMM WHATCHA SAYYY. I can't actually remember if Modest Mouse was in the O.C, but it feels like it was. Their newest offering "Lampshades on Fire" is straight out of 2005. This is by no means a bad thing. It's an amazing song. But fundamentally it sounds like any other Modest Mouse song. As soon as I heard it I feel like I heard it 1 million years ago. Kind of like Coldplay. My middle school indie bands nvr let me down yall.

**the hottest cast member. evr. Ryan Atwood was lame compared to him tbh


Snoh - Bad Things (ft. Common)

12/22/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Snoh kind of looks like Amy Winehouse decided to dress like Lana Del Rey instead of a homeless crackhead. She sounds a little bit similar as well. In "Bad Things" the L.A based non-Amy Winehouse sings about drinking enough water, running marathons, and sleeping a lot. Jk fools, those things are boring as fuck and thus are not bad for you. Instead, Snoh sings about a vairety of ambiguous things that I find applicable in my own life. Take her lyrics, "I get so sad on myself , when I do what's bad for my health". Hello, welcome to my headspace after eating an entire box of Annie's cheddar bunnies. Or Example B: "Why do I feel so free when I'm killin me" This could also be called: me flailing on the dance floor after 7 tequila shots. Also idk what "I'm in a nightmare havin a dream" means, but I like it. Basically, Snoh seems crazy and possesses an excellent soulful voice while also rendering dece lyrics. I'm not sure what Common's contribution is to this besides literally 2 lines of rap, but I love "Be (intro)" so I guess I dig his presence.

BEARSON- Pink Medicine

12/17/2014 tunes4loons 0 Comments

UGgGhHh. So i told myself I would chill on posting electronic music for a little bit and post more indie shit (more pleasin' to the older ears, yah know?) BUT, when a song is quickly climbing the HypeM charts and is chill AF, as this one is, I can't help but blog it. This is a purrrrfect example of how awesome experimental electronic music can be (remember Branchez' remix of What So Not's "High You Are"????). This is BEARSON's first ever solo track and (shockerr) BEARSON is not his Christian name. It is Jakob Bjørn-Hansen which as got to be the most Norwegian name out there (plot twist: Nico & Vinz are also from Norway... I would have guessed like Portland tbh #worstmusicbloggerever). Also, the name has me seriously puzzled: did Jakob write this whilest attempting to robotrip on Pepto Bismol? Or did he just have indigestion problems and was craving America's number #1 solution? The world may nvr know.

Sounds Like: Branchez, Phantogram, MGMT (the distorted angelic vocals kinda sound like the electronic twangs of "Time to Pretend", no?), Maribou State (see Tongue <-- warning: pre-2014 T4L stuff right here... it's shitty. Don't say I didn't (say I didn't) warn yahhhh*)

*Yeah, that T Swift worked in there oh too nicely

Brika- Mumbai

12/12/2014 tunes4loons 0 Comments

Some people think pop music is becoming vapid AF but I say fuck 'em. Brika had me at the chipmunk-y background vocals going "ay-ee-ay-ee-ayyyyyyyyyy". Sure they mean ABSOLUTELY nothing, but they have me singing along like a yippy chihuahua. "Mumbai" is one 4-minute exotic experience from it's first ominous guitar lick to the fading-out of Brika's vocals, which are perfection as usual. This song sounds like a Caribbean-Arabian love-child (IRL, if that child existed, he/she would be a bi-racial beaut #jealous #IrishandIrish) The amazing production style and over-all jive-y nature of this track leaves me with just one lingering question: what da fuq is a girl this talented doing in Miami??? Sure Will Smith sang about it but that was in 1998 and that was the LAST time Miami has ever been remotely relevant in the music industry. Maybe homegirl's secretly tanorexic. Or a eastern-European immigrant. Both acceptable reasons to choose dwell in America's most miserable city*. Brika's new album drops in t-minus 4 days so r̶u̶n̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶r̶ ̶n̶e̶a̶r̶e̶s̶t̶ ̶F̶Y̶E̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶p̶i̶c̶k̶ ̶u̶p̶ ̶a̶ ̶c̶o̶p̶y̶  get ready to illegally YouTubetoMP3 this ish.

Sounds Like: BANKS, Ella Eyre

*You may think I'm being harsh but Forbes agrees with me. It doesn't even snow there and yet it still tops the list #SMH

Maiday - Wish You'd Met Me First

12/06/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Somewhere one of the famous pop divas is crying that they didn't snag this song. For it contains all the elements of an amazing ballad. They are as follows:

1. Heartbreak. On this song, Maiday sings about none other than duh, a boy. Who TRAGICALLY met some other bitch before her, and thus he can never be her lobster.

2. Slow build up. I thought this song was going to be a slow burning electronic thing until about 35 seconds in, then BAM Maiday brings pipe action. Not Whitney status, but def better than Swifty. Blu Cantrell-esque. Remember Hit Em Up Style?! Ugh I miss B.C.

3. Harp! Jk this isn't really a staple of ballads, but I'm digging it.

Bonus Points: Lyrical realness. I'm being serious. Most of these songs have like 5 different types of lyrics, all of which say I love you why did you leave me blah blah bleeding loveeeee (literally hate that song so much. I couldn't tell you why). But here, Maiday gives it to us straight. There is a line that says, "I have to hug you when you say / You're having your first kid" HOLY DAGGER TO MY HEART. That definitely happens to people. Probably Jennifer Aniston had to do that to Brangelina. Jk she would have exploded in flames before she did that. But the point is, Maiday's description of unrequited love is more effective than Leona Lewis' stupid song. Not sorry. 

LIVE! Review: tUnE-yArDs (MHOW 12/4/14)

12/05/2014 T4L 0 Comments

Fresh back from touring her 2014 album “nikki nack” in Europe, Merrill Garbus and her tUnE-yArDs did not disappoint.  During the first of a four night attack on Williamsburg, Garbus and her crew put on just the spectacle you’d imagine their music would require. 

The stage decorations and costumes appeared to be designed by Maurice Sendak’s(RIP) mushroom-tripping ghost.  Randomly placed felt eyes and fangs all hung from a bright magenta curtain behind the band.  Garbus’s pair of backup singers looked like they were trying to seduce Satan. Between the Frida Khalo unibrow on one, the seance-like dance moves of the two, and the actual nonsensical noises that they sing, it was clear that they have the most fun job in the entire world.  Garbus’s own outfit was a leather and sequin coat of armor.  I heard someone say she looks “like Lena Dunham in 20 years” (whatever the fuck that means), regardless, she was rockin it. 

The bizarre stage decorations and outfits did two things.  First, they made me thankful I wasn’t even a little bit high or I’d have been terrified, and more importantly, complimented the bands’ own eccentric sound.  If you haven’t listened yet, be warned that its something different.  The frequent tempo-changes and Merrill’s sing-speaking can be jarring at first listen, and if you are addicted to falling into a 4/4 pop rhythm (looking at you JB), you might even say it can be abrasive.

Garbus and bassist Nate Brenner are the only permanently credited band members, but the crew featured a drummer, the two backup witches, and a pair of saxophones that would occasionally pop on and off the stage.  Garbus loves to loop ukulele lines over wood-block-heavy percussion before she gets going on the mic.  Brenner rocked the coolest Hawaiian shirt while he spanked out bass-lines of differing intensities and one dopppppe UFO themed synth solo.  The two saxes went nuts on perhaps the most anticipated track of the night “bizness.”   

Favorite Tracks: Real Thing, Bizness 

Though I’m a sucker for a pop song,I really enjoyed the performance that Merill and Co. put on.  During “Interlude: Why do we dine on the tots?,” (Inspired by Jonathan Swift’s a Modest Proposal (shoutout to ma english majors)),  Merill narrated while the two backup wildthings acted out a skit.  tUnE-yArDs really is as much a show as it is a concert.  If you’re looking for Something to do this weekend be sure to check them out. 
Hats off to the (B)and.

#1 Dads - So Soldier (ft. Ainslie Wills)

12/03/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

From the 3 minutes of googling I just did, I've concluded #1 Dads (I'm too baffled to even comment on that) is an Aussie dude named Tom Lansek. His music is really good***, and I am sad that I had never heard about him before. It's very low key. Like SOHN sort of. Basically he makes Coldplay look like Skrillex so if you're looking for rage music MOVE ALONG. This song is from his newest album About Face, and because it features a girl singer it sounds like nothing I just described. Sry for being misleading."So Soldier" has very similar production to War on Drugs. And Ainslie Wills is serving up pure 90s singer songwriter vibes. I think this song could have been in Dawson's Creek. Actually I never watched Dawson's Creek but that feels right. What I'm trying to say is that I feel sad in a good way when I listen to this. Probably it's about a dude w PTSD from battle so I think that is the point. Thank you for the many feels #1 Dads. 

***when I say that I mean I listened to the 2 most popular songs, both of which featured other artists. Ewps. I obviously know what I'm talking about.

Say Lou Lou - Everything We Touch (Mickey Valen remix)

12/03/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Say Lou Lou has a wiki page, and it has confirmed every stereotype you might arrive at by looking at that photo. Yes, Say Lou Lou is made up of model twin sisters! Yes they are Swedish! They have an Australian musician dad! More facts, one of them is named Miranda and the other one is named Electra. So I can only infer their parents wanted to raise both a librarian and a porn star. Also they are my age. Ugh. Really though, my judgment is 80% jealousy, because these ladies are pretty legit. Their cover of Instant Crush is stellar. And I think Julian Casablancas is basically untouchable, so that is high praise. Everything We Touch is their newest single (of MAY 2014 sry we are late to the party), and it brings the same laidback pop vibes as their other material. V catchy and has lyrical content about being glittery and high. I can't hate. Even though I posted a remix, they basically sound the same. To the point where now I'm not really sure why I am giving Mickey Valen any credit. Maybe he added some house piano? Remixes make me cooler right guys !??!

Felix Jaehn- I Do

12/03/2014 tunes4loons 0 Comments

Ugh, remember when the first episode of Friends aired and we met  6 people who would soon become our besties?!? Well Felix Jaehn doesn't cause he was fucking born in 1994. He wasn't even alive during Double Dare (#tbt to when we were brainwashed into thinking Marc Summers' goofy face was attractive... we at T4L call this the Joey-Gladstone effect. It dominated much of the early 90's). I also hate how Jaehn talks on his website like he's fucking Jimmy from Seinfeld (rly into the 90's today). Like rul douchey and in the third-person (although, to be fair, if you talk in the third person, ur ALWAYS gonna sound like a douche). Direct quote: "The sky's the limit for Felix Jaehn"... god, use a couple 1st person pronouns and some modesty every once in a while why don't yah. 

As much as I love hating on a kid whose 2 years younger than me, other than his age, which he can't really control, I have no complaints. He produces hit single after hit single and his sampling choices are always spot on. It would be nice to see him use some male vocals in a track but, I guess, why fix what's broken. "I Do" is probably his most radio-friendly, pop-centric tune to date and only further the notion that his EP, Shine (out December 8th) is gonna............. SHINE (u know I had to do that #punny)

Sounds Like: Clean Bandit, Luxx

Jon Bellion- Human

12/03/2014 tunes4loons 0 Comments

If you clicked play and were IMMEDIATELY reminded of Rihanna's "Monster", there's a reason! (also, who r u that this reminds you of pop culture's newest silver fox?). But fun fact of the day: Jon Bellion WROTE Monster ("oooooh, i thought that was RiRi writing from her heart about the whole C-Breezy thangg"......... half of u just thought that. S-M-H.)

Although originally a pop-writer, Bellion's newest project, "Human", is actually some pretty fucked up shit. It's a haunting track that is a cold slap of truth for any twenty-something out there. Like he says shit like “See I got GPS on my phone, and I can follow it to get home. If my location’s never unknown, then tell me why I still feel lost". Uhhhhhhhh, woah #deep #preach #mindblown. If you get past the poppi-ness (yet amazingness) of his Adam-Levine vocals, it's actually got some pretty quirky production choices and is a absolute anthemic ballad for post-grads everywhere. ALSO, I almost forgot, hipsters: do you think he sounds too mainstream? well, LOOK AT HIS BEARD! do u like him now? 

 Sounds Like: fun., Alvin and the chipmunks (u know the part i'm talking about)

Nicki Minaj - Bed of Lies (ft. Skylar Grey)

12/03/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Nicki Minaj is interesting in that I am not actually sure if she is talented or not. Not performance wise. Yes, she is an amazing rapper. And also can sing. But besides "Super-Bass," does she really have any songs that are super standout? No Starships does not count. I feel like she rocked on Monster (Kanye song), Bang Bang (probably Ariana Grande's song let's be honest), Turn Me On (no I will not apologize for this, also NOT her song), and of course, Bed Rock. Nicki has authored none of these. She just showed up. So I am inclined to believe Skylar Grey should take most of the credit for this. I mean have you heard Coming Home ?! Legitimately a masterpiece, and u bitches best be sure Diddy wasn't the creative master there. On "Bed of Lies," Sklar G. provides an excellent and moody hook, and her laid back vibes benefit Nicki. Finally, a song where there aren't 7 different Nicki's, at least two of whom are threatening to light someone on fire. Please let this partnership continue.

Ryan Hemsworth - Snow In Newark (ft. Dawn Golden)

12/03/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

I have never cared about Ryan Hemsworth until right now. And even this song crept up on me slowly till I realized I was OBSESSED. Snow in Newark is the latest effort from the most low key producer out there. (Although when your competition is the "maybe-scared-Kesha-into-an-eating-disorder Dr. Luke" and "It's-not-rape-if-she's-unconscious" Cee Lo, the bar is low). This is a greattt slowburner for hangin out boppin around. I also would like to compliment Mr.-Adrian-Grenier-lookalike-2014 on his seasonally accurate  appropriate track. For real this song feels like it's snowing on me. Like in a twinkly quiet silent night way. Too many adjectives sry. Props also for the xylophone(s?). I tried to be calm and learn that shit in 4th grade music class, but instead I grew impatient and banged on it for 40 minutes. Every time. So long story short, keep doing you Vinny Chase, you ARE queen's boulevard.  

Marian Hill- Lips

12/02/2014 tunes4loons 0 Comments

Marian Hill (who, in the photo, depicts the 17% of times the bend-and-snap goes awry) are making tsunami-sized waves right now (ok, mehbeh 1D creates tusnamis... but Marian Hill is still creating some sizable swells). "Lips" is only the duo's second single and already bloggers are awaiting the release of their EP more eagerly than I await the Homeland season 4 finale (Quinn 'n' Carrie 4ever #Brodywho?) Sure, listening to this kind of seems like you're watching Snow White on acid, but the production by Jeremey Lloyd is minimal yet effective and Gongol's voice is flawless (© Beyonce, 2k13)*  over the layers of jazz-inspired synth. IHeartMoosiq describes the track as an "R&B infused electro-pop ballad" which is accurate but also, like, when did we start describing the music like we describe tea? Infused? rLy? When did those two completely disparate worlds crossover? I blame the British and their mastery of both trendy music and hot, herbal beverages.

Sounds Like: AlunaGeorge, Brika (same style of instrumental minimalism and velvety vocals)

*not sure if Beyonce has merely artistic or also legal ownership of the adjective "flawless" so I threw the copyright in there. Better safe than sry.

Catey Shaw- Cuddle Up

12/01/2014 tunes4loons 0 Comments

New C-Shaw is here !! (ew. "C-shaw"... nvr saying that again. Sounds like Sean Connery trying to say "see saw") AND it's a Christmas song (you know, the music u love to h8) aptly titled "Cuddle Up". This song is AMAZING and SOOOOOoooOOOoOoOo GOOD and has the perfect poppy backbeat*. It's like if Fergie and Jesus made a Christmas single. Like actually, have had it on repeat all day (b/c today is the 1st day acceptable to listen to X-mas music). T4L's number one fave artist (yeah, we're subjective, who isn't?) will be performing this little ditty at the Bryant Park Tree Lighting so go and CHEER HER ON!! Tunes4loons-team asssssemble!!

*U probably wonder if i'm on some serious uppers right now, thinking that was the most over-the-top post. Well, I have my reasons. Betcha can't wait to listen to the song that caused such enthusiastic words of praise, riiight?! Well, TOO BAD, fuckers. The only way you can listen to it is to BUY it (I know, what is this, 2005?). So go do that pronto, or just be left in the dark, constantly wondering why this song sparked such a positive review (little mind trick I learned in Intro to Psychology #shiteveryonetakes)

P.S. MUCH THX to Catey who, despite her rising pop-star status, spent 5 minutes just helping out a black-out blogger who couldn't put her own shoes on at her b-day party. (spoiler alert: that blogger was me #ewps #srymom).

Buy it here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cuddle-up-single/id945110700

Royal - Round 2 (ft. Desktop)

11/30/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

No your computer is not malfunctioning: that is the album artwork for this song. I guess this is what we can expect from someone who voluntarily names himself Desktop. Like hello sir, You can't go around picking random objects as your stage name. "Wassup New York, we're Waffle Iron!! Have a good night!!" No. Still, this song is pretty good, albeit in a Sammy Adams type way. Mainly Desktop sings 'You ready for round 1 , I'm ready for Round 2" over and over again, and uses phrases such as "we was chillin" It's not James Blake, but I'm not trying to groove to Retrograde when I be pregaming. What a depressing scene that would be. Royal is actually a producer so I assume the rest of his music sounds different from this. I guess I should just go look it up instead of speculating about it here. I also like that this song just cuts off at the end. Like who really wants to listen to 20 more seconds of a song after they stop singing!? NO ONE THAT'S WHO! Rock on Royal.

2Pac & BANKS - Thugz Drowning (Carlos Serrano Remix)

11/30/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

K prob bout to lose my street cred (JK ! never had any lol) but I know so little about Tupac. Like...I know that he and Biggie didn't like each other and that he was resurrected via hologram. But really the extent of my knowledge is that a lot of people on Youtube want to sacrifice Justin Bieber to get Tupac back. Omg and I was OBSESSED w Ghetto Gospel (the Elton John version duh) for like 3 months when I was 18. I know this is bad. But I feel like a lot of people who say they love Tupac could probably be shown a pic of Tracy Morgan and they'd be like "he was so young ! Why god!!" Bacially the point of this rant is when I heard this remix, I didn't even know it was Tupac. I literally saw Banks in the title and zoned everything else out. Props to Carlos Serrano for putting this shit together; it blends surprisingly well. These tracks are both kind of "song that plays before everyone dies in a gangster movie" genre. You would nvr know that Banks was probably like 8 when this dude died. Also I ended up really liking "Drowning" after listening to this, which I think is nowhere near her best song. 

Nao - So Good (ft. A.k Paul) & Good Girl

11/30/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Nao's got the Kanye diva act down pat already . NO PICS BITCHES. Or maybe she's trying to show us she has large hands. Or warn us that a car will hit us if we come closer. Who's to say. What I can say for certain is that on Nao's new songs "Good Girl" and "So Good" she is serving major 90s goodness. I am being reminded of Paula Abdul on the first one. If Paula Abdul didn't speak gibberish in her songs. Painkillers are bad yallll. Some more thing about this song: a google search revealed to me "So Good" was produced by A.K. Paul. Tunes 4 Loons you might ask, Who is AK Paul!? Well dummies, he is none other than the brother of Jai Paul, one of the greatest mysterious producers in the UK. In the last 7 years, the man has released 2 songs. BTSU & Jasmine. Look them up. So the fact that this was made by his brother makes me feel like we are with Jai Paul himself in a Kevin Bacon type way. Actually tbh the production on this sounds pretty janky, but the 90s didn't even have Apple tV, so perhaps he was staying true to the time period. Buy her EP.

Stromae - Meltdown (ft. Lorde, Pusha - T, Q-Tip, & Haim)

11/30/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Guys I'm gonna be honest, I'm not really on team Lorde. I would say I'm more Team "Lorde is ok and her Grammy performance was fucking weird". I think something about her voice bothers me. And I always have felt her lyrics were juvenile. Which is allowed because duh she is one, but I don't understand why she is lauded as this cool innovative pop star. HELLO ROBYN IS THAT. and no one talks about her!! k rant concluded. The reason I am posting this song is because I actually think Miss Ella (that's right, her parents didn't name her Lorde! Thank god!) brought her A-game to Katniss Everdeen's yard. According to an article I read in Rolling Stone, she was basically in charge of the entire soundtrack. This one is my fav, mainly because Haim is present*** and it's dark and scary like the movie. Also rap and indie always sound good together. While I can't really say I support the stage name Q-tip (or really identify which one he is...) , that guy sounds pretty legit next to the bigger name mistas . Anyone is better than 2 chainz amirite.

**sadly for 10 seconds at the end. Lorde wasn't keen on sharing the spotlight

A$AP Ferg- Talk It (Produced by Clams Casino)

11/30/2014 tunes4loons 0 Comments

Not really gonna say a whole lot about this one cause it's topic is sensitive and I could go one 4dayyyyyyz about it, but it's A$AP and Clam Casinos' tribute to Ferguson. and A$APs verses are smooth as fuq.

Clean Bandit- Stronger

11/30/2014 tunes4loons 0 Comments

Do I really even need to write a post*?? Great Odin's raven** it's CLEAN BANDIT! I'm pretty sure they're like a Pixel Perfect DCOM movie type of situation because everything they produce screams formulaic pop-song and is catchy AF. Ergo my conspiracy theory is that they are robots created by Phil of the Future (yeah, bet you forgot that was the same guy. ur welcome.) Also, really dig that they went with some male vocals on this one.

*srsly, if i do, tell me. Otherwise, this is all yah get
**if you get that reference, ILY.***


***Anchorman #fuckingduh

Joywave- Tongues (Giorgio Moroder Remix and RAC Remix)

11/26/2014 tunes4loons 0 Comments

Okay, so tbh, Girogio Moroder and RAC, although considered the Zeus and Apollo of remixing, respectively,  I give them minimal credit for both of their remixes being so aurally aaaaaamazing. Remixing Joywave's summer-smash-hit "Tongues" is like cooking a piece of fine kobe beef. Like sure u put on salt and pepper and paprika or whatever the fuq goes on kobe and cooked it, but really the quality of the beef itself is what makes the meal so fucking delicious that it puts u in a permanent food-coma. The original 'Tongues" has one of the best intros of any song I know and althought both DJs fuck that up, RAC adds a nice tropical-house feel (do they ever not?) and Giorgio Moroder elevates the song to a dark-n-dancey electronic track that has me pressing the repeat button time and time again.

Jasmine Thompson- Riptide (Naxsy Remix)

11/25/2014 tunes4loons 0 Comments

Jasmine Thompson gives me more mixed emotions than watching a Taylor Swift music video (i wanna keep watching cus the song is so good but I wanna hide my eyes because Tay is SO AWK in front of anything with a lens). One the one hand, Thompson has an amazing, sultry voice that layers over electronic beats with ease. On the other hand, she's making her money by singing other people's words in her stupid, Anthropologie-accented apt that her parent pay for, so i also h8 her. However, I'll let my irrationally harsh feeling slide because all hail the DJs who find Jasmine's pre-teen-styled covers and turn them into post-grad ditties. The results are always blog-worthy. First came Felix Jaehn's rework of her cover of "Ain't Nobody" and then Naxsy's remix of her cover of "Billie Jean", both of which I would describe with 5 heart-eyed-cats if i had emoji-access (fuck my two front teeth, I want an computer-compatible emoji keyboard 4 Christmas. That shouldn't be too hard, right Santa**?) "Riptide" has been passed around remixers more than a Franzia bag is passed around a frat party, but the funky electric guitar, groovy house-piano stabs and tropical synth all elevate this remix above all others fo sho.

**Yeah, that's right, Santa reads this blog. The t4l soundcloud is all that plays in the Santa's workshop while the elves build toys emoji keyboards.

LIVE! Review: Lake Street Dive (Terminal 5 11/14/14)

11/24/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

I was hopelessly enamored with singer Rachel Price the first time I heard this.  Cool cool some jazz-pop outfit covered Jackson 5, that’s it, right? I went deeper and discovered that NO, this band is unequivocally dope in their own right.  Formed of four pals that met at the New England Conservatory, LSD has two phenomenal full-length albums and is planning on releasing a third soon.  When I saw that they were playing back to back nights, I pulled the trigger and bought tix to both.    
I DID THE RIGHT THING.  The best part of Friday night’s show was knowing I could come back in 24 hours and stand mouth-agape listening to Rachel and her band again.  Because in my opinion it’s her band.   She’s the songbird of our generation and LSD is the triscuit to her voice’s hummus.  That’s not to say the other group members aren't awesome (triscuits are delicious), because they are.  The guitarist/trumpeter had some incredible guitar solos and the stand-up bassist (bad ass Bridget Kearney) soloed so hard she accidentally fell into covering Van Halen’s “Jump.”

This band KILLS covers.  Others included Walking on Broken Glass (so goddamn good), Rich Girl, and I Want You Back. But there were more surprises!  Just as I was imagining what Rachel and I would name our third child together (I think we'll prefer boy names that sound like girls, Lindsay, Kelly etc, and girl names that sound like boys, Connor, Kyle etc) a stage hand ran out with some fancy looking microphone and the band gathered around it to play a couple songs acoustically.  Bass, Trumpet, Tambourine (drummer), and Rachel all pouring through the same mic.  The ensuing five minutes were dripping in intimacy.  I hope no one saw me crying.   

Favorite song(s): Clear a Space, Seventeen Add to the above that their banter in between songs was adorable and that Rachel’s dance moves made my knees wobbly, and Lake Street Dive put on a show worthy of writing home about.  

Fuck grade inflation, they get an A

MNEK- The Rhythm

11/24/2014 tunes4loons 0 Comments

Remember wayyyy back in April when we posted about MNEK and told you that his sultry R&B vocals and trendy haircut (which we here at T4L call the amry-man-turned-hipster 'do) would make him someone to look out for later and "The Rhythm" fucking proves it. With a summer and fall dominated by female vocalists (Iggy, Ryn Weaver, BANKS, Tove Lo, Zella Day, Elephante, Brika, I literally could reach my mid-life crisis b4 finishing this list so imma just stop now... no one wants music suggestions from a 45-yr-old), MNEK's smooth, male vocals are a refreshing breathe of air. What starts out as an electronic slow-jam supported by layers of sinster-synth transforms into a snaps-and-marching-band-accompanied dance ditty that will have you up and feeling the rhythm in no time. TBH, the drop, with its unoriginal female-riffing, is weak and leaves you wanting more, but the chorus and bridge MORE than make up for that. Overall, solid track and you won't feel as #basic as you do when you listen to TaySwift or any of those cookie-cutter-hipster, frail-yet-stunning female vocalists I mentioned earlier. 

The Neighbourhood- #Icanteven (ft. French Montana)

11/24/2014 tunes4loons 0 Comments

The Neighbourhood is flawless from their killer collab choices (first Raury now French Montana? yes pLz!) to their first single "Sweater Weather" wayyyy back in 2k12 (hm, you were listening to it in 2014 and thought you were #tootrendy4words... well think again, asshole, that song is actually older than Blue Ivy). Weirdly, doesn't the chorus kind of #Ican'teven sound like a remix of an early-2000's Backstreet Boys song or is that just me? I can only imagine the accompanying music video to would be Nick Carter and his frosted-tips singing over emotionally to the camera. Also i can't even with the title (betcha saw that pun coming); it's sarcastic and sas$y AF which, if you hadn't noticed by now, t4l LOVES. The Neighbourhood's newest mixtape, #000000 and #FFFFFF (shoutout to my CompSci-ers who knows what that means #nerdalert) drops November 27th, aka Thanksgiving aka you can rock out to The Neighbourhood's electro-alternative tunes with your Grandma and 5-yr old cousins FTW. My one complaint: the random seagull noises at the end, which also appeared in "sweater Weather'.... srsly, what is your obsession with the ocena-pigeon (i believe that's the seagull's scientific name, right?)

Unoriginal Undeniables (reworks of Gnarles Barkley, Miguel, Alesso and more)

11/21/2014 tunes4loons 0 Comments

As Friday approaches, I get lazier and lazier and thus all you get a compilation post (sry, but also, less annoying commentary u have to read FTW). The week has been jam packed with artists releasing UNDENIABLY catchy covers and remixes and we have compiled the best so you don't have to sort through all the SHITTY remixes out there (to put it in perspective, for every good remix we post on here, there are approximately 1.5 million other remixes of the same song and they ALL suck). Remixing a song is a tough art to perfect, but these 5 absolutely killed it this week. 

Alesso- Heroes (Branchez Remix)- I feel like Branchez is the type of people who were just born with the ear to remix. I bet he came out of the womb behind a DJing table with leeeetle baby beats by dr. dre on his head. His remix of "High You Are" will break your replay button and although "Heroes" ain't as good as that (nothing could be), it's still an improvement on the original, which is just commercial AF.
Sounds Like: Alesso, Major Lazer, Diplo

Baby Bash- Suga Suga (Jerry Folk Remix)- rly 'nuff said with the title. A Jerry Folks remix of a gr00vy classic? Count me in!
Sounds Like: Baby Bash (le duh), Goldrooom, RAC, Viceroy

Miguel- Simple Things (Monogem Cover)- Not as good as the original, but then again, the original was flawless (does Beyonce have a patent on that word? Can I only use that to describe her? Don't care). Props to Monogem to turning the R&B slowjam into a this little electronic ditty.
Sounds Like: Miguel, The Weeknd, Lykki Li

Gnarles Barkley- Crazy (TEEMID & Joie Tan Remix)- Maybe the best one on here, although they're all really too different to compare. TEEMID's production value is always high and Joie Tan (sister to my favorite overweight cat, Joshua Tan, i think) has some smooth vocals the round out this crowd-favorite of a track.
Sounds Like: Daft Punk, Flight Facilities, AlunaGeorge, Tobtek 

Misterwives- Reflections (Gryffin Remix)- Misterwives is currently up and coming into the indie world and Gryffin is currently up and coming in the DJ world so this combo was just bound to happen at some point. Told yah I was too lazy to provide adequate commentary 2day lol. 
Sounds Like: Misterwives, Kimbra, Jerry Folk

Ludacris - Good Lovin' (ft. Miguel) (prod. Da Internz)

11/18/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Luda, you dawg, you. Of course you would write a song about your bevvy of past biddies. I would expect no less from the man who coined the phrase "I got hoes in different area codes." That doesn't even rhyme, but like its hilariously brillz. Despite his track record, this rap kinda makes me feel for the dude. There's something pretty sad about a gangster waxing poetic about the fact that no one loves him. Everyone deserves love, ya know? Even misogynist rappers who love nothing more than the sound of their own voices. I mean if anything proves that there's someone out there for everyone, it's the existence of Kimye.*

But basically this track works because of Miguel- homeboy has theee smoothest pipes and his chorus is what gives this song some traction. And coupled with the soothing piano background, I wouldn't be surprised if you wanted to roll up a spliff, listen to him croon, and feel a little sorry for yourself. I feel ya, boys, love is hard.

*The jury is still out on this one... I'm just really not convinced that Kim loves anyone more than her own ass and Kanye probably thinks his own wife is racist. *sigh* Love is a mystery.


Major Lazer- All My Love (ft. Ariana Grande)

11/18/2014 tunes4loons 0 Comments

I know, I know. We officially lost our street cred as soon as I typed the words "Ariana Grande" but counterbalance the ponytailed-princess with some eletcro-alternative Major Lazer and you get an amazing, anthemic pop song (is there any other kind? nope). Lol that it took a movie staring Josh Hutcherson to bring these two musical acts together. This RLY makes me think that Ariana Grande isn't cool enough to have chosen this collaboration on her own, but, cool or not, homegirl's got some pipes. More and more the Hunger Games Soundtrack** is looking amazing (Yellow Flicker Beat by Lorde or w/e it's called can fuq off but the track featuring HAIM is awesome and this one, obviously, rocks as well).

**Btw, soundtracks in the 2014 contains songs not played during the movie at all. Because the music industry is falling into the toilet and needs money in the form of help from the prosperous movie industry... i wonder why that is? (BRB, gonna go illegally download this song !!)

Luxx- Lost Cause (ft. George Baker and Funzo B)

11/18/2014 tunes4loons 0 Comments

Luxx is BACK and this time they have collaborated with amazing vocalist George Baker and Funzo B, who I'm pretty sure was the name of the clown I had at my 6th birthday. The production, in classic Luxx fashion, is sas$y AF and the rapping verses are a surprise, but not unwelcome. In Ed Sheeran's 2011 collab album taught us anything, its that ppl LOVE soulful vocals dispersed between some british-toned raps so PG that white-people can sing along not awkwardly ("life's never been a walk in a park"... yeah, rul thUg lyrics right thurrr). Appurently Luxx only teams with people with the prefix Georg- (and clowns, obv) but if the result is always this amazing, then they can be as weirdly selective as they want.

Hozier - Work Song

11/17/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Y'all. I truly believe that Hozier has achieved some otherwordly communion with the music gods. I feel shame in saying this - but he brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "I literally can't even." Because I LITERALLY CANNOT EVEN begin to explain the clusterfuck of emotions that this song elicits. TOO MANY FEELS. Let me attempt to simplify:

1- He has a man bun. help.
2 - His voice is powerful and sexy and yet so vulnerable - have we found the ideal male prototype??
3 - Those lyrics are like a punch to the gut. Dude is a poet.
4 - This shit is hauntingly beautiful.
     (which seems to be Hozier's M.O. - see anything else he's ever written)

All of the above = I honestly don't know what's wrong with you if can live in a world in which Hozier does not exist. That is it. bye.

Hopium - Dreamers (Two Can Remix)

11/17/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

ATTN: Be advised that if you are at any transitional time in your life in which you feel you have accomplished an impressively small proportion of your hopes and dreams, then listening to this song will feel akin to pouring lemon juice on your open wounds. Or taking vodka shots to the eyeball - because apparently people do that. And by people, I mean the most idiotic crop of teenagers to grace this earth. 

Regardless, Hopium must be an ironic name because their lyrics inspire anything but... ex. "You said this would be your year, but you fucked around now December's here" or "You made yourself a promise and forgot to keep it." OR my personal fave - "You fed yourself on lies, now you're fat with bullshit." WUTOFIT? Listen up Hopium, if I wanted to be reprimanded I would have called my parents and asked them for money. You clearly don't know what it's like out there... like jobs are hard... employers really don't seem to understand how valuable my experience as an unpaid intern was. I learned how to FILE shit for God's sake. And the last time I checked, fucking around was a perfectly normal, nay, obligatory activity for the last years of our care-free youth. So bite me, Hopium - enjoy drinking club soda and braiding each other's hair.**

THUS, I direct all of my praise to Two Can for making this otherwise depressing song into a jam and a half. They've produced something akin to the style of Sound Remedy, but a little less heavy handed than yer typical trap/electrohouse rework. So despite my tirade, I endorse this track in the name of dopeness.

**This is probably uncalled for... I'm just mad because you're right... don't tell my mom.

The Hood Internet- Backseat Shakeoff (Taylor Swift Remix)

11/14/2014 tunes4loons 0 Comments

DROP EVERYTHING YOU'RE DOING RN AND LISTEN TO THIS. It is a treat that The Hood Internet has blessed us with on this cold, SNOWY (fml), bleak friday morning and it would be disrespectful to not give it a listen. Also it fucking rocks. I am official team kendrick (idk what the other team even is/ would be, but doesn't matter, this song has me sold that kendrick lamar is KEWL (said in Cartman voice le duh)). All hail the hacker who leaked this song early. However, fellow loons, because it was leaked, you have no idea how difficult it was for me to find the song. It wasn't on HypeM (nvr a good sign) and the Soundcloud had been uploaded and then deleted already. Yaqui, Stereogum and Indie Shuffle all had broken links. My hipster-music sources were stretched thin! Then I went to this site called YouTube (the commonppls music source) and lo and behold the 2nd most popular website had it !! (SHOCKER... not rly. I was being snooty not checking there in the firstplace #musicsnob #atleastiadmitit). Kendrick's rhymes drip with flow and ease and it's layered over the catchiest song of 2k14 (yeah, I called a Taylor song number one. Call the hipster music blogger everywhere and have them shun me. IDC. I'll just shake it off, yah know?)

Matoma - Hello Vs. Party & Bullshit (Matoma Remix)

11/13/2014 tunes4loons 0 Comments

Who knew Norwegian producers and 90's rappers meshed so well?! Who knew I'd even ever use "90's rappers" and "Norwegian" in the same sentence? Music in 2k14 is crAzyYy. But srsly, Matoma kills it, per usual, with his tropical house vibes, ironic considering Scandinavia and tropical go together like Taylor Swift and acting natural on camera. And to top it all off, over his amazing synth-work and sum soulful sax, Matoma layers the rhymes of some of the most thug rappers in history (minus Ice Cube. lol. U immediately lost your thug status as soon as you appeared on screen in "Are We There Yet?"). 

Overall, it's a good tune for a #tbt to summer or for white people who feel like they aren't thug enough to get away listening to the original 90's raps (u aren't alone, trust me. Stay strong and remember, only attempt rapping when no one is within a 250 yard radius to you... you WILL embarrass yourself).

A-Trak- Push (ft. Andrew Wyatt)

11/11/2014 tunes4loons 0 Comments

WHY is a guy singing falsetto so attractive to women (Adam Levine, Sam Smith, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE anyone?). Srsly though, if you think about it, men cut off their manhood to achieve the perfect level of falsetto and yet women still go crazy over a eunuch-esque singer. Shit's a fucking contradiction.But i'll let it slide because Andrew Wyatt's falsetto sails oh-so-smoothly across the bouncy piano production of A-Trak, our neighbor to the north (ew, Canada... sry, had to get that out of my system. Never been a fan of the country and luckily more and more people are joining my stance after the emergence of J.Beibs). Now, imma be honest, I didn't know what tha FUQ A-Trak looked like until today. Not as die-hard of a music fan as I like to think I am but yah learn something new everyday. I now know what A-Trak looks like and he looks like a skinnier, hotter, less-mentally-unstable version of Huck from Scandal. 

Chill Bump - Not Today

11/10/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Admission: I'm not really up on the Parisian hip-hop scene. Apparently, "Not Today" is not duo Chill Bump's first foray into the blogosphere. In fact, it's an emerging favorite off of their newly dropped (Nov. 4th) full length album. Well, boys, I apologize for not knowing who you are. However, I have a sneaking suspicion that I am not alone in my ignorance. So for those of you looking for a few "sounds like" descriptors to clue you in - I have the perfect comparison. Flashback to 2009: remember flobots? "I can ride my bike with NO HANDLEBARS." Yeah, this song is v similar, but a lot lot better. How can that be? Idk, it's just true. It's got that chillwave vibe but without those asinine lyrics... ex. "I can split the atom of a molecule." Unless y'all are the first rappers/nuclear physicists, I HIGHLY doubt that. In regards to lyrics, Chill Bump is channelling more Slugg (ya know, from Atmosphere) than Asher Roth. Respect, guys.  

LIVE! Review: Panama Wedding (Rough Trade 11/5/14)

11/10/2014 T4L 0 Comments

Coming off the release of their “Parallel Play” EP in June, Panama Wedding has been building a following for themselves on the interwebs with their euphoric, bouncing synth-pop tracks.  This one is begging to be remixed

I’ve found that electro-rock type sounds can sometimes be underwhelming when performed live, but that wasn’t the case with this group.  The band had bass, guitar, (synth) keys and drums thumping out their melodies as founder/singer/guitarist/pianist/floor-tom-thumpher Peter Kirk wooed the mic.  They even mixed in a couple of impressive key and guitar solos. 

Their in person sound lived up to the jam-standard set by my $15 headphones but the ENERGY level in the place wasn’t quite as high as I’d have liked it to be.  Maybe it was the hammered kid yelling in my ear or maybe the band was just tired that night but I never felt lost in a groove.  The most probable cause: this was my first sober concert since Obama’s opening term, so I might have been unfairly predisposed to not being too excited.  
Overall it was a ticket well-purchased. Definitely catch this NYC-based group if you get the chance.   

My favorite song: “Uma.”  If I ever meet a girl named Uma I plan on singing this to her incessantly.

(This isn’t your grade-inflated undergrad scale, a C is truly average here)