Tag Archives: indie

We Like To Stare – Aztecs

27 Jun

I actually heard about this song long ago, but couldn’t find anywhere to download it, so I had to contact the band personally and ask for it so I could write about it. Since then, things have been made much easier, and there is a free download link available (which I will grant you later in the post), but for now, read about the exciting talent that is Aztecs.

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I Just Wanna Be – Born Blonde

15 May

Not often is it that I get to say “I’m good friends with the person in that band.” Sadly, this is not one of those times. The closest I’ve gotten is befriending Born Blonde’s lead singer’s sister, who may herself have a music career in the cards. I know, some families just get all the talent while others make websites talking about how incredible they are. It’s just the way the world works.

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Orifice Origami – Reptar

25 Apr

16 pages of English notes. “Holy crap!” I hear you yell from behind your computer screen. Yep, that’s a lot of notes to do in one night. You are perhaps, fortunate that my procrastination has reached the stage where I will provide you with new music, before I go elsewhere in search of thrills on this beautiful internet. Continue reading

Headlights – Morning Parade

11 Apr

Ah Los Angeles. How relaxing you are. I always find it funny how I come across some of my favorite music. Sometimes it’s on a TV show or in a movie, sometimes it’s from hearing things on the radio. Sometimes it’s just friends telling friends what they’ve been hearing lately. However, I found Headlights by Morning Parade yesterday, on a bicycle in hectic LA traffic, while waiting for a red light to turn green. An overweight, middle-aged man was blasting this song with the windows down and I thought it sounded good, so I memorised some of the lyrics and hey presto: Continue reading

Let’s Move Back To Front – Zulu Winter

9 Apr

Apologies for my brief hiatus! I’ve been in Los Angeles these last few days without access to a good internet connection. But now I have sought one out in order to let you know what those well-dressed, good-looking, non-smoking folks in LA are listening to. If this song is as good as the frontman’s jawline is defined, then you know you’re in for a treat! Continue reading

Where Have You Gone – Carousel

5 Apr

A happy coincidence indeed that this particular song title is suitably meta-textual, as I haven’t been posting for a bit. But with the onset of April, after equal amounts of soul-searching and movie watching, it’s time to continue on my merry way of sharing new music. I’d like to think of my 2 week break as Hank Moody-esque (à la Californication, Season 1), but indeed that is a mere fantasy. Ramblings aside, here’s a very mellow track from Carousel:

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Stay Useless – Cloud Nothings

20 Mar

Here’s a cool little number that I heard over the weekend and thought you might like to hear. Cloud Nothings are a four-piece indie band from Cleveland, Ohio that starting playing music as a light hearted way to amuse themselves between college classes. Needless to say, it got even more amusing when the world realised how talented they were and their music started getting more and more recognition.

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Carmen – Lana Del Rey

3 Feb

Ho, ho, ho! Welcome to my third and final installment in Lana Del Rey: Backlash The Third! Here’s my review of Summertime Sadness and Dark Paradise. It’s worth noting that if these reviews have convinced you to buy the album (and apparently, many of you have in the U.K) that the Deluxe Edition is a neat extra. Included are Lolita, Without You and Lucky Ones; all pleasant extras. After the jump, there’s a review of Carmen and the track itself. If that’s not a great enough incentive, well, it’s Friday. What else do you have to do?

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Dark Paradise – Lana Del Rey

2 Feb

LDR in B&W: Suitably Dark

Welcome to my rota-organised life, one and all. I’m continuing with reviewing singles off of Born To Die. Great news if you like glamorously cool YouTube stars. Bad news if you don’t like glamorously cool YouTube stars. After apologising last week for my failure at keeping up a weekly column, I didn’t actually talk about the album as a whole. I like it. A lot. But it feels a bit misleading to say, I like the Lana Del Rey album. I like Lana Del Rey (specifically her voice) and I like that she has an album out but I don’t know how I feel about the album as a coherent, studio-produced record. It feels undeniably rushed, probably as a result over the rocketing success of Videogames, but I don’t think that should count against it. It’s a useful comparison when considering 19 and 21. I much prefer 19 (another female popstar’s first album that critics didn’t exactly fawn over) precisely because it feels a little more raw. 21 is awesome but it’s also really polished. The bits that shine off Born To Die (and Videogames) are the neat little flourishes that feel mercurial and organic. Sometimes, they’re a stretch like the bizarro-Gwen Stefani-esque ‘D-A-R-K, do it my way,’ but most of the time, LDR pulls it off. So anyway: Amateur is good, professionalism sometimes boring. Same goes for my writing. Actual music after the jump:

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Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Rey

31 Jan
Surprisingly chipper for this particular post.

Surprisingly chipper for this particular post.

I start off this week, as ever in my life, with an apology. Sorry for the lack of 10 Things I Love About Pop on Saturday. I went out on Friday night and well, that’s enough of an explanation. I did, however meet some awesome people so all’s not lost? Worst apology ever. After a productive team meeting, we’re now established a rota to which I’ll be sticking ruthlessly. For two weeks. Anyway, this week I thought I’d be nice and methodical (because, sometimes I have to be) and blog a few tracks of Lana Del Rey’s debut album. We’re on the backlash to the backlash of her original backlash, which a ride that would give anyone whiplash. And look, I was pretty disappointed after reading Stereogum’s review but the good news is that I bear no such feelings shared by that author. The Times called it a tour de force which, albeit hyperbolic, is closer to how I actually feel. Actual review and no tangential information after the jump:

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