The single most infectious single of 2011 comes from brand new UK outfit, BIGKids. Titled, "Drum In Your Chest" it is an amphetamine-laced ride to the dance floor, tinged with horn punches and a chorus so catching it deserves to be directed by Steve Soderberg.
The new single from trip-poppers Phantogram is the sublime, "Don't Move". A mix of loops, stuttering horns and glittering guitars it will stick in your head like your home phone number or the name of your first girlfriend, easily one of the best songs of 2011.
Still a little unsure of whether this will stick but we made a profile and started making mixes over at 8tracks and it seems: 1) Super easy and 2) Not too in-your-face on the copyright issues. Basically functions as streaming Internet radio with user-driven "channels". Cool idea and maybe a deeper cut than Pandora.
Snappy pop from the Los Angeles duo, Bad Lamps. The hook on "Never Know The Difference" will stick in your brain like gum on the sole of a flip-flop. Only if that was a good thing and if that gum had a lyric ("she's just a little spotty British girl") that you found yourself singing at the oddest of moments with no apology.
Without a doubt the best band in Australia right now, releasing their latest single, "Endless Summer" from coming LP, Prisoner. I heavily recommend all three of the previous EPs for the sake of context. If you ever dug Kate Bush or recently learned that Kate Bush was a cool cultural reference, this is for you.
Very lush, atmospheric pop from brand new Brooklyn band Ohnomoon. You know how this works, they have one song, "Sleeping Limbs" and I argue it should be retroactively placed on the OST for 1996's stalker-hit, "Fear" with Witherspoon and Wahlberg. That is an unadulterated compliment.
Tallest Man On Earth is not this generation's Bob Dylan, no matter how many stylistic tethers exist between the two. And, "Weather Of A Killing Kind" is not his best work, unless it's retroactively intended for the remaking of Capote or something. However, TMOE has a funny way of being good even when he's not great. And this is, undeniably, that.
My absolute dog, DJ Natty Heavy took some time out of his busy schedule to throw a summer mixtape together. This one features Cults, The Vaccines, French Films, Gauntlet Hair, DEJJ, a Tupac transition into the new Coldplay and murderous close with the new Tom Vek single. Enjoy.
Anytime you can name your band after a top NBA draft pick who died of a cocaine overdose, and your songs after Boston bus routes, you just have to do it. For fans of Real Estate, Beach Fossils and any other summery band that doesn't make you think too hard.
The sentence structure of the first line of your rec text, coupled with the fact you know who Len Bias is tell me you are a Bill Simmons fan. No?
If we can steer clear of what it might mean if I did like Simmons, then, yes, I am long time Simmons fan. No special fan of his writing style when it comes to anything serious. Is that wrong? Am I asking myself questions? Yes, this is my style. [Wrap with taut, declarative, somewhat meaningless sentence]