Daily Archives: March 23, 2011

Steffi – “Kill Me” [MUSIC]

Get back into the HOUSE groove with this track by the German female producer/DJ Steffi from Berlin. This is a bit more laid back than what you’re used to hearing from the HOUSE genre on the blog, but it’s only Wednesday. Throw this one on in the car and just cruise, as Steffi lets this smooth beat ride out. Hear more music at her myspace page.

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Battles “Ice Cream/ Gloss Drop”[MUSIC][SONG]

Battles.  One of the best band names I’ve ever heard and one of the most creative/ best bands I have ever seen.  If you have ever had the privilege of seeing them live I think you’ll agree that not only is there live show a proverbial “battle” but it’s also the sweatiest fun you can have with your pants on.

In 2007 Battles released a full length called “Mirrored” with the massive track “Atlas” and a ridiculous video to go with it (below).  Cut to 2011 and they are releasing a follow up to “Mirrored” and it’s called “Gloss Drop.” With a new track “Ice Cream,” just released on their website recently with the rest of the record due out in early June this is a first listen from their new record.

Ice Cream feat. Matias Aguayo- Battles

Over the summer multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Tyondai Braxton left the band.   Here’s what bassist Dave Konopka had to say about the line up change on this new record from Pitchfork.com.

I’m not going to candy-coat it– the situation was kind of dark. The three of us argued and were pissed off after Ty left but we were like, “Fuck that. That’s chapter’s closed. Let’s move on.” From there, the most important thing was to maintain the integrity of what the band means to us and to carry on with it. When Ty left over the summer, we were close to having an album’s worth of material– we had put so much energy into the project and then we had to re-establish ourselves as a three-piece. The end result is a culmination of reworked things we’d been putting together the past couple years and some newer songs. — Pitchfork.com

Obviosuly ready to move in a new direction with a reworked lineup here’s what Dave had to say about the bands positive outlook for “Gloss Drop” and more specifically the track “Inchworm” yet to be released.

There’s one called “Inchworm” that’s based on a four-hour jam I did by myself in our practice space– which reminds me of this guy upstairs from our space who kept knocking on our door and losing his shit. He’d go, “You guys are driving me… “– and his voice started cracking because he was so angry– “fucking insane.” He was like, “It sounds like you’re dropping a fucking anvil down here! I don’t know what type of music this is but even people that like your music don’t like your music!” So maybe that gives you an indication of how good this album is going to be. [laughs] —  Pitchfork.com

I am ready for some new Battles.  It’s been four years and if “Ice Cream” is any inclination of how “Gloss Drop” is going to turn out I think we are all in for a massive treat.

Ice Cream is available for download here. (iTunes)

Gloss Drop is available for pre-order here on the bands site or here at Bleep (with a free Ice Cream download).

Last but not least just to get your juices flowing for the new record here is “Atlas” off thier debut record “Mirrors” and the video for it as well.  I think you’ll agree the world needs more Battles.

Atlas – Battles

Atlas – Battles

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL |Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Autumn Owls [MUSIC]

you can check out more tracks @ their Myspace, and keep up to date with the band @ their FacebookTwitter

Autumn Owls formed and began preparing their sound and ideas in 2008. The four-piece from Dublin converted a shed into a recording space and began writing and recording. The bands first year together was a productive one, resulting in some impressive demos leading to a selection to represent Irish Music in the New York Tisch School of Arts Music Video Project. The song went on to feature regularly on Irish TV show “The Last Broadcast”. The band decided that they would become full time musicians and completed the year by playing Ireland’s premier music showcase ” Hard Working Class Heroes Festival” in Dublin that year.

With a commitment to hard work, constant practice and continuous song writing, the band self-released their debut EP “Insomnia Lodge” in May 2008 to very favourable reviews. The follow up to their debut EP was released in December 2008. Another five track EP titled “On the Trail of the Disappearing” The new tracks were recorded at Westland Studios with acclaimed producer Ciaran Bradshaw. “On the Trail of the Disappearing” marked a new, bigger and more adventurous sound from the band. The EP was greeted with a wave of critical acclaim from Irish, UK and US reviewers. The EP continues to sell in outlets throughout Ireland. International sales continue to grow on iTunes and Amazon MP3. “A Thousand Blind Windows” the first single taken from the EP is still enjoys steady airplay from 2FM, Today FM, Phantom FM , BBC (UK)and CLC (Spain)

After the release of “On the Trail” 2009 gave the band the opportunity to hone their live performance. Supporting many UK and US acts such as Micah P Hinson, Real Estate, Early Day Miners and Devotchka, as well as playing their own shows they recorded numerous live sessions for Irish, US and Candian Radio and TV.

2010 has already seen the band tour their music in Italy, Norway, the UK, Canada and the U.S. The band played the renowned SXSW Festival in March as well as appearing at Liverpool’s Sound City Festival in May and Toronto’s NXNE Festival in June. Autumn Owls appeared at the CMJ 2010 Music Marathon in New York in October and are currently in the studio finishing their debut album scheduled for release in Early 2011.

By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland | @shaynewithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

The Kanyu Tree – Radio [NEW MUSIC]

People Street (Jape Remix) Cover Art

Sony Music Ireland’s newest signings The Kanyu Tree are Daniel, Shane and Óisín Cluskey, three brothers from Salthill in County Galway. The Kanyu Tree release ‘Radio’, their debut single, in Ireland on Friday 15th April. This is the first track to be taken from their debut album which will be released later this year. Sony Music Ireland’s newest signings The Kanyu Tree are Daniel, Shane and Óisín Cluskey, three brothers from Salthill in County Galway. The Kanyu Tree release ‘Radio’, their debut single, in Ireland on Friday 15th April. This is the first track to be taken from their debut album which will be released later this year.

The track was mixed by Steve Fitzmaurice who has mixed some of the biggest songs for artists like Paloma Faith, Daniel Merriweather, Metronomy, Depeche Mode and U2. The track was mixed by Steve Fitzmaurice who has mixed some of the biggest songs for artists like Paloma Faith, Daniel Merriweather, Metronomy, Depeche Mode and U2.

Here is the Debut Single video “Radio”

http://www.muzu.tv/player/getPlayer/a/P3uFwbS5fa/vidId=930836
The Kanyu Tree – Radio on MUZU.

check for info here – Facebook , TheKanyuTree.Com

Here is a remix of People Street by fellow Irish man Jape

By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland | @shaynewithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

The Scenic [MUSIC] [VIDEO]

You ever hear that legend about the ghost ship?  Y’know, it got lost in a storm and never came out?  It just sailed around and around with a ghost crew, in limbo for all eternity?

That’s basically what I think what happened to The Scenic around 2001.  A bunch of dudes in a van were cruising around Philly listening to alt rock and no-frills pop-punk, when they drove straight into some supernatural fog.  Lucky for us, they found their way out and wrote a bunch of songs while they were gone.

Their first album “Find Yourself Here” is worth checking out (especially its single “The American Way”), but don’t let its clever collection of song titles and lyrics fool you: it’s not their best work.  Where they really shine is on their latest release “Bipolaroid,” after they dropped the shiny pop sheen of the first album and locked in on their sound – gritty, catchy, loose and loud.

Listen to the single “Uh Oh” and tell me you can’t see them touring alongside “Green Album” Weezer, Lit or Stroke 9.  Also, good luck getting it out of your head.

Hear that, Generic Pop Rock Band #1?  That’s a guitar solo!  And, hey, Generic Pop Rock Band #2, pay attention: there’s not a single song about partying on here!  I know, I know, Band #3 you’re asking “But…but…what does an indie pop band do for a video if it’s not a party video?”

Think a psycho “Harvey” and you’re getting warm:

Before this whole piece gets too heavy on the love (too late?), I’ll admit, there are a lot of flaws here.  Bunny suits in rock videos are only a step or two above golf carts and beer pong in rock videos, the music doesn’t so much carve out its own space as it does stand on the shoulders of my favorite bands from high school, and there are more than enough cringe-worthy lines scattered throughout (“I’m sinking right into the floor, can’t take anymore./I’m not the mat you’re stepping on anymore.”).

So why all the props?

I’m sick of bands waving the flag of “fun summer pop” and using it as an excuse to drench their bad songs in obnoxious auto-tune, vocoders, synths and drum machines.   These groups are The Scenic’s peers in the scene, and it’d be a shame to see their glossy, glammy crap eclipse the honest, solid songwriting The Scenic are so clearly capable of.  They’ve got some growing to do before they drop anything really special, but the chops are there, the hooks are there, and – most importantly – the heart is there.  Sure, their sound reaches backwards a little instead of pushing forwards, but it’s a hell of a lot more interesting than moving sideways.

As a small band on a notoriously difficult label, the only way The Scenic can survive long enough to make a third album is with the support of people who get what they’re doing and dig it.  Buy the album, go see them on tour and pick up some merch.

Together, we can keep ‘em in the van for another decade – hopefully going forward this time instead of in circles.

Chris Cullari | Beat Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @ChriswithMWL| Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC |