Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Fkin’ Awesome Indie Artist Playlist #7

This weeks playlist is a bit on the crazy side, ranging between multiple different styles to fulfill everyones electronic music fix. So this is where we tell you to take a load off, kick back and enjoy this great compilation. Please as always, if you enjoy something here please click the specified track title or photo to view their website for more artist information. Jam Time!
skrillex korn get up

Skrillex – “Get Up”

metronomy erol alkan

Metronomy – ‘the bay’ (erol alkan’s extended rework)

neon hitch silly girl

neon hitch – “Silly Girl”

ratatat

ratatat – allure (jay-z & notorious b.i.g.)

Ellie Goulding – “Lights (Bassnectar Remix)”

Lapse – “Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls” [MUSIC] [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Durban-born Terrence Pearce is known to many as DJ Lapse. His vast musical background, rooted in Funk, Soul and Hip-Hop has led him down the path which now sees him playing his blend of high-energy Indie, Disco, House and Electro to thronging masses around the country.  He is one half of the electronic duo Popskarr, check out his 80s Synth pop track available for download via Soundcloud.

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Portugal. The Man – “Got It All (This Can’t Be Living Now)” [MUSIC]

Taking Back Sunday just released a new single today, and even though they’re no longer an indie band I was gonna make an exception, ’cause hey, they’re effin’ Taking Back Sunday with the original line-up and some of us greet that kind of news with excitement most people reserve for the return of major deities.

Buuut they don’t need the press and the song isn’t really that good (*cough* go here anyway *cough*).

On the other hand, Portugal. The Man also dropped a new track today and it’s awesome, so that’s what we’re going with.

These guys never disappoint – from their roots as a more experimental, heavier avant funk/jam band, to their more straight-ahead 60s and 70s rock releases like the almost unbearably good The Satanic Satanist – they’ve dropped album after album of solid material.  Clearly influenced by the Beatles here (I know, I know, who isn’t?), it’s safe to say their streak will be continuing.  Listen to those strings!

Also, to anyone who checks this out on a regular basis, apologies for the lack of posts.  Stay tuned, I’ve got something fun and a little different cooking that I’m gonna start next week.

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

Taxi Violence – “Devil ‘n Pistol” [MUSIC]

Since getting together after a jam session at a military base in June 2004, Taxi Violence have gone on to stake their rightful claim as one of South Africa’s most prized independent rock acts, rocking crowds, winning awards and gathering a legion of ardent followers wherever their music is heard.  Their newest album launch will be at the Planetarium in Cape Town on May 11th, hope to see you there!

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

MNDR – “Fade to Black” [LIVE]

Comprised of Amanda Warner and Peter Wade, MNDR (pronounced “man-dar”) is an electro-pop duo formed in 2009. The two hooked up after Warner moved to New York City from Oakland, CA. “Fade to Black” has a bouncy, up-beat sound with an electronic feel. MNDR is currently recording an LP which should be available later this year. You can find more information on the duo as well as tour dates at their homepage.

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com

Black Kettle – “Paint the Town” [VIDEO]

Yes, I’ve posted about these two before, but the response was so good the first time (and I had so much fun making these videos) that I wanted to highlight the second single off their new EP.

The version below is a stripped down performance featuring just the girls, keys, guitar and a drum machine.  The full track (and EP) are available on iTunes right here.

Fun fact: I spent three years at film school shooting on various rooftops in Boston, and this was the first time I ever got kicked off anything.  I guess Keeley and Kailynn just rawk too damn hard.

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

The Get Up Kids – Shatter Your Lungs [VIDEO]

The Get Up Kids rose to popularity in the mid-1990’s punk scene opening for bands such as Weezer and Green Day before headlining their own shows. After a three-year hiatus beginning in ’05, The Get Up Kids reunited in 2008 and recorded Simple Science the subsequent year. “Shatter Your Lungs” is a single of their latest project, There Are Rules, that was released earlier this year. Check it out.

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com

Dispatch “Melon Bend” [MUSIC]

Well I have good news if you were in college or liked to get stoned about 5-10 or more years ago.  No, Dad I’m not a stoner, but I have been a massive fan of New England (woot! woot!) based Dispatch for what seems like decades and they are BACK.  They are an independant outfit who found success with well written catchy tunes, insanely loyal grassroots fan base and a relentless touing schedule.  Just when they seemed to be on top of the world, much to my dismay, they decided to call it quits… and dispatched with a quickness.  A free show on Boston’s Hatch Shell waterfront with 100,000 of their closest fans was the proper and only way to send this band off.  (side note:  I used to live accross the street from Chad (guitar) in Brighton, MA and I lost count of the drunken party nights where I wanted to knock on his door at 4am and ask him to play me Dispatch songs or just call up the rest of the band wherever they were for a private show.  A punch in the face would have been o.k. too and probably more likely/ deserved.)

The final bow at the Hatch Shell in Boston, MA.

Years later Chad, Braddigan and Pete reunited for three concerts at Madison Square Garden.  Not only did they sell all three nights the (f-bomb) out, but they were the first and ONLY independent act to do so EVER.  That my friends in the live music world is called a “holy shit statistic.”  The proceeds went to Zimbabwe relief and then once again we were left with images and dreams of “The General” and “Bats in the Belfry” without hearing them… until now.

Proof of the “holy shit statistic”.  Dispatch playing on the roof of their retired van “Wimpy” in the middle of MSG.

With a massive summer comeback tour in the works for 2011 and multiple dates on the books with Dave Matthews Caravan tour Dispatch is back with vengeance playing hot music spots across the country including LA’s gem of a venue, The Greek.  So this is all good news.  I’ll once again be able to get my fill  of songs like “Even,” “Bang Bang,” “Mission” and “Melon Bend”?… yes “Melon Bend.”

With this summer tour comes a new EP and a new single just released FOR FREE on the bands website called “Melon Bend.”  This tune is Dispatch’s first new music release in over a decade and it rocks.

Dispatch – Melon Bend

I was excited about the band getting back on the road and playing the hits like they should have ten years ago, but with this new music I’m even more excited.  They still sound great.  It’s a good time to be a Dispatch fan.

You can download “Melon Bend” HERE for FREE.  Dispatch is on tour HERE.

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

Cobalt & The Hired Guns – “Of Summer” [VIDEO]

Cobalt & The Hired Guns, a Chicago-based band, has been rocking stages in Chicago since their move to the city in 2006. The group released their first studio album in 2008 titled “Jump the Fence,” and are currently working on their latest project that will be released later this year. With the addition of an accordion and full brass section, their latest project looks to be their most energetic album to date. Can’t wait. “Oh Summer” is a single off their most recently released EP, The Double Single.

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com

Civil Twilight – “Letters From the Sky” [VIDEO]

Civil Twilight consists of three life long friends – brothers Steven and Andrew McKellar and Richard Woulters – who have been playing music together since they were teenagers growing up in Cape Town.  Even though the band resides in Nashville now the longing for the Mother City is evident in their music.  Growing up the trio was heavily influenced by American and European music such as Oasis, U2 and Nirvana.  “I draw my inspiration from the natural beauty of our home country,” explains vocalist/ lyricist/bassist Steven McKellar, when asked about his upbringing in Cape Town, McKellar replies, “I still find myself closing my eyes and dreaming about it, long for it, getting inspiration from the sea. You just can’t escape it.”

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC