Daily Archives: June 1, 2011

UNKLE – Money & Run [Video]


James Lavelle’s longtime project UNKLE teamed up with a few different vocalists for an upcoming five-song EP,Only The Lonely. Nick Cave handles the mic on the raucous opener “Money And Run.” As with most things Cave touches, he owns it


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

The Weeknd – “The Noise” [NEW MUSIC]


Alright everyone I apologize for not throwing this track on the last Weeknd post for “Rolling Stone” but it really deserves it’s own glory as most of his songs do. So along with this latest release of “The Noise” we’ve dug deeper on understanding the man behind the growing genius of R&B soul. It had come to my attention that Drake… That’s right DRAKE had been promotin’ the shit out of this cat on his blog since he dropped House Of Balloons. At first it seemed like a respect thing just showin’ some love for a clearly amazing album release, but it was a bit deeper than that. ‘The Noise’ happens to be a later track that Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd ghostwrote for Drake in 2009. I was wondering how this guy was blowing up so quickly. It’s great to have great friends! Can’t wait to hear more from this crew.

Treehouse – “Pocket Life” [MUSIC]

treehouseNot too sure how I let these guys slip by there but it may have something to do with this hip-hop trios limited track selection, keeping them a hidden gem in the independent hip-hop community. Treehouse‘s first track released early February of 2011 and really set the tone of originality holding an old-soul jazz feel native to their Chicago, IL roots. Their have been some hints towards an album release with shouts of recording sessions in the works, so lets hope to see something late this year! So kick-back and get a glimpse of the “Pocket Life”

To help back that previous statement concerning a possible album drop in the near future, Treehouse just recently released a new single entitled “Ana”. Apparently this one is ‘in ode to a fine Spanish chika named ‘Ana”. Simple enough… Let’s hear what they have to say!

Wye Oak – Civilian [NEW MUSIC]

Wye Oak are an indie folk rock duo from Baltimore, Maryland, USA, composed of Andy Stack (drums, keyboards, backup vocals) and Jenn Wasner (vocals, guitars). Their sound has been described as “earnest folk-influenced indie rock with touches of noise and dream pop”. Wasner sings lead vocals and plays electric or acoustic guitar, while Stack plays both drums and keyboards, playing the drums with his feet and right hand, and the bass line with his left hand.

“we found ourselves both in Baltimore and decided to start a band. It started out two of us playing together, actively searching for other bandmates. But eventually realized it wasn’t going to happen..but also we could do it our own way, just the two of us. With a little bit of work and effort. So, we’ve been playing as a 2-piece with drums, keyboard, bass, guitar. It seems to be going pretty well I guess. I dunno…what else as far as bio…We both live in Baltimore, Hampden now.” – Jenn W

The band was formed as Monarch in mid-2006, before changing their name to Wye Oak, a reference to the former state tree of their home state of Maryland. They released their first album If Childrenindependently in 2007 and subsequently signed to Merge Records in 2008. The label re-released If Children that year, and a second album, The Knot, followed in 2009.

“for us right now, we really prefer to keep it small. As far as our schedules, it’s already hard enough to find time to rehearse, practice, write and play when we’re living in Hampden and there’s just 2 people’s schedules to coordinate. I can’t imagine trying to incorporate a third person” – Jenn W

I’ve found that since we started playing with this setup I’ve kind of started writing songs with the setup in mind. The idea of how we’re gonna have to play it is always in the back of my mind. It changes the way the notes come out. If you try and do it one way, and you think that way works, then it’s not gonna work. As soon as you start thinking too hard about it, the whole thing just goes completely out the window. You’ve got to be on the line of being serious about it but also somewhat relaxed, otherwise you can scare away the creative process if you’re too uptight. – Jenn W

Their new album Civilian was released in March 2011 via Merge Records in the US and City Slang in Europe.

Check out their Dot Com for more info @ http://www.wyeoakmusic.com/

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