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Indian School – “The Cruelest Kind” [NEW MUSIC]

I was late to embrace Audio Karate, one of the fieriest bands to come out of the late 90s/early-aughts pop-punk scene.  By the time I was getting into their kind of raw, full-throated, vocals and live, loud, imperfect production, the band was almost broken up.  I had no idea that was the case when I stumbled across “Nintendo 89” on a Warped Tour compilation, and if I had, I would’ve begged them not to.  Listen to this beast:

The first thirty seconds are one of the most epic builds in pop-punk.  The guitar tones are perfect, the drums won’t stop, and when it all drops out to introduce those main power chords – ugh.  There’s more energy in those thirty three seconds than a six-pack of Red Bull.  I can only imagine the reaction it got live.

Anyway, these dudes went their separate ways around ’05 and left the world with two albums, Space Camp, and Lady Melody.  Buy ’em, love ’em, play ’em loud, and then check this out:

They came back!  They have a piano player, mainlined The Strokes and changed their name, but the songwriting and singer Arturo Barrio’s distinct pipes are as solid as ever.  I miss the throat – rupturing rawness of their earlier work, but hey, that’s growth.  Space Camp didn’t have a single instance of saloon style piano playing either, but “Elvis” features it heavily and it works.  It’s a give and take.

Whip-crack opener “Rob Your House” comes closest to capturing the groups free-wheeling energy of old, with the titular phrase serving as an anarchic refrain that’s gonna feel good to shout out with a group of drunken buddies at a show or before a night of debauchery.  At the same time, it also sounds the most “Strokes”y, complete with synths and – unless I’m crazy – a hint of a vocal effect.

The middle pair of tracks, “High Low” and “Wind You Up” form the backbone of the new sound: slower tempos, catchy choruses, and the addition of some acoustic strumming and clean piano sounds.  EP closer “Elvis” is the track that sounds the least likely to work on paper, but is executed with aplomb.  The aforementioned saloon piano kicks in early in the track and is mixed low, but shines in the chorus.

Over the course of the four tracks, the moment I keep going back to, the one that draws the line in the sand is two and a half minutes into “Wind You Up.”  Like the opening of “Nintendo 89” it’s another beat where everything drops away, but instead leaving space for the hell-raising guitar from that track, it’s just Art’s vulnerable croon and a piano.  Does it make me want to pogo my way into a pit  Not really, but it makes me damn excited for what Indian School does next.

UPDATE: Thanks to Eric and Lucy for pointing out I overlooked a fifth track that can be found here: http://soundcloud.com/indianschool/tracks  Enjoy!

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

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Steve Aoki Live at Identity Music Festival in San Diego, CA [PHOTOS]

Steve Aoki Live at Identity Music Festival in San Diego, CA

Steve Aoki and Laidback Luke ft. Lil Jon– “Turbulence”

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Photography By: Shane Suski |Ambassador of Photography | San Diego, CA| @shanewithmwl | Beat-Play and Music Without Labels, LLC

Hoodie Allen – “The Chase Is On” [NEW MUSIC]

hoodie allen - the chase is onIt was just a bit under a year that we were all blessed with the uplifting positive Hip-Hop vibes of Hoodie Allen, with the release of his first hit single “You Are Not A Robot”. Following up with fire he’s at it again with another instant hit in his latest single release “The Chase is On” to be on his upcoming mixtape Leap Year, out on July 26th. Being newer to the scene, as an independent, Hoodie Allen is making all the right moves with his promotion, quickly building a great reputation throughout the independent music community as a whole. Dropping his last two big creations for FREE via mixtape, has given him the leverage he’s needed to continued success down the road. So enough chatter here and lets get to the sounds of Hoodie himself. Here is “The Chase Is On”

Beneath The Surface Live at Soma in San Diego, CA [Photos]

Beneath the Surface Live at Soma in San Diego, CA

Beneath The Surface-“Oceans”

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Check Them Out Here

For merch and to download their album “Oceans”, Click Here

Props to Kian Bardikalaie for the pics!

By: Shane Suski |Ambassador of Photography | San Diego, CA| @shanewithmwl | Beat-Play and Music Without Labels, LLC

The Swellers [NEW MUSIC] [MUSIC VIDEO]

Just a quick heads up to fellow pop-punk fans: head here to stream what’s set to be one of the best releases in the genre this year, and check out the video below.

Narrative: A kid grows up and gets ready to leave home.

Performance: In a garage.  Perfection.

Song: One of the catchiest celebrations of nostalgia since “Good Riddance.”

Why You Should Watch It:  This one’ll either hit you right in the chest, or it won’t.  It’s a simple look back on a dude’s life as he gets ready to move away.  Nothing spectacular about the photography or concept – in fact, Saves the Day tackled similar material with the classic video for At Your Funeral”:

Much like the beefy, down-to-earth pop punk they play though, whatever The Swellers’ video lacks in flash, they make up for in heart.  If you’ve ever lived in a small town, had band practice in a garage, or had trouble saying goodbye, you’ll instantly connect with this.   You might even have a few hairs stand on the back of your neck at some point.

Either way, good luck getting the song out of your head.

“I miss it, too…”

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

Tyler The Creator – She (feat. Frank Ocean) [MUSIC VIDEO]

Narrative:  Tyler falls in love with the girl next door and tries to woo her away from her boyfriend. Performance: Tyler raps as he moves through the video – on a bike, at a creek, sniffing his paramour’s panties. Frank Ocean hovers in the backyard.

Song: One of the less brutal tracks from Bastard. Ostensibly a love song.

Why You Should Watch It: Tyler’s made it known that he wants to be known for directing more than he wants to be known for his music, and the kid’s off to a good start.  Though it’s difficult to draw a consistent stylistic line between this and “Yonkers,” it’s clear he has an eye for visuals that compliment the music he and the rest of the collective produce. It’s especially obvious when you take into account the Golf Wang videos, the promotional spots for Bastard, and even the “Sandwiches” performance on Fallon – with its wandering hospital-gown zombie girl, garden gnomes and green ski masks.

While I can’t say for sure, I’d suspect the hand-drawn upside-down crosses and rounded, jaunty font used consistently across anything Odd Future is Tyler’s version of branding as well. If this is all the product of the same mind, it’s hard to argue against a consistent vision.

It’s impossible to say if Tyler’s developed a cinematic style to go with this content, but the sure-footed use of a tilt-shift lens in  “Yonkers,” and “She”s use of Steadicam in the bedroom sequences display an understanding of visual grammar. In terms of their pacing, the Golf Wang videos and promotional piece below seem to borrow liberally from an unlikely source.

I couldn’t place it at first, but after a couple views it clicked: they look like early millenia MTV promos. The cutting, the canned sound effects, the sketch-like content – an MTV tag could’ve come up on the end of any of those clips and I wouldn’t have been surprised.

This is part of what works so well in “She” – how it takes elements of music videos almost everyone of a certain age will recognize and puts them into an otherwise bat-shit crazy narrative. Of course the boyfriend character is a shirtless, Uzi-wielding punk, of course the adults are played by members in wigs, of course the object of Tyler’s affection meets him at the lake (even though whoever left her that instruction was clearly a creep). These things are all foregone conclusions drawn from dozens of gangster rap, Beastie Boys and cheesy pop videos, the way Tarantino knows from years of obscure Seventies films that dirty cops are named Scagnetti. It’s a reflection of the music: “here’s what I’ve been fed, isn’t it awful?” Is it a stretch to point out that his Twitter profile picture was one of him displaying a mouthful of chewed up food? It’s like he’s showing us the deranged, evil kid all these influences should have made him, but didn’t. Instead, he’s content to just rub our faces in it.

Of course, compiling references does not make a good video:

– but Tyler and crew just use the references as dressing, not the content. The content is all black-eyed obsession and suggested murder. Instead of casting himself as a hero (which, given the lyrics would be unlikely), Tyler is a grade-A creeper. Everything around him seems to be operating at various Lynchian levels of insanity and surreality.

No one here is redeemable, and considering the video ends with Tyler about to kill a girl watching the video on TV, it would seem that goes for the audience too.

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

The Often Not Found Playlist #6

This week’s list has got a little bit of everything, but all the songs are really good. There’s a couple reggae joints in here too. No particular order. Check em out, and enjoy!

P.S. If you like a song, don’t hesitate to leave a comment for the artist telling them where you found them. Most of these artists are not very well known and I’m sure they’ll be interested to see how their music is spreading. Thanks!

Automatic Fire – Cuts Both Ways

Apollo Brown – the times (ft. odissee)

HoneyHoney – Little Toy Gun

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The_weeknd – the morning


Reset! – Gasa (Dub version)

Ronald Jenkees – Clutter

Blood Red Shoes – It’s Getting Boring By the Sea

Introducing… The Nico Blues [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Another great album given away for FREE by the guys of The Nico Blues from New York and New Jersey. If you’re a classic alternative indie rock lover than don’t hesitate to download “Blame the Boredom, Blame the Basements” and show some love by donating to keep their sound alive! Please enjoy their album opener, ‘Three’s A Crowd”.

The Tallest Man On Earth – “King Of Spain” [MUSIC]

We are currently seeing all kinds of extraordinary indie groups coming out of Sweden. Just came across these guys today through a facebook news feed. The Tallest Man On Earth with one of their hit tracks, “King Of Spain”. Please click the image above to visit their site.

Alberta Cross – “ATX” [MUSIC]

Found this awesome track today on reddit. This indie alternative rock group from Brooklyn, New York bring an awesome early 90s grunge feel similar to that of Nirvana and the Foo Fighters. Enjoy, “ATX” from their most recent album, ‘Broken Side Of Time’ and click the image above for more music by Alberta Cross.