Posted by: on March 9, 2009 at 10:30 am

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Welcome, bitches, to our first installment of the Monday Mixtape — a weekly collection of hot jamburgers that we’re rocking around the office. For our inaugural edish, we’re featuring some new tracks that we missed out on while we were away watching the first three seasons of “Weeds” on DVD.

Max Tundra :: Will Get Fooled Again
Perhaps best known for his remix work, UK digi-pop producer Max Tundra delivers an anthem for our social networking-obsessed society — proving that yes, you can even meet chicks on eBay.

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart :: Everything With You
Did Sarah Records ever go away? Not if you’re a member of TPOBPAH, Brooklyn’s resident fuzz-pop maestros, who lovingly nod to classic cuddle-core acts like Black Tambourine and the Field Mice, albeit at a much quicker pace.

American Princes :: Real Love
American Princes prove that chorus pedals sounds good beyond that of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are,” pushing it to the forefront of their angular, 80s-informed pop.

Grizzly Bear :: Deep Blue Sea
As anticipation for their new album reaches Merriweather Post Pavilion-like levels of blogsanity, Grizzly Bear try and tide us over with this lulling contribution to the Dark Was the Night compilation.

Wavves :: So Bored
If No Age is the Smell-scene’s resident Guided by Voices, think of Wavves as every other kid in the 90s with a fourtrack and a dream. Think blown-out, lo-fi-as-fuck trash-pop by a skate kid in a oversized flannel and goofy hat, ollying over a pile of 7″ records.

Fucked Up :: Twice Born
Are they punk? Are they hardcore? Shugazi (shoegaze-meets-Fugazi, duh)? Who gives a rip? They’re Fucked Up. Hands up if you think you’re the only one!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs :: Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
From the War Child presents Heroes compilation, we have the Yeah Yeah Yeahs doing what they do best — spikey riffs, dirty beats, squealing — by way of this Ramones classic.

Asobi Seksu :: Me & Mary
Their new album, Hush, might be slightly lameburgers, but this breezy slice of dream-pop is remissible enough.

Ida Maria :: Oh My God
Lily Allen and Katy Perry might be all the rage in the mainstream pop world, but underneath it all is the clearly pissed off Ida Maria — heir to the throne that is PJ Harvey and Chrissie Hynde. Oh. My. God is this good.

Gentlemen Jesse :: All I Need Tonight (Is You)
Touring with Black Lips should turn this power-pop unknown into a slightly-better known power-pop uknown. For fans of Elvis Costello, Stiff Records, and staying up all night, drinking tall boys, and smoking weed out of an apple.

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Posted by: on October 2, 2008 at 1:08 pm

Brooklyn spaz duo Matt and Kim get all old skool hip hop and shit on their new song “Daylight.” The track comes courtesy of Green Label Sound, Mountain Dew’s new MP3 download site. M&K are just the second artists to release a song via Green Label; the Cool Kids released a track earlier this year and two more bands are slated before the end of ’08.

MP3: “Daylight”

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Posted by: on August 18, 2008 at 1:09 pm


It might be unknown to some, but Chuck Inglish — one half of neon-hued Chicago hip-hoppers Cool Kids — originally hails from Detroit. Those in the know, however, are going to get a healthy reminder of Inglish’s hometown pride during a verse from Cool Kids’ “Pennies”; a verse that is dedicated almost entirely to Bad Boys-era Detroit Pistons. Shout outs to Chuck Daly (aka “Daddy Rich”), Auburn Hills, MI (“home of the Palace” obvs), and our boy Isiah Thomas not only remind us of how awesome it was to be alive in 1989 and 1990, but also make us yearn for the days that the Pistons dominated teams by basically beating the living shit out of them, you know, physically. It’s hammer time, ya’ll! Click here to stream/download. (Via Gorilla Vs Bear) — Ryan Allen

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Posted by: on August 14, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Who likes free shit? If you raised your hand, well, you’re pretty gross. Who likes free music, though? Oh, now everybody raises their hands. Well, lucky for you, our boy Deastro has just put up some free jams he calls Voyager (which, coincidentally, was the name of the cover band one of our dads played in back in the 80s) on his blog. Download it here — oh, and click on the cover for the good stuff. — Ryan Allen

Deastro plays tonight w/ Pretty & Nice + Snark & Skirt @ The Lager House

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Posted by: on August 14, 2008 at 9:40 am

MP3: “Green Light”

Soul crooner John Legend collaborating with Outkast’s Andre “Movie Star” 3000? Okay, we can see that. But then getting remixed by MSTRKRFT, who have turned Legend’s song “Green Light” into an all out badass club banger? Well, even we couldn’t have called that one (and we’ve been known to predict the winner of a few reality shows in our day). Regardless, the song is the jam, and a welcome addition to MSTRKRFT’s already impressive list of remixees (Bloc Party, Kylie Minogue, the Gossip, Kid Sister). — Ryan Allen

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Posted by: on July 11, 2008 at 2:02 am

Freak Out Friday is your weekly fix of private press, DIY label, in your pants, under your tongue, psych, folk, soul, punk and all other genres you can’t remember or think of. Trust us, get these tracks.

MP3: Apple Cider”

Good morning bitches! Here is a ripping track that has been dominating our lives for the last year. Not much info is out there on these dudes — and “Apple Cider” is the only song we’ve been able to find — but from what we’ve read on the “boards,” most of the album, or rather their overall output, is weak. This fucking track though is enough for now. Seriously, blast this shit out. Trust. — Brandon W.

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Posted by: on July 8, 2008 at 3:38 pm

Benji Hughes

MP3: “So, Well”

I was hoping to sleep at some point, then fucking Benji Hughes jacked my night. I’m truly hoping this jam was recorded on an airplane in the bathroom on his laptop after listening to Cinerama. It has that one-take, long-night drunken feel to it, yet it seems to breathe that wispy oxygen-infused air that drives the best pop songs all the way to Mars.

UPDATE: Fuck. Dude has a small cornucopia of amazing homebrew jams. Get some.

– Brandon W.

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Posted by: on June 25, 2008 at 6:00 pm


Obvious Bright Eyes comparisons aside, New Jersey’s Titus Andronicus vomit up raspy, fist-pumping indie rock that sounds like an amalgam of the Boss and the Replacements, with Motown-inspired intros and an energy that rivals a high Read more

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Posted by: on June 25, 2008 at 4:30 pm


Swiping their keyboards from Brainiac’s Hissing Prigs in the Static Couture and their vocal stabs from 1970s punk icons X-Ray Spex and the Adverts, Montreal’s Dutches Says squiggle and squeal their way through “Ccut Up” with a feverish flair. If the rest of their new album, Anthologie des 3 Perchoirs — to be released September Read more

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Posted by: on June 24, 2008 at 5:00 pm


We’ve been pretty curious about, Life Beyond Mars, the upcoming compilation collecting covers of David Bowie songs. Even more exciting, is that Detroit’s very own Zoos of Berlin (presented by Carl Craig, no less) Read more

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