We’ve been a little absent from our sworn oath to keep the world full of awesome music in our corner of the interwebs. I apologize. To kick off what I hope to be somewhat of a resurgence in content…I give you Cee-Lo. Bob your head you haters.
We here at YDP dig the soul filled sound of Florence and The Machine so we relish any opportunity to put one of her songs back up here. “Dog Days Are Over” was originally released as a single from Lungs back in the dark ages of 2008 (really not a very spectacular year for music in my opinion). Well a year and a half later it’s back with a new vid rockin’ and rollin’… Enjoy.
Today’s track popped up on YDP’s radar recently – apparently Faded Paper figure’s follow-up album, New Medium. Don’t know much about the group, but I like the feel of electronic backing and these light vocals over top. The chimey sound of synth keys reminds me of a music box. At any rate, I like it. Here is the obligatory PR blurb:
In their much-anticipated second album, New Medium, Faded Paper Figures return with a richer, fuller sound, even as they maintain all of Dynamo‘s indie-tronica charm. Fans of the band will be happy to hear all of the familiar blips, harmonies, and intellectual pop-references, but with even more life and energy this time around. Striking melodies, lyrical images, and classic pop forms–New Medium‘s lush electronica feels both intimately familiar and astonishingly new.
Here’s the track:
Faded Paper Pictures – Invent it All Again
YDP has been sitting on this track for a few months now, but it’s definitely the right time to share it. Relation is new to me, and describes themselves in the following way:
“Essex boys Andrew Leary and Oliver Keech have developed an alternative, unique sound by combining meaningful lyrics with synth-pop to create both emotional depth and electronic rhythms. Although the compositions are truly progressive and they embrace a futuristic approach to their productions, their music has brought comparisons to New Order and the Pet Shop Boys as well as a wink to Depeche Mode.”
The track “Optimistic,” off their debut album, “Fear of the Night,” is pretty well nuanced, but if you’re comparing yourself to the heavy hitters above, you’d better bring it. The track really takes off when masters of electronica Cassette Club get a hold of it and transform it into something AMAZING. I love where CC goes with the haunting synths over the choral breaks. Brings in a whole new dimension of sound. Enjoy them both.
Relation – Optimistic (Cassette Club Remix)
Relation – Optimistic
I love May – not only is it time for me to selfishly celebrate the anniversary of my birth, its the month when everything starts coming together – if you’re in school, it’s wrapping up. If you’re unfortunate enough to be gainfully employed (though its better than the alternative), tax day has come and gone. And for people of all shapes, sizes, and belief systems in the northern hemisphere, summer’s on the way.
This PUNCHES remix is def going to be in my summer mix. Get on the train.
Au Revoir Simone – Only You Can Make You Happy (Punches Remix)
My favorite song of right now is another mix by the Aussie group Miami Horror. Here they transform what’s already a pretty nice jam by The Presets into a rockin’ disco jam. Enjoy ’em both as we wrap the weekend.
The Presets – Talk Like That (Miami Horror Remix)
The Presets – Talk Like That
Malcom McLaren is probably best known as the Sex Pistol’s manager, but he was associated with several other notable acts as well (New York Dolls, Adam & the Ants, Bow Wow Wow). I can’t honestly say I knew much about the man until an NPR piece came out after his death yesterday. I was surprised to hear how far his influence stretched.
Not only did he manage several bands, but he also put out a few classics of his own like Duck Rock (1983). The album was notable for several reasons: 1)introduced hip hop to a wider audience in the U.K., 2)early collaboration from the Art of Noise 3)Earliest recordings from members of the Nation of Gods and Earths (influencing people like Rakim and Big Daddy Kane) 4)the music is still influential today (Eminem’s homage about two trailer park girls on “Without Me” as a direct reference to “Buffalo Gals”).
“Double Dutch” from Duck Rock
“Buffalo Gals” from Duck Rock
Happened to get steered toward Amanda Palmer‘s latest offering – glad I followed that hunch. Turns out the former lyricist/songwriter of the Dresden Dolls just managed to be dropped from all obligations to her label, Roadrunner Records, after nearly two years of wrangling. The arc follows one similar to many relationships: a match made in heaven, with the label being great and supportive at the start, before priorities diverged, and one party wanted to leave the other. Now, 3 records and “endless legal bullshit” later, Palmer celebrates by doing what she was contractually forbidden from while signed to the label: giving away her music for free.
Anyway, here’s Amanda Palmer’s “Do you swear to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help your black ass.” Amanda explains the title:
before any of you get up in arms about the title (peoples gettin’ mighty sensitive lately) please know:
the title is a reference to a lyric in a song called “fuck tha police” by a band called Niggaz With Attitude. look it up.
“The Truth…” – Amanda Palmer
Please visit her site to read all the lyrics (which I found stunning), see pictures from the recording session, and, if you like it, download the song (it’s free, but she’ll take donations).
YDP loves stumbling across great new tracks (email them to us at yuppiedanceparty at gmail dot com), and were lucky to discover LaJo$eph (Facebook Fan Page), a college junior who just started making electro/techno-riffs in the past year. They’re pretty catchy, so we reached out for a look into the musical mind of this new young artist, whose tracks brim with a feel-good, pulsing, party feel.
LaJo$eph was kind enough to share with YDP two exclusive tracks, “Come Together “and newly-minted “Small Talk,” completed just last night. “Come Together” was one of my favorites from his rapidly growing track list. “Small Talk” is very different from his other offerings, with LaJo$eph claiming it as his favorite creation to date. In it, he really takes down the tempo gives you something to throw in the playlist for nighttime head-nodding sessions.
Interview after the jump, where we learn his musical inspirations, discover he’s a raver at heart, and find out why there are no lyrics to his music…yet.
Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce CHEW LiPS. The beautiful voice of Tigs layered over the glorious sounds of Will Sanderson and James Watkins. These guys have shown up like a hurricane and yet don’t receive the acclaim they deserve. Their debut album Unicorn came out a few months ago and we’ll do all we can to give it a listen. In the meantime here’s a sample of their sound from the EPs they dropped last year.
CHEW LiPS – “Solo”
Honestly I love this song so much and it’s made my LA car mix (which is big because the cds dont change that often drive times in LA are so long….). What does it sound like? Well, maybe a little Metric with Emily Haines leading the way. Either way, i’m sure you’ll enjoy.
Check out the music video and a few other songs after the jump:
OMG THESE SONGS ARE SO GREAT. BESTEST EVAH. ~*^_^*~ !!!!
I love musics. Wheeee.
These songs are SO AWESOME!
Ahhh!!!!! I JUST PEED MYSELF.