OK Go is genius. I think we all learned that when they busted out the treadmills and showed us that while low and budget, they were really high on creativity. Well, they’ve done it again and lit up the interwebs with this piece of art, a video for their single “End Love.”
What makes this extra sexy (along with their signature single-shot format), is the fact that it was edited with varying shutter speeds. You get everything from a stop-motion camera look, to the super slo-mo that only a high-speed camera can give you. Except instead of seeing it used to watch plants grow, or a frog snatch a fly out of the air, we get to see a bunch of guys in pastel sweatsuits cavorting through a park.
Cavorting…yea, I know what you’re thinking. Just watch the video and enjoy seeing 4 days of shooting compressed to 4 minutes of musical whimsy. You’ll enjoy it.
If This is Happening is truly the swan song of James Murphy’s LCD Soundsystem project…bravo sir. A truly amazing album. This isn’t an introduction to a new decade music, but a nostalgic gaze upon the great musical influences in James Murphy’s life. Eno, Bowie, Byrne, Bush Tetras, Liquid Liquid etc etc etc.
Anyway the song “All I want” is James’ homage to Brian Eno (think Heroes with Bowie). It’s a 7 minute long track that hits from the beginning and barely builds through the piece. I liked it. Hopefully you will too.
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.
Titus Andronicus had a new album come out this year titled Monitor. The strongest track in my mind is the opener, “A More Perfect Union.” It’s a driving seven minute punk song that kicks you in the face with a driving rhythm, self righteous lyrics and awesomely simple guitar solos. The song has a very Social Distortion meets Flogging Molly feel. Here is an example of some of the lyrics from the first verse:
Oh i never wanted to change the world, but i’m looking for a new New Jersey.
Cuz tramps like us baby we were born to die! (guitar)
This, ladies and gentlemen, is how you start an album; you punch your audience in the face.
We’re hitting the time of year when a LOOOOT of birthdays crop up. “Why now?” you might ask. Well, just think back 9 months, to when most of the country is snowed in, days are shorter, people huddle inside together and are forced to find ways to…entertain themselves.
The end result of this is a ton of summer celebrations, and smack dab in the middle of prime vacation time. To commemorate, YDP is proud to share an original production created by a few of our friends, scored with the dulcet tones of thumping 80s style techno: Birthday Explosion. You’re all invited!
[note: music is “Birthday Dance (Techno Mix)” by the Revelers Band]
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.
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.
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.
Sleigh Bells debut LP will be out in about 2 weeks and the new single off the album (beyond “Infinity Guitars,” “Crown on the Ground,” and “A/B Machines”) just dropped. I love the track. The hip hop beats are there in full force, the overdrive on the guitars and a gushy pop sound, but with a “cleaner” overall feel.
This is grunge re-imagined by people that don’t live in the rain 80% of the year and received several gold stars in kindergarten.
Sia will be making her way to the east coast in the next few weeks. If you haven’t already picked up your tickets, see if there are a few more available. I caught Sia’s set at Coachella and it was a great show. Make me dance Sia. Make me dance.
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.