Well I’m back from a fabulous week of sunshine and ocean. It was nice to relax and let my mind float along the coast for a while before drifting back ashore to the routine of daily life. While I was out there I was able to seriously digest some music so some reviews shall be appearing on the site shortly, but for now…
mp3: Pas/Cal – The Bronze Beached Boys (Come On Let’s Go)
mp3: Islands – Jogging Gorgeous Summer
mp3: Girl Talk – Summer Smoke
mp3: Modest Mouse – Summer
mp3: Shy Child – Summer
mp3: The Republic Tigers – Golden Sand
mp3: The Cloud Room – We Sleep In The Ocean
mp3: Lupe Fiasco – Sunshine
mp3: Violent Femmes – Blister In The Sun
mp3: Weezer – Island In The Sun
Tonight in DC is a fabulous show at the Red and the Black with Austin’s Belaire, or if you’re going for a more mainstream flavor, then why not go big at the Wachovia Spectrum in Philly with Coldplay. That’s it? photo by Wylie Maercklein
mp3: Belaire – You Really Got Me Goin’
mp3: Coldplay – Don’t Panic
Tonight in Baltimore, Metro Gallery has Ulrich Schnauss, Screen Vinyl Image, Luxa, and Auburn Hill. If you head somewhat south to Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post has a great show with Thievery Corporation, TV on the Radio, Ladytron, Turntables on the Hudson, and Federico Aubele. Finally in Philly, the Troc has Toadies, Lions, and Nowhere. Photo by Mike Sharpe
mp3: Toadies – Tyler
mp3: Thievery Corporation – Vivid
mp3: Ladytron – Destroy Everything You Touch
Hailing from Minneapolis, and drawing on the sounds of Wilco, Spoon, and Neil Young, High on Stress have a classic sound that would fit just as well in an old west saloon as it would in an oxygen bar in Brooklyn. Well, maybe an oxygen bar that likes alt-folky goodness. Not one of those crappy ones that plays techno. Anywho, High on Stress have an instantly likable vibe. And they were nice enough to send along a track from their soon to be released album.
Mp3: High on Stress – Cop Light Parade —> Website —> Buy
Bonus Mp3: High on Stress – Cash Machine (from their last album Moonlight Girls)
The Boxing Lesson have what can only be described as an epic sound. While pondering a way to describe their sound, all I can think of are ridiculous over-the-top slow motion scenes in movies. Planes crashing into fireballs, winning touchdowns being caught, villains falling to their death. That kind of thing. The songs just cascade over you, putting you in a trance. But this isn’t just trippy new wave music that can be fade into the background. Crunchy guitars, emotional vocals and timely synth punch make for a very distinctive sound.
Amazingly, this is only a three piece, hailing from the new musical mecca Austin, TX and are in the midst of a west coast swing. Dates after the jump.
Mp3: The Boxing Lesson – Muerta —> website —> buy
Mp3: The Boxing Lesson – Scoundrel
Stars will be hitting the road for another US tour this fall, starting in Boston on September 16th. You should go. They’ll bring you flowers. Seriously, they will.
Mp3: Stars – Calendar Girl — Website — Buy
Mp3: Stars – Reunion
Details and dates after the jump.
I’ll keep this short…still on vacation…the beach is calling me…gotta go…
mp3: VHS Or Beta – Night On Fire (Cut Copy Remix)
mp3: Foals – Hummer (In Digital Form Remix)
mp3: Muse – Map Of The Problematique (Does It Offend You, Yeah? Remix)
mp3: Radiohead – Nude (Holy Fuck Remix)
image via Wooster Collective