Mia posted (almost a year ago!) about RCRD LBL, which is a really cool website that sends free music downloads to your email each day and I subscribed immediately. Now, many, many months later, I am still looking forward to my daily music delivery. I have “discovered” more than one cool new band through this site, but my latest music find on there is simply put- BEYOND.
So who is this mystery band you may ask?
It’s none other than Florence + the Machine, a band hailing from the UK who opened for MGMT over the summer. Their music is fun, funky and beautiful all at the same time…darkly romantic and yet impossibly uplifting. But don’t take my word for it, listen here and make your own decision. Happy listening!
AUTOMATIC PANIC stands way above the underground world of Electro. He is a triple threat: producer, DJ and remixer. His music is praised and played by heavy hitters such as Justice, Felix Da House Cat and Digitalism. This club hit maker has remixed everyone from MSTRKRFT to Puff Daddy and his track “The Sound” was recently released on SONY Records ONELOVE Compilation, mixed by Junior Sanchez. He is clearly no stranger to the DANCE SCENE but is talented and diverse enough to bridge the gap between pop and dance music. He produces electro pop punk queen, DJ Cat and all of her music. “I’m not POP. I’m just PUNK!” he exclaims. Indeed, his unique style and diverse tastes in music bring a rare sound which is never duplicated. AP is constantly introducing new remixes and new tracks, often his own, into his mixes. However he never forgets his roots bring in a healthy amount of the best tracks of the past and present electro dance rock. The future? Despite a busy studio schedule, 2009 will introduce Automatic Panic’s live show! Teaming up with New Yorker, DJ Cat, the two will embark on a tour sure to wow audiences. Causing thunder on the dance floors from coast to coast, city to city, country to country, the sounds of Automatic Panic is coming your way! For more info visit: myspace/automaticpanic
James Ford and Jas Shaw. Two men. Three letters. SMD. Electronic pioneers. DJs. Producers. They’ve been tearing up dance-floors around the world for the past few years, but how did their story begin, and where will it end…? Back in the late ‘90s, James and Jas were studying folklore and physics respectively at Manchester University, while crafting strange electronic music in the spare room of their shared house. Although he eventually dropped out of his course, Jas’s grounding in quantum physics was to come in useful later: the drum pattern on SMD’s early white label Tits & Acid was based on matrix mechanics devised by Werner Heisenberg. But before Simian Mobile Disco there was Simian, a four-piece band Jas and James formed at Manchester with singer-songwriter Simon Lord and bass-player Alex Macnaghten. Like contemporaries such as Broadcast and the Beta Band, Simian sought to combine traditional songwriting with electronic sounds, with one key difference – their name did not contain the letter ‘B’. Soon the duo started knocking out their own tunes, releasing limited edition early bangers such as The Count, Fake Bake, and Clam Digger on friend’s labels like I’m Cliché and Kitsune, Catnip and Wax Fuckface. One early tune – Epilectrics – infamously had to be withdrawn from record stores when it was found to induce fits in dogs and Tweenagers alike. So what’s next for Simian Mobile Disco? 2009 will see the release of their hotly anticipated second album, Temporary Pleasure. If Attack Decay Sustain Release was a record for the dance floor, their sophomore effort is aimed squarely at the boudoir. “This one’s for all the ladeez out there”, says Jas. “And for all the gentlemen who wish to get with those superfine ladeez”, adds James. Then the boys will head back on the road, bringing their unique blend of hip-house influenced crunkadeleic poonstep to a venue near you. Be afraid. Be very afraid…
Dragonette are in the midst of releasing their 2nd LP, “Fixing To Thrill.” It will be available in Canada on September 29th, Australia on Ocober 3rd, and in the rest of the world digitally on October 6th and physically October 20th.
Here are Dragonette’s tour dates (all dates are on-sale now or will be by this Friday (August 7th):
Remaining Canadian Tour Dates:
Thursday, October 15th – EDMONTON, AB @ Starlite
Saturday, October 17th – VANCOUVER, BC @ Venue
Sunday, October 18th – VICTORIA, BC @ Sugar
U.S. Tour dates:
Monday, October 19th – SEATTLE, WA @ Vera Project
Tuesday, October 20th – PORTLAND, OR @ Doug fir
Thursday, October 22nd – SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ Popscene / 330
Friday, October 23rd – LOS ANGELES, CA @ The Echo
Saturday, October 24th – COSTA MESA, CA @ Detroit Bar
Monday, October 26th – DENVER, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Wednesday, October 28th – KANSAS CITY, MO @ Czar Bar
Friday, October 30th – SPRINGFIELD, MO @ Outland
Saturday, October 31st – CHICAGO, IL @ Sonotheque
Wednesday, November 4th – BOSTON, MA @ Great Scott
Thursday, November 5th – NEW YORK CITY, NY @ Santos
Friday, November 6th – WASHINGTON DC @ DC9
Anyone have a parachute? Datarock does! And they use it to go skydiving all across the world to tell people that their new single “True Stories” is out! The single features a remix by Bjorn Torske as well as a video. You’ve seen other blogs from us about Datarock, but check out this rad video of them jumping out of helicopters to spread the word of the release. If you’ve thought about skydiving before, this video will definitely inspire you to finally do it. So get out there and live your life! Go skydiving!
I just got the latest album from Alberta Cross called Broken Side of Time and I’ve had it on repeat ever since. It has some great rock riffs and there really isn’t a song that I don’t like. My two personal favorites are “ATX” and “Leave Us and Forgive Us,” which is just a small taste of what the band has to offer. So if you haven’t already, go check out Alberta Cross and pick up their new album which hits stores September 22, 2009.