Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Polyvinyl x ROTE RAUPE

Polyvinyl Records & German music site Rote Raupe (based in Munich), teamed up for a mixtape featuring songs from artists on Polyvinyl. This amazing 10-track compilation is FREE & you can download songs individually over at Soundcloud. Artists featured: Japandroids, Starfucker, Asobi Seksu, 31Knots, Vivian Girls, Deerhof, Joan of Arc, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, of Montreal & Love Is All.

31Knots – “Candles on Open Water”

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The Poison Tree – Self-Titled [Album and Concert Review]

Listening to The Poison Tree elicits a unique sense of déjà vu. Although the precise cause of this feeling is difficult to articulate, it is entirely evident that the band has created one of the most beautiful albums in recent memory.

The Poison Tree is the latest project of former King of France front man, Steve Salett, and an assortment of musicians from his Saltlands music collective in Brooklyn. The resulting self-titled LP is a seamless exploration of love, life, and the human condition. From the opening track, Salett’s warm baritone vocal’s wrap the listener in an auditory embrace that is not relinquished until the album’s concluding notes. Along the way, acoustic guitar, strings, and subtle harmonies, provide a gorgeous background. The striking combination of these elements is perhaps most apparent on

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

new Grouper – “Cassiopeia”

Here’s a characteristically gorgeous new exploration from Portland’s Grouper, made exclusively for Antiopic’s expansive and amazing Benefit for the Recovery in Japan charity compilation. The hushed, haunting “Cassiopeia” is a somber piano dirge that finds Liz Harris at her most fragile, but, like all of her most moving work, also possesses the faintest glimmer of hope:

Grouper :: Cassiopeia

In addition to this stunning Grouper song, Antiopic’s massive Benefit for the Recovery of Japan comp features 64 tracks from the likes of Oneohtrix Point Never, Fennesz, Prefuse 73, Tim Hecker, and many more. Get it here; 100% of the proceeds will go to the recovery and relief effort in Japan.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

brain rock

FUKKK OFFF released his Worldwide EP last year featuring 4 new jams and it was “” that brought the heat as the standout track off the EP. He spent the last few months putting together an undeniable remix package, way too awesome that it needs to be split in 2. The 1st part features remixes from Zodiac Cartel, TWR72 & Yacek!

Click here to download the acid tinged late night stomp Brooklyn’s indie disco darlings Body Language. It even features bits of their own vocals for just that right mix of flavor.


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white label

Years ago, if you remember, most good electronic music was only available on vinyl. Back then when you wanted to release a surprise record, you could press up 500 or 1000 “s” & send ‘em out to all the vinyl shops. These releases were some of the most sought-after tracks for DJs all over the world because of their limited nature. Fast forward to 2011 & MP3s. Obviously, we can’t press up a bunch of vinyl – we are way too broke for that. However, what we can do is provide you with the same experience from back then, but in the digital age – handwritten white record sticker and all. NYC’s Infuze & iQ Entertainment present: “”.

This dubstep gem is available now exclusively on Beatport. In true fashion, maybe it’s actually a remix you will recognize. In fact, I’m sure you will.

Infuze also put together a badass, 30 minute mini mix with some of his favorite tunes of the moment, from dubstep to drum & bass, as well as sneak peeks of some of the other jams he’s got coming out in the coming months! Click here to download & turn that shit up!


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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Wye Oak – Civilian [Album Review]

I dismissed Wye Oak’s Civilian when it was released. I was a fan of their previous album, The Knot, but I was overwhelmed by the world of music when this album was coming to light. I half-halfheartedly listened to the album one day on NPR, but was still unmoved. After reading on Muzzle Of Bees that it was their favorite album of the year to date, I somewhat reluctantly downloaded it – mostly because I really respect Ryan’s opinion, but also because I was on the fence about checking them out in Austin at SxSW.

This album is now on my ever-growing list of wrong first impressions. Civilian is fantastic. At certain points of the album, you find yourself drifting away while Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack dip into shoegaze territory. Jenn Wasner’s vocals are often subtle and lull you into a trance…and then, wham! You’re jolted apart by a bouncing chorus or a noise explosion that rocks you to your core. It’s a similar formula that is found on The Knot but on Civilian, it feels more natural. Less forced.

The 3rd through 5th songs are what hooked me into this album for good. “Holy Holy” starts off like a house on fire and then eases off the throttle as Wasner’s vocals emerge. “Dogs Eyes” begins as a catchy 90′s indie tune before coming off the rails with Wasner showcasing her guitar chops. And just when you are in full air guitar mode, she shifts right back into a bouncy indie tune. “Civilian” builds slowly and ends with Wasner’s distorted guitar, ala Crazy Horse.

I had the pleasure of catching Wye Oak in Austin for the first time and was floored by their live performance. I knew Jenn Wasner could sing, but her guitar work was arguably the best I saw all week. And, as is the case in most good two-piece bands, the drumming was impeccable. Andy Stack was always in the right place giving Wasner plenty of space to get after it. Their ability to get the most out of the others’ performance is what truly makes them a special band.

Wye Oak – Civilian

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new Panda Bear – “The Preakness”

Listen to the previously unreleased “The Preakness,” Panda Bear’s contribution to the Keep cassette, which benefits the Socorro Island Conservation Fund. The Animal Collective x Keep collab sneakers (and the limited tape) will be available starting at midnight tonight at these spots and at Keep’s website.

Panda Bear – The Preakness

Tags: animal collective, keep, panda bear, socorro island, the preaknessposted by: Chris

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

the morning benders – japan echo

The Morning Benders have released a new EP featuring remixes from Star Slinger, Twin Sister, Wild Nothing, and more, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund. The Benders’ Chris Chu says:

“Last week we were scheduled to go to Tokyo to play our first show ever in Japan. It was going to be a very special trip for us, and for me in particular. I had always dreamt of going back to Japan to play music. Not many people know this, but I was actually born in Japan, and although I only lived there for a couple of years, I’ve always had a deep love for the country and its people. I cannot express how sad and helpless I’ve felt reading about everything that is happening there right now, and even though we couldn’t be there, we wanted to do everything we could to help. We love you Japan.”

Check the full tracklist and download & donate what you can here.

Tags: japan, star slinger, the morning benders, twin sisterposted by: Chris

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Strokes x Lupe Fiasco

The Strokes’ buzzing new album finally hits stores today. Being their 1st new work in over 5 years the amount of hype is high, or in other words: let the remixes start pouring in. The 1st one we’ve heard so far is by Dallas boy LehtMoJoe, who mashes “Machu Picchu”, the opening track from Angles with “The Show Goes On” off of Lupe Fiasco’s new disc Lasers.

The slightly slowed down tempo & added instrumentation to the Strokes’ instrumentation adds a dramatic flair to the track, & perfectly suits it to accompany the strongly political rhymes. The Bush & Obama snippits which open & close the number give an added gravity to the mashup, & makes us think something more is at play than just trying to assemble the next dance floor banger.

“Machu Picchu Goes On (LehtMoJoe mash)”

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

so beautiful

Photo by Théo Gosselin

Since they 1st burst onto the scene with their own unique brand of highly charged, uplifting dance floor drum & bass there are few who can deny the impact the Brookes Brothers have had in creating the current wave of feel-good music that perpetuates throughout the D&B movement. As they get set for their incredible debut self-titled album the BBK clan unleash one final single taken from it.

“Beautiful” is pure, unadulterated Brookes Brothers at their best. Dripping with sumptuous orchestration & soaring vocals from none other than the legendary Robert Owens, it’s been raising roofs for those few DJs that have been lucky enough to be given it already. An outrageously cool half-time intro, disco synths, Owens’ vocal & gorgeous piano riff all combine over the tough beats & bass to create yet another sunshine stormer from the Brookes. This one parts clouds, believe!

To celebrate the release of “Beautiful” the Bros. are giving away a NAPT remix absolutely free!

“Beautiful (NAPT Remix)”

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The Weeknd – House of Balloons

You won’t catch too much new R&B here on the site, but we’ve been vibing to that new Frank Ocean a little bit lately, and this new mixtape that dropped today from Toronto’s The Weeknd has been on repeat all morning with no signs of fading. Check the ill warped Beach House sample on the sexed-up “The Party & the After Party” — one of two Beach House-sampling jams on the tape — and download the whole thing for free below, or at

The Weeknd :: The Party & The After Party
The Weeknd :: House of Balloons .zip (140 mb)

Tags: house of balloons, mixtape, mp3, the weekndposted by: Chris

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Wild Beasts

release their new single, “Albatross”, next month. The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming album Smother, out 05.09.

“Albatross” embodies the spirit of ’ 3rd album in its tone & texture. Its layers of abstract sounds are combined to form something typically bold & unique. The single sees the band shed their old skin for a fresh blueprint, combining their distinctive vocal, piano & guitar driven melodies with lush electronic sounds. It is delving deeper, finding a music even more intimate & personal.

Click here to download the single.

Wild Beats

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Obscured by the Wind

Thot announces their new album, , out this Tuesday via White Leaves Music.

This 10-track masterpiece of heavy ‘vegetal noise music’ will be available digitally as a free download or pay what you want. A 11-track limited edition CD will be released early April, followed by a 13-track edition, only available by the purchase of an exclusive T-shirt (very limited).

Stream the whole thing below, some of them are already available for free.



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Thursday, March 17, 2011

mp3: Junior Boys – “ep”

New Junior Boys jam, taken from their forthcoming LP It’s All True, out June 14 on Domino:

Junior Boys :: ep

Tags: domino, it's all true, junior boys, mp3posted by: Chris

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Your veins are my trenches

Photo by lamusiquedenosvies

Following their recent show together at XOYO in London, Trophy Wife & Breton have remixed Esben & the Witch’s “Marching Song” & “Warpath” respectively. The band wants you to have them both for free…enjoy.

Don’t miss them during SXSW!

“Warpath (Breton remix)”

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Monday, March 14, 2011

video: Lykke Li – “I Know Places”

Posted at 3:01AM, Mar 13th

Love the song! Dig the vid; wouldn’t change a thing. Why did I think she was AZN back in the day? Had something to do w/Asobi Seksu. Too spliggity to look it up. Meanwhile, a lighter’s in the air as I play it for the 14th time.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Obscure Sound: Best of February 2011

This is a wonderful day. February is no more, and finally we can bid farewell to the dullness and bitter cold of the month. Suitably enough, I was sick for the majority of it. Now that March is here, it is hardly surprising that I feel infinitely better. Being able to keep my windows open throughout the day makes me feel less stressed, for whatever reason. Despite the consistently miserable tendencies of February, the month was as exciting musically as any. Radiohead was certainly the big artist last month, announcing and releasing their eighth LP in that short span. I thought it was OK… nothing amazing. Later this week, we will feature a second look at the album by another writer. Multiple opinions seem warranted for an album this polarizing.

Apart from Radiohead, February was a month dominated by up-and-comers. I gave Dirty Beaches’ debut full-length significant acclaim, so I urge everyone to check him out if you haven’t already. Speaking of great new nostalgia-heavy artists, Noah’s Ark Was a Spaceship bring us back to late-’80s alternative-rock on college radio with several excellent songs off their new album, Hanga-Fang. Then you have Unknown Mortal Orchestra, with their refreshing take on ’60s psychedelia and funk. The Rural Alberta Advantage and Coma Cinema sit more in the contemporary cutting-edge vein, but you can certainly hear more past-inspired awe in Silver Swans’ work, which echoes glistening ’80s post-punk with enjoyable accuracy. The compilation is rounded out by a new track from popular art-rock duo The Kills, and a classic offering from The Beach Boys. I have been on an extreme Brian Wilson obsession as of late, and his breadth of work continues to amaze me. If there is any artist whose music can get us ready for warmer weather and great music, it’s him.

01. Radiohead – Separator (post)
02. Dirty Beaches – True Blue (post)
03. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues (post)
04. Noah’s Ark Was a Spaceship – I’m Not a Father (post)
05. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Ffunny Ffrends (post)
06. The Rural Alberta Advantage – Stamp (post)
07. Coma Cinema – Business as Usual (post)
08. Silver Swans – Holidays (post)
09. The Kills – Satellite (post)
10. The Beach Boys

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First Post

Hello all! If you notice the name of the blog it's MushMusic. You may semi recognize that name from my other blog at MushReviews. As you may guess this blog will focus more on music reviews and general postings than MushReviews which is a daily movie review type blog.

Hope you all enjoy this!