Most of you might know that The Burning Ear music blog pretty much get’s a daily visit from me. I re-post some of the music they share on here. One of the newest find’s they posted about is “The 1975” straight from Manchester. They have a new song titled “Chocolate” that is unbearably catchy. I think I say that about 98% of the songs I post about on here…but let’s be honest…it’s exactly what it is.
The chorus is amazing. I find myself looking forward to hearing it during the verses. The 1975′s are now on my radar. Won’t be surprised if they become a big thing soon.
It’s been around 5 years since we heard new music from the Australian duo, Empire Of The Sun – but it looks like 2013 is the year they have chosen to release their brand new album, Ice On The Dune. I could not be more excited about this – their last album “Walking On A Dream” was and is a huge inspiration to me with my own music.
They’ve released new album artwork – which is the picture above – and a new “short-film” trailer titled Discovery, which you can watch below.
From their website:
Archaeologists have uncovered interglacial cave paintings deep within a rock shelter in Mexico’s Guerrero Peninsula. The paintings date between 4,200 and 8,000 years ago, making them the most important finding of the millennia. The site was previously believed to be the birthplace of La Llorona, or “The Weeping Woman.”
“This must have been a place of memory,” said Ramón Fortunato, an archaeologist at the University of Monterrey, of the site. “The people of this region may have kept it secret, in order to harness its power.”
Inhabitants from the area are thought to be directly related to the “Empire of the Sun,” responsible for protecting the Earth from catastrophe for generations.
Update: Further research has concluded that the cave is the meeting point of the leylines of synchronicity. The find has been praised by heads of state and notable scientists, and a meeting of world leaders has been called in Geneva, Switzerland.
You’ve probably heard Bibio’s music before, his songs have been everywhere. He’s been working on his new album, Silver Wilkinson, for a while now – and has released the first song from it titled “À tout à l’heure.” Just listening to this song (which is below) makes it feel that it’s getting easier for him to make great music. I really am loving this song. It has a nice progression and a steady beat which is always nice.
Atlas Genius‘ EP was definitely one of my favorite recordings of 2012. I added it onto my Best 2012 Albums last year, because it was just that good. Today I found this beautiful remix of probably one of their most well known songs, Trojans, reworked by producer, Fred Falke. It keeps some of the same musical aspects of the song, but in an electronic way and adds a party dance feel to it. I like it. That’s why I’m sharing it.
Just discovered this little beauty over on TBE. New song from the band, Little Daylight, fills my need for dancey pop and has a strong female vocalist that adds great melodies over the synths and electronic drums. I’ve listened to it several times already…that bass at 2:50 is a great breakdown for the song. Little Daylight gets me.
Just listen to it and let me know what you think.
I remember driving around Phoenix, Arizona blaring Foals first public release “Antidotes” and thinking that it was the best music for my life at that moment. It really was a great record. It was hip. It was indie. It was different. I actually bought it on iTunes (not my preferred music downloader now…Amazon all the way!) which for me was a long time ago. I kind of lost interest in the second release “Total Life Forever” – I think it was mostly because I listened to the first one too much and was kind of burned out on them, or I didn’t want to be let down, because I liked the first one so much.
Well they released a new album titled “Holy Fire” – which is their most “mature” project to date. I say “mature” with quotes, because it is a completely different sound for them. It’s heavier – it’s bigger – it’s…well…more mature. They wanted a sound that would “reach the back of the stadium.” And I believe with this new record they’ve achieved it.
The first song I heard was Inhaler – I had to shazam it, because I wasn’t familiar with the new sound. I can see the entire stadium go cray when the song kicks into overdrive around 1:50 with a breakdown that Tom Morello would be proud of. People on drugs will probably just keep doing what they’re doing. Which is fine. People who aren’t on drugs will fist pump into the air while trying not to hump the person in front of them – which will happen…and that’s ok. The person in front of you will understand.
The next song on the record is My Number which is more of a bob your head / move your body / dance the night away kind of song. With some fuzz bass and intricate guitar parts – the chorus stand’s alone with a freaking catchy melody.
The whole album is full of building layers that release into some great moments. Foals have definitely found their niche – and will probably continue to surprise you with each new listen of this record.
I enjoyed this entire album. I’m not sure if I can complain about anything. It’s the “new” Foals. It has homages to their previous sound here and there, but for the most part they reinvented themselves into a band that could stand the test of time. Listen to the album and watch the video for Inhaler after the break…
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are music making machines. Long time collaborators have teamed up with Reznor’s wife Mariqueen Maandig, and art director Rob Sheridan to bring us How To Destroy Angels. It’s not every day that you come across a band as diverse as these four. It seems they rely heavily on the digital aspect of music which is a trademark for Reznor & Ross.
The new album, “Welcome oblivion,” which was released March 5th, is a combination of several years and songs released on previous EPs – all combined into an hour long journey into the minds of some of music’s biggest names. It has the feel of Nine Inch Nail’s 2008 release “Ghosts I-IV” with the added pads and dissonance from The Social Network soundtrack…which Reznor and Ross both made together. Not a bad combination if you’ve listened to both of those albums.
Maandig does a great job softening the mood with her airy vocals and adding some depth the the electronic landscape that was made behind her voice. I think if Trent would have sung on these songs, they would have gotten more flack then they do now for sounding a little too much like NIN. It’s impossible not to hear the industrial elements from the bigger band. It’s definitely not a bad thing, especially for me being a Nail’s fan…but it definitely makes it harder for HTDA to jump out of the ever looming shadow.
Some tracks to listen to: How Long, Strings And Attractors, the title track – Welcome oblivion, and Ice Age. Those give you a nice range of what How To Destroy Angels is trying to achieve.
RATING: 5 / 10
Not my favorite Reznor / Ross collab, but definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of their other stuff. Watch the … interesting … video for “How Long?” and listen to Welcome oblivion after the jump…
I try to stray away from plugging myself or my projects…but lately I’ve been thinking “Why not?” – it helps me get feedback from you guys and you to know me better. So I decided to post the new 24 minute documentary I recorded, “scored,” and edited for my band, Thera.
It’s about a year in the making. Mostly because I slacked off and it just got pushed down the to-do list, but…I buckled down and was able to finish and release it last week over on our Facebook page. We got the pleasure of doing our last EP with legendary producer, Matt Goldman and this is the documentary of the process. Hope you enjoy!
I know it’s not the most professional thing you’ve seen – mostly because it was filmed on a Flip camera, but it gives you a little insider look at the making of our album which we wanted to show.
The Swedes have been busting out some great tunes lately. The latest one to surface through the noise is Ellinor Olovsdotter aka Elliphant. With a mixture of reggae and electro pop, she is exploding onto the scene with this flavorful gem below called “Down On Life.”
That chorus is too good to pass up especially with that high pitched melodic synth in the background. It’s a catchy one that the club goers would go crazy for.
Watch the official music video for the song after the break…
We all delight in being that guy or gal who heard that band before they got big. It’s the little hipster in all of us. We enjoy saying, “Oh yea, I was into them before they got big.” Makes us feel like we know music.
To encourage us in our flaunting…music game, TastemakerX has been born. Marc Ruxin, the founder, called the music game a cross between the “Hollywood Stock Exchange for music and fantasy sports for music.” Here’s how it works - Users can buy stocks in garage bands on the rise or in classic groups such as The Beatles, and earn “notes” (in game money) to buy more artists.”
Below Ruxin talks about TastemakerX and the gamification of culture…
Sign up for a free account over at TastemakerX now. I’m about to do it myself.
Sometimes you just find music that seems impossible not to listen to 50 times in a row. Russian producer, 813 is that music for me right now. It has the elements of dance / edm music but the “epicness” of M83 – and you all know how much I love M83. Coincidence that they both have 8 and 3 in their names? Possibly.
“813 is 25 year old Russian badass, Alexander Goryachev.
He is a firefighter, which is badass.
His music is a dense collision of crazy rap beats, sort of, and some kind of fantastic rave thing, maybe. His music is very badass, much like the fact he is a firefighter. It is also very beautiful, like when he carries a small cat to safety from a burning Russian building.
Recolor is a slice of really fantastic dancey bassy music for partying and hanging out to with your m8s.”
Releasing his new EP “Recolor” on the label Activia Benz, 813 has given us a few songs to enjoy while waiting for the EP coming out in February.
I stumbled onto the electronic artist known as Module by accident, really. I was looking for books on Disney imagineering on Amazon (since they don’t seem to have them in Disney World) and found his album “Imagineering” near the top of the list. What struck me first was the artwork for the album…I was curious. So I started previewing some of the tracks on Amazon, and was immediately hooked with the first song “A Glass Star.” It had a bit of whimsical – imaginative”ness” to it and I’ve been listening to it the last day or so.
Module is a moniker for Jeremiah Ross, and has made a name for himself in creating game soundtracks and original songs. I’m super stoked I stumbled onto his music, because it seems to be a perfect addition to my listening pleasures as of lately. I’ve been wanting to get into more cinematic soundscapes and soundtracks with my music and this looks to be like the perfect inspiration to do so.
Listen to his songs “A Glass Star” and “A Vehemont Storm” below.
I encourage you to check out his other albums on Spotify – he has a really great repertoire of songs.
I had the priviledge of designing the artwork for my friend’s in Giants Make Way, a pop punk metal band from Anchorage, Alaska. I was stoked about it so much – that I thought I’d share it on here.
Listen to one of their new songs, titled Battles, off the brand new EP “You’ll Bury All Your Friends.” It’s not on iTunes or Spotify yet, but hopefully should be soon.
Check ‘em out on Facebook. They’re releasing the seven song EP tonight at the Fiesta Room in Anchorage with local bands DIVIDES, Noise Brigade, and Nine Day Fall. A pretty good way to ring in the new year.
2012 has been a good year to us. It has brought us the ever awaited Dark Knight Rises and Avenger movies, season 2 of Game Of Thrones – and musically has been – personally one of my favorites. It always seemed that a brand new album was coming out that I was wanting to listen to. It was hard to keep up with everything. Even now – I’m still finding new records that I should have listened to months ago. So there are some that have not made the list, not because I don’t like them, just because I haven’t gotten to dive into them.
These are in no particular order, and I divided them into several sections. #1 is my favorite albums – no certain category – just pure awesomeness. #2 is honorable mentions – the albums I really enjoyed but wasn’t going crazy over. #3 is the best EP’s; I didn’t see the point to put EP’s in the best album’s section since – technically – their not full albums…so hence the best EP’s section. And lastly – since I do like metal – I listed a few of my favorite metal albums. So scroll through them and tell me which ones you liked in the comment section. Would love to hear everybody’s thoughts on the list too…
I also made a playlist on Spotify with a song from each album on the bottom of the post…
FLYING LOTUS /// UNTIL THE QUIET COMES
TAME IMPALA /// LONERISM
Click on to see the rest of the list…
The Pass, hailing from Lousiville, KY, released their new album “Melt” last month, and the first song off the record is their first single. “Without Warning” and most of the album dances the line between rock and dance, and is a good mixture of the two genres. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of these guys in the near future since it seems this kind of music is taking over the industry today, which I have no complaints about.
They made a music video for “Without Warning,” and at first, I was gonna turn it off, because I didn’t see how blinking eyes could be super interesting, but as the video moved along – I stayed. It’s mesmerizing.
via The Burning Ear
Jakub from the ISO50 blog posted about Ross Tones aka Throwing Snow earlier today, and I fell in love with the music – I had to re-post it. It’s such a good blend of chill wave with dance elements thrown in; it gets you bobbing your head, but at the same time relaxes your mind. The artwork is perfect too…not sure if it’s just a picture or an actual designed cover, but either way…it goes well with the music.
I can’t really pick a favorite track off this ep. I’ve been listening to it for a while, and the songs seem to run together making one big soundscape – which is a good thing if you can’t tell. Makes it almost feel cinematic that way. The experimental white noise completed by booming drums over top a beautiful atmospheric texture. Makes this chilly day good.
You may have noticed the lack of postings on here the last couple of days…well that’s because this post marks the 1,000th post! – and I wanted it to be a special one, so I made a mix. It’s kind of crazy to think that we’re at 1,000 since the start of 2010 – which is actually a pretty long time for a blog. It’s really cool for me to see that we hit 1,000 right before the new year…which come January 1st will mark 3 years of These Old Colors – and I’m thinking about doing something special for that too…but more like a contest, because I’ve never done one and have always wanted to.
Anyways…this mix is numero 4 of 2012 (really number 5 if you’re counting right). I wanted to chill out to this mix, its cold outside and I wanted a good soundtrack to hang out inside while drinking some hot chocolate by the fire. I think these songs are a good companion to the end of the 2012 year. This is also the longest mix of this year.
My first time listening to Snowmine was with The Brothers Carl. We had a listening party around my brother’s computer last Christmas – complete with our own music and dubstep finds. I fell in love with Snowmine’s album “Laminate Pet Animal” – especially the songs “Penny” and “Let Me In.”
They released a new song earlier this year titled “Saucer Eyes” and I couldn’t be more happier with this track. The guitar is of course the first thing that sticks out with it’s catchy lick. The chorus is dope too. I wouldn’t be surprised if you started singing “After Midnight, Saucer Eyes…” after listening to this song on repeat, which you’re going to do…..for sure. For sure.
I love when I can thoroughly enjoy a whole song and not just a part of it. Stockholm’s Last Lynx get’s me and understand’s what I want. After discovering this song on Electronix, an amazing music blog you need to check out, I started listening to their entire collection. And to my surprise they’re last EP was titled “Alaska” – how appropriate.
Love how this song starts. Such a head bob / eyes closed kind of track.
First off in FlyLo world is the release of his new music video for the song “Tiny Tortures” off his brand new album “Until The Quiet Comes.” It features Elijah Wood in it as a one armed man and is directed by David Lewandowski, who worked with GMUNK on the Tron Legacy graphics.
Second – Flying Lotus recently revealed at a live show in LA – that he was the mysterious rapper Captain Murphy. Apparently…Captain Murphy has revealed a couple of songs along with a video, but never revealing his identity. Some people speculated that it was Tyler, The Creator or Madvillain since the style is pretty similar, but Flying Lotus shows us that he’s not all about producing…he can rap too. I apparently was behind the times on this one…and just found out about Captain Murphy. My bad. I have failed you.
Finding new music brings me such joy. It’s part of the reason why I started this blog…to almost give me an excuse to find new bands and artists. What also brings me huge excitement is sharing it…being the first to come to you and say “Hey – check out this band.” I like being that dude.
Deep Sea Diver is one of those band’s I couldn’t keep to myself. With a frontwoman who has played bass and keys with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and guitar for the Shins AND Beck, you don’t even have to listen to it to know that it’ll be good.
They released their first full-length “Histroy Speaks” this year and have been getting great buzz ever since. Her voice is what sets DSD apart from other “indie” artists, with a a hint of mellowness, backed by tremolo guitars drenched in reverb that don’t overpower the lyrics. Have a listen for yourself and let me know what you think in the comments.
via Indie Shuffle
I’m a fan of the band Emery. So much so…that I booked them for a show in Anchorage, AK which is a huge undertaking seeing as not many bands come to Alaska without a huge sum of money landing in their pocket. I was pretty stoked to have them up here and to hang out with them, because I literally listened to their music for a super long time. Since then I’ve hung out with them in several different states at random venues and cities and got to know them a little better – which brings out the fanboy in me.
I was super excited to hear that Emery’s frontman, Toby Morell, and guitarist, Matt Carter, were going to do a side project – simply titled Matt & Toby – that was a little on the softer side. I expected some hymns and a few original songs, but after watching their “music video” for the song “What Plays In My Head” I was sold on the new direction, the originality of the song, and the reminiscent sound of Emery.
Digging around on their Youtube a bit…I found out that some of these songs were actually made for Emery – but just didn’t make the cut for an actual album. It pleases me greatly to hear these songs done the way they wanted them done with not having to step it up a notch to fit with Emery’s repertoire.
I really am loving this album. Enjoy the simplicity of it too, it’s not over saturated with sounds – a route they could have taken. The lyrics are very “Emery-ish” – which is a huge reason why I started listening to them in the first place.
Check out the entire album below- then go buy the album on Amazon here. Then comment on what you think of this side project – I’d be curious to hear your thoughts.
Amazing imagery for composer Aldo Arechér‘s song “That Will Be The Day” by Matthew DiVito aka Mr. Div. This is why I love the internet because of amazing collaborations like this. I would never have paired these visuals with a stringed / piano song…I would have thought more about putting an 80′s inspired synth song over it. But that’s why I didn’t make this movie. They did it so much better and pulled it off with ease.
Mr. Div also has a beautiful tumblr with some gifs of his work. Check it out here.
I have been following Stones Throw Records for some time now, and dig a lot of the artists they have signed to their roster. Mayer Hawthorne – I honestly think – was my first dive into the Stones Throw world. I loved how it was reminiscent of old-school music, but at the same time had features of modern hip hop and R&B. Stones Throw has a rich history and has tons of eclectic artists from electronic to funk to rap. “Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton” would be a glimpse into the making of the record label based off of archival footage, live-concert videos, and in-depth interviews with artists and label founder, Peanut Butter Wolf.
As of this moment they have a Kickstarter to help with editing and production costs. Watch the trailer below.
On kind of a short vacation right now. Enjoying Girdwood, Alaska for the weekend while a friend gets married – it’s always nice to get away from the house / work for a bit. Stayed in the Alyeska Resort and have enjoyed a Tram ride up to the 4 star restaurant “Seven Glaciers” which is on top of a mountain. You can follow my adventures on instagram – username: theseoldcolors.
Anyways…I’m getting off track. I have an hour or so free to enjoy some time to myself while I suck up the free wifi – and with that free time I finally got to listen to the rest of the new Circa Survive album “Violent Waves” on Spotify – (which you can listen to below as you read).
I’ve been a fan of Circa since my friend turned me on to “Juturna” in college – and have loved everything since that first album – with the addition of Waves is no exception.
First off what I notice right off the bat is they’re heading back to their roots with the opening track “Birth Of The Economic Hit Man.” It’s a seven minute psychadelic trip through wailing guitars and bass heavy verses that remind me of Juturna. It’s interesting that they started with a 7 minute track – you honestly don’t see that much – but since they don’t have the confinements of a record label – they can do whatever they damn well please. That attitude comes through the record via vocals from Anthony Green, who after 4 records (and a well received solo project) still has it. I have no complaints with his voice at all….AT. ALL. It’s an unstoppable train of dynamics and range over the amazingly composed instrumental aspect.
Overall I give this album a solid 4 out of 5. It’s worth listening to all the way through…probably more then once. Which I definitely have, and is definitely a stand out album from an amazing discography.
I have found the perfect soundtrack to a rainy day via Electronix. It just so happens to be raining right now, and this song fits the mood perfectly. You should know by now that I’m all about putting an atmosphere with every song I listen to, and Koda‘s track “Emerald Downs” has the perfect downtempo feel for a rainy day. Beginning with the stillness of the chords from the piano with sweeping vocals in the background start this song off in the right direction. Then when the drums kick in – your head starts nodding and you lose track of what you were doing. It’s perfect and it’s a free download. Score.
I’ve posted about DesignersMX before when they just started to get popular. Back then it was a place for designers to create a mix and make beautiful artwork to accompany it, creating a very inspiring website filled with awesome music and design.
Now they’ve upgraded their look and expanded the website for the better. Instead of just mixes they’ve made it like a Designspiration or Pinterest where you can post inspiring books, design, and videos. Oh, and probably one of my favorite things is they’ve integrated Spotify into the mixes – which can suck for the songs that aren’t on Spotify that people listen to, but it’s a cost I’ll have to pay.
It’s definitely a new way to grab some inspiration if you’re in need of it.
Request an invite here.
Bibio has become a well known name in the electronic biz with his style of fusing folk and electronic elements together. If you’ve never heard of him – you might have heard his song “lovers’ carvings.” That song has been everywhere.
Yea, now you recognize it.
Last month, he released two videos of him jamming out on his SP1200, which is a vintage drum machine, with other fun stuff thrown in. I couldn’t help but watch these videos twice. The ease and effortless he exudes make it look like anybody can do it. It makes me want to make music right now. Might do that. Ableton, here I come.