Taking a page from Devo and a chapter from Alice In Wonderland, Berkeley’s Fashion Slaves let the styrofoam cat out of the styrofoam bag with their first mp3 release. It’s short and sweet and crispy and fun I can’t get that riff outta my styrofoam head. NY art rock, gone hella east bay. I love it.
This track from The Uptones‘ new CD is dub sunshine in a bottle. Huge molten brass slathered over a miles-wide bass and drum beat mixes it up with skankin’ guitars and shimmering organ bubbles. An instrumental reggae lovefest, “Solar Disco Ball” just became the soundtrack to my East Bay spring day.
I told myself I’d stop posting one great song a day, on whatever day I can’t find a gr8 song to post! I posted 365 songs in 2009, and another 365 in 2010. Those sites live on, for anyone who wants to enjoy the wonderful tracks and artists that I discovered over the last two years. The mainstream music industry is a joke, but the indie music world is beautiful and creatively thriving. That is why I encourage you to buy some music from the artists that I post, if you enjoy the works that they generously share for free. Every song I post has a “More!” link, which you can follow to buy some more tracks or the whole album. This is how you can make a difference to the artists and labels, encourage their creativity, and make the world a better place for music lovers everywhere.