I Love this tune. “What Needs Must Be” incorporates all you need in a psychedelic-rock tune. With raspy vocals, dirty guitar tones, clean bass lines, and tasty guitar riffs….this is a quality track from beginning to end. Check it.
“What Needs Must Be“ (play/download mp3)
Check out this catchy little sing-along! Its driving beat builds up throughout the entire tune, and the harmonized vocals make you want to join in and sing out at the top of your lungs. Its energy and melodic tones echo in your head long past the time the song has ended – it’s magically infectious!
“I Woke Up Today“ (play/download mp3)
Aqueduct is the brain child of David Terry, a one man band that utilizes piano hooks and chunky drum machine loops to create a new interpretation of pop music. If this is your first journey into Aqueduct’s sound, “Hardcore Days & Softcore Nights” is the blueprint to his catalog. Sweet as much as it’s hardcore, David Terry’s voice plays nicely with those catchy piano hooks and backed up nicely with wacky sound effects.
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“Hardcore Days & Softcore Nights“ (play/download mp3)
Sometimes referred to as Mike Patton’s “other band”, Mr. Bungle was formed in Eureka California when all the members were still in High School. In typical Mr. Bungle fashion, “The Girls of Porn” takes you from power pop riffs, to skanking horns, to lo-fi experimentation, and to the old faithful, just stop and start playing something completely different. Now don’t get scared off too easily. These guys can actually take you through the juxtaposition of sounds while they make you dance.
“The Girls of Porn“ (play/download mp3)
Since early 2000 the Creative Commons licensing organization has championed the idea: “share, remix, reuse — legally.” Musicians are encouraged to upload their music, share the files, and wait to see what sonic makeover comes back. New York’s dance-punk crew The Rapture uploaded the vocals to their 2005 single “Sister Savior” into the Creative Commons remix world. Blackstrobe came up with a remix that has redefined and hopefully reinvigorated the whole dance-punk movement.
The Rapture “Sister Savior (Blackstrobe Remix)“ (play/download mp3)
Sleater-Kinney, famous for making angst-driven riot grrl anthems, have deviated from this constrictive mold on the single “Entertain” thanks to bratty background vocals reminiscent of 60s girl groups, yet with a psychotic and rocking twist. Although the sound of “Entertain” is far more polished production-wise (Sleater-Kinney brought superstar indie producer Dave Fridmann on board who has produced the Flaming Lips) it still embodies the uncontained frenetic ferocity that Sleater-Kinney is known for.
Sleater-Kinney “Entertain“ (play/download mp3)
The first South American band to be signed to the label Sub Pop, their debut album Cansei de Ser Sexy (Portuguese for “Tired of Being Sexy”) was released in July of 2006. Danceable electro/rock songs littered with pop culture and sexual references translated with ease with a global audience. “Alala” is a synth heavy rocker that you will have a hard time not breaking out in dance no matter how packed the bus/train is that day.
“Alala“ (play/download mp3)
Iron And Wine recall the sounds of CSNY, but come off more spooky, thanks to the deep sounds they get out of their various acoustic instruments. “Woman King” has a haunting quality to it that keeps the listener on the edge of their seat.
Iron And Wine – “Woman King“ (play/download mp3)
The Starlite Desperation’s red-hot blend of hilarious vocals delivered with panicked conviction, big guitar licks, and powerful rhythms will fascinate and rouse you (and even arouse you). This band is able to recast classic blues-rock riffs in ways that don’t sound clichéd or overripe.
The Starlite Desperation – “Messed Up Head“ (play/download mp3)
In early 2008 “See Evil” made Japanther famous with the crowd who downloaded music from blogs and stopped buying CDs in 2006. Three years later the most exciting new band is still thriving. They released a new album, worked with fellow indie-dance rockers Ninjasonik, and have rocked a million shows.
Japanther – “See Evil“ (play/download mp3)