The Mountain Movers’ Happy Death Song

My friend Dan over at SF Music Sluts described this as “hipster church music” and I can see that. Beautifully arranged with a luscious Hammond organ, big guitars, and a lone brass statement, this song deals with mortality in a way that brings a smile. Sounds a bit like Cracker! Sweet.

The Mountain Movers
“When I Die” (download mp3)
from “Let’s Open Up the Chest”
(Safety Meeting Records)
“When I Die” (play)
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What A Difference A High Strung Day Makes

Like a basement Beatles track, this tune from The High Strung’s second album, Soap, is a rough yet shiny pop gem. After waking up on the wrong side of the bed, “What A Difference A Day Makes” blossoms into a contagious tune with rocking dirty guitars, clever lyrics and a sweet vocal arrangement.

The High Strung
“What A Difference A Day Makes” (download mp3)
from “Soap”
(PaperThin Records)
“What A Difference A Day Makes” (play)
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Developing Active People Via Audio

Via Audio is a perfect name for this hi-fi band. Girl/guy vocals on top of old synths and chimey guitars meander happily through warm melodies and counter-melodies. Sweet treats for the headphone peeps.

Via Audio
“Developing Active People” (download mp3)
from “Via Audio”
(kill normal)
“Developing Active People” (play)
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Soltero’s Hello Goodbye “From The Station”

Mixing pre-Woodstock 60’s innocence with a touch of modern mess, “From The Station” is a dreamy conversation between an idealist teetering on the edge of naivete, and a realist who is in love with them. Sounds like Brian Wilson if he was born a few decades later.

Soltero
“From The Station” (download mp3)
from “Hell Train”
(Three Ring Records)
Soltero – “From The Station” (play)
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Wading thru Waves of Love on Crystal Stilts

Crystal Stilts – “Love Is A Wave” mp3

Remember in physics class, the maddening question of light: is it a particle or a wave? And having to grasp that it’s both, and oh the duality and what will we do? Love has also been called light, in some poetic and spiritual texts. Well, at long last, Crystal Stilts from Brooklyn have determined that “Love Is a Wave.” Who am I to argue? After all, a yawning goth-y male vocal serenade with oceans of spring-reverb-y guitars and a rockin’ beat could convince me that time is a particle.

Crystal Stilts
“Love Is a Wave” (mp3)
from “Love Is a Wave”
(Slumberland Records)

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Makin’ time for Gaudi feat. Dr. Israel

What to post on a nice sunny Saturday morning in Northern Cali? A massive dubwise poptronic wikid and wiley roots stylee pile o’ awesome from the UK? But yes! Busting the jams outta London, producer Gaudi has a massive gem on his hands here. Favorable references to all the gr8 80’s English reggae, plus a clear and present connection to teh modern club riddims that rock the youth. Brooklyn’s Dr. Israel steps up to the mic on this intercontinental collaboration. A stone winner from the “No Prisoners” album out on Six Degrees Records. Hot.

Gaudi
“No Time (feat. Dr. Israel)” (download mp3)
from “No Prisoners”
(Six Degrees Records)
No Time (feat. Dr. Israel) (play)

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Cheeseburger – “Easy Street”

The musicians in Brooklyn’s Cheeseburger probably fell into a vat of whiskey and bong water as babies. Then they did the only remaining possible thing – picked up guitars and drums and a mic and starting rocking out. “Easy Street” by Cheeseburger is lo-fi, raw, perverse, appalling and gr8. Enjoy.

Cheeseburger
“Easy Street” (download mp3)
from “Cheeseburger – EP”
(Hot Dog City Record Co.)
Easy Street (play)

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Cheeseburger gets down on “Easy Street”

The musicians in Brooklyn’s Cheeseburger probably fell into a vat of whiskey and bong water as babies. Then they did the only remaining possible thing – picked up guitars and drums and a mic and starting rocking out. “Easy Street” by Cheeseburger is lo-fi, raw, perverse, appalling and gr8. Enjoy.

Cheeseburger
“Easy Street” (download mp3)
from “Cheeseburger – EP”
(Hot Dog City Record Co.)
Easy Street (play)

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