Ah the yummy post-rock guitar-scapes of Mogwai. This should be the soundtrack to hiking up Everest with the complete hardcover Tolkien in your backback. Cascading layers of über-proggy goodness.
“San Pedro“ (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)
When MP3 was still a new word, reviled by some and embraced by others, I surfed the Internets with fiendish glee to see what cool music I could find from artists who wanted to share their some of their work for free in this exciting new way. After wading through considerable muck, Love Is Laughter‘s “I’m A Bee” was one of the first keepers I found. Thousands of mp3s later, I still like it. It fooking rocks, is all. I love the raging vocal and seething Northwest guitars. Love As Laughter’s music is available from Sub Pop, Glacial Pace Recordings, and K Records. That is all.
Love As Laughter – “I’m A Bee“ (play/download)