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[Listen] Alex Turner – Piledriver Waltz & Stuck On The Puzzle

By Will Oliver, March 9th 2011 — with 9 comments

I just live blogged my first listen to Alex Turner’s Submarine EP, and now I wanted to see what you thought of two of it’s standouts tracks, “Piledriver Waltz” & “Stuck On The Puzzle”

It begins with a clean acoustic guitar strumming side by side with a easy going bassline. Turner’s delivers his lyrics in a calm but focused delivery that is smooth and confident. Basically everything that makes Alex Turner a great songwriter shines through “Piledriver Waltz”.

“Stuck On The Puzzle” dazzles as well. It makes me feel like I don’t have a problem in the world. I feel liberated and carefree while listening to this. Now that’s good songwriting my friends.

I found links on youtuble that you can stream below:

Piledriver Waltz

Stuck On The Puzzle:

The EP official drops March 15th. Be sure to buy it from Domino Records if you like what you hear.

Live Blogging The Leak Of Alex Turner’s Submarine EP

By Will Oliver, March 9th 2011 — with 8 comments

Alex Turner’s Submarine EP has hit the net, and I couldn’t be happier to finally hear what he has come up with on his own. I’ve already pre-ordered it on Vinyl from Domino, and I hope that you have done the same. I’m about to take my first listen, and I invite you to join my thoughts/first impressions on my first listen.

Here we go:

1. Stuck On The Puzzle (Intro) – A truly delightful little opening. Turner’s voice sounds gentler and soothing as ever. It’s less than a minute long, but it sets the tone just right. 8:13 p.m.

2. Hiding Tonight – If you liked songs like “The Bakery” from Arctic Monkeys, song like this are going to make you swoon. This would be a perfect song to slow dance to with your significant other, under the stars. After all, Submarine is all about young romance. The last 30 seconds are classic Turner in the making. Lovely stuff. 8:17 p.m.

3. Glass In The Park – Turner’s got the star gazing vocals down to pact her. Girls must be falling harder and harder for the guy. The light acoustic guitar strumming creates a dreamy glazey sound that’s truly easy on the ears. More great lyrics from Turner. He’s still got it. 8:20 p.m.

4. It’s Hard To Get Around The Wind – Vivid storytelling from the mind of Turner. There are some really pretty vocal parts from Turner. I love the part right after he mentions keeping pepper in the pill. This is perfect example of what makes Turner so special. He arranges great lyrics creating a solid vignette in your mind. If there had to be a song for a journey to heaven, this wouldn’t be a bad pick. 8:25

5. Stuck On The Puzzle – Wow the combination of the drums and the keys really add something. This one starts of magically and finishes beautifully. This may be the standout of the EP. It sounds like James Ford helped him out a bit on this one. Hate to sound like a puzzle, but the lyrics are once again the true champion. Turner has developed so much over the years. No one can deny that after listening to this. 8:29 p.m.

6. Piledriver Waltz – What a melody. This one probably sounds the closest to something that would be tagged with Arctic Monkeys name. Very catchy with a simple but effective bassline. Turner sounds confident and it’s effective. This one gives “Stuck On The Puzzle” a good run for it’s money. What a way to finish the EP. 8:32 p.m.

Anyone who worried that Turner lost his lyrical touch on “Brick By Brick” really needs to listen to this EP. He hasn’t lost a step folks. It was nice to hear him dive into the acoustic singer-songwriting form here. We’ve always known he could do it, but this is our first full fledged taste. This is an incredibly strong EP that will not only please Arctic Monkeys as well as many others. Not many people have heard Turner in this light, and I think people will gain a lot of respect for him after a listen to the Submarine EP.

I couldn’t be happier with the EP. Turner keeps proving to me that he is one of the best songwriters of our generation. You better believe it too.

[new] Battles – Ice Cream (Feat. Matias Aguayo)

By Will Oliver, March 9th 2011 — with 22 comments

It’s been a long wait, but we finally have a new song from Battles. It’s called “Ice Cream” and it features Matias Aguayo on guest vocals. Huw Stephens Zane Lowe played the song on Zane Lower’s BBC Radio 1 show earlier today. It’s a disjointed song that comes together in a fashion that only Battles could conjure up. There’s a lot of funky elements that show Battles development as a band, but at the core, it’s still very much Battles.

It will be included on new album Gloss Drop which is set for a June 6th release via Warp Records.

Listen to the radio rip from Zane’s radio show. It’s pretty great quality considering.

Battles – Ice Cream (Feat. Matias Aguayo) by weallwantsome1

Blackbird Blackbird – Halo

By Will Oliver, March 9th 2011 — with 3 comments

Mikey is back with a new track as Blackbird Blackbird. He just sent me a new jam called “Halo. It’s more on the organic indie rock side, than the dreamy electronic pop that we are used to. Mikey provides us with tropical vocal harmonies that ’cause a pretty effect.

Download it below:

[mp3]: Blackbird Blackbird – Halo

[music video] The National – Conversation 16 (Starring John Slattery)

By Will Oliver, March 9th 2011 — with 1 comment

The National’s new video for “Conversation 16″ is a weird one. It stars Mad Men star John Slattery as a secret service agent (Matt Berninger is one as well) for the President who is played by Kristen Schaal. Basically, they used to date, and now he has to watch her from his stationary position. It’s definitely a…..different video. All of the band members make cameos at some point.

Watch it below, via MTV:

Man Man Announce New Album: Life Fantastic

By Will Oliver, March 9th 2011

Man Man’s new album Life Fantastic will be released May 10th via Anti-. Monsters Of Folk/Bright Eyes member Mike Mogis produced it.

I enjoyed their last album Rabbit Habits, so I’m on board to see what they reveal on Life Fantastic. Pitchfork has a song from the album streaming on their site. It’s called “Knuckle Down”. It’s another dose of the eccentric indie rock that they execute with ease. Honus Honus has a unmistakable voice, and puts it to good use. Check it out below (along with some tour dates) via Pitchfork:

 

 

 

01 Knuckle Down
02 Piranhas Club
03 Steak Knives
04 Dark Arts
05 Haute Tropique
06 Shameless
07 Spooky Jookie
08 Eel Bros
09 Bangkok Necktie
10 Life Fantastic
11 Oh, La Brea

[video] Tapes ‘N Tapes (Live At Johnny Brendas)

By Will Oliver, March 9th 2011

Check out this great video of Tapes ‘N Tapes live in Philadelphia at Johnny Brendas, shot by Philadelphia-based collective The Vamp Group. They do a great job capturing Tapes ‘N Tapes in the moment. The video makes me eager to check out Tapes ‘N Tapes live show again, which means that they’re certainly doing their job right.

They captured the band’s rockin’ encore, as well as a brief interview about their new album, Outside. Watch below:

Tapes ‘N Tapes from THE VAMP GROUP on Vimeo.

Listen To Two New Songs From Broken Bells

By Will Oliver, March 9th 2011 — with 2 comments

Broken Bells are releasing their new EP, Meyrin Fields, on March 29th via Columbia. Right now two songs from the EP are streaming online. You can check out the title track at their myspace. Another track called “Windows” is now available to stream via NPR.

Both are engaging listens that have me excited to hear the full EP. Apparently these are songs from the same recording sessions as their debut. They just didn’t flow with the rest of the album.

Okkervil River – Wake and Be Fine

By Will Oliver, March 9th 2011

Okkervil River played new single “Wake and Be Fine” on Jimmy Fallon last January. It’s now available as a free/legal mp3. If you liked what you heard from the live performance, than you’ll love it’s recorded form. It appears on Okkervil River’s upcoming album, I Am Far, which is due May 10th via Jagjaguawar.

“Wake and Be Fine” is a strong song that totally suites the bands style. Each listen improves upon the last, revealing the song in a new light. You will notice pop influenced layers that you didn’t notice at first. Keep it on repeat folks, it does the song well.

Will Sheff has mastered the craft of indie rock. This is my kind of music.

[mp3]: Okkervil River – Wake and Be Fine




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