Blue Scholars



Eloquent hip-hop from a DJ named Sabzi and an emcee named Geologic. Sabzi makes great beats using things like short vocal samples over a piano or violin with a thick drum beat. Geologic raps with very clear speech and delivers clever, persuasive and thought-provoking lyrics. So Blue Scholars have everything I love in a hip-hop artist. Have a listen.

Currently, there's a free download including "No Rest For The Weary" and 3 more songs at www.bluescholars.com. Click Download Now below.









Research Turtles


From Lake Charles, Louis., Research Turtles are bringing their A-game with the first full-length album featuring 11 solid tracks and no fillers.

Research Turtles is an indie rock band that will remind you of everything from the Beatles to Weezer, AND have everything power pop lovers want: superb recording quality and production, well-written pop song structures, catchy melodies, tight harmonies, and an array of different instrument sounds and guitar tones throughout the record.

The album starts off with "Let's Get Carried Away", a mid-tempo song with a perfect blend of driving guitar riffs and catchy verses. Next is "Damn", which sounds like the song OK Go meant to write instead of "Here It Goes Again"...and its the song that made me want to hear the rest of the album immediately. "Mission" and "Cement Floor" have crunchy guitars with steady punk-like riffs, but the many influences quickly come into the mix.

"Kiss Her Goodbye" slows it down and adds some great synth hooks and guitar leads. It's hard to skip this song and you'll be singing along with the chorus before it's over.

"Tomorrow" is probably my favorite on the album. It opens with a beautiful guitar melody, has positive lyrics, and the verses are very happy sounding with reggae influences.

Get the album now and follow Research Turtles at the links below and watch out for upcoming live shows!



Resarch Turtles . Facebook
Amazon . CD Baby . Dig Station

(500) Days Of Summer - OST



What makes a superb movie soundtrack? Could be anything...depending on personal music tastes. Music can make a film, but not break a film. There's been:

1. Bad movies with great (and best-selling) soundtracks (The Bodygaurd),

2. Epic films with epic soundtracks (Forrest Gump, Grease, Titanic),

3. Then there's the best: great movies with great soundtracks. In this category is where I place the films and soundtracks of 10 Things I Hate About You, Garden State, and (500 Days Of Summer).

Zooey Deschanel stars in the new romantic comedy that is receiving great reviews, and the soundtrck, which also features Zooey as part of indie music duo She & Him, won't be getting anything less. The quality of this OST can be related to the Garden State soundtrack, given the nature and time periods of the films and the collection of new and classic artists
on the soundtracks. The 500 Days OST even includes a Simon & Garfunkel tune, just like the Garden State OST.

It's packed with 2 classics from
The Smiths, including "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want", which She & Him cover on the soundtrack as well, and a cover of the legendary Pixies' "Here Comes Your Man" by Meaghan Smith. Also modern tracks from Regina Spektor, Wolfmother, Black Lips, and The Temper Trap make for a nice contrast when listening. A surprise came when I saw they included French singer/songwriter Carla Bruni's "Quelqu’un M’a Dit", a fairly unknown, great song that I first heard a year ago.

Preview all the tracks in the video below or at Amazon.com.

1. "A Story of Boy Meets Girl" - Mychael Danna and Rob Simonsen
2. "Us" - Regina Spektor
3. "
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" - The Smiths
4. "Bad Kids" - Black Lips
5. "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" - The Smiths
6. "There Goes The Fear" -
Doves
7. "You Make My Dreams" - Hall & Oates
8. "Sweet Disposition" - The Temper Trap
9. "Quelqu’un M’a Dit" - Carla Bruni
10. "Mushaboom" - Feist
11. "Hero" - Regina Spektor
12. "Bookends" - Simon & Garfunkel
13. "Vagabond" - Wolfmother
14. "She’s Got You High" - Mumm-Ra
15. "Here Comes Your Man" - Meaghan Smith
16. "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" - She & Him

Amazon | IMDb



Discovery - "LP"


A great new electronic/indie fusion project from Vampire Weekend's keyboardist/producer Rostam Batmanglij and Ra Ra Riot's lead singer Wes Miles. Taking an interesting turn from their indie rock bands, Discovery's album cleverly titled "LP" includes all of the modern production, synths, and auto-tuned vocals that you've heard throughout 90's and 00's pop music. Discovery makes awesome beats and adds a unique approach on vocals with this type of music, and that qualifies them for a thorough listening to. They even sample and remake The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" which scores them a throwback + tribute.

Listen to some tracks streaming below.

Myspace | Official Site | XL Recordings

Plej



Plej is an electronic music duo comprising of two brothers in Sweden. The style is chill; soft dance beats and great bass lines with beautiful vocals sampled over the mix, often categorized into the genres chillout, downtempo, deep house, and lounge. Signed to Exceptional Records, Plej has recently released a second album "Home Is Where Your Heart Was", the first album "Electronic Music from the Swedish Leftcoast" was released in 2003.

Check out the links to listen, find similar chillout artists, learn more, and buy the albums.

Listen here: Plej radio | Myspace

Exceptional Records | Official Blog | Facebook | Youtube



Moby - "Wait For Me"



Acclaimed electronic artist Moby dropped his ninth studio album Wait For Me today. The new album brings 16 new tracks that take a refreshing step into the mellow zone. I already like Wait For Me much better than his 2008 release Last Night. Moby took it to the bedroom to create these new slow to mid-tempo arrangements featuring strings, pianos, and sampled vocals over ambient sound effects and downtempo beats. There is a new music video for the album's first single "Shot In The Back Of The Head" which was directed by well-known film director David Lynch.

Myspace | Interview at suicidegirls.com | Official Site | Amazon

Cadence Weapon - New Mix Tape "Separation Anxiety"



Canadian hip-hop artist Cadence Weapon's new mix tape Separation Anxiety is now available for a "name-your-price" download on his official site. He delivered his debut studio album (Breaking Kayfabe) and mixtape (Cadence Weapon Is The Black Hand) in 2005 and his sophomore release Afterparty Babies followed in 2008. This will be his second mixtape which includes "a collection of exclusive new Cadence Weapon tracks, remixes, and collaborations". Cadence Weapon is unique because of his distinctive beats, sounds, remixing, and clever lyrics.

Download "Separation Anxiety" for any price at the Official Site.

Check out some music videos and live performances on Youtube.

Record labels: Epitaph | Anti- | Upper Class

Track List | Myspace | Facebook

Treasure Fingers - "40 Minutes In The Champagne Room"


Treasure Fingers is a very talented DJ from Atlanta who's music I've been introduced to and have become quite intrigued by. Now signed to Fools Gold Records, he DJ's his funk/disco/house music across the U.S. The first mix I heard from Treasure Fingers was 40 Minutes In The Champagne Room, a mix that takes the listener on a journey that begins by being dropped off outside of a club and entering into the Champagne Room. Hearing these types of mixes is a great way to find great songs that Treasure Fingers has sampled from, remixed, and compiled. "40 Minutes" is full of remixes of recognizable hits and gems from bands you may not have heard of before.

On Treasure Finger's Official website there are lists of song remixes he's done, some of which show up in 40 Minutes, and all his other DJ mixes and releases. Also, hes put up a "drop box" for anyone to drag and drop an mp3 of their song to potentially be used in a mix.

There's a streaming mp3 of "40 Minutes In The Champagne Room" is available in this post as well as on the bottom half of the official site home page with his other DJ Mixes, remixes, releases, and tour dates. You can find a track listing for "40 Minutes In The Champagne Room" here.

Here's a music video for "We Are Rockstars" by Does It Offend You, Yeah?, one of the first songs you hear mixed into "40 Minutes In The Champagne Room".

mp3 + track listing - "40 Minutes In The Champagne Room"

Myspace | Youtube| Official Site | Fools Gold Records



El Ten Eleven




This post-rock genius duo from California includes a drummer and a bassist who usually plays using a ton of effects and loops pedals, and sometimes a double-neck guitar/bass (guitar on top, bass on bottom). With those unique factors, El Ten Eleven creates great instrumental rock without any laptops, keyboards, or tracks...its all done live. They've put out a few albums and toured extensively throughout the U.S. If you don't like the music, the videos of them playing live are very interesting.

Myspace | Official Site

Anchor In The Valley



Pure and honest indie folk music and lyrics that comes straight from the heart and soul of Kelsey Waldon. A girl and her guitar. Kelsey soaks in a broad range of influences from classic rock artists to country singer/songwriters, modern rock bands, and countless others. She's been playing and writing music for years, and started performing under the name Anchor In The Valley. Kelsey released an album of demos she recorded in her basement, called "Songs From A Basement" which is available on iTunes, and is constantly working on writing and recording new material. She's also touring during the month of July this year, starting the 9th in Kansas with indie artist Ghostbeard. Listening to Anchor In The Valley and watching these songs performed live is relaxing, inspiring, and kind to your ears.

Check out my favorite tune on her Myspace, "untitled" and her latest addition "Mississippi Ride".

Myspace

She & Him - Volume One


She & Him is an indie pop duo made up of guitarist, singer/songwriter M. Ward and singer/songwriter, indie darling Zooey Deschanel, popularly known as a successful actress. They released their first album, Volume One in 2008 on Merge Records. Although it has been over a year since the album was released, this band is worth listening to and keeping an eye on for new material. Catchy vocal melodies sung by Zooey's loveable, cute voice on top of great guitar and piano riffs and chord progressions. They reflect an array of influences of classic power pop and rock bands and singer/songwriters. Listen to selected track from their album on their myspace. I wish I would have known about this band sooner!

Myspace | Offical Site |Merge Records | allmusic


Let It Roll: Songs By George Harrison


This is the 3rd compilation of George Harrison's original music, but the first to span his entire career. Let It Roll contains 19 digitally remastered tracks, including all of his #1 hits and live versions of songs written for the Beatles.

The release date is tomorrow, June 16, 2009 and will be available for download and on CD.

allmusic | Amazon

Diane Birch - "Bible Belt"



Some say she's the new Joss Stone, Duffy, or a better, sober version of Amy Winehouse. While her music may paint with some of the same colors as those artists, Diane Birch has diversified and created her own unique style within retro-pop. With great piano playing and a superb, beautifully strong voice belting timeless melodies that stay with you, Diane Birch's debut album Bible Belt is definitely worth more than one listen. Steve Greenberg quickly signed Diane Birch to his record label S-Curve Records after hearing her music. Steve Greenberg also produced Bible Belt along with the same team that produced Joss Stone's first two albums.

This album shows so many influences from 60's and 70's soul, R&B, and singer/songwriter to gospel, pop, and more. You'll hear classic familiarity along with a fresh, new contemporary sound. "Ariel" echoes Elton John's classic piano driven verses. "Rise Up" is a gospel sounding soul ballad. "Valentino" is a fun clap along soul tune with modern pop tones that will have you humming along after listening. "Rewind" is another great Eltonesque piano part but with unique modern vocal melodies that mesh perfectly.

Official Site | Myspace | iTunes

Yet Another Faith No More Greatest Hits Collection


This will be the sixth greatest hits collection since Faith No More broke up in 1998. The new collection titled The Very Best Definitive Ultimate Greatest Hits Collection was released yesterday to coincide with their reunion tour that begins June 10 in London. There are no U.S. tour dates currently posted. The members on the reunion tour will be the lineup that played on 1997's Album Of The Year. The members have separately been involved in numerous music projects during the past ten years. Now Faith No More is reuniting for the first tour they have performed in many years.

Amazon | Tour Dates

Incubus - Monuments and Melodies


Incubus is releasing a 2-disc greatest hits album June 16, 2009. The compilation will feature 26 songs total including 2 brand new singles. The first single, "Black Heart Inertia" has already been released and you can watch the music video posted below.

UPDATE: I received an email from an Incubus promoter giving me this new information:

"In addition to this sweet, 26-track collection, inside each case of the album will be a card that contains a code. Fans will be able to use this code on Incubus' site, enjoyincubus.com, to gain access into their "Vault." "The Vault" contains 500+ streamable rare tracks, videos, and photos; many hand-picked and taken by the band members themselves--some of which are downloadable."

Incubus is also going on tour!!!!!! Starting July 9, 2009 in San Diego, California, the band will tour throughout July and August in the U.S.

Preorder | The Vault | Tour Dates | Incubus TV