New LightsoverLA + Interview

LightsoverLA, the rapidly trending electronic outfit that actually hails from Phoenix, have recently spent the past week or so occupying the top spot on Hypem for their remix of Two Door Cinema Club’s What You Know. As everyone starts to discover LightsoverLA and their insane remixes, we recently had a chance to ask them some questions, and since they’re such awesome dudes they responded to every single one AND sent over a dark and ravey new remix of Miike Snow. Click after the break for the interview and some extra LightsoverLA remixes at the end.

"Flash Delirium"by MGMT music video

That look they are sharing? Just be at that level of skepticism the whole time. Hold hands with a friend if you can, too.
Watch MGMT's Flash Delirium music video at their website here.


Tobacco, Small Black, Washed Out, The Hood Internet, Pictureplane@ Holocene

Last night the Holocene held a lineup which is in high demand right now. First on deck was Washed Out, who is quickly becoming a heavyweight in the unnameable 'chillwave' or 'glo-fi' scene. This man knows his way around a synthesizer. Pictureplane was a definite crowd pleaser who laid out some really unique sounds. Each song was a new flavor for the ears. The beats were accompanied by a trio of stage dancers who not only were dressed like they were ready for Burning Man, but kept the crowd going with some sweet 3-way dance moves. After a stage change, Small Black put on a great show. The 4 piece group started off right with some dreamy keyboards and vocals. It sounded like Tokyo Police Club on ritalin with a glo-fi twinge.

Next up was the Cali duo Tobacco. The mix of beats and trip hop thumping bass mixed seamlessly with their visuals. A large video monitor displayed clips so non-sequitur it boggled the mind. A live ChatRoulette projection also added a little bit of spice/male nudity to the Gorilla-masked front man Tom Fec. Rockin' the house comes naturally for the man behind such crazy-minded projects like Black Moth Super Rainbow.

Everything wrapped up with mash-up champs: The Hood Internet. When you put on a set that combines indie goodness from Glass Candy, Passion Pit and Little Boots with the ghetto fab of Juvenile, Weezy and Gucci, its hard not to set a dance floor off. Be sure to catch these artists again, because the place was so crackin' it could have changed that sourpuss Garfield's mind about Mondays.

There's a whole slew of mp3s after the jumpbreak from these artists, slurp em up


NEW Two Door Cinema Club Video + Twelves Remix

Irish indie rockers, Two Door Cinema Club, just came out with a new video for their song Something Good Can Work. I am loving their debut album Tourist History and it may or may not be my favorite album this year thus far (its a LONG year, folks!). Bottom line: it's a solid Indie/Electropop album with many catchy, quality tracks that will easily get stuck in your head. If you haven't already, be sure to go pick up their album however you kids get music these days.

The video brings a feeling that the rain/winter weather is coming to a close and that the sunshine of spring is on the horizon for Portland. Summer definitely needs to come sooner. Or at least SOME SUN.

Two Door Cinema Club - Something Good Can Work

We LOVE The Twelves. BBC's Radio 1 put it best by calling them "Brazil's answer to Daft Punk". Talk about the best praise ever. Check out their remix of Something Good Can Work along with their other remixes and original tracks.

Two Door Cinema Club - Something Good Can Work (Twelves Remix)

Groove Armada - Drop The Tough (Twelves Remix)

Daft Punk - Nightvision (Twelves Remix)

Two Door Cinema Club - BBC Radio 1 Annie Mac Mini Mix

Oh, Mondays....


New Dragonette Music Video- "Easy"

Dragonette, the three-piece band from Toronto, released arguably the best electropop album of 2009, Fixin to Thrill. The sophomore effort, which was a synth transformation from the relatively guitar-centric debut album Galore, is dripping with the sex appeal and apathetic cool that most bands try to emulate, but few can pull off.

One of the highlights of the album, “Easy,” has been given the music video treatment, and here we have the focus entirely on the charismatic and sultry frontwoman, Martina Sorbara, whose moody vocals steer the song on a tide of ascending synths.



Tanlines is two dudes from Brooklyn who have found the recipe to turn a coconut filled with Rum & Coke into audio. This is Calypso disco done right.

Activities to do while listening to Tanlines:
- smoke weed with an old toothless Jamaican woman then fry plantains
- chase a monkey who stole your sandals
- paddle around in shallow water with a snorkel mask on and look at tropical fish
- Wake up after a nap on the beach to find somebody put a starfish on your belly -- and notice the Tanlines it left.

See more at their Facebook & check em out on Youtube


Reed Party TONIGHT

I was going to write this big thing comparing the decadence and splendor of parties at Reed College to ancient Roman orgies with vomatoriums and naked slaves but while researching I fell prey to lustful Wikipedia's own tidier orgy of knowledge and so after an hour of link-filled text I have nothing to offer further on that allegory except for the fact that apparently the Vatican only gets one more Pope and then Rome will be destroyed.

The fine young hooligans at Reed College, on the other hand are not likely facing destruction in their place of worship. I've always had a fun time at their concerts. Smoke rises to the often toilet-papered rafters as a stage too easily filled by the crowd itself hosts such previous great acts as Pictureplane and Best Coast. They've created an incredibly welcoming shrine to the god of Having A Good Time.

Tonight High Places is set to play along with Breakfast Mountain, Sunburn and DJ Molly Ringwald. Trust me, you are not going to want to miss it. Doors are at 9:30 but a beer garden opens at 6 so feel free to head on down and get it going early. In a decidedly non-decadent turn, all proceeds are going to Mercy Corps to help with that bump 'n grind in Haiti.

See you there. SPRING BREAAAAK ! ! !


Bill Murray is Cooler Than You'll Ever Be. Ever.

He came, he saw, he kicked some ass. Bill Murray showed up at SXSW, got behind the bar and started serving drinks. And only served tequila, regardless of what was actually ordered. I love the guy.

Back at it.

Ohohoooo man we did it big this time. Here's another beautiful Thirsty Thursday Mix from Volcano City, and we know you didn't get your fill of warm sun-touched tunes last time so we jam packed this mix with like a million (or 16, or so) springtime winners extra special for you. A solid hour of party jams primed for action await you -- should take up most of the drive out to Sauvie's. Forget this rain, its summer now and you better start acting like it. Pop that bottle of Cristal, plug in your headphones and lets do this right!

Here's the download link, and here's the playlist. Keep it up!

Sleigh Bells - Crown on the Ground
Lil Wayne - Help!
Butterfly Bones - XOXO
Yazoo - Situation (US 12" Remix)
Love Motel - Cosmic Love (Fisk Remix)
Digitalism - Home zone
Filthy Dukes - Messages
Tanlines - Bees
Fear of Tigers - The Adventures of Pippi Longstrump
Royksopp - Happy Up Here
Major Lazer - Keep It Goin' Louder (Diplo Remix)
Caribou - Odessa
Small - Comic Girl
The Avalanches - Since I Left You
jj - My Way feat Lil Weeeeeeeeezy.
Air France - June Evenings


For Your Musical Education

Indonesian DJ, talkbox enthusiast and crazy glasses aficionado Lloyd Popp has created a video for everyone to hear the difference between vocoders, autotune and talkboxes. Knowledge is power, dudes.


Yacht- "The Afterlife" Video

Yacht, the Portland dance duo (soon to be full band) have released a new music video for the See Mystery Lights song, "The Afterlife." Yacht thrives on presenting themselves as the band you would find getting the party started in a religious/cult compound, where everyone is named "Jona" or "Claire" and the kool-aid is laced with a mixture of ecstasy and acid. This video only reinforces the cult image, you'll see why. Hell, the mantra of the video is "You do not go to death, death comes to you"

YACHT - The Afterlife from Jona Bechtolt on Vimeo.


Javelin bangs out more found sounds

If anybody hasn't heard Javelin yet, they need to. That's all. Vibrationz is the current hit that's been circulating other blogz, Oh! Centra is a bit different, repping some alvin and the chipmunks/circa 1979 Bumblebee International house vocals (and occasionally raps?) but they definitely have a new sound going.

Javelin - Vibrationz

Javelin - Oh! Centra

Health - In Heat (Javelin Remix)


This is the kind of shit we need.

PLUS, if anyone was wondering how exactly does one dance
to dubstep, perhaps this kid can give you some pointers.


Kavinsky + Breakbot

Legendary French producer Kavinsky, recently released the title track to his EP called Nightcall. The track is more down-tempo than his usual stuff but don't let that steer you away from the greatness of it. Produced by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (one half of Daft muthafuckin' Punk) and mixed by SebastiAn (Ed Rec), this song a straight up french electro love ballad between robot and his girl (Lovfoxx of CSS). Listening to it reminds me of the Homework era of Daft Punk which only makes me more anxious to see the new Tron movie. For you nerds who've been living under a rock, Daft Punk is creating the entire soundtrack for the movie. I know, EPIC. Unfortunately, Nightcall isn't available for download so you'll have to enjoy it through this stream but be sure to grab the mp3 when it's released later this month.
Nightcall by Kavinsky

But the good news is that da mighty Breakbot did a remix for it and once again, transformed the track into a sultry, funky love tune. Gotta love that bass. I swear, everything Breakbot touches turns into pure gold. Cannot wait for a full LP from this frenchy. And if you like what you hear then you'll love this other track, Baby I'm Yours from his EP along with his other remixes. Why do french people make such good music??? Enjoy!

Nightcall (Breakbot Remix) - Kavinsky

Bonus: Baby I'm Yours ft. Irfane - Breakbot

When We Were Young (Breakbot Remix) - Sneaky Sound System

Girls! Girls! Girls!

Girls, the frequently buzzed-about San Francisco band that loves to sing about heartbreak and, you guessed it, girls, have announced plans to release a new 6-song EP by the summer. Earlier this week, frontman Christopher Owens met with Drowned In Sound and discussed the band's future plans.

According to Owens, one of the songs, Carolina is "about this girl who was ‘Miss Teen South Carolina’…[who] said something really silly about wanting to teach people in Iraq how to read, and I thought to myself ‘Did she really just say that?’”

That's not all though, the interview also reveals that the EP will include 5 other new songs, and that apparently Owens has written 70 new songs over the past 3 years, which can only mean that we have a lot more Girls left in our future.

Included are the highlights from their debut album titled Album

Girls- Hellhole Ratrace

Girls- Lust For Life

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I know y'all like to drink. I know y'all like to party. Therefore, I know y'all really love St. Patrick's Day. In honor of drinking, Guinness Beer, potatoes and that drunk degenerate St. Patrick, I'm giving all of you some songs to get your party started. Naturally, the band I'm featuring is from Ireland; I would even say theyre the best new music currently coming from there. I present to you, Two Door Cinema Club.

(what, you thought I was gonna give you U2? Get out.)

Two Door Cinema Club- What You Know (click to download)

Two Door Cinema Club- Undercover Martyn Flexin' It (Passion Pit Remix)

Phoenix- Lasso (Two Door Cinema Club Remix)

Two Door Cinema Club- What You Know (LightsOverLa Club Mix)

NEW VIDEO: Hot Chip - I Feel Better

Hot Chip - I Feel Better

Hot Chip | MySpace Music Videos

I always love hearing the words "new" and "Hot Chip" being put together in the same sentence. Check out the music video for one of my personal favorites off their recently released album One Life Stand. The video is extremely entertaining and had me laughing hysterically, especially around 1:51 where it starts to pick up a little. You'll see what I mean. You'll be able to spot the band throughout the vid.

This is probably the best music video ever made. Enjoy.


LBCK. I guess they like to party.

is an American electronic music duo consisting of Alex Noblé (21) and Mike Lucas (20). The duo is one of the most successful groups formerly signed to small indie label Dangerbox/Fame & Filth Recordings. They are based out of Long Beach, CA (the name is an acronym, meaning Long Beach City Kids). LBCK is known for incorporating a strong disco and indie influence into their music and image. Their genre of music is likened to French filtered disco house or nu-disco, with a broad range of influences from Cassius and Daft Punk to Michael Jackson and Chic.
They're track "Start" is an absolute BANGER that will turn any dance floor into a dance riot. Many of their tracks have made their rounds around the blogs and even made it up to the #1 popular page of Hypem. My buddy Robbie actually manages these fools down in Californiway and said that they have a show lined up at Mississippi Studios early in the summertime. It will be their first visit to Portland so make sure to show them some love when they stop by!

Start - LBCK

BONUS: Take Me Home - LBCK

Rockets at Night (LBCK Mashup version) - LBCK


New GRUM "Can't Shake This Feeling"

Grum - Can't Shake This Feeling from The General Assembly on Vimeo.

I'll take a mouthful of whatever this guy is dishin out. The english phenoms' video for his new single is as catchy as it is food crazy. Love it. Can't wait for his album to come out.

See you on the dance floor.

bonus: you don't know me - armand van helden (grum remix)

She & Him

She & Him, the highly acclaimed musical duo of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, are releasing their sophomore album, Volume Two, on March 23rd (you can stream the entire album here on NPR). In anticipation of that, they have released a music video for the song "In the Sun." The video, directed by Peyton Reed (Yes Man, Bring it On), is a cool breeze with a glass of lemonade on a sunny day; I dare you not to smile. The video even makes high school seem fun. As for Zooey, I would do dirty, dirty things to her.


Time to show a 'lil Portland love.

Reporter, in the playground that is Portland's music scene, reminds me of the undersized, yet feisty kid that never takes any shit from nobody. Combining dark guitar lines, ice-chill melodies and shake-it-till-ya-drop drumming, Reporter has established itself as one of Portland's best dance party bands. If you ever have a chance to see them live, do so. Until then, here are some tracks with which to get acclimated.


I'll Just Leave This Here

Sadly, due to circumstances beyond my control. I cannot spend this luvly sunday basking in the precious Portland sunlight. Though the boys at RAC mixing Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros do a damn fine job of simulating it.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Home (RAC Mix)


Happy Sunday

Yeasayer "ONE" By: Radical Friend from ODDBLOOD on Vimeo.


going away party

Is This It?

Fuck yeah, it is.

Per Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune, the Strokes are wrapping up their first album in 4 years, and are headlining that monster of music festivals, Lollapalooza. Other expected and rumored headliners are Arcade Fire, Green Day, Lady Gaga (yeah, what?), Soundgarden (flannelpalooza) and Phoenix.


Little Boots

Little Boots came to Portland last Sunday and rocked it. They were surprised at how noisy the crowd was, which my friends and I found surprising because on average it was a much older group than usual. Quick sidenote: Dragonette opened for them and their lead singer is gorgeous.
Little Boots almost always has a new video on her Youtube channel, and they have started a tour diary. The Portland chapter consists of them walking up and down Hawthorne and finding weird books at House of Vintage. The band, who are British, apparently doesn't ask anyone where to eat because they are seen eating from the deli of Fred Meyer's of all places and then making fun of America because the food sucks. :( Oh well.


Sebastien Tellier "Look" Video

Record Makers Promo from CreativeApplications.Net on Vimeo.

Dat. Ass.
Ever stared at an animated butt for this long? Pretty hypnotic. Did you guys know Mr. Tellier is a virgin?



PS22 Chorus has finally surpassed the Vienna Boy's Choir and The Little Indian Kid from The Mission as the most popular children's vocal act in the world. You've heard them before during the chorus of Passion Pit's The Reeling, and apparently they've worked with Lady Gaga or Bono or some shit also. Their music teacher has instructed them in a cover of Phoenix's Liztomania which Phoenix has deemed "their favorite remix" and, in typical French fashion, made their manager cry.

The kids get really into it, which I like. Even if they're doing it just because their teacher told them to, they're just fakin' it til they make it. The video has almost 200,000 hits on Youtube, almost 170,00 of which are the result of searching for "kickass mullet." Seriously, check it out. You can't miss it. He even points to it.

Mullet kid: "I have this haircut, I'm in this band, and I'm only 9. I am off to a good start." It must be the source of the group's power. He is their Samson.
Reports read that they are looking for something to collaborate on with KISS.