Hello again radio fiends, friends, and furry animals alike…
Hope you are all having a wonderful start to April so far, and that you didn’t experience too many traumatic experiences on April 1st. Honestly, the only reason I knew that Sunday was April 1st was because of the premiere of the new Game of Thrones season. Yeah, I said it…
Anyway, here are the ADDs for this week
Raven & Chimes — Comparable to Arcade Fire, a fun soft indie rock band with a lot of piano and a refreshing etheral quality. RIYD: Arcade Fire, The Kooks
Emily Wells — Mama: She may or may not be one of the sisters in Coco Rosie, or perhaps a long lost relative. Her voice is devastatingly beautiful and her music is just as haunting. RIYD: Coco Rosie, St. Vincent, (Old) Nelly Furtado
You Knew Me When — You Knew Me When: Couple doing the Mates of States shtick but not actually Mates of State. Cute, easy listening music. RIYD: The Swell Season
Lux — We Are Not The Same: Really great grungey yet pop rock album. RIYD: Abe Vigoda, Sonic Youth, St. Vincent
Music directors of the past used to blog about the weekly heavy rotation updates, what was good and what was favored, etc. Well, I’ve decided to pick up the mantle once more and try to keep this blog more updated on the heavy rotation front. We’ll see how it goes.
So far of this weeks ADDS, this artist has really caught my attention:
Sleigh Bells – “Reign of Terror”
The second full-length studio album from the electronic power-pop duo, this album is full of brain blasting synthetic beats and lyrics about suicide and possible illusions to war. Or something. While the lyrics are cheesy at worst, and love sick at best, the album as a whole is a pleasurable and yet fun listen. Recommended if you like Beach House, Cults and M.I.A. Best tracks of the album are, arguably, “Born to Lose” and “End of the Line.” This album also could have totally been part of the Drive soundtrack. If you haven’t seen that movie: GET ON IT.
Feminsit Ryan Gosling is Feminist and also like Sleigh Bells
“Treats” was a great album, but this album is deeper and darker, and by deeper I mean the attempt at depth is a little more obvious.
This little number by the Crash Kings at one point topped the alternative charts in the U.S. Now is the perfect time to shed some light on the Crash Kings as they are about to drop a new album this month. The Crash Kings received some superb production from Dave Sardy and it shows on the track “Mountain Man”. For a trio, the Crash Kings achieve a big sound and some killer vocals.
Hiding inside the inner circles of reggae’s deep cuts, Junior Reid has been considered an underground artist for most of his career. He became most noticed when rapper, The Game, sampled his track for the single “One Blood”. However that rap song is synonymous to a little known number originally recorded by Reid. Here is the original for your listening pleasure.
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