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POSTED: Monday, May 16, 2011, 11:04 AM
Filed Under: Ambient | Electro | Phrequency Approved | Pop
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It’s always a great feeling when a musician you love matures along with you. Before forming City Center, indie vet Fred Thomas fronted lo-fi, twee-pop band Saturday Looks Good to Me, whose vintage anthems and poetic lyrics (you spent so much time typing/ that you forgot how to write letters) really SPOKE to a teenaged me. (They even toured with Saves the Day my senior year of high school, who were like, my favorite band ever.)

But by 2008, the band was starting to fizzle, and Thomas—always persistent—starting writing and recording on his own, releasing songs and cassettes under the moniker “City Center”—named after the many signs bearing the phrase spotted while touring Europe. Soon after, he joined forces with former SLGTM bandmate Ryan Howard, and together they released City Center, a dreamy record of wispy soundscapes and sparkling melodies that went mostly overlooked by the greater music world.

Luckily for all, Thomas was never in it for the fame, and soon after Center dropped, the band was hard at work on a new crop of songs. These songs eventually became Redeemer, a beautiful collection of amorphous pop nuggets and gauzy explorations, released this Tuesday on K Records.


POSTED: Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 4:21 AM
Filed Under: Alternative | Ambient | Events | Folk | Rock

Giant Mind are the Philly based band who's destine for big things. They're mild rock incorporates space-like soundwaves that send your mind off to another place. But at the same time, they'll have you bopping around the room with their more upbeat tracks.

Cozy Galaxies perfectly describes the sound and feel of this Philly rock band. It's like curling up next to the fire or going on a psychedelic mind trip, but all while being wrapped up in a Snuggie.

Secret Mountains are a six-piece set who hail from Baltimore, MD. This atmospheric-folk outfit comes equipped with a stellar set of vocals, compliments of the bands only lady, Kelly Laughlin, and backed by a band that has everything (including the banjo).

POSTED: Thursday, January 6, 2011, 1:59 PM
Filed Under: Alternative | Ambient | Rock | WKDU

Directly after Magic Missle’s performance on January 15th, R & R will grace WKDU with their presence. At 3:15, the band will play. So please listen and let your ears experience the magic by tuning into 91.7FM or visiting wkdu.org.

R&R seem to adore spontaneity. It may be for that reason, then, that they seem to ride the line between plain experimental, with the likes of Ponytail and more contemporary, poppy math rock bands, like Medications out of Dischord Records. Basically R&R fits a unique fit for those with a specific pallet: something that has its fair share of flailing guitars, distorted, thundering bass and playful lyrics. Check them out and enjoy.

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POSTED: Wednesday, January 5, 2011, 11:09 AM
Filed Under: Ambient | Lo-Fi | Phrequency Approved

I know what you’re thinking. Without even LISTENING to the record I am about to describe you are telling yourself—you already know what a band called “Teen Daze” must sound like. Something like Washed Out, or Toro y Moi, or one of those other hazy chillwave bands Carles from Hipster Runoff is so obsessed with. And to some extent, you’re right. Teen Daze—the moniker of one, elusive, Vancouver-based synth-master—DOES have a propensity towards fuzzy, sun-drenched beach pop—as is evident on his 2 very excellent, very bloggy, summer 2010 EPs (available, for your beach-ing pleasure, at Bandcamp.)

But he’s also more than just another cool bro with a cool haircut (à la Toro’s Chaz—who we all know has the kewlest hair ever)—and in fact, no one even knows for sure what he looks like. (“I’ve always just wanted to let the music speak for itself, and not let who I am [and what I look like] influence people’s perceptions of the music” he tells British blog Grass Houses.)

So what ARE we sure of? His ability to craft insatiable, upbeat, and damn spirited grooves that combine all we love about lo-fi and chillwave into something greater than the sum of its parts.


POSTED: Monday, December 27, 2010, 1:18 PM
Filed Under: Ambient | Indie Hip Hop

Check out the gorgeous new video for Gilbere Forte' feat. Tame Impala & Gembala "Dawn"

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Gilbere Forte' feat. Tame Impala & Gembala - Dawn from Gilbere Forte' on Vimeo.

POSTED: Friday, December 3, 2010, 11:37 AM
Filed Under: Ambient | Indie | Lo-Fi | Rock

I love Tame Impala. It's something about their fuzzy, yet ambient sound that pulls me in and doesn't let go. The band is well known for making pretty stellar videos (see here and... here). Their new video for "Expectation" is a gorgeous, panoramic shot video that gives a us a picturesque look at the woods but makes us feel paranoid at the same time.

The video was directed and shot by Clemens Habicht, who has some more than impressive work on his website. (Have you seen the Friendly Fires video he directed?)

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Tame Impala - Expectation from Modular People on Vimeo.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 5:28 AM

This is the first song off DRGNKNG's soon to be released record. This collaborative project between Philadelphia musicians Dominic Angelella (Elevator Fight) and Ritz Reynolds (producer for The Roots, tUpHace) can be best described as groovy-psychedelic funky swag beats.

It's chill enough to vibe out in your room, but bumpin' enough to get funky at a house party with your honey. All in all, we're really digging this track.

Listen to the "Warriors" and name your own price over at the groups Band Camp site.


POSTED: Friday, November 19, 2010, 1:41 PM
Filed Under: Alternative | Ambient | Film

Well, Wayne Coyne definitely takes the cake when it comes to weird obscurities that only human being with curious minds would think of doing. Example: screenprinting with your own blood. (see here, if you dare)

This isn't as obscure as that but it sure does teeter on the line. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti's new video was shot entirely on The Flaming Lips front man's iPhone. Check out the vid for "Round and Round".

[Gorilla vs. Bear]


Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Round & Round from Delo Creative on Vimeo.

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