Monday, September 26, 2016

Michelangelo '70 by Astor Piazzolla, performed by Mandrágora Tango

Mandrágora Tango calls Michelangelo '70 "A rolicking 3 minutes of undanceable Piazzolla goodness."

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Blood, Guts, And Fire Trucks by Haggis Rising

There's nothing like an Irish punk tribute to a fallen friend. This one is Blood, Guts, and Fire Trucks.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Model by Kraftwerk, performed by Canasta

Canasta's folk pop seems a far cry from Kraftwerk's sparse electronics, yet The Model is nonetheless a faithful cover.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Floating Bridge by Factor T, covered by Duboce Triangle

Floating Bridge moves suddenly from slow, stuttering rock to quick country twang.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Prelude Op 28 No 4 by Frédéric Chopin, performed by Paul Cantrell

Paul Cantrell delivers a pensive, sad rendition of Chopin's Prelude Op 28 No 4 (in E minor), paired with his thoughts on music pedagogy and another Chopin Prelude performance.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

¡Qué Paciencia! by Los Sundayers

¡Qué Paciencia! is an excellent pop-rock song with a dressing of Barcelona salsa.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Nanotech Virus by Stealing Orchestra

The Nanotech Virus sounds like a terrible army marching forth to conquer the world.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Turn Off Your TV by State Shirt

SongFight on Turn Off Your TV: "State Shirt wins by a good chunk of votes. Check out the great video for his song too."

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Drummer Is Fine Part 2 by Sonic Youth

The Drummer is Fine part 2 is an interesting guitar/effects/feedback bit of noodling coming out of A Thousaand Leaves Sessions.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Contenido by Pelayo Arrizabalaga, Antonio Bravo, Merran Laginestra, and Baldo Martinez

Contenido is a stimulating, intriguing work of improvised free jazz.

Friday, September 16, 2016

I Can See You by ADD

This old I Can See You Song Fight entry has a lo-fi amateur charm, with a muddy recording of with pretty guitar and voice.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Red Car by Chromatics

Red Car is slow, dark electronic music with a digitally disturbed voice.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Sunday Afternoon by Podington Bear

Rhythm and Strings describes the appeal of Sunday Afternoon well. It's plucked strings are arranged in a busy, complex rhythm.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Safe Harbor by Ricochet

Ricochet's Safe Harbor has several things I like in a Song Fight entry: it's cute, quirky, and short.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Elizabeth The Great by Bgm

Elizabeth The Great is another song with verses I find awkward but a chorus that makes up for it.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Head Down by Nine Inch Nails

Head Down is one of those tracks where the verses are awkward but the chorus more than makes up for it.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Piano Concerto, Movement 3

The Third Movement ends David Cope's Piano Concerto with violent, swirling storm of piano notes.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Carroussel by La Rainbow Toy Orchestra

Have a trip around a Carroussel, enjoy a dive into the toy chest.

Enjoy the festivities in vorbis.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Colourblind by The Worldly Self Assurance

Colourblind is a low-tempo, pretty indie rock song that got The Worldly Self Assurance a Round One win in the 2011 Nur Ein contest.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Let It Go by Jeremih + Shlohmo

A lovely R&B vocal juxtaposed with a dark, muted hip-hop beat gives Let It Go a haunting quality.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

What You See Is What You Get by Lucky Dragons

What You See Is What You Get starts with some hand claps, then moves into a loop of unusual, minimal, yet melodic sounds. It's another example of Lucky Dragons' simple yet strange musical style.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Day Of The Dead by Possum Sauce

This zombie themed Day of the Dead has a few unexpected touches added to it's guy-and-guitar composition.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Coffin Nails by Waylon Thornton

The gritty surf-rock guitar in Coffin Nails hits like the soundtrack to a Tarentino western.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

FunkyOutro by That Crooner From Nowhere

This FunkyOutro is a perfect way to finish Cumming Soon.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Tachion by Tiny Creatures

A vocal moan proceeds behind a repeated rhythm which, despite being called Tachion, never seems to go back in time.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Lodge by Nest

Two pianists united to create beatifully sparse peices like Lodge, ambient works centered on the piano but touched with textures of other sounds.

Get it in vorbis.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Water by Ra Ra Riot

Water slows down the pop a bit more than one might expect from a band named Ra Ra Riot.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Bottle Neck by Glenn Case

Glenn Case has ages of guitar based pop floating around, as though he's never hit a Bottle Neck.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Cinemaction by Daniel Bautista

Cinemaction is more crazy fun-house guitar metal from Bautista's Gentoo box.

Stay libre with vorbis.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Gasolina by Kayo Malayo

Gasonlina is Latin ska with tremendous energy.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Endless Night by DIY-Note

It's a haunting track that contemplates being born into an Endless Night.

Try it in vorbis.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Get Free by Major Lazer featuring Amber Coffman

Get Free is an older single from Major Lazer with a sexy beat.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

When Have I Been Wrong by The John Benjamin Band

When Have I Been Wrong? is a slow sad pop song that suddenly picks up pace as it heads to the end.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Turn Off Your Phone by JSR2

With a catchy beat and shouts of "Put your hands up, put your phones down. It's a Song Fight! We 'bout to throw down.", JSR2 was my favorite attempt to Turn Off Your Phone.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Transcriptions by Lullabelle

Transcriptions breaks down into three movements: i. The Trial of Florasador Gehboyzel, ii. Mocked Openly in Chambers, and iii. Festival for a Hanging. It's a strangely surreal ten minutes.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Postcard by Atlas Sound

Postcard features shifting rhythms alternating left and right, coming and fading.

Available in vorbis.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Should Be Fun by Sober

Sober build a guitar pop song to a lovely crescendo with the refrain "This life isn't easy, but at least it Should Be Fun".

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Scratch_redux by Ant Neely

Mash-ups of big beats, harmonicas, and catchy pop singing rarely sounds so lovely as Scratch_redux.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Fell Out Of The Sky (Andy's Liquid Mix) by State Shirt, remixed by Stellarartwars

According to Stellarartwars, "Some uptempo rock lends itself to a drum and bass background". Fell Out of the Sky is just such uptempo rock.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

This New Technology (Dark & Dubby Mix) by Midnight Juggernauts, remixed by Babe Rainbow

Dubbed "Dark & Dubby", this mix of This New Technology is slow and creeping, creating an ominous atmosphere about what's to come.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Coldness by Blueswerver, remixed by Speck

The Coldness masterfully mixes fragile pauses with crunching noise. Panu sez "Turn it up to crush."

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Strange Sunrise by c4n featuring Shannonsongs

MC Jack in the Box calls The Strange Sunrise "pure, unadulterated, aural sex." It's full of jittering, intense energy.

Monday, August 15, 2016

More, More, More... by Reiswerk featuring I_rebel

Today, some reggae from the ccmixter crowd: More, More, More....

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Human Once Again by Four Tet

Four Tet alters "Skin" into a more meditative piece, Human Once Again.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sleep Lightly by Lisa DeBenedictis, remixed by Quarkstar

Quarkstar's take on DeBenedictis's dreamy Sleep Lightly sounds more fantastic, more strangely childlike than the others.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Good Luck Charm by JSmitty featuring ViolentBob

JSmitty's been putting some excellent rap tunes into recent Song Fights, strong enough that he never needs a Good Luck Charm.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Scattered Knowledge by Revolution Void

Revolution Void is a master at blending hip-hop, jazz, and electronic music, and Scattered Knowledge brings these elements together in a down-tempo tune that wraps up The Politics of Desire.

Try it in vorbis, or get it in high-resolution flac.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Happiness Is by Podington Bear

Happiness Is a specialty of the Pod Bear, and this song exemplifies his approach.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Check Your Pressure by The Grim

Check Your Pressure only momentarily lets up it's screaming, pounding onslaught, and come away with a Song Fight win.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Manipulationology by Digital Drug

A study in Manipulationology blending strains of eastern music with big beats.

Also in vorbis.