Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Illinois, Illinois by Tiny Folk

While I look back wistfully on my time there, Illinois, Illinois has Tiny Folk looking forward to a future in a new place.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Deprived Of Oxygen by That Crooner From Nowhere

Deprived of Oxygen is haunting and mercifully brief.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Glaucoma by Daniel Bautista

Guitars dance about thundering drums and piano passages in five minutes of playful Glaucoma.

Try it in vorbis

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Find Me by Chenard Walcker

Find Me constructs a wistful, melancholy ambiance from a load of samples.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Drug by White Denim

Hear about what various folks do for Drug. It sounds like a rocking good time.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Springtime Hibernation by Parts And Labor

I like the building grainy guitar intro to Springtime Hibernation, and I like its sudden stop.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Urnack by Mike Reed's People, Places, And Things

People, Places, and Things is the second ensemble led by Chicago's Mike Reed to be featured on this blog, and Urnack is delightfully playful jazz.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

At The Hyatt by Anchorsong

At the Hyatt is short and sweet, with a bold beat and a catchy groove.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Broke Your Promise by State Shirt

Broke Your Promise starts with a starts with a whisper, then builds to a fuzzy crescendo only to fall apart in a moment.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Our Own Dream by Keep Shelly In Athens

Our Own Dream is a seductive and romantic spell.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

an echo from the hosts that profess infinitum by Shabazz Palaces

Shabazz Palaces put out strange experimental hip-hop, forging loops you won't hear elsewhere, creating an echo from the hosts that profess infinitum.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Teardrop Windows by Benjamin Gibbard

Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie gives us the sort of sad, pleasant pop we expect in Teardrop Windows.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Whistle Work by Podington Bear

Whistle Work advertises its cute tricks in its title.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I Take That Back by Caravan Ray

Today is something goofy from a Song Fight: I Take That Back.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Keep Time by Gauntlet Hair

Keep Time is booming rock that sounds like it was recorded in a cavern.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Je Veux by Zaz

Aurgasm on Zaz: "Her music evokes vintage nostalgia, with passion and zest. Je Veux and Ni Oui Ni Non express this perfectly."

Monday, July 14, 2014

Towering Inferno by John Benjamin Band

What starts as a little guitar lick quickly explodes into Towering Inferno, a dramatic march that quickly burns itself out.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

White Kross by Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth drives sludgy, noisy sounds out their amplifiers as they aim White Kross at a crowd in Irvine, California.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Glass Main System Hub by Cherly KaCherly

Hear robots read your Creative Commons licensing options as you pass through The Glass Main System Hub.

The angular harmonies are better in vorbis.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Gbe Mi Lo by Ofege

Gbe Mi Lo lays out a funky groove with sizzling guitar work mutating over top of it.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Visions, Movement 2 by David Cope

Much like the first movement, the second movement of Visions starts in a cacophony, but then it simmers and stews in mounting tension.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Breaking The Ice by ADD

Hear ADD Breaking The Ice in the 2012 Nur Ein contest.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Moonlight On Verlaine by Atlas Sound

The title Moonlight on Verlaine captures the ethereal ambiance of this piece.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Clear As Water by Una Mas Trio, remixed by Mo' Horizons

German DJs Mo' Horizons crafts a compelling dance tune from Clear As Water's equatorial jazz.'Horizons%20Restyle).mp3

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Lonely Man by SackJo22, remixed by The Ghost Kollective

CCMixter snowflake: "With hypnotizing rhythm, crunchy guitars, ethereal soundscape, and sensual melody, Lonely Man sings to the Soul and moves the body. A must listen."

Saturday, July 5, 2014

George Square Thatcher Death Party by Mogwai, remixed by Justin K Broadrick

Justin Broadrick of Godflesh put his hand to George Square Thatcher Death Party and the result is an ethereal track where the computer strangled vocals become just another harmonic instrument.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Wake Up Kiss by Snowflake, remixed by Zep Hurme

Zep Hurme creates a compelling march around the seductive borderline madness of snowflake's Wake Up Kiss.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Leaving by Andy Stott, remixed by Recycle Culture

Gorilla vs Bear: "Recycle Culture drops a dizzyingly blissful 'uplift' of Andy Stott‘s haunting Luxury Problems closer Leaving".

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Megamix (East Tapes Remix) by Lucky Dragons

This East Tapes Megamix is a carnival of sound parading around a thumping pulse.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Jefferson Walk by Forensic, mixed by Rey Izain

Rey Izain's rocking riffs add to the swagger of Forensic's Jefferson Walk.

Monday, June 30, 2014

O, Indian by Tiny Folk

O, Indiana pines for a faraway home left behind.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Zarandeando by Pedro Luis Ferrer

Today I turn to Zarandeando for a bit of Cuban folk music.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Fractal #2 by Daniel Bautista

Fractal #2 is a hyperactive attempt to overwhelm the ears with crunching metal riffs, shifted vocals, tasty piano licks, and some sick guitar solos.

I prefer vorbis.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Niobrara by Paul Cantrell

According to Paul Cantrell: '“Niobrara” is “ararboin” spelled backwards. Does this mean that, if you play this music backwards, Ararboin is the piece you’ll get? I’m not sure. Try it and find out.'

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Two If By Sea by Canasta

Two If By Sea is a lovely instrumental by Chicago indie pop band Canasta.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Swear by Inc

Gorilla vs Bear on Swear: "Download the latest slow-mo-funk smooth jam from the bros formerly known as Teen Inc., taken from their debut 12″ EP 3".

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Portland Is Leaving by Rocky Votalo

Rocky Votalo puts together a simple song with a guitar, a harmonica, and his voice. Portland Is Leaving.

Monday, June 23, 2014

I'm Not Going Away by Texasradiofish

I'm Not Going Away constructs a compelling dance mix out of a ton of tiny pieces found in ccmixter's vaults.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

National Felt by State Shirt

National Felt opens Let's Get Bloody with twinkling guitars and soaring crooning vocals.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Stranger by DeatHat

The harmonic percussions create a dark mood like something from a Tom Waits toon, while the vocals sound like The Stranger at the mic in a smoky jazz bar.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Memories by Hard Mix

The crackles at the end of Memories complements the warm electronic wobble of the track and closes it well.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hopeless by Nathan Clevenger

How to do a softly rumbling drum and bass interlude in a jazz number: it's Hopeless, by Nathan Clevenger's Group.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Blammo by Podington Bear

Blammo rolls into a scene with calm and poise.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sulphur, Tobacco, And Whiskey by Waylon Thornton

You can almost imagine what Sulphur, Tobacco, and Whiskey sounds like from the title: greasy, raw rock from an earlier era.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Oak Tree by Uncle Owen Aunt Beru

The ethereal echo surrounding Oak Tree creates a ponderous atmosphere.

As always, I encourage vorbis.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Parson by Gala Drop

Parson is a spacey raver trip of rolling percussions, repeating electronics, and echoing voices.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Red Thief by Tuners Union

Quality pop songs often win Song Fights, as Tuners Union demonstrated with Red Thief.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Free City Rhymes (alternate take) by Sonic Youth

Among the freebies at Sonic Youth's website is this pretty alternate version of Free City Rhymes.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Something Is Any Nothing by Revolution Void

Something Is Any Nothing has a funky groove and throws in jazzy organs to end up with a head nodding, body moving track.

For the freedom lovers in vorbis and audiophiles in flac.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Too Far Away by Melvin

Too Far Away rocks on a catchy bassline.