Friday, January 20, 2017

Disconnected by Duckett, remixed by Alex Beroza

Disconnected throws a appropriately digital, electronically shaken up beat together with Duckett's bluesy vocals.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Seems Like A Little Too Much by The Overambitious

Seems Like a Little Too Much is the perfect Song Fight for a band called The Overambitious. In this case, the result is halting, piano driven pop.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

20 To 48 Hours by Party People In A Can

20 To 48 Hours is creepy groovy rock, "better than you ever imagined."

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Whatever by The John Benjamin Band

JB wants to do Whatever it takes to purge his angry thoughts. His soaring voice and his guitar is enough to put a smile on my face.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Addis 11 by Chenard Walcker

Addis 11 gets into a groove of pasted together funk and never leaves.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Devil's Candy Shop by Nigel Simmons

Made for a Halloween compilation, Nigel Simmons takes us on a dramatic trip through the Devil's Candy Shop.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Best Place In Town Is Also The Darkest by Bgm

Bgm's creative use of starts and stops made him the judges favorite where The Best Place In Town Is Also The Darkest. "It seems that the darkness has won."

Friday, January 13, 2017

Raining Outside by DIY-Note

DIY-Note expertly works loud/soft, tension/release dynamics in Raining Outside, doing them in different permutations, sometimes tight and sometimes drawn out.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Race To The Bottom by Shot Pounder

Shotpounder topped the Song Fight voting for their first win in a Race to the Bottom.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Papaloko by Axial

"AXIAL, from Brazil. Electrorganic songs (as defined by themselves), a great example of high quality copyleft artworks." Papaloko is indeed high quality and copyleft.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ah Clouds by Podington Bear

The pretty sounds come in little bursts and swells in Ah Clouds.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Drop In The Bucket by The Grim

Churning guitars and screaming vocals are just a Drop in the Bucket.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Calling My Own Name by Lucky Dragons

The effect of Calling My Own Name is a lulling sensation, a looping dream.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Conic Sections by Matheatre

Matheatre delivers math and science knowledge in a variety of musical styles. Their lessons on Conic Sections is a choral masterpiece.

Friday, January 6, 2017

1,000,000 by Nine Inch Nails

1,000,000 is a typical pounding Nine Inch Nails rocker. You already know if you're going to like it.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Bitter Monday by Schlimminy Cricket

Schlimminy Cricket has a sweet sad song about Bitter Monday calling on you.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

El Torero Corneado En El Culo by Stealing Orchestra

El Torero Corneado En El Culo builds up the fighter's drama, then seems to slow down at the crucial moment, only to slowly fade away.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Two Bucks And I'm Yours by Loyalty Day

I just love this take on fellow Song Fighter Ken's Two Bucks and I'm Yours.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Everybody Hurts by Tiny Creatures

This may be the most adorable version of Everybody Hurts I have ever heard.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Good Morning Captain by State Shirt

To start the New Year I offer perhaps the creepiest State Shirt track I've encountered, Good Morning Captain, originally by Slint.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Prelude Op 28 No 20 (in C minor) by Frédéric Chopin, performed by Paul Cantrell

Paul Cantrell begins to analyze Prelude Op 28 No 20 (in C minor): "This piece is easy to sink one’s teeth into, I think, very dramatic and engaging on the first listen. But subsequent digging reveals a lot of subtlety in the way the different voices move, the modulation and chromaticism, the emotional shape." His rendition is lovely.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Kesh Jig, Leitrim Fancy by Sláinte

Sláinte provides a take on an old Irish folk tune Kesh Jig, Leitrim Fancy.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Poema Valseado by Astor Piazzolla, performed by Mandrágora Tango

Poema Valseado finishes off "an interpretation of an idealized evening of tango dancing" with "an almost erotic interplay of sound and motion".

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Vals Nº 2 by Dmitri Shostakovich, performed by Daniel Bautista

Bautista takes the Shostakovich classic Vals Nº 2 in an interesting direction.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Meeting Street by Rabbit And Ram

Meeting Street is a strange blend of upbeat and mournful, an organ song and a ukulele tune.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Universal Love by A Smile For Timbuctù

What an expression of Universal Love: a slow shifting piece of avant-pop.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Silent Wholly by Automassage

Carolers singing a song of the season get drowned out for a few minutes by guitar and feedback sludge in this Silent Wholly wreck.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Gamelan 1 (2013 version) by CFCF

Gorilla vs. Bear: "Would you like an updated version of the track Gamelan 1 from my 2011 mixtape ‘Reincarnation‘? Yes? OK. — CFCF". "Yes" is the correct answer.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Coffee...Extra Bulletproof by Jeris featuring Javolenus and Billy Ray

These furiously fast piano licks can only be done after taking a dose of Coffee...Extra Bulletproof (recipe).

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Do You Have A Plan by Brisbane Social Scene

It seems a newcomer from the Brisbane Social Scene arrived on the Song Fight scene last week and took the Do You Have a Plan? title.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Understood By Your Dad by Brad Sucks

Brad Sucks hits that sort of radio-ready alternative rock that I loved listening to in my teens. "Don't you know the lengths I will go to be Understood by Your Dad?"

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Marefjellet by Nest

The pianos in Marefjellet are set against a subtle drone that creates a quiet tension.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Check Your Pressure by N.M.D.T.

Check Your Pressure is just another excellent rap song in the Song Fight archives from N.M.D.T.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Shaker by Invacuo

Today I present another post-rock act, Invacuo, who lets epic compositions like Shaker unwind before our ears.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Tomorrow Is Another Day by Cherly Kacherly

Today is the last Cherly KaCherly piece I have on offer, but Tomorrow is Another Day.

Also in vorbis

Friday, December 16, 2016

Hugs by The John Benjamin Band

JB has kisses and Hugs and a heap of poppy hooks for this week's Song Fight.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Here Come The Trains by Atlas Sound

Here Come The Trains rambles off for 11 minutes to close out the second volume of Bedroom Databank.

Available in vorbis.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Making Waves by Dot Tape Dot

Making Waves is by Daniel Romero, who "plays toy instruments, and using a simple sequencer and microphone, creates delicate tunes that unite his love of lo-fi pop and melodic electro-pop."

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Cassettes by bgm

Cassettes is a slowly recited Villanelle, performed with guitar and soft drums.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Obeyed by Chenard Walcker

Bookended by cheering crowds, Obeyed moves through an array of samples intriguingly blended together.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Low Resolution by Nathan Clevenger

Low Resolution is one of those pieces that takes its time to develop, creating a pensive and unhurried mood.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Day Of The Dead by J. Biveous

One thing Song Fight is good for is expertly under-polished fist-pumping rockers like Day of the Dead.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Terra by Chico Correa And Electronic Band

A succulent saxophone and subtle shuffling drums set Terra into a lounge-y jazz groove.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Cuticle Cuts by Lucky Dragons

Cuticle Cuts starts off sounding frail, like a single thread and then opens up.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Last Words Of Cotton Wool by Kissing Contest

This Kissing Contest rock tune won The Last Words of Cotton Wool song fight voting.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Shange (Mountain Song) by Chan Wai Fat, sung by Po Sun Yi

The sparse and quiet Shange (Mountain Song) is part of the soundtrack for a play inspired by a daoist pilgrimage.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Chowbiz by DIY-Note

Ruptures is a record full of intensity and creativity, and Chowbiz is one of its high points.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Race To The Bottom by Tuners Union

Tuners Union hits a note a bit too joyful to be a true Race to the Bottom. Indeed, this impressive beast came one vote away from the top.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Yu Yu Pu Pu Pu by Tiny Creatures

Yu Yu Pu Pu Pu is almost as brief and repetitive as its title.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Crazy by Zoogoo

Crazy is maniacal cut and paste music running through hip-hop, metal, and Japanese TV, all in under four minutes.