Monday, September 1, 2014

Tail Coating by Jared C. Balogh

Tail Coating runs through a playful, bouncing melody.

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/download/884590d7d6a1bc1da88bce50172e9e49c250c880

Sunday, August 31, 2014

When Harpo Played His Harp by Tiny Folk

This tinny ukulele rendition of When Harpo Played His Harp carries a sweet sadness.

http://freedownloads.last.fm/download/299606300/When%2BHarpo%2BPlayed%2BHis%2BHarp%2B%2528Jonathan%2BRichman%2529.mp3

Saturday, August 30, 2014

D.D. by The Weeknd

With D.D. The Weeknd not only has the ambition to put himself next to Micheal Jackson but the talent to sound even creepier.

http://cdn02.cdn.gorillavsbear.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/01-D.D..mp3

Friday, August 29, 2014

La Marcha Turca by Daniel Bautista

La Marcha Turca is a rendition of a movement from one of Mozart's piano sonatas, done with a rock ensemble (drums + electric bass and guitar) + piano. Strangely satisfying.

http://www.danielbautista.com/music/bautista/clasicos/turca.mp3

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Seven Nation Army Ben l’Oncle Soul

Ben l’Oncle Soul makes a ridiculously catchy case that Seven Nation Army is better as a soul song.

http://aurgasm.us/music/Ben%20LOncle%20Soul%20-%20Seven%20Nation%20Army.mp3

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Soul Love by Brad Sucks

I find something surreal about Brad's typically droll delivery of Soul Love's "love of love" line.

http://media.bradsucks.net/covers/Brad_Sucks_-_Soul_Love_(cover).mp3

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Waltz Op 39 No 15 (in A flat major) composed by Johannes Brahms, performed by Paul Cantrell

Cantrell calls Brahms' Waltz Op 39 No 15 (in A flat major) a "masterpiece of sophisticated simplicity". It is indeed refined, elegant, and simple.

https://innig.net/music/recordings/ith_brahms-39-15.mp3

Monday, August 25, 2014

Kill You by jj

JJ's comically absurd redux of Paper Planes threatens to Kill You.

http://cdn02.cdn.gorillavsbear.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/4-kill-you.mp3

Sunday, August 24, 2014

MTI by Koreless

Aurgasm describes MTI: "Between toned white noise, spherical raindrops whet the aural palette."

http://aurgasm.us/music/Koreless-MTI.mp3

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Almost Let You In by Molina and Johnson

Here's a simple piano and guitar tune with emotional heft: Almost Let You In.

http://www.scjag.com/mp3/sc/almostletyouin.mp3

Friday, August 22, 2014

Road to Hana by State Shirt

State Shirt took his Song Fight near-winning track, Road to Hana, and made it the second track of his most recent full-length album, Let's Get Bloody.

http://www.stateshirt.com/audio/letsgetbloody/02_The_Road_to_Hana.mp3

Thursday, August 21, 2014

When You're There, Remember Me by Uncle Owen, Aunt Beru

Some taped noise and an echoing voice reminds you, When You're There, Remember Me.

Still recommending vorbis.

https://archive.org/download/birdsong026/06_When_Youre_There_Remember_Me.mp3
https://archive.org/download/birdsong026/06_When_Youre_There_Remember_Me.ogg

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Where I'm Going by Cut Copy

Sometimes one just needs some uplifting, exuberant pop. Those times just follow Where I'm Going.

http://cdn03.cdn.gorillavsbear.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Cut-Copy-Where-I_m-Going.mp3

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Can't Get You Off My Mind by Miss Li

Miss Li's sultry voice sings the refrain of the heartbroken and the betrayed: "I can't Get You Off My Mind."

http://aurgasm.us/music/julija/Miss%20Li%20-%20Can't%20Get%20You%20Out%20Off%20My%20Mind.mp3

Monday, August 18, 2014

Herby by Podington Bear

Herbie is listed under the "Joyful" section of soundofpicture.com, and it's an adorable little slice of joy.

http://soundofpicture.com/MP3/Joyful/Herbie.mp3

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Much Chubbier by MC Frontalot

A goat tricks a troll into waiting for his Much Chubbier companion.

http://frontalot.com/media.php/10065/MC_Frontalot_-_Question_Bedtime_08_Much_Chubbier.mp3

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Duet For Violin And Piano by Muhal Richard Abrams

This Duet for Violin and Piano builds quiet, anxious tension, melts into a playful melodies, and then slides back to a more sparse ending.

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/download/8959c3d85f6645988a56b1eb31b5af7a8241ed73

Friday, August 15, 2014

Chant De Grillon by White Hinterland

Gorilla vs Bear: "Chant de Grillon vaguely recalls the eerie textural dissonance of the Arcade Fire’s I’m Sleeping in a Submarine, but the song reaches another level on the strength of Dienel’s haunting vocals".

http://www.scjag.com/mp3/do/chantdegrillon.mp3

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lewis Takes Off His Shirt by Owen Pallett

Lewis Takes Off His Shirt is among the most adorable looping laptop pop you're likely to hear anywhere.

http://aurgasm.us/music/michelle/owen-pallett-lewis-takes-off-his-shirt.mp3

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

daB ehT dnA dooG ehT by Sonic Youth

If you're curious what early Sonic Youth sounds like backwards, check out daB ehT dnA dooG ehT, along with the rest of their first EP reversed at their free sample page.

http://sonicyouth.com/archives/mp3-selector/new_mp3/daB_ehT_dnA_dooG_ehT.mp3

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

El Pato Zambullidor Argentino by Mandrágora Tango

Mandrágora Tango has several excellent samples from their new album at sound cloud, the first of which is a beautiful piece called El Pato Zambullidor Argentino.

https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/86716649/download?secret_token=&client_id=0f8fdbbaa21a9bd18210986a7dc2d72c

Monday, August 11, 2014

Paper Thin by Shotpounder

Combine a vivid imagination, randy neighbors, and Paper Thin walls and you get excellent rock.

http://www.songfight.org/music/paper_thin/shotpounder_pt.mp3

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Te Amo by Atlas Sound

A steady, uplifting loop fits Te Amo beautifully.

http://cdn04.cdn.gorillavsbear.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Te-Amo.mp3

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Let Me by Atu

Let Me is a sublime combination of ethereal melodies and a powerful downtempo beat.

http://aurgasm.us/wp/uploads/Atu-Let-Me.mp3

Friday, August 8, 2014

Luck Now by Big Scary

Luck Now talks of cold repetition, but the slow piano and soft croon fills it's repetition with warmth.

http://mp3s.barsuk.com/BigScary_LuckNow.mp3

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Our Plans Are On Hold by bgm

This dark tale of why Our Plans are on Hold is told over a banjo and an alternating bass.

http://www.songfight.org/music/our_plans_are_on_hold/bgm_opaoh.mp3

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Lightspeed by Grieves

A mellow rap song about slowing down, because not everything needs to happen at Lightspeed.

http://www.rhymesayers.com/download.php?file=http://www.rhymesayers.com/radio/get.php?web=http://rhymesayers.s3.amazonaws.com/radio/GrievesLightspeed.mp3

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Alsatian Darn by Panda Bear

This slow, plodding live performance is a obtuse as it's title, Alsatian Darn.

http://cdn02.cdn.gorillavsbear.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/03-Alsatian-Darn-live-at-Pitchfork-Festival.mp3

Monday, August 4, 2014

Simon Says by Laleh

Aurgasm describes Simon Says: "With its lovely arrangements, subtle multi-layered vocals and playful lyrics, this one you will carry and hum for the rest of the day."

http://aurgasm.us/wp/uploads/laleh-simon-says.mp3

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Jacket by David Vandervelde

Jacket strikes me as a snotty rebuke from a damaged lover.

http://www.scjag.com/mp3/sc/jacket.mp3

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Ikeepwaitingforearthquakes by Lucky Dragons

This strange loop start off with a pair of voices saying ikeepwaitingforearthquakes, then bridges into flutes or recorders.

http://www.luckydragons.org/all/dream_island_laughing_language/11_ikeepwaitingforearthquakes.mp3

Friday, August 1, 2014

Queen's Rook by The Whiskers

Queen's Rook is that sort of dramatic indie rock that I so love from The Whiskers, done with a charming unpolished production.

http://thewhiskers.com/duncecap/05-queens_rook.mp3

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Movement by Dam Mantle

Gorilla vs. Bear: "Movement is the soaring and cinematic closing track from First Wave, the new album from Glasgow’s Dam Mantle."

http://cdn02.cdn.gorillavsbear.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/13-Movement.mp3

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.

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/download/5154a4023c7abd1c6cf5a08c57feb664b58f81da

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Deprived Of Oxygen by That Crooner From Nowhere

Deprived of Oxygen is haunting and mercifully brief.

https://archive.org/download/thatcroonerfromnowhere_thisisvocaltronicaLP/10_Deprived_of_oxygen.mp3

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

http://www.danielbautista.com/music/bautista/recyclebin2/05.glaucoma.mp3
http://www.danielbautista.com/music/bautista/recyclebin2/ogg/05.glaucoma.ogg

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Find Me by Chenard Walcker

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

https://archive.org/download/fsz002/fsz002_08-chenard_walcker-find_me.mp3

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Drug by White Denim

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

http://cdn03.cdn.gorillavsbear.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/White-Denim-Drug.mp3

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.

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/download/be8a520cc11c2bc29470c05b4f7db51d7ee9adc4

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.

http://umbrellamusic.org/sites/default/files/07%20Urnack.mp3

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

At The Hyatt by Anchorsong

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

http://aurgasm.us/wp/uploads/Anchorsong-At-the-Hyatt.mp3

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.

http://www.stateshirt.com/audio/videosongs/stateshirt_brokeyourpromise.mp3

Monday, July 21, 2014

Our Own Dream by Keep Shelly In Athens

Our Own Dream is a seductive and romantic spell.

http://cdn03.cdn.gorillavsbear.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Our-Own-Dream.mp3

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.

http://assets1.subpop.com/assets/audio/9026.mp3

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.

http://mp3s.barsuk.com/BenjaminGibbard_TeardropWindows.mp3

Friday, July 18, 2014

Whistle Work by Podington Bear

Whistle Work advertises its cute tricks in its title.

http://soundofpicture.com/MP3/Joyful/WhistleWork.mp3

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I Take That Back by Caravan Ray

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

http://www.songfight.org/music/i_take_that_back/caravanray_ittb.mp3

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Keep Time by Gauntlet Hair

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

http://cdn02.cdn.gorillavsbear.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/01-Keep-Time.mp3

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."

http://aurgasm.us/music/Zaz-JeVeux.mp3

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.

http://johnorama.com/songs/feel_things_deeply/toweringinferno.mp3