Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bach Sinfonia 5 by Paul Cantrell

Paul Cantrell's rendition of Bach's Sinfonia 5 is slow, elegant, and, as Cantrell himself describes it, a little tentative.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Unnatural Disaster by Billy And The Psychotics

Billy and the Psychotics rock out Unnatural Disaster for JB's 40th birthday Song Fight.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I Don't Believe In The Sun by Bodies Of Water

Bodies of Water do a sweet, slow take on Magnetic Fields heartbreaker I Don't Believe in the Sun.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Oh! Coterpillar by Tiny Folk

"Oh! Caterpillar eat my leaves. Oh leave me bare skinned."

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Souvenir by State Shirt

State Shirt's sentimental Souvenir sounds sped up but has the same running time as the OMD song.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

She Plays Up To You by Clairy Browne And The Bangin’ Rackettes

The sultry sound of She Plays Up To You is a perfect fit seedy meetings in smoky bars.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Opera Mahler, Part 2 by David Cope

Here's another part from the Opera Mahler (After Mahler), the second part of a larger work.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Circled Sun by Chromatics

Gorilla vs Bear calls Circled Sun "dark, icily seductive" and an "after-hours slow-motion disco gem".

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Jazzer Incisors by Podington Bear

Podington Bear does beautiful, playful music so well, but Jazzer Incisors sticks out as a somewhat more contemplative piece.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Drunk Season by Shot Pounder

Drunk Season is a perfect Song Fight for some loud, aggressive, sloppy punk rock.

Monday, April 14, 2014

When I Was Young by Nada Surf

When I Was Young follows that quiet folk/loud rock formula to as it contemplates the past.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Harly A Moment by Jon Eric featuring Manhattan Glutton

Hardly A Moment is a love song with a classic sound classy enough to win a Song Fight.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Exercise #3 (Building) by CFCF

Exercise #3 (Building) builds up, then fades out.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Lovestricken by Amanda Rogers

This forlorn piano ballad raises pangs for the Lovestricken.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Poland by Ganache

Despite what I consider a mistaken experiment with auto-tune, Poland still manages to be curiously compelling pop.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Unskillful Tongue by Uncle Owen Aunt Beru

The howling of the Unskillful Tongue is a strange and wondrous sound to behold.

Experience it in vorbis.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Little Wet Head by Minus Story

The wavering vocals in the verses seems timid in contrast to the blown out indie rock production on Little Wet Head.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Nightwatch by Acrylics

Gorilla vs. Bear: "Molly Shea‘s pristine vocals smolder on lead single Nightwatch, a dusky, Fleetwood Mac-indebted smooth jam".

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Strange Parade by Atlas Sound

Guitars a-jangle and warped skipping samples make for a Strange Parade.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

No Intention by Dirty Projectors

No Intention is a cute little live crooning + acoustic guitar performance.
Try the download page if the above link does not work.

Friday, April 4, 2014

A Moonlight Stroll by Justin Bacon

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Vacillation by Paul Giallorenzo's Get In To Go Out

Vacillation waffles between back and forth brass and reeds and running energetic pianos.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Don't Break My Love by Nicolas Jaar

It takes a skilled ear for composition to combine rhythmic clicks, synthesized melodies, and occasional vocal clips into anything nearly as satisfying as Don't Break My Love.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Where's Adam by Lucky Dragons

Where's Adam is one of three looping experimental bonus tracks gathered on Layer Hater.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Walk With Me by Memoryhouse

Walk With Me is simply pleasing pop. It's slow, sentimental, and charming.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Duo by Atu featuring Sango

The Duo blends lovely harmonizing vocals with cut up beats and smooth r&b sensibility.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Lumino by Recue

Lumino is a quiet piece of skittering ambient music.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Anna by Taken By Trees

I don't know how to describe Anna. It's mellow and exotic with a tinge of sadness.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Symphony No. 1 in A minor, Movement 1: Presto by Daniel Bautista

The first movement of Bautista's first symphony, Presto, kicks things off fast. It's shifting, dynamic, and playful.

Also available in vorbis.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

All Kinds Of Sorrow by Berkeley Social Scene

This simple pop tune with a sweet voice lingers in All Kinds of Sorrow.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Rewind That Back by MC Frontalot

From the early days of the MC Frontalot comes a solemn wish to Rewind That Back and do it over.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Into The Trees by Still Corners

There's a distance, a kind of faded out production style that makes Into The Trees feel old, a piece of pop from the past.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Fineshrine by Purity Ring

Fineshrine is a cute electronic pop tune whose lyrics demand the cracking of a sternum.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Pourquoi Pas Moi by Fredrika Stahl

The piano and vocal melodies mix with the accordion accompaniment to make Pourquoi Pas Moi beautiful French pop.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Hiemis Memoriae by Sepulcrum Spei

Hiemis Memoriae fits Sepulcrum Spei's description of their album, MMV: "MMV is mainly very minimalistic folk played on flute, harp and percussion. This is mixied with drones, background textures and environmental samples to create a darker, sometimes almost sinister, more ambient feel."

Thursday, March 20, 2014

About A Girl by Nirvana

About A Girl is one of those early pop gems from before Nirvana became a household name.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Our Plans Are On Hold by Tuners Union

The guitar in Our Plans are on Hold has a lovely tone, and mixed with the vocal harmonies and sampled beat, it makes for a very good pop tune.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Silver Line by The Bees

Gorilla vs. Bear calls Silver Line a "Simon & Garfunkel-esque pastoral-psych-folk tune".

Monday, March 17, 2014

As We May Think by Revolution Void

As We May Think is a simple, short piano led blend of jazz and hip-hop.

Enjoy in vorbis, or for the audiophiles, flac.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Static Void by That Crooner From Nowhere

Static Void opens up and sets the tone for This is vocaltronica!.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Going Forward Looking Back by Podington Bear

Going Forward Looking Back accelerates as it heads wherever it's going.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Come Down Where You Ought To Be by Who Fly

Just a simple pop Come Down Where You Ought To Be song fight contender today.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Idecide by What Made Milwaukee Famous

Barsuk records chose to describe What Made Milwaukee Famous in three adjectives: "energetic, forceful, and impassioned." Idecide fits that bill.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Calm Tension by Noertker's Moxie

Calm Tension is an excellent description of the slow moving oboe and flute, set against a texture of percussion and bass sounds behind them.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Leave The City by Magnolia Electric Company

Today I offer a bittersweet folk tune reflecting on how difficult it is to Leave the City.

Monday, March 10, 2014

FM Tan Sexy by El Guincho

The hot syncopated rhythm and the upbeat harmonies make FM Tan Sexy an excellent tune for a sunny day.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Ziggurats by The Whiskers

A dizzying array of instruments build on the steady pulse of Ziggurats over the course of the song.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

The pond was too far, but we have the small bathtub just for the both of us

Cherly KaCherly's four note soundtrack ends with wobbling, oscillating The pond was too far, but we have the small bathtub just for the both of us.

Get it freer in vorbis.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Please Stop by State Shirt

Please Stop is a haunting Song Fight contender that made it into State Shirt's last album, Let's Get Bloody.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Enjoy The Calm by Drew Barefoot

Today's track is a pretty, slow moving folksy instrumental. I hope you can Enjoy the Calm.