Thursday, April 28, 2016

Atsituab Leinad by Daniel Bautista

Atsituab Leinad kicks off Download or Die with yet another excellent hard-rocking instrumental.

Rocks just as hard in vorbis.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

In by Podington Bear

In is another interesting aspect of the Sound of Picture project.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Small + Lost by Ryan Hemsworth featuring Sinead Harnett

The pummeling beat threatens to bury the beautiful vocals of Small + Lost.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Baked Out Of My Gourd by Jerkatorium and Micah Sommersmith

This week Song Fight has a collection of tunes about getting high. Jerkatorium and Sommersmith teamed up to make a charming vaguely Celtic style punkish entry about being Baked Out of My Gourd.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Saint Martins Lane by Scomber

Scomber takes us on a dark atmospheric trip through Saint Martins Lane.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Dream Of A Butterfly by Frozen Silence

Dream of a Butterfly is a stark, lonely, melancholy piano tune, a beautiful piece of improvisation.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Whiskey Drinker by Big Crouton

This Whiskey Drinker appeals to the 90s teenager in me, listening to angsty alt-rock on cold autumn nights.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

You And I by Washed Out

Washed Out make various sounds and voices of You And I shift in an out of the track. The become indistinct, part of a hazy, dreamlike soundscape.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Howlin' At The Hyatt by Kurt Ribak Band

Howlin' at the Hyatt is a short piece written while playing swing at a hotel.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Phyllis Wheatley Club by The Wordly Self Assurance

The Worldly Self Assurance's contribution to The Phyllis Wheatley Club is a finely crafted pop song.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Awaken by ITBA

Here's a fleeting, strangely beautiful track to Awaken with.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

In The Sink by Tiny Creatures

It's the echoing, distorted voice that makes a trip of In The Sink.

Also in the archive in vorbis.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Wait In The Dark by Memory Tapes

Gorilla vs. Bear calls Wait In The Dark "wistfully nostalgic".

Friday, April 15, 2016

Suitcase by Nick Soma

Try a three minute ramble about conspiracies to find the right Suitcase

Thursday, April 14, 2016

I've Got A Reason To Keep On Living by Babes

Babes celebrates one of the most basic necessities: "I've Got A Reason To Keep On Living".

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

L'Ane Vetu de la Peau de Lion by Chenard Walcker

L'Ane Vetu de la Peau de Lion is a bewildering collage of musical snippets pasted together by Chenard Walcker.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Fearless Love by State Shirt

State Shirt starts with his hazy pop singing of Fearless Love, but somewhere around the 3 minute mark he starts a sustained crescendo of crushing, growling screams that ends in static noise.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Honey Mine by Korallreven featuring Victoria Bergsman

Honey Mine is a slice of joyful sound featuring a sweet vocal performance by Taken By Trees' Victoria Bergsman.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

And then i go to a funeral home to hunt down a girl by Saleko

And then i go to a funeral home to hunt down a girl seeps into a scene with growing tension and palpable texture.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Rebirth, Movement 1 by David Cope

Rebirth opens with flutes building up tension released by crashing drums, leaving a storm of sound to stew and swirl in its wake.

Friday, April 8, 2016

The Stranger by The Whiskers

Stranger is a song with a simpler mix, from the band's self-title first album.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Whiskey Drinker by Cookie Blue

Cookie Blue sings of the need to erase memories in harmonized vocal layers over an acoustic guitar, and takes the Whiskey Drinker title.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Dies In 55 by Traiser Trash Tracys

Gorilla vs bear calls Dies in 55 "kaleidoscopic", fitting the songs swirling, colorful tone.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Le Cirque by Stealing Orchestra

If you've been listening to anything I've posted by Stealing Orchestra, you'll expect playful, quirky tunes with a strong sense of the strange. Le Cirque delivers this circus atmosphere, with lyrical vocal line to match.

Monday, April 4, 2016

A Lover's Spat by Gossling

A quiet voice over a dark piano builds to a gorgeous dramatic swell, pushing through A Lover's Spat, back down to a whisper and those lonely piano notes.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Aluvum Te Na Hagaru by Lucky Dragons

Aluvum Te Na Hagaru starts with shuffling noises, and slowly transitions through textured sounds to melodic humming voices.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Driver's Seat by Andy Wagner

Driver's Seat is a slow rocking song with a folk-americana soul.

Friday, April 1, 2016

10 Mile Stereo by Beach House, covered by Little Girls

The New Gay calls 10 mile Stereo "faithful to the backing music just adding an extra layer of dread and echo atop the already gorgeous song."

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Impromptu D899 No 4 (a.k.a. Op 90 No 4, in A flat minor) by Franz Schubert

I'll let Paul Cantrell describe Impromptu D899 No 4 (a.k.a. Op 90 No 4, in A flat minor): "This is a very familiar piece (to piano aficionados, anyway) — but you’ll find Don’s performance a little refreshingly unfamiliar. It’s not a wild departure from custom, but there’s just a subtle tip in the balance in his performance that makes the feeling of the piece quite different. In the last entry I mentioned the question of foreground and background. When most pianists play this piece, they put the right hand squarely in the foreground: what you hear is a series of speedy cascades down, a fun bit of finger gymnastics. But when Don plays it, he balances foreground between the left and the right, and what emerges is the slower underlying chord progression. Instead of a nervously flitting thing, it becomes a smoothly unfolding one. That reading brings us to what is to me the essential nature of Schubert: a tiny thing with a vast interior, a world opening from a single moment."

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Smells Like Teen Spirit by Mandrágora Tango

Here's a super sexy tango version of Nirvana's biggest hit, Smells Like Teen Spirit.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Make You Love Me by Giraffage

Giraffage performs a curious inversion on Bonnie Raitt's tune with their Valentine's Day gift, Make You Love Me.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Las Cuatro Estaciones: Verano - Presto by Daniel Bautista

Some of my favorite moments listening to Daniel Bautista are when he noodles out a classic on his electric guitar, such as this portion of Summer from The Four Seasons.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Autumn Leaves by Podington Bear

Autumn Leaves is a sombre instrumental version of an old folk tune popularized by Nat King Cole.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Halo by Beyonce, performed by Major Lazer

Elephant Man's Jamaican dancehall vocals make this cover of Halo soar.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Underwater by Koona

Underwater wastes little time getting to the body shaking beat, mixing it up with the tempo slow downs and pick ups that've become standard dubstep tricks.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

His Last Few Days by Bgm

Today's a downer, about how His Last Few Days were hell on Earth.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Day Out by Atlas Sound

This Day Out has a wavy, drifting melody that belies its bittersweet words.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Meeteetse by Paul Cantrell

Meeteetse is a nice little playful piano improvisation.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Bottle Neck by Gert

Song Fight super group Gert returns with a rock song that feels epic, Bottle Neck.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Earth Is The Right Place For Love (Alone At Home) by Uncle Owen Aunt Beru

Two versions of the titular track bookend Earth is the Right Place for Love. Uncle Owen Aunt Beru was first featured on this blog with the opening version, so it's only fitting I close my selections of her music with the stripped down album closer, Earth is the Right Place for Love (alone at home).

Enjoy vorbis.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Gas On F by White Denim

Gas On F demonstrates just how good White Denim is at their warm, relaxed style of indie rock.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Beat The Heat by Rabbit & Ram

Rabbit & Ram Beat The Heat (and the rest of the Song Fight! field) with adorable electronic pop.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Degravitati by Cobol Pongide

On Cobol Pongide, maker of the adorable Degravitati: "Cobol Pongide is a human-robot band featuring Cobol and Emiglino Cicala. The robot Emiglino Cicala was programmed at the Giochi Preziosi laboratory (toy company) in Milan. Cobol the human is a graduate of the Prague Institute for Harmonic and Kinematics Arts who plays toy keyboards and old home computers and console, such as the Commodore 64, Gameboys, and self-made circuit bending machines."

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Fossil Strategies by Nathan Clevenger Group

Nathan Clevenger's group play off each other for ten minutes with Fossil Strategies, a playful, accessible piece of jazz.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Forty Seven by Tiny Creatures

A simple acoustic guitar leads the way through Forty Seven, but it's the strange things going on around it that gather all the attention.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Bottle Neck by The Grim

Bottle Neck is the The Grim's strongest performance yet, with much more variety in his vocals and his playing than any song he's put out yet.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Expand by JLin featuring Holly Herndon

JLin's record Dark Energy got a great deal of critical acclaim last year. The intense rhythms of Expand illustrate what all the fuss is about.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Plex Knowe Crypt by Tiny Folk

Plex Knowe Crypt has a slow, dark feel with echoing morose voices.

Friday, March 11, 2016

You Are A Child by State Shirt featuring Snowflake

Snowflake lends some lovely backing vocals to Your Are a Child, another slow brooding piece from Lost Hills.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Seems Like A Little Too Much by Glenn Case

Old Song Fight! hand Glenn Case has returned to the ring recently. Looking at his musical output over the years, on might think it Seems Like a Little Too Much.