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30: Dance vs. Indie


School of Seven Bells – Kiss Them for Me (Souxie and the Banshees cover)
Garbage – Blood for Poppies
Jack White – Weep Themselves to Sleep
Electric Guest – Holes
Harlan – The Come Down
Jessie Ware – 110%
Chicane – Thousand Mile Stare
Morgan Page, Sultan, Ned Shepard & BT – In the Air (feat. Angela McCluskey)
Morgan Page, Andy Caldwell & Mendelsohn – Where Did You Go
Angus and Julia Stone – Big Jetplane (Michael Brun Bootleg)
Mark Foster + A-Trak + Kimbra – Warrior
Santigold – Look at These Hoes
YACHT – Le Goudron
Kimbra – Settle Down (DiJiTAL Remix)
Discobot – Last Night I Dreamt of Monsters
Milo & Otis – Friendly City

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The First Location-Aware Album: Bluebrain Presents ‘The National Mall’

The Washington D.C.-based band Bluebrain are the first to create a site-specific album that responds directly to listener location. Taking cues from The National Mall in downtown D.C., the album syncs songs and melodies to a listener’s location as they travel to various zones within the Mall.

The album will be delivered as an iPhone app and works by tracking a users location via the phone’s built-in GPS feature. Hundreds of zones within the Mall are tagged, and the sound plays according to where the listener is located in proximity to them. The zones overlap presenting standalone melodies, rhythms, instrumentation and pace specifically designed for each.

Separated from cultural and historical reference, the album pushes the boundaries of deconstruction not only in song but in the way a very album can be produced and presented.

The National Mall is the first in a series. Upcoming works include audio designs for Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York, and a piece that will stretch the entire length of California’s Highway 1.

For more: www.bluebra.in

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Glasser – Ring

What’s so good?

Glasser, a.k.a. Cameron Mesirow, is relatively new to the scene — her debut EP  Apply came out only last year — but her music sounds much more developed than most artists typically do at this point in their career. Her album, a piece of music way larger than the sum of its parts, incorporates intricate arrangements, brooding synths, and sophisticated vocals, weaving a story larger than any individual single can tell.

For a taste, visit  the opening track “Apply.” You’ll hear an echoing, percussive stomp juxtaposed against floating and ethereal vocals. At many moments,  like on the tune “Mirrorage,” all the layers become stripped away and slowly build, with the emphasis placed on her voice as she sings about love and lost trust.

Ring, out now on True Panther Sounds, is right up there with other must-haves of the season in that dark, witchy vein like oOoOO, Deerhunter, Warpaint, and Salem.  She’s is on tour now, playing a few dates at CMJ before heading west.

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myspace | myspace.com/glasssser

This post is syndicated from Indie Shuffle.

Fall Mixcast: CFCF, Spank Rock, Zowie, Escort…

This one takes us in a totally different direction than the last few did. Lately, I’ve felt inspired by the recent crop of seemingly zeitgeist-nailing bands with that darker, multi-dimensional and somewhat wistful sound. It feels totally perfect for the changing seasons and for the general transition into fall (think witchy: Deerhunter, oOoOO, Salem, Warpaint, Glasser).

While it’s easy to do the buzz band thang, I wanted to add my own style, you know – shake it up with some rock, hip hop, electro, and bits of cheddah tossed in in for fun. 🙂

This season inspires me. I hope to maybe pass some inspiration your way, too.

Intriguing Possibilities – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (from The Social Network OST)
Before and After Light – CFCF
Burnout Eyess – oOoOO
Shutterbug (Sub Swara Remix) – Sub Swara & Big Boi
You Can’t Stop The Prophet (Pete Rock Remix) – Jeru The Damaja
What It Look Like (Todd Edwards Remix) – Spank Rock
All the Eastern Girls (Breton Remix) – Chapel Club
Love Demolition – Zowie*
Bubblegunk – Entrepreneurs
Let The Sun Shine (Outlier Remix) – Labrinth
Cocaine Blues – Escort
I’d Love to Change the World – Ten Years After

*See her first U.S. interview (with yours truly) on Indie Shuffle.

New Music: The 88

The 88 are a four-piece rock band from Los Angeles known for their unexpected and powerful live shows. Their self-titled 6th studio album, out now, signifies a momentous return to their signature hooky and hi-energy sound. Together since high school, the guys seem to have a blast playing together and it definitely comes through both live and on their recordings.

The album is a great listen. Weeks after receiving a copy, I’ve still got it in heavy rotation.  It’s a swaggering, strutting romp mixed with a few slow-slung ballads for good measure.

If you’re in LA, hope to see ya at the record release party! It’s Tuesday, October 12th at the Troubadour.

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WATCH: The 88 perform on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic