Bridge Underwater is an indie/pop band from the greatest town I’ve never really been to, Philadelphia, PA.
Recently the band released Send Me All Your Love EP on CD and digital download. These brilliant, dreamy pop tunes have an unforgettable 80′s sound with a vibe that’s brand new. And it’s easy to pick up on the band’s influences without it being too overwhelming.
These songs would fit in on any John Hughes’ movie soundtrack. You know, at the end when Samantha Baker kisses Jake Ryan or when Keith and Watts kiss. Swoon.
Anyway, my favorite track on the EP is “I Love You.” That ending guitar riff really does it for me.
This year already proved itself as a fantastic year for releases and shows. Something Dreamy for the Road is a list of music released in 2010 and it’s music that I am absolutely in love with. This is an on going list of awesome, so look for a part two in the fall or maybe sooner. Who knows? I may need to do a part 3. You can listen to most of the songs below, but I suggest you get out there and buy the records because those are just tastes of how awesome those albums actually are.
Camera Talk – Local Natives
Dream City [Live in Austin] – Free Energy
Their whole album, Stuck On Nothing, is a soundtrack to summer. This song is my favorite song on the album and it’s a live track because these guys sound incredible live.
Take Care – Beach House
Truth Sets In – Avi Buffalo
More or Less – The Soft Pack
Our Deal – Best Coast
Holiday – Vampire Weekend
Crown on the Ground – Sleigh Bells
The Suburbs – Arcade Fire
Odessa – Caribou
Stay Close – Delorean
Tugboat – Venice Is Sinking
Seriously, Venice Is Sinking is one of the greatest bands to come out of Athens in quite sometime. They are definitely Wholly Roller approved. Sand & Lines will be available on June 15 and proceeds go to rebuilding the Georgia Theatre that burned in 2009.
Life Coach – Fang Island
Let Go – jj
Dance Yrslf Clean – LCD Soundsystem
It Gets Your Body Moving – Suckers
The one I chose is from the Daytrotter Session they did, its probably the best I’ve heard (besides live, of course). Wild Smile will be available on June 8 and I can tell you this, it will be awesome.
Take It Easy – Surfer Blood
Crown on the Ground – Sleigh Bells
Friday in Paris – Strange Boys
Thieves – She & Him
Cold War (Nice Clean Fight) – The Morning Benders
Deadbeat Summer – Neon Indian
BONUS song because I love you guys and this is a mix of two things I love: Suckers and Local Natives.
I’ll keep this short and sweet. There are two songs (kinda) up for you to listen to on Arcade Fire’s website. As some of you know, last week they posted a postcard saying that they were finishing up the 12″ release. Now there is a sample of both songs and an update: the single will be released in a “couple of weeks.” Oh Arcade Fire, thanks for keeping us guessing.
Side A: “The Suburbs” sound just like the suburbs should sound. Lovely, cheery and dreamy.
Side B: “Month of May” sounds a little more rough, a little more rock. Again, their musical description is rather dead on.
Just go to their website and listen to them. You will honestly find yourself listening to the same 10 seconds over and over and over again. Its just that good.
Are you ready for something so awesome that it is going to wear out your dancing shoes and rock your face off? If so, you need to head on over to iTunes and get TREATS (Mom+Pop/N.E.E.T.), the debut record from Sleigh Bells. TREATS is available right now for you to download, but don’t worry, it will be released on a physical CD on June 1 and the LP on June 22.
If for some reason you don’t want to own this now, you can listen to TREATS in its entirety on NPR.
Alexis Krauss is the voice, Derek Miller is the beat. They are all Sleigh Bells and they are awesome. Every track on TREATS is a dance track. Every track has a beat that will blow your mind and lyrics to match. My personal favorite is Crown on the Ground.
Sleigh Bells reached buzz status at last years CMJ festival in NYC and really hit the top this year at Coachella and SXSW. You’ve probably heard about them on every blog and indie radio station out there. Now they are playing shows all across the country, you need to see them if and when they stop by your city.
Pitchfork debuted Local Natives‘ new video for ‘World News’ today. These guys and director, Matthew Lessner, seem to have an interesting sense of humor.
I really enjoy the video. A lot. Of course, I’m not sure if it’s because I just love Local Natives or what. Either way, you should definitely click the link below and watch it. And if you don’t enjoy the video, at least you get to listen to a really great song.
For the article click here, but if you want to head straight to the video on Pitchfork TV click here.
Local Natives’ record Gorilla Manor is available now on Frenchkiss Records at a record store near you.
Also, “Like” the band on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for all of the latest news.
And Local Natives recently played two nights in NYC at the Bowery Ballroom, check out some photos and nice words from Brooklyn Vegan. I’m particularly fond of the “memorable facial hair” quote from the New York Times. Excellent.
A D.I.Y. approach to remixing. Phoenix released their remix of Grizzly Bear‘s ‘Foreground’ on their website today. It’s Brian Eno + Grizzly Bear + Phoenix + You controlling it = This is really neat and really beautiful remix.
I was driving down Briarcliff and this band started playing on the satellite radio. I thought, who is this and why are they so great? Well, they are The Joy Formidable and they have a new record coming out tomorrow (5/4) in the US called A Balloon called Moaning. And it’s available on Black Bell Records.
Check out this song, and listen for yourself.
You definitely want to watch out for this band. They are from the UK and they have been touring the northeastern part of the US and Canada.
Check out some more songs on their Myspace, “Like” them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. They are definitely on my “Best New Music” list. Eat your heart out Pitchfork.
If you know me, you know that my latest obsession is Local Natives. I love them. Mustache, beards, cute curly hair and all.
Anyway, so the music. Their music is fantastic. I mean if you like awesome music with three-part harmonies, percussion blasts and thoughtful lyrics, you’ll definitely like Local Natives. Their debut record, Gorilla Manor, is out now on Frenchkiss Records and you need to buy it. Go!
On Saturday, May 1, I was lucky enough to catch these incredible dudes, who hail from Silverlake, CA, twice when they stopped in Atlanta. Once at Criminal Records in Little Five Points and then later that night at The Masquerade. Both shows were amazing. The unplugged acoustic in-store was crowded and intimate. They played the popular Airplanes, Sun Hands, Wide Eyes and my personal favorite, a cover of the Talking Heads‘ song Warning Sign. And of course because they are super nice, they stuck around, signed autographs and chatted with some fans before heading down the street to The Masquerade.
That night at The Masquerade, they played to a packed house downstairs in the area of the venue known as “Hell”. Again, very intimate and very crowded, but in a good way. The only complaint I have is the crowd was rather dead. I felt like my group of friends and me were the only people moving. Especially during Suckers (follow them on Twitter and give them a thumbs up on Facebook), the opening act from Brooklyn, NY. Maybe everyone was just in awe of these two really fantastic bands, who knows? Needless to say the show didn’t let me down. They put on such an incredible show and are such nice guys (I can’t say that enough, they are SO nice!). Both bands hung out with fans after the Masquerade show, signing autographs and posing for pictures. Side note, Suckers is releasing their debut, Wild Smile, in June. It’s going to awesome!
Seriously, you have to at least check out Local Natives. You can catch them in a city near you on this current tour, check their website or Myspace for dates. They will also be at Bonnaroo (June 10-13). I know I’ll make an effort to see them again as soon as possible, you should as well!
Pst… follow Local Natives on Twitter and “Like” them on Facebook if you know what’s good for you.
And if you don’t believe me when I say, “This band is great!” Just give them a listen, this song is also a favorite of mine.
Okay so, I love Best Coast. Her song “When I’m With You” is absolutely fantastic. And now she has released a new song from her yet to be released record. The song is “Our Deal”, follow this LINK and listen. You won’t regret it.
Bethany Cosentino is the lo-fi beach-popper behind Best Coast. Go to her Myspace and check out more of her incredible music.
She also has a Twitter! Follower her for her wit and charm.