Save The Clocktower :: Carousel

Save The Clocktower is an electro-pop band from Chicago.  Greg Newton (Drums, vocals, electronics), Sean Paras (guitar, vocals), Jimmy Shenk (keyboards) started the band back in 2007 and self-released their debut in 2009. The band is back in 2011 with Carousel.

I’ve probably listened to Carousel 100 times since it was sent to me early December. I immediately fell in love with everything about it.

When I think of a carousel, I imagine the traditional type of spinning machine. The type that has colorful horses and carriages rotating around with smiling kids and parents photographing them having a blast. When I was a kid, I imagined that those horses and carriages would lift off the carousel and take me to another place. It’s easy to lose yourself when you listen to Save The Clocktower‘s Carousel, like it was easy for me to lose myself as a kid on the carousel. The dreamy tracks on this album have the ability to take you to another place.

Save the Clocktower‘s sound is pure electronic pop with a hint of shoegaze. And their 10 track album is compiled of beat-driven jams that could hold their own on any dance floor or in your headphones.

The Carousel ride begins with “Drip”, an introduction to the album got me completely hooked and I couldn’t wait to hear more. The album ends with a slow burning, “Headphones”, which is absolutely gorgeous. Every song in between reinvents the band’s sound. This album has high repeatability without getting old. It’s just a fun album to listen to.

Save The Clocktower‘s Carousel is set for release on February 26 on CD and digital formats. I’ll have more information about how you can get your hands on this gem later, but for now check out my favorite track on the album, “Far Apart”, below.

mp3 :: Far Apart – Save the Clocktower

And if you are lucky enough to be in the Chicago area, Save The Clocktower is playing a show at the Empty Bottle on January 15.

More links!
http://www.facebook.com/clocktowermusic
http://www.twitter.com/clocktowermusic
http://www.myspace.com/clocktowermusik
http://www.soundcloud.com/savetheclocktower

Miniature Tigers :: F O R T R E S S

This record has been on constant rotation since I got my hands on it. Miniature Tigers have taken their straight forward indie pop sound to the next level with F O R T R E S S and I can’t get enough. These guys have come a long way from Tell It To The Volcano, and the future is looking very bright.
F O R T R E S S was produced by The Morning Benders’ Chris Chu, except for “Gold Skull”. It was produced by Alan Palomo whose better known as the brains behind Neon Indian. You can easily tell that these two had their hands all over this record, but it’s 100% Charlie Brand and company that gives this record that signature Miniature Tigers sound.
“Mansion of Misery” starts of the album with a twinkling percussion sound and Brand’s voice, followed by the rest of the instruments joining in to complete a bright pop sound. From there our journey through this album ends up with the drum heavy “Rock ‘n’ Roll Mountain Troll” and then on to “Dark Tower”, which is my favorite song on the entire album.
“Dark Tower” is such a heartbreaking, yet beautiful song that I could literally listen to all day without getting tired of hearing. The chorus, which goes “Living in a dark tower, getting darker by the hour/ Will I wake up from a dark, dark daydream/ Nothing can wake me from myself/ Not you, or no one else”, makes this track so painfully intriguing. It’s gorgeous.
It easy to dance straight through the next two tracks, “Egyptian Robe” and “Japanese Woman Living In My Closet”. And then end up at “Tropical Birds” that has a very classic Miniature Tigers sound and is comparable to the tracks on their debut album, Tell It To The Volcano.
“Lolita” is next and it begins with lovely piano line, which carries us all the way to “Coyote Enchantment”, the final song on the album. It begins with female vocals chanting ‘coyote’. It’s a nice surprise ending this record. The song has an interesting drum beat and guitar riffs that really make it stand out and very unforgettable. If you don’t find yourself moving to this track, then there’s probably something wrong with you.
For me, the only problem I have with this album is that it ends, but luckily F O R T R E S S never gets boring. Even if you listen to it too many times to count. Each time I listen to it I find a new song or a new part in a song to love.

F O R T R E S S is out now on Modern Art Records. It’s available on CD and LP.
You can catch Miniature Tigers on their headlining tour right now with The Spinto Band. ATLiens you all will have an opportunity to see them twice in one day on Friday, August 20. First they’ll be doing an in-store show at Criminal Records at 6:00 pm and then later that night, they’ll do a full set at Star Bar. And they’ll be back to Georgia supporting Neon Indian’s fall tour at the 40 Watt in Athens, GA on Saturday, October 9.

Live Review :: The xx @ Variety Playhouse

Recently I wrote a review of The xx’s show in Atlanta for Atlanta’s A List blog. Please check out the review and this blog, its a really great place to find out about new music, books and happenings in Atlanta. And don’t worry, I’ll still be writing for Wholly Roller. Look for new posts coming soon!

I also took some photos at the show. Here’s my favorite one and if you click on the pictures to the right you can look at the rest of them on my photostream in Flickr, including a photo of the set list! Thanks for reading!

Britney Spears 3 :: The Soundmen Remix

We’ve all heard Brit’s new song, 3, but have you heard with restyled by the remix kings, The Soundmen? Didn’t think so.
Here it is, for your listening pleasure and then you can download it here.

Britney Spears – 3 (The Soundmen Remix)

As always, visit their blog for all the latest information.
Also you can follow ‘em, fan ‘em and friend ‘em!
myspace.com/beatsandwaves
myspace.com/jjamison
twitter.com/scottdsoundmen

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Check it :: 8-bit Slave

As many of you all know, I really enjoy mixes. Like really enjoy them. I think it is so cool how people can listen to something and know exactly what to add to it or mash it up with to make it sound incredible.
Well, there is a mix extraordinaire out there that’s worth mentioning. 8-bit Slave hails from New York and has a lot to offer.

Sounding like a cross between Crookers, David Guetta, Timbaland, and Just Blaze, 8-bit Slave is influenced by a wide range of styles and refrains from calling one genre his comfort zone.  He can produce House, Electro, Minimal, Hip Hop, or Pop, but tends to weave in & out of all those genres while incorporating elements of those and other styles into his sound.  He doesn’t like to be classified into a single genre and caters to going beyond and discovering, rather than warming up the copy machine and cloning.

Check out this mix of pop princess Britney’s ‘Piece of Me’. It is awesome.
Piece Of Me (8-Bit Slave Remix)

Other ways to check out and connect with 8-bit Slave:
Twitter
Facebook
YouTube [watch, Ke$ha – Tik Tok (8-bit Slave’s Bump It Remix)]

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More from :: The Soundmen

New or old, they still sound good to me.

MIA – Hombre

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Nelly Furtado – Turn Off the Lights Featuring Gucci Mane

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Both of these songs are are great to begin with, but The Soundmen make them that much better.
Great dance tracks. Check ‘em out and download ‘em (Click on the song titles).
Seriously, you won’t be disappointed.

Visit their blog for all the latest information.

AND don’t forget to check out their Myfaces and Twitplaces.
myspace.com/beatsandwaves
myspace.com/jjamison
twitter.com/scottdsoundmen

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