Best New Music 2010 – nr.21 – Holy Fuck

18 03 2010

Holy Fuck on stage
As the song crescendoed into a downright orchestral blow-out, my arms waived frantically. Playing the drums, I grinned with content at the band to my right, and caught glimpses of the crowd to the left as I head-banged my way through the last minute of the song. When it was over I was raging – my heart beating, my nerves on call, adrenaline pumping through me like an oil rig at dawn.

I looked left towards the crowd, slowly pulled the curtain shut, and turned to my iPod to see which band had brought this city-center embarrassement upon me. It was Holy FuckRead the rest of this entry »


Best New Music 2010 – nr. 20 – The Pass

8 03 2010

It doesn’t get much newer than this: The Pass have just brought out their very first EP, Colors, in February – and are currently recording an LP mixed by Alex Aldi (who worked with Passion Pit, The Walkmen, White Rabbits, etc.) [via IRC]

The available tracks are bright and funky – with tendencies to fall slightly in the vicinity of Phoenix, Passion Pit, and other New-Wave/Psychedelic-Pop bands – but are still fresh and clean. Read the rest of this entry »

Best New Music 2010 – nr. 19 – Portugal. The Man

7 03 2010

Strolling through the musical universe I slowly started to think I’d have nothing to write about today. The wood block designs I was planning for the DAW2010 failed miserably due to lack of RAM on my seven (!!) year old laptop. The Flash Plugin for my Firefox seems to be on vacation, so finding your next favorite song has been pretty hard in recent days. I also lost my knuckle in a cheese-grater during breakfast. It’s not the first time that’s happened either.

But what the hell do you care?

How many bands do you know from Alaska? Keep reading, and you might just know one. Let’s listen to Portugal. The Man! Read the rest of this entry »

Best New Music 2010 – nr. 18 – Man/Miracle

5 03 2010

If you liked the early laid-back roadtrip music we all know from Kings of Leon, you will certainly enjoy this fresh mix of drums, guitars, bass, sans synthesizers. Man/Miracle just released their debut LP, The Shape of Things, yesterday (March 3rd). It’s got some dark sides, bright sides, slow sides, and fast sides. A little bit everything packed in an atmosphere of original song-writing from the soul.

Now that your panties are wet, let’s have a listen: Read the rest of this entry »

Best New Music 2010 – nr.17 – Fang Island

25 02 2010

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Fang Island describe their music as “everyone high-fiving everyone” – and that’s pretty much how it sounds. Imagine Animal Collective for punks, with little aggression and lots of distortion. Heavy riffs with Super-Mario melodies and very creative song structures, these guys put on a great display of energetic musicianship.

To show off their soft side, you have to watch this “concert” in a kindergarten. Possibly the cutest concert I’ve ever seen: Read the rest of this entry »

Best New Music 2010 – nr.16 – Two Door Cinema Club

23 02 2010

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Peer pressure. That’s why I’m writing about Two Door Cinema Club. It’s not that I don’t like them, I just can’t decide if I actually want to say I like them. Fantastic songwriting and meticulous production – which may be precisely the problem. I feel like Doug Morris is standing in the mixing room saying “make me a hit” every time the engineer cues the recording. Maybe it’s just too good? Read the rest of this entry »

Best New Music 2010 – nr.15 – Blood Red Shoes

22 02 2010

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Guitarist + drummer, female + male. Looks good to me.
…And so do Blood Red Shoes. They don’t sound too bad either. Hailing from Brighton (the English seaside), this young pair are bringing out their second album soon, and we’re here to have a listen. Read the rest of this entry »