Goodness I freakin love Wampire’s new stuff, dis is them at The Parish at the Consequence of Sound II (at The Parish)
SXSW housemates and all around good folk GEMS opening the day up at the Crack the Road x Disco Naïveté showcase
Mitzi gettin funky (at Red 7)
Alex Bleeker is the way South-By should be started (at Red 7)
Mandrill - Love Song
When it comes to love songs, I like to keep it old school. “If you ain’t old school you don’t really know what’s happening…” as Steve Harvey said. I heard this driving home late the other night, the beginning came one and I was feelin’ pretty good. I had a moment with this song. When it first started off it reminded me of a Julian Lynch track, then the vocals came in. Pull your sweetheart closer and dance in the middle of the room.
It was released in the 70s, you and I will be fighting for the wax version, the digital version you can pick up at your store of choice.
Beaches - Distance
G vs B just premiered this track from the Aussies this morning. It sprawls across the sonic landscape spread eagle like Sharon Stone shifting positions in a chair in Basic Instinct. Hypnotic in nature, like a reformed Neu! track, it swirls inside the crevices of your brain causing it to chase it into a figure-8 only allowing you to just focus on one aspect each listen.
Keep an eye out for their forthcoming LP She Beats, due out this spring via Chapter Music.
GEMS - Pegasus
I’m really stoked for these two super nice folks from around the way, who shot the video “using an iPhone, a curtain, some matches and the light from the setting sun.” I haven’t had a chance to hang IRL with them yet due to scheduling conflicts, but we’ve made a vow [I’m making one now] that we will have a DC Summit in Austin, posi vibes and all.
Calvin Love - Magic Hearts
Saw this captivating dude last night open up for Naomi Punk and Mac DeMarco on Tour Dank at DC9 last night. I will say he was close to being my favorite last night. This Edmonton native could easily be doing these songs by himself with a backing track along with some guitar/keyboard sounds that he contributes live instead he brought on some pals to play drums and bass. It added this element that leads me say, his recordings really don’t do him justice. Adding more live elements I think allowed it to have a higher level of danceability and free-flowing responsibility.
Pick up his album New Radar from the camps and catch him out on tour or at SXSW if you make it down.