[NEW TRACK] Arrange and Ricky Eat Acid - P. S. L. W.

This isn’t the first time I’ve written about Ricky Eat Acid and I’m sure it won’t be the last. I love him for his beautiful soundscapes, flawless production and genius remixes. Not to mention the speed he cranks them out. Here’s another collaboration with Arrange. The last one was just as breath taking. You can hear it below in case you missed out before.

Arrange - When’d You Find Me? (Ricky Eat Acid Remix) by Ricky Eat Acid

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Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival - Q-Tip and Kanye//

For those of you who missed Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival this weekend including myself here is a little taste of the intimate setting where Kanye showed up for Q-Tip’s set. It seems like the only way you can get a piece of Kanye is if are in the right place at the right time. 

If you see a super super tall dude wilin’ out like it’s nobodies business that would be my boyfriends roommate Tim. Kanye is his favorite. Until seeing this performance Tim would go on and on about how he’s never seen Kanye and how disappointed he was that he had missed him on another occasion. I would have paid some good money for the chance to have seen Tim’s face the moment Kanye stepped on stage.

-music from my ears. to yours. with love. jp

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[NEW VIDEO] Yellow Ostrich - WALE

Back in December, nearly nine months ago I watched in amazement as Alex Schaff looped and harmonized his way through a tiny show at Bowery Electric. There was at most ten people in the audience, but I knew then that this wouldn’t be the last time I heard from Yellow Ostrich.

Since then the band, which was originally just Schaaf has officially added two other members, opened for Beirut at North Side Festival, signed to Barsuk Records, re-released The Mistress; a EP that I am still listening to regularly and released the Fade Cave EP . Congrats to Alex for making it all happen. I can’t wait to see what lies ahead.

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[NEW EP] Beacon - No Body

Every week I get a beautiful email from Ghostly’s listening service Drip.fm. It’s currently in beta, but I would highly suggest requesting an invite. About a month ago they sent me over this gorgeous EP and I’m sad to say I haven’t had the chance to write about it even though I’ve been listening non-stop. I think “Exhale” is my favorite track, but the whole EP is perfection from start to finish. 

Beacon is currently on tour with another Ghostly artist who I’m sure you’ve heard all about, TYCHO. That’s a show I would love to see. Beacon is mellow ambient electro the rolls and dips with a melodic R&B inspired falsetto. One listen and you’ll be hooked. You can download the full EP for $4 on bandcamp. Grab it. It’s worth every penny.

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[NEW TRACK] The Black Keys - Lonely Boy

Another Danger Mouse produced album from The Black Keys, yes please! It will be called El Camino and "Lonely Boy" is the first single off of it. It’s set to drop December 6th. If you preorder now you get this single for free download. 

I’m going to go learn how to dance like that now. When I’ve perfected my moves I will be posting a video. 

[New Artist] Ingvild østgård - Your Heart Is A Weapon

This Norwegian songstress has the rare ability to emote with minuscule musical accompaniment using her voice as her weapon of choice.

I first heard her song  ”You Will Never Know” over on yvynl. I couldn’t believe it was a live recording. Literally flawless. When I delved deeper I found the beautiful track “Your Heart Is A Weapon.”

Her first album is a seven track live recorded session and it’s beautiful. You can grab it here

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Gotcha Covered - J. Irvin Dally - Wild Horses//

Here’s a little mellow Gotcha Covered track from California artist by way of Spain and Colorado, J. Irvin Dally.  This should help you unwind from you undoubtedly brutal work week.  Wild Horses has been covered a lot and until now my favorite cover was done by Cat Power.  This version rivals it.  I’m heading over to Googies above the Living room to watch him perform tonight.  Be looking out for a review.  

-music from my ears. to yours. with love. jp

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Marina and The Diamonds//I’m Not a Robot

Guess what, I’m not a robot either and to further this statement I’m not a huge fan of pop, but this is BIG.  This song kills it. As a non pop fanatic I would recommend this popolicious song to anyone with ear drums and a the ability to give some pop a chance.  Don’t act tough, don’t go smoke some cigs. If you don’t know what I’m referring to then you haven’t given Marina a listen. Shame on you!

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-music from my ears. to yours. with love. jp

River to Consider
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White Denim - River to Consider//

There aren’t many instances where I find Jazz Flute an acceptable or necessary part of rock music composition, but “River to Consider” happens to be an exception to the rule. Another would be Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull and of course the one and only Ron Burgundy in Anchorman. “Heeeyyyy, Aqualung” but that’s a whole other story.

As a side note, I’m also cool with anything Herbie Mann. He was a Flute and Sax master. Have a listen to “River To Consider” and then laugh your ass off at Will Ferral below. Happy Tuesday!

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MV Loooove Doctor - Valentines Day 2011 //

We know some of you have a love/hate relationship with V-day. Don’t worry, MV has got you covered no matter which side of the fence you sit on…

This Valentines Day we’ve put together a playlist of our favourite love songs, alongside our selection of anti-vday classics.

If all you need is love, well then, what you want, baby we’ve got it:

You won’t find any Celine Dion here. You will, however, find the likes Lee Fields, Little Birdy, Beach House, Bloc Party, Betty Davis, and even a little baby-making Ghostface Killah.

And for all you “Hershey and Hallmark” haters:

These aren’t your typical self-pitying break up songs. We’ve put together a suave and sophisticated list of modern and classic loveless tunes. Everything from RZA to Betty Davis to Paul Simon. Enjoy!

For your convenience, the lists currently stand as follows:

LOVE //
- Wolfmother - Woman/Love Train
- Bloc Party - This Modern Love
- The Get Up Kids - I’ll Catch You
- Beach House - Take Care
- Florence and the Machine - Kiss with a Fist
- Nirvana - Heart Shaped Box
- Stevie Nicks & Don Henley - Leather and Lace
- Ghostface Killah - Stapleton Sex
- Rick James - Gettin It On
- Lee Fields - Honey Dove
- Snoop Dogg - I Love Weed
- The Get Up Kids - Valentine
- Joni Mitchell - A Case of You
- Camera Obscura - The Sweetest Thing
- Little Birdy - Hairdo
- The Smashing Pumpkins - Stand Inside Your Love
- Nine Inch Nails - We’re In This Together
- Grateful Dead - Not Fade Away
- Jesse and the Rippers - Forever
- Reel Big Fish - She has a Girlfriend Now
- Little Feat - Dixie Chicken
- Phish - Waste

LOVELESS //
- Sally Seltmann - You’re So Vain
- The Aislers Set - The Red Door
- Paul Simon - 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
- Brand New - Seventy Times Seven
- Kanye West - Heartless
- Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
- Betty Davis - Anti Love Song
- Black Kids- Love Me Already
- RZA - Domestic Violence
- Cee Lo Green - F@#! You
- Bon Iver - Skinny Love
- The Magnetic Fields - Meaningless
- Johnathan Rice - It Couldn’t Be Me
- The Libertines - Music when the lights go out
- Gotye - Hearts a Mess
- The Guess Who - These Eyes
- Bob Dylan - Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright
- B.B. King - The Thrill Is Gone
- Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - Toothbrush and my Table
- Slick Rick - Treat Her Like A Prostitute
- Gayngs - Cry

Feel free to leave us a comment with additions for next years list!

Music from our ears. To yours. With love..and hate. -MV

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[Music Video] Hank and Cupcakes - HIT//

We’ve been supporting H&C for a very long time on MV and I believe they were the first band I ever interviewed almost two years ago down in the basement of Cameo Gallery. They are some of the hardest working and most talented musicians I’ve seen come through Brooklyn and that says a lot because I’ve seen just about everyone. For only two people boy do they know how to build a great pop song and make a proper ruckus while doing so.

All this being said, I’m beyond excited to show you their new music video for “HIT”. Not only because the song is great and the video is phenomenal, but also because they gave me the opportunity to be a part of it. Look for the girl in the striped dress dancing with the two other beautiful ladies. I was humbled when asked to be part of this shoot and thrilled by the way the video turned out. If you don’t know Hank & Cupcakes now you will soon. Congrats to this very talented hardworking duo. I can’t wait to hear their full album. Make sure to read the article Huffington Post wrote about them when the premiered their music video on the site this morning. 

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Beats Anitque// 

Beats antique is the ideal East meets West, beautifully mixing middle eastern traditions and potent west coast circus, underground hip hop, breakbeat brass band, downtempo, glitch and dubstep. 

Not only to they create an amazing sound but they apparently have a full dance troop among other things that tours with them. They describe themselves as, “an innovative creature built from the cumulative heritage of the world’s music chasing its tail.” Reading their bio may help you to understand how they came to be and where all that innovation comes from.

The haunting creeping track up above is “Miss Levine” while the track below, “Les Enfants Perdus" which translates to "The Lost Children". It was created after the disaster in Haiti with all proceeds donated to the country. It features Haitian drummers and samples of workers breaking stone with their axes aka it’s cool as fuck. 

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[NEW TRACK] Illuminator & Conveyor - Mukraker 

Last week I was lucky enough to see these two bands come together to perform their newly collaborated single “Muckraker” during their show at Glasslands Gallery. Both are great live and together they are dynamite. Just listen to that horn arrangement!

Make sure to check on Conveyor’s EP Sun Ray which was one of my favorites of 2011. 

Tiger Dare - Coffee

Here’s a debut single worth listening to you from brooklyn-based Tiger Dare. If you’re into Widowspeak then you’ll probably dig this mellow little gem with it’s jangly guitar melody pushing it along. You might also learn a few little life lessons by listening closely to the lyrics. “The love you make in August is worth twice as much when it snows.” True that!

Tiger Dare are in the midst of recording their debut EP. You can keep up with their progress over on their site tigerdare.tumblr.com.

Walter Meego - Wonder Valley//

I’ve had this album on my iPhone for ages now and I’ve been meaning to write about it. After seeing a friend tweet about yesterday I vowed to finally write this post.

Wonder Valley is the second LP from California based band Walter Meego. I was not familiar with any of their work until someone sent me this album. The lead singer Justin Sconza who also plays guitar and keys has a very unique voice. If used in any other way one might categorize it as irritating, but for some reason it works really well in this setting. I’m curious if he sounds like that live. You’ll see what I mean when you have a listen to below. Favorite tracks include “Star Light” and “Got Me Goin.”  The album is available for free download here.

-music from my ears. to yours. with love. jp

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The Morning Benders Change Their Name//

After five years one of our favorite bands The Morning Bendershave decided to change their name to POP ETC.  Along with the name change they have also released a nice little mixtape which you can listen to below.

At first we were mighty confused with the name change but after the explanation they posted on their former website we can totally respect why they chose to do so. We’re not sure if we can get used to the new name. What do you think?

Full Explanation:

“When we started this band in 2005 we had no expectation.” However, with success came tour dates abroad and the band eventually discovered the word “bender” is a slang term for “homosexual” in the UK and Europe.

“We were told our band name was the equivalent of ‘The Morning Fags’ in America. We had been called The Morning Benders for 5 years, and we were just finding this out now? It was shocking. And quite sad, to say the least,” Chu explained. “We had spent those years touring night and day, championing our name everywhere we could, only to find out that the name had an alternate meaning- one that made us look hateful, or at best, ignorant.”

“At the time we didn’t really have many options; we had already booked several tours as The Morning Benders and had just released our new album. We couldn’t very well change the name right then and there. We had unwittingly gotten ourselves into a problem with no immediate solution, it was extremely disappointing. But that’s all said and done. Now it’s 2012. We are at the tail end of making our third album, and we have been given the opportunity to change our band name. We’ve decided to seize that opportunity, and here’s why–

1. We simply cannot go on using a name that is demeaning to the gay community. The reason we are making music is to reach and unite as many different kinds of people as possible, and the idea that our name may be hateful towards anyone makes us sick.

2. In the UK and many parts of Europe the name has simply become too distracting. The MUSIC has always been our number one focus, and we want to present that to people in as pure a way as possible.”

Young Magic - You With Air

I’ve been rocking Young Magic non-stop for the last few weeks and I have the last.fm stats to prove it. The crazy bass on all these tracks is balanced out by Layers of haunting vocals and rolling drums. 

If orginality is what you’re after this trio Broolynites by way of Australia have got it. I would highly recommend grabbing both of their splits off of bandcamp while they are still free.

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Honey Eye Bee Leave Ewe
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[NEW EP] Alligator Indian - FOOTBALL

This is probably what the soundtrack to Grease would sound like if it was remade in to a lo-fi hipster infused musical. “Honey Eye Bee Leave Ewe” is the first single off of their newest EP FOOTBALL which dropped earlier this month. 

You can stream the full EP on their bandcamp page and then purchase it for a pay what you want price.

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The Morning Benders // Outlaw Blues

Who doesn’t love a good Dylan cover?  Reimagine Music knows the answer is everyone. That’s why tomorrow they will be releasing a cover of Bob Dylan’s, Bringing It All Back Home.  This cover album is full of up and coming artists, Sea Wolf, J. Tillman (of Fleet Foxes), Mirah, Peter Moren (of Peter Bjorn & John), Helio Sequence, Doiron, Franz Nicolay and Laura Veirs to name a few.

The Morning Benders are known for their slow beautiful melodies and they use that ability beautifully while covering this song.  It’s truly one of the best Dylan Covers I’ve ever heard.  I hope the rest of the artists can do the album justice too.  Below is the track list for the upcoming album.  You can DL this single FREE on their site.

Bringing It all Back Home

Peter Morén: “Subterranean Homesick Blues”
Ane Brun: “You Belong to Me”
Castanets: “Maggie’s Farm”
Mirah: “Love Minus Zero”
The Morning Benders: “Outlaw Blues”
Julie Doiron: “On the Road Again”
Asobi Seksu: “Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream”
Helio Sequence: “Mr. Tambourine Man”
DM Stith: “Gates of Eden”
Franz Nicolay: “It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)”
Sholi: “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”
J. Tillman: “If You Gotta Go, Go Now”
Sea Wolf: “Sitting on a Barbed Wire Fence”
Denison Witmer: “I’ll Keep It With Mine”
Laura Veirs: “Mama, You’ve Been on My Mind”
William Fitzsimmons: “Farewell Angelina”

-music from my ears. to yours. with love jp

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White Denim - Gas On F

Last year I posted White Denim’s”River To Consider" deeming it one of the only acceptable instances I could find to use Jazz Flute in a rock composition sans Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull. 

Just this week White Denim released two songs most likely out takes from their Takes Place In Your Workspace EP. My favorite being “Gas On F” which is a meandering classic rock inspired track.

I can easily say that White Denim is one of my favorite bands to ever evolve out of the Austin music scene. In my opinion their last album D was highly underrated so if you’re unfamiliar or overlooked it go back and take a gander. You can check out the other released track “Darlene” over on their SoundCloud page.

Catch WD at their BK bowl double header next week.

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