1. Django Django – WOR
With an opening reminiscent of Dick Dale’s song “Misirlou”, (perhaps most famously used as the opening song in Pulp Fiction) combined with air-raid sirens and stylized, sharp Beta Band-esque-vocals, these London-by-way-of-Scotland boys aim to take us on quite the sonic road trip. Legend has it their name comes from one of Django Reinhardt’s teachers who had a horrible stutter and was unable to say the guitar legend’s name correctly. They describe their music as “rollicking along sing-a-longs, galloping into disco sunsets like whisky-addled and leather-saddled bandits on the stolen backs of prairie wild mustangs.” Really? Yes, really. The WOR single officially comes out on 3/29 and you can download it now on their bandcamp page HERE. You can also visit their MySpace page HERE.
Django Django – WOR
2. The Black Keys – Tighten Up
I am beginning to think that everything Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) touches turns to gold. He has produced some of my favorite albums and songs in the last 10 years. His work with Gnarls Barkley, Gorillaz and Beck has been truly mind-blowing. He has a signature style and it’s definitely apparent on this new Black Keys track he produced. He infuses their rock flavor with a taste of soul and funk which is exactly what their edge needs. The Black Keys bring to the table true American rock n’ roll at it’s finest. Formed in Akron, Ohio back in 2001, they have been delivering us consistently great tracks since then. They sing of heartbreak and despair in a way only a true rock outfit can. Their new album “Brothers”, comes out on 5/18/10.
Black Keys – Tighten Up
3. Blitzen Trapper – Heaven And Earth
The piano introduction on this track hooked me in right away. There is a true earthy quality to front man Eric Earley’s vocals and it makes perfect sense that this band comes from Portland, Oregon. It sounds a bit like Billy Joel if he had lived deep in the woods for a few years and then recorded an album. With 4 albums under their belt, this sextet is at their peak. If you are in Los Angeles, they will be playing the El Rey Theatre on June 29. Their new album “Destroyer of the Void”, comes out June 8th and I have a feeling it will be a heavy rotation summer album.
Blitzen Trapper – Heaven And Earth
4. Jai Paul – BTSTU
I would be lying if I said I have any idea what BTSTU stands for. I don’t. But what I do know is that 21-year old Londoner Jai Paul delivers us one great springtime track. It’s futuristic and fresh but still somehow has an old vinyl feel. His smooth falsetto voice guides our ears with ease. Open the windows, put your feet up and just enjoy the goodness. You can download this track for free on his Myspace page HERE.
Jai Paul – BTSTU
5. Sensual Harassment – Fever
Considering this band is being produced by Jesse Cannon (The Cure, Animal Collective) and mixed by Adam Scheuermann (Coldplay), I’m pretty certain that this is a name we will be hearing a lot of in the very near future. It’s 80s dance floor meets electro-pop 2010. While that concept is certainly becoming redundant, this Brooklyn-based band still manages to bring their own mystery to the table. You can download this track for free now on their website HERE. You can also check out other tracks on their MySpace page HERE.
Sensual Harassment – Fever
Oldies but worth a re-listen:
1. Dick Dale & The Del-Tones – Misirlou
Since I mentioned this above I wanted to give the song it’s full credit here. Great stuff.
2. Smashing Pumpkins – Cherub Rock
Oh the 90s. How I miss you when I hear tracks like this one. Pretty amazing that this album, Siamese Dream, came out in 1993. Time flies.
3. Billy Bragg and Wilco – California Stars
Off the 1998 album “Mermaid Avenue“. Great song. Great album.
4. The Greenhornes (Featuring Holly Golightly) – There Is An End