Archive | Rock RSS feed for this section

Till Death

4 Jun

I could listen to this forever. Intense but simple and dreamy. It’s my goal this summer to make a surf edit with this song.

Download

-Him

The Vermont Post: Stevie Wonder, Teen Daze, and Portugal. The Man.

12 Jan

Spent a week partying in Burlington which consisted of a lot of loud music and dance parties. The music of choice at my friends house was funk-  surprisingly fun and a needed break from electronic. I forgot to grab Robin’s playlist, but here’s an example:

Coincidentally, while I was there I found Teen Daze’s new song- “Let’s Groove”

Download

I was also introduced to Portugal. The Man, an  Alaskan/Oregonian indie rock group.

Download

-Him

The Pregame Handbook

15 Nov

It’s not a pregame unless there’s music. Playing the proper music at your pregame isn’t about having one good playlist, it’s about to catering to the crowd and the occasion you’re drinking for. Here’s a mini-playlist for your different types of friends and helping them get from a to b (where b may be drunkland or cloud9). Hopefully these songs keep your friends’ paws off your iPod/laptop.

There’s a lot of mash-ups and I’ve tried not to include any songs I’ve already posted. (Downloads are in batches when size limit allowed). Enjoy.

_

The “we pre game harder than you party” Pregame

When to play:

-Your living room looks like a frat house

-Dom Mazzetti just showed up and has high expectations for an epic night

-You have a subwoofer and lights

Playlist:

1. Strobe (Special Features Remix)- Deadmau5

2. All Night Long- 3LAU 3. Electric Dream- Mord Fustang

4. Fight Club Is Closed (Religion Remix)- Dada Life 5. Raging Levels- Mochi Beats

Serve with: Hard liquor

What to expect:

-People jumping, fist pumping, and yelling

-You’re definitely going to a club afterwards

_

The Dubstep Pregame

When to play:

-You’re going to a Bassnectar concert tonight

-You want to limber up your spine for those epic drops

Playlist:

1. Cinema (Skrillex Remix)- Benny Benassi

2. 1975- Zeds Dead _ 3. Feel So Close (Nero Remix)- Calvin Harris

4. Magical World- Bassnectar _ 5. Promises (Skrillex & Nero Remix)- Nero

6. Disco Rangers- Skrillex _ 7. Never Good Enough (The Killabits Remix)- Major Lazer _ 8. I Can’t Stop- Flux Pavillion

Serve with: Liquor or Pills

What to expect

-Possible injuries

-Noise complaints from frightened neighbors

_

The Suburban Alt. Pregame

When to play:

-Crowd includes liberal arts college students wearing flannels from urbz and soft hipsters who appreciate indie pop

-People are playing card-based drinking games

Playlist:

1. Low Shoulder- Toro y Moi _ 2. Up All Night- French Horn Rebellion _ 3. Punching In A Dream- TNAF

4. Pumped Up Kicks (Myndset Remix)- Foster the People _ 5. Little Bit (Villains Remix)- Lyyke Li

6. Baby- PNAU

7. Paradise (Fedde Le Grand Remix)-Coldplay

What to serve: Beers with a craft image but are actually owned by Ansesier-Buscsh, mixed drinks

What to expect:

-Name dropping of indie bands

_

The Deep Hipster Pregame

When to play:

-Your friends show up on fixed gears looking like homeless people

-You can’t play anything mainstream, unless it’s ironic or retro

-You can’t be too loud because your apartment is a closet in Brooklyn

Playlist:

1. Pure- Blackbird Blackbird_ 2. Grass- Animal Collective_ 3. Lovers- Brothertiger

4. Change of Pace- Orca Orca _ 5. Summer Holiday- Wild Nothing_ 6. Rad Racer (Summer Heart Remix)- Work Drugs_ 7. Sacred Heart- Cass McCombs

What to serve: PBR, beers no one has heard of, whiskey you got at a thrift store/ dumpster

What to expect:

-You probably won’t decide on going out anywhere that costs money

-People asking if you have any vegan snacks

-Hippie Jam Fest 2005

_

The Pop Pregame:

When to play:

-Friends don’t care too much for “techno” and hate hipsters

-Any songs they don’t know automatically suck

-Girls are tired of watching guys play beer pong and want to sing pop-songs  to occupy their time

Playlist:

1. It’s His Empire Sled- Youtube Mashup Proj._ 2. Give Me Everything (Tonight)- Pitbull

3. Little Secret Fireman- Tim Gunter_ 4. Ignition (Keep It Remixing Louder)- The Hood Internet

5. Bad Touch- Bloodhound Gang_ 6. Infinite Dream- White Panda_7. What’s Luv- Fat Joe Ft. Ashanti

What to serve: Light beer and Smirnoff Ice

What to expect:

-typical

_

The Reggae Pregame

When to play:

-You’re heading to a Rebelution concert or Marley Fest

-You have a comfortable couch

Playlist:

1. Jah roots- Sashamon_ 2. Youths Dem Cold- Richie Spice_ 3. Under Mi Sensi- Barrington Levy

4. Ganja Farmer- Marlon Asher_ 5. Pressure Drop- Toots & The Maytals_ 6. Roc Boys vs. Mrs. Officer -Slightly Stoopid & Jay Z

What to serve: Herbs

What to expect:

-Your friends eating all your food and playing Mario kart

-A lice-infested and stanky living room

_

The Punk Pregame:

When to play:

-You’re friends don’t wash their hair and only wear black tshirts and jeans

-Quality of the song is proportional to how badass it is

Playlist:

1. Obstacle 1- Interpol _ 2. Swim- Surfer Blood_ 3. Anarchy in the UK- Sex Pistols_ 4. Sex and Violence- The Exploited

5. Self Esteem- The Offspring_ 6. Tribulations- LCD Soundsystem_ 7. YSTC- Cassius

Serve with: Bud heavy

What to expect:

-Swearing, middle-fingers, cigarettes

-Not being let into any bars or clubs

-Drunken skateboarding

-Broken or burnt furniture

-Him

2 for 1 Tuesday

5 Sep

In the unlikely case you like one, you’ll likely like the other. What both of these producers have in common is that they have made some freakishly inconsistent stuff, though consistently experimental. The Noise-rock band HEALTH does a cover of a song from the sample-happy Pictureplane, and Blood Diamonds depart from their tropical flavor in “Heart” towards a soundscape by the likes of  M83/Animal Collective… hmm…

Download

Download

The question is, do you really need 2 songs, or is this a marketing scheme to convince you that NEED 2, when only 1 is sufficient. But the fact that the songs are free makes this irrelevant, and it is in fact merely a choice to download not just 1, but 2 songs. Now, faced with 2 choices as opposed to 1, you are more likely to download neither according to the paradox of choice theory. So no, this is not a marketing scheme, and no I will probably not do another 2 for 1 next Tuesday, or ever again.

Naked and Famous

1 Sep

You should have already heard of this group. These New Zealander’s came out hits like “Young Blood” and “Punching in a Dream” I posted over a year ago with their debut album. Here’s another song I didn’t catch on to until just now, its the last one on the album. See them at Park Life next month in Sydney.

Download

-Him

 

Health

24 Apr

From the skate video Boyish. Epic

Download

-Him


Jukebox Collective

21 Apr

Similar to LCD Soundsystem

Download

-Him

Phantogram

14 Feb

“Mouthful of Diamonds” became one of my songs-of-the-summer awhile back. 8 months later I still love it. Phantogram is an electro-rock due from Saratoga Springs, NY. They are beginning to show up at festivals/colleges, hopefully I’ll be able to see them soon.

Download the Alan Wilkis Remix

Download the Jackals Remix

-Him

 

I should not be posting this…

16 Oct

no, i’m not a lady. but

-Him

New Album from Kings of Leon

11 Oct

Come Around Sundown, Kings of Leon’s new album is set to release October 19th. The single “Radioactive” from the album was released last month on the bands website. Overall the album is decent, but I don’t think they’ve done anything too new, sounds alot like their old stuff. Here’s “Pyro”.

-Him

%d bloggers like this: