Cut/Copy

January 27, 2011

Among the various indie outfits making danceable rock music over the last several years, Melbourne’s electro-synth-pop band Cut/Copy and their album, In Ghost Colours, immediately stood out from the increasingly populated crowd of LCD/Daft Punk proteges.

Dan Whitford et al return on Feb 8, with their third record, Zonoscope, which again aims to strike the perfect balance between band and DJ. Cut/Copy play NYC’s Terminal 5 April 1 and 2. They play the 9:30 Club in DC on March 29, and the Trocadero in Philadelphia on March 31.

Listen: “Need You Now” from Zonoscope, available from Modular Records

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Hercules & Love Affair

January 25, 2011

Blue Songs, the eagerly awaited sophomore album from discotheque champions Hercules & Love Affair is streaming at The Guardian.

Hercules leader Andrew Butler is the man who teamed up with Antony Hegarty and DFA Records to produce 2008’s “Blind,” the pinnacle of the recent electronic indie disco house phenomenon.

Listen: “My House” – from Blue Songs, available from Moshi Moshi Records on January 31

“My House” remixed by Stopmakingme

“My House” remixed by Hercules and Love Affair

Matt & Kim

January 23, 2011

The always lovable Matt & Kim have gone from food fights to fist fights with their latest video offering for “Cameras,” from their newest album Sidewalks. The video has everything one could ever want from MTV: fake blood, a kick drum pedal to the crotch shot, and people breaking through practice space walls via “Walk This Way.”

It’s an unconventional take on domestic conflict resolution that is sure to raise some eyebrows, though in the end a harmonious tag-team assault on some unsuspecting neighboring band wins the day.

Matt & Kim are on tour in Australia, and then in Europe through the spring. Sidewalks is out now on Fader Label.

Matt & Kim – Cameras (Mike D Remix)

Portlandia

January 23, 2011

Portland Dream of the 90’s

Indie-rock dynamic duo Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have moved their hilarious ThunderAnt project forward to IFC with Portlandia, a sincere and comical celebration of Portland, “a city where young people go to retire.”

Armisen and Brownstein take us on a tour of 90’s nostalgia, a time when the Pacific Northwest was the epicenter of a musical movement in which Nirvana would displace Michael Jackson on the top of the Billboard charts and Alternative music would earn its own Grammy category.

During the millenium’s final throes, Armisen was playing insane drums in Chicago’s angular and spastic Trenchmouth, and Brownstein was doing riot grrl guitar windmills as a part of Olympia’s seminal Sleater-Kinney.

You can watch Trenchmouth perform “The Volcanic Action of My Soul” at Emo’s in Austin, and Sleater-Kinney perform “One More Hour” from 1997’s Dig Me Out, during an in-store Tower Records performance in SoHo. Proof actual record stores once existed.

So pull out the Case Logic and import your 90’s favorites records to your iTunes library. You can twitter about sharing them on a torrent via your smart phone. Just don’t forget your Doc Martens. LOL 🙂