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Sad Beauty: Cat Power - "Woman (feat. Lana Del Rey)"

Cat Power “Woman (feat. Lana Del Rey)” What a great single.  This might be one of the best songs that both Cat Power and Lana Del Rey have created for a long time.  The verse is this great Bonnie Raitt-type …

Sweet Harmonies: Hudson Taylor - "One In A Million"

Hudson Taylor “One In A Million” Bear Creek To Dame Street This is one of the best ‘let me go’ songs I’ve heard.  Irish brothers Harry and Alfie Hudson Taylor combine their vocals together with heart hitting guitars that ring, seriously, …

Autumnal Beauty: Still Corners - "The Message"

Still Corners “The Message” Slow Air What a beautiful, breathless voice, floating over the instrumentation that is clear yet foggy.  Some of the synth sounds are so ethereal, while the guitar is so crystal clear; a perfect balance.  There is …

Kick Ass Metal: Sunflower Dead - "Victim"

Sunflower Dead “Victim” C O M A This is no-holds-barred, balls to the wall metal.  There is no waiting period, no build-up in this song; no, Sunflower Dead gets down to business right away with that mean guitar over the …

Intimacy Through Association: Papercuts - "Laughing Man"

Papercuts “Laughing Man” Parallel Universe Blues There is something mysterious going on in this gorgeous pop song.  Nothing is as it seems, and no real activity is occurring, just fragments of dreams encased in beautiful 90s sounding pop with vocals …

The Journey: Fox And Bones - "Little Animal"

Fox And Bones “Little Animal” I love this song.  To me, it’s almost like a lullaby to all of us who have a hard day, night, week, month, year.  It’s tremendously lighthearted about the life of any of us who …

Two Is Perfect: Slaves - "Chokehold"

Slaves “Chokehold” Acts Of Fear And Love Rock n roll lives again.  The beginning of the song kicks with those power chords I love so much, reminiscent of Jack White’s attack, but the background vocals just kill this song (in …

Rock and Roll: KT Tunstall - "The River"

KT Tunstall “The River” KIN KT Tunstall has put the rock back in rock music.   Scotland born and now Los Angeles based, KT sounds a little like Lita Ford, which is definitely a complement.  Yet her approach to music is comparable …

Beautiful Sadness: neek - "something new something blue"

neek something new something blue (feat. Saro) words i shouldn’t have There is something extremely sad about neek’s new song.  Her voice and the production of it make the song sound even sadder, as if you are delving into reek’s …

Shopping/Stalking: Tessa Violet - "Crush"

Tessa Violet “Crush” Tessa Violet makes me happy.  I love this song, and the video is so tremendous.  Just her description of herself is perfect”  Confused and disgruntled. Video blogger. Singer/songcrafter. That’s all that needs to be said.  This is one …

Dark Sexual R&B: Tolliver - "Emmanuel"

Tollivar “Emmanuel” Rites (Icons Creating Evil Art) Tolliver will blow you away.  “Emmanuel” is such a multi-layered song that when Tolliver’s voice comes in, it will literally take your breath away.  Tolliver has a great tenor voice that at times reminds …

Kick Ass Rock: Rare Americans - "I VS I"

Rare Americans “I VS I” Rare Americans What a great song.  This is one of my favorite new bands, but “I VS I” really hits you in the stomach; it is so good and identifiable.  Honest to God, do you …

Soulful Synthwave: Chris Keya - "Cruise"

Chris Keya “Cruise” LateNight EP Chris Keya is a tremendous synthwave artist from Rome that produces music similar to Kraftwerk but more human sounding with these rich synth/keyboard tones that make you drift to this other world.  I had this …

Swirling Darkness: Blancmange - "Distant Storm (Radio Edit)"

Blancmange “Distant Storm (Radio Edit)” Wanderlust One of my all time favorite bands, Blancmange just continues to get better and darker.  Their new song, “Distant Storm”, is a beautiful mix of beats and synthesizers swashes in the midst of which …

Brazilian Electronica: Leopold Nunan - "Got To Be Strong"

Leopold Nunan “Got To Be Strong” With roots in Rio de Janeiro, Leopold Nunan is a true chameleon, able to assume any shape.  He is, get this, entertainer, singer, dancer, actor, director, choreographer, stylist, photographer, writer, and journalist, and he is …

Post Punk Beauty: Crooked Ghost - "Sleepwalker"

Crooked Ghost “Sleepwalker” Skeleton House One of my favorite bands, Crooked Ghost, has a new video out, and man, it’s a killer.  Coming from Asheville, NC, Crooked Ghost is one of those bands who has combined the Velvet Underground with …

Mystery: CZARINA - "Silence & Substance"

CZARINA “Silence & Surrender” CZARINA has been called “David Bowie and Siouxie Sioux’s secret love child,” and the label really fits.  She’s mysterious, sexy, talented, and has this other worldly appeal combined with that goth mystique that is so missing …

The Brit Invasion: RATS - "Weekend"

RATS “Weekend” What a great scruffy band from the UK.  I love these guys.  They have the Arctic Monkeys sense of melody with their own, twisted sense of humor.  To me, they’re like that group of losers/outsiders who decided to …

Booty Shorts and Beats in Gorillaz 'Humility'

2-D skates joyously through the Gorillaz new video for ‘Humility’ in his booty shorts and Beats while Jack Black picks out the cheerier parts of the song on guitar. This is Venice Beach so of course you have your juice-heads, jerks, and …

Performance Art: Franz Szony - "Petunia"

Franz Szony “Petunia”   I love Franz Szony; the look, the music, the total artistic and beautiful camp of the whole experience.  Szony is more than music; Szony is an artist with a capital A.  This is overwhelming performance art, …

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