Smith Westerns

Got my grimy little hands on a promo copy of Smith Westerns second album and IT IS DAMN GOOD. The David Bowie influence is undeniable. Also reminds me a little bit of Ambulance LTD vocally. It has those classic guitar riffs that speak as loud as the lyrics. There's no weak link on Dye It Blonde . The young four piece formed in Chicago. They are currently touring with one of my fav bands Girls. Check out the first single "Weekend" below.

MP3: Weekend- Smith Westerns

Best Albums of 2010 :: Part 2!

Erika did a great job with her Best Albums of 2010 list! If you haven't already seen it you can check that out here. Instead of repeating a bunch of the albums she posted (which many are my favorites of 2010 as well), I thought I'd add some I liked that she didn't include instead. Here they are, enjoy!

My favorite album of 2010 is Brooklyn band The National's exquisite 'High Violet'. Along with Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" they were my two favorite/most listened to albums in 2010. They are a tie in my book. I would go from listening to one album non-stop then switch over to the other, but if pressed I think I would choose 'High Violet'. It wasn't an album that I played out so much as the tracks are pretty dark, introspective and downtempo for a club, but it got the most plays at home and in my car. A friend on Facebook described the album as "dark, desperate and stripped to the bone" I couldn't have said it better myself. Matt's voice is achingly beautiful and it's the best record they've put out so far (which is saying a lot, because 'Alligator' and 'Boxer' are stellar as well!). Track number #2 "Sorrow" with the opening lyrics 'sorrow found me when I was young, sorrow waited, sorrow won' is heart breaking and beautiful as he let's you into his world. You can feel his pain. One of my favorite tracks on the album, but really it's an album that's best heard in it's entirety. My only regret is not seeing them perform live in 2010. The one Florida show they did was in Orlando on the same night that LCD Soundsystem played in Miami and since LCD said it would be their last album/tour I kinda went with that one (which was amazing also), I only wish I could've cloned my myself that one night, sigh. Anyways hopefully these guys stick around for a long, long time. If not we got this classic to keep us warm for all time.

MP3: Sorrow - The National

A great example of why it's not such a good idea to release an album so early in the year as it tends to be forgotten by the time the Best Of lists come along in December is Hot Chip's 'One Life Stand'. Although not their best album (I still think 'The Warning' wins that), it's still a solid record that I listened to/played out a bunch in the beginning of the year, particularly first single "One Life Stand", which is Hot Chip at their dancey best.

MP3: One Life Stand - Hot Chip

Although I could have done without some of the noisier tracks on Crytal Castles second album like "Doe Deer", when they got melodic like on tracks "Celestica", "Vietnam" and "Baptism" they are at their prime. A fine dance record! Getting Robert Smith to re-do the vocal parts of "Not in Love" was pure genious and produced one of the finest singles of 2010. They could've come up with a better title than just self titled like their first record though. Leaves us calling this Crystal Castles #2?

MP3: Celestica - Crystal Castles

Although apparently released in 09' it was re-released and made a splash in 10' so I have to include this happy surf rock/pop debut by NYC's The Drums on here. They made a pretty big buzz this year and were a big part of the whole surfer rock resurgence we saw this year. "Best Friend" and "Let's Go Surfing" were two of my favorites. I posted "Let's Go Surfing" on the Best Singles list so here's "Best Friend". Good to have the lead singer from Elkland back. I loved that record 'Golden' they released back in 05'.

MP3: Best Friend - The Drums

Australia's Bag Raiders made a splash in 08' with their big electro-pop hit "Shooting Stars" then they took their time before putting out their self titled debut record this year and it was worth it! A great mix of electro-pop with some nu-funk thrown in there as well. A fine record that I really enjoy listening to. "Way Back Home" was one of my favorite singles that I posted on my top 50, so here is "So Demanding" another lovely, funky mid-tempo dance groove for the cool cats to strut their stuff.

MP3: So Demanding - Bag Raiders

The way release dates are nowadays I'm not sure if French Horn Rebellion's album 'The Infinite Music of French Horn Rebellion' is out yet or where, but it's a great record that I got into at the end of 2010 so I'm gonna include it on here. It kinda feels like a mixtape because of the way the tracks blend into each other and how they incorporate a bunch of different styles, but in the end it's a great pop record! They have a great ear for catchy/poppy hooks and even though their live show leaves a lot to be desired (I hope they've gotten better at that). It's obvious they know what their doing in the recording studio. Here's "Last Summer" track #10 from the album which almost feels like two different tracks when the change comes in around the 2 min mark and will give you a good idea what they do. A very solid second half on this record were many others fade.

MP3: Last Summer - French Horn Rebellion

I wasn't really into Yeasayer until I saw them perform live earlier this year. Then I became a huge fan. Their live performance is better than their live recordings which as most of us concert goers know is not a common thing at all, in fact most bands don't sound as good live as in their recordings, let alone better. "Ambling Alp" and "Madder Red" are superb singles and they do their own thing the way they do it and that's the way I like'em. 'Odd Blood' indeed.

MP3: Madder Red - Yeasayer

My beloved James came back this year with 'The Morning After The Night Before' which is basically two EP's put together into one album and it's some of the best stuff they've done in years! So good! This and 2007's 'Hey Ma' shows they're not missing a step. Saw them perform for the first time earlier this year in their kickoff show for their first U.S. tour in years for a small audience in Ft Lauderdale were Tim said upon gettting to the stage and a little surprised by the size of the crowd 'Welcome to an intimate night with James'. For the next hour and a half Tim Booth and the band blew me away! True artists in every sense of the word. These guys seem to only be getting better as the years go on in their 25+ yr career. Never re-treading the same ground, but yet still retaining the spirit that made me love them so in the first place. Here's "Tell Her I Said So" which Tim informed us at the show was mainly written by his mom waiting to die in a nursing home. Really changed my perspective of what I think of when I hear this track now.

MP3: Tell Her I Said So - James

One of the bands that I most played out this year in my DJ sets was Two Door Cinema Club. Their debut album 'Tourist History' is an excellent electro-pop dance record! So many catchy singles like "I Can Talk", "Undercover Martyn", "Something Good Can Work", plus they were one of the most remixed artists of the year. So chances are if you heard me spin this year I probably played at least one of their tracks/remixes in my sets. Here's "I Can Talk" one of the first tracks I heard from them that first caught my attention. Have a feeling these guys have a long future ahead of them and that's good news for us!

MP3: I Can Talk - Two Door Cinema Club

I can never get enough of the sultry voice of Blonde Redhead's lead singer. 'Penny Sparkle' sparkle's like a diamond. In particular opening track "Here Sometime's" is one of the most gorgeous tracks they've ever put out. Kicks off the album with a bang and never looks back. Great late night record to put on and enjoy with some wine or a spliff.

MP3: Here Sometimes - Blonde Redhead

Another album that may suffer from an early of the year release and may be forgotten in most Best Of's is The Golden Filter's 'Voluspa'. Came out way in the beginning of the year, but it's a solid electro-pop record and they were like the buzz band there for a minute or two. Watching them perform at WMC on a rooftop overlooking the Miami skyline at the W hotel filled with mostly suits who didn't even know who they were was a highlight of WMC for me. It was like a private concert for just a handful of us. Pretty bad ass!

MP3: Hide Me - The Golden Filter

One of the saddest things this year was the tragic death of lead singer for Ou Est Le Swimming Pool. Their debut record 'The Golden Year' is excellent! Made me real sad to hear of his death as their album showed so much potential. It's like he died right before they had a chance to make it. Maybe they will re-group and go on without him, but he will be difficult to replace. Either way we have this great record to remind us what could have been. You can read a nice little write up Erika did about the incident earlier in the year here

MP3: Outside - Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

That's about it! I'm sure we missed some, but hey no matter how much we try it's hard to keep up with everything that's released. Although I've been checking out some lists and I like ours best ;) Cheers to all the good music of 2010 and all that's to come in 2011 and beyond! Thanks for being fans of Off the Radar and all the lovely messages of support you guys send us! We love ya all and hope to only get better in the years to come. Cheers!

Happy New Year!

50 Best Singles of 2010!

Man these best of lists are time consuming and difficult to do, but fun and satisfying at the same time when you're finally done with them. Didn't include remixes on this list cause that would open a whole other can of worms. This list is based on what I actually listened to/played out in 2010. I literally went through all my playlists starting from January 2010 till December and hand picked the tracks I liked most. So please no 'where is this track comments'. It's impossible for me to include nor did I listen to everything that was released in 2010. I numbered them for fun, but really who knows which track is #1? Any of the tracks in my top 10 could arguably be #1 and they are all really good in my book.

P.S. A couple interesting things I noticed once I finished the list. Almost had 3 tracks named "Home" in my top 50, but at last minute realized Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros "Home" which probably would have topped them all was released in 09'.  Also for some bands who had multiple great tracks it was difficult to choose a favorite like for example Duck Sauce had a big hit with "aNYway" that could have been on the list, but I went with "Barbra Streisand" instead cause I thought it was a bit of a bigger hit and wanted to avoid doubles by the same band. Same goes for Crystal Castles who my favorite track on their album was "Celestica" but went with the Robert Smith's guest vocal track "Not in Love" instead cause it's like the best Cure song we haven't heard in over a decade. Also Arcade Fire could have had multiple tracks on here, but I went with "Sprawl II" because it was the stand out track when I first heard the record, but "We Used to Wait" is equally as good in my book.

Here they are with links to the original posts we did were you can download the tracks, remixes or watch videos for them. For the Top 10 I added players for them as well. Enjoy!!!

50 Best Singles of 2010::

50. Home - Glasser (post/mp3)
49. On & On - Fossil Collective (post/mp3)
48. White Hot Magic - The Polyamorous Affair (post/mp3)
47. This Moment - French Horn Rebellion (post/mp3)
46. Oh My God - Lissi Dancefloor Disaster (post/mp3)
45. History - Groove Armada (remix/video)
44. In Dreams - Dreams (post/mp3)
43. Synchronize (feat Jarvis Cocker) - Discodeine (post/mp3)
42. Heats - Kamp! (post/mp3)
41. Wait and See - Diamond Rings (post/mp3)
40. He Would Have Laughed - Deerhunter (post/mp3)
39. Lost a Girl - New Young Pony Club (post/mp3)
38. Slow - Twin Shadow (post/video)
37. Walk in the Park - Beach House (post/mp3) 
36. Dust Devil - School of Seven Bells (post)
35. South Pacific - Is Tropical (post/video)
34. Hide and Seek - Mirrors (post/mp3)
33. Crave You - Flight Facilities (cover)
32. Sometimes - Miami Horror (remix/video)
31. Way Back Home - Bag Raiders (post/video)
30. Open Season - High Highs (post/mp3)
29. Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap (post/remix)
28. The First Time - World War (post/mp3)
27. Just Can't Sleep - The Aikiu (post/mp3)
26. Ghost in My Head - Niva (post/mp3)
25. Pure - Blackbird Blackbird (post/mp3)
24. Madder Red - Yeasayer (post/video)
23. Something Good Can Work - Two Door Cinema Club (video/remix)
22. Dreamin' - Feldberb (post/mp3)
21. Stylo - Gorrillaz (post/mp3)
20. Hands - The Ting Tings (post/mp3)
19. Little People (Black City) - Matthew Dear (post/mp3)
18. The Phoenix Alive - Monarchy (post/mp3)
17. The Sun - Casa Del Mirto (post/mp3)
16. The Ageless - The Diogenes Club (post/mp3)
15. Nuclear City - Estate (post/mp3)
14. The Worse it Gets - Penguin Prison (post/remix)
13. Let's Go Surfing - The Drums (video/remix)
12. I Think I Like U 2 - Jamaica (post/mp3)
11. Heaven's on Fire - The Radio Dept. (post/mp3)

10. Round and Round - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti (post/mp3)

MP3: Round and Round - Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

09. Here Sometimes - Blonde Redhead (post/mp3)

MP3: Here Sometimes - Blonde Redhead

08. Home - LCD Soundsystem (post) 

MP3: Home - LCD Soundsystem  (Streaming Only)

07. Baby I'm Yours (feat Irfane) - Breakbot (post/mp3)

MP3: Baby I'm yours feat. Irfane - Breakbot

06. Barbra Streisand - Duck Sauce (post/mp3)

MP3: Barbra Streisand - DUCK SAUCE

05. Not in Love (feat Robert Smith) - Crystal Castles (post/mp3)

MP3: Not in Love (ft Robert Smith) - Crystal Castles

04. Odessa - Caribou (post/mp3)

MP3: Odessa - Caribou

03. Mouthful of Diamonds - Phantogram (post/mp3)

MP3: Mouthful of Diamonds - Phantogram

02. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) - Arcade Fire (post)

MP3: Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) - Arcade Fire  (Streaming Only)

01. Bloodbuzz Ohio - The National (post/mp3)

MP3: Bloodbuzz Ohio - The National

Miami Horror / Cassian Remix

Australia's Miami Horror just put together a collection of all their recent remixes on iTunes appropriately called Illumination (Holidays Pack). As a treat they are giving away a remix they did with fellow Aussie Cassian for their track "Holidays". A great nu-disco/dance floor friendly rework that contains elements of both their styles. Good stuff! Check it out...

MP3: Holidays (Miami Horror and Cassian Remix) - Miami Horror

Mmmatthias Chords Mix

Although unrelated to the holidays (wait dancing and holidays go together, no? At least they did at all my parents Noche Buena's growing up). If disco is your thing (or even not so much so) you're gonna love this latest DJ mix put together by Mmmathias called Chords Mix. An excellent hour and a half mix that also delves a bit into electro-pop, but mainly keeps it's disco roots intact. I know a bunch of DJ friends who could use a mix like this in their arsenal. You know, for the beginning of the night/bathroom breaks/smoke breaks, etc. I've been jamming it all day. Recommended download.

MMMatthias CHORDS Mix by MMMatthias

An Indie Christmas!

Still can't believe it's almost Christmas and that the year is almost over! 2010 went by way too fast, but I am looking forward to 2011 and it's new adventures and endeavors.

In the mood to spread some Indie Christmas cheer?! Well Moshi Moshi Records releases 6 sweet Christmas songs on the album, "A Christmas gift for you from Moshi Moshi" (available here) with some of their top new artists, Summer Camp, James Yuill (that I blogged about here in May), Hot Club de Paris, Slow Club, Ingo Star Cruiser, and Idiot Glee.

I am thankful for many people in my life and the opportunities that have occurred this year. Contributing to this great music blog and working with a wonderful team is definitely one of them. The frosting on the sugar cookie is being able to share one of my greatest passions with all of you! On behalf of the team, thank you for your continued support, we greatly appreciate it!

Wishing all of you and your families the best of holidays wherever you may be celebrating. Stay warm or cool (depending on your location) and most of! Cheers :)

MP3: Summer Camp - Christmas Wrapping

MP3: Slow Club - Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)

MP3: James Yuill - Winter Wonderland

Scissor Sisters (New Video)

Real world demands can be such a bummer, but I'm back with nothing less than one of my favorite videos of the year by none other than SCISSOR SISTERS! Created by the same team that brought the video gem that is El Guincho's "Bombay", their latest efforts with Scissor Sisters really does this song justice. Invisible Light is the strongest track on their album "Night Work", which fellow contributor Erika posted (and agrees with) back in April. Jack Shears of Scissor Sisters agrees that Invisible Light should have been the first single opposed to the third. "That's the heartbreak about it - it's something I always follow, always going with my instincts," Jake Shears said "because, if you put something out when you're following your instincts and it fails, it's all on you. 'Invisible Light' should have been the first single." I'm OK with it, it gave the band enough time to sit around and give us this delightful journey.

This is definitely a video for the weekend, far from the office!!! ENJOY!!!

Beach House (New Track)

What's this?? A brand new holiday track from one of 2010's best artists, Beach House? What an excellent early Christmas gift! The song is excellent too! Would've fit in perfectly with the rest of Teen Dream. Keeping in tradition with the Baltimore duo's style, it's a slow, enchanting and slightly downcast dream-pop ballad, and, keeping in tradition with holiday music, features some beautifully integrated jingle-bells!

MP3: I Do Not Care For The Winter Sun - Beach House

James Delay

26 yr old London producer James Delay recently contacted us and sent us his new track/video "Howl". It's a excellent mid-tempo instrumental electronic track. Really great stuff! Gonna be keeping my eye on this up and comer. Check out the goods...

Howl by James Delay

Fenech-Soler :: New Video/Single

UK band Fenech-Soler that I maybe covered a bit too early more than a year ago here are back with a new single/video for their track "Demons" off their excellent self titled debut album. "Demons" will be officially released in February 2011. Very beautiful/colorful video to match the great track. There's also a really good Yuksek remix out there that I was gonna include on here, but it looks like Hype Machine is down as they're re-vamping their site. Hmmm, interesting...

P.S. Be sure to click on the HD 720 option when you watch this video for the better audio/resolution.


Shook is a new artist/remixer from the Netherlands that's got a great ear for music and great comic book style art work! This latest remix he sent our way for M.I.A.'s "Internet Connection" is superb! In addition he's done remixes for Pheonix's "Lisztomania" that landed him the top spot on Hype Machine's most popular tracks recently. I've also been hearing buzz from random people here and there which means he's getting noticed. Good job Shook! Check out his soundcloud for more goodies from him, many of which are downloadable as well. If you like this remix click that little arrow on the right there and download this baby to your hard drive. I sure did.

P.S. Be on the lookout for his debut EP The Glow scheduled for full release in early 2011. If you're a vinyl junkie that's ready to go now with only a limited edition run of 200 and with some cool comic artwork inside. You can check that out here.

M.I.A - Internet Connection (Shook Remix) by Shook (Official)


There's something unique about Berlin electro that sounds like nothing else on the planet. Berlin duo Tyskerhar are a good example of that. This new single they sent us "Oh" has that great Berlin sound I'm talking about. Great dark sounding electro that feels like it could have come straight out of the 80's underground. Check it out for size. If you dig it right click/save as, it's yours for the taking in full 320 bit rate. They will be releasing 2 new EP's in the coming months. We'll keep you updated.

MP3: Oh - Tyskerhar  320 kbps

The Rural Alberta Advantage

The Rural Alberta Advantage was one of my favorite new bands that I discovered in 2009 with their album "Hometowns". This album was originally released in 2008 then re-released via Saddle Creek Records in 2009. The 3-piece band are from Toronto, Canada and have drawn comparisons to Arcade Fire's revved up instrumental sounds and the voice of Neutral Milk Hotel, Jeff Mangum.

The RAA received a lot of noteworthy buzz in 2009 by playing at SXSW on the same bill with Grizzly Bear then a sold out tour and signing to Saddle Creek with lots of media attention. Their sophomore album 'Departing' will be released March 1 via Saddle Creek and Paper Bag in Canada. In conjunction with the new release they start playing Canadian cities tomorrow, NYC in January, and a pretty full US tour month in March with a stop at SXSW.

The first sneak peak we get from the new album is track #6 "Stamp", a free download you can get here by entering your email address. This song has a lot of charged up characteristics reminiscent from the first album and I'm crossing my fingers that it's as great as "Hometowns". I have lots of fond memories dancing with my besties to that album!

MP3: Stamp - The Rural Alberta Advantage

MP3: Four Night Rider - The Rural Alberta Advantage

Air Zaire

Man Air Zaire has a hard name to find. All I could get on the google was an Air Zaire airline, haha. Nothing by them even on Hype Machine. Wherever these guys are from they make some amazing music! They recently sent us their track "Carribean Smash" and it is just that, a smash! Such a feel good upbeat dance jam that will warm your hearts during this cold winter snap that's even affected us here in Miami were it dropped to the 30's last night. That's like the equivalent of 0 anywhere else, brrrrrr.

MP3: Carribean Smash - Air Zaire  320 kbps

Murder Mystery (New Single)

What a great 'Best of' list Erika put together! Shows how much amazing music was put out this year. I got my own list with a few similar ones and a few different ones. I'll post it up sometime next week to give a little space between the two lists, plus I'm also putting together a list of the top tracks for 2010. Expect that list soon also.

For now let's continue with some new music. I know it's the end of the year, but I'm still receiving tons of great stuff to share with you.

First up is NYC band Murder Mystery that I posted back in June here. They sent over a new single called "Problems" featuring vocals by their drummer Laura that is indie pop delicious-ness! Such a great upbeat feel good track that is perfect for this time of the year. Been on repeat since I got it and the band has been kind enough to offer it as a free download. Who says nothing is free anymore? Right click, save as and thanks to Murder Mystery for making such lovely music to share with the world.

MP3: Problems - Muder Mystery

Best Albums of 2010

Making a "Best of 2010" list is quite hard. So many records I loved this year but what it came down to is what I personally listened to most. So here it goes in no particular order:

LCD Soundsystem- This Is Happening (DFA)
James Murphy opens up with, "Dance Yourself Clean," a tentative track that we all know drops like a bomb. The synth warns you. A bold statement but the rest of the album follows suit. By the end you have definitely danced yourself something.

MP3: Dance Yrself Clean - LCD Soundsystem

Beach House-Teen Dream (Sub Pop)
I read that they spent every dollar they had recording this album. I once emptied out my bank account on a pair of Jill Stuart heels. I don't regret it and they shouldn't either.

MP3: Walk in the Park - Beach House

Black Keys-Brothers
I'm not ranking anything but this album would be my number one. It's sexy, timeless rock and roll and in my eyes a perfect record that welds together a brooding sense of longing without sounding whiny.

MP3: I'm Not the One - Black Keys

!!! (chk chk chk)-Strange Weather, Isn't it? (Warp Records)
Kind of my wild card. It's really anti pop and organically made for being a dance record. They don't give a shit (not that these pioneers ever did) about what the kids are dancing to these days. Makes me want to stand next to a speaker.

MP3: Wannagain Wannagain - !!!

Miami Horror-Illumination (EMI)
A really pop dance record. I love the arrangements of samples and vocals all the way through.

MP3: I Look To You - Miami Horror

Twin Shadow- Forget (Terrible Records, 4AD)
Haunting and catchy, this album deserves all the acclaim it's garnered this year.

MP3: At My Heels - Twin Shadow

Best Coast- Crazy For You (Mexican Summer)
Everyone is crazy for this record. Except for maybe serial killers. They might not know how to understand what it's like to be so in love. Then again it might be super creepy to have the track, "Boyfriend," in a scene of a movie where a serial killer savagely murders someone. Hollywood, any thoughts?

MP3: Boyfriend - Best Coast

Deerhunter- Halcyon Digest (Kranky, 4AD)
I listened to this album twice because I couldn't think of what to say. The second time, "Desire Lines," came on. That's why this is one of my favorite records. All the songs are that good.

MP3: Desire Lines - Deerhunter

Tame Impala- Innerspeaker (Modular)
This record definitely evokes a time and place in a way that instead of taking us back when, brings it right here right now. The drums and guitars intense and provocative behind the cool comfort of lead singer Kevin Parker's vocals, these young Aussies do psychedelic rock justice.

MP3: Desire Be, Desire Go - Tame Impala

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti- Before Today (Paw Tracks, 4AD)
Is it just me or did this rock and roller blow up out of nowhere with this brilliant record, and everyone just kind of looked around like they knew and said things like, "Oh yeah Ariel... He's a genius. Always loved him." The harmonies, samples, horns, guitars, tambourines, drums and whatever else he layered comprised one of the most unique records of the year.

MP3: Fright Night (Nevermore) - Ariel Pinks Haunted Graffiti

Class Actress- Journal of Ardency (Terrible Records)
I sing this EP constantly in the shower. For a month I even thought I might have a good voice but I was just playing it really loud.

MP3: Careful What You Say - Class Actress

Girls- Broken Dreams Club (Turnstile,True Panther Sounds, Matador)
This record runs rampant with heartbreak and nostalgia but some things are just beautiful when they cry. The record is called Broken Dreams Club... did we expect fun?

MP3: Heartbreaker - Girls (Streaming Only)

Arcade Fire-Suburbs (Merge Records)
I personally had a hard time liking this album. The song "Modern Man" was the first one to be like "Hey, you can trust me...I'm good I promise". Then I think Suburbs was all I listened to in the month of September.

MP3: Modern Man - Arcade Fire

Wavves- King Of The Beach (Fat Possum)
This record is punchy, youthful, and god do I wish it was still summer! Great album start to finish.

MP3: Mickey Mouse - Wavves

Matthew Dear- Black City (Ghostly International, Spectral Sound)
This isn't a day time listen and so far from pop. Nonetheless a cohesive string of cult like rhythms and samples. You'll get it eventually.

MP3: Little People (Black City) - Matthew Dear

The Radio Dept.- Clinging to a Scheme (Labrador)
It's the perfect free therapy album if I was still in high school.

MP3: Heaven's on Fire - The Radio Dept.

Win Win :: feat. Lizzie Bougatsos

XXXChange, DJ Chris Devlin (both producer/DJs associated with Spankrock, and One More Day crew), and Ghost Dad released this undeniably catchy dance track featuring Lizzie Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance (via Fader). They're releasing a full length under the name Win Win via Vice Records and are said to be collaborating with Andrew WK, and Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip. Are you excited? I am. Check out "Releaserpm" below.

MP3: Releaserpm - Win Win

Frankmusik :: New Single/Video

London's Frankmusik made a splash on our Radar last year with his excellent debut album 'Complete Me', unfortunately it never got released in the U.S. so most people in the states probably don't know that much about him (with the exception of the kids who reach out for new music like we do). In 2011 Frankmusik is looking to change that by releasing sophmore album 'Do it in the AM' in the states via Cherry Tree Records. The first single being released from it is "The Fear Inside" this Tuesday, December 14th. It continues in his tradition of dancey electro-pop that I love from him, although in a slightly less sugary and more grown up pop kinda way. Diggin it!

Here's the video for "The Fear Inside" filmed in L.A. with this lovely girl in it that reminds me of a young Monica Bellucci. Bellisima! Enjoy and have a great week-end!

PJ Harvey Returns

PJ how we missed you! The amazing PJ Harvey will be releasing her 8th studio album entitled 'Let England Shake' on Valentine's Day, February 14th 2011. I couldn't think of a better record to give your sweetheart that day. She's released a new single from it "Written on the Forehead" via Soundcloud and just like nearly everything I've heard from her it is pure magic. Dark, slow and cryptic goodness with a nice little sample thrown in there. Got me curious to hear the rest of the record and see what direction she's going in. The album was recorded in a 19th century Church along with long time collaborator and all around amazing producer/mixer Flood, who's worked with some of my favorite artists of all time like Depeche Mode, NIN, Jesus and Mary Chain and many others. Here's your first taste of the new-ness...

Written On The Forehead by pjharvey

High Highs (Video)

High Highs that I posted about previously here just released their new video for "Open Season". Such a lovely track! Now it's got a lovely video shot on the streets of NY to go along with it. Check it...

Young Galaxy

Hailing from the thriving Montreal scene, Young Galaxy, who recently completed a huge cross-Canadian tour opening for the likes of Arcade Fire, have a fantastic 2011 in store for them. Their amazing and much hyped latest track "Cover Your Tracks" is off their upcoming LP titled Shapeshifting which is scheduled for a February release.

The LP is the result of a brilliant online Montreal-to-Gothenburg collaboration with famed Swedish producer Dan Lissvik, perhaps best known for his work with Fever Ray. What emerged was a stunning and luminous 11 track electronic masterpiece that sounds unlike anything the band has created before, heavily saturated in influences like The Knife and New Order.

Check out/download "Cover Your Tracks" here, then be prepared to wait a little under two months in anticipation for the albums US release!

MP3: Cover Your Tracks - Young Galaxy