No white chocolate in this post, sorry yall.
One of the quintessential pieces to a day of snowboarding is a stellar playlist. With the right beats, you can live out your own video and conquer that hill.
Before you ask “Shouldn’t you be listening for people around you?” – 1) I’m a music junkie, and 2) I do a heck of a lot of shoulder checking to ensure that I’m well aware of my surroundings.
This year Chunk and I picked up season’s passes to our local hill – Whistler. Its been a wild year, with tons of snow, tons of good times and especially tons of great music. I’ll have more pictures as we progress through the year. Each week I’m going to give you a taste of whats new on the Snow playlist and keep you up to date on any stories that come out of the madness.
Here’s a few that were added for today’s session:
Ryan Hemsworth – BasedWorld
Feed Me – Trichitillomania
Wolfgang Gartner – Fire Power (Original Mix)
Nicolas Jaar – And I Say (Xinobi Edit)
Its been a long while since we last spoke and much has happened! Concerts, trips, adventures, mishaps, debauchery and a helluva lot of of fun. The important thing is that I am back, and here to stay.
Big shout out to Jer and Kyle for keeping things rolling in my absence, and to all of you for coming back day after day to read our words.
I’ll leave you with some tracks that have kept my headphones bumping and my heartbeat pumping over the last few months.
Flume – Sleepless (feat. Anthony For Cleopatra)
Bonobo- Silver (Krizz Luco Edit)
Last Lynx – Killing Switch
ON AN ON – Ghosts
Ultraista – Gold Dayzz Maribou State Remix
More to come! Stay tuned…
I tend to drown myself in music these days. Skipping from websites, to blogs, to friends recommendations. There is a seemingly endless amount of content out there, and it takes something remarkable to catch my ear. Flight Facilitie’s “Claire De Lune” does just that. If a movie soundtrack could be put into a 7:42 minute disc, this would be my vote for best score. Stunning as she is talented, Christine Hoberg’s elegiac lyrics float on the soft strings and drums. If you close your eyes for a second, you might think you’re in this movie.
Find a quiet place, click play and let this song envelop you. And for God’s sake, don’t play this through laptop speakers.
It has been a GREAT few weeks for new music. Friends have been sharing, websites have been showcasing, and more importantly, the musicians have been creating sweet sweet sounds that make this world a better place. I’ve been so crazy busy lately, I haven’t had a chance to sit down and do my homework on bands but I feel like these new finds need to be shared. And so, without further ado, and without any real introduction…..here you are
Alabama Shakes: from, you guessed it. Hugely underplayed group. Brittany Howard’s voice – nuff said, have a listen.
Sr. Sly – Found you out
Mysterious group releasing no names or band photos. Rumours said to contain singer from FTP. What do you think?
Revenge song with lots of collected anger
GriZ – Smash the funk
21 year old Michigan DJ with an absolute banger. *looks into crystal ball* I see a very bright future for this young man. Also just released his new album “Mad Liberation” for free here (,)(,)
C2C – Arcades
Four piece turn table group from France. You be forgiven if you thought you landed in, perhaps, the best Zelda level ever. Very talented group, and a largely kept secret outside of France. Great artistic video to go with. Cutting mad shapes!
When a friend first showed me the “Humans” a week ago, I was in disbelief that I’d never heard of them. As an avid fan of local homebred music (mainly because it means I can see them in Vancouver more then once a year) I was blown away that I had never heard of these guys. Based in East Vancouver, Robbie Slade and Peter Ricq combine to create electronic music with a more human fringe by adding live vocals to their shows. And so, like a good human, I immediately went onto their website to buy their latest album “Traps”. Two tracks in particular have been playing ipod tennis on my playlist. “Da Ciel” is one of those songs that grabs you from the start and makes you wanna start moving. Cool downtempo beats laced with an oriental sounding harp(?) will, most assuredly take the edge off a stressful day. The second on my list that love made is “Possession”. A more upbeat jam with hints of jungle dance party. Am I blowing your minds with wordy definitions yet?!
Now I cannot in good faith, post this up without adding a couple extras to the mix. One song, and its accompanying video had me literally LOL’ing on a Saturday afternoon I thought the alcohol had finally won. You will enjoy this video and if you don’t you either have no sense of humour or had a bad run in with a puppet cop at one point or another. “Bike Home” is the name of the song.
The last one I will add to the mix is an unabashedly pop song “Avec Mes Mecs”. Again, with the laughing, at its simple but to the point lyrics. An example “Gonna text you, cause I can’t do it when I’m high, gonna sex you, cause I can’t do it when I’m high.” So simple but yet so truuuue.
Who knew all we had to do is party?!
Bike Home Video
Avec Mes Mecs
On the eve of the Dia de la Musica music festival here in Madrid, I thought I’d take the time to highlight the bands that I look forward to seeing. With the likes of St. Vincent, Twin Shadow, Bear in Heaven, and James Blake all slotted on the same day, it’s shaping up to be quite a full day of wonderful music in sunny Spain. So lets get started…
The first time slot on my personal schedule goes to Zambri; two sisters putting out swerving, catchy, gothic, electro-pop. Their new album House of Baasa just came out and it hits hard, like two pissed off sisters trashing your front yard at night with dead, wilting flowers.
Zambri – “To Keep Back”
After them comes a certain lovely lady that should (hopefully) need no introduction: St. Vincent. Annie Clark has been touring her new album Strange Mercy for about half a year now, and it’s a treat to see live. Her swagger is undeniable and finely-tuned. Girls want to be her, both sexes want to date her; it is going to be a wonderful set.
St. Vincent – “Cruel”
Following St. Vincent will be Twin Shadow, the name George Lewis Jr. attaches to his slinky, soul-infused, 80′s electro-jams. He is prepping for the release of his new album Confess, and I must confess, I am excited to hear it. He said it “is the natural next step” from his wonderful previous album Forget, and the direction the single “Five Seconds” takes, is a path I will follow willingly.
Twin Shadow – “Five Seconds”
Continuing on with the day will be a set from Brooklyn electro-rockers Bear in Heaven. They just released a wonderful new album, I Love You, It’s Cool and I look forward to hearing how they will translate the layered, ethereal synths into a live show. Imagining it now, bears rummaging and running around heaven may just be the perfect name for these guys.
Bear in Heaven – “The Reflection of You”
And finishing the night will be a set from James Blake, the London based crooner and electronic producer. He has been gaining popularity for the past couple of years, seeing his self-titled album climb several charts around the world. He will be a fitting end to what surely is going to be a wonderful day of music in the Spanish capital.
James Blake – “Wilhems Scream (Live)”
Beat Culture is a DJ outta Hong Kong….heard of it? Ya, ok, but the kicker, is this kids 17! Heard his music on Hype last week and like a good blogger, did some research to find out who this man is. Turns out its a boy, who, on his facebook page talks about finally finishing highschool so he has more time to make beats. WHAAA?! Although his most recent album “Tokyo Dreamer” (a free download) has an amazing amount of running waters sounds lacing just about every track, you’ll be drawn in by each tracks different face and progressive build-up. In “If Only” at around the 1:30 mark, you may have the feeling of lifting your arms, jets start shooting out of your feet as you rise above the Tokyo skyline. “Midori” on the other hand, is a dreamy rainy day, with pop samples carefully placed. First up though is Useless, the song that got me interested in what this guy is doing. One listen and I promise, you’ll have the feeling something great is going to happen to you.
Both albums are free downloads so I’d encourage you to DL em, have a listen, and get this kid the exposure he needs before he’s even allowed to step foot in a club…
Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, and Serengeti have teamed up to form s / s / s – an electronic, slow-rap spitting, sonic jam, indie group. On the first track from their upcoming Beak & Claw EP one can easily hear each artist’s contribution: Sufjan drops some auto-tuned hooks while Serengeti delivers the slow, off-kilter rhymes. And Son Lux fans will recognize the slow-building, arena sized beat that mounts and escalates until it has no other option than to dissolve into his repeated words: “I am recoloring”. The track is a big contradiction; the rhymes are dark and seep through the beat, while the hooks and choruses are high pitched and they ride on top of it. But you can tell that it all works together, as your head nods and your eyebrows furrow into a confused look: “I think I kinda like this.”
s / s / s – “Museum Day”
Beak & Claw is out 3/20 on Anticon and it will also feature My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden and Themselves rapper Doseone.
Full disclosure: I’m a sucker for disco.
For your aural pleasure today we have some more amazing music coming from Europe! Everyone, this is Moullinex. Moullinex, these are our friends.
Moullinex, aka Luis Clara Gomes hails from Munich, Germany and is serving up a feast of some sick variations of disco sounds to the world. You’ve got to hear it to believe it! These tracks immediately put a smile on my face, so my hope is that they will contribute to your Sunday being a Funday.