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LIVE: Band of Horses perform Electric Music on Later... with Jools Holland.

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UNDER THE RADAR: MOUNT SHARP - "Icarus"

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UNDER THE RADAR: MOUNT SHARP – “Icarus”.

 

Song taken from the EP “Weird Fears”.

 

Brooklyn’s Mount Sharp fly close to the moon and sun in the video premiere of, “Icarus”, directed by Jonathan Rogers, produced by Jennifer Bonior, with cinematography by Andy Kugler.

 

Taken off the band’s EP Weird Fears from YK Records, the video treasures the golden hours of embraces shared between the star-crossed protagonists, Brandon Finney and Liz Boliver. The “morning streaked glow” of dawn from Mount Sharp’s trio of Sarah Wood, Ryan Zumsen, and Bryan Bruchman is accompanied by a romantic short film that shines the light of day on the feelings and thoughts that are often reserved for restless nights.

 

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ADAM AND THE ANTS

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UNDER THE RADAR: CLOUD NOTHINGS - "Psychic Trauma"

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UNDER THE RADAR: CLOUD NOTHINGS – “Psychic Trauma”.

 

Cloud Nothings’ 2014 album Here And Nowhere Else is packed front to back with potential singles like this “Psychic Trauma” .

 

The video is directed by John Ryan Manning, and it’s a pretty standard performance clip except for its severely warped texture, which gives it a weird pseudo-3D effect and helps to emphasize the song’s kinetic qualities.

 

Cloud Nothings “Here and Nowhere Else” is out on Carpark/Mom+Pop (US), Wichita Recordings (UK).

 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: SECTION 25 - "Looking From a Hilltop"

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: SECTION 25 – “Looking From a Hilltop”.

 

Factory band that debuted with a hectoring 1980 single produced by Ian Curtis; ably navigated transition from post-punk to alternative dance.

“Looking From a Hilltop” is a song taken from From the Hip, the third album by the Blackpool band, released in 1984.

 

Packed with a surprising amount of emotional range and sounds into eight songs, From The Hip succeeds in transporting the group out of the endlessly glum corner they had painted themselves into with a mix of the hopeful, the melancholy, the synthetic, and the organic. “Looking from the Hilltop” is the obvious highlight, a moody electro-pop classic sung by Ross that became a favorite at several New York clubs.


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SONG of the DAY: NATALIA CLAVIER - “Azul”

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SONG of the DAY: NATALIA CLAVIER – “Azul”.

 

The live voice of Thievery Corporation sultrily mixex bilingual jazz vocals and electronic textures.

 

Origin: Buenos Aires.

 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: DURUTTI COLUMN - "Prayer"

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: DURUTTI COLUMN – “Prayer”.

 

Song taken from the album Another Setting (1983).

 

Opening track “Prayer” is actually one of the best things he’s done, a softly rising, meditative piece with soft synth horns mixing with a brief Reilly guitar part just so.

 

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SONG of the DAY: THE DIG - “I Already Forgot Everything You Said”

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SONG of the DAY: THE DIG – “I Already Forgot Everything You Said”.

 

Woozy synth backdrops anchored by sharp guitars and alluring vocals.

 

Origin: New York.

 

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LIVE SESSION: HAMILTON LEITHAUSER - "The Smallest Splinter" - City of Music

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LIVE SESSION: HAMILTON LEITHAUSER - "The Smallest Splinter" - City of Music.

 

Hamilton Leithauser performs "The Smallest Splinter" for the Pitchfork TV series "City of Music".

 

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THE WOODENTOPS

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LIVE SESSION: AVEY TARE'S SLASHER FLICKS - "Little Fang" - Pitchfork Music Festival 2014

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AVEY TARE’S SLASHER FLICKS – “Little Fang” – Pitchfork Music Festival 2014.

 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: SPLIT ENZ - "I Got You"

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: SPLIT ENZ – “I Got You”.

 

The greatest New Zealand rock band, they evolved from quirky art rockers into a pop powerhouse thanks to the skills of the brothers Finn.

Split Enz found their place in new wave with True Colors, shedding the eccentricities and excesses of their past in favor of bright, highly memorable, Beatlesque pop. The album also marked Neil Finn’s emergence as a great songcraftsman — his infectious “I Got You” helped to push the album and the band to international success. Both the single and the album stand as high points of the new wave era. As part of its marketing, the album was released in several different-colored covers with laser-etched vinyl.

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SONG of the DAY: LITTLE BRAVE - “Blame”

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SONG of the DAY: LITTLE BRAVE – “Blame”.

 

Brutally honest tales set amidst rich alt-folk instrumentation from a one-woman band.

 

Origin: Austin, Texas.

 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: THROWING MUSES - "Not Too Soon"

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: THROWING MUSES – “Not Too Soon”.

 

“Not Too Soon” was guitarist/vocalist Tanya Donelly’s first and last single with the Throwing Muses. The straightforward pop style she had developed during her tenure with the band is exemplified in the song, feels a bit out of context next to the Kristin Hersh originals on The Real Ramona (1991).

 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: ADAM AND THE ANTS - "Stand And Deliver"

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: ADAM AND THE ANTS – “Stand And Deliver”.

Although he is thought of as a new wave pop star, a number of Adam Ant’s tracks had a strong hard rock element to them. A great example is “Stand and Deliver,” a hit from the Prince Charming album that laced its pop hooks with some hefty rhythms and a strong dose of guitar rock muscle.

The song’s clever lyrics use the macho fantasy of being a devil-may-care highwayman as a way for Ant to give the listener his message of music-world domination: “I’m the dandy highwayman that you’re too scared to mention/I spend my cash on looking flash and grabbing your attention.” It’s pure self-promotion, like many of the lyrics to Ant’s hits, but its infectious sense of fun makes it work.

The melody that back it up paces the lyrics at a breathless clip, stopping only to breath on its chorus. The tune has a catchy pop flavor but also takes on a hard rock flavor in Adam Ant’s recording: the band’s dual drummers create a thick stomping rhythm, guitarist Marco Pirroni deals out an array of scorching guitar riffs in his usual Ennio Morricone-influenced style, and tribal chants and Burundi drum breaks spice up the proceedings through out.

Ant’s vocal provides the cherry on top by creating a delivery that puts across the lyrics with cheeky charm. The end result became a major U.K. hit for Adam Ant and continues to occupy a special place in the hearts of the new romantics whose fashion sense inspired it.

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SONG of the DAY: THE KILLERS - “Miss Atomic Bomb”

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SONG of the DAY: THE KILLERS – “Miss Atomic Bomb”.

 

Rediscover old favorites and listen to new tunes from one of this generation’s preeminent rock bands.

 

Origin: Las Vegas.

 

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MIXTAPE: Under The Radar #19 (28.08.2014)

MIXTAPE: Under The Radar #19 (28.08.2014).


Discovering the new indie & alternative pop rock music.


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Nick Cave by Anton Corbijn

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Photo: Nick Cave by Anton Corbijn.

 

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LIVE SESSION: REAL ESTATE - "Had to Hear" - Pitchfork Music Festival 2014

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LIVE SESSION: REAL ESTATE – “Had to Hear” – Pitchfork Music Festival 2014.

 

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Vini Reilly is the Durutti Column

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UNDER THE RADAR: WOODENTOPS - "Third Floor Rooftop High"

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UNDER THE RADAR: WOODENTOPS – “Third Floor Rooftop High”.

 

It’s been a bit more than a quarter century since the Woodentops last released an album, and 2014’s Granular Tales doesn’t suggest the reunited band has tried to make an album that would convince us nothing has changed since Wooden Foot Cops On The Highway dropped in 1988.

 

This edition of the Woodentops lacks a bit of the youthful energy of their heyday, with slower tempos and melodies that sound more contemplative than their work of the ’80s, and Granular Tales reveals significantly less of the acoustic undertow they delivered on their touchstone album, 1986’s Giant.

 

But the steady pulse and frequent percussive bursts that dominate these songs certainly hark back to the Woodentops’ beat-crazy glory days, and also provide a bridge to the dance music that’s been a major part of McGinty’s post-Woodentops résumé.

 

Granular Tales is the work of an older and more cautious band, but one that hasn’t forgotten how to wind up and make its songs hop, and tunes like “Third Floor Rooftop High,” could certainly fill up a dancefloor if given the chance.


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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: THE WOODENTOPS - "Wheels Turning"

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: THE WOODENTOPS – “Wheels Turning”.

 

The Woodentops performing “Wheels Turning”, from the album Wooden Foot Cops on the Highway, at London 1988.

 

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SONG of the DAY: THE CASKET GIRLS - “Heartless”

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SONG of the DAY: THE CASKET GIRLS – “Heartless”.

 

60s girl group pop sensibilities with a macabre twist.

 

Origin: Savannah, GA.

 

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Split Enz on stage

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Split Enz

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LIVE SESSION: REAL ESTATE - "It's Real" - Pitchfork Nightcap, 2014

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LIVE SESSION: REAL ESTATE – “It’s Real” – Pitchfork Nightcap.

 

Real Estate perform “It’s Real” for the official after party of Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 on Saturday July 19th.

 

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