Christoph Andersson - Capital (Original Mix)
an american teen from DC/NOLA is behind these funky synth beats? woulda thought you were from scandavia, christoph andersson. i look forward to getting to know you…
Ratatat vs. Cypress Hill - Beat Beaty Bye Bye (Radio Vampiro Mix)
Old track from 2008, but still feels fresh…
Skeletons - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Just beautiful. But Karen O can do no wrong in my mind, so I guess I’m biased. Also, check out the making of the video here.
Yeasayer - I Remember
This is my absolute favorite song from Yeasayer’s new album, Odd Blood, which will be released in early Feb. You know when the lyrics match the song perfectly? Like, this song - with its dreamy, swirly synths, slow beats, and falsetto vocals - literally sounds like “making love on a Sunday” and having someone “stuck in your mind all the time.” Just beautiful.
Snoop Dogg - I Wanna Rock (Remix) ft. Jay-Z
Here’s the first single off Snoop’s newest, Malice in Wonderland. Sounds like prime dance-off material to me… Happy Friday!
La Roux - I’m Not Your Toy (Data remix)
Fantastic, electro-heavy remix of La Roux’s “I’m Not Your Toy.” I don’t understand why La Roux’s 2009 album was so under-appreciated in the US. Fun, straight up electro-pop with heavy synth and oozing with girl power… what is there not to like?
Pitchfork: The Contra album cover is really striking— what’s the story behind it?
Ezra Koenig: The picture is an actual candid document of a person in New York City in 1983— those are the clothes that she was wearing and how she did her hair that day. We didn’t hire one of our friends to throw on a vintage Polo shirt or anything.
Pitchfork: Her expression is intriguingly blank— it almost looks like she’s frightened by something behind the camera. What was your initial take on her overall vibe when you saw it?
EK: The first expression that I read into her was some sort of hesitation. We had a lot of discussions trying to figure out how old this person was when the picture was taken— she could be 15 or 27. The ambiguity of her age and expression made me feel like she was on the cusp of something, which really matches the vibe of the new album. Because you see people in their 50s with a family and children, and they can have a look of self-assuredness. But people between 13 and 30— the age range seems to grow every year— don’t have that sort of stability. Sometimes it comes across in the way that you carry yourself. Wrapped up in her expression is this question: “How is she feeling?” Maybe she wasn’t even really sure at the time.
Pitchfork: Who is she?
EK: I don’t want to give away all the details about the photo just yet, but I learned that she’s now living in Malibu.
The Joy Formidable - Cradle
Brit band gets major points in my book for their perfect blend of clamorous, messy rock and uplifting, sometimes-dreamy vocals. This girlfriend-boyfriend duo (plus one other dude) is making really good music. 2010 will be their year.
Spoon - Written In Reverse
First single off Spoon’s new album. I never have consciously considered myself a Spoon fan, but there really isn’t a Spoon song I don’t like. Hm. “Written In Reverse” is exactly what you would want and expect from the band — with industry pressures to constantly redefine and reinvent, it’s great to see Spoon stick so firmly to their sound because, well, it works for them. Britt’s vocals are awesome on this track - super gritty.
Chiddy Bang - All Things Go
my fave track off of chiddy bang’s mixtape, the swelly express, samples sufjan steven’s “chicago,” one of my favorite songs of all time.
i’m feeling pretty good about chiddy bang… two college kids from philly who often found inspiration for their music on chinatown bus rides to and from nyc.