Nicky Blitz – Alex (Amtrac Remix)

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It was only a couple of months ago that ATG Records alum Nicky Blitz made his return with a brand new single — “Alex.” Now the bicoastal artist is keeping things going by enlisting the remix assistance of none other than Amtrac. The Louisville producer makes an electronic dreamscape out of Scapa’s latest, luring the listener in some with twinkling synths before launching into a driving beat made for midnight city drives. Stream the remix below, and make sure to catch Nicky Blitz live when he hits up this year’s sweetlife festival in DC on Saturday, May 10th.

STREAM: Nicky Blitz – “Alex (Amtrac Remix)”

Sylvan Esso – Play It Right

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Mountain Man’s Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn of Megafaun joined forces last year to create Sylvan Esso. As part of the lead-up to their impending debut LP, today the North Carolina duo re-released one of their first-ever tracks “Play it Right.” The song was originally by Meath’s alma mater but was then debuted by Sylvan Esso this past August. “Play it Right” is a swirling bouquet of sound that combines Amelia’s folksy vocals with Sanborn’s sweeping synth and basslines. Give it a listen below, and hit the jump to see them perform the track at a recent Sofar Sounds show in London.

STREAM: Sylvan Esso – “Play It Right”

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Ticket Giveaway: sweetlife 2014

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So you’re familiar with that sweetlife festival thing that’s happening at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, May 10th? Yeah, the sold out one featuring live sets from Foster The People, Lana Del Rey, Bombay Bicycle Club, St. Lucia and more. Cool, well just so happens we have a bunch of general admission tickets to give away — ten, to be exact. So naturally, we’re going to give ten lucky winners the chance to attend the festival for FREE.

To enter to win, hit the jump and complete all the steps in the widget below. We’ll pick the winners on Wednesday, April 30th. Sound good? Get to it!

STREAM: St. Lucia – “Elevate”

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Premiere: Hey Champ – Dominoes

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Sometimes missed opportunities work out for the better. Hey Champ had originally written the beat behind “Dominoes” for Lupe Fiasco years ago. He ended up passing on it. Several years later, the Chicago production duo is releasing the track — now padded with some extra hooks — as their own single. Imagine Simian Mobile Disco meets LCD Soundsystem with some extra synth-pop flair and you’ll get an idea of what you’re in for.

Stream “Dominoes” below, and make sure to grab a copy of Hey Champ’s Dominoes EP when it drops April 22nd.

STREAM: Hey Champ – “Dominoes”

Lana Del Rey – West Coast

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If you’re not drinking, then you’re not playing

After some false starts, teaser billboards and a Coachella preview, Lana Del Rey finally, with little fanfare, released a track off her imminent second album Ultraviolence this morning. The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach was confirmed in February as the album’s producer, and his gritty, bluesy influence is palpable in this first single.

It’s been a while since we’ve heard something truly new, and “West Coast” is nice, yes, but it’s no expansive, commanding, masterpiece first single. If we can compare it to anything off Born To Die, it’s like a softer, darker “Diet Mountain Dew.” But LDR is still a master of duality here, balancing darkness & light, passivity & insistence, dependence & independence. Ultraviolence will be out via Interscope whenever she decides, but our best bet is sometime in May. Until then, a black and white Lana spinning circles on the beach will ease us into spring.

You can catch Lana Del Rey headlining this year’s sweetlife festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, May 10th.

Video Premiere: Colleagues – Parents’ House

Colleagues are a Swedish five-piece making sparkling technicolor dream pop that stands out even in a vast sea of Scandanivian talent. We’re beyond excited to premiere the brand new video for their stunning debut single “Parents’ House,” featuring exclusive footage from Roy Andersson’s cult classic teen romance film A Swedish Love Story. “Parents’ House” had us at hello with a cloudburst of ambling keyboard lines, shimmering guitar riffs and infectious sing-along vocals. But the love affair got serious during the mid-song breakdown, a quasi-orchestral torrent of pure feeling evoking vintage M83 that spirals into a freewheeling instrumental outro. By the time the track finally dissolves in a ghostly swirl of filter and phase-shifting effects it’s magic. This song is beyond up our alley – it’s redefining our alley right now. Recommended for fans of St. Lucia, Miami Horror, Cut Copy, Delorean, eighties sound palettes, and sublime romantic pop.

Colleagues’ double A-side Tears / Parents’ House is out April 14th via In Stereo Records. Buy here.

The Music Guide To Mad Men

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“When did music become so important?”
– Don Draper

Creating the soundtrack to a period piece about the 1960s, especially one that takes itself incredibly seriously, is a daunting task. Around every corner are songs that tempt you with nostalgia or personal connection, but if those songs are used in even slightly the wrong context it can destroy the dynamic you were hoping for. “American Pie” is one of my favorite songs, and it was released in 1971; a year that could be the last we see at Sterling Cooper & Partners. That said, if the final credits of Mad Men roll by to the sweet melody and soothing timbre of that Don McLean classic I will toss my TV out the window and promptly run Matthew Weiner over with a John Deere riding mower. Then I’ll come home, drink 10 Old Fashioneds and brood in the dark wondering if he had wronged me or I had wronged myself.

David Chase ended the Sopranos in such a fashion musically, using Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” as either a fill in for his middle finger or a statement on American culture (or both); apparently we get to decide. Matthew Weiner, a Chase protégé, will hopefully take a different course. The music he has already used suggests he will.

Here are the defining musical moments of the first six seasons of Mad Men.

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#TBT: Hoodlem – Girlfriend (NSYNC Cover)

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For this week’s #TBT we’re serving up a cover of NSYNC’s “Girlfriend” for your musical digestion, courtesy of Hoodlem. Hoodlem is another one of these new artists operating under the guise of anonymity, so information on them is lacking. What we do know is that they hail from Melbourne and identify themselves as “an anonymous project blending pulsing experimental beats, soulful vocals and crisp production.” That approach apparently fits very well with their take on NSYNC’s final single. Give it a listen below.

DOWNLOAD: Hoodlem – “Girlfriend (NSYNC Cover)”

Mix: Danger Village

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In need of a mix for your ride to Coachella tomorrow? Danger Village‘s Beth Martinez has got you covered. Head below for some top-down festival road tunes — featuring ATG favorites Magic Man, Fickle Friends, Khushi and more — and some words on each one. And make sure to stay in the know on all the rad artists Beth and co. work with by visiting Danger Village online.

STREAM: Danger Village Springtime Flingtime Mix

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The Good Times Are Killing Me

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For the longest time, “indie” meant exactly what it was supposed to: “independent.” That changed in 2004. Enter Modest Mouse’s Good News For People Who Love Bad News, a shining beacon of weird pop that charted the course for the vague but mass-consumed object that “indie” is today. Chances are this site would not exist without Isaac Brock’s pièce de résistance, and we think it’s a safe bet to say the same about our readers’ music tastes. So we thought it only fitting to devote a track-by-track retrospective to the album on the week of its ten year anniversary. Hit the jump and take a stroll down memory lane.

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