#TBT: The Melker Project – Scar Tissue Make You Act Right

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Today, on a very breezy Thursday, we are once again featuring the throwback efforts of Mr. Scott Melker. On his fifth and latest EP, Melker blends iconic Red Hot Chili Peppers songs with the sounds of rap artists like 2 Chainz, Dr. Dre, and Bone Thugz. Standout “Scar Tissue Make You Act Right” seamlessly merges RHCP’s 1999 hit “Scar Tissue” with Yo Gotti’s “Act Right.” It seems awkward at first, but Melker makes the two songs work together. The end product sounds like an acoustic version of a trap anthem. Now you have to hear it, right? Stream the mash-up below.

STREAM: The Melker Project – “Scar Tissue Make You Act Right”

tUnE-yArDs – Water Fountain

We couldn’t be more excited to see a new song from Merrill Garbus (a.k.a. tUnE-yArDs). She is due out for a new album, Nikki Nack, on May 6th via 4AD, a follow up to 2011′s acclaimed W H O K I L L. “Water Fountain” bubbles over with the youthful enthusiasm of a schoolyard at recess. Garbus’ recording process has been notably DIY; her first album back in 2009 was self-released on recycled cassettes and taped using only a handheld recorder. However, her highly sophisticated, almost prog-rock-ish compositions put her light-years ahead of that guy you know at work who records guitar tracks in his garage on weekends. Though reportedly compromising by bringing in outside producers on her new album, Garbus still yelps and chants over tinny, found-sound percussion and crunchy synths that sound like she pulled them out of the dumpster. We’ll be waiting impatiently for the rest of the album. In the meantime, stream “Water Fountain” above.

Wake Up – Forever Home

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For folks who were raised on 90s lo-fi, alt-indie-rock, the fuzzy rhythm guitar and jangly lead on Wake Up’s “Forever Home” are like a warm nostalgia blanket recalling flannel shirts, cassette tapes and navel gazing. Even the softly sung, atonal vocals and the lightly tapped snares and cymbals evoke the period. Bands are doing a lot of delving into past styles these days, from roots Americana to soul to 80s synth, and while there’s great stuff to be had in all of those acts, it’s folks like this Florida four-piece that are playing with the mid-90s Matador Records sound that most pull my ear. Stephen Malkmus himself would be proud. Stream “Forever Home” below.

Wake Up’s “Forever Home” is the first track off the band’s four-track 7″ of the same name, out now.

STREAM: Wake Up – “Forever Home”

The Horrors – So Now You Know

About a month after we were first treated to the seven minute psychedelic epic “I See You,” the Horrors returned today with an excellent new single, “So Now You Know.” While the track is more upbeat and accessible than most work from Britain’s finest modern shoegaze act, “So Now You Know” is vintage Horrors, providing the bridge between 2011’s Skying and “I See You.” Complete with lead singer Faris Badwan’s trademark deep croon and a great synth riff from Tom Cowan, “So Now You Know” sounds like the lovechild of “You Said” from Skying and “How Soon is Now?” by the Smiths. The new single is danceable and almost fun, showing us a different side to the seemingly eternally depressed quintet.

While we had to wait three long years for a new album from the Horrors, the wait is almost over as Luminous comes out on May 5th via XL. If “I See You” and “So Now You Know” are any indication, Luminous will not be one to miss. Check out “So Now You Know” above.

Lowell – Palm Trees

Lowell is back with a video for “Palm Trees.” She takes on all the production duties here, creating a short-form DIY cinematic experience for the I Killed Sara V track. The video opens on Lowell lying still on her side, looking longingly off-camera and mouthing the lyrics as different patterns of light cover her. Once the song builds up, she is constantly interrupted by different versions of herself, which range from guitarist to bunny hopper.

Lowell uses projections of an old school movie to tell the story of what appears to be a typical summer movie fling. Cut to a close-up shot of the back of Lowell’s thighs when the surfer stud disappears and the plot takes a turn for the bizarre. The visuals begin to alternate between this story and shots of Lowell appearing to rise and float in the clouds. Lose yourself in the video above.

Lowell will be playing the All Things Go and Indie Shuffle official SXSW showcase at Maggie Mae’s Rooftop on Friday, March 14th. Details available at the link below.

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STREAM: Lowell – “Palm Trees”

Brody Dalle – Don’t Mess With Me

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After five years of relative silence, Brody Dalle has been anything but quiet lately. The former Spinnerette and Distillers frontwoman continues to drop ass-kicking singles from her upcoming solo debut, Diploid Love, out April 29th on Queen of Hearts/Universal. Today marked the release of “Don’t Mess With Me,” an addictive bad girl anthem that you’ll be screaming in your car all summer long, if you have any sense. Stream the track below, then pre-order Diploid Love on iTunes to instantly download the track.

STREAM: Brody Dalle – “Don’t Mess With Me”

Introducing: aamourocean

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Aamourocean‘s “Yuntekkem” is amazingly weird. Sounding like the perfect cross between a creepy youth choir and relaxed nightclub beats, the track is quite epic, but not in the sense you might think. It’s as if Scala & Kolacny Brothers got drunk and tried their hand at electronic music. This exotically exciting single comes off the Parisian producer’s most recent EP, I Love Mystery, and should not be missed. You can stream “Yuntekkem” below or listen to the entire EP here.

DOWNLOAD: aamourocean – “Yuntekkem” 

The Music Guide to True Detective

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So if you’re like me you’ve spent the last seven Sunday nights prone in front of your television, biting your nails, sweating, watching one of the best whodunit crime shows of our generation: True Detective. The show, whose conclusion airs this Sunday night at 9 p.m. on HBO, tells the story of Rust Cohle and Marty Hart, two detective who are trying to answer the pesky question of who keeps killing all these women and children in rural Louisiana.

An underrated aspect of this show, in my opinion anyway, is the music. True Detective doesn’t smack you over the head with its soundtrack — other than its haunting, rootsy opening credits music, odds are you can’t remember a single song from this show.

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Future Islands – A Dream Of You And Me

We didn’t cover the last awesome single from this beautiful band. That was a mistake. But luckily no one put us in blog jail so we’re still around, and they released another, and here it is.

Future Islands is a band I wish I’d discovered earlier. This North Carolina-bred, Baltimore-based trio manages to hit just about every referential sweet spot without feeling at all contrived. Their music seamlessly combines the sensual pleasures of electro-pop with the emotional resonance of good old fashioned rock songwriting. It’s at once ambient and energetic, romantic and introspective, meditative and anthemic. Sam Herring’s arresting vocals, equal parts Tom Waits and Bruce Springsteen, provide the compelling lead presence often missing in other electronic-leaning acts. The instrumental backdrop evokes the simple, bass-driven melodicism of New Wave artists like Modern English and New Order, as well as the glimmering, spacey atmospherics of Superhumanoids, Blood Orange and Destroyer. Thematically, as Harris puts it, Future Islands writes “songs about love and loss and nature, just real things.”

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Violent Soho – Saramona Said

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Violent Soho’s Hungry Ghost didn’t get as much stateside love as it should have. Not only is the band’s sophomore album a testament to the (not so) surprising return of 90s rock, but it’s also one of the better albums of last year. “Saramona Said,” the most recent single off the release, is a sonic delight and one of the less aggressive songs on the album. What starts off as a sullen, downer of a riff quickly shifts into an uplifting, feel-good number propelled by peppy drums and steady downstrokes. Luke Boerdam gives one of the more relaxed vocal deliveries on Hungry Ghost, adding to the good natured tone of the tune. But then, just past the halfway point, the song gives way to a nice upper of a breakdown marked by double-time hi-hats and some serene “Ooh’s.” And then the real breakdown comes in, in all of its sludgy glory, just to make sure you haven’t forgotten you’re listening to Violent Soho. Stream “Saramona Said” below.

STREAM: Violent Soho – “Saramona Said”