French duo Total Warr formed when longtime friends Kiki and Guigui joined forces with the goal of creating fun, energetic pop songs. Since then, they’ve made their mark with a handful of singles and EPs that have earned praise from Stereogum, FADER, RCRD LBL, and more. Now, Total Warr is back with a new three-track EP that includes guest vocals from The Death Setand an electrically-charged Pixies cover. Packed with irresistible hooks and sing-along choruses, the Loisy EP will be released digitally on January 29th.
Total Warr’s “Where Is My Mind” (Pixies cover) turns the hit into a buzzing, beat-driven jam complete with a sample from “Empire State of Mind.” The video, which premiered with PAPER Magazine earlier today, builds from a simple live performance of the classic into an all out house party full of entertaining characters.
“Bambastard,” which features guest vocals from The Death Set’s Johnny Siera, opens the EP with a rich blend of electric guitar, synths, and layer upon layer of harmonies, all set to an infectious beat. “Always Me” slows things down with a swirling foundation of vocals and instrumentation that builds to an explosive climax.
This is a sweet and creepy video from Peter Sarsgaard for Caveman’s “Old Friend” mini-movie directed by Philip Di Fiore.
“A dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind, that would make “Twilight Zone” creator Rod Serling feel warm all over, but strikes a creepy chord for the rest of us.” - IFC
“…a high-concept, intriguing clip featuring the ruins of an afterparty, a disembodied Peter Sarsgaard and a spooky, vintage cinema aesthetic. It’s intense.” - Stereogum
The Morning Benders have remixed “Too Dramatic” and it’s premiered over at Stereogum — click here to check it out and download it if that’s what ya fancy.
ANNNDDDDD…check out the Friendly Ghost remix of Ra Ra Riot’s “The Orchard” here!
On the track, “Ivy League Circus,” the velvety, 80’s R&B style vocals glide over an elastic, electro-funk groove. The clip was directed by The Wilderness, who also helmed videos for Passion Pit, The Juan MacLean, Antipop Consortium, and Spank Rock.
He has produced songs on both Das Racist mixtapes (“Shorty Said” and “Puerto Rican Cousins”), an official remix of Twin Shadow’s “I Can’t Wait,” and the track “Spring Fever” for battle rap king Iron Solomon.
Gordon has also won the adorations of everyone from indie darlings BRAHMS (who remixed Voidwell’s “Ivy League Circus”) to pop music masterminds like Grammy-winning producer Mark Ronson (who declared “I love this shit. I play it on my radio show, in my house AND in my sets.”) Mayer Hawthorne, another fan, even invited Gordon to open his tour this past Fall along with The Heavy. His first full length debut album will be out later this year.
You can grab a free download of the original AND BRAHMS remix of “Ivy League Circus” over at Stereogum: click here!
It started off as a drunken conversation at Corsica’s Calvi Rocks festival in July 2009. Friendly Fires had just played live, Holy Ghost had just finished DJing, and in the post-gig haze the decision was made by each band to cover one of the other’s songs.
Click here to hear what Stereogum calls a “shimmery disco-dusted electro anthem!”
The following download list will be available March 8, 2010:
1. Friendly Fires – Hold On
2. Friendly Fires – Hold On (Instrumental)
3. Holy Ghost – On Board
4. Holy Ghost – On Board (Instrumental)
5. Holy Ghost – On Board (Dub)
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Pretty Good Dance Moves = ingenious band name!
Formed in Chicago, IL and now based out of Brooklyn, electro-pop duo Pretty Good Dance Moves will release their long-awaited new EP, PGDM on March 9. The duo, Jimmy Giannapoulos and Aaron Allieta, created an EP full of slinky synthesizers and seductive dance beats. The duo scoured the globe for vocalists and found voices to complement their laid-back, synth-pop sound, recruiting several important guest stars, including Chicago vocalist Angelina Lucero and singer-songwriter Heather Christian. You can hear the results on the band’s single “Leave Me Alone,” which features Swedish pop legend Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn & John on vocals and also as co-writer. Stereogum premiered the track, calling it “a triumphant little electro-pop track that tickles hearts and synths.” Preview it here.
PGDM’s first EP was released in 2006. The video for their single “Demons Dancing,” stars Flight of the Conchord’s Kristen Schaal!
Track Listing for PGDM
1. Sample Your Body (ft. Angelina Lucero)
2. Leave Me Alone (ft. Bjorn Yttling)
3. 600 Days (ft. Heather Christian)
4. Tear Us Up (feat. Sydney Wayser)
5. Alive Tonight (ft. Angelina Lucero)
6. Leave Me Alone (Infernal Devices Remix)
The beginning of Calvin Harris’ song “I’m Not Alone” caught me off guard with it’s s l o w n e s s. I thought Calvin had decided to go another way in his music and was confused. But, then after some saddening scenes of a little boy and his teddy bear, out pops the Calvin we know and love. The beat comes in, finding it’s niche. And Calvin’s got on some goofy glasses again!
I’m not exactly sure what the video is telling a story of, but whatever. I just wanted to dance, anyways.
I was amused with Stereogum‘s post on the subject:
The first time we heard Calvin Harris’ “I’m Not Alone” was a couple months ago when, in an attempt to avoid piracy, he gave it a somewhat annoying “I’m Your Nan” remix. With his second album ostensibly closer to its release date — but no actually release date or album title yet — Harris deleted the extraneous insertions and created a proper video for the single. He notes at MySpace, “It’s a bit weird.” The clip features Harris as a knife-wielding mad scientist, a bunch of female dancers/test subjects, and a kid with his teddy bear.
P.S. I just watched a couple other video’s of Calvin’s on YouTube. I might’ve developed a small crush on him. Though, I’m not sure what his obsession with acting like a crazy scientist is…(see above video and “It Was Acceptable in the 80s” video).