M83, the French electronic band led by Anthony Gonzales, gave us Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming in 2011. It proved to be one of the best double LP’s in recent memory.

Of late Gonzales has been working with composer Joseph Trapanese on the film score for the Tom Cruise sci-fi thriller Oblivion.

M83 has created the title song for the movie. “Oblivion” features the vocals of Norwegian singer Susanne Sundfør.


Palma Violets

Palma Violets is an indie rock quartet out of London. Definitely a band to contend with.

Their debut album, 180, has recently been released featuring the tremendous song “Best of Friends”.

Palma Violets

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) rose to prominence in 1980 with the song “Enola Gay”. This synthpop gem was guaranteed to fill New Wave dance floors.

The band, originally founded by Andy McCluskey (vocals, bass guitar) and Paul Humphreys (keyboards, vocals), continued on and off for years, finally disbanding in 1996 only to reform 10 years later.

Their 2nd album since reformation, English Electric, is due in a couple of weeks.

“Metroland”, the new single, has that classic OMD sound.


“Enola Gay”


Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man take a decidedly daring turn with their new album.

Produced by the renowned Danger Mouse, Evil Friends has an unexpected but compelling edge.

“Evil Friends” is also the title of the first single.


Lopsided World of L

Rock from around the world via Berlin from Jonathan L.

Lopsided World of L (Hour1)

Lopsided World of L (Hour 2)

*Ummagma “BFD”
*Masked Intruder “Masked Intruder” (Intro)
*Masked Intruder “Wish You Were Mine”
*WVM f/ JoshFreese “Escapism”
*Ian Pooley “Kids Play”
*IAMEVE “Throw Me A Line”
*Fler “Barack Osama”
*Ali Ingle “Baby Don’t Go”
*Voodoo Swing “Chasin’ The Devil’s Hot Rod”
*Hank & Cupcakes “Ain’t No Love”
*Snakeroot “Crime”
*The Cult “Wilderness Now”
*Rikky James “Take It Away”
*Bitter Joy “Will You Love Me Forever”
*Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside “Bad Boys”
*Mount Fabric “Squelettes”
*Clan Of Xymox “A Question Of Time” (Depeche Mode cover)
*Dust Bowl Jokies “Down To The Bone”
*Addison Escape Device “Jealous Wind”
*Martin McNeil & The Dissidents “The Smallest Things”
*Human Human “Control”
*Boy “Little Numbers”
*Kingdom Come “Is It Fair Enough”
*Laura Michelle “Chuck Norris”
*Free Fall “Power & Volume”
*The Grants “Isabella”
*Tony deKaro “Lazy With Daisey”(replay)

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend has already given us two terrific albums and from the sound of it Modern Vampires of the City will make it 3.

Due in May, we have the delectable first song “Diane Young”.

Vampire Weekend


CHVRCHES (pronounced Churches) is a new trio from Glasgow who thrilled at SXSW.

They only have one EP to their name but an album is expected sometime later this year.

“Recover” is the name of the EP and the single.


David Bowie

As we mentioned yesterday, The Next Day is David Bowie’s new album and his first in 10 years.

Throughout his illustrious career he has given us seminal songs and images that have become imbedded in rock’s vocabulary. He has also been a personal inspiration for me.

The Next Day is Bowie in full maturity and works wonderfully as an album. Yes, there are selected singles but the record needs to be absorbed from beginning to end.

That being said, through multiple listenings different songs emerge as favorites.

Today I am enthralled by a song near the end of the album “You Feel So Lonely You Could Die”.

David Bowie

David Bowie

Truly one of the greatest musical artists of all-time, David Bowie’s body of work continues to expand.

Who else has had a career of such diversity, challenge and interest?

Constantly redefining himself, Bowie’s various incarnations have become iconoclastic in the musical world. His oeuvre is filled with memorable songs, striking characters and formidable collaborations. And while some of his explorations have not been wildly successful, his evolution has always been fascinating, forever enhanced by the beauty of his tenor.

His gorgeous new album The Next Day is his first in 10 years. He has been busy with other projects in the interim but we have missed his music.

We spotlighted “Where Are We Now?” in January.

“The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” is the latest single and video (starring Tilda Swinton).

Tomorrow more music from The Next Day.

Lopsided World of L

It’s another Jonathan L Monday from Berlin.

Lopsided World of L (Hour 1)

Lopsided World of L (Hour 2)

*Mount Fabic “Cortisol”
*IAMEVE “Temptress”
*Adam Ant “Shrink”
*Ali Ingle “Jekyll And Hyde”
*Polly Scattergood “Wanderlust”
*Mutant Vinyl” Vampires Show & Tell”
*The Stone Foxes “Ulysses Jones”
*Megaherz “Abendstern”
*Big Bad Shakin “Stonecold”
*Deeper Upper “I Am The Colours”
*James Stevenson (Gene Loves Jezebel, Chelsea) “Been A Long Time Now”
*Moto Boy “The Heart Is A Rebel”
*First Light (Opio & Pep Love) f/ Hierogliphics “Lighters”
*Scout Killers “No Reason”, WVM f/ Josh Freese “When Universes Collide”
*Rich Mahan “Mama Found My Bong”
*Big Harp “You Can’t Save Them All”
*Radar Brothers “House Of Mirrors”
*Kai Randy Michel “Free Radicals” (Tony deKaro remix)
*Alice Russell “Twin Peaks”
*Les Blaque Pearlz “Happy Go F**k You”
*HIM “Join Me In Death” (1999 Strongroom Mix)
*Adam Ant “Cradle Your Hatred”
*Shiny Toy Guns “Fading Listening”
*Riverside “The Depth Of Self-Delusion”
*Foxygen “San Francisco”
*Garvy J “Celebrate”

SXSW (Part 2)

More free downloads of the future of music playing now at SXSW courtesy of NoiseTrade.

1. City and Colour – Fragile Bird
2. Matthew E. White – Big Love
3. Social Studies – Terracur
4. LEAGUES – You Belong Here
5. Generationals – Spinoza
6. Brendan Benson – Swimming
7. Hurray For the Riff Raff – Born To Win (Part One)
8. Josh Rouse – Simple Pleasure
9. Ivan & Alyosha – Running For Cover
10. The Lone Bellow – You Never Need Nobody
11. Allah-Las – Busman’s Holiday
12. Bhi Bhiman – Eye on You
13. PHOX – Noble Heart
14. Billy Bragg – Handyman Blues
15. Josh Ritter – Joy To You Baby
16. Spirit Family Reunion – I Want To Be Relieved
17. Ron Sexsmith – She Does My Heart Good
18. Von Grey – Coming For You
19. Easter Island – Frightened
20. Mac DeMarco – My Kind of Woman
21. Pickwick – Lady Luck
22. The View – Hold On Now
23. Great Peacock – Desert Lark
24. ON AN ON – Ghosts
25. The Virginmarys – Dead Man’s Shoes
26. Ozomatli – La Gallina
27. Delicate Steve – Afria Talks To You
28. Amanda Palmer – The Bed Song
29. The 1975 – Sex
30. Red Baraat – Shruggy Ji


The music portion of the annual SXSW Festival has just begun in Austin.

In celebration Spin is offering a free download (here) of 60 tracks from many of the must-see acts participating.

This is just some of the music of the future now.

1. A.Dd+ – “Can’t Come Down”
2. Andrew Cedermark – “Hard Livin'”
3. Antwon – “Automatic”
4. Beach Fossils – “Generational Synthetic”
5. Beacon -” Bring You Back”
6. Bleached – “Next Stop”
7. BLKHRTS – “Bloodlines of that Gangsta Shhhhh”
8. Caitlin Rose – “Waitin'”
9. California X – “Pond Rot”
10. Celestrial Shore – “Valerie”
11. Cheatahs – “The Swan”
12. Chippy Nonstop – “☻♀☻ BOUNCE ☻♀☻”
13. The Coathangers – “Merry Go Round”
14. Dent May – “Best Friend”
15. Dizzy Wright feat. Nikkiya – “Fly High”
16. Dog Bite – “Forever, Until”
17. Doldrums – “Anomaly”
18. The Dopplegangaz – “Hark Back”
19. Ducktails – “Letter of Intent”
20. GEMS – “All I Ever”
21. Generationals – “Put A Light On”
22. Hanni El Khatib – “Family”
23. Hot Sugar – “The Girl Who Stole My Tamogatchi”
24. Iamsu! – “Mobbin'”
25. Isaac Delusion – “Transistors”
26. Jacuzzi Boys – “Cool Vapors”
27. Joshua James – “Queen of the City”
28. Keep Shelly in Athens – “Madmen Love”
29. Kisses – “The Hardest Part”
30. Kopecky Family Band – “Heartbeat”
31. Levek – “Black Mold Grow”
32. Lightouts – “Want”
33. Lissie – “In Sleep (Live)”
34. Mac DeMarco – “Freaking Out The Neighborhood”
36. Maria Minerva – “Black Magick”
37. MHz Legacy feat. Slug of Atmosphere – “Satisfied”
38. Moon King – “Appel”
39. Mr. MFN eXquire feat. Gucci Mane – “Telephuck”
40. Nu Sensae – “Swim”
41. PAWS – “Miss American Bookworm”
42. Roach Gigz – “Full Time Job”
43. Ski Lodge – “Just To Be Like You”
44. Sky Ferreira – “Everything Is Embarrassing”
45. The Soft Moon – “Die Life”
46. Souls of Mischief – “’93 ‘Til Infinity”
47. Supreme Cuts – “Lessons of Darkness (Apology)”
48. Toro y Moi – “Say That”
49. Trash Talk – “Exile on Broadway”
50. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “So Good at Being in Trouble”
51. Wampire – “Spirit Forest”
52. Wavves – “Demon To Lean On”
53. Wax Idols – “Sound of a Void”
54. Waxahatchee – “Peace and Quiet”
55. Weekend – “Sirens”
56. White Lung – “Take the Mirror”
57. WHY? – “Waterlines”
58. Widowspeak – “Thick as Thieves”
59. Youth Lagoon – “Dropla”
60. 100s – “Land of the Laced”

The Tossers

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, The Tossers give us a terrific Celtic punk song.

“Emerald City” is an homage to their Chicago home and their Irish roots, and the new album, The Emerald City, celebrates the band’s 20th anniversary.

The Tossers

Lopsided World of L

Never better, Jonathan L live from Berlin.

Lopsided World of L (Hour 1)

Lopsided World of L (Hour 2)

*Telekinesis “Ghosts And Creatures”
*Yancy Boys f/ Frank Nitt “The Throwaway”
*Duane Eddy “Rebel Rouser” (1958)
*James Stevenson (Chelsea, Gene Loves Jezebel) “Naturally Wired”
*The Strokes “One Way Trigger”
*The Energy “American Disaster”
*Her Vanished Grace “Dawning”
*Deeper Upper “Things Behind The Eden Doors”
*Icona Pop “I Love It” (Bitch version)
*Mesh “Born To Lie” (Blitzmaschine mix by Olaf Wollscläger)
*The Cheats “So Long Sucker”
*Redlight “Charlie Chaplin Disco Mobile”
*Sirsy “Lionheart”
*Downtown Mystic “No Exceptions”
*Garvy J. “Will To Live”
*Robert DeLong “Global Concepts” (Album version)
*Uni Form “1984”
*Fidlar “White On White”
*Adam Ant “Cool Zombie”
*Army Of The Universe f/ Chibi from Birthday Massacre “Until The End”
*Endless Shame “Savior”
*Chris Jasper “Inspired”
*Frightened Rabbit “Home From War”
*Riverside “Feel Like Falling”
*Tony deKaro “End Of All Things” (Replay)
*Bettie Grind “Hello-Ciroc Money”
*The Knife “Full Of Fire

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Monumental talent Nick Cave introduced us to his new Bad Seeds album Push the Sky Away here in December.

The album is now out and “Jubilee Street” is the new darkly compelling single.

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