There’s just something about bands from Brooklyn, I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there is definitely something about Brooklyn bands, it could be the swagger, the image, the slightly mysterious back story, the fact that there always seem to be more band members each time they release an album. Yes, there is DEFINITELY something about Brooklyn. White Rabbits are no exception to the rule. White Rabbit’s most recent album release Milk Famous commands a darker sound than their freshman effort Fort Nightly, there newest effort is synthy and sneaky and I love it. My favorite track from Milk Famous is Heavy Metal, but I Had It Coming is a close second, with it’s haunting/Johnny Cash lyrical presence. I don’t know much else about these 6 Brooklyn band mates, but there is definitely something there to look at and listen to.
No matter who you are in this mad mad world, it’s important to ask yourself at one point or another, “Can I enjoy a pop song without guilt?” My answer today is a definitive “YES!” because in my mind good pop music removes thought from the equation and no matter what that equation totals it is perfect in it’s innocence. Today’s track is just that, a sugary, bubbly, perfect pop song. “Love U More” is a nod to both the sweet and sassy and it makes my list as an instant repeater in 2012. Sunday Girl (who could definitely find side work as a hair model) has a sweet, breathy croon and Andre of RAC works his magic with a pulsating beat that feels half little mermaid and half Diplo. It’s not brain surgery, it’s WAY better than that, it’s pop music.
1. Easy High is the single from Swimwear’s 2012 EP and I dig it. It’s electro-pop but it has an eerie 80s cult film slow motion vignette element. This song makes me want to walk slow, close my eyes and try not to run into anything (snagging my sequined blazer on a dresser would be tragic).
2. I forgot how much I love MNDR. Recently I came across a pretty slick remix of FTP’s Pumped Up Kicks by Amanda and Peter and it brought me back to their classic I Go Away– I never get sick of this one. I am posting both below.
Foster The People, Pumped Up Kicks (MNDR 4 Remix)
3. Tennis is my band to watch in 2012. Their sophomore album, Young & Old, shows growth but an appreciation of their freshman Marathon roots. Their single from the album, Origins, is more up tempo than most of Cape Dory, but still has me floating like a buoy through the crisp waters of the Atlantic.
Tennis Tour Dates through May 2012
04/24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
04/26 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
04/27 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Caberet
04/28 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
04/30 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
05/01 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
05/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
05/03 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
05/04 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
05/05 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
05/08 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
4. I was lucky enough to catch the men of Gardens & Villa (pronounced Via – I royally embarrassed myself here) at the Warby Parker showcase on the first day of SXSW. It might have been the amazing weather or kettle corn I was munching on, but I would rate their show an 8.5/10. I love these guys for their ingenuity, and any band that can flawlessly incorporate Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams into their own track is a winner in my book. Listen to Thorn Castle below.
I spent the entire week of SXSW, which lucky for me takes place in my home town, bouncing from venue to venue listening to some of the most amazing and inspiring musicians this country/world has to offer. As you all know (and if you didn’t know this then welcome!) I took a break from this blog over the past 6 months. A lot in my life has changed over the past 6 months, but I can tell you what has not changed, one single iota, is my passion for music and my desire to share this love of tunes with anyone who’ll take time to hear/read about my auditory interests.
I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be back in the saddle and this time around I will be working my tail feather off for TrackStar readers. Additionally, I am committed to seeing as much live music as possible this year and hopefully exposing my readers to what’s out there on the perimeter. I have also added a new feature to my site, MIXTAPES (See above header), to expose my readers to my vast portfolio of musical mixes, an underrated artistry in my opinion.