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Please Call it a Comeback

The wonderful folks over at Milk Productions have created a new video from Coltrane Motion's song "Please Call it a Comeback". The song appears on their latest release Hello Ambition!.

Coltrane Motion will be performing at Schubas on July 22nd.


NJ Artists on the rise: Miss TK & The Revenge live at Santos 07.27

Is NJ slowly becoming the coolest state in the US? I mean no seriously, lately the Garden State has produced some pretty awesome bands, in particular in the electronic department. Miss TK and the Revenge are one of them: sounding like a mixture of Santigold, Sleigh Bells and Prince, this collective's music is like an electrified bonfire beach party jam. Led by the husband and wife duo of Tannis "Miss TK" Kristjanson on vocals, and Ari Katz aka "Mighty Lion" on drums, this gang has actually been dropping scattered bits of their punk disco dance hits since their 2004 debut XOXO. 2010 might be their break through year though, as Ernest Jenning Record is releaseing their debut full length " The Ocean Likes To Party Too". Don't miss their live show at Santos Party House on 07.27. Check out the single "Beach Master" embedded here.


Lights On releases their debut album ‘Here Comes The Ocean’

San Diego rockers Lights On

Post punk rockers Lights On have just released their debut album 'Here Comes The Ocean'. The San Diego based band has a touch of 80's New Wave, but still remains uniquely moden. It's just too bad they're currently playing some dates in New York before returning home at the end of the month.

You can download their song 'Redlights Flashing' right here. Check out the full album or watch them back in San Diego on July 31st at the Casbah.


How more quirky can you get? Mirror Mirror at McCarren Park, 07.14

Not everybody likes quirky music - we do, in particular when the quirkness is supported by some good ideas and interesting songs. Mirror Mirror is the electro-psych-rock brainchild of three sick Brooklynites - sick in the head, of course. We are honestly having a hard time finding musical comparisons for these guys - there's some early Pere Ubu maybe, early Pink Floyd at times, Peter Gabriel?? We couldn't help but welcome this borderline wacky video with a smile, but check out also the rest of the material on their myspace page, as there are some more organic songs that deserve to be heard. The band will play McCarren Park on 07.14 at 6.15.


PPALMM "Cal-Aesthetics"

We might be in a new golden age of underground electronic music, call it what genre you will. Glo-fi, chillwave, psychrock: sexy names that never quite do justice to the music they’re meant to describe. You’d think an entire generation of American youth was mainlining Robotussin while nodding off over a Moog in a sepia-tinted bedroom. But if all these kids were really huffing computer cleaner, you’d hardly get the choice selection of well-crafted, just-enough-polished electronica that we have today. Acts like Blackbird Blackbird, Pollination, Toro Y Moi, Truman Peyote and Boston’s PPALMM are putting out impossibly ready-to-play music that peels off into experimental directions while still maintaining a pop sensibility. Not all of these acts are touring, or even gigging; many remain bedroom wunderkinds. But it’s a sign of overall fertility that these acts are flowering in the absence of extensive club support. If the music is good, everything else follows. PPALMM’s Cal-Aesthetics is the latest crown of laurels on the brow of this burgeoning scene that’s going to outlive its half-snarky glo-fi label.


The tracks from Cal-Aesthetics hew more to the techno end of the spectrum, away from the warped tape warblings of a Neon Indian. In fact, the overall sound is pretty clean, though dense and detailed. There’s no magnetized tape stressing here to produce that half-step hurky-jurky fade-in/fade-out rhythm that’s so popular these days. PPALMM sneaks in rhythm the “old fashioned” way, with artfully constructed samples and beats. Tracks ‘New Nostalgia’ and ‘Revel’ bring to mind middle period Aphex Twin. The latter especially invokes the heavier, dirrrtier house sounds of Richard D. James in his UK club mode. The medium tempo ‘_outherewithme_’ and ‘elec_TR_olling’ have a leisurely pace and subtlety reminiscent of Endtroducing-era DJ Shadow. All great tracks, but the heart and soul of Cal-Aesthetics is probably ‘Acid Cops’, a techno-thriller that harkens back to the straightup house grinders of the early 90s while infusing the sampling vocabulary with digital treats those pre-Macbook luddites could hardly have fathomed.


PPALMM is probably one of those underground acts that trends more towards the bedroom wunderkind at this point. Though the man behind the music Paul Morse (Paul M. = PPALMM- get it?) has gigged regular in the Boston area, and been on some great bills with Toro Y Moi, Das Racist, Truman Peyote and Class Actress, you get the feeling that outside of New England PPALMM is an unknown quantity. Cal-Aesthetics should change this and hopefully open a few doors. It’s a good thing to hear music from this special scene that doesn’t lean hard on the warbled tape, tremolo-ed “chill thump” to grab the listener’s attention. The “chill thump” could become the new disco beat- played out, lamed out- if people don’t watch out. But if it does, PPALMM will be high and dry with an album that visits Chillville, yet, thankfully, doesn’t live there.


Download "Cal-Aesthetics" for free here.


--Mike Gutierrez