Also, check out their latest album release Expo 86, available now!
Song of the Day
Memphis May Fire is a post-hardcore band that was formed in 2007 under the name Oh Captain My Captain and they currently based out of Dallas, Texas. The band changed their name to Memphis May Fire shortly before releasing their first and self published album. The music is highly energetic and super up tempo with a strong speed metal feel to to the rhythm section. Action/Adventure was originally released on the bands Facebook page and is a great sample of the bands musical style. The lead vocalist provides a wide range for emo screams to hardcore yells while still grounding the sound with modern rock vocals. Give it a try and see if you don’t find yourself rocking out !!
Ratatat is a Brooklyn based duo that produces some good tunes that are easily recognizable but diverse in their minimal synthesized melodies and progressions. Their music can replicate tonal landscapes that are reminiscent of bands like Radiohead, The Strokes, Crystal Castles but also vary into different musical themes that employ melodies riffs and sounds from all sorts of musical genres from hip-hop, to R&B, to New Wave and Rock. It’s hard to find any bad songs by this band. Here’s a bunch of other great songs with music videos on YouTube that I found by them that are really worth listening to. You have to hear them to get a taste for what this band can do. Be careful not to play them all at once. 😉
This is my favorite Kid Cudi song and Steve Aoki’s remix of the song kicks it up a notch with a fat chorus beat so thick you can beat a horse with it. I love the way the song lulls down just long enough to slow you down and then slams you with the big house sound. I recommend trying to do something that you normally do during your day that’s boring and suddenly the task will appear enjoyable and you’ll wonder if you ever had it so good. The best part of wake’n up is fat beats in your cup.
I can’t help but relax as the guitar opens the song. The lyrics are powerful, and gentle at the same time. Elena Tonra, the singer, is obviously bitter towards romance. There is exploration of drug abuse, of bitter relationships and hopeless dreams.
This verse is my favorite:
Because if you’re still breathing,
you’re the lucky ones,
most of us are heaving through corrupted lungs.
Setting fire to our insides for fun
and collecting names of the lovers
that went wrong.
and you [he] caused it.
She describes drinking habits as setting fire to our insides for fun. My interpretation is that we enjoy destructive behavior because it makes us in control of our pain, even though we want to blame others. When she says that most of us are still heaving through corrupted lungs, I think of the literal corruption caused by chemicals in tobacco smoke. I could also reminisce of metaphysical corruption of the lungs through misusing the power of words.
This art is tear jerking in my opinion. Question your pain, your pleasure and the blessings left unnoticed. Even more subtly, is the idea that we cause our own pain. Even though she said “you caused it” referring to a ‘him,’ the rest of the song leads us to believe that heart break and emotional break down are caused by others, but we allow it and destroy ourselves to cope with the pain.
The Jezabels rolled out of Sydney Australia in 2007. Here’s a little sample of what they have to offer. This song builds up and keeps racing like your heart at the moment of your life when your life’s passion meets the opportunity of a life-time. It keeps building and never lets you down. Their indie rock explodes with an indie pop sound that pushes the otherwise calm genre into a fit of passionate rage and excitement, and I like it!
I first heard this song while browsing the 8tracks radio site. Purity Ring has deep and dark music, but you can’t stop listening. David from the blog ‘Creative Intersection’ describes “Obedear” as the bands most subdued song yet, trading the pronounced punch of their earlier songs with a quiet sense of mini atmosphere. It’s dark and moodier, best represented by the cover art, at once both familiar and warm as well as being different and off in just a right way. Megan James’ vocals are even more ethereal here than ever before, if that is even possible. It’s the song that everyone wanted to hear Purity Ring release; one that fits perfectly in their too small catalog and solidifying that they are worth every piece of praise that is mounting everyday.