MGMT unleashes their new single entitled “Alien Days.” The psychedelic track takes on a unique sound with a child’s voice opening up the ballad. The lead singer then comes in over an acoustic guitar, a drum beat, and some synth play later in “Alien Days.” The mellow offering from MGMT may be a new direction for the band, but the track still keeps me interested in MGMT’s forthcoming album. I’m about to go back and listen to Congratulations after hearing “Alien Days.” Stream MGMT’s new single below.
MGMT - Alien Days
Last weekend, YGM went to see one of our favorite upcoming indie acts perform in Rockville Centre. Old Best Friend performed their first full-band set that night, and it sounded absolutely awesome (nowhere near what you would expect a bands FIRST show to sound like). There wasn’t the biggest crowd out there for him that night, but with Old Best Friend’s near flawless debut EP and memorable live show that’s sure to change very soon.
Mike Comite of Old Best Friend was nice enough to sit down with us for a interview after the show. Click ‘read more’ to read the interview and see some live footage from the show.
I’ve been obsessed with Awolnation’s record “Sail” ever since I heard the single on 101.9 New Rock in NY. Since then, the station has been shut down which is pretty upsetting since it was the only station on FM that I really listened to, but “Sail” still earned a spot in my iTunes and was in heavy rotation in the summer. What better way to revive the record then to give it the TDE treatment? Kendrick Lamar raps about his rise to fame and how ‘nothing’s familiar’ anymore while Ab-Soul talks about topics ranging from his ADD to being thankful and showing his love. The remix is available as a free download below. Look out for a CDQ version with no tags in the future hopefully. LA Leakers delivered this one.
Awolnation - "Sail" (Remix)
Vampire Weekend released two new singles today off their upcoming album Modern Vampires Of The City. “Diane Young” is classic Vampire Weekend: fast-paced, indie, and catchy beyond belief. “Step” is the band’s version of a ballad; resulting in a very chill and beautiful song with a Beatles-esque vibe. Modern Vampires Of The City will be officially released on May 7th.
Vampire Weekend – Diane Young
Vampire Weekend – Step
Juicy J teamed up with Passion Pit to release this remix of their song “Constant Conversations”, from their recent album Gossamer. Juicy J raps a solid verse at the beginning of the track, and the rest remains exactly the same as the original.
“Constant Conversations” (Juicy J Remix)
Phoenix released the first single from their upcoming album Bankrupt! on BBC Radio 1 today. “Entertainment” is a great track, and the upbeat indie sound is what we’ve come to expect from Phoenix. Bankrupt! is due out April 23rd.
The Postal Service let go a new single for the upcoming reissue of their debut and only album, Give Up. “A Tattered Line of String” is the bands first release in the last decade and it still remains true to the synth-pop duo’s sound. The new single is relatively fast paced and upbeat. I remember that exact UPS commercial that sparked my interest in the group years ago and led me on to research and purchase their debut album. Ben Gibbard, the lead singer, is also the vocalist in Death Cab For Cutie so you may recognize his voice on this single if you haven’t heard of the group before. And yes, The Postal Service came way before Owl City. The Give Up reissue is due out on April 9th. Check out The Postal Service’s upcoming tour dates here.
English electronic artist James Blake premiered a new single, “Retrograde”, on BBC Radio 1 today. Definitely a very strong release by James Blake, with his classic experimental style still clearly evident. Blake’s upcoming album Overgrown is due out April 8th.
James Blake - Retrograde
I first heard Old Best Friend a couple of days ago when I saw Mike Comite open up for Company of Thieves and Von Grey at Highline Ballroom. Comite is originally from Boston, and is now living in Brooklyn just writing and performing music. Old Best Friend performed an amazing and memorable set, to the point that he was the artist I was most excited to meet after the show. His music was so interesting to me because even at an acoustic show, I couldn’t figure out exactly what rock sub-genre it fits in. Comite opens his Keep In Touch EP with the words “I could’ve swore I killed a man last night…”; the song (“Things That Happen”) soon builds into an catchy organ-heavy rock track. “Fire” starts off very folksy, but then the electric guitar breaks in and ends the song with a punk-rock feel. “Most Of Me” is a beautiful lyrical ballad, and the 4th track honestly feels like indie-rock meets 1970′s classic rock. The last song “Lines I Lift” is catchy as all hell and might be my favorite track, but its too hard on 5 track EP with no weak songs. I highly urge everyone to check out this EP and if you like it, buy it to help support good music. Also help support Old Best Friend by liking their Facebook page.
This is a guest post by Emily Sears:
I was lucky enough to win tickets to see Walk The Moon at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn this past Friday. Walk The Moon is an indie rock/pop band similar to Youngblood Hawke, Neon Trees, and Atlas Genius. After the opener Pacific Air, the intimate night began- the whole show was a dance party filled with lively synths and guitar riffs. Front man Nicholas Petricca lifted the crowd with The Liftaway from their self-released I Want! I Want! album. The band went on to play upbeat hits Quesadilla, Next In Line, and Shiver Shiver from their self-titled album. The crowd really got into it once they sang Tete-A-Tete, a new song from their Tightrope EP, released last week. Tete-A-Tete, Drunk In The Woods (which they sang in the encore), and anywayican along with a cover of Burning Down The House by Talking Heads, all begin to exhibit the slightly rougher vocals of Petricca. I would recommend this EP, as all the songs will definitely get stuck in your head and prove that there is much more high quality material to come from WTM. Read more and see pictures from the show after the jump.