Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ulterior Music has done it again

I was wondering where these guys were. It has been almost two months since I have seen anything on their blog then today - massive, massive uploads. Go here to see what I mean.

If you haven't heard Ulterior Music you are in for a real treat. They find the best DJ sets worldwide and post them for free. I started downloading Diplo live in Amsterdam right before I started this blog and now his set is playin from overseas. It is that easy. These guys have revolutionized the live mixtape. So many djs, so many sets, not enough time. Okay, now for the teaser if you haven't already left yet...

Bloody Beetroots
Van She
Fake Blood
AC Slater
Alex Metric
Boys Noize
Major Lazer
Miss Kitten
Hot Chip
Booka Shade

That is only a tiny sample of what was uploaded for June and July. That's just Crazy...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

If you like Major Lazer, you have download this mix

Give the Gorilla vs Bear blog some love. They just posted a nasty Major Lazer mash up from Mishka. I don't care where you download it either at Mishka or at Gorilla vs Bear, or here at SBA, just get this mix. Mishka celebrated their one year, 10th mix in a big way. They brought in Major Lazer to throw down a nasty 40 minute dancehall/electro/mash-up. First listen now and I know this is already an instant classic. Thanks Mishka for consistently bringing the hot tunes!

NASA "Whachadoin?"

NASA - Whachadoin?

I have to admit that I didn't like the NASA album in general but there were a few standout tracks like "Gifted." "Whachadoin?" featuring SBA favorites MIA, Spankrock, and Santogold wasn't on it???. What's the deal with that? Anyways, good song and great video. If you like it, buy it here: N.A.S.A. - The Spirit of Apollo - Whachadoin? (feat. Spank Rock, M.I.A., Santogold & Nick Zinner)

NASA - Gifted

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Frightened Rabbit & We Were Promised Jetpacks Coming to Atlanta

I have been a fan of Frightened Rabbit for some time now. I almost lost it today when I found out they were coming to Atlanta with another new favorite band. I have been listening to We Were Promised Jetpacks for a steady 36 hours now. Mark this on your calendar - September 27th, 7pm, The Masquerade - $12 ticket. Come on, really, $12? Bought my tickets this afternoon. I can't wait.

Here are the rest of the North American Tour Dates:

Sep 13 2009 8:00P
Monolith Festival Morrison, Colorado
Sep 14 2009 8:00P
Urban Lounge (with Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad) Salt Lake City, Utah
Sep 15 2009 8:00P
Neurolux (with Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad) Boise, Idaho
Sep 16 2009 8:00P
Neumo’s (with Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad) Seattle, Washington
Sep 17 2009 8:00P
MusicFest NW Portland, Oregon
Sep 18 2009 8:00P
The Independant (with Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad) San Francisco, California
Sep 19 2009 8:00P
The Voodoo Lounge (with Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad) San Jose, California
Sep 20 2009 8:00P
Knitting Factory (with Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad) Los Angeles, California
Sep 22 2009 8:00P
Plush (with Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad) Tucson, Arizona
Sep 24 2009 8:00P
The Mohawk (with Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad) Austin, Texas
Sep 25 2009 8:00P
Spanish Moon (with Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad) Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Sep 26 2009 8:00P
Bottletree (with Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad) Birmingham, Alabama
Sep 27 2009 8:00P
The Masquerade (with Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad) Atlanta, Georgia
Sep 28 2009 8:00P
Club Downunder (with Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad) Tallahassee, Florida
Sep 29 2009 8:00P
The Social (with Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad) Orlando, Florida
Oct 1 2009 8:00P
Local 506 (with The Twilight Sad and Brakes) Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Oct 3 2009 8:00P
North Star (with The Twilight Sad and Brakes) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct 5 2009 8:00P
Black Cat Backstage (with The Twilight Sad and Brakes) Washington, Washington DC
Oct 6 2009 8:00P
Bowery Ballroom (with The Twilight Sad and Brakes) New York, New York
Oct 7 2009 8:00P
Great Scott (with The Twilight Sad and Brakes) Allston, Massachusetts
Oct 10 2009 8:00P
El Mocambo (with The Twilight Sad and Brakes) Toronto, Ontario
Oct 11 2009 8:00P
Blind Pig (with The Twilight Sad and Brakes) Ann Arbor, Michigan
Oct 12 2009 8:00P
Empty Bottle (with The Twilight Sad and Brakes) Chicago, Illinois

Sunday, July 26, 2009

We Were Promised Jetpacks - These Four Walls

We Were Promised Jetpacks "Little Voices"

I heard this song tonight and fell in love with this band. I immediately downloaded the album and I am almost through. Every song holds up the the energy, rhythm, and overall bad-ass post punk speed that "little Voices" provides.

What is it about Scottish post-punk rock scene that makes my blood boil and my hair stand on end? I know it isn't me getting in touch with my Scottish heritage but I really do connect with the amazing talent coming out of this little country. This past year I have steadily been listening to The Maccabees and Frightened Rabbit. Just tonight I learned about We Were Promised Jetpacks and There will be Fireworks.

What an amazing time we live in. When bands world wide are all accessible with just a high speed internet. There is so much great "local" talent everywhere. There are too many creative people who love music, breath music, and make music their lives/lively hood for a select group of record companies to promote. Many don't get the exposure they deserve. We Were Promised Jetpacks is one of those bands. Hopefully with this little blog I can give them a few more fans...

Friday, July 24, 2009

Little Boots "Remedy"

It was almost a year a go I was writing about this talented female singer song writer. Then I could see it was only a matter of time before Little Boots would cross the pond and start to make a name for herself in America. I don't know if she is there yet but she has been getting an unbelievable amount of press in the U.K. The video for "New in Town" has been out for a few months now and I wasn't all too impressed with its quality. Although it is one of my favorite tracks on the Hands album, the video just didn't hold its own weight. Just today, Little Boots released the new single "Remedy". Great job on her second try. See it here on SBA: Thanks for the BBC for enabling embedded vids. Make sure you send them some love and check out the interview with Ms. Boots too on the BBC.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Joakim Water Bubblicious EP

Last weekend I was able to download a sample of Joakim's new Album "Milky Ways" due out in America on September 15, 2008. From the first two songs off the Watermelon Bubblicious EP Joakim - Watermelon Bubblicious - Single I can tell this is going to be a hot one. It's been two years since he release "Monsters & Silly Songs" Joakim - Monsters & Silly Songs and it looks like he has been busy building tracks specifically for the dance floor. The title track, "Watermelon Bubblicious" almost has a breaks feel to it with a nasty rolling distorted bass line that clashes with an electric piano/synth harp. "Nebula Laughter" is a nine minute electro orchestra track that builds layer upon layer until the only thing left is an ethereal guitar that drifts off in the distance. I am really excited to hear what else Joakim has up his sleeve in September.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Portugal. The Man

I usually wait until I get home and settled in after work to post anything up here for you all. I couldn't wait for this band. My time at work is usually accompanied by the new music that I run across. Today has been Portugal. The Man all day. I am literally on the third time listening to this album in a row.

I keep trying to wrap my head around their latest album "Satanic Satanist" which drops in July 21st on Equal Vision Records. I got Nostalgic listening to the album the very first time hearing this band. They possess a classic quality to them in addition to perfect pitch, great instrumentation, spot on production, and just great rock & roll. I am not usually a fan of this genera but Portugal. The Man has really opened my eyes. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have already.

Make sure you check out the link to their web page. It's extremely interesting to see their take on people like me. It's a really interesting perspective on what artists really feel about leaked downloads, bloggers, and critics in general.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Beirut Live!

Beirut is back with a new live album filmed in Brooklyn. I downloaded the audio "Beirut : live a Music Hall of Williamsburg" off of Beirut - Live at Music Hall of Williamsburg but you can also get a dvd version here. I started snooping around and they have a crap load of good live footage and bands.

Fans of Beirut are really going to like the new album. It starts off with a brand new single "East Harlem". Well it's new to us but Zack explains that he wrote the song when he was seventeen. The rest of the set drifts from "March of the Zapotec/Holland" to classics from the "Gulag Orchestra" and "The Flying Club Cup." It is amazing that such a relatively new artist makes me Nostolgic when I listen to his music. The best is saved for last, when Beirut comes out of no where to play the classic "Brazil". It short and sweet. The set list is lively. What a great find.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Bodycode and a world of new minimal

My initial thought as listened to this release was that it's definitely minimal house but I was amazed by its complexity. Sitting in the dark, with the faint glow of our laptop illuminating the night, I got lost in the beats of BodyCode. The almost Tribal beats pinged from side to side as haunting vocals laid on top of layers of synthetic goodness. I found myself trying to follow the standard bump, bump, bump that is so cliche in house music but Bodycode seemed to squeeze double and triple bass hits where non should possibly fit.

The sound of Alan Abrams's newest release is literally a journey of his life. It is an intriguing blend of minimal glitch house of Berlin that merges with the passion of Portugal and deep rooted rhythms of South Africa. Alan grew up in South Africa in the years after the Apartheid. He later moved to Portugal where he was first introduced to house music in the Libson clubs scene. He currently resides in Berlin where he just released "Immune" Bodycode - Immune. This is only his second release under the alias Bodycode and I am already looking forward to his third. I just wonder what new journey will we hear next?