Let’s take it down a notch with Manchester Orchestra’s ‘Top Notch‘ track shall we? Play on words heavily intended. A well-written track shows its truest colours when you strip it down and release it with nothing but strings, piano and vocal. This version takes an entirely different turn, with an entirely different intention. Perhaps the lyrics are easier to interpret now. Perhaps stripped down it showcases another side of the writing that may have been lost in the foggy tempo of the original.
Perhaps it falls down to taste, either way – it’s deeply moving.
I haven’t run a contest on the blog in quite a while, but when I found out about this upcoming show, I had to somehow be a part of it (and hopefully get you in too!).
WITH PARADE OF LIGHTS
FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014
ADELAIDE HALL – TORONTO
Doors: 7:00PM / Show: 8:00PM
Courtesy of Live Nation, I’ve got one pair of tickets to give away for the show. There are two ways to enter. Either email me at chris AT indiemusicfilter.com with “X AMBASSADORS” in the subject line with your full name in the body. Or, click below to RT my tweet about the contest. Each way enters your name into the draw. Deadline is THURSDAY, APRIL 17 TH at NOON (EST). I’ll notify the winner that day.
“I wasn’t meant for so much happiness” has been ringing in my ear since I heard the single from Museum of Love last year. Shouting into a few tin cans about it too and finally it’s getting the light it deserves premiering over at Spin. LCD Soundsystem’s Pat Mahoney moves from behind the drums to lead vocals with Jee Day from Juan MacLean. I really wasn’t meant for so much happiness.
Playlists are up! Here’s what I thought was the best of March 2014 on Rdio, Soundcloud, Spotify and Youtube. This month, look for songs from Moscow Metro, Friendly Fires, PAPA, Haerts, Wye Oak and many more.
Brooklyn’s Lucius have had a pretty great year so far. Recently, they made their late night television debut on Conan last week, and have announced a national spring tour with Tegan and Sara, followed by a string of East Coast dates supporting The Head and the Heart, all in support of their debut LP Wildewoman.
We also have some new-ish sounds from the quintet, the new bonus track “Genevieve“, which was previously released on their self-titled debut EP and the new version will be officially released later this year.
Take a listen to Southern California artist Danny McCook (aka The Painted Pianos) and his song “Roses”, from the album of the same name released last week. The indie/alternative/electro music producer channels MGMT and Passion Pit on this first offering, check out “Roses”.