Saturday, April 17, 2010

Vernal Caesura MMX / Spring Break MiX 2010

Sometime Around Midnight (Acoustic Version)*
The Airborne Toxic Event
Sometime Around Midnight (Acoustic Version) – Single
This song has a Jesus & Mary Chain and Psychedelic Furs vibe from the late 80s, which can never be a bad thing.

Beach House
This song continues to grow on me despite my original aversion to its microtonality.

State Trooper (Trentemøller Mix)*
Bruce Springsteen
Pitchoun - La Cassette - Face Rêvolution
Why is Trentemøller the only one remixing/re-envisioning classic Springsteen? Cool and brilliant.

Lose My Self
The Duke and the King
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Dreamy and moody tune with some dramatic swells just when the drugs kick in.

Io Echo
Doorway – Single
I first heard this song in a commercial. Then I went in search of a hot Armenian boy (redundant, I know) who somehow intersected with this band. There's only one word for it: kismet. (PS: I want to date you hard, Aram!)

Boy Lilikoi
Gay, pale, Icelandic, half-blind countertenor whom I'm flying across the country to see in concert in NYC come May. Mesmerizing.

Pale Horses
Wait for Me
There's something very nostalgic about this track. There's something painfully contemporary about this track. "Couldn't live without you when I tried to roam."

We Do What We Want To
Gleeful + blissful. Luxurious soundscape + gorgeous vocals. Nice + simple. O+S.

The Royal We
Silversun Pickups
Few contemporary bands rock with smarts and substance. Check 'em out!

Under the Milky Way
Industrial Pop
Finally someone pushing electronica toward something listenable and contemplative without putting you to sleep. Plus he has a silky voice--à la David Sylvian--beneath all that guy-liner.

The xx
XX (Bonus Track Version)
If this is what the cool kids are making out to, then I'll take a second helping. You have to appreciate how they let the open spaces speak by keeping them open.

The Sun Is Down! (Cornelius Mix)
Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band
Don't Stop Me! – EP
I doubt there is a bigger Yoko Ono fan--or one who has been a fan for as long as I have--out there. A great dance song by a brilliant artist.

* For the 2 songs that didn't make it onto the iMix, click on the song title to link to a site where you can buy or download the mp3.

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