Browsing articles from "November, 2011"
Nov 23, 2011

RethinkPopMusic CMJ Promo Video

RethinkPopMusic hosted a CMJ showcase at The Bowery Electric on Thursday, October 20th 2011.

Artists performing that evening were:

The Yes Way
Black Taxi
Courtesy Tier
The Aviation Orange
Viva Mayday
Beast Make Bomb
Man on Earth
The Ruby Spirit

Nov 19, 2011

The Static Jacks: 7″ release party at The Social, Monday 28 November

With just over a week to go until our latest release party, excitement levels are high. Click on the flyer above for tickets, and check out the band’s debut appearance on US television below!

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Nov 19, 2011

Introducing: Mausi

Newcastle’s Mausi are, excuse the cliche, a breath of fresh air. But they really are. When we came across them not so long ago, their optimism filled and colourful single ‘Sol’ grabbed us by the scruff of the neck and simply refused to let go.

The track possesses the freewheeling spirit of Los Campesinos, Givers or Phonenix at their most upbeat and danceable, as well as one of the most catchy vocal hooks we’ve heard for some time. Released the other day on their own label, we’re of the firm opinion it’s one of the best 2k11 has to offer.

The beautifully shot video, featuring the band members on a summer road trip somewhere far more exotic than their home town, makes you wish it was July again, and you were actually drinking Sol on a beach (presumably their intention). We expect this lot to be big news next year, although be sure to download the single now and give yourself something to raise your spirits as the days draw in.

MP3: Mausi – Sol

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Nov 16, 2011

The Chaotic Good featured in Mammut “Peak Project” trailer

Mammut uses The Chaotic Good track “WYLA” for their “Peak Project” celebrating their 150 year anniversary… if this doesn’t motivate you to climb the nearest mountain nothing will.

Nov 14, 2011

CMJ Night 2 feat The Yes Way

Surprisingly, I had not experienced The Yes Way live prior to CMJ.

Frontman Aaron Mendelsoh narrates a journey ranging from undeniably catchy, melodic pop, through spaced-out psychedelia, landing at times for hardcore garage-style grunge. All the while, it’s a tightly guarded secret hidden behind a coy smile what direction he might guide the show next.

I’ve only seen Radiohead do it better. Their New song “Anchor” appears to be an instant fan favorite, with all 6 feet and 6 inches of Nick Burleigh showing that his mastery of the guitar also translates to the spacey and reverb ablaze violin.

The word mastery absolutely applies… if Aaron is responsible for telling the story, than Nick certainly delivers the subtext with tightly-honed skill. Kudos are also in order for bassist Ian Mellencamp who didn’t miss a beat in just his second show with the band. This should probably be half credited to the flawless, yet often off-tempo drumming style of Jesse Bilotta, which one could imagine if even a note were missed the entire song would fall deep into a noisy abyss.

The Yes Way remain a change-up from what the rest of NYC has to offer and a cut above nearly any comparison you could make.


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