Wednesday, October 31, 2012


You’ve heard it all before. “I started a band and we’re about to release a new record. It would be really great to see you at the show.” or “It would be really great if you could donate to our Kickstarter account to get our album made”. And then there are the Facebook invites to countless shows, events, fundraisers etc..

I’ve been a musician most of my life, so I know how this goes. I empathize with my fellow musicians, and I do my best to support their causes (sometimes my wallet doesn’t accommodate, but I try to go to as many shows as possible). From a non objective point of view, I also wonder how much these things annoy your friends, and exactly how much they are willing to put up with.

Most musicians know they cannot rely on their friends and acquaintances alone to develop a following, and its’ this kind of dependence that keeps young bands marred in a perpetual stew of self doubt. But once in the business most musicians transcend this rather quickly, and the truth comes into plain sight: To be successful, you have to really love playing just for playing. Whether somebody is there or not. Like the way a child is fascinated by a toy and never gets tired of it, so must you of your said craft or instrument. Secondly, although you might have a goal in mind, it’s really best to keep your goals as pragmatic as possible. Releasing the new album, finishing a song, or playing a certain amount of shows. Once you start wandering into “We are going to be famous” territory, you have already set yourself up for disappointment. 

Now I know none of this is news to my musicians friends, and it’s probably pretty obvious to many of my friends who aren’t musicians. But, as with most things in the arts, what really is tough is keeping in mind that the reward for what you are doing is happening as you are doing it. This is it.. Right now. Not later, when you reach 10,000 followers, not when your album is done or that show is played, because that moment will fade, or better put, it’s a moment that’s a part of a reward that is perpetual.

As with most things in the arts, it’s a struggle. It’s one thing when your reward for hard work is a corner office with an extra 25K a year, but when you’re working hard on your craft for years, even decades, its’ really hard to keep in mind that you’re actually  livin’ that dream. Of course this applies not only to music, but to many arts. Music, food, design, painting, writing etc..

The amount of respect I have for the musician who plays the same songs to a crowd of 3 every single night for little or no money is tremendous. Or the aspiring pastry chef who has baked the same cake over and over again, only to be the only one to have tried it’s magnificence. Or the artist who works forever on a painting, only to have it sit in a gallery for a month, and then disappear into their back catalog.

We all work hard at what we love. And although people will tell you it is, sometimes just loving it isn’t enough. This is where you have to be strong. Because your friends aren’t always going to come out to your shows.

So when your friend tells you about something they are working on, or invites to you to their concert, opening night of their play, or a gallery showing, go. Your support might be exponential to what you think it really is. You might be the only friend to have showed up. You might be the only person to have showed up. I know that has been the case for me many times. Your friends appreciate it more than you realize. It’s this kind of thing that makes the world go round. Let’s keep it going.

By; Randy Nieto


Another track from the soon to be released After Dark 2 compilation by Desire titled Tears From Heaven via the Italians Do It Better label. Directed by Alberto Rossini.


  • Ray Parker Jr / Ghostbusters [Theme] / OST
  • Rockwell / Somebody's Watching Me / Single
  • Glass Candy / Halloween / Single
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Heads Will Roll / It's Blitz!
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival / I Put A Spell On You / Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Horrors / Still Life / Skying
  • Bobby "Borris" Pickett / Monster Mash / Single
  • Echo & The Bunnymen / People Are Strange / Live
  • C Average / Interstellar Overdrive / C Average
  • White Mystery / Pumpkin Cream / Blood & Venom
  • TV On The Radio / Wolf Like Me / Return to Cookie Mountain
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince / A Nightmare On My Street / Single
  • Smashing Pumpkins / We Only Come Out At Night / Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
  • Michael Jackson /  Thriller / Thriller
  • Talking Heads / Psycho Killer / 7 Inch
  • Sonic Youth / Halloween / Single
  • Does It Offend You, Yeah? / We Are The Dead / Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
  • Megadeth / Countdown To Extinction / Countdown to Extinction
  • Little Neil Patricia Quinn & Richard O'Brien / Time Warp / Single
  • The White Stripes / Little Ghost / 7 Inch
  • Stevie Wonder / Superstition / Single
  • JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound / I Am Trying To Break Your Heart / 7 Inch
  • The Virgins / Murder / The Virgins
  • John Williams / Jaws [Theme] / OST
  • Chromatics / Back From The Grave / Kill For Love
  • Tegan and Sara / Walking With A Ghost / Single
  • Bow Wow Wow / I Want Candy / Single
  • Cut Copy / So Haunted / In Ghost Colours
  • Ray Parker Jr / Ghostbusters Theme (Instrumental) / OST 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Here's a sampler of some of the tracks featured in the new Mix album "2 Bears 1 Love" Order it now from there website HERE


Long bfore he was signed to XL imprint Hot Charity, Willis Earl Beal would leave illustrations, writing, and CD-Rs in public places around his hometown of Chicago, turning his work into "found art." He's applying that same idea to the internet now, with the release of the Principles of a Protagonist EP, which he just released via BitTorrent. The five-song EP is the soundtrack to his upcoming short animated film of the same name. It features re-recorded tracks from this year's LP Acousmatic Sorcery. Grab it HERE.

Monday, October 22, 2012


Edited from the 17 minute long version of the song "Looking For Love" by Chromatics from the upcoming After Dark 2 compilation out very soon via Italians Do It Better. Directed & Edited by Alberto Rossini and shot on location at the Chanel Pret-A-Porter Printemps-Ete 2013 Runway show October 3rd, 2012 at The Grand Palais in Paris, France.


  • Smith Westerns / End Of The Night (Peaking Lights Remix) / Remix
  • Chandeliers / Le Corsage / Founding Fathers
  • The XX / Chained / Coexist
  • New Order / Ultra Violence / Power, Corruption and Lies
  • The Black Madonna / We Don't Need No Music / 12 Inch
  • Justice / Audio, Visual, Disco / Audio, Visual, Disco
  • Satin Jackets / You Make Me Feel Good / Single
  • Grimes / Oblivion / Visions
  • LA Vampires and Maria Minerva / Seasons Change / The Integration
  • Holy Ghost! / It Gets Dark / Single
  • Toro Y Moi / So Many Details / Single
Guest DJ Set by Glass Lux
  • Glass Lux / Puppet / EP
  • Glass Lux / Ribbon Girl / EP
  • Glass Lux / Good Gate / EP
  • Glass Lux / I'm A Machine / EP
  • IMS / Dancing Therapy / Single
  • Charlie / Spacer Woman / Single
  • Chromatics / Running Up The Hill / Night Drive

Sunday, October 21, 2012



Crystal Castles are close to releasing their third album entitled (III) on November 6 listen to the first single titled Wrath of God below.


Music video for Swedish muscian El Perro Del Mar’s track Walk On By, taken from the album Pale Fire. Pale Fire will be available through The Control Group, on November 12, 2012.


South London pop duo and real life brothers known as Disclosure, just released the music for their track Latch featuring Sam Smith. The music video, directed by Ross McDowell & Ben Murray of the Bullion Collective is a surreal portrait of lip locking and love in the 21st century.

Saturday, October 20, 2012


Amanda Brown & Maria Minerva debut there collaboration in this Benjamin Shearn-directed clip for “Seasons Change,” this is the first track from the forthcoming LA Vampires and Maria Minerva collaborative record The Integration LP, out soon on Not Not Fun.

Friday, October 19, 2012



  • Major Lazer / Get Free [ft. Amber Coffman] / 7 Inch
  • Peaking Lights / All The Sun That Shines / 936
  • Virgo / Never Want to Lose You / Virgo
  • New Order / Crystal / Single
  • Beastie Boys / B For My Name / The Mix Up
  • Gil Scott-Heron / The Revolution Will Not Be Televised/ The Revolution Will Not Be Televised 
  • Ghost Loft / Seconds / 7 Inch
  • Martin Vogel / Tough [The Boss] / Perseo Edits Vol 1
  • John Maus / Believer / We Must Become The Pitiless Selfless of Ourselves
  • Miike Snow / Paddling Out / Happy To You
  • The Late Great Fitzcarlados / My temptation / The Late Great Fitzcarlados
  • Ex Cops / Millionaire / 7 Inch
  • Holy Ghost! / Wait and See / Holy Ghost!
Guest DJ Set Jesse Sandvik (Smooth & Delicious)
  • Chandeliers / Track 5 / Founding Fathers
  • Bernice Fraisier / Will You Be The One / 12 Inch
  • Shanon / Sweet Somebody / 12 Inch
  • The S.O.S. Band / High Hopes / III
  • For You / Love Talkin (Honey It's You) / Tatsuro Yamashita
  • Love Is.. One Way / I Didn't Mean To Break Your Heart / Love Is.. One Way 
  • Leprechaun / Loc-It-Up / 12 Inch
  • Vaughan Mason and Butch Dayo / Feel My Love / Feel My Love
  • The Love Unlimited Ft Webster Lewis / Welcome Aboard / 12 Inch
  • Serge Ponsar / Out In The Night / Back To The Light
  • Trilogy / Not Love [Instrumental] / 12 Inch
  • Alec Costandinos / Golden Tears / Sumeria
  • Locksmith / Blackjack / 12 Inch
  • Free Life / Theres Something Better / 12 Inch

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


  • Peter Bjorn and John / The Feeling / Living Thing
  • Vacationer / Trip / Gone
  • Cavemen / Great Life / Coco Beware
  • M83 / Wait / Hurry Up We're Dreaming
  • Woods / Who Do You Think I Am / Sun & Shade
  • Liars / Flood To Flood / WIXIW
  • Innergaze / Mutual Dreaming / Mutual Dreaming
  • Deerhoof / The Trouble with Candyhands / Breakup Song
  • La Femme / Sur La Planche / La Femme
  • New Order / Extacy / Power Corruption Lies
  • Divine Fits / Loveisreal / A Thing Called Divine Fits
  • LCD Soundsysten / Someone Great / Sound of Silver
  • Melodys Echo Chamber / You Won't Be Missing That Part of Me / Melody's Echo Chamber
  • Peaking Lights / Dreambeat / Lucifer
  • Horrors / Still Life / Skying
  • Wooden Shjips / For So Long / Holy Mountain
  • John Maus / Believer / We Must Become the Pitiless Cencors of Ourlselves
  • Lower Dens / Brains / Noontropics
  • Holiday Crowd / Painted Like A Forest / Over THe Bluffs
  • Strange Talk / Cast Away (Plastic Plates remix) /
  • Kool In The Gang / Fresh Remix /
  • Mayer Hawthorne / No Strings (RAC Remix) /
  • Ford and Lopatin / Joey Rogers / Channel Pressure
  • Yellowire / Tonight Is The Night (Oliver Nelson Remix) /
  • Burial / Stolen Dog / Street Halo
  • School of Seven Bells / The Night (Rewards Remix) /
  • Apex Twin / Fingerbib / Richard D James
  • Body Language / Lose My Head / Grammar EP
  • Breakbot / Programme / By Your Side

Monday, October 15, 2012


In junior high, I was lucky enough to see Deerhoof perform. My parents brought me along to Earlham College, where we watched the performance on a small, square stage on a huge open field. I remember the show being enjoyable with Satomi Matsuzaki doing cute little dance moves and the extremely tall Greg Saunier crouching down on a milk crate to play his tiny percussion set-up. (My father grabbed a setlist that had only cute drawings for titles.) Today, Deerhoof is on their 14th release Breakup Song and have grown musically yet keep their garage noise and voice …which isn't hard when the voice sounds like a sweet, happy woman-child.

With each album comes a different experience and this one moves into another new direction using more jazzy grooves and consistent 80's/90's electronic influence. Unlike earlier songs ("Come See The Duck"), a few of these tracks have the chance of getting played by a DJ--despite how short in length most are. "Mothball the Fleet", the fifth track, begins with a Vampire Weekend type of guitar riff and continues to carry a dreamy quality that would be ideal to hear on a road trip with the windows down… AKA perfect for an Urban Outfitters playlist. But fear not, my friend, for at least it will bring you bragging rights and something to bop along to while your buddy is shopping for overpriced flannel and novelty iPhone cases. This one song is proof of the poppy course the group has taken. "Zero Seconds Pause" and "To Fly or Not to Fly" open with electronic intros and carry an 80's vibe, but "To Fly or Not to Fly" goes back and forth between an upbeat Prince-ish song and a fighting guitar riff that and although very short (1:45), the two parts seem to join hands and run off together instead of ending in disaster. Which is probably what Matsuzaki would prefer. Her delicate voice combined with cutesy titles such as "Flower" is a perfect balance to all the racket happening around her. She creates a sense of harmony with the music. With the ending of the album just as solid as the opening, this is definitely an album I will never want to Breakup with.

By; Natalie Burris October 15, 2012


Chaz unleashes a new track from Toro y Moi, available via Carpark on 7″, out November 23



After relentless touring in support of their debut self titled LP, Holy Ghost! have holed up in the studio to finish their follow up album. “It Gets Dark” is a sneak peak into those sessions and what’s to come in 2013. The single is “a dark dancer for sure”, to quote Alex Frankel’s dad.

Saturday, October 13, 2012


In the new issue of Interview, on stands today, Toro Y Moi discusses the first details of his forthcoming album. In describing his process for Anything In Return, Toro Y Moi's Chaz Bundick says, "I'm just trying to make sincere pop music that's not all processed and bubblegum. Underground isn't always relevant; I want to see what's popular, then put my own spin on it."

Track List
  • 1. Harm In Change
  • 2. Say That
  • 3. So Many Details
  • 4. Rose Quartz
  • 5. Touch
  • 6. Cola
  • 7. Studies
  • 8. High Living
  • 9. Grown Up Calls
  • 10. Cake
  • 11. Day One
  • 12. Never Matter
  • 13. How's It Wrong
More Details HERE

Thursday, October 11, 2012


With After Dark 2 almost ready to be released, Johnny Jewel has dropped a free download of the classic first compilation After Dark [Remastered], which features tracks from Farah, Mirage, Glass Candy, Chromatics, and the rest of the Italians Do It Better roster. JJ had this to say.

Over 5 years ago we released a slow-burning label sampler at midnight on my birthday. The original pressing was a demo CDR that Ida No colored with markers & glued cutouts of my hand spraypainting our names on the world. It was supposed to be a limited edition of 237 copies meant for the merch tables of Texas & California. It exploded overnight. 77 minutes of analog electronic music mutating through Italo Disco, Krautrock, Electro, Giallo Cinema, & Pop. By now, After Dark seems like it's in its thousandth pressing...(we lost track a long time ago). And as we prepare for the release of After Dark 2, we wanted to share with you where it all began. The last 5 years seem like a beautiful blurry dream. Since the October 15th release date was announced back in July, everyone has grown increasingly anxious for the hard copy. At that time, we didn't know Karl Lagerfeld was going to commission Chromatics to choreograph 27 minutes of music for the Chanel runway. We also couldn't have known that Symmetry was going to be asked to score a top-secret motion picture for 2013. There is so much music we can't wait for you to hear. For the diehard fans, we're going to start leaking tracks next week. After slowly chiseling away at it since the spring of 2008, After Dark 2 is finally right around the corner. Thanks to everyone for being so enthusiastic & patient. I promise it's worth the wait. In the meantime, download the fully remastered version of the first After Dark from my soundcloud. I blended it together at 5 am this morning.

Enjoy! xo

Johnny Jewel

  • Glass Candy / Rolling Down The Hills (3:32)
  • Chromatics / Hands In The Dark (4:48)
Mirage / Last Nite A Dj Saved My Life (6:42)
Mirage / Lady Operator (5:37)
Glass Candy / Computer Love (5:37)
Professor Genius / La Grotta (6:33)
Chromatics / Killing Spree (1:19)
Farah / Law Of Life (7:28)
Chromatics / In The City (7:09)
Glass Candy / Miss Broadway (6:46) Feat. Nat Walker / Saxaphone & Eyvind Kang / Strings

  • Mirage / Lake Of Dreams (9:26)
Farah / Dancing Girls (5:36)
Glass Candy / The Chameleon (4:55)
Professor Genius / Pegaso (2:44)


A delightful piece of 1980s nostalgia, lyrical longing and lush electronic layers combine to create the mood of Twin Shadow's 2012 album Confess.  Synth, guitar, good beats and George Lewis Jr.'s emotional and powerful voice generate a sonic landscape that stays just below the surface.  Enough of a beat to keep you going without rioting into a full fledged dance party.  The subtlety of Confess is what grabs the listener and will guarantee a place in many 2012 best albums lists.  Album standouts include "Golden Light" a track that builds slowly and arcs with a catchy hook, "Five Seconds" a song that has dance-like-no-one-is-looking moments and "Run My Heart" is a tune meant for a Brat Pack movie that was never made.

By; Megan Timmons October 11, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012


The Weeknd dropped a new video for the track “Rolling Stone,” a stark, black-and-white clip that finds a dramatic Abel Tesfaye singing straight into the camera.

Thursday, October 4, 2012


  • Alt-j / Something Good / Awesome Wave
  • Psychic Twin / Gonna Get Her / An Awesome Wave
  • Charleston / Red Hears of Gold / Single
  • Nicholas Jarr / Come and Get it [Bailies and Bridges Edit] / 6 Edits
  • Sidney Barnes / The Ember Song/ [RSD Single] 7 Inch
  • Tom Schraeder / Pat Baby / Once Lace, Now Cotton
  • The Raveonettes / Young and Cold / Observator
  • Twin Shadow / Rum My Heart/ Confess
  • New Order / Temptation / 7 Inch
  • The xx / Chained / Coexist
  • Miike Snow / A Horse Is Not A Home / Miike Snow
  • Cat Power / Manhattan / Sun
  • Black Kids / Im Not Going to Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You / 7 Inch
  • Body Language / Loose My Head / Grammer EP
  • Jaimie Lidell / Little Bit Of Feel Good / 7 Inch
  • Glass Candy / Chameleon (Dark Day) / After Dark
  • Grizzly Bear / Gun-Shy / Shields
Josh of Boutros Guest DJ SET
  • Boutros / Underwater River / Keep It Steady
  • Boutros / Keep It Steady / Keep It Steady
  • Boutros / Shocklatier / Keep It Steady
  • Gemini Club / Nothing But History / Here We Sit
  • Gemini Club / By Surprise / Here We Sit
  • Sam Padrul / All I Do / Sam Padrul
  • Moon Boots / Sugar / Single
  • Boutros / Late Night Rain / Flat Tires Make Friends
  • Boutros / Telivision / Flat Tires Make Friends