This year we sent some of our finest writers to witness SXSW first hand and mingle. This could have been a tale of new friendships, drunken friendships, confiscated platinum passes, lost emails and missed deadlines. Oh, and there was also a lot of music… Blondfire | Clive Bar (Mood Media Day Party) Blondfire kicked off [...] The post SXSW 2013 Day 1 (feat. Blondfire, Bonaparte, Sizarr, Hands, Japandroids, Local Natives & John Talabot) appeared first on Cougar Microbes .
I noticed that when this blog was in its infancy we used to feature way more mashups. Conversely submissions of mashup tracks have grown steadily over the years. Maybe we're becoming too old or maybe we are too cynical but it feels like every kid with an Iphone app and a couple of acapella tracks [...] The post The Hood Internet mashup Daft Punk vs Kanye West appeared first on Cougar Microbes .
I've been constantly humming Telstar's "Karate Luv" since it was first played to me at a particularly intoxicating desert jam session back in April. The trio recently unveiled their DIY video for the track and which immediately brought to mind the humor and creativity of the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" video; not a bad thing at [...] The post Weekend Videos: Telstar - "Karate Luv" appeared first on Cougar Microbes .
With the snow in Britain finally cleared off all roads and hopefully not making another appearance during a far to brief summertime, this can only mean one thing: the start of a beautiful British festival season. Whilst there may only be sunshine for a couple of these weekends the main focus is on the music [...] The post Live At Leeds Festival reviewed appeared first on Cougar Microbes .
Following the demise of London squat rockers The King Blues it was clear it wasn't going to be the last time we'd hear from them. Jamie Jazz was first off the mark with his new band Bleach Blood. The guitarist turned frontman joined forces with drummer Invisible Frank, bassist Charlie Elliot and guitarist Paul Mullen to [...] The post Weekend Videos: Bleach Blood - "Anything Anything" appeared first on Cougar Microbes .
This year we sent some of our finest writers to witness SXSW first hand and mingle. This could have been a tale of new friendships, drunken friendships, confiscated platinum passes, lost emails and missed deadlines. Oh, and there was also a lot of music... Blondfire | Clive Bar (Mood Media Day Party) Blondfire kicked off [...] The post SXSW 2013 Day One (feat. Blondfire, Bonaparte, Sizarr, Hands, Japandroids, Local Natives & John Talabot) appeared first on Cougar Microbes .
It is incredible to see how far the steam train that is Alt-J has travelled since we interviewed them almost a year ago. When they find time between picking up awards and performing gigs across the world, they can reflect back at some fantastic remixes taking advantage of the beautiful subtleties that may not have [...] The post Alt-J serve up new remixes appeared first on Cougar Microbes .
London based collective KINGS OF THE CITY (yeah, that's all caps) could only really hail from the Big Smoke. Fusing elements of rock 'n' roll, blues, hip hop and grime to create a sound that is both accomplished and crucially relevant. With shows at legendary London venues such as Jazz Cafe and Cargo, plus airplay on the likes of BBC Radio [...] The post Weekend Videos: KINGS OF THE CITY - "Please Tell Me" appeared first on Cougar Microbes .
For a band based in Birmingham, an hour and a half away from the nearest beach, there is an uncanny undercurrent of connotations relating Swim Deep to water, as their recently released video shows. The flickering of the bands logo ‘≈’ (yet another mathematical symbol embraced by a band for its aesthetic appeal) appears before [...] The post Weekend Videos: Swim Deep – "She Changes The Weather" appeared first on Cougar Microbes .
I had the wondrous opportunity to see echo-synth-noise-darkwave duo Tearist (pronounced tear like rip apart) perform at Los Angeles's Lyric Theater a few nights ago. As a total Tearist virgin, I was only marginally prepared for what would ultimately become an invitedly deep aural penetration. The magnetically charged female vocalist, Yasmine Kittles, took the stage with [...] The post Tearist live @ Lyric Theater, Hollywood appeared first on Cougar Microbes .
As the release date for the new Daft Punk record approaches, preceded by the horrible excellent "Get Lucky" single, ' I feel the need to celebrate and promote my compatriot French artists. Here are two remixes of SOHN's "The Wheel" and Wild Belle's "It's Too Late" by parisian duo Employee Of The Year. Edouard and Romain have been [...] The post Introducing Employee Of The Year appeared first on Cougar Microbes .
Last week we featured Lucille and their single 'Deep In Da Mudd' on these pages. It's worth mentioning I caught the 9-piece live a few weeks back and it was excellent and almost spiritual; as the above video shows. While the collective may call Tel Aviv their home there is a sense that they could [...] The post Weekend Videos: Lucille - "Too Much" appeared first on Cougar Microbes .
As reported by our friends over at Fried My Little Brain (as well as pretty much everyone else with an internet connection) Daft Punk dropped a couple of teasers on us both on SNL as well as during their Coachella set. the robotic French duo are revealing just enough to keep us all on edge [...] The post Weekend Videos: Daft Punk - "Get Lucky" (Feat. Pharell) appeared first on Cougar Microbes .
Back in January Tycho played a pair of back-to-back shows at The Troubadour in West Hollywood. And just so you don't make the same mistake I did, let me clarify - though both are from San Francisco and both start with "Ty", Tycho and Ty Segall put on two very different shows. Yes, admittedly, I [...] The post Tycho Live @ The Troubadour appeared first on Cougar Microbes .
Whether it is solo or as part of his Odd Future it seems Tyler, The Creator is unable to sit still for a minute. In the buildup to the recently released 'Wolf' album Tyler dropped a video for "IFHY", continuing his streak of ludicrously brilliant vids. Having just proclaimed (rightfully) to be "dope as fuck" on [...] The post Weekend Videos: Tyler, The Creator - "IFHY" (feat. Pharell) appeared first on Cougar Microbes .
It's been a whole while since we heard some hip hop that delivers positive vibes while remaining fiercely independent; Lucille seem to have managed just that. Starting off as a solo project for Argentinean guitarist Izzy the band slowly grew into a veritable family; the 8-piece collective literally showing strength in numbers. The high all round [...] The post Introducing Lucille appeared first on Cougar Microbes .
It's always hard for me to review the Strokes because I'm conscious of being far from objective when it comes to them and that, to counteract my innate subjectivity, I tend to become far too critical. I openly admit to putting them on a pedestal that is so high that even Kanye West's ego wouldn't [...] The post The Strokes' 'Comedown Machine' reviewed appeared first on Cougar Microbes .
As the world continues to discover and fall in love with Haim it was impossible for me to resist their charm. Let's face it, this is a marketing man's dream-come-true but, fortunately, the three sisters also have the tunes to back up all the hype. Here is Haim's take on The Strokes b-side "I’ll Try Anything Once”, yet [...] The post Haim cover The Strokes' "I'll Try Anything Once" appeared first on Cougar Microbes .
Glass City Vice are a bunch of sharply-cut chaps from Britain's ever-trendy boho seaside town, Brighton. Their clean cut Alt-Rock sound will appeal to fans of The Exerps, Canterbury, Twin Atlantic and the likes. Make no mistake though, these handsome young gents have a certain 'I dunno what' which sets them apart from their genre [...] The post VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Glass City Vice - "Have To Say" appeared first on Cougar Microbes .
Darwin Deez is back with new album 'Songs For The Imaginative People' and it sounds like what we have come to expect from NYC band possibly with an increased focus on production. 'Songs...' opens up with “(800) HUMAN”. Bitcrushed and glitchy electronic drums accompany Darwin’s signature guitar playing, a smooth segue from his last album, [...] The post Darwin Deez' 'Songs For The Imaginative People' reviewed appeared first on Cougar Microbes .