It's 2013, and human beings are still trying to figure out how to automate music discovery. Trends come and go, new services pop up and disappear, and a music discovery app is created, marketed, and killed off every few days. The thing is, no algorithm, social networking service, or customizable radio station has been able to really nail it. There's still nothing quite as effective as a friend saying, "You like so-and-so? Check this out."
by GENEVIEVE OLIVER Saturday’s Record Store Day , so stop torrenting stuff, get off your computer, steal your roommate’s record player, and high-tail it down to your local neighborhood record store to pick up one or all of these awesome exclusive releases. You might have to literally fight with one of us for them, so we hope you picked up on some of your grandma’s Black Friday skills (because we did). Best Coast, Fear of My Identity / Who Have I Become 73 [...]
As surreptitious meeting places go, the back of a black van belonging to Swans with a wingspan of at least three conventional hatchbacks at a bleak end of Camden Town is right up there in terms of the outré. And peripheral though its Mornington Crescent-shaped extreme may be, it feels as though we're right at the still very much palpitating, and distressingly pallid heart of the discombobulating Easter blizzard currently passing through – one "nobody's used to, save for eskimos." It makes for a hostile welcome to London if ever there were one, though I wholeheartedly envisage Jamie Stewart to [...]
Puede que no sea lo mejor que le hayamos escuchado. Pero innegable que llamo mucho la atención la idea de escuchar algo de The XX remezclado por Kim Ann Foxman . Artistas musicalmente distintos, pero que los une ese look oscuro que tienen. Escucha aqui y déjanos tu opinion:
Similar to our weekly collection of MP3s , we decided to start ranking each week's best videos. So, from here on out, our favorite weekly videos will be ordered in quality from 10-1. Who reigns champ this week? Grab some popcorn, sit back, and find out. 10. The xx – “I Miss You” (Beyonce Cover) Turns out everybody has Beyoncé on the mind. The clip is standard fair for a live in studio video, but the energy and looks exchanged between Romy Croft and Oliver Sim perfectly encapsulate what makes [...]
We hate to be so consistently good about picking our Song of the Week, but we've got another doozy on our hands this week. Yes, AGAIN. In terms of female version of ...
There are some acts that producers and DJs just can't get enough of when it comes to cranking out remixes. And if you have browsed Potholes regularly in the past year or so, you have probably noticed that we, too, are never satisfied when it comes to find new interpretations of our favorite artists and their music. Previously, we highlighted our favorite takes on Danny Brown tracks , which continue to get flipped into new and intriguing directions. But today, we're talking a stroll from Detroit to London to show love to some of the [...]
After announcing yesterday they would return to Australia in April 2013, The xx have sold out their initial shows in Sydney and Melbourne within 15 minutes after going on sale to the general public. Due to the unprecedented demand, additional dates in both cities have been added, with tickets on sale now. Young UK indie trio The xx have quickly become one of the most in demand acts on the planet, and they’re bringing their incredibly atmospheric and captivating live show back Down Under this April. First hitting Australian shores as part of the Laneway Festival [...]
La última lista compilatoria del año 2012 es aquella que engloba y premia al trabajo musical en su conjunto, a los lanzamientos tomados como un concepto y un esfuerzo global por entregarnos algo nuevo, algo que no hayamos escuchado con anterioridad y que escape a los éxitos solitarios de una canción o un remix: nos referimos al conteo de nuestros 20 discos favoritos del año. Al respecto, el 2012 fue un año que, sumando y restando, estuvo acorde a las expectativas y que fue testigo de grandes nacimientos, de varias consagraciones y de uno que otro fracaso inevitable. [...]
No podemos recibir este 2013 si es que no despedimos 2012 como se lo merece. Los últimos doce meses fueron excelentes para la música de varios estilos, con buenos regresos y sorprendentes apariciones. Para tratar de que no se nos escape nada, hemos organizado cuatro listas con distintas categorías: discos, remixes, canciones bailables y no bailables, que reflejan el consenso entre quienes hacemos esta página. Hoy vamos a empezar con las canciones no bailables. Quizás la categoría más amplia y más difícil, ya que muchos de nuestros discos favoritos tenían al menos tres o cuatro cada uno. Eso [...]
The top mp3s have gone through many incarnations since the beginning of Consequence of Sound in 2007. What used to be an exhaustive roundup of all the singles, remixes, covers, and undiscovered gems emailed to us any given week evolved into a compilation whittled down to our 10 favorite new songs. For 2013, we're again changing up the format with the hope of giving our selections some added weight. We're still posting about our 10 favorite songs, but they'll be ordered in quality from 10-1. Who takes home #1 in this inaugural week? You'll have to click 'Next' to [...]
2012...what a year of music. We got new releases from favorites such as Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear and heard new favorites in Father John Misty, Nude Beach, Tanlines, and more. Last year Earbuddy celebrated one year of existence with the best 50 albums of 2011 . However, we've grown since [...]
We debated, we disagreed, we came up with our collective best 50 albums of 2012.
The release of ardently anticipated Coexist in the albeit fading shadow of xx, the xx’s second album, garnered doubt as to whether the duo turned trio could produce an album to even contend with the critically acclaimed and almost universally popular debut album. Perhaps the departure from darker sounds should’ve been expected, but the characteristic style of the xx prevails and shines in its hauntingly, almost transcendental beauty. The lighter, ethereal marriage of melodies in Coexist not only manages to appeal to fans of the more arcane xx, but also intimate the [...]
Well, here we are. After running down our picks for the year's best artwork , videos , remixes , mixes , singles , and EPs , we have arrived at that magical moment: our roundup of 20122s best albums. As was the case with our previous lists, this was not easy at all to curate. Despite what your friend, favorite music critic, parents, WHOEVER might have said, the past year brought with it some fucking great music and some albums we'll be labeling as classics down the road. Decreasing sales aside, [...]
It's that time at last! Triple J Hottest 100 voting has opened. For those that don't let their musical intelligence be insulted by Triple J, this year promises to be another hard slog at getting those 10 tracks perfectly right, so that you can just tick them off as they come up one by one on the 26th January. Well... at least that's what it used to be like. It's been only 10 years ago now, that Queens of the Stone Age held the number 1 spot with their mental track "No One Knows", and only five years [...]
Like we always do at this time, today Ca Va Cool presents the 20 albums we collectively overplayed and played loud in 2012. The first half of our list includes some faithful R&B from the unlikely state of Colorado, past CVC favourites both noisey and subdued, psychedelic rock from the West coast of Australia, cinematic Neil Young covers, coming-of-age rap from the city of Compton, a new indie rock superduo of sorts, and turn of the century hipsters growing up. Don't read too much into that last one, we'll continue our list-making ways for years to come. [...]
With The xx once again scaling the dizzying heights of most critics Best of Year lists for their second album, Coexist , the London three-piece hardly needed to give us much more, yet along with a visit to Radio 12s Live Lounge today, the group have put their take on Wham!'s Christmas classic up for free download. It's pretty much exactly what you'd expect from The xx covering Wham! I.e all the frivilous campness is replaced by brooding intenstity and scowls. Cheer up chums, Christmas is just around the corner.
John Talabot and fellow Spaniard producer Pional (pictured above) have come together to rework the lead single from The xx ’s latest record, Coexist . The collaboration first caught our attention when Jamie xx ’s played out a clip of it during his recent Boiler Room set in Berlin , but it’s a pleasure to be treated to the track in it’s entirety. The sprawling, eight-and-a-half minute piece references The Streets' “Blinded by the Light,” and if you listen closely, you’ll understand why. The pair’s stammering synths that, along with the percussion, [...]
They're back! Our handful of remixes. Just a handful, no backpack needed to carry all of these remixes along with you. As a salute to the weekend, we're following up on our carefully selected playlist from last weekend and keeping the rhythm going. As you know, we love to mix in our favorite artists to see who is remixing what. We've pulled a few great tracks from bands who have hardly anything remixed such as Zulu Winter, Chapel Club or Geographer, to bands who how more tracks to their name than we can count on our [...]