Tag Archives: Sleigh Bells

Clips post 7/27/12

Vibe Guide: Summer festivals (Vibe)

Photos: Offstage With Beat Connection In Brooklyn (American Songwriter)

Photos: Beat Connection Brings Their Dreamy Sounds To Brooklyn (BlackBook)

BlackBook Tracks #5: Bastille Day

BlackBook Tracks #6: Is Your Summer Weird Yet?

Interview: Shiny Toy Guns Reloaded (BlackBook)

Photos: Offstage with Mr. Little Jeans in Brooklyn (American Songwriter)

Photos: Scissor Sisters and Rye Rye at Terminal 5 (QRO)

Photos: Sleigh Bells at Pier 63 (QRO)

Photos: MNDR, Foxes, and Mr. Little Jeans at Brooklyn Bowl (QRO)

Interview: Simon Amstell Brings Neurotic British Comedy To St. Marks Place (BlackBook

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Top Eight Thursday: 16 December 2010

1. Foals – Total Life Forever
2. Chromeo – I Can’t Tell You Why (The Eagles cover)
3. Vampire Weekend – Fight For This Love (Cheryl Cole cover)
4. Foals – Spanish Sahara
5. Das Racist – I’m Up On That (ft. Homeboy Sandman)
6. Cold War Kids – I’ve Seen Enough
7. Sleigh Bells – Infinity Guitars
8. Major Lazer – When You Hear The Bassline

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I haven’t totally dug into it yet, but I’m regretting not listening to Foals’ Total Life Forever sooner, it’s a great album. Vampire Weekend covered “Fight For This Love” for Live Lounge today, and I would be lying if I said I hadn’t spent a significant part of this afternoon watching Girls Aloud videos and remembering how much I enjoy them. I had the pleasure of seeing Cold War Kids at Third Man Records on Sunday, and the new stuff sounds great.

Top Eight Thursday: 10 June 2010 – Goal! England

1. Free Energy – “Bang Pop”
2. We Are Scientists – “Goal! England”
3. Das Racist – “Shorty Said (Gordon Voidwell Remix)”
4. The Hood Internet – “Rude Baptism (Rihanna vs. Crystal Castles)”
5. Vampire Weekend – “Jonathan Low”
6. Sleigh Bells – “Infinity Guitars”
7. Das Racist – “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell”
8. M.I.A. – “XXXO”

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This has been a weird week, apparently. If you’re shopping around for a summer jam, “Bang Pop” is an effortlessly catchy contender. I listened to “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” a couple of times when it became a meme, but never really gave much thought to Das Racist until I saw a couple of Tumblr posts about “Shorty Said” and decided to try listening to more of their work. In an odd, patchy way, I’ve slowly been getting into more hip hop this year.

We Are Scientists consistently prove themselves to be some of the funniest guys in music. In celebration of the World Cup and forthcoming album Barbara, they’ve recorded a football anthem that is available free here.

Leisure Reading: Sleigh Bells, Local Natives, Blur, Interpol, M.I.A., Cults, and Bored To Death

First things first: listen to Sleigh Bells’ debut album Treats and blow your eardrums out. Pretty much all of the dirty, fuzzy sound from the demos is maintained, except now it’s a crisper sort of dirty and fuzzy. That probably doesn’t make sense in words, so you should just go hear it for yourself. The new version of “Infinity Guitars” is a particular stand-out, becoming even punchier and out-of-control.


There’s a new video for Local Natives’ “World News,” which has preemptively been on my list of favorite songs of 2010 for quite some time now. It’s directed by the same guy who did Dirty Projectors’ “Stillness Is The Move,” and while there are no llamas present, it’s probably nothing like what you would have expected for this song. Watch it here. You can also check out a bootleg of one of their recent sold-out Bowery Ballroom shows here.

Blur haven’t ruled out the possibility of recording new material, so that’s something to celebrate. However, it could be quite some time, considering that Damon Albarn is one of those people who tries to be in every band ever.

Interpol’s new album is done, but Carlos D. has quit the band. Considering how much he’s contributed to the Interpol brand, it’ll be interesting to see where Mssrs. Banks, Kessler, and Fogarino go from here. Will the replacement be required to wear random gun holsters and grow Colonel Sanders facial hair? I have a feeling that no one will be able to suffice in comparison to the real deal.

In other new release news, M.I.A.’s new album will be called / \ / \ / \ Y / \ and will be released on July 13 instead of June 29. Considering that her people hired a blimp to advertise the release date during Jay-Z’s set at Coachella, something serious must have caused the switch. Surely the reaction to ginger genocide wasn’t that strong?

Cults have made a three-song 7″ available for free on Bandcamp. If you like layered vocals, glockenspiel, and lazy sunny days, this is for you.

Filming for season two of Bored To Death is still going. The first set the expectations high (in more ways than one), and we all need more Schwartzman, Galifianakis, and Danson in our lives. Considering that these pictures show the Zach Galifianakis character Ray apparently involved with a dog-walking service, this next season can only get better.

Top Eight Thursday: 29 April 2010 + Beach House live @ Mercy Lounge Nashville 28 April

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1. Sleigh Bells – “Tell ‘Em”
2. Cold War Kids – “Saint John”
3. Cold War Kids – “Audience”
4. Avi Buffalo – “Summer Cum”
5. Local Natives – “World News”
6. Julian Casablancas – “4 Chords of the Apocalypse”
7. Avi Buffalo – “Five Little Sluts”
8. MGMT – “Congratulations”

Avi Buffalo’s self-titled debut album came out this Tuesday, as did the US release of Two Door Cinema Club’s Tourist History.

With everything new I hear from them, I get more excited for Sleigh Bells’ proper album. Download “Tell ‘Em” here. (Via Pitchfork)

Speaking of excellent girl-boy duos, I went to Beach House’s sold-out show at Nashville’s Mercy Lounge last night. It was completely packed and I couldn’t see anything other than the rotating silver tinsel pyramids that they had dangling from the ceiling, but I assure you that they sounded fantastic. Victoria LeGrand’s voice is just as–if not more–moving and soothing in person. Beach House doesn’t seem like the kind of music where an intense stage presence is necessary, though. I’ve been really quite impressed with all of the live music I’ve seen so far this year, Drake aside. In an attempt to make up for this non-review, check out this interview they did with Under The Radar.

Top Eight Thursday: 22 April 2010

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1. Hot Chip – She Wolf (Shakira cover)
2. Vampire Weekend – Diplomat’s Son
3. The Morning Benders – Promises
4. The Clash – Clampdown
5. The Specials – Little Bitch
6. Vampire Weekend – California English
7. The Very Best – Warm Heart of Africa (feat. Ezra Koenig)
8. Sleigh Bells – Ring Ring

Been in a ska mood, apparently. Unexpected covers, such as Hot Chip’s recent rendition of “She Wolf,” never get old.

Top Eight Thursday: 1 April 2010

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1. Sleigh Bells – Ring Ring
2. LCD Soundsystem – Drunk Girls
3. Kate Nash – Do Wah Doo
4. Vampire Weekend – White Sky
5. Animal Collective – Brother Sport
6. Vampire Weekend – Horchata
7. Girls – Big Bad Mean Mother Fucker
8. Violent Femmes – Blister In The Sun

“Ring Ring” by Sleigh Bells is so catchy that I stayed up way past my bedtime the other night just so I could keep listening to it.

“Blister In The Sun” is on here because I was making a road trip mix, and that song always came on the radio during my driving lessons when I was in high school. It’s probably wrong that it’s one of my favorite driving songs–toss-up between that and “Mr. Brightside.”