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Neat Tracks / Willy Moon “Yeah Yeah”

I have been obsessed with this song for a while now.  I mean, it’s retro-soul that is based on a Wu-Tang Clan sample.  What?!  In case you missed me raving on Facebook, or were not one of the many people I forced to listen to it – here you go.

File Under: Nick Waterhouse, The Heavy, 1950’s, soul, New Zealand, glitch, rockabilly, swagger, Wu Tang sample, a good time

Willy Moon “Yeah Yeah”

The video is trippy and awesome as well. And if you’re into gangly, well-dressed men, with adorably awkward dance moves, this will make you combust.
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Neat Tracks / RACES “Big Broom”

By Amanda DK

Los Angeles band RACES has been blowing up on the local scene over the past few months. Pun intended. They dropped their debut EP of only three songs in November, managing to grow a rabid fanbase (and deal with Frenchkiss Records) based largely on a dynamic and compelling live performance and insistent buzz. And buzz well-deserved. While the songs are polished and rich (with six members, you are expected to make a lot of noise, and they do) the co-ed indie rockers really sell it on stage, filling whatever space they play to the brim with riffs and harmonies.
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Guest Mixtape + Interview / Vanaprasta: Songs from Bands Who Have Thumped Our Skulls Live

By Amanda DK

Photo Credit: Dylan Bell

It’s no big secret that artists need to have solid live show to be successful. Similarly, it’s always a disappointment when a great album does not translate to a dynamic live show.Los Angeles quintet Vanaprasta does not have that issue.  For the past few years the band has built a strong reputation almost entirely by their larger than life stage presence. They are a fixture on the music scene here, turning heads at the Sunset Strip Music Festival in 2010 and impressing audiences at their Satellite residency this past November. Nor are they strangers to the national arena; Vanaprasta made waves at this year’s CMJ Festival and have played at least a couple shows at every SXSW since 2009, really taking the festival by storm in 2011 with a total of eight shows during their time in Austin.
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RIYL Mixtape / The Head and The Heart :: There’s No Place Like Home?

By Amanda DK

It seems like Seattle sextet, The Head and The Heart have been everywhere in 2011.  In fact, I have it on good authority that by the end of the year they will have played over 250 shows.  Pretty mind boggling.  After self-releasing their debut album in June 2010, it eventually caught the attention of indie label Sub Pop who signed the band and then re-mastered and re-released it in January with a couple new tracks.  Since then they have been all over the world charming audiences with their warm, rowdy alt-country energy, compelling songwriting and rich harmonies.  NPR named them as one of “Five Artists You Should Have Known In 2010,” and they made it onto several “Best of 2010” year end lists, including I Am Fuel, You Are Friends and, well, Tadpole Audio, to name a couple.  I’ve reviewed their live show twice, once for SXSW 2011 and most recently for the 2011 Treasure Island Music Festival.  In the wake of their success, several other 5+ member groups that all excel in resonant, melodic folk have emerged equally deserving of attention.

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Neat Tracks / The Features “How It Starts”

By Amanda DK

The thing I love most about The Features is that every song is different.  It is quite refreshing when many bands these days seem to excel at an overall “tone” with their music, but all the songs are pretty identical.  The Features do a fantastic job at blending genres, techniques and diverse instrumentation, so that it is impossible to get bored.
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