Each day’s listening begins with a spiel — that’s the price you pay for having someone working on the listener’s behalf instead of on the music biz/promo machinery.
I got some negative feedback following yesterday’s Hypem listening tour. Apparently, the indie crowd is not too excited to have someone put a critical ear up to their genre. I put out free jazz, and nobody hesitates to shit all over my genre so get your thick skin on because the truth is that indie music is king because of its organizational hyping prowess not because it contains the greatest musicians playing with unheard of originality.
As it was so much fun yesterday, on to the Hypem:
@@@ Over here at The Sky Report you can catch the OFFICIAL new song by Beach House, coming out on Sub Pop. Or you can listen below. It’s dreamy, it’s soft, the singer can at least sing. There’s a nice segue in the middle of the tune, so there’s some songwriting skills in residence. Overall, not your usual indie dreck and not anything to jump up and down over.
@@@ Onward. Over here at Awkward Sound you can read about Loma Prieta. Here’s a picture of the band — those Orange amps are pretty sick. I’ve never played one, but I’ve been at show that contained herewith said amplifiers.
As far as tuneage, it’s a hardcore meltdown. I can’t embed the video on the the blog, so you have to click through. These gents can bring it, I’m sure it’s a cathartic live show. I like hardcore live over hardcore recordings, but this is a real band putting some muscle into it. The drummer is the star of this band, in my opinion.
@@@ Over here at Oh My Rock, the fine bloggers there are on about Jessie Ware. She is down below doing her thing. It’s a solid B example of modern day smooth R&B. Not what I was expecting, very professional, and not particularly passionate.
@@@ Over here at Feast of Beast you can see a video of Keep Shelly in Athens. Before we discuss Keep Shelly in Athens, you can also find the Beach House tune posted over there. What a shocker. Is this our unbelievable grassroots blogosphere in action or is it the silent hand of the Music PR folks? I’ll let you decide.
As for Keep Shelly in Athens, it is an indie electronic, highly synthesized thang. I’m not a huge fan of this sound, but it’s a decent specimen of that now very trendy trend.
@@@ It seems fitting to end today’s Hypem listening fest over here at The Digital Outhouse. Oh, my, I’m not even sure what to say here. This is not my cup of tea, and I will leave it at that.
Conclusion: Another tough day in Hypem listening land and I want to sign off by saying that I will give it up for great music. I will buy it, I will tell others, I will blog it and fuckin tweet and mash it up and wipe the band’s ass.