New: The Wombats

New: The Wombats – Addicted to the Cure {0}

Awesome B-side track off their “Jump Into The Fog” single. So pumped for the new album, The Modern Glitch, to drop on April 25th!

THE WOMBATS – ADDICTED TO THE CURE

Glasnost Remix The Ting Tings

Glasnost Remix The Ting Tings {1}

This is what happens when cheeky Brits collide with a Houston dance party.

THE TING TINGS – HANDS (GLASNOST REMIX)

Katy Perry Remixes That Do Not Suck

Katy Perry Remixes That Do Not Suck {2}

The music purist within me is slowly dying.

Let me explain. The proliferation of independent music into mainstream culture has blurred the lines of classification to such a degree that I don’t even know what “indie music” is anymore. Did you happen to see The Grammy Awards a few weeks ago? For the first time ever, an independent label album won the award for Album of the Year, beating out heavyweights like Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry. Talk about a sign of the times.

So how does this affect me? I’ve always loved art, with music being my favorite medium. In the past, I’ve ripped commercial radio for pumping out generic entertainment masquerading as art. Heck, I even started a blog geared towards that contempt. (saynoradio.com.) But things change, and people evolve; and as it turns out, indie and mainstream can coexist.

For me, uber pop-star Katy Perry is a good example of this fresh outlook. I recently become an appreciator of her 2010 platinum-selling sophomore album Teenage Dream. Yes, she’s signed to a major label that have paid commercial radio station’s big money to play her singles. But for a moment, eliminate her mainstream appeal and focus on the artistic output.

Personally, I see little difference between her musical style and that of indie label artists such as Robyn, Annie, La Roux, and Ellie Goulding — whose latest works have respectively earned an impressive 8.7, 7.7, 7.0, and 6.8 on Pitchfork. Also, from what I understand, Katy Perry writes or co-writes all of her songs, which I’m sure is comparable to the aforementioned artists. (All of whom I enjoy, by the way.)

So, here’s the key takeaway: until recently, the only thing keeping me — and probably a lot of us — from getting on board with different types of music has been “labels.”

I’m over it. And it would seem that many highly respected producers such as Fred Falke, Mstrkrft, and DJ MegaMan are over it, too.

KATY PERRY – FIREWORK (FRED FALKE REMIX)

KATY PERRY – CALIFORNIA GURLS (MSTRKRFT REMIX)

KATY PERRY – TEENAGE DREAM (DJ MEGAMAN & PANIC CITY REMIX)

Louis La Roche Remix Duck Sauce

Louis La Roche Remix Duck Sauce {0}

Looks like my favorite NYC disco house DJ duo, Duck Sauce, are back in the lab working on some fresh new jams. Start your weekend off right with this colossal Louis La Roche remix of their single “Good 2 Me.”

DUCK SAUCE – GOOD 2 ME (LOUIS LA ROCHE REMIX)

Oldies: Home Video

Oldies: Home Video – The Smoke {0}

Brooklyn-based electronic rock duo Home Video create atmospheric jams that aims to heighten the senses, evident on “The Smoke,” my top pick from their 2010 sophomore LP The Automatic Process. There’s a heavy Radiohead influence on this track, too — always a plus.

“The Smoke” is perfect headphones music; best when played during a thunder and rain storm. And while reading a leather bound book. By candlelight.

Haha, I told you these guys were atmospheric ;)

Enjoy! – and apologies for the lack of recent posting. Expect regular updates in the very near future.

HOME VIDEO – THE SMOKE

Introducing: OREGON BIKE TRAIL

Introducing: OREGON BIKE TRAIL {0}

Meet Zach & Ben Yudin: the talent behind Los Angeles-based lo-fi duo Oregon Bike Trail. Their music is heavily influenced by iconic 60′s pop groups like The Beach Boys and The Zombies — making them a timely discovery given that the current temperature in Chicago is south of 10° F. Not surprisingly, I’m really digging “High School Lover,” a lighthearted Drum ‘n’ Keys (DnK = new genre?) tune that serves as a lovely auditory escape from the chilly Midwestern winter.

File next to: The Explorers Club, Tennis, Ducktails, Animal Collective.

OREGON BIKE TRAIL – HIGH SCHOOL LOVER

New: Mitzi

New: Mitzi – All I Heard (12″ Mix) {0}

Solid newcomers from Brisbane who sound a bit like NYC’s Holy Ghost! — translation: they totally rule! Enjoy the extended 12″ mix of their first single “All I Heard” below.

MITZI – ALL I HEARD (12″ MIX)

Re-Introducing: PENGUIN PRISON

Re-Introducing: PENGUIN PRISON {3}

Penguin Prison is Chris Glover, another talented NYC electro-pop wunderkind who makes intelligent dance music influenced by erudite New York disco types like Talking Heads and LCD Soundsystem. On his track “Golden Train,” I really dig the anti-techno intro, which features analogue bleep textures layered under Chris’ pop star vocals.

PENGUIN PRISON – GOLDEN TRAIN

File next to: James Murphy, Hot Chip, Strange Talk, Holy Ghost!

Also, update your calendars and mark Feb 11 as the date the debut album drops. Soon after, when the record gets picked up by the mass media/communication channels, I predict that we all start throwing out the Prince, JT, and Pharrell comparisons — and with good reason. Let’s do the math on this guy: (1) he has the proverbial voice of an angel, (2) he’s one of the best guitar players you’ll ever see/hear, and (3) he can do an amazing Aaron Neville impression. He’s the total package; a one-man pop machine.

The only question remaining, though, is can he dance? If Chris can indeed pop and lock like MJ, then the world may want to get ready for the second coming of the King of Pop.