New Video: Yeasayer – O.N.E.

by Dan | posted March 2010

“O.N.E.” from Brooklyn-based experimental band Yeasayer, with its reggae-splashed beat and a chorus about counteracting heartache, might possibly be my favorite song of 2010 (so far). It’s the second single from their sophomore LP “Odd Blood,” and the new—and extremely cool—music video hit the web earlier this week.

The new video centers around a Morpheus-inspired mystery man who purportedly oversteps his metaphysical boundaries after wandering into a hipster-crowded warehouse party. In the background, Yeasayer performs in what appears to be an illuminated steel cage wrestling ring. After losing a game of “prism checkers,” our protagonist is literally bounced back into reality. In retrospect, the whole affair could pass as a scene from “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test”—if Michael Mann directed the film version.

I enjoy this video because no two people will interpret it exactly the same, and I think that’s the point.


Delorean: Live in Concert! (kind of)

by Dan | posted March 2010

In October of last year, Spanish synthpop crew Delorean took part in a first-of-its-kind remote concert experience, and was it ever epic.

To promote their amazingly beautiful EP “Ayrton Senna,” the group played an eight-track set for Eristoff Internative’s webcast-only festival, which encourages fans to interact with the band via their website before and after the performance.

What I failed to realize until just now is that during said concert, Delorean played 2 previously unheard songs (Stay Close and Grow) from their upcoming album “Subiza,” set to drop worldwide on April 20th.

Both tracks feature the bands familiar sun-soaked synth notes and vocal samples—a combination that was used to perfection on EP standout “Seasun”. Closing out the set is “Grow,” which begins with an inviting guitar loop and then transitions into a more structured dream pop anthem, with layers of carefully composed electronics giving the track its infectious energy. “Stay Close” is similarly excellent, a more chillwave-sounding tune with a profoundly blissful vocal harmony.

Check out the set list along with the video playlist below.

Eristoff Internative Festival

1. Seasun
2. Stay Close
3. Moonson
4. Big Dipper
5. No Name
6. Deli
7. As Time Breaks Off
8. Grow


The 75 Best Tracks of 2009

by Dan | posted December 2009

We at saynoradio felt it would only be fitting to close out 2009 with our picks for the year’s best in indie music.

A few notes: Empire of the Sun’s Walking on a Dream — released Stateside in April ’09 on Capitol — would have placed high on my list, but the Aussie-released version of the record came out in Oct ’08 and, thus, belongs in my 2008 edition. Also, I omitted genre’s outside of indie rock/folk and electronica from this “best of” list, albeit there were an array of great hip-hop records released this year.

Anyway, I hope that everyone enjoys the holiday season! Looking forward to 2010 and what already appears to be a very promising year for music. Let’s go get it.

1: Friendly Fires“Skeleton Boy”
2: Passion Pit“Little Secrets”
3: Grizzly Bear“Two Weeks”
4: Camera Obscura“French Navy”
5: The xx“Islands”
6: Delorean“Seasun”
7: Phoenix“1901″
8: Wolf Gang“The King And All Of His Men”
9: Hey Champ“Gold Dust Girl”
10: Friendly Fires“Lovesick”
11: Miike Snow“Cult Logic”
12: VEGA“No Reasons”
13: Phoenix“Lisztomania”
14: Miami Horror“Sometimes”
15: The Dirty Projectors“Stillness Is The Move”
16: Julian Casablancas“11th Dimension”
17: Bag Raiders“Shooting Stars”
18: Memory Tapes“Bicycle”
19: Passion Pit“The Reeling”
20: Delorean“Deli”
21: Yeah Yeah Yeahs“Dragon Queen”
22: Sébastien Tellier“Kilometer (A-Trak Remix)”
23: Girls“Lust For Life”
24: Washed Out“Feel It All Around”
25: Jack Peñate“Pull My Heart Away”
26: The xx“Crystalised”
27: La Roux“I’m Not Your Toy”
28: Classixx“I’ll Get You”
29: Matt & Kim“Daylight”
30: Grizzly Bear“While You Wait For The Others”
31: Animal Collective“What Would I Want? Sky”
32: The Whitest Boy Alive“Dead End”
33: Joy Orbison“Hyph Mngo”
34: Holy Ghost!“I Will Come Back”
35: Discovery“Carby”
36: Peter Bjorn and John“It Don’t Move Me”
37: The Juan MacLean“Happy House”
38: Friendly Fires“Jump In The Pool”
39: YACHT“Psychic City (Classixx Remix)”
40: Local Natives“Camera Talk”
41: Metric“Help, I’m Alive”
42: Fever Ray“When I Grow Up (Dan Lissvik Remix)”
43: The Horrors“Sea Within A Sea”
44: The National“So Far Around The Bend”
45: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart“Young Adult Friction”
46: The Temper Trap“Fader”
47: The Very Best“Warm Heart of Africa”
48: Two Door Cinema Club“Something Good Can Work”
49: The Big Pink“Dominos”
50: The Drums“Let’s Go Surfing”
51: Bat For Lashes“Daniel”
52: NightWaves“Fascination (Bit Funk Remix)”
53: Duck Sauce“aNYway” 
54: Volcano Choir“Island, IS”
55: Grum“Heartbeats”
56: Fol Chen“Cable TV”
57: Calvin Harris“Ready For The Weekend”
58: Memory Tapes“Graphics”
59: Noah and the Whale“Blue Skies (The Twelves Remix)”
60: Animal Collective“My Girls”
61: Wilco“I’ll Fight”
62: White Rabbits“Percussion Gun”
63: Florence + The Machine“You’ve Got The Love (The xx Remix)”
64: Julian Casablancas“Left & Right In The Dark”
65: Au Revoir Simone“Shadows”
66: Japandroids“Young Hearts Spark Fire”
67: Antony and the Johnsons“Kiss My Name”
68: Little Dragon“Feather”
69: Papercuts“Future Primative”
70: Thieves Like Us“American Skies”
71: Mason Jennings“The Field”
72: Kings Of Convenience“Boat Behind”
73: Tesla Boy“Electric Lady”
74: St. Vincent“Save Me From What I Want”
75: Jamie T“Sticks N’ Stones”


Music induced euphoria

by Dan | posted January 2009

Allow me to take a moment to ask a somewhat personal question: has anyone ever found themselves rendered motionless with amazement by the inexpressible beauty of a song? (think of the Seinfeld episode where Elaine dates the “Desperado” guy.)

No you say? Fair enough. The reason I ask is because there are a handful of songs that have this effect on me. Let me give you a few examples:

• Possibly my all-time favorite – words cannot express my love for the Foo Fighters’ “Everlong”.
• Nick Drake’s “Hazy Jane I” sounds like falling in love.
• Andrew Whiteman’s exuberantly shiny guitar riff around 2:39 on BSS’s “Cause = Time” is so glorious that I almost pass out from happiness.
• The best track of 2008, “Walking On A Dream” by Empire of the Sun, has had me in a half nelson for the last 3 months and is holding strong.
• Camera Obscura’s “Lloyd, I’m Ready To Be Heartbroken” is just pure bliss.

Each of the aforementioned songs have a specific quality that hooks me in, whether it be the string arrangements, a guitar solo, etc. Give them all a listen yourself and maybe you’ll agree. And remember, Nietzsche said it best: “without music, life would be a mistake”. Talk soon.


Interpol is the trick

by Dan | posted August 2007

I love Interpol. This foursome from New York City have the decisive ability to evoke imagery of dark city allies and forlorn subway rides. Sounds pretty gloomy, right? Depends on whom you ask. Personally, I find their unsyncopated and linear approach to music to be sophisticated, innovative, and brilliantly artistic. If you haven’t listened to this phenomenal band, please do yourself a favor and check out their first three critically acclaimed/disparaged albums: Turn on the Bright Lights (2002), Antics (2004), and Our Love to Admire (2007).


Girl Talk rotoscoped

by Dan | posted July 2007

If you’ve seen the film A Scanner Darkly then you’re well aware of the digital editing technique known as “rotoscoping”. But judging by box office sales, you have not, so let’s refer to Wikipedia: Rotoscoping is an animation technique in which animators use computers to trace over live-action film movement, frame by frame, in order to create a matte for an element on a live-action plate so it may be composited over another background.

Sounds so basic, right? So why am I telling you this? Well, I recently stumbled upon an incredibly well done video of all-star mash-up DJ Girl Talk that will totally knock your socks off. Check this out:


Eddie Vedder goes indie

by Dan | posted June 2007

INTO THE WILD is based on a true story and the bestselling book by Jon Krakauer. Synopsis: After graduating from Emory University in 1992, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, he encounters a series of characters that shape his life.

Sounds like a decent plot, no? It reminds me of the classic Kerouac novel, On The Road, in which Dean Moriarty ventured west to live life as a drifter (or “beat” as Kerouac calls it). Shortly after reading this book, I became fascinated with the counterculture movement and the existential notion of finding higher meaning in life by rejecting the social norms (thanks, Nietzsche). I feel these concepts tie in nicely with the spirit of the indie music scene. Indie music, to me, is the unhampered freedom to express yourself through art with no outside control. It’s a beautiful thing.

Let’s get back to Into the Wild. Immediately after viewing the trailer for this movie, it became my #1 looking-forward-to-it film of the year. Not only is it being released via Paramount Vantage (smaller, “art-house” film distributor) but also features a soundtrack full of solo material from rock legend Eddie Vedder. Ah, now I know what you’re thinking…

Yes, Pearl Jam’s first three albums were massive commercial successes. However, this is still the same guy who alleged a Ticketmaster monopoly and lost a ton of support from the corporate realm in the 90′s. It’s important to note that around this time, Vedder began to steer the group in a non-commercial direction… allowing the music to re-earn its alternative label.

I’ve heard samples of his solo material from this soundtrack and it’s totally awesome! In lieu of the soundtrack release, Vedder has announced a solo tour this Fall. If he comes by your city, be sure to check it out. Perhaps he’ll use his presence on-stage to speak freely on the upcoming Presidential election (just as he did in ’04). At some point in a superstar career, I believe the fortune and fame means far less than the effort to engage the fans on issues of importance. Glad to see that Eddie Vedder is staying real with the artist within.

One Comment

  1. Allen Penn
    Dec 02, 2010 @ 23:45:01

    Looking forward to some year end count downs (albums, concerts, songs)!


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