Thursday, August 5, 2010

Lollapalooza Week - The Black Keys

One of the best things about this blog, is the fact that I have complete freedom over the content I put up. I'm sure you can see that my musical taste varies quite a bit. In some cases I have a pop sensibility (John Mayer & U2), but I can also drop a remix that you wouldn't hear anywhere else but a dark, dark club (Bloody Beetroots & Felix Cartal). Today I give you something from the Eclipse Soundtrack!

Although not a fan, the Twilight movies have given the world some very good music. To do this day I have no idea why Thom Yorke, Vampire Weekend, The Dead Weather & Bon Iver chose to contribute to this project, but I really don't care. The best track from the most recent release is easily The Black Key's "Chop and Change".

The Akron, Ohio duo have found a way to make the bluesy grit and stomp sound refreshingly new. Avid fans of hip-hop as well, even putting out a collaboration record under the name, Blakroc. They really now how to keep a hook tight and where to still find room for some honesty and emotion. I wish I knew who was singing in the background because it absolutely makes the song. I shiver every time I hear "C'mon, C'mon, C'mon".

They will be hitting the stage Friday at 6 on the Budweiser stage. Even better would be catching them at the SOLD OUT after show, Saturday night at the Metro. I've seen these guys twice already and could not begin to explain how great they sound...
The Black Keys - Chop And Change by theearlynerd

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Lollapalooza Week - Chromeo

Chromeo do practically everything right. Their brand of Electro/Funk/Pop is as exciting as it sounds. The Montreal duo (Dave 1 & P-Thugg) make party-starting music by embracing influences most of us would be embarrassed to even mention. I mean they just played a full set at Bonnaroo with Daryl Hall (of Hall & Oates)! One minute they are making something as bubblegum as "Momma's Boy" and the next they are getting remixes from MSTRKRFT & Boy 8-Bit.

They are set to release a new album "Business Casual" on September 14th and you have two chances to see them. They will play the Adidas Mega Stage at 7, or for you night owls a DJ set at Sound-Bar. Get tickets to the after show here.

Check out a remix and the video for the new single!
Chromeo - Needy Girl (Dolby Anol's French Mistake) by theearlynerd

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Lollapalooza Week - Chiddy Bang

I would consider Chiddy Bang a pretty unknown hip-hop duo, unless you like indie beats sprinkled over some serious flow. The Philadelphia duo (Proto & Xaphoon) created a bit of buzz a while back as they sampled MGMT, Passion Pit and even Radiohead. The funny thing is, I think they might have done pretty well just creating beats and losing the gimmick. It does get old after a while. Nevertheless, they have dropped two mix tapes (The Swelly Express & Air Swell) and should be a real change of pace at Lollapalooza. Check them out at Perry's on Sunday at 3:30.

This track is from "The Swelly Express", a good song to start your day with.
Get Up In The Morning by theearlynerd

Monday, August 2, 2010

Lollapalooza Week - Phoenix

In case you didn't know this blog is coming to you from Chicago. That being said, I will always love and attend Lollapalooza. I actually started this last year in an attempt to get you some good music and also let you know which acts I'll definitely be seeing. For the next 5 days, please come back for more music and artist info.

I'm sure you have all heard of Phoenix. Even if I am somehow your only outlet for new music, we've already had 2 posts for these guys because they are that awesome. Some people may say that they don't deserve to be a closer (Saturday @ the Budweiser Stage), but I'd pick them any day over Green Day. Even though I have seen them twice already and have tickets to the after show @ the House of Blues (jealous?), I will be battling to get to the front.

I've been sitting on this remix for a few months now. Contrary to what you might think, I still keep a few nuggets for myself. Even better is the fact that it's actually from their older album, something I'm sure a few people have never even heard. So enjoy and try and find me this weekend if you happen to be in this wonderful town for 3 crazy days.

Long Distance Call (25 Hours A Day Remix) by theearlynerd