Song of the day (No. 41)

I love cool things. Sounds stupid right? There are a lot of people who try to do cool things but they either fall short or fizzle out faster than a can of Mountain Dew in the hot sun. CONVERSE recently teamed up Kid Cudi, Rostam Batmanglij from Vampire Weekend (and the man behind Discovery…LOVE!), and Bethany Cosentino from Best Coast to produce this compilation. Who knew that three very different things could come together in such a lovely way. It’s refreshing hearing Cudi rap over some killer beats, to hear Cosentino’s crooner voice grow some hooks and hold on and well, Batmanglij is just doing his sweet thing. He doesn’t need an explanation. He has ‘batman’ in his name.

All Summer – Kid Cudi, Best Coast and Rostam Batmanglij


Song of the day (No. 40)

I’m a big fan of remixing that steers clear of ‘dancifying’ a song. Especially a song that has so much going for it already, like The Temper Trap‘s ‘Love Lost’. Before last night I was green to the world of Keljet mixes. Coming from the Netherlands, this duo had up until recently, escaped this girl. At first their remix of ‘Love Lost’ seemed like any other, until the guitar solo took over halfway through, and exited just as seamlessly as it appeared. For me the sign of a good remix is one that takes you on a journey, taking you to different and unexpected places. We’ve all heard enough build-ups, pows and explosions but Keljet is a breath of clean mountain air.

Love Lost (Keljet remix) – The Temper Trap

Song of the day (No. 39)

Today’s song is the first single from Cut Copy‘s 3rd and mega-anticipated album, releasing in Jan 2011. My favourite Aussies are releasing this first taste for free. Go here to listen:

Before I offer any comments, what do you think? Is it everything you expected and more? This girl’s got her own opinion, and a strong one at that as I am crazy for the CC but I’m curious what others think.

Happy monday. xo

Song of the day (No. 38)

Tokyo Police Club has been with Remix Artist Collective from the beginning. In fact, this is the believe-it 6th remix that RAC has done with them. I only needed to treat my ears once, to fall in love. Sometimes that’s all it takes. But really. Does RAC ever make a bad mix?

Visit the Tokyo Police Club website to purchase the track. All the proceeds of sales are going to the ASPCA.

TGIF beautifuls.

Wait Up (Boots of Anger) (RAC mix) – Tokyo Police Club

Song of the day (No. 37)

Earlier this year, the BBC Sound of 2010 list was released and Delphic was placed 3rd. Listen to their music and you’ll see why. Their album Acolyte is due for North American release June 29th via Dangerbird Records.They are definitely one of the UK’s exciting new bands who is slowly swimming across the pond, making impressions with their irresistible beats and futuristic sound. Hard to believe these lads have only been making music together for a year.

Doubt – Delphic

Interview: Phantogram

Photo credit: Cameron McLellan

Small towns frequently get a bad rap. It seems like their big brothers and sisters like to shell out some ‘I’m bigger and better than you’ attitude every once and a while. But every so often, something great comes from a small town. Something unexpected, surprising and wonderful. Like Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel, better known as Phantogram. Torontette recently sat down with these brunette beauties from Saratoga Springs, NY when they were in the city for a show at Wrongbar.

Torontette: Tell me a little bit about how Phantogram came to be. I heard that you guys were called Charlie Everywhere before.

Josh: Yeah, originally we were called Charlie Everywhere but when our music started reaching a larger audience, we really just wanted to come up with a name that we really liked and that we thought fit our band better. From the beginning Charlie Everywhere was the first thing we thought of. Sort of an inside joke. We set up our first show three weeks after we started as a band, and then after that a lot of shows just coming and coming and we had to roll with it. Then we changed our name when the time was right.

T: What does Phantogram mean?

Sarah: When we were thinking of different names, we wanted some sort of image like ghost hands, or phantom hands but they had all been taken. Josh was like how about Phantogram. Like a telegram from another world. Pretty cool image. But it’s actually a 2-dimensional object, if you look at it at a certain angle, and we thought that it was a really good fit because it’s just the two of us. And we make a stereophonic sound on stage, much bigger sound than what you would expect.

T: What are your songs about?

J: Our songs are about dreams, and life and wonder and love and death, in a nutshell.

T: If you had to describe your sound to a virgin listener, what would you describe it as?

S: Something that will make you go on a journey without it sounding jammy. Follow the lyrics, the lyrics are beautiful. But there is also this level of awesome beats and drony guitars, analog and spaced-out gritty synths. The easiest way to describe our sound is to describe every instrument we use instead of using a genre. It is hard to pinpoint.

T: When you are playing a live show, what are the emotions that you want to stir up in the audience?

S: We want to give them goosebumps. We want people to feel overwhelmed in sound. But also kind of like a moment in time, or a scenario, like a three-minute part in the movie where something intense is going on and you can’t really figure out what it is because there is so much sound.

T: In the writing process, what musical influences are really important to you?

J: It changes a little bit all the time, and that is why our album has a lot of diversity to it. We really like hip hop, we love the beats.

S: But we also like bands like Radiohead. Also psych rock from the 60s and 70s and shoegaze music, Motown, old soul. Soundtracks from movies. Classical, jazz, avant-garde. Pretty much anything that sounds interesting and different to us, in a refreshing way.

J: We like taking old soul samples and adding a really drony guitar on top of it to see what it would sound like. Airy vocals with lots of delay. Messing around with different sounds and seeing how you could gel them together. Almost like a collage in a way but making it all fit.

T: So you guys have been played a lot of shows lately, to date, what’s your favourite festival or venue that you have played at?

J: Sasquatch

S: Definitely. New York City was also fun. We sold out Bowery Ballroom. We were touring with The XX in California, and we played in this Redwood forest, in this little outside library. I was waiting for like a fairy or gnome to crawl out of the trees. It was really cool.

Photo credit: Cameron McLellan

T: Favourite food?

S: Lobster.

J: Lobster. Any seafood really.

T: Any vices?

J: Cigarettes

S: Nah, I’m perfect (laughs). Maybe mascara, or something girly.

T: Have you ever thought about moving to a big city?

J: Most of our friends live in New York City. We play more there than in our home area. But as soon as we start thinking about moving to a bigger city, we remember that we’re on tour all the time anyway. Because we’re from the country, it’s nice to be in the country when we’re at home.

T: So are you guys a couple?

S: Just friends.

J: A couple of jerks maybe.

T: If you could go on tour with anybody who would it be?

S: Radiohead

J: Animal Collective, TV on the Radio

T: Any last words for Torontette readers?

J: Have fun.

S: Don’t forget to drink your Ovaltine.

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Click play to listen to ‘When I’m Small’ by Phantogram:

Song of the day (No. 36)

This song is made for hazy summer nights. Up north, sitting on the dock, sipping a cold beer and lazily dipping your toes in the lake water. Or  perhaps Jonathan Boulet’s balmy beat inspire you to have a roof party and if that’s the case, you can leave my invitation in the comments section. I’ll bring the Pims.

A Community Service Announcement – Jonathan Boulet