Kings of Leon was formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 1999. It is an American rock band consisting of brothers Anthony “Caleb” Followill (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Ivan “Nathan” Followill (drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Michael “Jared” Followill (bass guitar, backing vocals), together with their cousin Cameron “Matthew” Followill (lead guitar, backing vocals). Each band member goes … Read more
Just heard this on November’s Indie/Rock Playlist. YouTube-d the video and I simply had to share. The feelings I experienced when I watch the video is ineffable. You have to see it to understand. Foals rock.
Attention Now! is a duo, sometimes a quartet, but always an indie electro rock band, from Stavanger, Norway. The band members are Stian Erga (vocals, guitars), Silje Salomonsen (vocals, keyboards), accompanied by Espen Bjerga (bass, backing vocals) and Knut Ingvar Nilsen (drums, backing vocals) during their live performances. Guitars, bass, glockenspiel, keyboards, rhythm instruments and whatever produces gold-soundz is combined with … Read more
Correatown is an alias for Angela Correa. I heard this song during the season finale of Ugly Betty a few months ago, but suddenly felt an urge to listen to it again. An excerpt from the SXSW 2010 Interview: “How would you describe your sound? Our sound is a sort of dreamy indie rock with female vocals. … Read more
I don’t know what to say. Today is my official last day of school. It’s a sad day. This is a song for a sad day by Real Estate.
Bag Raiders are a house duo formed 4 years ago in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. DJs Chris Stracey and Jack Glass have a reputation for their remixes and live shows. Better known for their track Fun Punch, released way back in 2007. I chanced upon Shooting Star last week. As usual, it’s playing on repeat … Read more
There are some words in a song title that makes me predisposed to liking it, ‘children’ is one of them. Children of Chin is performed by The Henry Clay People, an LA rock-and-roll band comprising brothers Joey (vocals, guitar) and Andy (guitar, vocals) Siara, Jonathan Price (bass, vocals) and Eric Scott (drums). It was used in … Read more
I graduated from junior college yesterday. It felt extremely ambivalent: no strong emotions, but it wasn’t entire emotionless either. The whole day I was trying to find the perfect song to capture the feelings I was experiencing. Nothing seem right. Then I heard Empire Ants, track 7 off Gorillaz‘s latest album, Plastic Beach. You might not know … Read more
Not much is known about Dumbo Gets Mad, except it’s an Italian psychedelic rock band. Their name came from this scene of Disney’s Dumbo a 1941 classical animation. They are so obscure that there’s not even a photo of the band members available online. But you gotta admit , they are good. Combine some idiosyncratic lyrics, … Read more
Au Revoir Simone is an electronic dream pop band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in late 2003. Erika Forster (vocals/keyboard), Annie Hart (vocals/keyboard) and Heather D’Angelo (vocals/drum machine/keyboard) formed the band in late 2003. The band’s name comes from a line Pee-Wee Herman says to a Simone in Tim Burton‘s Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. If you … Read more
The Drums are an American indie pop band from Brooklyn, New York. Founder members Pierce and Graham first met at summer camp when they were younger. Before long, they formed the electro-pop group Goat Explosion, touring in North America. The two separated for several years – Pierce formed indie rock group Elkland, whereas Graham formed Horse Shoes. Having grown … Read more
Tokyo Police Club is a Canadian indie rock band from Newmarket, Ontario, consisting of Dave Monks (Vocals, Bass), Josh Hook (Guitar, Percussion), Graham Wright (Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals) and Greg Alsop (Drums, Percussion). Bambi is track 5 of their latest album Champ. It was featured in Gossip Girl where I heard it. They made me fall in … Read more
Andrew Belle is a 24 year old singer-songwriter from Chicago, Illinois, who combines hook-ridden melodies with powerful vocals. He is inspired by bands such as Counting Crows (Accidentally in Love, Big Yellow Taxi), The Verve Pipe (The Freshman), and Third Eye Blind (Semi Charmed Life) which he grew up listening to. Here’s his music video for Static Waves. … Read more
Scanning through this month’s Blalock’s Indie Rock Playlist, I was quite bored by the selection of extremely similar sounds. Somehow indie music seem to become more and more homogenous (or is it only the ones I listen to?). It is as if the novelty of the indie voice is wearing off. But I was overjoyed … Read more
Ra Ra Riot is an American indie rock band from Syracuse, New York, consisting of vocalist Wes Miles, bassist Mathieu Santos, guitarist Milo Bonacci, cellist Alexandra Lawn, violinist Rebecca Zeller, and drummer Gabriel Duquette. I first heard their track, Manner To Act (RAC Mix), a couple years back. This is the Passion Pit Mix of their song, … Read more
I’m never a big fan of brands or labels. But this ad is just too good to miss. An awesome job by Wieden + Kennedy London; great choice of music, amazing myriad of colours, incredibly dramatic lighting. The projected face mask scene is ingenious and the athletes look superb. In case you are wondering, the music is Alles … Read more
White Flight (both the artist and the album’s name) is the solo project of Justin Roelofs, long time musician and former singer/songwriter/guitarist for The Anniversary. It is an assembly of sounds, both electronic and vocal. Justin recorded the sounds shortly after returning from “an enlightening exploration of traditional medicinal and hallucinogenic plants in the jungle … Read more
Bill Callahan (aka Smog), is an American singer-songwriter born 1966 in Silver Spring, Maryland. Released last April, Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle is his second solo album under his own name. I downloaded the album because I liked the title. It wasn’t a bad decision. The genre is more downtempo, alternative country, lo-fi, which … Read more
Florence + The Machine (F+TM) is the recording name of British pop artist Florence Welch and a collaboration of other artists who provide backing music for her voice. When I first heard Kiss With A Fist, I thought it was Lily Allen singing. I was wrong. Then I discovered the band’s debut album, Lungs, and it is … Read more
Who are the Bad Veins? They are a Cincinnati indie-pop duo made up of Ben Davis, Sebastien Schultz and a robot called Irene. Some words that have been use to describe their music includes “fuzzy melancholy”, “electronic orchestra” and “mesmerizing”. The lead singer’s voice kinda reminds me of The Bravery, which is one of my first favourite … Read more
I have no idea how I came across this song. But I did, and I love it. Now it’s time for you to do the same. The American blues-rock music duo, The Black Keys, consists of vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer/producer Patrick Carney. Check out their music video for the song, Tighten Up: “Do I have to play … Read more
Directed by Laurence Ellis, this short film Topman Denim features 3 models – Louis, Henry and Sid – who are clad in the lastest Topman Denim range. The panning shots and transition are really professional. Furthermore, the toned-down colours and music from Owen Palett give it just the right atmosphere. I’m really interested in owning … Read more
Telekinesis is Michael Benjamin Lerner, an indie rocker based out of Seattle. It is one of my greatest finds this year. The first song I heard was Imaginary Friend which remains my favourite from their eponymous debut album, Telekinesis!. I recommend you check out the whole album. Awkward Kisser, Foreign Room (Live) and Tokyo (Live) are not … Read more
So I was trying to study earlier, and my friend started playing his music on loudspeakers. Then I heard something familiar and remembered how much I totally adore this song by Eliza Doolittle, a British singer–songwriter from London. Don’t be fooled by the photo, the track has a really happy melody. Enjoy. To find out … Read more
The first song I’m gonna feature from this month’s Blalock’s Indie Rock Playlist is Everybody Knows by Kids of 88. Kids of 88 is a New Wave music duo consisting of New Zealanders Jordan Arts and Sam McCarthy who are previously famous for their single, My House. Listen to the track, Everybody Knows here: Check them … Read more
I was rewatching The Joneses when I came across this song by Brite Futures again. Formerly known as Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, it is an American indie rock /electronica band from Seattle, Washington. If you were wondering, The Joneses is a dramedy about a fake family which engages in stealth marketing. The concept is novel … Read more
Today I opened my mail, and guess what I found? “Congratulations! You have just won yourself a golden ticket to Puma’s exclusive Archive Uncovered Music Party.” Life is gooooood.
Two Fridays ago, my Prelims ended. To celebrate, a couple of friends and I went to iceskate. During which, I heard this song by Rollerskaters, the bedroom project of Phoenix, Arizona resident Andrew McKee. It’s from the September’s Blalock’s Indie Rock Playlist. Since then, I haven’t stopped listening to it. The beat is just so catchy. Listen … Read more
The ‘We Are 1′ Topshop Topman Anniversary Party was a blast. During the event, we got to see this Autumn / Winter collection by Topshop. Here are some photos: More to come soon. Gotta find time to edit them.
What was the surprise? You wouldn’t believe how they transformed the carpark (bright, hot, cold, bare), into a somewhat decent party venue (dark, atmospheric, lots of pretty lights, free drinks, and icecream). Yes. It’s incredible. They sort of partitioned the carpark, cordoning off an area of about 1.5 basketball court size? It has an underground illegal party … Read more
It was just another day on Facebook. I saw this ad about scoring some invites to a Topshop / Topman party, and I thought I would try my luck. I didn’t give it much thought. But last Thursday. in the middle of my lessons, I received this email on my BlackBerry saying I had won 2 … Read more