Ed Schrader’s Music Beat

Balitmore’s setup minimal, noise maximalist Ed Schrader’s Music Beat have put together this great video for their contribution to Sub Pop’s 2013 Record Store Day release Sub Pop 1000. ‘Radio Eyes’ features an oddly populated table, stop motion animation and rather top notch lighting. The clip was directed by another duo, this one from Brooklyn: A Mean Gloam. Grab an mp3 of ‘Radio Eyes’ from Stereogum.

Ed Schrader is a man of many talents, hosting a live comedy talk show (which you can see on youtube) and cooking for his semi-regular, pop-up Italian feast called Pasta The Gathering. Trailer below:

Check out Ed Schrader’s Music Beat’s debut full length Jazz Mind on their bandcamp.

Beach House – ‘Silver Soul’

Not that this Baltimore duo needs more exposure, but this song really gets to the heart of why Teen Dream is a beautiful, lush album. The lazy sway of the tune is performed with such little effort that it makes you feel that conjuring up such a lush mood is far easier than it really is. Love it.


Teen Dream was released January 26, 2010 via Sub Pop. You can get it digitally from iTunes and on vinyl from Insound, where the two LP release comes with a DVD of videos for each song on the album.

Sing It With An Accent And I’m Weak In The Knees – New CSS

Though I far prefer the cute soaring chorus of ‘Left Behind’ over the grunge-lite camp of ‘Rat Is Dead’, but the latter will do for a label sanctioned freebie. Sub Pop has released the song to give us a taste of the recently released CSS album entitled Donkey. The cutesy buzzsaw riffs do the job, but the better choice is the first single ‘Left Behind’.

It’s a song fully formed; utilizing the smatterings of studio polish to round out their sound, rather than corrupt and bloat it. The hook is a genuine winner, mashing Lovefoxxx’s soaring vocals with the punkish guitar riffage. Case in point, my roommate just walked by, ushered by my repeated playing of the track, air-guitaring along with the chorus. I think it’s exactly the kind of reaction the song intends to illicit, given that the song’s sugary coating will grind it’s way into your memory quite easily.

CSS – Rat Is Dead (Rage)

Free download from Sub Pop.

CSS – Left Behind

Left Behind

2 Tracks From Wolf Parade’s At Mount Zoomer

At Mount Zoomer is a far better title than Kissing The Beehive. At Mount Zoomer is also better than Return To Cookie Mountain. I won’t slight them for that.

After getting exposed to a lot of the new material during last summer’s tour, it was easy to say that I was excited for the new album. “Call It A Ritual,” the first song leaked by Sub Pop, initially let me down a little. The song felt thin and drenched in a massive heap of reverb, which only amplified how odd the overall tone is. Live, it felt fuller and like it commanded more power. I persisted and with a certain number of listens, the fantastic details began to shine through, best shown by the subtle build backed by the charming strain to Simon Crug’s voice.

I think that the same will hold for the rest of At Mount Zoomer, judging by a listen to a few other tracks I found on hiding around the internet.

Fine Young Cannibals

‘Fine Young Cannibals’ wanders, that’s for sure. Lacking the older kind of urgency that Apologies to Queen Mary held, the song clicks along with a persistent certainty. The spindly, loping guitar riff serves as a bed for Dan Boeckner’s vocals to rest upon and it bears a little 50’s nostalgia, recalling a song I can’t put my finger on. Like ‘Call It A Ritual’, there’s a melodic learning curve…stick with it though, because again the melody creeps out and stays with you.

Language City

‘Language City’ is a little more familiar than ‘Fine Young Cannibals’ sandwiching the familiar angular guitar and bouncy piano in with driving a beat. As it stands, it could be a song off Apologies To Queen Mary, but I’m not really prepared to punish Wolf Parade for producing something that sounds a little familiar, as the formula they previously perfected is music to my ears. The melody is strong and it builds to a satisfying release. Tracks like this certainly bode well for the rest of the album.

As release date is getting closer for At Mount Zoomer, so do the tour dates. Go grab a ticket to the show closest to you, as their live show will not disappoint.

07/17 – San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
07/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater
07/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater
07/20 – San Diego, CA @ Cane’s
07/21 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater
07/24 – Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
07/25 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
07/26 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
07/28 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
07/29 – Raliegh, NC @ Disco Rodeo
07/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
07/31 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
08/02 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
08/03 – Montreal, Canada @ Metropolis
08/09 – Toronto, Canada @ Koolhaus