Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Baby I'm Yours

Breakbot - Baby I'm Yours (feat. Irfane) - HD from Ed Banger Records on Vimeo.

It has recently come to my attention that not everyone has heard this song.
I thought that was impossible because it is so amazing.

This song is my favorite release of the year. So far it’s trumped new tunes from some of my all-time favorite bands, including even Interpol, who have been my favorite band since I was twelve years old. Baby I’m Yours is by Breakbot. He’s a French DJ who released his debut EP back in February on the always-fabulous Ed Banger Records. It’s the perfect blend of house, blues, and indie, and with it Breakbot singlehandedly reclaimed the French’s seat on the electronic music throne.

This song came on shuffle yesterday as I was driving in the car with my brother. After a minute he asked, “Who is this?? It’s realllly good.” I was floored. I couldn’t believe he hadn’t heard this. I still can’t believe it. The only reason I had never posted Baby I’m Yours on this blog is because I figured everyone already had it. Apparently I was wrong.

I hope you’ve heard this. But if you haven’t, please do me a favor: If you ever download anything from this little blog, please have it be this song.

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Baby I'm Yours (feat. Irfane)--Breakbot

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Solitude is Bliss

“I don’t care what I miss, company’s okay, solitude is bliss.”

Photo Credit Cale Tyson

Big things are coming for Loose Lips. A lot of things are going so terribly right in my life right now that it’s almost scary. One such thing is the opportunity for exposure that is coming my way for this little blog. Consequently, I’m planning a massive relaunch of this site in a month. New address, new formatting, new logo, new style, new writers, everything. Oh and I’m going to actually start advertising outside my group of friends. In the meantime, I’m not going to have time for too many new posts. I’m busy HTML formatting the new site! Let me tell you, it is not a fun process. Here’s a little something to keep you satiated though.

Tame Impala are a psychedelic rock outfit from Australia. They sound like a combination of the Beatles at the height of their acid area with just enough shoegaze to draw comparisons to the Verve. Their debut LP was released in late May to rave reviews, and deservedly so. I haven’t bought a full album in a long time (the internet and the availability of singles is definitely to blame for that, how hypocritical of me), but this is one that I made sure to purchase in its entirety. I’m so glad I did, because the entire album is a gem and works best when listened to from beginning to end. Though every song is excellent in its own right, Solitude is Bliss is the most obvious single. It’s warm, fuzzy, dreamy rock powered by a golden guitar hook around which all the song’s other elements serve as colorization. The best part is, it’s all about the joys of being alone. Listening to this song, I’m perfectly content with that.

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Solitude is Bliss--Tame Impala

Monday, August 2, 2010

Jesus Was A B-Boy (Moullinex Remix)

My iTunes crashed today, and every single one of my playlists was deleted. I can’t even begin to tell you how many hours I devoted to making those stupid playlists. I am an o.c.d. freak when it comes to my iTunes library, and I had every song that I thought was worth listening to organized by genre/artist/remix artist/mood/blog….well…you get the picture. Needless to say, it’s infuriating. What’s been somewhat nice though is that in the process of re-organizing my library, I’ve gone through a ton of music that I haven’t listened to in awhile.

One such song I came upon was Moullinex's remix of Ben Mono's Jesus Was a B-Boy. Words cannot express how much I love this song. It might be my favorite electronic song ever; it’s definitely top 3. I’ve been meaning to post it since I first started this blog, and it's a good thing I’m finally getting to it because this song rocks. My mom even jams out in the car with me to it. Which is saying a LOT, as she normally won’t let me turn the volume up past 6. Seriously.

It’s about the lord Jesus envisioned as a b-boy (break dancer) and a Dogtown skateboarder at the height of that era in the late 70’s. The lyrics are fantastic, they’re tongue in cheek but remarkably clever. I don’t care if you think it’s religious blasphemy or not. Turn up your speakers, listen to the song, pay attention to the lyrics, wait for that dirty descending bassline that first makes an appearance at 1:43, and don’t try to tell me that it didn’t get you grooving.

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Jesus Was A B-Boy (Moullinex Remix)--Ben Mono

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Let's Go Surfing

Photo Credit Clark Little

I know summer is starting to come to a close, so I’m a little late on the uptake here, but I’ve got your perfect summer jam. It’s called Let’s Go Surfing (doesn’t that title just scream “SUMMER!”), and it’s by New York-based The Drums. It’s sunny twee-pop reminiscent of the Beach Boys circa 1965, when all that seemed to matter was the sun, the waves, and beautiful girls. There’s even whistling on the track. I don’t think I have ever disliked a song that has whistling in it.

Funny enough, this song actually has some political undertones. In the chorus, when Jonathan Pierce sings what sounds to be “Oh mama, I wanna go surfing,” he’s actually saying “Obama.” This song was written right after the 2008 presidential election, when all of us liberals were giddy at the idea of change and new beginnings. As The Drums stated in an interview with NME,

“Obama came through and it was just impossible not to kind of get swept up with the whole nation…so that’s when we wrote Let’s Go Surfing. It just felt like things might change; nothing really changed…but you know everything was really sensationalized and romanticized…so Let’s Go Surfing is really about [that] sort of unbridled freedom.”

Regardless of what your views are on the current political state of affairs, hope and a sense of unbridled freedom are unmistakable on the track, and that raw naiveté and youthful optimism are what sets it apart.

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Let’s Go Surfing—The Drums