White Magic - "Out Beyond the Moon"
First up this week is a sweet-and-simple little piano number by Brooklyn psyche-folkers White Magic. It's the B-side to Cass McCombs's "If You Loved Me Before,"
off a cool digital/vinyl series called Less Artists More Condos
after a concert series of the same name run by the late Ariel Panero. Famous Class, the label behind the series, asked a few of its favorite artists to contribute a track and then pick their favorite emerging artist to provide the flipside, and all of the digital proceeds go to restoring music education in public schools. Nice.
Born Ruffians - "Needle"
This jaunty track off the Canadian indie-rock quartet's third full-length, Birthmarks
(recorded in a farmhouse in the Ontario sticks), takes you on a long strange trip, from its almost limerick-like intro to the quirky beat that kicks in just under the one-minute mark to the lush cymbal crash finish.
Conquistador - "I'm Alive"
On the red carpet, he may be all pink Lycra catsuited and bushy-handlebar mustachioed, but on tape, Conquistador offers a mellower shade of synth-electro with hints of glam and woozy psychedelic rock under lackadaisically delivered lyrics. While on the surface it might feel like the perfect track for roller-skating past tech-wreckage under the lights of a spinning disco ball, the inspiration for "I'm Alive" came from even darker, more electric sources, namely, the Arab Spring and WWII-era French revolutionaries.
Classixx - "Holding On"
On the more, well, classic side of roller-disco is this super-summery first single off the duo's debut album Hanging Gardens
, scheduled for a May 14 release on Innovative Leisure. Get ready for some seat-dancing.
Darwin Deez - "You Can't Be My Girl"
I'll admit, I had a hard time choosing between Darwin Deez's video for "You Can't Be My Girl"--which, at first, might have you searching for the "skip ad" button--and The Virgins' latest early-MTV-referencing "Flashbacks, Memories, and Dreams"
for best goofy visual concept of the week, but once Deez's sleazy-in-a-funny-way mug creeps in behind a Noxzema girl swabbing her perfect cheeks, I was sold. And then, oh man, there's just so much more. It's pretty much required viewing.