A long gaze out the bedroom window, hoping to find something that perks her up. It’s been a long winter. She spots a daffodil but no smile breaks out. Her eyes well up;  tears begin to form. Why can’t you just bring me happiness, she asks, more of herself than anything greater she may […]

Fallulah: “Dried Out Cities”

Fallulah makes a quick return to Knox Road (see previously posted “Out Of It”) with her latest head-bopping single, “Dried Out Cities.” The Danish superstar is delivering pop hit after pop hit and there’s no slowing down in sight. Enjoy the ride while it lasts.

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[Hype Hype Hooray] The Mixtape, Part 1: Unearthing a Relic

MixtapeJamie normally writes a very straightforward music column about very straightforward music things, but for the next few installments he will be exploring a childhood mixtape, recently found in a box in his closet. This is part one. 

My hands rummage through an old orange shoebox from the top shelf of my closet. I’m looking for last year’s tax return–a document that always seems to stay lost. Wrist-deep in the box, I dig through an odd assortment of artifacts: pens, guitar picks, two pocket knifes, an old watch, cocktail recipes scribbled furiously on scraps of cardboard. Buried in the rubble, sandwiched between old check books, is a single cassette.

I pull it out and turn it over in my hands. It’s a mixtape, one of those old Maxell 90-minute cassettes I used to buy in packs of 20 at Circuit City. I find the title on the spine: “Jamie’s Mix, 1999.” I’m floored. This isn’t any ordinary mixtape–it’s the first mixtape I ever made.

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Good Graeff

Is it possible to mix angst with elation? These girls (twins!) think so.

If you like, head on over to their Kickstarter page and see how you can support ’em.

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[MP3] Wildlife Control: “Ages Places”

Wildlife Control, fast becoming one of my favorite new bands, is back with “Ages Places.” Love the build-up in this one.

See my previous post about them and don’t be afraid to hop on their bandwagon as it steamrolls its way through indiedom.

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Faces Together

This one is special on a personal level. Good friend Aaron Leeder, he of Exit Clov, Drunken Sufis, Sri and more, took on the moniker Faces Together for his newest work. The project is meant to be a “visual soundtrack” of sorts, with Leeder doing nearly everything alone, including all instruments, arrangements and […]

[MP3] Last Lynx: “Luminous Blue”

I guess I’m in a “luminous” mood this week? Two posts in a row with luminous in the title? Yeah, bizarre. But good thing that doesn’t stop me from posting! Last Lynx are out with their new killer single, “Luminous Blue,” on the heels of the massive success of “Killing Switch,” which, despite […]

[MP3] Alice and the Glass Lake: “Luminous”

Crawling. Standing. Walking. Running. Toes against the pavement, wind rushing you forward. Deep breathing. Feeling your insides. Heart furiously beating, ready to escape your chest, no desire to clutch it back in.

Lift yourself with purpose. Race to me.

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[Hype Hype Hooray] Tropicália: How Brazil Created the Greatest Genre Ever


Hype Hype Hooray is a biweekly “critique” of the music scene and the blogosphere that feeds it, told through the lens of Jamie Hale, a journalist who likes music about as much as he likes scotch and a firm leather chair. Please enjoy with a grain of salt.

Hey guys, Jamie Hale here. You know, when I’m not penning hot blog posts about the indie music industry, I like to sit back and relax with a cool drink, a big pair of headphones, and an album from my favorite 1960s artistic movement, Tropicália

You may know Tropicália as that genre that you heard about once, from where you’re not sure, but gosh it sounds so familiar. But do you know the true story behind Tropicália? Come along, won’t you? Today we explore the fascinating melodies behind the radical music that redefined Brazilian culture.

The story of Tropicália starts not in the ’60s, but all the way back in the 1920s. After World War I, Brazilians were tired of being defined by foreign cultural influences, so tired in fact that they decided to band together to redefine their entire national identity, not through politics, but through music. The modernismo movement, as it was called, ardently embraced traditional native folk, rejecting any outside influences that weren’t distinctively, and historically, “Brazilian.”

While the movement fell apart in the ’30s, it created a generation of Brazilians who fought, rather forcefully, against any music that wasn’t traditional. Bossa Nova fluorished in the ’50s, combining the traditional samba with cool jazz, but found an abundance of critics who despised its North American influence.

Those critics were in for an even ruder awakening in the ’60s, when rock ‘n’ roll came to town. Like young people everywhere else in the world, young people in Brazil hungrily absorbed rock ‘n’ roll records from America and Britain, emulating the style in a genre known as iê-iê-iê or yeah yeah yeah.

Their blatant disregard for traditionalism ignited a culture war in the country. The battle waged against the backdrop of the Brazilian military’s 1964 coup d’état over the national government. The coup subjected Brazil to a harsh military regime that actively promoted traditional music over anything that sounded remotely foreign.

But it wasn’t just the military who had an axe to grind. In 1966, critics of iê-iê-iê  gathered en masse in a protest known as “the march against electric guitars.” This new style was everything the modernismo movement was supposed to be against. There was no room for both the modern and the traditional, they said, when it came to Brazilian music.

Enter: Tropicália.

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Fossil Collective: “Boy With Blackbird Kite”

The hot water didn’t work in my apartment this morning, and the shower was ice-cold. So, I didn’t shower and now I’m having an overall “whatever, man” day. I know I can rely on music to keep my head on straight during times like these, and I thank the heavens for blessing me […]