ATR | Thinking Outside The Box

Peter Bjorn & John – Summer Breeze

Although the summer breeze is long gone and we’re in the epicenter of winter, it’s that season for giving. Peter Bjorn & John cover the Seals & Croft for another compilation album whose sales will be given to charity. This particular Indie Rocks! A Benefit Album For Malaria No More project is designed to help people in Africa with Malaria. The compilation features tracks from the likes of Juliette Lewis, Third Eye Blind, Wild Light, Those Darlings, State Radio and more.

You can hit the Malaria No More website for more information and to donate.

DOWNLOAD: Peter Bjorn & John – Summer Breeze (Seals & Croft Cover)

Junior Boys – Bits and Pieces [Video]
December 15, 2009, 8:00 pm
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yo wtf

Portishead – Chase The Tear [Video]
December 11, 2009, 2:11 pm
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I can’t explain it any better than this (For more information:

International human rights day (December 10th) marks the anniversary of the United Nation’s historic ”Universal Declaration Of Human Rights” on 10 December 1948. The UDHR set out for the first time in a single document the fundamental rights to which everyone, everywhere is entitled – including the right to life, liberty, security, the freedoms of opinion, association and expression, and the right not to be subjected to torture or cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment.

DOWNLOAD: Portishead – Chase The Tear

All proceeds go towards the organization’s human rights work.

Lupe Fiasco – Solar Midnite [Video]
December 11, 2009, 2:12 am
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Lupe Fiasco is one of the only rappers pushing the boundaries with music, which undoubtedly crosses over different genres. He takes on a bit of the alternative approach with this one, but the great thing about it is it’s featured on The Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack. The only rapper to make the cut.

That should tell you something right there.

These New Puritans – We Want War [Video]
December 11, 2009, 2:10 am
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Watching videos like this makes me appreciate rock creativity so much more than hip-hop.

Smashing Pumpkins – A Song For A Son
December 7, 2009, 3:46 pm
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Are you ready for this one? The Smashing Pumpkins are set to release a series of 44 songs over the next couple months in the form of 11, 4 song EP’s through their website (WHOA!). This is the first song released from the forthcoming Teargarden by Kaleidyscope project, which from what Billy Corgan says, was written in an acoustic rate of 15 minutes. Take that John Mayer… Viva 90’s rock.

Song lifted from Spinner.

DOWNLOAD: Smashing Pumpkins – A Song For A Son

John Mayer – Edge Of Desire
December 5, 2009, 2:48 pm
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This ninja is a beast on the guitar. “Edge Of Desire” was recorded in one take just recently — as liberated on his blog. I’m curious to see what else he cooks up with these acoustic sessions.

I’ve been thinking of a way to say thank you for making Battle Studies such a huge success out of the gate… I’ve also been thinking of a way to use tumblr as a means of posting some more substantial stuff… So here’s a very raw, live solo version of “Edge of Desire” I just recorded in my apartment as a way to show my gratitude to you all for extending my time in this amazing career you’ve helped me build.

I think if you were kind enough to spent the 13 bucks, you should get some free music for the next good while.

So here it is. A song about late night longing recorded at 3am. iPhone dinging in the background and all…(that’s how I knew the take was going to be worth sticking with, as the best takes always get interrupted.)

Thank you.

More to come…

-John Mayer

Truth be told, Battle Studies is a pretty good album. I overplayed the shit out of Continuum though so I might be a little biased towards that record as opposed to the new one.

DOWNLOAD: John Mayer – Edge Of Desire

Chromeo – Night By Night [Video]
December 5, 2009, 2:37 pm
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The only reason I know of Chromeo is because one of the old homies I grew up with since 8th grade would always try to put me on to them. I showed this guy his first taste of hip-hop (see: Reflection Eternal) back in 2001 and most recently — the ways of the internet(s) and blogs in 2009. Of course with me being in a different world at all times, I never really checked them out like that. The new Chromeo album drops 2010.

Rewind: Pink Floyd, Animals
December 2, 2009, 7:58 pm
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I was watching a clip of Curren$y where he talks about rap as compared to The Doors, and it got me to thinking — he’s right. When was the last time you heard an 11 minute song? The last time I did, must have been on Pink Floyd’s I Wish You Here album. “Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V)” is epic. The length of that song clocks in at an absurd 13:40. It takes about 8 minutes and 47 seconds for any type of singing to commence. That’s roughly the length of 2 rap songs and a freestyle (whoa, that was too much reading!).

Call me crazy but to me, Continue reading

Beach House – Silver Soul
December 2, 2009, 3:17 pm
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I remember when the homie Timm put me on to this band about a year back. He sent me “Gila” off their Devotion album. Their whole sound was psychedelic and I couldn’t wait to hear more while the leaf burned slow. I was even more amazed after I watched them randomly perform it live in a basement.

Fast forward a whole year, where out-of-nowhere they dropped their new single “Norway” — I was instantly hooked right in. Fortunately for the fans, this is something to hold you over until Teen Dream drops. If you pay attention to the end, you can clearly tell “Norway” comes next in the album track listing.

DOWNLOAD: Beach House – Silver Soul

Sleepy Sun – Red/Black
December 2, 2009, 2:37 pm
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Just imagine you took some crazy illegal substance and had a bad trip. This is probably what it would look like. The song is enjoyable too, and girls feeding each other chocolate covered strawberry’s definitely boosts up the imagery.. but by the end of watching this, you’ll probably just be feeling wierd. Crazy video though.

Norah Jones – Chasing Pirates (Santigold & Snotty Remix)
December 2, 2009, 10:32 am
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Excuse me for not paying much attention to Norah Jones’ music, but i was too busy “Chasing Pavements” with Adele to pay attention to any pirates. Regardless, this Santigold remix compared to the original is like night and day. The way they distorted the vocals and slowed the tempo to make it darker was crazy.

Sidebar: Nor is SERIOUSLY pretty. I don’t even rock with girls who have short hair either.. but HELLO THERE NORAH. I got my captain hook claw & eye patch ready to sail with you on board the Santa Maria until death do us part.. ARGHH. You look like the typical, nice, sweet girl next door —err, my type.

DOWNLOAD: Norah Jones – Chasing Pirates (Santigold & Snotty Remix) [via Stereogum]

Timbaland – Timothy, Where Have You Been (Feat. Jet)
November 30, 2009, 1:51 pm
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Even with the success of tracks like One Republic “Apologize” — it’s always hilarious hearing Timbaland on these types of songs. Not to mention Timbo’s new album features more pop’ish acts like Miley Cyrus (WHAT?), Daughtry (YUGHK!), The Fray (UM?) and Katy Perry (OK!). One sandwich short from a Lady Gaga appearance and Jay-Z verse later, Shock Value II might just fall short of its predecessor. Tim still gets it in with the production but we can go without his raps on this. C’mon Timmy, Say Something.

DOWNLOAD: Timbaland – Timothy, Where Have You Been (Feat. Jet)

Fever Ray – Keep The Streets Empty For Me [Video]
November 25, 2009, 6:40 pm
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Truthfully, I have never heard of Fever Ray up to this point, but this video gives off such a cold vibe that you can’t help but to feel bad after watching it. With the holidays around the corner, it’s safe to say some people will let that loneliness/emptiness become a wind chill inside of their own mind and soak in it until time finally gives them the peace they need. This video was crazy. Their debut solo self-titled album, is in stores now.

Vampire Weekend – Cousins [Video]
November 23, 2009, 2:00 pm
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I wasn’t quite a fan of their last single “Horchata” (and this is coming from someone who obsessively visits taco truck where they serve horchata) but somehow I feel like I should have been. It baffles me how these guys even know what horchata is, but I guess you can’t be mad for them dedicating a whole song to the drink.

The video above is not for the aforementioned song, but rather for “Cousins” — err, I guess it’s a better tune.