The New Classics

May 21, 2009

Music Video: The Killers, The World We Live In

Filed under: Download, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Music Video — Tags: , — Greg @ 11:44 am


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Song: The World We Live In
Artist: The Killers
Album: Day & Age
Label: Island Records
Notes: 3rd single from LP
Analysis: If you weren’t feeling the first two singles (‘Human’ and ‘Spaceman‘) from The Killers’ late 2008 release, you might enjoy ‘The World We Live In’ a little bit more. It’s less house music and more prog rock anthem. The video’s a little too icey for my springtime/summer mood, but it’s shot really nicely and Brandon’s wardrobe is only slightly less outrageous than previous videos. It’s as close to Hot Fuss as the album gets, which is the best compliment that I can give a Killers song lately.


May 15, 2009

New Music: Mr Hudson, Supernova [ft. Kanye West]

Filed under: Download, Hip Hop, Indie Pop, Song — Tags: , , — Greg @ 10:09 am


Mr Hudson Supernova
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Song: Supernova [ft. Kanye West]
Artist: Mr Hudson
Album: Straight No Chaser
Label: GOOD Music
Producer: Mr Hudson
Notes: 2nd single from LP
Analysis: The industrial-sounding ‘Supernova’ is more like a Gary Numan song than something you would expect Kanye West to feature on. Continue ReadingMr Hudson actually sings less than Kanye does on this song, which means that there’s plenty of auto-tuning going on, bringing down my enjoyment of what could have been a better rap/sung duet. There’s better Hudson songs out there right now, and better Kanye guest-raps, so I would expect more from a collaboration between the two, but ‘Supernova’ is nothing to rave about.
Rating: 5.5
Source: Nah Right

May 14, 2009

Music Video: Little Joy, Next Time Around

Filed under: Download, Indie Pop, Music Video — Tags: — Greg @ 7:36 pm


Song: Next Time Around
Artist: Little Joy
Album: Little Joy
Label: Rough Trade Records
Notes: 2nd single from LP
Analysis: For those who don’t know, Little Joy is the side project of The Strokes’ drummer, Fabrizio Moretti. There’s more ukelele in this group though, which is never something to complain about. ‘Next Time Around’ is a saltwatery pop tune, the type that you’d have to either be crazy or lying about to not enjoy. The music video is exactly as I would describe what a music video for this song would be, and it makes me want to be where they are.

Music Video: Phoenix, 1901

Filed under: Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Music Video — Tags: , — Greg @ 6:47 pm


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Song: 1901
Artist: Phoenix
Album: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
V2 Records
Notes: 2nd single from LP
Analysis: Phoenix is arguably one of the hottest bands around right now, thanks to some Saturday Night Live exposure and a stellar new album. I love music videos that can play with lighting effects and come out looking better than an over-expensive cgi’ed video would. That’s pretty much what we have here for ‘1901’, Phoenix’ hyper second single. For those who haven’t heard Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix yet, ‘1901’ is a pretty good representation of everything about it; re: it’s really good.

Album Review Catch-Up, Part 1


There has been so much music coming out over the past few months that I’ve been neglecting a lot of album reviews for the simple fact that I don’t have a whole lot of time. By the time I finally sit down to do an album writeup, there’s 4 or 5 other albums that have my interest. It’s a blessing and a curse to live in this digital age, as we have so much great music right at our fingertips, but not enough time to digest and enjoy it before something new comes along. This especially a problem for someone like me, who loves collecting EVERYTHING. So for the sake of catching up with myself and saving myself time in the future (although a few of these reviews I have half-done already, but am scrapping in favor of this format), here is part one of all of the albums fit for coverage – now in bite size:

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April 30, 2009

Music Video: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Young Adult Friction

Filed under: Download, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Music Video — Tags: — Greg @ 6:27 pm


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Song: Young Adult Friction
Artist: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Album: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Label: Slumberland Records
Notes: 2nd single from LP
Analysis: Don’t let the band name fool you…alright well the music is just as wimpy as it sounds like it’d be. But it’s catchy and at least fun to listen to. It’s also probably the first song that I could ever classify as “library rock”. From the punny song title to the lyrics making reference to moldy pages and microfiche; the song also ends with a singalong chant of “don’t check me out“. Get it? It’s a dorky tune, but that’s the charm.

New Music: Passion Pit, Moth’s Wings

Filed under: Download, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Song — Tags: , — Greg @ 4:00 pm


Song: Moth’s Wings
Artist: Passion Pit
Album: Manners
Label: Frenchkiss Records
Notes: none
Analysis: Wow, this Passion Pit album is actually shaping up to be pretty fucking great. Continue Reading

April 22, 2009

Music Video: Passion Pit, The Reeling

Filed under: Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Music Video — Tags: , — Greg @ 10:38 pm


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Song: The Reeling
Artist: Passion Pit
Album: Manners
Label: Frenchkiss Records
Notes: 2nd single from LP
Analysis: ‘Sleepyhead’ by Passion Pit was one of my favorite 2008 discoveries; a song that went from “what the fuck is this?” to “god damn I love this song” for me quicker than any song I can think of recently. I’m genuinely excited for their full-length debut this year, and ‘The Reeling’ is my first taste of the new material. It’s a little dancier, and poppier than Sleepyhead, but not in bad ways. It’s still obviously the same band, and I’m sure that much of the album will sound like this; midnight hipster dance party jams with potential crossover appeal. There’s been worse, less-fun formulas. The video has a great youthfulness to it (like you never pushed your friends around at full speed in a shopping cart…), and singer Michael Angelakos’ paperface is a sweet effect. I think that Passion Pit has a long, possibly commercial life ahead of them, more so than most of the groups in their genre, whatever you would call it. They make some damn fine music.

**BONUS – Sleepyhead music video**

April 15, 2009

Music Video: Phoenix, Lisztomania

Filed under: Download, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Music Video — Tags: , — Greg @ 10:22 pm


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Song: Lisztomania
Artist: Phoenix
Album: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Label: V2 Records
Notes: 1st single from LP
Analysis: Listening to Lisztomania, you can tell that Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is a lot of fun. Coming off of possibly their best complete album so far, Phoenix is actually starting to blow up a bit following an invite to Saturday Night Live recently as musical guests. This music video from their fourth record has the French quartet chilling in Germany, performing and flying a gigantic zeppelin kite with their names on it (one that looks a lot like the drawing on the album cover). It captures the energy of the track pretty nicely I’d say, especially towards the end in the crowd shots. You’ll be singing this song in your head and tapping your damn feet all day after watching, but you also aren’t going to mind.

April 11, 2009

Music Video: Mr Hudson, There Will Be Tears

Filed under: Indie Pop, Music Video — Tags: , — Greg @ 3:00 pm


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Song: There Will Be Tears
Artist: Mr Hudson
Album: Straight No Chaser
Label: G.O.O.D. Music
Producer: unknown
Notes: 1st single from LP
Analysis: Mr Hudson may be unfamiliar to you, but you definitely know him from Kanye West’s song ‘Paranoid’ off of 808s and Heartbreak. It’s hard to tell who influenced who between Hudson & West, because ‘There Will Be Tears’ is very obviously styled close to 808s. Dream-pop and distorted vocals (although Hudson is a much better singer) make up this cut, and despite how close it sounds to his boss’ latest album, it is surprisingly good. The cosmic instrumental and laid back singing gives the song a huge chilling-out factor that is necessary for anyone’s playlists. The video is mostly closeups of the UK singer over some screwy analog video tape, but the tightness of the shots really shows Hudson putting his heart into the song. He’s already pegged to appear on Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3, and has his first album under the G.O.O.D. Music imprint coming out this summer, which comes along with the magic touch from Kanye. Mr Hudson is going to have a huge year, and if ‘Tears’ is any indication, it’s what he deserves.

April 8, 2009

Music Video: The Thermals, Now We Can See

Filed under: Download, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Music Video — Tags: , — Greg @ 5:19 pm


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Song: Now We Can See
Artist: The Thermals
Album: Now We Can See
Label: Kill Rock Stars
Notes: 1st single from LP
Analysis: I’m not too familiar with The Thermals, but at first listen judging from ‘Now We Can See’, they sound like Death Cab For Cutie doing garage rock (for lack of a better comparison). The song’s crunchy but poppy and with lots of “oohh wayy ohh woaahh”‘s, which never really get old for me. It’s a pretty cool song, and accompanying it is a good-enough bare bones video. Not trying anything too fancy, but it does the trick in getting me interested in The Thermals, who I now plan on digging into soon.

March 31, 2009

The New Classics Mixtape [March 2009]: Download


No artwork for this month’s tape, at least not yet. My time’s been real limited lately, but I managed to whip up a new Mixtape for whoever would like it. A few artists appear twice this go-round, but everything’s (2) legit + quality shit. This tape is also special because it features several tracks that haven’t even been reviewed yet here at The New Classics. Trust me when I say that this is the best mixtape so far from the site. Best 20 songs released in the month of March in the year of Two Thousand and Nine, in no particular order besides a transitional one:

Download> The.New.Classics.MiXTAPE_march.2009_

Tracklist after the jump.

March 27, 2009

Album Review: Handsome Furs, Face Control

Filed under: Album Review, Indie Pop, Indie Rock — Tags: , — Greg @ 9:56 am


It takes something really special for me to really latch onto newer bands lately. It does happen: Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver & Frightened Rabbit have all become favorites of mine within the past year, all putting out superb albums in 2008. And then there are the groups who put out a song or two that I really like, but the rest of the material doesn’t connect with me for whatever reason. Blitzen Trapper, Black Lips and Grizzly Bear, to name recent examples, all fall into that category for me. Those are bands that I will probably follow for as long as they continue to put out music, but I don’t feel any obligation to own everything that they create.

I don’t really know what I expected from Face Control, but I was anticipating this release based on the strength of ‘I’m Confused‘, the first (and at the time only) song I’d ever heard from the group.
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March 25, 2009

Music Video: Department of Eagles, No One Does It Like You

Filed under: Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Music Video — Tags: , — Greg @ 6:01 pm


Song: No One Does It Like You
Artist: Department of Eagles
Album: In Ear Park
Label: 4AD
Notes: none
Analysis: I checked out DoE’s album a few months back when it started appearing on everyone’s best of the year lists, but just couldn’t get into it. This video however, has me wondering if I gave up on the group too early. Musician Daniel Rossen is also a member of Grizzly Bear, a band that I half-like, so I’m thinking I might half-like In Ear Park as well. It’s one of the more interesting music videos of recent memory, in a way that the best music videos used to be: odd, yet complimenting to the music. The singing ghosts are great, and the colors are beautiful. Really good video from a band that just got re-added to my checklist.

March 16, 2009

New Music: Voxtrot, Trepanation Party

Filed under: Download, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Song — Tags: , — Greg @ 9:52 pm



Song: Trepanation Party
Artist: Voxtrot
Album: Trepanation Party (Single)
Label: Beggar’s Group
Notes: 1st released song since 2007
Analysis: You have no idea how pumped I am that Voxtrot is back. At the end of 2006, while perusing a few indie rock blogs’ best of the year lists, I came across this band’s single ‘Soft & Warm’ (which GorillavsBear actually ranked as #1 for that year) and instantly fell in love with them. They embody everything great that pop music could be if it weren’t so busy looking to itself for inspiration and conforming to fads and trends of the minute just to sell some ringtones. After first listen, I slowly built up my collection of all of their material, which includes a few EPs, a self-titled debut album in 2007, and a few odds and ends songs, and they rocketed to the top of my favorite indies in a very short period of time. The group has been pretty quiet though for the past year, as I’ve patiently waited for new material. But today ‘Trepanation Party’ was mercifully dropped upon us this afternoon by the blog fairies. What think I? Continue Reading

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