Tuesday, 18 January 2011

MOTS dead, long live TBOC!

A sad farewell all, Music On The Sea is no more. After a Christmas hiatus, Ben and I have decided to call it a day on new music. Not to worry though, we are back, in the form of The Bone Of Contention. A little less new; a little more old.

Tennis are really good though. Buy their album.

See you there,

Monday, 13 December 2010

Year End Mixed Emotions // Full Mix

As promised, the full mix is available below as one long download [click the downwards arrow]/stream. Track list is a couple of posts down. [edit: links from the old post appeared to be breaching DMCA policy or somesuch - the post has been deleted. Surprise tracklisting then..]
Music On The Sea Mixtape 2010 by musiconthesea_chris

Image // Thanks for the upload.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Friday, 3 December 2010

201 posts, Hercules and Hudson

First: new jam from Hercules and Love Affair:
Hercules & Love Affair - My House by Freeman PR

Then, based on my love of that Ooops Hudson Mohawke Remix, try this out. A little more funky, a little less sleazy.
Krystal Klear : Tried For Your Love (Hudson Mohawke Remix)

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

OFF! // Upside Down

Loved this when I first heard it and having been meaning to post it since. It seems hard to define what makes one one minute hardcore song good and another just a bunch of amateurs thrashing on guitars. But, you know. You just know.

OFF! : Upside Down

And other similar stuff that is good:

Misfits : Where Eagles Dare
Minor Threat : I Don't Wanna Hear It
Black Flag : TV Party

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Marina and the Diamonds // Obsessions (another remix)

Obsessions first hit late 2008 (I think..) and there was a slew of remixes - good to see they are still coming. Check out what happens when witch-fi hits it up in the form of the oOoOO remix .

Marina and the Diamonds : Obsessions (oOoOO remix)

And, when Patrick Wolf goes dub:

Patrick Wolf : Time Of My Life (Leo Zero Dub)


Monday, 29 November 2010

James Blake // Measurements

More soul than a shoe factory.

James Blake : Measurements


Also, download the latest Cadence Weapon mixtape TRON Legacy : The Mixtape here for the Radiohead pay-what-you-want.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Diamond Rings

My ability to conjugate a sentence escapes me on this occasion, as on most. Diamond Rings are a refreshing blast of nostalgia. At worst they sound like the Strokes, in itself no bad thing. When middling, they are make cheeky references to Joy Division. At best, they are a much needed shot in the arm for the latter half of 2010.

Diamond Rings : Give It Up

Monday, 22 November 2010

Girl Talk // All Day

NEW GIRL TALK! Because we all love hip hop piped across our favourite indie tracks.

Download it completely free here. If the servers are still up.

Girl Talk : Steady Shock
Girl Talk : Oh No

Sunday, 21 November 2010

The Boss is Back in Town

The recent release of Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town remaster, together with deleted sessions and outtakes from the record, makes me wonder if a new Springsteenism is at work in contemporary American music. Listening to Darkness for the first time, I was struck to resemblances to much more modern releases, and three in particular: Japandroids' Post-Nothing, Titus Andronicus' The Airing of Grievances, and the Arcade Fire's The Suburbs. All exhibit what I would like to posit as the defining features of Springsteenism; all well as an ostensible "blue-collar" mentality, focusing on working- and lower middle-class life and the environments surrounding it, the music shares an expansive vision, hinting at something beyond the confines of familiar surroundings. Guitars soar, choruses lift, and there is earnestness, andger, and introspection in the distinctive voices of each vocalist.

Maybe there is an element of cultural cycles here; as I've explored in previous posts, previous aesthetics seem to be picked up at different stages, and re-forged into a more contemporary milieu. Yet the socio-cultural-economic context may also play a part; Springsteen's America is one of rusting industrial plants, unemployment, and limited future prospects for the youth of society, yet suffused with an undercurrent of romantic notions of hope and escape. Perhaps the resurgence of Springsteenism has something to do with parallels in the social fabric; perhaps today's youth need a Born to Run of their own. Part of Springsteen's appeal is the urgency in his voice; the sense that this all means something. Do the student protests of November 10 have a voice in popular culture - and if not, will one arise?

Bruce Springsteen: Darkness on the Edge of Town
Japandroids: Darkness on the Edge of Gastown
Titus Andronicus: A More Perfect Union
The Arcade Fire: Modern Man

And for a super special bonus, here's perhaps the finest piece of Post-Springsteen recorded in the past decade or so:
The Constantines: Young Lions

Monday, 15 November 2010

Mr Little Jeans

By now, single girl pop is as unique as an indie band releasing a bedroom recorded no.1 blog smash hit. Dance remixes of those girls even less so. That doesn't mean, of course, that they aren't fun.

Mr Little Jeans : Rescue Song (Royal Palms Remix)

Monday, 8 November 2010

Crystal Castles // Not In Love (Remix)

This has been kicking around for a minute now but as an ever growing Crystal Castles fan, it seemed amiss not to post it. Oh, and it's good.

Crystal Castles : Not In Love [Feat. Robert Smith]