Category: Mundo Musique

Mundo Musique: Real Estate

Mundo Musique: Real Estate

Today is my birthday, and when Real Estate announced they were going to release their album on my birthday, I couldn’t think of a better gift. Today, on March 4th 2014, Real Estate released their latest album, Atlas in North America. Since first hearing them in 2010, the New Jersey based Real Estate have become one of my favorite bands. […]

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Mundo Musique: Eagulls and The Bright Smoke

Mundo Musique: Eagulls and The Bright Smoke

EAGULLS For Those Who Like: The Men, METZ, Connections After a couple of singles, a five-track EP, and a controversial but award-winning video, Eagulls is about to soar to new heights with the release of their debut, self-titled LP on Tuesday (March 4). The Leeds, UK quintet’s self-titled album is rollicking post-punk music with a touch of shoegaze and goth. […]

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Mundo 5: Five Great Collaborative Albums

Mundo 5: Five Great Collaborative Albums

Once upon a time, collaborations between artists were considered special occasions.  They usually involved two high-profile singers, such as Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers on “Islands in the Stream” and the unforgettable duet of Paula Abdul and M.C. Kat on “Opposites Attract”. Super, married couples have also collaborated, like Sonny and Cher, June Carter and Johnny Cash, and Beyonce and […]

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Mundo Musique: Lake Street Dive

Mundo Musique: Lake Street Dive

Lake Street Dive is one of those bands to watch in 2014.  They’ve been around for a few years already, but their latest album, Bad Self Portraits, released on February 24, has positioned them to make a huge splash in the indie music scene this year.  Lake Street Dive is composed of singer Rachel Price of Tennessee, guitarist Michael “McDuck” […]

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Mundo Musique: Phantogram and Bleeding Rainbow

Mundo Musique: Phantogram and Bleeding Rainbow

PHANTOGRAM For Those Who Like: Porcelain Raft, The Naked and Famous, Blonde Redhead Phantogram was probably the first synth-pop band that got me hooked on the genre over five years ago with their superb self-titled EP and first full-length, Eyelid Moves in 2009. At the time, they were an unknown duo from somewhere in northern New York state, who drew […]

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Mundo Musique: Low Fat Getting High

Mundo Musique: Low Fat Getting High

Last weekend, I attended Slothrust’s record release show, and it was some of the most fun I’ve had at a show in quite a while, thanks in part to the awesome openers, including the Brooklyn based trio Low Fat Getting High.  I feel like I’ve been on a bit of a grunge and punk kick lately, and Low Fat Getting […]

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Mundo Musique: Temples and Misun

Mundo Musique: Temples and Misun

TEMPLES For Those Who Like: Tame Impala, The Byrds, Foxygen, The Verve With music becoming more accessible, we’re seeing musicians experiment with new sounds while some are looking to the past. It’s not a surprise, therefore, to see a surge of bands reviving ’60s and ’70s rock and psychedelic rock, and Temples is the latest band to come along with […]

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Mundo Musique: Doug Keith

Mundo Musique: Doug Keith

A lot of excellent albums have been released this month, and there’s still another week of great releases to go.  One album that I don’t want to get lost in the shuffle is Doug Keith’s latest record, Pony.  Ben wrote about Doug in September, after I convinced him to join me and see him in Brooklyn, and on February 11 […]

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Mundo Musique: Beck

Mundo Musique: Beck

For those who like: Beck (there’s no comparable) I think this is going to be my shortest Mundo Musique feature since starting this 6 months ago because there isn’t much to say — it’s friggin’ Beck! Beck returns with his first, proper studio album since 2008’s Modern Guilt, unless you count the “play-it-yourself” Beck Hansen’s Song Reader that was released […]

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Mundo Musique: Jesca Hoop

Mundo Musique: Jesca Hoop

Last week, Northern California native Jesca Hoop released her latest project, Undress. Hoop has been releasing music for while now, her first LP, Kismet released in 2007. Like the title suggests, Undress features songs that are stripped down musically, mostly just to guitar. All of the songs on Undress were on Hoop’s 2009 album Hunting My Dress. Hoop’s has drawn […]

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Mundo Musique: Ash Grunwald and Richard Perso

Mundo Musique: Ash Grunwald and Richard Perso

In North America, blues-roots music is making a strong comeback, thanks in large part to the work of Gary Clark, Jr., whose interpretation of this great genre has captivated audiences young and old. However, in the “land down under”, Australians have long embraced the music that B.B. King, Taj Mahal, and Buddy Guy made popular decades ago. Over the past […]

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Mundo Musique: Five Fun and Cool Indie Names

Mundo Musique: Five Fun and Cool Indie Names

We’ve been toying with the idea of writing “lists” every once in a while. One idea was to identify some fun indie band names. After some procrastinating, we have to thank Artemis Thomas-Hansard of The Village Voice, who wrote this entertaining ramble titled, “The History of Terrible Band Names”. Yes, some of his arguments are irrational and contradictory (e.g., animal-based […]

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Mundo Musique: Amason

Mundo Musique: Amason

Ben and I started Mundo Musique as an International music column, and lately I have mostly been writing about American acts, but that changes today. There’s a lot of amazing music coming out of Sweden, and a lot of incredible bands, like Miike Snow, and Dungen. Members of both bands, Pontus Winnberg of Miike Snow, Gustaf Estjes of Dungen, and […]

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Mundo Musique: Comeback Queens – Neneh Cherry and Rachel Ries

Mundo Musique: Comeback Queens – Neneh Cherry and Rachel Ries

Today, we celebrate albums coming out by two great musicians, who are releasing their first solo albums in years. NENEH CHERRY For Those Who Like: Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, St. Vincent In 1989, acid-wash jeans and denim jackets were in style, Converse shoes were trendy, and my beloved Calgary Flames won their first and only Stanley Cup. It was […]

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Mundo Musique Album Preview: Slothrust – Of Course You Do

Mundo Musique Album Preview: Slothrust – Of Course You Do

For fans of: Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr, Pinkerton-era Weezer, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Screaming Females Last year, I wrote a very short intro to Brooklyn-based grunge trio Slothrust, and their untitled-at-the-time album made the list of albums we’re looking forward to in 2014.  One day after we posted that list, Slothrust announced they would be releasing Of Course You Do on Ba […]

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Mundo Musique – Young Fathers and Ephrata

Mundo Musique – Young Fathers and Ephrata

YOUNG FATHERS For Those Who Like: K-os, Shabazz Palaces, Massive Attack, TV on the Radio Young Fathers is a self-described “psychedelic hip hop band” by Edinburgh, Scotland. I guess that’s one way to describe this young band, whose music combines many genres – hip hop, R&B, rock and pop with heavy percussion and staggered melodies. While melding together so many […]

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Mundo Musique: Nedelle Torrisi

Mundo Musique: Nedelle Torrisi

Californian singer-songwriter Nedelle Torrisi has been making music for a long time. Her parents were musicians, and she has been performing since she was a child.  She’s toured with a bunch of acts, Deerhoof, Destroyer, Magnolia Electric Co, Xiu Xiu, and most recently opened for Julia Holter.  She’s also collaborated with Xiu Xiu, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, and Half-Handed Cloud. […]

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Mundo Musique: Vamos and Rachel Thomasin

Mundo Musique: Vamos and Rachel Thomasin

Today, the focus is on two, young, emerging acts on different sides of the musical spectrum, but both are poised for breakouts in 2014. VAMOS For Those Who Like: METZ, Japandroids, The Misfits, The Black Keys, P.S. I Love You I remember hearing Vamos for the first time early last year when they released Heatwave, which had a much more […]

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Mundo Musique: Ex Hex

Mundo Musique: Ex Hex

For those who like: Helium, Wild Flag, Sleater-Kinney. In late 2013, Wild Flag and Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss stated in an interview that Wild Flag, an all-female supergroup containing members of Sleater-Kinney and Helium, had run its course.  This led to speculation that Sleater-Kinney is heading towards a full reunion.  Former Helium member Mary Timony may have been lost in […]

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Mundo Musique: Dum Dum Girls, Bombay Bicycle Club, and some Sound Bites

Mundo Musique: Dum Dum Girls, Bombay Bicycle Club, and some Sound Bites

Starting today, I’ve added a new section called Sound Bites, which will just be tracks that artists have randomly released or have released as a teaser for an upcoming album. But first, let’s get started with a couple of bands with new albums out. Dum Dum Girls For Those Who Like: Frankie Rose, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Go-Gos For […]

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