Monday Wobbling (Warming): Willy Whompa

June 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

Dubstep Disclaimer:  I get pretty tired of the overuse of that wobbly bass that has polluted every dubstep artist’s tracks.  I’m especially confused about how that sound is always considered bass because most of the time its hitting pretty hard on the mids.  But regardless of all that, I can appreciate when that wobbly sound is used skillyfully like here with Willy Whompa (aka Mike Shupe)’s mixes.


Notable Openers: Painted Palms

May 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Last week I was down in Rock n’ Roll birthplace, Memphis, TN and after a quick tour through the recording studio where Elvis Presley got his start we went to see of Montreal at Minglewood (which by the way is a fantastic venue with an intimate setting and I highly suggest seeing anyone there, if possible). The opening band was a group called Painted Palms, a 5-piece from Louisiana. The creative minds behind the music are actually just two guys, cousins in fact, Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme and they have crafted some very interesting sounds on their debut EP Canopy, physically released June 21st.

The band was handpicked by Kevin Barnes, singer from of Montreal, according to the band’s label, Secretly Canadian, and it’s with good reason. The visuals and light show during their set were a trip and the singer used an immense amount of echo on his voice but it was done so skillfully that it sounded like an indie-boy choir chanting over heavy bass and synth-pop. This band is definitely worth checking out. Here’s a sampling of the upcoming EP:

“All Of Us”

“Falling Asleep”

Monday Warming: Two New Arcade Fire Tracks

May 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Good news

Arcade Fire has decided to re-release a deluxe edition of The Suburbs, with two new tracks. Below I have for you the two new tracks.
“Culture War” and a collaboration with David Byrne titled “Speaking in Tongues”

What better way to help your Monday

Culture War by Arcade Fire

Speaking in Tongues by Arcade Fire

Adele Dubstepped

May 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

This drop is awesome

British singer-songwriter Adele has been making waves with her latest release “21”, but I prefer her much more with some dubstep added and MartyParty & Minnesota (pictured above) do it right with this track. Not too crazy, not too light, and one sick ass drop (1:27 mark). Let’s hope this inspires other DJs out there to capitalize on such a great female voice to turn into some sick dubstep tracks

South African Indie: Gregory Alan Isakov

May 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Gregory Alan Isakov is an indie folk artist based in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. His songs are full of folk instruments mirroring those used by the popular band of the same genre, Mumford & Sons, but his lyricism is what really puts him over the top. Artists Isakov is most closely compared to include Damien Rice, Leonard Cohen, and the aforementioned Mumford & Sons. His most recent album titled This Empty Northern Hemisphere was released in 2009. Check out a few of my favorites from it below and if you like them, get the whole album here.

“Evelyn” – Gregory Alan Isakov

“Dandelion Wine” – Gregory Alan Isakov

Monday Warming: Fleet Foxes

May 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

We just can’t get enough

Obviously we’re fans of the Fleet Foxes here at Gypsysphere, so I figured I would give you another taste of a track off the newly released Hopelessness Blues. On this track “Montezuma,” Robin Pecknold has moved away from his landscape imagery and into a more introspective position by questioning his past and mortality and the rest of the album follows suit. This new record finds Fleet Foxes exploring more complex song structures and guitar lines but always with those amazing vocal harmonies.

Enjoy: “Montezuma”

Remix Wednesday: Fleet Foxes – The Shrine (Hannes Fischer Remix)

May 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

The Fleet Foxes like you’ve never heard them before.

The Fleet Foxes are hot right now, coming off their killer release “Helplessness Blues” on May 3rd, so I figured I would use Remix Wednesday to mention them. This track has a very house feel, but still manages to capture Robin Pecknold’s dreamy voice and make it into something upbeat. Probably a great track to drive to, but it’ll do for a Wednesday pick me up.

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