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Young Friends+Depreciation Guild+Laurel

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The Young Friends are teens from Arizona, teens!!! like 17 and 18 years old! making surf / 50’s pop, that blows my mind. Okay now that i’m over that and feel like an old man i’m more than happy to have heard them since its the first record that oozes youth and summer flings like having a gusher for the first time. If you like it stream the LP here with a free MP3 and check them out in the video below.

Going from one young band to another The Depreciation Guild are on the other side of teen feelings, the more sentimental teens. The guitars sound like your favorite early 90s dream pop band that you thought might finally fill that void of Slowdive being done.

Ann Arbor, MI / Brooklyn’s Laurel Halo I think made a song that people might of wished what the new Knife album should have sounded like. With her vocals set in the background while she plays dreamy keys (she plays that part live! I saw it, very impressive) I can put this song on repeat day after day.

M.I.A. went for it, her new video is relentless, shocking and NSFW but that doesn’t make me stop loving this track, should be a huge summer hit at the rowdy outdoor rock parties.


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Medications+Daedelus+Astronomer+Dibiase

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Cover art by: Mark Weaver


For the new Medications album they picked up Mark Weaver to do the art, I think it came out great, one of the best covers i’ve seen all year. I think it sits perfect with this song Brasil ’07 which is on a Sea and Cake, Lemon Jelly, etc vibe.

I was going to post some more Daedelus then this along with an interview or guest post but he never returned my emails so his loss, which is a bummer, here’s my favorite track from the new LP entitled Righteous Fists of Harmony. What a great month for beats! this, Bonobo, Mux Mool and Free The Robots, pretty on point.

I’ve grabbed up as much of this Glasser stuff as I can, the remixers seem to be more up my alley over the originals which isn’t a bad thing. I like a good 9 minute track with girl vox sometimes that isn’t trying to tear my face off.

The best name in hip hop since Silkk The Shocker is Mr. Dibiase hands down, Mux Mool put me onto him, sounds like Blackalicious playing video games at Barcade(for the Brooklyn readers).

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Spirituals + Light Asylum + Ross 154 + Sega

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Some of you might have bought the new Caribou record this week and want more or even prefer the old Manitoba sound well a nice new LP from Spirituals can fill this void in your life very quickly. The self titled LP from Spirituals has beautiful melodic swells and full of surprising light drives and builds using everything from woodblocks and warm organs.

The drums may remind you of Phil Collins and her vocals might hint at a tougher Annie Lennox and the synths might have picked up where Q Lazzarus(Goodbye Horses aka the song from Silence Of The Lambs) left off but there is one thing for sure this sound collected is new and fresh.

This is a rough rip from youtube so please excuse the quality but if I could say it does add a little charm to this track. Ross 154 is Newworldaquarium a Danish musical genius in my mind if you followed him on labels like MOS or Delsin. Using classic sequencing of underground raw Chicago House and Aphex Twim SAW like melodies makes me feel like i’m glowing every time I hear it.

Reaching deep into my archives I had to pull this out, maybe the best game ever for the Sega Genesis was Sonic The Hedgehog but soundtrack wise Streets Of Rage 2 was untouchable, here is a intro track that some people say was just be a rip of Enigma‘s Sadeness but the melody added on top of it always made my 12 year old nod.

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Newworldaquarium: The Dead Bears [2008]

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Jakub why do you post music like Avon Sparkle that sounds like the matchless soundtrack to a late night exploration of Africa’s west coast shoreline you may ask? or expect us to melt and mold with the warm of Kirana’s Lament that might make us feel like were on vacation in a humid jungle that has us surrounded by sugar cane and panthers? how do you expect us to be able to listen to NoworldbutU when the molasses pace might only be perfect when i’ve fallen asleep in a dark room in the afternoon on a sunny day where I lay there listening and stare at the dust floating by in the sunlight that is leaking in? well I just thought you might like something different for this late night post.

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Shigeto + Odd Nosdam + GLK + Aziz Ansari

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Shigeto’s EP came out today, you may have heard of him since he recently remixed Tycho’s Adrift. Shigeto is a master at delicate detailed melody and stop and start rhythms over tracks that grow and accelerate seamlessly, the Semi Circle EP is a nice sampler for things to come.

Odd Nosdam’s Up In Flames is like a DJ Shadow record stuck in a good groove but with a ton of attention put in the delivery of that loop, I just wish this song was longer.

One artist that really impresses me is The Gaslamp Killer, this EP is good but not great yet he’s a proper example of the perfect showmen, an entertainer to the hardcore and passionate fan base that goes out to shows.

Now for some Aziz Ansari, fyi NSFW.

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Ducktails+Delorean+CrystalCastles+Laid

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Sometimes its a challenge to post 4 songs you absolutely like every day, like today all I wanted to do was post this amazing Ducktails track which you can preorder the 7″ here. The track just seemed enough, its perfect for a Monday morning headphone getaway.

I also wanted to share this Delorean’s track which is what I put on when I want to pretend the new MGMT record is good because these guys did a better record that will probably hit the same crowd hopefully plus Delorean has a great House music meets tropical thing going.

I have to also include the highly leaked Crystal Castles LP single that is pretty much on every blog, I love the single Doe Deer but its abit rowdy for a Monday morning so this track will be a good preview I guess, its a bit pop for my taste though, like some kind of Little Boots throw away track.

I want to end this on a high note which is this Laid Back track, if you’re a wedding DJ and feel soulless then drop this.

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Caribou+Gainsbourg+BeachFossil+Classixx

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The new Caribou LP Swim drops Tuesday 4.20.10, if you haven’t preordered it I highly suggest it, if not pick it up at his merch booth, I hope he has another tour CD to give out this time around. The record has been on repeat and one song that stands out for me over the singles that are leaking is this Hannibal track, the melody is addicting and the horns in the breakdown are spot on.

Matthew Dear has been on a roll, just finished remixing The xx now onto Charlotte Gainsbourg, I keep looping the first 15 seconds over and over.

Poor Beach Fossils I feel like i’ve posted all their songs that I can get my hands onto ISO50. With bands like Beach Fossils, Real Estate and ARMS we will have a nice soundtrack to sunny summer evenings.

I saw our resident DJ Slow Hands play the other night for the 99% design conference here in New York, he dropped this remix of Phoenix that made me end up looking over his shoulder every 5 minutes.

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Why i’m addicted to Electronic Music PT. 3

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PART THREE: SCOTT HERREN aka PREFUSE 73

For those who missed the early posts on DNTEL and CARIBOU, i’m just trying to collect my thoughts on why I listen to this music and not other music that’s out there. There’s definitely a sound for the ISO50 blog and posts like this hopefully just show the origin or what planted the seed. Below is a link to Guillermo Scott Herren’s FREE Tour CD from 2003 called Sleeping On Saturday And Sunday Afternoon, its full of instrumental micro electronic indie rock and experimental sounds that really paved the way for some guitarists to leave rock and get more into electronic home studio recording.

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