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who promised these guys jetpacks?



OK, so I stole the title of this post from a comment left on Brooklyn Vegan announcing the tour for We Were Promised Jetpacks and Bad Veins (with Royal Bangs for select dates).  It made me laugh.

Scottish indie rock band We Were Promised Jetpacks started gaining recognition when touring with label mates Frightened Rabbit in late 2008 and then debuting their album These Four Walls in June 2009.  Sounding a lot like Frightened Rabbit – one of my favorite bands – with that amazing accent and emotionally explosive lyrics and music, WWPJ immediately strikes a chord, especially with the songs “It’s Thunder And It’s Lightening” and “Quiet Little Voices.”

Bad Veins, who played the first-ever forthebeat showcase in April 2009, are good friends of ours, and we’re excited to see them hit the road with WWJP and Royal Bangs, to complete an impressive line-up.  The Cincinnati-based, indie pop duo, comprised of Benjamin Davis (vocals, guitar, keys), Sebastien Schultz (drums) and a 1973 reel-to-reel named Irene, debuted their first full-length and self-titled album to critical acclaim in July 2009, garnering spaces on last year’s “Best of…” lists, including ABC News Amplified‘s “Top 10 Albums of 2009” and USA Today’s Pop Candy “Top 20 Songs of 2009.”  Stand out songs are “Go Home,” “The Lie” and “Found.”

We Were Promised Jetpacks – It’s Thunder And It’s Lightning

Bad Veins – Go Home

Here are the tour dates – you should probably come to a show…

2/11 | The Bowery Ballroom | New York, NY *
2/12 | First Unitarian Church | Philadelphia, PA
2/13 | Rock and Roll Hotel | Washington, DC *
2/14 | The Middle East | Cambridge, MA
2/15 | The Knitting Factory | Brooklyn NY
2/17 | Casbah @ The Tremont Music Hall | Charlotte, NC
2/18 | The Masquerade | Atlanta, GA
2/19 | The End | Nashville, TN
2/20 | Maxine’s Pub | Hot Springs, AR
2/21 | Hailey’s | Denton, TX

* without Royal Bangs

teen dreaming

Beach House

Editors’ Note: We have a new guest contributor.  And her name is Nora Borealis.  She is a lady, but don’t confuse her for a delicate flower.  She is tall, she is tough and she will dazzle you with her wit.

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real disease (check WebMD) that affects dozens of people, maybe hundreds. To cope, some people take Vitamin D, some people use sun lamps, and some people drink themselves stupid.

Some people just write in their journals and get emotional when watching the Jersey Shore finale and guess what? THAT’S OKAY, TOO.

But there’s a new way to get through these dark days of winter, to stay on the sunny side of life even when the outside world is gray and sad and miserable and you’ve gained so much weight since Thanksgiving that you can’t wear anything but leggings or tights.

Beach House‘s new album Teen Dream is 10 tracks of sunshine, freshly-cut grass, wildflowers, puppy love, hand-holding, slow-dancing, first kisses, runs through open fields, suntans, fireworks, sepia-toned photographs, meaningful looks at deep bodies of water and general happiness.

After 24 hours of repeated listening, you’ll be thinner, happier and more beautiful than ever before.

Their sound is ethereal and vintage, executed with such emotion and passion you’d think this must be the creation of an epic love affair. (Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand claim they aren’t dating but listen to this record and judge for yourself, clearly they’re trying to pull an Rpattz/Kstew over our eyes, you are NOT JUST FRIENDS!)

Buy their record and get free streaming (AND STICKERS!!) here.

Beach House – Silver Soul

Beach House – Take Care

oh dear

Matthew Dear

We weren’t sure where Matthew Dear was hiding, but suddenly, he burst back on the scene last week with a remix of The xx’s “VCR.”

To be honest, I was late to the party, and only discovered Matthew Dear a few months back, when I downloaded Ghostly International’s free iPhone app Ghostly Discovery (if you don’t already have this app, it’s pretty awesome, and you can create playlists of the Ghostly catalogue depending on your mood and style preferences – organic to digital and slower to faster).  I found myself always applying settings that would get me to Matthew Dear songs.

The Texas-native made his way to Michigan, where he was inspired by the sounds of “Detroit Techno” and debuted his first single, 1999s “Hands Up For Detroit.”  With influences including the Talking Heads and David Bowie, as well as tour support and remixes for Hot Chip, The Postal Service and Kieran Hebden (Four Tet), Matthew Dear has been extremely prolific since 1999, producing singles, EPs, albums and remixes as Matthew Dear as well as Audion, Jabberjaw and False – the monikers he’s been hiding behind for the past year or so.

His remix of The xx’s “VCR” was a strategic move to burst back on the scene – you can do no wrong when aligning with this baby-faced threesome.  We happen to love everything from their original material to remixes of their work and their remixes of their piers – the remix of Florence and The Machine’s “You’ve Got The Love” being one of my favorite songs of 2009.

So without further ado, here is Matthew Dear’s new remix of The xx’s “VCR”…

The xx – VCR (Matthew Dear Remix)

New Artist: Sunglasses


You might ask, “KC, where did you find this song?”  I don’t know.  But these breezy beats with a southern twist are pretty addictive, and I’ve listened to this song over and over since first discovering it yesterday.

Sunglasses is the brainchild of 8000 bam bam (Samuel Cooper) & Baby Seal (Brady Keehn), who met at the Savannah College of Art and Design, working on Cooper’s senior thesis film.  In fact, I think these kids are still in school.

According to his MySpace page, 8000 bam bam has a bunch of other projects in the works: Hula Hoop, Grandma Q, Food Coloring and Baby Jazz, in addition to Sunglasses, and he plans on directing the music videos for each, which brings me to this – a psychedelic, belly-dancing journey through the universe, complete with awful spandex, awkward hipster chicks dancing, and primitive green screen production, making for a completely awesome music video that you’ll want to share with your friends, and you, yourself, will keep watching because the pairing of the song and the visuals is just so good.

You might ask, “KC, is this a joke?”  I’m not entirely sure.  I can’t find much written on Sunglasses, other than two blog posts by Dipped in Dollars and Transparent Blog.  But listening to 8000 bam bam’s many projects, this all seems legit, and very promising.  I think as all these musical ventures and ideas are streamlined, we’ll be hearing a lot more about Sunglasses and 8000, as well seeing more colorful bursts of video goodness to keep our ears, eyes and minds stimulated.

Sunglasses – Whiplash

New Album News: PEASANT


Listening to one-man folk band Peasant (Damien DeRose), I can’t help think that his latest album, Shady Retreat, mirrors the songs on The Garden State soundtrack. Similar to the soulful and emotional sounds of The Shins and Iron & Wine, Damien DeRose’s second album sets the scene of isolation and inner reflection – one that promotes personal progress and enlightened experience only solitude can bring, which is fitting since DeRose spent the majority of his time writing the album in a secluded attic of a 200 year old farmhouse.

Shady Retreat will be released March 2nd in the U.S. and April 5th in Europe, by Paper Garden Records. I first got hooked with “Thinking,” and then “Tough” and “Into the Woods” followed shortly thereafter, but “The End” is the stand-out for me. It’s the song I wish I had growing up in the suburbs, driving late at night alongside the length of the open fields. It’s the exact reason I always took the long way home, just so I could hear the song play one more time, and then again and then again…

You can pre-order the album here.

Peasant –The End

The Lost Tape…


Le Miel du Mois (monthly mixtape on Et Musique Pour Tous) first started in May 2009. When the site temporarily got shut down in June 2009, the May tape was lost as was a ton of amazing EMPT content. The site was re-born in July 2009, and since is bigger and better, but Le Miel du Mois: Mai was never re-posted, until now…

Track List:

Metric - Help I'm Alive (The Twelves Remix)
Air France – Collapsing at your Doorstep
Passion Pit – The Reeling (Calvin Harris Remix)
White Rabbits – Percussion Gun
Bad Veins - The Lie (Acoustic)
Royksopp – What Else is There (Ministry of Sound Remix)
The Golden Filter - Solid Gold
Chairlift – Planet Health
Amadou & Mariam – Sabali
Moby – Shot in the Back of the Head
Friendly Fires – Skeleton Boy (Air France Remix)

New Obsession: XXXCHANGE


I first heard this remix when umstrum posted the track on January 10th. I love Radiohead and I love Thom Yorke and am pretty open to anything involving variations on their tracks – this did not disappoint. I thought this post would originally be devoted to Thom Yorke but that all quickly changed when I started delving into XXXCHANGE and his remixes. Track after track, repeat after repeat, and hours later – its official: I’m obsessed.

XXXChange hails from Brooklyn. This week he will be in Paris, performing on Jan 23rd. So if you are in Paris, lucky you…if not, his 2010 remaining tour has yet to be revealed. His “influences” are noted as “jumping in bushes, eating noodles & coffee…” yeah, that sounds about right.

I love XXXCHANGE for the same reason I love MSTRKRFT – (not because they are both all caps, although a pretty fitting match for both) their tracks are high energy hooks that make you want to run into a crowd of dancing, jumping,  screaming fans and party til the sun comes up or until your legs give out, whichever comes first. The initial track that sealed the deal for me is here:

Thom Yorke – The Eraser (XXXChange Remix)

*Beyond The Eraser, check out The Eraser RMXS, released in 2008, the 9 track compilation debuts remixes from Four Tet and Cristian Vogel. Favorites include: Atoms For Peace (Four Tet Remix) and Black Swan (Christian Vogel Spare Parts Remix).

The Twelves did one of my favorite remixes  – The Virgins’ “Rich Girls,”  here’s XXXCHANGE’s:

The Virgins – Rich Girls (XXXChange Remix)

UPDATE: XXXCHANGE (Spank Rock) is coming to NYC February 20th to the Tribeca Grand Hotel with Memory Tapes + Tanlines

no one on the corner have swagga like us


After teaming up with Swagger Paris for a kick ass CMJ party (with We Have Band, Sleigh Bells, Phantogram, etc.), we’ve teamed up with our good friend Sian-Pierre Regis and his fly fashion site again to bring you a monthly mixtape tailored to the Swagger style.  Ready?  Ready!

SWAGGER: MIXTAPE by forthebeat (track list below and click on the image above to stream the playlist)…

Biggie vs. Tupac vs. The xx – Runnin’ With The xx
Sebastien Tellier – Divine (Danger Remix)
Major Lazer – Pon De Floor (Cold Blank Remix)
Lykke Li and Kings of Leon – Knocked Up Rodeo Mash Up
MSTRKRFT – Heartbreaker (Laidback Luke Remix)
Telepathe – Chrome’s On It (Gold Panda Remix)
Mystery Jets – Half In Love With Elizabeth (Delorean Remix)
Four Tet – Love Cry



We were in American Apparel the other day, buying the basics, when the song “Boy Lilikoi” by Jónsi came on.  SL was up at the register, and I was still looking around in the back.  When we met up again, I told SL I had just Shazam’d the song, and she told me she had just ask the girl at the register to check the store iPod for the artist/song title.  This is why we are musical soulmates!

Anyway, both of us thought Sigur Rós was playing, but instead it was Sigur Rós lead singer and guitarist Jón Þór Birgisson, aka Jónsi – his nickname and the name of his new solo project.

“Boy Lilikoi” is the first single off the soon-to-be-released debut album from the Sigur Rós fontman.  Go will be a 9-song LP with an expected release date of March 22.  Looking at the track list and taking into consideration that the first single is performed in English, I’m taking a wild guess and assuming most, if not all, of the album will be in English, which would be a slight departure for the Icelandic singer, who usually sings in “Hopelandic.”  The invented language, dubbed “Hopelandic” by a journalist after hearing Jónsi sing a song called “Hope,” make up the lyrics of many Sigur Rós songs, allowing listeners to interpret the words themselves.  Jónsi likens “Hopelandic” to the placeholders singers create when the melody is set, but the lyrics have yet to be written.

Only time will tell what the record will sound like, but Sigur Rós being one of my favorite bands, I am really excited for Jónsi’s solo debut.  For a little taste, check out the first single below…

Jonsi - Boy Lilikoi

who shot rock & roll


Who Shot Rock & Roll is currently at the Brooklyn Museum, chronicling legendary rockers from 1955 through the present. Pictured above is Amy Winehouse in Miami and Bob Dylan in Liverpool. There’s over 250 shots, including images of live performances, backstage shots,”before they made it” photos and my favorite: portraits.

A great rock n roll photo captures a glimpse into the artist’s brilliance. What I found most intriguing in this exhibit wasn’t the photos that showed the artist’s influence and commanding individual presence, but those that showed the artist’s rare vulnerabilities.

While I thought there were a ton of legendary figures I would have loved to see included that were not, there were sizable sections dedicated to Bob Dylan and The Beatles, which were excellent. I was surprised there wasn’t a section devoted to festivals, namely Woodstock, as far as legends go, and more recent ones like Glastonbury or Coachella.  Overall, however, the exhibit had some amazing pieces.

I couldn’t find my favorite images online, so alas, I could not post them, but my favorites are as follows:

“Bob Marley and the Band” — Odeon Theatre, Birmingham, England, 1975. The image shows the band walking to a gig, carrying their instruments and equipment. The photographer noted he found it odd they didn’t take a limo or car to their show, it never seemed to cross their minds.  They just took all the equipment and walked the mile+ to their gig.

“Joy Division”  — Tottenham Court Road, London, 1979. The photo is a close-up of the four piece band, with Ian Curtis and his trademark stone, distant look in his eyes. The shot was taken in the dressing room 15 minutes after a concert in London.

“Kurt Cobain Crying Backstage” — this was taken after an emotional performance in Seattle at Sports International Garage on September 22, 1990. The photographer, Ian Tilton, noted that Kurt just watched as he shot him, and kept crying.

Nirvana – All Apologies (The Twelves Remix)

The exhibit ends January 31st. If you show your metrocard, its 2 for 1 admission.

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