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Best of 2010

nye 2010

Here it is – our top twenty (one) favorite and most listened to songs of 2010.  Well 20 of our favorite songs and what WILL BE our favorite song of 2011.  It’s been an amazing, amazing year – our first full year as a blog and producing showcases of amazing up-and-coming talent in New York.  Thanks to everyone who has been a part of it and for all of the support.  Happy New Year!!  xx KC + SL

Kanye West – Blame Game
Dominant Legs – About My Girls
Arcade Fire – Suburban War
Gold Panda – You
Sleigh Bells – Rill Rill
Beach House – Norway
The Radio Dept – Heavens on Fire
Cults – Go Outside
The ABC Club – Thieving Magpie (YouTube)
Cloud Nothings – Can’t Stay Awake
Local Natives – Airplanes
Voxhaul Broadcast – Lost Along The Way
PS I Love You – 2012
Minks – Funeral Song (Vimeo)
Magic Man – Nest
Efterklang – Modern Drift
Mon Khmer – Passwords
Wise Blood – B.I.G. E.G.O.
Foals – After Glow
Frightened Rabbit – The Loneliness & The Scream

And our projected favorite for 2011….

New Artist: Teen Daze

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Dance duo, Teen Daze from Vancouver are about to break-the-f-out, while they’ve gotten some solid attention it’s only a matter of time before that accelerates as they gear up for their new EP release “Four More Years.” The EP will be released on Arcade Sound, the label/management company, based out of Knoxville, TN, known to specialize in digital/limited edition vinyl and cassette releases (awesome). Some of Arcade Sound’s artists are forthebeat favorites including Boston based Magic Man and South Carolina’s Coma Cinema, who both played our summer and spring show, respectively.

Arcade Sound is a true pioneer in the chillwave force, and Teen Daze is no exception to their exemplary roster, however not as chillwave as fellow AS artist MillionYoung, but definitely on the same track, with an underlying dance tone. While there are some solid originals from the duo, the clear standout for me are their remixes. They’ve remixed a ton of tracks to near dance perfection including Local Natives, Japandroids, Yeasayer, and one of the latest ftb discoveries: Gobble Gobble and their standout single “Lawn Knives.” Some CA performances coming up, lucky west coasters.

PB&J remixes for lunch? yes please:

Local Natives – Wide Eyes (Teen Daze Remix)

Japandroids – Wet Hair (Teen Daze Remix)

You can now buy the album: support the artist and buy Four More Years.

Tomorrow: Sunglasses EP Release Party

Sunglasses EP Release 6.11.10

forthebeat Presents SUNGLASSES EP Release Party

TOMORROW — Friday, June 11th

@ Pianos @ 9:30 PM
158 Ludlow (at Stanton), NYC

$8 in advance / $10 at the door — Buy tix HERE


AUX ARC @ 12:30 AM

And special guests…

Start listening below and see you there!

Sunglasses – Stand Fast


Countdown: Magic Man

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** This week is dedicated to posting about our party this Friday at Pianos in New York City.  It’s Sunglasses EP release party, also featuring the bands Psychobuildings, Magic Man and Aux Arc.  First up, for your listening pleasure, is Magic Man.  And HERE is more info about our show.

Magic Man is Boston-based duo Alex Caplow and Sam Lee, whose debut album Real Life Color is out on Arcade Sound LTD.  You can download it for FREE right HERE.  And you should; you really should.  This album is a shiny, sparkly gem that you will play over and over again, and you still won’t get enough.  Each time I listen, I find another song I love, but I’ve posted my three favorites (as of today) below – “Polygons,” “Nest” and “Like Sailors.”

Caplow and Lee have been playing music together since middle school, but started working on the music that became Magic Man this past summer while traveling through France.  The two spent time in a variety of locales–an organic farm, a chateau, a beach cottage, a circus festival, etc.  And you can hear the various influences of new discoveries and experiences throughout the record.

Recently, Magic Man has shared the stage with acts including Dan Deacon, Maps and Atlases, Matt and Kim, and MGMT.  They’ll be playing Pianos this Friday at 9:30 PM, so come and catch them live in NYC.

Magic Man – Polygons

Magic Man – Nest

Magic Man – Like Sailors

Le Miel du Mois: Juin


It’s finally summer. Et Musique Pour Tous’ monthly mixtape is available to stream as one long track and download to your iPod each lovely month.  (Download HERE.)

Le Miel du Mois: Juin is filled with new discoveries including bands like Long Walks on the Beach, Magic Man, Letting Up Despite Great Faults, Home Video and more. If you don’t know these artists individually, check them out. You won’t be disappointed. Let the summer amazingness begin. Sun on your face. Feet in the grass. Running around with EMPT in your headphones a l l s u m m e r l o n g.

Full track list:

Flying Lotus – And the World Laughs With You (Feat. Thome York)
Home Video – I Can Make You Feel It
Long Walks On The Beach – I Didn’t Want to Make Out
Massive Attack – Paradise Circus
Bag Raiders – Shooting Stars
Safe – Twenty Years On
Letting Up Despite Great Faults – I Hear You Drowning But I’m Tied
Quadron – Slippin
Matthew Dear – Don and Sherri
Magic Man – Monster
Wolf Gang – Back to Back
Sound Team – No More Birthdays (San Francisco Bay)
Daft Punk – Prime Time Of Your Life (Night Facilities Remix)

Some songs for you to nod your head to/stomp your feet to/shake your a** to, etc.

Home Video– I Can Make You Feel It

Wolf Gang– Back to Back

New Album Review: Coma Cinema

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Coma Cinema is one of my favorite artist discoveries of 2010, actually, Coma Cinema is one of my favorite artist discoveries ever. Mat Cothran’s musical magical talent is amazing. I love his songs, all of them, yes all of them. I could listen over and over for hours, and I do. His first album Baby Prayers was beautiful, if you haven’t already, listen to the entire thing and download for free, and start here with Flower Pills. Immediately after falling in love with it, we were fortunate enough to have Coma Cinema come up from South Carolina to play their first NYC show at our spring showcase (with Hooray for Earth & Sunglasses).

Coma Cinema will release their second album, Stoned Alone, on June 1st  (album artwork pictured above). You can catch some of the tracks on their MySpace page now and I’ve listed some below. I can’t pick a favorite track or even a few favorite tracks, I pretty much love them all. The album collectively feels like a dream-like state of clouds floating past your cheeks, tiny hairs stand up with excitement, on the edge of looking out into darkness that responds with lightness floating in a dream the bubble that bursts and fast forwards and then rewinds until you’re standing still but upside down. Yea, that about sums it up.

Highlights of the shimmering excellence:

Blissed – beautiful dreamy float into space close your eyes/open your eyes/close them again delicious nightmare you dont want to wake from and seems to go on and on forever but when you wake you realize it was just under a minute or in this case under two, clocking in at 1:56

Stoned Alone – listen for yourself but a perfect ending to every beginning

Black Birthday Cake – reminds me why i love to cry when i find things emotionally beautiful you know like a waterfall or hot sun on your naked skin before you dive into cold water that kind of stuff that shakes you unequivocally

Her Vore - female vocals on this track along with Mat’s is a perfect pair. This one makes me feel like I’m starring out into a darkened abyss with nothing but everything left unseen all at once.

The album is being released on cassette tape (awesome) and digitally June 1 via Arcade Sounds Ltd, same label as Magic Man, who will be playing forthebeat’s next show on June 11th at Pianos.

You should listen to these LOUD.

Coma Cinema – Her Vore

Coma Cinema – Black Birthday Cake

Coma Cinema – Stoned Alone

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