I whip my hair back and forth. Not because I am a teenage girl (although I sometimes act like one) but because there is a party. No, it's not in my pants. This party is in my ears, and soon it will be in yours as well. I am pleased to present to you The Indie Sabbath - more refreshing than an ice-cold soda in the middle of the desert. For me, music is the purest form of communication this world has to offer. I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music. That being said, let us dive headfirst into The Indie Sabbath and soak it up for all that it's worth.
Raise your right hand in the air, put your left hand over your heart and repeat after me: "I love Indie Rock." If Indie Rock (particularly new Indie Rock) is something that truly tickles your pickle, then your boy Ronnie has a present for you that will stimulate your senses in a new and tantalizing way every week. Every Saturday I am going to come forth with a mix of deliciously stimulating songs from the Indie Music gift basket that are sure to leave you peachier than the state of Georgia. Gardens & Villa dropped their self-titled album Gardens & Villa this week, and it blew me away. The only thing keeping it from taking the No. 1 spot on my weekly album ranking was Benjamin Francis Leftwich's Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm- but you can't really beat Benjamin Francis Leftwich. He's too good. Check out the track track "Black Hills" from Gardens & Villa while reading:
Sometimes we need a break from the everyday grind- the worshipping of a job you hate, school you despise and systematic function our society has been dragged in to. Let this be that break. The Indie Sabbath is two hours worth of new and authentic Indie music, a gift from the friendly milk men here at the Earmilk factory that can help us get away from the repetitive cycle our lives have become. Now lets satisfy that fat little A.S.S. of yours (Audio Sensory System) with some earcandy that is so hot it'll melt your popsicle faster than those California Girls with the whip cream and undeniable charm.
I've spent the past week out in the pastures of the music industry, milking the cows they call their own. Things got messy, but I was able to jerk and tug my way to some deliciously satisfying results. This week I was able to come away with 30 jugs of that silky elixer, guaranteed to fill you up and leave you with a sensational feeling from ear to ear- just be sure to wipe off that milk mustache when you're done (don't wanna let anyone get the wrong impression)... So without further ado, grab that cow by the utter, hold on tight and let's start sippin' on that milky goodness -Here's 25 jugs of it- white like Aladdin's Hammer Pants and fresher than a batch of cookies (Unless those cookies happen to be dipped in this creamy white elixer).
So much good music was released this week that I almost lost my mind. Not to mention I've got a new section added in to honor the more electronic indie tracks that I just couldn't help sharing. Actually- this week has a bit more of an indie-electro feel to it than most weeks. If you're just here to find the gems, well there's thirty of them. If you're looking for the real Nitty-Gritty, here's a few of my favs: Be sure to take a sip from "Forever Young" by Joakim, "Trials of the Past" by SBTRKT, "Blood Like Lemonade" by Morcheeba and "Rainsong" by Chadwick Stokes.
Did you know that cows make higher quality milk if they listen to Electronic Indie music for over 6 hours a day? Neither did I, but that's pretty cool if it's true.
If you're hanging out with your friend Molly right now and you are still able to focus enough to read this- first of all let me applaud you for this valiant effort- and second of all, the next section is for you. Here's a snip and a snap of this week's best electronic indie tracks. I found them in a pile under an overly stimulated cow, and yes- it was awkward for both of us. These track "shocked" *cough aha ha... the hell out of me with their uncanny beauty, so sit back, relax, and go on a journey while your body undergoes some Electropop Therapy. I'll kick it off with the Exclusive Earmilk Premier of Yuksek's remix of Noah and The Whale's "Life Is Life." It's a killer track, and I can't get enough of it.
Lets get real. Any farmer will tell you that some cows make better milk than others. It's science- Some chickens make better eggs, some people make better babies- some cows make better milk. Why waste time sorting through the different manatees of the land when you could have someone else do that for you?
THE LUX GALLONS:
You're welcome. Here's a list of the cattle that proved to be concoctors of the finest Milk Drank these past two weeks, starting with
THE INDIE SABBATH ALBUM OF THE WEEK:
Benjamin Francis Leftwich - Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm
When an album never requires a song to be be skipped, instead captivating you with each moment, each line- The album has achieved a melodic perfection that is hard to come by in this day and age. Benjamin Francis Leftwich's Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm is a masterpiece, immediately relaxing and infinitely beautiful. CLICK TO READ THE REST OF THE ALBUM REVIEW
SBTRKT - SBTRKT
Thievery Corporation - Culture of Fear
John Maus - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest
Morcheeba - Blood Like Lemonade
Chadwick Stokes - Simmerkane II
Joakim - Forever Young - EP
Gardens & Villa - Gardens & Villa
Memory Tapes - Player Piano
Little Dragon - Ritual Union EP
Upon this day, I declare that Indie music is leaps and bounds more pure than anything else, and the Term "Indie" means not that a band isn't mainstream, but that a band has been able to hold on to its roots, even through fame and fortune. While the wonderful thumps and womps of electronic music gets me grooving, It will always be the Alternative Indie Rock that guides me to the homeland. And for that- I both thank it and applaud it- for it has brought me great pleasure in the past and will so in the future.
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