Song of the Day

SXSW Song of the Day: Girl in a Coma – Smart

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I’ll always have a soft spot for bands named after famous Morrissey penned songs – Suede after all, was named after the track “Suedehead.”

San Antonio’s Girl in a Coma is obviously a play off of the Smith’s track “Girlfriend in a Coma.” We first wrote about them two years ago, when they did a decent cover of Joy Division’s Transmission. A band filled with girls who name themselves after a Smiths tune and sing Joy Division covers. Maybe I should date them.

Anyways, the band released their third album Exits & All the Rest in November and this track off of the album, entitled Smart is an exercise in a tightly written pop track whose restrained melodic hooks would make even the Pope of Mope proud.

SXSW Song of the Day: Django Django – Storm

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I don’t throw around the term “sounds like Beta Band” around very often, but when I do, it’s for a good reason. Django Django is an East London quartet whose colorful arrangement, semi-tropical vibe and overall psychedelic stained artsy-folk feel has many comparing them to the much loved UK band from the mid nineties. The connections don’t even stop there, as leader David Maclean is actually the brother of Beta Band keyboardist John Maclean (who was also in Die Hard). Other band comparisons aside, Django Django has put out a wonderful debut self titled album that has been in my rotation since I discovered it and they have released a few songs for public consumption off that album and one of the tracks is Storm (it’s not about Halle Berry).

Check it out. SXSW dates below:

Wed. March 14 – Austin, TX @ Easy Tiger Patio [12 AM]
Sat. March 17 – Austin, TX @ Latitude [10 PM]

SXSW Song of the Day: Escort – Chameleon Chameleon

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Escort is an all out disco band from the little known city of Brooklyn. They have been around for about five years, steadily releasing singles and building momentum. They finally released an album this year and it’s just fantastic. Make no mistake, this is a disco album. It’s designed to make you move. Synths, horns, strings and dance beats all somehow meld together with surgical precision on this ten track album and the result is a highly fun and contagious record. Chameleon Chameleon is one of the tracks of the album. It’ll make you want to put on neon pants and put hairspray everywhere. Check it out.

Escort will be at SXSW, it’ll be super fun.

Song of the Day: Amanda Mair – Sense

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Some songs just sound timeless. This track from Swedish singer Amanda Mair is one of them. Dusty Springfield comparisons aside, this track, with it’s friendly drums, catchy chorus and that certain Swedish melodic sense has definitely made my day. Everything Labrador does seems to be super good. I don’t know what’s in the water over there.

Amanda Mair has two singles out and her debut record is out June 5th. If this track is any indication of future work, then there’s going to be a star in the making.