VIDEO PREMIERE: Selebrities “Night Heat”

Selebrities is a Brooklyn-based synth-y new wave trio signed to Cascine, and comprised of lead singer Maria Usbeck, Jer Robert Paulin and Max Peterson.

You may remember that I wrote about Selebrities last year upon the release of their Joy Division-y debut album, Delusions. That album brought me back to the days of rainy summer nights in the English countryside with my family that were pretty much a staple of my childhood. Any band that’s able to help bring back those memories has an instant place in my heart.

I think one of the marks of true songwriting talent lies in the amount of different genres a band is able to successfully dress their music up with. If last time Selebrities brought us old school New Order and Joy Division, this time we’re getting some Slowdive mixed in with a little Siouxsie Sioux – thanks to Maria’s personality-infused singing on new single, Night Heat.

I’ve been dying to write about Night Heat for probably close to a month but had to wait until it was probably released to the media before saying anything. Out of every song I’ve listened to this year, Night Heat has received more airplay than any other. Interestingly, it’s not as immediate of an ear-grab as many of the other songs I’ve been listening to of late; but maybe it’s that slow burning effect which makes it so great.

Either way, Night Heat is hands down my favorite song of the last few months. Check out the video below.

*Selebrities’s new single, Night Heat, is out 20 March via Cascine.


Selebrities “Night Heat”

The Hotness: Million Young, Aaron Alexis, Mirrors

The Hotness is your daily look at 3 new songs that are amazing, essential, and are sure to make you horny. Ok, the last part isn’t necessarily true. But if you don’t like at least one of these three songs, you need to check 1) Your testosterone levels 2) Your estrogen levels 3) Your hearing.

Million Young is the recording moniker of Florida-based solo artist Mike Diaz. I’m a bit late to the game with Million Young, and I’ve had his debut album, Replicants, for almost a year now; but I’d never given it the full attention that I’ve been able to in the past few weeks. As the old saying goes, I guess better than never, right? Fans of 80s synthpop, new wave and chillwave will be all over Million Young’s music; which sounds as if it’s been plucked off the soundtrack to Miami Vice or something – and I mean that in the best possible way. Equal parts relaxing and groovy, Replicants has gotten more ear time with me than any other album so far in 2012. Have a listen to the title track below.

*Million Young’s debut album, Replicants, is out now via Old Flame Records.


Million Young “Replicants”


Aaron Alexis is a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter and director. Aaron caught my ear last year when he released his beat-driven dark pop single, Heart.Box.Smasher. His music is all over the map in the best possible of ways; going from PM Dawn-style beautiful breathy pop one minute to mysterious acoustic trip hop the next – and much much more. The one thing that’s always a guarantee with Aaron’s music is that it’s going to be interesting,  and the production will have  you hitting the rewind button time and time again. With each spin of his songs, I always find myself discovering something new that I didn’t hear the time before. He understands how to craft beautiful music as well as anyone I’ve been listening to in the last few years and I really hope his career eventually takes off; talent like his is hard to come by. Out of every song Aaron’s released, my favorite track is one of the more recent ones, called Full Moon. Check it below and download it for F-R-E-E.

*Aaron Alexis’s music is available via his page on SoundCloud.


Aaron Alexis “Full Moon”


Mirrors is a Brighton-based quartet, comprised of James, Ally, Tate, and Joseph. Their sound brings it back to 80s synthpop and throws in some modern production tricks to give the sound a fresh makeover. You purists out there will probably roll your eyes and whine about how derivative their music is. But once you accept the fact that ALL music is derivative of something, hopefully you’ll be able to appreciate these guys for everything they bring to the table. Good songwriting is good songwriting and every one of the tracks off Mirrors’s criminally overlooked debut album, Lights And Offerings, features chugging beats, plenty of hooks and solid vocals in the styling of countless 80s alterna-heroes, including OMD, Tears For Fears, a lighter version of Depeche Mode and even maybe New Order. The band was compared to fellow 80s nostalgia whores, HURTS, when their album came out last year but, while I don’t think they nail their influences nearly as well as HURTS does, I still think their album is loads of fun. My current fave song is called Searching For The Wilderness; which you can listen to below.

*Mirrors’s debut album, Lights And Offerings, is out now via Skint Records.


Mirrors “Searching The Wilderness”


Artist Spotlight: Casino

Montreal-based indie rockers, Casino, are one of the most talented new bands to come out in 2011. In fact, you may remember me blowing a literary wad all over them a couple of months ago. Well, since then I’m happy to report that their debut EP, Sainte Rose, has worn extremely well and gotten a fuckload of airplay on my Fred Hystereo. <—-I just made that term up

I’d been meaning to post the music video to their single “Graceful” back when it came out a couple of months ago, but was given an even better excuse to post a video of theirs when last week I received an email from the guys pointing me towards a cover they did of New Order’s classic “Bizarre Love Triangle”. I’ve been so tied up lately that it took me a few days to check out, but when I finally did, I learned a valuable lesson in the process: If Casino send new music, stop everything you’re doing and listen!

I’m sure I’ve probably mentioned my love for New Order to you guys at some point, but let me reiterate: I LOVE NEW ORDER! They are one of my top 10 favorite bands of all-time, but interestingly enough my least favorite single of theirs has always been Bizarre Love Triangle. I have to admit that I was very nervous to hear Casino’s cover just because there have been so many horrific attempts by other bands trying to cover New Order in the past. But, as you’ll see in the clip below, Casino are pros in the highest sense of the term and completely make the song their own by stripping away the synths of the original and coming up with a perfect acoustic version that only further proves both the greatness of New Order’s songwriting and their own as well. Brilliant. Love times a trillion US debt dollars.

PS: How hot are they?!

*Casino’s Sainte Rose EP is out now via BTR.!/iheartcasino


Casino “Bizarre Love Triangle”


Casino “Graceful” 


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