jam of the day

Bosnian Rainbows – Torn Maps

Ever since The Mars Volta broke up, I’ve been waiting to see what Omar Rodriguez-Lopez is going to do with his life (besides his disappointing solo career). Well here it is: Bosnian Rainbows. Formed out of El Paso, Texas, Bosnian Rainbows do a perfect job of mixing Rodriguez-Lopez’s signature sound with electronic elements and female vocals to make quite an original sound (think The Dead Weather meet The Strokes). Check out the track “Torn Maps” off their 2013 debut album Bosnian Rainbows below. Read More…

Boards of Canada – Cold Earth

With their first album in eight years, Scotland’s electronic act Boards of Canada have had their listeners on quite the anticipation ride. After anonymously releasing a short clip of music and spread rumors that it might be theirs. With this clip came a six-digit code, though its purpose was unknown. Over the following few months, more codes were released through outlets such as BBC, Adult Swim, and NPR. Their website wouldn’t allow access to anyone without a password, which was also unavailable. Once the user entered all six codes, it revealed a video announcing their new album. So after all that work, is it really worth it? Short answer: yes. Check out the track “Cold Earth” off of Tomorrow’s Harvest below. Read More…

Andy Hull, Jesse Lacey, and Kevin Devine – Jesus Christ

What happens when Andy Hull (of Manchester Orchestra), Jesse Lacey (of Brand New), and Kevin Devine get three acoustic guitars, sit down in a bar in Long Island, NY in front of under a hundred people, and play music with no real direction in mind? The answer is a lot of craziness, forgetting lyrics, making fun of each other, and, of course, artistry. Artistry exemplified by an impromptu folk cover of Brand New’s popular song “Jesus Christ.” Check out some footage of that song below. Read More…

The Maccabees – Child

London, England’s The Maccabees, despite having chosen their name from picking a word from the bible at random, are not a religious band. They do, however, make the kind of relaxed, ambience-laden indie rock that’s able to take the form of any listener’s mood. If you’re feeling happy, so will the music; feeling down? So does the music. But no matter what the mood, those horns are awesome. Check out the music video for the their song “Child” off their 2012 album Given to the Wild below. Read More…

Surfer Blood – I Was Wrong

West Palm Beach, Florida’s Surfer Blood are back with their new album Pythons which came out last week. Pythons is a perfect example of a sophomore release; refining the band’s sound while maintaining their core attitudes and original stylings. The new album is on track for Top 20 of 2013 lists everywhere. With a cleaner and tighter sound, the rather short album (10 songs in 32 minutes) will get stuck in your head and have you bobbing along for days. Check out the song “I Was Wrong” off the 2013 album Pythons below. Read More…

BATS – Gamma Ray Burst

Dublin, Ireland’s BATS make some of the finest post hardcore that can no longer be found in the U.S. Rejecting the tired and repeated ways of American post hardcore, the band are able to keep the music heavy, catchy, gritty, and danceable all at the same time. With half-screaming, half-singing vocals and science-oriented lyrics, BATS may be one of the only bands you’ll ever see nerds dance to. Check out their track “Gamma Ray Burst” off their album Red In Tooth and Claw below. Read More…

The Right Now – I Can’t Speak For You

A sound as big as that of The Right Now could only come out of Chicago. Mixing elements of big band, soul, and indie rock has never sounded so genuine and down-to-earth. The strong female lead is enough to drive the song itself but being backed up by catchy, yet sophisticated instrumentation definitely doesn’t hurt. Check out the track “I Can’t Speak For You” off their 2012 National Record Stay Day release Gets Over You below, which you can download for free at their bandcamp. Read More…

Grouper – Vital

Grouper is Liz Harris, Portland, Oregon-based multi-instrumentalist and experimental folk artist with a penchant for echoes and ambience. The big, roomy, nearly atmospheric brand of folk is reminiscent of newer Bon Iver and Deerhunter. With eight albums in as many years, Liz Harris is one of the most consistent artists out right now. Plus, with widely recognized support from acts such as Animal Collective and Xiu Xiu, it’s going to be hard not to garner some attention. Be sure to check out the Grouper song “Vital” off her 2013 album The Man Who Died In His Boat below. Read More…

The Bronx – Young Bloods

The Bronx (ironically based out of Los Angeles, California) are a five-piece American hardcore turned mariachi turned alt-punk band that has been destroying the underground hardcore and above ground Warped Tour scenes since their inception in 2002. The Bronx make the kind of high-energy rock that make you want to smash beers on your head and punch your father. Unless, of course, your listening to the band’s alter ego Mariachi El Bronx in which they channel their ire into the pep and festivity required of a great mariachi band. Be sure to check out The Bronx’s track “Young Bloods” off one of their four self-tilted albums below. Read More…

Portugal. The Man – Purple Yellow Red and Blue

Wasilla, Alaska natives Portugal. The Man are back with their ninth studio album, and seeing as they’ve only been around for seven years, that’s pretty impressive. Bringing a new sound with each record, the new album Evil Friends did not seek to break this trend. The most experimental album yet, it may not stack up to the previous album In the Mountain In the Cloud, but it earns its own merit with a complicated mix of influences ranging from The Beatles to Caspian. Plus it was produced by DangerMouse, shouldn’t that be enough for you? Check out the song “Purple Yellow Red and Blue” below. Read More…

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