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Not a lot of people remember Liquid Liquid or even credit the influence they had in today’s music. Yes, their career only lasted 3 years from 1980 to 1983, yes, they never released a formal LP, and yes, their music was ahead of their time and although they were successful back then in NYC’s underground club culture and reformed in 2008 to play live gigs, I still think they don’t get the attention they deserve. They are groove-based and have many elements of funk, dance, dub reggae, garage and punk; often considered as post-punk, post-dance or no-wave, their music has no traditional structure, lacking choruses and verses, and is based on texture and sound rather than melodies and lyrics.

“Optimo” best exemplifies all this and is the most adequate song from their catalogue to help you understand and perceive their influence on the music scene of this decade. Listen to this song and you’ll immediately think of The Rapture or LCD Soundsystem and that is something huge given that both The Rapture and LCD Soundsystem are two of the most influential artists of the last 5 years in the indie scene. The vocals on “Optimo” work almost like an instrument, focusing on rhythm and pitch, only caring for granting extra texture to the song, therefore you will dance endlessly, rather than sing. Don’t miss the samples of “Optimo” below.

The music of Liquid Liquid has been sampled many times, “Optimo” probably the most. Here’s a list of some artists that have sampled this song, click on the name of the song to listen to the sample.

Monkey Say, Monkey Do by WestBam (1988)
I’ll House You by Jungle Brothers (1988)
Call the Cops by Beathoven (1989)
Ok, Alright (Club Mix) by The Minutemen (1989)
Overdose by Major Problems (1990)
Free (Exposure Mix) by Deborah Wilson (1993)
Sex on the Streets by Pizzaman (1995)

Watch this micro-documentary for the TV Canapé series featuring young music genius Nicolas Jaar, who released the album Space Is Only Noise this year and who is working on a new project called Darkside. However, this videoclip will show you the studio in which he works in Brooklyn with his musicians, some biographical info about himself and his vision about music, sounds and more. It is very interesting and if you like his music already, this is your chance to get to know him better, and if you haven’t heard of him before, this is also a great chance to introduce yourself to one of the most exhilarating musicians of today.

Peaking Lights delivered a delightful album this year 936. Although it hasn’t gotten a lot of attention or media coverage, their 2011 release will possibly (and hopefully) make it to some best-of-the-year lists. Here we have the video for the song and highlight “Hey Sparrow”. If you hadn’t listened to these guys before, this is a great opportunity to see if they are of your likes or not, because the video enhances the abstract parts of the song making it more accesible and easier to digest. All in all, the video, deep and powerful, transmits a certain sense of dark-but-innocent-childhood feel that the album contains within. A haunting but fragmented memory, slow, hard to swallow, melancholic, magical, provocative; that’s how Peaking Lights sounds. Please watch this.

Here’s the video for The Weeknd‘s House of Balloons closer “The Knowing”. It takes place in the year 16311 and therefore it’s a sci-fi allegorical clip that will demand various viewings and will have a wide variety of interpretations. It’s very well made, beautifully shot and nicely edited, with great special effects and surrealistic imagery it will make you gasp for breath and think, nevertheless, the 8min will feel short. This will definitely be considered in the Best Videos of The Year List.

It’s always a nice surprise to start the day with a new song by one of our favorites. Dr. Dog have just released what is the first single of their upcoming album That Old Black Hole. This new song brings out a sunnier, happier side to their last album Shame, Shame, noting that the band have grown out of their ….. Shame and released a groovy  yet still retro song. Take a listen and watch the video below. Enjoy!

High Highs is a three-man band formed by Jack Milas, Oli Chang, and Zachary Lipkins. They are from New York and make sweet to the ears, indie folk music, sometimes reminding us of The Morning Benders. FYI they were also the opening act for Radio Dept’s last tour. Their debut EP is out on sale digitally in the US, UK and Ireland since Sunday, November 20th. Be sure to catch this dreamy EP, certain to be a highlight of the year.

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/v=2/album=21432001/size=venti/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB/

“Show Me The Place” is Leonard Cohen‘s new song, off of his new album Old Ideas which will be the first release since 2004’s Dear Heather. He needs no introduction so we’ll only be posting an excerpt from the press release and the lyrics for the song.
“The album’s ten songs poetically address some of the most profound quandaries of human existence – the relationship to a transcendent being, love, sexuality, loss and death.” -From the Press Release

https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F28353367&Show Me The Place by leonardcohen
Show me the place, where you want your slave to go
Show me the place, I’ve forgotten I don’t know
Show me the place where my head is bend and low
Show me the place, where you want your slave to go

Show me the place, help me roll away the stone
Show me the place, I can’t move this thing alone
Show me the place where the word became a man
Show me the place where the suffering began

The troubles came I saved what I could save
A shred of light, a particle away
But there were chains so I hastened to the hay
There were chains, a lot of chains
Like a spade
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/l/leonard+cohen/show+me+the+place_20989497.html ]
Show me the place, where you want your slave to go
Show me the place, I’ve forgotten I don’t know
Show me the place, where you want your slave to go

The troubles came I saved what I could save
A shred of light, a particle away
But there were chains so I hastened to the hay
There were chains so I loved you like a slave

Show me the place
Show me the place
Show me the place

Show me the place, help me roll away the stone
Show me the place, I can’t move this thing alone
Show me the place where the word became a man
Show me the place where the suffering began