Betablock3r Out of Touch

Betablock3r Just Made Fresh, Fresh Music from Old, Old Sounds

Tonight, late, I had to wash a whole sink full of dishes, and I knew the only way I’d be able to make it through was if I found something super nice to make my cochleae tremble.

I pointed my browser toward a favorite go-to for new tunes, and heard some tracks that were very acceptable. One of them, an Alessia Cara track (remember Alessia Cara?), impressed me so much that I raised my eyebrows and let my lips pucker into a smile. One of them even made me dance a bit.

But next, out of the silent aether, subtly, washed over me a series of tones like I’d never before experienced. Or had I? It was disorienting: the sounds themselves were familiar, but put together in a way that thrilled me, as if this was the first time I’d heard them. It was like feeling the hand of a long-time lover take mine, but rather than the simple comfort of familiarity, the thrill and tingle of nerves that suddenly remember what pleasure I’m meant to always have in that touch.

I had the feeling that we’re gonna hear a lot more from this group.

So I thought you’d like to hear it too. I might feature it in an episode of my band Ennemis‘ new podcast. (We’re recording the first episode tomorrow.)

Without further ado, here’s LA’s Betablock3r, doing “Out of Touch”. Enjoy:


Passion Pit Release “Until We Can’t (Let’s Go)”

Passion Pit have a new album, Kindred, due out on April 21. They’ve shared a couple tracks from the album now, and a new one landed today over at NPR Music.

Judging from the tracks, 2015 finds Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos feeling a lot like Arcade Fire‘s Win Butler: nostalgic about childhood and full of ambivalence and misgivings.

You’ve probably heard “Lifted Up (1985)” here and there around town. If not, check it out along with the less-dancey “Where the Sky Hangs” below. “Where the Sky Hangs” is more like adorable, animated cover art than a music video.

Be careful with “Lifted Up (1985)” though — the video description warns viewers with epilepsy that it can cause seizures.

Still Image of Libbie Linton in Picture Frame and Spencer Harrison Reading a Large Book

Mideau’s “Maude”: The Most Beautiful Video I’ve Seen This Year

The duo Mideau makes beautifully crafted, contemplative music worth returning to time and time again. And the new video for their “Maude”, directed by Matt Eastin, is a perfect visual pairing for their sound.

The video premiered today on Noisey.

Mideau is made up of Spencer J. Harrison and Libbie Linton, two Utah natives. If they look familiar to Utah folks, they should: Spencer has played bass for Fictionist, and Libbie has been writing and recording excellent solo work for years.

The band recorded their album, produced by Nate Pyfer, thanks to a successful 2012 Kickstarter campaign.

Here’s the video. If nothing else, start watching at 2:00. (But really, you’ll want to watch the whole thing.)