Wednesday, December 22, 2010

One Rainy Wish

The 7th day of this ongoing wet weather in LA seems like the perfect time for me to post my favorite Hendrix song - "One Rainy Wish."

Jimi Hendrix - One Rainy Wish

Friday, December 17, 2010

BEST OF 2010 MIX!!

Here it is, 82 of the best songs this year had to offer our ears. Enter your email below to receive the download link. No spam-o I promise.

Still Kicking.


Active Child - When Your Love Is Safe
Against Me! - Because Of The Shame
Amusement Parks On Fire - Flashlight Planetarium
Arcade Fire - Sprawl II
Azari & III - Reckless With You Love (Tensnake Remix)
Band of Horses - Laredo
Beach House - Norway
Best Coast - Boyfriend
Big Sean - Supa Dupa Lemonade
Brothertiger - You're Afraid
ceo - Come With Me
Clive Tanaka y Su Orcestra - Neu Chicago
Com Truise - Sundriped
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr - Nothing But Our Love
Delorean - Stay Close
Drake - Karaoke
Duck Sauce - Barbra Streisand
El Guincho - Bombay
Electric Wire Hustle - They Don't Want
Evan Voytas - Tomorrow Night We'll Go Anywhere
Everything Everything - MY KZ,UR BF (Grum Remix)
Foals - Miami
Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks
Francis and The Lights - In A Limousine
Freeway & Jake One - She Makes Me Feel Alright
Guido - Way U Make Me Feel
Gypsy and The Cat - Jona Vark
Happy Birthday - Girls FM
Holy Fuck - Red Lights
James Mercer - Journey Through The Past (Neil Young Cover)
Janelle Monae - Wondaland
Japandroids - Younger Us
Jay Electronica- Exhibit A (Transformations)
Jenny & Johnny - Scissor Runner
Kanye West - Blame Game
Kele - Rise
Kelis - Acapella
Kings of Leon - Radioactive
Laura Viers - July Flame
LCD Soundsystem - Home
Lindstrøm & Christabelle - Lovesick
Local Natives - Wide Eyes
Mansions On The Moon - In The Palm
Mark Ronson and the Business Intl - Somebody To Love Me
Matt & Kim - Block After Block
Maximum Balloon - If You Return (feat Little Dragon)
MillionYoung - Cynthia
Minus The Bear - My Time
MNDR - I Go Away
Phantogram - As Far As I Can See
Prince Club - Love Jackson
Ra Ra Riot - Boy
Rai Knight - New New
Rick Ross feat Drake - Aston Martin Music (Remix)
Robyn - Dancing On My Own
Rogue Wave - Right With You
Seeing Suge - Breaking
Sleigh Bells - Tell 'Em
Stanissaw 'Ini' Ostaszewski - Resolution
Steve Mason - All Come Down
Surfer Blood - Twin Peaks
Tabi Bonney - Nuttin' But A Hero
Tamaryn – Love Fade
Tame Impala - Desire Be Desire Go
Tanlines - Real Life
The Black Keys - Next Girl
The Brother Kite - Get On, Me
The Drums - Book Of Stories
The Low Anthem- Charlie Darwin
The Naked and Famous - Young Blood
The National - Lemon World
The Radio Dept - Never Follow Suit
The Record Summer - An Enormous Anger Grows In Brooklyn
The Roots - Right On feat. Joanna Newsom and STS
Theophilus London- Humdrum Town
Two Door Cinema Club - Something Good Can Work (Ted & Francis Remix)
Two Door Cinema Club - This Is The Life
Washed Out - Feel It All Around (Lushlife Version)
Wave Machines - Keep The Lights On
White Hinterland - Icarus
Yeasayer - Madder Red
Yoav - Anonymous

Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday Hotness #142

Poindexter - Helpless

Win Win - Releaserpm

The Radio Dept - Heaven's On Fire

Earl Sweatshirt - Couch feat Ace Creator

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

MillionYoung & Teen Daze - Live at The Satellite 12/8

Be sure to come out to The Satellite (formerly Spaceland)tonight to check out this amazing double bill of MillionYoung and Teen Daze.

MillionYoung (aka Mike Diaz) hails from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, a town more know for its 70's and 80's Spring Break hysteria than producing chillwave artists. Yet, you can definitely notice that laid back, beach vibe from his music. Vocals seem to almost float over bouncy electronic soundscapes.

Teen Daze brings summery vibes as well with his new EP "Beach Dreams," which you can grab for free on his Bandcamp.

Hit me up if you are at the show tonight(@UltraStim). I also have a +1 if anyone needs a ticket!

Millionyoung - Cynthia

Memoryhouse - To The Lighthouse (Millionyoung Remix)

Teen Daze - Let's Fall Asleep Together

Friday, December 3, 2010

Friday Hotness #141

Tronik Youth - Think

Kordan - Mirror

Diamond Rings - Something Else

Jon Hopkins - Light Through The Veins

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November 2010 Mix

Bikini - Palm-Aire
Bon Iver - Skinny Love (Das Kapital Rerub)
Clive Tanaka y Su Orquesta - Neu Chicago
Dark Party - Active
The Death Set - Grinding Halt (The Cure Cover)
Girls - Heartbreaker
Gross Relations - You Don't Know Me
Hard Mix - Sacrifices
Hesta Prynn - Mind Drips (Neon Indian Cover)
J. Cole - In The Morning f. Drake
jj - Let Them
Kanye West - Blame Game (feat. John Legend)
Live Element - Something About You
MF Doom - Rapp Snitch Knishes (Feat. Mr. Fantastik)
Michna - Triple Chrome Dipped
Morphine - Cure for Pain
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Heart In Your Heartbreak
Populous with Short Stories - Days
The Radio Dept. - Never Follow Suit
Reggie Watts - Wanna' Get
The Russian Futurists - Plates
Selebrities - Move This
Star Slinger - Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins Rework)
Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You (Eat More Cake Remix)
Teen Daze - Let's Fall Asleep Together

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Delicate Steve

Hot off a tour with Fang Island, New Jersey's art rock weirdos Delicate Steve have been getting some major buzz online. This phrase gets thrown around entirely too often, but their music really is "hard to classify." Take a listen to "Butterfly" to see what I mean.

Perhaps even better than Delicate Steve's music is the bio that the one and only Chuck Klosterman wrote for them. Read it below in its entirety.

Delicate Steve - Butterfly

Delicate Steve - Sugar Splash

Newton, N.J. – Every 30 or 40 or 500 years, the DNA of culture itself emerges from the translucent blackness of the not-so-shallow underground. You hear a new band, and you think, “This is really something. This is like My Bloody Valentine, minus the guitars.” But then you think, “No, that’s not true. That’s not what this is like at all. Plus, there are lots of guitars here. I’m a goddamn idiot.” You want to walk away, but now it’s too late; now, you start to wonder what makes this music is so deeply arresting. You wonder why you are dancing against your will, and you wonder why every other sound you’ve ever heard suddenly sounds like the insignificant prologue to a moment you’re experiencing in the present tense. You find yourself unable to perform the simplest of activities — a cigarette becomes impossible to light, a mewing kitten cannot be stroked, a liverish lover cannot be ignored. By the album’s third track, there is nothing left in your life; everything is gone, crushed into a beatific sonic wasteland you never want to escape. This, more than anything else imaginable, is the manifestation of artistic truth … a truer kind of truth … the only kind of truth that cannot lie, even with the cold steel of a .357 revolver jammed inside its wet mouth, truculently demanding a random falsehood.

Welcome to the work-a-day world of Delicate Steve.

Like a hydro-electric Mothra rising from the ashes of an African village burned to the ground by post-rock minotaurs, the music of Delicate Steve will literally make you the happiest person who has never lived. Discovered firsthand by Luaka Bop A & R man Wills Glasspiegel in the parking lot of a Newton, N.J., strip mall, Delicate Steve was signed to the label before anyone at Luaka Bop heard even a moment of their music – all he needed to experience was a random conversation about what they hoped to achieve as a musical five-piece.

“They were just sitting around in lawn chairs, dressed like 19th century criminals, casually saying the most remarkable things,” recalls Glasspiegel. “It was wild. It was obtuse. One fellow would say, `Oh, I like Led Zeppelin III, but it skews a little dumptruck.’ Then another would say, `The problem with those early Prince albums is that he spent too much time shopping.’ I really had no idea what they were talking about, but it all somehow made sense. `We’ll be a different kind of group,” they said. `We will introduce people to themselves. We’ll inoculate them from discourse.’ I was immediately intrigued. I asked them if they wanted to have dinner, so we walked to a Chinese restaurant that was right up the road. I suggested we all get different dishes and share everything family style. They agreed. But then they ordered five identical entrees! So we sat there and ate a mountain of General Tso’s chicken for three straight hours, talking about music and literature and box kites and dystopias. Twenty-four later, they were signed to Luaka and inside a studio.”

Those studio sessions led to Wondervisions, the indescribable 12-track instrumental debut that reconstructs influences as diverse as Yes, Vampire Weekend, The Fall, Ravi Shankur, 10 cc, The Orbital, Jann Hammer, the first half of OK Computer, the second act of The Wizard of Oz, and the final pages of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom. Originally conceived as a radio-friendly concept album about the early life of D.B. Cooper, de facto Delicate Steve leader Steve Marion decided to tear away the lyrics and move everything in a more experimental direction. “We don’t need the middlebrow to dig our music,” says the soft-spoken Marion. “We write for the fringes – the very, very rich and the very, very poor. That’s the audience we relate to, and that’s who these songs are about.”


Steve Marion, 23 (guitar): A polymath who plays over 40 instruments, Marion recorded his first “bedroom EP” on a four-track as a 12-year-old (“It was sort of a second-rate Slanted and Enchanted,” he scoffs today, “and more than a little derivative.”). Already a Jersey legendary for his worth-ethic and perfectionism (he once studied a single Jandek guitar riff for an entire summer), Marion’s the piston behind Delicate Steve, and — somewhat paradoxically – the group’s harshest critic. “I named the band Delicate Steve as a reminder that we’ve accomplished nothing,” he says flatly. “We are as delicate as the wings of butterfly with AIDS. Anything could crush us. And until we all decide that art is the only thing that makes life livable, we’ll just be another instrumental five-piece from New Jersey. Emotionally and intellectually, I’m not sure if the rest of the band is there yet. But I am.”

Steve’s goal is to create music that lasts “substantially longer than forever.”

Mickey Sanchez, 22 (keyboard): A freewheeling hoaxster (and Marion’s best friend from Hebrew school), Sanchez provides Delicate Steve with off-kilter music flourishes and a necessary dose of common sense. “Steve can be difficult to work with,” says Sanchez, “but I know how to handle that hoss. Sometimes he just needs to look into the mouth of the lion – and I’m the lion.” An avid horseback rider and pastry chef, Sanchez also intends to pursue a second-career as a city planner.

Mickey’s goal is to make people hate Bruce Springsteen.

Rob Scheuerman, 21 (guitar): Previously featured on axe in the teen-pop power-trio Yesterday’s Airport of Tomorrow, Scheuerman is probably better known as the alleged one-time paramour of Gossip Girl star Blake Lively (a rumor he sheepishly denies: “I was too tired to make it. She was too tired to fight about it.”). What he adds to the band musically is akin to what he adds personally: cobalt charisma and a hunger for flesh. “Do you remember that old song `I Know What Boys Like’ by the Waitresses,” he asks. “Well, let’s just say the scythe slices both ways.”

Rob’s goal is to seduce every female journalist he encounters.

Adam Pumilla, 23 (bass): No member of Delicate Steve has taken a more circuitous path than Pumilla. A three-sport athlete who rushed for 1400 yards as a veer option quarterback in high school, Pumilla received scholarship offers from several Big East football powers before opting for a career as a bassist – despite the fact that he’d never played the instrument in his life. “There was always something about the bass,” he says today. “Four strings, sublime heaviness, living inside the pocket, locking into the drums. It spoke to me in its own bass language, long before I ever possessed the object itself. I knew that bass guitar was something I could excel at. I am a bassist. I have a bassist’s blood.” After spending five exploratory years in rural Scotland (“I needed space to invent my bass style”), Pumilla returned to the U.S. and met Marion at Ed Westwick’s Halloween party. “I knew he was the man for this band from the moment I met him,” recalls Marion. “When he shook my hand to introduce himself, he didn’t even say his name. He just said, `Bass.’ Just that one word. Nothing else. He was a serious person.”

Adam has no defined goal.

Mike Duncan, 21 (percussion): Don’t let his boyish looks fool you – Duncan is no choirboy. Raised on a steady diet of Stewart Coupland, Neil Peart and economic desperation, Duncan views drumming as a way to turn his self-described “sociopathic inclinations” into something the world can appreciate. “I love to brawl,” he says. “I’ll fight anyone, for any reason. I’ll fight a dog for no reason. I’ve seen the inside of juvenile hall. I’ve tasted blood in my mouth. I’ve stepped on throats and I’ve thrown bottles at strangers. But that was all in the past. It’s still part of me, but – now – I use that intensity for good. I want to attack people with music the same way I used to attack them with my fists.”

Mike’s goal is the political liberation of Quebec.


This is a press release, and press releases are supposed to be wholly positive. That’s the shared expectation, both from the writer and the reader. Typically, press releases hide a band’s true reality. But not this one. We need to be straight with you, potential rock writer: It’s hard to predict what will happen to Delicate Steve. Emotions run high in this band, and most of these songs are both too musical and too insane for the typically dim-witted American consumer. In all likelihood, even you won’t understand it, because you’re probably a fraud. This music doesn’t directly threaten the status quo, but it certainly makes the status quo nervous. It’s not on par with hearing the Velvet Underground in the summer of 1965, but it’s probably like hearing the Velvet Underground in the winter of 1966. Can Delicate Steve become the wordless New Jersey U2? Sure, maybe. But maybe not. There might be too much at stake (and too many people in the way). Still, one listen to Wondervisions will irrefutably prove the only thing you really need to know: Delicate Steve makes music. And in today’s awful world, that’s almost all that matters. Right?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday Hotness #140

Kanye West - Blame Game (feat John Legend)

Clive Tanaka y Su Orchestra - Neu Chicago

The Russian Futurists - Plates

Hard Mix - Sacrifices

Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday Hotness #139

The Radio Dept - Never Follow Suit

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Heart of a Heartbreaker

Dream Diary - Is He Really Mine

James Vincent McMorrow - Early In The Morning

Monday, November 1, 2010

Mansions On The Moon

Quite simply, Mansions On The Moon are about to blow. Last week they released their first mixtape that features remixes and production by the likes of Xaphoon Jones and DJ Benzi.

Check out a few tracks below. For fans of: Miike Snow

Glimpse Into The Future (Xaphoon Jones Remix)

Palm Of Your Hand

She Makes Me Feel

Thursday, October 28, 2010

October 2010 Mix

Amusement Parks On Fire - Flashlight Planetarium
Deerhunter - Helicopter (Diplo and Lunice Remix)
DOM - Living In America
Duck Sauce - Barbra Streisand
El Guincho - Bombay
Evan Voytas - Tomorrow Night We'll Go Anywhere
Evenings - Chesapeake
Ferraby Lionheart - Harry and Bess
Francis and the Lights - Knees To The Floor
Ginger Ninja - Bone Will Break Metal
Gobble Gobble - Lawn Knives
Gucci Mane - Break Yourself feat Lil B (Diplo Remix)
Is Tropical - South Pacific
Kings of Leon - Radioactive
Kisses - People Can Do The Most Amazing Things
Matt & Kim - Block After Block
Prince Club - Love Jackson
Seeing Suge - Breaking
Skream - Where You Should Be feat Sam Frank
The Ting Tings - Hands
Thievery Corporation - Amerimacka feat Notch
TV Girl - If You Want It
White Hinterland - Icarus

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Prince Club

I am out to CMJ for the next few days, holler if you're around @UltraStim

Before I leave though I wanted to leave you with something, in fact its a JAM. More to come from Prince Club for sure, perhaps CMJ 2011?

Prince Club - Love Jackson

Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday Hotness #138

White Hinterland - Icarus --- MUST LISTEN

Seeing Suge - Breaking

The Ting Tings - Hands

Ferraby Lionheart - Harry And Bess

Friday, October 8, 2010

Friday Hotness #137

Kings of Leon - Radioactive

Evan Voytas - Tomorrow Night We'll Go Anywhere

Kisses - People Do The Most Amazing Things

Gucci Mane - Break Yourself feat Lil B (Diplo Remix)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

ShowListLA & Ultra Stimulation Present....

Come out and see some great live music and spend the night with your music industry friends at our monthly showcase night on October 12th at The Viper Room.


Line Up:

Bjorn Baille (formerly of La Rocca) -
Lead singer of Irish rock band La Rocca, Bjorn returns to LA for this special performance. His, is a fresh and original voice for these times, as he writes songs that combine storytelling, soul and modern living, with a voice that ‘channels Paul Westerberg’s husky gravel’

Dirt Dress -
The Los Angeles-based band’s distinction is somewhat of a minor-key, classic rock, serious but not too serious sound that will appeal to the music enthusiast in most everyone… or at the very least will get feet stomping. Catch them before their Spaceland residency in November.

That Noise -
LA locals bring a heavy alternative Rock feel with subtle undertones of Electronica, Industrial and Hip Hop and have been getting national radio attention for their cover of Kings Of Leon's "Sex On Fire".

DJ Sergio -

9:00pm DJ Sergio
9:30pm Dirt Dress
10:00pm DJ Sergio
10:30pm Bjorn Baillie (of La Rocca)
11:15pm DJ Sergio
11:45pm That Noise

$10 cover at the door

ShowListLA -
Ultra Stimulation -
i am 8 bit -

Saturday, October 2, 2010

September 2010 Mix

Animal Collective - Daily Routine (Phaseone Remix)
Azure Ray - Don't Leave My Mind
Beat Connection - In The Water
Brother Kite - Get On Me
Chromeo - I Could Be Wrong (feat Ezra Koenig)
Craig Cruiser - Whippy Dip
DJ Shadow - I've Been Trying
El Ten Eleven - Cease And Persist
Hoodie Allen - Get It Big Time
Houses - Endless Spring
Junip - Always
Kanye West - Good Friday (feat Common, Pusha T, Kid Cudi. Big Sean & Charlie Wilson)
Kosha Dillz - DooDoo
Mark E - The Wolf-The Siren
Mark Ronson - Somebody To Love Me
Rai Knight - New New
Restless People - Days Of Our Lives
Royksopp - The Drug
Stromae - Alors On Danse (feat Kanye West & Gilbere Forte)
The Hundred In Hands - Pigeons
The Naked And Famous - Punching In A Dream
The Record Summer - An Enormous Anger Grows In Brooklyn
The Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition (Morgan Page Remix)
Underworld - Always Love A Film
Young The Giant - My Body
Your Youth - Diamond

Friday, October 1, 2010

Friday Hotness #136

September Mix is coming, having some technical difficulties uploading to Topspin...these should hold you over for the time being.

Amusement Parks on Fire - Flashlight Planetarium

Duck Sauce - Barbara Streisand

Deerhunter - Helicopter

El Guincho - Bombay

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hoodie Allen

From UPENN, the college that brought you the great music minds of Yeasayer, John Legend, The Disco Biscuits and myself (ahem) comes the next thing in hip hop - Hoodie Allen.

Hoodie just dropped his first mixtape Pep Rally, which you can grab free on his site.

His style is reminiscent of Asher Roth, mixed with chopped up indie beats a la Chiddy Bang. The only problem I have with him is there is too much wordplay, and not enough substantive lyrical content. For instance this dude name checks everyone from January Jones to Matt Stover to Mugatu's Derelict Campaign on this mixtape. Yes, for real.

The Pep Rally Mixtape by HoodieAllen

Mark Ronson & The Business Intl - Record Collection

At first listen - shit's real hot. Ronson can do no wrong!

Bang Bang (feat Q Tip and MNDR)

Hey Boy (feat Rose Elinor Dougall and Theophilus London)

Record Collection (feat Simon Le Bon)

Somebody To Love Me (feat Rose Elinor Dougall and Andrew Wyatt)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Friday Hotness #135

Beat Connection - In The Water

Chromeo - I Could Be Wrong (feat Ezra Koenig)

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool - Jackson's Last Stand

Kanye West - Good Friday (feat. Common, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Big Sean & Charlie Wilson)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Just because summer is over doesn't mean that you have to stop listening to chillwave.

Check out Chicago duo Houses, who make beautiful music to relax you in any season.

Endless Spring

Soak It Up

Houses/Teen Daze - Bike

Friday, September 10, 2010

Friday Hotness #134

The Brother Kite - Get On, Me

Royksopp - The Drug

Chiddy Bang - The Good Life

The Hundred In Hands - Pigeons

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Alex Goose - The Blueprint 3 Outtakes

"They wanna rap and make soul beats just like you, but they just not you." - Kanye West

Producer Alex Goose had his beat ideas turned down for Jay Z's Blueprint 3 project, but decided to put out an album of these instrumentals so we can all hear what could have been.


Dear Winter


Download the whole album below:

Tuesday, September 7, 2010