shock me like an electric eel

MGMT – Electric Feel* (“Raspberry Beret” filmed at a post-apocalyptic commune)
Death Cab for Cutie – Cath (if The Graduate had a more blatantly sad ending)
M83 – Kim and Jessie (synchronized roller dancing is awesome)
Darker My Love – Two Ways Out (cut and paste perspective)
We Are Scientists – Chick Lit (a rough day at the ranch)

*Yes, we already posted this back in February — but that video was clearly terrible while this one is, well, not.

i’ve been hit, i’ve been hit, i’ve been hit

The High Noon Saloon on Madison, Wisconsin’s near east side fashioned itself into an indie-rock haven on August 6th, 2008. Brighton, MA, Oxford Collapse, and We Are Scientists came together for a show that touched on several facets of the near-all-encompassing genre.

Midwest favorites Brighton, MA opened the night with a mix of material from the upcoming release Amateur Lovers and familiar tunes. The new material is impressive and well-crafted, and despite being a departure from earlier efforts it still maintains the band’s lush sound and sophisticated perspective.

Throwing a change-up, the trio known as Oxford Collapse brought oodles of energy and a punk sensibility to the lineup. The band isn’t polished, but that works in favor of their aesthetic. Oxford Collapse’s raucous and unpredictable nature is a refreshing turn. They come across as distinctly live and not a group of people going through a series of rehearsed movements and interactions.

We Are Scientists topped off the night with wit and charm and curiously catchy hits. Their set was nicely paced and balanced with material from old and new releases, and on the whole the songs were more dynamic live than their recorded counterparts. The most impressive thing about the night, though, was how flat-out fantastic We Are Scientists are live. They’ve honed in on the right mix of melody, spunk, showmanship, and relatability to cross over from merely talented to truly worth seeing.

Click here for photos from the show. Click here to see performances of “It’s A Hit” and “Textbook” from the show (though please note the poor quality doesn’t do the band justice).

our very first mixtape

A Winter Passing

01| Peace and Hate by The Submarines

02| It’s Happening by Number One Fan

03| Polaris by Jimmy Eat World

04| This Modern Love by Bloc Party

05| Lullaby by The Cure

06| Comptine D’un Autre Ete: Lapres Midi by Yann Tiersen

07| 9 Crimes by Damien Rice

08| The Scientist by Johnette Napolitano and Danny Lohner

09| I Know You Are But What Am I? by Mogwai

10| Hot Summers Nuclear Winters by The Meteah Strike

11| Jesus Christ by Brand New

12| Monachetti by Further Seems Forever

13| Textbook by We Are Scientists

14| Motorcycle Drive By by Third Eye Blind

15| Your Hand In Mine by Explosions In The Sky