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The Sound of Arrows – Conquest

March 29, 2013

Introducing The Sound of Arrows, a Swedish electronic duo that has remixed for a lot of other well-known artists and produces their own synthpop and–here’s a new genre for you–dream pop music. Although the genre really isn’t that new, I’ll admit I didn’t know of its official existence until now, and yet it all-too perfectly describes this song. It starts out with a heavily-synthed, echo-y horn sound reminiscent of the 80s, and whispered vocals add to the dreamscape. Like the title of the song suggests, this song is just epic and you can’t help but let it fill you with some imagined purpose. So being that it’s Friday, go out there and conquer your weekend!

DON’T FORGET ABOUT OUR TICKET GIVEAWAY!!! Everyone loves free stuff–go participate now!!

– cheerlubber

The Sound of Arrows Official Site

Buy on Amazon MP3

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BIRTHDAY TICKET GIVEAWAY!!

March 25, 2013 6 Comments

Hi there, Whuzzerface here,

LET ME START OFF WITH THE BIG STUFF

April is “BIRTHDAY PARTY MONTH” at Raging Contagion!!

April 1st is Raging Contagions 1st birthday (it is but a wee babe yet) and April 25th is MY birthday (not at all as young as this blog). I love to live it up for my birthday especially since there are always really good concerts in town that month. As such, we thought and pondered about the best way to celebrate. I consulted local concert calendars and came up with a grand idea. Since I personally plan on attending about 6 concerts in the month (3 within my birth week) we are going to do a TICKET GIVEAWAY so you can come and party with me. How fun will that be!

Raging has told me that it would love some more followers for it’s birthday gift so here’s how we’re going to run this contest. Each of these gets you one entry to the giveaway:

  1. LIKE us on Facebook   or follow us on here (it’s super easy, just click “+Follow” and it will email you new posts).
  2. Share this post on Facebook, or any post from us
  3. For every friend you get to follow us (in either of the forms) you get an additional entry (Just let us know via email or Facebook which of your friends followed so we can verify). Maybe even bribe them with the line “Hey, if you follow it and I win the drawing, I’m gonna take you with me to the concert!”
  4. Do the math. You + 2 friends”likes” = 3 entries for you, 1 for each o’ dem. Everyone gets a chance!

The prize is a pair of tickets to one of these concerts (three of these groups we’ve already featured on here at least once!):

All concerts are held at the impeccable Crescent Ballroom 308 N. 2nd Ave. Phoenix, AZ. The winner will be responsible for their own transportation to the venue. Ticket pick up will be arranged directly with the winner either before the event or night of (if you want to go to dinner before, you’re paying for yourself, but I’d be game for noshing with you!).
The deadline is April 15th and a winner will be randomly selected from the entries out of a hat by a blind monkey. Ok, maybe not a blind monkey, they’re hard to find and the insurance…., but we’ll be sure to blindfold cheerlubber and have her draw a name out of my Indiana Jones hat. That’s close enough to a monkey ;-)

I am super excited for this especially because I love having concert buddies. There are few things as fun as listening to a live band and dancing the night away.

So get on it, you know you wanna come party!!

Miami Horror – I Look To You ft. Kimbra

March 21, 2013 1 Comment

I came across this song a while ago but didn’t remember it until a recent trip to Sephora, where it was playing in the store. This electronic band from Australia offers a song with a touch of retro disco sound with its horns and funky, moving bass line, combined with Kimbra’s soft, whisper-y vocals for a surreal effect. A quick glance at some of their other songs reveals they’re a fan of this funk sound, and I can’t say I disapprove. Take a “look” at this mesmerizing song!

– cheerlubber

Miami Horror Official Website

Buy “I Look To You” on Amazon MP3

Crystal Castles – Affection

March 15, 2013

Sounds Similar To: The XX, Washed Out, M83

Hi there, Whuzzerface here.

This song will throw you for a loop. Coming in hard with it’s Timbaland-esque beat and bass line, so of course you’d be expecting to get slapped hard with heavy lyrics as you start the gangsta head bob. Not the case for this song! These haunting lyrics float into your ear canal, as if you were listening to them through a wall, your ear pressed up to a glass to hear better. My favorite is the second phrase in the lyrics is so indiscernible but just carries over like a legato hold to the next phrase, and as it does, my heart flutters.

Here’s the challenge of the day: Listen to the song at least one time through. Make that 2 times. Were you able to decipher any of the lyrics? If not, I’ll post the lyrics below, they’ll really trip you up:

Catch a moth hold it in my hand
crush it casually
Without past I can’t disappoint
my ancestry
Forever can I sleep inside
your menagerie

Catch a moth hold it in my hand
crush it casually
Without past I can’t disappoint
my ancestry
Forever can I sleep inside
your menagerie

We drown in pneumonia not
rivers and streams

IF YOU GOT ANY OF THE LYRICS RIGHT, I WILL BUY YOU A PIECE OF CHEESECAKE!

Enjoy!!

Dragonette – Right Woman

March 13, 2013 1 Comment

International Woman’s Day may have been last week but that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate it! And so I present to you “Right Woman” by Dragonette. We are absolutely smitten by this Canadian band. You may recognize the voice of their singer Martina who appeared in collabs with French producer Martin Solveig for “Boys & Girls” and “Hello.” Dragonette first released an album in 2007, but their second album released in 2009, “Fixin’ To Thrill,” was golden. I rarely enjoy a whole album so much but there’s not a single bad or boring song on that one. They recently released a new album entitled “Body Parts” that is just as good. While this song does appear on that album, it was first released a year ago on a compilation album for fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg in honor of International Woman’s Day. Honestly, I didn’t know this “holiday” existed until recently, but we don’t really need one day set aside to remember how amazing women are!

– cheerlubber

Dragonette Official Website (there are links to buy the album here)

Class Actress – Keep You

March 8, 2013

Sounds Similar To: Twin Shadow, Selebrities, Charli XCX, Phantogram

Hi there, Whuzzerface here,

As soon as you hit play, you might be slightly confused. No, this is not a B-side track from New Order, although the analog synth sounds, not to mention the filtered simplistic beating drum machine, sound like they don’t belong to any other artist. Well I am happy to tell you that, someone else can create a similarly delicious sound to New Order and that Class Actress lives up to their name. They are classy, and they are not putting on an act, they really remain true to their craft. I could delve into the depth and sultriness of the lyrics, but like the lyrics repeat over and over again, they just “keep you” thinking about keeping someone in your arms for as long as the moment allows, so that’s where I’ll leave that.

One of my favorite parts begins after the second chorus, where there is a playful bit of pitch-bend going on. Love it.

If this song is a MUST for you to own, because I am DANG GLAD I got it, there are several places to get it below. ENJOY!

Class Actress – Amazon MP3

Class Actress – Keep You – Download this one – RCRD LBL

Perseus – Love In Zanzibar – FREE DOWNLOAD

March 4, 2013

Sounds Similar To: The Magician, Chris Malinchak, Gigamesh

Hi there, Whuzzerface here.

It’s time to introduce you to a new hybrid music genre. Today’s focus, boys and girls, is on Nu-Disco (everyone say “oooOOOOooo”). It is certainly not an ultra new genre, contrary to the “Nu”. It is more of genre mixture that has been maturing and percolating over the past several years. Nu-Disco takes disco beats, newwave synths, R & B vocals and packs it into an all around danceable treat that rarely a person can say they don’t like, even just a little.

This song might surprise you though, especially when you find out who the soulful songstress is that is singing “I can love you better than she can!” Care to take any guesses?……………If you ventured to say Mary J. Blige, you’re correct! Perseus pays full homage and amplifies her sass with this chilled down number. It feels like we are directly transported to the vibrant and beautiful Zanzibar!

(OH YEAH, THIS IS FREE!)

Autre Ne Veut – Counting

February 27, 2013

Sounds Similar To: Yeasayer, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, On An On

Hi there, Whuzzerface here,

I heard this song a few short months ago and could not find a streaming version of it ANYWHERE so I drafted up this in ahead of today, knowing full well that as the hype of this song started to spread, the record label would help a sister out. My faith has been rewarded! (also the sophomore album “Anxiety” was released yesterday)

What artist would call themselves an artist without having a name with meaning so deep, it requires a submersible to plumb the depths and  figure it out? Certainly not Autre Ne Veut though, because it is simply French for “I think of none other”. Now say it with me “Awwww, ‘das sweet!”. And like a good little boy, it’s probably directed to his mother.

This song is epic. It really builds layer upon layer. The beginning is deceptive with the beat and synth whistles. As the verse begins though, we’re greeted with falsetto that had an almost hip hop attitude to it. Come the chorus and all the layers are dropped on the listener in a well-orchestrated cacophony of arpeggios, added voices in octaves, even some saxophone (I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it, that instrument is gonna make a huge come back, no thanks to Kenny G).

The album is not an expense, it’s an investment. Look out for your musical future, it needs you. ;-)

Autre Ne Veut – ‘Anxiety’ Album – Amazon MP3

Does It Offend You, Yeah? – Wondering (Dirtyphonics Remix)

February 22, 2013

Sounds Similar To: Late Of the Pier, Digitalism, MSTRKRFT

Hi there, Whuzzerface here,

Yeah!  I’m still here!!  Took a little 3 week break because of all of the birthdays, Antie Whuzzers free babysitting service, another birthday party, pure work exhaustion and to be honest, I may have reignited an addiction to a game that consumes 100% of me while I’m playing it. SORRY! If it’s any consolation, I’m winning said game and am pleased to announce that as of yesterday morning, successfully launched a campaign against the Ottoman Empire and vanquished them. So see, it was a worthwhile break ;-)

What better way to come back with a bang than with todays little pill of joy.  This a Dubstep-a-licious piece of remixing artistry that was on my “Best Dubstep of 2011” folder. The originating band, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, hails from England and incorporates lots of electronica into their songs already so that this remix feels like a natural progression in the songs evolutionary cycle.

Enjoy your weekend!

Does It Offend You, Yeah? – Official Site

Amazon MP3 – Wondering – Dirtyphonics Remix

Well, does it??

Jamie Lidell – Multiply (A Minor)

February 1, 2013

Sounds similar to: John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Raphael Saadiq

Hi there, Whuzzerface here.

You are in for a treat with this  one! Maybe it’s something in the water or in the way they talk that makes some British artists impeccable soul singers. Take Dusty Springfield for example. “Son of A Preacher Man” was a massive hit on the radio waves. Did anyone fathom that it was a white Brit chick on the other end of that record?! No they did not. Now, Jamie Lidell may not be a woman, but her certainly carries soul music like an American. It’s surprising really.  I know that this song had a great deal of sucess when it was first released, but this particular version I’m sure you’ve never heard before. I firmly believe this is how the song should be forever remember in the annals of time. This key fits the melody better than a custom-made glove. Add to that the sweet sweet ivory stylings of Chilly Gonzales and you know this song will get your toes a’ tappin’. The message of the lyrics? When you feel like everything in life is eating away and reducing you down to size, take a break, “multiply” and come back swinging.

Do just that this weekend – GO MULTIPLY YOUR AWESOME SELF!!

Jamie Lidell – Multiply ( In A Minor Key) – Amazon MP3

Tooting his own (little) horn