Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ian Axel - "This Is the New Year"

I found this video last year, and it remains the quintessential New Year's Eve song for me. It was released with Ian Axel's unique February 2011 album This Is the New Year. Happy New Year's Eve, everyone!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Harts, "Back to the Shore" MP3

Harts is an indie rock project based in Melbourne. "Back to the Shore" is a fun, catchy song from his upcoming EP, which was mixed by Lars Stalfors of The Mars Volta. Check it out:

You can also download the song and listen to an interview here.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Josie Charlwood - covers and originals

Josie Charlwood is a UK-based musician and songwriter. Her cover of "Feel Good Inc" is crazy impressive. Check out that looping. And she absolutely nails the rap:

You can hear a variety of music on her Youtube channel and her Soundcloud page. I particularly love her cover of MGMT's "Electric Feel."

MGMT Cover "Electric Feel" - Live by Josie Charlwood


Monday, November 7, 2011

Mumford & Sons - "Lover's Eyes" video

Here's a touching performance of Mumford & Sons' lovely, unreleased song "Lover's Eyes" for iheartradio.

Thanks to Sally for the tip.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

MP3 Roundup: Kites With Lights - "Cosmonauts"

Kites with Lights (and I love that name) is an indie electro / synth pop project run by Jonah Cordy. His newest album, Cosmonauts, was released in August, and the eponymous song is a free download on Bandcamp. It's really something special. Take a listen:

The album is also very good, with cool backing vocals, synthesizer beeps and bloops in all the right places, and great use of sound clips. It has an incredible atmospheric feel, and the last three songs--"The Lonely Night," "Next Time" are "Balanced on Air"--are especially good, and left me wanting more. "Cosmonauts" is probably the most fun song, but there's no shortage of quality on the rest of the album.

Cosmonauts is available from Bandcamp, iTunes, and Amazon.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Said the Whale - "Lines"

Said the Whale is an indie pop band from Vancouver. They've released two EPs so far, and they've compiled four B-sides for their upcoming New Brighton EP, to be released November 8th. They're currently on tour throughout the US. You might have heard their awesome song "Camilo (The Magician)."

"Lines," a song from their upcoming EP, is free download from today. Listen to the stream here:

"Lines" - Said the Whale by PlanetaryOnlinePR

Monday, October 17, 2011

Portugal. The Man - "So American" video

Portugal. The Man's newest album In the Mountain in the Cloud came out in July, and they're currently touring across the US. They've also been tweeting about playing for some of the Occupy Wall Street protests, which is awesome. They recently performed "So American" on Conan.

Check out their new video for "So American":

Monday, October 10, 2011

Giraffage - Pretty Things EP

I previously wrote about Robot Science earlier this year, and as I recall people really enjoyed the music. It's an electronic project by Charlie Yin, of San Francisco. He also has a side project called Giraffage, and his new EP, Pretty Things, is out and available for streaming or purchase on the Giraffage Bandcamp page.

You can also hear some remixes at and other songs on Soundcloud. Here's the EP:

New album from Quiet Company - "We Are All Where We Belong"

Quiet Company just released their new album, We Are All Where We Belong, on October 4th. Paisley previously featured the music video of their song "Fear and Fallacy."

Check out their web site for more information.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Odonis Odonis - Hollandaze

Odonis Odonis is a band led by by Dean Tzenos, a Toronto-based musician. They play lo-fi punk with lots of reverb. Their new album Hollandaze, recorded mostly in Tzenos's home, drops on November 15th in the US.

To listen to their song "Ledged Up" from Hollandaze, click here. It's in intense rock song with great hooks and guitar work.

And enjoy this flashy music video of "Mr. Smith," a song they released with Lotus Plaza on Palmist Records last July:

Odonis Odonis - Mr. Smith from riceandcheese on Vimeo.

For more info:

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

New album from September 29th - Koalition

September 29th's new album is out!

It's experimental folk indie, and quite a different sound than most of what's out there. Olgostin uses a variety of instruments to accompany her unique, soulful vocals. I especially like the second track, "I Used To Be Quite Good At This."

Check it out on Bandcamp or on the September 29th Facebook page.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

We Were Promised Jetpacks - "Medicine"

Hi, I'm Lynn, the new intern at Paisley.

We Were Promised Jetpacks has a new album coming out on October 4. And they are having a tour in the U.S. in October and November. Need I say more? To listen to "Medicine," a single they've released from their new album, In The Pit Of The Stomach, click here.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

September 29th: "If I were the lyrics, you say you'd be the tune"

I could write a post a day about September 29th and it wouldn't be nearly enough to cover her wonderful music. She's releasing a new album, Koalition, soon, and has many beautiful new songs up on her Facebook page. Check out "Hey, Wait, What If I'm Gay?" which is a great song with a vibrant video.

The ending contains a short clip that may be shocking, but sadly, as the video's description says, "We live in dark times."

Sunday, August 28, 2011

MP3 roundup: San Cisco, "Golden Revolver"

Anyone who's read this blog for any length of time knows I'm a sucker for dreamy indie anthems. San Cisco's track from their debut EP,  Golden Revolver, is no exception. San Cisco is a young band from Australia, and I'm told they sound like Vampire Weekend.

San Cisco - "Golden Revolver"

Just listen to the sounds! It's a summery song that wakes you up with its jangling guitars, almost rolling drumbeat, rumbling bass line, and rousing vocals. It's layered nicely.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New video from Florence and the Machine - "What the Water Gave Me"

Florence and the Machine is releasing a new album on November 7th, but you can listen to and buy the first song, "What the Water Gave Me," now. It has a rich, resounding, full sound. Check out the video:

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Free download of Cut Off Your Hands' 2008 EP "Happy As Can Be"

Noisetrade is offering Cut Off Your Hands' 2008 EP, Happy As Can Be, for free. The band is promoting an upcoming album, Hollow. But Happy As Can Be is an indie classic, so if you don't have it, now's your chance.

The band's page also provides for some fascinating reading, such as the fact that they are from New Zealand, that they were originally called Shaky Hands, and that they're "For fans of Die! Die! Die!, Children Collide, Red Riders, The Holidays, Dappled Cities." I haven't heard of any of those bands, so clearly I have my work cut out for me.

Free download of Happy As Can Be, on NoiseTrade

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Jezabels - "Hurt Me" (acoustic) video

My most popular post ever has been about The Jezebels, so I thought you guys might like this new video, of their song "Hurt Me."

Friday, July 8, 2011

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Quiet Company - "Fear and Fallacy, Sitting in a Tree" video

Quiet Company just released a new video for their song "Fear and Fallacy, Sitting in a Tree." Thematically it reminds me of their second album, Everyone You Love Will Be Happy Soon. It will be on their October release, We Are All Where We Belong, and you can download the song for free right now on

Besides writing optimistic album titles, they play incredible music. I especially love "Fear and Fallacy"'s outro:

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

MP3 roundup: The Demos, "Meet at Night"

Here's a lush indie anthem from The Demos, who released their new album Lovely in May. And "lovely" is a good name for their style. The Demos are Jason Milton and Callan Saunders, who play enjoyable pop music. Listen to those vocal harmonies and jangling guitars:

The Demos - "Meet at Night"

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

My First Earthquake - Friction [free MP3s]

My First Earthquake's new album Friction dropped on June 7, and I don't need to tell you they're awesome, because you already know that. They're based in San Francisco, and play fun, frenetic music with jangling guitars, kickin' rhythms, and a heavy splashing of synth. And in a music scene where many indie bands sound frighteningly alike, Rebecca Bortman's vocals stand out from the crowd.

The new tracks are lush and intricately layered and they have a cataclysmic amount of energy, but you already knew that. They're My First Earthquake's.

Just listen to these tracks:

My First Earthquake - "Clone Me"
My First Earthquake - "Nice to See You"

This is their second full album, after Downstairs (2009), and they've also released two 2 EPs, Tremors (2008) and Crush (2010), so these guys are in it for the long haul. Contrary to the lyrics on "Clone Me," this is one band with a dynamic that can't be replaced. Official site.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Fulton Read

Fulton Read is an Austin indie rock band. They're working on a new album, and have a folksy rock sound, with great percussion and guitar work (especially acoustic guitar, which I don't hear much these days), murmuring piano melodies alternating with strings, and well-placed vocals. You can check out some of their new music on their Facebook page, or in the music player below. I really like the give and take in the song "Synchronize."

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Just an update

I have an inbox crammed full of fascinating things to share with you all, including notices of several new releases from bands I love, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to postpone my write-ups for a few more days. I don't mean to go weeks without a post, but let me explain.

I got my nursing school pin yesterday (whoo!) but then a tornado struck my city today (awful!). I'm fine and my family is fine, but things are a little hectic. Just follow my Twitter (@kilexia) and I will retweet what I see and announce when I can get posts out again. Thanks everyone for your patience.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Candidate - "I'd Come Running" [free MP3]

Candidate is a band from Lexington, KY. Their songs are filled with melodic hooks, and their most recent single, "I'd Come Running," is a soft, sweet, addictively listenable song, which also happens to be available for free download. It's off their upcoming album A New Life, which I can't wait to hear.

Check out this song and spread the link around if you like it. They're a new band and could use (and deserve) many more fans:

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Land of Talk - Cloak and Cipher

Check out this video of Land of Talk's Elizabeth Powell performing her song "Cloak and Cipher," off the album of the same name. It's a very serene video of a lovely song, filmed by Mitch Fillion.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Robot Science - "Good Luck"

Robot Science is an electronic chillwave music project run by Charlie Yin out of San Jose, CA. His newest album, Good Luck (January 2011), is available for free download or for a donation. It's also incredible. Have a listen:

If you're a fan of bands like M83, check this album out. But even if you're not interested in electronic music, you should hear this album. Each song is unique and nicely arranged, with a lot of energy.

Robot Science on Facebook


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ingrid Michaelson - "Parachute" video

Ingrid Michaelson's new song "Parachute" might sound familiar; she wrote it for British singer Cheryl Cole, who recorded a version of it last year. But it works amazingly with Ingrid's voice, and she makes it sound sweet and giddily joyful.

The video was released on Valentine's Day (aww) and although the song has pop glamour, she gets back to her hipster street cred with retro glasses and fuzzy, color-faded visuals.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Courrier - "A Violent Flame"

I sampled a few songs from Austin band Courrier's upcoming Feb 1 debut, A Violent Flame (and you can too, by going to Noisetrade). The band has an incredibly polished sound; a bit like The Fray if they had a more alternative rock edge.

"For Your Sake" is an excellent track, deep and emotional, with poetic lyrics and a glorious breakdown. "Paper Ghost" starts out soft and subdued, with a piano melody that is at times an undercurrent, other times playful, before rising to a rumbling, melodiously jubilant climax (with handclaps!) and then a satisfying outro. "Right as Rain" starts with rhythmic percussion and a rumbling bassline, before the guitars kick in fully to introduce a full, roaring song.

This is be a band to keep an eye on. You can also stream or buy the entire album from their web site. And did I mention they're touring with Quiet Company?

Courrier - Official Site
Courrier - Facebook page

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Le Vice - "Find You" video

Here's a brand new video from Le Vice, with the band performing live in studio. They layer clever lyrics with great hooks and melodies in "Find You," below.

Le Vice on Facebook

Sunday, January 16, 2011

MP3 roundup: Twins of a Gazelle - "Constellations"

Twins of a Gazelle is an "indie pop orchestra" consisting of dozens of musicians led by Dave Mann and based in Washington, D.C.

"Constellations," from an upcoming album, was written by Mann, with vocals provided by guest singer Emily Chimiak. It's a delicate and yet powerful song, with a lot of little sounds that make it audibly sparkle. Chimiak has a lovely voice, and blends the notes together to make the song go by smoothly; the outro is also particularly well-crafted. Take a listen:

Twins of a Gazelle - "Constellations"

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

MP3 roundup - Standing Shadows, "One Way Ride"

Standing Shadows is an LA-based indie alt/electro band. They've played at SXSW, and their One Way Ride remix EP is coming out this Tuesday, January 18th. They also claim to be influenced by Muse, but I will forgive them for that because they sound really good.

Standing Shadows - One Way Ride

"One Way Ride" is the best kind of remix: dark, danceable, and fun. Remix compilations are everywhere these days, but if this song is any indication of the album's quality, this will certainly be one worth checking out.