In this edition: Discover LA’s Local Channel, soundz from ChuCha Santa Maria y Usted, Trails and Ways, and Lesbian Horse (Caleb Selah); and new videos from Elephant Stone and Youngblood Brass Band.
Discover Local Channel
from Boyhood Wars (EP)
released 9 April 2013
Based out of Los Angeles, Local Channel is here to fill that need for contemplative indie rock with jangly guitars, enchanting harmonies, and loads of atmosphere. Today, we feature the anthemic “Paths” and the chilling, driving sound of “Arctic.” Their debut EP, Boyhood Wars, can be purchased via iTunes, e-Music and CD Baby.
“Paths“ [free download]
“Arctic“ [free download]
Trails and Ways – “Como Te Vas“
out 11 June 2013 on Non-Market Records
The Oakland-based band returns with dreamy, groove-laden Spanish pop. It’s infectious rhythms are driven by handclaps and word repetition. They are on a tour of the US, all the dates can be found on their tour poster and specific tickets info is up on their website. If you like “Como Te Vas”, get a free download of the track here.
ChuCha Santamaria y Usted – “Fantasía“
While we’re on the Spanish language tip, you need to hear “Fantasia” from this outfit based in Puerto Rico. It’s part Tom Tom Club (“Genius of Love”), part Mariah Carey (“Fantasy”). Absolutely addictive, tropical feel that will make hit play again and again.
Lesbian Horse (aka Caleb Selah) – “Agnostic Meadows“
single [free download]
How about a little music from Pakistani film samples to round out our non-English considerations? Another groovy track from Mr. Selah.
Videos, videos, videos…
Elephant Stone – “Heavy Moon”
from Elephant Stone
released 5 February 2013
Trippy lead track off this Montreal band’s second LP. Love the bridge! Directed by Joseph Yarmush.
Youngblood Brass Band – “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”
from Pax Volumi
out 9 September 2013
“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” is inventive, imaginative hip hop fused with live jazz music. The nine members of this outfit come from all over the US, and they are currently based in Madison, WI.