I heard the song Gold by Wake Owl back in the summer months, long before I graced the blogging world with my effervescent presence. It was one of countless jams that made me think, “Man, if only I had a blog, I could tell people about this beauty.”  Guess what? I have a blog now and I’m going to tell you about a wonderful remix of the song that came out yesterday. Noah Hyde, who also goes by the alias Magic Sword (because uh, why wouldn’t he?), has been pumping out some serious remix fire in the past year and he garnered a lot of attention for his Youth Lagoon and Purity Ring remixes. Now, this Boise remix artist took on Vancouver folk outfit Wake Owl’s buzz-worthy single; he made Colyn Cameron’s beautiful vocals all synthy, added a heavy beat, and the results are simply platinum…palladium? Nah, that doesn’t have the same ring to it. This track is GOLD. The original song is the first single off of Wake Owl’s upcoming EP Wild Country set to be released on January 29th. A big thank you to Noah Hyde/Magic Sword, the remix is perfect and it allows me to talk about a song that I loved before I had a way to share it with the world.

I don’t feel like I’m falling, I’m up against the sky,
I said I’d taken it all in to make the good life

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See, I told you I’m back! And I’ve showered…so things are looking up!

This new and improved me is making an effort to inform you that Scottish indie-rock band Frightened Rabbit just released a video for their new single The Woodpile.

Here are some random things that I want to tell you before you watch this video:

  • Midnight Organ Fight (cop that) is my favorite album from the past five-ish years. BOLD, I know, but I calls it like I hears it.
  • In 2010, I drove the eight hours to and from Minneapolis, MN (16 hours of driving?! This girl is nutty!), stayed in a hotel all by myself,  and had a solo two-day vacation just so I could see this band live for the first time.
  • I met a new friend at the show who I’m still friends with today which solidified my belief in the statement, “Everything happens for a reason.” Shout outs to the incredible Bri and lil’ Ev!
  • That was the same night that I took a now infamous $100 cab ride home from the venue. I wished to never speak of it again because of the emotional toll it took on me; think of all the shopping I could have done at Mall of America with that casheesh! The emotions are all flooding back! hehe
  • I’ve seen Frightened Rabbit live two more times since MN and at every show they have given me chills and a feeling of transcendence that I don’t get with any other band.

In summary, I think Frightened Rabbit are pretty alright. Okay, fine, it’s a little more than that; I’m a HUGE fan.

The band’s upcoming major label debut through Atlantic Records UK is called Pedestrian Verses and it will hit stores in the US on February 5th. They also recently announced a US Spring 2013 tour here and I highly suggest you make it to one of their gigs. I know from experience that you will not be disappointed and if you’re not close by one of the tour stops, a solo road trip might just be the character building exercise that your shy, dependent self needs. I don’t know you, but I’m judging you through the computer screen right now.

This video was shot on the mean streets of Queens, NY and it features some of their famous musical friends from other bands you may know: Bad Veins, Olympic Swimmers, Little Kicks, Oxford Collapse, and Right On Dynamite. It’s a neat video, maybe not the best I’ve ever seen, but man I love FR!

Hey Scott Hutchison,

You’re the sh*t and I’m knee deep in it.

Seriously so deep.

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Happy best month of the year, allegiant readers of Wait And Scene! It’s been a while but I haven’t forgotten about you; in fact, I thought of you often…not to be creepy or anything *shifty eyes* Thank you for checking back on my site despite an utter lack of new content. I apologize for my absence in the world of blogging but I can’t say I regret it. I’ve been on a somewhat reckless live-music bender for the last couple weeks that has left me little time for anything. Eating? Sleeping? Showering? What are these daily activities you speak of? I’m joking mom and dad! (Totally not joking, I’m a mess). As I mentioned in my introduction on WAS, I try to live the life of a rock star with a full-time career. I’m at the height of my dysfunction but I couldn’t be happier.

I’ve decided to make a playlist of songs to explain what I’ve been up to since we last “spoke”. Live music for daaaaaays! Here is a list of my fav songs from SOME of the bands that I’ve been lucky to see live in the past two weeks:

1) THE SHINS at the Crystal Ballroom.

2) PURE BATHING CULTURE at the Crystal Ballroom.

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Chad Valley, the alias of British electronic producer Hugo Manuel, is enjoying all the buzz that his recently-released debut album Young Hunger is garnering (cop it). The album is full of crisp, heavenly anthems with cheesy, romantic lyrics that make you gag and smile at the same time. Classy! One of the standout cheeseball tracks, Tell All Your Friends, is one of my favorites on the album because I’m a sucker for this stuff…

Tell all your friends
Tell everyone
All that I can think about is you

D’awh shucks, Chad Valley! I’ll let everyone know how you feel! Earlier this week we saw the video and today we found out that this song has been remixed by South Wales duo Man Without Country and their heavier baseline really works to enhance what was already wonderful about this song. Get the wine and crackers ready!

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Tan line: the line between tanned skin and pale skin that can result when you wear your man-tank and cut-offs out in the hot sun.

Tanlines: a Brooklyn-based synth-pop duo composed of guitarist/vocalist Eric Emm and percussionist Jesse Cohen who produce catchy, dancy melodies that you won’t be able to get out of your head.

See, they’re not the same! I’m partial to the second definition.

The first time I saw Tanlines live was April 2012, about a month after they released their debut album Mixed Emotions (cop that). It was the same night that my friend and I saw M83 and I break Horses for the first time. Portland, you’re alright! The M83 show ended, we hopped in the car, beetled across town at lightning speed, and made it to the next venue just as these guys were stepping on stage. Additional facts that you should know:
(1) We’re never afraid of a concert double header.
(2) My friend “paid” for our entry in push-ups. For reals.
(3) Even after a few hours of crazy laser lights and thumping electronic music at our first show that night, there was something so awesome about seeing these guys on stage performing.

Today, they released a new vid for the song Not The Same which allows us to see this duo as a gang of 14…but let’s not talk politics (*peeeeewwww* the sound of that terrible joke flying over your heads); instead, enjoy this cool song and the visuals that go along with it.

Wait! Before you press play, that’ll cost you 10 push-ups.

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