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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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You’re telling me that I promised you a ten song playlist every single week!?  “OOPS, DID I DO THAT?“, said in my best high-pitched, nasally Urkle voice. That’s a tall order, but a promise is a promise so Wait And Scene will deliver.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any CHEESE (obscure Family Matters reference), but I do have ten of the illest tracks from around the world!

1) Ryan Hemsworth Remix of Mikky Ekko- Pull Me Down

When the song Pull Me Down by Nashville singer-songwriter Mikky Ekko came out a month ago, I will couldn’t stop listening. His voice! Those lyrics! Produced by the ever amazing Clams Casino! It was all too much. Today we got a remix of this beautiful song by 21-year-old Canadian producer, Ryan Hemsworth. As he often does when he remixes, Hemsworth somehow manages to make this song even more special. I’m dying over here…

2) Brandon Fletcher – North Hollywood

Brandon Fletcher is a name that you probably don’t know now but I have a feeling you will pretty soon… This Harlem-based rapper released a dope seven song EP called Braille back in October and he gave us a taste of this song on that EP. This week, the entire new track called North Hollywood was released and it didn’t disappoint. The Pretty Woman intro and Dave Chappelle sample halfway through are killer. This song is about a girl from Miami who’s struggling to live the Hollywood lifestyle. Is it a totally far-fetched story that no one can relate to? Naw, I’m sure you’ve seen this once or a hundred times in the media…one good current example (and the picture that Brandon used as a visual for this single) rhymes with dinsey mohan.  REPEAT.


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Remember when the hot track Sweater Weather came out and I was freaking out about this band called The Neighbourhood!? …No? Because I didn’t have a blog back then? Okay, valid point…but anyone who knows me personally will remember my excitement. Now, almost a year later, they are starting to get some alternative radio play here in Portland. Yes radio! It’s 2012, I have two iPods and an iPhone, and I still tune into the radio, DEAL WITH IT…all the cool people are listening. Anyways, I’m not saying that I’m music’s fortune teller (feel free to call me that if you want…) but I am saying that that isn’t the first time that my music obsessions have become mainstream enough to get radio play *cough* alt-J *cough*. Read that statement as you will…and continue to read Wait And Scene!

Back to talking about the ‘hood…These California natives, with an affinity for British English, are back with this darker, more cinematic release taken from their forthcoming EP Thank You rumored to be released mid-December. Let It Go is the first song we’ve heard from The Neighbourhood since they released their amazing EP I’m Sorry back in August (stream this and cop it)…unless you count their reworking of one of the songs on that EP called Female Robbery. This brand new track got me pumped about all the new stuff we’ll soon hear from them. With their unique, layered sound and epic black and white music videos, I can see what the future holds for these guys and it’s bright as the Cali sun!

P.s. Speaking of Female Robbery, be careful if you’re shopping the Black Friday sales tomorrow; females can be vicious. Happy American Thanksgiving, loyal readers of Wait And Scene! I’m thankful for you!

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Jamie Lidell is an incredible musician, electronic artist, and singer from the UK who currently resides in Nashville, TN. He’s known for layering smooth vocals and sick beats while blurring the lines between genres. His influences are across the board from techno, pop, dubstep, funk, and most importantly, heart-wrenching soul. Earlier this week he gave us a 40-second album teaser vid which was much too short and didn’t tell us all that much. Today, he announced that he’s releasing that new self-titled album on February 18th through Warp Records. With that announcement, Jamie threw us a Clifford-sized bone (the big red dog, people!) by releasing a track called What A Shame. We can chew on this one for a few months or until we beg him for another treat. Press play and embrace the metamorphosis of sound. In the first few seconds, you’ll probably be like, “AHHHHH, my ears!!” and then you’ll be like, “Awwwh yeeeaaah, my ears.”

If you don’t like it,

What a shaaay-aaay-aaaaaame.

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