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HAWT off the press (literally debuted hours ago live on BBC Radio1) James Blake hits us with this new beauty. Retrograde is the first single off of his new album, Overgrown, set to be released on April 8.

For those who don’t know, James Blake is an electronic music producer and singer-songwriter from London who has been deemed the ‘King of Post-Dubstep’….yup, post-dubstep…In the interest of full disclosure, I had no idea what this genre really encompassed so I did a little reading. What I gathered, and I’m going to put in my own words, is that this style of music has those bass-heavy beats with a dance music feel (often including audio samples of band saws, dental drills, and screaming cats) but post-dubstep is much warmer and less aggressive then the dubstep the bros are poppin’ collars to in da club. Note: I’m not opposed to “brostep” and seeing Skrillex‘s seizure-inducing live show this summer at Bumbershoot was a real treat but James Blake is more my steez.

Blake has released a number of EPs since 2009 but he dropped an amazing self-titled debut studio album a year ago (cop that); Mad blog cred, nominations, and awards followed and we, the people, have been anxiously awaiting some new jams ever since. If he’s new to your ears, YAY! Wait And Scene has done what it set out to do.

In my usual obsessive music tendencies, I listened to this track five+ times in a row as soon as I saw it was available. Do you ever feel like a song was meant for you to hear at a specific time of your life? That’s how I feel about this one (Whoa deep stuff, Jenna).

You’re on your own in a world you’ve grown
Few more years to go,
Don’t let the hurdle fall
So be the girl you loved,
Be the girl you loved

Powerful. Perfect. I will be that girl, James Blake.

P.s. Tour dates have been announced (here) and clearly WAS will be at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland on April 24th. I have so much to look forward in the next few months. ALL OF THE SHOWS.

P.p.s. Here is JB breakin’ hearts with that Joni Mitchell cover.

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All you poor saps who acquaint with me personally know that I am a HUGE Cold War Kids fan and the announcement of a new song, a new album, and a new tour is a trifecta of awesome that I wasn’t sure my heart could handle. I’ve been fortunate to see these guys live three times and that number is about to be four in May #ALLOFTHESHOWS…whoops, this isn’t Twitter or Insta. The last time I saw them live was on their small West Coast club tour in February 2012 at the Doug Fir and it had to be the most memorable of the bunch; a huge band, my favorite venue, and a bunch of super fans in the audience because the tour sold out crazy fast. I was in music heaven. Also, I was about five feet away from the lead singer, Nathan Willet, who is a confusingly appealing mixture of Woody Harrelson, KOL‘s Caleb Followill, and that brooding young man with the colorful tattoos slanging coffee at your local hangout. Yeah, I know that guy and he’s destroying the barista scene.

The CWK details:

New Album – Their fourth studio album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, will be released on April 2nd through Downtown Records.

Tour Dates – Check ’em out here! Wait And Scene will be at the Crystal on May 18th because yadda yadda all of the shows yadda yadda. And last but not least…

New Song –

I’d be alright if I could just see you

Oh miracle mile, where does it lead to?

Come up for air! x 100

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Shlohmo – Later

01-14-2013

New music Monday! There have been so many songs that I wanted to blog about in the past week but a player can’t stop the game to write so I’ve fallen off the map again, if only briefly. Fine, I am indeed not a playa…I just crush a lot 😉

I’m still pressed for time but, since many of you are music junkies like me, I though I’d hit you with a quick fix to stop the jitters. NO, it’s not going to be that new JT. I posted about it on my Facebook Fanpage yesterday (follow that!)  but I refuse to write about it. For starters, I like to think that Wait And Scene is not blogging about the things that everyone has already heard and for seconds (?), let’s be real, it’s good and catchy but it’s not THAT amazing. Remember Cry Me a River? Much more top shelf stuff.

I’ve decided to blog about LA-producer Shlohmo instead because I like him and he has swallowed up a good chunk of my Monday evening with this elephantine track (…just nod). This is one of five songs on his upcoming EP ‘Laid Out’ said to be released on March 5th. If you would have played me this song five or so years ago, I would’ve been all, “Coo coo but where are the vocals?” because I was once hard as a rock (not to be confused with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) and I wasn’t moved by the powers of  an instrumental track. Today, I sit here listening to this song on repeat, eyes closed, doing a slow-mo (Shlohmo!) version of the Harlem Shake in my recliner. Imagine it and embrace it. I’ve played it ten times in a row so far and every time I listen I feel something new. If you don’t like this song come back to it in five years and see if you’ve managed to get on my level or, more impressively, Shlohmo’s level. Man, I’m snarky on Mondays.

Toodles!

-Jenna

P.S. I’m pretty sure I haven’t mentioned my March travel plans in past blog entries (cue *eye rolls*) but I hope to see Shlohmo in Austin at SXSW about a week after the EP release.

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Ultraista is the electronic pop project of long-term Radiohead collaborator and producer Nigel Godrich, vocalist Laura Bettinson, and producer/drummer Joey Waronker of Beck, Elliott Smith, and R.E.M. fame. This trio is known for beautiful, lofty vocals and a unique production style that’s heavy on the synth with a precise, ever-changing rhythm that only Godrich can pull off. London electronic duo Maribou State took on Gold Dayzz and added their dark house beats to the already amazing original. It’s perfect! This remix makes me want to choreograph a modern dance number about a town that is on fire that can only be extinguished with dance; imagine all the inner turmoil I could portray through movement, not to mention the costumes! Oh, the costumes!  I’ll invite you all to opening night…

The whole town is burnin’… burnin’… burnin’

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