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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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Alternate titles: ‘Sisters Before Misters’ and ‘Boys are stupid, throw rocks at them’

In case the title wasn’t enough of an indication, this week’s playlist is a list of 10 songs by amazing new-ish females in music. This list came to be after I realized that a lot of my posts are about male artists in music. Sure sure, handsome men with musical talent usually make me swoon and/or make me giggly but it should be noted that I’ve met a few big time musicians this past year and played it eerily cool…I won’t mention names but one of the most exciting run-ins a few months back has an alias synonymous with Duplicate Shade (Think about it!). Anyways, men are great but this week’s playlist is set to highlight the fairer sex that I happen to be a part of. I tried to not put any women in music that you’re probably already familiar with: Grimes, Alabama Shakes, Polica, Purity Ring, Kate Boy, Aluna George, Yuna, Jessie Ware, etc. because you’ve heard a lot about them on other blogs. I really hope that my list introduces you to some artists that you may not have heard of  in the past year+ of great music. If you’ve heard of them all, well LAH DEE DAH start writing a blog so I can read it 😉

1) MØ – Pilgrim

Karen Marie Ørsted a.k.a. is a Copenhagen-based electronic pop artist who is being toted as the new Grimes because the old (?) Grimes is soo….wait, I don’t know, it’s probably just because she’s young and unique. Anyways, MØ is currently working on her debut LP but to give us all a taste of what’s to come, she has released two killer tracks, Pilgrim and Maiden; It was hard to pick a favorite but the trumpet in Pilgrim is the clincher for me. Also, the video is rad in a Keep Copenhagen Weird kinda way.

Holla Holla Holllaaaaa!

2) Daughter – Smother

Elena Tonra is a 21-year-old London Songwriter whose lyrics make me want to curl up in a ball and sulk about problems that I don’t necessarily have. Elena and her band, known as Daughter, crafted a slow, building ballad with soft guitar and piano cords that hit you when you’re the most vulnerable. My poor poor heart…

I want all that is not mine
I want him but we’re not right

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I think the proper British term for how I was feeling on Saturday night would be absobloodylutely gobsmacked! alt-J are truly the dog’s bollocks!

…that last slang felt awkward, but I dare you to use it on a regular basis. If people think you’re a wanker, you can tell them I dared you and direct them towards this article. It’s sly blog networking, people!

A Little Background

alt-J  a.k.a. (how very Prince-eque!) are a British quartet that don’t really fit into one genre. Are they alternative? Indie? Rock? Folk? Electronic? Hip-hop? Pop? Experimental? Unique? I like to think they’re a dash of everything. The delta sign is created when you hold down the alt key on your keyboard and press j on a Mac computer. The band reported that, just as it does in mathematical equations, the delta is used to represent change. It’s the most hipster and bad-ass of all band names! Their debut album An Awesome Wave (cop it) was released at the end of May 2012 in the UK and us sorry North American’s didn’t get see it released until September. I think we can all agree, 1. Thank (deity of choice) for the internet and 2. It was worth the wait.

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Gus Unger-Hamilton, Joe Newman, and Gwil Sainsbury. Not pictured: Thom Green on drums

About The Magic That Was Their Live Show

My live music bender continues…

My friends and I arrived at the Star Theater a bit before show time and secured some spots really close to the stage. The venue is small but it has a lot of character and the acoustics are always on point. I’d never been to a sold-out show at this venue and let me say that I was happy that we turned up early. By the time alt-J hit the stage, the place was packed to red velvet draped rafters but I think the tight quarters had a lot to do with the utter awe that I felt Saturday night; we got to see a big band in a small venue and few things are as special as that.

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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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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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