Since it was reported months ago that Daft Punk would be orchestrating the entire soundtrack for the upcoming Tron film, the whole music world has been eagerly anticipating samples, tracks and the final album. I personally am overly awaiting the film’s release to theaters. The trailers look amazing and so is the soundtrack from what I’ve heard so far.

Daft Punk are the kings of electronic music so it only made sense that they should write the score for this game based movie.

I have always said that Daft Punk are one of the band’s that I have to see and I hope with the release of this soundtrack that they jump back on the plane and do another full blown world tour. I will be first in line to get a ticket.

tracklist:
01. overture
02. the grid
03. the son of flynn
04. recognizer
05. armory
06. arena
07. rinzler
08. the game has changed
09. outlands
10. adagio for tron
11. nocturne
12. end of line
13. derezzed
14. fall
15. solar sailer
16. rectifier
17. disc wars
18. c.l.u.
19. arrival
20. flynn lives
21. tron legacy (end titles)
22. finale

daft punk – tron legacy (original motion picture soundtrack)

…rowan

LCD Soundsystem could’ve spent the week after they played the Glastonbury Festival kicking their feet up. Instead, they holed up in a London studio to record the live-in-studio LP The London Sessions.

This album has it all, songs ranging from This is Happening all the way down to their self titled album, LCD Soundsystem.

Even though they basically make electronic dance music, LCD refuse to replicate any of their sounds with computers; you won’t see a laptop onstage with them. Instead, they bash things out the hard way. James Murphy, as I’ve previously stated is “the man”, it will be sad to see this great project come to an end but all is not lost as Murphy will carry on producing and remixing other amazing bands.

The digital release November 9 via DFA/Virgin. This LP will be exclusively available through iTunes until December 6.

tracklist:
01. us v them
02. all i want
03. drunk girls
04. get innocuous
05. daft punk is playing at my house
06. all my friends
07. pow pow
08. i can change
09. yr city’s a sucker

lcd soundsystem – the london sessions

…rowan

deerhunter leaked

September 23, 2010

Deerhunter have become one of my favorite bands of our generation simply because of Microcastle, it is amazing. So understandably I was frothing at the mouth in anticipation for their 2010 release Halcyon Digest, and with only a couple of listens I can already see this is going to live up to the hype I had for it.

Since their debut album Turn It Up Faggot the band has grown and adapted with the end result being a nice clean original sound which I could now recognize anywhere.

The album starts out with ‘Earthquake’ which slowly brings the listener into the subdued, dream like feel of the album. The albums stand out tracks are ‘Don’t Cry’, ‘Revival’, ‘Helicopter’ and ‘Fountain Stairs’ (personal opinion) with ‘Revival’ and ‘Helicopter’ being the first two singles.

I had the privilege of seeing them last year. The show left myself and the rest of the crowd gobsmacked. For the encore they ended up playing ‘Microcastle’ as per my request.

tracklist:
01. earthquake
02. don’t cry
03. revival
04. sailing
05. memory boy
06. desire lines
07. basement scene
08. helicopter
09. fountain stairs
10. coronado
11. he would have laughed

deerhunter – halcyon digest

Below is the official video for ‘Helicopter’ which once again portrays a dream like feel with the lead singer, Bradford Cox’s face super imposed over a series of black & white images:

…rowan

Okay so it’s time for another bulk load of ep’s. Now some of these were released awhile ago. Basically this is just a bulk post because I couldn’t be bothered posting these one by one when they were released/leaked, haha enjoy.

deerhunter – revival

tracklist:
01. revival
02. primitive 3d

download:
deerhunter – revival

here is also 3 bonus demo tracks:
deerhunter – 3 bonus demos

japandroids – younger us / sex and dying in high society

tracklist:
01. younger us
02. sex and dying in high society

download:
japandroids – younger us / sex and dying in high society

klaxons – echoes

tracklist:
01. echoes
02. echoes (instrumental)

download:
klaxons – echoes

lcd soundsystem – i can change

tracklist:
01. i can change
02. you wanted a hit (soulwax remix)
03. i can change (tiga remix)
04. i can change (stereogamous remix)
05. i can change (stereogamous inlovestrumental)

download:
lcd soundsystem – i can change

menomena – double

tracklist:
01. taos (edit)
02. let me know
03. five little rooms (edit)
04. copious

download:
menomena – double

wild beasts – we still got the taste dancin’ on our tongues

tracklist:
01. we’ve still got the taste dancing on our tongues
02. through the iron gate
03. two dancers (ii) (jon hopkins remix)
04. devil’s crayon

download:
wild beasts – we still got the taste dancin’ on our tongues

…rowan

röyksopp leaked

August 15, 2010

Senior, the fourth LP from Norwegian electro-duo Röyksopp, is described as a moodier sibling to 2009’s upbeat, hook-heavy Junior.

I have always had two minds about Röyksopp, on one hand they have some brilliant tracks like ‘Eple’, ‘What Else Is There?’ and ‘Sombre Detune’ and some not so good tracks (personal opinion), but besides all of that I was looking forward to their latest album Senior to be released especially because it was originally intended for a late 2009 release but Röyksopp pushed Senior’s release date to 2010 in fear that the latter might infringe upon the former’s (Junior) highly successful sales. Senior will play dark to Junior’s light.

Details about Senior have been kept under tight wraps, but rumor has it that fans can expect a more instrumental-heavy album, thick with atmosphere and mood.

tracklist:
01. … and the forest began to sing
02. tricky two
03. the alcoholic
04. senior living
05. the drug
06. forsaken cowboy
07. the fear
08. coming home
09. a long, long way

röyksopp – senior

Note: This isn’t the best leak at 192k but if you can’t wait (like me) for a 320k then this is better than nothing

…rowan

So I have found a couple more live ep’s from the iTunes festival. enjoy!

bombay bicycle club

tracklist:
01. my god
02. ivy & gold
03. the giantess / emergency contraception blues
04. cancel on me
05. autumn
06. evening / morning
07. always like this

bombay bicycle club – itunes festival 2010

florence + the machine

tracklist:
01. ghosts
02. drumming song
03. girl with one eye
04. rabbit heart (raise it up)
05. cosmic love
06. between two lungs

florence + the machine – itunes festival 2010

phoenix

tracklist:
01. lisztomania
02. lasso
03. fences
04. countdown
05. rome
06. 1901

phoenix – itunes festival 2010

two door cinema club

tracklist:
01. cigarettes in the theatre
02. undercover martyn
03. do you want it all?
04. eat that up, it’s good for you
05. this is the life
06. something good can work
07. i can talk
08.What You Know

two door cinema club – itunes festival 2010

…rowan

The iTunes Festival is back for 2010. After last year the feedback was so great the festival returned, this time at Camden’s Roundhouse in London. They invited more than 60 artists to perform 31 consecutive nights of brilliant live music in the UK’s best intimate venue. Every show was recorded and made available on iTunes.

The line-up included the years’ most exciting pop, metal, dance, jazz and opera stars including Scissor Sisters, Faithless, Ozzy Osbourne, Biffy Clyro, Paloma Faith and Rolando Villazon.

Below are some of the artists’ live ep’s that I prefer.

the drums

tracklist:
01. best friend
02. submarine
03. me and the moon
04. book of stories
05. let’s go surfing
06. don’t be a jerk, johnny
07. i need fun in my life
08. forever and ever amen

the drums – itunes festival 2010

foals

tracklist:
01. total life forever
02. miami
03. balloons
04. alabaster
05. electric bloom
06. two steps twice

foals – itunes festival 2010

wild beasts

tracklist:
01. all the king’s men
02. we still got the taste dancin’ on our tongues
03. two dancers
04. please, sir
05. the devil’s crayon
06. hooting & howling

wild beasts – itunes festival 2010

the xx

tracklist:
01. intro
02. crystalised
03. islands
04. shelter
05. do you mind?
06. night time

the xx – itunes festival 2010

…rowan

It just so happens that Glass Vaults are friends of friends of mine (if that makes sense). The band consists of Richard Larsen and Rowan Pierce who were both born in the rural Manawatu and are now based in Wellington, New Zealand. They just released their debut ep, Glass, on local Wellington record label Sonorous Circle.

Glass Vaults are an ambient two piece band who use washed textures, rhythmic drums and pop sensibilities. This ep is an excellent debut from this group (or any group for that matter), it has a dreamy feel which has been carefully crafted. I highly recommend this ep to all and feel it has a certain sound that could be accepted from rock music nuts to country music buffs.

Possible influences are from bands such as Animal Collective / Panda Bear, Sigur Rós and possibly some Thom Yorke (personal opinions).

tracklist:
01. they will grow
02. set sail
03. new space
04. worrier
05. forget me not

The ep is available for free download off their bandcamp site below:

glass vaults – glass ep

or check out their myspace page for a listen, here

…rowan

The Chemical Brothers are back with their new album Further. These guys are “bad to the bone”, they always produce hits that keep up with present music as well as keeping to their own style. Each album that they have released has songs that are known worldwide from ‘Hey Boy, Hey Girl’ to ‘Block Rockin’ Beats’ to ‘Let Forever Be’ to ‘Salmon Dance’. In my opinion they are up there with the best electronic / dance dj’s ever. Further does not disappoint, while listening to it just imagine the songs being blasted at a live venue, shit would go off.

I’m still very, very dark that I missed these guys when they hit New Zealand in 2008 just after their release of We Are The Night (another good album). I’m not going to make the same mistake twice, the next chance I have of seeing The Chemical Brothers live I will be there with bells on.

Check out Further below:

the chemical brothers – further

I have also found out that the itunes only release has 2 extra tracks which are apparently the best off the album

…rowan

now i realise that both of these albums have been out for a little while, must be getting slow in my old age.

the drums are a fun post-punk surf band. this album sounds as good as their ep’s with that happy sound and the tracks haven’t been changed since. a band that is good to have in the background while working. the drums entered 2010 as one of the most tipped acts in the media. features the singles ‘forever and ever, amen’ and ‘best friend. i can see a few of these songs getting used on some up and coming films.

below is the link for the highly anticipated 2010 full length debut self-tilted album the drums

tracklist:
01. best friend
02. me and the moon
03. lets go surfing
04. book of stories
05. skippin’ town
06. forever and ever amen
07. down by the water
08. it will all end in tears
09. we tried
10. i need fun in my life
11. i’ll never drop my sword
12. the future

the drums – the drums

tokyo police have always been one of those bands that just sits at the back of my head, they were never really a top played band, that was until their new album champ was released recently. i can’t get enough of it, it’s great music to chill to, work to or have cranking at parties. i have always gone back to their ep a lesson in crime, and have never been disappointed or tired of it unlike their lp elephant shell, which just didn’t seem to have the same feel or energy. champ starts off with ‘favourite food’ which has a great build up into the album and sets the pace and tone for the following songs. ‘breakneck speed’ was the first released single, it reminds me a lot of a lesson in crime and i feel as though it could easily fit into that ep.

anyway if you haven’t heard of tokyo police club (and if you like the sound of the strokes, kinda) i highly recommend firstly a lesson in crime and now champ, two great albums.

tracklist:
01. favourite food
02. favourite colour
03. breakneck speed
04. boots of danger (wait up)
05. bambi
06. end of a spark
07. hands reversed
08. gone
09. big difference
10. not sick
11. frankenstein
12. boots of danger (passion pit remix)

tokyo police club – champ

…rowan

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