1. Speaking of Norway, check out this wonderfully dark video by Kaisers Orchestra “Begravelsespolka” Love the goth tap-dancing!

    Kaisers Orchestra — Violeta Violeta Vol. I, II, & III

  2. Showing more of Katzenjammer’s range. This is a great indie folk rock song with a bit to ompa. This is from their more recent album.

    Katzenjammer - A Kiss Before You Go

  3. If there ever was a Manic Pixie Dream Girl/Guy theme song this might be it: Katzenjammer - “Tea With Cinnamon”. A perfect song to play while haven your morning tea!

    Oddly I stumbled on this band while listening to the White Mink Vol. 3 electroswing compilation album. Katzenjammer’s music is a bit all over the map and their song Demon Kitty Rag is total ragtime in contrast to this quirky pop ompa folk.

    Katzenjammer — Le Pop

  4. As Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.

    One of his engineers Robmix on how Jackson worked: “One morning MJ came in with a new song he had written overnight. We called in a guitar player, and Michael sang every note of every chord to him. “here’s the first chord first note, second note, third note. Here’s the second chord first note, second note, third note”, etc., etc. We then witnessed him giving the most heartfelt and profound vocal performance, live in the control room through an SM57. He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. he would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills.”

    I don’t really care about Michael Jackon’s music but this is pretty cool nonetheless.

    (via nprmusic)

  5. Really really excited for the Kishi Bashi show! This live NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert is amazing. It’s 18min long but worth every second!

  6. In case you thought the bands these days forgot how to rock out… check out Comanechi

  7. New single from L’Orange’s upcomgin album “The Orchid Days”! Great song and fun video too!

  8. This cover of Talking Heads “This Must Be the Place” by Kishi Bashi is so so good it sends shivers of down my spine.

    Kishi Bashi is on tour folks! Saturday May 11th at the Fillmore! https://www.songkick.com/artists/4035406-kishi-bashi

  9. This live version of “Philosiphize in it! Chemicalize with it!” with Kishi Bashi giving the story behind the song is wonderful! Really want to see him live now.

  10. Excited for the new Kishi Bashi album! If it’s as good as this single then it’ll be great!