Thursday, December 27, 2012

Top 25 EP's of 2012

When it comes to finding new artists and new music I have always felt that it starts with finding a solid EP.  Most up and coming bands get their big break with their debut EP, and once they get that out to the public, the buzz can start building for them in preparation for their full length debut.  Here are my personal favorite EPs that really caught my attention in 2012.

PFT's James Brimacombe -- Top 25 EP's of 2012:
01. Peace - Delicious
02. Daughter - The Wild Youth
03. Allah-Las - Tell Me (What's On Your Mind)
04. Jake Bugg - Two Fingers
05. Burial - Kindred
06. The Antlers - Undersea
07. Haim - Forever
08. San Cisco - Awkward
09. Desert Noises - I Won't See You
10. The 1975 - Sex
11. Tiny Victories - Those Of Us Still Alive
12. Kris Orlowski & Andrew Joslyn - Pieces We Are
13. Fidlar - Don't Try
14. Dum Dum Girls - End Of Daze
15. Modern Rivals - Sea Legs
16. Craft Spells - Gallery
17. A Place To Bury Strangers - Onwards To The Wall
18. Frightened Rabbit - State Hospital
19. Lowlakes - Lowlakes
20. Houndmouth - Houndmouth
21. St. Lucia - St. Lucia
22. Daniel Rossen - Silent Hour/Golden Mile
23. Shields - Kaleidoscope
24. Halls - Fragile
25. China Rats - To Be Like I

Childhood - Blue Velvet VIDEO

Childhood give us a great song in 'Blue Velvet', it has a very chilled out and lo-fi sound that works so well, almost feels like a throwback type of song.  The Stone Roses comparisons have been made, but you be the judge for yourself.

Jake Bugg - Two Fingers VIDEO

Jake Bugg is another artist, that deserves some attention heading into the year 2013.  His 'Two Fingers' EP was one of my favorite EPs of the year and the title track is about a solid a track that you can find from a new artist.  Check out the video below, and if you don't smoke, you may want to start after seeing and listening to 'Two Fingers'.


JAWS - Surround You

The Bimringham band, JAWS are another new band that need to be on people's radars heading into 2013.  Their latest single 'Surround You' shows off their talents, in making a song that will surely catch people's attention if they take the time to listen.


Allah-Las - Vis-A-Vis VIDEO

Here is one of the underrated bands that emerged in 2012, Allah-Las.  I admit I am a little late to the listening party on these guys, but after taking a few extended listens of their self-titled album, it became an instant favorite.  Below is the video for their excellent song 'Vis-A-Vis', which has a contagious sound and flow to it.

Daughter - Youth (The Amazing Sessions)

Daughter graced music world with a suburb EP titled 'The Wild Youth'.  On that EP are 4 very sincere and honest lyric filled songs.  Check out the performance of the song 'Youth' from The Amazing Sessions below.


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

New Track from Frank Ocean: "Wise Man"

This man just doesn't stop; check out another fantastic song from Mr. Ocean, one of the best artists of 2012, accompanied by the lyrics image below. (Apparently, this song was left out of the new Quentin Tarantino film "Django Unchained")

Radiohead's Bonnaroo 2006 Set Has Surfaced for Download

I'm not questioning where it came from, but this Christmas has just been made a little more enjoyable:

A fantastic soundboard recording of Radiohead's 2006 Bonnaroo set has surfaced on the glorious webmachine (download part 1/download part 2). Check out the setlist below to a set Thom Yorke called his "favorite gig for years and years and years."

There There
2 + 2 = 5
15 Step
Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
Exit Music (for a Film)
Kid A
Dollars and Cents
No Surprises
Paranoid Android
The Gloaming
The National Anthem
Climbing Up the Walls
Street Spirit (Fade Out)
The Bends
How to Disappear Completely

You and Whose Army?
Pyramid Song
Like Spinning Plates
Fake Plastic Trees
Karma Police

Encore 2:
House of Cards
Everything in Its Right Place 

Fake Plastic Tunes' Top Albums of 2012

It's that time of year again.
You, as a reader, are being flooded with your favorite sites' "Top ____ of the Year!" whether it's albums, songs, artists, EPs, album art, soundtrack, vocal inflection, etc., etc.

FPT is no different, and for that we apologize while enthusiastically presenting you with our top albums of 2012. We're a little different here, at least on the surface, so below you will find our contributing writers' individual lists, to be presented on their own.

Feel free to let us know what you think, and boost/tarnish our egos by letting us know who's you agree with most (and/or least)!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Tribes - Wrapped Up In A Carpet

One of my favorite new artist over the past couple of years is Tribes and now they are getting set to bring us their sophomore effort. Although their new album 'Wish To Scream' won't be available until May 20th, 2013, you can get a jumpstart and check out an album teaser of the track 'Wrapped Up In A Carpet'.

For a free download of the track head over to the bands website.

Yo La Tengo - Before We Run VIDEO

Yo La Tengo are back after a lengthy exit with new tune 'Before We Run'. The track is taken from their upcoming album "Fade" which will be released on January 15th via Matador Records. Check out the video of the first cut from the album below and enjoy the somber/mellow feel of what Yo La Tengo do best.


Desert Noises - I Won't See You EP - REVIEW

Desert Noises latest addition to their catalog features their new EP I Won't See You. The title track starts the 3-song EP out in nice fashion. It is a nice slow low key track that is a solid follow up to the bands debut album Mountain Sea. The tempo and rhythm on this particular track works so well together and offers up a mature song as a result. The 2nd song  'Wings Of White' brings a great harmony and honest song. I am a big fan of how the vocals take ownership right from the first note and how the drums and guitars are mixed in perfectly. 'Birds' is a little more up tempo and sounds like it would make for a fun song to play live, it closes out the EP in strong fashion.

Although only a modest 3 song EP, the Provo based band are only expanding on their sound. I Won't See You EP is bound to open up some additional doors in the bands music journey. Desert Noises are a hard working local Utah band, that are not afraid to hit the road and promote their work in honest fashion. I see this EP as a nice placeholder in between their debut album and those waiting for their sophomore album. By the sounds of it Desert Noises are making their fans know that the wait will be well worth it.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Toro Y Moi "So Many Details"

Following 2011's well received Underneath the Pine, Toro Y Moi has announced his third LP Anything in Return.  The album is to be released January 23rd, but until then enjoy the video for his new single, "So Many Details."

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Frank Ocean Covers "Fake Plastic Trees"

Be sure to check out grammy-nominee Frank Ocean covering Radiohead's Bends-era favorite "Fake Plastic Trees" at a recent Spotify event in New York City.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Peace - Bloodshake VIDEO

I have to say I am not the biggest fan of Peace's music videos, but when it comes to their music that is a whole different story.  This particular song 'Bloodshake' is taken from the bands latest 4 track EP "Delicious" and really offers up a teaser of what they are capable of music wise.  If you want to close your eyes while you listen to the track go right ahead but surely don't judge this band by their video, dive into the music itself.

Delicious EP Tracklisting:
1. Ocean's Eye
2. Bloodshake
3. California Daze
4. 1998 (Delicious)

Monday, December 10, 2012

of Montreal Turner Hall Ballroom (Milwaukee)

There are a few relatively unpredictable bands out there and of Montreal definitely fits into that category. The category of, you never know what you're going to get, aside from the fact that it's always good. 

I'm not only referring to their erratic and sometimes bizarre stage presence either. They have an interesting large body of work, with earlier albums sounding more like the Beatles too a much more experimental sound. I've always admired of Montreal's experimental tendencies and ability to change the set with each show.

The night had already started off right with special guests Foxygen and Wild Belle. Both tough acts to follow, and if you haven't heard of either you probably will in the near future. Anyways, I had no doubt in my mind that of Montreal was going to deliver an unforgettable performance. They were joined on stage by what appeared to be wrestlers tossing out balloons, opening with "Our Love is Senile" from their latest compilation album Daughter of Cloud and  "L'age D'or" from thecontrollersphere

Throughout the evening the light show was vibrant and complimented the array of creatures, large inspects, rabbits and other interesting objects on stage. I noticed, frontman, Kevin Barnes played significantly more guitar than previous shows I've attended this year. Out of pure speculation multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi, who is currently touring for his album 151a, absence was the reason. Either way it was a nice surprise. Speaking of surprises, they didn't play anything from their most recent LP Paralytic Stalks, however it wasn't problematic and was made up for with other material such as the piano driven ballad "Touched Something's Hollow" into "An Eluardian Instance" from Skeletal Lamping.

of Montreal Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Other crowd pleasers and two personal favorites included, "Enemy Gene" and "Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games." This was about the same time I felt the floor vibrating up and down from the audience dancing. As expected, the end of the set included crowd surfing wrestlers and feathers falling from above as they went into "Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse", "Gronlandic Edit" and "A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger" all from the classic Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer

They concluded with "Suffer for Fashion," She's a Rejector" and "The Past Is A Grosteque Animal" for the encore. You can always count on of Montreal to deliver an unforgettable experience from their unpredictable, yet solid setlist to the visually striking stage performance. As expected, of Montreal returned to Milwaukee to deliver an incredible show and if you have never seen them I would encourage you to do so. 

1. Our Love is Senile
2. L'age D'or
3. Beware Our Nubile Miscreants
4. For Our Elegant Caste
5. Touched Something's Hollow
6. An Eluardian Instance
7. Micro University
8. Enemy Gene
9. Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games
10. You Do Mutilate?
11. Hydra Fancies
12. Plastis Wafers
13. Oslo in the Summertime
14. Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse
15. Gronladic Edit
16. A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger

17. Suffer For Fashion
18. She's a Rejector
19. The Past Is A Grotesque Animal

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Nada Surf Live Review Turner Hall Milwaukee

Nada Surf certainly have had their fair share of ups and downs from major label success to being dropped and releasing their second album, The Promoximity Effect, on their own label. It wasn't until around 2002 when the guys joined Barsuk Records and released the critically acclaimed Let Go (a personal favorite). Now currently on tour in support of their seventh album, The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy, the guys stopped in Milwaukee.

It seems like it's been some time since Nada Surf last played in Milwaukee, making it a memorable  Friday to say the least. The guys started off the evening around 5:30 with "No Snow on the Mountain," "Teenage Dreams" and "Beautiful Beat" to a small crowd on air for Milwaukee's 88.9. Following Eternal Summer, they returned to the stage a little after 9:30, jumping into "Clear Eye Clouded Mind" and "Waiting for Something," the two opening tracks from The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy.

Frontman Matthew Caws has been known to consistently interact with the audience stating, "we have a lot of songs so were just gonna keep going/we just kept adding to the setlist" and he wasn't joking as the band eventually played 24 songs. The guys powered through a variety of songs from just about every album such as  "Do it Again" from The Weight is a Gift, "Beautiful Beat" and "Whose Authority" from Lucky. They even played three in a row from The Proximinity Effect, "Hyperspace," "Amateur" and "80 Windows," before "When I was Young" from the new album. At one point someone shouted, "Hi-Speed Soul!" Without hesitation Caws replied with an "OK" and began strumming the intro to the fast paced crowd pleaser. By this time I think just about everyone in attendance was dancing or singing.

I was pleasantly surprised when they slowed things down with the requested ballad "Blonde on Blonde," from Let Go. After a few more tracks they ended the set with "The Way You Wear Your Head." The encore consisted of "See These Bones," "Popular," and "Always Love." Of course on the final song, "Blankest Year," everyone joined in to sing the chorus "Oh fuck it! Im gonna have a party!"

From the radio cast, sound and the diverse setlist the overall night was perfect. As Caws stated, "the hospitality here is unreal" and in return Nada Surf returned to Milwaukee to deliver a powerful and memorable show.

Feel free to check out our review of The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy HERE.

1. Clear Eye Clouded Mind
2. Waiting for Something
3. Do it Again
4. Weightless
5. Who's Authority
6. Jules and Jim
7. Killians Red
8. Looking Through
9. Hyperspace
10. Amateur
11. 80 Windows
12. When I was Young
13. Hi-Speed Soul
14. Paper Boats
15. Beautiful Beat
16. No Snow on the Mountain
17. Inside of Love
18. Blonde on Blonde
29. Teenage Dreams
20. The Way You Wear Your Head

21. See These Bones
22. Popular
23. Always Love
24. Blankest Year

Friday, December 7, 2012

Tanlines Make Television Debut on Jimmy Fallon

More late night talk show coverage for you here.

This time, it was Tanlines to take to the stage of Jimmy Fallon last night, making their television debut performing the song "All Of Me" from their debut full length, Mixed Emotions.

The song is one of the year's best, which kind of leads to the performance seeming lackluster for such an undeniably upbeat song. The duo does not disappoint, however, check out the performance below.

Tanlines – “All Of Me” 12/6/2012 Jimmy Fallon by screeps

Big Deal - Teradactol

Big Deal are back with some new music, with their new song 'Teradactol' which will be part of their upcoming sophomore release later in 2013.  The new sound, is much bigger then anything found on the duo's debut album. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Night Moves "Colored Emotions"

John Pelant (guitars/vocals), Micky Alfano (bass) and Mark Ritsema grew up in the Twin Cities often playing in and out of one another's bands a like. But, it wasn't until 2009 that they reconnected to form Night Moves. With the recent release of their debut LP Colored Emotions, the group stopped at Stonefly Brewery in Milwaukee Thursday, November 29th.

Night Moves had me entriqued from the get go with the song and accompanying video for "Country Queen" from their latest effort Colored Emotions." The track features an interesting and pleasant mix of psychedelic rock with a hint of country twang, which works well.

The band took the stage around midnight, joined by Jared Isabella on drums for the tour. With the mentioned psych-rock/country sound, I was under the impression that the show would resemble the two tracks that I had previously listened to ("County Queen" and "Headlights"). Unfamiliar with most of the songs, I was immediately surprised and a bit taken back by the bands overall sound and stage presence. The sound quality was great and the soulfulness brought the songs to life.

In conclusion and in all honesty, I was un-impressed with the two opening bands lack of togetherness. Night Moves quickly made me forget about that. I'm going to repeat this, the show was incredibly soulful! The guys are onto something great and I look forward to seeing them again in the future. The album is exceptional, the live show is even better and I feel privileged that I had the chance to see them before they play at the next bigger venue. I would encourage you to listen to Colored Emotions and to experience them live when the chance arises.

Delta Spirit Perform "Money Saves" on Conan

In case you've never seen Delta Spirit live, and/or didn't believe me when I said that their live performances are absolutely maniacal you can check out their performance on Conan from last night. The group stopped by to play "Money Saves" off their latest album, Delta Spirit.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Shout Out Louds - Blue Ice VIDEO

The Swedish five-piece, Shout Out Louds are all set to release their fourth album, Optica, on February 26, 2013.  The first single from the album is 'Blue Ice' and was actually released as a made from ice 7", with only 10 available worldwide.  It's hard to believe this band has been around for 10 years already, and are still flying well under the radar.  Here is the bands take on the new album...

"In our eagerness to please no one but ourselves this time around, we decided to take on the challenge of producing our own music for the first time ever. Our close friend and sound aficionado of choice Johannes Berglund and his studio in Stockholm presented us with an ideal package for the endeavor. A secluded work space close to home, but off the earth's surface, a more than generous timeline, and the patient and brilliant sixth member we needed to get through the whole thing safely. Together we made up a downstairs world of explosive colors, big, warm sounds and a very, very uninhibited work process. We never worried about following a clear path, trusting that the conscious decision not to worry would be enough to lead us right, and that right doesn't necessarily have to mean rational or even reasonable...We all set prestige and skillfulness aside in favor of experimentation and sheer gusto. That will probably come across live too. I don't think we've ever been this excited to take an album on tour."
Optica Tracklisting:
  1. Sugar
  2. Illusions
  3. Blue Ice
  4. 14th of July
  5. Burn
  6. Walking In Your Footsteps
  7. Glasgow
  8. Where You Come In
  9. Hermila
  10. Chasing the Sinking Sun
  11. Circles
  12. Destroy

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Merchandise - Become What You Are

Merchandise are a band that have been floating around on my radar for a few months and I have been waiting anxiously for new music from the band.  Well it turns out they have a 12" EP titled 'Children of Desire' set to be released in early 2013 with a full US tour to follow.

In the meantime check out the bands latest intimate video for 'Become What You Are' which was shot on the rooftop of Carson Cox and David Vassalotti's Tampa, Florida home. 

Merkhandise - Become What You Are (downhome) from Id House Vid. Group on Vimeo.