The way I found these guys? The radio. What a concept, trade cars with your mom and listen to what the public suffers from. Lucky for me, my radio station doesn't suck - though they inevitably will play the same songs over and over if you listen for too long.
Anyway, a little background on these guys for your reference. Two of these guys are brothers, Christian Mazzalai and Laurent Brancowitz. Interestingly enough, Laurent had a brief stint in a band known as Darlin' before he joined Phoenix permanently. The remainders of that broken band wouldn't go on to do much without him...just go on to start a group by the name of Daft Punk. Perhaps you've heard of them?
The group, consisting of the aforementioned brothers plus Thomas Mars and Deck d'Arcy, hail from France and perform alternative rock for your listening pleasure. Winners in the Best Album category at the 2009 Grammy Awards Show, Phoenix is a good listen. Check out the track below as proof - they're pretty talented. Enjoy
Girl Talk is a master of the mash up music scene. A Pittsburg native, Gregg Gillis (his real name) takes multiple tracks and 'mashes' them up to make one unique sound.
In the sample below for example, we've got 9 - yes 9 - different artists' sounds sampled at various times to create a unique piece of work (for reference: Black Sabbath, 2Pac, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Jay-Z again with a different track, N.W.A., Eminem, Cali Swag District, and Jane's Addiction).
Overall, I think it's some pretty impressive stuff...might just need to add of few of these to the regular listening playlist...
As a tribute to his greatness, magazines and publications such as Time and Rolling Stone rated Girl Talk's album "Feed the Animals" one of the top releases to hit the music scene in 2008. Check out a sample of his work below, and as always - ENJOY.
Evan Mast (Left) and Mike Stroud
15 mg. of Adderall in my system, and I ready to study. For studious purposes, I try to listen to tracks with no lyrics (classical, electronic, anything). I've been on a Ratatat binge lately, so I looked up similar artists and found the album Parking Lot Music by E*Vax.
As it turns out, he's half of Ratatat. Might explain some things I suppose (his real name is Evan Mast). Working solo on this album, E*Vax applies a very simple yet well composed beat to his tracks that has me hooked to his electronic rhythm. Evan mainly produces LP's now, but his studio album Parking Lot Music is definitely worth a listen. Check out his remix of the classic "Wildcat" by Ratatat below.
Tyler and the rest of OFWGKTA
Hailing from the streets of Los Angeles, Tyler the Creator is only 20 years old but has a flow like someone years older. After taking a suggestion from my roommate, I took 3 minutes out of my day to listen to somethin' new.
3 minutes later, I'm almost convinced that this kid and his group (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All or OFWGKTA for short) will be taking the hip-hop scene by storm in the near future. Don't believe me? These guys were just on TV with Jimmy Fallon for his late night show, which leads me to believe I'm not the only one that thinks these guys are doing something right..
Anyway - even if they don't grow beyond their initial fame, I'll still have a spot for Tyler and his crew on my iPod. Take a listen -