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In Rotation March 14th 2010

Cheers to Duncan for letting me be the guest in-rotationist for Passionati this week.  Let’s do this!

bear like mouse a.k.a. Justin Keller brings his bad ass mix to Passionati's In Rotation

Okay, we’re starting off with a little Bombay Bicycle Club, a British indie rock band whose song “Always Like This” teeters between your poppy-er singer/songwriting dudes and a blissful, soaked-in-reverb chorus soaked-in-reverb that smacks of Bloc Party.  The Antlers, whose album, ‘Hospice,’ was #1 on my way-too-long Top Albums of 2009 list.  “Sylvia” is a reference to Sylvia Plath, who- in this case- is a reference overarches across this whole concept album that’s about his relationship with his terminally ill girlfriend.  Total bummer, right?  Up next is Toro Y Moi.  This kid is 23 and, despite his age, draws on a lot of seventies influences and makes them hyper-relevant with some Atlas Sound and Animal Collective stylings.  After him you’ll have some dub-step dropped on you by DJ/Rupture and Matt Shadetek, featuring Elizabeth Alexander, the poetess that spoke at the Obama inauguration.  Another 23-year-old, Florence Welch (AKA Florence and the Machine), put out a really diverse and really, really awesome album called “Lungs” last year.  It’s like, damn, that girl can wail. A prime example of said wailing is the hyperbolic anthem, ‘The Dog Days Are Over’.  Moving on… You know The XX?  Well Phantogram sounds a lot like like them but with the DJ from Public Enemy and a far less wimpy sound.  Time to slow it up with Ida Maria’s, “Keep Me Warm.”  And then please allow The Album Leaf (AKA Jimmy LaValle) to soothe the shit out of you.  Once they’ve done that, how about Cambridge, MA’s, Arms and Sleepers, does it some more with their opium-inflused, Parisian-sounding trip-hop.   On to the final stretch…  Moderat (whose appellation is a smoosh of Modeselektor + Apparat; the two separate artists that comprise Moderat) gets things a whole lot sexier (wait, maybe that’s sadder?) with “Out Of Sight”; which was prossibly (possibly + probably) my favorite track of 09.  And to bring my guestiness here on Passionati to a crashing end, Chicago’s 3-piece instrumental powerhouse/thinktank, Russian Circles with “When the Mountain Comes to Mohammad.” This cut starts with a dirge-like guitar loop and escalates into quaking drums and buzzsaw bass in its massive ending.  I hope you enjoy and thank you for letting me high-five your ear drums!

You can follow Justin on Twitter: @justinkeller


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