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Alt-J (∆) – Taro

Pretty incredible song.  No idea how to classify it, but it goes.   Off An Awesome Wave (2012), music video footage from the crazy movie Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation (1988)

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The Exploding Hearts – I’m a Pretender

The Exploding Hearts were a group from my hometown Portland, Oregon.  Shortly after the release of their debut album, Guitar Romantic (2003),  three of the band members died in a tragic car accident.  They made some great music.

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The Naked And Famous – Young Blood

ALL genres here on Straight Bangers.  We spread the love.  Off Passive Me, Aggressive You (2010).

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The XX – Crystalized

Cool little thing about The XX is the drummer isn’t actually a drummer he just uses an MPC

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The Dandy Warhols – (Tony, This Song Is Called) Lou Weed

Showing some love to the Portland natives.   Off Dandys Rule, OK? (1995).

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Chromatics – I’m on Fire

Kinda slow, but I’ve really been digging this Chromatics cover of the classic Bruce Springsteen cut “I’m on Fire”.  Originally on the Boss’s 1984 record Born in the U.S.A., Chromatics released their own version on their 2010 EP In the City. Very different from Chromatics’ usual electronic/dance/disco pop sounds, which you should also check out.

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Broken Bells – The High Road

Fellow contributor dipcity has repped Broken Bells (comprised of Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse, and James Mercer of the Shins) in the past, but I might like this track even a little more.  Off the 2010 self-titled debut album.  Little slower than “The Ghost Inside“, but I dig the great vocals from Mercer.

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Trampled by Turtles – Rebellion (Lies)

Pretty legit cover of the Arcade Fire cut “Rebellion (Lies)”.  The song was originally released by Arcade Fire on their 2004 debut album “Funeral”, and covered here by Trampled by Turtles as a part of The A.V. Club annual series where The A.V. Club and its fans select a group of songs to be covered, and bands are invited in to cover the song of their choice.  The bluegrass feel lends itself well to this one.  If you’re not familiar, check the original version by Arcade Fire as well.

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Guidance Counselor – All God’s Children Can Dance

Once Portland music-scene mainstays, Guidance Counselor has since disbanded, leaving behind only their legacy of indie dance hits. Guitar-driven, keyboard-supported, and drum-effected, Guidance Counselor’s debut, eponymous, and only album (2010) celebrates the one thing every Portland band strives for: to get hipsters to uncross their arms and fucking dance.

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Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers

Hate all you want.  This song is hard.
Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers from the album Wounded Rhymes (2011)

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Bear in Heaven – Reflection of You

Bear in Heaven demand to be blasted in open spaces. This ain’t your earbud aural noise; their hypnotic, textured music is fucking terrifying. I had a high roommate once ask me to turn it down cause it was making him feel like he was insane.
Take the trip and throw on some Bear in Heaven.

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Rare Monk – Shoot Me Down

 

This track comes off Rare Monk’s last album “Astral Travel Battles” (2011). This Ninkasi-sponsored Portland group has been making a splash in the indie/alt world.  Fresh off a booze-filled SXSW stint, Rare Monk has been straight killin’ it. Check ’em out. This is their first official music video filmed up in the Gorge.  Enjoy!

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