Song : Lykke Li : “Gunshot”

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Each song keeps on getting better and better from Lykke Li and her new album, I Never Learn. The latest is a dark track disguised as a catchy pop anthem. If you had any doubt about the quality of this new album, you can put that worry to rest right now. Follow the link below to hear the song and check out the lyrics bellows. The new LP is out May 6th and it can’t get here soon enough.

Listen: Lykee Li – Gunshot

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Song : Street Joy : “Same As Me”

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You might recall we premiered a great track “Wandering in Your Mind” from LA band Street Joy a couple of months back. The song was a strutter showing huge potential. Since then, they have dropped a couple of more songs named “Laurel Hill” and “Same As Me” with the latter really getting us excited once more about this outfit. The song is polished and holds the proper amount of restraint to let the musicianship really shine through. The bass, which never gets enough attention, really flows effortlessly on this one. It really looks like they are not just a one trick pony. Listen below.

Video : Peace : “Money”

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During SXSW in 2013, we were fortunate to attend The Windish Agency’s showcase. Admittedly, we were there to catch CHVRCHES, but Birmingham, UK band Peace absolutely stole the show for us. They had the total package; looks, sound, and swagger. Shortly thereafter, they dropped their debut long-play In Love that met the promise of that live show. With that being said, it looks like they are keep on keepin’ on with the release of the video for new song “Money” off their just completed, yet-to-be-named sophomore album. While the video directed by Ninian Doff follows some Wall Street types, we won’t even try to explain what unfolds by the end. Watch below.

Song : Twin Shadow : “To The Top”

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Say what you will about the trajectory George Lewis Jr. aka Twin Shadow’s sound has taken since his 2010 debut album Forget, but you can’t hate on guy that is obviously not settling to be just another indie star. Where back in the day you were applauded for not selling out, the most punk thing you can do in today’s musical landscape is make an open effort to sell a million records and be heard on commercial radio.

His latest song “To The Top” pushes him ever so closer the this objective with clean production and memorable chorus. It is a sure sign of what is to come from his follow up to 2012’s Confess that he is currently in the studio working on. Expect an LP to be released later this year.

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 4/15/14

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Here’s the playlist from today’s My Old Kentucky Blog Radio on SIRIUS XMU, Channel 35!

Tune in to channel 35 on either SIRIUS or XM at Noon ET or 12am ET/9pm PST each and every Tuesday! For mobile and online users, be sure to look for us in the on demand section!

Wild Beasts – A Simple Beautiful Truth
Voxtrot – The Start of Something
Lana Del Rey – West Coast
How To Dress Well – Repeat Pleasure
HAERTS – Call My Name
Say Lou Lou – Everything We Touch (Yannis of Foals remix)
Mr Little Jeans – Good Mistake
Only Real – Cadillac Girl
Mike Adams at His Honest Weight – I’m Worried
Warpaint – Disco//Very
First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining
Walter Martin – We Like The Zoo (Cause We’re Animals Too) ft. Matt Berninger of The National
The Black Keys – Turn Blue
SOAK – The Mother We Share (CHVRCHES cover)
Lykke Li – No Rest For The Wicked
The Furrs – Get On Your Horse
Colleagues – Tears
Cut Copy – In These Arms Of Love
Jagwar Ma – Uncertainty (Cut Copy remix)
Elliphant – Revolusion
Classixx – A Stranger Love
Brett – Chalon
WIFE – Heart Is A Far Light
Fickled Friends – Play
Deers – Bamboo
RAC – Seventeen (ft. Pink Feathers)
Chrome Sparks – Goddess
SZA – Babylon (ft. Kendrick Lamar)

MOKB Premiere : 1,2,3 : “Porch Swing Song”

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Coming nearly three years after their much-lauded debut New Heaven, the new album from Pittsburg’s 1,2,3 almost never happened. Singer Nic Snyder had been beaten down by life between being in the band and having a day job, his aunt’s house being hit by a tornado, writer’s block, and being dropped by their label had led to understandable tension with his bandmates. He decided to remove himself from the situation and quit the band. This might of been the best decision he made as it allowed him to create at his own pace. The result is the meaningfully titled Big Weather whose name comes from the literal weather that affected his family and the storm that was band’s existence in the creation of it.

Now knowing the story behind the album, one would expect the music to be darker in mood given the story, but the songs so far have been eclectic and gritty as heard in the previously revealed “Big Weather Part 1″ and “Leave Me In The Sky With The Lawnchair”. There, indeed, is an artistic turn on this record from their debut, but the band has still maintained their pop sensibilities. Those sensibilities might not be any more existent than in the track we are premiering, “Porch Swing Song”. Vocal hooks are prevalent in the cut, but it’s the crunchy and melodic guitars along with the horns that really bring the listener in. It just goes to show that great art cannot always be created on a timetable. Look for Big Weather to see the light of day on May 27th via their homemade label American Hermitage. Listen below.

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Song : Deers : “Bamboo”

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If you like your music with heavy reverb, slightly lo-fi surf melodies and slacker girl group vocals, then look no further than Madrid, Spain’s Deers. The duo of Ana Garcia Perrote and Carlotta Cosials have a two-song single that under the title DEMO at their Bandcamp, although they are too good to be categorized at just demos. The standout is the absolutely perfect “Bamboo”, but “Trippy Gun” is quite the formidable song as well. You can stream both of them below and grab them for the bargain of name your price here.