Tiger Forest Cat: “New York, New York”

This is a nice dreamy piece of indie pop rock from Sweden’s Tiger Forst Cat, maybe like something in between The Shins and Wild Nothing. Imagine yourself driving somewhere on a coast road to this, top down, sun shining. 

From the upcoming album Underdogism due Feb 3.



ITYLTS’ Most Played

Do you ever click on the most played tab in iTunes and get a little surprise, like a curveball of “Wow, did not know how much I actually listened to that one song…over and over again, for like a month and now I don’t listen to it that much anymore…but wow I played the hell out of that one song”, well that happened to me this morning.

It’s all well and good me posting up music that I’m finding here and now but I bet you’re wondering what I actually listen to on a daily basis, oh you weren’t? Oh… well this is awkward now…I’m just going to do it anyway. 

1) Bon Iver “Creature Fear” (180 plays)

2) Adrian Lux “Teenage Crime” (153 plays)

3) Annuals “Fair” (145 plays)

4) Air “Run” (117 plays)

5) Old 97s “Adelaide” (117 plays)

6) Matchbox 20 “How Far We’ve Come” (116 plays)

7) The Naked and Famous “Young Blood” (112 plays)

8) The Temper Trap “Fader” (110 plays)

9) Bear Hands “Crime Pays” (100 plays)

10) Dandy Warhols “We Used To Be Friends” (100 plays)

11) The Shins “Sleeping Lessons” (95 plays)

12) The Helio Sequence “Hallelujah” (93 plays)

13) Local Natives “Airplanes” (89 plays)

14) Spoon “I Turn My Camera On” (87 plays)

15) Clock Opera “Belongings” (81 plays)

So, there you have it.



Best of 2012…So far

I don’t know how it happened, but its that time of the year again- we’re half way through. Somehow its June of 2012 and lists are being made of the best things that have been in our ears since January. As much of a slave to routine as anyone here is ITYLTS Best of 2012…so far.

To do things a little different and challenge myself I’m only going to say three words as a write up for the song and they won’t be in a sentence, just three different words hanging out.

(in no particular order, maybe chronological)

ITYLTS Best of 2012…So Far from ITYLTSmusic on 8tracks.

30 Best Songs…So far 

Nicholas Jarr- “And I Say ft. Scout LaRue & Will Epstein”- Crazy. Sexy. Cool.

Jay-Z- “Glory ft. Pharrel & Blue Ivy Carter” Proud. Love. Loss.

The Shins- “Simple Song” Simple. Memories. Sixties.

Gotye- “Somebody That I Used To Know ft. Kimbra” Betrayal. Ends. Everywhere.

Seasfire- “Falling” Nighttime. Gravity. Comparisons.

Work Drugs- “License To Drive” Roadtrip. Freedom. Coast.

DJ Fresh- “Hot Right Now ft. Rita Ora” Fad. Next. Now.

AlunaGeorge- “You Know You Like It” Fresh. Evening. Tipsy.

Lady Danville- “Operating” SoCal. Intentions. Acceptance.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros- “Man on Fire” Digeridoo. Cash. Baggage. 

Rizzle Kicks- “The Traveller’s Chant”- Youth. Escape. Expectations.

Ludovin- “If I Die Before You”- Whistles. Community. Hope.

Beach House- “Myth” Dream. Finished. Over

The Neighbourhood- “Sweater Weather” Cold. Together. California.

Maroon 5- “Come Away To The Water ft. Rozzi Crane” Sacrifice. Menace. Real.

Alabama Shakes- “Hold On” Southern. Perseverance. Faith.

Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz- “Mercy” Bravado. Family. Brag.

Marina & The Diamonds- “Primadonna” Diva. Entitled. Knowing.

Jessie Ware- “Running” Infatuation. Effect. Ready.

Mikey Mike- “If I Ain’t Stopped Loving You By Now” Done. Always. Never.

Carly Rae Jepson- “Call Me Maybe” Not. Even. Embarrassed.

Passion Pit- “Take A Walk” Pride. Evolution. Determination.

She’s So Rad- “Confetti” Nostalgia. Truth. Shoegaze.

Mark Foster + A-Trak+ Kimbra- “Warrior” Fight. Bells. Mix.

Delilah- “Breathe” Strings. Quiet. Mask.

Friends- “Friend Crush” Boundaries. Unsure. Temptation.

Fiona Apple- “Every Single Night” Identity. ?. Everything.

The Secret Sisters- “Tomorrow Will Be Kinder” Destruction. Rebuild. Overcome.

The Griswolds- “Mississippi” Infectious. Restraint. Apart. 

Frank Ocean- “Pyramids” Complex. Respect. Electic. 



What Was Liked Last Month: January/February

I haven’t done one of these in a while but thought I probably should get back into it. Also, how is it March already, anyone else a little surprised how that crept up on us? A little sneaky, I think.

Anyone, let’s do this. Here is what I liked, and thought you’d probably like, in January/February. Huzzah!

First off the bat, you should probably check out ITYLTS Best of 2011 series. This was our big rundown of 2011 including our favourite songs, covers, remixes and what we want to be big in 2012. 

January also sadly saw the end of one of my favourite TV shows, Chuck. One of the reasons I loved Chuck so much is the music it has introduced me to since I began watching it. To honour the wonderful music supervision on Chuck have a look at Chuck vs the Music, a playlist dedicated to my favourite music on Chuck. After you’ve listened to that, take a look at this interview I did with editor/director/sometimes music supervisor on Chuck, Matt Barber as we chat about music, directing, desert island discs and more. 

Now onto the songs! (after the jump)

The Shins- The Shins have a new album out Port of Morrow and they’ve let us listen to upcoming tracks Simple Song" and "September”. Port of Morrow is due March 20.

Jay-Z- Hov and Bey welcomed their baby girl, Blue Ivy, into the Carter-Knowles family in early January. Days after her birth, Jay-Z released this track “Glory" onto the interwebs. Produced by Pharrell and featuring none other than Blue Ivy, it’s a heart warming song from a very very proud pops. 

Seasfire- Bristol boys Seasfire started off 2012 very well with a great show at the Communion night. Their track “Falling" is getting heard in all the right places and I chatted to the boys about the comparisons to The Weeknd and Radiohead in this interview

Adam Barnes- This Oxford singer/songwriter also started the year off very nicely with his signing to LAB Records. Currently on tour in the US, the futures looking bright for Barnes, especially with songs like this “She Will Stay Beneath The Moon”.

Emeli Sande- Sande’s eagerly anticipated debut album Our Version of Events was released in February, and I have to say it is amazing. Stand out tracks for me are “Mountains" and "Next To Me”.

The Head and the Heart- The Head and the Heart must have got a major boost when their beautiful song “Rivers and Roads" was used in the closing moments of the Chuck finale. Along with this, they also released the video for the equally beautiful “Down In The Valley”. 

Gotye- Gotye’s viral smash “Somebody That I Used To Know was voted in at the number one spot on Triple J’s Hot 100 and it has refused to leave ever since. Helped in part by this unique cover by Walk The Earth, five people-one guitar.

The Antlers- Hey! Look! I did an interview with Michael Lerner from The Antlers! We chatted about influences, recording processes and what’s happening next. (w/ The Guestlist Network)

Miike Snow- Miike Snow have a new album out Happy To You. They’ve already let us listen to “Devil’s Work" and now here’s "Paddling Out”. Happy To You is due March 27.

Ghost Society- Lo-fi glorious sounds with Ghost Society’s “Your Hands

Kidda- Infectiously fun synth pop Kidda with “Together Again”. If you like The Go! Team, have a listen. 

The Bullitts- If you haven’t seen the video for The Bullitts’ “Supercool" yet, do it now. Jeymes Samuel + Rosario Dawson= Hilarity. 

Jack White- The White Stripes frontman, Jack White has finally released some of solo material and properly solo this time, not under any other name but Jack White, “Love Interruption”.

Busby Marou- Sweet folk pop from aussies Busby Marou and “Biding My Time

Work Drugs- One of our favourite artists from last year, Work Drugs have given us a taster of things to come on the new album with “License to Drive”.

The Griswolds- Aussie infectious indie pop courtesy of The Griswolds and “Mississippi”. If you like Vampire Weeknd or GIVERS, give this a try.

Azure Ray- A little late to the game to this duo, but “Seven Days" sure is beautiful. 

Bon Iver- Some live music for you from Bon Iver. First off a special session recorded live including stripped back versions of “Hinnom, TX”, “Wash.”, “Beth/Rest”, “Babys” and “I Can’t Make You Love Me”. Secondly, here’s Justin Vernon and The Roots on Jimmy Fallon doing a r&b tinged soulful reworking of “Perth”.  

disCOVER- A lot of lovely covers for you here. Emil & Friends put their unique spin on M83’s “Midnight City”. Warsonic brought synths to Mumford & Sons “White Blank Page”. The Weeknd’s “The Morning” got the cover treatment from Eliza Doolittle and Saskatchewan. Silverswans brought even more mellowness and melancholia to Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games

Remix, Baby- To bring in 2012, remix extraordinaires RAC have done an amazing remix of some of the best tracks of 2011 for Hypemachine, called RAC vs The Hypemachine. One of my favourite remixres, LEANN GRIMES turned his attention to “Knees” by Peter and Kerry with the remix “Held Hands Coming Apart”. Dark Dark Horse brought lo-fi broodiness to Fossil Collective in his remix of “Without A Fight”.



The Shins “September”

A ways back, I posted on new Shins material Simple Song. Now here comes the B-side September

The Shins: “September” (b-side of “Simple Song” 7”) from Record Store Day on Vimeo.

The Shins new album Port of Morrow is out March 20. 

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The Shins: “Simple Song”

The Shins are back with newly released material Simple Song from the forthcoming Port of Morrow. It uses that familiar sixties drum beat for the bassline and is just lovely, what you expect really from The Shins.

Port of Morrow is out March 20th, Simple Song is available from January 10th (if you pre-order the album)

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25 Albums That Changed My Life: Part 3

It’s been a while since part two, life just keeps getting in the way, quit it life. Anyway, here’s part 3 of the 25 albums that changed my life (part 1 and part 2 included eminem, blink 182, 2pac, nas, fatboy slim, the verve, nwa, kanye west, jayz, moby, outkast)

Check out part 3 after the jump…

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August: I Think You’ll Like This Song

Laura Marling (Sophia, Jolene and album preview)

Fiction (Big Things)

Cinematic Orchestra (To Build A Home)

M83 (Intro feat. Zola Jesus)

Fitz and The Tantrums (Breakin’ The Chains Of Love)

James Vincent McMorrow (This Old Dark Machine)

Icarus Himself (On Your Side)

CSS (Red Alert feat. Ratatat)

Johnny Cash (God’s Gonna Cut You Down Remix)

James Blake & Bon Iver (Fall Creek Boys Choir)

Florence & The Machine (What The Water Gave Me)

The Vaccines (Last Friday Night Cover)

Mystery Jets (Two Doors Down and Young Love)

The Head and The Heart (Cats & Dogs)

The Weeknd (The Zone feat Drake and The Birds Part 1)

Theophilus London (Starry Eyed Penguin Prison Remix)

Bon Iver (Holocene video and Minnesota, WI)

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Can’t Hold Us)

Emeli Sande (Heaven)

Theme Park (A Mountain We Love)

Matt & Kim (I’m A Goner feat. Soulja Boy and Andrew W. K, Remixes of Block after Block)

Clock Opera (Belongings: Live Session and Lesson No.7)

The Ridges (Album preview)

Wintersleep (Weighty Ghost)

Fortune Family (Young Hearts)

E-Dubble (My Last Dream feat. Kom)

Blitzen Trapper (Love The Way You Walk Away)

Conan O’Brien and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros (Creep Radiohead Cover)

RAC (Alex Winston Remix)

Kites With Lights (Cosmonaughts)

ANR (New Armour)

Red Eye Fugu (Night Runner)

Weezer (Pumped Up Kicks Cover)

Work Drugs (Rolling In The Deep Cover)

Air France (It Feels Good To Be Around You)

The Shins (Australia Peter Bjorn & John Remix)

Ya Boy (We Run LA feat. Dr. Hollywood)

Lunchbox Riot (Helena Beat Remix)

Beirut (East Harlem)

Yeasayer (O.N.E.)

The Belle Brigade (Shirt)

Bermuda Star (Tide Me Over

Washed Out (Amor Fati)

Alex Winston (The Cave cover)

Frank Ocean (Novacane)

The Morning Benders (Last Night cover)

Metronomy (The Bay)

Little Dragon (Little Man)

Team Me (Dear Sister)



Remix Baby: The Shins “Australia (Peter, Bjorn & John Remix)”

Quick one: The Shins + Peter Bjorn & John= Good Times.

The Shins - Australia (Peter Bjorn & John Remix) by warmarc



You Should Own This: #5/Remix, Baby/LIVE

This song is so good ITYLTS have decided to feature it in three of our features. When we first heard this song we didn’t really realise what we were listening to. The intro is long, building up to something that can’t fully understand but you have that feeling that it’s going to be something special. Then it drops. Everything that it promised to be is, an amazing rock song that gets you up and gets you hyped. It is perfect and one of our favourite songs. Because we love it so much we are posting up the original, a live version and the fantastic RAC remix too. Enjoy this.

The Shins: “Sleeping Lessons" from Wincing The Night Away


Remix, Baby

The Shins - Sleeping Lessons (RAC Mix) by RAC