Foxygen – …And Star Power

Foxygen does a complete 180 on their new record, saying goodbye to the clean production on their last album, and heading into lo-fi territory. However, they throw out any semblance of good songwriting in the process.

Foxygen – “We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic”

Foxygen has put out a new video for the title track from its latest LP, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, and it’s a real trip. The duo appropriates recognizable old-school psychedelic visual effects–the graveyard setting evoking the LSD sequence in Easy Rider, in particular–but the twosome’s immense energy and modern sensibility still come through strong, making for a captivating viewing experience rather than a tired one.

Like the video, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic is a thoroughly fantastic blend of nostalgia and modernity. Check out the review here:

Jonathan Rado – Law & Order

Singer-songwriter Jonathan Rado releases a solo debut quickly after his main musical project, Foxygen, takes off with a successful album release earlier this year.

Jonathan Rado – “Hand In Mine”

Hot on the heels of being signed by Jagjaguwar records and releasing a really enjoyable album under the name of the songwriting duo known as Foxygen, Jonathan Radio is about to drop a new LP on Woodist under his own name. The title: Law and Order. The album is coming out September 3rd, and I was pretty psyched at the prospect considering how much I’ve loved Jonathan’s contributions in Foxygen. However, the track “Hand In Mine” doesn’t offer much beyond what I’ve already heard from artists like Adam Green. His recent collaboration with Binki Shapiro comes to mind, actually:

Jonathan and Green are obviously pulling from a lot of the same inspirations, but the singing on “Hand In Mine” feels noticeably sloppy–and not in a flattering way. The vocal melodies aren’t exactly hitting me either, which might have to do with the somewhat listless vocal deliveries. Whatever Law and Order delivers, I hope it’s better than this.

Check a review for Foxygen’s latest album below:

Foxygen – “No Destruction”

A fun, nutty video from the boys in Foxygen for one of my favorite tracks from their latest album, which you can check a review for below. If you dig on ghost towns, cowboy hats, car crashes, and weird faces, then this video will totally be up your alley. Enjoy!

Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

This time around, the singer-songwriter duo known as Foxygen writes an album with much more focus and cohesion than 2011′s Take the Kids off Broadway. 21st Century Ambassadors is simply one neatly crafted retro pop jam after another.

WATCH THE REVIEW

Foxygen- “Shuggie”

Foxygen drops a strange video for the song “Shuggie,” which features an array of characters who are completely infatuated with a mysterious black box. While there’s no real explanation as to what makes the black box so damn interesting–or delicious–it does highlight the absurdity of obsessions people can form over objects. Props to Ulysses///Onasis on the video direction. They’ve also worked on some visual projects with Damien Jurado and Richard Swift

Look for Foxygen’s next album, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, on January 22nd via Jagjaguwar. Check out my review of the band’s Take the Kids Off Broadway EP right here.

Foxygen- “Shuggie” (LOVED)

Some vintage pop rock with schizophrenic tendencies on this new Foxygen track, “Shuggie,” which is set to come off the band’s next album, which is ambitiously titled We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic. It’ll be out January 22nd via Jagjaguwar–you know, the same label that released that great EP the band put together in 2011.

And just like the material that’s on that EP, “Shuggie” shifts without warning from one idea to the next. The subdued intro is paired with some pretty moody vocals, and a mellotron-esque keyboard melody. The whole thing reminds me of the Unicorns a bit, but the big showbiz chorus around 1:20 goes down a completely different path–I’m not even gonna get into the funk breakdown around 2:30.

Again, Jan 22nd! Mark it on your calendar!

Foxygen- Take the Kids Off Broadway

Foxygen’s new EP is the sound of rock music’s golden era crumbling. Crumbling into a fondue pot of delicious musical ideas. Also, magic.

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Foxygen- “Waitin’ 4 U”

With the same colorful, schizophrenic personality that powered the last track I blogged about from Foxygen, “Waitin’ 4 U” evokes too many sounds to name. The funny part is they’re all revisited with this joyously sloppy performance that’s lovingly complimented with meticulously crafted pianos, synths, background vocals, and sound effects. My point: the 3:20 mark.

Foxygen’s new EP will be out later this month on Jagjaguwar, but it’s streaming in full on Bandcamp right now. The duo is also heading out on tour this month. Read the dates below:

07/05/12 Santa Ana, CA – The Constellation Room w/ Bass Drum of Death & DZ Deathrays
07/19/12 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar w/ La Sera & Magic Trick & DJ Mario Orduno
07/20/12 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo w/ La Sera & Magic Trick
07/23/12 Los Angeles, CA – Origami Records In-store performance
07/25/12 Gottage Grove, OR – Axe & Fiddle
07/26/12 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge w/ La Sera & Magic Trick
07/27/12 Seattle, WA – Barboza w/ La Sera & Magic Trick
07/28/12 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret w/ La Sera & Magic Trick
07/29/12 Olympia, WA – Northern
08/07/12 San Franciso, CA – Wood Shoppe at Brick and Mortar Music Hall w/ No and Dylan Shearer
09/11/12 Sacramento, CA – Luigi’s Slice & Fungarden w/ Moonface
09/12/12 San Francisco , CA – The Independent w/ Moonface
09/13/12 Santa Cruz, CA – The Crepe Place w/ Moonface
09/14/12 Visalia, CA – Cellar Door
09/15/12 Las Vegas , NV – Beauty Bar w/ Moonface
09/16/12 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress w/ Moonface
09/17/12 Phoenix, AZ – The Rhythm Room w/ Moonface
09/19/12 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo w/ Moonface