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A blog featuring #indie music, news, interviews, & the best darn songs west of Stockholm

I Want My CropperTV: The Difference Machine, "So Hip"

A new movement has been brewing in Hotlanta, one that acutely mixes psychedelic freakiness with old school hip-hop ethos. Enter The Difference Machine, a rap duo consisting of producer Dr. Conspiracy and rapper DT. Their latest music vid for “So Hip” premiered on Potholes In My Blog today. In its two-minutes-flat blitzkrieg, DT finds enough time to lay down criticisms of the current scene. “When I hear so many rappers talk about they flows/And I got so many I can’t think of one I haven’t chosen” he spits over a crackling bass-heavy beat. In the background, Dr. Conspiracy lives up to his name in an OBEY hat, surrounded by gas masks. The group lives up to their name too. They forgo the current top 40 trend of rapping about Maseratis and Dom, instead choosing societal critiques; fewer still come up with such inventive, diverse beats.

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Currently Spinning: Orchestra of Spheres

By this point you must know how Team Clermont feels about bands with serious jam chops. Hint: we freakin’ love them. Enter New Zealand’s (yes, they have the awesome accents to boot) Orchestra of Spheres, a band with a name that perfectly describes them even if you can’t articulate exactly why. The fuzzy, Hendrix-y feedback and wah-wah of ‘Journey’ creates the vibe of an alternate-reality Woodstock, supplied with weirder rhythms and way more dissonance. ’2000000 Years’ is a jam freakout of epic proportions, featuring frantic, off-kilter synths. Both tunes exhibit the band’s strong suits – eerie, catchy chanted lyrics that shift seamlessly into Raconteurs-esque guitar work and Tommy James/Shondells-esque keyboard interludes. In other words, they’re pretty adept at creating classic 60s psych-rock for the tech age. Flight of the Conchords ain’t got nothing on the Spheres.

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Currently Spinning: HeadShy

Imagine if Tom from ’500 Days of Summer’ had grown up in the aughts instead of the 80s, and had missed the boat on “sad British pop music.” Instead, HeadShy might be his favorite band.

HeadShy hail from (Keep) Austin (Weird), Texas, having formed by members of influential psych-pop group 7% Solution. With their January 14 release coming up, the group has strangely delved into the world of perfumery, making heady connections between musical notes and the notes found in complex scents. So what’s the thinking man’s nu-goth posterband to do? Split their debut into three separate EPs that each have their own musical “scent” – The Head Chord, The Heart Chord, and The Base Chord. And the three releases will also be available as a box set that, appropriately, contains three different bottles of perfume. Sounds like a good deal to us.

Their first single ‘Coma’ is a somber, minor key love dirge that imagines a Sleeping Beauty happily-ever-after gone wrong. Lead singer Lisa Lipkin offers up noir Amy Winehouse vocals as she sings forlornly of drifting silently to sleep and getting stuck that way. The sparse drums and grooving bass are so laid back as to be behind the beat, giving the tune the sluggish, dream-like feel it requires. And of course there’s some spooky keys to complete the ensemble. Listen below:

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Here's to 20 Years of Team Clermont artists & bands. Thank you all!

We surely couldn’t have made it 20 years without all of you, our artists.
Coming soon, the whole list of the 2,238 artists, singers, bands and true creatives we’ve had the privilege of working with so far during our company’s 20-year history. – with love from co-founders Nelson Wells and Bill Benson

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