When he isn’t busy playing bass with Vampire Weekend, Chris Baio makes catchy dance tracks — his latest EP, Mira, was released in October. Baio is a master of good vibes, so naturally, he remixed the chronically sad-but-sunny Cults track “High Road” off of their sophomore album Static. Baio gives Madeline Follin space to stretch out her saccharine voice amidst a blown-out drumbeat and a disco keyboard progression that almost sounds out of place until the Brian Oblivion’s hushed harmony carries the track into a slow build-up. There’s a murky subtext that bottom-feeds on the vast majority of Cults’ tracks, but Baio makes “High Road” sound almost weightless. Listen below.
Anchorman 2, the long awaited sequel to 2004′s Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy, opens later this month. The soundtrack to the film will feature some ’70s classics — songs by Neil Diamond and Kenny Loggins … and this cover of Christopher Cross’ “Ride Like The Wind,” as sung by Robin Thicke and Ron Burgundy (bka Will Ferrell). Thicke takes the reins on this one, and doesn’t stray much from the original vocal styling. Ron Burgundy joins in, mostly to righteously spout some wildly inappropriate jokes and innuendos that we have been waiting to hear again for nearly a decade. Listen below.
Okkervil River released their seventh full-length album The Silver Gymnasium back in August, and in celebration, we ranked their albums from worst to best. Now, frontman Will Sheff is heading a campaign to create a short film based on the single “Down Down The Deep River” that will be partially funded via Kickstarter. The film will be based on Sheff’s experience growing up in rural New Hampshire during the 1980s, and it will be a tribute to the sci-fi books and films that defined his childhood. Although the project is already underway, the Kickstarter page is asking for $25,000 to complete it. As a thank-you gift for supporters, Sheff announced a couple of retro prizes:
Track list is from the Soundcloud stream: https://soundcloud.com/kurtvile/kv-mixtape
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