Gorillaz cover ‘Crystalised’ by the xx (BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Video)

Wrap all of your ears around this beautifully restrained and very earnest cover of ‘Crystalised’ (you heard it here on the Neon Milkbus first, maybe, possibly, possibly maybe) by the xx (too cool… Continue reading

Gold Panda – ‘Snow and Taxis’ (Video)

I’m kind of glad the Panda didn’t go with the cliched ‘snow and taxis’ slow-motion-New-York-yellow-cabs-in-a-snowstorm vibe. Instead he’s all like, “How awesome is vegetation!”

Jamie Woon – ‘Night Air’ [Produced by Burial] (Official Video)

As the days get shorter and the nights grow longer, Jamie Woon (who you might remember from Debruit’s ‘I’m Goin’ Wit You’) turns in a soulful and heartfelt orchestral ode to maneuvers in… Continue reading

Jamie Lidell – ‘Little Bit of Feel Good’ (La Garage Mix)

Apparently in French ‘La Garage’ is roughly translated as ‘live version of song accompanied by cool malfunctioning-television video’. Jamie Lidell: fusing feel-good soul with a little bit of electronica one beat, bar, beard,… Continue reading

The New Holidays – ‘Maybe So, Maybe No’

After seeing Mayer Hawthorne croon this live in concert last night, thumbing through the racks of YouTube today uncovered the original version of ‘Maybe So, Maybe No’, recorded in 1969 by The New… Continue reading

Jed and Lucia – ‘Apostrophe’ (Official Video)

Beautiful autumnal listening from the Ubiquity Records camp. Usually known for their raw, deep-dug, soul-rich hip hop and hypnotic house numbers, here the label has made bold strides into whispery acoustic territory with… Continue reading

Fenech-Soler – ‘Stop and Stare’ (Official Video)

If Passion Pit were from England, listened to nothing but late 90s trance, wore sequined t-shirts, sped up their bpm’s a lil bit, and didn’t whine so much about being a ‘sleepyhead’, they… Continue reading

Recession-Hit Musician Rebrands

1. Badly Overdrawn Boy 2. Broke Social Scene 3. Arcade Fired 4. Maximum Ballooned Economy 5. Threepence None The Richer

Lenny Fontana – ‘Spread Love’ (London Elektricity Live Version, Zero Tolerance Mix, Nu:Tone Remix)

We’ve been having some absolutely beautiful late summer/early autumn days here in Seattle recently – blue skies, sun, and a ever so slight chill in the crisp air. Got me thinking that summer… Continue reading

DJ Fresh – ‘Gold Dust’ (Official Video)

This tune’s been around for a while, but leave it to Ministry of Sound to slap a vocal on it, load it into their money catapult, and aim, point and shoot in the… Continue reading

Aloe Blacc Performs a Cover of Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’

Aloe Blacc is perhaps best known for his plinky-plonk piano summer feeling-broke-feeling-good track ‘I Need A Dollar’. Here however he turns the tables on us and delivers a raw, stripped-down, half-time soul cover… Continue reading

Beyonce & Justin Bieber: Chopped, Screwed & Sloooowwwwdddd Down

Here Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’ gets the Houston, Texas hip hop ‘chopped and screwed’ DJ Jey Stylez treatment that makes the track sound like a robotic Aretha Franklin doing tai chi submerged in a… Continue reading

Andreya Triana – ‘Lost Where I Belong’ (Original & Flying Lotus Remix)

Although I’m usually a fan of animation-in-real-world type videos, this beautiful, beautiful, beautiful Bonobo-produced Ninja Tuned track by Andreya Triana unfortunately ain’t no “Opposites Attract.”     It does however have an incredibly… Continue reading

Earth, Wind & Fire – September (Phats and Small Mutant Disco Mix)

Possibly the only thing that the world can agree on right now is that it is undeniably, irrefutably and ecstatically September. Thank you, oh unifying and peacemaking Gregorian calendar. In celebration, check out… Continue reading

Hanni El Khatib – ‘Dead Wrong’ & ‘You Rascal You’

Filipino/Palestinian San Franciscan (try saying that fast with a mouth full of dead leaves) who’s the creative director for HUF skateboards in his day job (already he’s just racking up those cool points)… Continue reading

Wavves, Best Coast, Teen Daze: Is this the Nonchalant Sound of Summer 2010?

Chillwave, lo-fi, no-fi, fuzzy, buzzy. These are all words of sorts. They’re also all descriptive terms used to describe the sound of bands like Wavves, Best Coast, and Teen Daze who all make… Continue reading

Pharoah Sanders – ‘Greeting to Saud’

Cloudwalking desert jazz that sounds like someone tinkling on a piano half buried in a sand dune inside a lantern-filled Abu Dhabi souk. Love it. Here’s an interview with the tenor sax-toting legend… Continue reading

Jon Hopkins – ‘Vessel’ (Four Tet Remix)

Bliss. Perfect late night listening from Jon Hopkins, a UK electronica artist who’s no stranger to contributing his starry-skied digital magic to tracks by Coldplay, Imogen Heap, David Holmes, Tunng, Four Tet, and… Continue reading

Offstage Surprise!

You know a rainy summer hip hop block party festival crowd is at its collective euphoric peak when you see something like this breaking out. Skills to pay the bills.

New Single from Cut Copy – ‘Where I’m Going’

While this is an explicitly concrete departure from the usual feelgood Aussie disco synth-esis (hey!) of Cut Copy into unfamiliar indie-guitar-with-tambourine waters, it’s also hookier than a bag of fishing tackle watching that… Continue reading

Stevie Wonder – ‘Sesame Street’

Proof that 1972 was a great year for music and television and music television. If this two minute snippet is anything to go by. From back when the Voicebox was the apex of… Continue reading

Katy B – ‘Katy on a Mission’ (Produced by Benga)

Bran’ Nu! Courtesy of one of the greatest online bass music radio stations in the world (that just got awarded a license to broadcast on FM in the UK!) Rinse FM South London… Continue reading

World’s Largest Skateboard

Two things I did not expect from this best great video: 1. A comically enormous (and I mean enormous) skateboard. 2. The sounds of ABBA as a skateboarding soundtrack. Incredulous!

Music Monday: Pino Daniele – ‘Yes I Know My Way’

The only thing better than this 1970s Italo-pop-rock-disco-cosmo-soul masterpiece is the 1970s Italian television studio it’s filmed in. I never knew these shades of beige existed.

Music Monday: Minus The Bear – ‘My Time’

Centuries from now, when archaeologists carefully brush away the desert sand to reveal an ancient civilization once known as YouTube, they’ll scratch their heads and wonder how simple, DIY stop-motion music videos full… Continue reading

Levi’s Pioneer Sessions – FREE Brand New Cover Versions of Classic Tracks by The Roots, Raphael Saadiq, Passion Pit, Nas, and more! Download and Listen With Your Ears!

No-one really knows how to make money from music anymore. We know that people generally don’t expect to have to pay for songs nowadays but they also will be happily and dementedly eager… Continue reading

Jamiroquai’s Cup Noodle Ad Virtually Borders on Insanity

Yes it’s real. Jay Kay does a ‘Lost In Translation’ and taps into the lucrative Japanese TV commercial market by adapting ‘Virtual Insanity’ to champion the Cup Noodle cause while the karaoke booth… Continue reading

Helpful Suffixes for Instant and Irresponsible Sensationalism

Situation is mildly controversial: – gate Situation is mildly inconvenient: – mageddon Situation is mildly awesome: – orama

Hungarian Woman Loses It

She’s either Hungarian or quite possibly Glaswegian. I think I’ve heard this knock-knock joke before.

Neon Breakfast Tracklisting: Sat 29 May 7am-10am LIVE on George FM

THANK YOU, GRACIAS and DOMO ARIGATO (whatever that means) to everyone who tuned in this morning for the LAST NEON BREAKFAST on world famous GEORGE FM! So many new tunes and classic heavy-hitters… Continue reading

Burqas ‘n’ Kickflips: Skateboarding in Afghanistan!

Skateistan is a non-profit, co-educational skateboarding school located in Kabul. Check out http://www.skateistan.org for more videos and details of their upcoming film. On a separate note, big chunky knee-pads are long overdue a… Continue reading

Danish Bus Driver Gets Sung Happy Birthday! By Everyone!

Mukhtar, a bus driver in Copenhagen, gets surprise birthday punk’d by undercover bus choristers, a rogue trumpeter, and the happiest reason for a flashmob ever. Quite possibly the most heartwarming video you’ve seen… Continue reading

Neon Breakfast Tracklisting: Sat 22 May 7am-10am LIVE on George FM

Big thanks to everyone who tuned in this morning for the ELECTRIC ECLECTIC (not a bad name that) GOODNESS that is the NEON BREAKFAST live and direct on world famous GEORGE FM. It… Continue reading

Folk Musicians Who Slightly Altered Their Stage Names When They Went Hip Hop

1. Bob Dilla 2. Johnny Ca$$$h 3. KRS-One Kristofferson 4. Big Willie Nelson 5. Lil Way’n Jennings 6. Art Garfunkel

Underworld – ‘Scribble’

Euphoria! Brand new single ‘Scribble’ from Underworld’s forthcoming album. Plus a video that looks like it was made on a budget of 18 quid, a Mars bar nicked from a service station, and… Continue reading

Neon Breakfast Tracklisting: Sat 15 May 7am-10am LIVE on George FM

Bit of a name change this week as we move from being NEON MIXTAPE to NEON BREAKFAST. We’re still the same on the inside though. LOVE GEORGE FM and LOVE EARLY MORNING ECLECTIC… Continue reading

Reflections On Sitting In The Balcony Seats For The First Time At A Gig Waiting For Vampire Weekend To Come On Stage

Usually I’m positioned front and centre for gigs, ready to scream, jump, yelp, raise a fist and by and large have a pretty fantastic time right smack bang in the middle of a… Continue reading

Photobombing + Goat =

GOATOBOMBING! You might not think this is funny now but later on tonight while you’re brushing your teeth you’ll remember this and laugh uncontrollably till you’re a mess of toothpaste, toothbrush bristles and… Continue reading

Things Singers Always Say In Between Songs When Performing in NZ

‘I wish I could stay longer in your beautiful country’ ‘Your country is beautiful’ They also say ‘This next song is called…’ and ‘Thank you’ a lot.

REVIEW: Henry Rollins – Monday 26 April 2010 – Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland, NZ

I’m late to see Henry Rollins, but I can already hear his booming, animated voice from outside the auditorium as I hurriedly approach the doors. As I quietly creak them open, I walk… Continue reading

The PS22 Chorus – ‘Lisztomania’

You never thought once you clicked ‘play’ below that these eighty or so Staten Island elementary schoolers would sing so, so beautifully. It’s one thing to cover a run of the popular songs… Continue reading

Neon Mixtape Tracklisting: Sat 8 May 7am-10am LIVE on George FM

Plenty brand new blissed out and bassy Left Coast beats this morning from Ras G, MED and Free The Robots. Plus brand new Fly-Lo, Jay Electronica, Toddla T, and dark, dark, grimey, stripped-down… Continue reading

Luther Vandross – ‘A House Is Not A Home’

I’ve always liked the phrase ‘Sing Like You Can’. I’ve tried to employ it in numerous pursuits of mine, including hang gliding, dog sled racing, and singing. However if there’s one man that… Continue reading

LCD Soundsystem – ‘Drunk Girls’

So this is how Japanese TV gets made. Highlight: DFA songstress Nancy Whang getting a surprisingly relentless and merciless egging! I would have thought there would be more robots backstage at NHK –… Continue reading

Cat. Standing. Up!

SOUNDTRACK! By next Tuesday he’ll have learned to drive and by next Friday he’ll have opened a bank account. This time next year you’ll be working for him.

Neon Mixtape Tracklisting: Sat 1 May 7am-10am LIVE on George FM

Brand new glitch/UK garage/dubstep/purple/stuff that sounds like Martyn (what DO you call it?) music played today from FaltyDL, Joy Orbison, Dubbel Dutch and BD1982. Plus plenty of iPod-on-perfect-shuffle handbrake turns along the way… Continue reading

George Costanza: Waaay Ahead Of The Curve

I knew it all along. Expect to see glasses as thick as fishbowls and Russell Athletic tracksuit bottoms with white socks and sturdy tennis shoes EVERYWHERE at the next Paris Fashion Week. Again,… Continue reading

Neon Mixtape Tracklisting: Sat 24 April 7am-10am LIVE on George FM

Another blazin’ show, thanks to all for tuning in! Rinsed out some Nihongo hip hop, some Bug Powder Dust, some James Brown, and some Sesame Street rave! Jamie Lidell – “You Got Me… Continue reading

8-Bit Battle Of New York!

Literally incredible. Filmmaker Patrick Jean documents 8-bit icons from the 80s attacking the Big (pixelated) Apple. It’s all about Donkey Kong throwing barrels off the top of the Empire State building. If this… Continue reading

Reflections On Going To The Talib Kweli Concert (On My Own)

I’d never been to a gig by myself before, but having just become a bonafide music journalist for a magazine (with free entry to the concert and everything!) I figured this was what… Continue reading