Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Fascination: Mexico City Blondes


Let Your Ears Decide is all about providing you with the 411 on the latest bands that are on the rise every Friday, but when there's something special that happens to be local and crosses our path - that's an entirely different story. Mexico City Blondes is without a doubt one of LYED's latest fascinations for obvious reasons, and with only one track released publicly - they have us by both ears. 
They made their debut performance at SOhO in Santa Barbara earlier this month when they opened up for Panama (a show I was 110% bummed about missing.) In addition to winning everyone over and reaching #1 on HypeMachine, MCB's first (and only) single "Fade" was featured in Vogue among a handful of the best summer summer jams. "Fade" is definitely one of those songs that is so smooth and effortless, it's too good to pass up (or take off repeat.) With everything looking up for the SB band, it will be interesting to see what they've accomplished a year from now. The music video for "Fade" recently premiered on Earmilk (check out what they had to say about it here.) 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Getting Back Under The Covers Part VI

Happy Thursday from LYED, here's another healthy dose of covers that I'm currently digging. Not going to lie, I was pretty surprised to see that Foals once covered Swedish House Mafia, but after listening to it - I'm 100% about it. Which one was your favorite? 
P.S. If you're new to the GBUTC series, play catchup here!

You still have time to enter to win a (very) limited edition 2 LP Test Pressing of Kimbra's new album The Golden Echo. (Click here to find out how!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

LYED Giveaway: Kimbra Vinyl Test Pressing

If you're a fan of the talented singer-songwriter Kimbra & like to collect vinyl, Let Your Ears Decide has the contest for you! LYED is giving away a limited edition 2 LP test pressing of Kimbra's sophomore album The Golden Echo to someone lucky (aka you!)

"The Golden Echo is the second album by Kimbra. The ultimate modern pop record, The Golden Echo is ambitious, sophisticated, and complex, just like its creator. The New Zealand-born singer and songwriter wrote the songs in her bedroom studio on a farm in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, where she was surrounded by sheep and lambs owned by her landlady. The album is produced by Rich Costey and features several special guest artists, including Muse’s Matt Bellamy, rapper Flying Lotus and singer John Legend. Kimbra is a New Zealand recording artist whose unique musical style draws from many different genres, often blending more modern electropop and R&B with classic jazz and soul musical elements. In 2013, Kimbra won 2 Grammys for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for her song Somebody That I Used To Know with Gotye."

 The album dropped last week, and hopefully you've had some time to stream it to realize just how amazing of an album it is! Head over to LYED's Facebook page to enter to win by leaving a comment on the contest photo with the first song that made you fall in love with Kimbra. As mentioned above, she's collaborated with artists such as Gotye for "Someone That I Used to Know" & even with Miami Horror for "I Look To You." Check out some of her collaboration magic & stream TGE on Spotify below! 

Good luck! You have until Friday at midnight to enter, and the winner will be announced bright & early Saturday morning. 
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