Saturday, December 19, 2015

Title Fight

These guys have apparently adopted a stylistic transformation and now appear to be wonderful new additions to the shoegaze camp.  Their clashing surf guitars merge and fold within magnificent combinations to the fabric of a well designed alternating aggressive/ dreamy vocal style. Their current path conveniently nods to their past while promising even greater returns to their future yet to come.  Our future as music fans looks bright with artists like this fabricating gems such as "Rose of Sharon."

Origin: Kingston, PA
Artist: Title Fight

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Imagenes En Oscuridad

Fresh off the presses comes this sapphire-like shiny monument to the timeless ultra-dark synth symposiums of deca-dancing of years gone by as well as that which has yet to come.  This track features an irresistible circulation-driving pulsating synth which serves as the stage for the other various audio delicacies that dance in and out as the track rolls on.  The vocalist/songwriter provides the powerful melody that is apparently crafted from the very shadows of tortured places that only approach definition through artistic labors such as song, poetry and film. This music video conveniently provides all three forms of creativity.  Get your full dose of artistic darkness by watching this right now!

Artist: Imagenes En Oscuridad
Origin: Miami, Florida USA

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Charlie Hilton

Blouse's splendid vocalist Charlie Hilton has been working on some solo material while Blouse is on break and this is the first single off it! The track features some interesting starts and stops that propel the song forward over its sort of pony-hoof beat.  Hilton's vocals as usual are the glue that holds the track together as just the song seems to unwind and unravel, it springs back stronger and stronger until the pony finally kicks us off at the end.  The track leaves you wanting to jump back on for another ride.

Artist: Charlie Hilton
Origin: Portland, Oregon USA

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Young Prisms

This album is perfect for all those long winter Sundays to come for when you need something to soundtrack your daydreams.  It is clear that this music belongs in the shoegaze family and its shifty colorful sounds meld very well with the lost-in-the-caverns of an urban apocalypse kind of vibe that runs throughout the various stylistic tunes on this album. Take a listen and make sure you have your favorite warm beverage with you and your most comfy blanket to scurry under.

Artist: Young Prisms
Origin: San Francisco, California USA

Sunday, September 20, 2015


Although this video isn't super brand new, it is new enough and good enough to where I felt the artist deserves mention/love on this blog.  The track has an excellent balance of easy going, singable lyrics carefully layered on top of a New-Orderish high quality rhythm section.   It seems like the bass has been doubled in lots of the songs, and for bass-lovers like me, it's bliss!   This song in particular also is versatile in that it can be utilized for anything such as driving or relaxing at home or even some dancing at a club if your local DJ is up with the Tunes!

Artist: OK Go
Origin: Los Angeles, California USA

Monday, August 17, 2015

Neon Indian

It's almost like the opening dangling seventies-style cosmic synth tones gradually give way and invite you to share in a great party that splices lots of elements from parties across time and space over the last few decades.  This pastiche mix seems to promise all kinds of good bouncy things for one and all once you swing into it and the finale of the track seems to provide a complimentary ticket for the following weekend or tune, whatever comes first.

Artist: Neon Indian
Origin: Denton, Texas

Friday, July 24, 2015

Craft Spells

This video is much late in coming and is actually one of the acts that precursed this very video blog, rocketing into existence.  Craft Spells is a relatively new band that offers incredibly beautiful songs that coincide with their brilliant videos.  Watch this one from start to  finish, it has elements of humor that meld gently with its darker themes.  Those jingly-jangly guitars and professional bouncy bass seems to come right out of The Smiths school of songwriting. I personally feel their style of guitar based orchestration is very well suited to fit this band's casually smooth vocalist.

Artist:  Craft Spells
Origin: Seattle, Washington USA

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Talking Heads

This track earns the heritage award for the Summer 2015. It was one of the early voices of pro-environmental policies way back in the 1980s. It's even more relevant now, Thanks Mr. Byrne. It features an all-star cast of some of highly lauded musicians including The Smith's Johnny Marr, and the late vocalist Kirsty MacColl. The video itself also features some groundbreaking video technology at the time, which are the moving typefaces that run all over the screen at key sections.

Artist: Talking Heads
Origin: New York, New York USA

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Death Grips

First song I've heard in a while that lyrically shoots a bird directly at the daylight and at the sun.  If only for that, in the midst of the stranglehold of humidity that has arrived once again for summer, it's a winner.   Furthermore, and more expansively I can't but help to bow deeply to the best song of 2015 that I've heard thus far.

Artist: Death Grips
Origin: Sacramento, California USA

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Made in Heights

Crossover appeal!  A friend from L.A. turned me on to this pair of musical whiz kids. Their impressive blending of 90's styled drum'n'bass beats with modern catchy female lead vocals coincide with supporting layers of gentle, cascading synths that that seem to be of New Age origins.   I really foresee big things for Made In Heights, just because they would fit on various radio formats even up to including *gasp* Pop/Top 40! If only we, collectively, should be so lucky!

Artist: Made in Heights
Origin: Los Angeles, California USA

Friday, May 1, 2015


Happy May Day, workers of the world! There has been a slew of labor lately in the music making business towards recreating the magic of the post-punk era. I managed to find one of the shiniest examples coming across the video tubes hailing from Austin. These guys show a really good restraint in not letting their electronics overpower their wonderfully organic Martin Hannettish echoey production style.  Listen to their tracks, and you will definitely be held Captive.

Artist: Captive
Origin: Austin, Texas USA

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Dan Deacon

Now this is what I like to see and hear when I think of the word "originality."  Dan Deacon provides a bit of what could be described as a convenient department store of sonic techniques that provide the perfect accompaniment to its slick and fascinating video theatre.  Vocoded voices bounce and resound inside a texture of well placed clicks and rise up to meet the catchy sing song chorus which heavily hammers its way into the sonic pleasure zone.

Artist : Dan Deacon
Origin : Baltimore, Maryland U. S. A.

Monday, March 9, 2015


Well folks, it is March already.  This month, it has been decided that TionTunes will pull out a different kind of manifestation feature a long overdue genre by digging out the Metal! This particular video is a very comical cover of something the best of the 80's used to have, that is, lots of visual delights going on in the background to support the foreground of inventive musical remaking of this classic Grease song.

Artist: Tragedy (orig. John Farrar)
Origin: New York, New York USA

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma

Wave after wave, as you watch the water rolling in you will see the pulsing ribbons of color and textures and shapes.   Anywhere you closely watch these aquatic motions over basically any body of water, you will see the transmission of a language that is normally only communicated through the eyes.  Mr. Cantu-Ledesma has managed through sound to parallel this great beauty of the world and present it to the region of your mind that processes vibrations.  This incredible fabric he has created is evidenced in the video above, listen with your eyes...

Artist: Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
Origin: San Francisco, California USA

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Void Vision

I have seen this artist captured within a photograph alongside her trusty Roland R-8 as well as an Ensoniq keyboard.   These particular instrumental devices are quite near and dear to my inner 90s music making soul.  The beats and punctuations of synthesized creations she delivers with her devices definitely take advantage of the digitized soundscaping that these machines are capable of.   As Void Vision is set to appear live locally here in Miami, I look forward to witnessing this talented songstress manifest her splendid blend of nostalgic sounds that coincide beautifully with her hauntingly sublime vocals. 

Origin: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Artist: Void Vision
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