Posted in Electronic, Female Vocalist, Pop by Giri Nathan on August 26, 2010

In an album chock full of gold, the coolest track often lies unnoticed. Amidst all the perfect pop songs on Gorillaz’ Plastic Beach, and amidst all the high-profile cameos — from Snoop Dogg to Lou Reed — it’s easy to lose sight of the best one.


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The ABC’s of Indie Music part 1

We here at the blog have so selfishly denied the site any color up until now, attempting to project a sense of self-importance at the expense of any cheerfulness. After a long wait, Technicolor has finally arrived at Malleus&Incus and along with it, youth.

Let me begin by promising that this will be the first book my kids will ever read. If anyone in Williamsburg, Brooklyn decided to quit getting high (or maybe while very high) and write a children’s book, it would be Paste’s Indie Rock Alphabet Book. The alphabet isn’t perfect and includes a few artists that make you scratch your head, but there are enough gems to merit a recap. It runs the musical gamut from Animal Collective to (spoiler) The Zombies in a wonderfully educational summary of some of indie’s best artists. Buy this book for your little brother or cousin; try to eradicate bad taste at its roots. No matter how you take it, kick it back toddler style and relearn your abc’s. (more…)

I Am Not a Robot

Posted in Female Vocalist, Indie, Singer-Songwiter by jurbanik on July 26, 2010

Like my compatriot JAW, I too have begun to notice the preponderance of men with acoustic guitars on this blog. As opposed to reacting by needing filth, however, I thought it might be good to pay some homage to the underrepresented gender on this blog (all of our writers seem to be male). I’d argue that a little bit more estrogen might be good for malleus&incus. And while I’d be very happy going for some piano and guitar driven artists like Sara Bareilles or Tristan Pettyman (who are also worth checking out), I thought it might be better to go in a (slightly) different direction, and focus on some artists where, in my opinion, their voice is the most important quality of their music. Because of this, I’d like to also pair two artists you may know already each with an emerging artist based on similarity of vocals.

Florence + The Machine

If you haven’t heard of Florence + the Machine by now, you’ve probably been hiding under a rock. Though she doesn’t get all that much radio play stateside, her album Lungs was in the UK Top 40 for 52 consecutive weeks – a full year. The main power behind F+TM is Florence Welch, who combines rock and soul sounds with an eccentricity almost matching that of another popular female today (who I don’t think I need to name).