Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Before anything else, apologies, and endless apologies for the staggering delay of posts this month. Anyone can agree that December is indeed a crazy month. Its really therefore an effort to be not swallowed by December rush. I wont keep you waiting, I know you had waited for this. Here is another volume (hopefully not the last this year) of amazing artists mostly already known but somehow overlooked. I repeat, I do not intend to make these artist more worthy of praises than those I don't post here. I just try to shovel rubles and rubles of popular indie genre per se.
Enjoy! As for you still wondering, Metaphor will stay, sharing spectacular sounds from different constellations. Woah, cant believe this blog reached this season. lol. Merry Christmas everyone and have a joyous new year ahead!

Note: The aritists' biographies is not entirely mine. Ill' update these as soon as possible. Thanks.


At age five, Max Vernon was politely asked to leave his hippy New York pre-school, Rudolph Steiner, for repeatedly questioning the plot of See Spot Run during story hour. This early disillusionment no doubt left its mark on the impressionable young boy: by age nine, he was already leading a turbulent double life filled with drugs, sex, and Joni Mitchell cds. After selling enough crack rocks to buy a piano, Max soon realized his affinity with the instrument and decided to craft a few songs, which followed the spirit of his original infantile question: Why are we doing this? …A question that is now more important than ever.

Despite continued FBI surveillance, Max Vernon’s songs have recently been having a love affair with the Internet, getting many music blog write-ups and coverage in New York Magazine and the Toronto Star.

I Kissed A Girl
. When Your Body Breaks
. Hypochondriac Blues


The Dodos formed in the early part of 2006 in San Francisco; shortly afterward, band member Meric Long released an EP entitled “Dodo Bird.” In support of this EP Long and Logan Kroeber toured intermittently from July through September 2006, after which they released their first album, entitled “Beware of the Maniacs.” In 2007, the band signed to the Frenchkiss record label. In 2008, the band released a second album entitled “Visiter” and began a 17-venue springtime national tour.

. Jodi
. Walking
. Fools


Noah and the Whale is an alternative/folk group formed in Twickenham, London, England in 2006. They consist of Charlie Fink (vocals, guitar), Laura Marling (vocals, guitar), Tom Hobden (fiddle), Matt Urby (bass) and Doug Fink (drums). They released their debut album “Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down” - which contains the UK Top 10 hit “5 Years Time” - in August of 2008.

5 Years Time
. Shape of My Heart
. 2 Bodies 1 Heart


Santogold (name: Santi White) is a songwriter, producer, and singer from Philadelphia who has been active since 2003.

Santogold was lead singer of the Philadelphia-based punk rock, ska band. Stiffed, but while in the band, she was offered a solo contract. Working with fellow Stiffed member John Hill as co-producer, she recorded her debut album, Santogold, which was released in April 2008. Santogold’s style has been defined as a mix of dub, electronic, indie rock, new wave, and punk rock.

Lights Out
. Creator
. L.E.S. Artistes


Hailing from Eel Pie Island, London, England Mystery Jets are a prog/psychedelia-influenced British indie band who refer to as many genres as they like without being bound by any of them. Formed in 2005, the band consists of Blaine Harrison (lead vocals, keyboards), his father Henry Harrison (guitar, backing vocals), William Rees (lead guitar), Kai Fish (bass) and Kapil Trivedi (drums).

Bleeding Love
Two Doors Down
Veiled in Grey
Hand Me Down
Bonus: Half In Love With Elizabeth (Foamo Remix)

M83 (named after the spiral galaxy “Messier 83”) is electronicartist Anthony Gonzalez. Gonzalez and former member Nicolas Fromageau founded the group in 2001 in Antibes, France. M83’s style owes a lot to the shoegaze genre, in that there is much emphasis on tonality, extensive use of reverb effects and often softly-spoken lyrics at times submerged in instrumentation.

Too Late
. Kim & Jessie
. Highway of Endless Dreams
. Graveyard Girl


Hercules and Love Affair is a musical project from New York based DJ Andy Butler. Members include Nomi, Kim Ann Foxman and Antony Hegarty (lead vocalist in Antony and the Johnsons). It is signed to DFA Records. Their single “Blind” was released on 3 March, 2008, and their debut album (produced by Butler and Tim Goldsworthy) was released on 10 March. The album has been critically well-received and charted in the top 40 in several countries.

. Blind
Far Away (Hercules & Love Affair Remix) - Cut Copy
. You Belong
. Iris


Matt & Kim are a power pop duo based out of Brooklyn, New York. Made up of Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino, the two play an unique form of keyboard Rock ‘n’ Roll. While Matt takes care of the synth keys, Kim handles the driving rhythm.

. Good Ol' Fashioned Nightmare
. Yea Yeah


Los Campesinos! are an indie pop band which formed in Cardiff, Wales in 2006. The band consists of Gareth Campesinos! (vocals, glockenspiel), Aleksandra Campesinos! (vocals, keyboards), Tom Campesinos! (guitar, vocals), Neil Campesinos! (guitar), Ellen Campesinos! (bass, vocals), Harriet Campesinos! (violin, keyboards, vocals) and Ollie Campesinos! (drums). The band’s name translates to “The Peasants” (or “The Farmers”) in Spanish.

Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats
. Ways To Make It Through the Wall
. You! Me! Dancing!
. We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed


Since the publication of The Wizard of Oz in September of 1900, citizens throughout the world have come to realize that fantasies can come from the tiniest, nondescript places, and that the most wondrous journeys can begin in your own backyard— especially if your home is located in Greater Kansas City, Kansas. Like Dorothy, the aspiring producer, songstress and actress Janelle Monáe Robinson is a native of Kansas. And like Dorothy and other famous fairy tale heroines, Janelle has a big, bright smile and grand ambitions that involve leaps of imagination and different ways of seeing the world.

. Many Moons
. Sincerely Jane
. Violet Stars Hunting
Janelle Monae – Many Moons (Trackademicks “Y’all Better Shut Up” Remix)


Hot Chip are an electrorock band which formed in London, United Kingdom in 2000. They consist of Alexis Taylor (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Joe Goddard (vocals, synths, percussion), Al Doyle (guitar, vocals), Owen Clarke (synths, guitar) and Felix Martin (percussion). The combination of Taylor’s ethereal high pitch vocals and Goddard’s warm low pitch and the band’s blip-blop electronics creates a dreamy sound. The band is best known for the hit singles “Over and Over” (2006) and “Ready for the Floor” (2008).

. Ready For the Floor
.Made In The Dark Feat. Robert Wyatt
. One Pure Thought
Look After Me


Sigur Rós is an icelandic slow-motion rock band (according to the band’s own definition) with post-rock and shoegaze elements. The name is derived from the name of lead vocalist Jónsi Birgisson’s little sister Sigurrós. According to their website, it is pronounced “si-ur rose”. They hail from the same creative and vibrant Icelandic music scene as múm and Amiina. They released their first ever foray into film-making with their tour documentary, Heima in late 2007.

. Illgresi
. Saeglopur
. Inní mér syngur vitleysingur


Cut Copy is an indietronic band from Melbourne, Australia made up of Dan Whitford (lead vocals/keys/guitar), Tim Hoey (bass/guitar) and Mitchell Scott (drums), Bennett Foddy being a former member.
Their sound, perhaps best labeled as retro/electropop, is much in the vein of contemporaries such as Daft Punk, drawing considerable influence from older bands such as New Order and Kraftwerk.

. Feel the Love
Lights and Music
Out There On Ice
Hearts on Fire


Tilly and the Wall sprang out of Omaha, NE - a Midwestern band of like-minded friends with pockets full of melodies, and a lot of pockets. The serendipitous result of five Omaha residents with a penchant for the same classic ’60s pop, boy/girl harmonies and Americana folk records, Tilly and the Wall celebrates the petulant, determined, feisty nature of youth. They rejoice in tales of dreams followed, mistakes made, and hearts broken.

Pot Kettle Back
Beat Control
Alligator Skin


Empire Of The Sun is a collaborative project between Pnau’s Nick Littlemore and Luke Steele of The Sleepy Jackson. Steele’s vocals were recently featured on Pnau’s self titled album. Empire of the Sun’s debut album was released on the 4th of October 2008. The first single from the album is Walking On A Dream and the second single We Are The People.

. Walking On A Dream
. Half Mast
We Are The People (Ted & Francis Remix)


Musician. Producer. Songwriter. Lyricist. Psycho. Hippie. Genius. These words all connect through one name: Charles Hamilton. I think Soulja Boy would definitely agree.

. C-Food
. The North Pole (Feat. Max B)
. Hot Like The Blog (Block Music)


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