Friday, July 30, 2010

Last Second

Alright, we're down to the wire on this NY Deli Mag vote. Go to the site and vote if you get a second. We'd love to win this sucker...

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Video We Made for The Invisible Man.

I made this video. It's genius son!

Hopefully everyone feels the same way.



Holler.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

KATS X PHOENIX

Our good friend and fellow NYC hip hop scene brother, Kats, is moving away to blistering hot Phoenix on Tuesday. For those of you who don't know Kats, he's one of the founders of freeicecream.net, the crew that brought Makers Mark Milkshakes and free BBQ's to Williamsburg the last few summers. We worked with him on the only Metermaids collab album to date, Business Casual, which you can download free from the free ice cream site. We wish Mark Kats the best of luck in PHX.

Kakaw.



Monday, July 19, 2010

WE NEED YOUR HELP

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We are nominated to be Deli Mag's NYC artist of the month, but we need your VOTES if we're gonna make it! Just click on the image above and it will take you to their page. The poll is on the right side of the site. Feel free to pass this along to your friends too...we need all the help we can get.

You can also get there by going to http://www.nyc.thedelimagazine.com


THANKS!!!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A Star is Born - Metric Remix.

So, our Metric remix, which we entitled "A Star is Born," has followed its mixtape siblings out into the wild world of the internets. And like its siblings, it seems to be getting a great response.

We hope you dig it. And if you do, please let us know. We love positive reinforcement as much as the next rapper.

I put together a little video for this track -- it is kind of creepy, now that I think about it. But the song was meant to be a little creepy too. So I feel good about the end result.

As always, you can get the song and the entire mixtape for free on OUR WEBSITE!



More to come.


Holler!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Breaking Down "Hello" Pt. 3

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Last week we released a third single off the Hello Mixtape. It was our remix version of Dead Weather's "Treat me like your Mother." Now, if you haven't picked up on our admiration of Jack White yet, it's safe to say we're both fans. When we were picking songs to remix for the album, this was literally the first one that I thought of. We had to use it. It was a perfect fit.

We called our version "Rust and Sharp Edges." I'm not usually into giving too much away about what our songs mean...I like to leave it up to the listener to decide what it's about and it usually ends up sitting in someone's mind in a way much different than we originally intended. But not this time. It doesn't take Pitchfork to realize this is a rap song for rapping's sake. We almost NEVER do songs like this, so it was a little overdue.

It was actually inspired by a project we did with our friends a couple years ago called Business Casual, an album that was pretty much a free for all lyrically, that we got to just write funny and clever raps on. This song is a little battle-ish, a little rugged. Which is cool for me because I got into hip hop through the battle scene in Colorado and it was fun to channel that a little.

We have the next Hello single dropping later this week. From here on out, it really gets interesting. Stay tuned.

Until then, here's a video of Dead Weather performing Treat me Like Your Mother. It's kind of a busted version, but it was recorded at Music Hall of Williamsburg at a show I was at on my birthday last year, so what the hell?

Sixguns


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Rust and Sharp Edges.

So we released another single off the mixtape today -- it's called "Rust and Sharp Edges," and it's a remix of one of our favorite songs of the past year, Deadweather's "Treat Me Like Your Mother."

I'm not gonna break the song down now, I just wanted to make sure everyone was aware it was out there. Once again it's gotten a great response from the internets, which we could not be more thankful for.

We remixed this (has there even been a better music video, by the way?):



And made it into this:

<a href="http://music.metermaidsnyc.com/track/rust-and-sharp-edges-dead-weather-remix">Rust and Sharp Edges (Dead Weather Remix) by Metermaids</a>


You can also get the original version, without Rob Swift killing shit, HERE!

Hope you dig. More to come.

Holler!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Breaking Down "Hello" Part 2.

Ayo!

Rumor has it that another track off of our "Hello" mixtape might be released tomorrow, so it seemed like a good time for another installment. I apologize for spotty-blogging as of late, but the computer is located in a part of my apartment without air conditioning. Which means that a paragraph in to this blog I am already pouring sweat. Indie-rap is nothing if not glamorous.

The song I will be discussing today is "Yellow Tape," our remixing of Grizzly Bear's "Two Weeks."

Now, I think that everyone knows and loves this original song. Personally I can't get enough of dirty sounding keys and gorgeous, airy harmonies. This jawn's got both. Also, Grizzly Bears are a BK band. Represent, represent-sent.

They also made one of the most bizarre, off-putting videos of all time for this song. Dig, man. Diiiiiiig.



"Yellow Tape," I believe, was the second song we recorded for the mixtape. I remember when Matt originally sent over his first instrumental mix he felt the need to explain why he left it sort of off-kilter -- not everything lines up perfectly. Occasionally some snares hit a little off beat, and the piano-loop isn't quantized to some mathematically perfect time. I don't know why Matt felt the need to sell us on the instrumental. We luh us some mistakes. We try to leave them in as much as possible. And the instrumental sounded wonderful to me.

I mentioned in the last installment that just about every song Sentence and I have written in the last year has somewhere been about our struggles in the music bidness. This one is no different. I guess the difficult part for us is finding ways to write about the subject matter that is foremost in our mind without boring the shit out of anyone who happens to listen. Unless all of a sudden it gets cool for bands to whine about the fact that they aren't famous -- in which case, we could have a double-album ready by next week.

Sentence and I thought about how we ultimately felt like the beat-cops who have to hold the line outside of a crime scene. We are the face of Metermaids, the same way these cops are what is visible to anyone passing by. But there is so much going on behind the scenes that we cannot control, so many details we can't pin down. We want to know exactly what is happening. And we get asked the same questions by friends and by family. At the end of the day, much like the cop behind the yellow tape, we want to tell people "There's nothing to see here. Move along."

Was that last paragraph kind of pretentious sounding? It might have gotten away from me. It happens. I've also just sweat through my shirt.

So, that's the story behind "Yellow Tape." As the second single off the mixtape, it has had by far the most reach -- it hit #4 on Hype Machine (which I have mentioned ad nauseum at this point) and is the most listened to song the past three weeks on our Last.Fm by a long shot.

Check it out!



The mixtape is killing right now, incidentally -- I mentioned it on Facebook, but in its first week it was downloaded more than our Sufjan Stevens mash-up was in an entire year (and Nightlife in Illinoise got a TON OF DOWNLOADS). So we are excited, and thankful. In equal measures.

One more quick note: Matt Stine, our fearless leader, and Miss Elizabeth Weinberg (who's beautiful voice you can hear on many Metermaids songs) tied the knot this past Sunday, July 4th. It was an incredible occasion. One I'm still recovering from, truth be told. Ha. So much love to both of them.

Holler!