I’m sorry I abandoned you guys. It must be so hard to find good music without me around. Anyway, to make up for it, I’ll give you the rundown on what I’ve been listening to lately.
Remember, a while back I posted an mp3 of hers featuring Sufjan Stevens? Well I did, and her new album, These Friends Of Mine, has finally come out. There’s not much to say about Rosie that hasn’t already been said. Essentially, she’s just a female version of Sufjan Stevens.
Rosie Thomas – Paper Doll.mp3
Papercuts are an indie-folk band that made headlines earlier this year when it was announced they would be touring with end-of-year-list faves, Grizzly Bear. Since then, they’ve only grown in popularity, and have released their debut album, Can’t Go Back. They’re sound is unique, essentially your normal indie stuff, but with a healthy tinge of country and folk influences.
Papercuts -Summer Long.mp3
The Besnard Lakes
You’ve definitely heard of these guys by now. You know, the space-poppers that pretty much every blog on the internet is in love with? Yeah, I thought so. Well, they’re so damn beloved for a reason. If you haven’t already, check them out!
The Besnard Lakes – And You Lied To Me.mp3
Avey Tare & Kria Brekkan
Can you hear that? That’s the sound of internet message boards backlashing. Ever since Pullhair Rubeye leaked yesterday, AC fanboys wiring has been blowing itself.That’s because the album is entirely reversed. Every single song is played backwards. Many fans are in denial, claiming that someone fucked with the advance copy. I’m not sure, but I think the album is truly meant to be backwards. Enjoy!
Lay Off, Lay Off, Faselam.mp3
Dan Deacon is one crazy motherfucker. That isn’t my opinion, that’s a fact. I’ve been listening to his latest album Spiderman Of The Rings ever since I got my hands on it, and I’m absolutely convinced that no sane person could ever create anything that sounds anything like this album. Falling somewhere in between unclassifiable and electro/dance, this is one of those album that grabs your attention like a truck to the face. You can almost picture Deacon sitting in his laboratory, crazily pushing buttons and sliders around on some giant evil music-mixing machine. Beneath him, prisoners scream for their release, while he only records their voices for future use. His plan? World-domination through incredibly catchy music. Snake Mistakes has already weaseled it’s way into brain, and I imagine it would do the same to anyone else. However, I don’t think a world ruled by Deacon would be so bad. At least there would be a lot of dancing to classic cartoon character voice samples. So, listen to this track, and try not to be infected by it. Go ahead, I dare you.
Yoko Ono is, without a doubt, the hippest 74 year-old Asian woman in modern music . But seriously, Yoko rocks. In case you didn’t know, she released a remix album, Yes, I’m A Witch, earlier this month. Among the contributors are Peaches, Le Tigre, The Flaming Lips, Cat Power, and the Apples In Stereo. While Yes . . . is by no means a masterpiece, it really is a fun little album. Among the highlights of the album is Peaches remix of Kiss Kiss Kiss. While Peaches sex-centric lyrics often overshadow the actual song, this track gives us an opportunity to enjoy Peaches bias free, and lets us remember exactly how good she is a creating great minimalist electro. Enjoy.
I may not show, but I love me some hip-hop. So when I heard about El-P’s new album a few months ago, I was about as happy as I could get. It’s songs like these that make me sure that my joy wasn’t unwarranted. My favorite song has a certain Orwellian charm to it. Not only is the beat killer, the samples perfect, and the raps smooth, but the story is amazing; it’s what makes the song a masterpiece. A sample line? “She’s the first to kiss me without crying”
Habeas Corpses tells the story of Lee, a prison guard from an apocalyptic future. In this particular prison, the prisoners are regularly assassinated and raped; however, the protagonist of this story finds himself deeply attracted to a prisoner (#247290Z). He escapes with her, and attempts to evade the authorities. In the end . . . well, I won’t ruin it for you. All you need to know is that this track is stunning.
I’ve only just started Dinosaur Jr’s new album, Beyond, but I already feel the need to post about. It’s amazing how much they still sound like themselves after all these years. This particular track is called Pick Me Up. While the vocals are certainly fine, it’s the guitar halfway through that really makes the song. When that guitar kicks in, I dare you not to play a little air guitar. Beyond is due out May 1st on Fat Possum Records.
Dinosaur Jr – Pick Me Up.mp3 [Removed upon request]
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This song literally sent a chill down my spine the first time I heard it. Whether it’s the ethereal instrumentation, or Kazu Makino’s delicate, frigid vocals that caused this reaction, I’m not not sure, but this is an amazing song. The production fits the song perfectly, with a distant melody playing to such lyrics as “don’t let the dress trick you, I love you less now that I know you.” Incredible. The Dress is from Blonde Redhead’s new album, 23, due out on April 10th.
It’s so hard to keep up with all music that’s released nowadays. Every time I’m busy listening to the latest big-name releases, some great band comes out of left-field. That’s exactly what happened with The Broken West. Mid-January, they released their debut LP, I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On but like many other bloggers out there, I was too wrapped The Shins et all to give them a listen. Now, with this weeks lull in new releases, I’ve finally gotten around to them. I’m glad I did.
While I hate likening bands to other bands, I guess I’m going to have to here. All in all, The Broken West sounds something like Wilco and Spoon, but with a slightly (excuse the pun) western tinge. In the future, I think that The Broken West will join the ranks of just those bands. This album shows just that much promise. While I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On has it’s issues (It’s a little unfocused, and drags a bit towards the end), most of it’s tracks are superb.Also, while pop is clearly the bands strong point, tracks like Shiftee show a willingness to experiment. Still, these are some of the best pop hooks this side of Spoon.
I hate Valentines Day. Every year, I watch a select few people receive bouquets of roses, boxes of chocolate, etc, while the rest of the population (myself included) sits quietly and pretends to be happy. Secretly, we want to shove those roses and chocolates and stuffed talking animals up the collective ass of Valentines Day.To most of us, it’s nothing but another Hallmark-holiday, with an extra side of misery, loneliness, and self-loathing.
Clearly, today is not my day. Like the rest of the country, Vermont is in the midst of a good old-fashioned New England blizzard. The city’s like a ghost town under three feet of snow. There’s got to be some poetic irony to this, no? Either way, I’ve spent most of my day forgetting about the world outside and listening to the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s. I even managed to dig out some rare B-sides and live recordings from my hard drive. Karen O’s voice is really the perfect anti-Valentine’s Day voice. So, for everyone out there just waiting for this horrible to day to end, here are a few tracks to pass the time. May Karen O’s voice tear your Valentines Day in two.
And a .rar file (63.4 MB), with a few more tracks.
Talk about deja vu. I just started listening to LCD Soundsystem’s new record, Sound Of Silver, this past weekend. The first track was okay, but nothing great. So, I was pretty happy when Get Innocuous faded into the background, and I started grooving out to Daft Punk Is Playing In My House. Until I realized that it wasn’t Daft Punk. I clicked on my iPod, and it turned out to be some song called Time To Get Away. Now, I’m no expert, but these two songs sound a hell of a lot alike to me. See for yourself:
After a few more listens, I got really curious. So, I fired up Audacity, and played the two tracks over each other. Something was just a little off, so I moved Time To Get Away over a little to the right, and the songs synced up. Don’t believe me? Listen to this:
LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk/Get Away Mix.mp3
Pretty freaky, eh?
Since Patrick Wolf just announced that the next single from The Magic Position would be the title track, I thought it would be appropriate to post that song:
For me, at least, this song didn’t really leave much of an impression the first time I listened to it. After a few more listens, however, I found myself liking it a bit more. It’s still not as good as other songs on the album, but it’s a fine song overall.