Monday, February 28, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
as many of y'all know, i heart animals. especially dogs. and i was pretty sure i had found my breed after a trip to arcahon, france, where a cool french dad and his two kids walked all around town with their enormous wire-haired dog, which the dad used for a footrest at cafes. but the other week, the rest of the world finally caught up with my tastes and my dog was named best in show. so now i'm scoping out the scene for a possible alternative. or maybe a companion. that awesomely menacing looking dog pictured above is the latest dog breed contender/object of affection. learn more about it here.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
in general, i really don't like pre-ordering albums (or even buying albums) before i've had a chance to listen to them at least one time through. and i think it's a sign of disrespect to the band's fans to not provide them with that option. why would you not let them listen to the album to decide whether or not it is something they will want to listen to repeatedly? would it make sense for a painter to tell the public "okay, i just finished a painting, i'm going to put it on sale on tuesday, but you can't see it. let me know if you want to buy it. also, if you buy it and then look at it and decide you don't like it, no returns." ludicrous. so if you did not pre-order this album, and are interested in hearing it before spending nearly $50 on the "newspaper" version, or $10 on the digital version, here you go.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
this was the standout moment of last night's grammy's, even though dylan can't sing anymore (but that shouldn't be news to anyone). a pretty persuasive argument for the value of music as performance as opposed to music as spectacle. just look at marcus mumford's face at about the 2.05 mark. priceless.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
you can head here to listen to the latest and last streets album, computers and blues, in its entirety. quite a few nice additions to the catalogue, especially opener "outside inside" and the final two tracks, "trust me" and "lock the locks."
mike skinner has made it clear that this will be the last of the streets' recorded output, but hasn't necessarily been as clear regarding streets live performances or, more importantly, whether or not there's the possibility of new music under some other non-streets moniker.
this one has been a long time coming. and i think bassist nikolai fraiture said it best when he described the new material as sounding like the missing link between room on fire and first impressions of earth. instrumentally, it has some of the technical flair that seemed ever-present (and a little indulgent) on first impressions, but the general structure, melody, and feel of the song fall more in line with classic strokes. i think they've struck a great balance on this song, and i'm (cautiously) optimistic that the rest of the album will follow suit. you can download it for free at the band's site. stream it below.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
looks like it could be really great (and it has been getting rave reviews). but i'm probably most interested in the movie's soundtrack, which was done by arctic monkeys frontman/heartthrob/bbwh man crush alex turner. the 6-song soundtrack/ep will see a u.s. release on march 15 via domino.
and, just in case it is not obvious to my millions of readers, the song in the trailer is not an alex turner song.
i h8 to post something so miniscule, as it's just the type of hyping (and overhyping) that inevitably leads to the devaluation of the act/excitement of listening to and experiencing new music. but also...it's the strokes. i sort of just can't wait.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
stumbled upon this mostly very pretty album by jessica lea mayfield, produced by the black keys' dan auerbach. it has a couple of missteps, especially when she steps away from the melancholy slow jams.
rec'd if you like sharon van etton, sad music, or if you were just dumped. stream the album over here.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
on feb. 3, 1959, buddy holly died at the painfully young age of 22 in a plane crash following a show in clear lake, iowa. considering the brevity of his career, buddy holly has had a disproportionately large, profound, and lasting effect on all classic rock and modern music, objectively one of the most important musicians in the world. read more about him here.
one of the greatest pop songs of all time was written about/inspired by the event.