Monday, February 28, 2011

lcd soundsystem : dance yrself clean (video)

two of my favorite things : muppets and this song. but seriously, muppets are so great. really excited about jason segel's upcoming muppet movie. and this song is great. duh. love that 3.10 mark.

the strokes : angles (album stream / 30 secs x song)

click here.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Saturday, February 26, 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.

tv on the radio : will do (stream)

here's the first taste of tv on the radio's lp4. fits in fairly nicely with the mellower tracks from last year's dear science. nine types of light is out april 12.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

english nessie.

i don't know what it is about the "supernatural" that captures my imagination so fervently. aliens, werewolves, yetis, prophecies. doesn't matter. i want to believe.

local natives : tiny desk concert


Monday, February 21, 2011

the walkmen : rockfeedback

one of my all-time favorite bands plays some songs, including a cover of my favorite deerhunter song. watch below.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

kanye west : all of the lights (video)

video for the really great arena-ready track off of kanye's much ballyhooed my beautiful dark twisted fantasy.

Friday, February 18, 2011

port st. willow : stay even (mp3)

a lovely melancholy number produced by antlers frontman peter silberman. for those days when you feel sad but don't know why.

radiohead : kind of limbs (album stream)

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.

radiohead : lotus flower (video)

first taste of the new radiohead. sounds like radiohead.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

james blake : love what happened here (stream)

jb's dub-ish take on soul is just unstoppable. the young man knows what he's doing.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

i have nothing against glee as a television show, but this news makes me sad.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

first look : the amazing spider-man

first look at andrew garfield all suited up. i love comics.
happy valentine's day, y'all.

mumford & sons + avett brothers + bob dylan

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.
radiohead. the king of limbs. 2.19.11.

more information here.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

album of the year

arcade fire : ready to start (kroq acoustic)

i know i forgot it on my year-end list, but this is another of my favorite tracks of 2010.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

lia ices : daphne (video)

"Daphne" by Lia Ices from Secretly Jag on Vimeo.

beautiful strings and justin-vernon supplied harmonies on this.

the strokes. angles. 3.22.11.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

x-men: first class (trailer)

james blake : a case of you (mp3)

james blake did a gorgeous antony-esque cover of joni mitchell's "a case of you." really beautiful. musicians just don't write lyrics like this anymore, do they? download it below.

i lurv animals.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

the streets : computer and blues (album stream)

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.

between two ferns : tila tequila

thanks, shan.

the strokes : under the cover of darkness (mp3 download)

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

okkervil river : mermaid (stream)

you can stream "mermaid" (an i am very far b-side) over at p4k.

Monday, February 7, 2011

local natives : who knows who cares (take away show)

Local Natives | Who Knows Who Cares | A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

wouldn't mind a book like this.

submarine (trailer)

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.

toro y moi : underneath the pine (album stream)

you can listen to the entire album from the forefather of chillwave over at urban outfitters. doesn't feel that vital to me. sad face.

the strokes : under the cover of darkness (30 sec stream)

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's the strokes. i sort of just can't wait.

captain america (superbowl tv spot)

out of all the comic book movies coming out this summer (green lantern, x-men, spider-man, thor, etc.), i think this one is going to be the best.

transformers 3 (superbowl tv spot)

while i don't necessarily get the logic behind a dragon-type transformer, this still looks amazing.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

glasser :

watch the whole session here.

Friday, February 4, 2011

jessica lea mayfield : tell me (album stream)

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.

dark dark dark : daydreaming (stream)

Dark Dark Dark - Daydreaming by supplyanddemand

james blake : james blake (album stream)

stream james blake's debut lp, out next tuesday, right here. really enjoying it. recommended if you like burial, soul, glitches.

and i've read that the live shows will be full band, no laptops, which is really exciting.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

the submarines : birds (mp3)

the submarines :: birds

r.i.p. buddy holly

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.

toro y moi : new beat (video)

Toro y Moi - New Beat from Jon Casey on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tuesday, February 1, 2011