Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

grouper : alien observer (stream)

this is a new track set to appear on grouper's forthcoming double lp, a / a. and it's as good as anything off of her last effort, dragging a dead deer up a hill. which is to say it's excellent. listen here if you like your music ethereal and ghostly.

Monday, March 28, 2011

bruial : nyc (stream)

need. full-length. now.

keep shelly in athens : yellow man (stream)

definitely the most club-ready of the duo's tracks, but still excellent. don't give up on greece.

death cab for cutie : you are a tourist (stream)

first taste of codes and keys. i found very little to enjoy on the band's last album, so i don't have too much vested in this album, but this song is nice.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

dirty beaches : lord knows best (mp3)

dirty beaches have been around for a couple blog years now, but this song is my first encounter with them and it's quite nice. a slow, hazy, lilting little number.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

r.i.p. liz taylor

liz taylor and james dean on the set of giant. more pictures and words here.

new burial

a couple of radio rips from burials upcoming 7" release.

captain america : trailer

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

just wanted to let my little honeybees out there know that brown bear loves you all very much.

amazon daily deal : the strokes' ANGLES

sometimes i feel bad for the strokes, because they never really stood a chance at living up to the level of hype that surrounded their entry into the public consciousness back in 2001 (they kind of seem like the very first buzzband to ever have existed), and i think they get pooped on quite a bit. on the other hand, i find much of the criticism fair because some of their songs seem objectively crappy, and they put them out anyway. and the band is clearly capable of (seemingly effortlessly) constructing great songs (see just about every song on the band's first two albums). so if critics and common listeners alike can easily identify the best of the bands tracks, surely the band themselves are capable of discerning a winner from a loser.

anywho, the point is that the strokes new album, angles, which has winners and losers, is available for 3.99 at amazon for the rest of the day. grab it here.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

you know how lady gaga calls her fans "monsters"? i need a name for my fans/readers (all five of you). submit suggestions in the comments section.

anywho, i've been out of town for a few days and will be gone for a few more. posts will resume this sunday. thanks for being you.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

the national : conversation 16 (video)

one of the better songs on last year's high violet.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Monday, March 7, 2011

peaking lights : key sparrow (stream)

indie label mexican summer was hyping this band earlier today, and then i saw them on gorilla vs. bear, so i thought i'd check them out. this first song that i stumbled on is great. and kind of spooky.

the strokes : a history

a great little write-up on the history of the strokes over at p4k.

kurt vile : don't look down (p4k)

two of my favorite songs from the new album.
"runner ups"

"on tour"

robin pecknold : 3 songs

robin pecknold, the lead singer and main songwriter of fleet foxes, has made good on his recent twitter promise to release music more often. about seven hours ago (approximately 8 blog weeks), robin posted this link which will get you three acoustic jams (a duet with ed droste of grizzly bear, another original, and a cover).


the strokes : snl

"under the cover of darkness"
"life is simple in the moonlight"

don't call it a comeback.

james blake : what was it you said about luck (stream)

this kid's voice. here.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

rod stewart : young turks (stream)

it happens with new music often enough, but much less so with older music. for me at least. that is, when you're driving and a song comes on the radio and you're just like, "whoa. where have you been all my life?" which is what happened to me last night.

Friday, March 4, 2011

the romany rye

bad band name, but good band. my dear friend adam g. alerted me to these ever so slightly alt-country guys, and i'm feeling them. rec'd if you like my morning jacket, band of horses, wilco or bright eyes. if i were to get really specific, though, i would say they sound kinda like gregory alan isaakov if he played with a full band. listen here.

david byrne : (nothing but) flowers

david byrne (of the talking heads) does a talking heads song with lots of strings and it's really very nice.

arctic monkeys : brick by brick (video)

rumor had it that the band would have lp 5 out to the masses by the summer, and a brand spanking new song is a good indication that the rumors are true. the band seems to be continuing with the same sonic exploration it began on humbug, which is to say a sort of heady, druggy, sludgy version of the monkeys' signature sound. i think it suits them well.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

foster the people : houdini (stream)

first time i learned/told you about foster the people was nearly a year ago. it was a tip i got from my good friend willie, who himself got the tip from a high-up TOMS employee he undoubtedly charmed while sitting next to her on a flight to cali for a surf trip. this is a new jam by the band i just found, and it's way fun. really dancey.

kurt vile : baby's arms (stream)

if i close my eyes when i listen to this, i can feel myself driving a car through the mountains at night in the summer with the windows down.
horsetail fall. add it to the bucket list.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011