Thursday, September 26, 2013

between two ferns : justin bieber

the field : cupid's head (album stream)

the field doesn't really make bad albums. like, if you're a fan of the field, it's never a question of which album you like the least but which album you like the most, if that makes sense. anywho, stream the new one below. rec'd if you have the patience to let a song unfold. the hooks are there, but they're buried.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

haim : days are gone (album stream)

stream haim's (sure to be on everyone's best of 2013 list) debut over at npr.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

mø : never wanna know (stream)

got some lana del rey vibes on this one.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013

local natives : ceilings (video)

shot by the band cellphones while touring.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

kings of leon : mechanical bull (album stream)

head over here to stream the new kol album from itunes. as any long-time kings fan would come to expect from an album post-because of the times, there are a couple keepers, a couple throwaways, and a couple that are absolute garbage (see song #4, "temple", which is possibly the worst song they ever wrote). most everything on here has a stadium-rock studio sheen on it, so those looking for the grimy dive-bar bathroom-stall recording sound from their first few lps best look elsewhere.

mgmt : cool song no. 2 (video)

also, check p4k for a well-written album review that sheds some light on the bands self-induced trajectory.

grizzly bear : will calls (marfa demo)

for those not in the know, grizzly bear demoed a bunch of songs for their last album in the artist/farmer/rancher enclave of marfa, texas, before scrapping the sessions and continuing the process on the east coast. this track would be a product of those marfa sessions that didn't make it to the final album, and it's quite nice. i wouldn't have minded it taking the place of a couple songs that made the final cut. take a listen below.

Monday, September 16, 2013

mazzy star : seasons of your day (album stream)

stream the dreamy, gauzy, atmospheric new album (first in 17 years!) from mazzy star (of "fade into you" fame) over at npr.

best coast : i don't know how (stream)

a really really solid country-punk jam from best coast. stream at npr.

four tet : parallel jalebi (stream)

excellent track. trance-inducing.

chvrches : the bones of what you believe (album stream)

stream the new and good album by chvrches over at npr. rec'd if you like la roux, anthemic synth pop.

Friday, September 13, 2013

low : stay (rihanna cover)

for those that h8 rihanna (me) but can appreciate the songwriting talent that backs up her songs (that is to say, the people that write the melody, the lyrics, play the instruments, and otherwise construct everything about the entire song [none of those people being rihanna] aside from actually singing it), this is the cover for you. it is absolutely gorgeous. anyone else picking up some sheryl crow vibes?

kings of leon : dancing with myself (robyn cover live)

the verse is a little soft, but that chorus packs a punch.

arctic monkeys : hold on we're going home (drake cover live)

gambles : so i cry out (video)

rec'd if you like highly emotive singer-songwriters.

arctic monkeys : hold on, we're going home (drake cover)

comes out much much better than you'd expect.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

kanye west : bound 2 (fallon)

this is actually a really great performance. the kids choir looks like they're loving life and kanye seems like he's enjoying himself.

keep shelly in athens : at home (album stream)

after a couple eps, greecian duo keep shelly in athens are finally here with their debut album. listen at p4k.

Monday, September 9, 2013

cut copy : free your mind (stream)

it's a good one.

arcade fire : reflektor (video)

first single from the grammy winners' upcoming fourth lp, produced by lcd soundsytem's james murphy.

son lux : lost it to trying (stream)

a lot going on here. like sufjan stevens on steroids.

Friday, September 6, 2013

cults : high road (stream)

i like this much better than first single "i can hardly make you mine". more to dissect.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

ryan hemsworth : against a wall (stream)

rec'd if you like early toro y moi, drake.

reflektor 9.9.9

arcade fire is doing something at 9 p.m. on september 9.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

arctic monkeys : am (album stream)

stream at itunes.

delorean : apar (album stream)

p4k has the new album from barcelona's delorean streaming in full. click here. still got a bit of that "indie-ibiza" vibe going (like their last album), but the beats are all slowed down a step or two.

matt kivel : rainbow trout (stream)

sounds like a song someone would play under a willow tree next to a stream after catching some rainbow trout.

arctic monkeys : i want it all (stream)