Tuesday, June 30, 2009

New Cats^3 Songs

Genre: indie, experimental

Three new songs in this podcast. They are much more straightforward, but still have a great sound. I'm hoping there's a little more experimental stuff on the album...


Dirty Projectors' Video

So this video had me lol-ing pretty much the whole time. Between the girls all being ready to play Mary in the Christmas pageant, impromptu Britney Spears dance session in the woods, and Dave just...spinning... and the llama... so great.

Fleet Foxes- Live at Glastonbury

Genre: folk, rock

Really great set from Fleet Foxes. I'd been burnt out on them for a while, but there's such great energy in this recording that I loved all the songs all over again. Haven't gotten all the way through, but there's probably a new song in there somewhere. Or there should be after four years or however long their CD has been out.


Sunday, June 28, 2009

Owls- Owls

Genre: indie, experimental, avant-garde?

Probably my favorite Kinsella project. They only put out one CD and one track on a sampler, and it was all really good. Check it out if you like any other Kinsella bands. It's way better than the last three Joan of Arc releases and the last two Make Believe CDs (at least).


Saturday, June 27, 2009

Michael Jackson- Thriller

Genre: pop, R&B

So it's pretty sad that MJ died this week. I was actually like legitimately bummed. He just did so much shit. Videogames, movies, scandal, giant houses... it's crazy. And do you really know how popular Thriller was? It sold over 100 million copies. That only puts him under Elvis and The Beatles as most albums ever sold in the history of the world. And for good reason, this album is tight. It really introduced and/or refined tons of techniques that are commonplace in today's pop, R&B, and rap music. Do yourself a favor and download it. MJ doesn't need the money anymore.


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Mew- New Song

Genre: ambient, rock

New song from the new Mew album. Pretty good.


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Volcano Choir- Unmap

volcano choir

Get excited. September 22.

Ape Up!- Demo

Genre: Punk

Featuring ex-members of Algernon Cadwallader, this isn't as good as I was hoping. However, it's alright, fun music for summertime, which is what I've been all about lately. So here you go. With only six tracks, it doesn't get boring and has some cool riffs.


Friday, June 19, 2009

Little League- More Songs

See below. Once again, exceptional.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Little League- Songs

Genre: chillout, math rock

Three old songs from the members of Pretend. They are exceptional.


Bibio- Ambivalence Avenue

Genre: songwriter, dub, hip-hop, indie

To start off, this album rules. Please buy it.

Now then... this is pretty much completely different than anything Bibio has released thus far. The standard fare has been acoustic music with some electronica tinges thrown in for accent, but this new album has three or four fully hip-hop tracks. And they are really good, in the vein of J. Dilla or any of his many imitators. But mixed in with these are a few acoustic tracks, a few dancey indie jams, and a couple meandering electronica numbers. What you're left with is a bunch of sweet tracks, but not much of an album. I think Warp pressured Bibio a little too hard to fit their mold with this one, although he came through with flying colors. This may replace Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix as my album of the summer... we'll see. {8.5/10}


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Little Joy Daytrotter Session

Genre: breezy summer beach

I think I might like these versions better than the album, if only because they aren't so Strokes-y and lo-fi. Those guys at Daytrotter really know their stuff, these sound great.


Modest Mouse- Autumn Beds

Genre: indie rock

New song from the upcoming Modest Mouse 7". It's pretty good, has a very "Good News for People..." vibe with the banjo in the background. Simple little song that gives you what you want from a Modest Mouse song... I guess. What do I really want from a Modest Mouse song? Beats me.


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Slip / Ocuban

Genre: hip hop, dub

Reppin my bros from Nashvegas. They are both super fresh and trill.




Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Most Serene Republic- ...And the Ever Expanding Universe

Genre: indie, art rock

Haven't listened to this yet, but I'm sure it's amazing. If you like it, please please PLEASE buy it because these guys deserve it. Buy their whole discography.


Edit: A little more straightforward than their past efforts, but still pretty cool. More like their first album from my initial listen, with the distorted keyboards and "rock out" parts.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Mt. Eerie- Black Wooden Ceiling Opening EP

Genre: indie metal?

Phil Elvrum's self-proclaimed "black metal" debut. It seems that his new full length will be in this style, so I'm glad that it's kinda neat. It sounds exactly like you would expect a singer-songwriter's metal album to sound, whatever that mean. And it strikes me as more punk than metal. Standout tracks include "Appetite" and "Don't Smoke."


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

note.- my city of ghosts, stars, and hours

Genre: post rock, math rock

Haven't listened to much yet, but it sounded pretty cool. If you want, you can check it out.


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Maritime- We the Vehicles

Genre: indie rock, pop rock

Great summer album that I uploaded for a friend, so I thought I'd share. Former members of The Promise Ring and The Dismemberment Plan.


Sunday, June 7, 2009

José Gonzalez- Live Vids from "In Our Nature"

Genre: folk, indie

Some really well recorded live videos from José Gonzalez, one of my new favorite songwriters. He has a really unique blend of traditional folk and Latin music. The lyrics are simple yet profound, and the arrangements just flow over you. Very nice.


Cap'n Jazz- Analphabetapolothology

Genre: math indie punk

I am just now listening to this album. I know, I know. But yeah, it's awesome. If you like things with notes and singing, cheeecksss.


Friday, June 5, 2009

Balmorhea- Rivers Arms

Genre: post rock, indie

Piano driven post rock from Texas that has flairs of Album Leaf and Six Organs of Admittance. Some nice field recordings add texture to everything, and violin and cello make for some really soothing arangements. I couldn't find the album I wanted to post, but you can listen to it all here:


Thursday, June 4, 2009

Smiley With a Knife- How a Reign Comes to an End

Genre: math rock, indie rock

Patrick was nice enough to share his band with me, and they have some pretty sweet jams. I would say it's like a slightly more chill Littlest Viking with a little Look Mexico thrown in, and maybe some Unwed Sailor. My only critique is that the parts could be mixed up a little more, like experimented with, instead of just so much playing a part exactly the same four times then moving onto the next part. But that's not a major problem since all the parts are quite cool and fit together pretty well. Nice job guys.


P.S. If you would let me to listen to your music, please send it my way and I might post it on the blog if it doesn't suck and if it's cool with you.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Japandroids- Post Nothing

Genre: maximalist garage punk

Great summer album. Simple lyrics about wanting to make out with girls make any windows-down drive better.