I wasn't a huge fan of My Brightest Diamond until I heard Shara Worden's vocal work on Clogs' fantastic LP The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton . In the album Worden shifted her voice to a more operatic style that really set her apart, both in terms of talent and delivery, from other indie female vocalists. On the first two cuts of My Brightest Diamond's new album, All Things Will Unwind , Worden returns to a more traditional (read: no broken champagne glasses) vocal delivery without sacrificing the mystical orchestral [...]
Kurt Vile, the musician behind one of the best albums of 2011, Smoke Ring for My Halo , will be releasing a new EP, So Outta Reach on November 8th. The first taste of the new material, "The Creature," shows Vile in his purest form - rolling guitars, cyclical melodies and lazy Dylan drawls abound. Melodically, the song is a bit heavier with emotion than anything on Smoke Ring , but it's a welcome development that compliments his songwriting style. I highly recommend giving this track a spin, and if you haven't already checked [...]
Joe Goddard, the smooth crooner of Hot Chip fame, has released a new EP, Gabriel . Check out the colorful video for the title track above and stream the EP below. [via GvB ]
I'm a bit late posting on this one, but the talented Tacoma native Brad Oberhofer has released the first single from his band's debut LP coming early 2012. Like his previous work, "Gotta Go" is a rollicking pop tune that blends late emo vocals with sloppy shoegaze. It's a bit cleaner than the tracks he released last year, but no energy seems to have been lost in the process. This is track one on your road trip mixtape. Oberhofer :: Gotta Go Previously: Oberhofer :: [...]
This week, the Buzz Box features the return of Feist, a stunning new track from prolific singer-songwriter Cass McCombs, an atmospheric spinner from the new War on Drugs album and a host of other fine singles culled from the blogosphere. Enjoy. Cass McCombs :: The Same Thing Blitzen Trapper :: Love the Way You Walk Away The War on Drugs :: Come to the City [...]
[via] Port St. Willow’s Nick Principe and The Antlers’ Peter Silberman play play this ambling, intensifying tune at Miner Street Studio in Philadelphia. Head to bandcamp for a name-your-price album . See more of the concert at Weathervane Music here .
This morning we have the privilege of hearing the jangly second single from Twin Sister's upcoming highly anticipated full-length, In Heaven , set for a September 27 release date. With "Gene Ciampi," the Brooklyn pop group continues their trend of crafting unique and engaging songs. This one just so happens to come with a side of walking bass line and a South Asian guitar riff. Take a listen below. [via Dazed Digital ]
[ Dir. Mark Webber ] The ebbing and flowing of voices, of colors. Layers of desperation. Alternating. Silence then audacity. Such urgency. It builds. The colors become sinister. Braids of something woven without words because words have failed. Everything turns white. [ via ]
Arcade Fire's title track "The Suburbs" get all dubbed out by Mr. Little Jeans here. Such a sensual voice graces the percolating synths, lending an eerie attractiveness to the already pain ridden track. Scenes of fire, girls cutting hair, dancing. Near Lynch level strangeness here. Both wonderful and welcome. Directed by the the High5collective . More Mr. Little Jeans here .
Today Hype Machine is offering a full-album stream of Active Child's debut long player, You Are All I See . The album is a superbly orchestrated affair featuring the group's signature blend of harp, electronics and hair-raising melodies. Certainly worth your time.
The National wrote a song for a video game and then had a contest for a video. This is that video. The National :: Exile Vilify
Always dig a jam from Lupe. Big ups to Elly Lieppman for the tip. This ones off his latest album, Lasers . Enjoy your summery Friday.
-The Guardian traces the accident of Islamic Punk. More here . -Aj Rromale has compiled a Djengo Reinhardt documentary from youtube. - Get guitar lessons from Marnie Stern
Based out of San Francisco, Grass Widow make punk based music with 60s influenced arrangements and melodies (Jefferson Airplane, Velvet Underground, maybe?). The video is obviously wonderful as there are several Gorillas of the Franklin park Zoo in it (whose names are Gigi, Kiki, Kira, Kimani, Kambiri and Kit). If you want to see Grass Widow (sans Gorillas) come to Cairo's 'Vibrations' Music Festival at Volunteer Park Amphitheater on 8/20. Sea Pony will also be there.
We pray that all their pain be champagne.
BCB favorite, Memoryhouse will be "reissuing" their fantastic debut EP The Years on Sub Pop on September 13. Apparently the group has rerecorded the entire album and added two new tracks, one of which, "Quiet America," you can watch above and both of which you can download below. Memoryhouse will be in Seattle November 12th at Neumos with Radio Dept. in what is sure to be one of the can't-miss shows of 2011. Get tickets here . Memoryhouse :: Quiet America Memoryhouse :: Modern, [...]
We are scavengers of the blogosphere. This week hear new tunes from Best Coast, Air France, Jens Lekman and previously buzzed acts SLEEP ∞ OVER, Dominant Legs and Gauntlet Hair. SLEEP ∞ OVER :: Romantic Streams Air France :: It Feels Good to Be Around You Jens Lekman :: [...]
He says, "What would Beyonce do?" I want bracelets.
If you like to start your weekend off right with a little dose of the bizarre, look no further than Alex Winston's "Sister Wife" video. The song itself is a strange pairing of undeniable catchiness and polygamous relationships as a subject, so it seems only fitting that the video would embrace a brand of chaos that includes (but is not limited to) gale force winds inside a house, pieces of bread flying out of a toilet, and a really ugly cat vomiting blood in Winston's face. It's weird and a little grotesque, but also kind of mesmerizing. You can purchase [...]