End-of-summer/ back-to-school madness got you stressed? Take a time out with "So Easy," the positively infectious new track from Ypsilanti, MI's Lightning Love. Front woman Leah Diehl's vocals strike the perfect balance btw conversational and impassioned -- and the chorus blooms with the splendor of 1000 suns. Plus it's pretty much impossible NOT to bounce along to that piano line.
What a long, strange trip it's been for Animal Collective. Since 2009 (and the release of the fantastic, universally-acclaimed Merriweather Post Pavilion), the Baltimore boys have basically skyrocketed to fame, bringing their lush, trippy concoctions with them. Now, 3 years later, they're about to drop their ninth LP -- to a world unsure of what to expect.
Another thing we're unsure of: who's who in this pic. Impossible
to tell with these bizarro masks!
Over at Phrequency.com, I review the new record -- and answer the burning question of whether the best band of 2009 can still lay claim to the title in 2012. Head over there to check it out -- and catch the appropriately weird new vid for "Today's Supernatural."
Cool: The idea behind "Made in America,"
most of the bands playing Made in America, the fact that Jay-Z
(who <3s NYC) chose Philly as his locale, the fact that a portion
of the profits actually go to charity
Lame: The retardedly expensive ticket
prices, the giant walls to keep poor Philadelphians out, the fact
that half the bands aren't even "Made in America," the lack of
local bands represented, the fact that the Parkway is a clusterfuck
already, Pearl Jam
Brooklyn's Backwords craft low-key folk-pop, perfect for resisting the back-to-school bustle...and this new vid for "Hey Kid" is a perfect reminder that we still have a few days left for soaking up summer vibes:
Pool-snorkeling turns magical with the help of a little "imagination."
"Hey Kid" appears on the record By the Neck, out now.
And for those of you who prefer your Monday coffee with a healthy dose of ragin', check out this srsly sick vid 2 of my friends put together for Bleeding Rainbow:
"Pink Ruff"appears on the record Yeah Right, out October 9 on Kanine.
I pretty much knew this would rule from the second I caught wind of it...and lo and behold, DIVINE FITS -- the new project from Spoon's Britt Daniel + The Handsome Furs/Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner -- is pure rock'n roll bad-assery, wrapped up in a package of quivering synths and frenetic drumming (courtesy of New Bomb Turks' Sam Brown.)
Boeckner + Daniel or spaceman clones? The world might never know
On debut record A Thing Called Divine Fits, this bad-assery takes several forms, from head-banging ragers to introspective growers. Check out my full review over at Phrequency, and learn how you can stream the record for free right now.
Ariel Pink is stranger than most, with tunes that combine the accessible and the weird in startling (strange!) new ways. On new record Mature Themes (out next week on 4AD), Beverly Hill's fave musical oddity (with the help of the equally strangely-named Haunted Graffiti) -- craft a record that delves deep into the world of trashy '70s disco...and comes up kicking with g-spots, H-bombs, time warps, schnitzel, and even a few love songs. Check out my full review over at Phrequency -- and get ready to indulge in the bizarre.
It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Philly "smooth-wave" band Work Drugs -- and their new record, Absolute Bearing, combines everything I < 3 about past releases into one, glorious, sweat-soaked celebration.
a glorious, sweat-soaked,celebration?
From hazy grooves peppered with images of fast cars and dance floor ragers -- to swirling beats as sexy as the moments they describe -- Absolute Bearing is essential listening this August, as the summer slowly slips away, and we cling to moments of debauchery desperately. Check out my full review over at Phrequency.com, then get ready to chill out to Work Drugs.
Cool: Tom Waits.
Yes, he sounds a little like Cookie Monster...but everyone knows Cookie Monster was the second best character on Sesame Street (after Ernie)
Yes, OK Computer was all kinds of brilliant. But it dropped 15 years ago + we all got tired of hearing "Karma Police" 234987987987 times in college. (Does anyone even own The King of Limbs?) Thom Yorke will always have great hair though.
This is what you get...when you mess with Radiohead (i.e., Thom Yorke