New Stuff Worth Hearing
Posted 09 February 2012 - 04:37 PM
Posted 18 February 2012 - 02:16 PM
Posted 04 April 2012 - 06:48 AM
The vibe of this tune reminded me of another album I used to have on my iPod several years ago and couldn't for the life of me remember what it was. Any other old-timers ever have that happen? I remembered what the album cover looked like and that the title had something to do with the ocean... and I remember liking it a lot, but could NOT recall any other info. Tried googling like a fiend, to no avail-- it was driving me nuts.
Old A&F post to the rescue!!!
Edited by Greg P, 04 April 2012 - 07:14 AM.
Posted 15 April 2012 - 01:08 PM
Soundtrack to the indie video game Dustforce (which I haven't played, FWIW). Exists somewhere between Joy Electric's bleep-bloopy synth-pop and more eclectic electronic pop like Royksopp and Air, with some nice ambient bits here and there. (Bandcamp)
C-jeff - Preschtale
Epic chiptune rock with traces of psychedelia, progressive rock, and metal. I like to think of it as the soundtrack for a video game about a stranded astronaut warrior making his way across a foreboding alien planet... or something like that. (Bandcamp)
Lightfoils - Lightfoils EP
Excellent shoegazer pop EP in the vein of Lush and Chapterhouse, with darker bits reminiscent of The Cure's Disintegration here and there. Easily one of the best shoegazer releases I've heard in a long time. (Bandcamp, My review)
Posted 16 April 2012 - 09:43 PM
Posted 18 May 2012 - 01:05 PM
Wow... Over three and a half years ago since the last one... The new album Throw It To the Universe is out-- reportedly the band's last-- and I think it might be their best since Behind the Music, a decade ago. A few tracks sputter and die, and there's always one complete throwaway, but overall this is what they do so well-- big, clumsy post-psychedelia with Who riffage and Mott the Hoople flourishes. You Are The Beginning and Nothing Lasts Forever definitely hit the sweet spot. Sad to see these old guys pack it up.
The new album "Communion" doesnt officially hit till next week, but it's streaming in its entirety here. I've havent let the sprawling 24-track extravaganza soak in yet, but so far so good. Soundtrack of Our Lives, bros and sisters! yeah!
Posted 18 August 2012 - 01:23 AM
Another "dark star" again. She ended to give up and go for a day job in Paris, where she finally died accidentally in 2004. Remain those highly recommended recordings, especially the first album (Priscilla sings herself) from 1967.
Edited by Hugues, 18 August 2012 - 01:25 AM.
Posted 06 September 2012 - 08:37 PM
Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:48 PM
Posted 20 September 2012 - 01:57 PM
Posted 20 September 2012 - 02:30 PM
Sam Billen's new album, Places, is out. I've been a fan of Billen's for quite some time, going back to his days in The Billions, and Places doesn't disappoint. It's not quite as quirky or poppy as his previous album (my review), but it's very well-made and very affecting in places.
This man put on one of the best shows I've seen. I caught The Billions a long while ago a Lawrence, Kansas music webcast (Turnpike, I think?), and loved everything I saw. I saw Sam when he was touring in support of his first album, and we ended up chatting a bit after his set. Glad he's still making music!
Posted 24 September 2012 - 04:47 PM
Also rather enjoying this band out of Washington called Wickerbird that have a stream up on Spinner. Sounds like an ambient Fleet Foxes.
Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:10 PM
Tame Impala - Lonerism http://www.npr.org/2...impala-lonerism
and most especially
Lord Huron - Lonesome Dreams http://www.npr.org/2...lonesome-dreams
Been following Lord Huron since their free releases on bandcamp, and they are pretty awesome.
Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:22 AM
If you’ve ever imagined yourself travelling through a dystopian future where the Singularity has brought about the techno-apocalypse; where replicants and cyborgs prowl the neon-lit and rain-slicked cityscape; where your only respite is jacking into the Metaverse; where the net may be vast and infinite, but it’s also dark and scary… then this is probably going to sound eerily familiar to you.
Elephants at the Door by Dumbo Gets Mad
Delightfully deranged psych-pop in the vein of Flaming Lips and Viva Voce. "Eclectic Prawn" is currently my favorite song -- just check out that Led Zeppelin-meets-freaky organ breakdown. And you can get it free for a tweet or Facebook post.
Brother Sun, Sister Moon by Brother Sun, Sister Moon
One of my favorite albums of the year (my review). It's haunting, atmospheric, genre-skipping stuff that's recommended for fans of Flying Saucer Attack, Boards of Canada, or the Ghost Box label. And right now, it's available at "name your own price".
Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:58 AM
Posted 25 February 2013 - 02:46 PM
Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:00 PM
Youth Lagoon's new album 'Wondrous Bughouse' is streaming on NPR right now, and I'd highly recommend it. This might be the best Animal Collective album Animal Collective never wrote. Transcendant soundscapes.
Hmm. Since I have tried and tried but failed to enjoy Animal Collective, I'm not sure whether this intrigues me or not.
Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:10 PM
If it makes you feel any better, sorely disappointed with the new Josh Ritter. Just more of the same sound he's been doing for years, and it's wearing thin on me.