Mostly Music. Often Insight. Sometimes Nonsense.

August 18, 2014 12:47 pm

Our Love by Caribou. Caribou, aka Dan Snaith, has announced the follow up LP to 2010’s Swim. It’s called Our Love, and it’s out October 7. The title track is a combination of electronica, house, dance, psychedelia, looped vocals and Owen Pallett’s sweeping strings. 

August 17, 2014 11:18 pm

Evil by Shovels & Rope. A dark and swampy track from husband and wife duo Carry Ann Hearst and Michael Trent. From their forthcoming sophomore album, Swimmin’ Time

11:05 pm

Text Me In The Morning by Neon Trees. A glitzy anthemic track for social media addled millennials. From this Utah band’s third album, Pop Psychology.  

5:49 pm

Lie Back by Shy Nature. Simple but satisfying indie-pop with infectious riffs and a killer bass groove from this energetic London four-piece. 

5:41 pm

Blue Eyes by The Rosebuds. A summery jangle-pop track (built on Motown-inspired rhythms) from this North Carolina duo’s new Bon Iver-produced (featuring Justin Vernon on guitar and synths) album, Sand + Silence.

5:33 pm

Dearly Departed by Shakey Graves featuring Esmé Patterson. The first single from Alejandro Rose-Garcia’s (aka Shakey Graves) forthcoming album, And The War Came, is a perfectly crafted country-folk song that will have you pining for sawdust floors and boxcar blues.   

5:04 pm

Gold Silver Diamond by Generationals. The first single from Generationals’ forthcoming Richard Swift-produced album, Alix, is a buoyant, feel-good track that is the perfect soundtrack for summer patios and top down driving. 

August 3, 2014 3:35 pm

Lonely by Rivergazer. Wow! Just came across this stunning track from New York band Rivergrazer. Melancholic minor chords dripping with inconsolable sadness. Yet somehow the song’s sorrowful lament offers a hopeful sweet note…that nothing lasts forever. Everyday I’m faking myself out. Write another song that will never be heard by all that many people.”

3:24 pm

White Gardenias by Justin Townes Earle. JTE pays tribute to Billie Holiday on this new track from his upcoming album, Single Mothers. As Earle explains: “I owe a lot to listening to Billie Holiday sing to kind of keep me kind of back on the back edge of the beat.” White Gardenia refers to the outfit that Lady Day wore during her 1956 comeback concert at Carnegie Hall. 

3:18 pm

Wide Awake by J Mascis. The former Dinosuar Jr. frontman continues his amazing transition from garage-rock and grunge to gentle strums and acoustic swells. Featuring Cat Power on guest vocals. From Mascis’ forthcoming album, Tied To A Star

July 26, 2014 9:37 am

Uptight Downtown by La Roux. Funky electro-pop with a shimmering disco-era flair that sounds like the modern love child of David Bowie and Blondie. From La Roux’s latest release, Trouble In Paradise

July 20, 2014 10:19 am

Heart Is A Drum By Beck. A breezy and folksie track that brings to mind memories of classic singer-songwriters like Nick Drake and Harry Nilsson. From Beck’s shimmering new album, Morning Phase

July 19, 2014 10:17 pm

Terrified by The Rural Alberta Advantage. The first single from RAA’s upcoming album, Mended With Gold, can best be described as Canadian gothic folk rock or, in the words of the Toronto trio: "The ideas and moods created in these songs tie back to the album title Mended With Gold, embracing the idea that the breakage and repair of an object becomes part of its unique history and ultimately makes it more valuable instead of a blemish to disguise.”

10:02 pm

Wings by Field Report. The first track from Field Report’s forthcoming sophomore album, Marigolden, may be one of the best songs released this year. Lush, layered, ominous, ambient, tense, starkly minimal and utterly captivating. The album is scheduled to drop in late October.  

6:04 pm

Figure It Out by Royal Blood. Pummelling bass riffs and propulsive percussion from this UK two piece. In the grand tradition of The Black Keys and White Stripes. The Brighton duo’s self-titled debut will be released on August 25th.