With horns blaring, “Dirty Summer,” the new song by Austin’s Mother Falcon, starts off big. For nearly three and a half minutes, it never really settles down. Their huge sound can largely be attributed to the fact that they began as an after-school jam among a handful of high school orchestra students looking for a more creative outlet than reading sheet music. With anywhere from 15 to 20 people in the band, it’s no surprise that they have meshed a variety of influences — their sound is what you might expect if Sufjan Stevens, Sigur Ros, Beirut, and Arcade Fire all decided to make music [READ ON]
There are certain albums you immediately feel connected to after the first listen. For me, the debut LP Tracks from Brooklyn-based Ancient History was one of them. The moniker of Donald Ducote deems its sound “middle of the night red-wine and reefer music,” but to me it seems like something much more than that. Rather than a soundtrack to play in the background as you’re enjoying an evening with friends, Tracks seems [READ ON]
When I was first asked to do a ’20 Faves’ feature on The New Pornographers, I jumped at the opportunity. The Vancouver-based band united as a supergroup in the late ‘90s and has since gained a solid following of devout fans. The three leaders include alternative country solo artist Neko Case, solo artist A.C. Newman, and Dan Bejar of Destroyer. Additional members include Kathryn Calder, John Collins, Kurt Dahle, Todd Fancey, and Blaine Thurier, who exhibit their artistry through [READ ON]
Don’t let their name fool you — Berlinist is not one person from Berlin, but rather seven people from Barcelona. Landscapes is the band’s first EP, a two-track seven-inch that came out earlier in January. According to their Facebook, Berlinist’s music is “based on emotions and communicating them by means of natural and true instruments that reach the listeners.” Twinkly, swirling and romantic with atmospheric, ethereal vocals over swelling and omnipresent piano, their music sounds like the soundtrack [READ ON]
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I’m in love with this week’s releases. The freshmen and veterans are equally crazy, sexy and cool, leading me to believe I’m crashing a party where everyone is both highly attractive and smart. The planets have aligned to produce a superhuman group of sounds, and I hope you’re as geeked [READ ON]
Kishi Bashi, who made our favorite album of 2012, just released a cover of Beirut’s “A Sunday Smile.” He slows the pace a bit and replaces the horns with strings, then gives us a one-minute outro to, well, show off. He’s allowed! We all know Kishi Bashi owns that violin. According to the information on the song’s Soundcloud page, this is the B Side of the first of three exclusive vinyl singles being taken from 151a. Read more about it here and listen to his version of “A Sunday Smile.” It’s definitely a sweet reminder of what a gorgeous song it is, only this time with a little Kishi frosting on top. YUM.
I doubt that anything could go better with the music of Beirut than a dance hall full of hard drinking soldiers and nurses. Shot in black and white and with the added bonus of chicken chasing and eyeball magic tricks, the video for “Vagabond” is, well, perfectly Beirut. There’s some smoking, drinking, vomiting and shots of the lovely Zach Condon signing in a very sharp suit — in other words, there’s a lot of awesome. We love the video for “Vagabond” as much as we love the song, so if you haven’t picked up last years The Rip Tide yet, you really should. Otherwise, you’re sending a message to people that you don’t like good music.
What joy we festival lovers received today! Aye, the line-ups for two of the best festivals of the summer, Sasquatch and Primavera Sound, were released, and are they ever a gift from the festival deities on high. Both are absolutely stuffed with bands that we love [READ ON]
Amazingly enough, 2011 has already come and gone, but with it came a slew of glorious, captivating records. From the return of veterans Bright Eyes, Wilco, and Death Cab for Cutie, to sophomore explosions [READ ON]