Tuesday, July 9

lofi dujour: Whirr

In which coastal Oakland meets the lifetime ambassador of swag coasting:

Friday, April 19

Elephant & Elephant

hipster Elephant makes love alive: 

french Elephant is interrupted by street walking, don't mind, stay beautiful: 

Thursday, January 17

The girls and the days

Today's entry for the Whywasn'tthereanentiretourofthis gig dream list comes courtesy of the Manhatanner days of 2006 when ever-lovely Rose Melberg made her return to stage after many absent years accompanied by fellow indiepop dissident Andrea Vaughn (who had herself parted ways with neo-new-wave My Favorite the year before). Let them eat cake (shop)!

Thursday, November 8

Here is one

it's okay to be angry, but not to hurt me.

Wednesday, July 7

Sentimental us

Not too long ago, He wasn't mine to keep, only to admire. Back in those days, recommendations came in the form of dance floor hits or late night goodbyes disguised as songs (or was it the other way around?). The Innocence Mission marked His first musical suggestion after having officiated the relationship, just days before embarking on a hectic yet unforgettable trip to Europe. Suits this story just fine that the band is formed by the incredibly inspired coupling of Karen Peris uniquely sweet voice aided by her own hubby's guitar talents.

In the wake of their 9th (!) studio album to be released this July 13th, here's a favourite from their 2007 effort, We walked in song which first opened the (so regrettably late-for-the-party) vault to all their allurement:

It's about time everyone hops in this ride.

Saturday, April 3

Maldita Hits: Beach House - Lover of Mine

This has been a long time coming since the 2008 Explosions in the Sky ATP when Beach House stuck out more like a sore New England hobo vintage thumb than their own musical selves. In a weekend amongst unprecedented show-stoppers of the likes of Broken Social Scene, Jens Lekman debuting Night Falls over Kordetala and a Dino Jr. double billing (complete with a random air-drumming Mascis spotting), it was tough for the Maryland duo to make a solid statement.

Fortunately, His everlasting patience for newbie acts endurred past Butlins grounds and eventually paved its way to the dance floor with the help of their second effort Teen Dream (...pop?), out last January on Subpop. Everyone deserves a second chance, don't they?

And they have a tour tumblr! Will real talent thrive in lieu of hipster bias this time around? Stay tuned for further Primavera impressions...

Tuesday, March 30

Two Down

Now, if only every 19 year old could rock the living fudge off a guitar like this kid, it would be a whole other ballpark. Here's Avi with yet another smasher from what's quickly becoming the most anticipated record/show of the season:

It's your move, EA Games!

Saturday, March 27

Wolverine meets Merle

If there's two people the world has long learned it can trust and rely on, they are Bill Janovitz and Wolverine. There's also only a handful of things more adorable than a kid dressed as his favourite superhero rocking out to his father's awesome music, so this video of the really is the best of all words:

Merle Haggard doubtingly saw this one coming, but it sure as hell fits the Bill(s)!

Friday, March 26

Best Band of All Times: The Besnard Lakes edition

In spite of life-changing, reality-bending plans to see Pavement live this spring, all efforts seem moot upon His impossibility of shaking off the notion we might miss the only possible (and yet to be announced) Besnard Lakes concert date in the UK, before they're back to America to finish off their tour. Unfortunately for Stockton, the Montreal natives have temporarily stolen the limelight and currently (if not ephemerously) have a tight grip on the Best Band of All Times title.

To celebrate, they played their first television appearance yesterday on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon:

They are actually celebrating their most recent release Are the Roaring Night, which itself has crowned their earlier issue Are the Dark Horse with the Uncanny Irony of All Times title.

For now, that is.

Wish List: The Bowlie Weekender 2

Because anxiety madness apparently holds no boundaries, ATP just dropped another happiness nuke on His (and mine) head (hah!) announcing a brand new edition of The Bowlie Weekender to take place this December 10th through 12th. The festival that started all the merriment back in 1999 will feature Glasgow twee darlings Belle & Sebastian reprising their curator role and announcing the first batch of bands this Monday morning, when tickets go on sale.

Scandinavia and Japan serve as current warm-up dates while the band reportedly works on a new album following up their extremely underrated musical experiment God Help the Girl:

Further comments on the first ATP winter weekend when our heart stops pounding and our bank accounts cease bleeding for a bit...

Good times ahead

This blog is currently recruiting Northern Oregon mosquitos interested in a very special secret agent task. Applications open!

Wednesday, March 24

What are the youth to do?

Pop music is so cute (not). Right now, while Timbaland and The Neptunes are sifting through countless late 80's/early 90's samples trying to figure out from what dance revival they can profit the most next, The Radio Dept. is (not so) quietly releasing their glorious new single, instant dance floor hit Heaven's on Fire. Combining smooth italo-dance influences from twenty years ago with their own trademark brand of futuristic dreampop, the track explodes in a powerful synthesized synergy more than fulfilling Thurston Moore's sampled wish to "destroy the bogus capitalist process that is destroying youth culture":

Mainstream, they're coming for you.

Tuesday, March 23

Shadows upon us!

The wait is over: Teenage Fanclub is finally releasing their new album Shadows on May 31st worldwide (June 8th through Merge for the U.S.). The long overdue follow-up to 2006's Man Made features heavily architectural inspired cover art (a nod to the Glaswegian prestigious design tradition) and 12 brand new tracks, including our brain's favourite hit of nearly a year, "Baby Lee":

To celebrate, UK inhabitants will be blessed with a modest spring tour to kick off-festivities:

KokoLondonMay 1st
The Academy 2ManchesterMay 27th
The LeadmillSheffieldMay 28th
The AcademyDublinMay 30th
The WarehouseAberdeenJune 1st
Glasgow O2 ABCGlasgowJune 2nd
The Picture HouseEdinburghJune 3rd
The CockpitLeedsJune 4th
Bristol O2 AcademyBristolJune 6th
Birmingham O2 Academy 2BirminghamJune 7th
See you all in Scotland?

Saturday, March 20

Got two dollars to spare?

Continuing their streak of magical twee pop singles, Hari & Aino add four more tracks to their résumé with the digital release of All that Remains. For the collection fiends, it will also be available in CD format through the Edition 59 project:

The video for the title track comes courtesy of one of our own brazilliants, Felipe Brandalise:

Next step: Coquetel Molotov? Please say yes!

Thursday, February 4

Soon enough

Speaking of unconditional love:


Minds roll over

House favourite Broken Social Scene has promised a whole new batch of love preaching for this May 4th, marking their first group record since their self-titled 2005 effort. The family has expanded beyond the usual suspects to officially include Sam Goldberg as the new resident guitarist and Lisa Lobsinger (of Reverie Sound Revue) as the main female vocalist. Production comes courtesy of John McEntire (of Tortoise and The Sea & Cake fame) who has brought some notorious guests to the party including members of his own bands and Pavement's own Spiral Stairs (Broken Stairs Scene in the works?).

Pitchfork has more details on what can be expected from the album directly from main man Kevin Drew, who dished about past and present recording processes (never underestimate the power of late night drunk advice) as well as details on the family expansion. A spring tour kicks off on May 1st in San Francisco, but until then, here's some of the lovely music that saved our lives:

The tricks indeed look good.

Sunday, January 3

Mix It Up: Christmas 2009

It wasn't cheating as much as lack of support from our so-called dear friends who all but twelve failed to show up for the traditional Christmas party accompanied by the even more traditional mixed CD exchange, but my brother ended up with His mix, which has been temporary stolen for this blog's purposes. A blessing in disguise?

The mix serves as a warm-up for all the music goodness announced for 2010, already one heck of a year to look forward to with promised new releases by quite a few of His favourites (Teenage Fanclub, The Radio Dept., Bettie Serveert and Broadcast, to name a few).

It starts off Canadian enough with a bit of Montreal landscaping softness by The Besnard Lakes, whose recent soundtrack collaboration on Mark Ruffalo's directorial debut is set to premiere this year on Sundance:

They are followed by fellow northerners Broken Social Scene's Bee Hives version of Lover's Spit, featuring vocals by our dearest Leslie Feist, which some gracious lad from Britain had the heart to set to some amusing footage from the Eastbourne Pier a few years ago:

Next comes the most recently proclaimed "Best Song of All Times" by California's youngest promise, Avi Buffalo, followed by long time Dutch darlings Bettie Serveert covering Joni Mitchell's notorious holiday (soundtrack) classic holiday tune River.

Track #5 features Swedish duo Club 8 and their eternal quest for redifining pop music with an old single from their eponymous album from earlier on in the decade, Boyfriends Stay:

Next are the Scots who already redefined pop rock, with what just might be the most overlooked song of the entire decade, a b-side from their 2005 full length release, Man Made. Here's Please Stay live at the Indietracks Festival:

Fresh out of the oven follows Tindersticks new track from their upcoming album Falling Down a Mountain, scheduled for a January 25th 2010 release (a mere eighteen days away!):

They make room for New Yorker Playboy bunny, topless waiting, artist models, cobra dancing, brothel worker, porno starlet, tattoo lady, dominatrix wannabes The Magnetic Fields, with one of the (funniest) tracks from their last record, Distortion. For much more hilarity, don't miss out on their tour later this Winter!

Next up is the musical story of when Frances's cat hid under the floorboards for 3 weeks. I wonder if they ever really skinned it (and how Bean Cobain feels about The Vaselines):

Next are a couple of singles from two very exciting upcoming albums due out in the first few months of 2010. First up is Göteborg's own Sambassadeur with their single Days from European (promised for February 24th):

Next up there is Aussie sweetheart Sally Seltmann, formerly known as New Buffalo and now signed to Arts & Crafts, which can only mean great things for her upcoming release (this time under her actual name) Heart That's Pounding, out this Spring. Until then, here's Harmony to My Heartbeat to hold us over:

Harmony to My Heartbeat from Sally Seltmann on Vimeo.

Track #12 features the Cocktease Grand Prize Winner of 2009, The Radio Dept. They are like the friend who becomes a best friend and before you know it, you're in love, but it doesn't love you back. They call back very seldom, just enough to leave the sentiment lingering. They make reckless promises they can't keep and small unexpected appearances, injecting enormously unfair hope into your weak infatuated heart. And then they go and cover a classic from The Go-Betweens like it's no big deal... so just to spite them and their (imaginary?) new release ironically titled Clinging to a scheme, I'm going to post the original instead. Don't worry, we still love you bastards and will most likely wait another year or ten:

Speaking of bands He is yet to see live, here's Broadcast celebrating the 10 year anniversary of The Noise Made by People. This deserves a proper commemoration, don't you think, Warp Records/Royal Albert Hall?

A mere six months ago, this post would have been incomplete without the efforts of a certain Kurosawa fan who kindly made this video of yet another Bobby Wratten gem from Trembling Blue Stars (click the link for a teaser from the new album due out in the spring):

My childhood memories of El Corte Inglés souvenir bags my grandmother used to carry around now find company in a more recent memory: randomly finding Azure Ray's Hold On Love on vinyl in the first ten minutes of the five hours we spent inside their 12-floor megastore in Porto. His long time ultimate pick for a dream Don't Look Back edition might also find new discography company if Orenda and Maria follow through with the rumors and reunite for a new release this year. Here's a reminder of the good times to come:

This next song is guaranteed to do a number in passionate hearts living in winter wonderlands everywhere, as He did to mine once upon a time:

In much the same mood, a toast to Joe Pernice, who not only makes great albums, but runs his own label which has it's own mascot, hosts his own editions of Cribs, writes amazing books, then writes amazing cover albums to go with them and still finds time to harass the quirkiest manager in the business. And they give out free stickers! Here's his take on Todd Rundgren's Hello It's Me

By golly, yes, yes, YES! You too, Labrador:

And finally, the best T-shirt ever made for toddlers by the band who changed all twee lives over the last 15 years, from poser producers of hipster indie films (I'm talking to you, 500 days of Summer) to actually amazing nerdy Australian music producers (Avalanches FTW):

Let the new decade show begin!

(mini-disclaimer: as I could not find the Pernice or Bettie tracks online, I created a tumblr account to post them and link back. this will be my temporary solution for things I can't find on the web. the songs are nearly impossible to be downloaded from their original page since they're posted on flash format, but I will take them down if any of the artists asks. there is no intention to profit out of this blog or its contents, only to promote great music and the artists hereby featured.)

(i wonder if i used "hereby" correctly in that sentence...)

Of All Times: The Avi Buffalo Edition

As witnessed in many wickedly magniloquent top lists, music lovers have a soft spot for bold, hyperbolic statements, an activity He excels at above pretty much everyone else. "Of All Times" is an expression most commonly heard (but not limited to) after a few long necks or a surprising playlist entry. It's His equivalent to my seasonal obsessive loop-overplay gorging and this month it comes courtesy of Long Beachers Avi Buffalo and their first single What's it in for?.

Albeit innocent, Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg youthful talent carries a level of honesty and creativity well beyond what any of us skeptic geezers would expect from a recent high school graduate from southern California. His accomplishments are not a product of trying too hard, a sin most teenagers are guilty of indulging, making their spring 2010 debut (out on Subpop) already one of the most exciting new acts to watch out for this year. In the American Scenester vs. Hipster wars, the only real winner is the authenticity of those who stay away from it, and in Avi Buffalo, there's plenty of it to go around:

Here's to a 2010 full of All Times like these.

Monday, June 15

Consolation Prizes

There was clearly no way Andrew Kenny was going to manage sitting quietly for long, especially after so prematurely disbanding beloved American Analog Set. Combining fellow regular contributors Chris Michaels and Leslie Sisson with David Wingo (originally of Ola Podrida and indie film scoring fame), along comes The Wooden Birds and their gorgeous debut, Magnolia. It resonates more like All-Time Quarterback and other more mellow, folk-friendly Kenny projects, but that is a great thing:

Speaking of spin-offs, what was once a couple of modest tracks on two compilations has now blossomed into a full-length album for dearly missed Alun Woodward (formerly of Delgados), under the name Lord Cut-Glass. Savour on a little nib while waiting for the official Chemikal Underground release on June 23rd.

Otherwise, see you all tonight for some of the very best of what you haven't heard yet!

Sunday, June 14

Maldita Hits: Lykke Li - Little Bit

A little bit of a cheat, He'd say, since this isn't the original. But how to leave unmentioned such amazing kind of talented sincerity?

And with her blessing and everything? Just couldn't.