Ch-Check it Out: Modest Mouse "Coyotes"

The 2nd single off of Modest Mouse's forthcoming album Strangers to Ourselves is "Coyotes".

To sum up my thoughts, eff yes.

This is the sparseness of Long Drive with the polish of Moon & Antarctica. I've always loved Modest Mouse, ever since my friend Linnea was in art school and I asked her who I should listen to, and she said, "I heard Modest Mouse is pretty cool."

I picked up This is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About shortly thereafter.

If you have thoughts about the song or video's meaning, I'd love to hear it. Such a good song.


Ch-check it out: Mew "Satellites" & Modest Mouse "

There are a few albums coming in March/April that are really exciting. Here's a preview:

Modest Mouse
Album: Strangers to Ourselves
Release Date: March 5, 2015
Lead Song: "Lampshades on Fire"
Listen here:

Death Cab for Cutie

Album: Kintsugi
Release Date: March 31, 2015


Album: + -
Release Date: April 27, 2015
Lead Song: "Satellites"
Listen here:


Sia on SNL was incredibly beautiful.

There is a tension in the modern dance accompanied with this performance that incredibly moved me. The song talks about an inner struggle to make/be something, and after ruminating for the day, I'm still not sure how it resolves.

It's times like this where I try to remember Louis CK's interview with Conan O'Brien, and not distract myself. Just let life consume me for a minute. Thank you, Sia. I appreciate you immensely.

As an added bonus, here is Sia's also incredible performance of "Chandelier":


Best of 2014: 1 James Vincent McMorrow - Post Tropical

1 James Vincent McMorrow Post Tropical

Hometown: Dublin, Ireland
Standout Tracks: Cavalier, Gold, Repeating, Post Tropical, Outside, Digging
Here we are. My number 1 ranked album for 2014. This album is beautiful, poignant and not unlike Wisconsin's own Bon Iver. Every song is decent and many are great. I love the heartsick on Cavalier when he sings, "I remember my first love". And the desolation on Outside, Digging when he sings, "There is so little light from the warmth of the sun". Cavalier first:

And as an added bonus, here's "Outside, Digging", an incredibly good song:

And that's it!

Here's a Spotify playlist of my favorite tracks from 2014: