1.21.2015

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

Mew

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


1.19.2015

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":

1.05.2015

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:


Enjoy!

12.30.2014

Best of 2014: 2 Pixies Indie Cindy

2 The Pixies Indie Cindy

Hometown: Boston, MA
Standout Tracks: Bagboy, Magdalena, Snakes
It's the Pixies. They have been one of my top bands for years. So, when they released their first record as the Pixies in years, I was excited. And it's a great Pixies album. The tracks are raucous, the solos are perfectly dissonant and Frank Black can still wail. Just try not to sing-a-long as Frank sings, "Magdalena, just between us. You're the meanest":


And as an added bonus, here's their official video for "Bagboy", an incredibly good song about a grocers bad breath: