Monday, December 31, 2012

Mac DeMarco - "Cooking Up Something Good" and "Viceroy"

Really crazy, really good new music from Mac DeMarco. The video for Viceroy is kind of depressing. He literally sings about cigarettes the entire album, lol. I apologize in advance for it and mean no disrespect to past, present, or future smoking anywhere!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

Beach House - "Irene"

Saw them live this last week. Wow. Best show in a long time, and 100x better in doors at the Pabst than outside at Pitchfork.

This song was their outro and closed the encore. They played the same thing for about 8 minutes. It kept getting louder and more emotional. Definitely the best moment of the concert, and I'll never forget it.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Boiler Room

As you all may have noticed, I've shared mostly an electronic style of music lately. Frankly, I never knew about the knob twiddler subculture and thus never appreciated the finer points.

But right about 2009, I discovered a few artists that had some inspiring sounds that fit with my life style. What do I mean by that? Well, I work at a computer all day, hacking away at code or designing interfaces. When this is your day job, music needs to be present, but not invasive. Music with lyrics can be distracting when balancing dozens of complicated math logic in your head. Almost out of necessity, I had to transition away from the likes of Smashing Pumpkins and Red Hot Chili Peppers and more towards DJs.

Now, I realize this stuff probably isn't many of your gigs. But the thing I enjoy about this blog after Stephen turned me on to it was the resetting of different types of music being shared. I kind of forgot about music like Andrew Bird, et al. So thank you for that. I hope you get a little value then with insight into this unique subculture—I know I never would have looked into it on my own.

The other reason why I appreciate this music is that is has turned me on to an even more diverse palette, as crazy as that sounds. The more I've explored the European electronic scene, the more I've realized that much of their output comes from listening to every genre imaginable. Thus much of their inspiration I've found engaging as well. For example, lately I've consumed 80s reggae, 90s African, 70s Japanese disco, 80s Brazilian folk, and 90s German krautrock and enjoyed every second of it. I don't think I would have done that if I stuck listening to the Modest Mouses of the world.

One last note: the ferocity at which these European DJs collect vinyl has gotten me into records. Again, another thing I don't think I would have done 5 years ago, but now am totally in to. I feel I've "leveled up" as a music fan. And I love vinyl now :-)

Here's Kieren Hebden's personal record collection:

So anyways, here's a recent live set at Boiler Room this week. Seeing this stuff done live is kind of mind blowing. The real purpose of me sharing is to show what these guys actually do up there. It's almost more entertaining the actual sound, lol. So many gadgets, so many cords, so much possibility. How they weave their sounds is kind of incredible to watch.

The two videos are the same 45minute set, but at two different moments worth checking out (if your curious that is; my feelings won't be hurt if you're not).

Friday, October 5, 2012

Thom York - "Cymbal Rush"

Following up on the other Thom York solo album posting, this one is remixed by our good friend Axel Willner. Cool indie music video with it too.

Thom York - "Atoms for Peace"

Remixed by our good friend Kieren Hebden. These drums are for you Stephen!

Little Joy - "Don't Watch Me Dancing"

Friday, September 21, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Grizzly Bear - "Sleeping Ute" (live)

New album dropped this week, btw. Not sure if any of you have followed it. VERY good. Here they are live on Fallon.

And bonus! Some dude doing extra percussion to it.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Modest Mouse - "Workin' on Leavin' the Livin'"

Had my first funeral today. She's in heaven. Played this really loud on the drive home.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Bon Iver - "For Emma" (A Capella)

Schmiel and I used to listen to this song over and over again Middler year.

Friday, August 17, 2012

My Pitchfork Top 21

Gosser, I love this. I started out with 50 and narrowed it down to 21.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Pitchfork Peoples Lists

So I did this thing. This is my top 20. You guys should do it too! Curious your thoughts on my list.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Of Monsters and Men - "Little Talks"

I think this band kind of sounds like Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. This song is pretty catchy!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Eric & Magill - "You Make It So Good"

Any band with an ampersand in its name immediately goes up in my book.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Stepdad - "My Leather, My Fur, My Nails"

The lead singer was a class below me at MLS. They toured with Passion Pit. I like this band.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Matthew Dear - "Slowdance"



"Weight of My Words" - Kings of Convenience (Remix)

It's really a shame these guys came about at the same time as Kings of Leon because now whenever you see "Kings of" you can't help but think of those pop-southern-rock-alt-bros when you see these Norwegian indie folks. At any rate, a pretty great remix:

Roger Miller - "Oo De Lally"

Marques' first post - oo de lally oo de lally golly what a day.

Elizabeth Mitchell - "Little Bird Little Bird"

My first post - enjoy

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Grimes - "Genesis"

I believe they call her genre "witch house". She's the new Bjork.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Lower Dens - "Brains" and "Stem"

One of my favorite new bands is Lower Dens. Their latest album, NOOTROPICS, came out last week. Here is my favorite single from it, along with the song that immediately follows it.

Monday, May 7, 2012

My Sad Captains - "Little Joanne"

One Little Plane - Into the trees

A new release of a great poppy/folksy/regina-spektor-y female artist named One Little Plane.

The way I heard about her is through Kieren Hebden (four tet). He produced it, and also played guitars. (The dude is so talented!)

Here is the whole album.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

I make my own sunshine & don't stop

Lowe's knows music.  Both of these have been getting stuck in my head often.  So, I thought I would make sure they can be stuck in your's too.

The Little Ones - "High on a Hill"

Faux Fir - "Work Suite"

The Umbrella Sequence - "Urban Lull (At Once Charmed)"

Here's to the best band Minneapolis has ever known. If I'm not mistaken, Mr. Stephen Schmiel was a clapper on this album. Correct?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Besnard Lakes - "Because Tonight"

There is something about pedals and other doodads on guitars that intrigue me. Around the middle of this song, some pretty sweet stuff starts to happen.

Deerhunter has some great examples too. I'll share them sometime.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Girls - "Thee Oh So Protective One"

I sometimes forget how good this album is. Didn't care for their latest though. This particular song I like a lot, and it reminds me of Captain Beefheart's "Hot Dog Tropical Night" song with the crying trumpets.

And for reference... I won't be made if you don't listen to the whole thing, lol. But at least listen long enough to hear the crying trumpets!

Dawes - A little bit of Everything

This isn't the newest song in the world, but Dawes is growing on me - except the drummer.  He is not winning any cool awards.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Explosions in the Sky

Do you remember that time at an MLC talent show when a kid had a long introduction about his song and then it was just a guitar solo - no words, nothing?  This song was like that for me, except I loved this one.  Maybe today I was just in the right mood.  Everything about it was beautiful.

The Cribs - "Moving Pictures"

Le Loup - "Forgive Me"

Eef Barzelay - "Lose Big"

Said the Whale

These Canadians are doing it right.  This is a mock of "we are the world."

FridayRemix: "Lovesick" - Lindstrøm & Christabelle

Remixed by our dear friend, Mr. Kieren Hebden.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Punch Brothers - "Just What I Needed" (Cars Cover)

Punch Brothers cover The Cars

The Onion has an arts and entertainment section called "The AV Club." They do a series each year where they ask bands to come in and cover a song in their offices. Sometimes they're really bad. I thought this one was pretty good.

Tanlines - "All of Me"

Friday, April 6, 2012

Youth Lagoon - "Daydream" (and concert review)

Pretty poor concert to be honest. The opening bands were a special kind of terrible. The YL kid himself got food poisoning from a hotdog in Chicago the night before (lol), and only played 5 songs. For $10 though it was worth it to say I saw him. At least he played an extended version of this song:

"Drive" Soundtrack

As recent viewers of Drive, Stephen and I thought we'd share the best of the soundtrack--which is fantastic.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

LCD Soundsystem - "New York, I Love You

Old song, I know. I rediscovered it today, however, and decided to post it.

Youth Lagoon - "Montana"

I'm going to see this kid at Turner Hall tomorrow evening. I'm very excited. He's 22 and from the same childhood Pacific Northwest area as Isaac Brock. Special call out to the song "Montana" in honor of Stephen :)

Friday, March 30, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New from Dntel (the "other" guy from Postal Service)

A new track just came out from Dntel, an electronic musician who is commonly called James Figurine as well. He was Ben Gibbard's partner for Postal Service. This is a little more British DJ-ish than what you'd expect from something like "We Will Become Silhouettes", but you can still hear sparkles of "Clark Gable" if you make a big enough leap.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Flaming Lips & Neon Indian - "Is David Bowie Dying?"

Thank you to Stephen and Alex for allowing me to author great music along side you all. Like you, I will be sharing things I listened to at some point during the day. But I hope to mix things up and share gems we all either forgot about or things from Left Field to freshen up your day. I will attempt to share a little background information as well per song.

With that, here's my first entry: "Is David Bowie Dying?" by a Flaming Lips and Neon Indian collaboration. It was a limited release you can't really find anywhere, but thankfully You Tube has it. It was released initially as mp3s on a flash stick...inside gummy skulls. I had a chance to see it live at Summerfest last year, though. Very interesting.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Broken Bells - "The High Road"

Broken Bells is James Mercer from The Shins and one guy from Gnarls Barkley.

The Morning Benders - "Excuses"

I've probably watched this video about 30 times over the last 6 months and I love it every time. The song doesn't start until about 50 seconds in.

The Mountain Goats - "This Year"

This one's for you, Gentz. And Bentley, too.

Cage the Elephant - "Shake Me Down"

Cee Lo Green - "No One's Gonna Love You"

I'm not a huge Cee Lo fan but I like this Band of Horses cover.

We Were Promised Jetpacks - "It's Thunder and It's Lightning

Frightened Rabbit - "Swim Until You Can't See Land"

Also from Julie. This song rules.

Fun. - "Walking the Dog"

From Julie K

It's True - "Nothing At All"

It's True - "Take This One from Me"

It's been a few years but I still can't get enough of these guys

Gin Wigmore - "Don't Stop"

Also from Tom

Fun. - "We Are Young"

Courtesy of Tom

Dawes and Morning Benders - "When My Time Comes"

Local Natives - "Who Knows, Who Cares"

Skip ahead to about 1:30.

The Head and the Heart - "Rivers and Roads"

Carrie and I saw this band open for Iron and Wine. I actually enjoyed their set more than anything that night.

J.D. McPherson - "North Side Gal"

NPR loves this guy. I checked out some of his other stuff and it's pretty cool.