Akron/Family

October 1, 2009

I just really like this song.

“River”

Camera Obscura

October 1, 2009

If you should ever find yourself scoring an independent film and need a love song or two, look no further than Camera Obscura’s latest, My Maudlin Career. Maybe it’s the slight Scottish tinge to lead singer Tracyanne Campbell’s vocals, but her voice is crazy appealing and the way she sings about relationships and all that jazz is endearing, perhaps overly so, as indie films often are. I feel like all the songs on the new record should accompany a black and white photo album or some shit. But in a good way. If you dig Belle & Sebastian and/or Jenny Lewis, check it.

“French Navy”

Deathbowl to Downtown

February 7, 2009

I still cannot wait for this to come on DVD. COME ON already.

Bon Iver – Skinny Love

December 18, 2008

Nothing new, but dude’s voice is ethereal. Gives me chills. Heard his shows at Town Hall were epic.

School of Seven Bells

November 14, 2008

I tried not posting about music. I really did. But this is sooooo dreamy. Keep an ear out for these guys.

Good bedtime music:

“Heart of Chambers”

“Gila”

Ratatat at Terminal 5

October 8, 2008

It’s been over a week since the show, but I still felt I needed to write about Ratatat live. Let me say this: Ratatat is one of my favorite acts around right now and their shows are a total blast. Evan Mast’s beats just bang that much harder and Mike Stroud’s guitar sounds ultra bionic in concert. Their show last Saturday at Terminal 5 was no different, but man was it crowded. Props to the guys for killing a huge show but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy previous shows at Webster Hall and Music Hall of Williamsburg a tad bit more due to the smaller setting.

Dudes are definitely getting national press and I’m seeing a bunch of previews and features in various tour markets so it seems like Ratatat are steadily growing from a NYC band to one with a broad following. The growth in popularity is likely due in large part to their well-rounded new record, silencing critics who claimed a lot of their material sounded familiar.

Check out this sweet video of “Seventeen Years,” the encore from last weekend’s show. Makes me wish we were closer to the stage.

The Virgins – Rich Girls

October 4, 2008

My roommate claims this is the best music video he’s seen in the last 10 years. I don’t know if I’d hyperbolize quite that much, but it’s pretty sweet. Where are all the girls like this at the bars I chill at? Probably at a Virgins show come to think of it. When I saw them play this past Spring, the women in attendance were something to behold. I guess it’s that fuck-you-I-just-woke-up look that gets em.

Because I couldn’t go to sleep on the Elliott Smith post. I can’t listen to this Iron and Wine song without thinking of surfing. Two or three of you know why. The video is beautiful too. Puts you at ease.

Old School Hip Hop Sundays

September 7, 2008

My roommates and I just finished watching the season premiere of Entourage. It was mediocre at best. What the show lacked in substance it made up for in T and A, a trend I hope the producers aren’t employing to keep viewers on board. Not that I’m complaining…

All digression aside, we slacked on the old school hip hop post last week due to the holiday, but we’re back on track now. This evening a few friends and I went to check out the East Village Radio Festival over at the Seaport. We missed all of the sets that we had wanted to see (High Places, Devin the Dude, Flying Lotus, Crystal Stilts), due to shear laziness, but made it in time to see KRS-ONE, the host of the event, perform. I recognize that KRS is a pillar of the hip hop community, but sometimes his preaching is a bit overbearing. His message often gets lost in the shuffle. Regardless, KRS performed a host of old school classics, including “Step Into A World,” which had people nodding their heads like it was 1995.