Sleigh Bells – “Ring Ring”
Dirty Projectors – “Cannibal Resource”
Animal Collective – Summertime Clothes
Animal Collective. What can we say that hasn’t already been said a million times before. Merriweather Post Pavilion is good. It’s real good. The numero uno on many music blogger’s 2009 lists. Along with “My Girls,” this is one of the catchier songs on the album. For comparison imagine MGMT’s “Time to Pretend” was fused with Duran Duran’s “Rio” in a musical kaleidoscope. Do it.
What if Ian Curtis hadn’t tragically died? Would Joy Division have organically developed a more dance sensible sound a la New Order or continued to make brooding ballads? Who knows, but while late naughties Philly is a world away from late 70s Manchester, newcomer Cold Cave has teased us with the possibilities on their track “Love Comes Close.”
Cold Cave – “Love Comes Close”
With a new Yeah Yeah Yeahs album and the scoring duties for an indie flick classic it’s an understatement to say that Karen O had a big year. The second single off It’s Blitz! will make you shake your butt off this Festivus.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Heads Will Roll”
So Justin Vernon decided that he’d like to do something else besides Bon Iver. Enter Volcano Choir. Enjoy Vernon start to further explore the textured sounds that he started to experiment with on For Emma, Forever Ago.
Volcano Choir – “Island IS”
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – “Higher than the Stars”