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Coachella 2010! April 16-18

20 Jan

looks like fun

If somebody asked me to list the greatest (current) music festivals in the United States, I’d probably give them the following five in no particular order: Virgin Festival, SXSW, Lollapalooza, Sasquatch! Music Festival, and Coachella. Given that I will not be attending 4/5 of these events, pardon me while I gush about the one I will.

Welcome to Coachella 2010. A three day music fest located in sunny Indio California. From April 16-18, for the price of $269, you can rock your socks off, shake your groove thing, dance like a maniac, or sway awkwardly from side to side. The choice is yours! Currently in its 11th year, the show is bringing a solid mix of rock/indie/electronic/classic/contemporary/mellow/upbeat moods to the sunny April weekend. But what’s so special?

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Music of 2009: December 17, “Two Weeks”

17 Dec

12/17/2009

Grizzly Bear – “Two Weeks”

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New Moon Soundtrack (From Stereogum)

14 Oct

The whole Twilight thing is really beyond me, but I’ve never really liked vampires much anyway. I’m more of a werewolf man myself. Either way the soundtrack sounds like it’s going to be pretty damn good, so who am I to hate on a teenage girl fantasy of dating a vampire.

Thom Yorke – “Hearing Damage”

Bon Iver & St. Vincent – “Roslyn”

Grizzly Bear (feat. Victoria Legrand) – “Slow Life”

A bit of info on the artists above

Thom Yorke is the lead singer of the hugely influential British rock band Radiohead (just in case you didn’t know…). Without a doubt whenever Thom does something, the indie music world pees itself a little in anticipation.

Bon Iver (pronounced ee-ver like the French word for winter) is the stage name of Justin Vernon. He put out a beautiful album in 2007 titled “For Emma, Forever Ago” and just this year released with a new band, Volcano Choir. St. Vincent is the stage name of Annie Clark, former member of the Polyphonic Spree. I don’t actually have any good excuse why we haven’t talked about her at all on this site. Her newest album “Actor” is fantastic. (note to self, talk about St. Vincent more)

Grizzly Bear is some band based in Brooklyn. That is all. I mean really? C’mon, it seems like they’re playing “Two Weeks” on every talk show in america, I feel like my mom knows who they are. Victoria Legrand is half of Beach House, an awesome indie pop duo from Baltimore, Maryland (what what!). Anyway she is awesome, and that band just got signed by Sub Pop so watch out…On another note she does backup vocals on “Two Weeks” so I think my mom could probably recognize a picture of her. Go mom.

2nd quarter best of what’s out there 2009…finally

14 Aug
oh sheeeet

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I can has bad maths. Below is the best new music from 2nd quarter 2009 (April 1 – June 30 2009)

Bands: The Thermals, Passion Pit, Grizzly Bear, Phoenix, Dirty Projectors

So yeah, halfway through August and i’m finally dropping the music that I should have dropped like yesterday

The Thermals – Now We Can See (Released – April 7, 2009)

psha, its a statement

psha, its a statement

Straight out of Portland Oregon, one of my favorite bands in the past few years could have slapped their dick on the table and held their own in the crowded 90s college radio scene. Projecting the sounds of contemporary classics(namely Archers of Loaf and Pavement), The Thermals are pure Sub Pop; circa 1994. But really I’m saying that as an ultimate compliment and so it shouldn’t take anything away from their music. Ya see unlike many of the other bands out there who look for influence from that time (I wont name names cuz that’s impolite) the Thermals do it right. I’ve included a couple of their tracks on the playlist and I suggest taking a full listen to them when you get a chance.

Personally I wish I could say i’ve been listening to them for the past 6 years, but really it wasn’t until their third album ‘The Body, The Blood, The Machine” that I fell in love. It’s just as catchy and it was their last album released on Sub Pop before amicably ditching to sign on their new label Kill Rock Stars. Now go forth and learn what it is to be NW indie.

Passion Pit – Manners (Released May 19, 2009)

mmm simplicity...

mmm simplicity...

Stop living under a rock. Seriously this band has been around for a little over a year now and if you havent already heard their awesome single ‘Sleepyhead,’ crank that baby up and be ready to shake that junk in your trunk. But please don’t stop there, the rest of the album is, dare i say it…better. Perhaps I felt this way because I didnt think a whole album could live up to the ‘Chunk of Change’ EP that was released last September (ya know I thought maybe they’d pull a Wizard of Ahhhs/Partie Tramatic on us). Jokes on me, this album is fantastic and really has a chance to have the same impact ‘Oracular Spectacular’ did last year and appear on several Best of 2009 lists. You better be listening to them right now or I will fight you.

On a sidenote (before I fight you) I met a few kids who went to Berklee College of Music and it turns out that three of the guys in the band are from the school and are by definition “classically trained.” Except since Berklee is such a progressive school the classical training is in electronic music, and beard growth. Just kidding, but seriously. The point is these guys are awesome.

Grizzly Bear – Vickatimest (Released May 26, 2009)

colours

colours

Duh. Of course Grizzly Bear ‘Vickatimest’ will be on here. Absolutely a no-brainer. It’s just a sick pop album that debuted in the top 10 on the U.S. charts…and deserved it! That’s right America, you recognized a great band this year, give yourself a pat on the back. It’s pure, tightly wound, uncompromised catchy pop music. Sure it’s not the pop of today’s radio but more like a stroll down memory lane, a retrospective if you will on what pop music has been and a recognition of the purity in its structure. The sounds mesh yet seem at odds in a remarkably comfortable fashion. For example, the harmonizing and repetitive chord structure on Grizzly Bear’s first single, ‘Two Weeks,’ is a great example of what you know is new, but feels so incredibly familiar. At this point, I wont even say anything more about this album because honestly I believe you could play this for your parents and they would eat this stuff up. So go young ones, bond over Scotch and music.

Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Released May 26, 2009)From the first video we posted of the Lisztomania mash up with brat pack clips to the acoustic sets and our constant gushing over this French band, it’s no surprise they’ve shown up on this list. This album is in one word, fantastic. It is light, has catchy hooks, pop sensibilities, electronic elements, and lyrics with remarkably more depth than one would expect. Schuyfi got me hooked on this band and I still can’t get enough of them. ‘1901’ is still my favorite track on the album but there are several more gems to be found scattered throughout. But while this album is more than capable of littering playlists with several singles, it also has a cohesive sound that begs for a full playthrough (or several for that matter). If these tracks havent made it on your summer mix, you still have one month left to correct your errors. Break of a piece of baguette, eat some brie, drink some wine and dance dance dance. Oh you silly french men, what good music you make…

Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca (Released June 9, 2009)

No, i refuse to say anything about this band. Call it wanting you to experience it on your own, call it me being lazy and not wanting to type anymore, or call it being in the Dominican Republic and wanting to go swimming on the beach…call it what you want. Just listen to the record…i love it.

i dont get it

i dont get it

Time to swim.

bombs over pinkland
bombs over pinkland

BOOOM! one more picture.