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
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)
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)
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
Time to swim.
- bombs over pinkland
BOOOM! one more picture.