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)
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.
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.
Time to swim.
BOOOM! one more picture.