Monthly Archives: March 2010

Exclusive First Listen Explosion!

As many of you know, NPR’s website contains a feature that previews albums for up to a week before their official release. It seems like the platform’s becoming more popular to artists, as this week there are several albums made ready for your streaming pleasure.

Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi‘s first solo album, Go is streamable here. Be warned: this is no Sigur Ros album. It sounds way too positive, energetic and hopeful to fit the band’s typical album mold.

Old style swingin’ funkers Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are previewing their forthcoming album I Learned the Hard Way right here. Get ready for horn-accompanied soul ballads.

Dr. Dog‘s new album- Shame, Shame is also streaming here. Plenty of hooks are woven throughout the group’s deep understanding of psychadelic 60’s pop.

To really mix things up, you can check out David Byrne & Fatboy Slim‘s collaboration, Here Lies Love, right here. Both artists’ influences are easily discernable on the two albums, creating nothing short of an interesting 70’s disco/pop amalgamation. The album’s back-story is about Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos’s rise to eminence, using 20 different female guest vocalists (Annie Clark, Sharon Jones, Shara Worden, Tori Amos, Cyndi Lauper, to name a few) to help tell the tale.

And finally, you can stream the folksy debut album from Black Prairie, Feast of the Hunter’s Moon, right here. The Portland-based group was started by two members of the Decemberists, Chris Funk and Nate Query. The group’s debut sounds like old-time music most likely heard at a barn or campfire.

With plenty of genres from which to choose, this should be an interesting, if not dynamic, Tuesday for everyone.

Enjoy! And as always, leave a comment with your opinions on the albums.

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New Layout

After a few months of running this blog, I got tired of seeing the same thing every day. It’s just in my nature.

To switch things up a bit, I found this nifty little layout and decided to give it a whirl.

However, I wanted to try an experiment:

I’d really appreciate it if any readers submitted submitted an eye-catching (and appropriate, of course) picture/banner/logo for me to place at the top of this page. I know Zeus’s eyes can be a little intimidating.

To submit pictures, simply e-mail all ideas to

Thank you everyone.

Up & Coming: Baths

If you’ve been riding the chillwave/glo-fi movement like me, you’ll be pretty excited about this new take on the genre.

If you didn’t much like the chillwave/glo-fi movement, there’s just as good a chance that you’ll enjoy this music because of its immediately apparent different direction and approach.

The project of California’s Will Wiesenfeld, Baths is innovative, colorful and beautiful.

Still washed out, still drenched in reverb; but this time the R&B tendencies are unmistakable, and a nearly constant source of glitches adds all sorts of textural interest. Aspects of grime’s off-kilter beats are present too.

You can listen to my favorite track, Maximalist, here. And for further delving, check his Myspace here.

What do you think? You hooked on it like phonics?

Free Download: Phoenix Live in Sydney

Phoenix is still touring in support of 2009’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, and perhaps to keep fans engaged, they’ve made an eight song live set available for FREE download. Just click here for the FREE zip file. There’s even an 11 minute version of Love Like a Sunset.

Did I mention it’s FREE?

The Tracklist:






Love Like a Sunset



New Must Hear: Bonobo- Black Sands

If you love downtempo electronica with heavy trip-hop tendencies, do I ever have a treat for you.

Atmospheric but with constant forward momentum, Bonobo‘s Black Sands is like a refreshing, deep breath of air.

The British producer/musician/dj Simon Green (Bonobo) shows serious know-how when it comes to building grooves, often placing accents on more syncopated rhythms than just the default downbeat. Green also shows a deep understanding of composition, from opening track Prelude to the eccentrically groovy El Toro.

Andreya Triana joins for the initial single Eyesdown, as well as a few later tracks in the album; each one is a major success, becoming personal favorites. Her lush, sultry voice is the perfect complement for Black Sands‘s rich undertones.

Depending on how well this album holds up throughout the year, it might even be a 2010 favorite.

You can listen to the entire album using the Lala player on the right, or you can navigate through Xusje’s Youtube channel, where the user has posted each track in reverse order (make sure to click “see all” underneath the “uploads” section in the top right of the page, then start with Prelude and work upwards for the full album experience).

Be sure to drop a comment.

New Broken Social Scene

Preceding the release of the forthcoming Forgiveness Rock Record, Broken Social Scene has released a new single along with a bonus track.

Both tracks (Forced to Love and All to All) can be streamed directly from the Lala player on the right.

Sadly for those of you not able to use Lala, the tracks haven’t been uploaded to their Myspace, so you’re out of luck.  UPDATE: If you’re not able to use Lala, you can stream both tracks from their website.

Forgiveness Rock Record is showing definite promise. It’s out May 4.


You can listen to MGMT’s second album, Congratulations, in its entirety at the duo’s Web site.

Or if you’d rather, you can listen to the same album at NPR.

The album is officially due April 13.

What do you think? Sounds pretty different…