Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Winter Solstlist

Happy Winter!

In addition to the tunes, stay warm with one of these suggestions from beer mate B. Albright.

Sufjan Stevens - Sister Winter
Sister Winter by jenglo

Grizzly Bear
- Ready, Able
02 Ready, Able - Grizzly Bear by lindsay.carroll

Kings of Convenience - Misread
02 misread by tomasceron

The National - Terrible Love (Alternate Version)
The National - Terrible Love (Alternate Version) by malangiereviews

The Radio Dept. - Never Follow Suit
The Radio Dept. Never Follow Suit by Limonadier

Chapel Club - Telluride
Chapel Club- Telluride by julienbritnic

Jónsi - Tornado
Jónsi - "Tornado" by ljbodysong

Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal
White Winter Hymnal - Fleet Foxes by lvsnez

Bon Iver & St. Vincent - Roslyn
08 Rosyln - Bon Iver & St. Vincent by cavaanani

Band of Horses - Infinite Arms
Band Of Horses - Infinite Arms by joejune

Belle and Sebastian - The Boy With the Arab Strap
09 The Boy With The Arab Strap by Nathan Stern

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Best of 2010

WOW incredible year for music, huh? It certainly took me longer than ever to craft this year’s list, which is a testament to the true artistry that occurred in 2010. For me, 2010 will be memorable not only for the outstanding tunes that filled my ears, but personal benchmarks that came my way. I have had a very fortunate, blessed and downright lucky year and for that I am most grateful. Maybe that is why this year’s list was tricky. As I’m sure you can relate to – when compiling and listening to all of these songs and/or albums I was taken back to memories that will not soon be forgotten and the friends/loved ones I got to experience those moments with. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention a few standouts: SXSW w/ Lindsey, Cory and new friends Peter and Carmine, LCD Soundsystem/Hot Chip @ the Bowl with too many people to list, two nights of Arcade Fire @ the Shrine, thoughtful music discussions at Thursday night Pho with various musical laureates, the United States rallying behind the US Mens Soccer team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, my first year of blog writing, the whole month of “Rocktober” in general and of course, my engagement (which, if I had my druthers - would have been rolled into that wonderful SXSW trip in Austin).

What a powerful medium music is.

I feel as a whole, we experienced a very transitional year in these here United States. Things seem to be looking up but I sense an undercurrent of restlessness (rightfully so). Lucky for us (as with last year), I feel the arts (Music, Film, Television, Books, Food, Fashion etc.) are responding in a favorable manor; which truly benefits the audience. Pushing boundaries and reinventing models that are more effective, efficient and creative. And, one could only assume (or hope) that these transformative approaches to artistic expression will only become more revolutionary as we inch our way into this young decade.

I look forward to the New Year ahead; as we'll see releases from Radiohead, Fleet Foxes, the Strokes and countless others who hope to put their stamp on the new decade.

I hope you enjoy the below list of music as much as I do and I will have truly done my job if some memories are sparked (and/or formed) when taking a listen. A sincere thank you is in order for your friendship, humor, kind heart, support and love.

As always, please provide recommendations and lists all your own.

Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year to you and yours,


Top 10 Songs of 2010

(There are some issues with blogger/mp3 stuff - trying to fix it so you can stream the tracks again)

10) The Radio Dept. – Heaven’s On Fire
9) Tame Impala – Alter Ego
8) The National - Lemonworld
7) Jónsi – Go Do
6) Deerhunter – Desire Lines
5) Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
4) Menomena - Killemall
3) Beach House – Norway
2) LCD Soundsystem – Dance Yrself Clean
1) Broken Social Scene – All to All

Best Albums of 2010

10) The Morning Benders – Big Echo

9) The Radio Dept. – Clinging to a Scheme

8) The Black Keys – Brothers

7) LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening

6) Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record

5) Beach House – Teen Dream

4) Tame Impala – Innerspeaker

3) Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

2) Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest

1) The National – High Violet

Honorable Mentions:

- Menomena - Mines
- Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
*Should be noted that this album was in heavy rotation in ’09 and would probably be a top 10 inclusion were it not for me overplaying the last couple years.
- Belle and Sebastian – Write About Love
- Wild Nothing - Gemini
- Spoon – Transference
- Jónsi – Go
- Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
- MGMT – Congratulations
- The Walkmen - Lisbon
- Delorean – Subiza
- Sufjan Steven – The Age of Adz
- Girls – Broken Dreams Club EP

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tron: Legacy - Soundtrack by Daft Punk

December 7th marks the release of the MUCH anticipated soundtrack to accompany the MUCH anticipated film; Tron: Legacy. Visually, the film look stunning; audibly it sounds glorious. With that said, it's no surprise that the two elements were married as part of an organic process with none other than Daft Punk at the helm.

KCRW's Jason Bentley recently sat down with director Joseph Kosinski to get insight into the process of working with Daft Punk and unveil a few snippets of the soundtrack prior to the release. I HIGHLY recommend checking the interview/sound clips out here.

At the very least watch the preview for the film with Daft Punk's track Derezzed to get an idea how perfect this relationship is.

The soundtrack hits stores December 7th and the film debuts the 17th.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sunday Morning Soundtrack

Give thanks this week.

Girls - Heartbreaker
Tennis - Take Me Somewhere
Deerhunter - Don't Cry
Home Video - The Smoke
The Radio Dept - Follow Suit

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Girls - Carolina

San Francisco pop outfit Girls have put together an EP for a year end release...just in time to screw up your best of list for 2010. I really like what I've heard thus far from the short playing album; especially the psychy, steel pedal-tinged jam: Carolina.

The usual suspects are there; heartbreak, catchy hooks and a knack for subtle-yet thought provoking lyrics.

Take a listen below and get in your pre-order for the Broken Dreams Club via True Panther Sounds. The EP will be available in stores November 22nd.

GIRLS // Carolina by TheArtOf...

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sunday Morning Soundtrack

Turn that clock back!

Kisses - Kisses
Lykke Li - Get Some
Cold War Kids - Louder Than Ever
Sharon Van Etten - One Day
Fleet Foxes - Mykonos

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Broken Social Scene on KCRW

Broken Social Scene came through LA Tuesday and stopped by KCRW for a Morning Becomes Eclectic studio performance. The band kept things mellow for the morning crowd; but boy, was it a treat.

Below is a clip of their 2005 jam 7/4 (Shoreline) and you can also check out the full archived performance here. I love this band.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sunday Morning Soundtrack

Bit drab on the LA streets today, huh? Not a bad thing I suppose.


Menomena - Killemall
Jonsi - Tornado
Junip - Rope and Summit
Neutral Milk Hotel - Two Headed Boy
Broken Social Scene - All to All

Monday, October 4, 2010

Belle and Sebastian - Write About Love

You know the drill by now... right? Head on over to NPR Music or KCRW to stream Write About Love from the lovely Scots, Belle and Sebastian.

What do you think?


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sunday Morning Soundtrack

Be Bold!

Mark Ronson and the Business Intl - Somebody To Love Me (feat Boy George and Miike Snow)
The Walkmen - Angela Surf City
Sufjan Stevens - I Walked
Deerhunter - Desire Lines
Menomena - Queen Black Acid

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Morning Benders - Virgins

It's always a treat to see a beautifully shot vid from the gang at La Blogoteque. It's extra sweet when it's a band debuting new material...as is this case with this new jam from the Morning Benders. Check it below.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz

Well, it was a good idea...But with the upcoming release of The Age of Adz, it seems the historian has closed the chapter on his state album project.

Lucky for us, it's not necessarily a bad thing, because Sufjan still has the touch. The new album on Asthmatic Kitty being released October 12th, is quite a departure from what you might expect. Like this dude has been spending the past few years listening to more Jay-Z and less Bonnie "Prince" Billie, kind of expect. Not to worry, he still manages to come across as earnest and melodic as we've come to expect...but you know, with more hip-hop beats.

Take a listen and decide for yourself. The always impressive NPR Music is streaming the album in its entirety; listen here.

You can also check him out at the Wiltern October 23 and 24. Note that both dates are sold out.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Autumnal Equimix - 2010

Favorite season, favorite tunes.


Arcade Fire - Suburban War
Tame Impala - Alter Ego
Glasser - Home
Blitzen Trapper - Heaven and Earth
Sufjan Stevens - Heirloom
Laura Veirs - I Can See Your Tracks
Jonsi - Go Do
Owen Pallett - Lewis Takes Off His Shirt
Wild Nothing - Chinatown
Deerhunter - Revival
Real Estate - Out of Tune
Department of Eagles - While We're Young
Broken Social Scene - Sweetest Kill
The National - Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sunday Morning Soundtrack

Today is a quick one - Autumnal Equimix coming Wednesday.

Enjoy your day.

Eastern Conference Champions - Bloody Bells
Deerhunter - Helicopter
Warpaint - Undertow

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Walkmen - Lisbon

I like the Walkmen but there are some people I know that do not. Love 'em or hate 'em they've definitely been a consistent source of sparse, jangly rock 'n roll.

Give the new album, Lisbon a listen over at this week's edition of NPR Music's album preview and you be the judge.

And, catch them live @ the Music Box September 15th.


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sunday Morning Soundtrack

Somehow it's the last Sunday in August...maybe these will help soothe that case of end of summer blues.

Real Estate - Out of Tune
Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr - Vocal Chords
Ducktails - Hamilton Road
Twin Shadow - Slow
School of Seven Bells - Windstorm

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sunday Morning Soundtrack

Hot day, hot jams.

El Guincho - Bombay
Wild Nothing - Golden Haze
Glasser - Home
!!! - AM/FM
Wavves - King of the Beach

Friday, August 20, 2010

Stream or Download new Sufjan Stevens ep

A week or so ago I posted on the happenings of one, Sufjan Stevens. Well it turns out that guy has been up to something and that something comes in the form of a brand spankin' new 8 song ep. Stream All Delighted People below or purchase for 5 bucks at the bandcamp site dedicated for said short-playing album here.

According to the site, the ep is built around the epic title track and there is a 17-minute long guitar jam. I guess we can surmise that Sufjan has been listening to the Dead during his hiatus?

Well either way party people, enjoy!

And remember, you can see Sufjan @ the Wiltern October 23 and 24.

<a href="http://sufjanstevens.bandcamp.com/album/all-delighted-people-ep">All Delighted People (Original Version) by Sufjan Stevens</a>

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fitz and the Tantrums - KCRW Album Preview

It's no secret around these here parts that I love both KCRW and Fitz and the Tantrums. That's why this particular album preview by "the big K" is even more special... But the connection runs a bit deeper than just local love.

Fitz had a breakout performance at KCRW's SXSW official showcase in Austin this past spring and it was that show that really vaulted the band into the spotlight. That was my first experience with the energetic sextet and I was completely blown away and it's certainly been fun to see them rise. An opening slot with Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings on their cross country tour soon followed SXSW and now here we are.

Their debut full length album from Dangerbird Records (another local outfit) drops August 24th. See them this Sunday @ Sunset Junction and they also perform a free in store at Amoeba Hollywood the day of the album release.

Listen to "Pickin' Up The Pieces" here.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sunday Morning Soundtrack

Have a great day and don't forget to donate to the wonderful KCRW during the last couple days of their summer subscription drive.

Miniature Tigers - Bullfighter Jacket
Voxhaul Broadcast - Leaving On The 5th
Of Montreal - Coquete Coquette
Autolux - High Chair
No Age - Glitter

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sufjan Stevens @ The Wiltern Friday October 23rd

Does anyone remember this guy? After crafting two glorious state themed albums (Michigan and Illinois) and being hailed as the one of the greatest in the last decade by some publications; little has been heard of the Brooklyn songwriting wunderkind.

This much we do know... he IS currently recording an album with the National dudes (sweet!) and in 2009 he DID record and produce an orchestral piece inspired by the Brooklyn Queens Expressway; aptly titled, The BQE.

Maybe we'll get new state tunes at the show? Maybe we'll hear some BQE? Maybe we'll just hear old stuff. Anyway you cut it - it should be good.

Tickets go on sale Friday August 13th @ 10am.

Sufjan Stevens - Chicago (Acoustic)

Friday, August 6, 2010

The Walkmen

NYC's fav boozy crooners have a follow up to 2009's splendid You & Me dropping September 14th. The new album entitled Lisbon is influenced by a couple trips the band took to, well... Lisbon. From what I've heard thus far, there's not much of a crazy departure from what one would expect of these dudes; but that ain't a bad thing.

The band makes a stop at the Music Box with Japandroids, September 15th. Check 'em out and listen to a couple tracks below.

The Walkmen - Blue As Your Blood
The Walkmen - Stranded

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Arcade Fire Madison Square Garden Webcast

One thing I've learned this week... Two ears cannot enjoy The Suburbs nearly enough. So to that point, why not let your eyes get in on the action?!

Terry Gilliam, director of such fine films as Monty Python and the freaking Holy Grail, Brazil, Twelve Monkeys etc etc will be taking command of the directors chair tonight at Madison Square Garden for Arcade Fire's live performance. With a little techie magic, Youtube (as part of the American Express/Vevo Unstaged Series) will then in turn webcast the show straight to the masses.

Pretty sweet, huh?

So yeah, check it out here 7pm PST.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

I woke up to a glorious day as I received the digital download for my vinyl pre-order. For those that didn't opt in for such a treat, you're in luck as well; because you can stream the entire album here, thanks to NPR Music.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Sunday Morning Soundtrack

The Suburbs comes out in the States in two days. Excitement is an understatement.

In the meantime, enjoy some of my fav cuts from the past couple weeks.

Philip Selway - By Some Miracle
Deerhunter - Revival
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - Simple Girl
Kisses - Bermuda
Jenny & Johnny - Big Wave

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sonny & the Sunsets

I've been diggin' on these guys lately. Jangly beach-pop, for those, errr not so sunny summer days we've been having 'round these here parts.

The San Fran group has a revolving cast and recently signed to Fat Possum records. Look out for their album Tomorrow is Alright August 31st and they have a few dates in SF over the next few weeks. I'm sure they'll make it down south here shortly.

Sonny & the Sunsets - Too Young To Burn

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sunday Morning Soundtrack

Fresh and Loose Sunday to you and yours.

The Walkmen - Stranded
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Bright Lit Blue Skies
Panda Bear - Slow Motion
Dominant Legs - Clawing Out At the Walls
The Love Language - Heart to Tell

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tame Impala

I can't get enough of this Australian three-piece, who call the western most city of Perth their home. The band weaves a mix of psyche, brit-pop and late 60s scuzz so delicate and precise, it's easy to see why they are generating so much buzz...Ughh, and dare I say it, comparisons to the Rubber Soul (and post) era John Lennon fronted Beatles cuts.

With heavy play on MBE, the band came through LA to overcapacity crowds at both the Echo and Silverlake Lounge (supporting residency nights, mind you). Unfortunately, I made the poor decision to skip the hullabalo; but was greeted with excitement when I caught word that they will make a return and proper headlining visit in November.

If you haven't gotten a chance to check these dudes out, stream a couple tracks below and here's a little bit the LA Times wrote up.


Tame Impala - Desire Be, Desire Go
Tame Impala - Lucidity

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Congrats to Spain

There we have it; the close of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Was a hell of a time, wasn't it? A little Delorean and The Tallest Man on Earth in honor of Spain's victory.

Here's to Brazil in 2014 (and increased productivity)!

Delorean - Simple Graces
The Tallest Man on Earth - King of Spain

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Department of Eagles B-Sides

Department of Eagles will be releasing an archival album July 20th, consisting of material Daniel Rossen and Fred Nicolaus created over the span of 2003-2006. NPR Music is featuring one of the cuts "While We're Young" as their song of the day and I gotta say, it's pretty solid. Typically it's easy to dismiss B-sides and post album material as a mere ploy to keep the ball rolling; but this track would hold its own on a proper album be it, Department of Eagles or Daniel's other band Grizzly Bear.

Why am I surprised?

Department of Eagles - While We're Young

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Summer Solstlist

Ahhhh...The joys of Summer. To me, it's a combination of wonderful things that come together in perfect order; sun, surf, friendship, food, drink, laughter and of course, music.

However you prefer yours, I hope you enjoy.



Cults - Go Outside
Delorean - Stay Close
Band of Horses - Dilly
The Radio Dept - Heaven's on Fire
Beach House - 10 Mile Stereo
Broken Social Scene - All to All
LCD Soundsystem - All I Want
The Black Keys - Everlasting Light
Surfer Blood - Floating Vibes
The National - Lemonworld
Born Ruffians - Oh Man
Beach Fossils - Youth
Wild Nothing - Summer Holiday
Real Estate - Fake Blues
The Drums - Let's Go Surfing
The Morning Benders - Cold War (Nice Clean Fight)
The Tallest Man on Earth - King of Spain
MGMT - Congratulations

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Stream Wolf Parade's Expo '86

In the 'keeping up the trend of indie heavy weights supplying free streams of their upcoming albums category,' Sub Pop "supergroup" Wolf Parade have supplied the public with their latest; Expo '86.

Take a listen and remember that they are playing the Wiltern July 31st.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Two More Arcade Fire Songs In the Blogosphere

The build up to the August 3rd release of The Suburbs continues as a couple more tracks have surfaced. Seattle's 107.7 The End has played a couple more tracks and you can stream them here.

Additionally, Paste Magazine has the cuts posted, which might be a bit easier to get to web traffic wise.

The Montreal band also played a show in Toronto over the weekend. Detailed review of the new material and pictures from the gig cant be found at P4k.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Fifa World Cup South Africa 2010

The World Cup is upon us. Enjoy and be well. GO USA!!!

In anticipation of such an exciting global event, KCRW has put together a playlist comprised of artists from all 32 countries participating in the cup. Pretty sweet.

Follow the action here.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sunday Morning Soundtrack

It's been a minute, for which I sincerely apologize. Hope your day rules.

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Born Ruffians - Oh Man
Wild Nothing - Chinatown
Fang Island - Life Coach
The Drums - It Will All End in Tears

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Nike Sportswear/Fader present PITCH PERFECT

The World Cup is nearly a week away (holy shit!) and Nike Sportswear in concert with Fader are doing something pretty cool in anticipation of the most exciting global sporting event. DJs/Selectors from around the globe are putting together free world music mixtapes to get your groove on whilst you party with your team and mates (actually you can listen in any capacity really, but that's how I envision the brainstorming of the idea went down).

Mixtape #1 - South America was released June 1 and Mixtape #2 - Europe, dropped today.

Head over to the PITCH PERFECT site to learn more or click the direct links above.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Belle & Sebastian - Hollywood Palladium October 3, 2010

Outstanding news. After quite the dry-spell in the States (haven't played since '06), Belle & Sebastian will be embarking on a brief jaunt, including an LA date!

The band is currently wrapping up recording/mixing of their new record in the LA area as well.

Details are a bit sketchy, but check out Pitchfork for a more detailed itinerary and ticket information will be updated ASAP. Jenny Lewis newly fronted pop outfit Jenny & Johnny will be opening the gig.


Thursday, May 27, 2010

New Arcade Fire Album in August!


In relation to yesterday's (see below) audio release of "The Suburbs" and "Month of May," Arcade Fire have confirmed details for their 3rd studio album The Suburbs.

Check out their website to pre-order the much anticpated album, stream the single, read lyrics and dream of listening to the full length August 3rd.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Arcade Fire "The Suburbs" and "Month of May" - Listen Now!!

That 12" single I reported about last week has reportedly turned up in various record stores today and BBC Radio 1 got ahold of it. They then played it and some techie ripped it from the radio, so you and I can hear it. Funny how it works these days, eh?

Steam below or listen at One Thirty BPM.

Enjoy! What a great day.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sunday Morning Soundtrack

In honor of Ian Curtis's 30th anniversary of his death this past week, here are a few Joy Division covers and/or songs.

Enjoy your Lost Sunday.

Radiohead - Ceremony
LCD Soundsystem - No Love Lost
Hot Chip - Transmission
Broken Social Scene - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Joy Division - Disorder

Friday, May 21, 2010

Write The Future

Alejandro González Iñárritu, director of the films Babel and 21 Grams has put together (due in part with the Portland, OR based hip kids, Wieden + Kennedy) a beautiful ad for Nike's World Cup Write the Future campaign. Beautifully shot and somehow (which I didn't think was possible) I am even more excited for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. USA!


Thursday, May 20, 2010

New Noises From Arcade Fire!

Big news surfaced over the weekend that the Arcade Fire will be releasing a single June 1st. Well, you can now hear a little bit of both the A and B side of the 12" only release in the form of a digital record.

Preview The Suburbs and Month of May via the interactive record below. (sorry for the sizing issue)


A. The Suburbs

AA. Month of May