Monday, January 31, 2011

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

I am beyond excited to report that Fleet Foxes have announced the release of the follow up to their practically flawless S/T debut. That picture down there is the album artwork!

Helplessnes Blues will be released via Sub Pop May 3rd and a national tour will follow in support of the release (including Friday, May 7th @ the Hollywood Palladium).

Listen to the first single below (also titled Helplessness Blues) and tell your friends that your Monday just got a lot better.

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues by subpop

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday Morning Soundtrack

Live the life you imagined.
- Henry David Thoreau

Destroyer - Kaputt
Lord Huron - We Went Wild
Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks
Smith Westerns - Weekend
GROUPLOVE - Naked Kids

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

For The Record: Destroyer - Kaputt

Dan Bejar is a journeyman of sorts. Wandering around with The New Pornographers, the occasional Swan Lake jam sesh and of course his solo venture as, Destroyer. The dude is pretty prolific.

Despite some very solid albums from this guy (Destroyer's Rubies is classic); I never knew he was so damn smooth.

You'd never think lilting little synth and sax lines would float over Destoryer's unique vocal delivery so well. But it does; and it's really good. I didn't live in the glory haze that was the late 70s... but from what I gather, this certainly fits right in and it's a commendable step in his long list of works.

Take a listen to the album in full, thanks to the wonderful Hype Machine.

Kaputt is out now via Merge Records. Check it.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Coachella 2011

Welp folks, the big lineup announcement dropped for the annual desert party we all know as Coachella.

What do you guys think? Who are you excited to see? Who's ready to get their dancetent on with The Chemical Brothers and Trentemøller?

A little playlist of acts I am excited to see under the desert sun and stars.

Robyn - Dancing On My Own
Tame Impala - Expectations
Cut Copy - Take Me Over
Arcade Fire - Modern Man
Cults - Go Outside
Broken Social Scene - Forced to Love
The Radio Dept. - Heaven's on Fire
The Tallest Man on Earth - King of Spain
Delorean - Real Love
The National - Anyone's Ghost
The Strokes - Someday (Live Demo)
Twin Shadow - Castles in the Snow

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Smith Westerns Album Preview

Chicago band Smith Westerns have a solid follow up their 2009s S/T buzzy release with, Dye It Blonde. The youngsters have matured a bit and with it comes a more realized, complete work that fits somewhere between 70s pop and fuzzy shoegaze.

The wonderful NPR Music has the album streaming in its entirety and I highly suggest a listen.

Dye It Blonde will be released via Fat Possum Records January 18th.

Check it out and for quicker satisfaction new single All Die Young is streaming on YKTAM's 1/9 edition of Sunday Morning Soundtrack.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sunday Morning Soundtrack

Couple new tracks, couple old tracks.

Smith Westerns - All Die Young
Dominant Legs - Clawing Out At The Walls
Wilco - Impossible Germany
Delta Spirit - Bushwick Blues
The Head And The Heart - Down In The Valley

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

11 Bands To Look Out For In 2011

Happy New Year folks.

Just a quick post to highlight a number of new bands/artists to keep an eye on as 2011 unravels. Some of these artists you may be familiar with, others not. Either way, I get the feeling you'll be hearing a lot more of them in the coming months.

I hope this year treats you well and thanks for reading.



The Vaccines - Blow It Up
Lord Huron - Mighty
Chapel Club - O Maybe I
Tennis - Marathon
La Sera- Never Come Around
Braids - Plath Heart
James Blake - Limit To Your Love
Yuck - Georgia
Porcelain Raft - Gone Blind
Guards - Resolution Of One