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(31) Days of Good: 12.21.12

World didn’t end after all.  Ball’s in your court Mayan calendar.

 

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Brazilian artist Luciano Nakata Albuquerque, aka Curumin, has one of the most diverse backgrounds and unique styles in music today.  Born to Spanish and Japanese parents, he grew up in São Paulo and was influence by the sounds of Jorge Ben, Tim Maia, Bebeto, Run-RMC, and the B-52’s.  At only 8 years old, he formed his first rock band and he hasn’t looked back since.

♩Curumin – Selvage [from Arrocha]

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2012 was a breakout year for Electric Guest.  The Los Angeles-based indie pop duo released their debut studio album Mondo (produced by Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse) and played a handful of the year’s biggest music festivals, including SXSW, Bonnaroo, Sasquatch, Montreux, Outside Lands, Splendour in the Grass, and more.

Electric Guest – This Head I Hold [from Mondo]
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San Francisco’s Geographer is one of my favorite new discoveries.  They’ve been making music since 2008, when Michael Deni (vocals, guitars, synthesizers) moved from New Jersey, but it wasn’t until Paste premiered “Life of Crime” last December that I took notice.  With a self-described sound as being “soulful music from outer space”, the trio has been hard at work the last couple of years and it’s certainly paid off.

Geographer – Life of Crime [from Myth]
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Islands is one of my favorite bands of the last ten years.  The band’s latest album, A Sleep & a Forgetting, was released early in 2012 and inspired by the end of frontman Nicholas Thorburn’s marriage.  “This album is far more personal than any I’ve made before,” Thorburn explains. “I left New York after the end of a relationship and came to Los Angeles. There was a piano where I was staying and that’s where I wrote these songs. This record deals with loss, with memory and forgetting and with dreaming. I started writing it on Valentine’s Day and it’s coming out on Valentine’s Day.” (via ANTI-)

Islands – In A Dream It Seemed Real [from A Sleep & a Forgetting]
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“The string pop music that Los Angeles-based Princeton has conjured up is reminiscent of Ra Ra Riot, but whereas the latter band has a frantic sense of urgency, the members of Princeton are content with laid-back tunes that mesh with the Southern California lifestyle.  One full length and a handful of EPs later, Princeton is back with their second LP Remembrance of Things to Come that showcases the weaving of East Coast prep school pop and sunny California road trip jams.” (via Paste)

Princeton – Remembrance of Things to Come [from Remembrance of Things to Come]
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Favorite Albums of 2012 (so far): Part 2

My favorite albums of 2012 (so far) continue today with some really exciting releases, including the solo debut from the one and only Jack White, the exciting debut from Kishi Bashi, and the beautiful new release from Lost in the TreesA Church That Fits Our Need.  If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Part 1 and stay tuned for parts 3 and 4 later this week.

 

Fanfarlo//Rooms Filled With Light

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First Aid Kit//The Lion’s Roar

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Frankie Rose//Interstellar

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Geographer//Myth

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Grimes//Visions

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Islands//A Sleep & A Forgetting

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Jack White//Blunderbuss

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Japandroids//Celebration Rock

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Kishi Bashi//151a

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Lost In The Trees//A Church That Fits Our Needs

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Part 3 coming soon.  Stay tuned.

[on the road] Islands

Islands are heading out for a North American tour in support of their latest LP — A Sleep & A Forgetting (out 2/14/12 via ANTI-).  All the dates are below, but more details and ticket info can be found on the band’s facebook page.

Islands – This Is Not A Song (from A Sleep & A Forgetting)

 

Feb 14 Bootleg Theater Los Angeles, CA
Feb 15 Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
Feb 17 St David’s Episcopal Church Austin, TX
Feb 18 Sons of Herman Hall Dallas, TX
Feb 20 Bottletree Birmingham, AL
Feb 21 TBA Chapel Hill, NC
Feb 22 Black Cat Washington, DC
Feb 23 TBA Baltimore, MD
Feb 24 First Unitarian Chapel Philadelphia, PA
Feb 24 First Unitarian Chapel Philadelphia, PA
Feb 25 TBA New York, NY
Feb 26 The Space Hamden, CT
Feb 27 Cabaret du Mile End Montreal, Canada
Feb 28 Music Gallery Toronto, Canada
Feb 28 Music Gallery Toronto, Canada
Feb 29 Magnetic Recording Pontiac, MI
Mar 01 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
Mar 02 7th St Entry Minneapolis, MN
Mar 03 West End Cultural Centre Winnipeg, Canada
Mar 05 THE HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB Edmonton, Canada
Mar 06 THE IRONWOOD Calgary, Canada
Mar 08 Rio Theatre Vancouver, Canada
Mar 10 Vera Project Seattle, WA
Mar 11 Mississippi Studios Portland, OR
Mar 13 Hotel Utah San Francisco, CA
Mar 13 Hotel Utah San Francisco, CA
Mar 14 TBA San Diego, CA

 

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[hot off the press] Islands//A Sleep & A Forgetting

Canada’s indie rock outfit Islands recently announced the name and release date of their forthcoming LP — A Sleep & A Forgetting.  I love love love Islands, so naturally this news was the highlight of my day.

While A Sleep & A Forgetting continues the band’s penchant for crafting adventuresome and infectious state of the art pop music, this time band leader Nick Thorburn has infused the songs with a personal introspection that gives the record a new and powerful emotional resonance.

“This album is far more personal than any I’ve made before,” Thorburn explains. “I left New York after the end of a relationship and came to Los Angeles. There was a piano where I was staying and that’s where I wrote these songs. This record deals with loss, with memory and forgetting and with dreaming. I started writing it on Valentine’s Day and it’s coming out on Valentine’s Day.”

A Sleep & A Forgetting is the anticipated follow up to Islands’ critically heralded record Vapours, which Black Book described as “infectious and weird….masterful” and Popmatters proclaimed “a damn fine record.” The new album was produced by Thorburn and fellow Islands member Evan Gordon in less than two weeks, the 11 songs recorded live with hardly a single overdub. It’s a stripped down process and beautifully understated sound which only reinforces the confessional content of the lyrics.

The new album offers all the shimmering sonic textures and irresistible melodies that have come to define Islands’ enduring appeal, but there is a deeply personal cathartic undercurrent to the songs. “The sound is really my interpretation of soul music,” Thorburn offers. “I mean, I’m a white kid from Canada so it’s gonna be very warped. But that’s where my head was at, that particular way of dealing with themes of pain and heartbreak.” [source: antilabelblog]

A Sleep & A Forgetting is due out this February 14th via Anti-Records.  In the meantime, be sure to check out Thorburn’s side project/supergroup Mister Heavenly, which should tide you over until Valentine’s Day.

♫ Islands – Swans [Life After Death] (daytrotter session) ♫

♫ Mister Heavenly – Pineapple Girl ♫