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(365) Days of Favorites//4.24.22

And since you are my friend
I would ask that you lower me down slow
And tell the man in the black cloak
He doesn’t need to trouble his good soul
With those latin conjugations
And if it’s all the same to them
You should tell your gathering friends
Please not to purse their faces grim
On such a lovely sunday

Don’t fix my smile, life is long enough
We will put this flesh into the ground again

RIP Chuck Criss

Freelance Whales – Generator ^ Second Floor [from Weathervanes]

Freelance Whales


(31) Days of Good: 12.7.12

Yesterday’s good highlighted some of the year’s best debuts, which makes today the perfect opportunity to highlight tracks from some of 2012’s most impressive sophomore efforts.  I can only imagine how difficult it is to follow up a debut album, especially when the sophomore release is in high demand.  The bands below most definitely avoided the dreaded “sophomore slump”, none better so than The xx.  Coexist was my most anticipated release of the year and it exceeding all of expectations.  Easily my favorite album of the year.  And like yesterday’s good, the tracks below are a very small representation of the year’s best follow ups.  Enjoy.


Best Coast – How They Want Me To Be [from The Only Place]


Chairlift – I Belong In Your Arms [from Something]


Fanfarlo – Tightrope [from Rooms Filled With Light]


First Aid Kit – Emmylou [from The Lion’s Roar]


Freelance Whales – Locked Out [from Diluvia]


Sleigh Bells – Crush [from Reign of Terror]


Tennis – My Better Self [from Young & Old]


Twin Shadow – Five Seconds [from Confess]


The xx – Try [from Coexist]
The xx – Try [Abisko remix] [bonus]

[new music roundup] 10.9.12

A few of my favorite new releases this week, including the latest from AC Newman (of New Pornographers), Freelance Whales, and Tame Impala.  As always, be sure to check out Largehearted Boy for new music.

What are your favorite new releases this week?

AC Newman//Shut Down the Streets



Citizens!//Here We Are



Dana Flaconberry//Leelanau



Django Django//Django Django



Freelance Whales//Diluvia



Kaki King//Glow



Lord Huron//Lonesome Dream






Tame Impala//Lonerism



A few more worth checking out:
Black Moth Super Rainbow//Cobra Juicy
Chrome Canyon//Elemental Themes
Coheed & Cambria//Afterman: Ascension
The Cringe//Hiding In Plain Sight
Electric Six//Absolute Pleasure
Ellie Goulding//Halycon
Graph Rabbit//Snowblind
Letting Up Despite Great Faults//Untogether
Meshell Ndegeocello//Pour Une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone
Portugal. The Man//The Majestic Majesty
Ty Segall//Twins
Various Artists//Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is Awesome: Vol. 4

[anticipation] Freelance Whales//Diluvia

Freelance Whales are gearing up for the release of their sophomore effort — Diluvia.  Yet another 2012 release i’m really excited for.

After forming in 2008, the indie-pop quintet released their debut LP Weathervanes in 2009 (one of my favorites that year) and have been touring pretty much ever since.  According to the press release, “Diluvia finds the New York-based five-piece, led by vocalists/multi-instrumentalists Judah Dadone and rounded out by Doris Cellar, Chuck Criss, Kevin Read and Jacob Hyman, pushing the sonic boundaries of their breakthrough debut Weathervanes. Recorded over two months in New York City with producer Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells, Cults), the album is both dramatic and expansive, while retaining the homespun charm of its predecessor.”

In support of the new album, Freelance Whales have also announced an upcoming US tour.  Purchase tickets to any of the shows and you’ll receive the entire new album the day it’s released.  Diluvia will be released jointly by Mom+Pop Music and Frenchkiss Records on October 9.


[hot off the press] SXSW 2012

SXSW is right around the corner (March 9 – 18) and the music schedule is is now live.

Other than CMJ, this is by far the best music festival in the US.  I don’t have the time and/or patience to list the hundreds of bands announced to play, but some of my favorites include: Alabama Shakes, Built to Spill, The Magnetic Fields, Talib Kweli, The Drums, Bear In Heaven, Deerhoof, The War on Drugs, Miniature Tigers, SBTRKT, Best Coast, M. Ward, Youth Lagoon, Tennis, Dan Deacon, Lana Del Rey, The Ting Tings, YACHT, Band of Skulls, White Rabbits, Freelance Whales, and Sharon Van Etten.

You can view the music schedule here and more general festival info here.