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(31) Days of Good//12.4.17

If there’s a theme for 2017, I guess it could be “surprise returns.” The return of Mister Heavenly was easily one of the most unexpected. I loved their debut, but I was always under the impression that it was a one-time offer from the indie-alternative supergroup. Obviously I was wrong…so i’ll continue to hold out hope that Discovery will drop a second album one of these days.

Mister Heavenly – Beat Down [from Boxing the Moonlight]
[misterheavenlyband.com]

 

On her long overdue, sophomore release, Fever Ray (aka Karin Dreijer of The Knife) creates a dynamic, unhinged, and fascinating sound. It’s hard to believe this is only her second solo album in eight years.

Fever Ray – Wanna Sip [from Plunge]
[feverray.com]

 

Super happy to have new Cults back in my life this year. I really wasn’t expecting new material from the duo this year (or ever for that matter), so when they started teasing studio sessions and then dropping singles, I revisited their older material and remembered why they’re one of my favorite acts.

Cults – Offering [from Offering]
[cultscultscults.com]

 

I was lucky enough to see LCD Soundsystem live during their farewell tour in 2012. Easily one of the best shows i’ve had the pleasure to experience. I supported the band’s decision to go out on their terms, but part of me never really accepted it. So when word began creeping out that the band was preparing a return, I couldn’t have been happier and once again supported the band’s decision. Here’s a group of artists that thought they were done, but really just needed some time off. And during that time off they realized they wanted back. They had more music to share. More memories to create. This entire album is a fantastic return to form with numerous standout tracks. But nobody croons like James Murphy and I’m a sucker for his eloquent slow jams.

LCD Soundsystem – american dream [from american dream]
[lcdsoundsystem.com]

 

#31days2017

[new music roundup] 10.6.17

 

A few of my favorite new releases this week…

 

Alex Lahey//I Love You Like a Brother

[alexlahey.com.au]

 

Blue Hawaii//Tenderness

[bluehawaii.bandcamp.com]

 

Cults//Offering

[cultscultscults.com]

 

Mister Heavenly//Boxing the Moonlight

[misterheavenlyband.com]

 

Weaves//Wide Open

[weavesband.com]

 

What are your favorite new releases this week?

Top 10 Albums of 2011

Here you go, my top 10 albums of 2011.  The top 5 were actually really easy to settle on and went back and forth quite a bit with 6-10, which was somewhat of a surprise.  But no going back now, my picks are official and floating around the world wide web for everyone to scrutinize.  And speaking of scrutiny, I would love some feedback.  Do you agree/disagree with my picks?  What were your favorites this year?  Heck, what were your least favorites?  Leave a comment below and keep the conversation going.

[p.s. see how my final top 10 compared to my favorites back in July]

 

10. Childish Gambino//Camp

Key tracks: Heartbeat. Bonfire. Kids. Backpackers.

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9. Mister Heavenly//Out of Love

Key tracks: Bronx Sniper. Mister Heavenly. Pineapple Girl. Your Girl.

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8. Acid House Kings//Music Sounds Better With You

Key tracks: Are We Lovers Or Are We Friends?. Would You Say Stop?. Under Water. There Is Something Beautiful.

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7. Lykke Li//Wounded Rhymes

Key tracks: Sadness Is A Blessing. I Follow Rivers. Get Some. Youth Knows No Pain.

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6. Girls//Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Key tracks: My Ma. Honey Bunny. Alex. Vomit.

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5. The Antlers//Burst Apart

Key tracks: No Widows. Putting The Dog To Sleep. French Exit. Rolled Together.

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4. Youth Lagoon//The Year Of Hibernation

Key tracks: Montana. 17. Cannons. Daydream.

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3. Future Islands//On The Water

Key tracks: The Great Fire, Balance, Before the Bridge, Give Us the Wind. Where I Found You.

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2. M83//Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

Key tracks: Midnight City. Intro. Raconte-Moi Une Histoire. My Tears Are Becoming a Sea. Year One, One UFO. Claudia Lewis.

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1. Cults//Cults

Key tracks: Abducted. You Know What I Mean. Rave On. Bad Things. Go Outside. Oh My God.

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(31) Days of Good: Day 12

I’ve been a fan of Future Islands since I first heard ’em a couple of years ago.  This year, the synthpop trio from Baltimore released their third LP, On The Water, and it was an unexpected favorite of mine.  Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan and expected to like the album, but I didn’t expect to like it so much.  On The Water is a damn good album, one of the year’s best.  If you haven’t given Future Islands a chance yet, now is the time.  My favorite track is definitely “The Great Fire”, which features some excellent guest vocals from Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner, and might just be my favorite song of the year.

♪ Future Islands – The Great Fire (from On The Water)

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I really like Telekinesis and was a big fan of their debut LP, Telekinesis!.  So needless to say, I was really looking forward to their follow up this year.  12 Desperate Straight Lines is a lot of fun, full of catchy, indie pop songs that you can’t help but to nod your head and tap your feet too.  At first listen, I was certain my favorite track was going to be “Car Crash”, and then I heard to “You Turn Clear In The Sun” and it was love at first listen.

♪ Telekinesis – You Turn Clear In The Sun (from 12 Desperate Straight Lines)

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Mister Heavenly is Nicholas Thorburn (Islands), Ryan Kattner (Man Man), Joe Plummer (The Shins), and some guy named Michael Cera was the tour bassist.  As far as i’m concerned, Mister Heavenly was the super group of 2011 and easily lived up to the hype surrounding the collaboration.  The debut LP, Out of Love, was not only a great fix until Islands releases A Sleep & A Forgetting next year, it was an awesome record.  The record has a sound that’s easiest described as 1950s doo-wop, with a pinch or two of early heavy metal, which “invokes some long-lost 1950s teen drama flick”.  Now I have a soft spot for doo-wop and background vocals, so it’s a bit surprising I didn’t pick “Mister Heavenly” or “Your Girl”, but there’s something about the “unrestrained violence” of “Bronx Sniper” that makes it my favorite — I can’t help but blast the volume when this song comes on. (p.s. you have to check out the video below, definitely one of the stranger videos this year)

♪ Mister Heavenly – Bronx Sniper (from Out of Love)

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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 ♫