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(31) Days of Good: 12.7.13

modern vampires of the city

“There’s a line in that song that just slays me. It says, “Wisdom’s a gift but you trade it for youth. Age is an honor, but it’s still not the truth.” I just love that. I don’t know where you were when you wrote that line, but good lord.” via Bob Boilen, NPR: All Songs Considered

♩ Vampire Weekend – Step [from Modern Vampires of the City]



I’ve been gushing about Sleigh Bells since I started this here blog back in 2009. Since then, the NY noise-pop duo have released 3 full-length albums, and i’ve loved them all. Bitter Rivals was released this year (not even a year after 2012’s Reign of Terror) and packed full of the duo’s signature pop hooks and epic guitar riffs I love so much. I’m not sure if Sleigh Bells will ever be able to top their debut album, Treats, but if they keep releasing tracks like “Sugarcane”, I won’t complain one bit.

♩ Sleigh Bells – Sugarcane [from Bitter Rivals]


The National - Trouble Will Find Me

“’Don’t Swallow the Cap’ (maybe a reference to Tennessee Williams’ unfortunate demise) slowly builds into an anthemic ending, combining lush string arrangements with eery distortion and Bryan Davendorf’s cyclical drum work. It’s an odd melding of styles – Davendorf drums like he’s in Can; the Dessner brothers play delicate, sly melodies; Matt sings with an intimate intensity – but it works, and I’m not sure it ever won’t.” via Pretty Much Amazing

♩ The National – Don’t Swallow the Cap [from Trouble Will Find Me]



Cults’ self-titled debut was my favorite album of 2011, so needless to say, I was super excited for their sophomore effort. Like Sleigh Bells above, I don’t think Cults will top their debut, but Static did not disappoint one bit. There are a handful of worthwhile tracks, but “We’ve Got It” really showcases the duo’s signature sound of experimental pop and doo-wop vocals.

♩ Cults – We’ve Got It [from Static]

[new music roundup] 10.15.13



A few of my favorite new releases this week…


The Avett Brothers//Magpie and the Dandelion






Four Tet//Beautiful Rewind



The Head and the Heart//Let’s Be Still






Paul McCartney//New






A few more worth a listen
Barton Carroll//Avery County
Bloc Party//Tapes
Crystal Antlers//Nothing Is Real
Depeche Mode//Should Be Higher
Diane Birch//Speak A Little Louder
The Dismemberment Plan//Uncanney Valley
Luke Temple//Good Mood Fool
Modern Kin//Modern Kin
Pearl Jam//Lightning Bolt


More new music at Largehearted Boy


[stream] Cults//Static


Static, the sophomore effort from Cults, is out next week  (Oct 15 on Columbia Records – pre-order). This is easily one of the 2013 releases i’m most excited for. Needless to say, I was quite pleased to wake up this morning and see that NPR Music has the entire record available to stream.


[watch] Cults//High Road


Today, Cults released a music video for their single “High Road” off of their forthcoming sophomore release Static, out October 15 on Columbia Records [pre-order].  The Hiro Murai directed clip, that stars the duo, is a hypnotic drive through a subconscious set afire.

To celebrate the release of Static, Cults will perform at this year’s CMJ Festival in New York City starting with The Syndicate “Conflict of Interest” event on October 15 at Brooklyn Bowl, followed by an extensive headlining tour.

Cults Fall 2013 Tour:
10/22 Boston, MA – The Sinclair (Tickets)
10/23 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts (Tickets)
10/26 Las Vegas, NV – Life is Beautful Festival (Tickets)
10/27 Las Vegas, NV – Life is Beautful Festival (Tickets)
10/29 Washington D.C – Black Cat (Tickets)
10/30 Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall (Tickets)
10/31 Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre (Tickets)
11/1 Atlanta, GA – The Loft (Tickets)
11/2 New Orleans, LA – Voodoo Experience Music Festival (Tickets)
11/4 Austin, TX – Emo’s (Tickets)
11/5 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s (Tickets)
11/8 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad (Tickets)
11/9 Phoenix, AR – Crescent Ballroom (Tickets)
11/10 San Diego, CA – The Irenic (Tickets)
11/12 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre (Tickets)
11/13 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore (Tickets)
11/15 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom (Tickets)
11/16 Vancouver, BC – Rio Theatre (Tickets)
11/17 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s (Tickets)
11/20 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre (Tickets)
11/21 Omaha, NE – Slowdown (Tickets)
11/22 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue (Tickets)
11/23 Chicago, IL – Metro (Tickets)
11/24 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop (Tickets)
11/25 Toronto, CA – Lee’s Palace (Tickets)
11/26 New York, NY – Webster Hall (Tickets)