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[on the road] Hamilton Leithauser

Hamilton Leithauser Live

Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen) has announced a world tour behind his new album with former Vampire Weekend member RostamI Had A Dream That You Were Mine. The 2017 tour kicks off January 13 in Marfa, Texas, and will cover the US and Europe. Unfortunately, Rostam will not be joining Leithauser on this tour, but this should still be a show worth catching if you can swing it.

Tickets go on sale this Friday (10/21). Find a date that works for you from the full list below.

01-13 – Marfa, TX – Crowley Theater
01-15 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
01-17 – Los Angeles, CA -Teragram Ballroom
01-18 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
01-20 – Portland, OR – Star Theater
01-21 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
01-23 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
01-25 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
01-27 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
10-28 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah
02-08 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
02-09 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
02-10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe
02-13 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
02-15 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
02-16 – Saint Paul, MN – Turf Club
02-17 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
02-18 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
02-19 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley
02-21 – Carroboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
02-22 – Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel
02-23 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
03-01 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
03-02 – Berlin, Germany – Kantine am Berghain
03-03 – Utrecht, Holland – TivoliVredenburg
03-04 – Brussels, Belgium – Botanique
03-06 – Paris, France – Point Ephemere
03-07 – London, England – Village Underground
03-09 – Bristol, England – The Lantern
03-10 – Manchester, England – Gorilla
03-11 – Glasgow, England – Art School
03-12 – Dublin, Ireland – Workingmans Club

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[on repeat] Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam//When The Truth Is…

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Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen) and Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend) will release their first collaborative album, I Had A Dream That You Were Mine, later this month (9/23 via Glassnote). “When The Truth Is…” is the latest single from the duo’s upcoming project. This throwback, doo-wop inspired track is super infectious. Prepare yourself for multiple listens.

[hamiltonrostam.com]

 

And if you’re reading this Rostam, how about a new Discovery album when you’ve got some time to kill?

(31) Days of Good: 12.22.13

A few of my favorite music videos of 2013…

Arcade Fire – Afterlife

 

Beach House – Wishes

 

Kavinsky – Odd Look

 

David Bowie – The Stars (Are Out Tonight)

 

Vampire Weekend – Ya Hey (Official Lyrics Video)

 

Youth Lagoon – Raspberry Cane

 

I really hate to admit it, but Kanye West’s Yeezus was one of the year’s best hip hop records. But since Mr. West is such a world class d-bag, I’m not doing the guy any favors and promoting his work. Lucky for me, this happened…

James Franco & Seth Rogen – Bound 3
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What is (31) Days of Good?

(31) Days of Good: 12.7.13

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“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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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Favorite Albums of 2013 (so far)

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We’re halfway through 2013 and it’s shaping up to be quite the year in music.

Highlights definitely include the return of My Bloody Valentine, Daft Punk, and David Bowie, along with some really fantastic debuts from Disclosure, Ex Cops, Little Green Cars, On An On, and Rhye.  But with high comes the low, and though I was super excited for new albums from The Knife and Phoenix, they were quite the letdown in my opinion.

These are simply in alphabetical order.  It’s hard enough to rank my top 10, i don’t want to do it more than once a year.  Enjoy all of these on Spotify, which i’ll continue to update throughout the rest of 2013.  And with some highly anticipated releases still on the horizon, including new albums from Porcelain Raft, Smith Westerns, and Elton John, i’m sure this list will evolve.

But enough babbling, enjoy my favorite albums of 2013 (so far) and please check back in December to see which (if any) make the cut for my top 10 of the year.

 

Autre Ne Veut//Anxiety

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Baths//Obsidian

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Buke & Gase//General Dome

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Camera Obscura//Desire Lines

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Christopher Owens//Lysandre

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CHVRCHES//Recover EP

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The City and Horses//Strange Range

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Daft Punk//Random Access Memories

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David Bowie//The Next Day

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Disclosure//Settle

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Eleanor Friedberger//Personal Record

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Evenings//Yore

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Ex Cops//True Hallucinations

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Gliss//Langsom Dans

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Guards//In Guards We Trust

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The Joy Formidable//Wolf’s Law

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Lady Lamb the Beekeeeper//Ripely Pine

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Little Green Cars//Absolute Zero

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Local Natives//Hummingbird

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The Mary Onettes//Hit the Waves

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The Men//New Moon

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My Bloody Valentine//m b v

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The National//Trouble Will Find Me

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Oberhofer//Notalgia EP

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On An On//Give In

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Rhye//Woman

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Saturday Looks Good To Me//One Kiss Ends It All

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Sigur Rós//Kveikur
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Surfer Blood//Pythons

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Surrogate//Post-Heroic

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Telekinesis//Dormarion

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TRAILS AND WAYS//Trilingual EP

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Vampire Weekend//Modern Vampires of the City

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs//Mosquito

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Yo La Tengo//Fade

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Youth Lagoon//Wondrous Bughouse

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