New Tunes – Bowerbirds

These guys are a folk/indie band form Raleigh, North Carolina, and the song I’m featuring is relatively new. It’s off of their 2009 album Upper Air, so three years old? You pass a certain age and three years is like, what? Yesterday? Pshaw. There is mi…

New Tunes – Perfume Genius

I just checked my music archives because I was sure that I had already featured the work of Perfume Genius here (stage name for a solo artist out of Seattle named Mike Hadreas), and I’m stunned that I haven’t. If ever there were a voice or a sound to give words to the last several [...]

New Tunes – Tanlines

These guys are an electronic/indie duo (Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm, heavily referencing the Eighties) from Brooklyn and they recently released their first album back in March. The song “Nonesuch” is the closing track and my favorite of all eleven, and not just because it is so achingly beautiful. You can hear so many influences [...]

New Tunes – Hot Chip

The following song “Let Me Be Him” is off the recently released fifth album by this English electronic band. If you haven’t heard two of the previous albums, One Life Stand and Warning, do yourself a favor and set aside some time. I think what sets Hot Chip apart from other artists in this genre [...]

New Tunes – Local Natives

I was bouncing around some music blogs and playlists earlier this week when I came across this song and something about it crawled into my ear, down into my my belly and exploded. I didn’t even realize until I had listened to it for two straight hours that I saw Local Natives perform as an [...]

New Tunes – Angus and Julia Stone

It’s kind of a twofer this week because first up is a brother and sister duo and then it’s the sister’s solo effort, both equally a total damn pleasure to listen to. Angus and Julia are an Australian acoustic folk-pop combo, and their latest album Down the Way released in 2010 was pretty much a [...]

New Tunes – Future Islands

Yet another band who calls Baltimore home. These guys are mostly new wave synthpop BLAH BLAH BLAH whatever. Doesn’t matter. This song called “Balance” makes me indescribably happy. It’s off of their most recent album called On the Water. And you can clean around the wound But if you want it to heal It just [...]

New Tunes – Beach House

I’ve got a sore throat with a fever and chills and an ache in my neck that stretches all the way to my lower back, so I’m lying here for a bit with the covers over my head listening to this track called “Myth” off of the new Beach House album called Bloom: They are [...]

New Tunes – Alabama Shakes

This comment on a Metafilter thread (left by Bitter Old Punk) about the band says everything you need to know. Or you could just skip straight to the video and let the chills travel up and down your arm: Last June or July, one of their videos gets picked up by the music blog Aquarium [...]

New Tunes – Of Monsters and Men

These guys are a six piece indie folk band from Iceland, and this is an album that I listen to on repeat, from beginning to end and then back to the beginning. I love it when that happens with an album, that magic and fire I feel right before I hit the play button. Here’s [...]