Unknown Mortal Orchestra is Ruban Nielson, a New Zealand native who now lives in Portland, plus Jake Portrait on bass and Julien Ehrich on drums. According to their website, “UMO was a project conceived as Ruban’s escape hatch to a new musical dimension where his vision of junkshop record collector pop could be realized in [...]
Washed Out is a one-man project, the alias of Ernest Greene of Atlanta, Georgia. Jon and I take turns introducing new music to the girls when we’re all driving around together, and the other day he put on “Soft” and I watched as goose bumps crawled up his arm. I already loved this song, but [...]
The Antlers are a three-member band based in Brooklyn. Other than that, all you really need to know is that the song “I Don’t Want Love” off of Burst Apart is so damn beautiful: We wake up with pounding heads, Bruised down below. I should have built better walls, Or slept in my clothes.
Panda Bear is the solo project of Noah Lennox, one of the founding members of Animal collective whose song I used in the 2010 year end video. He’s got a new album out called Tomboy and it is has that same phenomenally invigorating and infectious feel to it. This is one of my favorite songs [...]
The National are by no means a new band, and their last album Boxer fared both criticially and commercially well. Back in May 2010 they released a new LP called High Violet and I love, love, love this one even more. The first video from the new album is for “Bloodbuzz Ohio” and is pretty [...]
The Shoes are a French duo who dabble mostly in electronic. I am absolutely in love with this song called “Wastin’ Time” and think it’s an appropriate anthem for summer. The buildup is pitch perfect and totally addictive.
Oh, I am so giddy about this that I could kiss a rat smack on its itty bitty head. Cults is a duo based in New York City, and blah blah blah, their music fills me with pure joy. They’ve got a Sixties vibe going on, and yesterday they released their first album. You could [...]
John Maus is a synth-pop artist who is also apparently a political philosophy and theory instructor al the University of Hawaii at Manoa. “Believer” is the first single off his upcoming album called We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves. Yeah. The nineteen-year-old humanities student in me just printed out his picture and put [...]
Alex Winston, an artist based out of Detroit, was once classically trained in opera. She’s got the chops, and her sound is totally unique. Loving this song, especially the chorus: Hey there, sister wife Get the hell out it’s my night You don’t know the way to his heart like I do After I heard [...]
Diamond Rings is the solo project of John O’Regan, a musician from Toronto who wrote his latest album during a lengthy hospital stay while being treated for Crohn’s disaease, and the album is fantastic. I recommend the whole album called Special Affections, but I love this song particularly because of well, all of it: the [...]