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Thursday, October 30, 2014

New Music: Cayetana

One of the most impressive things a band can do is make you change your initial impression of them. I first heard Cayetana a couple days ago on NPR's All Songs Considered podcast. The band was introduced as a Philly punk band and the song they played was called "Hot Dad Calendar." In my head I kinda dismissed them as probably not my type of music and too cutesy or weird with their song titles. I figured I'd zone out a bit until the next band was introduced on the podcast. The thing is, about halfway through the song I realized I was nodding my head to the music, drumming along, and starting to sort of sing the catchy chorus to myself. By the end of the song, I figured I'd at least check out their stuff sometime to see if I liked the rest of it. Well, it turns out I did, and I'm fully on board with this band now. I think I listened to the album four times in a row initially, and I've returned a few more times since then.

So... check out "Hot Dad Calendar" by Philly punk band Cayetana below, and try not to write them off too much (like me) til you hear the music.



If you like it, it looks like you can stream the whole album at this link (Cayetana - Nervous Like Me) or buy the album from their label here.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Merge Records Round-Up

I've written on several occasions about my love for Merge Records. The label was founded in 1989 by two members of the band Superchunk. Since then, they've staked their claim as one of the best indie labels around. They've put out albums by bands like The Arcade Fire, Spoon, Conor Oberst, The Mountain Goats, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Magnetic Fields, (my personal favorite) M. Ward, and so many more. It should come as no surprise, but over the last few months they have been on fire with their releases. Below are five albums they've released this year that I've been enjoying lately.

William Tyler - Lost Colony EP

Released in April, this EP has been one of my most listened to albums this year. The album, comprised of three instrumental guitar tracks, is a perfect driving or walking album.



Reigning Sound - Shattered

This album is full of old school rock 'n roll / r&b / soul music that reminds me of JD McPherson or Nick Waterhouse a bit. This is the band's fifth album and my first introduction to them. Looks like I've got some back catalog to check out.



David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights - End Times Undone

This album has a bit of a Kurt Vile feel, featuring meandering somewhat psychedelic indie rock that is a joy to listen to.  David Kilgour is another established artist that is new to me, but I really enjoy what he's doing on this album



Hiss Golden Messenger - Lateness of Dancers

William Tyler lends his helping hand (and guitar) to this excellent Dylan-esque folk album from North Carolina based Hiss Golden Messenger.



Ex Hex - Rips

This is an incredibly infectious debut album of driving indie rock / power pop. The trio, fronted by a former member of Wild Flag, has set the bar high with their debut.



Monday, September 8, 2014

Video of the Day: Conor Oberst performing Lua with First Aid Kit

Conor Oberst recently performed a live version of his track "Lua" (from the 2005 Bright Eyes release "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning") with some help from First Aid Kit and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes. I don't have a lot to add, other than to sit back and enjoy because it's already a really good song made even better by the always wonderful First Aid Kit.



Conor Oberst released an album called "Upside Down Mountain" back in May that I've enjoyed

First Aid Kit (who made my favorite album of 2012) released "Stay Gold," their third LP, in June.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bahamas Is Afie

The new album from Bahamas, "Bahamas Is Afie," has been in regular rotation for me the last couple weeks. As the album title suggests, Bahamas is the stage name for Afie Jurvanen, a Canadian folk musician. His songs are built around a soft meandering guitar and his soulful vocals, but they periodically incorporate elements from all sorts of other genres like pop, blues, gospel, soul, and country. With summer winding to a close, this album should be the perfect soundtrack to counteract the hustle and bustle of everyday life by getting you to slow down, relax, and soak in the tunes.

Below is an excellent live version of "Stronger Than That," one of my favorite tracks from the new album.



I was absolutely convinced that I had previously posted the excellent track "Okay Alright I'm Alive" from Bahamas' 2012 album "Barchords," but somehow I never got around to it, so listen to that one too!




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