31 January 2011

rill good

you can be mad at me if you want. but i'll admit it. during sxsw, while i was waiting for bone thugs, i accidentally saw sleigh bells... and they hurt my ears. that's why i was totally surprised when "rill rill" made it onto a npr mix and i loved it. that does not mean, however, that i can tolerate the rest of that noise and go to the concert with my friends.

here's the good song. in video form. "rill rill" by sleigh bells

30 January 2011

i would just sing

thanks goes to beau, who shared this song with me.
mike hadreas' voice is haunting. the piano is gorgeous, reminiscent of the cinematic orchestra song i love so much. and although brief, this song stays with you. you'll find "dreem" on the bonus track version of the album, learning, on which the perfume genius, shares his learning with us. it's powerful.

in light of missing my man, the lyrics--as reported on one website--are apropos: "if you were here right now/i wouldn't have to write it down/i would just sing/and let you listen." (it's hard to make them out to see if they are correct, but i like the idea.)

i think i may like the live version best.
"dreem" by perfume genius

24 January 2011

ooh la lia

lia ices is a face i am excited to see at sxsw. her new album grown unknown is out this week. and i am loving it! her voice is stunning.

here she is w/ justin vernon of bon iver, "daphne"

and the title track, "grown unknown"

i think this is a great little teaser: 

if you like 'em, go and get 'em: lia ices

19 January 2011

everlasting shine

every once and awhile i like to obsess on a mashup. obsess: here's big boi vs. the black keys!

17 January 2011

home where you feel love

the sun is out! i almost forgot what it looked like. it's already rejuvenating my allergied, wintered spirits. let's listen to something we can sit on the porch to. these musicians met at an open mic in seattle and are putting their head and their hearts into music like this... 

"down in the valley" by the head and the heart

"lost in my mind" by the head and the heart

free song download at their site: the head and the heart

11 January 2011

mock & toof

their pseudonyms warrant a title. producers duncan stump and nick woolfson have done remixes for groups like--one of my favorites--hot chip. this song can be found on the album, tuning echoes. the vocalist's voice reminds me a little bit of karin dreijer andersson's. it might start to grate after awhile, maybe if i listened to this song all the way through... for now, a few minutes of it is head-bopable.
"farewell to wendo" by mock & toof

01 January 2011

beat it, 2010!

where to begin?... how about with last year's new year's resolution: i wanted to keep track of every concert i attended so i could do an end of the year count. i have been on a concert hiatus since november, but up until that point, i recorded 72 shows (that's with lollapalooza and acl shows clumped together as one show). yikes.

my favorites of 2010:

miike snow @ galaxy backyard & acl
memory tapes/washed out @ klub krucial
beach house/washed out @ emo's
lcd sound system @ stubb's
mumford & sons @ la zona rosa
gogol bordello @ lollapalooza
arcade fire @ lollapalooza
the fuck buttons @ lollapalooza
the foals @ acl
deerhunter @ fun, fun, fun fest
jónsi @ austin music hall
sufjan stevens @ the long center (tie w/ jónsi for most beautiful show of 2010!)

ah, summer in new york. i love you forever: bowery ballroom, music hall of williamsburg & ps1 moma. and in austin: the long center and the parish

songs (they may not have been released in 2010, but that's when i discovered them)
"closet astrologer" by the ruby suns

"modern drift" by efterklang

"go outside" by the cults

"swim until you can't see land" by frightened rabbit

"this is how we walk on the moon" by arthur russell

"i need a dollar" by aloe blacc

"spanish sahara" by the foals

"chinatown" by wild nothing

"frost" by salem

albums of 2010
mumford & sons: sigh no more ("awake my soul")

lcd sound system: this is happening ("dance yrself clean")

beach house: teen dream ("take care")

deerhunter: halcyon digest ("he would have laughed")

the walkmen: lisbon ("blue as your blood")

washed out: life of leisure-ep ("feel it all around")

to my loved ones: i have been blown away by the people in my life this year. i am so blessed. you are the music in my heart!