Friday Streams -- April 21, 2017


After a hiatus last week, Friday Streams is back. And before you go wondering where were we to join in the nearly universal call to go listen to DAMN., let me just say that we got to check out The Magnetic Fields' 50 Song Memoir, which is a treat and unique experience. Should they be coming to your neck of the woods, check it out.

New Releases
A consistently rewarding group, Woods has long been one of our faves here for their mix of psych and folk.

Dilla died in 2006, but his posthumous output has been substantial. Motor City is a beat tape featuring two other legends, Busta Rhymes & Q-Tip.

Another fave of the blog is TJO, whose ethereal compositions, laid the groundwork for the recent successes of artists like Julia Holter and Grouper.

Off-the-radar
Adrian Younge - Something About April II
Younge was made famous for his work with Ghostface Killah and when he's not composing films, or creating albums, he's working as an entertainment law professor. This is the sequel to Something About April. Both records are beautiful throwbacks to 70s R&B with lush orchestration and incredible vocalists. Something About April II features, for example, Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab. 
  

Friday Streams -- April 7,2017


It's a big release day--2 highly anticipated artists drop new records and my favorite opening lyric of the year so far.

New Releases

Father John Misty - Pure Comedy
Is anyone trying to make more erudite, intellectual music these days than Father John Misty? Also, I will listen to anything produced by Jonathan Wilson.

New Pornographers - Whiteout Conditions
The greatest working supergroup keeps working.

Timbre Timbre - Sincerely, Future Pollution
Creep on creepin' on.

Diet Cig - Swear I'm Good at This
Just listen to that first lyric and try not to listen to the rest.

Off-the-Radar

Pink Nasty - "Burn" (Usher)
No other reason than this track was in my head all day yesterday, which made that a pretty damn good day.


Friday Streams -- March 31, 2017


It's a slower release week, but there are a couple worthwhile check outs. Enjoy!

New Releases


I dare you 2017. Find better cover art than that (above).


Recorded live at RAK studios, London, In the Same Room is a studio-recorded live album featuring some new renditions of Holter's lush songs.

One-hitters


On this rainy day, there's little better music than the intelligent pickings and harmonies of these two gems.

Off the Radar


Because some times, you need some affirmation and just fucking dance.


Friday Streams -- March 24, 2017

This week's streams feature 2 records dealing with life-changing events and new beats from Madlib.

New Releases

After the untimely passing of Geneviève Castrée, Phil Elverum returned to the room where Geneviève, his wife, had passed and began to record. A Crow Looked at Me is the result of this labor.

Before the release of Portland band Braveyoung's second record, founding member Isaac Young was seriously wounded in a motorcycle accident. He's since recovered and the band is releasing their first record since 2011's We are Lonely Animals.


Who can say no to 18 new tracks of Madlib beats?

One-hitters


I used to think that "Creep Folk" was the appropriate term for Timbre Timbre, then I clicked on this track and heard the synth.

Off the radar


In prep for Café Tacvba's first record since 2012, take a little ride back to 2001 with Tiempo transcurrido. It's a collection of tracks from the band's work prior to 2001 and features the only official releases of "La locomotura," "Dos niños," and "La muerte chiquita." Tracks from what would become the band's abandoned second album.



Friday Streams -- March 17, 2017


It's Saint Patrick's Day and I'm still digging out after a blizzard. Here's the albums that I'm streaming/downloading/buying this week.

New Releases:


It's their return to Matador after Telefono, the band's '96 debut, and first without Eric Harvey since '02's Kill the Moonlight.


The leaders of Galaxie 500's fan club drop their first LP post Matt Mondanile's Ducktails departure.

One Hitters:


Probably the music news of the week is Feist's return with Pleasure on April 28. One presumes that this is the title track, and is the first new music from her since 2011.


40 years after Pink Flag, Wire keeps it comin'

Off the Radar


Once upon a time, out of college, I thought that I could earn some cred by working at venerable (and now defunct) Louisville record store Ear X-Tacy. The man who took my application was Jason Lowenstein, legendary member of Sebadaoh, bandmate of the the Fiery Furnaces. 

I did not get hired.

Lowenstein is back with a proper record in 2017 ("Machinery" is our first taste). His 2002 debut is, still a great listen.

Friday Streams - March 10, 2017


It's a big musical world out there. And there are a lot of streaming options and sounds to fill your side face holes. So, from time to time, we'll try to offer you a map to what we're listening to, downloading, streaming, etc. with bite size responses based on things which (if I keep writing this at this hour) we probably haven't heard yet. Here's this week's edition.

New Releases:
The Magnetic Fields - 50 Song Memoir (Spotify isn't currently giving me a streaming link, will update when I get one)

The write-ups are already monumental and, in the first record in 5 years, Stephin Merrit returns to the giant scope that made 69 Love Songs so popular. This time, the subject matter is himself. Make some time for this, the album totals some 2.5 hours.


June's 2013 Pushin' Against a Stone is probably one of the most underrated records in an Americana-ssance that spawned a thousand insurance commercial jingles. June never played that way. Her bluesy vocals matched well with a minimal, rootsy instrumentation.

Besides The Magnetic Fields, odds are everyone will also be talking about Heartworms, The Shins first album in five years, too.

One hitters:

Speaking of bands that haven't released in a while, "And Boundless" is our first taste of DMST, cousin of Godspeed You! Black Emperor (GYBE), since You, You're a History in Rust


Shelley's Ginko is probably the best record you've never heard. Excited for the new one.

Re-releases:

For me, this was always the masterpiece. The expanded edition remasters the old and brings in a slew of live tracks and includes the whimsical (not always a word that you associate with Smith) "I Don't I'm Ever Gonna Figure It Out." For the fist-timer or for the old-timer, there's practically no better musical experience than hearing "Say Yes."

Off-the-radar:

The only soundtrack for your Saturday vibraphone retro party, Big John Patton's Let 'em Roll is cooler than we will ever be.