Five-years-old today, and with me for the very first time for her birthday.
Happy Birthday, Inara.
Here's Ash -- Shining Light.
I have no idea what to make of this -- and I'm betting that's the most generous thing you're going to hear about it from anyone who considers him or herself a fan of Elliott Smith.Apparently, long before Smith died 11 years ago, he recorded some isolated vocal tracks for a possible collaboration with Soul Coughing's Mike Doughty. Some of what he sang would eventually go on to become Bottle Up and Explode -- one of my absolute favorite Smith songs -- and Going Nowhere. Doughty says that the vocals were always meant to be cut up, experimented with, and ultimately transformed into dance tracks and that Smith was okay with this.Whether he'd be fine with what Doughty has now created, though, is anyone's guess. Doughty says he recently found the vocal tracks on a cassette tape and he turned them into what he's calling honest-to-God EDM -- a genre title that didn't exist back when Smith was alive. It's fascinating to hear anything new and even kind of original from Elliott Smith, but given that he was so protective of his material and his legacy -- and this is a very far cry from the sound we've come to expect from him -- it feels a big sacrilegious. Decide for yourself, though.Take a listen to The Record, Dogs and Burn (Aah Fuck).
This song's actually a year old but these guys are playing at the El Rey here in L.A. tonight with St. Lucia and I'm trying to convince myself to go, so why not post it here, right? That'll have some kind of impact on my decision, I'm sure.Here's Sir Sly -- Gold.
I've mentioned this before but anyone who's read this site long enough knows how I get when I find a band that I think truly deserves to be huge -- I'll beat that crap into the ground. If you take nothing else away from these silly Listening Posts this year, it should be this: Immediately go to iTunes and download the entire debut album from the Epilogues. With a powerful, passionate sound that's somewhere between Manchester Orchestra and Silversun Pickups, they are absolutely one of my favorite up-and-coming bands making music right now. And this is without a doubt the best song I've heard from them so far. This is the kind of song that would have the power to change the way the world around me appeared, were I to be listening to it on my iPod while walking through New York City. The massive, expansive chorus is what I can imagine throwing myself off the top of a building to in slow motion. Yes, it's that good. Please, support these guys. This is Saboteur.
Manchester Orchestra are back with an upcoming record, Cope. Frontman Andy Hull says it's going to be a quick, straightforward rock album, as opposed to the glorious, passionate and sprawling mosaic that was 2011's Simple Math. Here's the first single from the new record. This is Top Notch.
Been completely quiet the past few days mostly because I've been putting in insane hours, but that'll still happen from time to time.The new Dum Dum Girls record is terrific, and this song in particular -- the first single from it -- sounds like so much of the post-punk I grew up with.Here's Rimbaud Eyes.
Cesca and I probably spent a good ten minutes on the podcast yesterday enthusing about HBO's True Detective and I'm going to do it here for a few seconds as well. Bottom line: If you're not watching the show, you're legitimately missing out on one of the best television experiences of the last decade. When Breaking Bad folded I really did think its near-perfection as a satisfying show would, for me, tarnish everything that came in its wake for quite a while. It's tough to hold up any TV drama to a show like Breaking Bad, even unconsciously, simply because Breaking Bad was such a damn masterpiece.But True Detective goes beyond the realm of great television into something much more artistically minded. You don't just watch it, you feel it in your bones; it's a layered, beautifully acted, utterly menacing, pitch black piece of American gothic, and each hour is mesmerizing from start to finish. We're only a few episodes in so it's easy to catch up if you need to but, trust me, you need to.Here's the opening credits music that sets the tone for the entire show.It's the Handsome Family's Far From Any Road.