More a hymn than a song, this is a current favorite.
Here's Half Moon Run -- Unofferable.
)Sorry, folks, it's been a really rough couple of weeks so I know I've slacked off from my usual amount of slacking off.Here's some new stuff from Blood Red Shoes, which are one of what feels like the few relatively new alt-rock bands making music these days. Yes, I seem to lament that kind of thing more and more as I get older and listen to what KROQ plays nonstop these days. Here's The Perfect Mess
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.
Broken Bells is the side project of Danger Mouse and the Shins' James Mercer. I liked their first album but admit that it wasn't a favorite or anything. But it made enough of a splash that they can get Anton Yelchin and Kate Mara to show up in the video for the first single from their new record.This song has a really nice late-70s soft rock vibe to it, with just enough electro-funk to keep things interesting. Here's Holding on for Life.
Whether he's fronting Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon or simply working under his own name, Mark Kozelek makes some of the most beautiful and moving -- and sometimes darkly powerful -- acoustic music around. His new album as Sun Kil Moon hit iTunes yesterday and it's his most personal release yet, with each song dealing not in universal themes but in very laser-point specific words about his life and feelings. For most singer-songwriters this would feel terribly self-indulgent, but Kozelek makes it work because the entire record feels like a personal Psalm. Here's the lovely I Can't Live Without My Mother's Love.