After all this time, I do still love this song.
Here's Keane's A Bad Dream.
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.
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.
German DJ/Producer Zedd's collaboration with Matthew Koma back in 2012 turned out to be one of the best songs of that year. I still can't stop listening to Spectrum. Now they're back, adding vocalist Miriam Bryant into the mix. The result isn't as good as Spectrum but it's still a hell of an enjoyable pop-EDM track.Here's Find You.
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.
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.
)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