Seth Glickman is a winner.
Hi guys – some good adds this week. Also, we have the Caribou record in the station now if you were looking for it earlier.
Top rock adds for the week:
- The Consulate General
- Horse Feathers
- Sam Amidon
- Kate Nash – My Best Friend is You: Fun English pop. In the same vein as Lily Allen
- Blunt Mechanic – World Record: New garage rock-y project from singer of Kind of Like Spitting.
- The Consulate General – Person Number: Soothing, multi-textured, and layered.
- Sam Amidon – I See the Sign: Really good folk. He sounds a lot like Nick Drake.
- Dosh – Tommy: Complex, almost frantic layers of chopped up vocals and drums from the former drummer of Andrew Bird.
- Horse Feathers – Thistled Spring: Sweeping pastoral folk. Lots of strings.
- Snowglobe – little more lived in: According to Christine, a folky Apples In Stereo (the first track at least). Though you could never tell from the music, the lead singer lived with Jay Reatard.
- Nada Surf – If I Had a Hi-Fi: Nada Surf’s first album of covers. Includes tracks written by Kate Bush, Depeche Mode and Spoon.
Gonjasufi – A Sufi and a Killer – Warp records brings another great artist in the form of Sumach Ecks aka the ‘sufi himself. A long-time rapper/singer, Ecks day-job as a yoga instructor, yelling at his class, provides him with the hoarse vocals that add immense character to his vocals. Produced by trip-hop heads The Gaslamp Killer and Flying Lotus, ‘A Sufi and a Killer’ bears their spacey sound, but with distinctive middle eastern instrumentation that set this work apart. The album has soul for days, but with a rawness that Dilla fans will both recognize and appreciate.
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Frog Eyes – Paul's Tomb: A Triumph
Frenetic, angsty, wall-of-sound experimental rock.
Claps – New Science EP
Minimal new wave dance electronic.
Fol Chen – In Ruins EP
Remixes of "In Ruins."
Dyer Switch Band – Family Business
Sweet old-style bluegrassy stuff, nothing unusual.
Anna Coogan – The Nocturnal Among Us
Good, basic pop-folk with some country influences. Check out “Crooked Sea” and “So Long Summertime”.
Trampled By Turtles – Palomino
Lots of mandolin and fiddle and brio in this string band’s epic new album. I’ve heard they crowd-surf at their shows. Folk shows. Crowd-surfing. “Wait So Long,” “Victory” and “Separate” will give you the right idea.
Shelley Miller – When it’s all gone, you come back
Poetic, pensive, and sometimes woeful, but never too melancholy. You should listen to: “Blame The Sky”, “Hard Love”, and “It Was Billie”. Not much variety on this album, but is consistently good quality. A little bit like Yael Naim.
Jared Grabb – Where Do You Hide Your Love Songs?
Not amazing musicianship, but give it a spin – start with “Stuart Nelson” and “That Ring”. Simple, gusty rock and folk songs.
Nathaniel Rateliff – In Memory of Loss
Not as depressing as the title suggests, this album will probably make Rateliff famous. Well, as famous as indie folk artists get, anyways. His songs develop well and work in some cool structural stuff. Check out “Early Spring Till,” “Brakeman” and “Once in a Great While”.
Matthew Gair – And She Whispered I Told You So
Fresh-sounding acoustic, poppy folk. Think styles of Elliott Smith and Jack Johnson, with a little more folk. “Friday,” “Halo” and “Number 37”.
Many good things this week! Many much good things! Swood says to enjoy the spring things. Also! Record store day is next weekend, on Saturday, so go check out Bull Moose.
Roky Erikson & Okkervil River
David Byrne & Fatboy Slim
Roky Erikson and Okkervil River – True Love Cast Out All Evil
Psych rock + folk rock + found recordings; sounds a lot like Bonnie "Prince" Billy.
Caribou – Swim
Dense, synthy, dancey dream rock.
The Kissaway Trail – Sleep Mountain
"Your classic, epic-build, chimey European…shit" – Swood (who meant for that last word to express disappointment with her inarticulateness rather than to describe the music)
Sarah Jaffe – Suburban Nature
Sweet minimal folk pop.
David Byrne and Fatboy Slim – Here Lies Love
A 22-song concept album about Imelda Marcos featuring guests like Cyndi Lauper (CYNDI LAUPER!), Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), and Sharon Jones.
New Young Pony Club – The Optimist
Tough new-rave electropop.
Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can
Deep-voiced, slow and pretty folk. Sounds kind of like your mom singing to you before bed, if your mom was awesome.
Coheed and Cambria – Year of the Black Rainbow
New Coheed and Cambria
MGMT – Congratulations
Intentionally not catchy to throw off the tween fans?
Tallest Man on Earth – Wild Hunt
Bob Dylan-ish folk rock.
New Zealand @ SXSW
New Zealand bands, like Ruby Suns, at SXSW.
Nini & Ben – The Reasons We Try
Expressive, simple, and tender, with substance. Some of it sounds like the soundtrack to a sad episode of a teen drama show, but still worth a listen. Definitely check out “Down to the Road,” “I Won’t Look Back,” and “Mother”.
Anais Mitchell – Hadestown
A folk opera based on the Orpheus myth. Wait, it gets better – it’s set in a “post-apocalyptic American depression era”. Yeah, I know. It’s well produced (not so common in folk, sadly) and pretty cool. No description really does it justice (post-modern blues-rock?) – you’ll have to check it out yourself.
In My Room
20 well-known Folk artists get together for 20 covers of music from a huge number of genres, including songs by Tom Waits, Curtis Mayfield, Cat Stevens, Tom Paxton, Bob Dylan, Richard Starkey, Ray LaMontagne, Bruce Springstein, and others. Check out “The Last Thing On My Mind,” “You Don’t Miss Your Water” and “If I Should Fall Behind”.
James Keyes – Ruminations
Really the best new folk in at least a year. Upbeat, bluesy, and rootsy. Keyes’ scratchy-in-the-good-way voice + skilled accompaniment = good stuff. “It’s All Easy,” “Work Song,” and “You Got Nothing” are all great. Also “Come Down”. And the rest of the CD.
Croony pop-folk. A good folk choice for people who normally don't like folk much. Gentle, sweeping and pleasant. Check out “Confession” and “Safe Harbor”.
Black Prairie – Feast of the Hunter’s Moon
Mournful, powerful, bluegrass/folk; sounds a bit like Crooked Still. Smolders and pulsates with some sweet folk accordion, dobro, and cello bits. Check out “Red Rocking Chair”, the jazzy “Annie McGuire”, and “A Prairie Musette” (a real musette, though not very French in style).
Waterbug Anthology Nine
Once again, 20 tracks and 20 artists singing some new songs on the usual themes – family, nature, travel, etc. Check out the first two tracks and “Do You Love The Life You Made?”.
Paul Curreri – California
Creative, graceful, fun blues-folk, topped off by a healthy dose of excellent musicianship. Great stuff. Must listens: “California,” “Once Upon A Rooftop” and “I Can Hear the Future Calling”.
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