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  • September 5, 2011 10:03 am

    Paradise is a place on earth with you…

    Photo by Phil Sharp [+]

    [MP3] Slow Club - Gold Mountain

    Interplay. It’s like the musical version of intercourse—voices blending sweetly or urgently, twining around one another, in a way that is also pretty satisfying. Not to talk up this track as sexy, because it’s not particularly that. It’s full of calm, open spaces thanks to the sparse accompaniment. But man. Slow Club is a two person group consisting of Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor, and their voices go so well together.

    Preorder Slow Club’s Paradise. Album of the year contender tbh.

  • September 5, 2011 9:35 am

    Philly’s War on Drugs

    [MP3] The War on Drugs - Best Night

    I’m not that into Kurt Vile, but I do love his old band’s latest album Slave Ambient. The guitar work on this track in particular is astonishing, but not flashy. It comes at you in waves at first, tidal-like, but reaches a point towards the last half-minute where the notes seem to just bubble up around you. It’s kind of mesmerizing.

    Make a good life choice and buy Slave Ambient. It will get you excited about rock music again, if you already weren’t (I don’t know why you wouldn’t be though, this has been a solid year of music so far!)

  • August 28, 2011 1:42 pm
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    Marina & The Diamonds — Radioactive (Acoustic)

  • August 19, 2011 2:11 pm

    Gotye, Making Mirrors

    Before, I tended to think of Gotye's Wally De Backer as a guy who makes slightly mournful electronic nighttime music. I think it's because “Heart's A Mess”, which was the perfect nighttime drive song. His newest album Making Mirrors doesn’t seem unified by that one overall mood though, but rather all over the place like the trajectory of Beck’s career. “Bronte” and “Somebody That I Used to Know” are the moody pulse-driven tracks I expected, but then there’s “Easy Way Out”, a slinky, retro track that actually rocks, and “Eyes Wide Open”, the slick first single which really showcases De Backer’s voice. “I Feel Better” has obvious soul influences. He’s a guy with a lot of tricks under his hat. Most of them work. 

    Eyes Wide Open by Gotye

    Go buy Making Mirrors.

  • August 19, 2011 9:12 am

    Fool’s Gold, Balmy

    [MP3] Fool’s Gold - Balmy

    Well this is certainly the muggiest heaviest stomp of a song that I’ve heard in a while. No other band even comes close to sounding like Fool’s Gold. (People who say Vampire Weekend are frankly, liars.) They’re a stew of electropop, Hebrew, and claimed South African and Ethiopian musical influences.

    Purchase the new album, Leave No Trace.

  • August 3, 2011 3:32 am

    Us v. Them? On being a woman in indie culture

    Being a woman in the indie community doesn’t only mean putting up the fact that misogynist lyrics or attitudes presented by indie artists doesn’t raise a single eyebrow in the indie media. It doesn’t just mean having to deal with dismissal of the fact that misogyny in such a culture even exists, either. Being a woman and at the same time being part of indie culture means having to prove, every single day, that you are there by your own accord.

    This manifests itself in the widespread assumption that any woman who shows interest in indie music was originally introduced to it by a man, and that her continued interest has to be fueled by (a desire to impress) him. Basically, she cannot move about in any ‘indie’ spaces, may they be on the internet or at a concert venue, without the supposal that behind her is the raging shadow of a man who is more worldly and knowledgeable about the culture and music than she is.

    This does not only strip women of our agency, and supposes that we are unable to become interested in and research things on our own. This creates a demand for women to continuously justify our presence in indie spaces by showcasing that we are not, in fact, like those other women. But no matter how much knowledge we display, no matter how much we distance ourselves from women who do not fit this ridiculous standard, and no matter how much we insist that our involvement in indie culture is by or own initiative, we can’t win.

    Because being accepted into the indie community isn’t really a victory. It requires the creation of a false dichotomy that demands you declare yourself more worthy than other women. It frequently also means separating yourself from women artists, because any music a woman writes and/or performs can be doomed sentimental, overtly emotional, weak and of poor quality at the drop of a hat.

    And once you’ve proven yourself, what is in front of you? Having to put up with the abundant misogynist attitudes than run rampant in indie culture, because calling them out means you’re a ‘sour feminist’. And even if you adhere to them - even if you’re ready to declare that fellow women are less talented, less intelligent and less capable of performing or appreciating music - you will still have to deal with constantly having to prove yourself, and being infantilized and belittled. No action, not even one readily upholding kyriarchal attitudes - will make the indie community take you as seriously as if you were a (straight, white, fully abled, cis) man.

    This post does could have offered a simple explanation as to why I’d withdrawn from the community completely. Instead it is a collection of the reasons why I’m so interested in supporting women artists and bloggers, why I’m constantly trying to carve a place for myself in this community completely on my own terms, and why I think that what Britt has started is relevant, important and wonderful. And the next time a thirtysomething dude condescendingly asks what a little girl like me is doing at an indie show, I will ask him to shut the fuck up.

  • July 30, 2011 11:56 am


    Any MP3s prior to “Saturday Love” are now broken links because I switched hosting. I might re-upload some of the more recent ones, but generally the others will just stay dead. The links shouldn’t be up foreverrrrrr anyway. I’m just sorry if you came here for a song and left disappointed. But still, I am sure you will find ways to hear what you want! And, yay, my own domain hosting! There should be no future problems with my streaming and downloads, fingers crossed.

  • July 30, 2011 11:41 am

    [MP3] Nicole Atkins - Cry Cry Cry

    Nicole Atkins’s voice is a dusty rose. Or a dusky rose. Either/or. It serves as a call-out to Americana, a call-back to 60s pop. She’s a self-taught musician with influences such as the Ronettes and Roy Orbison.

    Her most recent long-playing effort, Mondo Amore, is currently receiving a lot of play on my iTunes. My favorite track so far is “Cry Cry Cry” because it really kicks despite the subject matter (heartbreak). Channel it but don’t give in. You might even find yourself dancing.

    Check her official.

  • July 29, 2011 8:49 pm

    Nicole Atkins & The Antlers - "Hounds"

    1/4 of the way through this video I had to pause because it was JUST TOO MUCH. My life is reacting with violent emotion to Antlers songs. Nicole Atkins joins them in-studio this time, for “Hounds”. Believe me when I say the result is unbearably lovely.

  • July 29, 2011 12:39 pm

    Neko Case playing “This Tornado Loves You” at P4Kfest. That was some magical stuff. I love her little silly bit at the beginning about turgid excitement and fish sperm.

  • July 29, 2011 12:00 pm
    109 plays

    Amy Winehouse - Roun Midnite (Salaam Remi Refix)

    Holy shit. You need to check out this Amy Winehouse track. Roun’ Midnite is a Frank b-side, reworked by Salaam Remi. The mood is pitch-perfect. Thanks to PMA for the heads-up. 

  • July 29, 2011 11:16 am
  • July 29, 2011 10:59 am

    The Horrors, Dive In

    I didn’t mean to be dead-ish for this long. I’ve just been tired from work, and had some tumblr problems on top of that. Hilariously tumblr booted me from being a member of my own blog. ANYWAY.

    I fell in love with the new Horrors’ album cover for Skying first. Then I fell in love with the album itself. Do you know that saying, to never judge a book by its cover? You still do though, right? I am often drawn into trying an unknown book by the cover art. That’s why book design is taken seriously. Album cover art, I think, can be just as pivotal. I supposed more in the age of vinyl, though MP3s haven’t stopped us from being able to google album art or add it to our skim-through collection on iTunes. But yeah, this album cover is like … a dream further refracted. Like a dream of multiple layers. INCEPTION.

    Best album art of the year so far.

    [MP3] The Horrors - Dive In

    This track is so … baggy. I guess The Horrors have always worn their influences on their sleeves, but I felt like I was time-travelling back to the late 80s/early 90s. (I was a baby then, so it’s not likely I had a grasp on what shoegaze entailed, but whatever.) I love the bands they’re drawing from, I love the melodies, I love this album’s stabs at extended 7 and 8 minute-long jams.

    You’ll want to look into buying Skying.

  • July 18, 2011 10:00 am
  • July 17, 2011 3:49 pm

    Sunday Five: Toro y Moi, Cults, and more


    [MP3] Toro y Moi - Saturday Love

    Chaz dropped a new Toro y Moi cut the past week. It’s pretty much bliss. Honestly, when you listen it does feel like a Saturday. Even today, on a Sunday.

    2. Cults finally have a video for the sparkly gem of a song that is “Go Outside”, and it’s pretty… intense. I guess it reminds you of where they got their band name from?

    Go Outside, by Cults from Boing Boing on Vimeo.


    Pitchfork’s Music Fest was/is this weekend, and as a result I’ve finally gotten into Gang Gang Dance. Mostly I’m into the groovy funk of “Romance Layers”. Apparently they are playing at Johnny Brenda’s too on the 20th!

    4. In the case of Elite Gymnastics, I’m going to let them/their lastFM speak for themselves. FYI my favorite track from them is “m i n n e a p o l i s   b e l o n g s   t o   y o u”.





    5. My latest Bandcamp addiction is Crash Collect, especially the track “Move”.