Friday, March 27, 2009

music to check out and random musings on music

2009 has witnessed an almost rebirth of independent music. No, I'm not talking about the increasingly corporate genre of 'indie rock', although it could be argued that there have been a number of good 'indie rock' releases this year as well, rather, I'm referring more generally to the music being made by people who fall outside the reach of any of the major indie record labels or major labels. These musical acts have bestowed upon us a heap of incredibly good material over the course of the first three months of 2009.  I've found myself enjoying more of the music that I have been exposed to over the past three months than I did over the course of the entire 2008 calender year. Arguably, a number of these bands are riding the waves of the internet hype machine, and they may never release another solid record or single, but that doesn't mean that these songs hit home any less.

Briefly, here are some bands and/or musicians that deserve your ear. I've included a link to the song as well as a link to where you can find more of their music.  Click on the song name to hear the music. I could probably list about 25 songs you should hear, but I'll keep the list somewhat trim to avoid overwhelming anyone.

Behold:

Wavves - "No Hope Kids"  ---- More Wavves' music available here.

Dum Dum Girls - "Catholicked" ---- More Dum Dum Girls' music available here.

NODZZZ - "Losing My Accent" --- More NODZZZ music available here.

Micachu - "Golden Phone" --- More Micachu music available here.

The Phantom Band - "Throwing Bones" --- More TPB music available here.

DOOM - "Yessir" (ft. Raekwon) --- More DOOM music available here.

Mountains -  "Map Table" --- More Mountains music available here.

Here We Go Magic - "Tunnelvision" --- More HWGM music available here.

Woods - "Rain On" --- More Woods music available here.

Also, if you haven't already heard, the new Grizzly Bear LP, Veckatimest, is really really good. There are plenty of leaks floating around the interweb right now, and before any of you do-gooders out there complain about the ethical issues underlying leaks and piracy, band leader Ed Droste has already given his blessings to eager fans wanting to hear the new LP. So just do a quick search for a Veckatimest torrent and I'm sure you can find something. If you're too lazy to do that, I'll include a youtube clip of the band performing at SXSW 09. This track probably deserves a certified banger post, but I just don't have the time at the moment, and I've read way too much already about this album, so writing about it would seem almost redundant, and most definitely, unoriginal.



A couple other things: 

Start getting excited now, Sunset Rubdown has announced the release date of their follow up to 2007's brilliant Random Spirit Dreaming LP. The disc is entitled Dragonslayer, and will be available via Jagjaguwar on 23 June 2009. If album art work is any indication of what to expect from the LP, than Dragonslayer looks to be pretty badass.

Art Brut also has a new LP due in the near future.  The record is called Art Brut vs. Satan, and from initial listens, I would have to say that this album seems to be a return to Bang Bang Rock n' Roll-era Art Brut.  The album is due 12 May 2009.

And finally, Wilco *yawn* has apparently recorded a follow up to 2007's incredibly boring, yet surely a favourite among indie dads, Sky Blue Sky. (did I actually just use ** in a post? ugh) The album, which is yet to be christened with a name, is due sometime in June. I know, that's some pretty vague news, but hey, maybe Wilco is trying to build some pre release hype, and after that last album I can't say I can blame them for trying a shameless publicity stunt. Or maybe, the band is finding it difficult to come up with an even more lame or rock cliched title than Sky Blue Sky or A Ghost Is Born. Word on the street is that Feist will be contributing some vocals to this album. In the past this kind of news may have excited me, but a 2009 collaboration between Feist and Wilco is more of a corporate advertiser's wet dream than mine.

That is all.

1 comment:

Black said...

And with that Red is back Ladies and Gentlemen. I have to share your joy for the releases thus far in 2009, we appear to have a good year on our hands.