Monthly Archives: June 2011
Radiohead recently released this “teaser” for their upcoming studio video, The King Of Limbs: Live From the Basement. The video features the previously unreleased song, Staircase. The King Of Limbs left me waiting for more from Radiohead. The album is incredible. It possesses a rhythmic quality that, without fail, takes me away from worry and into a heightened state. Every beat is perfectly intertwined with Yorke’s iconic voice. But it’s short, really short. Hopefully these basement sessions lead to the release of additional Radiohead songs.
…Separator, the last song in Limbs, would have you believe that this isn’t the last we will hear from Radiohead this year. Please, Thom, I need more.
Saying White Denim’s genre is difficult to pinpoint would be a vast understatement. On their fourth studio album, D, I find myself constantly skipping back songs to figure out what the hell is going on. Fortunately, all of this makes great music. From one song to the next, you hear musical styling comparable to Yes, Radiohead, Jethro Tull, the Grateful Dead, Without Gravity, etc… mixing together to form something fresh out of the classics. I don’t think it is any coincidence that the song Drug sounds eerily similar to a mix of Pink Floyd and The Dead.
Listen: White Denim – Street Joy [audio http://musicforants.com/assets/summermix/22%20White%20Denim%20-%20Street%20Joy.mp3]
So, I am officially obsessed with the new Bon Iver album. It’s streaming in its entirety over at NPR Music: First Listen. Don’t start your weekend without first taking a listen to Vernon’s sophomore album, Bon Iver. It has been an eternity since For Emma, Forever Ago was released late in 2007. When I first heard Skinny Love, I was completely enamored by its subtle ability to stop everything else around me. I have easily listened to that album Flume to re: Stacks over 126 times. Needless to say, it has been a big part in the development of my musical consciousness.
Now, with Bon Iver, I have the ludicrous thought that this new album, three+ years later, has the potential to be even better than For Emma. It is literally that good. Many hours, days, and years will be required to develop the same love for Bon Iver. Time I fully intend on dedicating to this album. Follow the links below to better your day, if not your life.
Stream: Bon Iver @ NPR Music: First Listen
Read: Great article/interview detailing Bon Iver’s journey to this point. Seriously, read this. You’ll thank me later.
Read: Who, What and Where is Bon Iver?
Pre-order: Buy the new album now!
Port O’Brien is back! Well, not really, but founder Van Pierszalowski has started a new project, Waters. The band has just released their first single, For the One. I am pretty intrigued by what we may see from Waters. Port O’Brien has been inactive for a couple of years now but I still find myself listening to their CD’s at least once a week. For the One has a unique sound but you can definitely hear Pierszalowski’s inspiration from Port O’Brien mixing in on the new track. Take a look here for more info and a free download.
Listen: Waters – For the One [audio http://www.thosewhodig.net/uploads/For_The_One.mp3]
Port O’Brien tracks ripe for listening, after the jump…
I don’t know how well these two samples represent their respective cities but regardless America needs to work on the diversity of the music coming out of our headphones. The dudes listening to Kings of Convenience and Fleet Foxes give London the clear edge over NYC. What are you listening to?
New York City
Sorry for the hiatus people, crazy week at work. But, who cares…
The good news is that I’ve stumbled across a new band that will definitely get you excited for summer jams. Of Monsters and Men are an acoustic folk group out of Iceland with some serious talent. They are led vocally by a male/female duo. I would share their names but let’s be real, there is no way you would get the pronunciation right, so how ’bout you just take my word for it. Be on the lookout for their full length album, due out summer 2011.
Listen: Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks