Starting today, and continuing each following Wednesday, I am going to post a song that I just cannot keep of my playlist. This way you can close out your week enjoying the same song. Yes, this is stealing the idea of tons of music blogs, but it had to start somewhere so why not continue the trend. I will add my two cents about the song to avoid a completely meaningless post. Please drop your comments each week so we can track and discuss who’s enjoying what.
This week we hear from Beirut w/ East Harlem, off their new album, The Rip Tide. This track is proof that horns (and Beirut) are back baby! East Harlem highlights Beirut’s amazing ability to transform a simple song into a masterpiece by placing the right instrumentation with an unexpected change of pace.
Listen: Beirut – East Harlem [audio http://www.digitalwell.washington.edu/dw/1/51/e7/e7d78234-38f7-4082-a990-af34a57f48eb.MP3|titles=East Harlem|artists=Beirut]
Listen: Beirut – The Rip Tide; steaming in its entirety over at NPR Music First Listen.
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!