The new single from Atlas. Out 3/3 in the UK, 3/4 in the US on Domino Recording Co.super into this first single off of atlas. signature real estate vibe and i’m really digging the subtle harmonies. link
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In case you missed it: Robin Pecknold (of Fleet Foxes) covers Pearl Jam’s “Corduroy” featuring Daniel Rossen on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
i never posted this back when it aired, but i’ve gone back to listen to it too many times. such a killer collab: robin pecknold, daniel rossen & neal morgan. wish there was a studio version of this so i didn’t have to watch this so much.
ps. cool 70’s gibson les paul signature, robin.via • link
favourite albums of 2013 (part iii) + honourable mentions
sigur rós - kveikur
sigur rós change it up for this album, trading in some of their pretty, airy vibes for more aggressive, percussion-heavy atmosphere. this is their most rhythmically inclined album to date which makes it standout in their seven album repetoire. nowhere near #1 on a list of ‘sigur rós albums to study/fall asleep to’, but i’m totally okay with that.
this has become one of my favourite of jamison’s releases to date. the maturity and growth in his music is most apparent here. there’s a really good balance of songs/instrumental tracks and electronic/guitar-based music, but it’s the drum programming & mixing on glacier that really stuck out to me initially compared to jamison’s other releases.kurt vile - wakin on a pretty daze
there’s no doubt i’m a big kv fan; he’s made some of the most unique folk/classic rock-inspired music in the past few years. what really impressed me this time around is how his songs can hold up even after he spends up to 10 minutes playing them through. really cool jams in here that just make sense sprawled out and repeated. i’m still not sure if this is my favourite of his releases but it’s definitely up there.she & him - volume 3
sometimes if i tell certain friends that i really like she & him, they laugh or scoff about it. call it twee, call it formulaic, call it whatever you want, i don’t care because it works. zooey deschanel can write a good song, m. ward can write tasteful guitar parts, together they make music that makes me feel nice and want to listen to them again.honourable mentions
vampire weekend - modern vampires of the city
washed out - paracosm
nevermind me - nevermind me ep
grizzly bear - shields: b-sides
beach fossils - clash the truth
oneohtrix point never - r plus seven
jordan klassen - repentance
small black - limits of desire
four tet - beautiful rewind link
favourite albums of 2013 (part ii)
toro y moi - anything in return
this might be my favourite toro album, which i was kind of surprised about at first. there’s not a weak track on here (which says a lot considering there are 13 of them), and i think chaz has found his almost perfect balance of live instrumentation and samples.we are the city - violent
maybe this is WATC’s magnum opus; with respect to their current catalogue, i don’t think i’m afraid to say that it is. this collection of songs showcases the variety of the trio’s output. some of their most energetic and aggressive work is juxtaposed with some of their quietest and thoughtful (sometimes within the span of a single track). but there’s still a cohesive theme of honesty, uncertainty and humanity that ties it all together nicely.my bloody valentine - m b v
it’s safe to say this was one of the most anticipated albums for 2013. the good thing is that mbv delivered. although i can’t say it’s as good as loveless, it’s definitely a worthy follow-up. kevin shields was able to keep some of what made loveless so timeless, while also making it something that wasn’t too “loveless-y”, and that says a lot for a long-awaited follow-up to an iconic album.tim hecker - virgins
canadian ambient/drone titan tim hecker’s virgins is his foray into more live ensemble performance/instrumentation and composition. moving further from electronics, while still keeping his signature “tim hecker-ness”, he ends up with a sometimes-pretty-but-usually-creepy soundtrack to late night city walks/bus rides (at least that’s the setting it’s fit best for me).ducktails - the flower lane
with ducktails being a band effort now more than ever, the flower lane, shows matt mondanile’s most straight-forward tracks. it’s been a slow progression from early ducktails drum machine instrumental jams, to full-band full-fledged songs, but it makes sense and it shows that he can write good tunes. i dig the phased guitars, 70’s keys, 80’s synths, saxophones, and ooohs & ahhs. some people might think mondanile’s trying to ride the coattails of real estate’s success (his other band), but it’s more like real estate’s 70’s/80’s groovy smooth-pop sibling than anything else.link
favourite albums of 2013 (part i)
more than a little late on the year-end lists but a few people have asked for one of these from me this year.
i’m not gonna bother putting them in much of a particular order this year because over the years i’ve realized i kind of hate doing that.
i’ll be splitting this up into 3 parts so it’s not one big post.
the album i’ve listened to the most in the past year if that means anything. vc greatly expand off of 2009’s unmap, proving that they’re much more than a “bon iver side project.” justin vernon vocals & COCOB/all tiny creatures instrumentation makes for an emotional album featuring some of wisconsin’s creative heavyweights.daft punk - random access memories
a step forward — or at least sideways — for everyone’s favourite french duo featuring an all-star group of musicians making an album with zero filler. enough has already been said about this album.james blake - overgrown
there’s a great sense of cohesiveness that i feel about this album that wasn’t as apparent on james blake’s self-titled album and i really dig that. also, RZA’s guest spot on ‘take a fall for me’ is easily one of the most organic inclusions of rap on a non-rap album i’ve heard.deerhunter - monomania
deerhunter threw a nice little curveball with this album. after releasing one of their most straightforward albums, halcyon digest, with production sheen courtesy of ben h. allen, they follow up with one of their most aggressive, varied, and dynamic releases. this was a big grower for me; it seemed in many ways they were going back to their lo-fi roots, but it’s only done in the best, IDGF, manner.grouper - the man who died in his boat
the sister album to ambient queen liz harris’ dragging a dead deer up a hill finally comes out (only 5 years later) and there’s no surprise that it’s just as good. a perfect blend of beauty and tranquility with a hint of eerie vibes.link
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Vancouver aerial, 1950
Source: Photo by Otto F Landauer, Jewish Museum and Archives of BC #LF.02826
hon, you plenty competent
so why aren’t you confident?
this song has been killing me for the past month. just perfect.
super excited for the followup to VC’s under-appreciated 2009 debut.
i’ve got so much love for the terje. what a track! via • link
Todd Terje - Strandbar Disko
The Norwegian space-disco wiz is at it again! Strandbar is an 8+ minute disco jam that goes to the moon and back. Get your intergalactic funk on with Terje and groove to that interstellar beat.
people need to listen to this @hiatuskaiyote record! @questlove approved soul.link