Songs that we think you should hear without all the pomp and circumstance. Gravitating // ROJAZ So Far Away // The Muckers Octopus // ISLAND Do the Resurrection! // Gentlemen Rogues State of Denial // Chelsea Lovitt The Balcony // Fruit Bats Evil Vibes // Typhoon I Ain’t Living Long Like This // Shannon McNally Tangled Love // Lydia Luce Redemption // Nathaniel Rateliff Vulnerable // Parker Millsap Cry Baby // Shovels & Rope + Deer Tick I Don’t Think About It // Jackson Scribner Letter to the Editor // Sarah Cicero
Songs that we think you should hear without all the pomp and circumstance. Extraordinary Love // Erika Wennerstrom Soul No. 5 // Caroline Rose Upcoming Boston Area Show: Wednesday, April 4 @ Great Scott Jesse // Frankie Cosmos Happy Kid // Ron Gallo Empiricist // Typhoon Upcoming Boston Area Show: Thursday, January 25 @ Paradise Rock Club What’s Chasing You // Marlon Williams Happiness Jones // The Wood Brothers You Worry Me // Nathaniel Rateliff and The Nightsweats Hold Your Head up High // Darlingside
Press Play Our final month of the year has officially been closed. This has been a fantastic music year, and I’ve been having a lot of fun putting together these monthly mixes again. It’s great to chronicle a year based on what you’ve been listening to, and we’re so lucky these days to have enough new music each month to put together these. I hope you enjoy some new tunes over your holiday break, and please let me know what I might have missed this month.
Songs that we think you should hear without all the pomp and circumstance. Really Nice Guys // Ron Gallo Darker // Typhoon Upcoming Boston Area Show: Thursday, January 25 @ The Sinclair Monky Disco // The Babe Rainbow Poor Man Dan // Diane Coffee There Are Many Ways to Say I Love You // Sylvan Esso Did I Make You Cry On Christmas (Well You Deserved It) // Peach Pit Didya Think // Arlie
Press Play I feel like I’m more stoked about the music on this mixtape than maybe any other month, but when I look back and I see other mixtapes, I think I say the exact thing every month. Regardless, this November dispatch of tunes is fantastic, and I’m super psyched to get it in front of your eyes an in your ears. Enjoy, and as always let me know what I missed!
5. Okkervil River – The Silver Gymnasium [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjLP1n3h7Vc[/youtube] [S]o Will Sheff gave up the reins on this record after producing the last record, I Am Very Far, which had quite a bit of a different soundscape. What’s great about this album? It gets back to what these guys do so damn well. Make a record for songs, not just sounds, and as I’m a huge huge fan of 07’s The Stage Names, one could only guess that if they go back to that that it will sit very high on my list. I think Sheff is one of the best…
[W]elp, it’s that time of the year again — time to try and stack rank the albums I’ve spent my life with over the past year. Weighing intangible against intangible and doing my best to pick which one comes out on top! In some ways, this annual ritual makes me feel like I’m trying to pick a favorite kid. Actually, doing that might be easier. I keed, I keed. No DSS calls please. Below are my top albums for the year and even one bonus suggestion which I was lucky enough to get a preview of during 2013, but that…
[W]eareTyphoon is the twitter handle for Portland OR Orchestral folk/pop band, and it’s aptly named, as a 11 piece band, you’d probably have to accept the mentality of WE. That’s exactly what makes this band so incredible, and their new record White Lighter, so captivating. The band by sheer size has the ability to swap between sweeping string assortments, to all out rock at a moments notice, all fronted by solid lyrics and vocals from Kyle Morton.
White Lighter, is one damn mighty fine, beautiful record, that plays incredibly from beginning to end. It has a two headed monster, an almost mercurial ability to range its moments from quiet, introspective folk / pop songs into an all out aural assault with distorted guitars, pounding drums and Morton’s powerful howls.
You may have heard it, but the story goes, Kyle Morton had suffered through multiple organ failures as a result of Lyme disease, and he openly recalled near-fatal experiences and what he learned from them in letters with fans leading up to the record’s release, all of these experiences seem to be influencing songs on the record. You hear death on this record, but it can be followed up by moments of pure joy, and it seems to all makes sense once you frame the record with Morton’s trials. This very much seems to feel like it could have been the struggle between writing your own epitaph, and then progressing back to health, and feeling the joy of life.
These themes can be heard on en masse on standout tracks like “Young Fathers,” “Dreams of Cannibalism,” and one of my favorites the heavily percussion based, “Prosthetic Love.” It’s a record that could seriously rival any other for best of the year, and I’m very much in love with it, and find myself enjoying it the more and more I focus on each song.
Please do yourself a favor, get this record, stop what you are doing and give it forty minutes of your life. I think you’ll find something that is both weighty and powerful, and will bring a little bit of perspective and joy to your day.
Buy White Lighter.
[I] caught this track on NPR’s All Songs this morning, and after hearing this, and the last tune, “Dreams of Cannabalism,” I’m getting very excited to hear this record. White Lighter, which will release next month on August 20th is the follow up to the band’s EP “A New Kind Of House” that caught the attention of countless music critics and listeners for it’s inspiring hybrid of literate lyrics and wide ranging pop music. We’ve caught this band at Newport Folk Fest back in 2011 and the band’s sound is getting ever huger as time goes on.
Look for their megatour supporting their new record this fall, with a date here in town in late September.