Neko Case has a gorgeously haunting voice that matches her looks, and her new unreleased album “The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight” shows that voice off so well. It’s streaming today over at NPR, prepare yourself for beauty: Neko Case First Listen
Ok, let’s get this out of the way. Sawmill Joe is so attractive he could be on soap operas. I don’t always like musicians to be hot, I feel like I go easier on them, and I hate that. First heard about him because of The Lumineers covering one of his songs, so I never went looking for his stuff. He came up recently when I was going down a Youtube rabbit hole, clicked play, dude in a fishing boat and wind blowing at the mic. I was about to shut it off when he started to sing. Floored. This guy sounds like he survived the Dust Bowl and was roommates with Arlo Guthrie. Watch that fishing boat video here: Sawmill Joe – The Way That I Am”
He’s playing this Saturday at Lost Lake in Denver, bring a date.
Check out the rest of his music free here: Sawmill Joe bandcamp
Watch him be the star of a Coen Brothers film soundtrack.
I had the fortune of seeing David Byrne and St. Vincent last week, and surprise, surprise, it was one of the best shows I’ve seen, just perfectly put together and such a celebration of life. So corny, but it’s true! Anyway, been on a bigger Byrne kick than usual lately, so I’m ecstatic that he and Jherek Bischoff released a video for a new song they worked on together for Bischoff’s debut solo album, and it’s just sublime. String sections making me feel like I’m on a Parisian honeymoon, close ups of Byrne’s eyes making me feel like I’m in a Stanley Kubrick film. Brilliant.
Watch the video here: Video for “Eyes”
And check out more of Bischoff’s work: website
People are buzzing about a new Boards of Canada vinyl single that they released on Record Store Day on 4/20. It has been confirmed to be real, apparently they just snuck a few out there and one lucky Redditor got one! I loved the last album they put out in 2005, this has been long awaited. There’s also hubbub over at one of their videos on youtube, if you read the comments people are Nancy Drew-ing and finding clues regarding a possible release date:
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Stream the new Phoenix album Bankrupt today on iTunes a week early! No R. Kelly, unfortunately:
Akron/Family – Larimer Lounge – second date of the tour promoting the new album, awesome art rocks that builds live footage
Acid Mothers Temple – Hi Dive – Japanese psychedelic band that’s been around forever in various lineups
Beach Day – The Moon Room – beachy pop rock with sweet female vocals video for Beach Day
Keaton Simons – Soiled Dove Underground. He was a friend of a friend when I lived in LA. Now I hear his voice in the mall, restaurants, some hotel in San Diego, tv shows, soap operas, and trivia- he’s Eric Roberts stepson…. live version of Currently
Grey Boy Allstars – Cervantes – nuff said. Playing Saturday as well, same place. This is the party.
Angel Olsen – Hi Dive – she’s all the rage right now in attractive chicks with bangs that sing old timey. I’ll be shooting this show, say hello…..video for Angel
Ponderosa – Lion’s Lair – southern rock from Atlanta, lead singer’s voice is captivating live….video for Ponderosa
Death -Gothic – twee indie pop with a ukulele. Nah, I’m kidding, it’s masters of Death Metal.
Bon Jovi – Pepsi Center – if I get the go to shoot this show, I’m so there…
The Dear Hunter – Marquis – …but most likely will be here. Progrock from Providence, RI, they’ve got albums that tell a story in three parts, with a son poisoning someone and basically Gamehendge but it sounds like this
Les Racquet – Hi Dive – indie rock power trio out of Brooklyn who sound like an indie rock power trio from Brooklyn. I’m going to try to make this and Dear Hunter, tough choice. video of Les Racquet
Akron/Family just released the video for “Samurai” off their new release Sub-Verses, and it’s pretty hauntingly awesome. Check them out tomorrow in Denver at Larimer Lounge, I’m beyond excited to see this stuff live.
Justin Vernon of Bon Iver is joined by old friends Brian Moen and Phil Cook on this new release, creating The Shouting Matches. This is the first release from Middle West, Vernon’s management company for all of his output. Now streaming over at NPR, this album makes me want to road trip through the Midwest. This project has a happier feel than Bon Iver, good for rolling the windows down. They are playing Coachella, and have dates so far in August in Milwaukee and Minneapolis.
Kinski from Seattle with Kill Rock Stars have been making their fuzzed out, wildly psychedelic hard rock music for over a decade. The new album Cosy Moments shows a more pop sound, and I love it, especially considering I never expected another album! All the fuzz and garage and over layering are still there, but melodies are stronger, everything just sounds more blissful and ethereal. Listen to track 3, “Skim Milf”, it’s under two minutes, if you like it then you’ll love the 6-8 minute stuff. For the space rock of old, check out track 9, “We Think She’s A Nurse”. I haven’t seen them live (rare!) and their tour dates seem to stick around the East Coast. Come to Denver! We like music!
Tom Marshall posted a song left off Traveler called “Hotbox” today, and I’ve listened to it 17 times now. They need to hotbox Dick’s, it’s only fitting. Heck, just play it live anywhere!