You just have to give a listen to Todd Snider's latest, Live: The Storyteller. I just finished listening to it on Napster and it is really the funniest record I have heard in ages. His patter between songs is more hilarious than practically any comic going, and most of his songs are works of genius. Here's a Todd Snider cut from the very good (and unfortunately no longer free) yep roc records sampler:
The Cave Singers put out one of my favorite singles that I heard in 2009 (Seeds of Night, actually from 2007's Invitation Songs) and they are back at with a new release called No Witch. This album from this Seattle area folk rock trio is carrying on the tradition of complex folk-y sounds with some darker images than is normally associated with the sound.
It doesn't get much more esoteric than this (well, maybe I'll post a couple Tyondai Braxton next!), but the sound of Lali Puna is just so cool. A duo from Germany, they do some kind of electro-pop, with strange vocals and sounds. This song, from their 2005 compilation I Thought I Was Over That, blew me away, with its strange rhythms and catchy beat:
Maserati is an Athens GA prog rock group that reminds me very much of Holy Fuck and even Citay, but with an even more driving guitar sound. Their drummer tragically lost his life in a fall down an elevator shaft(!) in 2009, but they are still putting out some great music. Here's a couple of cuts to whet your appetite. Be sure to check out their label's site for some more MP3s.
The Dum Dum Girls have a new EP coming out on Sub Pop called He Gets Me High and they've tossed out an MP3 from the album, after what they called a "shitty version" leaked on the 'nets. A solid rocker!
My little music blog here "made" the Alltop Music page, which is pretty cool. I've added a few Alltop widgets to the side bar, including a badge, a link to my Alltop page, wherein I highlight some of the best indie music blogs, as well as a list of top music stories from Alltop.
In the coming days, I'll also be posting about some other interesting music sites and web apps I use. It's a great time to be a music fan!
Another mix I made on 8Tracks.com. This one is a collection of some offbeat cover tunes that perhaps you haven't heard before, featuring artists like Amanda Palmer, Taken By Trees and Johnny Cash. Check it out and join me on 8tracks.com:
Found a pretty fun site called 8Tracks. It lets you build your own mixes and play them. Seems to be pretty free about letting you upload your own MP3s and building mixtapes with them, which is pretty cool. Probably only a matter of time before the hammer comes down tho. Anyway, here's a mixtape I put together with a collection of Swedish sirens:
This video is just too funny. The New Pornographers have a new video for their song Moves from one of my favorite releases of 2010, Together. Plenty of recognizable faces play TNP as they "rise and rise", telling the story of band having its dream realized then broken, in one over the top scene after another.
Written And Directed By Tom Scharpling
Producers: Robert Hatch-Miller & Puloma Basu
Cast: Jon Wurster, Julie Klausner, Kevin Corrigan, Wyatt Cenac, Horatio Sanz, Ted Leo, John Hodgman, Bill Hader, Paul Rudd, Todd Barry, Donald Glover, Esther Crowe, Michael Lisk, Gabe Delahaye, Max Silvestri, Jay Norton, David Rosenblatt, Terre T., Anna Copacabana, Rob Cuthill, Brian Turner, Alex Scordelis, Jonathan Fernandez, Therese Mahler, Candace Mills, Christina Stanley, Christine Tadler, Owinema Biu, Chris Spooner, Jacob Wolk
Director Of Photography: Paul Yee
Editor: Joaquin Perez
Production Designers: Alex Brook Lynn & Elizabeth Ralston
Motion Graphics: Joe Posner
Hair & Makeup: Jess Coppa
Gaffer: Richard Giannotti
Colorist: Ben Murray
Sound Design: Matt Lewkowicz
Key PA: Paul Morse
Production Assistants: Greg Needham, Jacob Wolk, David Clarke
Additional Camera: Nick Wilson
Shot On Location At: Other Music, Seaside Lounge, Death By Audio
Speaking of Swedish pop stars, let's add Robyn, who just announced that she is going to be on tour with Katy Perry, which sounds like the big time to me. Her disco beat is, of course, much like Lykke Li's, but there's even more persistence to it. Her Body Talk album made plenty of end of the year lists for 2010.
One of SPIN's 5 Best New Artists for February, Puro Instinct is a couple of young LA sisters doing some great lo-fi / shoegaze sound. Their full length debut is due soon, but you can listen to an early cut here:
Another group I enjoyed from SPIN's 5 Best New Artists for February was Niki & The Dove, where my seeming obsession with all female Swedish artists continues unabated! More electro than others like Anna Ternheim, El Perro del Mar, Lykke Li or even Fever Ray, with a nice goth touch to the sound.
I have been listening to The Hype Machine a lot recently, and uncovering some good sounds. The Soundcarriers came up today and were one of those bands I just had to look into more. This English band has a real nice sound, with an intricate sound. Very nice.
The Italian group Dumbo Gets Mad has released their debut CD online fer free. Well, almost for free - just tweet or Facebook a link and you get it free. Some pretty solid power pop. Go here for more info. Here's a couple of cuts to get you interested:
Several of the DJs on my favorite radio station, Boston College's WZBC, having been playing a lot of The Radio Dept, as a recent compilation called Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002-2010 has come out, so I took a listen. Some pretty good stuff, with lots of live bootlegs available on their web site. Have a listen: