Inherent Vice (dir. PT Anderson)
One of the most anticipated films of the year has a new trailer and it looks just as amazing as everyone suspected. I’d watch Joaquin Phoenix in just about anything, but a Paul Thomas Anderson film based on a Thomas Pynchon detective novel, narrated by Joanna Newsom. I’m soooo there.
XXYYXX “Unknown (ft. Vanessa Elisha)”
Pygmalion Festival starts tomorrow in Champaign/Urbana and I’ve been catching up on some of the lesser-known artists on the schedule. XXYYXX is an Orlando-based electronic producer that joins the already stacked Friday (including Panda Bear, Sun Kil Moon, EMA) and “Unknown” is the latest of his otherworldly, minimalist productions.
Listen to more XXYYXX at his bandcamp
Brighton quintet Fickle Friends got a lot of online buzz for their effervescent debut single “Swim" and their new single "For You" is equally captivating. The band pulls of a great trick of riding the wave of 80’s New Wave-influenced indie pop while still sounding super fresh.
"For You" is out tomorrow on Crazy Heart Records
Intro To… is a new series where I take one of my enduring favorite artists and make a meticulously curated mixtape of 20 essential tracks to serve as a primer / intro course for that artist’s discography.
St. Vincent is one of the most intriguing, adventurous and wildly talented artists in the music world today and she’s one of few who you can truly say has improved with each album. Her self-titled 4th LP is her magnum opus and one of the best releases of 2014. If you’d like to get into St. Vincent and want a place to start, or would just like to listen to a rad playlist of electrifyingly addictive art-pop, follow this playlist on Spotify.
01. Cruel (Strange Mercy, 2011)
02. Now, Now (Marry Me, 2007)
03. Rattlesnake (St. Vincent, 2014)
04. Actor Out of Work (Actor, 2009)
05. Dinner For Two (w/ David Byrne) (Love This Giant, 2012)
06. Marrow (Actor, 2009)
07. Northern Lights (Strange Mercy, 2005)
08. Digital Witness (St. Vincent, 2014)
09. Paris Is Burning (Marry Me, 2007)
10. The Strangers (Actor, 2009)
11. Surgeon (Strange Mercy, 2005)
12. Who (w/ David Byrne) (Love This Giant, 2012)
13. Prince Johnny (St. Vincent, 2014)
14. The Party (Actor, 2009)
15. Cheerleader (Strange Mercy, 2005)
16. Birth In Reverse (St. Vincent, 2014)
17. Lusitania (w/ Andrew Bird) (Break It Yourself, 2012)
18. Marry Me (Marry Me, 2007)
19. I Should Watch TV (w/ David Byrne) (Love This Giant, 2012)
20. Severed Crossed Fingers (St. Vincent, 2014)