I’m typically a huge fan of Okkervil River but their last album I Am Very Far didn’t do much for me. Fortunately, their just-released new single “It Was My Season”, a sprightly (and very catchy) piano ballad, is absolutely fantastic. Plus, Will Sheff said via twitter today that The Silver Gymnasium is his favorite album they’ve done, which has given me very high hopes for the upcoming LP.
The Silver Gymnasium is out 9/3 via ATO Records
“Dad Rock” started as a snarky label that music snobs & critics lobbed at aging classic rock-influenced bands like Wilco and The National. Maybe because it’s Fathers’ Day weekend or because I’ll be a new dad next month (if due dates hold true), but I’m joining Jeff Tweedy in embracing the once-derogatory term. Here’s a mix of some modern dad rock, all from the last three years and all of which I happen to love. Download the entire mix here.
01. Wilco - Dawned On Me
02. Father John Misty - Only Son Of A Ladies Man
03. Bon Iver - Towers
04. The Tallest Man On Earth - Wind And Walls
05. Craig Finn - No Future
06. The National - Sea Of Love
07. First Aid Kit - EmmyLou
08. My Morning Jacket - Outta My System
09. Tame Impala - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
10. Fleet Foxes - Lorelai
11. Titus Andronicus - In A Big City
12. M. Ward - I Get Ideas
13. Alabama Shakes - Be Mine
14. Iron & Wine - The Desert Babbler
15. The Walkmen - Song For Leigh
16. Andrew Bird - Eyeoneye
17. Foxygen - No Destruction
18. The Decemberists - This Is Why We Fight
Listen to this mix on Spotify
I’ve been watching a lot of South Korean new wave cinema lately and I don’t think there’s a better Korean director right now than Joon-ho Bong. If you haven’t seen Memories of Murder, The Host, or Mother, I recommend you watch them all immediately.
Bong’s first English-language film, apocalyptic thriller Snowpiercer just got a great first trailer. It stars Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, plus one of my favorite Korean actors, Kang-ho Song. This looks awesome.
It’s only two weeks before Sigur Rós release their new LP and today they dropped the studio version of the title track, perhaps the most powerful and grandiose of the new songs I saw them play live earlier this year (it also killed on Fallon & Leno). It’s accompanied by some of the visceral visuals that were used to great effect in their live show.
Kveikur is out 6/18 on XL Records