Baths "Disorderly"




    Baths once again proves he’s one of the very best electronic musicians around with this exuberant new synth pop track, “Disorderly” off a new collaborative EP curated by LA label Friends of Friends.

    What’s Good EP is out for free download on 10/8 courtesy of Vans.

  1. 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.

    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.

  2. Panda Bear / Sun Kil Moon @ Pygmalion Festival (9/26/14)

    Friday night at Pygmalion Festival kicked off with two extremely talented singer / songwriters, folk storyteller Mark Kozelek (aka Sun Kil Moon) and psych-pop maestro Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bear).

    I’d caught Sun Kil Moon briefly at Pitchfork Fest and the Krannert theatre was a much better venue for him allowing for an intimate, enrapturing performance and some slightly un-PC stage banter (though nothing headline worthy). The Benji tracks, particularly “I Watched The Film The Song Remains The Same” and “Micheline”, were played beautifully providing one of my highlights of the fest (which Mark hilariously called “The Polygamy Festival” throughout his set).

    The buzz after Panda Bear's set was all about the extremely bright strobe lights and mind-altering visuals that accompanied his performance (many an epileptic seizure joke was made), but the set was even more notable for the stunning, experimental pop music, of which nearly all was new & unreleased. If his set was any indication, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper is going to be a brilliant album.

    View all my Pygmalion Festival 2014 photos here.

  3. 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

    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

  4. Fickle Friends “For You”

    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

    Fickle Friends “For You”

    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

  5. Now Playing: The War on Drugs - Lost In The Dream #vinylsunday

    Now Playing: The War on Drugs - Lost In The Dream #vinylsunday

  6. Intro To… St. Vincent

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    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)

    St. Vincent it out now via Loma Vista/Republic

  7. Meatbodies "Disorder"




    Born out of the same scene that gave us Mikal Cronin and Ty Segall, Meatbodies are the latest in a line of superb California guitar rockers and their new single “Disorder” is a perfectly fuzzed-out whirlwind of rowdy guitar shredding and infectious vocal hooks.

    Meatbodies’ self-titled debut is out 10/14 on In The Red