Misun "Goodbye Summer"




    As evident by the recent heat wave, summer isn’t quite over but that won’t keep me from loving this gorgeous surf-pop farewell to summer ballad from DC indie pop quartet MISUN. Listen above and check out more of the band’s excellent recent output via their soundcloud.

  1. musicforants.com’s Decade in Music So Far

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    Last week, Pitchfork shared their best songs & albums of the decade and their writers have been sharing their personal lists as well. This naturally got me thinking what my top picks of the decade would be and so over the weekend, I cobbled this list together.

    As you can see, I haven’t quite embraced hip-hop (or electronic to a lesser extent) as much as the Fork and my tastes tend to gravitate more towards indie rock / pop / folk, but, on the other hand, two of my favorite artist of the decade are Frank Ocean and Kanye West. Anyway, the lists are below and you can listen to my extended favorite songs list via this Spotify playlist.

    Favorite Albums of the Decade (so far)

    20. Jens Lekman - I Know What Love Isn’t
    19. Moonface - Julia With Blue Jeans On
    18. Beach House - Bloom
    17. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
    16. Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid
    15. Sun Kill Moon - Benji
    14. Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me
    13. Arcade Fire - Reflektor
    12. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
    11. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
    10. M83 - Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
    09. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
    08. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
    07. Spoon - They Want Your Soul
    06. Destroyer - Kaputt
    05. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
    04. Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
    03. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
    02. Frank Ocean - channel ORANGE
    01. The National - High Violet

    Favorite Tracks of the Decade (so far)

    20. Chromatics - Kill For Love
    19. Sun Kil Moon - I Watched The Film The Song Remains The Same
    18. Robyn - Call Your Girlfriend
    17. Spoon - Inside Out
    16. Destroyer - Suicide Demo For Kara Walker
    15. Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting On You)
    14. Wilco - One Sunday Morning (Song for Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend)
    13. Daft Punk - Get Lucky (ft. Pharrell Williams)
    12. Bon Iver - Holocene
    11. Janelle Monae - Tightrope (ft. Big Boi)
    10. Kanye West - All of the Lights
    09. Japandroids - The House That Heaven Built
    08. Phosphorescent - Song For Zula
    07. LCD Soundsystem - Dance Yrself Clean
    06. The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio
    05. Arcade Fire - Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
    04. Vampire Weekend - Ya Hey
    03. Frank Ocean - Pyramids
    02. Sufjan Stevens - Impossible Soul
    01. M83 - Midnight City

    Listen to this playlist on Spotify.

  2. Porter Robinson “Divinity (feat. Amy Millan)”

    Stars is releasing a new album later this Fall but in the meantime, Amy Millan contributed her dreamy vocals to this lush, vibrant electro-pop track from rising North Carolina producer Porter Robinson.

    Porter Robinson’s debut LP, Worlds is out now on Astralwerks

    Porter Robinson “Divinity (feat. Amy Millan)”

    Stars is releasing a new album later this Fall but in the meantime, Amy Millan contributed her dreamy vocals to this lush, vibrant electro-pop track from rising North Carolina producer Porter Robinson.

    Porter Robinson’s debut LP, Worlds is out now on Astralwerks

  3. Alex G "Harvey"




    Today the Pygmalion Festival announced its final lineup / schedule which included the addition of lo-fi up-and-comer Alex G. I had a listen to his debut LP, DSU this morning and it’s filled with wistful, heart-on-your-sleeve pop gems like this endearing track named “Harvey”.

    DSU is out now on Orchid Tapes

  4. You Know How To Whistle, Don’t You?

  5. Tennis "I'm Callin'"




    Indie Pop duo Tennis will be releasing their third album next month and following their excellent EP last year and the exuberant first single “Never Work For Free”, I’m pretty excited to hear it. “I’m Callin’" is the latest track, a delightfully breezy foray into 70’s folk pop/rock. 

    Ritual In Repeat is out 9/9 via Communion Records

  6. Album Stream: Cymbals Eat Guitars "Lose"

    Staten Island indie rockers Cymbals Eat Guitars third album LOSE is streaming this week at NPR First Listen. I’ve been a fan of these guys from the very beginning and I still can’t get over how much this new album absolutely kills.

    LOSE is out 8/26 on Barsuk.

  7. Kindness “World Restart ft. Kelela & Ade”

    I think World, You Need a Change of Mind from Kindness was one of the most promising debuts in recent years and the funk/disco/electronic artist has just released the intoxicating first single, “World Restart” for his sophomore album Otherness. If you love sax solos, you’re in for a treat.

    Otherness is out 10/14 on Female Energy / Mom + Pop.

    Kindness “World Restart ft. Kelela & Ade”

    I think World, You Need a Change of Mind from Kindness was one of the most promising debuts in recent years and the funk/disco/electronic artist has just released the intoxicating first single, “World Restart” for his sophomore album Otherness. If you love sax solos, you’re in for a treat.

    Otherness is out 10/14 on Female Energy / Mom + Pop.