Sufjan Stevens "A Little Lost"




    The new Arthur Russell tribute album out today, Master Mix, has one of the best collection of artists I’ve seen since 2009’s Dark Was The Night, so it’s no surprise that both album were compiled by Red Hot, an AIDS fighting organization. 

    Among great contributions from Hot Chip, Jose Gonzalez, Cults, Phosphorescent, Blood Orange and Robyn is this gorgeous cover of “A Little Lost” from Sufjan Stevens (previously included on our Autumn mix) which uses vivid orchestration and sparse electronica to beautifully pay homage to the baroque-pop classic.

    Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell is out now at Yep Roc Records

  1. GOVS “There Comes A Time”

    "There Comes A Time" is the dreamy new single from Aussie bedroom pop artist GOVS. Lush, otherworldly synths and gorgeous layered vocals abound.

    Listen to more at GOVS’ soundcloud

    GOVS “There Comes A Time”

    "There Comes A Time" is the dreamy new single from Aussie bedroom pop artist GOVS. Lush, otherworldly synths and gorgeous layered vocals abound.

    Listen to more at GOVS’ soundcloud

  2. Now Playing: Wilco - The Whole Love #vinylsunday

    Now Playing: Wilco - The Whole Love #vinylsunday

  3. Intro To… Spencer Krug

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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.

    Spencer Krug has recorded under many names in the last 10 years (among them Sunset Rubdown, Wolf Parade, Swan Lake, and Moonface) but his artistic genius and uncompromising vision has never faltered. In 2013, he released one of his finest works, the stunningly beautiful Julia With Blue Jeans On and last month he followed it up with a similarly raw and lovely EP, City Wrecker. If you’d like to get into Spencer Krug and want a place to start, or would just like to listen to a playlist full of devastatingly brilliant and inventive avant-rock, follow this playlist on Spotify

    01. You Are A Runner And I Am My Father’s Son* (Apologies To The Queen Mary, 2005)
    02. They Took A Vote And Said No** (Shut Up Am I Dreaming, 2006)
    03. November 2011*** (Julia With Blue Jeans On, 2013)
    04. Cloud Shadow on the Mountain* (Expo 86, 2010)
    05. Idiot Heart** (Dragonslayer, 2009)
    06. Teary Eyes and Bloody Lips*** (Heartbreaking Bravery, 2012)
    07. Up on Your Leopard, Upon the End of Your Feral Days** (Random Spirit Lover, 2007)
    08. Grounds For Divorce* (Apologies To The Queen Mary, 2005)
    09. Love The House You’re In*** (Julia With Blue Jeans On, 2013)
    10. I’ll Believe In Anything* (Apologies To The Queen Mary, 2005)
    11. The Mending of the Gown** (Random Spirit Lover, 2007)
    12. Fast Peter*** (Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped, 2011)
    13. Shut Up I Am Dreaming Of Places Where Lovers Have Wings** (Shut Up Am I Dreaming, 2006)
    14. Julia With Blue Jeans On*** (Julia With Blue Jeans On, 2013)
    15. Cave-o-sapien* (Expo 86, 2010)
    16. You Go On Ahead** (Dragonslayer, 2009)
    17. All Fires**** (Beast Moans, 2006)
    18. Us Ones In Between** (Shut Up Am I Dreaming, 2006)
    19. Headed For The Door*** (Heartbreaking Bravery, 2012)
    20. Kissing The Beehive (w/ Dan Boeckner)* (At Mount Zoomer, 2008)

     

    City Wrecker it out now via Jagjaguwar

    *as Wolf Parade
    **as Sunset Rubdown
    ***as Moonface
    ****as Swan Lake

  4. Deptford Goth “Two Hearts”

    Though he’s not from the Deptford area of London or particularly goth, UK singer/producer Daniel Woolhouse does produce some lovely, minimalistic electronica under that moniker. His new single “Two Hearts” is an enticing gospel-tinged ballad and will be released on his upcoming sophomore album.

    Songs is out 11/3 on Rough Trade

    Deptford Goth “Two Hearts”

    Though he’s not from the Deptford area of London or particularly goth, UK singer/producer Daniel Woolhouse does produce some lovely, minimalistic electronica under that moniker. His new single “Two Hearts” is an enticing gospel-tinged ballad and will be released on his upcoming sophomore album.

    Songs is out 11/3 on Rough Trade

  5. CHVRCHES @ The Pygmalion Festival (9/27/14)

    Ever since hearing CHVRCHES debut EP early last year, I’ve been infatuated with the Scottish synthpop trio and I was thrilled to see them live for the first time at Pygmalion. They definitely lived up to the hype with their mesmerizing performance, bolstered by all-live instrumentation (a rarity for electro-pop), killer lighting / stage set-up and a triumphant vocal performance from Lauren Mayberry, not to mention a setlist full of addictive tracks like “Recover”, “We Sink”, “Gun" and the ubiquitous "Mother We Share”, which closed the set to huge crowd ovation. 

    Not only did they put on a great performance but the band seem quite humble about their rise to fame with Lauren even mentioning how excited they were to be playing at the same festival as local heroes, American Football. All in all, I couldn’t have asked for a better headliner for the 10th annual Pygmalion Festival and I’m even more excited now to see where the band goes from here.

    Setlist: We Sink / Lies / Lungs / Gun / Night Sky / By the Throat / Science Visions / Recover / Tether / Under the Tide  / The Mother We Share 

    View all my Pygmalion Festival 2014 photos here

  6. Todd Terje "Johnny and Mary (ft. Bryan Ferry)"




    Though I do my best to keep up with the most acclaimed albums of the year, there’s occasionally something that slips under my radar, and It’s Album Timethe debut LP from the celebrated Norwegian dance producer Todd Terjewas one I regretfully missed when it was released this spring.

    The entire album is highly enjoyable and impressive but his cover of “Johnny and Mary" featuring Bryan Ferry resonates with me particularly. The combination of the legendary Roxy Music singer’s effortlessly smooth vocals, Terje’s emotional production and Robert Palmer's melancholy lyrics is truly transcendent and ranks as one of the most beautiful things I've heard all year.

    It’s Album Time is out now via Terje’s own Olsen Records

  7. Tycho @ The Pygmalion Festival (9/28/14)

    San Francisco-based IDM artist Tycho was one of the sets I was looking forward to the most at Pygmalion and he didn’t disappoint. His music strikes a balance of being very dynamic, melodic and chilled out and I was pleasantly surprised that he had a full band to channel his songs on stage. I would liken his set to an electronic/ambient Explosions in the Sky, which is definitely a good thing.

    Setlist: Adrift / Apogee / L / Dye / Hours / See / Awake / Spectre Past Is Prologue / A Walk / PBS / Montana 

    View all my Pygmalion Festival 2014 photos here.