Friday, February 28, 2014

Some Music I Liked This Week

Frankie Cosmos


I'm leading with Frankie Cosmos, known by her family as Greta Kline, because her debut full-length record is a short and sweet guitar pop record. It's streaming right now on Pitchfork Advance. And if you really don't have time to dig into this stuff, at least take 68 seconds to listen to "Birthday Song".


Side Note: I wonder if Kline's stage name is inspired by Rapid City's Cosmos Mystery Area?

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Angel Olsen


Everyone is so into Angel Olsen right now. Everyone being me and some other people who I don't know, but who write about music on the Internet. Her new record, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, is receiving a lot of great press. If you click this link, you can watch Olsen perform new songs on Soireée de Poche for La Blogothéque. If you're not confident with my praise, just read what her host had to say about her performance:
"Angel chantait, de cette voix folle, capable dans la même minute de vous héler depuis le balcon d’une rue bruyante puis de souffler à votre oreille."
I don't speak French, but that quote is probably a compliment. 

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Hamilton Leithauser


I had no idea that the lead singer of The Walkmen is named Hamilton Leithauser. Maybe that's why The Walkmen are on an indeterminate hiatus, so Hamilton can get his name out there (probably not). I'm glad he's making music, because anytime one of your favorite bands calls it quits, it's a half victory when their lead singer still cranks out music - especially when they have a unique voice, like Leithauser's.

"Alexandra" will be on Black Hours.

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EMA


EMA, née Erika M. Anderson, is totally from Sioux Falls and no one ever talks about it! What's up with that? Anderson and I briefly discussed her hometown at Pitchfork Music Festival in 2011. And by briefly discussed, I mean she mentioned the Empire Mall from the stage and I shouted something about it and she chortled and mentioned be surprised that anyone from Sioux Falls would be there. Apparently she had an interesting childhood in South Dakota. But, that's how you end up making interesting music, I guess (maybe? I don't know). About this new track from her forthcoming record, The Future's Void, EMA says:
"The smiling blonde white woman is the most exploited image in the world. Can we talk about that? How about discussing if the selfie is a new form of feminist art or just a direct descendant of capitalist advertising? No? Hmm… Yeah, I couldn't figure out how to put that into a video either. So how's about I just roll around Venice Beach wearing a Jim Morrison T-shirt while gifs by Molly Soda bounce in and out? OK! That works!"
For what it's worth, I've never written a smiling white woman into any of my advertisements. Any subsequent appearance by a smiling blonde woman in an ad was only a byproduct of available talent and the joy experience by working with Fresh Produce.

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Patti Smith


Horses (1975) is anything but new. But believe it or not, I'd never listened to a full Patti Smith record until earlier this week. And as you can probably tell, I've been digging on lady music this week, so I thought I'd throw it back and listen to Smith's debut record. And yes, she rocks.


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Lykke Li


Lykki Li will release I Never Learn, the third album in her trilogy (Youth Novel, Wounded Rhymes), on May 5. Li's become one of my favorite female artists, so I'm looking forward to digging into this record later this spring. Hopefully by then I'll be able to feel my face when I walk outside.

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Nick Zammuto


My friend Andrew shared this with me earlier this week. Artist Nick Zammuto invented a method of scratching rhythms into the 'locked groove' at the center of vinyl records. If you want to try it for yourself, you can download a kit on Zammuto's site.

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