Friday, March 7, 2014

Some Music I Liked This Week

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks


I heard this song earlier this week and thought, "Wow, this reminds me of Animal Collective." It turns out, my hunch wasn't off-base, because "Little Fang" is the first single from Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks. Enjoy the song and a Jim Henson's Creature Shop puppet.

Fact: Avey Tare, née David Portner, along with Panda Bear, née Noah Lennox traditionally take the lead in most Animal Collective music.

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Tycho


Awake is the fourth studio album from San Francisco instrumentalist Tycho, née Scott Hansen. I found that it was the perfect accompaniment for creative work. Currently, it's streaming on NPR Music's First Listen. In case you miss it, Awake comes out on March 18.

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The War on Drugs

March 18 also marks the release date of Lost in the Dream, a new album from The War on Drugs. Kurt Vile was involved in lead singer Adam Granduciel's first two records, albeit with a limited impact on the second, Slave Ambient (2011). I could always hear a bit of Vile lingering on both records, but from what I've heard from this new album, Granduciel's exploring new territory. I would regard "Red Eyes" as The War on Drugs most radio-friendly record to date (whatever that means).

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Christopher Owens


Currently, there are no details about Christopher Owens' (formerly of Girls) upcoming record, but he did treat us with a new song. There's something so intimate about Owens voice that no matter what he's singing about or what form his songs take, it sounds like he singing to you from across the room.

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Bits and Pieces

LISTEN // I posted a teaser for Lykke Li's new album last week, but I jumped the gun, because she released her first single this week. Listen to "Love Me Like I'm Not Made Of Stone" here.

WATCH // Future Islands received some attention this week for lead singer Samuel Herring's dance moves on Letterman. See why here.

READ // Courtney Barnett's Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas was one of my favorite records last year. Obviously I wasn't the only one, because her demand is leading to a huge tour this summer. Out of desperation, I sent her a tweet about booking a date in Sioux Falls, since she currently has a week off between Minneapolis and Denver. We can dream, right?

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