Friday, March 14, 2014

Some Music (Things) I Liked This Week

The Coathangers


The Coathangers are just a bunch of badass girls from Atlanta (Georgia) who play punk rock. Apparently their group formed eight years ago as a joke, but their house show garnered so much buzz that they were asked to start opening for local bands.

You can stream their new record on Pitchfork Advance.

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Dumpster Shows: Twin Shadow

Any fool could look at a schedule and a map to find their favorite bands at SXSW. But if you want to attend the festival like a local, you need to be on the lookout for pop-up shows. Just to be safe - next time you're in Austin (Texas) - exclusively hang out by dumpsters. You won't regret it.

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Batman Forever


I wish I had the picture to prove it, but in third grade my great aunt made me a green spandex Riddler costume for Halloween. Batman Forever doesn't hold up in hindsight, but as child I loved Jim Carrey and all things Batman - so much so that the soundtrack was one of the first CDs I owned.

Yesterday, Spotify played Seal's "Kiss From A Rose" which brought back memories of blasting it through my dope boom box (with detachable speakers!) along with the rest of the soundtrack. I'm sure any parent would love to hear their child passionately sing, "Hold me, thrill me, kiss me, kill me," along with Bono. My only regret is that I didn't follow up with any of these bands as an eight-year-old. I could have been the only kid on my block with PJ Harvey, Mazzy Star, Sunny Day Real Estate, and Flaming Lips records. Where was my imaginary distant big brother when I needed him?

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The Darnielle Effect

I've either stumbled upon pop music's biggest secret of 2013 or a strange coincidence. Unless you wore earplugs for the entire year of the snake, you heard the infectious "Royals" by Lorde. And if you knew what was good for you in 2011, you listened to All Eternals Deck by The Mountain Goats. Assuming these two things are true, maybe you already arrived at my conclusion: Lorde should have thanked John Darnielle during her Song of the Year acceptance speech at the Grammy Awards. Why? Percussion, that's why.

Take a moment to listen to the intro to "Royals" and then to "Never Quite Free". Then head to Twitter and demand justice.



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One More Time: The War on Drugs

photo by Graham Tolbert
Last week I posted The War on Drugs new single "Red Eyes". And if you liked it, fortunately for you, their entire new record is streaming on NPR First Listen for the time being.

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