Friday, April 4, 2014

Some Music I Liked This Week

Timber Timbre


Easily the sexiest song I've listened to all week, "Hot Dreams" is the title track from Timber Timbre's newest record. The opening line, "I wanna dance / I wanna dance / I wanna dance / with a black woman" is delivered as smoothly as the velvet tones of the saxophone. If you love it as much as I do, stream the entire record below.

Fair warning: The above video may not be suitable for all audiences. Then again, if you're a "cool parent," maybe it is.


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First Aid Kit


The Swedish sisters of First Aid Kit made their pilgrimage back to Omaha (Nebraska) to record their third record, Stay Gold. This will be the second record they've made with Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes). Maybe it's shared genetics, but the harmony between Johanna and Klara Söderberg is something special - it's what keeps me coming back. And they continue to reward their fans by expanding and evolving their sound with each subsequent record. "My Silver Lining" is dense compared to their earlier work, as is the track that accompanies their album trailer. I'm looking forward to listening to the entire thing on June 10.

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Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah


To the average person, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is an acquired case. Even then, there's probably not much they can do to sweeten the sauce if you're not into Alec Ounsworth's nasal croon. But on the eve of their new record, Only Run (June 3), Ounsworth reached across the vocal aisle to enlist the support of The National's baritone lead man, Matt Berninger, for the single "Coming Down". In this case, their contrasting voices prove that opposites attract. In fact, there's almost a little Berninger in Ounsworth's cadence that passes the baton perfectly. CYHSY's previous release Hysterical gets better every time I revisit it and this twist only makes me eager to hear more.

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The Antlers


What can I say? These guys just make beautiful music. "Palace" is the first single from The Antlers forthcoming record, Familiars (June 17). Even if you've never connected with their recordings, I recommend seeing them live if they visit your neighborhood. 

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Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks


I posted "Little Fang" not too long ago, but since then, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks has shared their debut record, Enter The Slasher House on YouTube. The entire record is accompanied by some far-out, psychedelic visuals, but I wouldn't expect anything less from a member of Animal Collective.

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I'm going to do my best to distill my favorite records from January to March and share them early next week. There are a lot of good albums to choose from and I'd love to hear from folks on what's been floating their boat this winter.

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