Friday, April 18, 2014

Some Music (Things) I Liked This Week

Rodrigo Amarante


Known to me as the dude from Little Joy, Rodrigo Amarante is a prominent Brazilian musician who's only now just getting around to releasing his first solo record, Cavalo (May 6). This song's performed beautifully in Portuguese, which means I have no idea what it's about. For all I know, it's NSFW in Portuguese speaking countries. But probably not. Enjoy.

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Chet Faker


Australia's Chet Faker (née Nicholas Murphy) occupies the same space as England's James Blake when it comes to electrically infused R&B music. His debut album, Built On Glass, came out on Tuesday and I've already listened to it a half-dozen times - it's perfect music for work. Thankfully he released this video for one of my favorite tracks, "1998", that features illustrations from the talented Grace Lee.

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Pink Mountaintops


Rock Garden Tour introduced me to Pink Mountaintops during one of his shows a few years ago. They've started releasing tracks from their upcoming album, Get Back, which led to me finally investigating their origins after all these years. And what I found out is that they're associated with some seriously rad bands like Black Mountain, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, to name a few. In fact, over thirty different musicians have played with Pink Mountaintops during their ten-year run (Stephen McBean and Gregg Foreman are the only consistent members). Perhaps they're in a Canadian arms race with Broken Social Scene?

STREAM // Pink Mountaintops: Get Back (Pitchfork Advance)

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Boom Forest


I mentioned John Paul Roney a couple weeks ago in the same breath as Matt Holmen (PHOX) as I was discussing We The Living, a band I had the privilege to bring to State a few times. Roney's been recording under Boom Forest for a couple years and he was recently featured on American Songwriter (along with his former bandmate, Holmen). Though he currently calls Nashville home, he's another son of Wisconsin with a gift for writing. "Shadow of  Doubt" is a 3:30-minute crescendo that sails along as smoothly as Roney's vocals.

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Lana Del Rey


Since she glided and crooned her way onto the scene a few years ago, I've had mixed feelings about Lana Del Rey (née Lizzy Grant). I didn't know whether or not I should take her seriously. While "Video Games" was an amusing spark plug, the record that followed, Born To Die, seemed forced and left me disappointed (although I'm not sure what I expected). But now she's gone and worked with Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) on her upcoming record, Ultraviolence, and released the first single, "West Coast", which I almost didn't click on.

Almost.

Consider me back on the amused side of the fence.

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Bits and Pieces


WATCH // Courtney Barnett: Tiny Desk Concert (NPR) She's just great.

STREAM // Prins Thomas: III (Hype Machine) Great Work Music

LISTEN // Lykke Li: Gunshot (Self-Released) New release with lyrics!

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