Friday, June 6, 2014

Some Music I Liked This Week



Chad VanGaalen

In a severe case of judging a book by its cover, I didn't preview Chad VanGaalen's latest record, Shrink Dust, when it was streaming before its April 29 release. In fact, I hadn't listened to anything by VanGaalen until this week. I saw his album artwork and imagined listening to something savagely unpleasant to the ears - like sounds of boiling flesh or children singing in a minor key.

But Shrink Dust, VanGaalen's fifth studio album, is anything but repellant. In fact, it's quite beautiful - touching even. If you like what you hear above, click here and listen to the entire record. There's a good chance I'll be adding it to my vinyl collection. And there's an even better chance you'll be telling all of your friends to listen, too.

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Karl Blau

This recommendation came from my co-worker Hunter. "Dark Sedan" is a track from Karl Blau's 2009 record, Zebra. Interestingly enough, Blau releases music between records through a monthly (sometimes) subscription service called Kelp Lunacy Advanced Plagiarism Society.

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Parquet Courts

I saw this video a while back and, for obvious reasons, enjoyed it thoroughly. But since I haven't shared it yet, I thought this week was the best time to share Parquet Courts' video for the title track from their new record, Sunbathing Animal, which came out this week. Here's lead singer Andrew Savage on the making a music video with his cat (via Noisey):
"Yeah, Frida. Named after Frida Kahlo for her moustache. Every afternoon she takes a nap in that spot, but that afternoon she knew she was being observed. So I created a special tea that I found on a cat lady website that was full of herbs that could allegedly make a cat sleepy. You got some valerian root, some poppy seed extract, skullflower caps, chamomile…. I gave that to her and she was kinda being a bit more chill but she was still moving around a bit too much. And I guess we basically made the sofa area of my apartment into a cat paradise in order to get her to perform. We had bird songs playing on the iPhone, the window was open for bird noises outside. We put some food on the couch and then finally some cat nip." 
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People Get Ready

Just when I thought I was done sharing for the week, I came across this new single from People Get Ready. It's really upbeat chill and then they surprise you with intense drums fills and shouting. And that's why I like it. Their new record, Physiques, will be out later this month.

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