Chief Scout, née Trey Rosenkampff, is a 20-year-old artist from Athens, Georgia, where they apparently breed musicians at an alarming rate. I don't know much else about him yet, other than that he recently had a pretty great run at CMJ. If you're into garage rock, you'll probably be into this.
Speaking of cities that churn out musicians, Natalie Prass is the latest artist to hail from Nashville, Tennessee. Although "Why Don't You Believe In Me" isn't the type of track we've come to expect from Nashville. It has a pretty slick, retro R&B groove and the horn parts were arranged by none other than one of my favorite artists of 2012, Matthew E. White.
I guess I saw Ariel Pink perform at Pitchfork Music Festival in 2011, if you could call it a performance. About two-thirds into his set, he got mad at someone (his sound guy, a bandmate, who knows) and stormed off stage 15 minutes early. And lately, he continues to try everything in his power to piss people off. But one thing I continue to hear from musicians is how influential he's been on their music. So as much as I'd like to tell him off and ignore his music altogether, I found myself really enjoying this new track, "Picture My Gone," before I knew who I was listening to. Dammit.
Some More Stuff
WATCH // Father John Misty: Bored In The USA (Letterman)
"Bored In The USA" made the social media rounds quickly after Father John Misty's performance on the Late Show. I'm not at all surprised given Josh Tillman's charisma and flair for the dramatic, not to mention his knack for penning captivating tune. Since playing the song live on the The Current last summer, Tillman has added a laugh track to the end of the song, which some confused for the in-studio audience. I'm looking forward to hearing his new record, I Love You, Honeybear, which comes out in February. If you still haven't heard his last record, Fear Fun, make sure you give it a listen.STREAM // Parkay Quarts: Content Nausea (SoundCloud)
In an effort confuse music journalists everywhere (or something like that) a couple of the members from Parquet Courts are releasing more music under the moniker "Parkay Quarts," this time in the form of an entire LP called "Content Nausea." The album is available to stream on SoundCloud, but I'd like to especially draw your attention to the last track, "Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth."LISTEN // Deerhoof: Paradise Girls (YouTube)
Once in high school, we cast over 300 nominations for "Dog On The Sidewalk" to be the the prom theme song. Needless to say, we were disappointed to find out that it didn't even make the ballot in what was surely the most egregious fix in high school student council history.