Friday, November 14, 2014

Some Music I Liked This Week


TV On The Radio

I first heard TV On The Radio in high school, because their single "New Health Rock" was a free download on iTunes and I had just scored my first iPod. Ten years later, it feels like they've been a part of my life for a long, long time.

I had an opportunity to see them live three years ago, an experience that I wasn't prepared for. They headlined day three of Pitchfork Music Festival and at that point, I enjoyed TVotR, but I wasn't particularly excited that they were closing out my weekend (I had hope that right would be reserved for Animal Collective). That was until I found myself in the middle of thousands of adoring fans, listening to a dozen amazing musicians baring their souls from their first song, all the way to their encore cover of Fugazi's "Waiting Room." Watching them perform live took me firmly off the fence and planted me on the side of the fans who I was standing alongside.

Their sixth album, Seeds, is out next week via Harvest Records.

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Mitski

My year started with Angel Olsen's Burn Your Fire For No Witness, so it only makes sense that it's coming to a close with Mitski's third album, Bury Me At Makeout Creek. Like Burn Your Fire, Bury Me At Makeout Creek starts softly, but doesn't hold back, giving you a proper balance of tenderness and raw emotion. This is my first time listening to Mitski, but I'll catch up on her catalog soon.

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Flake Music

When You Land Here It's Time to Return by Flake Music is finally getting a proper mixing and mastering after its original release in 1997. The potential success and legacy of the band halted when lead singer, James Mercer, stared a little side project called "The Shins," the namesake of the mastered Flake Music track above.

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Narco States

Tonight, Total Drag will vibrate with the amped-up, garage-psych rock of Minneapolis-based Narco States. If their name sounds familiar, maybe you heard their appearance on episode 11 of the Ghosts & Horses Radio Hour or perhaps you already know lead-singer Michael Meyer, because he is originally from Sioux Falls. If you'd like to see them in-person, bring $7 to Total Drag tonight around 8:00 o'clock.

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