Friday, January 23, 2015

Some Music I Liked This Week



Sleater-Kinney

After a ten-year break, Sleater-Kinney return with No Cities To Love. Apparently my friends weren't cool enough to share Sleater-Kinney with me when I was in high school, so up until now, I mostly know them as the band Carrie Brownstein used to be in. But all it took was two simple lines in the title track of their new record to hook me:
There are no cities, no cities to love. It's not the city, it's the weather we love!
And the one advantage to enjoying a band so late in the game is that there are now essentially seven new albums out there waiting for me.

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Modest Mouse

It's been a while since we've heard new music from Modest Mouse. Their last EP was released in 2009 and it's been since 2007 since we've had a proper LP. After years of rumors about new music, the boys from Issaquah, Washington finally started sharing. Their long hiatus hasn't brought forth a dramatic new sound, not by any stretch, but it doesn't mean that it's not catchy - exactly what we've come to expect from Modest Mouse. You can also watch a video for "Coyotes" here. It was inspired by the same story that caused Sleater-Kinney to pen "Light Rail Coyote" in 2002 for One Beat.

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Belle and Sebastian

I can always count on Belle and Sebastian to provide the soundtrack to afternoon tea (you know, if that's something I did regularly). But on their new record, Girl In Peacetime Want To Dance, they're insisting that I put down my Earl Grey and Oscar Wilde complete works and do a little dancing - or at the very least, shimmy in my work chair a touch more. It's nice to know that nine albums in, they can still surprise me.

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Toro Y Moi

Off the top of my head, I can't think of a bigger musical chameleon than Toro Y Moi. He's dabbled in pop, chillwave, and R&B, to name a few, but now his lead single, "Empty Nesters", sounds like something straight from a Telekinesis record. His new album, What For?, comes out in April. Who knows where he'll take us next, but let's just enjoy this moment, shall we?

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Tobias Jesso Jr.

After leaving his guitars in a storage locker in Los Angeles upon his return to Canada, Tobias Jesso Jr. abandoned the way he'd been writing music. He'd tried being a songwriter in California with no luck, his visa expired and he found himself back home with a piano. Somewhere along the lines of "everything happens for a reason," Jesso found a new voice that's setting him up to be one of the biggest breakout acts of 2015. His debut record, Goon, comes out in March via True Panther and it featured production from production from Chet “JR” White (formerly of Girls), Patrick Carney (The Black Keys), and Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Haim).

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Some More Stuff

STREAM:  Natalie Prass: Natalie Prass (Pitchfork) ... Soulful and dreamy

STREAM: Caribou: The Longest Mixtape (YouTube) ... 1,000 songs to thank his fans

WATCH: Panda Bear: Mr. Noah | Boys Latin (YouTube) ... You had me at "Panda Bear"

LIVE: Dave Dondero @ Total Drag (Saturday, January 31) ... I started listening on a recommendation from Conor Oberst

LIVE: Jenny Lewis: @ The District (Wednesday, May 20) ... Let's all get matching pant suits

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