Friday, May 1, 2015

Some Music I Liked This Week


It would be easy to mistake Makeunder for a Dirty Projectors side project or the Dirty Projectors, for that matter. But the wandering vocal melodies and polyrhythms that tie the bands together, not to mention the eerie vocal similarity between Makeunder's Hamilton Ulmer and the Dirty Projectors' David Longstreth, is what gives them each such an infectious sound. Their new album, Great Headless Blank, is out sometime this summer.


Future Islands

"Haunted By You" is the b-side to Future Islands' exclusive Record Store Day release. Also, earlier this week, they returned to The Late Show to give the national audience another dose of sweet dance moves.


NPR: Project Song

During a recent All Songs Considered podcast, they mentioned an old project called "Project Song". Specifically, they mentioned their session with The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt. Merritt was asked to pick from a group of six photos and six words, one of each that would inspire a song. NPR documented his process and less than 48 hours later, Merritt had a new song. It's a unique look into the process of one of the best songwriters of the past few decades.


Photo: Emily Spartz Weerheim / Argus Leader

Happy Anniversary

Lastly, happy anniversary to Total Drag! A year later, Dan and Liz have made a serious impact on not only record collectors, but the entire Sioux Falls live music scene. The Argus Leader's Scott Hudson wrote this nice piece to reflect back on Total Drag's first year. I can't wait to see what the next year brings.

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