Friday, July 24, 2015

Some Music I Liked This Week (And Last Week, Too)

When you take a week away from sharing music to attend a music festival, the tunes pile up.


Kurt Vile

A solid sheet of rain shut down Pitchfork Music Festival for an hour on Saturday. When the skies cleared, Kurt Vile emerged to perform an abbreviated set. The shower most likely cost us an opportunity to hear music from Vile's new album, b'lieve i'm going down, which is out in late September. Thankfully, we only had to wait three days for the band to release their lead single, "Pretty Pimpin".


Salad Boys

"Dream Date" is the lead single off Metalmania, the debut album of New Zealand's Salad Boys. According to their label, their name derives from a misheard lyric in the second verse of a Feelies song. But after selling out their first mini-album, the joke name stuck.



Detroit's Protomartyr is back with a new album, The Agent Intellect, which comes out in October. By 2:24, "Why Does It Shake?" will be firmly implanted in your brain forever.


Diane Coffee

Before its release, I'm nominating Everybody's A Good Dog for feel-good album of the year. Diane Coffee certainly knows how to have fun.


Jacuzzi  Boys

The second boys to show up on today's list are the Jacuzzi Boys from Miami. Keep an eye out for a new EP this fall.


The Julie Ruin

In preparation for last weekend's festival, I created a playlist featuring one song from every artist on the bill. For the most part, I was familiar with the artists. But in a few cases I had to do a little research, which is why I stumbled across this track by the Kathleen Hanna-lead The Julie Ruin. I missed their set, but at least I have this song to enjoy.


Ought captured by Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune

Pitchfork Music Festival 2015

It was hot. I got soaked. I had a great time. Below are the artists I saw at last weekend's Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois. I honestly enjoyed everyone I watched, but my favorite sets are in bold. Check last week's post for a playlist of all the artists.

In chronological order: Mac DeMarco, Panda Bear, Chvrches, Ought, Wilco, Protomartyr, Bully, Mr Twin Sister, Kurt Vile and The Violators, Parquet Courts, The New Pornographers, Shamir, Sleater-Kinney, Viet Cong, Waxahatchee, Perfume Genius, Courtney Barnett, Jamie xx, Caribou, Run The Jewels, Chance The Rapper.

I'm so sorry I missed you: Natalie Prass (although I heard her as I was in line), Steve Gunn, Tobias Jesso Jr. (really bummed about this one), Vince Staples (he never made it to Chicago from Detroit, although, his set would have been rained out), Ariel Pink (wanted to see if he'd redeem himself from 2011), Future Islands (but can you really beat standing in the front row in Sioux Falls?), How To Dress Well, Todd Terje & The Olsens.

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