The next time James Blake tours the United States, do yourself a favor: go see him. If even you go reluctantly, you will leave a fan. "Retrograde" was not only my favorite song of 2013, but it might actually be one of my favorite songs of all time. Yesterday, he released a new single, presumably from the forthcoming Radio Silence, which will reportedly not only feature Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, but Yeezy himself.
Andrew Bird debuted his new single, "Capsized", late last week on Conan. If I hadn't watched that performance first, I wouldn't have realized that distorted "lead guitar" was actually Andrew playing his signature fiddle. His new album, Are You Serious, is out April 1.
The Cave Singers
If you regularly use Spotify and you're not utilizing their Discover Weekly feature, you're doing it wrong. Every Monday, not only does it serve up a fresh batch of 30 songs, including a few of your favorites, but they toss in a scarily accurate host of music you probably haven't checked out before. Even better, the list isn't solely comprised of new music. It's how I heard "Church On White" and realized I overlooked Stephen Malkmus' 2001 debut solo album.
More recently, Discover Weekly made sure that I gave this new Cave Singers song a second listen, which I'm thankful for, because I didn't connect with it the first time around. Their new album, Banshee, is out next week.
There's something familiar about Pinegrove that I can't quite put my finger on, but I like it. Their new album, Cardinal, is available on Bandcamp for a modest $5. I can't decide if it's comforting or unsettling that bands this talented fly under the radar. Hopefully we'll cross paths in the near future when the New Jersey band travels through the Midwest.