Monday, June 21, 2010

New Music Recommendations, part 6

  • The New Pornographers: "Crash Years"
    These guys have been one of my favorites ever since "The Bleeding Heart Show" was on heavy rotation on my playlists for something like 8 months. "Crash Years" is my favorite song from a good album which is great music for a fun summer.
  • L'Arpeggiata: "Via Crucis"
    The newest album from this improvising early-music group manages to make dour religious music sound cool.
  • Joanna Newsom: "Good Intentions Paving Co."
    About as foot-tapping, head-bopping as you can expect to get from Joanna Newsom, from probably the best album of the year so far.
  • Sleigh Bells: "A/B Machines"
    A much-hyped band, you either love them or hate them. I'm waiting for a party to really rock out to their songs.
  • Elvis Perkins in Dearland: "Chains, Chains, Chains"
    I haven't quite decided what genre to categorize this band in (Elvis Perkins is the son of Andrew Perkins). Folk? Singer/songwriter? Rock? New Orleans? Probably a bit of everything. Their self-titled debut, and especially this song, is of my favorites from late last year.

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