Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Electric Owls - A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off (Magnetic Fields)

Here's a rare look at Electric Owls, who covered a Magnetic Fields classic recently. Electric Owls, The Comas' Andy Herod's current project, have been showing up here and there, but there is no tour schedule, and their page on the Vagrant site is gone. Let's hope they stick around for a while. Ain't Too Bright was great stuff, and Andy is captivating live.

Electric Owls - A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off (Magnetic Fields)(mp3)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Senryu - Inklings

Knoxville's Senryu are releasing Inkling on April 13th. Ariel Saldivar, who performed with Polyphonic Spree and Broken Social Scene, sings on this one. Spare-lush-spare is the new loud-quiet-loud, and this title track holds out until about the three minute mark. I'm perfectly happy with the charm and simplicity of its beginning, and the song would be just fine without blooming into sonic multilayers, but I'm not complaining. That minute colors the song jubilant.

Senryu - Inklings (mp3)

Listen to more Senryu here.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sebastian Blanck feat. Carolyn Polachek - Thunder

This is from Sebastian Blanck's forthcoming Alibi Coast, out June 22nd. The warm fingerpicking signals spring. I has a melancholic brightness, like a firefly in a jar, or the afterimage of a candle. It's one of those songs that begs for similes, and campfires. Sign me up.

Sebastian Blanck "Thunder" feat. Caroline Polachek by rare book room records

St. Vincent - Your Lips Are Red (Live @ Black Cat DC)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sonic Youth - Pay No Mind (Beck)(youtube stream)

Just a quick reminder. Record Store Day is not forever from now. Time to start scoping future rarities.

And here's a reminder of how MTV used to be, with Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore skillfully extracting Beck's deepest philosophies and insights before the Mellow Gold release date.