Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros … Here … 2012
Banjo plucking in the Appalachian mountains is the lifestyle Edward Sharpe & his cult of smiley people are trying to emulate — and they’re succeeding. This album is soulful, almost religious in tone, and full of love.
The Walkmen used to be a wild young act - this album settles into a sophisticated and contented “heaven,” - the happiness of fatherhood, the grace of everyday life. Early Strokes-esque guitars gives this album an edge, and the singer sounds a bit like a more masculine Ezra Koenig (of Vampire Weekend).
Born in the Republic of Cameroon, Aime Roger Ribouem launched his musical career playing night clubs in the 80s. His jazz is influenced by the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Smith, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker.
The Cinematic Orchestra … The Cinematic Orchestra Presents: In Motion #1 (feat Dorian Concept, Tom Chant, Grey Reverend, Austin Peralta) … 2012
Jason Swinscoe of The Cinematic Orchestra has long been intrigued by the link between vision and sound. This album uses his favorite musician to produce soundtracks to, or musical reimaginings of, seminal work by avant-garde filmmakers. Cool stuff.
The Tallest Man on Earth … There’s No Leaving Now … 2012
Not as star-studded as Mattson’s previous albums, but in no way is this a dud. This album is more about progress - a maturation of style, a growth in production value and a relaxation of delivery. Quieter and calmer. Highly recommended.
A rip-roaring album about being young and irresponsible - pretty standard, I know, but they do it really well. This album is really a celebration of rock. Recommended! RIYL No Age, The Gaslight Anthem, Husker Du, Wavves, Titus Andronicus & The Replacements.
It’s amazing how much can be done with so little. Mount Eerie is basically an extension of The Microphones, with the same singer, the same monotonous poetic lyricism, the same ceiling-high distortion with quiet guitar strumming. Great album, highly recommended.
This album is comprised of musical skits from his late-night TV show. It’s hilarious and actually pretty awesome. He does a killer Neil Young, and there are stellar guest performances on here. Including Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney (singing “Scrambled Eggs,” the original lyrics for his hit “Yesterday”), and Justin Timberlake. Super good.
This album is all over the place. The only thing tying tracks together is the lo-fi don’tgiveaf**k attitude. It really seems like Guided By Voices has hit a place in its career where they can have fun, poop out an album, and make some money. Good for them.
Grungy post-punk out of Austin, TX. This has its roots in 1970s punk and acid-induced psychedelia. Today The Young shares the stage with acts similar to and including Kurt Vile. This is really, really cool. Check it out.
Sound-wise, Animal Collective reaches farther into outer space for inspiration on this masterful EP. The classic psychedelic lyricism is as animal-collective as always, so although this 2-song-EP is “out there,” it maintains a strong tie to the band’s history. “Honeycomb” is exactly as distinctly sweet as promised by its title, and “Gotham” as hopeless and wretched.
Their new album Centipede Hz will impact radio in early September.
The Flaming Lips … The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends … 2012
Awesome album from awesome band, with a plethora of guest appearances. The opener features Ke$ha, and it utilizes pretty much the most abrasive sound possible as its chorus.
The Flaming Lips have released separate collaborative EPs with the likes of Neon Indian, Lightning Bolt, Prefuse 73, and Yoko Ono, and a cover album of Dark Side of the Moon since their last studio album Embryonic in 2009. The culmination of tracks from the EPs and other collaborations is The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends. The limited edition, vinyl-only album was put out on Record Store Day and sold out instantly. The Flaming Lips also pressed ”blood vinyls” of the collaborative record. Only ten copies exist and include samples of blood from several of the artists involved. Wayne Coyne announced the limited number of copies will be available for $2,500 each.
Also featured on the album are Ke$ha, Biz Markie, Bon Iver, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Tame Impala, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Nick Cave, Erykah Badu and more.
The Heady Fwends album has received positive reviews from Lips fans as well as critics and magazines. Pitchfork has written a lengthy review of the album, stating that “The Flaming Lips can still win you over the same way they did 20 years ago, with a sweet, sad melody and simple, affecting sentiment.” You can read the Pitchfork review of the album here.
Pitchfork reviews Whittie alum band Dude York’s track “Fuck City” off their EP Escape from Dude York. Dude York is comprised of Peter Richards, Andrew Hall, and Alex Cassidy. They used to play house parties at Whitman, opened for Flosstradamus last year, and played alongside Chastity Belt at a concert in Seattle earlier this year. Looks like they’re getting some attention for their awesome fuzz-pop!
(Click the title to read the Pitchfork article.)
Check out Dude York’s bandcamp here to listen to full songs and download album Satanic Vs. (name your price)!
Read an awesome interview by forYoungModerns in which Dude York is dubbed “Seattle’s Next Great Sonic Hope” here.