Little Boots – Meddle

I played this for the kids and they liked it. I bought the record and they haven’t stopped listening to it for weeks and weeks. Oh, and I like it too. She also made an iPhone app that is pretty cool. A song loops and responds to the motion of the iPhone. Shake it around and the song gets upbeat. Hold it still and the beat drops out and it gets very mellow and atmospheric. All the while, the app samples sounds from around you to include in the music. Never the same thing twice. Neat!

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Listening Party

Boy howdy. Music is being teh good to me these days. I’ve added a music player to the blog so you can listen to songs by these folks right here and now! Isn’t that exciting? Isn’t it just the very most exciting thing that you’ve heard all week? Yes. Yes, it is.

The new Decemberists record is due out March 24th and I can’t wait to hear the whole thing. The pre-release single (which is available now from their site, or to listen to below) is great! Typically dark, moving, and adventurous.

I first heard K’naan on the NPR show All Song’s Considered, which seems to be where I hear about all the new music I end up loving. It’s the best radio show I know and the podcast comes out weekly.

Lily Allen doesn’t offer a whole lot for those who didn’t like her first record, and for my money that’s a good thing. Less ska and more pop and dance feels make it sound like a bit of a progression but the themes are still the same: herself, people she knows, people who know her, people she has screwed, people who have screwed her, drugs, and fame.

Santogold is strange. Dub, pop, rock, all sung with a really cool voice that reminds me of Karen O, of Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

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Listening Party

Something new, something old, and something a bit of both.

  • TV on the Radio – Dear Science The new album from New York’s TV on the Radio is the best album of the year so far.
  • Die Kreuzen – Die Kreuzen Bill thinks this is more metal than hardcore, and I agree they certainly went that way after a bit. Regardless, their first album kicks ass.
  • Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal It’s the ’60s (or is it the ’70s?) again. This reminds me of lying on my parents living room floor listening to “Horse with no Name” by America.

Listening Party

After a dry spell where I hadn’t heard anything terribly exciting and was doing more reading than listening to music I begin to have some hope that things might someday turn around. Until then, I’ll keep on reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy (recommended by Mr. Barbot) and occasionally listening to the following:

Listening Party

Diane reminded me that there are probably people out there vitally interested in what is surging through our headphones feeding voices from another world directly into our brains. So here’s another installment of Listening Party: