Monthly Archives: January 2013

Welcome to 2013 errrrrrrrbody!!

So we’re back with a throwback that goes wayback. Well not that far back really but a good ways nonetheless. Anyway, we’re talking about Depeche Mode!

They put out a new single this week which I guess is fine. Old people still need to make music. I listened to it. It was ok I guess. You can check it out here. Honestly though I have not been a fan of Depeche Mode for like 20 years. And even back then ‘fan’ would be over stating it.

Don’t get me wrong, I like Depeche Mode. I just did not really listen to them that much. For my money, Erasure was more fun. but this is not about Erasure.

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deerhoof we do partiesPretty much everyone who loves Deerhoof – myself included – is constantly bemoaning the fact that Deerhoof doesn’t have nearly the number of fans they should.  How could someone listen to 2012’s Breakup Songs and not fall in love?

Then again, maybe Deerhoof is exactly as popular as they want to be.  Probably the first thing you notice about when you listen to anything by Deerhoof is exactly different it sounds than, say, Taylor Swift’s latest track.

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toro y moi

Right around the time Justin Timberlake released his lackluster* track, “Suit & Tie,” I was taking an early listen to Toro Y Moi‘s newest release, Anything in Return.  After a few tracks, Dan asked me if I was listening to the new Justin Timberlake.

(*Sorry y’all, I wanted that Justin Timberlake track to be “Sexy/Back” amazing, and I listened to it probably 10 times before I finally declared it terrible.)

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After releasing a slew of 7″s and cassettes in the last two years, Fear of Men is working on their debut album, which should be coming out later this year.

To hold you over until that currently-unknown date, the band is releasing a compilation of some of their singles, including “Mosaic,” “Green Sea,” and “Ritual Confession.”

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aluna george disclosure

You know I try to save the dance jams for Fridays, so you’ve got something to hustle home to.  (As a side note, can we bring back “The Hustle“?  I wanna see some hipsters trying that out on the dance floor.)

This one is a collaboration between two very buzzy UK duos: Disclosure and AlunaGeorge.  Both bands have highly-anticipated debut albums excepted in 2013 (March & June, respectively), and I almost guarantee both albums will be showing up on a lot of “best of 2013″ lists come December. Read More

Photo by Luca Venter

Photo by Luca Venter

I’ve never met Evan Abeele and Denise Nouvion, the duo that form Toronto dreampop duo Memoryhouse, but I’ve decided in absentia that they are super nice people.

My evidence? Every so often, they release a new song just to be awesome.  Exhibit A: that killer cover of The Zombie’s “This Will Be Our Year” they released last year.

Exhibit B: the untitled track they released yesterday to say thank you to fans for supporting them.  According to the duo, “It’s 2013 and some of you are actually still buying music. In the time it takes to read this sentence (with the same energy you’ve exerted) you could be stealing our record, and literally every song ever recorded by a human being and Elvis.” Read More

history of apple pie pink

You guys? I’m excited about this one.

While Dan of Throwback Thursday fame is hanging out in Houston catching Jeff Mangum’s set, my plan was to hang out, paint my nails, and watch some weird movies.  Did an ombre teal thing on the nails and watched “Butter,” a comedy about butter sculpting with Jennifer Garner, Kristen Schaal, and Ty Burrell among many others.  All in all, a banner night.

But then, I remember I had a new band to check out: The History of Apple Pie.  And I’m digging the sound enough that I’m not even mopey about missing the chance to hear “Holland, 1945.”

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youth lagoon wondrous

Fans of Youth Lagoon‘s  2011 debut The Year of Hibernation will not be disappointed with the first listen from his 2013 Wondrous Bughouse, which will be released March 5th via Fat Possum.  The synth-y sound and the heartfelt lyrics would certainly feel at home on his first record.

But as “Dropla” builds, Trevor Powers starts repeating, “You will never die/ You will never die” and you start to sense there’s some new themes going on.  On creating the record, Powers said: Read More


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