better late than never

dance apocalyptic

You may have heard this track back when it was released over the summer, but it’s fresh in my mind now that I’ve had a week to listen to Janelle Monáe‘s amazing new album, The Electric Lady.

Be honest, have you listened to anything except “Q.U.E.E.N.”?  If you haven’t, I don’t blame you; that track alone pushes the album into 10 top category. But you haven’t taken a listen to the album at large, now is the time.

“Dance Apocalyptic” might not be the best track on the album, but it’s certainly one of the catchiest.  Let it be your introduction to the rest of The Electric Lady:

Listen for: “What’s the matter? / Your chicken taste like pork? / You have triplets instead of twins? / Does your food taste plastic?”

You can also check out the video for the track, which is absolutely worth 4 minutes of your time (and then 20 more minutes when you watch it 5 more times):

so so glos

There were a few bands I really wanted to see at SXSW this year that I just never got around to seeing: Blue Hawaii, FIDLAR, Disclosure, The Joy Formidable, Young Galaxy, Parquet Courts…Actually, look at my potential schedule, I could go on and on.  That’s the best/worst thing about SXSW.

But one of those bands would definitely have to be the So So Glos.  I actually caught a few minutes of their set at Easy Tiger, but the set-up just wasn’t right.  I wanna see the So So Glos in a dark, sweaty club surrounded by people that are digging it, not at a brightly lit corporate-sponsored party surrounded by people “flashing” their Spin House badges. Read More

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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For any indie band or musician that’s attained even a moderate amount of success, the threat of “selling out” looms large.  Not actually selling out – though that’s always a possibility – but of being deemed a “sell out” as your sound changes of the years.

I have to think that’s something John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats has spent some time thinking about over the years.  His early, lo-fi cassettes gained a cult following, but over the course of more than a decade, his music has changed.  The heavy themes and complex lyrics remain, but the solo acoustic guitar has been replaced by more elaborate music arrangements.  And these changes have lead many to proclaim, “I liked his earlier stuff better.”

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Today’s song comes to you from Austin’s own The Eastern Sea. This really is a “better late than never” for the band’s whole catalog, because I’ve been jamming on them for a long time, but I haven’t let all of y’all in on the fun.  Clearly, I was being selfish.

But as we’re in the season of giving (Halloween is the ‘season of giving,’ right?! Because we give candy to strangers!), it’s time for me to share.

The first time I saw these dudes was at a show several years ago in Houston, where they played a cover of Extras Glenns’ “Going to Marrakesh,” and Dan (of throwback thursday) fell deeply, deeply in love. After that, their EP was on heavy rotation in our car, and we were able to catch the band at shows in Houston and Austin pretty frequently for a while.

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The bad news: you could have been listening to this Woods track for over a month.

The good news: you don’t have to wait around for the album to be released!

See, my better late than never posts always have an upside.  Today’s track comes from Woods’ latest album Bend Beyond, which was released earlier this week on Woodsist.

And yes, before you spend the rest of the morning wondering about it, Woodsist was founded by Woods frontman Jeremy Earl.  The label, founded in 2006, has put out music from The Babies, White Fence, and The Fresh & Onlys, among others.  Read More

Okay, so the better late than never tag may be a bit exaggerated here, considering this song from Australian psych-rock group Tame Impala was only posted two weeks ago.  But since it feels like the entire internet has already posted this track, I feel a little late to the game.

The song comes from their upcoming album Lonerism, which will be released in the U.S. on October 9th via Modular.

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