The XX

November 16, 2009

So probably it’s evident that hot potato hot has gone light on regular posting and heavy on the music when they do happen. Am I going to break that trend right now? Hell no! We won’t go! Hell no! I mean I won’t let go but that is too long so hell no! We won’t go!

Continuing on, I love the grit of the content and the laziness in the voices of  the XX. They seem like the kind of kids who would dare each other to try crystal meth and would say, “Okay, but you have to get it. I’m not getting up for a very long time.” Then they’d all pass out and wake up the next day at 4 PM.

They’re playing on Saturday, December 6th at Webster Hall here in New York. Unfortunately they’re playing with a band that hurts my ears so I will not be there.

I Dare You

November 5, 2009

Just try to watch this video for “I Woke Up Today” without tapping your foot or wanting to become friends with Port O’Brien. It’s not possible.

Their new album Threadbare is out and while it’s not so boisterous it’s goooood.

I’m sofa-bound today with a cold. But with the dog show on TV and the self-titled Monsters of Folk album coming through my headphones, I’m quite enjoying the afternoon. Monsters of Folk is Jim James, Mike Mogis, Conor Oberst and M. Ward. This unnamed tattoed guy with a beard and long hair sitting next to me says their name is pretentious. Fine. I’ll give him that. They do deliver though and their styles and voices blend together to make something quite delightful.

I’m trying to decide who my favorite is on the album. I think it’s Jim–he can sure hit the notes I only dream about. Who’s yours?

New Yorkers, they’re playing here 11/6 and 11/8. If you’re willing to pony up 50 bones to see them, you can buy tickets here.

When there’s sleeping and enjoying life to be done. I’m looking forward to a long weekend with lots of r&r.

“Earlybird” by Eagles

Whenever I hear Daryl H and Johnny O sing “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” my shoulders take over as the command center for my body’s movements. They begin moving back and forth in beat with the synthesizer, do rolls when the song gets extremely smooth, and play a slow tug of war with my head that always results in my upper body swaying as well. In short, I move like a mom feeling the music after her third margarita.

With that said, Hall & Oates are playing at Coney Island for free this Thursday. Get details here and flex the extra finger muscle by clicking through to YouTube to watch the video.

Graham Nash Self PortraitNeil Young, Northern California 1988

Besides being a talented singer and songwriter, Graham Nash also took to photography, showing in galleries and publishing Eye to Eye, a collection of his photos. But hey, according to this song written the afternoon of his breakup with Joni Mitchell, he’s just a simple man.

nylon summer playlist 2009My summer music just got a little sweeter and cheaper. I just downloaded Nylon’s twenty-two song summer playlist from iTunes for nothing, nada, zilch. There are some hot lil’ numbers in there like the songs by Phoenix, The Gay Blades, Santigold, and Crystal Antlers.

The Playlist

ANJULIE – Boom
CRYSTAL ANTLERS – Andrew
GAY BLADES – O Shot
HEARTS REVOLUTION – Ultraviolence
LaROUX – In For The Kill
LISSY TRULLIE – Self Taught Learner
LITTLE BOOTS – Meddle (Ebola Remix)
MAPEI – Public Enemy
OF MONTREAL – For Our Elegant Caste
PASSION PIT – I’ve Got Your Number
PHOENIX – 1901
PLASTISCINES – Barcelona
SANTIGOLD – LES Artistes
SPINNERETTE – Ghetto Love
STARDEATH AND WHITEDWARFS – I Can’t Get Away
SUCKERS – It Gets Your Body Movin’
THE HORRORS – Sea Within a Sea
THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART – The Tenure Itch
THE SOFT PACK – Bright Side
THUNDERHEIST – Jerk It
TINY MASTERS OF TODAY – Skeletons
WHITE LIES – Death (Crystal Castles Remix)

Click here to download it.

Summer isn’t summer without an album to listen to over and over and internally dance to as I walk the streets and ride the trains. My brother introduced me to Starfucker and god bless him for it. The Portland band (not to be mistaken with the Belgian band by the same name) released Jupiter a couple months ago and I’ve got it on repeat. Buy it here or listen to their self-titled EP here.

The Highwaymen

June 9, 2009

Country’s supergroup The Highwaymen? Fantastic.

This video for “Highwayman” with their faces superimposed in the sky? Amazing.

My sister told me she listens to Portland’s Blind Pilot when she wakes up. I think I’ll follow suit.

They’re on tour and will be at Bowery Ballroom in NYC this Saturday. You can get tickets here.