I recently watched the BBC4 documentary Music for Mistfits: The Story of Indie. While the three part series covers oft-told stories, the effect of viewing them as a group under the indie banner is really satisfying. It also fills some gaps with bands and songs that often didn't get play outside of the UK. With that bounty... Continue Reading →
It's a dirty little secret amongst collectors. Many of us don't listen to the records that we buy. Oh, we listen to them. But we don't L-I-S-T-E-N to them. When we get a new album we throw it on the table, play it through, read the liner notes, snap a few pictures, share them, add it to our Discogs... Continue Reading →
Noel Gallagher's post-Oasis project has yet to grab my attention -- until now. Ballad of the Mighty is the first release from his upcoming LP and is good enough that I've played it 5 times since yesterday. Not quite Live Forever, but it's a solid new track.
Equal parts The Streets, Blur, and The Fall, the UK's Sleaford Mods made a bit of a breakthrough in 2014. The heavy accented rapping about all manner of things over UK indie beats is a winner in our books. Seek out and enjoy. Tied Up In Nottz
Panda Bear (Animal Collective member Noah Lennox) is back with a typically reverb-laden harmonious earworm with "Boys Latin". From the outside it would be easy to dismiss this music as hipster pot head mood music. But the fact that my young kids love it as much as their straight edge dad would prove you wrong. It's... Continue Reading →
Landing at the top of NME's top 50 singles is Baltimore's Future Island's. Much of its buzz came from the band's appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. Lead singer Samuel Herring's Captain Kirk meets Terry Malloy meets Ian Danzig performance thrilled the Internet as well as crusty Letterman. Whether they do anything else... Continue Reading →
By coincidence another Canadian makes it on our pages as notable in 2014. This electronic music outsider struck gold once again with tracks that show a lot of emotional depth and restraint. "Can't Do Without You" "Our Love"
Sloan is one of the most under-appreciated acts of the past 25 years. They stack up nicely against more notable acts like Pavement or Weezer except that they've never slowed down or flaked out. This year they release Commonwealth, a double LP that showcased tracks from each of the four band members. Here are a couple... Continue Reading →