An absolutely crushing version of Jokerman with Dylan backed up by some real rock dudes out of the late 70's. Love it.
Through the fog of time (aided by major media), our memory of the roster of 90's indie has shrunk to a very small number of bands. As someone who lived through it, I can tell you that there were many, many twists, turns, offshoots, and outposts of indie music at the time. The great thing about... 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
I've heard a bunch of versions of this song, but this is my favourite. The tempo is faster than the studio version and the abnormal drum patterns keep things interesting.
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 →