Another band of punk kids who unabashedly rip off the best of the ’80s and I love it…again. This Seattle-based group is apparently even less afraid to show it. Seen this album cover before?. Buy Craft Spells excellent debut out on Captured Tracks now.
For those of you getting spring fever and searching for perfect gentlemen’s shoe, consider Oak Street Bootmakers oxfords. The camp and vibram sole options add a little ruggedness and zest while maintaining a classic appearance. Best of all, they are handcrafted in the U.S.A.
A great record to slack off to. Kurt Vile’s newest effortSmoke Ring For My Halorecalls the lazy talk-singing of Lou Reed and The Jesus and Mary Chain. Kurt Vile is more at home, in my opinion, with songs featuring less ornamentation. Case in point: other album highlights include "Runner Ups" and "Peeping Tomboy."
Really enjoyed the debut by this lo-fi San Fran outfit. Sonny & The Sunsets return with their latest single, aptly titled “I Wanna Do It” from their upcoming album,Hit After Hit, due out in April on Fat Possum.
I use the outdoors as a constant reminder of things larger than myself, an escape from the pervasive egoism I have inherited as a mortal human being. Nature is to me God-incarnate, a perplexing dance of millions of scientific laws and principals which are impossible to fully comprehend. “Mother Nature” after all has not earned her title without reason. My interest in the world out of doors, in combination with a love of history has resulted in an ongoing passion for president Theodore Roosevelt. As many know, Roosevelt, more than any other president, shared my love of nature and the adventures to be had in it. For this reason, I found The River of Doubt, the biographical account of TR’s treacherous journey down an unmapped river in the Amazon particularly fascinating. Read it and discover for yourself why this unbelievable—and I mean that literally—expedition caused this would-be naturalist to speak so disparagingly of his first love.
“The very pathetic myth of ‘beneficent nature’ could not deceive even the least wise being if he once saw for himself the iron cruelty of life in the tropics.”
New to the scene this year along with Mount Kimbie, comes Gold Panda. For fans of Four Tet and the like, Gold Panda’s debut, Lucky Shiner is a gem filled with warm samples and welcomed versatility. Enjoy this four minute trip to the orient.
This has got to be one of the most inspiring lookbooks I’ve seen in recent memory. Up there with Nigel Cabourn, D.S. Dundee is an excellent mix of sophisticated and rugged. For the lover of the outdoors who dresses to impress nature, not necessarily to survive in it. Me encanta.
Music from the ’70s French animated film, La Planète Sauvage. Think Planet of the Apes meets Gullivers Travels. It’s got all the themes of any great dystopia, but with a creepy porno jazz soundtrack and Dali-esque art direction. If you ever have the opportunity, make sure to watch it with or without creative lubrication.
Earlier this year Sigur Rós frontman, Jónsi released Go, an uncharacteristically straight-forward, almost “pop” album (Plug your ears die-hard fans of fairy gibberish, about half the album is in English). Don’t be too alarmed, however, composer Nico Muhly, and percussionist Samuli Kosminen collaborate to make this a sufficiently epic solo debut. Check out this particularly lush track, my personal favorite, which admittedly has more in common with Takk-era Sigur Rós. (Insert word for ineffable beauty here.)
A surprising local outfit. A real (not just a schtick. Ahem) husband and wife, Action! is a more listenable, less proggy Deerhoof with more roots and more reverb. In my book, this is a very good thing. Fortunately and shockingly for an indie in Nashville, there are several stand-out tracks on their debut. Sandpiper shows off their complex simplicity, but with a dash more immediacy. Action! make the most of few notes, few words, and few members. Friend Weakend is a grower; a few listens will have you back for more.