Flying Lotus – Never Catch Me

  I’m not entirely convinced that Flying Lotus was born on Earth.  His focused,  single-minded visions of space, dreams, and especially death lead me to believe that he has received some sort of enlightenment locked away to the rest of us, except through the glimpses he offers in his music. Or maybe he just falls asleep a…

5 Overlooked Songs – 2016

This was a monumental year for music.  From the continued ascendancy of Chance and the Knowles Sisters, Nick Cave’s tear wrencher,  and Leonard Cohen and David Bowie‘s farewell records, to Frank Ocean and A Tribe Called Quest returning from the dead and Bon Iver  embracing Kanye’s influence and going full electric, there were way too many amazing…

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett sounds like somebody you might know. Well, somebody you might know if you had more Australian friends, and one of those friends was a widely revered alt-rock guitarrist with a knack for making the mundane seem magical. What I’m trying to say is that even though Courtney is an accomplished, complex songwriter and…

Female Power Ballads!

Earlier this month Hillary Clinton became the first woman to accept a major political party’s nomination to become the next president of the United States – If you are reading this and are excited about that fact, consider these songs a celebration of the amazing contributions of women to our Nation’s culture! If you are less than…

Radiohead: First Listen

This is a very different post than I’ve done before on this site.  A little over a week ago Radiohead released their 9th album, “A Moon Shaped Pool”.  Shortly afterwards, this happened: This 8 year old music aficionado provided the definitive review of the record, which at times reminded him of “Kung Fu Panda”. For those…

Fred Thomas

Fred Thomas would write some incredible short stories. He is a much stronger writer than I am, so I will let him introduce himself with a selection from his stellar song, “Bed Bugs”. He sings: These days I’m only saying something if I’m swaying That’s the only time it doesn’t feel like I’m explaining So if you…

Black Marble

Sorry readers. Black Marble is yet another band that doesn’t fit into a neat genre. Buuut….. here are three fake genres names that sort of describe what is going on musically! Black Marble’s music is “Coldwave” It is the sort of chilly, soft electronic music that you should play on a rainy mountain drive. 2. Black Marble’s…

Torres

Torres is probably the artist NPR music is most passionately rooting for right now.  Although she is still playing small stages, they spent about 10 minutes of the 2015 year in review raving about her music, and every time they mention her one of their commentators will rave about how she is going to be really big,…

Tame Impala

  YOU WILL NEVER COME CLOSE TO HOW I FEEEEEEL! Writing about Tame Impala is daunting for me.  While still technically “Indie”, they have a large and extremely dedicated following, and are known as some of the best musicians currently working (I’ve seen them on at least 5 Top-10 lists this year).  I just discovered them a month…

Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts make post-garage band music. They are a 4 piece band who moved from Texas to Brooklyn, with 2 guitars, a lead singer, a bass, and drums.  The basics.   Like your  traditional garage band, they rely on distorted guitar effects, loud power chords played in simple patterns, and shout-sung vocals. What Parquet Courts does…

Forest Swords

Forest Swords’ music belongs in the soundtrack to the most beautifully shot, subtly menacing Samurai movie ever. Forest Swords’ music strongly evokes the band’s title. It is experimental music that sounds at once natural, clean-cut, beautiful, and dangerous.  Listen to “The Weight of Gold” and see if you don’t just picture two old veterans of the Warring States…

Father John Misty

Father John Misty is a rotten apple. He seems so enticing until you put in just enough effort to break the skin.  Then, you recoil from the bitter, mushy, rancid middle. His birth name is Josh Tillman, and his style is grandiose folk singing.  His songs would not be out of place on many people’s “Mountain Drive”…

Grimes

GRIMES!!!!!!!!!!!!! Grimes is easily of the most weirdly lovable artists I’ve ever come across. Born Claire Boucher, this tiny pixielike Canadian began mixing and recording electronic music in her bedroom, where she created her first three albums, Geidi Primes, Halifaxa, and Visions. With her first two albums, Grimes came into her own creating electronic atmospheres to surround her high, sharp voice. This time…

James Blake

How to describe James Blake’s music? Classically trained pianist and composer turns dubstep? British Gospel Crooner + RnB? Joni Mitchell on the moon? Maybe the best introduction can be found in this line: “My brother and my sister don’t speak to me…but I don’t blame them” This line, jarringly off-putting at first listen, is what…