This single from Brooklyn is honey nectar, drizzled on thick and luscious. Its the kind of song you wanna listen to when you’re happy or heartbroken. Kinda reaches the same point, either way. The exquisite composition follows step-in-step with Pains of Being Pure at Heart.
I suppose this is the best time to announce that Summer Time In Hell will be the proud home of the fabulous Los Angeles band Ghost Animal’s debut album, on both cassette and digitally here on the blog.
This song “Fever Not Dead” is a beautiful example of everything that drew me to this band in the first place, from the sinister Phil Specter hooks, to the ghoulish feedback that permeates the song’s second half. I’ll definitely be posting more info on this release soon. Thanks for your ears!
Also, we’re still in the midst of some changes here but I’m really stoked on some of the records I’ll be hosting here and I can’t wait to give them to you!
Some of you might recall the incredible a capella cover of Grizzly Bear's “Shift” I posted a couple months back. Its creator, Florida’s David Levesque just emailed me this awesome new track that he told me he ‘recorded last night’. Guy doesn’t mess around! Off to the blogz! Hot off the presses!
At any rate, he’s craftily blending some great tunes out of the genres of tropicalia, Andean and African pop. Naturally, this has Vampire Weekend, David Byrne and Dirty Projectors influence written all over it, but stays fresh.
is the brand new blog by my longtime and dear friend David. He has by far one of the best record collections of anyone I know, and an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of indie music. David and I have spent many, many an evening talking about music and listening to records deep into the night. He cares about music to his core, and is a huge influence to me.
To get him blogging, I invited him to contribute to yvynyl knowing he would post only the finest of the finest material. Instead, he went ahead an launched his own tumblr blog. I couldn’t be more pleased.
Do yourself a favor and give him a follow. In only his first few days, he’s already got incredible stuff up there. Let’s welcome him to our nerdy little web party, shall we?
There is something truly amazing about this track, it gets under my skin. Soft, trance inducing drum machine underneath melted and warped synths underneath heavily distorted and pained vocals. Its is like a Beach House track that was put out in the sun to become crispy and brittle.
Romantic States will releasing his self titled tape on July 12 through Tater Junction.
This post seems to be generating some interesting discussion, so I figure it warrants some extra thought.
To clarify: I have nothing against microgenres. I toss out the terms glo-fi and surf garage with reckless abandon. I am amused by the creative naming, and it serves a purpose in describing music in a 140-characters-or-less world.
Anyone can invent a genre. All it takes is a little bit of social muscle to pull it off. And why not? Folks are looking for new authentic meme or the latest trends and I don’t see anything wrong with labeling them for ease of coagulation and discovery.
The problem comes, I think, that microgenres have too much an air of ‘insider elitism’ to them. I refuse to say the word “chillwave” at a party because I know too many people will look at me with a blank stare, and I feel like a douche.
Here - in our nerdy little music playground of the innerwebs - we can banter about the nuanced differences between blog haus and electrowave. But hey, on the internet, everyone’s an elitist. So there.
Snappy little pop tune from this Brooklyn band’s forthcoming Fortress EP, due for release July 27th and available to pre-order here. Catch them on their one of their many summer tour dates with The Spinto Band.
i'm about to leave for an eight day art retreat/vacation in south florida. sun, beach, palm trees. i'll definitely be bringing some tinashe with me - the mbira version of "zambezi" is basically perfect for the trip. same goes for the uno.
any other suggestions to fill up the week?
I am pretty stoked about these records right now. They’re going to be filling up my late summer nights for the next few months: