Horse Feathers "Rude to Rile" (MP3/Stream) →
This new Horse Feathers track is great. Same intense heartbroken quality as their last album (which, full disclosure, I handled PR for) but with bigger arrangements and more energy. Excited to hear the rest of it. Anyone who likes Bon Iver should totally enjoy these guys — hopefully that means they’re about to blow up.
Philip Sherburne - Light in August Mix →
This is really nice. Spacey and mellow techno mix.
Hardformat - Reaching for the sublime in music... →
Giant pictures of top notch record packaging = new favorite blog.
Ain't Life Grand →
I just found my new desktop — and my next three.
Of Montreal Issue Album Via Lantern, Tote Bag,... →
This is kind of brilliant. If you’re someone who just rips to iTunes/iPod and plays from there, the CD really just becomes a piece of art/design anyway. Why not make it a giant poster of a horse instead of a little square thing? And speaking of (of of?) Of Montreal: I just got into their first album from 1997, Cherry Peel, and it’s super enjoyable. Major Beatles influence going...
offnotesnotes: When you listen to a zillion albums a year, artists that have an interesting “thing” or some buzz around them tend to stand out, but remember when you’d listen to the same song over and over again? Maybe even sing along to all the words? And it would actually, like, emotionally resonate with you, perhaps in a way that would embarrass you two or three years later? Yeah, I like...
nudge ‘cymatic’ (via Vimeo)
CR Blog » Constructivism: the ism that just keeps givin’: We have seen a tide of increasingly jejune depoliticised versions of Constructivism perpetrated by western graphic designers over the years. The most conspicuous – and egregious – recent example of this is the Franz Ferdinand album You Can Have It So Much Better which reworks a famous Rodchenko photomontage of 1924 for a Moscow...
Bon Ivr: Bon Iver has a Tumblr →
Apollo Sunshine - Shall Noise Upon (full album... →
Haven’t fully digested this, but enjoyed it on first listen. Spacey indie/pop/country with high-gloss psychedelic production. I think I might be more into the textures (shiny! colorful!) than the songs themselves, but that’s kind of how I listen to music anyway. That said, there definitely is the occasional forgettable melody on here, and some flat/thin vocals. Also colorful: ...
Click opera - The camera is mightier than the rock →
Momus rebuts Adbusters’ “Hipsters Are the Death of Western Civilization” article. Pretty right on, though the paragraph (third to last) about hipsters as aristocrats vs. the rest of the population and their “shapeless, floppy” culture seems a a bit cruel to me. That Adbusters article is just bad though — poorly written and paper thin.
Nirvana, live in Seattle, circa 1991 →
Believe it or not, but it’s much easier to find people who don’t have an opinion...– Superficial reflections on the hipster-hating hipster | The A.V. Club
He has become a little excited on the subject, and he fancies he hears a voice...– Does this sound like Abraham Lincoln to you? Cute! McCain, the Analog Candidate - NYTimes.com (the Lincoln quote is in the sidebar)
perpetua: Pavement “Motion Suggests Itself”...