I have so much footage from this year’s SXSW (from way back in March) that I haven’t even looked at yet. For now here is Idiot Glee’s “All Packed Up” from one of the many IMPOSE parties at Longbranch Inn; Idiot Glee is Kentucky’s James Friley, and I hope you’ve listened to his album Paddywhack by now. It sounds like a glow fading in and out of the dark distance. Sort of. He’s headed to New York City for CMJ, and I’ll post here about at least one fun show (as of now a secret) he’s playing.
Ecstatic Music Festival continued at Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufman Center, this past Saturday with a cappella group, Roomful of Teeth. They performed pieces by William Brittelle, Caleb Burhans, and — our favorite — Merrill Garbus a.k.a Tune-Yards. Merrill joined them on stage for “Hatari” — which she’d promised to perform in NYC only after finishing her sophomore album — and “Doorstep”, a new track off that sophomore album, coming out April 19.
Here are the four Tune-Yards performances recorded from that event, in the order they were played in:
You may have noticed, Bibio’s “Lovers’ Carvings” is playing on a Kindle ad these days. It’s a rare find, songs like this one, born of Pure Pop; a nature’s giving, not an act of brilliance, one note longing for the next, resolving finally into a whole existence: a line of melody so complete that it refuses to deviate into any other variation. As such, the song must be short, and care must be taken to not beat it to a death of exhaustion from familiarity. For an artist like Bibio, you can be sure that you’ll find his real work elsewhere, in albums that aren’t so fit for commercials. But for “Lovers’ Carvings”, he’s its discoverer, and he’s taken good care of it.
2010 was a dull year for discovering new bands; caught between over hype and under hype, the ripe atmosphere for discovery is quickly diminishing. The Cults signed to Columbia Records, Tennis played their first New York show at the large capacity Terminal 5, Blackberry got maximum coverage out of a Tune Yards song, Best Coast and Wavves annoyed the half of us with their money-friendly philosophy on selling out. So I stuck to, for the most part, old favorites who made great new releases. As far as releases go, that Future Islands put out their first proper full length, and that Lower Dens became a band, were probably the highlights for me. I wonder whatever happened to Yellow Fever’s release, though — their new songs seemed ready to go pretty early in the year! But here it is, the top 10.
Download this mix from MediaFire here.
Full list after the jump.
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Aqua: Love TEEN. Man they can sing. Cool. Different.
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