The follow-up to Leslie Feist’s delightful 2007 album, The Reminder, is almost here. To say this album is highly anticipated would be an understatement. Metals will be the name of the new record, and it is set to release on October 4th via Interscope Records. The past couple weeks she has been teasing us with a series of video vignettes that can be found here. Finally we’ve been given the first single from the album to stream in full. The track is titled “How Come You Never Go There” and is a very intimate and lovely track. Not exactly what I expected. It’s a very chill track and reminds me a lot of her earlier works, but it sounds very fresh at the same time. I won’t be surprised at all if this ends up being high on my year-end list. Take a listen and let us know what you think.
NPR’s First Listen series is currently streaming the new Beirut album, which isn’t due out until the end of the month. After just one listen, I am already a huge fan of The Rip Tide. No surprise here though, I have devoured with great pleasure everything that Zach Condon and company have previously released, and I think this album will be no different. Musically it picks up right where they left off; another gorgeous baroque pop album with some absolutely fantastic arrangements. It’s a short record, clocking in at just over 33 minutes, but it packs quite a punch. I just found it to be breathtakingly beautiful, especially the short and sweet “Goshen.” Anyway, I am a fan of the record, but fortunately you can check it out for yourself before making the purchase. It will be streaming here until its official release date on August 30th. Go here to download the first single, “East Harlem.”
Our favorite folk-rock duo recently paid a visit to the fellas over at Daytrotter and delivered a pretty stellar performance, as has become expected. Over six months after its release, I still can’t get enough of their debut album, Barton Hollow. If you still haven’t listened to this record, you can get it for only $6 on AmazonMP3 right now. The highlight of their Daytrotter session is their incredible, stripped down and intimate version of The Smashing Pumpkin’s rock hit, “Disarm.” You can listen to that song below. Head over to Daytrotter to hear the rest of the session.
The Civil Wars – Disarm (The Smashing Pumpkins) (removed 7/21/12)
So it seriously feels like the hottest summer ever. I was playing volleyball last night in 98 degree weather and it almost felt cool. So to deal with the heat and to help make the hot summer nights on the volleyball courts more enjoyable, I made a pretty jammin’ summer mixtape. And as you will soon find out, I have been really into pop music this summer, partly because it goes well with the season, but mostly because I love to dance. So I thought I would share my summer mixtape with you all in hopes that it might enrich your summer barbecue or beach volleyball parties. Hope you enjoy.
Always Sunny in Colcord
3) Local Natives – Wide Eyes
4) Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work
5) Neon Indian – Deadbeat Summer
7) Miike Snow – Burial
10) Generationals – Greenleaf (removed 7/21/12)
12) M83 – Midnight City (removed 7/21/12)
13) Phoenix – Lasso
14) Ra Ra Riot – Boy (removed 7/21/12)