The trailer for the new crowd-funded film from actor/director Zach Braff is here, and in my humble opinion it looks great. I’m actually a big fan of Braff as both an actor and director and this new film looks to be just fun as his previous efforts. My two favorite things about the trailer was that he, of course, used a Shins song to soundtrack it, and that there was a Donald Faison sighting.
Pickwick‘s killer cover of Richard Swift’s “Lady Luck” is the cover song of the week. Swift released several solo records throughout the 2000’s, including 2008’s Ground Trouble Jaw EP, where “Lady Luck” was first featured. Swift is currently a member of indie-rock band The Shins.
Hope you are having a great day celebrating your independence by blowing crap up. Hope these sweet tunes will help you enjoy your freedom even more.
12. The Shins – “Simple Song”
11. Michael Kiwanuka – “Home Again”
10. Dr. Dog – “Lonesome”
9. Sigur Ros – “Ekki Muk”
8. Miike Snow – “The Wave”
7. Damien Jurado – “Working Titles”
6. Delta Spirit – “California”
5. First Aid Kit – “Emmylou”
4. Tanlines – “All of Me”
3. Fun. – “All Alright”
2. Alabama Shakes – “Hold On”
1. Gregory Porter – “Be Good”
If you missed the top half of this list, you can check out #’s 25-13 here. Or you can stream the whole list on the Rdio playlist I embedded below.
I decided to give a shout out to my favorite person from New Mexico, my dear friend Nathan Hollis, by promoting the new album from my favorite band from New Mexico. Back in March, The Shins released what is probably my favorite album of the year so far with their 4th full-length album, Port Of Morrow. The Shins have yet to disappoint. Mercer delivers yet another musical and lyrical masterpiece. It’s a solid album, through and through, and some the best pop music I’ve heard all year. My current favorite song from the album is “September”, which you can stream or download below, thanks to Indie Rock Cafe.
I’m also a big fan of the first single, which gave a great performance of on Saturday Night Live several weeks ago. Check out the hilarious video that Mercer and the gang put together for this fun song below.