Sylvan Esso – BandVan Sessions

Apr 8th, 2014 | by Nada Alic

Check out this La Blogotheque BandVan session with Sylvan Esso at SXSW. Beautiful minimalist song. I feel like I’ve been waiting for this record forever.

Julie Byrne – Emeralds

Apr 4th, 2014 | by Nada Alic

Watch this video of Julie Byrne via Portals. Flawless.

La Blogotheque – Out Among the Stars

Mar 29th, 2014 | by Nada Alic

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Watch this homage to Johnny Cash’s “lost” album Out Among the Stars by La Blogotheque featuring Brandon Flowers/Dawes, Father John Misty and Local Natives. I love the striking visual landscape and how each cover is uniquely their own.

Flood Coats

Mar 25th, 2014 | by Nada Alic

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Flood Coats is Joel P. West and Darla Hawn from San Diego – where I once lived and would watch Joel and his band, sitting cross legged in a friend’s living room. I remember thinking Darla was probably the coolest girl in San Diego that I never met. She’s a drummer and she’s got this Danielle Haim vibe to her, just this percussive force that isn’t afraid to just go for it. Anyway, they sent over their cover of Radiohead’s There, There. It’s more of an electronic vibe than the sort of sprawling orchestral music that Joel is typical associated with. No less beautiful. Check out more here.

Faces on Film – Elite Lines

Mar 24th, 2014 | by Nada Alic

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Faces on Film (Mike Fiore) recently released his third album called Elite Lines out tomorrow (03/25). Beginning with borrowing one of his earlier songs to name this blog nearly five years ago (shit, 5 years!) – I’ve sort of always found myself tied to his songs in one way or another. The album itself is all shades and variations of psychedelic guitar tones, rhythmic and sensual bass and on overarching clarity of vocals and lyricisms. Everything sounds more defined and courageous than before. Your Old One is a stand-out – slide guitar, humming organ and echoed vocals as he sing, “it’d be no fun being your old one” and in a way, I know exactly what that means. Bad Star is equally satisfying in a more pulsing, meditative way, you really feel like you’re getting somewhere and the final instrumental feels necessary to prepare you for what’s next. The record continues to take you into new realms, you get the sense that there’s a versatility that was not there before, experimenting stylistically to inspire entirely new songs that still somehow sound very much his own. There is a growth and a freedom to all of this.

This album is currently in my rotation of albums I listen to on my train to work, which is fitting because it feels isolated and cathartic that way, it’s something I can absorb before the world hits me. You can purchase the album here.

Wye Oak – Glory

Mar 17th, 2014 | by Nada Alic

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New Wye Oak “Glory”. What a lot of people don’t realize is that Jenn Wasner has serious Mariah Carey-status pipes. You can hear it better in her Dungeonesse side project, but you hear moments of it in this track too.

The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream

Mar 16th, 2014 | by Nada Alic

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I’ve been streaming the new War on Drugs record over at NPR all week when I received a package in the mail with 30 records in it, including Lost in the Dream. Lucky me! I think this record is going to sound much better on vinyl – which is a good excuse to fix one of my two broken record players. It’ll also be a good companion as I cruise around in my vintage (old) Grand Marquis. All I need is one of Neil Young’s Ponos and I’ll be all set. I am too young to be so old.

Frankie Cosmos – Birthday Song

Mar 8th, 2014 | by Nada Alic

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The internet can feel very small sometimes. I first discovered a Frankie Cosmos song on a random mix about a week ago and loved her voice and the tempo change and the sweetness of it and added to a mix I did. I didn’t investigate the artist much further than that because I didn’t have time but made a mental note to later on. Then I came across a Pitchfork interview with her and kind of fell in love with this curious, prolific artist. At 19, she invents words like Zentropy, studies poetry, makes over 45 albums and generally makes the rest of us wannabe artists look like total bums. I posted a link to the article on my facebook and of course my friend tells me he’s filming with her on Monday. So those are the degrees of separation between us. Very small world.

Listen to Birthday song below, and explore the many, many other songs she has here. You can pre-order Zentropy here.

Cataldo – Gilded Oldies

Feb 28th, 2014 | by Nada Alic

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My musical soul-sister Veronica just posted about Cataldo so of course, I checked ‘em out and I too am digging them. I’m liking Gilded Oldies and The Beast. Listen below.

 

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Friends, peers and bandmates of Jason Molina came together to cover some of their favourite songs of his, including Communist Daughter, Murder by Death, Sarah Jaffe, Memorial Electric Company, My Morning Jacket and many more. The double album will be released via non profit music label Rock the Cause with portions of the album going towards MusicCares to support artists battling addiction and other health related issues.

Listen to My Morning Jacket’s take on Farewell Transmission, below.

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