I’ve been listening to this band Alvvays all week and only now did I realize they are from my lovely city of Toronto. The band, led by Molly Rankin has that teen angst I’ve been looking for as I come off the heels of my California adventures. LA, I MISH YOU. Their debut album came out yesterday so you can pick it up here: http://bit.ly/alvvays
There are few things that can bring me back from blogging obscurity and back into the womb of hyperbole, Blake Mills is one of those things. And today was a big day – he released two new tracks from his upcoming album Heigh Ho, and I die. Along with “If I’m Unworthy” he also released “Don’t Tell Our Friends About Me” which I had previously heard from a Wild Honey Pie session some time ago, but now with Fiona Apple on backing vocals. There is truly nothing he could do (not even socks and sandals) that I wouldn’t adore. Listen, below.
I made a zine with my friend Andrea Nakhla and it’s called Future You. You can pre-order it here. It’s a collection of short fiction that I wrote in the winter months because, what else are you gonna do?
This issue features the artwork of LA based painter and illustrator, Andrea Nakhla, it also features photography from Toronto-based Angela Lewis and the cover was designed by my friend Nik Ewing (who made a mix for this blog just a few posts earlier!)
You can find out more about it here: www.futureyouzine.com
My friend Nik Ewing who plays in Local Natives kindly put together a mix for FWBA. It’s been a while since I’ve had a guest mix and this one has been long-awaited but Nik tells me he wanted to make sure it was the perfect mix. Nik also tours essentially 100% of the year so it was cool of him to do this. We first became friends a few years back at SXSW when he played for a San Diego band called Lesands, and we bonded over our mutual love for Blake Mills (featured on this mix). Since then we only see each other briefly, including once in Dublin, Ireland! Nik is also credited with creating the design/branding for this blog and making me look a lot cooler than I actually am. You can see some of his other work here. He also loves to wear vertical stripes.
Check out his mix below (and download the full version at the link)
Yosi Horikawa – Bump
CANT – Too Late, Too Far
Darkside – Metatron
Jai Paul – jasmine (demo)
Solange – Losing You
Little Dragon – After The Rain
James Blake, RZA – Take A Fall For Me
Lower Dens – Alphabet Song
Portishead – The Rip
Radiohead – There, There
Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
Bob Dylan – Series of Dreams
MGMT – Someone’s Missing
The Beach Boys – All I Wanna Do
Blake Mills – Cheers
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.
Watch this video of Julie Byrne via Portals. Flawless.
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.