Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sunset Rubdown rocks the Pitchfork headquarters.

Check out these recently uploaded videos of Sunset Rubdown rocking out in Pitchfork's office. It's not everyday Spencer Kruug invades your office with his incredible musical militia.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Bon Iver forms new music group.

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver has decided to collaborate with his favorite Wisconsinites, Collections of Colonies of Bees, to form Volcano Choir. The new experimental LP, Unmap, is expected to arrive September 22. You can hear their one track they've released, "Island, IS" on the Jagjaguwar website:

Thursday, August 13, 2009

VIBE Magazine here to stay.

If you've been worried about the rumors that VIBE Magazine was soon to be history, you can rest assured that the publication is not going anywhere.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

King Charles.

While feeding my recent ongoing obsession with black cab sessions, I discovered this jewel. King Charles' performance can send you to a better place, if you let it. You have to listen carefully, definitely more than once. It is safe to conclude that his habits include reading Oscar Wilde's poetry ("You're Oscar Wilde, short stories in my bookcase") and listening to Bob Dylan ("You're positively 4th Street isolated in my iTunes"). It's safe to say Charles' brilliant lyrics are intoxicating. Like I said, this needs a couple of listens to really give it the justice it deserves.

King Charles from Black Cab Sessions on Vimeo.

This line resonated with me the most:

"You're the word in my dictionary that i can't spell, can't describe, can't put in a sentence, but use all the time."

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Dylan to release Christmas album.

According to Billboard, Bob Dylan plans on putting out some Christmas carols this December. Anticipated tracks include: "Must Be Santa", "Here Comes Santa Claus", "I'll Be Home for Christmas", and "O Little Town of Bethlehem." Although Dylan (born Robert Zimmerman) was born Jewish, he wanted to compile an album of Christmas cheer, like other artists such as Neil Diamond and Phil Spector. This news may be slightly surprising to Dylan fans alike, but it's no surprise that Dylan keeps on surprising.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Schwatzman steals the show, twice.

In the movie Funny People, Jason Schwatzman plays the role of an arrogant, self-loving actor, star-struck by himsef (an extension of his self-righteous character, Max Fischer, in Wes Anderson's 1998 film Rushmore). While he plays that role on screen, he also manages to invisibly make his way into the picture through his music.

Although there are a handful of solid tracks throughout the film, Schwartzman's band Coconut Records contributes two tracks that were particularly striking to me. If you've ever known the feeling of walking away from a movie saying, "I have to get that soundtrack," Funny People will most likely be added to your archives. "Wires" and "I am Young" are worth looking up.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Passion Pit exclusive tracks.

Passion Pit released some free exclusive tracks on a mypace transmissions page. Their song Sleepyhead is addictive. You can check out some of their performances too on the page.

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