Pond “Man It Feels Like Space Again”
The new record by Australian psych-wizards, POND, is a freakishly good listen. The title track of the album will give you a feel of what you’re in for when you put this shit in your ear canals and let the music wash on to your brain.
José González “Leaf Off / The Cave”
José González plays an interesting blend of indie-folk that has roots in latin folk. González has a voice like an angel and a guitar style that is powerful, yet subtle enough not to overpower that incredible voice. Here’s a new one from his forthcoming album Vestiges & Claws, which is out February 17 via Mute.
Calexico “Cumbia de Donde (ft. Amparo Sanchez)”
I love this band and am always excited whenever they release new music, here’s a message from Calexico … “We are very excited to announce the details of our new record Edge of the Sun, which will be released on April 14th. After spending some time writing in Mexico City, we returned to Tucson to record at Wavelab Studios where we completed and mixed the album. This is the most collaborative work in the band’s history, with guest musicians including Sam Beam (Iron & Wine), Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses), Nick Urata (Devotchka), Eric Burdon, Pieta Brown, Neko Case, Carla Morrison, Gaby Moreno and members of the Greek instrumental group Takim. We’ve always enjoyed collaborating on other friends’ projects and so it felt natural to ask some of our friends to join us in the making of Edge of the Sun.”
Summer Cannibals “Something New”
Summer Cannibals are a female-fronted four piece band that I would call, beach-punk, even though they’re from Portland, Oregon—no beaches, except for some beaches on rivers that run through town. Anyway, I kinda like this song, still waiting for it to fully grow on me, but I think it will.
Father John Misty “Strange Encounter” (Live at WFUV)
Father John Misty “Nothing Good Ever Happens at the Goddamn Thirsty Crow” (Live at WFUV)
I’ve never been “that” dude camping out in front of a record store waiting for a new album to come out, but the Father John Misty album, I Love You, Honeybear, is making me want to do just that. So far, the few songs I have heard form this album (set to release tomorrow) are F–KING FANTASTIC!!! I actually bought two copies of his first record, “Fear Fun”, one for me to listen to on a constant loop on my turntable, and one to store and give to my kids when they turn 18 to let them know that music was once glorious.