Beach House – Norway

Here are a couple videos from Pitchfork.tv of Beach House performing songs from their incredible new album, Teen Dream.

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Panda Bear – Tomboy

Friends, big news.

GorillavsBear.net has reportedly confirmed with Panda Bear’s publicist that his forthcoming solo album will indeed be titled, Tomboy, and as of now it is scheduled to be released on Paw Tracks in September. Check their report here.

It’s a good day on the music front.

However, on a more somber note for the literary/artistic world as a collective:

RIP – Howard Zinn – brilliant historian

RIP – JD Salinger – one of the most important people to ever pick up a pen

No Age Talks New Album

Randy Randall, of No Age fame, recently discussed the up and coming No Age album in an interview with Pitchfork. According to Randall the album would ideally be out this summer, which is exciting news.

Randall goes on to discuss a documentary film he has been working on about all age venues. Read the full interview here.

Beach House – Teen Dream Review

I’ll spoil it for you. Teen Dream..is a good album. In fact, its a pretty dang good. A lot better than I expected. It’s good enough, that it will without a doubt grace many peoples best of 2010 lists in December. I would imagine it’s appeal will only grow as more and more people are able to hear it.If you haven’t heard it: do yourself a favor.

Beach House have managed to harness aspects of, The XX, Bands of Horses, Dr. Dog, Jesus and Mary Chain, and Grizzly Bear and combine them to make a dreamy collection of pop songs. The songs are catchy and fun to listen to while maintaining a surprising amount of seriousness. The lyrical layers are there, though often drenched in echo and reverb, and crooning along is going to be something I do all year.

The album begins as cool and calculated as it ends. Both the opening and final tracks seem to be just those, bookends to a dream. The opening track, Zebra, introduces you to the sound of the album and slowly picks up from there. The closing tracks, Real Love and Take Care, unwind you for a glorious send off back to reality. Everywhere in between is what it needs to me. Meticulously crafted pop sometimes bordering on the psychedelic, always sounding great.

The high points are tracks four (Walk in the Park) and eight (10 Mile Stereo). These tracks are flawless in their construction and placement within the confines of the album itself. 10 Mile Stereo is an amazing song with lackadaisically sung somber lyrics over a programmed drum line that couldn’t fit better with the tone of the album. Walk in the Park has an absolutely infectious chorus that will ensure this album pumps through my headphones for months to come.

The album exhibits a kind of perfect yet elegant construction, similar to Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimist. Everything sounds like it took a long time to plan, there are so many layers, so many moving parts all shifting in unison to pull off this teen dream, but they are able to do it without thinking twice. This type of record could easily come across as forced or contrived. Instead, what comes across is a young band who is already a master of their craft. It will be great to see them live and to see what their future outputs sound like.

Rating: 4.3/5.0

See two new Panda Bear songs! NOW! hear many more!

OMG, the day is a good one, videos have surfaced on youtube of Panda Bear playing two new songs and Animal Collective’s Daily Routine. These videos (posted below) are from a show in Belgium.

In MORE exciting news, the site Ramin-Ton.net (currently not loading in my browser):  is reporting that a show in Germany consisted of ONLY new material save Animal Collective’s Daily Routine. The site went on to post an mp3 of that set! It is available, here.  The songs sound like nothing you wouldn’t expect from the mastermind that is Panda Bear. Many will most likely pop up on his next solo effort. The album is reportedly rumored to be called, Tomboy and should be out sometime this year I’d expect. Who knows how far along these versions are in terms of what they might sound like, but for what they’re worth, here they are below:

And here’s the video of him performing Daily Routine at the same show.

Enjoy and merry monday.

Updates!

Readers!

I’m excited to “unveil” the album reviews from past years! There are officially mini-reviews in the 2000-2009 tab and there are soon to be more in there and some in the 1990-1999 tab as well! The mini-reviews will look pretty similar to how they do in the 2000’s tab. So read on, and enjoy!

Thanks again!