She & Him – Volume 2 Stream

I dug the first She & Him album and their follow up, aptly titled: Volume 2, drops on Merge Records, March 23rd. BUT: NPR, is pretty much king and they are streaming the album more than a week before its street date. NPR is rad, and they do this kind of stuff all the time, so if you’re a fan of She & Him, or just want to hear their new album in its entirety, point your browser to NPR’s website or click just click here.

Finals Silence

Ok, I know. ANOTHER theme change, [for those of you actually re-visiting this site]. I just can’t settle on a new one for that long. I also debated moving my blog to an entirely different provider with more customizable options…but I really dig wordpress.

And jesus h… have I been busy. It’s finals time in the land of public university, which is most unfortunate. The important thing to to remember, is that in the very near future, it will be worth your time to check back, I promise. Lots has happened..LOTS. And I plan to catch up as soon as I can.

Until then, many of my favorite bands have been kicking out new tracks left and right, so for now, here is a list, as well as a way to listen to these great new tracks.

Japandroids – Art Czars {Could easily have made it onto the outstanding Post-Nothing}

Beach House – The Arrangement {Amazing track}

Broken Social Scene – World Sick {After years of silence they produce this fabulous track}

MGMT – Flash Delirium {This makes me excited for the new MGMT album, I wasn’t a huge fan of their first}

Download it here

She & Him – In The Sun {A nice little pop tune, what you’d expect/want from these two}

LCD Soundsystem – Oh You (Christmas Blues) {a distorted (Pink Floyd(y) sounding) new track from the upcoming film, Greenberg}

Neon Indian – Sleep Paralysist {This man can do no wrong}

Cymbals Eat Guitars – Why There Are Mountains

Cymabals Eat Guitars. What to say. A band with a 9 track self-released album. Its out there, find it. Somehow. My friends, this music rules. The influences on this band are so numerous I could only list a few and be off the mark. They combine the dirty melodic hooks of a Pavement with the swag of an MGMT and the lyrical stabbings of Tokyo Police Club. Their soft moments are beautiful. Their rockin moments are rockin. And everything else fits perfectly into place.

Cymbals Eat Guitars – Why There Are Mountains

looks like this:


And sounds like this:

Cymbals Eat Guitars – And The Hazy Sea (Track 1 from Why There Are Mountains)

This is the first song off the album. This song showcases the bands perfect use of loud/soft song dynamics. No one has harnessed dynamics like this since The Pixies or Nirvana. The song starts off almost blaring and then lulls only to scream out again in a beautiful and controlled chaos.

The second track on the album differs extremely from the first, but in a good way. This album is a mixture of many things, but it never sounds incongruent, muddled or confused. The different amount of material to be found in these songs will keep you interested for at least one listen, hopefully many many many more.

At times the album grabs the shoegazers of the 80’s, or lo-fi of the 90’s or the horn crazy members of Broken Social Scene. At times the album attempts to capture you sonically like Radiohead, Wilco or the Youth themselves. This album is worth every dime you’ll spend on it and it will all go straight to this great band. I can’t wait to see what becomes of these dudes.

Here is their myspace: