Ten years ago today, Wolf Parade’s incredible debut, Apologies to the Queen Mary, was released. With instant acclaim, Wolf Parade quickly vaulted themselves as one of the luminaries of indie rock as their influence is still greatly felt today (not to mention all members have gone on to form formidable bands in their own right post-hiatus). While still lesser known than other Montreal-based compatriots (i.e. Arcade Fire), Wolf Parade’s monumental debut still holds its own even now ten years later.
Also listen to: “Modern World”, “You Are a Runner and I Am My Father’s Son”, “Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts, “This Heart’s On Fire”, “Soldier’s Grin”, “Cloud Shadow on the Mountain”, “What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to go This Way)”
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If you haven’t yet, you seriously need to check out The Eephus EP from the delightfully talented, Janelle Monáe-fronted musical think-tank. While both Monáe’s “Yoga”, and Jidanna’s “Classic Man” have already had the ear of many listeners, it’s time for Deep Cotton to get his turn with “Let’s Get Caught.” A sweet, summery jam that owes a lot to early-days Prince, “Let’s Get Caught” is certain to be the latest song from the Wondaland project to get stuck in your head.
In case you missed it, TV on the Radio and Run the Jewels put on a fantastic performance last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Colbert said it best with his introduction, “[This] musical guest is so hip, their backup band is TV on the Radio.” Enjoy!
Also listen to:
“Close Your Eyes (And Count to F***)”, “Run the Jewels”, “Blockbuster Night Pt. 1”, “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry”, “Banana Clipper” by Run The Jewels
“Wolf Like Me”, “Staring at the Sun”, “Golden Age”, “The Wrong Way”, “Careful You,” “Will Do” by TV on the Radio
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After the flashy and funky first single, “Snakeskin,” Deerhunter has returned with another new video which appears to have the fingerprints of Lockett Pundt all over it. For the first time I can remember, both Pundt and Bradford Cox share lead vocals on this exceptionally lush and dreamy track that serves as a nice counterbalance to the aforementioned “Snakeskin.” It’s definitely a much cleaner take on the classic Deerhunter sound, but after these first two songs as initial impressions, Deerhunter’s Fading Frontier should be quite the album.
Also listen to: “Nothing Ever Happened”, “Strange Lights”, “Agoraphobia”, “Coronado”, “The Missing”
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Well, well, well, look who’s back again? Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s none other than Jack White and Alison Mosshart (The Kills) side project, The Dead Weather, back in action again. This totally unhinged single and accompanying video totally plays up the raw energy always teased when the band was originally formed, but rarely delivered. Not that he needed to be perfect on a song like this, but Jack White’s drumming is surprisingly crisp where it needs to be, and Mosshart–as always– delivers a delightful, raspy swagger to her vocals. It’s a refreshing reintroduction to The Dead Weather, who will be releasing Dodge and Burn, their first album in five years, on September 25.
Also listen to: “60 Feet Tall”, “I Can’t Hear You”, “Treat Me Like Your Mother”
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Foals’ latest album, What Went Down brings the band closest to realizing their live energy in studio, with the best example coming from this opening title track. The production on the album as a whole tends to betray that “rawness” that lies beneath the surface, but from a songwriting standpoint, this is the strongest material the band has crafted to date.
Also listen to: “Mountain at My Gates”, “Birch Tree”, “My Number”, “Spanish Sahara”, “Cassius”
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