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Joanna Newsom

Monday, August 24, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Darling of avant-garde folk, Joanna Newsom has a new album, Divers, due out in October. Quirky vocals and raggedy-rag piano drive the album’s new single “Sapokanikan,” which offers a complicated blanket of tightly woven lyrics that intrigue my inner historian and poet as much as my music-loving side.  Newsom explained to NPR “‘Sapokanikan’ is a ragtimey encomium to the forces of remembrance, forgetting, accretion, concealment, amendment, erasure, distortion, canonization, obsolescence and immortality.” So you know, it’s not too deep or anything… Enjoy.

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CHVRCHES

Monday, August 17, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

The sophomore album from the Scottish synthpop act CHVRCHES is set for stores – digital or physical – next month. With the LP’s second single released last week, “Never Ending Circles,” the upcoming record sounds ready to continue the legacy of 2013’s The Bones of What You Believe, offering crisp and energetic electro-pop tracks, each laced magnificently with the airy sweetness of Lauren Mayberry’s near angelic vocals. Hear both the lead singles below…

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Sleeping At Last

Monday, August 10, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

I spent almost the entire weekend listening to Sleeping At Last. The enduring, extensive, and exquisite recording project of Ryan O’Neal, Sleeping At Last has crafted and manipulated the moods in a multitude of cinematographic scenes, being featured frequently in television and film (including a Grey’s Anatomy commissioned album of cover songs for use on the show). Featuring composition that is relentlessly elegant, and so frequently moving, both Ryan’s strictly instrumental and more traditional ballad works are soothing and graceful without fail. Some of my favorites from this weekend are below, spanning several years of Ryan’s discography.

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Unrelated: Just this morning, Beach House released two new preview tracks from their upcoming album Depression Cherry…though you have to get to them through the tricky new single finder on their website. Still, potentially worth investigating if you’ve enjoyed the duo’s past albums as much as I have.

JD McPherson

Monday, August 3, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

Rockabilly & roller skates! JD McPherson’s second album, Let the Good Times Roll, released earlier this year and the collection of tin-twanged retro rock is often raucous, and bluesy, and fun. I’d recommend JD to fans of the Black Keys, Alabama Shakes, or Gary Clark Jr. And, in the video below, my favorite track from the album, “Head Over Heels,” gets the added appeal of a great vintage roller rink setting – which means I now feel particularly inclined to strap on my skates & rock out. Let the good times roll, indeed.

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Tame Impala

Monday, July 27, 2015 | by Caitie Tieman

The third full-length album from Tame Impala, Currents, came out July 17th, and, leading off with the catchy as all get-out “Let It Happen,” this latest release from the Australian act provides dose after delicious dose of electronic, psychedelic rock-pop. Overall, I think the record is a great listen for fans of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories album or MGMT’s Oracular Spectacular, or perhaps anyone who has ever thought, “I really wish there were more songs that simultaneously remind me of Yeasayer and Michael Jackson.”  For me, stand-out tracks beyond “Let It Happen” include: “Eventually,” “The Less I Know The Better,” and “New Person, Same Old Mistakes.”

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(And, as a side musical note, also recently released, Wilco dropped a sneaky-surprise album – brazenly titled Star Wars – for FREE. Do your ears a favor, and investigate that a bit.)