Here's the latest installment in our "Best of" series, a compilation of the best music I've posted this month, tailored for those of you who have more important things to do than read blogs all day long. This month's "Best of" consists of a bunch of bands no one has ever heard of (outside of the blogosphere, that is), which in my estimation, is a very good thing. cold war kids live in texas Seeing this band live
reaffirmed how great this song really is. Frontman Nathan Willett
has been compared to just about everyone from Jeff Buckley
to Jack White
, and the band is set to tour this summer with Tapes 'n Tapes
, so expect to hear a lot more from these guys.
I was told by someone who I respect that seeing the youngsters in Spiral Beach
perform was pretty exciting, in a Talking Heads-circa-1975
kind of way. This song hints at a band capable of big things.
You've likely heard Beirut
by now, as he's been featured everywhere lately, and you probably either love it or hate it. But it's worth posting once more (my 4th time since February, I think), just in case anyone missed it.
This month's list is heavy on Texas bands, and Zykos
is one of the most intriguing. This song, which I believe is a demo, is heartwrenching and beautiful. Think About Life
"bring the party like no other band currently operating in Montreal area." Which is saying a lot. Listening to this record will leave you floored, your head buzzing, and completely exhausted.
There isn't much you can say about the greatness of Cee-lo Green that hasn't already been said, and this project figures to be another hit. Ola Podrida
and The Theater Fire
are two of my new favorite Texas bands. While they are very different stylistically, they both do a great job of capturing the feelings that characterize the impossibly wide expanse that is our state. This is "Texas Music", in the best sense of the phrase.bonus:Tacks, The Boy Disaster Paris mp3
I posted the demo version of this song last year, and Dodge
was able to get the mastered version sometime last week. I'm anxiously awaiting the full-length from Tacks
, one of Austin's best bands, but in the meantime this song is tiding me over nicely.