This post is specifically designed for those of you who don't have the time, nor the desire, to read my incessant ramblings every day. I hope to make this a regular monthly feature
, in which I'll post my 5 or 6 (or in this case, 7) favorite tracks from the month, in an attempt to draw as much attention as possible to my favorite artists. Obviously, these are all highly recommended.Sparrow House
This is the first track from Voxtrot
's Jared Van Fleet, under the Sparrow House
moniker. Many have commented that this track would feel right at home on the soundtrack to a Wes Anderson film, and I agree. The best song I heard this month, and one of the best I've heard in quite some time.
song blew me away the first time I heard it, and it's still growing on me, despite (or maybe because of) the fact that the first few bars are reminiscent of the M*A*S*H theme song. Jason Lee
's favorite band will be releasing their new album sometime in the next couple months.
Rarely does a song conjure as much emotion as this one, taken from the band's new LP, Everything All The Time
(out March 21).Sibylle Baier
If you're a fan of Vashti Bunyan and her story, you'll love this track from Baier's upcoming album, Colour Green
(out Feb. 7 on Orange Twin
) Gorgeously understated folk, recorded in the early '70's. (Thanks to Moka
for introducing me to Ms. Baier)
This year is shaping up to be infinitely better for hip hop than '05 was, with new records due from Wu alums Ghostface and Raekwon. This track is taken from Ghostface's Fish Scale
, due out Feb. 28.
This track, taken from Head Like A Kite
's Brian Deck-produced LP Random Portraits of the Home Movie
(Feb. 21), features the vocals of Aysa from Smoosh
, everyone's favorite pre-teen indie rockers.
I can't get enough of these Swedes lately. Their album, Nine Times That Same Song
, is genius, and I can't wait to see them at SXSW, along with fellow Swede Jose Gonzalez
, at the Pitchfork Showcase
Also available in a streamable version
, this is the best video I've seen so far in '06. Filmed by the band and edited with the help of Peter Simonite (Spoon, Texas Chainsaw Massacre), you're not getting the full mileage out of your iPod video if this clip isn't on it.************************also:
If you're in Dallas tonight, go check out Red Monroe
and The Black Angels
at The Cavern
. This track, from Red Monroe's upcoming EP, The Governor's Ball
, really gets going at about the 2:45 mark. Recommended:Red Monroe Blue Mountain Air mp3