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new music tuesday, february 11.

we’re only a month and a half into the new year and there have already been a few great album drops. today is no exception with the release of mark kozelek’s latest album under his sun kil moon name. hell, even pitchfork agrees, and that pretty much never happens.

sun kil moon. this album carries so much beauty. full of heart-wretching lyrics, truths, and the mindless lyric rambles kozelek is known for. like his other albums, the album wreaks of melancholy, a tone i’ve loved for as long as i can remember. he does manage to work in a few quirkier tunes with “dogs” and the closing track, “ben’s my friend.” i also love how he worked in panera bread into two separate songs (i’ll let you listen to figure out which two).

“carissa” kicks off the album with a somber tone, telling the story of his second cousin, whom he barely knew, but took a familial liking to, and her tragic death. and, like albums of the past, he’s tossed in the names of his friends like ben gibbard of the postal service. likely two of my favorite tracks are those he wrote about his mom, “i can’t live without my mother’s love” and his dad, “i love my dad,” which show a side of kozelek not often seen.

since my first listen of this album over a week ago, i’ve replayed it more times than i have fingers. and on snowy days or cold days, or even cloudy days, it’s the perfect album. probably one of my favorites, although i’ve nearly loved every sun kil moon and red house painters album.

favorite track(s)?: carissa, richard ramirez died today of natural causes.

grade: A+

new music tuesday, october 29

i don’t even know where to start with the summation of this year in music, and we’re at october 29th, folks. but, i mean, between daft punk, the national, head and the heart, my bloody valentine, and now arcade fire. ugh. seriously.

arcade fire. thank you arcade fire for your after-SNL special a few weeks back. seriously made my weekend. not to mention the amazing cameos. and, let’s also not forget the preview of four (yes, four) new tracks off of this album at that same time. “after life?” yes, please. you already had me sold with “reflecktor.” your haitian music influence and disco feel immediately make this album an A++ in my books.

grade: A++

new music tuesday, october 15

you guys. i don’t normally take the time to express my excitement over new album releases, but this one takes the cake. because, for the past 2 plus years, the head and the heart have been my band. their songs. their live performances. their melodies and lyrics. ugh. just. can’t. deal.

so my excitement is ridiculously over-the-moon because i have been on pins and needles waiting for this band’s sophomore album. with their first track dropping in late-july — “shake,” i was thrilled. followed by their jimmy fallon performance of “another story” and i’m beyond sold on this one. i just. you guys.

now the important stuff. my review of the album.

The Head and The Heartthe head and the heart. oh, be still my heart with the steel guitar on “cruel.” that entire track gave me goosebumps. just, ugh. charity nails it with the violin. on every. single. track. (like you should expect anything else). “shake” is full of energy. the last track, “gone?” say “hello” to the beautiful banjo and accordion. they’re hauntingly beautiful together. and, the title track? oh jesus. the lyrics get you right in the feels. also, charity has a full verse on this track and yes. yes. yes. and, in case you don’t believe me, just a taste of “let’s be still.”

the world’s not forgiving,
of everyone’s fears.
the days turn into months,
the months turn into years.
so just for a moment,
let’s be still.

i mean. come on. this entire freaking album just makes my heart incredibly happy. you guys have no idea. and, it only has me tremendously excited for their denver show on december 13th.

there is so much growth from the band’s debut album to their sophomore album in the most beautiful way. a fuller sound (more instruments and crisper tracks), bigger harmonies, even stronger lyrics, a bigger presence of charity’s voice (often lost in tracks from the first album), and so much emotion. it has been incredible to see this band grow.

favorite track(s)? let’s be still, shake, . honorable mention? gone

grade: A++

let’s not forget the other albums out this week:

  • the avett brothers, magpie and the dandelion: B
  • cults, static: B

new music tuesday, october 8.

artwork01sleigh bells. there’s an interesting flow to how the tracks are stacked on this album. with the harder beats up front, and the slower, poppier tunes on the back half of the album, and a solid finish with love sick. makes for an solid album flow-through. but, what is great about this album is the heavier sound from this duo. deeper beats (think r&b and rap), heavier guitar (i love this component so much), stronger lyrics — all with a positive undertone. while it is not a complete departure from the sleigh bells of years past, although others may feel differently, this album shows great growth. an evolution of their sound; one alexis and derek have expressed they are very excited about. favorite track(s)? sugarcane. young legends. honorable mention? bitter rivals.

grade: A

other new releases today:

  • dale earnhardt jr. jr., the speed of things: A+
  • panic! at the disco, too weird to live, to rare to die!: C
  • lissie, back to forever: B+
  • tim kasher, adult film: C+
  • papa, tender madness: B+
  • st. lucia, when the night: A-
  • cage the elephant, melophobia: B+

new music tuesday, october 1.

MI0003624281lorde.  every single one of you know you’ve enjoyed every beat of her hit debut single “royals.” and, you’ve enjoyed every second of that melody being stuck in your head. but, let’s take a second to talk about how every track on this album pretty much has you dancing in your seat. i was thisclose to dancing in the middle of the office (no shame over here). lorde has this melancholy undertone present throughout her debut album. having written the entire album at the age of 16, so much of of the album is dripping in her teenage angst, but, given her hauntingly crystal voice, is delivered beautifully on every track. favorite track? this is a tough one. so here are my favorite tracks: 400 lux, royals, white teeth teens. honorable mention? a world alone.

MI0003626103blitzen trapper. i was lucky enough to catch these guys at the chipotle cultivate festival in denver back in mid-august. while a piece of me was really hoping to hear a lot of their old stuff, i was happy to hear some of the new stuff. i honestly had spaced out on the release of this album until nearly a week or so ago. this new album, the band’s seventh, takes on the world of southern twang and elements of hip-hop rock. this album is quite a departure for the group, which may lead many to abandon it, but it’s quirky tunes are worth giving it a few spins. you might not love it, but you might feel the need to throw on your boots and throw back a beer or two. favorite track? earth (fever called love).

MI0003632269haim. what is it about musical families? besides the fact that these sisters are beyond talented, this entire album channels the 80’s so hard. given the fact that i’m a child of the 80’s, it’s as if this album was produced just for my ears to orgasm. the muted guitars are like a 1985 pop music star’s dream. favorite track? the wire. honorable mention? days are gone.

new music tuesday, september 17.

MGMTMGMTmgmt. i made sure to avoid every review of this album before i took a first listen. why? because if you know anything about the mgmt fanboys out there in this world, they’re pretty vocal about how they just wish the band would re-do oracular spectacular. but, isn’t in the nature of musicians to grow their music and expand their sound? well, some people apparently don’t think so. kudos to mgmt to making the music they want to make, rather than letting their fans dictate what they produce.

each song on the band’s new self-titled album leaves you bopping your head up and down, even without you realizing it. albeit, this album is definitely a far cry from the pop-y sounds of their earlier days, but the electronica sound and texture you’ll get with this album are all the more reason for you to love it. fave tracks? “cool song no. 2” and “plenty of girls in the sea.” honorable mention goes to the album’s first single, “your life is a lie.”

and, because i love live performances and jimmy fallon, enjoy mgmt’s performance of “plenty of girls in the sea” from last week.

new music tuesday, august 20.

homepage_large.f891f435mark kozelek + desert shore. i had the pleasure of being introduced to mark kozelek by a pretty awesome human being. while i may be a lover of almost all music, i have a huge love of depressing and melancholy music. most people loathe this kind of music, but there’s almost always a beautiful story weaved within the music notes. call me crazy, but the more depressing, the better the song. back on my birthday, i was able to catch mark kozelek in denver for an acoustic show at the soiled dove. so, i’ve heard many of these songs before getting my hands on the full album. what’s beautiful about them is the full band. i’m a big sucker for an acoustic show, but, as i mention above, the combination of the music + lyrics only makes these songs come to life so much more. one of my faves off this album include livingstone bramble for his continued expression of his hatred of nels cline (. another fave is travoris cloud because he shows a little love to his deceased friend tim mooney of american music club. i make no promises that you’ll love this album as much as i do, but i can only hope you can see the beauty in the melancholy.

TySegall_sleeper_cvr-312b3e3456346add4cbda25a2a334d0367acefa9-s1ty segall. we might as well keep the dark theme going. ty segall’s lastet album “sleeper” is hardly that. the dark lyrics and melodies are a reflection of all of the trouble life through his way in the last year. this is also the first album he recorded where he didn’t have the stress of a regular day job to trip him up. i think it really shows; and the freedom he had really allowed him to explore and stretch his music. this album has definitely demonstrated his growth in the last year — one where he released a handful of EPs and LPs. while only 35 minutes in length, it’s the perfect album for that rainy monday in the office. or any monday really (let’s just say I also had this album on repeat yesterday). not to mention, it has this fantastic 60’s and 70’s rock vibe that i just love. fave track? “she don’t care.”

tumblr_inline_mrfsww4V7f1qlchcjjohn mayer. i don’t really care if you love john mayer or not. this guy can play the guitar. i’ve managed to catch three of his live shows, and i’ll gladly just listen to him jam on the guitar. he doesn’t need to sing, honestly. but, i know there are plenty of john mayer haters out there. his latest album has more of a folkier feel to it than his albums of the past. channeling artists like bob dylan and lord huron. and, it has a much more upbeat tempo to it — a reflection of where he is in his life right now. clearly a happy man, collaborating with the likes of frank ocean (a personal fave of mine) and girlfriend katy perry, who has been tremendously supportive of his journey to record this album (she even appears on the track “who you love.”). i think country fans might be warm to this album. it’s a good “driving in the mountains on a summer day with the jeep top off” sort of album. my personal fave track happens to be “dear marie.”

hope one of these albums makes your ears happy today.