SBTRKT

Hello Readers!  I apologize for the lack of activity on our blog. Life has been a roller coaster for [J] and me as of late.  As things start to settle, here is some great music to satisfy your aural palette.  A few weeks ago, my friend, Marcus, introduced me to SBTRKT, a London DJ/musician/producer.  SBTRKT’s, eponymous debut album bestows 11 two-step, R&B, and house tracks and features collaborators, such as Sampha, Little Dragon, Roses Gabor, and Jessie Ware.  However, my favorite part of the album is the smooth, haunting sound of Sampha’s voice in the song, “Hold On“:

As a bonus, I’m throwing in the video for “Wildfire” ft. Little Dragon, which is a great addition to your “Beat for the Sheets” mixtape;-)

Add SBTRKT to your playlist!

peace & love,

[A]

cheers to The Strokes!

I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since The Strokes debuted their first album, Is This It.  Thanks to Stereogum, who has released tribute albums for the likes of Radiohead, R.E.M., and Bjork, we can all enjoy STROKED: A Tribute To Is This It, which features eclectic covers by Peter Bjorn & John, The Morning Benders, Heems, etc.

I think we can all remember where we were when we first heard and fell in love with the original album.  It was a constant soundtrack to late nights of model-building during my sophomore year at CCA.  Happy 10-year anniversary to The Strokes!

Download it now for free;-)

[A]

just speak plain

Happy Thursday!  This week’s jam comes from one of my favorite bands of this year, the Cold War Kids.  I had the pleasure of seeing them at an impromptu performance in a friend’s backyard a few months ago.  This song, Skip the Charades, has been haunting me since I copped the album.  It’s a great soundtrack for a late-night drive.  Enjoy!

[A]

Hey! You’re part of it!

If you know what the line from the title of this post is from, then you get 10 bonus points from me. When I was in college (an undisclosed number of years ago), I was a pretty big fan of an excellent band called Piebald. Their album “We Are The Only Friends We Have” was the soundtrack to those 4 years of my life, and many of my college buddies will attest to this also. We were even able to catch them live a few times, including at The Fireside Bowl, a now defunct music venue/bowling alley in Chicago.

Anywho, the band has since broken up (in 2008), BUT… thanks to the magical world of Twitter, I discovered recently that 2 of the members are in another band! In LA!

Long story short (?), I went to see them last night, they’re called The Hunting Accident and they were really great. It made me happy to see Travis and Aaron rocking out just as hard as they used to in Piebald, and I’m definitely going to follow them in whatever music projects they take part in.

Also! Back to Piebald for a sec! There’s a documentary about their journey as a band and how they always did things on their terms. It’s called We’re Nobody’s Robots and I, for one, plan to check it out. Anybody seen it? Or anybody out there familiar with Piebald? Anybody out there in general?

[J]

Obsession to the max…

There is no stopping me. Sometimes a new album comes out and it just never leaves my ipod, CD player (yeah.) or computer playlist. I want to listen to it day and night, blast it in my car and sing along at the top of my lungs (coincidentally, I get really happy when I see random strangers rocking out by themselves while driving).

Right now it’s these guys. The Civil Wars are so amazing, it’s crazy.

I’m not even talking just this album (which is called Barton Hollow, and is only $5 on Amazon for the month of July, by the way), I’m talking any song I can get my hands on through YouTube or live recordings. EVERYTHING they do is so good. If you are remotely a fan of folk/indie music, I think you’ll be down with this awesomeness.

Here is one that’s not on the album, but great nonetheless: Oh Henry

And if you’re into photography, you can follow the TCW tour photo diary, shot by photographer Allister Ann. The photos are MUY EXCELLENTE!
I highly advise ya’ll to ch- ch- check it out! You can thank me later.

photo and post by [J]