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The Shape of Things to Come

19 Jul

Earlier this year I posted a list of my most anticipated albums, with blind ambition and childlike yearning. I was basing assumption on hope.

As it turns out, that list is proving true. Beach House, Keane, and Frank Ocean have all already released new albums (all of which meet and exceed expectation). Passion Pit’s ‘Gossamer’ drops next week. The XX, who were not on the list, but probably should have been, released their new single with news of an upcoming album called ‘Coexist’.

Mumford and Sons recently announced they would be releasing ‘Babel’ on September 25. Two Door Cinema Club will be releasing their follow up to Tourist History, ‘Beacon’, September 3rd.

And it seems Phoenix are still stuck in a studio somewhere. It’s all very exciting… (below is a full list of album release dates).

To tide over anticipation, here are two new tracks from a collaboration between Pnau and Elton John. It’s pretty special.

Elton John vs. Pnau – Good Morning to the Night:

Elton John vs. Pnau – Sad:

Passion Pit – Gossamer : July 24
Purity Ring – Shrines : July 24
Bloc Party – Four : August 21
Two Door Cinema Club – Beacon : September 3
Animal Collective – Centipede Hz : September 4
Stars – The North : September 4
The xx – Coexist : September 11
David Byrne and St. Vincent – Love This Giant : September 11
Ben Folds Five – The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind Out : September 18
Grizzly Bear – Shields : September 18
The Killers – Battle Born : September 18
Mumford and Sons – Babel : September 25
Sun Airway – Soft Fall : October 2

Best Of My Years: Dave

25 Nov

The ‘Best Of My Years’ series is a collection of lists from friends and family. An aggregation of ‘Top 10’ definitive lifetime albums.

Songs are often manifest within experience, and as a result, some albums have become definitive of certain memories. These are the albums that can evoke nostalgia or induce emotion; the albums that have given definition to our lives.

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Here Comes A City

12 Mar

Torquil Campbell (of Stars fame) recently released a new album called “Here Comes A City” under his side project moniker Memphis. It’s currently the album of the year. Buy it.

Memphis – I Want The Lights On After Dark:

New Years, Frosty Beers

27 Dec

New Years seems to embody the very exhibition of false spectacle. It is meant to be an occasion of pure fulfillment; a moment of pure rejoice – yet it is always a function of vacancy and disappointment.

It seems that when you build something up, in an attempt to solidify its worth, you just deprive that something of its true articulation of meaning. New years is no exception; as it never seems to fulfill you of your expectations.

It is presented as a momentous change in both the character of the world and character of you – when in reality, it is no different from the change of the day before. I would love to hear otherwise, but I don’t think I will… So set your expectations low and set your hopes high, for a New Years worth remembering.

This music isn’t anything new – but hopefully it is something exciting. Here are a few gems that will be played for my new years ball drop.

Hopefully you can find something of worth.

Stars – Dead Hearts (LightsoverLA remix):

Christoph Andersson – Capital:

Everything Everything – MY KZ, UR BF (Grum Remix):

Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work (The Twelves remix):

Aeroplane vs Friendly Fires vs Flight Facilities – I Crave Paris:

Hey Champ – Cold Dust Girl (Gemini Club remix):

Bag Raiders – Sunlight:

Delorean – Real Love (LightoverLA remix):

New Music from Old Favorites

7 Apr


The first concert I ever went to was one by the Stars. They were just as good live, as they were on all their albums. So following In Our Bedroom After The War comes their new album The Five Ghosts set for release June 22, 2010. Here is the single “Fixed”:

Fixed:


Sigur Ros was never one of my favorites (but don’t let Lavurn know). Their lead singer Jonsi, however, has released a solo album titled Go and it has some really beautiful songs:

The single, “Go Do”:

And a beautiful string driven, “Tornado”:

-Dave

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