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2014 Brave Songs: Tricia's Top 35

2014 Brave Songs: Tricia’s Top 35

It was, after all, a wonderful year for music. Which you wouldn’t know from the hundreds of discarded CDs littering my office right now. But when they were good, they were very, very good. I was in a radio kind of mood this year so I did a top songs list instead of top albums,...
Remastered Sleater-Kinney Discography, YUM!

Remastered Sleater-Kinney Discography, YUM!

From www.sleater-kinney.com: On October 21st, Sub Pop Records will release ‘Start Together,’ a 3,000-copy limited edition deluxe vinyl box set comprised of remastered editions of Sleater-Kinney’s seven studio albums spanning 1995 to 2005. The set will include all seven albums pressed on colored vinyl and is accompanied by a 44-page hardcover book featuring never-before-seen photos...
Hamilton Leithauser = The Walkmen

Hamilton Leithauser = The Walkmen

Excerpted from NPR’s First Listen: Hamilton Leithauser, “Black Hours” by Stephen Thompson: “The singer largely tones down the briskly jangled rush of The Walkmen’s sound throughout Black Hours, as he steers many of its songs toward a slow-burning seethe that suits him well. But there’s still a looseness to the record that allows Leithauser to...
Take Me To The Augustines' Cruel City Anytime

Take Me To The Augustines’ Cruel City Anytime

Once upon a time there was a band called Pela. Pela captivated me with their 2007 album Anytown Graffitti, regrettably released just when my show at KCRW was ending or I would have played the hell out of it there. As it was, I included their song “Lost To The Lonesome” on my “Best of...
Another Indie Rocker Gets His Due On Mainstream Awards Show

Another Indie Rocker Gets His Due On Mainstream Awards Show

You might have missed it since Bono and his moving words about Nelson Mandela were next up on stage, but longtime Los Angeles indie rocker Alex Ebert won the Golden Globe last night for Best Original Score for Robert Redford’s film “All Is Lost”. Alex was the genius behind Ima Robot from 2003 to 2010...
Best Albums Of 2013

Best Albums Of 2013

Some people spend December making lists of gifts … I spend it making lists of albums. First a “definitely best of” list … then a “possibly best of” list … then a “better listen to that” list. Many headphone hours later, I always arrive at a clear cutoff point between the albums I am willing...
Eight Quick Picks: DB+St.V, Grizzly Bear, Two Gallants, Field Report, Cat Power and more

Eight Quick Picks: DB+St.V, Grizzly Bear, Two Gallants, Field Report, Cat Power and more

Hi, I’m back from a maternity break – doubled the size of the family by adding twins! I still found plenty of time to listen to new music, mostly while feeding them. They’re the most musically up-to-date newborns around! Here’s eight quick picks on recent new releases to make up for my absence, go on,...
Pick Of The Week: The Dig "Midnight Flowers"

Pick Of The Week: The Dig “Midnight Flowers”

This is The Dig’s second album and if I would have blogged more in 2010, their debut would have received a recommend as well. The album is flawlessly produced and every song has some interesting texture to it, I love that. But I don’t love it if the songwriting is not there to back it...
Pick Of The Week: Everest

Pick Of The Week: Everest

I think if a song can start off sounding like a Johnny Marr riff, segue into a grungy power pop Strokes vibe and then wind up sounding like the Doors, thats a great song. Such is “Rapture”, the first track off Everest’s new album Ownerless. And many more treats await you after that track. Most...
Pick Of The Week: Glen Hansard solo album

Pick Of The Week: Glen Hansard solo album

Spectacular Irish band The Frames, heart-stopping duo The Swell Season, and the hugely affecting movie Once have exactly one thing in common – Glen Hansard. He has an almost supernatural gift for live performance that is solidly backed up by first-rate songwriting credentials. A lot of Irishmen, Bono included, think Glen and his band The...
Pick Of The Week: Patti Smith "Banga"

Pick Of The Week: Patti Smith “Banga”

I’ve listened to this album about eight times in a row now. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t just being nostalgic, or ‘old’, or clinging to the past. But it’s just a damn fine release from one of the greatest artists of all time. Unlike many of her peers, she remains interesting and vibrant...
Picks Of The Week: Thieving Irons and Simone Felice

Picks Of The Week: Thieving Irons and Simone Felice

Two easy recommends this week, both from artists I’ve been following for some time. Nate Martinez has always been the secret weapon super-guitarist of Pela, as well as touring with The National and Alexi Murdoch. When Pela broke up, he found his solo voice as Thieving Irons (definitely the silver lining to losing Pela). His...