:: a new music guide by DJ & music supervisor Tricia Halloran ::

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Picks Of The Week: Sigur Rós and Now, Now

Picks Of The Week: Sigur Rós and Now, Now

I could just skip over this new release because a) you should already know about Sigur Rós, and b) the album is not significantly different than any of their other releases. But it’s a truly wonderful listening experience and it feels like the right time for a gorgeous, dreamy, escapist album. Stuck at work on...
Picks Of The Week: Admiral Fallow and Lightships

Picks Of The Week: Admiral Fallow and Lightships

It’s bold to start your album with the sound of a someone agitating a speaker cord, then lead into a six minute down-tempo duet. But I guess when you have that adorable Scottish accent, you can get away with it. The second song picks up tempo quite a bit, and might remind you of their...
Picks Of The Week: Beach House and The Wave Pictures

Picks Of The Week: Beach House and The Wave Pictures

Welcome back to me! I’ve been missing from this blog for one month. I worked on two super awesome pilots, both of which you will likely see on NBC in early 2013, and two incredible season finales for Castle and The Big C. Always lots of pressure for great music in those season finales! Then...
Picks Of The Week: The 88 & Avalanche City

Picks Of The Week: The 88 & Avalanche City

Super quick double recommend this week to make up for last week – April is a very busy time in TV land! Now in case you haven’t noticed, I’m fond of albums. Singles & EPs I have no love for. They’re at best too short to get an idea what a band is all about...
Pick Of The Week: The Shins "Port Of Morrow"

Pick Of The Week: The Shins “Port Of Morrow”

Dear James Mercer, you really are a terrible boyfriend. You’ve spent five years away from the Shins, philandering openly with Dangermouse on the Broken Bells project, which although lovely didn’t quite utilize your songwriting talents, did it? And now you bring us a new album and I suppose you’d like to be back in our...
Pick Of The Week: Delta Spirit

Pick Of The Week: Delta Spirit

Yes, this recommend is a few days behind schedule. But I did not receive this album until today so it all worked out for the best! I’m already a big Delta Spirit fan, so I’m not sure why it was not on my doorstep the day of release, but I’m just happy I have it...
Pick Of The Week: She Keeps Bees "Dig On"

Pick Of The Week: She Keeps Bees “Dig On”

I liked this record when it came out last year but as time has passed I have become slightly obsessed with it so it’s definitely due for a mention. Just imagine if The Black Keys were fronted by a woman, or if Cat Power became a power rocker. You’d like that, right? It’s only $9...
Pick Of The Week: Yellow Ostrich

Pick Of The Week: Yellow Ostrich

Singer-guitarist Alex Schaaf takes his work into expanded territory on Yellow Ostrich’s second album, Strange Land. His first album was a bedroom project but now with a complete band there’s new instrumentation and a much bigger sound that comes from touring everywhere in the last year. Its still quirky, lovable, dynamic, fresh-sounding, and well worth...
Pick Of The Week: "New Multitudes" by Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker, Yim Yames

Pick Of The Week: “New Multitudes” by Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker, Yim Yames

You had me at “Jay Farrar” … but feel free to throw in two of my other favorite songwriters of all time, Will Johnson from Centro-matic and Anders Parker from Varnaline. And just in case anyone still needs convincing, toss in Yim Yames aka Jim James from My Morning Jacket, because then this record is...
Pick Of The Week: Lambchop "Mr. M"

Pick Of The Week: Lambchop “Mr. M”

Lambchop is an odd band, they’ll be the first to tell you. And its not for everyone. There’s not space on this blog to properly explain their quirky sound and outsider path to success but you can read all about it on AllMusic.com. They rarely (never?) misstep, so all their releases are recommended but the...
Pick Of The Week: Heartless Bastards

Pick Of The Week: Heartless Bastards

There’s no lack of buzz on this release and well deserved. I love Erika Wennerstrom’s vocals, her songwriting, her emotion, the production (by Jim Eno of Spoon), the way the record builds from a whisper to a wail, and I don’t know why there is a buffalo on the artwork but I love that too....
Valentine's Day Playlist

Valentine’s Day Playlist

The romantic and sexy editors over at the new Reign magazine asked me to come up with ten songs to make you swoon on Valentine’s Day, it’s a varied list from Billie Holiday to Wilco to James Vincent McMorrow, here you go! Ten Songs To Make You Swoon