Sunday, December 29, 2013

December 2013 : Music Haul

I'm posting this early because I'm not sure if I will have internet access on the 31st. I'll be somewhere in the woods, listening to Lord Huron, probably drinking.

From November to December: 

  • Wet. Can't get enough of their EP. Please give me more, there are only 4 tracks + that video from Fader Fort. 
And that's pretty much it...if I was choosing from last month's options. I'm trying to refrain myself from documenting giant lists. 

In December, I've been listening to:

  • Mutual Benefit. I wrote a whole blog post devoted to Mutual Benefit below if you want to read it. Trust me, this album is perfect and you have to listen to it. It's probably one of the best albums of 2013. 
  • Andrew Belle. So many Chris Martin vibes. "Pieces." 
  • Ski Lodge. This band is so The Smiths-esque. The song "I Can't Tell" is when I saw parallels and it's my favorite track. But they're pretty pop-y  
  • Childish Gambino. Whilst trying to expand my running playlist, my friend sent me Childish Gambino's new album because of the internet. "II. WORLDSTAR" has a good running tempo. 
  • Odesza. Speaking of good running tempo, Odesza. That's all. Have you heard "Don't Stop" or "IPlayYouListen"? You haven't? You're running wrong probably. 

Revisited arists: 

  • Bastille. Love
  • Lucius. LOVE
  • Little Daylight. Also, love
  • Lord Huron. Love, love, love. This is perfect road trip music BTW. 
If you get a chance to see any of these artists live, you should. 


These tracks are really catchy...and I will always post about Bent Denim, I have a soft spot for them. 

Shit, can you believe it's the end of 2013? 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Mutual Benefit : Love's Crushing Diamond

So it's been a long long long time since I've written an album review. And this may be hasty, but I have to tell you immediately because I will feel like I've been holding out on you. Since 2011 I think, since I listened to a certain mixtape, Mutual Benefit's "Desert Island Feeling" has stuck around my listening space. I will forget it, I will remember it, and when I do, I am always pleasantly surprised by its beauty. Fast forward to a month ago (?), I saw this album pop up on my feed (thanks Facebook Sponsored Ads.......). I gave it a listen and brushed it off soon after I finished the 8-track album.

Until I decided to give it a listen again. I had been meaning to, but I've been bad at "keeping up" lately. But Mutual Benefit, this album is perfect...and Jordan Lee, frontman of Mutual Benefit was in Austin writing, collab-ing, and playing house shows? I've been missing out. Love's Crushing Diamond is dreamy, ethereal floaty-feeling music. I don't like to compare music, but I feel like this album is Lonesome Dreams's sister album, if that's a thing. I love Lord Huron, I've been listening to that album these past couple of weeks and Love's Crushing Diamond seems like a good transition. They complement each other, I think. Maybe my ears are weird. What do you think? I am really loving "Advanced Falconry" and "C.L. Rosarian," but all of the tracks are swell.

Give it a listen, get back to me.

Monday, December 2, 2013

November 2013: Music Haul

maybe my body is ready for Portland, maybe my body is just confused because I was sweating profusely from a 90 degree Sunday. either way, it loves to walk in the cold, windy, drizzly rain that Austin has procured a week ago. 

this is my ode to the cold. as you drift back and forth into our lives here in Texas, I will continue to wear dark clothes and dark lipstick to match the dark soul that seems to be in "winter mode." 

From October to November: 

  • Wet. I should be writing a separate post for these guys. I actually found this group last month, little did I know that this Brooklyn trio would infiltrate and conquer most of my listening time in November. When I'm not running to my set playlist, I'm listening to Wet. Yeah, I'm not a super fan of their name, but just listen to their most popular song "You're the Best" or my personal favorite "Don't Wanna Be Your Girl."
  • Phantogram. On my running playlist, on a separate "Phantogram" playlist. Still love them, probably for forever. 
  • Pedro The Lion. David Bazan's vibe and lyrics seem fitting for this 38 degree weather...and also the occasional 80 degree weather we get.
  • Dan Croll. The Spotify Sessions came out almost a week ago and all three tracks are gold. You compliment my soul Dan...with your beautiful face and voice. 

From November, I've been listening to:

  • Paws. There are some tracks I don't like, but I do like this one (it makes for a good morning song). Is it just me, or for a Glasgow band, they sound American? I don't know, I guess I always associated this teen-angst-pop-rock only to America. How very ethnocentric of me. 
  • Big Scary. My favorite track is "Twin Rivers."
  • You Won't. They are touring with Lucius, I get it. 
  • Ta-Ku. I remember hearing a track earlier this summer and vining to it. But my friend posted a link recently and for whatever reason, that acted as a catalyst to this Ta-Ku binge that I've been on for the past couple of days. 


  • Florence + The Machine. Sometimes you lose yourself and you need Florence to guide you back. 
  • Arcade Fire. More specifically, The Suburbs album. 
  • London Grammar. Have you seen their KEXP set? Hot. damn. 
  • Bon Iver. It's been raining here in Austin, Texas.