As any propagandist will tell you (stop laughing, I’m serious), repetition sells. Why do you think Chris is so damn popular? <-- this guy's got clout, let me tell you, and he's got about a billion posts on Sufjan Stevens to thank for it. It’s why awful songs get played on the radio over and over and over again. It’s why “all press is good press.” It’s why I can now look at Cate Blanchett without making this face. So without further ado, here’s a recap of what I’ve been obsessing over/posted on over the last month or two. Shameless, maybe, but oh so sweet.
[MP3] +/- [plus/minus] – Steal The Blueprints
Here’s a band that really came out of nowhere for me, particularly because a) they’re so damn good and b) I hadn’t heard them before. This song will undoubtedly end up on my year’s best list.
[MP3] We Will Build – White Furniture
These guys won an IGIF contest a little while back, and to top that, they are virtually unheard of! Here’s my favorite song of theirs, an upbeat DNTEL-esq electronica masterpiece, also on my year’s best list.
[MP3] Sunset Rubdown – They Took A Vote And Said No
Wolf Parade frontman Spencer Krug’s side project #1 is really picking up steam in the indie world, especially after winning Pitchfork’s BNM honors…and also for being ridiculously, ridiculously good sounding.
[MP3] Sufjan Stevens – No Man’s Land
Who else but Sufjan Stevens. I’m not normally a huge fan of patriotic ballads, but I’ll let this one slide…and I pray, and expect, that there’s a steaming pile of metaphor somewhere in this epic. Song of the Year contender.
[MP3] Phoenix – Long Distance Call
After the “Lost In Translation” buzz had died, we didn’t hear a lot from “that French band.” Now they’ve got a new album on the way, and if this song is any indication, it’s gonna be good.
[MP3] National Eye – The Switch
For fans of Sunset Rubdown, anything out of Montreal, and bouncy indie pop. Here’s a terribly underrated band that’s been pretty neglected in the indie world. It’s a shame too, because they’ve got a great album on their hands, and a whole lot of potential.
[MP3] Mystery Jets – The Boy Who Ran Away
Disappointed by The Futurehead’s newly discovered sound? Look no further than Mystery Jets, flying from across the pond in a big, awesome British flurry. Random acapella included.
[MP3] Little Ones – Lovers Who Uncover
This song’s got it all: hand clapping, Shins fans-friendly vocals, a catchy chorus, and plenty of buzzzzzz. It’s one of my favorites of the year, hands down, and I’m more than excited to see what else Little Ones have to offer.
[MP3] Irving – The Gentle Preservation Of Children’s Minds
A song that blurs the line between “indie” and mainstream, because it could easily go either way. Anyone else notice how similar this song is to DCFC’s Different Names For The Same Thing?
[MP3] Cold War Kids – We Used To Vacation
A great song told in story-mode about a guy on the edge of a breakdown. Cold War Kids came out of nowhere with two excellent EPs under their belt, and a whole lot of wiggle room.
[MP3] Cadence Weapon – Black Hand
After seeing a great performace as he opened up for Islands and Why?, I bought Breaking Kayfabe and haven’t been able to put it down. This is my favorite song of his, and maybe my favorite rap song this year so far.
[MP3] The Argyle Wishlist – We’ll Change Our Minds Eventually
Speaking of Islands, here’s a band that almost mimics Nick Diamonds’ vocals squeak for squeak. A great album from an almost unheard of band. Can’t wait to hear what they sound like with a bigger budget.
There…now doesn’t that make this look like the best blog ever!?! All that great music and all…(shameless). Anyway, I’ve got to go watch the United States put Morocco through torture and embarrassment. More to come later.