Today was a pretty awesome day in terms of Pitchfork lining up with my hopes and expectations. You know, for all the smug reviews they peddle, the sweet moments like these just seem to make everything ok. They rounded out the edges nicely today in a number of ways:

1. Spencer and his Sunset Rubdown project nailed a Best New Music! It seems like Mr. Krug can’t be stopped these past couple years, with BNM honors for last year’s Wolf Parade debut and now he “wins” again for Shut Up I Am Dreaming! If you haven’t heard anything from Sunset Rubdown’s turf, check this out:

[MP3] Sunset RubdownThey Took A Vote And Said No
[MP3] Sunset RubdownStadiums And Shrines II

2. iGIF favorite Beirut picked up a great track review (4.5 stars!) today for the same exact track I raved about just a few days ago! It’s a brilliant song, and if this is any indication, Zach Condon will be the next Owen Pallett.

[MP3] BeirutPostcards From Italy
[MP3] BeirutThe Canals Of Our City

3. Another iGIF favorite and Pitchfork writer Cadence Weapon picked up a great review today, an 8.0, for Breaking Kayfabe, one of the best hip-hop releases of the year without a doubt. Check out these tracks, I’ll have more for you later!

[MP3] Cadence WeaponOliver Square
[MP3] Cadence WeaponBlack Hand

So I guess this makes up for Pitchfork’s neglect to give Final Fantasy a BNM nod yesterday… tisk tisk

Little Ones

I was just thinking the other day how it’d be nice to find another instantly likeable indie pop band… You know, one that I didn’t have to get used to, one I could play whenever I want, just to feel good. A band to clap along to, one that I don’t have to learn to like, one that, if I go to bed with certain substances effecting my brain and play their music while I sleep, will trigger crazy-cool dreams of riding on the back of that big dog-thing from Fantasia as he flies me over Eureka’s Castle as I wave in euphoria to my friends Magellan the Dragon and Sir Klank…

And then I found Little Ones (thanks to all you fine people) and I became elated once again. Little Ones are an infinitely likeable, superb band from L.A. that recall a Shins-like vibe (not to mention the Chutes Too Narrow-like artwork). If you’ve been following this site for a while and haven’t given up hope, you’ll probably love this band.

All highly recommended:

[MP3] Little OnesLovers To Uncover
[MP3] Little OnesCha Cha Cha
[MP3] Little OnesHigh On A Hill

C’mon everyone, head over here to buy their debut EP Sing Song for a whopping $7!

With Bishop Allen being 1/3 of the way through their 12-month EP project, they’ve safely produced some great great songs. Adding to their ever growing catalogue, they’ve just released their April EP.

The new EP is fantastic!! The range of instruments, from violins to banjos, adds new depth to their music. A lot of their songs seem to be taking on a more serious and darkened romanticism..but I am not complaining. “The Monitor” was one of my favorite songs they have ever recorded with eerie lyrics and haunting guitar. The track below starts out simple- quite instruments and charming lyrics. Then like a flash of lightning, two of my favorite instruments grab the song by the [insert musical body part here] and shake the living hell out of it.

Violin + Piano + Bishop Allen = a good time for your ears.

[MP3] Bishop AllenFlight 180

How somber is that track? How great is that track? Make sure to head over to their site and buy an EP for super cheap!

In other news, I have one exam left. What a relief! I can’t wait to get back into the rhythm of posting, I’ve been amassing some good tunes since “eat/sleep/study/contemplate suicide/take exam” mode has started.

Cold War Kids

Here’s a band that’s been getting considerable hype recently, a buzz mainly surrounding the three strong and notable EPs they’ve released in the last year, but one also trailing an apparently astounding SXSW performance they exhibited opening up for iGIF favorites Tapes n’ Tapes (they’re also doing a bunch of dates with TnT again in May/June).

Never one to be left out on some good ol’ hype, I first listened to Cold War Kids yesterday on a tip from a friend (thanks TimeGuy). First reaction: “This guy can SING!” Then, after listening to the two most recent EPs, Up In Rags and With Our Wallets Full, discovered the band’s possible downfall: a lot of it sounds pretty similar, probably because of the strength and uniqueness of lead singer Nathan Willet’s voice. This is a pretty trivial comment, though. I’m sure with more time spent on the music, the songs will differentiate themselves more, yada yada. At any rate, the music’s damn good, reminding me a little bit of U2 if fronted by a soulful Jack White (not to say J Dubs isn’t already soulful enough).

Check out these tracks, all highly recommended:

[MP3] Cold War KidsHospital Beds
[MP3] Cold War KidsWe Used To Vacation
[MP3] Cold War KidsPregnant

Check out this video of Hospital Beds Live @ the Troubador, LA (thanks Jaxxy)
Check out m3 online for a better analysis and more MP3s.
Check out this site to buy either EP for $7 or both for $12. Worth it, completely.

Between studying and packing up to move back home, I’ve almost forgotten to post who won the Guillemots contest last week. Despite limited responses, as I am sure it was just that hard, there were some real gems. If you can recall, I had people develop a sentence/paragraph using as many Beatles song titles as possible.

Congrats to Angela for winning the limited edition vinyl!! Her winning entry:


Yesterday I Got A Woman that wasn’t you. Another Girl. Honey Don’t be mad. It’s not Real Love, because I Call Your Name at night still. How Do You Do It? I think of you Here, There and Everywhere, and Every Little Thing reminds me of you. But Clarabella was born on Penny Lane and I need her Money.

P.S. I Love You

I found it pretty awesome. But what I found more awesome, that made for “a happy Nathaniel” was the brand new X-Men 3 clip. I am not sure how many of you were avid comic readers when you were younger, or if you watched the animated series, but this last clip was deeeelicious.

The clip (from the Tonight Show) takes place in the Danger Room (which was cut out of the first two for budget reasons) and features a Sentinel. Not to mention the…FASTBALL SPECIAL !! I almost got teary eyed. That was only 30 seconds of the movie. I can’t even wait for the whole thing to come out this month. I was a huge X-Men nerd as little kid (still am), so the movies have been a personal joy for me; whilst being critical of some minor comic-to-movie flaws- IM me for a rant.

Countdown to X3! Three exams finished…two left. Kill me now.