It's review time again.

Read my review of Gardens & Villa's new album Dunes.

Best if Played After 2013

Check out my best of 2013 mixtape featuring Sigur Rós, Kendrick Lamar, The Neighboorhood, Best Coast, Broken Bells, and many more!

Hear a teaser track to Neil Jarvis' new album

I sat down and talked with Neil about the upcoming album Halloween Summer, inspirations, and the band!

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have a new single out

It's pretty much the best thing ever.

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks announce debut album

Enter the Slasher House...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

REVIEW // Dunes by Gardens & Villa

Since Chris Lynch and his friends began making music in 2008, these Santa Barbara-based musicians have been experimenting with a very cool combination of electronic music. Part electro-pop, part chillwave, and part psychedelia is what make up Gardens & Villa and it is a combination bound to get anyone up and dancing, or at the very least tapping their foot and bobbing their head in their chair. Dunes is the band’s second full-length album and was released earlier this year in February. The band, currently signed to Secretly Canadian (The War on Drugs, BLK JKS, Porcelain Raft, etc), got help producing the album by Tim Goldsworthy, who has worked in the past with Cut Copy, LCD Soundsystem, and Hercules & Love Affair
Dunes is an overall good album. Sure, it has some snags here-and-there, but almost every album has that. It’s weird though, because where Dunes really brings home the gold is also a factor in its big flaw. All the tracks sound outstanding (minus one or two due to personal preference) by themselves. Unfortunately, when they are all put together into album format, especially the way they actually were put together, they some-what seem to lose steam half-way though. There are four really killer tracks right in the beginning rather than spaced out through the album and that leads to a rather boring and dull second half. There are a couple great tracks in the latter portion of the album but overall this is a first-half heavy album. Also can we talk about the bizarre closing track “Love Theme” for a minute here? What the? Why is this even in the album? The entire album is either soft rock or electro-pop, maybe a chillwave thrown in, but for the most part pop or rock songs. Then there’s “Love Theme” at the end being the black sheep… Whatever floats your boat G&V.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

LISTEN // Hear a teaser of Neil Jarvis' new album

Well, we may still have a ways to go before the warm rays and relaxing days of summer arrive, but with Neil Jarvis' new teaser for his forthcoming album, we can at least pretend it's here already. "Halloween Summer" is the newest track out from Manchester England based band, Neil Jarvis, and is the title track off their upcoming album by the same name, out this May via On the Grind

This will be the band's second album, who draw influences from bands such as Real Estate, Pavement, Silver Jews and others. I briefly talked with Jarvis about the album, and the band in general, and you can read his response below. Don't forget to look for Halloween Summer this May, and while you're at it listen/purchase the band's last album Weekends here!

Neil Jarvis on influences, Halloween Summer, and the band:
"My main inspiration is bands like Neil Young, Pavement, The Feelies, Real Estate, Sun Araw. We played a gig last year with Bob Nastanovich from Pavement who joined us on stage for a song - (we asked him if he would), and that was highlight, i'm a big fan of Pavement and Silver Jews, and they are big influences... 
...This album is much more the sound of a band playing together, unlike the first album 'Weekends' which was myself getting my friends in to play on songs. I got a permanent band together last year and it's definitely added something extra to it. There's more conventional pop songs on this album and less of the ambient experimental stuff, but it still has some [experimentation] in the sound."

Thursday, February 27, 2014

REVIEW // The new Pains of Being Pure at Heart single is simply the best.

It simply just is guys. In the beginning it really doesn't even sound like a Pains of Being Pure at Heart song, but then Kip Berman's soft and fuzzy voice comes in around 0:25 and you're in heaven. What's truly great about this song is the amount of new things present in it. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have always had some elements of pop to them but they have always tended to sway more to the dream-pop or indie rock side of things. Some might argue that they have even been shoegazy at times, but this song screams pop! It's the kind of pop that immediately brings a smile to your face and gets you dancing, if maybe only in your chair a little. You can listen to the amazing super awesome gets you pumped for spring song "Simple And Sure" below. Happy Thursday readers!

"Simple And Sure" is the first single off The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's upcoming album Days of Abandon out March 22nd!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

NEWS // The Drums to release new album.

"celebrating the only way we know how. Album 3 is finished" 
That was the word (and photo) from surf-rock group The Drums this afternoon on Facebook. Their new album finished and hopefully on the way relatively soon for us listeners and fans.

It's been a good 3 years since their last release (if you don't count a single they released in 2012 where only the B Side was a new song) and I'm definitely ready for some new drums. It is a long time to wait though, so if you need a refresher on The Drums, below you can listen to my top 5 favorite songs from them. Happy Sunday! (or whatever day it is that you're reading this!)

The Top 5 Best Songs from the Drums
5.  Saddest Summer Ever (from their 2009 release, Summertime!)
4.  Best Friend (from their 2010 release, The Drums)

3.  Me and the Moon (from their 2010 release, The Drums)

2.  In the Cold (from their 2011 release, Portamento)
1.  How It Ended (from their 2011 release, Portamento)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

NEWS // Debut album on the way for Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks.

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks is a new band featuring (surprise!) Avey Tare from Animal Collective and ex members of Dirty Projectors and Ponytail Angel Deradoorian and Jeremy Hyman, respectively. The group will be releasing their debut album Enter the Slasher House this coming April. Below, you can hear their new single "Little Fang", a sassy psychedelic pop song filled with catchy lyrics and great potential for what's to come. 

Enter the Slasher House will be out April 7th internationally via Domino Records and April 8th in the US.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

LISTEN // New single from Cloud Nothings.

Above you can hear Cloud Nothings first single off their upcoming album Here and Nowhere Else. It's reminiscent of their earlier pop/noise rock albums with it's catchy, repetitive choruses (and honestly verses for that matter!) like "I'm not, I'm not you / You're a part me! You're a part of me!" but not at all in a bad way. The song, though a little rough around the edges, shows good potential for the upcoming album and suggests maybe another pop or noise rock release. Hopefully Dylan Baldi will throw in a couple good garage rock tracks in there for good measure too as I have fallen in love waaaay too hard with "Wasted Days". Here and Nowhere Else comes out this April 1st.

Pre-order Here and Nowhere Else here! (and nowhere else!)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

LISTEN // New single from Bombay Bicycle Club!

Happy 2014 readers! Only less than a month left till Bombay Bicycle Club's new album is released. till then, check out their new single, "Luna" below! In contrast to the other single released last year, "Carry Me", "Luna" falls in line with their previous songs in musical style and sounds just as awesome. So, all you people who were worried it'll be just "techno" as this fan was, you're wrong!.....probably. I mean we don't know till its here so you might be right but...

Look for So Long, See You Tomorrow this February 3rd!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

MIXTAPES // Best if Played After 2013

Welcome to This Blog is About Music's second annual Best Of mixtape! As an attempt to improve upon last year's mix, Best if Played After 2013 features over 3 hours of great music from 2013 from an even wider range of genres than last year including Post-Rock, Pop, Dance, Chillwave, Surf Rock, Electronic, Rap, Shoegaze, Metal, and others. Check it out sometime and show it to your friends too! Happy end of the year readers.

"Stormur" by Sigur Rós
"You Already Know" by Arcade Fire
"Night Drive" by Summer Camp
"If You Didn't See Me [Then You Weren't On The Dancefloor]" by Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
"Happy" by Robert DeLong
"I've Hated You" by Ghasper
"The Leopard And The Lung" by The Joy Formidable
"Above Us" by Hibou
"I Sat By The Ocean" by Queens of the Stone Age
"Don't Give Up" by Washed Out
"Atomic Man" by Portugal. The Man
"Drove Me Wild" by Tegan And Sara
"Ich schreib' dir ein Buch 2013" by DJ Koze vs. Hildegard Knef
"Say That" by Toro y Moi
"The Mother We Share" by CHVRCHES
"Halo" by Cage the Elephant
"Juveniles" by French Films
"Sweater Weather" by The Neighbourhood 
"Adjust Glasses" by Kisses
"Compton" by Kendrick Lamar (ft. Dr. Dre)
"We Got It Wrong" by St. Lucia
"One Piece" by Panama
"Redshift" by Darwin Deez
"Time Will Tell" by Blood Orange
"Snap Out Of It" by Arctic Monkeys
"Love So Estranged" by The Bilinda Butchers
"Holding On For Life" by Broken Bells
"T.H.M." by Deerhunter
"Knowing We'll Be Here" by Daniel Avery
"Crashed Out" by Beach Fossils
"The Wire" by Haim
"Desert of Pop" by The Ruby Suns
"I Wanna Know" by Best Coast
"40 Acres" by Pusha T (ft. The Dream)
"Donny of the Decks" by Future of the Left
"The Pecan Tree" by Deafheaven
"Un Nouveau Soleil" by M83
"Life Round Here" by James Blake
"Everyday" by MillionYoung
"Ocean Repeating (Big-eyed Girl)" by Wild Nothing
"Evil Eye" by Franz Ferdinand
"Happy Birthday" by Cloud Control
"Prom Song" by Surfer Blood
"Air Bud" by Kurt Vile
"Demon To Lean On" by Wavves
"Binary Mind" by Ra Ra Riot
"Look at Orion!" by Bibio
"Destroyer" by Sad Day For Puppets
"Play Nice" by Pacific Air
"Ride Your Heart" by Bleached
"6 AM" by Fitz and the Tantrums
"Somewhere" by Yuck
"Raspberry Cane" by Youth Lagoon

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

LISTEN // Old Flame Records 2013 Sampler

There is a new Fall sampler out from Old Flame Records. It features songs from a lot of great talent including MillionYoung, Ing, Yuno, Gross Relations, and more. Currently they are selling it on their bandcamp for "Name your price" which is awesome! So all you poor college students have no excuse to not have this gem! Click the above image to listen to or download it. (and if you do listen to it, make sure it starts at number one. Unless you're a rebel like that...)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

LISTEN // Colours: A Compilation by On the Grind.

This past September On the Grind records released their first compilation, Colours. It features a plethora of great talent from around Manchester and Sheffield England. Some of these artists include Ratfangs, glocks, Cactus Knife, Neil Jarvis, and others. A full band list can be viewed below along with a couple previews of the compilation!

Buy Colours on On the Grind's website!

Bands featured in Colours: A Compilation by On the Grind
The Bell Peppers
Neil Jarvis
Cactus Knife
Death Masks

Monday, October 14, 2013

LISTEN // Stream Best Coast's new EP Fade Away on KCRW!

Well the official release of Best Coast's newest EP Fade Away may not be for another week but that doesn't mean you have to wait to hear it. Below you can listen to the full EP courtesy of Best Coast and KCRW!

Make sure to buy a copy of this great indie pop release when it comes out this October 22nd!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

LISTEN // New single from Of Montreal off their upcoming album Lousy with Sylvianbriar

Yesterday Of Montreal shared a link to their new single off their upcoming album Lousy with Sylvianbriar called "Belle Glade Missionaries". It's a psychedelic pop track with an western feel to it.

Their new album which is due out October 8th will be their twelfth full-length. You can preorder Lousy with Sylvianbriar on Polyvinyl Records.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

WATCH // Check out Summer Heart's new video for "Milano" by Jonas Börjesson!

Howdy readers! Hope your day is going well. Earlier this month Summer Heart released a music video for his new single, "Milano", which came out on the 25th of June. Now, a new album was supposed to be coming out pretty soon from the Swedish chillwaver but, in a post to Facebook David Alexander (the man behind all the bleeps and bloops) said "Unfortunately my new album will be a bit delayed due to different circumstances. Therefore I am releasing this brand new song in the meantime."

I guess we will have to wait just a bit longer for the next album but at least we have another new single (i guess it's a single. Maybe like a unofficial single haha) on top of the other one, "Beat of Your Heart" which was also released in June! Watch the video for "Milano" below, made by Jonas Börjesson.

Monday, May 13, 2013

WATCH // Commander Chris Hadfield of the International Space Station sing David Bowie in space.

And just like that, Commander Chris Hadfield became my hero. Happy Monday everyone!

Friday, May 10, 2013

LISTEN // Hear samples of the new Crystal Fighters album Cave Rave!

A few days ago those of you on the Crystal Fighters email list received a new email. In this they had given a link to a sampler of the new album (which can be viewed above). Along with this sampler of Cave Rave there is a included, as they put it, "track by track explanation of what these tracks mean to us," which can be read below. Cave Rave is slated to be released on the 27th.

From the Crystal Fighters:

Peace + Love,
Crystal Fighters
Sebastian, Gilbert, Graham
The song wave is about all life on earth as one, the nature of time, and our collective place in the universe, and other realms. We believe there is far more out there than just the physical world; we are riding on that physical wave, together, but there is a deeper swell which moves all of us, and everything.

LA Calling
This is inspired both by african music legends such as King Sunny Ade and D.O. Misiani but also the spirit of Basque choir music (with their choirs of over 200 men) and of course the txalaparta (the wood blocks we play in our live show), as well as the city where we recorded Cave Rave, Los Angeles. We feel like sometimes life is like a movie, with all it’s twists and turns, heroes and villains, parties and tragedies, and where better to record our audio movie than LA? The subject matter however cryptically spans fast-moving criminal friends in London (now incarcerated - “come out of there”) to peace loving yogi-types in the Basque Hills (“Everyone gather round the world, and give thanks we’re of the world” was a toast given on our last supper in Elgoibar, Spain, where we wrote much of the album).

You & I
This song goes everywhere at once, just like you seem to have to be these modern days, from being on a beach with a ukulele to a black magic séance with a Bolivian charango (a miniature 10-stringed instrument we picked up on our travels and used on this song) to deliriously flying above it all around the world on an aeroplane, the invention that really brought the world together. But all of this insignificant when you discover the intensity and depth of true passion and real love with somebody, “you and me, no one else, nothing else but you and I”. The song draws contrast between the hecticness of life and the purity of joy of love.

“Can we separate a body from mind and the soul?” This is the main question of the song, is there a path beyond this physical plane for our spirits, and indeed is the spirit world the “change” we are heading for when we are “gone”? There is also, however, a sense of exuberance for and duty to experience the present with full force and extreme love, “foreverlove”, here and now, and forever, way past death, if possible.

No Man
This song is a reflection on memories and all the good and bad things you may have done in your life, and the decisions you took or were taken for you to find yourself where you are today. The lyrics try to capture the feeling of experiencing new revelations for the first time, and the strange combination of emotional sadness coupled with joy you can feel when you’re old world views are left behind, and that initially lonely but ultimately liberated feeling you can feel when walking a new, steeper path.

Bridge of Bones
We wrote this in Berango, Euskadi, as a kind of sequel to the song Xtatic Truth from our first album. It is completely opposite in style to that song, but tries to imagine that “all alone” man still floating alone on the water trying to connect with love in his last moments. We have never done a song like this before and are excited to see where we can go next with new styles having taken the leap with this one.

Love Natural
This is a pure love song set in a sunny place where there positive emotions and feelings of togetherness are running high. When we play live the crowd is so important to us, and their joining us in the realm of ecstatic revelry is of great significance to us, which is why we chose to write a song like this; to celebrate natural love, the struggle but ultimate joy of life, and the sensation of living entirely in the present moment, in an eternal moment of bliss.

Are We One
This song is about the moment one realizes the potential existence of a collective consciousness which unites all beings on earth, and also other dimensions. “When we go up, are we one, are we love?” asks the age old question of what happens to our spirit once it’s current physical incarnation is deceased.

These Nights
This is a thoughtful song about the kind of purgatorial nature of life and indeed nightlife. It’s not hard for us to recollect times of extreme isolation and weariness when at a non-stop party and this song is supposed to add some kind of melancholic optimism to that scenario, culminating in liquid acoustic jungle.

This last song on the record is all about letting your fears about life subside and to experience life and love with the verve and naivete of a child. For much of this album we tried to imagine ourselves living outside of time to seek the essence of nature and artistic creativity without the boundaries of culture as much as possible and to write songs that could have been written at any time.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

NEWS // Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros to release new album this July

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will release their self-titled third album on July 23rd in the U.S. and Canada and worldwide July 29th.

“These songs mean everything to me – It’s the rawest, most liberated, most rambunctious stuff we’ve done.” -Alex

Track Listing:
Better Days
Let’s Get High
Life Is Hard
If I Were Free
In The Lion
Country Calling
They Were Wrong
In The Summer
Remember To Remember
This Life

Monday, May 6, 2013

NEWS // Toro y Moi announces upcoming tour

Today Toro y Moi announced new North America tour dates to go a long with his European dates. So all you non-europeans out there (like me) get excited to see Chaz come to your town and turn up the funk! Full list of upcoming tour dates below. 

05-27 George, WA - Sasquatch! Music Festival
05-30 Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
05-31 Vilnius, Lithuania - Loftas Festival
06-02 Dublin, Ireland  - Forbidden Fruit Festival
06-03 Paris, France - Cabaret Sauvage
06-04 London, England - KOKO 
06-05 Brighton, England - Concorde 2
06-06 Bristol, England - Thekla
06-07 Birmingham, England - Academy 2
06-08 Glasgow, Scotland - The Arches
06-09 Manchester, England - Parklife Weekender
07-11-13 Mariaville, NY - Camp Bisco
07-12-14 Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
07-15 Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre 
07-16 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop 
07-17 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick 
07-21 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07-23 Honolulu, HI - The Republik
08-03 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre 
09-07-08 St. Louis, MO - LouFest
10-08 Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom 
10-15 Nashville, TN - Exit In 
10-16 Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre 
10-17 Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club 
10-18 Columbia, SC - Columbia Museum of Art 
10-19 Charleston, SC - Music Farm 
10-25 Boston, MA - House of Blues 
10-26 Montreal, Quebec - SAT 
10-27 Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix Concert Theatre 
11-01 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom 
11-02 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
11-04 Omaha, NE - Waiting Room 
11-07 Aspen, CO - Belly Up 
11-10 Vancouver, British Columbia - Vogue Theatre 

NEWS // Noah and the Whale release a new album called "Heart of Nowhere"

After about a year of nothing Noah and the Whale are back with a new album called Heart of Nowhere. This new LP came out today and is available at various online music stores like iTunes, their website, Amazon, and others. 

You can listen to a track off Heart of Nowhere below. Happy Monday readers!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

WATCH // Wavves release music video for Afraid of Heights and it'

Happy Thursday readers! Here's something to start your day off great, it's male cross-dressers!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

NEWS // Active Child releases new single.

Posts have been pretty infrequent these days and I'm sorry about that dudes and dudettes. It's that bi-annual time of the year again when I am completely swamped with work and tests. I'll still do my best to keep you all update on news around the indie music world though. Reviews will be a rare sight however, at least until May when school lets out.

Anyway, Active Child released a new song yesterday on his SoundCloud entitled Evening Ceremony. I personally love Active Child but he's one of those bands that I have to be in the mood for to really enjoy. At first listen this track felt a little slow, but I'm actually really enjoying it now. It picks up a lot the further you get into it. I especially like all the layering. Check it out below!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

NEWS // Generationals announce the release date of their newest thing.

Good news for all you Generationals fans out there. They've recently announced the release date for their newest LP. Heza will be out April 2nd on polyvinyl records.

Download a free song off the upcoming album from their twitter here:

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Monday, March 18, 2013

NEWS // Listen to Wavves' new album Afraid of Heights now on NPR.

Notice anything different about the website? Yeah, me neither, looks pretty much the same. There definitely wasn't a complete overhaul of ALL the things over the weekend. I am really happy with the way it's turning out right now. I still have some things to do to make it perfect but it's pretty stellar for now.

Do you know what's also stellar? You can listen right now to Wavves' new album Afraid of Heights in full below thanks to NPR! I'm about a third through it as I type this and so far it's sound pretty damn awesome. A full review will come soon but for now listen to the entire album for free below.

As a sort of post-script: I have that exact same varsity jacket.....just saying...

Thursday, March 14, 2013

NEWS // Hear four new Yeah Yeah Yeahs songs from SXSW.

Happy Thursday readers! If you're there, are you enjoying SXSW? One of these years when I have the time of these years. Anyway, yesterday New York indie rock group Yeah Yeah Yeahs performed a few new songs at SXSW from their upcoming album Mosquito (due out April 16). These songs performed include the title track, "Under the Earth", "Subway", and the new single "Sacrilege" along with other older songs. Watch their performance below but be warned, the audio in this video isn't amazing.  

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

NEWS // Animal Collective reschedules shows due to sickness.

Due to recent sickness Animal Collective will be rescheduling a few upcoming shows, they announced yesterday. Their full post about this can be read below as well as the rescheduled dates.

From the band's Facebook:
"Due to a band illness, Animal Collective regretfully has rescheduled five dates of their North American tour. The dates have been rescheduled for mid-July. All tickets will be honored for rescheduled dates or can be refunded at place of purchase. All other dates will continue as planned."

3/9: Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall rescheduled for 7/9
3/11: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues rescheduled for 7/16
3/12: Covington, KY @ The Madison Theater rescheduled for 7/18
3/13: Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works rescheduled for 7/19
3/15: Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Hall rescheduled for 7/15

Friday, March 8, 2013

NEWS // Small Black releases new single.

I gotta say... I'm not that impressed. It just sounds really lack-luster and unexciting which is not like Small Black. I've been a big fan of theirs since their self titled EP a few years back but, I'm just not thrilled at all by this single and really hope the album wont sound like this.

Now this is partly due to me just not wanting Small Black to stop making chillwave, but not entirely. Even if you ignore what they normally sound like and just listen to this with "fresh ears" it still isn't able to deliver like it should. Although the music might be well done, the vocals sound lifeless and apathetic. I'm not completely giving up hope on this album but we'll see. Maybe they'll surprise me and it'll be fantastic...despite this song.
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