Wednesday, January 3, 2018

CHARMING NOISE | (My) Top 10 Albums of 2017

They may not be the 10 best albums of the year, but they're the 10 that I enjoyed the most.

10. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rest


9. St. Vincent, MASSEDUCTION


8. LCD Soundsystem, American Dream 

7. Father John Misty, Pure Comedy

6. Julien Baker, Turn Out the Lights

5. Fleet Foxes, Crack-Up


4. Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice

3. Big Thief, Capacity

2. Perfume Genius, No Shape

1. Slowdive, Slowdive

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Life Lately...

Life lately has consisted of listening to this album on repeat. Who knew that a band that was only together for six years originally could come back 20 years later and make the best album of the year?

 What I mean to say is, there's a "best of the year" list coming to revitalize the ol' blog. Stay tuned.

Friday, April 25, 2014


UK Metal band GONGA + Portishead's Beth Gibbons = AMAZING. Throw in the fact that this is a cover of a Black Sabbath song set to a video made up of clips from a '60s horror movie called Black Sabbath, and we truly have a winner here, folks.

I haven't listened to much Chairlift, but I'm really liking this song and video by Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek. The track is off of her upcoming solo debut as Ramona Lisa, called Arcadia. You can stream the album here.

Two of my favorite things in the whole world (food and books) have come together in this new book, Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature's Most Memorable Meals, by graphic designer Dinah Fried. I especially love the images from The Bell Jar (above) and The Catcher in the Rye. Learn more about the book by heading to an interview that Fried recently did on NPR.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


I don't seem to be inspired to write about much other than new music lately. Luckily the music Gods have been kind to us so far this year.


I love this Pee-Wee's Playhouse-inspired video from Tune-Yards, who are going to be at (the recently announced) Austin City Limits Music Festival this year! I saw her at Fun Fun Fun Fest a few years ago, and she was great. She's definitely one of the most unique sounds in music right now.

I posted a preview last week of a clip of a new song from Robyn and Röyksopp, and there are now two full songs being streamed on Pop On and On. It's all the electronic-dancey goodness that I wanted it to be.

As previously mentioned, the Austin City Limits Music Festival lineup was announced yesterday! Upon first look, it was a bit of a letdown. I mean, I don't care about Eminem, I just don't, and while I like Outkast, there's no way that I would ever deal with that crowd to see them. But the further down that I got on the list, the better I felt. The Replacements, Spoon, Interpol, Chvrches, St. Vincent, Phantogram, Jenny Lewis, Real Estate, Tune-Yards, Jagwar Ma, Mac Demarco, and Poliça. Not too shabby at all. Plus, smaller bands mean smaller crowds. Always a plus at a ridiculously hot and crowded festival. Much excitement. 

Monday, April 14, 2014


This new clip from the upcoming Robyn and Röyksopp collaboration (how had I not even heard about this?!) is an electronic-dance dream.


Don't hate me for being totally into this Lana Del Rey song. Yes, I am one of those indie-music fans who can't help but liking Lana Del Rey. I fully acknowledge that she is a pop culture construct, but whoever is writing her music/managing her career is on top of it. Plus, I think Lana is a lot cleverer than people give her credit for. She is famous for a reason people.

Friday, April 4, 2014


A beautiful lookbook from Elizabeth Suzann.

A new Sharon Van Etten video!


For whatever reason, I just rediscovered these strange, awesome videos that Ryan Adams made a while back. I love that weird dude. You should also watch this one.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


EMA's new album is streaming on NPR, so you should probably go check that out.

First Aid Kit just announced a new album (out June 10), and from the imagery and snippet of music that this trailer shows, it looks like they may be taking a step away from the country-folk of their last album and moving in a '60s-Nancy Sinatra-type direction. What's not to love?

The Cloud Nothings had a new album come out this week and it was Pitchfork approved and everything. Check out their surreal sleepover music video.