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Friday, April 25, 2014

THIS IS RAD + A FRIDAY ROUND UP +


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

CHARMING NOISE | MORE NEW MUSIC NEWS

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

CHARMING NOISE | NEW TUNES



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.

 

Ever since I watched the trailer for the upcoming First Aid Kit album, I have been eager to hear a full song. "My Silver Lining" does not disappoint.

Friday, April 4, 2014

THIS IS RAD + A FRIDAY ROUND UP +



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

CHARMING NOISE | GRAB BAG


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.

Friday, March 28, 2014

CHARMING NOISE | SXSW 2014 (A RECAP)

Another SXSW has come and gone. Over two weeks ago, I know, but I've got a lot on my mind. It's always hard to visit Austin for me. It reminds me of how much I love that place, and how much like home it feels. It hasn't help that while I was in the midst of my post-Austin blues, I found out that I didn't get a job that I had really wanted. Being unemployed and away from home has been hard, and made harder by the fact that this winter was so cold and snowy, but hopefully with spring on the horizon and, even more hopefully, new job opportunities around the corner, things will be looking up soon.

Without further ado, here's my short recap of SXSW 2014:


+ drinks at blackheart + brussel sprout salad at east side king +
+ gelato at dolce neve + pizza at homeslice +

Just a small snapshot of all the food that I ate while in Austin. 


+ 6th st. before everything began + house of vans show on wednesday +
+ south bites trailer park + more pre-crazy 6th st. +

Austin is so beautiful. Especially when it's not jam-packed full of people.


+ outdoor stage at cheer up charlies + eagulls at house of vans +
+ ema at under the radar + gems at under the radar +

We saw a lot of great stuff. So much that I frankly can't remember it all. Highlights were EMA, GEMS (who we ended up seeing twice we liked them so much. They also win the 'most attractive band' award), Eagulls, Future Islands, Connan Mockasin, Yellow Ostrich, Small Black... the list goes on. 

Of course I can't write a post about SXSW without mentioning the horrible incident that happened this year. I don't really think that it was a result of how insane the festival is getting in terms of size (although it's obvious that that's a whole other issue), but it's a tragedy and I hope that accidents like these remind everybody how ridiculously dumb it is to drink and drive.

On a lighter note, the festival was a lot of fun, but yes, so so so packed and a little out of control. I can't blame people for wanting to come though, Austin is pretty great. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

CHARMING NOISE | SXSW 2014 (PT. 3)

Here's the final batch of bands that I hope to see this week at SXSW 2014. I'll let you know who I catch in a post next week!


Sure, I've seen Kurt Vile before, but why would that stop me from fighting crowds to see him again?


This video is weird weird weird, and there's a good chance that that creature will haunt your dreams for many nights to come, but the band is so good that I can't help but keep watching.


I'm sure that you've already seen this video, but c'mon, this is one damn spirited performance. Hopefully their SXSW shows will be no different.