Thursday, October 29, 2020

Pvris: Half (Autumn Music Series)

If a song has a good driving, echo-y beat, invariably I think of autumn. It probably goes back to all those times I drove home from the U of M back to Wisconsin in the fall. "Half" by Pvris reminds me of that time even though the track came out in 2017.

Stunningly beautiful from this Lowell, Massachusetts outfit...

Monday, October 26, 2020

Bahamas: Sad Hunk (Album of the Week)

Bahamas' latest record may be called Sad Hunk but it's honestly anything but sad. In fact, it makes me so happy that music like this is still being made. Some may derisively call it "yacht rock." It will always be 70's soft rock to me, K-Tel style! 

This Toronto's latest offering is just as amazing as 2018's Earthtones. Here is the opening track...

Friday, October 23, 2020

Kevin Morby Day

I've decided to declare today (October 23rd, 2020) Kevin Morby Day. His music is perfect for autumn and he has a new record out called Sundowner. I've enjoyed the music of this Lubbock, Texas native for many years. 

He first caught my ear with 2014's Still Life. This is the track that really blew me away.

2016 saw the release of Singing Saw and this ridiculously amazing track.

Here is the title track from his latest record. This guy is just plain wonderful!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Cherry Ghost: Herd Runners (Autumn Music Series)

It might be snowing like crazy here in the North Woods today but I'm still thinking about the glory of autumn and adding to the ultimate fall playlist. 

My next entry is the now-defunct Bolton band, Cherry Ghost. Their 2014 offering, Herd Runners, is autumnal grist. Here is the title track...

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Travis: 10 Songs (Album of the Week)

Glasgow's Travis is one of the greatest bands of all time. They have been a huge part of my life soundtrack for the last two decades. Their ninth record, 10 Songs, is perfect for our era. Quiet, introspective, yearning, and loving all at the same time, 10 Songs delivers straight to the heart and soul. 

The opening track reminds all of us why this band is fantastic at emotional support in dark times...

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Elvis Perkins: Creation Myths

Elvis Perkins makes very intriguing music. It’s a cross between folk and psych pop which means it’s quite wonderful. The Manhattan native’s latest record, Creation Myths, is amazing from start to finish. Check it out!

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Dawes: Good Luck With Whatever

LA's own Dawes are back with their seventh full length called Good Luck With Whatever. Their elegant and nostalgic pop sound still continues to dazzle me. The title track is just wonderful...

Monday, October 12, 2020

Fleet Foxes: Shore (Album of the Week)

Seattle's own Fleet Foxes are back with their fourth full length and it's absolutely perfect for the fall season. Shore is a positively gorgeous record with all fifteen tracks sending the listener on inward and outward explorations. 

Here is one of my favorites...


The opening piano to the title track gives me all the feels. 

Sunday, October 11, 2020

The Nude Party: Midnight Manor

The Nude Party are a very fun band. They remind us all that there is great joy in music. These Boone, North Carolina lads have a good time ALL of the time and it's evident in their amazing music. 

Their second full length, Midnight Manor, just dropped. Here is a slice.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Bill Callahan: Javelin Unlanding (Autumn Music Series)

Maryland's own Bill Callahan is pretty darn perfect for autumnal tunes. Here is one of my favorites to add to your fall playlist. From 2013's Dream River...


Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Edward Van Halen: Rest in Power

If God told me I could only have one Van Halen song to listen to the rest of my life, this would be it. 

Rest in Power, Edward...

Monday, October 5, 2020

The Flaming Lips: American Head (Album of the Week)

The Flaming Lips keep making records and I keep on loving them as deeply as I love my wife and children. Their latest effort, American Head, is a stunning display of aural exploration. They create sounds that I wish I had in my imagination and they are all beautiful. 

Sunday, October 4, 2020

A Certain Radio: ACR LOCO

How cool is it that A Certain Radio are still making records? It's been 12 years since the Flixton lads put out an album but it was worth the wait. ACR LOCO is stellar from start to finish. The diversity in style shows just how much this band has evolved from their post-punk years.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Chad VanGaalen: Weighed Sin (Autumn Music Series)

A slide guitar with some extra echo always makes for a good fall song. It was pretty chilly here in the North Woods and this track from Calgary's own Chad VanGallen is perfect for curling up with a loved one by a fire. 

Friday, October 2, 2020

Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti: Round and Round (Autumn Music Series)

LA's own Ariel Pink is a true American treasure. One of his tracks from 2010's Before Today has stuck with me very deeply since it's release now a decade ago. "Round and Round" is simply a stunning kiss...