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Wye Oak. Man am I excited for Civilian!

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20 Feb 2011 12:46
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Storm and Static wrote:
Wye Oak. Man am I excited for Civilian!


It's amazing, especially the title-track!

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21 Feb 2011 02:56
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Definitely my most anticipated album of 2011.

Speaking of album releases... maybe Wye Oak should inquire into opening for Radiohead on their next tour. "The King of Limbs, with special guest Wye Oak!"


21 Feb 2011 09:24
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Frontier Ruckus - if you haven't heard them, I highly suggest that you do.

Their last.fm page

Making it easy: Rosemont, Does Me In

And of course, Adirondack Amish Holler


09 Mar 2011 02:05
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I make a mix for my friends/online acquaintances each month. Here's last month's!

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1. The Heligoats - A Guide To The Outdoors
2. Raised By Swans - Hail Of Arrows
3. The Rural Alberta Advantage - Under The Knife
4. Jessica Lea Mayfield - Nervous Lonely Night
5. City Squirrel - Looking
6. David Celia - Séverine
7. Buck 65 - Whispers Of The Waves
8. The Streets - Going Through Hell
9. Over The Wall - Settle Down
10. Radiohead - Little by Little
11. Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat - (If You) Keep Me In Your Heart
12. Tacoma Hellfarm Tragedy - Wicked Weather
13. Teddy Thompson - Delilah
14. Tristen - Eager For Your Love
15. Okkervil River - Walked Out On A Line
16. Murder by Death - Don't Cry


09 Mar 2011 17:27
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March Mix of the Month featuring Wye Oak, Low, Rival Schools, TV on the Radio, Fleet Foxes, and many more!


26 Mar 2011 10:01
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My favorite album of the year so far, just barely edging out Wye Oak, is P.J. Harvey's Let England Shake. It's a surprisingly listenable album, given that it's one of the most brutal war albums I've heard. Lots of phrases, melodies, and solos that have gotten stuck in my head.


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A bit late to be posting this, but I think a lot of Shearwater fans would probably enjoy Diamond Mine by King Creosote & Jon Hopkins. It's a beautiful gem of an album which succeeds in transporting the listener to another place entirely - in this case, a Scottish seaside village. Best listened to with headphones, and quite likely on vinyl (though I haven't gotten around to that yet).

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The two met in Fife at one of the early Fence Collective festivals, and since then Londoner Hopkins has been a regular visitor to the area. As he stayed in touch with King Creosote (aka Kenny Anderson), the two cultivated a shared objective to record a lyrical and sonic portrait of the East Neuk area Anderson calls home. Naturally lyrical duties fell to Creosote, with a back catalogue of some 20 years’ worth to raid, looking expressly for songs speaking of home and the people close to it. These are complemented with a series of field recordings and beautifully shaded electronica, fresh from Hopkins’ musical tool bench.

The final results are of such subtle beauty they take the breath clean away. As the album gently unfolds we are introduced to the ambience of tea cups clattering together in Kilrenny church, the tide of the Firth of Forth, the sound of distant birdsong and even the whir of Anderson’s bike as he travels along a deserted road. Synthesized sounds drift in and around the soundscapes, before Anderson’s vocals and assorted instruments add colour and emotion.

Anderson’s vocals are deceptive, often inflected and ornamented in such a way that the text lives and breathes through them, his voice sometimes cracking with emotion or suggesting a half smile. Around these Hopkins captures some weird shoreline effects akin to falling asleep in the middle afternoon and waking to find that the wind has changed or it’s started to rain.

This is in effect an old fashioned lettercard from the Fife coast, a series of portraits and landscapes that reveals more with each listen, a record of uncommon beauty that in this case led to tears on public transport, hastily wiped away lest anyone else cotton on to the secret. Secrets like this are meant to be shared, though, for this is a treasure chest of which every listener deserves a part.


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Time for another recommendation for Shearwater fans that no one will notice!

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Aesthetic Magazine wrote:
We’re all haunted by something, aren’t we? We may have ghosts in the periphery of our minds or shadowy figures a few paces back as we take weary step after step to nowhere in particular. A haunting is a million fragmented images you try to furiously put back together in hopes of holding on to something lost or maybe it is one single image reeling over and over.

But has a haunting ever sounded so good?

Spectral Dusk, the latest, wholly beautiful record by Canadian collective Evening Hymns tackles the tough business of grieving, letting go and perhaps accepting that we could always be haunted. And maybe that’s okay.

Singer Jonas Bonnetta unravels his grief on this newest record, coping with the death of his father. The record is in essence a detail of this heartbreaking journey with happy memories and forward thinking optimism along the way.

Bonnetta parses the after effects of grief, like on “Arrows”, as he looks in a grimy reflection for answers about who or what or where he is going after this harrowing, yet inevitable, life experience. “Song to Sleep to” sounds like a hymn one would sing to the ill or tired to revive or heal them. It is one of the many attempts to reconcile with not wanting to lose someone and repair them so they stay around just a little longer.

Spectral Dusk also deals heavily with the institution of family and all the elements in it; good, bad or dysfunctional. On “Family Tree”, Bonnetta soothingly croons that he will “chop down this family tree”, and in doing so deconstructs what family is and the obligations of a traditional family structure.

But this record is more than just about a grieving son trying to move on with his life after the death of his father. It is, perhaps, a celebration of life; of the things we take for granted, of the ways in which we connect on a very basic human level. On “Moon River”, with its namesake taken from the original Mancini tune, Bonnetta sings about a love so true; crooning about a lover who “can deliver a calm that will wash all over [him].” It’s a sweet, endearing sentiment, which lifts the record from a place that could be dreary and morose but allows you to see there is a light, a life, in spite of the darkness of grief.

Spectral Dusk is a record you listen to in the dark with the blankets tucked up over your head. It is a mesmerizing record that deserves a great deal of thought and attention during a first listen. But after that let it haunt you, wash over you, and just be.


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Will listen.

My second-place album of the year is Dirty Projectors' 'Swing Lo Magellan.' Didn't like their earlier stuff, but I love this one. The first four songs and the last song are all among my favorite tracks this year. It's far from a perfect album - it has one stinker ("The Socialites") and one I don't care much for ("See What She Seeing"), but the good songs are strong enough to make up for it somehow.

I can't help but think they would be far better if they stopped including female lead vocals. Don't get me wrong, I love a lot of female lead vocalists, but there is so much more depth and shading in the frontman's delivery than in the lead woman's.


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Just getting into Shearwater...and loving it!!!

I've been listening to tons of Okkervil River lately. My bro just told me about Great Lakes Swimmers. I'm loving them quite a bit also.

I'm always looking for great indie bands.

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13 Sep 2012 08:30
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