The Swimmer’s drummer/songwriter Scott French sneaked an album under the 2010 finish line via his solo act, N’T. I’m not yet sold on all (or to be honest, much) of N’T, but closer “$$$$$$$$$$” is one of my favorite songs about the artistic merits of doing it for the money since DJ Shadow and Samuel Johnson (“No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money”).
Rural Alberta Advantage, whose Hometowns was Noise Narcs’ fifth most favorite album of 2009 and one of my honorable mentions, just released a song from their sophomore effort Departing, which will be released 3/1/2011 on Saddle Creek. If you want more fastpaced, feel good sonic builds, then you’re in luck.
All I really want for Christmas is capoed guitar Christmas songs. What’s that, Juston Stens, previously of Dr. Dog? You and your Get Real Gang have just such a hightoned guitar freakout version of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”? And a similarly weird and goofy video of it?
Now if I can only get someone to gift me two front teeth…
Aloe Blacc’s September release of Good Things is apparently most well known for the lead-off track, “I Need a Dollar,” because it’s the theme song to some HBO show I haven’t been watching, but it should be known for this great soul rendition of the Velvet Underground and Nico’s “Femme Fatale.”
What stops Destroyer from being played on a 1970’s FM radio station? Three decades and Pitchfork approval. But with weirdo soft rock this good a shocking 8 LPs in, I’d do the time warp. New LP Kaputt comes out January 25th on Merge.
The Four King Cousins were a quartet whose salient qualification seemed to be their deep music executive connections. Oh, that, and the goddamn amazing bit of sunny bliss that is their “I Fell.” Which, by the by, was written by the “We’ve Only Just Begun” team of Paul Williams and Rick Nichols. Which, even more by the by, was originally written for a bank commercial. Thanks, Wikipedia.
WXPN’s The Key points us to Philly-via-San-Fan-via-Lancaster‘s The Lightning Bug Situation, which brings me back to seventh grade and my English teacher’s Mark Twain words construction-papered on the bulletin board: “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” Well, The Lightning Bug Situation have found the right sounds, at least for my well–documented need for gentle music on Monday mornings. Their first Philly album, Call, is full of minimal electronic/folkpop pairings that evoke Iron and Wine, José González, and the softer side of Yo La Tengo. Confidential to Lightning Bug: we welcome your return, but the lyric “running through the city with the iPod in your hand” better be about Philly. Too gorgeous a song to be about the land of Giants. East-Coast-vs-West-Coast beef!
Okay, sure, it was weird that yesterday’s posted Sun Airway video made me miss a city I currently live in. But at least I’m not the only one. “Philadelphia” by the UK’s Standard Fare is a lovely pop ditty on missing this city’s stubborn non-travelling residents. But really: why would we travel? [via Philebrity]
Is “Kill a Man with a Joystick in Your Hand” by Montreal’s D’Eon the best danceable, Sufi-meets-Sega take on the use of drones in the US war in Afghanistan? Yes, yes, it is. Is this likely the only time I’ll post house music on Noise Narcs? Yes, yes, it is. [via Altered Zones]