Of particular note this week:
- You may have heard of The XX by now, but if you haven't given their music a chance I'd implore you to do so right now. Four kids out of London shouldn't be making music this mature and emotionally charged. We finally got their debut album at KBUT and it's fantastic. Check out "VCR" and "Basic Space", then listen to more at their Myspace.
- Devendra Banhart, surprisingly, turns in my favorite Phoenix remix to date with this slowed-down, wistful take on "Rome" from this year's Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart = Rome (Neighbours with Devendra Banhart remix)
- Sufjan Stevens is doing a short tour (stopping in Bloomington tomorrow night!) and has been performing some new material. Check out "Too Much Love", featuring a very new sound from one of today's most innovative artists.
- The blogs are all over this one: Nathan Williams of Black Lips & Jared Swilley of Black Lips got into quite a fracas this weekend in Brooklyn. As My Old Kentucky Blog astuted noted, this gives the Black Lips song "Short Fuse" a whole new meaning. Also, I still think "Short Fuse" would be perfectly rad for a ski movie segment (maybe I'll get on that this winter!). Read all about it and try and make sense of what happened: GvB / Pitchfork / Brooklyn Vegan
- Superior lo-fi garage rock from The Mantles = "Don't Lie". Guess I should track down that album.
- Pulsating, slightly dark tune from Brooklyn's Bear in Heaven = "Lovesick Teenagers". I like it.
- Sometimes language gets in the way of things. Let [ingenting]'s "Halleluja!" make you happy.
- New stuff from Alec Ounsworth, the frontman for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Interesting stuff here: "That is Not My Home (After Bruegel)"
Check out the full playlist
And, yes, I'm still working on that Monolith Festival recap...