Sun Kil Moon is Mark Kozelek’s project following the breakup of Red House Painters, his acclaimed band from San Francisco in the 90’s.
He now records with a variety of musicians or solo.
Benji, his 6th, is his latest album.
There are so many good songs on this album it’s hard to choose just one, so here is the last track “Ben’s My Friend”.
Courtney Barnett is a new captivating and beguiling talent from Melbourne.
She has only released 2 EPs thus far to date: I’ve Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris and How To Carve a Carrot Into a Rose.
The two have now been combined entitled: The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas.
“Avant Gardener” is our introduction to the world of Courtney Barnett.
Sufjan Stevens has teamed up with hip-hop musician Son Lux and rapper Serengeti to form the group Sisyphus.
They released an EP a couple of years ago under the name s/s/s, but the name sounded too much like the Nazi paramilitary organization so the name change.
Their self-titled debut album is due next month with the song “Rhythm of Devotion”.
Angel Olsen, is a singer/guitarist from Chicago via St. Louis.
A former player with Bonnie “Prince” Billy and the more obscure The Cairo Gang, her newly released 2nd album has the intriguing title Burn Your Fire For No Witness.
“Hi-Five” from the record is equally intriguing.
Aer is a Boston hip-hop duo barely out of high school.
David von Mering and Carter Schultz made a splash with their mixtapes and EPs as well as their 1st album The Bright Side.
Now their self-titled 2nd gives us the clever “Says She Loves Me”.
The electronic duo of Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland, known as The Crystal Method, have just released their 5th studio album and their first in almost 5 years.
I recall a dinner with the band in New York City last decade along with their record representative at the time Matt Pollack.
During the course of the meal one of the two (I don’t recall which) began choking on his food. Matt claims it was me but I attribute the rapid application of the Heimlich Maneuver to Matt. Regardless, the entrenched obstruction popped out onto the floor and even more memorable, we then all sat down and resumed our conversation as if nothing had ever happened!
That evening The Crystal Method did not become a solo act and today for some reason they have eponymously titled their new record.
“Emulator” is the first track.
In 2010 Peter Gabriel recorded an album entitled Scratch My Back.
It consisted of gorgeous cover versions of songs by artists that he admires, including Lou Reed, Bon Iver, Regina Spektor, Radiohead, David Bowie, Talking Heads and Arcade Fire.
Many of these same artists have returned the favor by recording his songs on the album And I’ll Scratch Yours.
Listen here to Peter Gabriel’s version of Arcades Fires’ “My Body is a Cage” and then Arcades Fire performing Gabriel’s “Games Without Frontiers”.
“My Body is a Cage”
“Games Without Frontiers”