Friends & aficionados,

On a brief sojourn in Asia visiting family. Shall return in early February with more new music and bands of interest.

Explore the site at your leisure and see you shortly.

Into the future,

Lykke Li

One of my favorite songs of last year was Lykke Li’s “Get Some”.

We featured it here in the October.

Her album Wounded Rhymes is due in late February.

The next single from this Swedish chanteuse is “I Follow Rivers” and is the Song of the Day.

“I Follow Rivers” by Lykke Li

Peter Bjorn and John

Peter Bjorn and John

The Swedish trio Peter Bjorn and John, best known for the song “Young Folks”, are offering a free download of “Breaker Breaker” an angry rave-up from their forthcoming album Gimme Some.

Sign up for the download and see the video below.

The King is Dead

The new Decemberists’ album, The King is Dead, will be released tomorrow.

The band offered a free download of the marvelous “Down By the Water” in November of last year.

Hear it here.

“This Is Why We Fight” is now the featured track from the album and is the Song of the Day.

“This Is Why We Fight” by The Decemberists

PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey

In December PJ Harvey gave us a taste of her new album Let England Shake with the song “Written On The Forehead.”

Re-listen here.

“The Words That Maketh Murder” will be the official first single and is the Song of the Day.

“The Word That Maketh Murder” by PJ Harvey

The Cure 1980 (Exclusive)

The Cure played in Boston on April 20, 1980. This was the band’s first visit to America and only a short four-city tour. Boston was the last stop.

The show took place at the Underground, a long-defunct basement club owned by Boston University. Mission of Burma was the opening act.

Robert Smith’s birthday is on the 21st but he recalls the gig as being on his birthday. Perhaps because the show ended past midnight when he turned 21.

The show was documented by Jan Crocker, years before self-contained handheld video cameras.

“A Forest” was the last song of the set before the encore.

Insert your password and experience this amazing performance. (Join the Oedipus Project on the left and we will send it to you.)

“A Forest” exclusive

“A Forest” is one of my favorite songs by The Cure.

Tomorrow we will post an exclusive never-seen-before video of the band performing this song in Boston in 1980 on Robert Smith’s 21st birthday.

To view it you will need a password.

Join the Oedipus Project on the left and we’ll send it to you.

Exclusive Cure Video

Exclusive Cure Video

This Wednesday we’ll present the world premier video of The Cure performing “A Forest” on Robert Smith’s 21st birthday!

Yes, that’s from 1980, archived by the inestimable videographer Jan Crocker.

You’ll need a password to view it.

Join the The Oedipus Project on the left for free and we will send it to you.



In December I was asked to put together a compilation of Boston artists as a soundtrack for the Boston Music Awards’ celebration.

While no means comprehensive (there are some noticeable absences), it is a cross-section of some of Boston’s finest if not quirkiest musicians over the years, and includes some of the best songs to emanate from this fair city.

As we await the release of new music in 2011, hear the diversified talent that is Boston.

Boston Music Awards

Willie Loco Alexander- “Mass. Ave.”
Peter Wolf-“Tragedy” featuring Shelby Lynne
Human Sexual Response-“What Does Sex Mean to Me?”
Rick Berlin-“If I Wasn’t Such a Bum”
The Breeders-“Cannonball”
Johnny A-“Sometime Tuesday Morning”
The Cars-“Heartbeat City”
Passion Pit-“The Reeling”
The Modern Lovers-“Roadrunner”
The Real Kids-“All Kindsa Girls”
Belly-“Feed the Tree”
Buffalo Tom-“Sodajerk”
Mission of Burma-Academy Fight Song”
Dropkick Murphys-“Barroom Heros”
Bodega Girls-“She’s Into Black Guys”
The Lyres-“Don’t Give It Up Now”
Chip Rives-“4th and Long”
Mary Lou Lord-“His Latest Flame”
Amanda Palmer-Idioteque”
Casey Desmond-“To Myself”
Bleu-“”Somebody Else”
Aimee Mann-“Dear John”
Throwing Muses-“Green”
Tracy Bonham-“Mother Mother”
Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents-“You’re the Best Thing”
Juliana Hatfield-“Universal Heart-Beat”
Eli “Paperboy” Reed-“Come and Get It”
Morphine-“Honey White”
The Neighborhoods-Prettiest Girl”



The world of music is cyclical and goes into hiatus a few weeks before Christmas and into the new year. Slowly new music is released in January and gains momentum later in the winter flowing into the spring.

Bands that enthralled me last year included Arcade Fire, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Avi Buffalo, Badly Drawn Boy, Beach House, Belle & Sebastian, Best Coast, Blonde Redhead, Delorean, The Drums, Dum Dum Girls, Eminem, Girl Talk, Glasser, Gorillaz, Janelle Monáe, Joanna Newsom, Karen Elson, Laura Marling, Lykke Li, Matt & Kim, Mumford & Sons, The National, No Age, Perfume Genius, Phoenix, School of Seven Bells, She & Him, Shearwater, Sleigh Bells, Stars, Titus Andronicus and Warpaint.

And The xx continued to give me great pleasure.

Here you will hear the best new music as it becomes available.

Next week we will have an exclusive Cure video.

Happy New Year indeed.